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Spring Wreath

I LOVE the color yellow!  It is just so bright an cheery!  While rummaging through the scrap bin at Hobby Lobby, I found a whole bunch of this yellow fabric for about $3!  Its a pretty basic print, so I wasn’t sure what to do with it, but I couldn’t pass up the happy color!  Then I found this gorgeous wreath at Beautiful Nest and it occurred to me that I never make wreaths.  Like, seriously, I think I’ve only ever made one wreath before in my life.  I thought the yellow would be perfect for bringing a little spring into my life with this wreath!  Since I live in an apartment right now and don’t really trust my neighbors to leave it alone, this wreath is going to decorate the inside of my door!  Then I get to enjoy it all the time!

Notes about the project:  I left the edges of the fabric raggedy to add a little bit more of a homemade touch.  Also, my goal was to use on-hand supplies, so my fabric and wire were a little too flimsy to support themselves.  I found a cardboard frame was necessary, but it might not be necessary for your wreath.

Materials needed:

  • 5-1/2″ strip of bottom fabric (I used 3 strips of each fabric about 45″ long – from selvage to selvage)
  • 2-1/2″ strip of middle fabric
  • 1″ strip of top fabric
  • Extra fabric or ribbon for the hanger and embellishments
  • Wire (about 30″)
  • 12″ cardboard circle with 5″ circle cut out of middle (optional)
  • Small cardboard rectangle (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Some sort of hole punching device (I used a seam ripper)
  • Glue (I used hot glue – I’m so impatient!)

Instructions:

  1. Cut all of your strips of fabric.  Perfect measurements aren’t necessary.  I like things to look slightly amiss sometimes.  It gives them character!  I probably should have ironed my fabric, but its just character!  My Marine Corps husband would have a huge problem with this.
  2. Lay the strips out flat.  Place the smaller strips on top of each other and make sure the right sides of all fabric are facing out.
  3. Pierce a hole through all three layers of fabric about every 1-2″ along the length of the fabric.  Make sure these holes are in the center of fabric.
  4. Thread the wire in and out of the holes until all the fabric is on the wire.  When you reach the end of one strip, just start on with the next one!  The holes in the above photo with the wire are about 3 inches apart, but I decided I wanted them closer – just in case you are worried that your wire doesn’t look like mine.
  5. Once all the fabric is on the wire, spread the fabric out and twist the ends of the wire together to create a loop.
  6. If your wreath is flimsy and you need a cardboard base, continue with this step.  If not, skip to the next step.  Carefully flip the wreath over so the backside is showing.  Arrange the folds in a pleasing manner.  Apply glue to the cardboard base and slap it onto the back of your wreath.
  7. Loop the hanger ribbon (or fabric…or whatever else you might want to use) and glue it to the back of the wreath.  You may choose to glue a small cardboard piece down on top of the ribbon ends to secure them.
  8. When the wreath is dry, flip it back over to the front side and get to decorating!  I used a fabric bow (again leaving the edges raw), but you could use flowers, Easter eggs, bird stuff…whatever blows your hair back! (Notice my lack of creativity in the embellishing department…this would be my novice wreath making skills coming out)
  9. Enjoy!

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Bead Necklace

Fabric covered beaded necklaces have been around for a long time.  I remember making one in Girl Scouts when I was a kid.  For this reason, I wasn’t really big on the idea of actually wearing one as an adult.  Then I saw this adorable bracelet from Hannah Handmade!  I considered making a bracelet, but I really like statement necklaces.  I also found this tutorial for a fabric covered beaded bracelet by Goody-Goody Handmade in my awesome sewing calendar.  I decided to combine my favorite parts of both bracelets to come up with my own design!  The best part about this project was that I had everything I needed on hand and it was easy enough that I could wear the necklace the next day!

Materials needed:

  • Beaded costume jewelry (the beads are easier to work with if they are already attached in a string – mine are about 3/4″ in diameter)
  • Fabric
  • Embroidery Floss
  • 30″ of ribbon
  • Two 3″ segments of ribbon to cover the fabric/ribbon connection
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun (or another type of fabric glue, if you prefer)
  • Fray check (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Measure your fabric against your beads.  The fabric should be wide enough to surround your beads plus 1/2″-3/4″ for wiggle room and the seam.  The fabric should be long enough to cover your length of beads plus several inches.  My bead string is about 12″ long and my fabric was about 20″ long.  I had some fabric leftover, but I wanted to make sure I had enough.
  2. Once you have cut out your fabric strip, fold it in half lengthwise with right sides facing in.  Sew a 1/4″ seam down the long side of the fabric.  Turn this tube inside out.
  3. Feed the bead string through one end of the fabric tube.
  4. Use the embroidery floss to tie a knot in between one set of beads.  Wrap the floss around the knot several times and then tie a second knot to secure it.  I started in the middle of the bead string and the middle of the fabric to make sure I had equal amounts of fabric at either end.
  5. Once you have finished tie all the beads in place, trim the excess fabric at each end down to about 1″.
  6. Cut the ribbon so that you have one piece that is about 20″ long and another that is about 10″ long.  Use glue to attach one end of each piece of ribbon to one end of the fabric.
  7. Glue the ends of the 3″ pieces of ribbon down to prevent fraying.  If you are using hot glue, use as little as possible for this step as the glue does not allow for much flexibility.  I was in a hurry to finish this project for the next day, so I did not want to wait for another type of glue to dry.
  8. Wrap the ribbon segments around the messy ends of fabric and ribbon and use glue to secure.
  9. Tie a bow with the two lengths of ribbon close to one end of the necklace.  Trim any excess ribbon.  Be sure to cut the ends of the ribbon at an angle to prevent fraying.  Fray check can be applied at this point, but I didn’t have any on hand.
  10. The finished necklace should be big enough to slip over your head.  Therefore, if you want to secure the bow with glue or thread, feel free!
  11. Wear the necklace and admire your handiwork!

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Message Board

A lot of people make message boards and I have ALWAYS wanted to make/buy/own one!  Unfortunately, I just don’t have the extra funds for something like this.  I also haven’t had an extra canvas lying around.  What I do have is cardboard!  For some reason I always seem to have plenty of it!  The nice thing about using cardboard for the backbone of this project is that it is highly customizable.  You can make it any size or shape you want!  I chose a decent sized, long, vertical board.  The original plan was going to have a contrasting frame in that fun polka dot fabric, but I just couldn’t figure out how to make it work.  I still wanted to use the fabric though, so I opted for pockets!

Materials needed:

  • Two or three pieces of cardboard cut to the same size (I used two)
  • Two or three layers of batting depending on how plush you want your board (I used two layers of thin batting)
  • Two contrasting pieces of fabric (one must be large enough to cover the cardboard)
  • Ribbon (mine is about 1/4″ wide)
  • Buttons
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread

Instructions:

  1. Use hot glue to attach your pieces of cardboard to each other.  Doubling or tripling the boards will give them more strength.
  2. Cut the batting to the same size as the board.  I used glue to attach the corners of the batting to the board, but this is up to you.
  3. Cut the main fabric to be about 2″ wider than the board on all sides.
  4. Cut any pockets as wide as the main fabric, but as tall as you want the pocket.  Make sure you leave enough fabric to have 2″ extra at the bottom of the board and about 1″ extra to fold over the top edge of the pocket (like a hem).
  5. Lay the board face down on the back side of the main fabric (the batting should be sandwiched in the middle).  Pull the edges up and glue them to the back of the board.  Make sure the fabric is taut.  Fold the corners under at an angle to make sure no loose edges will show from the front of the frame.
  6. For the pockets, fold the top edge in to prevent any loose edges from showing.  Glue them to the board just like the main fabric.  I have two pockets (one in the same pattern as the main fabric), but you can have as many as you want!
  7. Time for the ribbons!  Cross the ribbons over the front of the fabric and glue the ends to the back of the board.  These ribbons need to be tight or they won’t be able to hold anything.  The number of crosses you can fit depends on the size of your board.
  8. Sew a button onto each cross.  Make sure you go through all layers of the board with the needle to fasten it securely.  Don’t worry, it is surprisingly easy to sew through cardboard!
  9. Attach a ribbon to hang it and that board is finished!The two close up pictures above are of my husband and my older sister (Carter’s mom)…the pictures are goofy, but they’re some of my absolute favorites!

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Birthday Hat

 

As promised here is the birthday hat I made for my nephew!  It is a simple cone design that can can be customized with shapes, numbers, and a super fun pom-pom!  I chose polka dots to match his birthday banner!

Materials needed:

  • Stiff felt
  • Scraps of soft felt
  • Pom-pom
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Fabric marker

Instructions:

  1. Cut a length of stiff felt about 6-1/2″ x 12″.  This size can be larger for an older kid or adult if preferred.
  2. Pinch the middle of one of the twelve inch sides of felt and roll the felt into a cone.  Be careful not to crease the felt too much.  Apply hot glue where the two edges overlap.
  3. Use a ruler to measure the length from the tip of the cone to the shortest point on the side.  This should be about 6″.  Use the marker and the ruler to place marks around the bottom of the cone to satisfy your measurement.  Cut around the cone following the marks until the bottom of the cone is even all the way around.
  4. Cut a length of ribbon so that it will be long enough to tie in a bow under the child’s chin.  With the seam in the back of the hat, glue one end of the ribbon on the outside of one side of the cone.  Repeat this process with the other end of the ribbon.  Make sure these two ends are directly across from each other.  Cut the middle of the ribbon at an angle to prevent fraying.
  5. Cut a strip of felt in a complimentary color about 1″ wide (to cover up the ribbon ends from step 4).  Make sure this strip is long enough to surround the entire bottom edge of the cone.  Glue the strip to the bottom edge of the cone.
  6. Cut out a birthday number or other shapes in different colors and use the glue to decorate the hat.
  7. Apply a large spot of hot glue to the tip of the hat and hold the pom-pom in place until the glue sets.
  8. You’re all finished!  Let the celebrations begin!

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Birthday Banner

My nephew is turning 1!  Since my family is coming from all over the place and has all sorts of different time commitments, we celebrated his birthday a few weeks early.  I saw this super fun confetti garland from Increasingly Domestic and had to make one for the party!  I decided to add letters to mine to personalize it for the kid (not that he can read, but he did like the fun colors!).  I also made the birthday hat, so be sure to look for that in an upcoming post!

Materials needed:

  • Felt sheets in several different colors (one sheet of each color should be sufficient for a banner of this size)
  • Ribbon scraps
  • Letter templates (I printed my from a word processor)
  • Circle template (I used the bottom of a candle jar – about 3-1/2″ diameter)
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions:

  1. Trace several circles onto your felt using your circle template and felt marker.  I traced 4 circles onto each color of felt.  Since I found 8 different colors of felt, I had a total of 32 circles to create 2 separate chains.  Cut the circles out.
  2. Sew a line through the center of each circle so the circles are just touching at the edges.  Do not cut the threads in between the circles.  Increasingly Domestic provides an excellent photo tutorial for this process.
  3. If you need to create your letter templates, follow these directions.  If not, skip to the next step.  I used Microsoft Word to print out huge letters, but you can use any word processor.  Open the program and type out one of each letter that you will need on your banner.  Highlight the letters and try out different fonts until you find one you like.  Make sure it is thick enough to easily cut out.  I stopped at a font called Marker Felt.  Increase the font size until it is large enough for your banner.  My font size is 250.  Print out the letters and cut them out.
  4. Choose which circle will hold which letter and trace that letter onto a contrasting color of felt.  You might want to trace the letter upside down so any marker lines do not show on the finished product.  Cut the letters out.
  5. Time for the hot glue gun!  Use the glue gun to adhere the letters to the circles.  Make sure the letters are where you want them before attaching them to the circles.  Hot glue is not a very forgiving material when used with felt.
  6. Glue a loop of ribbon to the backside of the end circles.
  7. Hang up your banner and celebrate!  These circles have a tendency to twist on the chain (which is part of the charm), so you may want to hang the chain against a flat wall to keep the letters facing forward.

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Jewelry Hanger

I saw this awesome jewelry hanger on Just Thought I’d Share about a week ago.  This made me think about my poor jewelry hanging out in one giant ball in the top drawer of my dresser.  Most of the time I am too lazy or crunched for time to bother pulling them apart to actually wear something!  I’ve been thinking for a long time that I needed some sort of jewelry box, but I just hadn’t bought/found/made one.

Then I saw this fantastic idea!  A frame that displays all of your jewelry on hooks!  Like art!  Something to sort my jewelry and decorate my walls at the same time?  Fabulous!  I had to make one right away!

I immediately headed for my icky-looking frame collection and found a large metal frame that used to hold my sorority composites while I was in college.  The edge was starting to rust, so it needed some sort of refinishing. This is where I ran into trouble.  I really didn’t want to purchase anything specifically for this project so that ruled out spray paint or some sort of primer.  My first attempts at just painting over the frame with a silver acrylic were a definite fail.  Then I attempted some sort of refinish like my fabric covered frame from a few weeks ago.  Another fail.  Nothing wanted to stick to this ugly frame!  Eventually I settled on a layer of tacky glue and then fabric clamped down (with about 100 paper clips) overnight until it dried into position.  It still didn’t want to stick, but when the backing was added to the frame, it stayed in place nicely!

After my experiences, I would highly recommend a different frame (this was a pretty ugly frame to begin with) or a purchase of primer as the original instructions described!

I settled on old jeans to cover the frame and a scrap of a suiting fabric my cousin gave me a while ago.  This was a relatively easy project except for my whole frame fiasco!  I am very pleased with the results and wear my jewelry a lot more frequently!  I highly recommend it!

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No Sew Kid/Pet-Friendly Placemat

My critters are messy.  Dripping water, throwing food…you name it!  Hence the inspiration for the placemat.  This super easy placemat is sealed with Mod Podge (non toxic!), so you just wipe with a damp cloth to clean!  This would work great for babies, kids or pets.  Just keep in mind that Mod Podge doesn’t react well with heat.  Remember to wait until the Mod Podge is completely dry on each step before moving on to the next (this shouldn’t take too long).

Materials needed:

  • 12″ x 18″ fabric for the top
  • 16″ x 22″ fabric for the bottom
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge

Instructions

  1. Place the top fabric (right side up) in the middle of the bottom fabric (right side down).  There should be 2″ of the bottom fabric showing around all sides.
  2. Cut a 2″ square out of each corner of the bottom fabric.
  3. Fold each visible rectangle of bottom fabric in half lengthwise.  Iron the fold.
  4. Fold these new rectangles on top of the top fabric.  Iron the fold.
  5. Temporarily unfold these folds.  Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the area just over the top fabric.  Refold the crease you made in step 3 and smooth the fabric out.
  6. Remove the top fabric.  Apply a layer of Mod Podge to area of the bottom fabric where the top fabric just was.  Smooth the top fabric onto this area.
  7. Apply Mod Podge to the corners of the bottom fabric rectangles.  Fold the corners down to make triangles.  This will make sure all raw edges are hidden in the final project.
  8. Apply Mod Podge to the remainder of the bottom fabric still visible and refold the crease you made in step 4.  Smooth out the fabric.
  9. Apply at least two layers of Mod Podge to the entire project front and back.  This will ensure the fabric is completely protected from whatever your kids/critters want to spill on it!
  10. Your placemat is now complete!  I told you that was easy!


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