Monday, November 28, 2011

Muffin Pan Advent Calendar

I have seen these muffin pan advent calendar's a few times online.  I decided I'd give it a try this year.

Here is what you need:
24 count mini muffin pan
scrapbook paper
stickers, punches, etc. for decorating
rubber cement

I didn't take a lot of pictures while making this because honestly, it doesn't require a lot of explanation. Using a circle cutter, I cut 2.25 inch circles out of green card-stock to cover the holes.  I did all my circles green to give it more consistency.

I chose to go with the three main colors: green, brown, silver.  These are the three base colors I use in my home for decorating at Christmas.

On the back of each circle, stick two magnets, one at the top and one at the bottom.  It is important that the circle on the back is card-stock, it needs to be thicker to hold the 'treat' inside the muffin cup.

I wrote my numbers on by hand, but you could use number stickers or stamps as well.

I taught this craft at my church a couple Saturday's ago.  MK and B made one there as well!  Here is there's....

Merry Christmas, let the countdown begin!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Easy Shirt Dress

This is a simple dress to make.  I have made a couple for myself and several for my daughters and even one for my niece.

You will need:
T-shirt (short sleeve, long sleeve or tank top)
Material for the skirt - Measure around you t-shirt where you plan to sew the skirt on, you will need a length of material ~3 times as long to form the gathers.  I used a yard, cut in half and sewn together to make a longer strip of material.

Here's what you do....
For this dress, I wanted an empire waist, so I came up about eight inches from the bottom of the t-shirt.  To get the piece of material 3 times as long as the length around my t-shirt, I cut the yard of material in half.  Then I cut the two halves so that when I sewed the two ends together, I had a loop of material ~3 times the length around my t-shirt.  I then ironed down the seams.

Next on one end of the loop fold over the edge about 1/4 inch and iron.  Then fold over again 1 inch and iron.

Next you need to divide your material in quarters and mark with a pin on the folded edge.  Also, mark the two sides of your shirt with a straight pin and the center (front and back of the shirt), thus dividing your shirt in quarters.  Since I had sewn two strips of material into one loop, it was easy for me to find the two sides for the pins and then the mid-point front and back for a pin, thus dividing the skirt in quarters.

Line up the side seams of your shirt with the side seams of the material and pin together.  Pin at the height you want the skirt part of your dress to be.  For this one, I came up about eight inches from the bottom of my t-shirt.  Your skirt should be pinned to the shirt in four places now.  Working between the pins, make small pleats and pin them down. Continue around the skirt until it is all pleated.  Notice, I am pinning to the 'right' side of the t-shirt, not the inside.

Carefully, sew the skirt onto your shirt.  Since I came up eight inches from the bottom of my t-shirt, I had to be extra careful to not catch the 'extra' part of my shirt while sewing.

Once it is sewn all the way around, turn inside out and trim off the excess t-shirt.

Next hem the skirt to the length you want.  I cut mine at 35 inches and then put a 1 inch hem at the bottom.

Ooops....I made my skirt a little too short...EASY fix!  From the excess I trimmed of my skirt, I cut a piece of material 6 inches wide, then folded up to make a 1 inch hem. Then I just sewed this to the bottom of the skirt and I also added a rick-rack trim, so Cute, right?

And here is the finished dress!!!

Here's another one I made for myself out of some vintage material I got in an antique store in West Virginia on a girls weekend.  This one is more drop-waist and I also added a pocket with my initial embroidered on it.

And here is my niece wearing the one I made for her to wear in Disney.  The skirt is Disney princesses.

And here are my daughter's wearing two I made them for the fall.

Monday, November 21, 2011

'Gobble' Blocks

Here's a simple way to use up some old wood and make a super cute Thanksgiving decoration.

Here's what you need:
2x4 wood cut into squares
Paint (orange, yellow, brown, white)
Clear coat
Cloth, ribbon, rick-rack, buttons, etc. for decorating
Glue gun

Paint half of the wood blocks orange and half yellow.  I did two coats on mine.  Once dry, draw on the letters 'GOBBLE' with a pencil, you could also use a stencil.  Then paint the letters on with a paint brush.  You could also use a paint marker to make it a little easier.

Next, I did some little white dots on my letters, just to make them a little more cuter!

I then used my mouse sander (Black & Decker MS800B Mouse Detail Sander With Dust Collection) to sand the edges of each block to make it look a little 'old'.

Next, I clear coated the blocks.  I used a matte finish, instead of glossy.

Now, the fun part...decorating them!  I decide to rip the orange dotted material into strips.  I thought the ragged ripped edge would look cute on the blocks.

I hot glued the material around each block.  Then did yellow rick-rack around 3 sides of the edge.  I did not put the rick-rack on the bottom because I found it made the block 'wobbly'.

Then I just added some buttons along the top and sides of each block and a little bow on the 'G' block.

I think these turned into a cute Thanksgiving decoration.  There are many words you could use instead of  'Gobble'.  Happy Thanksgiving!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Turkey Handprint Table Runner

A few years ago, I made this Turkey table runner.  MK's foot was the body of the turkey and B's hands formed the feathers.  The idea was that my daughter's would do a hand print on it each year....oops we skipped a few years.

I wanted to use this runner on my sideboard, but the length was not working out so well.  Plus, I was never truly happy with the design.  So, I decided to cut it, re-do it a bit and make it longer.

I got some burlap and muslin at the fabric store.  I decided on this design for the main part of the runner.  After pinning, I sewed the pieces together.

On either end, I sewed the turkey prints along with the printed material from the original runner on the back.

Next, I pinned two pieces of muslin on either end, pinning in pleats as I worked it along the edge.  I sewed on the two ends, hemmed it and all done!  A new table runner!

We added two more turkeys this year and I will try to remember to do this each year going forward!  This year we did them on one of the ends, but I also plan to put them along the main part of the runner as well.

And since we already had paint out and on our hands, I went ahead and had MK make an apron.  (She wanted all pink feathers.)  B made her apron last year.

Don't sew???  No worries, just buy a plain table runner and do the handprints on it!  Super simple!