Friday, November 30, 2012

Bow Sweater Re-do

Last year, I went to a swap party at my friend, Heidi's house.  I picked up this cozy maroon sweater, it's a medium and I usually wear an XS. But, I thought the color would be great to wear to a Virginia Tech game and I could probably do something to make it fit better.

A quick trip to the craft store and I picked up the supplies I needed....some snaps and orange ribbon (2 yards).

2 Yards was more ribbon than I needed, but I wanted to make sure I would have enough to tie a nice bow.  I started by cutting the ribbon in half so I had 2 pieces, 1 yard each.  Then I heat sealed the ends using my grill lighter.

I tried the sweater on and crossed the two front flaps and marked with pins where they would be (sorry I forgot to take a picture of that).  I also marked with pins where the snap would need to be sewn on.  Then I just started sewing, first the snap.

Then the ribbon....

After I was done, I put it on my dress form and tied the bow.  Then I trimmed the ribbon and heat set the ends with my grill lighter.

I think it turned out super cute and will be nice and warm at a Fall Football game!

Monday, November 26, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Crafts!!

Hey guys!! So, I have been working on a lot of Christmas crafts and decided this year, I'd do a '12 Days' theme!!

That's right....starting 12/3, I will post a different Christmas craft each weekday until 12/18!! 

Be sure to follow along and here's a sneak peak at some things I've been working on!!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Felt Pin the Feather on a Turkey

I was recently asked to make a couple games for our school's Fall Festival.  I needed to make a 'Pin the Tail on the Deer' and 'Pin the Feather on the Turkey' game. These were so much fun, I really love to cut and put scraps of material or paper together.


I started by covering the cork-board with light blue felt.

I ironed on wonder-under to the light brown felt. Then I made a simple deer pattern out of newspaper and cut out the deer.

 Continuing in this same manner, I ironed wonder-under on dark brown felt.  Placing the felt at the top of the deer's head, I drew antlers on the wonder-under, cutout and ironed down.

I also ironed on the hooves, eyes and mouth.

I then made 3 tails to pin on and added a few spots to his back.  On the back of each tail, I ironed on a piece of iron-on velcro, so they will stick better.

I did similar steps to make the turkey...ironing wonder under to the felt, cutting out the shapes and ironing them to the background. 

Here is the iron on Velcro, I used stiff felt for the turkey's feathers, so they wouldn't flop off.

I hope these will be great at the festival and we'll be able to use them for a few years.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Cloth Corn decoration

I made this simple cloth corn hanging from some leftover scrap material I had on hand.  It only took about 20 minutes for the whole project!

Here's what you need...

scrap material (orange or yellow colors)
pillow stuffing

First, I made this simple oval corn shape out of paper as a pattern. Cut two corn shapes per material.  I made 3 pieces of corn for my hanging.

Place material right sides together and sew around the edge.  Leave an opening at the top to turn the corn right side out and for stuffing it.

Turn each right side out and stuff!

In the hole at the top, stuff some straw in.

Cut a long piece of twine or brown string and tie around the top of the corn.  Wrap the twine a round a couple times and tie again.  Be sure to leave a long piece of twine for tying the three pieces of corn together.

After all 3 pieces were made, I just tied them together are various lengths.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Pumpkin Nameplates

I purchase a few real gourd pumpkins before Halloween this year and after the holiday, I was trying to think of something else to use them for.  I came up with the idea of making them into chalkboard nameplates for the table.

Black and white acrylic paint
Chalkboard paint
mini gourd pumpkins

If you are buying gourds, try to pick some that are more flat and not too bumpy.  I find chalkboard paint a little thin, so I first painted a layer of black acrylic paint in a rectangle.

Once it dried, I did 3 coats of chalkboard paint.  It was a sunny day, so I would set the pumpkins outside for about 10 minutes to dry between layers.

Once the black was dry, I painted some decorative details on with the white paint.

Once the black paint was good and dry (I suggest letting it dry overnight), B wrote their names on each pumpkin.

Then we sat them out in front of their turkey place mats.

We don't have a big sit down Thanksgiving dinner at our house, but if we did, I think this would be such a cute idea for the guests.  Then they could take their pumpkin home at the end of the night!

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