Wednesday, October 27, 2010

apron for a swap

I finished up this apron a couple weeks ago for a swap I did with some friends. Loved the pattern and the girl wanted bright colors, so I used this cute fabric I found in town at the quilt shop. The ruffle was fun to do. Instead of using thread to pull the ruffle, the pattern said to sew over dental floss, then pull the floss - it was great, because it didn't break like thread does!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween Decor-Spider

This was actually not my idea. And I didn't even make it, but my cute friend Janie said that I could post it on here because I thought it was such a cute idea! She had a broken umbrella and decided to make a spider out of it. She bought some fleece in the remnants section and used some fiber fill.

For the body she cut a big circle, cut a scissor size cut where each of the legs were, then stuffed the top with fiber fill and hot glued it all into a ball.

For the head she cut a circle and stuffed it with fiber fill and then sewed the ball shut.
Here's her super cute cat!!
Then she hot glued the head to the body. With the fleece she had to use quite a bit of glue, but after holding it for a minute or two it held pretty good.
She bought some googly eyes from Hobby Lobby and hot glued them onto the head. It was a pretty simple project, but I think it turned out awesome! I hate spiders, but for a Halloween decoration I think it's such a great idea and just goes to show that you can make anything out of anything!
Thanks Janie for letting me share this!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Candy Corn Wreath

When I received the October Woman's Day Magazine in the mail, it had a candy corn wreath on the front cover and I knew immediately that I HAD to make it!! This could also be titled the Patience Wreath! It took a lot of patience, 2 bags of candy corns, and a few blisters to make this! For those of you who have not seen the magazine, this is what I did:

First, you get a styrofoam wreath. The instructions said to cover it with black Duct Tape. I did not have black on hand, but I had silver and black spray paint. So I covered it first and then sprayed it.

After the paint dries, pop in your favorite movie (or two) and glue, and glue, and glue!

When that's all dry, wrap some black ribbon around it, hang it up and enjoy!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Candy Corn Decoration

Items Needed:
Styrofoam Topiary
Clay pot
Black spray paint
candy corn
hot glue gun
cute ribbon

1. Spray paint pot and topiary

2. Hot glue the candy corn to the ball parts. (I was going to do the whole thing pointy, but it took me forever. So I did the lower one with the candy corn on the side. It was quite a bit faster.)

3. Hot glue the topiary sides to the pot.

4. Fill the pot to the top with candy corn.

5. Tie some cute ribbon on however you'd like!

I don't know how well it's going to last for next year. I might try spraying it with some kind of lacquer, but I guess we'll see. If it doesn't last. . .it was a lot of work and will kind of annoy me. . .but it is cute, so I'll enjoy it for as long as I can!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The New Headboard

The old Headboard. I wish i would've taken a picture of this with the bed made, oh well.The new Headboard. The full red squares have the fabric turned down on it to add a little dimension. You just can't see it in this picture.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Baby Shower Gift

My friend is having a baby boy the beginning of November and I'm super excited for her! Here is the gifts that I made for her.

I love these self-binding blankets! They are so easy and so cute!Then I did some appliques. I found a few online tutorials, but I ended up just using light weight stitch witchery. Then I put a piece of computer behind it to help feed it through. It worked like a charm and didn't bunch up the onsie at all! I'm so happy!
Then I made her a few burp cloths using THIS tutorial. I love it by the way!
I've very excited with how it all turned out!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Linen Shelf Cover

In my new apartment I have no linen closet. The only place I had to put my towels, sheets, and TP was a plastic shelving unit I got from Lowe's that I put in our guest bathroom. Well it looked terrible and I wanted to cover it up. I used Make it and Love it's tissue box cover Tutorial found HERE. I just made it to the dimensions of the shelf. Then I added ribbon on the top and had two pieces for the front and added two buttons with flowers so it would stay closed and look pretty!
So far it's worked great!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Picture Board

My fridge is covered with baby announcements and other family/friend pictures. I was getting a little sick of the clutter on my fridge so I decided to make a picture board. I decided to only use items I already had to make this.

Cardboard Box
Piece of fabric the size of one side of the box
thin ribbon
thick ribbon
staple gun & staples
embroidery thread

I cut one side of the cardboard box and then placed a same size piece of batting on the box. Then I covered it with the piece of fabric and flipped it onto it's back. I took my staple gun and staples and placed one staple in the middle of each side, and then stapled the rest of the fabric to the box.
After that I took the skinny ribbon and cut it to the different sizes I wanted and then staples them to the back as well.
I tried stapling the ribbon down where they met in the middle but the staple wouldn't hold. So I decided to sew it in. I took a bigger needle and some embroidery thread and sewed each intersection of ribbon.
Then I took thicker ribbon and cut it in two pieces, staples to the back on opposite ends of one side and then tied it in a bow so I could hang it up on the wall.

And there you have it!
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