Monday, November 25, 2013

DIY Felt Pine Cones

So I tried searching for a way to make felt pine the end I took several ideas and put them together and this is what I came up with.

Here's what you'll need:
Hot glue and gun
Scrap paper
Brown felt
Bottle cap
Tim Holtz On the Edge die--Brackets
Tim Holtz Tattered Florals
Sizzix machine

Here's a video to show you how to make them:

You you liked this video! Good luck on your project! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

DIY Lace Sweatshirt

About a year ago I was on Pinterest and found a awesome idea to turn an over-sized sweatshirt into a cardigan...well...that didn't really work out for me. As I have stated before...I know nothing about sewing and with that project you definitely needed some knowledge. So I had this shirt just tucked away in my craft room...just waiting. Then a few months ago I came across this shirt from Urban Outfitters and thought..."hmm, I wonder if I could make that?"

Urban Outfitters....I think I can make something like this

This is what I had to start with...a black sweatshirt  I bought from a thrift store for $3.99

And some lace that I already had (it was FREE at a yard sale a few years ago).

Last year for Christmas my husband bought me a new sewing machine. With it came lots of great tools like this seam ripper. So I started by removing the seams at the neck and the waist where I would need my lace to be sewn into. 

Then I layed it out with the lace in place.

I pinned it to help hold it and I just sewed along the current stitch. This sweatshirt was doubled stitched. I tried to match it as perfectly to the original as I could...but they are not exact (I'll keep that in mind the next time I try something like this). I sewed along the current hems and switched my thread out at the top and used white to stitch along the length of the lace.  

Now this sweatshirt was bought bigger than what I would normally wear as it was for another project and although the original one from Urban Outfitters is also not form fitting, but it also isn't baggie. The simplest way I could think of was to sew up each side along the side seam. I started from the waist and went all the way to the wrist sewing approximately 1/2- 3/4 an inch. I haven't decided yet whether or not I will shorten the sleeves to 3/4 length as in the one from UO. But for now, I like it. I hope you do too! Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Pinspiration Sunday: Burlap Bubble Wreath with Felt Poinsettias

I saw this crazy cute wreath on Pinterest from See Vanessa Craft and knew I had to make it. Last year I made my yarn ball wreath which I absolutely love and do not want to replace so I made this as a Christmas gift. 

Here's what you'll need:

Foam wreath form
burlap (about 1 1/2 yards)
felt for flowers and BHG pattern
hot glue and gun

You'll need to cut your burlap into 4inch X 4inch squares. Here's how I did mine...First, I measured from the edge over 4 inches. I then pulled one thread of the burlap out at that measurement. Then I measured over 4 inches from there and repeated until I was complete across the entire piece of burlap.

Next, I turned the burlap piece 90 degrees and repeated the steps from above

Now I had a grid where I could easily cut my precise measured pieces. Once that was done, it's to start assembling the wreath. Here's a video to show you how I did mine.

I took left over squares and glued them along the back of the wreath form just as suggested in the original tutorial I saw. However, I would suggest just wrapping the burlap around the wreath at the beginning. But either way, it works. 

To make the pointsettias, visit Better Homes & Gardens to get the pattern and instructions for assembly. Once I made mine, I hot glued them into place. Then I added a small ribbon for hanging that I pinned into place.

This is the finished wreath:

Instead of using more felt for the centers of the flowers, I just used some silver fabric paint.
I hope you liked this tutorial. After all the measuring and cutting, it's actually pretty simple to put together. If you try this one, be sure to let me know! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Christmas Crafts are Coming

Well now that Halloween is's on to Christmas! Yesterday I saw my first Christmas commercial this year. So if Christmas commercials are being shown, I guess I can start posting some Christmas projects. Tomorrow will be my first tutorial for a holiday project. Be sure to check back in!