Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Customize one that works with the design of your felted sweaters.The white cover consists of a cashmere sweater's body that is sewn on one end; add ties (3/4-inch strips, rolled and whipstitched) to other end. To conceal pillow inside, fold another piece of the fabric over its edge and stitch one end to cover. The envelope-style orange cover (with darts at corners) uses pieces from a sweater's body and sleeves. For tan cover, make a patchwork top by piecing together sleeves; secure with a zigzag stitch.
I just think it would be so much fun to find children's sweaters and make pillow for my little guys' beds!!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
1/2 yard fleece fabric
Needle and thread
Buttons, appliqués, or felt pieces for decoration
1 yard decorative cord
Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. First, determine the size of the hat. (To avoid ruining the surprise, measure the head of someone who is similar in size to the recipient.) Now cut a piece of fleece that's 16 inches wide and as long as the measurement you took plus 2 inches. 2. Fold the fleece in half, right side in so the 16-inch edges match up. Sew a 1/2-inch-wide seam along this edge, stopping 5 inches from the bottom (see A). Just below the last stitch, make a 1/2-inch cut in from the side. Turn the material right side out. Now sew a seam along the last 5 inches of unsewn fleece (see B). 3. Roll the bottom of the hat up two turns, so the cuff conceals the bottom part of the seam. To keep the cuff from unrolling, sew on a decorative button, an appliqué, or a felt cutout. 4. Finally, gather the top 3 inches of the hat and tie a colorful cord around it.
P.S. Sorry about not posting anything for awhile! We have had a busy Christmas season and family in town! But now I am back with some fun ideas for the new year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and hope you have a Happy New Year!!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Fun little paper plate snoman for little hands to make, CLICK HERE.
HOPE YOU ARE ALL HAVING A BEAUTIFUL WINTER!!!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Colored Paper Cones
Cones can be cut from plain colored paper or from greeting cards. To create, draw an arc onto a corner of the construction paper or card using a compass opened up as wide as it can go. Using a pair of pinking shears, cut inside the line. Roll the paper into a cone and staple; reinforce with tape along the inside seam. To decorate a plain paper cone, draw an oval (we used a stencil from an art-supply store) around a chosen image from a greeting card, and cut just inside the line with pinking shears. Glue the cutout to the front of the cone. Punch a hole on both sides of the cone, thread a ribbon through, and knot the ends.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
P.S. the kids would have fun making these for their teachers or even for their own tiny trees!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Who doesn't love tinsel? Here's another way to use it: Twist wired tinsel (available at specialty-craft stores) into six-pointed stars. Cut three pieces of tinsel, two of equal length and one a little longer. Twist equal pieces together at centers, and wrap third piece onto the two twisted pieces, forming a star. Bend end of longer piece into a hook, and attach the star from the ribbon on a gift. Or hang as an ornament on a tree.
How fun are these money rolls!!! All you do is wrap a money roll in scrapbook paper (Martha has a different way of doing this that sounds a little more complicated) So I would use either use scrapbook paper or wrapping paper and then wrap that in cellophane and use yarn to tie the ends with a cute tag! How fun to put into a stocking!!
(Both ideas are from Martha Stewart)
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Click on this picture to enlarge it so you can read it better!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Button Gift Wrap
This button-stamped gift wrap is fun to make. Affix button to a cork with double-sided tape. Place plain paper on a piece of felt or a folded piece of fabric (this cushions the paper so the mark will be even). Top with a pretty button tied on with baker's twine.
Monday, December 1, 2008
ARENT THESE CUTE?? I made these with my kids two years ago and my daughter loved it!! We just pulled out the one she made tonight in fact, and she remembers making these and said she had so much fun! I would recommend using a royal icing to bond the candy to each other because it hardens so well. Here is a recipe I found on Martha Stewarts website:
1 pound confectioners' sugar
5 tablespoons meringue powder
Scant 1/2 cup water
(Makes 2 1/2 cups)
INSTRUCTIONS on how to make the ornaments:
With an icy tingle on the tongue and a pinwheel of Santa-red and snow-white stripes, peppermints are the coolest holiday sweets -- especially when transformed into edible hanging ornaments. Lay five or so peppermint candies in a circle to form a wreath; bond sides together with icing. Adorn front with cinnamon candies or mints. Let dry two hours before hanging. Loop twine around ornament; knot.