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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
So today I thought I'd share with you a cute and festive St. Patty's Day wreath. I'm not Irish, but I do consider myself lucky!
Take your green scraps and rip or cut 2 inch strips.
Hot glue the end of one strip and start wrapping your wreath.
Add hot glue every so often and continue to wrap your wreath until it's all covered.
Using a knit jersey like fabric (it doesn't have to be, just as long as it's a light and flowy fabric), an old t-shirt works great, cut out 3 inch circles.
I'm not sure how many I used, but I'm guessing about 15-20. Also, your circles don't have to be perfect since it won't matter.
With each circle piece, add a dab of glue in the center.
Then bunch the fabric at the center point with your fingers.
This will make small gathered pieces like this.
Start gluing them onto the bottom corner of your wreath, keeping them fairly close together.
You can make your ruffled bunch as big or as small as you like. This is what you'll create.
Now get to your small scraps.
Cut small triangle pieces out of a few different fabrics and cut a piece of thin ribbon about 12 inches in length (also depends on the width of your wreath).
Glue along the top of the back of your triangle.
Attach the ribbon along the top.
Keep attaching your traingle pieces along the piece of your ribbon. You should only need about 5 or 6 triangles on your mini bunting.
Hot glue the two ends of the bunting onto the wreath. Then trim your ribbon ends.
Using your felt scraps and a template of a shamrock (I used my kiddo's foam stickers, but here's a good template), trace and cut them out.
I did a smaller size out of the white felt as well.
Now hot glue each shamrock to the ends of the bunting.
Then glue the white ones on top.
And that's it!
Now you have yourself a St. Patty's Day wreath!
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
It seems my boys are no longer babies.
Well, that was a given since their 2nd birthday.
But they're sitting on a chair at mealtime, going to the potty, starting to dress themselves and playing nonstop with their tools and trucks (or 'chucks' as they call them). On top of that, if my husband's working in the garage.. they're there!
So it was time for their very own tool belts.
It was a quick project (since I was having to make two) with little supplies, that I figured I'd give you a tutorial.
Here's what you'll need:
roll of grosgrain ribbon (you won't need a whole roll)
old jeans or sturdy material
scrap of another material (can be cotton or denim)
First off, cut a piece from your old jeans. I actually used this pair for this project first.
My piece measured 8" long by 14" across the bottom and 11" across the top.
Lay your denim piece over the scrap piece, both laying right side down, with the top 1/3 off the fabric. Be sure the top of the scrap piece is straight (this will be the top of the front pocket).
Cut around the denim piece in the same shape.
Fold over the top of the cut piece and press with an iron.
Sew a hem just along the top.
Place the piece over top of the denim piece, lining up the bottom and sides. Pin it on and sew around the outer edges, leaving the top open.
Sew two more seams going down the front for pockets. Here you can choose to do two pockets as well or even a few narrow pockets.
Now fold over the edges of the sides and bottom of the apron and pin in place. You'll be sewing a hem around the edges of the apron. You can do the top or leave it like I did, either way it will be covered up.
Now press your edges with an iron.
Next, get your ribbon and cut a 4" piece. (You may want to make this longer, depends on your child's toys. Once I was finished, I noticed some of the toy hammers are too big to fit in the slot I made).
Fold in half and pin onto the side of your apron.
Then sew it on.
For the top, you'll lie the top of the apron over the ribbon leaving excess ribbon on either sides of your apron. I had about 6 or 7 inches on both sides. You may need to measure your child's waist to see how much extra you'll need.
Pin it and then sew your ribbon onto the apron.
For the edges of the ribbon, I burnt the edges with a lighter so they wouldn't fray.
Now take a 4 inch piece of velcro and pin them on the ends of your ribbon. Make sure you're sewing them on the right sides.
This is how it should look when you're done.
You now have a cute tool belt for your little handyman!
Try them on and play away!
My boys really are growing up.. they'll actually stand still for a picture now!
A perfect place to put all your tools.