Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
I am hosting a brunch next week and wanted to do a dry run of the table. I'm not sure this is what I'll be doing for sure, but at least I have a good idea of what the place mats look like.
I have to admit, I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. And I love the little pops of turquoise in with all the fall colors.
After I showed my daughter these place mats, she said she wanted a pillow like them. Since we're doing her room for her birthday, I obliged. This pillow is made using turquoise velvet and dark brown felt. I used the DIY pattern again for the flowers. To make all three, I simply cut out each size on the template twice.
I am loving how this blue and brown looks on these red chairs my dad built for us. I might have to make some pillows to keep out there permanently!
Friday, October 29, 2010
Yes, you read that right I was invited by the wonderful Kari of Ucreate to guest post over there today. I cried and sweat over what I should share, and by a complete fluke came up with these Burlap Fall Place Mats!
Head on over and see for yourself!
And if you're visiting from Ucreate, Welcome! I'm so glad to have you. I hope you'll look around and stay a while.
Don't forget to come back tomorrow and see all the other place mats and different projects I have created using this technique.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
This flower is made using the same technique as my chrysanthemum pillow- just FEWER petals!
Sew a gathering stitch along the bottom of each half circle. Gather them up to form petals.
Cut a slit in the middle of your whole circle and turn right side out. This will be your center. Take the five large petals and arrange them in a circle. Hand stitch them to your base (whatever you are putting the flower on, or just a scrap piece of fabric). Arrange the three smaller petals in the same manner and stitch down- they should cover the bottom seams of the larger petals. Take the whole circle and pinch it in the middle, with the cut side down. Sew the pinches together a few times to secure, then stitch to the center of the flower. And there you have a lovely five petal flower!
Monday, October 25, 2010
And so, the birthday box was born! In it I keep my happy birthday banner (which I also sell at boutiques- and am hoping to get in my Etsy shop soon!), my scrap table runner, candles, cupcake papers, bags of balloons and my cupcake stands.
The night before the birthday, we bust open the box! All it takes is a an hour or so, a good pair of lungs (thanks, honey) and some candy-filled jars. PRESTO! Instant party!
The kids love all the balloons and it turns an ordinary kitchen into a PAR-TAY!
How do you celebrate big days?
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Holy Sharp, Batman!
Seriously- I have had my rotary cutter for years- yes you read that right Y E A R S. And I have NEVER changed the blade. WHAT WAS I THINKING??? Sorry for all the shouting, but sometimes I think I am seriously the most challenged woman on the planet.
The first time I cut felt after changing the blade, I thought I cut through the entire mat as well. I was pushing so hard the blade actually got stuck in the mat!
The rest of the cutting was a breeze! I mean like a really gentle, slightly warm, full of tropical goodness type of breeze. Wait, what was that, did I just hear angels singing? I think I might have! I have repented of my evil, cheapskate, drive the blade into the dirt, ways. I will always have a replacement blade on hand, and I will not be afraid to use it, so help me scissors! A shot of the contents of the kit. Packaged those babies up and sent them on their merry way. I hope they have fun putting them together.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
To make this flower you will need one ruffled strip of fabric and a piece of felt or other fabric to construct the flower on.
The length and width of the ruffle is up to you, but there are a couple of things to be aware of- first, it's easier to cut some off than add some on- so make it a little longer than you think you'll need. Second, the wider the strip, the taller the flower and the bigger around the flower can be. Again, it's easier to take away than to add, so go a little wider than you think.
If you were making a flat flower, you would take your ruffle and lay it out nice and flat, sew it down, and then keep going until you filled in the center.
Annnnyway. Once you have decided how lofty you want the flower to be, I find it easiest to just start sewing. This can be a bit tricky since you're basically sewing in a fabric cup and it can get hard to see. Just take your time and go slow. This is where the super neat feature on my machine that stops the needle in the down position comes in handy. Just keep going in circles- lower the needle, lift the presser foot and turn the base fabric, tucking the ruffle under- until you have filled the center of the flower. Take care that the layers are close enough to overlap just a little. I usually fold over the last bit and just sew it down so it covers the rough edges of the ruffle.
Trim off the excess base fabric. I usually just tack down the starting edge (but only the top corner) to the next layer of ruffle so it doesn't stick out. If you find the flower is too tall for you, you can cut it down to the desired height now.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I used the tutorial on Jones Design Company to make this blue flower. The only thing I did different- instead of cutting out a flower shape I cut out circles, folded them in half, then in thirds and rounded the top. This made a six petal flower. Then follow along with the rest of her tutorial.
I have been hoarding this fabric for over a year. My mom saw it and requested a bag out of it. Who am I to deny? I think it turned out gorgeous.