DIY Spindle Sign Holder

Here is the story of how Sarah from Sidetracked Sarah turned this old spindle…


Into this beautiful handmade wedding present:


She started by sanding the spindle down really well, getting the old stain off.

Next, cut wood for the tops and bottoms. All ready to paint.  After that, she primed and painted each board and spindle.  Once the paint was dried, she screwed the bottom board and top board into place.  

After she screwed the bottom piece and top piece into place, she used wood glued on the top board then screwed the hook into place. 
So pretty!

She also made a “Welcome” sign by printing out the size and font she wanted onto card stock and cut out a template.  She spray painted the board black and after it had dried, attached her homemade stencil and began spraying it with white. 
Her husband drilled two holes into the corners of the sign and put baling wire through the holes so it  can hang from the hook.  You could easily change out the sign for something more season specific. 

See more creativity and DIY from Sarah at …
Sidetracked Sarah




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31 Days of Hope Auction begins today!

The 31 Days of Hope Auction at the DIY Club begins today!  Each piece is listed on ebay.
 
The store name is thediyclub.  Click {HERE} to view all pieces.
There are approximately 50 items listed that you can bid on created by fellow bloggers and donated by generous friends. 
Each piece starts at $1.00.  There are 10 days to bid! Including the Pink Angel Ornaments…handmade by me.  :) 

Please Please Please help spread the word on your blogs, facebook and twitter. . . and bid, bid, bid. Great items to add to your DIY supply closet and lots of lovely gifts for the quickly approaching holiday season!
The DIY Club is donating 100% of the auction earnings to the American Cancer Society and specifically the funds will go towards their Breast Cancer division.
Thank y
ou in advance for your bids! Now: Go shopping! 

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Focal Point

I‘ve enjoyed the posts over at Focal Point for quite a while now and I’m excited to share a few great DIY projects by Lynda with you! Here’s a little about her:
“I never really thought of myself as a DIYer – but hey – the shoe fits!! I love fashion & interior design. I also love & enjoy problem solving, making something from nothing, thrifting, furniture refinishing, decorating for the seasons (especially in seasonless South Florida!) and sharing with people how to create a look for less! After working in retail for 25 years and posting our home on HGTV Rate my Space, I started blogging (in Oct. 2009) as a means of sharing how to’s, home projects, and trend spotting.”
::: FOCAL POINT :::
Lynda recently created a beautiful gallery wall using things she already had.  I love when things like this come together.  Take a look at her stunning dining room:
If you’re wanting to do a gallery wall, you must read her No Template Tips. I want my dining room to look like hers. Lovely!
End of summer is a great time for re-organization in the pantry with lots of fall and holiday cooking coming up.  Just a little DIY and creativity…
See Lynda’s list of materials and how-to at Style Solution:  DIY Budget Pantry Update. I can’t wait to have a pantry again. ::envious:: Our old enclosed porch is serving as our pantry area at this time.   
And as a DIY’er, I LOVE the gift Lynda gave her mom this past Mother’s Day so much, I think my mom’s getting this next year (thanks, Lynda!)…
Before
Mom’s Memory Wall After
Spending time with her mom going through pictures was a bonus to the great gift.  Lynda also created two other gift areas.  You’ll have to head over to Focal Point Mom’s Day Gift to get the details. 
Lynda, thank you so much for sharing a few of your DIY ideas!  I always look forward to seeing what you’re up to next! 

DIY Project Parade and Handmade Boutique Baby Collection

This week, I finally finished this…
My Handmade “Boutique Baby” gift Collection…
Warning: 
This is a long post with a couple of tutorials, links and LOTS of pictures!
I finally wrapped up (literally) my handmade baby gifts. 

I think I got a little DIY-happy but I really wanted to create a handmade boutique baby collection. Everything was so easy and I just couldn’t stop. ;) I shared the sweet banner I made a few weeks ago…





as well as the Super Easy No Sew Tutu Tutorial
(This is the one I made for my niece’s 1st birthday when I took her pictures as her gift but I made one for the gift collection too.)


Here’s what else I tucked inside the gift box:

Baby Legwarmers Tutorial
Materials: A pair of ladies size socks (these ones are from Target – I had a hard time finding the right pink). Scissors and thread/sewing machine (or by hand).


1. Lay out each (ladies)sock and cut just above the heel. Set the “leg” part of the sock aside.

2. Cut the ‘heels’ and ‘toes’ of each off. 


3. Fold the ‘foot’ part of the sock in half (underneath) so inside and out shows the right side of the fabric and makes a ‘cuff’.


4. Slide ‘leg’ part into ‘cuff’ all right sides out, lining up the raw edge.


5. Pin 3 layers together evenly, lining up the raw edge.


6. Sew as close to the edge as you can, making sure to capture 3 layers.

7. Trim if necessary and flip up cuff. Cute legwarmer from ladies socks!


Handmade Peony Headband Tutorial

Materials:  Plain elastic headband, silk peony and rhinestone. Hot glue.

1.  I used a wipes container to stretch headband. 

2.  Disassem
ble the silk peony. Use wire cutters if necessary.

3.  Hot glue layers of the flower onto the elastic headband.

4.  Add layers until as full as desired.

5.  Hot glue rhinestone into center. Let dry.

Ta-da! Pretty BIG flower headband!

And using these beautiful fabrics (fabric.com) and baby flannel for the backing (reversible bibs, aprons and burp cloths from Joann Fabrics).


Premier Prints Trey Stripe Bella Pink/Cozy
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Premier Prints Royal Suzani Bella Pink/Cozy
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Premier Prints Twill Suzani Cozy/Bella Pink
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Premier Prints Madison Cozy/Bella Pink
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Premier Prints Dandelion White/Bella Pink
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Premier Prints Gisella Cozy/Bella Pink
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I sewed a few baby apron bibs, contoured burp cloths, a bib and some appliqued onesies. 



Baby Apron Bibs
(Bapron Tutorial at Craftiness is not an Option)
Aren’t these sweet? Bib/Apron for baby!



Contoured Burp Cloths
Bib
(Tutorial)
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Appliqued Onesies Tutorial
1. Iron interfacing to fabric.

2. Trace shape onto paper side and cut out.

3. Peel away paper and iron onto onesie.
4. Iron applique into place in center of onesie.
Note:  I drew on eyes using these!!!  Sharpie Fabric Stain Markers! 
(another project non-baby related utilizing these coming up!)



5.  Stitch into place.
Ta-da!


Or cut shapes from fabric pattern:



argyle onesie tutorial (live a little wilder) 
I did my own version using the applique method above and the sewing machine:

Lots of “after” pictures.  I’m just so proud that the entire collection is handmade and pretty cute. :)

What do you think? I think it makes me want a baby girl! I hope she likes it all and loves pink!
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Super Easy, Cheap, No Sew Tutu Tutorial and DIY Project Parade

Well – OOPS!  This was to publish Sunday but I messed up the date. Welcome to the party one day early!


My niece’s 1st birthday is coming up and as our family’s (amateur) photographer, my gift is portraits.  

Her mom wanted pictures of her in a tutu. So cute!  Loving DIY and little girl stuff, I offered to make one.  

No Sew DIY TuTu Tutorial
under $10!
This might not be anything new or unique. I’m not up on the latest DIY baby but in any event, here is what I did.
Please pardon the blurriness of these pictures. I forgot to change my settings. :(

Materials:  Ribbon, Roll of Tulle, Scissors

How to:

1.  I guestimated my niece’s waist size (and it was perfect too!).  Measure around waist.  Add 12″ to each end (24″ to waist measurement) and cut ribbon to length. 

2.  Tie a knot 12″ in from the end on each side.

3.  Cut strips of tulle to desired length.  For a 1-yr.-old, my strips were 12″ long.  If you have tulle in yardage, just cut strips on your own about 6″ wide and desired length (which will be folded in half in next step). For my niece, I used 30 (12″) strips of tulle from my roll.  
4.  Gather strip of tulle.

6.  Fold strip in half. Put “hole” (fold) of tulle over the ribbon between the knots.

7.  Pull ends of tulle through ” tulle hole” and knot (pull ends underneath ribbon and up through the ‘tu
lle hole’. Ribbon will be inside tulle).
Knots will look like this:


8.  Weight one end of the ribbon (I just put it under a heavy vase) and continue steps 5, 6 and 7 until finished from one knotted end of ribbon to the other. Weighting the one end allows you to slide knotted tulle into place.
Finished tulle knots:

9.  Trim tulle and ribbon if needed.  Optional:  Add ribbon in a different or coordinating color scattered throughout. Add flowers. Use different colors of tulle – get creative!


Super easy, right?  TUTU cute!

I‘ll be sharing a few more DIY baby girl projects coming up – I’ve been invited to a baby shower too and love handmade gifts. Don’t you?




What have you been doing this weekend?  






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I have the sweetest daughters…

and they share my passion for DIY too. Like mother, like daughters. :)

Meet my DIY girls…

Bri & Ali
and they showered me with love and attention and gifts!
Handmade cards are the best, aren’t they?
This is Ali & me (and a lemon cupcake)…
and Bri used a book cover, old book pages, a doily and decoupage for this pretty creation (peek of it pictured below). 
Both sentiments were so sweet and brought tears to my eyes. I am loved.
Flowers – hanging baskets are beautiful!
Set of 8 green glass goblets…perfect for our soon-to-be-finished kitchen makeover.
All of these vintage goodies…
A pretty antique tin and Coke bottles…
Bri even made an amazing brown sugar and vanilla body scrub (I love the old canning jar and handmade tag tied on with twine)…
See the gorgeous handscraped wood frame?!
And I also got this pretty navy top. I love the crochet trim.
Dolman Sleeve Top with Crochet Trim
So many special, awesome gifts. I’m so blessed. BUT the best gift is my two beautiful young woman. I’m so proud of them.
Thanks, girls for making my Mother’s Day special!

Pater Cotiere

This information was in an email I received and I wanted to share with you:
www.papercoterie.com is a new company that is just getting started. They have been doing a beta for the past month and are getting ready to do a live launch and open house on May 4th. During the open house, they’re letting everyone who completes a project in their cart get a $40 credit.  You only pay for shipping and can use it for anything.  Only people with Paper Coterie accounts get an invitation.  They’re doing some pretty amazing things.  This is a great Mother’s Day gift idea!  Here are some of their products.  I love making photo books online and the selection is so cute!
Books
 Calendars
 Recipes
On May 4th they are going to be sending out the 40 dollar credit and doing a few extra promos that day – get signed up in order to get the credit!  :) Enjoy!

Personalize Glassware

This is a great idea for desserts/casseroles + hostess gift for upcoming summer parties and it’s so easy to do.  Using Deco Art Americana Gloss Enamels, you can personalize, label or monogram your glass dish so it gets back to you. Or personalize/monogram bakeware and glass dishes.
Materials:
Rubbing Alcohol  
Cotton Ball 
Glass Baking Dish (existing or new)
Stencil (Cutting Edge Stencils bird bonus stencil and a letter “B”)
Tape (painters tape)
Foam Brush (Rockler)
Paper Towel
1.  Clean the glass bottom of glass dish with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol and let dry. 
2.  Tape stencil to the bottom of the dish. (Remember to flip words/monograms so they are painted on backwards – it’ll show right side up when the dish is flipped over).
3.  Dab foam brush to soak paint into the foam, evenly distributing paint. 

4.  Apply 2 coats of paint, letting it dry 30 min. or so in between.
5.  Repeat with more stencils and paint colors as needed/desired.

6.  Pull off the tape and stencil. If you need to clean up the lines, use a fingernail/wet paper towel.
I rub my Cutting Edge Stencils under water to clean and hang to dry for re-use.
7.  Air dry for painted baking dish 48 hours.
NOW THE COOL PART – BAKE TO SET THE PAINT!

8.  Place glass dish in oven and set temp to 325 degrees. Dish will warm as the oven temp rises.

9.  “Bake” for 30 minutes.
10.  After 30 minutes, turn off oven and crack open the door to allow glass to cool.
All done! I love it and I’ll always know which baking dish is mine.  I’ll definitely be making something along these lines for desserts and hostess gifts for summer parties!
Note:  The painted monogram/emblem is on the bottom outside of the glass. Not for direct contact with food.
For more detailed instructions, see the preparation and application instructions at Deco Art.

I’m linking up to:

The Lettered Cottage

DIY Project Parade – Monogram your Glass Baking Dish

Do you make cakes for birthday parties, pretzel salads for picnics, casseroles for a friend going through a rough time and lose track of your casserole dish or glass baking dish?  Using Deco Art Americana Gloss Enamels, you can personalize, label or monogram your glass dish so it gets back to you. Or personalize your gift of baked goods and side dishes with a personalized glass container. I think it’d make a nice bridal shower gift too. Or spell out a secret message for when the delicious dish is all finished. 
Materials:
Rubbing Alcohol 
Cotton Ball  
Glass Baking Dish  
Tape  
Foam Brush (Rockler)
Paper Towel
See my full tutorial at 
 
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Do you have a DIY project to show off this week?  I’d LOVE to see it!  Or please visit the links to get inspired!



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Show Off your Loot

You know you’re addicted to DIY when one of your favorite gifts is from Home Depot.  This isn’t a ‘traditional’ Christmas gift.  I was tickled when I opened my microfleece robe and pjs. In fact, I’m having trouble getting dressed today.  I love being comfy.  I feel like I’m wrapped in a cloud but I’ll be thrilled when I can put on my safety glasses and take this for a spin…
The PORTER CABLE 6-Gallon Portable Electric Air Compressor Combo Kit allows more fasteners to be driven on a single charge. The compressor can operate at 150 PSI and its 2.6 SCFM @ 90 PSI offers a quick recovery time. It comes with a 16-gauge 2-1/2 in. finish nailer, an 18-gauge 1-3/8 in. brad nailer and an 18-gauge 1 in. stapler that operate on maintenance-free motors to help ensure longer tool lives.
  • 120-volt power for long life
  • 150 PSI maximum allows user to drive more fasteners per charge
  • 2.6 SCFM @ 90 PSI for quick recovery time
  • 6-gallon air tank for prolonged use
  • Steel tank construction helps ensure strength
  • Includes one 16-gauge 2-1/2 in. finish nailer, one 18-gauge 1-3/8 in. brad nailer and one 18-gauge 1 in. stapler
  • Brad nailer features tool-free depth-of-drive adjustment with detents for proper setting of nail heads
  • Narrow-crown stapler drives 18-gauge staples
Look out! I’m armed and dangerous!  Well, I’m armed and maybe only a danger to myself.  Thank you, Santa!

I also love the other gifts I received.  I feel spoiled and I love every minute of it.  :)

New dinnerware
New decor
New slippers
Pretty bracelet
This is my favorite gift of all…

Do you want to show off your gifts? I love getting new ideas for my wish list!   Please feel free to link up your post and include a link back so your friends can join in.   

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DIY Holiday Highlights Linky Party

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Here are few last minute holiday ideas from some creative DIY bloggers!  Please visit the links to see the original post and more pictures!

Uniquely pretty!

Lucy Designs has some cute holiday ideas!
What a clever idea – I love pretty presents!
Looking for some ‘last minute’ gifts that you can create yourself this holiday season? Well, Michele Beschen has you covered!  She has put together 50 FUN and RESOURCEFUL gift ideas that are sure to please anyone on your list.

Holiday / Gift Wrap Ideas:
For the guys:
Tools:
For the girls:
Wearables:
Art Supplies and Projects:
Kids:
Home:
Food:
Plants and Gardening:
Summerland Cottage Studio = beautiful inspired creativity.
DIY Glam – I love these!



Design Loving Mom – easy DIY holiday touches!

Dear Santa, I want one a flower pillow just like the one made by Charlie at Attempting Aloha…(I’d also like to visit her in person – Hawaii = no snow!)


Beautiful handmade Paris tealight holders at Sandy’s Space

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See ALL of the DIY Holiday Highlights party links for TONS of Christmas and holiday inspired decorating and DIY projects!



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DIY – Just Between Friends

Jonie at Just Between Friends has some great DIY projects to share! 
These scrap wood shelves are adorable!  Perfect for story time storage or…if no little library is needed, how about organizing magazines?  Super cute!
I love this gift idea…I think I Niski clock might be added to my list of projects.  Personalized gifts and decor are so special!  


Looking for an easy DIY mantel option for your fireplace?  This one is awesome! View her original post here
Fireplace before:
Fireplace after:
There’s still time to make this gorgeous winter wreath before the holidays!  Gorgeous!
There are so many great DIY ideas over at Just Between Friends (including a clever and cute paint-stick snowflake)!  
Thanks for sharing your creativity, Jonie!  Merry Christmas!
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More DIY Holiday Ideas

So many creative and fun holiday ideas!  Here are a few I’ve seen this week that really have me wanting to give handmade! Please click the links to see the full tutorial.  I hope you’re as inspired as I am!
From Stephanie at Home – Cute NOEL DIY coasters. I want a set of these for our own home!

Christmas decorating at Percolating Projects is so pretty!
I love this Anthropologie inspired sweater skirt at Your Homebased Mom!  To cute and without the Anthro price tag!
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How fun is this holiday window decor from Vintage Wanna Bee?  Inexpensive, easy and festive!
Singed flower tutorial at Creative Little Daisy!  Look how gorgeous!
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I love your creativity and clever ideas!  Thank you ladies!

Moo Memory Card Game

Wanting a cute, easy child’s personalized gift idea?  Head over to the DIY Club to see my Moo Memory Card Game tutorial.  I created these for my niece using family photos from all year long…

Hurry – get your projects entered at The DIY Monthly Project Party! 
$1500 prize value!
Get the details here:
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And once again, I wanted to tell you…thank you for your sweet comments and support.  Having you stop by, reading your kind words and thoughtful emails, seeing you share your projects and celebrating mine is just so encouraging and just those little things make me smile, can take a bad day and make me remember the good things like friends and creativity and sharing.  That’s all.  Just wanted to tell ya.  :)

A Multi-tasking, DIY'ing Super Grandma

As usual, I’m so impressed with your DIY projects.  Sometimes I wonder if YOU all should be writing my blog.  I received this note in my inbox.  It made me smile. It made my day.  Notes like this get me every time.  
I just love your blog and it inspires me. I have done several posts of things I have done and I would like to share. Please take a look at my blog and see if there is anything you like. Thanks, Janis
Of course I clicked the link and

HOLY COW!  DIY heaven!
So, what did I do?  I did what any curious DIY’er would do.  I took a gander at her blog , went through the whole she-bang (back to the beginning of ’09 anyway) and I’m showing off a few of my favorite projects for “Grams”.  Click the links for more details. Oh – and her writing will make you “lol”.  I loved reading about her family and adorable grandchildren.
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Beautiful After:

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Before:

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Amazing After:

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How fun is this swing?  Brings back childhood memories although the one I rode was just a plain ole’ tire.

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And speaking of tires, check out these tire planters!  
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She’s also SEW talented!  

And I love her red and white kitchen:
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Spoon Bracelets!

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She makes these awesome gifts and more too!

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Well?  What do you think?  Pretty amazing stuff, huh?
Thanks for sharing your creativity and stories, Janis!  :)

Don’t forget to enter the Gorilla Glue Giveaway!
All you have to do is be a follower and comment!
If you love to DIY – I know you’ll LOVE this prize pack!
More details HERE as well as info on an upcoming DIY Club Inc. party!

Wall art or gift idea…

Kasaundra from Fishin’ with the Trouts created a beautiful easy DIY gift.  Here is her post:

I found a website that lets you design your own word clouds! You simply input the words you want to incorporate and input them as many times as you’d like that particular word large.  The downside is the site doesn’t have a way to save your art, but with a little help from the wonderful Brandon and Anna, I was able to have it printed up at Staples! The frame was one I already had on hand making the grand total of this baby shower gift $1.05!  I think it came out wonderful don’t you?!  If you’d like to try it go here.

Isn’t it awesome? Great personalized art and gift idea!  I actually have used wordle before and made t-shirts and stickers for my daughter’s band.  Lots of possibilities!  Thanks for sharing your creativity Kasaundra!
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Present Decor

Are you finished shopping for gifts? I’m not even close. My favorite part is wrapping them! I love giving gifts and making them pretty. Jennifer from A Hoot and Holler has a tutorial for the cutest felt flower clips which would be perfect for decorating a gift too. Here is her post:

Hand Made Stocking Stuffer-Flower Clip Tutorial


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This project is so simple. It’s a great way to stuff a stocking or embellish a gift wrapped for a little girl. Honestly, I have had several big girls ask for them too! I have not made a tutorial on my blog yet but I decided to give it a go. I know that there are lot’s of people getting ready for Holiday gifts. These will take about five minutes and cost you about 35 cents.

This entire tutorial was created with my sick nine month old in the front carrier. Half the time she was sleeping. The other half of the time she was pulling my hair or trying to grab the camera. Aside from the craziness, I think I was able to give an explanation as to how I make them.

First of all, to get started you will need:

-Some nice wool felt (Any felt will do but 100% wool felt looks the nicest)

-Matching embroidery thread and a needle

-Something for the flowers “center”. I used a felted wool ball this time but I have used rhinestone, beads, etc.

-one metal hair clip

-A glue gun

-Small scissors

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First you will need to cut two squares out of your felt a little bigger than your metal clip.

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Next you will need to cut a tiny hole in the center of the top of one of your squares. I do this by pinching the felt and then snipping a TINY hole into the top.
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Look! No hands!

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Slip the back of your clip through the hole you just created.

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Next your will want to put the other piece of felt on top sandwiching your clip in the middle.

You will take a long piece of embroidery thread (I usually just use two strands of it) and make a knot at one end.

Next, you will want to sew the two layers of felt together making your way around the clip as close to the edge as possible. I like to make my first stitch starting in between the two layers so the knot will not show.

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After you are finished sewing around the clip tie a small knot in the back and clip your thread. Then you will want to trim all the extra felt as close to the stitches as you can WITHOUT clipping your thread.

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Now for the flower pedals! This is the shape I chose for the tutorial. They are about a half of an inch.

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You will need five pedals for each flower. The next step is to sew them together with a long piece of embroidery thread with a knot at the end of it. Start at the v in the flower pedal. Pull each one down to the knot.

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This is what you will have when your finished with the flower.IMG_1320

Next you take the thread around to the back and sew the first and the last pedal together and tie a knot.

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Now just glue the felt ball or whatever you chose for your center on and then pop it on the clip and your set.

Enjoy!

DIY Baby Gift Set

Editing to participate!

Practice makes perfect. I originally made some bibs/burp cloths for my soon-to-arrive nephew. See the boy patterns I chose & DIY tutorial HERE. I had the opportunity to make some more for a baby girl. I love Michael Miller fabrics and they turned out so cute! Great gift idea!

This one is my favorite (damask/houndstooth). Front Side:

Back side is made from a hand towel
Burp cloth is made using cloth diaper
and
sewing a strip of pretty fabric down the middle
wild peace:

flower power:


Tie with ribbon

They’re so easy to sew. I made 3 sets in just a few hours.
The mother-to-be loved them.
No two alike…no trip to the store to return
doubles.

Great Christmas gift too!

Pretty Monogram Accent

This is a quick pretty home accent or gift idea.

Materials:

Wooden Letter (Joanns on sale)
Scrapbook paper (1 sheet did 2 letters and could do more)
Mod Podge
Lacquer

Sorry, I dropped the ball on pictures for a tutorial but it’s self explanatory/easy.

Instructions:

I traced my letters onto a piece of scrapbook paper (mine was a cutout type design).
Apply Mod Podge to letter. Apply Mod Podge to back of paper. Apply paper to letter. Let dry.
Apply a coat of Mod Podge all over the top of the letter and let dry.
I will spray with a coat of matte lacquer for protection.

Really simple, pretty and made with love. What do you think?

I’m linking to
DIY Day @ ASPTL

and
Home Accent Show & Tell

Dress up your gifts!

Gift bags made gorgeous from Jo at To A Pretty Life:

I usually prefer using wrapping paper instead of gift bags, because I like to have fun with ribbons and flowers, and I have always thought that gift bags didn’t allow me as much creativity. I may have to change my mind after making over these two 97-cent Walmart gift bags. This is how they started out:

After I added some ribbon, flowers, and tissue paper I already had, and tied the bag shut with jute string, the pink one was transformed from plain to pretty:

With the green one, I glued on the same ribbon, and free-handed a design with yo-yos that I made when I was 16 and staying at a crafty friend’s house. I have a whole ziploc bag full of these yo-yos, and while I think they’re cute, I didn’t ever have any use for them. This bag was tied with jute as well, and for a card, I tied on the little tag that came with the bag, and glued a yo-yo to the outside, both front and back. This green gift bag went from garden-variety to gorgeous!

Sorry for the bad alliteration…maybe I’ve been watching too much daytime reality TV.

Thanks Jo! Great job! I love making my presents pretty too!

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Here’s another idea that I sometimes do:
(Some of you have seen this at Evangeline’s Vine…it’s okay, I know you’ve forgotten all about it by now, right?)


A one-size-fits-all-shirt! Isn’t this a cute idea for dressing up a gift? I’ve made a few different money-origami gift tags recently and they’re a HUGE hit! This was my gift to my nephew for his 16th birthday. Everyone loved it and it immediately went into his wallet unfolded. :)



I also folded other shapes and tied them to the small gift package with ribbon. So cute!

Here are links to helpful sites. Money Origami and Origami Resource Center.

If I can do it – you can do it! It does take a few tries to get it just right, but in the end…it’s a great way to accessorize your gift. I’ve gotten big hugs in return!