15 Christmas Crafts Under $15: Project 7, Felt Ornaments

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When my husband and I got our first tree I bought a bunch of light green and red ornaments from Target that came in big packages and were pretty generic.  They were great for the first few years, but as we’re getting older and our family is expanding, we have started to get more personal ornaments.  As much as I like the matchiness (yes, I just made up a word) of the green and red ornaments, the other ornaments had meanings for us that those cheap, unbreakable ones from Target did not.  Each year I replace a few of the old ones with new ones that give our tree it’s own personality.  Now that we have a toddler, I decided our tree needed some more toddler friendly homemade ornaments.  I love the way felt ornaments look, and they aren’t breakable, a big plus in my book!  They’re also really easy and cheap to make!  I used felt scraps I already had, and I already had the red and green grosgrain ribbon.  I bought the red and gold ric rac and the blue ribbon at Joann for $.89 each (70% off Christmas ribbon!), so the grand total for this project was $1.78!  I sewed my felt ornaments, but you could just as easily use hot glue them if you’re not into sewing.

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15 Christmas Crafts Under $15: Project 6, Felt Pillow

 

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Happy Friday!  Today I have a Christmas pillow inspired by this pillow.  Pillows are great for beginners, they are so easy!  Here is how I made this holiday pillow.

First I made a template in Photoshop for the felt letters, if you would like to download the template I made, you can get it here.  Cut out the letters for your template.

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Trace the letters backwards onto your felt.  The reason you will want to do it backwards, is so that you will not have any pen marks showing after you cut out and sew on the letters.

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After you have traced and cut all the letters out of the felt, place them on your fabric and pin in place.  I used white cotton fabric and each piece was 9.5″x13″.  If you have a pillow that you would like to create a cover for your fabric pieces will be a little different.

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Sew the letters into place.

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I have to admit, this was not my finest sewing job.  The letters are a little crooked, and at first I thought I was going to have to redo it.  But after stuffing, you can’t really tell that some of the letters are crooked, so that worked out well!  Next pin the right sides of the fabric together.

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Sew around the edges, leaving a space of about two to three inches unsewn.

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Trim excess fabric from the edges and corners.

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Turn the pillow right sides out and press.  Make sure you poke the corners out all the way, I use a chopstick to do this.

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Stuff the pillow and slip stitch the opening closed.

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Baby Boy Blanket #2

 

I finally finished the shower present for my coworker who is having twins just in time for the shower, which is Friday.  I made the other blanket tonight, which I wasn’t exactly looking forward to since I had such a hard time with that minky fabric when I made the first blanket.  I changed the way I made this one slightly and it worked much much better.  The blanket lays flatter too, which is a good thing.  Instead of cutting both the printed fabric and the minky at the same time, I cut only the minky fabric, then cut a piece of the printed fabric bigger.  And I used a lot more pins than I normally would to try to help hold the minky in place.

After I sewed the minky onto the printed fabric, I then cut the printed fabric and continued with the blanket by turning it right side out and topstitching.   It turned out much better, so I would definitely recommend this method!

Boxy Makeup Bag

 

I just have a quick post for everyone tonight, things have been busy this weekend with all the eating, shopping, and family time!  On Thanksgiving Day as I was getting ready I started digging through my makeup bag looking for some eyeshadow.  As I my fingers got covered in the shimmery film that was coating the items in the bottom of the bag, I realized that I had been using the same makeup bag for probably eight years.  And there was makeup down in the bottom of the bag that might have been there that long too…

So I decided it’s time for a new bag for my makeup.  I know you all know how it goes, you think “oh I will get around to that…” and it never happens.  So I took a proactive step and threw away the bag and the old makeup hanging out down in the bottom of it, so now my makeup was just floating around in the top drawer of the bathroom vanity.  And I vowed to make myself a new makeup bag this weekend.  I found this great tutorial and used it.  The steps are very clear and easy to follow.  And here’s my confession, I’ve never sewn a zipper before.  I haven’t been seriously sewing for very long, but for some reason I have always been intimidated by zippers.  Not anymore!  I dug the zipper foot out for my machine and discovered there was nothing to be worried about!  It really was easy!  Here are some more pictures of this fabulous, boxy bag!

 

 

Sailboat Baby Toy

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping trip!  I braved the stores, but didn’t go out until 10 a.m. this morning, so it wasn’t too crazy.  Now that I’ve shopped until I dropped it’s time to get craftin!  I’m still working on the shower gift for a coworker who is having twin boys.  Her shower is next Friday and I have just one more blanket to make.  I’ve had so much fun making cute baby boy stuff!  I found this really cute tutorial on how to make a sailboat toy for a baby.  This is a great project for using up scrap pieces of fabric or ribbon.  Plus babies are fascinated with playing with tags.  My mom made Cora a cute little blankie with ribbon tags all around it and she loved it.  Here’s how I made my sailboats.

I cut out my pattern on blank paper.  The sails are right triangles that are 4.5″ x 6″ and the bottom of the boat is a trapezoid that is 5″ long on the bottom, 9″ long on the top, and 3.5″ tall.

Next cut out your fabric.  You will need two pieces of fabric for each pattern piece.  You can also go ahead and cut your ribbon, or wait until it’s time to sew the ribbon in.

First sew two sail pieces (I started with the boat and the red fabrics) along the long vertical edge with right sides of the fabric together.  Do this with the other two sail pieces.  Open the sails and press the seams.

Next lay your sails on top of each trapezoid with the right sides facing each other.  Sew along the 9″ edge, the press open the seams.

Next pin the two pieces together with right sides facing each other.  Don’t forget when pinning your ribbons to make the loops face inward (I’ve made this mistake a couple times not paying attention, then had to rip the thread out and start over).

Sew around the edges leaving an opening at the bottom of the boat.

Turn the boat right side out and press.

Stuff with filling and slip stitch the opening shut and you’ve got an adorable baby toy!

Casserole Dish Carrier

I found this tutorial for a casserole dish carrier on Pinterest (of course) and had to make it.  It was always a pain for me to transport casserole dishes because I didn’t have a carrier.  Well now I do!  I got this awesome fabric from Hancock Fabrics on clearance for $3.59/yd!  Also should I mention that the colors in this fabric are my favorite color combinations?  I love love love pink and orange together (they were my wedding colors) and I am always really drawn to these colors, especially for summer dresses for Cora.  I was super excited when I found it on the red tag table because let’s be honest, there’s not always the most beautiful stuff on that table.  But every once in a while you find a gem like this, so it never hurts to look.    I got some matching solid cotton fabric to match for the lining and I used white belting for the handles based on this modification.  I also recommend Jill’s suggestion of lengthening one piece to account for the handles on a Pyrex.  I followed the original tutorial and it was a tight fit, so I will be doing the longer length next time.  The original tutorial can be found here.  I might try to modify the pattern to create a square carrier to carry my Corningware dishes.  That’s a project for another day though.  I will definitely be making some of these for Christmas presents this year!

Happy sewing!

Thanksgiving Dress

 

I love the fall and I especially love Thanksgiving.  Who doesn’t, right?  I mean you get to eat awesome food and hang out with your family!  We will all be spending lots of time this week getting ready for Turkey Day, but here’s one of the things off my to do list before Thanksgiving Day.  I love making little girl dresses, they are so much fun!  Remember the headband I made a few days ago?  It’s going to be worn with this dress.  I followed the tutorial for this dress on Prudent Baby.  I’ll include my pictures because there were a couple small changes I made.

For this dress you will need 1 yard of fabric, coordinating thread, and 1/4″ elastic.  I used an adorable Riley Blake  brown chevron fabric, it seemed to fall-ish.

In the original tutorial, the measurements were for a 2T dress.  My little girl is still in 18 months clothes, so I had to alter the measurements a bit.  I used a dress she already had to get the measurements, but I used the pattern shape included in the tutorial.  This pink dress I used is getting a little short on my tall girl, so I added some extra length to the pattern.  Don’t forget to account for seam allowances.

 

 

Here is what my pattern pieces looked like when cut out.

 

If you can’t read the measurements for the body the top measurement is 4.5″, the bottom is 10″ and the length is 19″.  The arm piece is 4.5″ x 14″.  Cut two pieces of each piece placing the edge that says fold on the fold of your fabric.  Here are the pieces once you cut them out.

 

Stack the two dress pieces and stack the two arm pieces.  We are going to cut arm holes out.  First cut a J shape out of the dress pieces on the open edge.

 

Place the arm pieces under the dress pieces and cut the same J shape out of the arm pieces on the open edge.

 

Open one dress piece and lay flat, right side up.  Open one arm piece of line up the arm holes with the right side facing down.

 

Sew along the arm hole and zig zag stitch the edge to finish the seam.

 

Do the same thing with the other arm piece on the same dress piece.

 

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Now sew the other dress piece to each of the arm pieces so that the dress looks like this.

 

Turn the dress right side out and you will notice the top of the dress is uneven.

 

Fold the dress long ways and cut the top to be even.

 

 

Now you will sew up the sides of your dress.  Pin together the sides of the dress and the arm pieces.  Start at the end of the sleeve and sew a continuous seam until you reach the hem.  Zig zag stitch to finish the seam and sew up the other side.  Hem the bottom of the dress.

For the neckline turn the fabric up 1/8″ and press, then turn up again 3/4″ and press.  Sew 1/8″ in from the top edge all the way around.  Sew 1/8″ in the from the bottom edge, but do not sew all the way around.  Leave a hole to feed the elastic through.

 

For the elastic around the neck I used 14″ of 1/4″ elastic.  Mark the length on your elastic, but do not cut the elastic.  Pin a safety pin on the end and feed the elastic around the neck.  Don’t take the safety pin off until you are ready to sew the elastic together.  I made this mistake and my elastic got sucked back into the neck and I had to pull the elastic out and re-feed it.  Use zig zag stitching to sew the elastic together and cut off the excess.  Then top stitch the opening closed.

For the wrists, I only sewed 1/8″ in from the bottom and I used 4.5″ of elastic.  I can’t wait to put it all together with the headband, white cable knit tights, and brown Mary Janes!

 

 

Burp Cloths with Coverage!

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I wish I had known about these burp cloths when Cora was little.  Luckily for me, she didn’t often have major spit up episodes, but still I think these would be awesome to have.  They are contoured to fit around your neck and are a great size, not too big and definitely not too small.  I made these as part of a gift for a coworker who is having twin boys.  They are super quick, each only takes about 15ish minutes to make, here is the pattern I used.  I used flannel on one side (remember my $2.99/yd flannel I scored from Joann a couple weeks ago?) and terry cloth on the other.  I loved picking out little boy patterns.  Don’t get me wrong, I love pink, girly stuff, but it was fun picking out blue and green fabric.  You could use flannel on both sides, cotton and flannel, cotton and terry cloth, any combination you would prefer.  I love these burp cloths, they are so easy for beginners and still offer the thoughtfulness of a handmade gift!

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Baby Boy Blanket

I found myself with some baby free time today, so I decided I needed to get busy on a gift for one of my coworkers who is due in January with twin boys.  I went to Joann Fabrics yesterday and bought some adorable baby boy fabric (and some girly flannel too, you never I might need it, and at $2.99/yd I couldn’t pass it up).  I’m planning on making her two blankets and some burp cloths.  I only got one blanket done today because that minky fabric is kind of a pain to work with, but it’s so soft and cuddly.  The minky fabric I got is white and ribbed, a blue and red nautical pattern, and a coordinating blue and white circle pattern. These blankets are super easy and oh so cuddly!

First cut your fabric to whatever size you want your blanket to be plus seam allowances.  The minky fabric I got was 58″ wide and I bought one yard so each of my blankets are going to be 29″x36″.  I also rounded the corners of my blanket, but that’s totally optional.  If you want square corners, go for it.  Then iron your fabric (as you can see I took the picture before I ironed, oops).

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The next step is put right sides together of your fabric and pin into place.  Like I said earlier minky fabric is hard to work with because it moves around a lot and you’ll think you’ve got it all lined up and pinned into place then when you pick the pieces up, it will get all wonky.  A little frustrating, but nothing you can’t handle.

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Sew around the edges making sure to leave a couple inches unsewn to be able to turn the blanket right side out.

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Turn the blanket right side out and press the seams.  Next pin the opening.

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Topstitch around the whole blanket making sure to sew close the opening all the way.

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And you’re done!  I love this simple, cute blanket.  Now I need to get busy on the other blanket, since she’s having twins one blanket won’t do her much good!

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