Posts tagged ‘easy project’

February 26, 2013

special specs

Inspired by a BHG glasses case project:

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  • 7 inch felt square
  • 7 inch square of iron-on fusible webbing
  • fabric strips, ribbons, embroidery thread
  • Layer felt, fusible webbing, fabric strips.  Iron in place.

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Attach ribbon, finish top edge, add stitches as desired.

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Fold right sides together & machine stitch on side & bottom edge.  Dab a little fray-check on ribbon & embroidery thread edges, turn right-side out.

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“My grandmother is over eighty & still doesn’t need glasses.  Drinks right out of the bottle.”  ~ Henry Youngman

December 1, 2012

ornament wreath


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Thrift store frame $1 & mini glass ornaments $2:

ornament wreath

  • paint frame with metallic paint (Folk Art 580 Taupe & 675 Champagne)
  • arrange & decide ornament placement – use 3M super strength adhesive (follow package directions) to glue in place one by one

(side note:  hot glue works….however, if the wreath is in between a south-facing front door & storm door….the heat generated may re-melt the glue…& leave the cute ornaments in a big, broken, gluey heap on the floor)

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  • attach wide velvet loop with thumb tacks on backside, hang on wreath holder
  • make a pretty bow & tape or pin in place

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Let the Christmas Season begin!

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“My precept to all who build is, that the owner should be an ornament to the house, & not the house to the owner”  ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

October 30, 2012

plate pedestal

Search & rescue forlorn small plates & candle holders at your favorite thrift store or home.  The following eight items cost $4.50.

To make a couple specimens dark & creepy, paint the candle holder (these were not glass or ceramic) a metallic gray.   Then, with an adhesive product, (make sure it works with the materials!) secure plate to pedestal.

Be patient during drying & curing!  Trust me.

The next two are anytime of the year cuties.  Use them to hold small items – keys, paper clips –  or display seasonal goodies.  Raised objects save linear space & lend visual interest.

Fun is… fake rodents & spiders on Halloween….one never knows where they may lurk around here…

May 25, 2012

flag freath

Looking for a simple, easy, red-white-&-blue wreath?

  • wreath form – foam circle or a frame
  • crepe paper
  • tape

Secure the crepe paper to the back of the frame with tape & wrap around as desired.  Turning at the corners required a couple separate pieces.

A simple painted cookie cutter star, hung with elastic jewelry thread, finishes the piece.

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.  It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”  ~ Arthur Ashe

February 3, 2012

valentine runner

Glittery raspberry ric-rac paired with grey for lovely Valentine table wear:

First, spread out all materials.

After experimenting with all different combinations, simplicity ruled.  Three shades of grey felt cut into 17″ x 14.5″ rectangles, set in symmetrical layout:

Overlap the felt edges & use iron-on adhesive strip to attach together.  Test the ric-rac at seam intervals:

Test on the table prior to gluing…grand idea…wish I would’ve done that because the felt rectangles were too even steven.  Approximately 5″ was removed from the two medium greys.

Attach  the reverse side (grey herringbone) by putting right sides together & sewing all around perimeter minus one short side.  Turn right side out, press, tuck in open edges, pin, pin all around, & zig-zag topstitch.

Press & enjoy!

December 27, 2011

pocket bag 2

Pocket totes for little girls are a treat to make.  Pick energetic fabrics, mixed textures & coordinating colors.

Exterior corduroy print, purple cloud interior, hot pink pleather straps:

Girly purse #2:  cotton print exterior, soft corduroy interior, denim pocket lining & hot pink pleather straps:


When completed, fill the pockets with all kinds of goodies. 

For the pick-a-pocket pattern:

December 15, 2011

ribbon candy

Zero calories!  The craft from years ago Martha Stewart (ribbon candy ala MS).  Simple & shiny!

General directions for ornament shown:

  1.  1 yard 1 1/2″ wide stripped ribbon, embroidery thread, shiny silver beads (6mm & 4mm)
  2. mark the ribbon every 2 1/2″ (depends on width of ribbon, adjust accordingly)
  3. tie knot at the end of thread, thread small bead, large bead, poke ribbon at low mark, small bead, poke through ribbon, large bead, alternate all the way up
  4. end with both beads, tie knot & make loop for hanging
  5. trim the lower & upper ends of the ribbon in a “v” (aka swallow-tail)
December 7, 2011

tree skirt

Know what a tablecloth for a Christmas tree skirt looks like?…  A tablecloth!!!  It was bringing down my Christmas spirit.  So, the following $7 solution began…

Two yards grey felt (72″ wide, finished edge not required), sparkly red vinyl, cream vinyl. 

To make large skirt circle, use embroidery thread (string or yarn) tied onto a straight pin & stick it in the felt.  Measure the distance you want (25″) then swivel the string around the perimeter marking with pins as you go.  When finished, double check measurements with a tape measure (shown) stretched out to 50″ with the 25″ in the center.  Cut the circle using the pins as a guide. 

To make a scalloped edge, use a plastic lid & paper to create a template:

Continue by making the template into a quadrant (tape paper together or use posterboard) so the scallops turn out even.  For me, an element of dumb luck happened in this step.  Lots of methods could work for the same solution.

Cut scallops half way around, then fold the skirt over, pin & cut the rest using the previously cut as the pattern.  Cut one slit up to the center point so the skirt can be easily placed around the tree bottom.  Add color & shine by using a circle cutter (OLFA  circle rotary cutter = fabulous) for dots all around:

Choose a glue that will dry clear & hold leather or vinyl.  Not too much time was spent on skirt embellishing because, unless you’ve been naughty, presents will be covering the whole skirt! 

“Nothing says holidays, like a cheese log.”  ~ Ellen DeGeneres
November 23, 2011

pocket bag

 A super cute, simple & functional tote pattern:

Made a little more complicated by moi…since I had to make the liner fabric different than the exterior…

The outside is a chunky cream corduroy, interior large pocket an orange micro suede, interior small pockets & straps a sweet cream vine & flower print on chocolate brown.

So handy!  The perfect size for an ipad or books, plus the pockets are nice little organizers for glasses, phone, pens, & goodies.  Or, a gift bag purse created & filled with treats suited for recipient…  ho-ho-ho!


November 11, 2011

feather ring

A few years ago, Family Fun magazine had an adorable idea for Thanksgiving napkin rings or place holders.

  • cardboard tube
  • paint
  • construction paper for the feathers, cut all along  edges to make them “feathery”
  • glue feathers onto inside of tube
  • sharpie marker


“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.”  ~ Edward Sandford Martin


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