So today I have one last holiday project to share with you all. I am going to show you how to make a cute “book” from your holiday cards. I originally had seen the idea of making a book from holiday cards from Michelle Allen Here. I think that this is such a great way to not only keep your cards neat and organized, but you can put them out on your coffee table every holiday and enjoy them every year! I wanted to give mine a more vintage feel, so I added a cover from a vintage children’s Christmas book.
These books are so easy! All you need is your cards, a vintage book, good craft scissors, and a good hole puncher, as well as binder rings. The first thing you need to do is cut the spine off of your book. Neaten up any rough edges on the front and back cover. Decide where you want your holes to be and mark them with a pencil. Punch holes in the front cover. Then, use the holes in the cover as a template to mark the greeting cards and punch holes where marked in the cards. To finish load the back cover onto your binder rings, then load the cards, and the front cover then close the clips. And now you have a fun book to show off your holiday cards for the year.
I love my book! I love to receive cards but once they get put up they rarely get seen again. I love that by making books of them, you can look through all of your lovely cards every year, it’s just fantastic! A big thanks to Michelle for the inspiration! I hope you all have enjoyed all the holiday fun here on my blog over the last couple of months! I am so thankful for all of your love and support! You guys are awesome! I look forward to 2013 and a whole new year of creating, decorating, and meeting new friends and artists!
Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you all are having a great Christmas, enjoying good food, and being with the ones you love most! From my family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!
Hi Everybody! I have a fun gift wrapping idea to share with you all today that you can make with old sweaters. I see sweaters all the time at the thrift store that have sweet patterns, like this fun fair isle sweater from the gap. All you need are the sleeves, a sweing machine, some ribbon, and a jar. First lay your sleeve on your jar and decide where you want to cut it, remember to leave a 1/2 inch for stitching the bottom up. Turn the cut sleeve inside out and stitch the bottom up. Turn right side out, slide your bottle into the pouch and tie the top with a tag and a ribbon. This is so easy to make and it’s really cute and different from the typical holiday wrapping! And you get to recycle, doesn’t get much better than that! Be sure to tune in Monday for more holiday wrapping! Have a wonderful weekend!
Christmas is only a week away, and I am getting so excited! This week I will be sharing a few wrapping tutorials with you. Wrapping gifts is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays! Today I have a special wrapping treat for you, a gift card bear. I love giving gifts, and I know that a lot of people love nothing more than a gift card. And even though I love gift cards myself, when giving them I always feel that they are rather obvious when stuck in one of those little envelopes, so I decided this year to make a little bear with a pocket on it’s belly large enough to hold a gift card. I think it makes the gift giving and receiving experience even better! A gift in itself with a surprize inside!
Here’s What You Need:
*Fleece or Minky Fabric(1/4 yard)
*Fabric for the belly and ear accents(scraps)
*Doll Eyes and nose
First cut out all of your pieces. Now take the front of the bear and lay the felt face piece in the middle of the head area then stitch around the face. Now mark where you want the eyes and the nose. Cut small slits in the face where marked and insert the eyes and nose into the front. Then push the plastic washers onto the back of the plastic features to tighten down the nose and eyes. Draw in a mouth and use a back stitch with your embroidery floss by hand to sew the mouth. Now, with your machine set to a small zigzag stitch, stitch down the ear accent pieces to the front ear pieces. Then, put the ear front and ear back pieces together with right sides facing and stitch around the outside leaving the bottom open for turning. Turn out the ears, pin right sides down and inwards toward the face on the front body piece and staystitch down 1/8 inch from the edge of the head. Now, take the pouch pieces right sides together and stitch the top seam. Open up turn so that wrong sides are together and press pouch, then top stitch along the top of the pouch piece. Sandwich the pouch piece between the front and back body pieces. Pin the bear all the way around, and stitch around the bear with a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a few inches for turning at one side. Clip corners and turn right side out. Stuff your bear with fiber fill and use a ladder stitch to close up the opening. And that’s it, pretty easy right! Now you have an adorable gift card holder!
I love this little bear gift card holder! She is really sweet and festive! This is a great way to add a little extra to your gift card gifts this year for kids or stuffed animal lovers. You can customize them however you like with different colors, textures, and patterns. They are very soft and cuddly, sure to bring a smile to the face! This bear took me about a half hour to an hour to make, and the materials I had on hand. If I had to buy the supplies I think it would still cost less than $10 to make. I hope some of you will try this one out! It’s so easy and so fun to make! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more fun wrapping ideas and tutorials!
Every year Daryl and I send out Christmas cards to all of our family and friends. This year Beauregard is getting his first taste of family stardom and will be gracing the front of our holiday card as his kitty bros have in the past, much to their relief i’m sure. He was a great sport, and makes a fantastic model! I could only choose one for the card, but there were so many cute ones of him and his sister Sadie, I couldn’t help but share them with you all. I’ll share the cards with you all when I get them in the mail. Happy Friday everyone!
Hello there! Welcome to day ten of my 12 Days of Handmade Gifts. Today I am going to show you how to make fantastic gifts for your favorite furry friends. There is a dog toy made from a felted sweater, and kitty toys filled with fragrant catnip. Your pets are sure to love them!
We’ll start with the cat toys:
What You Need:
First cut your scraps to a size you like. I made mine around 3×4″. Next, with right sides together sew up one long side, long the top, and then back down the other side leaving the bottom open. Turn the piece right side out. Fold in the top into the inside about a half an inch. Fill the little sack with catnip until about an inch from the top. Now cut a length of your boa off and insert one end into the bottom of your catnip filled sack. Then sew the end closed about an eighth inch from the edge. And you are finished. Easy right, and your cat will flip for these. As you can see, our cat Titus couldn’t wait for Christmas for his.
Now for the doggie toy:
What You Need:
*Old 100% Wool Sweater
*Pattern(please excuse the quality, my scanner is broken, so I had to take a pic of the pattern, I’ll update it when I get my new printer next week)
The first thing you want to do is felt your sweater by washing it in hot water. It will shrink a lot and become thick and lose a lot of stretch. Now cut the body of the kitty monster out of the main sweater. Cut strips of the sleeves for arms and legs, and the eyes and nose from your craft felt. Stitch the eyes to the front body piece. You can stitch on the pupils of the eyes or use a permanent pen to mark them. Now stitch the nose down. Beginning at the nose with a small zigzag stitch and stitch a mouth. Now sandwich the squeaker, and the arms and legs in between the top and bottom body pieces and pin all around. Now stitch all the way around your kitty’s shape. Clip the excess threads and you are finished.
These toys are fun to make and a great and special alternative to store bought toys. They are a lot more economical too. I love how easy and fast these work up! I made a bunch in about an hour. And my pets love them! Beauregard couldn’t wait for his toy either. I’m a sucker for my fuzzy babies! I hope some of you try these out for your best pals. Be sure to tune in tomorrow for another fun holiday diy gift idea! until then…