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DIY Embroidered Vintage Linen Canvas Art

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05 DSC 1540 DIY Embroidered Vintage Linen Canvas ArtMost of you all know I have quite the obsession with vintage linens! I picked up a bunch of cutters from the flea market a while back including a vintage Vera linen napkin/placemat with a sweet rose print. It was kind of an odd size, not square like a napkin, but smaller than a place mat. I couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted to do with it, so I sat it aside. Then I was at the craft store a couple of weeks ago and saw these skinny artists canvasses and thought it might be fun to cover one in fabric and use it as art in my craft room. Well, as it turns out the Vera napkin was a great fit! A little embroidery and some staples and you have a fun piece of art for your wall!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Fabric, napkin, hanky, etc

*Lightweight Fusible Interfacing

*Marking Pen or Pencil

*Embroidery Hoop

*Embroidery Floss and Needle

*Scissors

*Staple Gun

*Artist Canvas

Instructions:

02 DSC 1436 DIY Embroidered Vintage Linen Canvas ArtStart with your fabric or napkin. Cut it to be roughly about 2-3″ bigger than your canvas. Cut a piece of thin fabric stabilizer or interfacing to the same size and iron on the back of your fabric.

03 DSC 1437 DIY Embroidered Vintage Linen Canvas ArtWrite out your quote on the front of your fabric with your marking pen. My pen was out of ink so I just used a pencil, but a marking pen is best. Make sure your writing is a couple inches away from the edges.

04 DSC 1438 DIY Embroidered Vintage Linen Canvas ArtNow you are ready to embroider. I used the rayon thread you can get at the craft store. Stitch your words using a simple back stitch. If you have never done a back stitch you can see how to do the stitch here. I used french knots to dot my eyes. I also tied off my stitching after each word and started each word with a new knot so as to not have any threads in between the words on the back side.

01 DSC 1439 DIY Embroidered Vintage Linen Canvas ArtOnce you have embroidered all of your quote, you are ready to make your canvas. Lay your fabric face down on the table and center your canvas face down on top of the fabric. Staple down one side of the fabric to the back frame of your canvas. Then staple down the opposite side down pulling it taut. Fold the corners in towards the back and staple down. Then staple the top and the bottom. Now wipe off any marks showing from your pen with a damp cloth. Now you’re ready to hang your canvas.

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09 DSC 1506 DIY Embroidered Vintage Linen Canvas ArtI just love how it turned out! I stitched one of my favorite Coco Channel quotes onto the napkin in a bright blue. You could of course get fancier and trace a special font on to stitch your words, which would be gorgeous. I, however, am lazy, and decided to just use my own natural scribble. This took me most of an afternoon while we were catching up on some Netflix. So, it is pretty quick and easy to make. I love the versatility in that you can easily customize it to your tastes just in the colors and fabrics you use. I have hung this little piece on the gallery area next to my desk in my craft room. It’s quite perfect there, don’t you think! I hope you all will make one of your own sometime! I will be back with another DIY next week. Until then….

Happy Crafting!

DIY Upcycled Vintage Playing Card Lampshade

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02 DSC 1225 DIY Upcycled Vintage Playing Card LampshadeA while back I made a lamp shade out of old photo slides. It continues to be one of my favorite lamps ever! Back when I made it, I thought it would be a lot of fun to use the same technique using playing cards. I collect vintage playing cards. I love to use them when wrapping gifts, or sometimes I may frame one. The artwork on them captivates me! This lampshade is pretty simple to make and it only takes a few supplies. I made mine in a little over an hour while I was watching tv with the hubby. It may take longer or not as much time depending on the size lampshade you have. Here’s how I made mine:

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Playing Cards (You can find some great ones on Etsy Here)

*Old Lampshade

*1/8″ hole punch

*Ruler and Pencil

*Large Jump rings

*Jewelry Pliers

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is measure your circumference of your lamp shade and measure your cards and decide how many rows and columns you need. Mine fit three rows of 10 cards. Lay your cards out in a design that you like. Then stack them by row.

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Find the middle of your side lengths and top and bottom. Mark in about an 1/8th to a 1/4 inch in the middle of each side.

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Punch a hole in each of your marks on your card.

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Then use the first card as a template to mark all your other cards. Then punch out the holes on all the rest of your marked cards.

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Now you are ready to start joining your cards. Open up a jump ring and load one of your cards on it at the side hole. Then add another card at the other side hole and close your jump ring. You want to make sure your cards end up facing the same way when laid flat. Then add another card to the side of the first two, and so on until you have your first horizontal row.

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Make your other rows. Then very carefully join them together matching up the bottom holes from the top row to the top holes on the bottom row. Join all the rows together.

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Next, strip your lampshade of the fabric and plastic so all you have left is the rings. You can use both rings if the shade was a cylinder, or you can use just the top ring if the shade was tapered. Very carefully join your cards at the top to the top ring of your shade with the jump rings. Once you get it on at the top join the cards together at the sides where the ends meet. To finish, add your lamp shade to your lamp and enjoy.

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01 DSC 1226 DIY Upcycled Vintage Playing Card LampshadeI LOVE my new lamp! The whole thing is thrifted, which makes me super happy! The lamp shade and lamp I picked up at the thrift store near me. The playing cards I picked up here and there, and got a bunch on Etsy as well. This lampshade was really simple to make and I really loved laying out my cards to patterns I liked. The finished lamp is sitting on my vintage tv in my living room and I think it is perfect there! I hope some of you will give this one a try sometime. I think you’d love it too! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Love Week- Upcycled Vintage Soft and Cuddly Pillow Case

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4 DSC 1350 Love Week  Upcycled Vintage Soft and Cuddly Pillow CaseOne of my favorite things in the whole world is vintage linens! I have bunches of sheets and pillowcases. When it’s cold in the winter I like to have something soft and cosy to cuddle up with at night, especially when my hubby is on the road and it’s just me and the dog. So, I made a cuddle pillow. It is oh so soft on one side and then is reversible to a beautiful vintage print. The best thing about this pillow is that it was so easy to make and you can whip one up in under an hour!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Pillowcase

*Soft Fabric like Minky ( I used the cuddle fabric from Jo Anns, it’s even softer to me) About a yard

*Ruler and Marking Pen or Pencil

*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread

*Straight Pins

Instructions:

The firs thing you need to do is cut your fabric. Gather your vintage pillowcase lay it flat and measure it. Take the measurement and add an inch to it both width wise and length wise. So if your pillowcase is 17×25, you would cut your fuzzy fabric front and back to be 18×26″ each. Use a half inch seam allowance for all seams. Stitch the front and back pieces of your fuzzy fabric together right sides facing. Stitch down one side, across the bottom and then back up the other side, leaving the top open. Next, insert your vintage pillowcase into your fuzzy fabric with right sides touching. Pin the two together all the way around the top opening. Stitch around the top all the way around leaving a couple of inches open for turning right side out. Turn the fabrics right side out through the hole in the top you left open. Lightly iron with a warm iron. Then top stitch all the way around the pillowcase opening. Stitch close to the edge to stitch the opening down neatly. Insert your pillow and enjoy!

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6 DSC 1347 Love Week  Upcycled Vintage Soft and Cuddly Pillow CaseI am so in love with this pillow! It is so nice to sleep with! I am always cold so I don’t get hot or sweaty when I sleep, but if you are more warm natured, you can always reverse the pillow to the cool fabric side. The soft fabric on your cheek is just lovely! I think this would make a great gift for your favorite little love or your grandma this valentine’s day. And of course you should make one for yourself too! You’ll love it! I’ll be back soon with another Valentine’s DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

 

Love Week- You’re Such a Deer Valentines Boxes

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04 DSC 1431 Love Week  Youre Such a Deer Valentines BoxesI have to say, I am a sucker for deer! I think they are one of the cutest things on the planet! Our Beau even looks like a little fawn sometimes! This Valentine’s Day I wanted to give my family and friends something a little more than just a flat card. I found these little paper mache boxes at the craft store and thought they would be wonderful to make little valentines, and fill with conversation hearts. I wanted something cute to top them with, but couldn’t quite decide. Then, the other day, I was organizing my cabinet and found my plastic deer cupcake picks. And what could be better than deer, really? For the ones I love dearly, perfect! I realize it’s probably too late to be able to get the supplies and make these for this Valentine’s Day, but you can always save the idea for next year.

Here’s What You Need:

*Small heart shaped paper mache boxes

*Craft Paint (I used Martha Stewart Brand in matte finish and also a metallic) and paint brushes

*Deer Cupcake Toppers (I found mine at www.heyyoyo.com)

*Little Paper Flowers

*Hot Glue

*White Cardstock

*Word program to make your labels

*Scissors

*Conversation Hearts

Instructions:

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First Prime all your boxes. Then paint them and the lids the way you like. My mom and I made these together and used a combination of patterns and colors.

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Break the picks off the bottom of your deer. Dab hot glue onto their feet and glue down to the lid of the box.

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Use hot glue to glue down your paper flowers at the deer’s foot.

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Create a document and type out your sayings in the font you like. I used Impact on size 14 font. Space them out so they are at least a few inches apart. Cut the phrases in long strips.

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Bend the paper back towards the back at the beginning and end words, then bend back towards the front at about a quarter inch the other way.

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Clip the ends of the paper into a notch to make the paper look like a banner.

09 DSC 1412 Love Week  Youre Such a Deer Valentines BoxesGlue your banner to your deer with a dab of hot glue. To finish off your boxes add conversation hearts to the inside and close up. Now they are ready to be gifted.

 

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08 DSC 1422 Love Week  Youre Such a Deer Valentines BoxesAren’t they so sweet! I have used all kinds of mini deer in projects before, but these little plastic cupcake toppers are some of my favorites ever! Their little red smiles melt me! These little boxes are so simple to whip up and they make a really sweet valentine gift to those you love lots! You can really customize them just by the way you paint the boxes. Of course you could use other toppers as well. I hope you all will give this craft a try sometime. They would make cute little boxes for arty favors too, not just for Valentines day. Have fun with it! I will be back soon with another sweet DIY. Until then….

Happy Crafting!

 

Love Week- Let’s Spoon Frame

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06 DSC 1308 Love Week  Lets Spoon FrameI am a big fan of quirky! Things that are a little unusual and a little funny, a little cute, always make me giddy! I’ve seen some really cute stamped silver spoons on Etsy, stamped with the words “lets spoon” on them. I thought framing a spoon for Valentine’s Day decor would be a kind of fun and quirky gift for my hubby. Instead of stamping I used craft wire to write my message. Here’s my how-to:

What You Need:

*Shadowbox Frame

*Vintage Spoon  (or spoon of your choice)

*Thick Craft Wire

*Jewelry Pliers

*Paper and Pen

*E6000

*Matboard or Thick Paper like cardstock or watercolor paper

Instructions:

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The first step is to form your wire word. Write out the word you want to form on a piece of paper to size.

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Next, bend your wire carefully following the curves of the letters. I held one end down to the paper while I used my other hand to form the wire.

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When you get to the letter “t” you may need to use your jewelry pliers to squeeze the wire together.

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To make the cross on the “t” bend the wire at a right angle and form a small loop on the left side. Squeeze the loop flat, then make another loop on the right size and flatten. Bend the wire at another right angle and continue on to form the rest of your word.

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Snip of the excess wire when you are done forming your word. Set aside.

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To make the apostrophe form a loop and then clip the wire at the end of the large loop.

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Cut a piece of mat board or paper to fit your frame. Mine was 8×10. Smear a little E6000 onto the back of your wire word and glue down to your paper. Then Glue down your old spoon underneath. Let dry completely. To finish off, insert your art piece into the shadowbox frame and close up the back.

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01 DSC 1325 Love Week  Lets Spoon FrameIsn’t it fun! I LOVE it! This was a seriously easy DIY and it was pretty darned fast to whip up. You can even use old cast away spoons from your kitchen. I really hope some of you guys will try this one yourselves, I think you’ll have a blast! It makes a great last minute Valentine gift, or even for an anniversary. Cute, fast, and inexpensive too! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Love Week- Fun Scrappy DIY Valentine’s Tree

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02 DSC 1340 Love Week  Fun Scrappy DIY Valentines TreeI’m not big into scrapbooking, but I do love all the papers and embellishments! My mom and I are always picking up scrapbooking supplies, but we seem to hoard it more than use it. I have been wanting to make a scrappy tree with a paper mache cone for a while now, and I thought a tree for Valentine’s Day would be perfect to use up some of my favorite papers and embellishments. This tree was really easy to make and it was a lot of fun!  I know there are a ton of tutorials out there on how to make all kinds of scrappy trees. Here is how I made mine:

Here’s What You Need:

*Paper Mache Cone

*Scrapbook Paper

*Mod Podge or Rubber Cement

*Foam Cone

*Wood Finial

*Heart Paper Punch

*Ribbon, trim, etc…

*Hot Glue

*Paint

Instructions:

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The first thing I did was make my tree topper. Punch out six paper hearts. Fold each heart in half. Spread rubber cement on the back of your hearts. Glue one heart to another at the sides matching the folds. Then add another heart to the other side. Continue until you have gotten to your sixth heart and glue the open side of the sixth to the open side of the first. Set aside.

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After I made my topper, I added the paper to my tree base. Spread rubber cement or mod podge on the cone. Line up the edge of your paper to the seam on your paper mache cone. Smooth the paper onto the cone a little at a time, applying your adhesive as you go to places that may have dried or you missed. Keep smoothing the paper onto your cone until you reach where you started. Wrap and fold the excess paper at the bottom into the underside of the cone. Glue your styrofoam cone inside the paper cone. This is what you are going to glue your base into. Hollow out a little space in the middle for the top of the finial.

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Now you can embellish your tree. I glued hearts upside down around the bottom and then topped with ribbon and ball trim. Then I added ribbon and trim to the top. To finish your tree, glue on the heart topper and then glue the finial into the styrofoam base.

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03 DSC 1338 Love Week  Fun Scrappy DIY Valentines TreeI really enjoyed making my Valentine’s tree! It looks so adorable on the shelf in my living room with my other Valentine’s decor! What is great about this tree is that it is so customizable to any celebration, holiday, or style you choose. You can easily make it your own just by the colors, patterns and embellishments you use. This is such a fun project to make and would be fantastic for a craft night with your kids or your favorite crafty pals. I do hope you will give it a try sometime! I’ll be back soon with another fun Valentine’s inspired DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Fit Bit Flex Band Bracelet Revamp

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3 DSC 1195 Fit Bit Flex Band Bracelet RevampHey everyone! I‘m not typically big on New Year’s resolutions. I don’t like to beat myself up too much if I don’t pull through with it. I set little goals all the time and a few big goals here and there. One of my goals I started working on last year was becoming a more fit and healthier person. I have a Fit Bit Flex tracker and I love it! I used to wear it every day to keep myself aware of my activity and calorie levels. Then I started wearing it only when I exercise and using the app as a food tracker. One of the reasons I stopped wearing it all the time was that I felt it was rather ugly. I slipped a bit over the holidays like I usually do, and I realized how much wearing my band keeps me accountable. So, I thought I would try torestyle a couple of my bands to make them a little more my style. Here’s my how-to:

What You Need:

*Fit Bit Flex Bands

*Studs, Gems, Charms, etc…

*E6000

*Eyelet punch (optional)

Instructions:

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I had a few extra bands to work with, so I did a couple of different styles. I used a large brass charm used in leather bracelet making that I got from Michael’s for my first band. I wrapped a little twine around the ends and glued it to the top of my old band with some E6000. With my navy blue band, I glued some iron on brass pyramid studs to the band all the way around with some E6000. For the aqua band I used the screw back silver conical studs. What I did was punch 3/16″ holes into the band with my eyelet punch. Then I took the top of the studs and pushed them up through the holes. I did not end up needing the backs since they fit snugly into the rubber of the bracelet. You can add on or glue any studs or gems you like onto your bands. Get creative with it and make it fit your style!

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So I love how these turned out and I will definitely be wearing my Flex more now! My favorite one is the navy with the brass pyramid studs! It stacks well with other bracelets and I like the extra styling without the chunk of the other studded one. I think I may try one with gems if I end up getting another pack of bands. I still have one plain band that I wear to work out in. So, if you have a Flex or another type of fitness tracker and have some extra bands, try giving them a little facelift! I think you’ll love it! It’s a fun mix of style and health! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy Chalkboard Mini Liquor Bottle Favor Place Cards

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01 DSC 1150 Easy Chalkboard Mini Liquor Bottle Favor Place CardsHappy New Year’s Eve everyone! We are taking it easy this year and just having a nice dinner at home. Before the year comes to a close I thought I’d share one more easy diy with you all. I always like to use place cards and set the table nicely when we have special dinners. I wanted something more than just a simple paper place card. So, I thought it would be fun to use a little airplane bottle of liquor as a name tag. Check out the easy how to:

Here’s What You Need:

*Little Bottles of Liquor

*Chalkboard Paint

*Ribbon

*Painters tape or washi tape

*Chalk

*Rubbing Alcohol

Instructions:

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08 DSC 1136 Easy Chalkboard Mini Liquor Bottle Favor Place CardsThis diy is super simple! The first thing you need to do is clean the label off your bottle. Peel the label off. If it doesn’t come off clean use a little goof off or soap and hot water. Clean the glass with rubbing alcohol and let it dry. Then you need to paint your bottle. I used Martha Stewart Crafts Black Chalkboard Paint. You paint it on in layers and let it dry thoroughly in between coats. If you want something faster you can use the spray paint chalkboard paint by rustoleum. Wrap the top of the bottle or lid with painters tape or washi tape. Paint your bottle and let it dry. Peel off the tape on the top. Once the paint it good and dry, gently rub a little chalk over the bottle to prime it. Gently wipe the chalk off the bottle. Now you can gently write the name on the front of your bottle and the type of liquor on the back. Finish it off by tying a little sparkly ribbon around the top.

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03 DSC 1144 Easy Chalkboard Mini Liquor Bottle Favor Place CardsThis diy is so simple and fun to make for a grown up party! I mean it’s not just a name card, it’s your own personalized tiny bottle of booze, what’s not to love? I don’t drink, but my hubby and the rest of the family absolutely love these! I realize it’s a little late to make these for your New Year’s Eve parties this year, but there is always next year. Or you can use this idea for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, etc. Give it a try sometime! I hope you all have a wonderfully fun and safe New Year’s Eve! See you next year!

Handmade Gifts 2014- Easy Vintage Tablecloth Fabric Handmade Hot Pads

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02 DSC 0886 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy Vintage Tablecloth Fabric Handmade Hot PadsHey everyone! I hope you all are really enjoying the holiday season this year! The holidays are rapidly approaching, so I wanted to share one last handmade gift diy with you all. I needed an extra little gift for my mamas this year. I know they always love gifts for the kitchen, so I thought I’d whip up some quick hot pads for them! Hot pads are a super easy sewing projects and you can whip up a bunch in just an hour or so. These hot pads are a great use of larger scraps of fabrics you may have at home too! I use cutter tablecloths a lot in my crafting projects and I also make totes with them for my shop. I always end up with large scraps from them, so I knew they would be perfect. The old prints are incredibly charming as well! 

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Tablecloth Scraps

*Large Scraps of Cotton Fabric

*Batting

*Heat Resistant Batting

*Basting Spray

*Ribbon or Trim

*Rotary Cutter and Self Healing Mat

*Quilting Ruler

*Marking Pen

*Iron

*Sewing Machine and Thread

Instructions:

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First gather all your supplies. Cut a front and back fabric piece to 9″ square. Cut a piece of batting and a piece of your heat resistant batting to 8″ square.

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Spray both your batting pieces with basting spray on one side.

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Center your batting pieces onto the wrong sides of the front piece and the back fabric piece, basting spray or sticky side down. Smooth out and iron.

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Cut a piece of ribbon or trim to 4″ or so. Fold the ribbon and stack the ends at the bottom to make a loop.

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Now sandwich your loop in between the right sides of the front and back pieces in one corner. Lay the loop so the loop is towards the center and the ends are in the seam allowance area. You also want the right side of the ribbon to be facing the right side of the front fabric piece.

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Pin the layers together. Place a pin where your loop is too to keep it in place.

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Stitch all the way around the square with a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a couple inches open at the bottom for turning.

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Clip corners.

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Turn your fabric right side out and iron.

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Top stitch about 1/8 to 1/4″ away from the edge all the way around.

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Now, you can leave your potholder with just the edges stitched or you can top stitch a little pattern on the top to quilt it. I stitched across mine diagonally to form an x on each pot holder. Finish off your hot pad by snipping any excess threads and giving a good iron. Voila! Easy, right!

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01 DSC 0887 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy Vintage Tablecloth Fabric Handmade Hot PadsI LOVE these little hot pads! They are so much fun to make, I may have to make a few for my kitchen too! I know there are tons of tutorials on how to make pot holders and hot pads. This may not be the very best way to make one, it’s just how I have always made mine. You can really have fun with these and personalize them to your gift recipients style and color scheme. The vintage fabrics work well for my mamas since they all love pretty cottage prints. You can use your favorite fabric prints, funk it up with some ribbon, stitch a little ricrac to the edges. A few of these packaged sweetly make a wonderful stand alone gift, or use them to make a kitchen gift basket extra special. I hope you all will give this diy a go sometime. I think you’ll love it! I’ll be back soon with some fun holiday wrapping ideas. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Handmade Gifts 2014- Easy Painted Toy Animal Magnets

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2 DSC 0871 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy Painted Toy Animal MagnetsHappy Friday everyone! This week has just flown by so far! I am behind as usual, how does that always happen this time of year! Before we get into the weekend, I wanted to pop in with another handmade gift idea. This project is really fast to whip up, and really couldn’t get much easier than this. I am going to show you how to make these fun little animal magnets!

What You Need:

*Plastic Animals

*Paint ( I use Martha Stewart Crafts satin and pearl paints)

*Paint Brush

*Extra Strong Magnets

*E6000

Instructions:

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Gather your supplies. Clean up your plastic animals. Make sure they are clean and dry before you begin.

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Paint your animals with craft paint. It will take several coats depending on the color. My darker purple took two coats. The pearly violet took about five coats. Let your paint dry thoroughly.

6 DSC 0648 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy Painted Toy Animal MagnetsOnce your animals are painted and thoroughly dry, you need to glue the magnets to the back side of each one using E6000. Let your glue dry and cure a full 72 hours before using.

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1 DSC 07921 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy Painted Toy Animal MagnetsThese little magnets add a lot of fun to a message board! They are cute and whimsical. I made my little batch in under an hour plus drying time for the glue. You could really make these special for your gift recipient by using their favorite animals and their favorite colors or shades. This is a great last minute project and it is even something the kids can make themselves. Give them a try sometime, you’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another handmade gift idea. Until then…

Happy Crafting!