Hi everybody! I’m sorry that day eleven is late! It’s been a crazy week so far. On the plus side, today I will have two diy projects for you. This first project is a free pattern for these sweet and vintage kitsch inspired hand embroidered pillowcases. Embroidery is easy and really fun! I absolutely adore vintage embroidered pillowcases. These two cases are inspired both by vintage his and her cases and a set I had found a while back that were appliqued with his and her underwear. They were fantastic!
Here is the pattern:
The picture should print at an 8.5×11. To transfer your design you can use transfer paper or a marking pen. I held my cases up to the window with the printed out words in between the window and the pillowcase. Then I traced the design with a disappearing ink marking pen. You can use a light box as well to trace the design. Put your fabric into a hoop and embroider your pattern. I used mostly a basic back stitch. For the dots I did french knots. I used the full six strands of the floss for the outlining of the words and underwear. For the accented hearts and dots I used three strands. I could not find my stabilizer, but that also comes in handy to put on the underside of your fabric. You can kinda see in my pictures that the fabric is just ever so slightly wrinkled on my design where the embroidered words are. I believe stabilizer would have eliminated this problem. Once you are finished stitching, knot your end and snip excess threads. Now you are ready to enjoy.
I just love these! They are quirky and kitschy. You can use my pattern, or you can choose your favorite font to make your own his and hers pillowcases(or his and his, or hers and hers) You can change up this pattern really easily by just using different colored embroidery floss. I hope you all enjoy my free pattern! Be sure to tune in later for more fun valentines projects!
Like my little vintage spool necklaces? Want to win one? I am going to be giving away one of these sweet little accessories this week in honor of Valentine’s Day. All you have to do to enter is follow my blog and then tell me in the comments below. To gain additional entries you can follow me on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. I will be announcing the winner next Monday the 18th. Have a wonderful week!
Hello There! Welcome to day seven of my 14 Days of Love special! Today I have a super fun project for you! I am going to show you how to add a reverse applique heart to a plain tee to show your love for Valentine’s Day. Reverse appliques are really easy! You can do them by machine or by hand. I chose to do mine by hand. I think it gives the tee more of a sweet feel. You can use solid or patterned fabric. I used vintage sheeting.
Here’s What You Need:
*Disappearing ink Marking Pen
*Sharp Small Scissors
*Heart Shape Cutout (I just drew a heart onto some cardstock and cut it out, you could print one on cardstock as well if there is a shape you really like too)
The first thing you want to do is cut a small piece of fabric a few inches larger than your heart. Iron your interfacing onto the wrong side of the fabric. Trace your heart onto the fabric with your template and marking pen. Inside the heart write the name you want to be on the heart. Put your fabric into your hoop. Thread your needle with the floss color of your choice. Now stitch the name. I used a simple back stitch, but you can use a satin stitch as well. Once you have embroidered the name knot the end and clip the excess thread. Now, decide where you want to have your heart. Mark the spot and turn your shirt inside out. Trace your heart on the wrong side of your fabric. Now lay your fabric with your right side of your fabric onto the wrong side of your tee where marked. Sandwich the tee and fabric into the hoop. Now, stitch around the heart you drew, making sure that the right side of the sleeve has the right side of the stitching. Once you have stitched your heart down, finish it off with a knot and clip threads. Trim the excess fabric around to about a quarter inch around the heart. It should now look like a patch on the inside, and the outside should look like an embroidered heart. Now snip into the top layer of your tee and cut the fabric all the way around the inside of the heart cutting close to the stitching. This will reveal the under fabric and you now have a reverse applique. Pretty cool, huh?
I absolutely ADORE these little tees! I made one for myself with Beau’s name on it and one for my sister Hannah with her dog Sadie’s name on it. You can do these appliques anywhere you like on your tee. I chose the sleeves. I think it is a sweet and fun way to show who you love, or who your valentine is. Now you can really wear your heart on your sleeve. I hope my appliqued tees have inspired some of you to give this a try. Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more Valentines fun! Until then…
Hi Everybody! Welcome to day six of my 14 Days of Love Special! Today I have a sweet diy for you, hand embroidered mats. This diy is cute and pretty easy. The best thing about this project in particular is that it is completely customizable! I LOVE to find new mediums to embroider on, so I was just giddy to try this idea out.
Here’s What You Need:
*Ready Made Mat
The first thing you want to do is draw out your design. I drew out my words and heart doodles with a fine pencil onto my mats. Now punch little holes about every quarter-inch around your words and designs. Thread your needle and start stitching. I used a basic back-stitch(tutorial Here,) but you can do any kind of decorative stitches you like. The basic concept is to just punch your holes where you will need to send your needle through to form your stitch. You can use a pair of pliers to help you pull the needle through your holes if it is hard on your finger. I used a slim needle. Once you have finished stitching, knot your end and snip off the excess. Now tape a picture into your mat, and assemble into your frame. Enjoy.
I love my little mats! They give an extra homey sweetness to some of my favorite pictures! You can make these with any number of designs, words, quotes, etc. Whatever you like. These would be great any time of year too, or for any season or occasion. It’s a simple, inexpensive, and sweet diy. It would make a great heartfelt gift for your most favorite Valentine too! I hope I have inspired some of you to try it out, you’ll have a blast! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more sweet Valentine’s Day projects! Until then…
Hello there! Welcome to the second DIY in my 14 Days of Love special! Today I will be sharing some fun bell jar ornaments with you. I had originally made some of these for the holidays with sweet miniature trees and figures in them. You can see the tutorial Here. To my great delight, a lot of you made some of your own. Two of my favorites were These made by Amy of Inspired Ideas Magazine, and These from Jess at Made By Jess. They inspired me to make a batch of little bell jar ornaments for my Valentine’s tree with cut out paper valentines inside. They were a lot of fun to make! My mom even made some with me.
You can find the full tutorial Here.I have attached a set of free printable valentine cards to cut out and use as you wish. To make the valentines for inside the jar, crop and print them off to be about 2.5 inches tall. Cut around your subjects with a air of fine scissors. Leave a small strip at the bottom that is about 1/2 inch by an inch. Once you have your bottoms made for your jars, bend down the paper tab at the bottom of your valentine, and glue the bottom of the tab to the jar bottom. You can add little embellishments like tiny paper flowers in your jars too. One of the other things you can do for a topper for your jars is to use buttons instead of beads. I threaded twine through my buttons for hanging before I glued them to the top of my jars.
The best thing about these fun little jars is that your imagination is pretty much your only limit. I absolutely love how mine turned out! They are so cute on my tree! You can change the style of the jars by using your own valentine images and totally customize them to your liking. I hope I have inspired some of you to give these little valentine cuties a try! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for another fun DIY! Until then…
Pictures have always been among my most treasured items! My mom is a pro photographer, so I have tons of fantastic shots of my family through the years. Before my grandfather passed away he gave me his collection of slides that were pictures my grandparents had taken when my mom and aunt were growing up. They are just fantastic! For a while now, I have been wanting to create a collage of fabric embroidery hoops above my vintage vanity in my bedroom. I had originally thought of displaying vintage fabrics in the hoops, but recently had the idea of getting my favorite pictures printed on fabric to use in the hoops instead. So, I immediately thought of Spoonflower. For those of you unfamiliar with the company, they are an on demand printer of fabrics. Spoonflower is fabulous! They have a variety of fabrics you can get your designs printed on, as well as wallpaper and decals. This project is such a blast to make, and the finished project looks amazing!
Here’s What You Need:
*Photo Editing Software(I use Photoshop Elements)
*Needle and thread (optional)
The first thing you want to do is gather your hoops and measure them. Decide which photos you wish to have in what size hoops and make notes. Now, in your photo editing software open your pictures. Create a new canvas and make it the size of the fabric you will be getting. For example a yard would be 36″x54″ for the cotton linen canvass that I printed mine on. Now resize your photos to fit your hoops. If I have a four inch hoop I will crop my photo to 4.25×4.25 square and then drag my picture onto my canvas. It is important to space your pictures about 2″ or so apart to make it easier to cut and finish the backs later on. Once you have your canvas filled, you need to save your design and upload it to your spoonflower account. They have great design help on their website Here. While waiting on your fabric you can paint your hoops with your color of choice if you like. When you get your fabric, cut out your pictures leaving about an inch of white around the pictures. You can add embroidery if you like, or you can leave them as they are. I embroidered a few with names or doodles. To assemble your hoops take the outer hoop off of the inner. Open it up a little with the screw. Lay out your fabric picture over the inner hoop. Then, push the outer hoop over the fabric onto the inner hoop. Pull and straighten out your fabric if it is wrinkled. Tighten the screw and pull your fabric taught so it is nice and stretched over the inner hoop. Tighten the screw as much as you can. There are several ways to finish off the back of your hoops. What I did was trim the fabric down to about 3/4″ wide around the hoop trimming it into a circle. Then I glued the excess fabric hanging outside the loop into the inside of the inner loop frame. You can also finish them out like this or this. It’s really up to you which way you wish to finish it out. I had a bunch and I will never see the back, so I finished mine the lazy way. It works for me. Now you are ready to hang them. I laid mine out on my bed in the way I liked them arranged and hung them one by one starting in the middle and going out on each side from there. You can make a collage in any shape or fashion you like, it’s totally customizable.
I absolutely LOVE how my family hoop wall is turning out! I am still collecting pictures from family so I know it will grow. I love how customizable it is. To me this is such a special and sweet way to preserve and display those moments captured in time. I especially love the ones of my grandparents from when they were young and lovely! I love my hoops, they make me smile every time I pass by them! I hope I have inspired some of you to try this fun project out! I know you will love it too!
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When I took out all of my holiday decorations this year, I noticed that my tree topper was a bit worse for wear. So, I decided to try making a new one. This topper is really pretty easy to make and not only is it lighted, but double sided as well. One side is painted with chalkboard paint so you can easily change the design whenever you feel like it. The other side is painted with a decoupaged christmas card santa for a little extra style. This topper works up pretty easy. You can make one in just a few hours.
Here’s What You Need:
*Drill and bit the same size as your wire
*Copper Wire #6 (1-2 feet)
*Flat jaw pliers
*Craft Paint, Chalk paint, etc
*Led battery operated lights
*Craft glue or modge podge
First draw your star shape onto your plywood. Carefully cut out the shape with the jigsaw. Sand any rough spots with sandpaper. Drill a hole in the bottom of your star to insert the wire. Now bend your wire at a right angle 3 to 4 inches down from the top. Then bend another right angle about an inch down. Place on top of a bottle and start wrapping it around the neck of your bottle. You may need to use pliers. Use flat jawed pliers with no teeth so it doesn’t mar the wire. Once your wire is formed into a spring shape spray paint it in your desired color. A few light coats works best. Set aside to dry. Next, paint your star with craft paint on one side and chalkboard paint on the other side. Paint your sides the same color as your tinsel. Once your paint is dry glue your cut out holiday card to the craft painted side of your star with craft glue or modge podge. Now you are ready to add your lights. First insert your wire into the bottom of your star. Snake the light strand up through the coil, leaving several inches for the battery box to hang down below the coil. Now, start at the base where your wire is and place a dab of hot glue onto the wood, press your light strand into the glue. Go around the star glueing every couple of inches until you have your whole strand glued down to the outside of your star. Now go back around the star with your tinsel, glueing over the light strand. Once you have covered your lights with tinsel you are done. Top your tree and watch it sparkle!
I love how my little topper turned out! It was a lot of fun to make! You could customize your topper any way you like by changing up the paint and tinsel colors and embellishments. Make it your own style! Overall this is a great holiday project to deck out your tree! This is my last holiday decorating DIY this season. Tomorrow I will start a series of hand made gifts you can make for your family and friends. Be sure to tune in for day one of my 12 days of handmade gifts! Until then…
Hi everybody! Today I have a super fun and retro craft for you, Christmas Card Bowls. I recently saw one of these at an antique mall, and it was so cute! I googled around and found several vintage bowls made from different cards for different occasions. I have a ton of vintage greeting cards at home, so naturally I just had to try it out and make one for myself. This is so nostalgic and it is a great way to preserve your favorite greeting cards! It’s really easy too, just a lot of hand stitching. It took me a few hours over a couple of nights of watching tv before bed with the hubby. I was so happy to see it come together!
Greeting card bowls are really simple to make. First you cut out all your card pieces with the template below. Next you glue all your pieces together with craft glue or rubber cement. Then you blanket stitch around the edge with embroidery floss, and finally stitch the wall pieces to the bottom and then the sides together. I found a fantastic template at about.com Here. They also have a tutorial on how to crochet a greeting card bowl. I may have to try that one next time.
I really enjoyed making my little bowl! I just love the way it turned out! You could make these in different sizes as well if you enlarge or reduce the pattern. I would love to make one using birthday cards, or anniversary cards. I think it would be so cute! How could you not love something made with vintage cards, they’re so fantastic! I hope you enjoy this fun and simple little retro craft! Be sure to tune in tomorrow for a Thanksgiving DIY!