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Napkin Pillows

Napkin PillowsA few years ago I bought some cute homespun dish towels and made pillows for my family room using this same technique that I’m going to show you today.   Those pillows are not only well worn by now, but outdated.  And now I have a bright flowery area rug in our family room so I want some bright happy-looking pillows to complete the look.

For this tutorial I’m using cute, colorful napkins {copying my sister-in-law ~ Thanks, Stacey} purchased from Pier 1 Imports a couple of months ago.  This is such a simple way to make pillows because it requires no fabric cutting, no corners to cut, no turning the fabric right-side out, and no slip stitching.  Since the edges are already finished you will get a nice finished border, and napkin fabric is usually good quality and some even have fun decorative features like beads, fringe, ribbon, etc. that are already sewn on so you won’t need to.  These napkins were on sale for $3.49 each and I used the pillow forms from my pillows mentioned above because they were still in good condition.  So the total cost for these two pillows was only around $14.00.

Here’s what you will need:

:: 2 napkins for each pillow
{sometimes the quality control for napkins isn’t exact,
so check the sizes of the napkins you choose by laying one
over the other to make sure they are the same}

:: 1 pillow form or batting for each pillow {mine were 17″ square}

:: thread

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These are the napkins I chose.

Here’s what you will need to do:

1. Wash and iron the napkins.

2. With wrong sides together pin around the edges leaving an opening for inserting the pillow form or batting.

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Leave an opening like this.

3. Stitch around the napkins directly over {or just inside} the existing edge stitching.

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Stitch like this.

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After you have stitched around the napkins, the edges should flare open like this.

4. Insert the pillow form or batting.

5. Pin the opening and stitch it closed the same way you did for the rest of the pillow.

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Instead of using the same napkin for the front and back of my pillows I decided to use one of each so that I have more options for displaying them.

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Five easy steps to create a beautiful new pillow.
What kind of pillow are you going to make?
I would love to hear back from you or see photos of what you create.

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Adorable Heart Bookmarks

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I know it is really close to Valentine’s Day and most of us are about finished thinking about heart-related projects and moving on to spring things, but I saw these adorable and easy felt heart bookmarks {here} last week and I couldn’t resist making some.

Adorable Heart Bookmarks
The church I belong to has a women’s organization in which each woman {coupled with another woman} visits 2 or 3 assigned women each month and I have been trying to think of something that I could take to each of them that doesn’t include chocolate or other sweets.  So when I saw these I thought they would be perfect.  Even for a non-reader they make a welcomed gift because who doesn’t have at least some kind of a book or cookbook or scripture that it would be useful in?  And they are so easy to make.  Each one took about fifteen minutes and I was able to use scraps of felt and ribbon that I had tucked away in my crafty corner.

Here is what you’ll need:

:: felt scraps ~ red, white, pink
:: buttons
:: white embroidery floss
:: embroidery needle
:: ribbon – cut 9-1/2 inches for each bookmark
:: hot glue gun or all purpose glue

Here is what you’ll need to do:

1. Cut out hearts in felt in the colors and sizes you will want to use.  I used three different sizes and I’ll call them small, medium, and large.  For each bookmark you will need two large, two medium, and one small.  {If you would like my heart patterns leave me a comment and I will email them to you.  Otherwise, just freehand or trace around cookie cutters.}
2. Using the embroidery floss, all 6 strands, run a stitch around the front side of one of the large hearts and then sew on a button if you are using one.  See the above photo.

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This is how the back of the stitched heart will look.

3. Glue the ribbon to the back side of the large heart you just stitched.
4. Glue another large heart to the backside of the heart you are working on to give it a finished look.

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This is how the back of the large heart will look.

5. Glue a small heart onto a medium sized heart.
6. Glue the other end of the ribbon to the back of the medium sized heart.
7. Glue another medium heart to the backside of the medium heart you are working on to finish it off.

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This is how the finished bookmark will look.  Cute, huh?

Adorable Heart Bookmarks

I think I’ll even make a few more for friends that have February birthdays.

What about you?
Is there someone you could make some of these cute bookmarks for?

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Felt Heart Valentine Wreath

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I saw the idea for this wreath last year on Pinterest.  It was only this partial picture but I thought it looked like it had potential for being really cute so I printed it out.  There isn’t a source on the page so I can’t reference back to whomever’s idea it was (sorry).  If anyone out there can claim it I will surely give you credit.

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This year I pulled out the picture and decided to get busy recreating it.  Here it is hanging on my kitchen hutch:

Felt Heart Valentine Wreath

This is the first time I’ve made a wreath wrapped with yarn so it’s not as flat and smooth a some I’ve seen, but I double-wrapped over most of it and I do like the thick look that double-wrapping gives it.  It was so super simple and inexpensive to make and it looks just darling hanging there on my hutch.  I was actually going to make a 12 inch wreath but I cut out the hearts first and when I placed them on the 12 inch to see how it would look I decided that the hearts were too small for that size of a wreath.  So I went with a 10 inch and it’s perfect. Some people might think it’s a little on the small side for a front door wreath but I tried it on my front door under the windows (I have three windows on my front door) and it looked just fine.  It’s a no-sew project (unless you do a little sewing on the buttons and stitch around a heart or two) and it goes together in about one hour.  So, let’s get started.

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Here’s what you’ll need:
:: yarn ~ white or off white
:: felt ~ white or off white, pink, red
(I used wool felt because that’s what I had on hand.  Craft felt will work just fine.)
:: a few assorted buttons
:: one foam wreath
:: scissors
:: glue gun or all-purpose glue
:: needle and thread (optional)
:: ribbon (or something else) for hanging

Here’s what you’ll need to do:
1. Cut out an assortment of hearts in the three different colors of felt in two or three different sizes.
2. Glue the end of yarn to the back of the wreath form and then start wrapping
the form all the way around until you have it covered the way you like it.
3. Glue down the final end of yard on the back of the wreath, trying to blend it in with the rest of the yarn.
4. Arrange the hearts on the wreath in a layout that looks good to you.
5. Stitch around a heart or two, and use thread to sew the buttons on to individual hearts (if desired).
6. Start gluing those cute little hearts on.  (I started at the top and just worked my way down.)
7. Cut a piece of ribbon (or whatever else you choose) and loop it around the wreath and glue
the ends of the ribbon together to make it look like a solid loop.

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And that’s it.
You should now have a very cute Valentine wreath.
Send me pictures if you make one.  I would love to see what you come up with.

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I Adore Wreaths. Do You?

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I just adore wreaths.  For me, one word describes a wreath.  Hello.  I love them hanging on front doors and hutches and above beds and in bathrooms and in windows and on gates.  Like I said, I adore wreaths.

Do any of my nearby friends out there want to get together with me and make a new one?  If you do, leave me a comment on this page or a message on Facebook.  I love making them ~ well, I’ve only made a few, but it was so much fun. There’s nothing quite like seeing my own creation displayed in my home.  It’s like it’s smiling back at me and cheering up my day.

February is only a little over a week away and for all of us that want to make a new wreath, we better get on the ball. I did a Pinterest search for a collection of wreaths that I like and thought that maybe you will, too.  Take a look.  Click on the photos to get more information ~ some even have tutorials. Most of them look pretty easy to make, so if we’re wanting to create a new wreath, hopefully these will inspire us and give us some good ideas.

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#1 Felt and Burlap Flower Valentine Wreath by Rose Petal Pretties via Etsy

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#2 Felt and Yarn Love Wreath by The Bakers Daughter via Etsy

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 #3 Fabric Flower Valentine Wreath tutorial by Sew much ado

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 #4 Valentine Wreath tutorial by sweet something designs

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#5 Button Heart by Sweet Meas via Etsy

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 #6 Red Wool Valentine Wreath tutorial by Ms. Smartie Pants

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 #7 Valentine Spring Winter Lux Wooden Heart Wreath by PetalsNPicks via Etsy

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 #8 Dried English Lavender Heart Wreath by paulajeansgarden via Etsy

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#9 The Kissing Wreath – Valentine’s Day Wreath by twoinspireyou via Etsy

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Well, what do you think?  Which wreaths do you like?  Or love?  Are you inspired?  Let me know.

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Travel Subway Art

Travel Subway Canvas Art

 

There are subway art signs all over the internet and I love them.  When I saw the idea {here} to make a travel subway sign, I knew it would be the perfect thing for me to make and give to Brent for Christmas.  And I was right. He loves it.

When I mentioned to my sister in-law {Stacey} what I was making, she brilliantly suggested that I just have a Costco canvas print made, and after checking into it I decided that was the look I wanted instead of the one in the above link.  It doesn’t exactly look like subway art, but I really like it anyway.  Plus, I wasn’t really feeling up to a fairly big project just a couple of weeks before Christmas.  It was a bit more expensive {$54.99}  to go with the canvas print but I justified the price because, after all, it was going to be a gift.

This is how I made it:

1.  I wrote up a list of all the places my husband and I have lived or traveled to.
2.  I went into our Open Office program and typed the places randomly on the page in different fonts.
3.  Then I adjusted the font size and spacing between each of the cities or states so that the margins were justified.

Here is a list of all the fonts I used.  They were all either already on my computer or I downloaded free fonts from sites like dafont.com.

Vanilla Twilight
Architects Daughter
Apple Gothic
Apple Chancery
Tabitha
Janda Siesta Sunset
Dean Martin Swing
HANDYHANDY
Angela
Just Realize
Chalkboard
Janda Closer to Free
KG Sweet N Sassy
Blue Highway
Janda Amazing Grace
KG Eyes Wide Open
Last King Quest
Noteworthy
BetterHeather
Thin Lines and Curves
Janda Capslock
Retro Loops
Simply Glamorous
PilGi
Chalkduster
Enchanted Castle
Instant Marker
Janda Everyday Casual
Janda Cheerful Script
Janda Happy Day
Janda Quick Note
cafe & brewery
Dean Martin
Janda Stylish Script
Helvetica
Papyrus
Aubrey
Janda Apple Cobbler
Of Wildflowers and Wings
Simply Delicious
Shadows Into Light
KG Empire of Dirt
HaloHandletter
Happy Dreams Med Mono
Marker Felt
Janda Manatee Bubble
LondonBetween
Janda Romantic

4.  I went to Costco.com photo and clicked on canvas prints on the left sidebar and then clicked the large canvas print box on that page.
5.  I chose the size of canvas I wanted {I chose 18×24}, then clicked continue.
6.  Then I uploaded and added the photo {document} that I had typed up, positioned it on the page, and chose which wrap style I wanted.
*I did receive a warning telling me that “Cropping this small will result in a low quality print.”
7.  I decided to go ahead with it anyway, holding my breath from that moment until six long days later when I picked it up at the store.  I was so worried that after spending that much money it might be blurry and look horrible.  And while standing at the photo counter I wanted to tear into the packaging right then and there, but I was too nervous.  I decided that if it did look badly I wanted to feel crushed in the privacy of my own home.

But all of that worrying was for naught.  It looked perfect and the lettering was not distorted or blurry or anything, as you can, hopefully, see in the photo below.  {The background in these photos looks gray, but it is actually a bright white.}

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It’s now hanging proudly next to our desk.
We love looking at it ~ and recalling all of the great memories we have of living and traveling near and far. At some point we might decide to have it framed, but for now we’re loving it just the way it is.

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What about you?
Are you going to make a subway art sign?
If you do, I would love to see photos of your finished project.

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No-sew Christmas Burlap Table Runner and Christmas Jar Candles

Christmas Burlap Table Runner and Christmas Jar CandlesAre you thinking about your Christmas Eve or Christmas Day table settings?
Are you needing a little something new, something quick and easy, and something very inexpensive?
Well, this just might be what you are looking for.

Yesterday when I was looking at our tables and trying to visualize how I wanted to set them with what I have on hand I was wanting a new and a little bit rustic look for one of our tables. I have three tables to set and I like them all to be similar yet different. You know what I mean, right?

Well, this is what I came up with and it took about 45 minutes, tops. I saw the general idea for the table runner here but wanted to use burlap and muslin instead of burlap and satin. And I just ripped the muslin for a slightly frayed-rippled edge.

No-sew Burlap Table Runner

Here’s what you’ll need:

:: Burlap
{Measure your table to get the length you want. I don’t like my table runners to hang over the
edge of the table so I just measured the table top which was 47 inches. Then measure the width you want. I made mine 17-1/2 inches wide.}
:: Muslin
{Or Christmas fabric would be cute, too, or satin, or any fabric you want}
{Measure it the same length as the burlap. Then measure the width you want.
I made mine 11-1/2 inches wide.}
:: Scissors

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

Starting with the burlap ~
1. Measure the length you want your table runner to be. Pull out one or two of the threads so you will have a straight and perfect line to cut. This also helps cut down on the massive fraying that happens when cutting burlap. Now cut the burlap down that row where you pulled out the thread.
2. Next, measure the width and do the same as above.

For the muslin ~
1. Measure the length and make a little snip with the scissors. Then rip the fabric down to the length you want your muslin to be.
2. Do the same for the width.
{If you use a different fabric you may need to cut it instead of ripping it.}

Now layer them on your table.

OK. Now on to the Christmas Jar Candles.

Christmas Jar CandlesI got the idea for these cute, simple jar candles here. I already had everything on hand. The white tray is from Cost Plus World Market and the holly is from Costco. Look around your house ~ you probably have something that will work perfectly.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

:: Pint-sized jars
:: Candles {I used tea lights with the metal tray removed.}
:: Twine
:: Salt
:: Scissors

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

1. Wrap the twine around the jar {just below the ring) a few times to get the look you want.
2. Measure and cut however many lengths you will need for the number of jars you are making and then wrap and tie the twine on the jars.
3. Fill the jar with salt and slightly nestle the candle down into the salt.
4. Place them on a decorative tray and garnish with greenery.

Congratulations.
You now have a lovely new table runner and some very cute candle jars with which
to dress your Christmas table.

If you make either one of these I would love it if you would send me photos
so I can see how yours turned out.

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