Archive | September, 2010

Guest Project — Make a Tie Skirt!

30 Sep
Hey Bloggettes! (and blogger dudes, maybe 🙂
Summer Reflection tags:
My name is Laura. I’ve got a lil’ blog called A Pretty Plethora, so named since I have a lot of interests, all of which I like to talk about on my blog. Jen was so sweet to let me visit today and show you my most favorite thing in the world:
My tie skirt! 
https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/fullbodypp.jpg?w=225
(please don’t mind my face, this was taken after a verrry looong day at school-I really am thrilled!)

This project is so much fun, and pretty darn basic! The hardest part for me was gathering all the ties. Some are my dads, some belonged to brothers, but mostly they came from the thrift store. Now, thrift store ties are still pretty expensive for this project, so if you can wait-do so until you find an amazing deal. 


So here’s whatcha need: ties and elastic! 
(well, and a sewing machine, but that goes without saying)http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_jtZeWZEjZEQ/TKP6_L6RFbI/AAAAAAAAB-M/Nz6UdziCqig/s1600/tiespp.jpgAfter you gather all the ties (you can calculate how many you want/need 2 ways: 
  • If you want a very full skirt, just get as many as your heart desires. 
  • If you want a skirt that is more fitted, measure your waist, and calculate the width of the ties, and go from there.)
Once you have all your ties, you are going to measure the length. Decide where you want your skirt to sit (for me, it’s my waist), hold the top of the tie there. I wanted the bottom hit my knee, so I measured from my waist to my knee, then added 2 inches. These 2 inches at the top are needed later to fold over for your elastic. Once you’ve got your measurement, trim the ties to all the same length.
 
Then right sides together you are going to sew all the ties together, and you’ll wind up with a long strip of ties (it will slowly start to wind up, because of the shape of ties). You’ll want to sew about 1 in-1.5 inches from the edge.
Once you have sewed them all, you’ll fold over the top about 2 inches-this is for your elastic. Make sure to keep a gap to run through your elastic through. I’m pretty unorthodox, I just wrapped some elastic around my waist, added an inch or so, and cut. If you want to do a measuring tape, it’s all good (in the hood, yo!)
SIDE NOTE: If you want it to look all purdy and perfect (I made this in high school-I had no patience with hemming) You can fold up a 1/2 inch and make it nice. If not, the insides will fray. This doesn’t bother me, no one sees the inside of this skirt. I’ll understand if you’re a perfectionist though 🙂
https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/frayedpp.jpgRun your elastic through (to do so: attach a safety pin to the elastic. This will help you keep track of the elastic and give you a guide).  Once it’s all the way through, sew the elastic together, and hide it under the fold. Then you’ll sew up the rest of the fold. Viola! All done. Now you can take some adorable pictures and ‘wow’ everyone! Just so you know, people get obsessed with this skirt. (passerby’s, I mean) I can’t tell you how many people come up and just lift up my skirt, trying to figure out how I made it.
https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/boreddpp.jpg?w=225 
It’s embarrassing. You’ve been warned.
I hope this tutorial works for you, please stop by and let me know if you need any help,  or if you are going to try it! I’d love to hear stories and see some pictures!
 
Thanks again for letting me visit, Jen!
Love!
 Thanks Laura!!
Your Tie Skirt is just awesome! 
What a great idea. 
Laura is a new blogger and a college student. She loves to share her day-to-day life on her blog. With posts on recipes: 
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_jtZeWZEjZEQ/TGzltMX1MhI/AAAAAAAABl8/D1kampCMs-U/s1600/IMG_2155.JPG
Fashion: 
And, she and I share the same birthday. So fun!! See what she got for herself!
Will you go over to A Pretty Plethora, say hi and welcome her to this bloggy world?
XOXO

More Great Ideas & some winners!

30 Sep
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_-C_4h8r_w6M/TJyTW_JVLyI/AAAAAAAABn4/psJ_8cXgLpI/s1600/pk+brownie+bites2.jpg
 Find out how to make these Delectable Pumpkin Spice Brownie Bites @ Inside BruCrew Life
 http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_lpt2kTYCqUQ/TIbmc_KJ23I/AAAAAAAADGA/gFqMRJl3Ktk/s1600/100_0125.jpg
 Grab the recipe for these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes @ The Farm Girl
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_8yc-ESBgjic/TKCKIiNY5pI/AAAAAAAACAo/ID2UCGtXdbs/s1600/012.JPG
 Create Turkey Cupcakes @ Chuckles Grins and Banged Up Shins
https://i0.wp.com/3.bp.blogspot.com/_M7ZZgQI6wy0/TJErMCLPU-I/AAAAAAAAAhI/4RRhbKKIIm4/s1600/blogsept10+031.JPG
 Find out how to make these Rustic Shabby Shelves @ {Primp}
Wow – Check out how to make this Burlap Laundry Art @ Domestically Speaking
final dresser
 Love this Beachy Striped Dresser @ House to Your Home
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Yzmw3PB1YGw/TJUAG8gEqeI/AAAAAAAAABQ/g7ojSQZ7hXw/s1600/016.JPG
Turn an old window into a Fab Kitchen Menu Board @ Not Just Decorating
 Great Dresser Redo – I love the Chalkboard door and the patterned sides @ Home for Hire
                           
 What a clever idea – throw an Uno First Birthday Party! @ Craftily Ever After
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_24l2iTsm3-Y/TJplWQh_YGI/AAAAAAAACCo/93H4djhgYNo/s1600/rainbow+strips+1framed.jpg
 Throw a Rainbow Birthday Party @ Fowl Single File
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_OEreJt5x4wI/TJ7MX8Y_gvI/AAAAAAAACVo/pl1yandpj_I/s1600/b13res.jpg
Throw a Minnie Mouse Party {with cute outfits too} @ Leslie’s Life
 http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_OhrjKAMmC0o/TJeaX79eOGI/AAAAAAAAA5w/9S8ZZmQV97E/s1600/IMG_4818.JPG
 Create a Beautiful Paper Banner @ Blackberry Vine
 https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/frontdoor1.jpg?w=201
 Find out how to make these Shiny Pumpkin Topiaries @ every day is a hollie-day
 https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/img_15021.jpg?w=225
 I adore this Furry Spider Topiary @ Mandi Pandi Designs
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_jsi5Rp7fDv4/TJvR486q91I/AAAAAAAAHtY/qG8FP5BkpIA/s1600/Halloween+Banner+after.jpg
Print out the Free Template to make this Fantastic Felt Halloween Banner @ Finding My Aloha
Turn old, outdated doorknobs into Quirky Pumpkins @ Under The Table and Dreaming
Transform an old chandelier into a Tabletop Candelabra @ Everyday is a Crafting Day
 Make Chalkboard Pumpkins this year! @ greenbean’s crafterole
Great project to do with your kids — Make a Bat Garland out of Paper Towel Rolls! @ Bugaboo, Mini, Mr. and Me
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_0OZQHrzuPes/TJPQzF6FVII/AAAAAAAABS8/UA62qhqfmyc/s1600/DSCF2093.JPG
Create Colorful Halloween Finger Puppets @ Naptime Crafters
https://i2.wp.com/3.bp.blogspot.com/_u912G7xb76w/TJ7CbaphiEI/AAAAAAAAAg4/RagbOa3em4k/s1600/IMG_7727.jpg
 Learn how to create this Spooky Luminary @ Dream Big. Stamp Often
 https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/pumpkinblinggroup1.jpg?w=300
 Love these Unique Pumpkin Decorating Ideas @ First A Dream
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_De2sNPIKP5o/TJqaymU30oI/AAAAAAAAA_A/kEi3E4a9g9U/s1600/DSC_0510.JPG
Make a Witchy Coat Rack @ Keep Calm and Decorate
https://i1.wp.com/1.bp.blogspot.com/_VM_sXapgq6I/TJ9NKf6ue5I/AAAAAAAADOE/cAYWDGGvRUU/s1600/Halloween+Wordle+Art+copy.jpg
Festive Halloween Word Art @ Bits of Me
 https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/dsc_00201.jpg?w=200
 Make a No-Sew Cupcake Costume from Patrice @ Lemon Tree Creations
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_6c_QBmpXazo/TKKEA4l6BzI/AAAAAAAABBs/0d8SWw_IAug/s1600/aacrib.JPG
 LOL – love this! Make witch legs that can be peeking out for funny Halloween Decor! @ Diary of a Crafty Lady
 Such fabulous projects were linked up!! 
I really appreciate everyone who came over to see the projects and those that linked up. I love spending my weekends with you!!!
And, the winner of the   Kinley Lane giveaway is:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_yv8Lby9q4s0/TJ6FumAYjOI/AAAAAAAAD9E/mwcYwuxjxJg/s1600/repeat.jpg
#373: Bugaboo, Mr. Mini and Me — who showed us her Fall Topiaries
https://i2.wp.com/ny-image3.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.162844699.jpg
 Keep Kinley Lane in mind for beautiful accessories and gift ideas!!
Now for the Staker Sensations vinyl winners —
 #138 — 
#272 —
 And the $20 credit to Shannon Makes Stuff: 
[profile4x6.jpg]
 #180 — Peek at my Paper
Remember Staker Sensations and Shannon Makes Stuff when thinking about vinyl or cute gifts this Christmas season!!
https://i2.wp.com/ny-image2.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.172511950.jpghttps://i1.wp.com/ny-image1.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.169080945.jpg
https://i1.wp.com/ny-image3.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.169856303.jpg
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_8Cvg79y7wHw/TJbJow_9RTI/AAAAAAAASQQ/ZZspknVfCuI/s1600/IMG_8486.JPG
https://i2.wp.com/2.bp.blogspot.com/_8Cvg79y7wHw/TE01evgELGI/AAAAAAAAQ9U/H14dHxKG62U/s1600/Place+Settings+Proof.jpg
 **Winners — you have until Sunday to contact me to claim your prize. Thanks!!**
xoxo
 PS – My Bag & 2 Brooches Giveaway ends Thursday night — come over to the Tatertots & Jello Facebook Page to enter 🙂

More Great Ideas & some winners!

30 Sep
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_-C_4h8r_w6M/TJyTW_JVLyI/AAAAAAAABn4/psJ_8cXgLpI/s1600/pk+brownie+bites2.jpg
 Find out how to make these Delectable Pumpkin Spice Brownie Bites @ Inside BruCrew Life
 http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_lpt2kTYCqUQ/TIbmc_KJ23I/AAAAAAAADGA/gFqMRJl3Ktk/s1600/100_0125.jpg
 Grab the recipe for these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes @ The Farm Girl
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_8yc-ESBgjic/TKCKIiNY5pI/AAAAAAAACAo/ID2UCGtXdbs/s1600/012.JPG
 Create Turkey Cupcakes @ Chuckles Grins and Banged Up Shins
https://i0.wp.com/3.bp.blogspot.com/_M7ZZgQI6wy0/TJErMCLPU-I/AAAAAAAAAhI/4RRhbKKIIm4/s1600/blogsept10+031.JPG
 Find out how to make these Rustic Shabby Shelves @ {Primp}
Wow – Check out how to make this Burlap Laundry Art @ Domestically Speaking
final dresser
 Love this Beachy Striped Dresser @ House to Your Home
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Yzmw3PB1YGw/TJUAG8gEqeI/AAAAAAAAABQ/g7ojSQZ7hXw/s1600/016.JPG
Turn an old window into a Fab Kitchen Menu Board @ Not Just Decorating
 Great Dresser Redo – I love the Chalkboard door and the patterned sides @ Home for Hire
                           
 What a clever idea – throw an Uno First Birthday Party! @ Craftily Ever After
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_24l2iTsm3-Y/TJplWQh_YGI/AAAAAAAACCo/93H4djhgYNo/s1600/rainbow+strips+1framed.jpg
 Throw a Rainbow Birthday Party @ Fowl Single File
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_OEreJt5x4wI/TJ7MX8Y_gvI/AAAAAAAACVo/pl1yandpj_I/s1600/b13res.jpg
Throw a Minnie Mouse Party {with cute outfits too} @ Leslie’s Life
 http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_OhrjKAMmC0o/TJeaX79eOGI/AAAAAAAAA5w/9S8ZZmQV97E/s1600/IMG_4818.JPG
 Create a Beautiful Paper Banner @ Blackberry Vine
 https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/frontdoor.jpg?w=201
 Find out how to make these Shiny Pumpkin Topiaries @ every day is a hollie-day
 https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/img_1502.jpg?w=225
 I adore this Furry Spider Topiary @ Mandi Pandi Designs
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_jsi5Rp7fDv4/TJvR486q91I/AAAAAAAAHtY/qG8FP5BkpIA/s1600/Halloween+Banner+after.jpg
Print out the Free Template to make this Fantastic Felt Halloween Banner @ Finding My Aloha
Turn old, outdated doorknobs into Quirky Pumpkins @ Under The Table and Dreaming
Transform an old chandelier into a Tabletop Candelabra @ Everyday is a Crafting Day
 Make Chalkboard Pumpkins this year! @ greenbean’s crafterole
Great project to do with your kids — Make a Bat Garland out of Paper Towel Rolls! @ Bugaboo, Mini, Mr. and Me
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_0OZQHrzuPes/TJPQzF6FVII/AAAAAAAABS8/UA62qhqfmyc/s1600/DSCF2093.JPG
Create Colorful Halloween Finger Puppets @ Naptime Crafters
https://i2.wp.com/3.bp.blogspot.com/_u912G7xb76w/TJ7CbaphiEI/AAAAAAAAAg4/RagbOa3em4k/s1600/IMG_7727.jpg
 Learn how to create this Spooky Luminary @ Dream Big. Stamp Often
 https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/pumpkinblinggroup.jpg?w=300
 Love these Unique Pumpkin Decorating Ideas @ First A Dream
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_De2sNPIKP5o/TJqaymU30oI/AAAAAAAAA_A/kEi3E4a9g9U/s1600/DSC_0510.JPG
Make a Witchy Coat Rack @ Keep Calm and Decorate
https://i1.wp.com/1.bp.blogspot.com/_VM_sXapgq6I/TJ9NKf6ue5I/AAAAAAAADOE/cAYWDGGvRUU/s1600/Halloween+Wordle+Art+copy.jpg
Festive Halloween Word Art @ Bits of Me
 https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/dsc_0020.jpg?w=200
 Make a No-Sew Cupcake Costume from Patrice @ Lemon Tree Creations
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_6c_QBmpXazo/TKKEA4l6BzI/AAAAAAAABBs/0d8SWw_IAug/s1600/aacrib.JPG
 LOL – love this! Make witch legs that can be peeking out for funny Halloween Decor! @ Diary of a Crafty Lady
 Such fabulous projects were linked up!! 
I really appreciate everyone who came over to see the projects and those that linked up. I love spending my weekends with you!!!
And, the winner of the   Kinley Lane giveaway is:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_yv8Lby9q4s0/TJ6FumAYjOI/AAAAAAAAD9E/mwcYwuxjxJg/s1600/repeat.jpg
#373: Bugaboo, Mr. Mini and Me — who showed us her Fall Topiaries
https://i2.wp.com/ny-image3.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.162844699.jpg
 Keep Kinley Lane in mind for beautiful accessories and gift ideas!!
Now for the Staker Sensations vinyl winners —
 #138 — 
#272 —
 And the $20 credit to Shannon Makes Stuff: 
[profile4x6.jpg]
 #180 — Peek at my Paper
Remember Staker Sensations and Shannon Makes Stuff when thinking about vinyl or cute gifts this Christmas season!!
https://i2.wp.com/ny-image2.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.172511950.jpghttps://i1.wp.com/ny-image1.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.169080945.jpg
https://i1.wp.com/ny-image3.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.169856303.jpg
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_8Cvg79y7wHw/TJbJow_9RTI/AAAAAAAASQQ/ZZspknVfCuI/s1600/IMG_8486.JPG
https://i2.wp.com/2.bp.blogspot.com/_8Cvg79y7wHw/TE01evgELGI/AAAAAAAAQ9U/H14dHxKG62U/s1600/Place+Settings+Proof.jpg
 **Winners — you have until Sunday to contact me to claim your prize. Thanks!!**
xoxo
 PS – My Bag & 2 Brooches Giveaway ends Thursday night — come over to the Tatertots & Jello Facebook Page to enter 🙂

{{spooktacular}} Halloween Giveaway!!

29 Sep
https://i0.wp.com/ny-image2.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.176693198.jpg
It’s almost {Trick -or- Treat} time again!!
And today I don’t have a Trick for you — but definitely have a TREAT!!

Have you heard of Whipperberry?

I just discovered it and it is one of my favorite sites now!! 

Whipperberry is a gorgeous resource for everything party related!!

Tutorials:
15
{Shabby Chic Fabric Chandelier}
Projects:

WB 011
{His & Hers Two-tiered Vintage Wedding Cupcake Skewers}
Recipes: 
Eclairs in a Jar
{Petite Eclairs in a Jar}
And Party Ideas:
monkeywm
sockmonkeywm
sockmonkeydipwm
IMG_08151monkeywm
{Sock Monkey Party via Shutterbug and the Sweet Life }

And, speaking of Parties…..
Whitney from Whipperberry contacted me to see if one of YOU might want to win THIS: 

 A Complete {Halloween Party} in a Box!!
{$90 value}

Including: 

Box for Holding Kit Supplies and Great for Storage
Trick or Treat Bunting
Ghost Cookie Cutter
12 – Cupcake Liners
12 – 8″x15″ Kraft Paper for wrapping
12 – Tags
25 Yards of Twine
2 Yards Sequins
5 Yards Black Polka Dot Ribbon
3/4 Yard Cake Bunting
24 – White Lollipop Sticks
1 Full Small Vessel of Orange Pearl Candies
12 – Clear and Black Treat Bags

WB 086 WB 073
WB 066 WB 104

WB 111
How fun is that???

Here’s How YOU Can Win:

  • Follow the Whipperberry blog. You will love it – I promise! one entry.
  • “Heart” Tables by Whipperberry — etsy store. one entry.
  •  “Like” Whipperberry on FaceBook. one entry.
And if you want a couple extra entries: 
  • Tweet, FaceBook or mention this giveaway on your Blog or Sidebar. one entry for each. 
This giveaway will run until —  Monday, October 4th, midnight {MST}.

Have a Wonderful Day!!
XOXO

PS — I am guest posting the tutorial on how to make the Fabric Brooches over at Funky Polkadot Giraffe today @ noon! And, I’m giving TWO brooches away over there. Come check it out 🙂

And, have you entered to win my RUFFLY Purse & 2 Brooches for my {birthday giveaway}? Come enter @ the TT&J FB Page! Ends on Friday.

{{spooktacular}} Halloween Giveaway!!

29 Sep
https://i0.wp.com/ny-image2.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.176693198.jpg
It’s almost {Trick -or- Treat} time again!!
And today I don’t have a Trick for you — but definitely have a TREAT!!

Have you heard of Whipperberry?

I just discovered it and it is one of my favorite sites now!! 

Whipperberry is a gorgeous resource for everything party related!!

Tutorials:
15
{Shabby Chic Fabric Chandelier}
Projects:

WB 011
{His & Hers Two-tiered Vintage Wedding Cupcake Skewers}
Recipes: 
Eclairs in a Jar
{Petite Eclairs in a Jar}
And Party Ideas:
monkeywm
sockmonkeywm
sockmonkeydipwm
IMG_08151monkeywm
{Sock Monkey Party via Shutterbug and the Sweet Life }

And, speaking of Parties…..
Whitney from Whipperberry contacted me to see if one of YOU might want to win THIS: 

 A Complete {Halloween Party} in a Box!!
{$90 value}

Including: 

Box for Holding Kit Supplies and Great for Storage
Trick or Treat Bunting
Ghost Cookie Cutter
12 – Cupcake Liners
12 – 8″x15″ Kraft Paper for wrapping
12 – Tags
25 Yards of Twine
2 Yards Sequins
5 Yards Black Polka Dot Ribbon
3/4 Yard Cake Bunting
24 – White Lollipop Sticks
1 Full Small Vessel of Orange Pearl Candies
12 – Clear and Black Treat Bags

WB 086 WB 073
WB 066 WB 104

WB 111
How fun is that???

Here’s How YOU Can Win:

  • Follow the Whipperberry blog. You will love it – I promise! one entry.
  • “Heart” Tables by Whipperberry — etsy store. one entry.
  •  “Like” Whipperberry on FaceBook. one entry.
And if you want a couple extra entries: 
  • Tweet, FaceBook or mention this giveaway on your Blog or Sidebar. one entry for each. 
This giveaway will run until —  Monday, October 4th, midnight {MST}.

Have a Wonderful Day!!
XOXO

PS — I am guest posting the tutorial on how to make the Fabric Brooches over at Funky Polkadot Giraffe today @ noon! And, I’m giving TWO brooches away over there. Come check it out 🙂

And, have you entered to win my RUFFLY Purse & 2 Brooches for my {birthday giveaway}? Come enter @ the TT&J FB Page! Ends on Friday.

Mark Your Calendars!

29 Sep
Have you heard of Creative Estates? It’s a Fabulous New Blogging Conference that has just been announced!! I love the concept! 
What if all our creative friends lived in one neighborhood?  


We could go across the street, and borrow thread instead of eggs.  Go next door if we needed handmade business ideas would be ideal.  Stop down the street for help with a blog design or blog post.  And stopping on the next street over to see a friend’s new product or craft project?  Amazing!  


That’s the thinking behind the new Creative Estates Conference!!
I love it!
And guess what?? I am going!! And, I will be speaking on a panel there. 
I’d love for you to come too! The conference is very affordable. It’s going to be so much fun. Plus, there are going to be wonderful speakers and great information shared! Also, there is going to be a fantastic Handmade Marketplace — and there will be no entrance fee to get into it! 
Come check it out! 
Creative Estates Ticket Page
plus
Creative Estates Twitter Page
Creative Estates FaceBook Page
Registration is open! And, if you get your conference tickets right now, there is an EARLY BIRD price! But only a few Early Bird tickets are still left — so get those soon.
April 8-10
Chandler, AZ
I hope you can go – I’d love to meet you!!
XOXO

Mark Your Calendars!

29 Sep
Have you heard of Creative Estates? It’s a Fabulous New Blogging Conference that has just been announced!! I love the concept! 
What if all our creative friends lived in one neighborhood?  


We could go across the street, and borrow thread instead of eggs.  Go next door if we needed handmade business ideas would be ideal.  Stop down the street for help with a blog design or blog post.  And stopping on the next street over to see a friend’s new product or craft project?  Amazing!  


That’s the thinking behind the new Creative Estates Conference!!
I love it!
And guess what?? I am going!! And, I will be speaking on a panel there. 
I’d love for you to come too! The conference is very affordable. It’s going to be so much fun. Plus, there are going to be wonderful speakers and great information shared! Also, there is going to be a fantastic Handmade Marketplace — and there will be no entrance fee to get into it! 
Come check it out! 
Creative Estates Ticket Page
plus
Creative Estates Twitter Page
Creative Estates FaceBook Page
Registration is open! And, if you get your conference tickets right now, there is an EARLY BIRD price! But only a few Early Bird tickets are still left — so get those soon.
April 8-10
Chandler, AZ
I hope you can go – I’d love to meet you!!
XOXO

Fall Project — Ruffled Fabric Pumpkins!

28 Sep

 Who says pumpkins have to be orange? I have loved seeing the fabric pumpkins floating around blogland right now. I wanted to make some fabric pumpkins and add some ruffles. Everything looks better with ruffles, right? LOL.

Here’s what I came up with. 

I love how bright and happy they are!!
 Here’s what you need:

Fabric — I used Canvas for two pumpkins, and patterned fabric for the others
Rotary Cutter (or scissors)
Self Healing Mat
Ruler
Glue Gun
Elastic (for thicker material)
Sewing Machine
Pins
Polyfill Stuffing
Needle and Thread

Here’s what I did:

  • I cut out my material. (I used a rotary cutter and ruler).  The general guideline I followed was the length of my pumpkin was twice as long as the width. But I experimented and made them all sorts of sizes. You need two pieces of material, one for the front, one for the back. Turn the material so the outside material faces inside and pin shut.
  •  Sew the material on both of the side seams.
 
  • Then you need to sew the bottom of the pumpkin. Now this side needs to be gathered. So if you have thin material, you can sew a big, running stitch so you can gather the material. 
  • ***If you are using canvas, it is extremely hard to gather the material without breaking your thread (I know this from experience — lol). What I did was add some elastic to the bottom of the pumpkin. Take a length of elastic. Sew the beginning of the elastic to the beginning of the side. Backstitch so it is secure. Then stretch the elastic along the side of the seam where you are going to stitch. Stitch along the elastic while pulling it tight until you get to the end of the side. Now that side should bunch up.***

  • If using regular fabric, gather up that side of the pumpkin by pulling on the string and bunching up the material as much as possible. When it is all gathered, use a needle and thread to secure the ends so it doesn’t unravel when you stuff the pumpkin later.
 
  • Once all of the sides are sewn, Flip it so it’s right side out and the seams are on the inside. I added about a cup of rice to the bottom of the pumpkin. Just to make it more secure and help it stand up straight.
  • Now stuff the pumpkin with your polyfill stuffing.
  • Now I gathered the material and hot glued it together. I tried to stuff the pumpkins as full as possible so the pumpkins would look round and full.
  • For the canvas pumpkins, I used some straight pins to hold the material in place while the hot glue cooled.
  • Now make the stems. I freehanded the shapes with the tops narrower than the bases. For the smaller pumpkins, I made long, skinny stems.
 
  • Hot glue the stems on to the top of the pumpkins. I turned the material under at the base of the stems so the raw edges wouldn’t show.
 
  • Now it’s time for the ruffles!! I made my ruffles 1.5 inches wide. I used a fat quarter to make the ruffles on the largest pumpkin. I cut the fat quarter into strips 1.5 inches wide. Then I sewed the strips together, making one long, continuous piece of material. I used a wide, running stitch and then gathered up the whole length of material – creating a long ruffle. I hot glued the ruffle on to the pumpkin, wrapping it around the pumpkin — starting at one side seam, then once it had wrapped all the way around. I cut the ruffle and attached the other end to the beginning so it wrapped all the way around. Then I started the ruffle underneath that one. Leaving about 1/2 inch between the ruffles. For the large pumpkin I made 4 ruffles. On the medium sized pumpkin I made two rows of ruffles. 

 

  • For the small pumpkin, I cut a 1/2 inch ruffle and put it around the center. You can ruffle the pumpkins as much or as little as you like.  
Have fun!!

Have a Fabulous Fall Day!!!
XOXO


UndertheTableandDreaming


Monday Giveaway — Two $20 Gift Certificates to Lil Luna!

27 Sep

{Happy Monday!!}
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 The giveaway today is from Lil Luna — one of my favorite etsy shops —  run by the cute Kristyn!
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Cabochon Earring and Ring Set - Yellow Chrysanthemums
LOT of 10 Silk Headbands
Magnetic Chore Chart Kit
Aren’t those chore charts fabulous?? I want one!!
Kristyn also has a wonderful blog — also called Lil Luna, where she posts great craft ideas and Tutorial Tuesdays.
 
Have you seen this Whimsical Halloween Centerpiece???
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Kristyn is giving away TWO $20 credits to her etsy shop!! 
 Here’s How You Can Win:
1. Go over to Lil Luna— and let me know what your favorite item is. one entry.

2. Follow   the Lil Luna Blog — where you can get great craft ideas and check out Kristyn’s tutorials! one entry. 
 
3. “Like” Lil Luna’s Facebook Page. one entry. 
 
4. Tweet, Facebook or mention this giveaway on your blog or sidebar. one entry for each.

Leave me a separate comment for each thing you do so you can get an entry for each. Thanks!

Have a Great Monday!!
XOXO

Something fun is coming up next week!

27 Sep
Fall is such a wonderful time of the year. 
I love the weather right now with a slight chill in the evenings. 
The leaves are starting to change.
I am thinking about getting my sweaters out!
Pumpkin pie. 
Hot chocolate. 
Hay rides. 
Apple cider and hot doughnuts!
I have a few really exciting events that are coming up. 
One of them is a special week celebrating Autumn with some special, 
very talented bloggers!! 
It’s going to be a wonderful, jam-packed week with tons of 
great ideas
recipes
crafts 
and fun!! 
 
I hope you will join us!!
  • On Tuesday, gear up for some delicious inspiration from Deborah at Taste and Tell...
  • Wednesday I will be talking about crafts/decorating with a fun Fall tutorial…

  • Friday, the ever cute Amy from Positively Splendid is going to show us how to spiff up our wardrobes with a fashion project…

And — we want YOU to  join in the fun!! Each day we will have a link up where YOU can share your ideas!!
Plus, there are going to be some exciting giveaways too!!
I’d love it if you wanted to grab a button and spread the word. It’s going to be a fun week and we would love to have everyone come join in the festivities!!!
 
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 XOXO
PS Coming up this week:
A beautiful giveaway tomorrow
Tuesday I have a Ruffly, Fall project to share!
Another fun giveaway
And a couple great Guest Tutorials