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Guest Project — Make a Hanging Fabric Doily Mobile!!

6 Apr
Mobile 3
I am so excited to be sharing this tutorial on Tatertots and Jello today!!
My name is Erin and you can find me every Monday over at Lemon Tree Creations sharing my latest project, and sharing everything else on the other days at Chris, Erin and Jayce. Nice to meet you!
Lemontreecreations
This June I’ll be having my first little girl. I’ve just learned to sew a few months ago so I have only recently entered the vast world of incredible fabric!! Among the many projects that I have taken on for my daughter and her nursery is a fun puff quilt, and I just loved squeezing as many tiny pieces of beautiful fabric together as possible on it. There was no need to restrain myself among the fabric gorgeousness, and I barely did! But after spending entirely too much time researching, shopping for and ordering fabric, I realized that I wanted a more permanent way to display the collection in her nursery than just the quilt.
So I came up with these Hanging Fabric Doilies. Aren’t they sweet?!

Picnik collage1

Want to see the details? Read on!


Fabric doiley 4

I started off with 6 inch and 4 inch paper doilies. I cut off the lace edges and used the center circles as templates to cut out my fabric circles.

Mobile 4

I mixed equal parts of fabric stiffener and water, brushed it onto the circles and let them air dry.

Fabric doiley 1

They dry a bit wrinkly, so I ironed them flat on a low heat setting, then folded them in half and ironed down the crease.
Fabric doiley 5
I took 2 doilies, folded those in half as well, and paper clipped them together so that they wouldn’t shift while I was sewing them.
Mobile 2
I slipped one of the creased and stiffened fabric circles under the paperclips on each side of the doilies.
Mobile 3
I then sewed a straight stitch down the center of the doilies and fabric circles, using my creases as a guide, and left a 3 foot long string at one end.
Mobile 1
Now I was really getting excited! I wanted my fabric circles to lay flat against the doilies, so I used a thin squiggle of hot glue to secure them in place.

Fabric doiley 6

I opened up the folded sides of the doilies and glued 2 coordinating fabric circles onto those as well.

Fabric doiley 7

You could leave the alternating sides blank, but since this is for a nursery I wanted alternating colors to best keep the baby’s interest.

Fabric doiley 2

I made several fabric doilies in different sizes and pattern combinations, and hung them from the ceiling above the rocking chair.

Mobile 9Mobile 15

I also made five of the 4 inch fabric doilies and strung them onto the frame from my son’s old mobile.
Picnik collage2
It was the perfect way to spread the fabric around the room, add some pops of color, and still leave a light touch.

Mobile 3

I just love the sweet detail on the doilies and the bursts of color are just too fun!

Mobile 7

Curious about the fabrics?
-Ta Dot in Ocean can be found here.
-The Bloom and Grow Paisley, Bloom and Grow Geometric and Love Bird are by Riley Blake, which I purchased from this shop.
-The Yellow Matisse Flowers, Matisse Still Life, and Kitchen Blossoms were from this shop.
I’ll be sharing the rest of nursery on Lemon Tree Creations in the coming months, so feel free to follow along so that you don’t miss a thing. 🙂
Jen, thanks so much for letting me share my tutorial with you and your readers!! I am such a huge fan of your blog and ideas, so it’s been an honor! 🙂
 Oh my goodness, Erin – that is adorable!
 I want one of those doily mobiles in my craft room – so cute!! 
Do you know Lemon Tree Creations? 
It is a fabulous site!! Here are just a few of their wonderful tutorials: 
{And, one of my all-time favorites — Bookpage Egg Wreath}
You will love the Amazing Projects at Lemon Tree Creation!
Check them out 🙂
xoxo

 PS — I am about to leave for Creative Estates — eeek! I’m off to get a pedicure since it’s HOT in AZ and I need to wear sandals. LOL! If you are going, I would love to meet you!!!! 

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Guest Project — Make a Hanging Fabric Doily Mobile!!

6 Apr
Mobile 3
I am so excited to be sharing this tutorial on Tatertots and Jello today!!
My name is Erin and you can find me every Monday over at Lemon Tree Creations sharing my latest project, and sharing everything else on the other days at Chris, Erin and Jayce. Nice to meet you!
Lemontreecreations
This June I’ll be having my first little girl. I’ve just learned to sew a few months ago so I have only recently entered the vast world of incredible fabric!! Among the many projects that I have taken on for my daughter and her nursery is a fun puff quilt, and I just loved squeezing as many tiny pieces of beautiful fabric together as possible on it. There was no need to restrain myself among the fabric gorgeousness, and I barely did! But after spending entirely too much time researching, shopping for and ordering fabric, I realized that I wanted a more permanent way to display the collection in her nursery than just the quilt.
So I came up with these Hanging Fabric Doilies. Aren’t they sweet?!

Picnik collage1

Want to see the details? Read on!


Fabric doiley 4

I started off with 6 inch and 4 inch paper doilies. I cut off the lace edges and used the center circles as templates to cut out my fabric circles.

Mobile 4

I mixed equal parts of fabric stiffener and water, brushed it onto the circles and let them air dry.

Fabric doiley 1

They dry a bit wrinkly, so I ironed them flat on a low heat setting, then folded them in half and ironed down the crease.
Fabric doiley 5
I took 2 doilies, folded those in half as well, and paper clipped them together so that they wouldn’t shift while I was sewing them.
Mobile 2
I slipped one of the creased and stiffened fabric circles under the paperclips on each side of the doilies.
Mobile 3
I then sewed a straight stitch down the center of the doilies and fabric circles, using my creases as a guide, and left a 3 foot long string at one end.
Mobile 1
Now I was really getting excited! I wanted my fabric circles to lay flat against the doilies, so I used a thin squiggle of hot glue to secure them in place.

Fabric doiley 6

I opened up the folded sides of the doilies and glued 2 coordinating fabric circles onto those as well.

Fabric doiley 7

You could leave the alternating sides blank, but since this is for a nursery I wanted alternating colors to best keep the baby’s interest.

Fabric doiley 2

I made several fabric doilies in different sizes and pattern combinations, and hung them from the ceiling above the rocking chair.

Mobile 9Mobile 15

I also made five of the 4 inch fabric doilies and strung them onto the frame from my son’s old mobile.
Picnik collage2
It was the perfect way to spread the fabric around the room, add some pops of color, and still leave a light touch.

Mobile 3

I just love the sweet detail on the doilies and the bursts of color are just too fun!

Mobile 7

Curious about the fabrics?
-Ta Dot in Ocean can be found here.
-The Bloom and Grow Paisley, Bloom and Grow Geometric and Love Bird are by Riley Blake, which I purchased from this shop.
-The Yellow Matisse Flowers, Matisse Still Life, and Kitchen Blossoms were from this shop.
I’ll be sharing the rest of nursery on Lemon Tree Creations in the coming months, so feel free to follow along so that you don’t miss a thing. 🙂
Jen, thanks so much for letting me share my tutorial with you and your readers!! I am such a huge fan of your blog and ideas, so it’s been an honor! 🙂
 Oh my goodness, Erin – that is adorable!
 I want one of those doily mobiles in my craft room – so cute!! 
Do you know Lemon Tree Creations? 
It is a fabulous site!! Here are just a few of their wonderful tutorials: 
{And, one of my all-time favorites — Bookpage Egg Wreath}
You will love the Amazing Projects at Lemon Tree Creation!
Check them out 🙂
xoxo

 PS — I am about to leave for Creative Estates — eeek! I’m off to get a pedicure since it’s HOT in AZ and I need to wear sandals. LOL! If you are going, I would love to meet you!!!! 

Three Doily Pennant Projects

13 Apr
 I decided to experiment with making some doily pennants.
The first kind I made used the paper doilies you can buy at any grocery store. I made one with small paper doilies and one with the larger doilies. These would be fun to to add a little color for any type of party. I added a little oomph by making some little fabric pom poms that go in between each of the doilies. 
I took a piece of bias tape and pinned the doilies on about 8 inches apart. To make the pom poms, I took scrap pieces of fabric and cut them up into 3 inch lengths and into tiny little strips with my rotary cutter. 
Then I put about 8 different prints together and folded them over and then pinned the pom poms onto the bias tape. I sewed over the bias tape using a zig zag stitch. (30 minute project)
The fabric pennant that I made is a no sew project. I cut out a template out of cardstock. I cut out a 8 inch long rectangle by 6 inches wide. Then I took my ruler made a pennant shape. I traced the pennant onto 12 different patterns of material. Once I cut them out, I hot glued the pennants onto bias tape, 1/2 inch apart. Then I took some Dollar Store doilies and cut pieces out of them and hot glued them onto the individual pennants. (1 hour project)
 I am linking up to these wonderful places:

Three Doily Pennant Projects

13 Apr
 I decided to experiment with making some doily pennants.
The first kind I made used the paper doilies you can buy at any grocery store. I made one with small paper doilies and one with the larger doilies. These would be fun to to add a little color for any type of party. I added a little oomph by making some little fabric pom poms that go in between each of the doilies. 
I took a piece of bias tape and pinned the doilies on about 8 inches apart. To make the pom poms, I took scrap pieces of fabric and cut them up into 3 inch lengths and into tiny little strips with my rotary cutter. 
Then I put about 8 different prints together and folded them over and then pinned the pom poms onto the bias tape. I sewed over the bias tape using a zig zag stitch. (30 minute project)
The fabric pennant that I made is a no sew project. I cut out a template out of cardstock. I cut out a 8 inch long rectangle by 6 inches wide. Then I took my ruler made a pennant shape. I traced the pennant onto 12 different patterns of material. Once I cut them out, I hot glued the pennants onto bias tape, 1/2 inch apart. Then I took some Dollar Store doilies and cut pieces out of them and hot glued them onto the individual pennants. (1 hour project)
 I am linking up to these wonderful places:

Not Your Grandma’s Doilies: Doily Art

8 Apr

I had such a fun time talking about doilies today on Channel 5, here’s a clip if you want to check it out.

Do you have any of those doilies that your grandma or great-aunt made by hand? Instead of putting them on the back of a chair or a side table to gather dust, turn them into pieces of art that can be displayed forever.

This is what you need to make these:
  • Doily
  • a canvas or MDF board (I found mine at Robert’s Crafts for $5)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Decoupage Medium like Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
Here’s what you do:
Measure your canvas or board, then cut your scrapbook paper so it fits. Depending on the size of your board, you will probably have to use a few different sheets of paper.
Put a layer of mod podge on the back of your scrapbook paper. Then put a layer directly on the canvas or board. Place the paper on the board and smooth it until all of the air bubbles are out. I use the lid from the mod podge to smooth the paper, but you can also use an old credit card or a spatula.
Apply the rest of the paper, doing the same thing. Once the paper is on, put a layer of mod podge over the entire board/canvas and let dry. I put a layer of paper over the edges of the canvas too.
One the mod podge is dry, lay the doily on top and center it. Then I drizzled the mod podge over the doily. It takes quite a bit of mod podge. Once I had a good amount on the doily, I smoothed it gently over the doily with my foam brush, until the entire doily was wet. I
f you are using a colored doily, your doily will change color when it gets saturated with the mod podge. So you want to make sure it is all wet so it is all the same color. Let dry.
And now you have those precious doilies preserved forever. 

I’ll be sharing more doily projects this week! 

I am linking up to:


XOXO

Not Your Grandma’s Doilies: Doily Art

8 Apr

I had such a fun time talking about doilies today on Channel 5, here’s a clip if you want to check it out.

Do you have any of those doilies that your grandma or great-aunt made by hand? Instead of putting them on the back of a chair or a side table to gather dust, turn them into pieces of art that can be displayed forever.

This is what you need to make these:
  • Doily
  • a canvas or MDF board (I found mine at Robert’s Crafts for $5)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Decoupage Medium like Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
Here’s what you do:
Measure your canvas or board, then cut your scrapbook paper so it fits. Depending on the size of your board, you will probably have to use a few different sheets of paper.
Put a layer of mod podge on the back of your scrapbook paper. Then put a layer directly on the canvas or board. Place the paper on the board and smooth it until all of the air bubbles are out. I use the lid from the mod podge to smooth the paper, but you can also use an old credit card or a spatula.
Apply the rest of the paper, doing the same thing. Once the paper is on, put a layer of mod podge over the entire board/canvas and let dry. I put a layer of paper over the edges of the canvas too.
One the mod podge is dry, lay the doily on top and center it. Then I drizzled the mod podge over the doily. It takes quite a bit of mod podge. Once I had a good amount on the doily, I smoothed it gently over the doily with my foam brush, until the entire doily was wet. I
f you are using a colored doily, your doily will change color when it gets saturated with the mod podge. So you want to make sure it is all wet so it is all the same color. Let dry.
And now you have those precious doilies preserved forever. 

I’ll be sharing more doily projects this week! 

I am linking up to:


XOXO