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Fall Embroidery Hoop Door Hanging {tutorial}!!

6 Sep
I have LOVED all of the fun tutorials featuring embroidery hoops floating all over blogland lately. 
There are so many awesome projects using these humble sewing tools.  

ashley at the flaunt store

 So when my *CUTE* sister Ashley called me up asking what a trendy Fall Wreath project would be — of course I answered — “something with embroidery hoops”.
And here’s her fun and whimsical Fall Embroidery Hoop Door Hanging!!

I love it!!

 Here’s how to make one: 

Take it away Ashley —
10″ embroidery hoop (or whatever size you want to use)
Linen or fabric to place in center of hoop
embroidery thread
fall colored felt
burlap garland (I found mine at Jo-Anne’s in the floral section)
  • First off, I put the linen fabric in the center of the embroidery
    I made it taut and left the extra fabric hanging out the sides.
    You will need to tighten the fabric again at the end.
  • Decide on what you want the wreath to say and sketch it out on
    the fabric.
    I chose the saying “hello fall” and used the two different
    fonts to make it interesting. I had to google how to embroider and used
    this website as my guide: Needle ‘n Thread. I used the
    chain stitch for “fall” and the stem stitch for “hello”.
  • After I had the phrase embroidered on the fabric, I started cutting
    out leaves and grouping them together.
    I also used some leftover fabric
    from a tank top that I shortened to make some rosettes and to add
  • Lastly, I added the burlap
    garland around the edge as a ruffle.
    I threw in a wide stitch through
    the garland edge and pulled it tight until I had the right size. Once I
    tied it off and brought the two edges together, I turned over the hoop
    and hot glued the ruffle to the back of the wreath.
  • I love the bright colors of the design and natural textures of the linen and burlap together!

Thanks Ashley!!! 
 {isn’t her little boy the cutest?}

And if you are in the Bay Area – check out Ashley’s Boutique Flaunt in Danville, CA.

It is the ultimate in casual cool. 

Tell her I sent you!!!

flaunt danville

flaunt inside

And I am so excited — Ashley is going to share a monthly tutorial with us!!

Have a Happy Day!! 

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Celebrating Autumn with the Dollar Store and a Fall Linky Par-tay!

6 Oct
Happy Autumn!!
Don’t you just love this time of year? 
What does it remind you of? Raking Leaves, the Pumpkin Patch, Hot Cocoa, Homemade Doughnuts and the Dollar Store. Wait……………. What? 
It doesn’t remind you of the Dollar Store???
 It should!! There are some awesome Fall Finds at the House of A Dollar.
 What you might ask? How about these little beauties?? (the big one I fished out of a trash can) Add a little paint and some cool Weathered Wood medium (I got through the DIY Club) and — Voila you are almost at Pottery Barn! But instead of paying $75, you are looking at $5 for the lot, plus add a couple votive candles and some fabric and you have a sweeeet  Autumn Vignette for less than $10!!
  Now, that’s what I’m talking about!!!
You want to make some?
Dollar Store Pumpkins
Assorted pretty paints {mine are DecoArt — Silver Sage Green, Spa Blue, Blue Harbor, Citron Green}
Paint Brush
Black Spray Paint
Polyurethane Spray Paint
3 Dollar Store Glass Vases
Some Scrap Fabric {36″ in length by 5″ in wide each}
Glue Gun
Here’s what you do:
Spray paint your pumpkins black {or you could use brown, or even white}.
Paint a layer of the Weathered Wood medium over all surfaces of the pumpkin, except the stem. Let dry.
Mix up your paint. I experimented with mine. I started with one shade, and then with each pumpkin I changed the color just a little bit so they all went together but weren’t the same exact color.
Paint each of the pumpkins. It depends on what you want your pumpkins to look like as to how you paint them. If you use heavy paint, it will drip down a little and expose more of the underlying paint color. If you use a very thin layer of even paint, it will crackle in very small, even crackles. I kind of like a little more of the underlying color to show through, so I put my paint on pretty thick.
Let the paint dry on wax paper.
Once they are dry, spray them with a coat of polyurethane clear spray and let dry again.
Meanwhile, you can work on your ruffly votives!

Take your material, sew a big, running stitch down the center of the material and then gather it together by pulling on the end of the thread and pushing the material down. Once it’s ruffles, wrap it around one of the votives to see how big it needs to be to wrap all the way around. Once you have figured out how ruffled it needs to be, hot glue it onto the votive all the way around and when you get to the end, fold the end of the material under and secure.
If you have an old tray — spray or paint it the color you want and then add a coat of the same polyurethane spray.
Now you are all set to arrange your Dollar Store Autumn Vignette.
Not only will the beauty of the scene make you happy, but the price will make you smile!
 And, now for my FIRST Ever FALL Linky Party!! 
Come link up the Autumn Projects that make you smile!! I am excited to see YOUR Fall ideas! And, each project that you link up enters you to win my wonderful giveaway this week from
COUPLES Custom Sterling Silver Forever Necklace

Custom sterling silver, four teeny tags necklace with charm

Vintage inspired chrysanthemum earrings -- sterling silver posts
Have you seen  The Pretty Poppy Store?? It’s gorgeous!!
So – come link up YOUR Autumn Projects — 
I’ll do a wrap up post next week with my favorites!

If you haven’t check out: 

Myra from My Blessed Life shared her Decorating/Crafts on Monday with a giveaway!!
Deborah from Taste and Tell shared a recipe on Tuesday and delicious giveaway!!
And don’t miss — 

Liz from Hoosier Homemade shares Delicious Treats tomorrow!!
Amy from Positively Splendid shares her Decorating/Crafts on Friday!!



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
Glue Gun
Elastic (for thicker material)
Sewing Machine
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!!!