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Make Valentine’s Day Ruffle Balls — PLUS a giveaway every crafty person needs!!

11 Jan
I found some Decorative Ball Forms on clearance after Christmas, so I thought it might be fun to make some ruffled fabric balls. 

**This is a fast and easy project**

I went through my fabric stash and found any fabric that was pink or red.
I ended up using materials I already had on hand, so the only thing I bought was the forms.
And if you don’t have any ball forms — try this trick. Take some plastic bags and wrap some tape around them to form a round shape!
Here’s how to make this fast and easy project:
Take your fabric, cut it into 1.5 inch strips. I didn’t specify the length, I just cut a bunch of fabric and ended up with some left over for another project.
Then I ruffled the fabric. Here’s a tip — set your sewing machine to the longest width and the longest length stitch. Then when you sew the fabric stitch, the fabric automatically ruffles. It saves so much time!!
Once all the fabric is ruffled, it’s time for the hot glue. And I just have to say — I recently got this Hot Glue Gun Helper set. How did I ever survive without something like this for so long?? I have burned myself so many times — in fact I almost always end up burning myself when I do a project that involves hot glue. Plus, the mat protects my work surface so much better.
 And, I have this TERRIBLE hot glue gun. I hate it. It drips hot glue everywhere and I always end up having to peel the dried glue off of everything. Well, the hot glue drips just ROLL off this mat. It is the coolest set. Seriously.
Ok, start at the top of the ball. Add a dab of glue and start winding the ruffle around the ball until you get to the other end of the ball. Easy peasy. Now, your ball may look a little crazy. That is alright.
All you need to do is get a pair of scissors out and trim it up.

So there you go, now you have a festive little assortment of balls to add a little Valentine color to your cold, wintry day. 
 

And, you can make ruffle balls for any occasion.  
I plan to make some to match my Ruffle Pillows and leave them out all year round!
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And guess what???
I have an extra Hot Glue Gun Helper set 
to give away to one of YOU!!
I think this is the Must Have crafting tool. Everyone needs one of these. It comes with 7 pieces that are going to save your hands.
Each kit contains: 
3 fingers
1 craft mat
1 Press Wand
1 Paddle
1 tweezer
You will love it!! Plus – it’s so cute {squeal!!!} And it proteects your hands and work surface up to 600-degrees. Wow – that is hot!!
Here’s how you can win:

  • Just leave me a comment telling me why you need this set. 
and if you want an extra entry: 
That’s it! 
Have a Super Delightful Day!! 
xoxo
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PS — Do you know Little Miss Momma {a.k.a. Ashley??} She just started a new blog

which is really wonderful. It’s a place where people can share their secrets in a supportive environment. Go on over and take a look – I think you will love it!

I’m linking to these super fun parties — be sure to check them out!! 

  

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Guest Post – Make Drop Cloth Elf Stockings!!

16 Dec
Hi everyone! My name is Rachael, and I write a home and entertaining blog called
Lovely Crafty Home
Being fairly new to bloggerdom, I’m SO excited to be on Tatertots and Jello today to share a fun Christmas project: 
Drop Cloth Elf Stockings

Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Painters drop cloth (or other canvas-y type fabric), 1 yd
  • Accent cuff fabric, 1/2 yd
  • Ball fringe and jingle bells (optional)
  • Matching thread and needle
  • Fabric shears
  • Sewing machine (makes things soooo much easier, but this can be hand sewn)
This is a free hand design, but you can trace around a stocking you have or come up with your own shape too!
 
You’ll need two pieces for each stocking, so a reversible fabric like drop cloth works great because you can just double it before cutting.
Next, cut out your accent fabric. You can trace it based on your stocking, going at least 3/4 of the way down the “leg” (the one pictured is on the short side, as discovered later). Again, you’ll need two pieces. Pin each piece to its stocking, right sides together (accent fabric should not be facing up).
 
Now this is important: make sure that when both stockings and cuffs are pinned that the toes are facing opposite directions. After you sew about 1/2” seam along the top, they should look like this:
 
Now lay your two halves on top of each other, with the cuff extended and right sides together.
 
Pin all sides except the very top (the edge of the cuff), which will be left open. I allowed for about 1/2” seam. Sew around your pins and then turn your stocking right side out.
Don’t freak out! It will look like your cuff was sewn inside out. First, tuck your cuff all the way inside the stocking (you may want to get out an iron), THEN fold it down as far as you like. Iron the cuff and admire your handy work.
To make the hanging loop, I made a roughly 3/4” x 5 1/2″ strip of fabric and attached it to the inside of the stocking. If you want, you can stop here. If you’re feeling dangerous, read on! Fuzzy ball fringe will totally push your sweet sock over the edge of awesomeness. You’ll probably need to hand sew it, but it will be totally worth it.
 
For an EXTRA special touch, sew a jingle bell on the toe. Who can resist a jingle-toed stocking? Certainly not me. To personalize the stocking, I cut out letters from my accent fabric and literally glued them on with fabric glue (which also works great to stop edges from fraying). You can hand stitch around the edges to turn it into a real applique (how fancy!) I also stuffed the toe with fabric scraps to give it body.
 
There you have it, the cutest elf stocking in town. 

And best of all-you made it yourself!
That stocking is just so whimsical and cute Rachael!! 

Rachael is very creative and a fantastic DIYer.
Take a look at her kitchen backsplash!

And, here is her Farmhouse Table Redo: 
I also loved her Cabinet Transformation – so beautiful!
Rachael also sews like you have seen and cooks. 
You will adore Lovely Crafty Home! 
xoxo

Neighbor Gift Idea — Make Burlap & Chalkboard Gift Bags!!

8 Dec

 I have a fast, inexpensive, easy project to share that would be really fun to make as neighbor gifts this year.

These little bags can be customized to fit any size gift that you can image:
  • Wine or Sparkling Cider with a little tag that says “Wishing you a Sparkling Holiday Season!”
  • Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks.
  • Dollar Store Peppermints.
  • Even gift cards.

And the painted chalkboard labels that you make are great because the bag can be used again and again!

    My project was chosen by Krylon to featured on the front page of Your Holiday Style – one of their sites dedicated to sharing cool spray painted holiday projects. So fun!!  You can click below to go over and check out my tutorial.   yhs They also have some other great holiday projects you can download and save for later submitted by some of your very favorite crafters from a little group that I am part of called Crafterminds.

    Heather from Dollar Store Crafts: Sweet Apothecary Jar

    Amy from Mod Podge Rocks: Holiday Gift Card Tinhttp://2.bp.blogspot.com/_d-0RmmAdars/TP6Uyn3RgpI/AAAAAAAADCc/0jMV6TSJ8e4/s400/Krylon+Gift+Card+Holder.jpg
    Beckie from Infarrantly Creative: Time Capsule OrnamentsIMG_1679
    Check out Your Holiday Style and see all of the easy, inexpensive, quick Christmas ideas.

    yhs

    And upload YOUR spray painted projects!!!
    XOXO
    I hope you are having a great week!! 

    Neighbor Gift Ideas Series!!

    5 Dec
    Have I ever told you how much I love Kari from Ucreate?? 
    She is such a sweet person. I was lucky to meet her and some other fabulous bloggers for lunch a few months ago. I love meeting bloggers IRL – I feel like I know them already!!

     {I grabbed this photo from Meg’s blog – thanks Meg! Joanna, Me, Wendy, Kari, Tauni and Meg}
    Kari is running a wonderful Neighbor Gift Ideas series right now. There are so many fantasic tutorials so far. I can’t wait to see them all!
    And today I am sharing my Tiny Bunting Dish Towels tutorial!


    Be sure to check out all of the ideas plus the Ucreate Holiday Boutique
     with over 50 fabulous handmade stores! 
    xoxo
    PS — Thanks everyone who has linked up to the Weekend Wrap Up Party this weekend!!! Almost 600 projects so far!! I am so amazed by the wonderful ideas!! Another Great Ideas post coming up in just a bit!!!


    Guest Project — Make an Asymmetrical Toddler Jacket!

    18 Nov
    The perfect little jacket for sitting back and enjoying life

    Hi Tater Tot and Jello readers!! I am a secret stalker of Jen’s amazing blog and all the amazingly creative projects shared here. Which is why it is such an honor to be here today. (I think it made my year)

    A little introduction, my name is Shauna and I am Shwin W behind shwin & shwin.
    I LOVE to sew and create, my sister and I started our blog to share the things we create with each other since we live a world apart, we thought we would share with others along the way. It has been so much fun to create and share. I hope you join us some time.
    Today I am sharing a little asymmetric cropped jacket. 
    Enjoy!

    I find that you can find inspiration all around you. Today’s jacket was inspired by some buttons. I ripped them off an old jacket, and created the shapes colors and design after the buttons. So find some cool buttons that speak to you and let’s get started!

    What you will need:

    • Fabric (I used Jersey knit)
    • piping
    • buttons
    • 1/8 inch elastic

    Lets start by making the pattern.  (I like to use graph paper it helps make straight lines) 

    Take a shirt that fits well (maybe even a little loose) place it on a piece of paper so it is  half way through the shirt and just under the arm opening. (as shown above) Trace the outline include a seam allowance when you do this. 

    Cut out your tracing and then trace another one only make it about 2 inches wider. So you have two pieces as shown above. The narrower one label “back” cut 1 and you will cut it on a fold along the long side. The wider one label “front” cut 2 (not on fold) 
    Now for the sleeves. Trace the sleeve from a shirt that fits well, and add seam allowance.

    Label as sleeve cut 2 cut along a fold on the top line. 

    Ok the other pieces I made without tracing, so let me explain them for you.
    The rectangle labeled “back” is the width of the top back piece (the first one you traced) the length depends on how long you want the jacket, so it is a simple rectangle. Label cut 2 and you will cut on a fold along the right hand side.  Then the one labeled front with the curve, will have the same length of the back rectangle you just made.  The width is double the width of the back rectangle and then on one end I rounded the edge. Label that front and you will cut 4 not on a fold.
    The last piece is the cuff. Another rectangle it should be the width of the end of the sleeve piece, (you will cut it on the fold along the same edge of the sleeve piece) then however long as you want the cuff, double it and that is your cuff. (you will cut 2 of them)

    So the picture above shows all the pieces you should have. Did you follow all of that? Cut out your pieces and then we are ready to sew! 

    Start by sewing the back piece to the two front pieces at the shoulder and side seams
    Then take the piping and pin it to the right side of the top all along the edges. Clip the flap of the piping when you get to a corner so that it goes around the corner well. Sew in place. Follow the stitch line that is already on the piping. 
    Turn the piping so the flap in on the inside now and top stitch in place. 
    Now for the sleeves. With the sleeve folded right sides together sew along the raw edge. do the same for the cuff. 
    Turn the sleeve right side out and pin piping around the bottom of the sleeve. Overlap the ends like a criss cross (as shown above) so they flow off the edge of the sleeve. Then sew in place, again following the line of the stitch that is already there. 
    Now fold the cuff, so the seam is on the inside. 
    Now place your cuff around the sleeve so the raw ends match up. Sew in place. If you sew following the stitch line you already have in place on the sleeve you will have the best results.
    Now you have a sleeve with a cuff. Do that for both sleeves.
    Now pin right sides together with the sleeve inside the arm opening sew in place.
    Now do that with both sleeves.
    For the lower half of the top sew the non curved edge of the front piece to the sides of the back rectangle.  You should have two identical pieces then that have the curved side on both ends. Then right sides together sew the two pieces together starting at the top of the curved edge and all along the bottom. Then turn is right side 
    Now more piping. You are going to pin and sew the piping all around the bottom edge of the top just as you have done before. Fold over the edge so you get a nice finished edge. 
    Then ruffle the bottom piece just in the front on both sides of the curved pieces. Gather it just so it is the length of the top piece. Then sew it along your piping that you sewed to the top piece. (you are almost done)
    Then with the elastic sew little loops to the inside of the flap. 
    Then sew the buttons to the other side, sew them over the the side since there will be overlap. 
    Then you are done. Pretty easy right?
    Don’t you just love the little details?
    The perfect little jacket for sitting back and enjoying life


    Enjoy!

    The jacket and the baby are adorable — I’ll take them both LOL. 
    Thanks Shauna!
    I love Shwin & Shwin – they have tons of awesome tutorials!
    This Ruffle Top Shirt – how hip and adorable!
    These ABC Flash Cards — did I already say adorable???
    I love this Modern, Whimsical Kitchen Curtain!
    And the girls at Shwin & Shwin are having tryouts for Project “toddler” Runway!! Check it out HERE! I can’t wait for that!!
    Be sure to check out Shwin & Shwin!! 
    xoxo
    Saved pennies spilling out of a Santa stocking.
    PS — Check out Beckie’s Pennywise Presents Series — great gift ideas for less $$$! I’m sharing an easy Felt and Leather Flower Tutorial that can be made into a bunch of different gift ideas! 

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    Guest Project — Make an Asymmetrical Toddler Jacket!

    18 Nov
    The perfect little jacket for sitting back and enjoying life

    Hi Tater Tot and Jello readers!! I am a secret stalker of Jen’s amazing blog and all the amazingly creative projects shared here. Which is why it is such an honor to be here today. (I think it made my year)

    A little introduction, my name is Shauna and I am Shwin W behind shwin & shwin.
    I LOVE to sew and create, my sister and I started our blog to share the things we create with each other since we live a world apart, we thought we would share with others along the way. It has been so much fun to create and share. I hope you join us some time.
    Today I am sharing a little asymmetric cropped jacket. 
    Enjoy!

    I find that you can find inspiration all around you. Today’s jacket was inspired by some buttons. I ripped them off an old jacket, and created the shapes colors and design after the buttons. So find some cool buttons that speak to you and let’s get started!

    What you will need:

    • Fabric (I used Jersey knit)
    • piping
    • buttons
    • 1/8 inch elastic

    Lets start by making the pattern.  (I like to use graph paper it helps make straight lines) 

    Take a shirt that fits well (maybe even a little loose) place it on a piece of paper so it is  half way through the shirt and just under the arm opening. (as shown above) Trace the outline include a seam allowance when you do this. 

    Cut out your tracing and then trace another one only make it about 2 inches wider. So you have two pieces as shown above. The narrower one label “back” cut 1 and you will cut it on a fold along the long side. The wider one label “front” cut 2 (not on fold) 
    Now for the sleeves. Trace the sleeve from a shirt that fits well, and add seam allowance.

    Label as sleeve cut 2 cut along a fold on the top line. 

    Ok the other pieces I made without tracing, so let me explain them for you.
    The rectangle labeled “back” is the width of the top back piece (the first one you traced) the length depends on how long you want the jacket, so it is a simple rectangle. Label cut 2 and you will cut on a fold along the right hand side.  Then the one labeled front with the curve, will have the same length of the back rectangle you just made.  The width is double the width of the back rectangle and then on one end I rounded the edge. Label that front and you will cut 4 not on a fold.
    The last piece is the cuff. Another rectangle it should be the width of the end of the sleeve piece, (you will cut it on the fold along the same edge of the sleeve piece) then however long as you want the cuff, double it and that is your cuff. (you will cut 2 of them)

    So the picture above shows all the pieces you should have. Did you follow all of that? Cut out your pieces and then we are ready to sew! 

    Start by sewing the back piece to the two front pieces at the shoulder and side seams
    Then take the piping and pin it to the right side of the top all along the edges. Clip the flap of the piping when you get to a corner so that it goes around the corner well. Sew in place. Follow the stitch line that is already on the piping. 
    Turn the piping so the flap in on the inside now and top stitch in place. 
    Now for the sleeves. With the sleeve folded right sides together sew along the raw edge. do the same for the cuff. 
    Turn the sleeve right side out and pin piping around the bottom of the sleeve. Overlap the ends like a criss cross (as shown above) so they flow off the edge of the sleeve. Then sew in place, again following the line of the stitch that is already there. 
    Now fold the cuff, so the seam is on the inside. 
    Now place your cuff around the sleeve so the raw ends match up. Sew in place. If you sew following the stitch line you already have in place on the sleeve you will have the best results.
    Now you have a sleeve with a cuff. Do that for both sleeves.
    Now pin right sides together with the sleeve inside the arm opening sew in place.
    Now do that with both sleeves.
    For the lower half of the top sew the non curved edge of the front piece to the sides of the back rectangle.  You should have two identical pieces then that have the curved side on both ends. Then right sides together sew the two pieces together starting at the top of the curved edge and all along the bottom. Then turn is right side 
    Now more piping. You are going to pin and sew the piping all around the bottom edge of the top just as you have done before. Fold over the edge so you get a nice finished edge. 
    Then ruffle the bottom piece just in the front on both sides of the curved pieces. Gather it just so it is the length of the top piece. Then sew it along your piping that you sewed to the top piece. (you are almost done)
    Then with the elastic sew little loops to the inside of the flap. 
    Then sew the buttons to the other side, sew them over the the side since there will be overlap. 
    Then you are done. Pretty easy right?
    Don’t you just love the little details?
    The perfect little jacket for sitting back and enjoying life


    Enjoy!

    The jacket and the baby are adorable — I’ll take them both LOL. 
    Thanks Shauna!
    I love Shwin & Shwin – they have tons of awesome tutorials!
    This Ruffle Top Shirt – how hip and adorable!
    These ABC Flash Cards — did I already say adorable???
    I love this Modern, Whimsical Kitchen Curtain!
    And the girls at Shwin & Shwin are having tryouts for Project “toddler” Runway!! Check it out HERE! I can’t wait for that!!
    Be sure to check out Shwin & Shwin!! 
    xoxo
    Saved pennies spilling out of a Santa stocking.
    PS — Check out Beckie’s Pennywise Presents Series — great gift ideas for less $$$! I’m sharing an easy Felt and Leather Flower Tutorial that can be made into a bunch of different gift ideas! 

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