Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Button Tree on Burlap

You know that saying, you are the company which you keep?

When it comes to my friends this is sooooo true. 

All my friends are gorgeous, smart, and kind, so, therefore, I must be, too. Natch. 

Not only are all my friends lovely, but they are also talented in so many ways. The best part is it is not at all competitive (and if you know me, I know this is hard to believe). Instead, I enjoy and celebrate the talents my friends possess because remember I am the company I keep, and you best believe I’m gonna try to emulate their crafts.  Yesterday, my sister-in-law Courtney (gorg, smart, and sweet, obvi) sent me a text of her latest craft. I absolutely adore it. I gushed over it, and decided to share it with you all. 

Best of all, it is a quick craft, it uses BURLAP (holler!), and it’s perfect for the holiday season. 

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Isn’t it darling?

While a tutorial probably isn’t necessary for this cute button tree on burlap, I’ll give you a quick run down of materials and directions. 

 

Here’s what you’ll need for the button tree on burlap:

- burlap (burlapfabric.com is my choice supplier of burlap because, yes, one has to have a choice supplier of burlap)

- Buttons

- a glue gun with glue sticks

- a frame— without the glass

 

Here’s what you’ll do:

- Cut the appropriate size of burlap for your frame.

- Adhere/secure the burlap onto the mdf backing of the frame

- Arrange and then glue the buttons. 

 

 

So quick, so easy, yet, so cute. You could adapt this craft for other winter shapes, such as a snowflake or even a wreath. Better yet, you may be able to think of additional designs for other seasons.

 

Thanks for sharing this one, Courtney. Now, excuse me while I whip up one of these button trees on burlap!

 

 

DIY Swaddle Blanket

Last week I came across some super adorable bunny print Snuggle Flannels at Joann’s. You know I have a thing for bunnies (proof here and here). As soon as I laid eyes on them I knew they would make the perfect baby blanket for a dear friend’s little bun in the oven! Unlike many of my other sewing projects, I’m happy to report that no sewing machine was harmed during the making of this DIY swaddle blanket.

Materials:

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  • 2 yards of flannel (or other snuggly fabrics)
  • 2 packs of pre-made piping
  • matching thread

Step 1: Cut your fabric to the desired dimensions. I used a receiving blanket as a guide and trimmed mine to 53″x53″.

Step 2: Pin the piping along the perimeter of the fabric (on the right side). Be sure to pin the piping side in and line the end exactly with the edge of the fabric. I rounded the corners for easy bending.

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Step 3: sew all the way around.

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Step 4: Pin the right sides of the fabrics together, then sew all the around leaving a small opening. I followed the line of thread that I made when I sewed the piping on.

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Step 5: Turn the blanket right side out and top stitch the opening shut.

Step 6 (optional): Sew a decorative stitch along the perimeter of the blanket.

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Done! Easy, right? I’ve made a few of these swaddle blankets for L before she was born. We used them a lot as swaddles and stroller blankets. Hope the new mom to be will find some use for it. Can’t wait to get a whiff of the new baby! Who else loves the smell of brand new babies? Share with us what you’ve made for the little ones in your life.

 

Halloween Burlap Table Runner

Halloween Burlap Table Runner

It should come as no surprise that I love decorating my house for holidays. I don’t just mean Christmas, but all holidays (Hellooooo. Remember my mantel madness? V-day, St. Patrick’s Day, Spring, Flag Day, and Fall).  Partially, it is because I can’t sit still, I get bored easily, and it reminds me of elementary school, and I looooved elementary school, because my fabulous teachers were always changing their bulletin boards and room decor with the seasons. As a kid, it made every part of the year special and festive. As a mom, I want my kids to have that same kind of excitement and wonder I felt about the calendar year (or I just want an excuse to do something).

Two weeks ago, I busted out the fake cobwebs, spiders, and pumpkins, and I made– with Finn’s help– this Halloween Burlap Table Runner. 

Halloween Burlap Table Runner

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 Here’s what you’ll need:

- Burlap Runner (or just burlap cut to the size of a runner)– I got my burlap from http://www.burlapfabric.com–; I can’t stop raving about this site! 

-Paint brushes

- a Black Sharpie

- Black craft paint

- A stencil of a bat

Here’s what you’ll do:

- Trace the bats on the border of the runner. 

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- If you have a helper, allow the helper to fill in the bats with black paint. 

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-Write a Halloween saying or poem on the runner. 

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- Done!

 

Pretty easy, and pretty cute, don’t you think?

 

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 Are you a seasonal decorator? Or am I just a weirdo? 

Wait. Don’t answer that second question :)

 

 

 

 

 

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