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Fabric Wristlet

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Fabric Wristlet

Supplies:

  • 2 coordinating fabrics each 3x13"
  • Coordinating thread and sewing machine
  • ¾” D ring and key ring

Directions:

  1. Press fabric in half lengthwise.
  2. Open fabric and fold each side to the center fold line and press, fold in half and press. Repeat with the other piece of fabric.
  3. Line up one fabric on top of the other with fold openings on opposite sides.
  4. Pin and stitch close to the edge along both sides, trim ends so they are even.
  5. Slide strip thru the D ring, stitch right sides together and back stitch at both ends to secure.
  6. Trim close to seam and flip right side out; slide the flat side of the D ring into the seam and stitch as close as possible to the D ring; go back and forth several times. Trim threads.

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Mini Barn Quilt

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Mini Barn Quilt

Supplies:

  • Unfinished wood panel 9x15
  • Painters tape or FrogTape™
  • Paint brushes
  • Acrylic paint in colors of your choice (4)
  • Stain or craft paint (for border
  • Ruler and pencil
  • Pattern download

Directions:

read all directions before beginning!

  1. Stain (or use watered down acrylic paint) and cover the entire surface including sides/edges; allow to dry.
  2. While waiting to dry print the pattern download and decide on your own pattern and colors to use. A blank pattern and the pattern in the sample are both available for download.
  3. Quilt patterns in sample: A-red, B-navy, C-gold, D-cream. Second quilt A-gold, B-cream, C-red, D-navy.
  4. Each wood slat is 1 ½” wide. Using a pencil and ruler use this measurement to tape a 1 ½” border allowing for 2 quilt panels inside the border. Be sure to press the tape down firmly so that paint will be less likely to bleed underneath the edges.
  5. Using the lightest color of choice, paint the entire 12 x 6 area and allow to dry.
  6. Now use a ruler to find the center and place tape down the middle so that only one 6x6 quilt panel will be worked on at a time. When the first panel is completed and dry the center tape line will be removed and placed so that the second panel (6x6”) will be ready to draw lines and paint.
  7. On the first panel use a ruler to draw 2 diagonal lines that will cross in the center. Draw 3 vertical lines that are 1 ½” apart. Horizontal lines are not necessary since the slats are 1 ½” wide. Continue drawing diagonal lines, with ruler, in each smaller square using the pattern print out as a guide.
  8. Next, tape off 1 or 2 triangles at a time and paint (optional- to speed up drying use a heat tool, but don’t get too close or paint will melt and get bubbly) Remember to press tape down firmly to reduce paint bleeding under tape. When triangle is dry remove tape and move to a new area. If paint does bleed under tape, put new piece of tape in position and touch up the edge. It will happen occasionally but not often if you go slowly and press tape firmly each time. Continue working until entire quilt panel is completed.
  9. Decide on colors for second quilt panel and follow the same steps.

 Enjoy!!

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Jack O' Lantern Glass Bowl

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Jack O' Lantern Glass Bowl

Materials

  • Ivy bowl (scalloped)
  • Orange acrylic paint and paint brush
  • Black felt or black paint
  • Super Tacky glue or glue gun
  • Green ribbon - 1 yard each of 2 or more styles
  • 18 inch piece of green sequin trim
  • Pattern download

Instructions

  1. Squirt orange paint into ivy bowl. Swirl bowl back and forth to spread paint, then use paint brush to completely coat inside of bowl. Do not touch inside until completely dry.
  2. Print jack o'lantern face pattern and cut from felt (adjust size if necessary); glue in place with Super Tacky glue. Option: paint face with black acrylic paint. Set aside to dry.
  3. Tie ribbon and sequins around the top of the ivy bowl.

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Pillowcase

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Supplies:

  • ¾ yd. of fabric for pillowcase (45” wide)
  • ¼ yd. of fabric for header (45” wide)
  • Sewing machine, ruler, and scissors
  • Matching thread

Directions:

  1. Cut fabric for pillowcase 27” x width of fabric (A).
  2. Cut fabric for header 9” x width of fabric (B).
  3. Pin right sides of A and B together along the width of the fabric. Trim selvages off both pieces being sure that A & B are of equal widths.
  4. Stitch ½” seam. Press seam towards B.
  5. Fold in half with right sides together. Pin along the side edge of header and pillowcase being sure to match seams. Pin along bottom edge.
  6. Stitch ½” seam down the side and bottom. Press seams open. *Optional to finish with zig zag stitch or use serger.
  7. On wrong side press raw edge of B down ½” all along the entire upper edge. Now fold B so that this pressed edge lines up with the seam (where A and B were stitched together); press in place all the way around. Header will now be 4” wide.
  8. Turn pillowcase right side out with half of the header folded to the inside. Pin along the seam line and stich ¼” inch above the seam. Press.

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Kitty Cat Costume

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Kitty Cat Costume

Supplies:

  • 6 3/4 yards of tulle (if purchasing tulle by the spool you'll want about 75 yards depending on size of child)
  • Printable pattern for ears
  • 2 pieces of 1” elastic (measure waist and add 2”)
  • 2 Large safety pins
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat or scissors
  • 6 pieces of 24-gauge wire (for tail)
  • Hair clips
  • Gray felt
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Washi Tape
  • 3 yards of boa trim sold by the yard

 

Directions: Read thru before beginning

Skirt

  1. Measure child and pin elastic to fit waist
  2. Cut tulle into about 100 strips 6”x22” (adjust length as desired)
  3. Fold each strip in half, bring loop up thru elastic ring, put ends thru loop, and pull ends down tight securing tulle around elastic. Repeat with half the strips and spread out evenly around elastic.
  4. With second half of strips go back around and attach another strip between each piece but don't pull as tight.
  5. Try on again and adjust elastic as needed and pull tulle apart to stitch elastic and then cover stitching by pushing tulle back in place.

Tail

  1. Wrap the bundle of 6 pieces of wire with washi tape and bend into shape
  2. Using glue gun attach boa trim to wire being careful to not burn fingers, spiral the trim up the wire and glue every 3 inches or so
  3. Determine waist measurement, pin and glue tail between elastic and child's body, take a small piece of felt and glue over trimmed wire to provide more padding for child and to secure tail to elastic (this will be worn around the hips and skirt worn at waist will help tail to stay in position)

Ears

  1. Print pattern and cut 2 out of felt
  2. Glue boa trim around all edges of ear
  3. Take a tuck in the bottom of each ear and glue to secure
  4. Glue each ear to a hair clip

Wrists

Take remaining boa trim and wrap about 10” around each wrist and tuck ends around trim to secure and allow for easy removal

 

 


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