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Baby Towel and 2 Washcloths

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Baby Towel and 2 Washcloths

Supplies:

1 ¼ yds of terry cloth using 2 different colors
Cut a 32” and 12” square from both terry cloth pieces 
Cut 2 10” squares from each of the fabric colors (for washcloths)

Towel and Washcloth Directions:

  • Place 2 12” squares RST (right sides together), cut a diagonal line thru both (one pair of triangles will not be used for this project)
  • Pin and stitch ½” seam, thru both pieces along the longest side of the triangle
  • Turn triangle right side out, press along fold, let under side color show for contrast
  • Stitch ¼” from edge and trim 2 sides so they are even 
  • Pin 2 towel pieces RST leaving one corner open. Peel top corner back, place triangle in between 2 pieces, match raw edges and pin.
  • Stitch ½” seam all the way around the square leaving a 4” opening for turning.
  • Trim corners, turn towel right side out, gently push corners for smooth curved points.
  • Finger press edge, pin where necessary, tuck ½” seam to inside along opening
  • Stitch ¼” around the entire edge for a clean finish.
  • RST stitch 2 washcloth squares with ½” seam leaving 3” opening for turning
  • Trim corners, turn right side out, press edge, tuck ½” seam to inside, stitch ¼” around edge for a clean finish; repeat for second washcloth.

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Flower Pin Cushion

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Flower Pin Cushion

Supplies:

Felt
Needle felted ball
Sewing machine or needle and thread
Stuffing
Glue gun and glue
Card stock
Download Pattern

Directions:

  • Print patterns onto card stock and cut out
  • Cut 12 leaf petals out of felt (fold felt in half and cut 2 at a time)
  • Cut 2 leaf/centers out of green felt
  • Cut a strip of brown felt 1 x 6”
  • Take 2 leaf petals and stitch close to the edge being sure to leave a tiny opening close to the center point to stuff, repeat for the other 5 petals
  • Carefully stuff each petal using a knitting needle to poke stuffing thru opening
  • Place both pieces of leaf/center on top of each other, stitch all the way around AND add stitching to mimic the veins of the leaf
  • Place stitched leaf/center on work space and place 3 petals coming of the “center”, leaf will be to one side. Place additional 3 petals alternating between the first 3 petals. After experimenting with placement remove petals and then attach using glue gun starting with 3 petals and then layering the last 3 on top
  • Take brown felt strip and fringe-cut all along one edge down to about ¼” from the other long edge, be careful and snip fringe pieces about 1/8” apart
  • Glue fringed piece around the felted ball being sure the felt strip goes all the way down to the work surface so that the bottom of the ball does not show, trim excess felt, mold felt to curve of ball
  • Glue flower/ball center on top of petals being sure to cover the center points of all petals
  • Fill center with straight pins

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Reversible Apron

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Reversible Apron

Supplies:

2 yards of fabric (1 yard of each color)

Coordinating thread

Pins, scissors and ruler

Pattern (print download)

Directions:

  • Lay pattern on the fabric following measurements in the diagram; draw lines to complete pattern on fabric
  • Cut out apron.
  • Along bottom edge of the fabric that is left cut 2 strips 3x30” each, along the side cut 2 pockets 13x7” each
  • Fold each pocket in half, right sides together, (so it is close to a square shape)
  • Stitch 1/2” seam on both sides and just around each corner, leave about a 3” opening so that you can easily turn it right side out
  • Trim seams and corners, turn right side out and press
  • Along the open edge of the pocket turn raw edges inside and press
  • Repeat for all pockets
  • Pin pockets to apron. Each pocket should be about 3 ½” from the side and 5 ¾” from the bottom
  • Top stitch all pockets close to the edge being sure to back stitch at the top for extra strength
  • To make the ties fold one short end up ½” and press, now fold in half lengthwise and press, open and fold long edges to the inside and press both folds, fold again so that the 2 folded edges meet and press again.
  • Top stitch close to the edge with the 2 folds and around the end, repeat for all 4 ties (2 from each print)
  • Pin ties with raw edges of apron and tie lined up at the waist and at the top; follow marks on the pattern for placement being sure that ties are not sewn into the seam.
  • Pin both aprons right sides together matching corners and edges; be sure all ends of ties are in the middle and not going to get caught in a seam
  • Stitch ½” seam all the way around the apron leaving a 10” opening along the bottom edge to turn the apron right side out
  • Trim seams and corners; do not trim along the bottom opening; and turn apron right side out
  • Turn raw edges at bottom of apron to the inside and press around entire apron being sure to press along all seams
  • Top stitch ¼” around the entire edge of the apron, this will close up opening at the bottom
  • Give one final pressing and you are good to go!! Enjoy

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Chocolate Bark

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Chocolate Bark

Supplies:

Candy Melts Cocoa & Vanilla                                 Glitter card stock and scissors
Peppermint candy, plastic bag and a hammer        Ribbon
Canning jar                                                              Gift tag (decoupage, glitter & twine)

Directions:

  • Line cookie sheet with parchment paper 
  • In microwave safe bowl pour in entire bag of cocoa candy melts and heat on low for 30 seconds, stir and repeat until candy melts have melted
  • Pour onto lined cookie sheet, smooth and allow to cool on counter or in refrigerator
  • With candy in bag, crush with hammer (use hard surface, like driveway) set aside
  • In microwave safe bowl pour entire bag of vanilla candy melts and heat on low for 30 seconds, stir and repeat until candy melts have melted
  • Stir in ½ of the crushed peppermint, allow to partially cool so it won't melt cocoa layer, pour over cocoa layer, sprinkle crushed peppermint on top, set aside to cool 
  • When ready to serve or package up be sure to bring to room temp and then break into uneven pieces and place inside of canning jar
  • Use jar lid to trace on glittered card stock, cut out & place inside of rim, tie ribbon.
  • Decoupage bottom 1/3 of gift tag & sprinkle with glitter, add name and twine 

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Photo Transfer onto Wood

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Photo Transfer onto Wood

Supplies:

ModPodge®
Foam brush
Wood slice (any size)
Photo and scissors

 Directions:

  • Cut photo to fit the wood slice (remember photo will be reversed so words etc. will be backwards unless you edit before printing photo)
  • Coat wood with Mod Podge®
  • Flip photo onto ModPodge®, be sure to press firmly and remove ALL bubbles using credit card, bone folder etc. (If there are bubbles the photo will not adhere and you’ll have an empty spot in the photo when finished)
  • Set aside to dry for 24 hours
  • Rub off the paper backing from photo by using a damp rag to moisten the paper and then beginning rubbing off; don’t get impatient, this will take a bit of rubbing. After it dries some paper may still be visible just dampen again and rub off the rest.
  • After project is completely dry put a final coat of ModPodge® to seal.
  • If making as an ornament, drill a hole and string with ribbon to hang on tree or package.

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