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How to make a Rainbow costume: No sew Video

Social Sharing ButtonsLearn how to make a Rainbow Costume for your kid with this easy, no sew VIDEO tutorial. In case the video box isnt visible below, here is link to watch this video on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2NDSYkuLG0 You will need some basic supplies for this- cardboard for the base of the costume, fabric to cover it, some ribbon for the ties and …

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DIY Summer Craft Projects

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Summer is here and the sun is out shining and if you are looking for a few DIY Summer Craft Projects for yourself, here are four that I recently wrote for the Fiskars website-

1. An Easy, simple Pillowcase Dress for the little girl in your life. Find my tutorial here

DIY Pillowcase dress

2. A light and comfortable Picnic Quilt. Perfect to carry around to the park or outdoor event. Find my tutorial here.

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3. A perfect gift basket for a friend – Smores for the win! Find my tutorial here.

DIY Smores Gift Basket

4. Color+Felt make for a cute bag that can keep all of your kids stuff. Perfect for a road trip or a trip to the mall. Find my tutorial here.

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What are you crafting nowadays? Leave a link below in the comments and I will try and stop by and see it!

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DIY Nursery Wall Art; Felt Rainbow on Canvas

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Nursery EmbroideryLearn how to make an easy colorful rainbow wall art that is perfect to decorate your kids room or nursery! A step by step photo tutorial included.DIYRainbow

How to make it
Step 1: Paint your canvas. I chose a bright blue and gave it a streaky white look by using a dry brush with a little white paint.

Paint easy canvasStep 2: Prep for your Rainbow. Cut long 0.5 inch wide strips from the different colors of felt. I used the 8 inch Amplify shears for this and you can easily cut multiple sheets of felt at once.

Amplify Scissors fiskarsStep 3: Start by placing the smallest arch of the rainbow onto the canvas. For me here it was the purple colored felt. Sew into place using simple straight stitches. Repeat this for each color of felt.

sew on canvas embroideryStep 4: Using the smaller embroidery scissors trim the excess felt to shape the rainbow bottom. I initially cut all of the felt strips the same length, and trimmed them to size accordingly after sewing them onto the canvas.

vibgyorRainbow felt DiyStep 5: The clouds. Handcut the clouds from some white felt sheets. Cut four cloud shapes per rainbow, two smaller than the others and adhere them onto the canvas using generous amounts of fabric adhesive.

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This little canvas ALWAYS makes me smile. It is the most cheerful item I have ever made. I have 6 of these listed for sale in my shop here. And all the kids who see it absolutely LOVE it!!

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Craft SuppliesOne 8 by 10 inch canvas, Craft Felt sheets in Rainbow colors, Embroidery floss in Rainbow Colors + needle, Acrylic paints – a sky blue color and white + a paint brush,Tacky Fabric Adhesive, Scissors- A small embroidery scissor and another long sharp one. I used the Fiskars Amplify Shears here, they are perfect for this.

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{Heart Appliqued Jacket}

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Have you ever had an idea stuck in your head? An end result that you can visualize so crystal clearly that you can almost feel it? Yup, thats what this altered jacket was for me. I remember walking through Target one day, and seeing this plain grey jacket. All of sudden I could seen hearts appliqued all over it in my mind. The jacket was two sizes too big for my daughter and was on clearance. Score! Two sizes bigger meant that I would have enough time (and more!) to get this project done. Right?

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It then sat in a box for almost 12 months. But in the end, it took me about 2 days to get all the hearts hand sewn onto the jacket. I love sewing while watching TV so this was a pleasure for me. It did take a little prep work, but it was well worth it in the end. I wrote an article on the Fiskars website with steps and information to recreate this jacket yourself. Click/Tap here to go there.

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September is National Sewing Month and this has to be one of my all time favorite sewing project ever.

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It’s a good thing this girl has a little sister, that way this jacket will be getting double the love.

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How to make a Quilt with old Baby clothes

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Learn how to make a quilt with old baby clothes.

A quilt is blanket made with love. And this quilt here? This one is a quilt made of baby memories.
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The other day, I was sorting all of the clothes that the girls have outgrown and I was making a keep pile and donate pile. At the end of the hour, I simply had one big, giant “keep” pile. There were just too many memories associated with each one of those items. I might have held a food stained onesie to my chest and wept a little too “My babies aren’t babies anymore!!”mommybaby

Fast forward to later that night, after the kids were in bed, craftspiration struck! I could cut into those baby onesies and make a quilt!

How to make it

I used the Rotary ruler to cut 4 by 4 inches (plus seam allowance) squares of the onesies. Newborn clothes are really tiny, and I found it hard to get squares of fabric larger than 4 inches.

Cut out squares depending on how large you want your quilt to be. This step will probably take the longest time, simply because each outfit will probably have a story behind it and you will just spend minutes staring at that tiny little outfit wondering how your kid ever used to fit into something that small…

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Next, I also cut out 4 by 8 inch (plus seam allowances) rectangles from some plain cream cotton fabric. I was initially going to make this quilt only with fabric cut from old baby clothes. But while cutting them I realized that these jersey fabrics would not stay true to size and would need something to stabilize them. You could also use a thin gauze alternately and sew each block with the gauze as a backing so that it retains its true square shape. I used plain cotton fabric as blocks in between so that it would also break up the patterns of the baby clothes and at places highlight the little embroideries that might be there.

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Continue sewing blocks together till you have built the entire quilt front.

teddybearSandwich the quilt front with interface and add a simple backing.

The back of the quilt is a simple pink train fabric, no fancy piecing there.

Quilt layers together. I tied my layers together for a simple look.

all done

This blanket is so cute, colorful and has such a sweet story to it. This is the girls’ favorite snuggle blanket now. I love how I got to reuse old baby clothes (even the stained ones!) and make something unique out of them.

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{Fiskars CHA Winter 2014 Projects}

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I was really excited to make a whole bunch of projects for the Fiskars CHA 2014 booth this year. It was tough keeping quiet about these projects, but I was super busy making them so time went by fast! I will be sharing pictures of these projects over the next few days here. There might be some a huge photo overload.

The first one- is this huge canvas I made. It’s a mixed media canvas, and it measures 20 by 30  inches. I have not painted a canvas in a whole long time, so this really excited me (and scared me a bit)

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You can kinda see the canvas here in this picture, it’s the one above the fireplace.

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Each and every project I made has its own tutorial- with a series of photos explaining how the project came together. You can see how I made this canvas by clicking here.

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The next canvas I made was really super textured and had a trendy tribal feel to it.

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 Click here for the tutorial of this canvas.

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Then there is the banner seen here that says “Oh happy day”– Tutorial for the banner is here.

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There were a couple of pillows sewn- this one is the be happy one. Click here for tutorial.

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And this one is the deer appliqued one. Click here for tutorial.

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And the final home decor project was this lampshade, that I altered. This one is super easy and the end result is SO cute!! Click here for tutorial 🙂hexlamp IMG_5917More projects to share tomorrow! See you soon 🙂

 

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