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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Troll Headband

Quote of the Day:

Grace was in all her steps.
Heaven in her eye.
In every gesture
dignity and love.

Author: John Milton

Troll Headband

To make this troll headband, I cut 10-12 pieces of toule that were 22 inches long. Then I just started putting them on the headband by looping the ends around the headband. I had to be careful that all the loops went the same direction.

Next I gathered the toule and used a rubber band to hold it together. I then tied the bow with my ribbons.

Next I cut felt into to what I consider the shape of petals. Using the large piece below, I glued the "petals" to it with a glue gun. To finish it off, I used a button to complete my flower.

I then used the glue gun to attach my flower to my troll headband.

There are so many different ways to decorate this and some many colors of toule that can be used. I'm told that my granddaughter at 2 is not a big fan of headbands. But, since my grandson at 4 is a big fan of the Troll movie, he might like one of these. I plan to make the next one with orange toule (his favorite color). But instead of making my own decoration, I'm going to look to see what's available at my sewing store (JoAnn's) and see what applique decorations are available. I'm thinking soccer balls, since that season will be starting soon for him.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

How to Cut a Circle in Material

Quote of the Day:

God couldn't be everywhere, so he created grandmother's.

Author: Unknown

How to Cut a circle in Material
It occurred to me that I didn't mention how I had gotten my circle material when I made my Christmas tree skirt in the last blog. So I thought I'd add this information. 

In this case, I wanted the finished product to be 36" in diameter. I folded my one yard of material in half and then in half again. Keep in mind that my material is already folded the way it comes when you buy it. Make sure you choose a corner that is not an edge. I took my yard stick and measured 18" across the material using that corner as my starting point. This is sort of my version of a compass you would use in math. You can see the pencil marks I used to fill it in. Then I just cut along the line I drew. 

Since this is going to the base for another tree skirt, I measured in this case 2 1/2" and used the same method to make my markings. I then cut those lines. 

I don't know if you can tell from this picture, but I got two out of this when I was done. I will be making two more skirts for my children that have asked for them. 

I used the same method when I made my table cloth. The only exception is that I unfolded the material as it came and refolded it and ended up with only one piece this time. This was also more material since the table is much bigger. 

Biased tape was used to finish all the edges and in the case of my table cloth, I bought some green lace and added it tot he bottom edge.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Christmas Tree Skirt

Quote of the Day:

For a good time and lots of treats call 1-800-grandma

Author: Unknown

My daughter gave me a picture of a Christmas tree skirt and said, "Can you make this, Mom?" Then she showed me the picture. Of course, I'm going to give it a shot. 

I first cut the round material that I would be adding everything to. I sort of made a giant compass with a pencil and string. This is approximately 36" in diameter. 

I used biased tape to finish the edges around this both at the bottom and around the edge that will go close to the tree.

The biased tape I used was the widest they have. This is because I had it on hand. The smaller type would do just as well.

I bought ribbon in the style of the burlap that my daughter chose to use as the ties to hold it together. I just tied a knot at the end of the ribbon. 

As you can see, I made these attachments first. I was afraid that I would not be able to do it once I attached the ruffles. In hindsight, I could've and should've waited. In working on the piece, I accidentally cut one of the ties off. So be careful as you work to make sure your not stitching or cutting more than you should.

I cut each burlap piece 5" wide.

I used red biased tape to do the finishing edges of the burlap that my daughter chose. When I shopped there were several styles of burlap available. Some were a little tighter together than others. I choose what was tighter. 

The burlap was not long enough for one piece to go around. So there are some sewn together along the way here. I created the ruffles and pinned, first. 

Of course, then I stitched them onto the material. I have to suggest that you stop now and again and clean your machine as you go. Burlap leaves a lot of "waste" for lack of a better word inside your machine. 

I actually cut the red material to 6" wide. This material was much easier to just put a hem on all sides that brought it down to the 5" I was using. The distance between the out edge of the burlap to the beginning edge of the red is 3". These were all my choices. You can certainly decide what size you want everything. You also could throw some green in there somewhere. The JoAnn's I shopped at didn't have any burlap with green dots. Your fabric store might have a bigger variety. If you don't want to work with burlap and like the colors, just buy that color of a material that is easier to work with. 

This is the final product and my daughter says she is happy with it. Burlap could be a little expensive. But it does give me enough to make a second one for my daughter-in-law who said, "I want one, too". 

These were all my choices. You can certainly decide what size you want everything. You also could throw some green in there somewhere. The JoAnn's I shopped at didn't have any burlap with green dots. Your fabric store might have a bigger variety. If you don't want to work with burlap and like the colors, just buy that color of a material that is easier to work with. There are so many directions this idea could go.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Dress Up Doll Blanket

Quote of the Day:

Few things are more delightful than grandchildren fighting over your lap.

Author: Doug Larson

Dress Up Doll Blanket

I started with 2 yards of pre-quilted material. I finished the edges with quillting bias tape, double fold. I used poster board to draw my doll template. I cut out the doll shape from felt. 

The doll was permanently attached to the blanket. So was the hair and eyes. The mouth is just black yarn and I used a darning needle to sew the mouth. 

Then I started to make it's clothes. The night gown is made from left over material that I have. I attached felt to the back so that it would stick to the doll. I did this with all the outfits I made.

I considered Velcro, but when I tried it, it pulled on the felt. I was afraid that it would end up pulling the felt apart with too much use. Knowing my granddaughter, that's a strong possibility. I hope she likes this Christmas present. What is not shown here are the bows and shoes I made to match each outfit. The pattern from Pinterest made the shoes permanent. My daughter says that Lily loves shoes. So I made her's interchangeable.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Personalized Nursing Pillow Cover

Quote of the day:

Elephants and grandchildren never forget.

  Author: Andy 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Campsite Decoration

Quote of the Day:

Do you know why children are so full of energy? Because they suck it out of their grandparents

 Author: Gene Perret

Campsite Decoration
When we were camping, we noticed that people that do this on a regular basis would put out little signs saying who they were. So I wanted to do the same thing. 
This summer my husband built a deck with railing to go around our pool. We had a lot of the railing boards left that he cut off. I wanted to do something with them. 

I started with the left over railing and glued them together. My husband secured them with these clamps. I used E6000 glue. I swear by this stuff. You glue what you need and let it sit for 24 hours. 

Once the glue was dry, I had him saw down the edges and sand them to make them smooth. In this picture I just laid out what I would be using to decide what I wanted to do with it. 

I ended up spraying it lightly with in this case yellow spray paint and then smoothed it around on the board. I bought the letter D from Michael's craft store. It is also made of wood and came with the blue color. I did paint the number and they represent the year we got married. I thought it looked a little plain, so I added some greenery that I had left over from another project.

It is our intention to put it out when we go camping to identify our camping site. I can't wait to use it.
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Monday, September 12, 2016

Fall Porch Decoration

Quote of the Day:

By the time you're eighty years old you've learned everything. You only have to remember it

 Author: Unknown

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fall Porch Decoration

At Christmas last year I found a thing on Pinterest and I decorated an outdoor pot for Christmas. It had lights Christmas balls, holly and pine cones. I normally through the summer keep a fern hanging in this spot. Now that summer is over and it's looking rather sickly, I disposed of the plant. But I didn't want that spot to be bare until Christmas, so I decided to do the same thing for the fall season. I used the pot the fern came in and had my husband paint it brown.  Then I went shopping. I bought most of the items either at JoAnn's Fabric Store or Michael's. The total cost was about $50. I think it fills that spot nicely. 

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