Posts Tagged ‘make your own’

Make a Tiny Valentine Banner

February 5th, 2012 by zoe 3 Comments

I have been rather uninspired as of late — winter, cabin fever,flu, cranky New England stuff. Valentine making always cheers me up and makes me smile, plus it brings me back to the basics. I love the simplicity of paper and glue. Nothing fancy — just paper and glue!

I made these tiny little envelopes and stuffed them with little love notes for my boys.They easily hang on a bit of yarn tucked under the envelope flap. I had a lot of fun hanging the sweet little garland here and there in the house. In the end I liked it best hanging from the pantry hutch. There’s just something about tiny tiny envelopes, or maybe it’s the simple winter contrast of red and white. It’s February in New England and warm hearts are what it’s all about.

Make Monster Valentines!

February 2nd, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

Today we are busy making Monster Valentines.

We are using scraps of fake fur and old sweaters to cut out monster shapes. We glue our fuzzy fabric scraps onto paper hearts and add all sorts of appendages.

The kids are really having a blast glueing on googly eyes, adding horns and big teeth! These Monster Valentines are just the perfect thing for my silly monster loving boys.

Our first Valentines Day swap is hosted by our favorite local family resource blog Hilltown Families, so fun.

We got a list of families to send homemade Valentines to, and cant wait to see what everyone sends us.

 

Paper Hearts, We Like Um!

January 30th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

Okay it’s almost February. Which brings one of my favorite holidays, Valentines Day.

I love Valentines Day.

Not for its chocolates, high pressure romanticism, or gifts and such.. (and definitely not for its overpriced long stem red roses that always go limp necked and die before ever opening!).

I love it because I have forever loved to make cards, and Valentines Day is the ONE day in which EVERYONE is encouraged to give handmade cards. Now don’t let me down and buy the Star Wars and My Little Pony ones propped temptingly on the isle ends at the grocery store — DON’T DO IT.

Get out your construction paper, doilies, glue and glitter and get to work folks.

GET TO WORK!

Oh and make sure to replenish the craft supplies, you can never have enough hot pink glitter!

Making Custom Spoons for Grandma

December 21st, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

I originally saw this project here and knew it was perfect handmade gift idea for the boys Momo. I ran out and got some nice wooden spoons at the cookshop the next day!

I got the boys to draw on their spoons with pencil and we traced it with a wood burner tool.

The boys have a Grandmother who lives and breaths kitchen gadgets, I once counted four waffle irons in her kitchen.

I hope she loves her custom spoons as much as I do!

Make a Elf Hat

November 29th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

This sweet little elf hat is made from upcycled wool sweaters!

It’s pretty darn simple, all you need is some scraps from an old T-shirt, and a shrunken wool sweater.

First print your pattern pieces and enlarge them using the inch guide. The hat fits toddler to youth.

After cutting your fabric match hat bottom pieces and hat bottom lining pieces with right sides facing in, pin and stitch along bottom edge with a 1/4″ inseam. Unfold the stitched hat bottom piece, match the lining and wool sections with the right sides facing in pin and stitch. Turn the hat bottom piece right side out and try on, adjust sizing now. Iron bottom edge.

Top stitch bottom edge around hat bottom.

With a 1/4″ inseam stitch hat top around the curl, leaving bottom edge open. Turn the hat top right side out.

Making sure to properly line up your seams and fabric facings pin and stitch hat top to hat bottom. Turn right side out and admire your creation. I like to add polka dots!

Pop your little elf hat on the closest cutie around!

To print pattern, click photo, save to file and print. Enlarge pattern pieces to recommended size in inches.

Make a Braided Rag Rug!

November 14th, 2011 by zoe 34 Comments

My love of old T-shirts just keeps on growing!

See this stack of old T-shirts – they are going to become a fabulous rainbow rug!

Begin by collecting a colorful pile of old t-shirts. To make a 36″ round rug you will need about 10 to 12 shirts.

Cut the shirts into lots of strips, I made mine  1 1/2″ wide and that seemed to work great. You will now braid your strips together to make one single extremely long braided rope.To begin, take three t-shirt strips and sew them together at one end. Start braiding!

I used a curtain rod clip to hook one end of my braid to a chair to provide tension while braiding. A clothes pin is also helpful for holding your braid tight. As you come to the end of your first length of strips you will need to add more length. Connect strips together to add more length – cut a small slit in the ends of all your strips. Thread new strip through the hole, loop it’s end through on its self and pull tight. 

You will now have extended your strip! It is important to stagger your strip extensions so that they are not all lumped in one spot on your braid.

Now you are ready to braid and braid and braid!

When you get tired of braiding it’s fun to coil your rope and see what kind of progress you are making.

When you have finished your braided rope it’s time to begin stitching.

Set your sewing machine for the widest zig-zag stitch,tightly coil your braid, stitch round and round. When stitching push the two braids together tightly with your hands, watch your stitches carefully to ensure they are connecting the seams.  Your hands will get tired from all the pushing, I found it was easier to set my adjustable chair higher to get better leverage while stitching. Try not to stretch your rope too much while stitching because it will cup like a bowl. But don’t fear a hot iron can correct the cupping. Every so often your bobbin will run out of thread, this is a good time to iron your rug flat. Set the iron to hot, start and the center and iron out toward the edges. Repeat on both sides.

This rug currently measures 34″ across and took me a day to make. I haven’t finished the ends off yet because I think I want to make it a bit bigger – I just found a pile of gray shirts that I am hoping will bring it closer to the size I was dreaming of. I will take another picture of it finished and in place next week. I just had to share it today because I was so excited stitching this together. I love the colors and weight of this rug. I am already dreaming of the next one!!

Maybe ocean colors?