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Valentine’s Day Garland

February 14, 2013

Hello Hello!

As I have explained previously, I am in love with Valentine’s day.  While my previous blogs have been love related, this one is straight up Valentine’s, and what more appropriate day to post on than Valentine’s day!  I hope your day is filled with lots of love from all around.  Seriously, spread love and find love in everything you do!  Today my love is particularly strong for my family.  I wouldn’t get through life without them and this past year has been one for the books and one we need to overcome with love.  So I dedicate this Valentine’s day to my beautiful mom, sisters, husband, extended family, and in-laws.  Love is what makes the world go round.

Ok, enough of that sappy stuff, and let’s get down to business.  I made what I would consider one of the cutest felt garlands for this Valentine season.  I have purchased many a felt garland in my life, but have been obsessing over the opportunity to make one on my own.

Valentine's Garland Template

Valentine’s Garland Template

I did this one the old fashion way and created a template out of a folder and cut it out of two colors of felt.  Easy!

Valentine's Garland Template

Valentine’s Garland Template

The next step was to lay them out in a pattern and stitch them together.  I used a cream thread because I like the way it stands out, and I was a little bit lazy about changing my sewing machine thread.  ek!  Anyway, I pumped out three sets of these garlands, each a varying length.

Valentine's Felt Heart and X Garland

Valentine’s Felt Heart and X Garland

They are all over my house and I can’t wait to make more garlands out of felt!  I think I’ll need to design some for every holiday.  Psst: I have a secret.  I have purchased a die cutting machine and I can’t wait till it arrives!  I am going to be pumping out all kinds of felt garlands!  I’ll do a whole blog about my new toy, don’t worry!

 

Valentine's Felt Heart and X Garland

Valentine’s Felt Heart and X Garland

What kind of garlands do you like?  Leave a comment letting me know what holiday is your favorite to decorate for!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
-Amanda

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Boo!

October 31, 2010

Halloween is easily one of my favorite holidays.  I think it’s because I get to be extra crafty and creative.  I am always attempting something that I haven’t tried before because its Halloween … and really – no one is going to care if something isn’t sewn just right.

Well – This year I decided I was going to make Martha Stewart’s Ghost Costume.  She shows you how to make it and she also sells it.  Her version can be seen here: http://www.marthastewart.com/article/8-no-sew-costumes-tulle-ghost

I knew I could make it for less – so I decided to go for it.  After many math calculations – I determined I needed about 24 yards of tulle at 108 wide.  This would give me the length from head to toe as well as the fullness I needed for the cape around me.

For under the cape – I made a quick strapless white dress from some sale fabric I found.  After much struggle with my sewing machine, I finally finished the dress.  Yes – its a little tight and it has a blue zipper, but it worked!  No one could see the zipper or notice it was slightly tight.

Plus – I scared a few co-worker with the addition of my make-up.  Success!

Happy Scaring!

– Sarah