Posts Tagged ‘Ribbon’

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Pumpkin wreath

October 28, 2013

Hello friends,

As you can see by my recent posts, I’ve been crafting up a storm.  Particularly wreaths.  I’ve had these wreath forms laying around my house and been waiting to find time to do something spectacular with them.  Well, here it goes.  I found inspiration from non other than pinterest for this one.

Materials:
-Scrap fabric
-Wine corks for stems (or sticks)
-Batting
-Hot glue
-Wreath form
-Yarn or fabric to wrap wreath
-Extra fabric or ribbon for a bow

Pumpkin Wreath

Pumpkin Wreath

Directions:
1. Wrap your wreath form in yarn or fabric or ribbon to create a background or base for your pumpkins.

2. Cut my fabric into random sized rectangles to create different size pumpkins.  I sewed down the middle (horizontally) of each rectangle to create a gathering stitch to give the pumpkins shape.  Then sewing right sides together, stitch up the two vertical sides of your pumpkins.

3. Flip the pocket right side out.  Pull the gathering stitch to create the bottom gather, and stuff your pumpkins with batting.

4. Hand stitch the top of each pumpkin.  I gathered each top together and used embroidery thread to make a tight gathered top.

5. Hot glue your corks or sticks to create a top for each pumpkin.  I had broken corks I found worked best to vary in size depending on the pumpkin size.

6. Arrange finished pumpkins on wreath.  I used a foam wreath and straight pins to attach.  You could hot glue the pumpkins to the wreath for a more permanent wreath.  I added the yellow bow to give it some dimension and spice.

What do you think?
Happy Fall,
-Amanda

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Baby Shower Wreath

August 5, 2013

Hello!

I showed you a picture of the cute wreath I made for Melissa’s baby shower and wanted to give a quick tutorial and supply list of what I used for the wreath.  It was a pretty simple wreath.

Supplies
-Straw wreath
-Wide Burlap Ribbon
-Wide Chevron Burlap ribbon
-Two-tone twine
-Straight pins
-Wreath wire
-Fabric of your choice for onesie
-Embroidery thread
-Batting to stuff onesie
-Tiny clothes pins

Supplies

Supplies (plus a few extras)

How To:
1. I started with wide burlap ribbon and wrapped the straw wreath till it was completely covered.  You need to work with the burlap a little to prevent weird folds or wrinkles.  I used straight pins to hold it in place rather than hot glue.

2. Using the wide chevron burlap ribbon, I made a very simple bow and secured it in the middle with wire.  I secured  it to the wreath also using straight pins.

3. I used two-tone twine to create a clothes line across the top of the wreath.  I simply wrapped the twine around one side of the wreath, tied a bow, and stretched it across and repeated the bow on the other side.

4. To create the onesies, I free-handed a onesie on a piece of cardboard and then using scissors, cut onesies out of the yellow polka-dot fabric.  I used embroidery thread and a thick needle to create the black stitching around the edges.  Once almost around the onesie with stitches, stuff batting into the onesie to create a stuffed look.  Finish stitching the edge and tie off inside.

5. Using tiny clothes pins, attach each onesie to the twine to create the clothesline look.

Baby Shower Wreath

Baby Shower Wreath

Voila, you have the perfect baby shower wreath!

Happy Wreath making,
Amanda

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Homemade Baby Quilt

March 7, 2013

Hello!

Ok guys, this is another project I have been dying to blog about, but like the wooden sign, it was a gift – for the same person! I decided early on to make my future niece a custom quilt just for her to roll around on, snuggle in, and have for life! I picked the fabric before I decided on the pattern or shape of the quilt and then ran across an adorable quilt I just had to try. The pattern is from the book Little Quilts 4 Little Kids by Heather Mulder Peterson.

finished quilt

Finished Quilt

The pattern is called “Oh Baby” and it feathers a name and could be done in a couple different ways.  I chose to make it with yardage rather than a charm pack.   I bought fabric called Vintage Modern from Moda because it has a more grown up little girl quilt!  I also chose to back the quilt with a minky fabric so it would be soft and snuggly for my sweet future niece to cuddle with.

Quilt top and Green minky

Quilt top and Green minky

Process:
-I followed directions according to the pattern for the top of the quilt.  (I don’t want to outline them here since the book is for sale.  Pretty sure that would infringe on copyright. But buy the book, it’s cheap an has some great patterns!)

-I also encountered an issue with the fabric I chose: I used a beautiful houndstooth, cut all my pieces, then realized it wasn’t printed on the grain and all my strips were twisted.  I pretty much had to start all over and re-sew the top, but in the end, it was worth it!

-I used a die cut machine for the letters in the middle, which meant I needed a wider strip of fabric for the middle.

-For the letters in the middle, I used Heat N Bond on the back of the grey fabric before I cut out the letters on my die cut machine.  After they were cut out, I attached the letters to the middle strip of the quilt.

-The next step was to iron tear away stabilizer on the back of the houndstooth where the letters were ironed on.  This helped during the embroidery process.

Tear Away Stabilizer

Tear Away Stabilizer

-I do not have an embroidery machine, but I do have a fantastic sewing machine with lots of different stitch styles.  I picked a beautiful X stitch to outline each letter in for the finishing touch.  I used a dark grey thread to highlight the lighter grey letters.

Embroidered edge of letters

Embroidered Edge of Letters

-After finishing the quilt top, I cut a square of the minky green fabric and batting.  I basted all three layers together before quilting it.

basted

Basted Quilt

-I decided to tie the quilt with embroidery thread rather than machine quilt the blanket.

-I went with an eyelet ribbon for the edge to play up the girly, baby fun. I folded the top and bottom layers into the middle and inserted the ribbon between the two layers.  I then top stitched the edge to finish the quilt.

Quilt Top

Finished Quilt Top

Quilt Back

Quilt Back

I was very happy with how the quilt turned out.  I haven’t made a lot of quilts for other people, but I am so excited to be able to give a homemade gift to family!

Happy Quilting,
Amanda

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Fabric Flower Wreath

January 14, 2013

Hello!

I am so excited to be crafting and cooking and getting back into the groove of taking pictures of what I’m accomplishing!  This past week my wonderful co-worker hosted a craft night.  I made a ridiculously long list of all the projects I am working on, want to work, and dream about.  The project I’m posting about today is a carry over from my wedding.  I had a dream to line the aisle at my wedding with beautiful blue fabric flowers.  My sister, mom, and a bridesmaid helped me make my dream a reality by cutting a ridiculous number of circles, folding, and sewing them to make gorgeous flowers.  It was one of my favorite pieces of the wedding.  (I’ll post a follow up blog this week with how to make the flowers!)

Finished Wreath

Finished Wreath

After the wedding, I’ve moved the flowers around the house to accent different things like the dining room table or the mantel, but I wanted to find a permanent home for them.  I batted around the idea of headbands or necklaces and finally realized a wreath would be perfect.

Supplies:
-Fabric Flowers
-Corsage Pins
-Styrofoam Wreat
-Ribbon

Directions
I began by wrapping the styrofoam wreath in a cream taffeta ribbon that was also left over from my wedding.  I wrapped it ever so carefully to overlap and create a geometric backdrop for my wreath.  I hot glued the start and end of the ribbon in place, but it could easily be pinned since it is a foam wreath.

Ribbon wrapped wreath

Ribbon wrapped wreath

The rest is simple.  I shaped the flowers and placed them one by one onto the wreath, securing them with a corsage pin.  I used corsage pins because if they were seen, they would be elegant, but also they are thick enough to go through all the fabric of the flower.  I layered the flowers and placed them until I was happy with the look.  I attempted the full look, but decided I much preferred the “less is more” look.  You could use less or more to make the wreath as full or off balance as you like!

Full Wreath, not my favorite

Full Wreath, not my favorite

Such an easy wreath, but a big statement!  I can’t wait to hang it in our home.

Finished Wreath

Finished Wreath

Happy Crafting!
-Amanda

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Spring Wreath

May 2, 2011

Happy Monday!

I realized that I do a lot of cooking and not a lot of crafting so here goes: a springtime wreath!

I found an image online for an  Adorable Burlap Wreath!

I stopped at the store on the way home and picked up the following materials.

Materials:
One yard of Burlap
A roll of ribbon
A styrofoam round wreath
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
Wooden Letter
Paint/Brushes for letter

Procedure:
Cut the burlap into 2 inch strips.  I started by gluing the edge of a strip to the back of the wreath.  Wrap the burlap strips around the wreath, just slightly covering the previous piece.  I glued the burlap down on the backside of the wreath each time it crossed the back.  Continue until the whole wreath is covered.   After that I played with the ribbon I bought to make a nice decoration at the bottom.  I painted the letter blue and dotted the edge to resemble the ribbon.  I hot glued it to a piece of ribbon wrapped around the top of the wreath.

I realized later that the hook for the wreath holder wouldn’t fit where I tied the ribbon, so I added a red ribbon to the top to hang the wreath by.

It turned out cute, but I would’ve liked it a little different.  I think it’ll look beautiful on the front door though!

Enjoy!

Happy Crafting,

Amanda