Monday, January 31, 2011

30 Before April 30 Project 7 Completed!

The search for bridesmaid bags has taken a little longer than I expected but in the meantime, I created little versions for my adorable program attendants. These were incredibly easy and took minimal effort. During one of my usual trips to Ikea, this fabric was on sale for $3.99 a yard and since the color combination makes me gitty, I picked up one yard of each.


I measured two 12 inch x 12 inch pieces of fabric for each bag.


The top edge of each piece was folded twice, ironed flat and I used the zig zag stitch.



As you would normally sew something of this sort, line up the two pieces with the inside out and sew three of the four edges with a straight stitch. Voila! The meat of your bag is completed.


The handles can be altered any which way, but I chose to cut at 3 inches by 30 inches long. Fold the piece of fabric down the long center and iron for easier sewing. A straight stitch should do the trick and then turn the handles inside out. You may need a safety pin to accomplish this. Use an iron again to really flatten the handles.




Take each end of the handles and fold in, sewing each end with a straight edge.


Now it's a little creative - I went with a square sew around where the handles meets the bag and although a bit challenging, I got some practice!



I wanted to add their initials to each bag so after some searching, I stumbled upon printable fabric and printed each letter, cut it out and used heat set glue.



30 Before April 30 ongoing list ... (this list changes occassionally)
- Homemade totebags for the bridesmaids
- Guest bags and all of the pieces that will go inside for out-of-towners
- DONE! Save the dates
- Wedding invitations
- Hand written addresses for wedding invitations
- Wedding programs
- DONE! Bags for Program Attendants
- DONE! Bridal shower invitations
- DONE! Bridal shower party favors
- DONE! Reserved signs
- Escort cards for wedding party
- Photobooth props & sign
- DONE! Rehearsal dinner dessert
- Rehearsal dinner invitations
- Rehearsal dinner menus
- Bar menus
- Thank you cards for gifts along the way ...
- Groomsmen gifts
- Door initials
- Monogramed centerpieces
- DONE! Dessert bar components
- Sign in *surprise* area (we can't give everything away)
- Bridal Party dinner table monogram runner
- Signs for front of reception site
- Centerpieces for cocktail tables & bars
- Wedding cake topper
- Bouquet bling
- Signs for pictures
- Toiletry kits for bathrooms
- Thank you gifts for our generous vendors, family and friends helping on the big day!

Attending these Linky Parties this week:
Take-A-Look Tuesday with Sugar Bee Craft Edition
These Creative Juices
Today's Creative Blog Get Your Craft On
Polly Want a Crafter
Craft-O-Maniac Monday
Too Cute Tuesday at Funky Polkadot Giraffe
Tutorial Tuesday at Hope Studios
Sew Cute Tuesday at Creative Itch
Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursday with The Shabby Chic Cottage

Thursday, January 27, 2011

30 Before April 30 Project 6 Completed!

Cupcakes are my favorite food group; red velvet is becoming my top favorite flavor and my bestie is making this the dessert of choice at my bridal shower in less than a month. The wedding cake is going to be a four-tiered beauty so we wanted to have a little fun with our rehearsal dinner.

Our wedding party and closest family will enjoy a casual Mexican dinner at one our favorite spots, and at each place setting we'll have a cupcake for dessert. I've embraced the bunting and flag trend so I made these little flags to place on the cupcakes. This can easily be recreated on a regular document and printed on cardstock.


Cut out the flags (thank you C and the Whole EnCHELLEada for taking care of that step) and fold in the center. I used simple toothpicks and glued the folded strip of paper. The little detail was leftover fabric that I cut into strips and tied into a knot on the toothpick.




30 Before April 30 ongoing list ... (this list changes occassionally)
- Homemade totebags for the bridesmaids
- Guest bags and all of the pieces that will go inside for out-of-towners
- DONE! Save the dates
- Wedding invitations
- Hand written addresses for wedding invitations
- Wedding programs
- Wedding menu cards
- DONE! Bridal shower invitations
- DONE! Bridal shower party favors
- DONE! Reserved signs
- Escort cards for wedding party
- Photobooth props & sign
- DONE! Rehearsal dinner dessert
- Rehearsal dinner invitations
- Rehearsal dinner menus
- Bar menus
- Thank you cards for gifts along the way ...
- Groomsmen gifts
- Door initials
- Monogramed centerpieces
- DONE! Dessert bar components
- Sign in *surprise* area (we can't give everything away)
- Bridal Party dinner table monogram runner
- Signs for front of reception site
- Centerpieces for cocktail tables & bars
- Wedding cake topper
- Bouquet bling
- Signs for pictures
- Toiletry kits for bathrooms
- Thank you gifts for our generous vendors, family and friends helping on the big day!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

fill your jars with love

One of my employers kindly let me borrow 11 apothecary jars until May for the bridal showers and wedding. These jars look so much better when you fill them with stuff so I need to get creative if I'm going to make them look good without spending a fortune. I also used this opportunity to work on my blanket stitch, something that looks amazing when completed but that I never mastered.

To make this project, I purchased a few pieces of felt and cut hearts freehand. If you need a template, Disney has a good one with different sizes.



I utilized some of the extra string that I get with sweaters and shirts, practicing my blanket stitch around the hearts.



The final step is a little stuffing and one last stitch to close up the heart. These are great to make while sitting on the couch watching Season 2 of Mad Men .. I'm just saying.






Attending these Linky Parties this week:
Today's Creative Blog - Get Your Craft On
Too Cute Tuesday with Funky Polkadot Giraffe
Take-a-Look Tuesday with Sugar Bee Craft Edition
Tutorial Tuesday with Hope Studios
Sew Cute Tuesday at Creative Itch
We Did It! Wednesday with Sew Much Ado
Free For All at Young and Crafty

Monday, January 24, 2011

30 Before April 30 Project 5 Completed!

There isn't much to this project but the point is that it's completed! As I've mentioned it before here on this blog, we're not doing table assigments since this gathering is larger than some conventions. So we'll be reserving two rows of tables for our immediate families and need signs to clarify that.

Lately, the Ikea Tolsby frame has gotten more attention than the damask print (crafter joke) and when I realized that those little retro frames were only 99 cents, I made a special trip to Ikea just to get them (but I did walk out with more). Us brides have long lists of things to do, so I just started a Word document, searched for "flourish" in clip art (Word 2007 has come a long way in the clip art choices), and typed the word. I formatted the document so that it would print exactly the same on both sides.


The detail is in the paper; I chose the Bazzill Basics Paper in Irish Eyes cardstock. The little textured dots on the paper are adorable. Print, cut and slide into the slot. Done and done!


- Homemade totebags for the bridesmaids
- Guest bags and all of the pieces that will go inside for out-of-towners
- DONE! Save the dates
- Wedding invitations
- Hand written addresses for wedding invitations
- Wedding programs
- Wedding menu cards
- DONE! Bridal shower invitations
- DONE! Bridal shower party favors
- DONE! Reserved signs
- Escort cards for wedding party
- Photobooth props & sign
- Materials for out-of-town guest
- Rehearsal dinner invitations
- Rehearsal dinner menus
- Bar menus
- Thank you cards for gifts along the way ...
- Groomsmen gifts
- Door initials
- Monogramed centerpieces
- DONE! Dessert bar components
- Sign in *surprise* area (we can't give everything away)
- Bridal Party dinner table monogram runner
- Signs for front of reception site
- Centerpieces for cocktail tables & bars
- Wedding cake topper
- Bouquet bling
- Signs for pictures
- Toiletry kits for bathrooms
- Thank you gifts for our generous vendors, family and friends helping on the big day!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

mantel: valentine's day mantel on a dime

Is there any other way to decorate? Not for me. I decorate on dimes and nickles mostly. So it comes as no surprise that this Valentine's Day themed mantel was put together with stuff we already had around and some little handmade projects that I'll share this week. A big thank you to Beth at The Stories of A to Z for hosting this linky party and getting me to decorate before the actual holiday this time.

These birds were a deal! A recent bride sold 12 of them to me on craigslist.






Friday, January 21, 2011

wedding: when these little seeds start to flower ...

There are two reasons for getting married: the union between you and your best friend, and all of the time you spend with your favorite people getting ready for the big day! My mom is visiting tomorrow so we can find her the perfect MOB dress and she gets to see me in my dress for the first time (I'll bring tissue). I go home more often to talk to family, recruit help from all corners of my life, and weekends are full of working stations to glue, cut, and create with friends.

One project - from the creative mind of my bestie - was completed last weekend while the Patriots took themselves out of the Super Bowl running (more tissue was needed here). In a previous post, I mentioned that she's hosting a Paris-themed bridal shower for me during Valentine's Day weekend, and she's putting together a little gathering with so many big details. Through her research, she came across a lavender favor that she wanted to recreate (free download here). But in true DIY spirit, we designed our own version.

Materials: party favor bags purchased in the wedding supply section at Michaels; three larger bags of flower seeds from Home Depot; two spools of ribbon from the $1 bin at Michaels; cardstock paper to use as a tag background; stamps and ink; and a busy printer.


Seperate the seeds and place a few in each bag. Then fold the top of the bags over (you might want to measure your tags first). She found that purchasing larger bags and separating the seeds into party favor bags was cheaper than buying a bag of seeds for each guest.

After designing the tags on Microsoft word, print and cut along the edges. Glue your designed tag to a cute and colorful cardstock. My bestie picked out this green cardstock with leaves pressed into the paper.


Get creative with your tag! Here, we stamped a little metal tin on grey paper and then cut it out. Stamp the flowers directly on the tag to save you from going cross-eyed. A little glue and place the tin on the tag.


Overlap the tag on the party bag as you would want it, and then punch two holes for the ribbon (remember: the further apart the holes, the more ribbon you'll need). String the ribbon through the holes and make a knot or a bow. Finished!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Turn an Old Scarf into a Pillow!

I've gone a little pillow crazy lately. From the no-sew Christmas pillow to learning how to turn a placemat into a pillow (thanks Meredith for making me finally see the light!), this idea has tipped the scale. Here's looking on the bright side: I really think my sewing skills have improved from the time spent on the machine making pillows.

This scarf was a gift from my mom that she picked up at a fundraising event. The scarf is long and plush, perfect for cold days. But I live in California, and our cold days are few and short. So my immediate solution is to turn it into a pillow (clearly).

In storage was a pillow that just needed a facelift, and I picked matching fabric to use behind the scarf (also something I already had). If you're doing this at home, just cut the fabric to fit the pillow, with a 1 inch edge.




Place the edge of the scarf along the fabric and pin down. Then sew both short edges, only cutting the scarf after you sew the edge.




After cutting the scarf, lay it out again on the bottom, overlaping the two pieces. Sew the short edges on this row as well. Then sew the long edges of each piece, ignoring the overlapping edges.


Do this on both sides if there's enough scarf (if there isn't, you're going to have to get creative). Then in true pillow form, place the pillow fronts facing each other and sew three of the edges and a quarter of the fourth edge.


Turn the pillow inside out (right side out if you will) and insert the pillow. Sew the opening with matching thread. This is actually pretty easy since the yarn is so forgiving.


Once your pillow is finished along the edges, make three small stitches on each side to secure the overlapping edges.


Your final product should be cozy and, in my case, zero cost! (Please note that the two other small pillows are placemats turned into pillows. Each one cost $3.99.)



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