Tuesday, February 19, 2013

host post: welcome spring


The front door is usually my first target when it's time to start decorating for a season or holiday. With our Spring welcome, I wanted something colorful with natural elements that didn't include burlap (you would agree that I've been a little overload with the burlap). The result was something that I started to dream up but didn't put together until it was time to start cutting fabric.


First, I cut this adorable fabric from Ikea. Here are the measurements:
  • front fabric piece: 16" x 24"
  • fusing material: 15" x 20"
  • back fabric piece: 15" x 21"
Now, you can easily make the two pieces the same size and turn this inside out, similar to the striped Valentine's Day table runner that I made last month. But I want the challenge of sewing edges.

Fuse the material to the front fabric piece, leaving 1" below and 3" on top, and a little space on the edges.


The top space is key so that you can slide something through the top to hold the sign. In this case, I asked the hubs to cut down some branches in the yard.


The challenge was the corners. I pinned a great tutorial from Fiesta Resistance that walked me through making nice corners.


Iron down and sew all of the edges. My lines are still a little off, but the point here was to practice. Again, this project is a great candidate for the pillow sewing trick.


Because we have the 3" at the top of the front fabric piece, take a lesson from Young House Love - use some fusible bonding web! Folding over your fabric, fuse the hem to the back fabric piece.



Since being the proud owner of the Silhouette (thanks KC-K), I have patiently waited for the clean cut fabric interfacing ... just waiting for Amazon to tell me that it's on the way! In the meantime, I did score a great deal on vinyl at Pick Your Plum so I cut 5" x 6" letters - and it turns out to be a better option because I can remove the stickers to create other signs like happy birthday. I'm so smart.


Slide a stick, branch or any other sturdy object through your newly fused opening, and tie jute or cute ribbon to your branch to hang the sign.




Why did I choose to make the 'R' a blue-ish color? Answer: because I ran out of the pink. Crafters make the best out of any situation! And I think it just looks so cute!


thank you to Sweetly Scrapped for the free Spring printable. click here for more. 

debbie

13 comments :

  1. This is very cute!! I love the colors that you picked out!! I found you through a linky party and am excited to be a new follower! I hope you will swing by my site if you have a chance!!

    http://www.thetaylor-house.com

    Thanks!
    Chrissy

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  2. this is adorable! Thank you for sharing in such detail!

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  3. What a fun banner! I love the finished look and can't wait for spring!

    I'd be thrilled if you'd share at this week's Off the Hook!

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  4. This is a great spring project and I absolutely love the colors! Thank you for sharing your tutorial! :o)

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  5. Love that fabric and the tree branch hanger! Happy Spring to you, IHB!

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  6. This is so cute! Thanks so much for linking up to the Pinworthy Projects Party this week!

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  7. Super cute!!!
    I would love if you link this wonderful post to my party. It is open until Easter and I will Feature as we go on Facebook and Pinterest. XO
    Isabelle
    http://lechateaudesfleurs.blogspot.com/2013/02/death-by-chocolate-recipes-and-link.html

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  8. This is adorable! Love the stick to hang it and your edges look fab! Pinning and following- glad to have found you! Hope you have an awesome rest of the week!

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  9. Very cute! Thanks for linking up and sharing last week on Made in a Day!
    Kim

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  10. What a fun idea. Love the stripes! I usually love to decorate my porch first too. Been too darn cold. Settled for the inside and hoping to get to the porch soon. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  11. I love, love, love it! Bright colors--wheeee!

    I have a weekend Link party if you'd care to join:
    http://www.bobijensen.com

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  12. Bring it on! So ready for spring. Your banner is darling! So happy and welcoming. Love it!

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