Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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I'm always pleasantly surprised when guest contributor Kimie puts fabric to sewing machine. As a talented quilt maker, she has started expanding her skills into creative pieces like the one that she's sharing with us today. And keeping a steady stream of creativity coming through her Pinterest page, I have no doubt that she will continue to share projects for every season, holiday and celebration!
After seeing this Etsy Valentine's pillow on Pinterest, I raided my leftover fabrics to find something to make a similar pillow. Success! I decided to try to do an envelope pillow for the first time, and was amazed at how easy it is.
First, find the dimensions of the pillow insert by cutting three pieces of fabric. The first piece (or front) needs to be 2 more inches in length and width than the insert. For example: my pillow was 13"x13", so my front piece of fabric was cut to 15"x15".
The back two pieces can be the same height (15"), but the length can be shorter. I cut two pieces of fabric that were 15"x7". Lay the front and back pieces on top of each other to make sure that the sizes are similar before you begin pinning. Make adjustments as needed.
Iron a seam on both back pieces of fabric. Only one of the seams needs to be sewn since the other one will not be seen.
Before sewing the three pieces together, I cut and sewed the letters on the larger front piece of fabric. I found a font on Microsoft, printed the letters to size, cut them out and pinned the X's and O's onto my fabric.
Make sure to align the cut letters on the front piece of fabric, then pin the letters to secure in place.
Sew onto the front piece of the fabric
With the letters in place and the three pieces prepared, lay the front piece of fabric down with right side facing up. Then lay both smaller pieces down with right sides facing down. Pin along all four sides of the pillow and sew. No need to leave any opening, since your insert will slip through the envelope opening.
Turn pillow right side out and stuff! Visit momtastic.com if you need additional step-by-step instructions. Happy Valentine's Day!
Sew on little bees!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
To have creative friends is a gift. I'm always excited to see what comes in the mail or what is dropped off by these amazing people, and I'm encouraged by their love and thoughtful gifts. We welcome back Michelle from The Whole Enchelleada and look forward to what this creative spirit will be sharing with us as she settles into her new home! Today, she shares her favorite card project - with a little help from Pinterest - and as a recipient of her unique pieces, I admit that I get a little star-struck when one of these special cards arrives in the mail.
My gateway into the world of crafts was card making at a young age. Through the years, the love for pretty paper and cute, clever cards has only grown (some might argue into a full-fledged obsession). In part, I’d like to thank Pinterest for enabling my habit with so many great ideas. I continually pin my favorites on my cute and clever card ideas board.
While I love the giving and receiving of holiday cards in December, my favorite holiday to make and send cards is Valentine’s Day! Today I’m excited to share with you the Valentine cards I made with free printables from Pinterest!
As a base for the cards, I purchased three packs of Valentine cards at Michael’s. Deal alert: these are currently on sale for $1 per pack!!!! I then rounded up my favorite crafting tools and accessories and got to crafting.
Here’s what I came up with!
Lovely little tip: you can have your Valentine cards post marked by the Sweetheart City of Loveland, Colorado! Find out more information here.
Until next time….keep it crafty, friends!
- Michelle at The Whole Enchelleada
Monday, January 21, 2013
After a little break and a move across the country, we welcome guest contributor Carrie! I just love the ideas showcased below ... with a little inspiration from her Pinterest page (duh!), you can make a few simple Valentine's day decorations to add to your home and office!
I’m always a little sad after packing up our Christmas decorations, so having some Valentine décor to put around the house is a great way to keep things from looking so bare. Below are a few easy things you can do to celebrate the day of love!
Please find the Pinterest-inspired links for each craft if you are interested, for the full tutorials. Most of these are pretty self-explanatory.
X and O glittered letters: I found a great tutorial from My World Made By Hand.
Toddler Heart Handprint Art: I found some great ideas from The Happiest Mommy On TheBlock.
Conversation Heart Vase Filler: So easy and cute. Got the idea from Pinterest but couldn't find an original source link.
Heart Branches: Inspiration from Classy Columbus Designs. You could do this for any holiday or celebration and use other shapes. Makes a great statement.
Felt Heart Hair Clips: I found great pins for adorable heart clips and really liked this one from GG Embroidery Designs. The felt heart appliqués are from Jo-Ann’s fabric store and I simply glued them onto ribbon-covered clips. So easy!
Decorating with Heart Plates: My own idea…Boom!
Happy Heart Day! Xoxo
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
And these stuffed felt hearts are leftovers from two years ago when I created our first Valentine's day mantel. Click here to see instructions.