Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Modern Crafty Christmas Wreath

The Bride's Diary team have fallen in love with this modern, crafty take on the Christmas Wreath, by All Things Heart and Home. Robin from All Things Heart and Home saw a gorgeous wreath at Madeline Bea: Life Set to Words last January and just knew she had to try one for Christmas 2010!

Step one: Create the Yarn balls! Yarn balls are super easy, you don’t even need glue! Grab a bunch of Styrofoam balls of all sizes… yarn in 3 colors that you adore and start wrapping. No glue needed! Just tuck in the end piece when you’re done! You will need loads…I had around 30!

Then you’ll need 50 plus Christmas balls! The dollar store is stocked right now and they come in packs of 7! Run out and get some before they’re picked over…won’t be long.

A (wire) wreath-form anchors the lovely BOB! (That’s bunch of balls!)

A glue gun that is high heat and high heat glue sticks are your other tools…turn the wreath form so it looks like a bowl and start laying out the first layer…

I had freezer paper underneath so the glue wouldn’t stick but I found it was easier to glue and press while the wreath frame was lifted. Only takes a few seconds to cool!

After the first layer was glued on I turned the wreath over and went over each ball with more glue.

Then I simply built on that first layer…you can get carried away I’m tellin you! The wreath doesn’t have to be this thick …you could use fewer balls and it would look great!

Visit www.allthingsheartandhome.com for more great Christmas ideas

Friday, November 26, 2010

Mini Applique Christmas Pillows

This sweet Christmas pillow by Better Homes & Gardens looks deliciously rustic, thanks to the mix of textures: even-weave fabric, wool scraps and floss, chenille yarn, and wire for hangers.

What You Need:
• Lightweight paper-backed fusible web (for stabilizing the fabrics)
• Wool fabric scraps: green, red, rose, off-white, golden brown, gray, gold, and brown
• Tan even-weave fabric for ornament fronts (We used cross-stitch fabric.)
• Quilting threads
• Wool floss: brown, black, off-white, rose, green, red, orange, and gold
• Three red buttons
• Six gold beads
• Backing fabric
• Polyester fiberfill
• Red chenille yarn
• 18-gauge wire for hanging loops

Download the Pattern Here

How to Make It:

• Cut and Sew the Appliques

Trace the patterns onto the paper side of the fusible web, leaving about 1/2 inch between the shapes. Cut out the shapes, leaving some excess web around each shape. Following the manufacturer's instructions, fuse the shapes to the wrong side of the appropriate fabric scraps. Cut out the shapes on the drawn lines. For each ornament front, draw a 3-1/2-x-4-1/2-inch rectangle on the even-weave fabric. Whipstitch the appliques in place with quilting thread.

• Embroider the Ornaments

Using wool floss, embroider the ornaments as follows:

For the holly: Work brown stem stitches for the branch; attach red buttons for the berries.

For Santa: Work black French knots for the eyes, off-white straight stitches for the eyebrows, rose stem stitches for the nose, a rose straight stitch for the mouth, and green lazy-daisy stitches and a red French knot for the holly.

For the gingerbread man: Work off-white stem stitches for the icing on the arms and legs and for the mouth, off-white French knots for the eyes, red French knots for the buttons, and green lazy-daisy stitches and a red French knot for the holly.

For the candle: Work brown stem stitches for the pine branch, green straight stitches for the needles, red French knots for the berries, a black straight stitch for the candlewick, orange satin stitches for the inner flame, and gold straight stitches for the candle glow.

For the reindeer: Work a red French knot for the nose and a black French knot for the eye. Sew gold beads to the collar.

• Assemble the Ornaments

Cut out the finished fronts; cut out matching backs from the backing fabric. With right sides facing and using a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew a front and back together, leaving an opening in the bottom edge for turning. Clip the corners, turn right side out, and stuff with fiberfill. Sew the opening closed. Whipstitch chenille yarn around the edges of each ornament and attach a hanging loop. For a wire hanging loop, cut an 8-inch length of wire. Using needle-nose pliers, bend the ends into tight curls and then bend the wire into a soft arch to fit across the top of the ornament. Stitch the curled ends to the top corners of the ornament.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Christmas Bird Ornaments

These gorgegous Christmas bird ornaments by A Feathered Nest are just so sweet. Let your imagination run wild with ways to use the ornaments - you can hang them on the tree, make a garland for your home's entry way, tie them onto presents, hang them on gift bags, and give them away with your baked goodies! These Christmas bird ornaments do require some sewing know-how, but the results are worth it!

What you need:

• DMC Floss (it has strands you can pull apart)
• Small embroidery hoop
• Scissors
• Felt
• Pinking shears
• Embroidery needle
• Washable marking pen or something you can mark with
• A template from your imagination traced onto cardstock (it's not hard to trace a little bird shape, then draw a wing in the middle & cut it out)


• Step 1: Trace wing shapes, then stitch using my stitch guide , this amazing guide here, or do your own thing. Be creative! If I get some time, for those of you interested, I'll post another stitch guide and include some of the newer things I've learned like the flowers, leaves, and other border stitches.

Don't worry about your embroidery hoop going over the top of the other stitched wings - I didn't have any problems, just don't get it too tight and try to be careful.

• Set your wings aside and cut out your main body using your pinking shears for that pointy edge look. Trace your bird shape onto ONE piece of felt. Pin that one piece to your backing, and it can be the same color if you want - I used two different colors. Cut out your bird shape around the edges of your tracing pen.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Make a Folded Felt Gift Box

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These gorgeous felt gift boxes by DIY Maven are not only cute and easy to make, they are also great for many occasions!  Make them in your wedding colours and fill with sugar coated almonds to use as bomboniere/favour boxes for your wedding - they will look great adorning your tables and your guests will love the personal touch of a handmade item. Or with Christmas approaching, whip up a few in Christmas colours - imagine how cute they will look sitting under your tree. The Bride's Diary team also loves the idea of using them as tree decorations - fill them with candy canes and nestle them amongst your tees branches for a very chic christmas tree!

What you need:

• one 8″ x 11″ piece of heavy felt from the craft store, NOT the flimsy kind
• scissors
• craft knife and cutting mat, optional but helpful
• doo-dads to decorate the box
• a pencil
the PDF template


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• Print and then cut out the template to create a pattern.
• Trace the pattern onto the felt.
• Using the scissors, cut the image from the felt; if you have one, use the craft knife to cut the little, rectangular slots (it's easier than using the scissors).

• Depending upon the thickness of your felt, you might have to adjust the openings of the trapezoidal opening.
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• To fold up the gift box, fold the sides with the trapezoidal slots up first and tuck the tabs into the rectangular slots in one of the other two sides.
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• After you've tucked your gift into the box, fold up the last side and tuck the remaining tabs into its rectangular slot.

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• Decorate!

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