Wednesday, August 25

Sew Much Ado

I LOVE the name of this blog! (I'm a Shakespeare addict and "Much Ado About Nothing" is my favorite play ever.) So I had to check it out...let's just say I'm SEW in love. I shared a couple of my projects on the blog. Click the button below to see for yourself.

Monday, August 23

Burnt Edge Flowers

Are you not completely in love with these!?

This is what happens when my husband is doing his school work and I've gotten all the children to bed...I play with my fabric and fire!

I've made a few into broaches
And put clips on others to wear in my hair! I always have a flower in my hair.

Burnt Edge Flower Tutorial

Here's the goal...a beautiful multi-petal flower made of fabric!
Gather your materials
- Polyester fabric (satin or chiffon, something silky, but make sure its 100% polyester)
- Scissors
- Tea Candle
- Lighter
- Needle & thread
- Glue gun & hot glue
- Alligator clips (or dress pin, if you would like to make the flower into a broach)
- Small piece of grossgrain ribbon

1. Cut your fabric into multiple circles. My largest was about 5" in diameter. I cut 7 circles, each getting a little smaller. Feel free to do more or less. I like working in odd numbers, don't ask me why! These don't have to be perfect circles at all!
Here are my circles laid on top of each other.
2. Hold your circle over the flame of the tea candle, about an inch above it. The heat from the candle will melt the polyester. To curve hold it flat over the candle and let the heat melt multiple points in the circle. Play around with this until you find a techniques that works for you!
Here's what your circle will look like after melted. Careful not to burn yourself!!
3. Do this to all the circles, stacking them on top of one another, saving the smallest one to set aside, we'll use it later.
4. Put a few stitches through the center of the six circles you've stacked together.
5. Prep your alligator clip by gluing the grossgrain ribbon around the top of the clip.
6. Glue the ribbon part of the clip to the back of your flower.
7. Glue the smallest circle to the center of the front of the flower to hide the stitches. You could also add a gem or something else in the center of the flower. Embelish as you'd like!
That's it! Wear & ENJOY!!
I loved this simple way to create something so gorgeous and, I get to be a bit of a pyro! :)

UPDATE: I've been making mine with petals. Just simply cut into the circles to make the petals, then burn the petals and they curl up and look more like a real flower...very chic!

Friday, August 20

Blog Party

I've linked up some of my crafts to blogs that I visit, please feel free to click the buttons to the left (you may need to scroll down) or below...

The "Look at Me" Party on Fun to Craft, I'm #90

And at Tatertots & Jello "Weekend Wrap Up Party" #147 & 148

If you'd like to follow my blog, please click to the left!

Halloween Banner

I received the Pottery Barns Kids catalog for Halloween in the mail this week and saw the CUTEST banner ever! I was completely inspired by it and knew I had all the materials I needed to make this and save $30...

So this is how it turned out!

I have a great opening in my home to hang banners...maybe I'll make one for every holiday!

Here it is up close

Trick or Treat...such a treat, I think!!