Monday, December 22, 2014

Sweater Ornaments Refashion

Do you ever look at your Christmas tree and think it needs something cozy?? I found an old sweater that was full of holes, and very ratty, but the sleeves were still good. Idea!! Christmas ornament.

Here's how to make a cozy sweater ornament in no time...

Materials:

Sewing Things
Old Sweater
Styrofoam balls

To begin, cut the sleeves off of your sweater and sew one end shut with the sleeve wrong side out. This will make a pocket for your styrofoam.


Turn the sleeve right side out, and stuff the ball inside. Hand stitch the opening on the sleeve closed.



Cut the remaining sleeve into fringe, or leave it whole. Tie a ribbon around the top and add an ornament hanger!




 How easy is that? And they look super cozy on my tree. 





Monday, December 15, 2014

Last Minute Gifts

Are you a last minute shopper??? Or do you know someone who has absolutely EVERYTHING?

I have a brilliant solution to your gift-giving dilemma...
 Craftsy Classes!!



I've told you about some of my favorites, but have you tried them yourself? These classes are easy to watch, fun to use, and the perfect gift for the person who has everything. 

We don't always have time to go to a craft store or community center to learn a new skill, but Craftsy has made it possible to learn in your own home.

Try some of these classes yourself, or gift them for an unforgettable Christmas present!

Craftsy Cake Decorating Class
Online Sewing Class

Surprise a loved one with the gift of a new skill this holiday season. They'll be impressed with the thought, and you'll be impressed with the results! 

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Scrap Organization

This year has been the year of the scraps!! 

But in order to do anything awesome with scraps, you have to be able to SEE your scraps.






This was my former organization system. Yikes. 

It looked great on the bookshelf, because you couldn't actually see inside the bins. You saw three nicely placed bins in a row, looking neat.

LIES

Nothing was folded. Pieces were all weird shapes and sizes. Colors were mixed. It was a nightmare.

Something had to be done.



Sigh.....Ahhhhhh. Beautiful.



I dumped ALL of my large bins in my living room one night. I unfolded unwadded  each piece to look at it. Weird stringy pieces were cut off, tiny pieces were thrown out. Each large piece got refolded and placed neatly back into the large bins. The smaller pieces (fat quarter sizes and such) were then neatly folded very small, and placed in plastic bins.

I sorted them by color for function, and prettiness.

These scraps are absolutely perfect for very small projects, quilt blocks, and appliques.




Remember my Dollar Store Organization post from last year? These plastic shoeboxes were a dollar at our dollar store. They have lids and are stackable, perfect for fabric storage.


Don't let your scraps go to waste, and don't let them take over your craft room. Take back control!!



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Handprint Ornaments DIY

Babies grow up all too fast don't they?? We want to preserve those little memories for as long as we can. In our house, we love decorating for Christmas. We have a collection of ornaments that are fun and sentimental that we use each and every year. To help preserve the tiny cuteness of our babies, I wanted to make some handprint ornaments this year. Here's how you can make them easily too!!


Materials:

Undecorated Glass Ornaments (from craft store)
Mod Podge or White Glue
Fine Glitter
Q-tip or small paintbrush




Paint a thin layer of glue onto your little one's hand.


Have them spread their fingers and place their hand on the ornament. For my little guy I told him to hold it like a ball, and hoped that he didn't smear it too badly.


Sprinkle fine glitter all over the handprint while it's still wet.



When it dries, brush or gently blow extra glitter off of the ornament, leaving just the pretty handprint!



I made names and years using vinyl with my Silhouette, but you could use permanent markers or paint as well.



Place the personalization on the opposite side of the ornament from  your handprint.



Tie a ribbon on top and place it on your Christmas Tree!


These would make beautiful and personal gifts for grandparents and other family members who want to remember the sweetness of little hands too!



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