Category: over the weekend

Use Your Stash: Arrow Banner!

Add some color to any room!

DIY Homemade Handmade Stufed Arrow Banner (2)

I saw something similar to this on Pinterest a few months ago and finally got around to trying it. I think it was because I had finally cleaned my studio and had the space to sew. I’m also trying to use my fabric stash, and through this would be a great project for it!

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Here is what you will need:
Various Colors of Scrap Fabric
Poly-fiber Microfill (stuffing)
Freezer Paper
Iron and Ironing Board
Scissors
Sewing machine
Needle and Thread
Yarn

Project Time: over the weekend
Project Difficulty: Moderate

Project budget: around $5-10 (depending on if you need to but stuffing or fabric)

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Draw the arrow pattern on to the freezer paper, and cut it out. Place the waxy side down, and use the iron to temporarily adhere the pattern to a piece of scrap fabric. (top left)  Cut out around the pattern and remove the paper when done (top right). Repeat this step until you have cut out the number of arrows that you want to make your banner. (middle left) Make sure you are cutting out a front and a back for each arrow. I made six arrows!

Sew the right sides of each arrow together using a half inch seam allowance. Leave the end of the arrow’s open for turning and stuffing. (middle right) Turn each of the arrows and fill with the stuffing. (bottom left). Once stuffed, use the invisible stitch to hand sew the openings closed.

Measure out equal lengths of yarn. Tie on end in a knot and thread the other through a needle. Sew the arrows together, from the point on the arrow to the middle of the back. Repeat for all the arrows. (bottom right)

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I made my arrows a little bigger than I wanted, but that’s okay (I made adjustments).

Where do you get project inspiration from? How do you try and use your stash?

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Upcycle Your Accent Pillows!

Don’t but new ones! Update the pillows that came with your couch!

DIY Restyled and Recycled Throw Pillows Homemade Handmade Home Decor (5)

Hi! How are you?

I bought a new couch about a year ago and, painfully, stared at these pillows for a year.

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I took it upon myself and challenge you, to update the accent pillows that came with your couch.

Here is what you will need:
Two Accent Pillows
Various Colors of Anti-Pill Fleece
Freezer Paper
Iron and Ironing Board
Scissors
Sewing machine
Needle and Thread

Project Time: over the weekend
Project Difficulty: Moderate

Project budget: around $20

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Fleece has a little stretch to it. Measure the accent pillows and cut four pieces the size of the pillow (top left).

Draw the words on freezer paper, and cut them out. (top right) Place the waxy side down, and use the iron to temporarily adhere the letters to alternating colors of fleece. (top right) Cut out around the pattern and remove the paper when done.

Freezer paper is a great tool for crafting. It allows you to draw and cut out ANY shape you want and will temporarily adhere to most mediums. The best part is when the paper is removed, there is no mess or residue left behind!

Lay out the letters on the pillow cut outs. (bottom left and right)

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Pin the letters into place that were laidout. (top left)

Sew around the letters (very carefully) using a half inch seam allowance. (top right, bottom left)

When finished sewing the letter on (bottom right), put right sides together of the main pillow cut outs and sew together, leaving an opening for turning and stuffing. Repeat with the second pillow.

Turn the pillows right side out and stuff with the accent pillows that came with the couch. Once stuffed, use the invisible stitch to hand sew the openings closed.

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Enjoy!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

D.I.Y. Clothes Pin Photo Wreath

Tired of only displaying one photo at a time? I was!

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I LOVE documenting life through photos. I’ve had past relationships where my “significant” other always got upset that I was “taking too many photos and not enjoying the moment.” (That’s why they are PAST relationships.) The past year, my phone has been filled time and time again with photos of JayJay and the crafts I make sprinkled with the occasional selfie (never got that into them).

Like many before me, I’m trying to work through the pins that I’ve pinned on my Pinterest. With the new year upon me, what a great way to reminisce about the past year with this fun photo wreath!

Homemade Clothes Pin Wreath Handmade Home Decor (1)

Here is what you will need:
Styrofoam wreath
Clothes Pins (I bought a pack of 40)
Glitter
Modge Podge
Paint
Paint Brushes
Hot Glue Gun
10 or so of your fav. photos!

Project Time: over the weekend
Project Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Project budget: around $20

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First, let’s make those glitter clothes pins! I LOVE glitter, but it always makes such a mess (crafter be warned)! I’ve discovered the trick to locking your glitter in place: Modge Podge!

On a table lined with newspaper, pour a pile of glitter the size of small plate. This will be used to dip the clothes pins.
Paint one “face” of a clothes pin with modge podge then immediately dip the modge podge side in the pile of glitter.
Set aside to dry.

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Repeat this step with each clothes pin. I used two different colors of glitter. Let dry overnight.

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Once your glitter clothes pins are dry, paint a layer of modge podge directly OVER the glitter. This will seal the glitter in place and prevent future messes of glitter once the project is complete. Let that dry overnight.

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Paint the Styrofoam wreath with the color of your choice, and also let dry. It may take a few coats, Styrofoam can be tricky to paint.

Hot glue the clothes pins around the Styrofoam wreath in a circular pattern.

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Optional: Add a decorative ribbon for hanging!

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Now arrange your photos and enjoy! A little lengthy process, but the middle step of painting the glitter with modge podge secures the glitter in place and will save you a headache!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer