Archive for the ‘Sewing’ Category



Maggie Makes Bunny Tutorial

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

I’m just head over heels for this charming bunny doll by Karen of Maggie Makes! Lucky for us she has a completely stellar tutorial on her blog. The instructions are super detailed and you’ll be up to your ears with dolls in no time!



Embroidery Calendar

Friday, April 8th, 2011

It’s a little past calendar season but I happened upon this embroidered one via the Behance Network and was blown away! What a clever idea and equally beautiful in execution.

This one-off design was created by design student Iwona Przybyla from Poland. All her work is quite impressive and I wish that I could read Polish so that I could follow along on her blog. Definitely worth checking out either way, full of fantastic inspiration!



DIY Felt Flower Wreath

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Back in November I shared the beautiful pink and gold surprise party that my lovely friend Katie threw for me. Out of all the amazing details, the wreaths on her front doors received a ton of interest.

Katie graciously agreed to share her secrets and we recently got together to make a tutorial to share with all of you. By “we” I mean Katie did all the work and I took the photos. Below you’ll find the list of materials you’ll need along with complete instructions and step-by-step photographs to make your own.

As a special treat, we made an extra one and we’ve decided to give it away to a lucky reader! Stay tuned and check back later today for the details on how you could win it!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

12″ Craft Ring
3 colors of felt (1 Yard Total)
Ribbon
Upholstery Thread
Needle
Scissors
Decorative Floral Elements (Found at craft stores)
Floral Wire

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Begin with a 12″ wreath ring with holes for threading flowers through. You’ll need one hole per flower so you may need to add holes with a drill. This tutorial makes 12 flowers so you’ll need 12 holes.

2. Once your wreath form is prepared, completely wrap in ribbon overlapping only about 1/4″. At the end, use the remaining ribbon to create a loop to hang the wreath from. Tie a knot at the base of the loop securing the wrapped form.

3. Cut felt into 4″ circles. (The circles don’t need to be neat, just somewhat circular. Once folded, you won’t notice any imperfections.) For a 12″ wreath, you will need 36 circles. Once the circles are cut, fold each one in half and then half again making a pie shape. Using scissors, snip half way in along all straight edges and twice along the round edge. These will make the petals of the flowers.

4. Once all the flowers have been cut, it’s time to start assembling your wreath! Create flowers by stacking one of each of the colors on top of each other. In this case we did grey on the bottom, white in the center and purple on top.

Gather the three pieces and fold in half and then half again. With a piece of upholstery thread, about 15″ long, secure together by sewing through all layers with a long needle several times and pulling tightly. Using the rest of the thread, locate a hole in the wreath form and thread through. Pass through hole several times securing the flower to the form and tie off. Continue step four with remaining flowers.

5. After all the flowers have been sewn onto the wreath form you can start adding the decorative details. Arrange them in between flowers  and secure with floral wire. Finish off by fluffing flowers and hanging!

*As a finishing touch, cut a doughnut shaped piece of felt the same size as the wreath form and cover all the loose thread and wire on the back. Using a hot glue gun, secure felt into place.



Five Days of Felt: No. 3

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

These Reusable Felt Mailing Envelopes from Small Adventure instantly make me think of mailing letter’s to Santa! I love the thought of having a special envelope that can be used again and again for such a special occasion.

Via: Oh So Beautiful Paper


30th Birthday Surprise: Part II

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

I’m back today with a few more photos from my husband’s 3oth Birthday Surprise. Sadly I was so busy the day of the event that I wasn’t able to snap any pictures of the party but I was able to shoot some of the details afterwards. I really went all out with the decorations too so I’m bummed that I don’t have any pics to share.

To coordinate with the “meat tooth” theme, I made meat inspired buttons that people could wear as they saw fit. It was a nice ice breaker for people that didn’t know each other and a fun token from the party. We can all use a little flare now and then!

I knew that people would be dressing up, so I wanted to make sure Tula was properly accessorized . I’d seen this tutorial in Martha Stewart Weddings on how to make flowers from silk and tulle so I sewed one and attached it to a matching homemade dog collar. Tula was quite the trooper and looked perfectly adorable in her oversized corsage!