Monday, November 18, 2013

2 Thanksgiving Felt and Burlap Banner



Thanksgiving is upon us... the season to be Grateful for all the blessing in our lives. What could be more special than to decorate my home with a
GIVE THANKS Banner
?

I decided to create a Burlap and Felt Banner to complement my Festive Decor.
I love creating projects using Burlap, but working with this material can sometimes be scary for its Fray like qualities. I remedy this problem by fusing the burlap with a great Fusible Web product, Steam-A-Seam2, which allows a temporary hold to both the applique and background materials until the final pressing.

Materials:
  • Felt Sheets: Fall Colors (Golden Rod, Olive, Cocoa Brown, Tan, Orange, Bright Yellow) or colors of your choice
  • 1/2 yard Burlap
  • Embroidery Floss: Brown, Dark Green
  • Buttons: 13 - 1/2"
  • Templates: Flags, Acorns, Letters. Download the Flags and Letters templates HERE, HERE, and HERE.
  • Freezer Paper
  • Plain white printer paper
  • Masking Tape
  • Double Stick Fusible Web: Steam-A-Seam2
  • Super Tacky Glue


Instructions:

Freezer Paper Sheets:

1. Cut 4 sheets of Freezer Paper that is just slightly smaller than your printer paper sheets.
Tape the freezer paper, shiny side down onto your printer paper sheet at each corner using the masking tape.

Load your freezer paper into the printer paper tray. I loaded mine facing down. You might want to check your printer loading directions. Remember: you want to print onto the freezer paper only. Print the Large flags and Letters using the Templates.


Flags:

2. Press the large Flags Freezer Paper sheets shiny side down onto 3 sheets of felt using a warm iron-no steam. Cut out your flags along the tracing lines. Set aside.

3. Using the small Flag template and following the Steam-A-Seam2 manufacturing directions; trace and stick the small flags onto the Burlap. Cut your flags along the tracing lines.

4. Fuse the small burlap flags onto the large felt flags.

5. Attach two flags by overlapping the top corners and sewing a button using the Dark Green embroidery floss. Continue overlapping and sewing until all 10 flags are attached.

6. Cut your Freezer Paper letters 1/4" roughly around the shape. Press each letter onto your choice of color felt using a warm iron-no steam. Cut your felt letters following the tracing lines.

7. Glue each letter to the Burlap side of the flags. Let dry completely.


Acorns:

8. I found my Acorn Template online and traced it twice on a small piece of Freezer Paper.
I then pressed the freezer paper shiny side down onto the tan and brown felt. Finally, I cut the pattern pieces along the traced lines.

9. Overlap each acorn top to the bottom and stitch around the edge and inside using the brown embroidery floss and the running stitch. Sew a button in the middle of each acorn top.

10. Using a button and the dark green floss; attach each completed acorn to the first and last flag. Create a small loop using the brown floss by sewing behind each Acorn to hang the banner.



I love how my Banner turned out. The Burlap gives the Banner a Rustic feeling of the Fall Season. The accent of the Felt Letters and Acorns compliment the Burlap Flags beautifully.

The use of Freeze paper makes it easier to cut the felt patterns more accurately, not to mention the ability to load it right into the printer tray without jamming it.... Amazing!!!

I hope you give this tutorial a try.
 

Have a Blessed and Bountiful Thanksgiving.


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Monday, August 26, 2013

11 Ball Shore Coasters



Mason Jar crafts can be found everywhere these days. I can remember when the only use for them was "canning"... I love everything created using these versatile jars.

On a shopping trip to Marshall's, I stumbled upon a package of.... you guessed it.... Mason Jar Print napkins. As you can imagine, I took a double take. OMG... Mason Jar themed napkins !!! I left the store with only one purchase... I love this print of a Mason Jar relaxing by the Sea Shore...

This is such a beautiful print...


I thought these can make one of a kind Coasters.
I have not seen Mason Jar prints on napkins ever.
I think these napkins were just waiting for me... or just pure luck!!! Personally I think it was Destiny.... Here are materials I use to make the coasters...

Materials:
  • 4 - 4" Square Ceramic Tiles; purchased at Home Depot for 16 cents each
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Decorative Napkins
  • Felt
  • Clear Acrylic Sealer
  • Pinking Shears
  • Pair of Tweezers
  • Hot Glue Gun

Instructions:

1. Using Tweezers, remove the outer layers of each Napkin.



2. Open the napkin and flatten the center folded lines as much as you can.
3. Cut one napkin into four equal sections. One napkin will make four coasters.
4. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge all over the tile.
5. Apply Napkin to the tile. Smooth out with the brush or your fingers to remove any air bubbles and/or wrinkles.



6. Fold he napkin edges towards the back of the tile. Smooth with the foam brush dipped in Mod Podge. Let it dry 5-10 minutes.




7. Apply 2 more coats of Mod Podge all over the tile. Let dry 5-10 minutes between coats. Let dry completely.
For extra protection, spray a few coats of Acrylic Sealer all over the tiles. Let dry completely before applying the felt squares to the back of the tiles.

8. Using a tile as a guide trace and cut 4 felt squares to fit each tile. Glue the felt squares to the back of each tile.


And here they are... My Ball coasters are ready for my table. I hope the month of September is as warm and I get to enjoy them before the Fall decorations take over.... Regardless, I think I will keep them out to remind me of the warm and fun Summer I had.


Life is a Beach. Enjoy the rest of your SUMMER.


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