Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Scalloped skirt and floral garland with Lily fabric from Penny Rose

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A scalloped skirt, mini tote and fabric bunting are fun spring projects to sew
I am so excited to participate today on the Lily fabric tour for Penny Rose Fabrics. I had so much fun sewing up this scalloped skirt, mini tote and darling fabric banner using the pink and yellow colorways. The first thing I thought of when I saw this fabric was pink lemonade. It's just so happy and bright.
This scalloped skirt would be perfect sewn up for Easter
It was almost exactly 6 years ago that I first published this skirt tutorial. I love the full scallops and the bell-like look of the skirt. Please bear in mind this was one of my first tutorials and the pictures are tiny- if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me! We still have that first skirt I made and it has held up beautifully. The skirt will fit from 2-4T just by adjusting the elastic in the waist. I couldn't resist making this for my sweet little almost 2 year old. It will be her Easter dress for church. This plaid is just so great!
sew up a dimensional flower to add character to a tote
I knew I needed to make up a mini tote for her, this little girl LOVES her totes. I wanted to make it special, so I added one of these dimensional flowers. I just love how it pops off the tote.
use dimensional flowers to add volume to your banners
I wanted to create a little banner backdrop for these pictures and had the thought to add some of these fun flowers to the banner as well.
Dimensional flowers add texture to fabric spring banners
I love how the flowers add dimension and a bit of saturated color to these light, springy pennants. The pennants measure about 4" X 5" and for this size of flower, I used short strips of 1" and 3/4" widths to create the flowers. I am excited to add it to my spring decorations.
Someone else is so excited she can't stop dancing! :) If you have any questions- please don't hesitate to ask! Happy Spring Everyone!
xoxo,
Amy

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Simple St. Patrick's Day decorations with felt and embroidery

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Simple St. Patrick's Day decorations you can make this weekend
 I don't know if you're like me, but I don't have a ton of decorations for St. Patrick's day.  However, I have kids who love when things look festive, so this year, I came up with a couple of simple (and cheap!) decorations that don't take long to make, but add a bit of fun to my decor.
simple st. patrick's day decorations to make
Today, I'm going to share with you how I made the felt circle banner, the felt shamrocks and give you the pattern for the lucky stitching. The rainbow embroidery hoop is an old project I re-used in my set up. If you want to see it a little closer up, you can check it out here- but sorry, there's no pattern- I just drew it right on the fabric and stitched it up. Rookie blogger mistake. lol.
felt shamrocks and lucky embroidery pattern
I'm always a fan of a simple embroidery project, and this one is just the ticket for a little bit of holiday fun.
I originally intended to keep it in the 3" hoop I stitched it in, but then I found this fun shaped frame in my stash and decided to use it instead. I love the pop of color it adds. You can find the embroidery pattern here. I used three strands of floss for all of the stitching.
simple felt shamrock tutorial

The second project I decided to tackle were these simple shamrocks out of felt. I love how they add some height and whimsy to my decorations.
Make a simple felt shamrock with Ameroonie Designs
As you can see, the steps are pretty simple.  All you need is some felt, scissors, hot glue gun with glue and floral wire.
1. Start with a small square of felt, I used 1 1/2" squares.
2. Cut heart shapes out of your squares of felt. I just free hand cut them, but if you are more comfortable- you can create a template and trace them.  Place a dot of hot glue on the bottom peak of the heart as shown in the picture.
3. Pinch the bottom of the heart in half, hold in place for a few seconds to allow the glue to cool.
4. Trim the bottom of the heart off to give you a flat edge on the bottom of the heart, just be sure not to trim off all the glue.
5. Put a small bit of glue on the flat edge of one heart and match it up to the bottom of a second heart. Then add glue to the edge of a third heart and center it over the joining of the first two hearts.
6. Cut a small circle of felt that will be hidden behind the shamrock. Put some glue on the circle and place the top of your floral wire in the center of the circle. While the glue is still warm, put the shamrock on top of the wire. Aannnd- you're done!!
St. Patrick's Day garland using felt circles
The last project I'm going to share is this fun circle garland. I love making these for every holiday. They are quick to put together and can easily fit any theme by switching out the colors.
All you need is a bunch of circles in the colors you like and a sewing machine. I use my very old school sizzix machine with a circle die to cut out my circles, but you can always just use scissors. Then, I just run them through my sewing machine, one after the other. I try to vary the size of the circle and the color, but I usually just keep the order random. Depending on the look you want, you can leave some space between the circles, or run them rapid fire through the sewing machine. One last tip is to sew them about 1/3rd of the way down from the tops of the circles, this way they hang flat and don't twist like they do if you sew through the centers of the circles.
simple tutorials for St. Patrick's Day crafts
I love hanging them from my window frame, I also have some branches in a vase that I string them in too. They would be fun on a window sill, a mantle or a bookshelf. These are addicting, so consider yourself warned!
And there you have it! Three simple St. Patrick's Day decorations that add a bunch of fun with just a little bit of effort.
I hope you enjoy getting your green on!
xoxo,
Amy

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DIY Embroidery Floss Organizer using clothespins

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Embroidery floss wrapped clothespin organizer tutorial
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 I have been working on organizing my craft room and wanted to store my embroidery floss in a pretty way. I was inspired by a couple of pictures on Instagram and loved how some creative people were not only storing their floss so it wouldn't become a tangled mess, but had it out on display. I decided to make a framed organizer so I would have somewhere to have my own embroidery floss rainbow.
DIY storage for embroidery floss wrapped on clothespins
I made my organizer to fit a little wall in the corner of my craft room, so keep that in mind when I share my dimensions- there is no real right or wrong size.
I used 1" X 4" boards to make the main body of the frame- not only did I have them on hand, but they are the perfect size for the clothespins I found. I used 1" X 2" boards to frame out the organizer. So, if you were going to purchase wood for this, you would probably spend $5 or less.
In addition to the wood you will also need clothespins, nails and paint. I found my clothespins at Walmart and the nails at Home Depot (you can probably find the nails at Walmart as well). But you can find similar clothespins and nails on Amazon. (affiliate links) I used acrylic paint I had on hand.

Cutting:
6- 18" pieces from the 1"X4"
2- 18" pieces from the 1"X2"
2- 22 3/8" pieces from the 1"X2"- measure the 6 1"X4"+ 2 1"X2" together to get this length
*again, these are just the dimensions I used so it would fit the space I had, there's nothing special about them.

Assembly:
1- paint all your wood pieces (I did not do this, and I wish I had, it's much easier to paint them when they aren't nailed together.
2- line up the 1"X4" pieces. I wanted to have a lip on the back of the frame, so I lined my boards on top of a thin piece of wood so it would be raised up a little bit- paint stir sticks would be perfect for this.
3. Line the top and bottom 1"X2" pieces and nail into place.
4. Line up the sides of the frame and nail into each of the six boards.
organize embroidery floss with clothespins

Once your boards are all secure, it's time to add the nails for hanging the clothespins.  Make sure you have your clothespins on hand to determine exactly how they will fit on the board before you put any nails in. I started 1/2" in from the side of the frame and then added 1 nail every 1". I put the nails in 1/2" down from the top of the 1"X4" board before I checked how my clothespins would fit, only to find out that I should have put them 5/8" down.
build your own embroidery floss organizer
You can see on the top row where I had to take them out and move the nails down. I left the rest of the nails in place, although they are hanging a little higher on the board than I probably would have liked. So, don't do like me- use your clothespins and determine how you want them to fit on the board- and THEN add the nails. It's going to take a while. My board holds 108 skeins of floss.
To wrap the floss, I first wrote the color number on the bottom of the clothes pin. Then I pinched the end of the floss with the pin and wrapped away. When you get to the end of the skein, you can push the ends of the clothespin and it will open just enough to slip the loose end of the floss in to hold it in place.
clothespin embroidery floss organizer
I use the bottom row to hold my pearl cotton. You can see that I need to get some reds but I'm pretty set on blues and greens. And obviously gray is a favorite too. Ha Ha.
If you have any questions- don't hesitate to ask!
xoxo,
Amy
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