Creative Crafting

Felt Christmas Stockings

Of course, I ALWAYS love this time of year. But there is definitely something special about our first Christmas as Mr. and Mrs., especially being in a new home in a new city. We have really made our house feel like home over the last several months, and Christmas is no exception. This week, I will share with you my favorite Christmas decorations, starting with these simple felt stockings I whipped up over Thanksgiving weekend. I used a patter I still had from my sweet friend Julia, and after a little experimenting with the cuff, finally sewed the pieces together to get a few simple stockings for our fire place!

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I hand stitched each of the letters on for a little extra homemade look (as if they weren’t already obviously homemade), and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out! They may not hold up more than a couple of years, but I think they are just right for our home right now.stockings2 stockings3

Check back tomorrow for some snowflake Christmas cookies!

Creative Crafting, Daily Notes

The Sewing Box

When I was little, my grandma taught me how to sew. And by sew, I mean that I would sew buttons to my grandpa’s handkerchiefs, and occasionally, I watched my grandma on her sewing machine. She even gave me my own sewing box – small, plastic, and blue, it has served me well over the years.

On the front, I can still see some of the rainbow ink from where I tried to use my “Meghan” rubber stamp. In the bottom of the box, I found a piece of Christmas fabric with buttons and bells sewn all over it, some faded denim that I think I cut off a part of an old jacket when I was like, 12, and finally, a piece of folded and taped paper containing a few beads and appropriately labeled in crayon.

All of this is to say that I finally made an upgrade. I am, in no way, getting rid of this stuff. But I DID finally buy a large sewing box for all my goodies. My little box from grandma just wasn’t cutting it anymore.

And voila! Look how pretty and colorful and EFFICIENT it is. You know you’re getting older when efficient is the most exciting part of that sentence…

I think I’ll hang on to that old box for my daughter someday. It might be just a crummy little sewing box, but it’s definitely meant a lot to me over the years.

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Baby Shower Bunting

This weekend, I had the honor of co-hosting a baby shower for my boyfriend’s sister. Little Jack is due in July, and they’ve already set up a beautiful little nursery for him with a sweet little farm theme. So we decided to go with the farm theme for the shower!

In keeping with the spirit, I decided to make a little bunting out of cowboy-esque colors and patterns. I bought very inexpensive fabric from Walmart, and I’d say they turned out pretty darn cute:

What you will need:

2 yards of fabric (pick out complimenting patterns! I used 5 fabrics)
fabric scissors
sewing machine (or lots of free time to hand-stitch)
matching/neutral thread
pins
ruler
iron and board

Here are the basic steps I took, if you want to make these yourself!

1. Cut out a triangle pattern from a piece of paper – mine measured 6 inches across the bottom and 7 3/4 inches for each side length. I then used this template to cut out a whole lot of triangles. You can do as many as you’d like, but I believe I cut about 30.

2. Next, I took my triangles and pinned them (right sides together) to the uncut fabric, trying to make the best use of space that I could. I sewed the lengths of each triangle, but left the bottoms unsewn. Basically, rather than cutting out 60 triangles and sewing them together in twos, I took this short cut to make it a little quicker. This picture shows which parts are sewn and which are not:

3. Next, you cut them out. Once you cut them out, you can flip them inside out, which is why you left the bottom unsewn. When you flip them, you should have the right side facing out on both sides of your triangle. Now, you get to iron them flat and you have pretty little triangles!

4. Now, to string them all together, I cut long strips of my left over fabric. I folded each strip in half (right sides out) and ironed the crease. Then I folded the rough edges in, and ironed that as well, so they looked like this on the inside:

and this from the outside:

5. The easiest part is next! I laid out each strip and tucked my triangles into the fold. I put two pins on each flag, pins pointing down so they would be easy to sew over.

6. Last, I sewed a simple straight line across the whole thing, tacking each flag in place. You could sew these together to make longer buntings, but I left them short (five strings of six flags each) so we could hang them all around.

When I chose my fabric, I picked three darker patterns, and two that were light and fun. I planned to use more of the light ones in order to break up the patterns. That said, you can obviously choose patterns and colors however you like. Since I planned to use more of the lighter fabrics, I bought 1/2 yard of each of those (two patterns), and 1/3 yard of the others (three patterns). That is how I came to the conclusion of 2 yards of fabric for 30 flags worth of bunting!

12 in 2012, Life As I Know It

Stitch Witchery {12 in 2012}

I have successfully completed my first item from my 12 in 2012 list. I pulled out my pile of “clothes to be repaired” and sorted it out. Some were not worth saving, but some were. And I saved them with stitch witchery.

This was my first experience with stitch witchery, and I’m now obsessed. I like to sew, but there are some things (like an old pair of brown pants) that would be hard for me to hem without leaving a very visible trail behind. Here’s how it works:

Cut a strip of stitch witchery and place it between the two pieces of fabric you want to repair.

Cover with a damp cloth, and turn your iron to “wool” setting.

Hold your iron on the spot for 10 seconds, but don’t move the iron up and down. Then flip the hem over and do the same on the other side. Let it cool and check how you did. Magical!

I also reorganized a few sections of my closet to make it a little more aesthetically pleasing (really just for me…no one else would even be able to tell). So I count this item as FINISHED!

Creative Crafting, Daily Notes

Counted Cross Stitching

I’m a dork, and I know it, and I own it. My latest project is really a flashback to childhood. My grandmother and I used to do all sorts of sewing projects, and I started really loving counted cross stitch in particular. However, it’s not something I ever really do – most kits at Michaels and other crafting stores are just silly little patterns of flowers or rainbows or something like that. I might like stitching it…but then what do you do with it?

So I got really excited when I discovered that the Spirit of Nashville store has created a few cross stitch kits for their images. You may recognize this one…What I love about this project is that when I’m done, I could actually put it in a frame in my office or house somewhere. So yes, I’m a dork for liking cross stitching, but it’s just a great way to keep your hands busy on the road and at home!

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Homemade Stockings with Kids

While my 6th-grade pal and I made ornaments last week, we also made some stockings. This was a quick and easy project to do with the middle schooler. Let me say that I do not want to be responsible for her finger getting sewn through by the sewing machine, so I did most of that work. But she cut and pinned letters and helped with lots of little tasks throughout the project.

I bought a whole bunch of felt for this project, but I would bet we only used about 1/3 of a yard per stocking, probably less. I simply traced a basic pattern and cut them out.

Meanwhile, we printed giant letters off the computer. My little sis was able to cut these out, pin them to fabric, then cut out the fabric pieces while I sewed the stockings together.

Then, we took a few shortcuts, which is what makes this a great project to do with a kid. We pulled out the hot glue gun. We very easily and simply hot glued the letters on each stocking, as well as some lace trim around the top. I finished them off by making just a little loop and stitching it to the top.

This was a great project, which could be dolled up with a nicer cuff or a more intricate design on the front if you would like. But I must say, the simplicity of it is what makes it so wonderful and homemade feeling.