Tuesday, December 20, 2011

DIY: Canning Lid Wreath

As you may have noticed, I love recycling canning jars. I use then as drinking glasses, coasters, storage, and now for a small Holiday wreath that I have hanging on the front door.

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This wreath is so cheap and easy to make! I used were old canning jar lids (purchased at a thrift store for 5 cents each), strung them onto a cord and knotted the two ends of the cord together to make a circle.

Friday, December 16, 2011

DIY Cowl Scarf

At recent holiday craft fairs I have been selling some very very lovely cowl scarves that I made out of vintage square scarves. They are so easy and so comfortable, I can't keep it to myself any longer!

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Supplies:
Scarf - at least 30" long
Pins
Sewing machine (can also be hand sewn)
Scissors


First you need a scarf. I am using a vintage square wool scarf that is 32"
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Lay it flat and fold one side into the center, and then fold the other side in so they overlap by an inch or two.
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Pin the two sides together that overlap.
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Carefully sew the two pinned sides together. Use a thin needle to reduce snagging.
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Snip the end threads.
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And you're done!!
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

DIY Brand Labels

Supplies:
Stamp
Fabric ink pad
Pre-washed Twill trim (I use 1/2" wide)
Scissors
Iron (optional)

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The stamp I use is a letterpress block I made to say "BELROSSA"

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To get started, make sure the trim is pre-washed to minimize stamp fading.
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Simply press the stamp onto the ink pad and then onto the trim about an inch or more apart

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After stamping the trim, I like to heat set the ink onto the trim. This is optional, but will give longer lasting results.

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Next, cut the trim into pieces, and you are ready for sewing!

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To sew, fold the raw edges under and sew a straight line up and down near the fold.


*I found my letter press letters at a local antique store, they are also available multiple placed around the internet...etsy, ebay, antique webstores.  My size is 28 pt font, and fits the trim perfectly!