I thought I would add a chevron stripe pillow cover to my craft room. Yes a chevron stripe pillow. Just a few stripes not the entire pillow. How do you get just a few chevron stripes on fabric? FrogTape® Shape Tape™ of course! You can see more in this FrogTape how-to about the amazing FrogTape® Shape Tape™. Now lets make one great chevron stripe pillow cover.
Can you believe that graduation time is approaching once again? I have a handmade gift card holder for graduates today that you can whip up quickly. The perfect gift for any loved one that is taking the big walk this spring. Personalize the front of this gift card holder depending on your recipient. Plus what graduate does not want a gift card for a gift? They all do right? This tutorial was originally posted over at Buttons Galore and More last year but the idea is great for this year as well.
Cut out your tractor into pattern pieces. I removed the window from the tractor and the centers of the wheels for patterns as well.
Pin the pattern pieces to the interfacing and cut out. NOTE: Be sure not to get your pieces backwards. Remember the “front ” of the interfacing will be pressed to the backside of your fabric.
Fuse the interfacing to your fabric according to the instructions on the interfacing. Be sure to use steam, a damp pressing cloth, and press for the recommended time.
Cut out the pattern pieces from the fabric and layout on your gray fabric. Pin into place. You can see I used the red chevron for the tractor body, black for the wheels, and white for the window/inside of the wheels.
Use your black and red thread to go around your appliques. I went slowly and got right on the edge of the fabric. I used a very short zig zag stitch on my machine and actually went around each piece twice.
Cut the gray appliqued fabric and the red chevron to about 1 inch larger then your pillow. Place right sides together and sew around three sides. Complete your corners on the fourth side but leave the majority of the pillow open (as shown below).
Turn the pillow right side out and push the corners out with your finger.
Insert your pillow form or old pillow.
Turn under the seam allowance and pin across the bottom. Sew closed on your sewing machine or by hand.
Give your pillow to your little guy to enjoy!
I know my little guy is thrilled with his new “tractor”. What other appliques would you apply for the little boy in your life?
This great handmade gift is perfect for anyone on your list. Stay tuned as the next two weeks I am going to share lots of handmade gift tutorials and ideas with you. Give handmade this holiday season with this series on The Country Chic Cottage. For all of my handmade gift ideas, visit our handmade gift gallery page.
- Tractor Applique Pillow
- DIY Modern Tree Art
- 8 Hoop Ornament Gift Ideas
- Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix in a Jar
- Over 60 Handmade Gifts for Kids (a gift guide)
- Burlap Print Giveaway (in case you want to WIN handmade)
- Custom Photo Charm Bracelet
- DIY Stenciled Dish Towel
- Family Tree Ornaments
- Banana Dark Chocolate Mix in a Jar
- also don’t miss our Handmade Gift Gallery Page
I then dyed the areas one at a time. First I did some research on the RIT website and came up with the following recipe for the dye (WEAR GLOVES WHEN WORKING WITH DYE!!):
- Add 1/2 cup salt to the bucket.
- Pour in 1 gallon plus 2 cups of VERY hot water and stir to dissolve salt.
- Add one drop of liquid dish detergent and stir.
- Add 1/4 cup dye and stir.
- Put in your item for 15 minutes. (In this case, put the item in until you are almost touching the rubber bands and stop. Make sure the entire dipped area stays under the water. ONLY put in the area from one rubber band to another. The remainder of the curtain should stay out of the dye.)
- Remove after 15 minutes and rinse under cold water until the water runs clear.
- Allow to dry before moving onto the next color.
Once all four sections were dyed and dried, I removed my rubber bands and allowed the entire piece to fully dry. The areas between colors are the coolest part in my opinion as some is left white while there are areas where the colors blended as well. Overall these are the perfect curtains for a teen room.
I then used the curtains to determine the height of the curtain rod. I wanted them to barely grace the floor. We did not go all the way to the ceiling on purpose as we wanted to include the “R” collection above the window. Y’all stay tuned for the teen room reveal next week. You don’t want to miss the rest of this room. In the meantime, enjoy my DIY tie dye curtain tutorial.
I also picked up a wood tray for $2 and painted it with Americana Gloss Enamels in yellow. Nice and shiny! I cut that flourish from vinyl on my silhouette. The flourish image comes from The Graphics Fairy (who else??). I just put that directly on the tray. It can easily be changed out if the girls tire of the flourish. Yellow was the accent color in the living room while the teal is the main color.
I am so pleased with how my project turned out and the girls loved it. These are perfect for any home as they provide extra seating if you don’t need the room to set things. Plus they open up for great storage. Perfect for a small college apartment don’t you think? So anyone else move a college bound child lately? Tell me I am not the only one! Oh and be sure to stalk your second hand stores and make your own DIY upholstered coffee table.
- Yo-Yo Makers – Medium, Small and Extra Small
- Burlap Ribbon (6 inch wide and 2.5 inch wide)
- Candle Sleeves (6 inch and 3.5 inch)
- Battery Operated Tea Lights
- Fabric (I used bandannas and also scrap fabric.)
- Hot Glue Gun
Put the yo-yo maker onto your fabric (pinching the fabric in between). Make sure the back of the fabric is facing correctly.
Next, cut around your fabric leaving a seam allowance. See those lines on the yo-yo maker? They have to line up with the “bumps” on the back piece. This is listed as a common mistake on the instructions, so it even gives you tips on what typically goes wrong when making yo-yos.
Begin sewing according to the package directions. The stitch is simple and you go all the way around the yo-yo maker.
This is the opposite side and you can see my stitches if you look closely in each of those holes. As you stitch, you should always be inside of one of those holes.
Then, just unsnap the two pieces of the yo-yo maker and pull your string taught. A couple of knots later, you have a yo-yo. Simple right? Just to give you an idea of the sizes, here’s all three sizes placed next to a ruler.
Now for the candle wrap itself – I used this great burlap ribbon. The edges are finished so no need to worry about fray.
Wrap your ribbon around your candle sleeves and hot glue to secure in the back. Add yo-yos to the front of the wrap, again with hot glue. I used bandannas for a lot of my yo-yos, but I had some fabric scraps as well. Get creative when making yo-yos, as each one does not require much fabric.
Begin with the right sides together and sew across the top and bottom. Yes you will have those 2 inches of excess pattern material but we will be ironing that in just a second. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance when sewing. What does that mean? Run your material along the edge of your foot and your needle in the center of the foot.
The ironing is a very important step in any sewing tutorial and especially this one. You will need to press your bottom seam flat and then pull up into that top seam to get your excess to fold over the top. I have given you a brief ironing demo in the video below. Why have the excess? I have made curtains before and not cut my fabric exactly right or sewn completely straight. Then you are left with a portion of the liner peeking out on the front of your curtain. This method is fool proof. No matter if you make a minor mistake on sewing — this curtain will look great from the front….trust me!
Now that you have ironed along with my demo above you have this excess folded over to the back and a nice crisp folded pressed edge…right?
Note how my pins are placed. This is a fancy trick to make removing your pins easier when you sew so remember to place them horizontally. Second tip place one pin about 1 inch down from the top and another pin about 2 1/4 inches down from the top. I will show you what those are for in just a second. Remember the top is where you folded over all of that excess material when ironing.
After you have finished sewing both sides, go back to that unfinished pocket and open it up. Sew both sides a bit just to keep it from turning out when you put the finished product on the curtain rod.
- Embroidery Hoop
- Embroidery Thread
- Tissue Paper
- Card stock
2. Size your image to the desired finished size of your project. Run the tissue paper through your printer just as if you were printing on paper. You now have your image transferred to the tissue paper.
3. Carefully remove the tissue paper from the card stock. Add your tissue paper and felt to the embroidery hoop.
4. Trace all of the lines of your image with embroidery thread. The image itself becomes your pattern with this method.
5. Complete all of the lines with your embroidery thread.
6. Remove from the embroidery hoop and rip away all of the tissue paper. It will just tear away from your image leaving behind the stitches. Small pieces may have to be grabbed with tweezers to remove. Add the felt piece back to your embroidery hoop then trim away any excess felt. You could also frame your embroidered piece at this point instead of adding back to the hoop.
Add this great piece to your home decor or wrap up as a gift for dad. You can choose any image that you would like to embroider to give as a gift. Maybe a grill for those dads that love to cook? A deer head for the father who loves to hunt? Really anything can be made into Father’s Day Embroidery Hoop Art with this method. Make this great gift for the men in your life this year.
Items needed for the DIY Sock Stick Horse:
- Brown socks (I found mine in the men’s department at Walmart.)
- Faux leather (I purchased one yard in black from the fabric department. A 1/4 of a yard would have been plenty.)
- 1/8 inch suede lace
- Lion Brand Yarn in Barley
- Brass Plated Key Rings (2 per horse) (30 mm rings work best)
- 1 inch Jingle Bells (2 per horse)
- 2 white and 2 black buttons per horse
- Brown felt
- Brown embroidery thread
- 2 1/2 inch Styrofoam ball
- Red plaid material or bandanna
- Hemp twine
- E6000 glue
- Fiberfill stuffing
- 5/8 inch dowel rod 36 inches long
Directions for the DIY Sock Stick Horse:
4. After all the pieces have been sewn to both key rings you will have a halter for your stick horse as shown below.
9. Using that same zig zag stitch, begin at your 2 1/2 inch mark. Fold each piece of yarn in half and sew the fold to the sock. Pull the sock tight as you go slowly adding in yard mane pieces. Be sure to stretch and pull the sock as you sew. The halter should fall right on the back of the heel of the sock. Sew it into the mane. Stop sewing when you reach the ribs of the sock.
10. Add fiberfill until you get to the heel area of the sock. Then add in your Styrofoam ball.
14. Now lets add our lead rope. Tie on the suede cording to the key ring.
18. Cut ear shapes from brown felt.
You will need a green bandanna, bar pins, an Extra Small Kanzashi Flower Maker, and a button. You can read a full review of the Kanzashi Flower Maker and learn where to purchase it over on Craft Test Dummies.
I used hot glue to add my bar pin to the back.
Plus another drop of hot glue to put a button in the center. Now my Green Kanzashi Flower Pin is complete and ready to wear this Saint Patrick’s Day.