On the Fourth day of Christmas

On the Fourth day of Christmas my true love made for me…

Quilted Fabric Ornaments

Many, many years ago my Nana used to make these quilted fabric ornaments. She made the  red one pictured above. I love opening the boxes of ornaments each year and reminiscing about past Christmases.

I thought that I would try making a few quilted ornaments and put my own spin on them. My quilted ornaments are made mainly from my husband’s old dress shirts. I am up-cycling, and adding a little of his personality into our decor and Christmas.

Every year I make an ornament for each of my kids so that when they grow up they will have ornaments from their childhood for their trees. They both chose their own fabrics, the red one is for my oldest, and the black one is for my youngest.

I found an excellent video tutorial here.

Materials:

  • 3″ Styrofoam balls
  • Fabric or old dress shirts
  • Straight pins (about 150 per ornament)
  • ribbon

Happy Crafting.

Sarah

 

 

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DIY Teacher’s Gifts

I can’t believe the school year is over, maybe it’s because we got a late start due to a strike, or maybe it’s because this was my oldest’s first year of school. Either way it’s over and summer is officially here. Along with the graduation cupcakes, and the vacationing bear cupcakes I also made some teacher’s gifts. Last year I made watermelon tea towels with some lovely ladies, but this year it was a last minute race to get the presents done on time.

The cost of this gift is in no way related to the thanks I have for S’s amazing teachers this year. I am hoping that the thought and effort outweighs the $1.25 that I spent. Honestly if I didn’t tell you that I spent $1.25 you would never know. Being that I have a overflowing closet of crafting supplies I didn’t need to buy paint, but even if I had needed to the total cost of this project would still be less than $5.00. If you happen to have a pile of kids, celery, and a dollar store near by this might be right up your alley.

Supplies

  • scarf – $1.25 at the dollar store
  • Craft paint – $1.00 per colour (dollar store or craft store)
  • textile medium – $2.50 at a craft store
  • paint brush
  • Celery – if you eat celery then you probably already have what you need
  • paper towels

Instructions

1. wash and iron the scarves

celery rose 1

2. Lay the scarf out on a flat surface, and place paper towels under it so that you don’t ruin the table or get the scarf stuck to it

celery rose 2

3. Chop the end off of a bunch of celery, and cut one stalk in half for the leaves

4. Mix the paint and textile medium as per the bottle instructions

5. Paint the end of the celery bunch and stamp it onto the scarf

celery rose 5

6. Repeat step 5 until you have a desired pattern

celery rose 6

7. Paint the end of the celery stalks to make the green leaves, and stamp onto the scarf

celery rose 7

8. Repeat step 7 until all of the roses have leaves

celery rose 8

10. Once the scarf it dry iron it to set the colours

Being that the project cost me so little I made one for me too. I don’t usually take selfies, so I could use a little practice. But you can see how the scarf looks when finished, and I really don’t think you could guess that it cost me $1.25 to make.

celery rose scarf