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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Anthropologie Tree Topper

I was a guest designer for May arts here is one of the projects I put together. 
 Today we are going to make an Anthropologie inspired tree topper.
Last year in one of the wonderful Anthropologie catalogs they had this wonderful wreath tree topper.  It had little birds and butterflies on it, it was super cute but around $400, I couldn’t find the picture so I am going from my memory.

Materials List:

  • Small grapevine wreath
  • Spray paint (I used white)
  • PH11 1/4″ sheer metalic wired  in silver
  • Beaded Garland
  • Packaged butterflies (I used Prima)


Instructions:

  • Spray paint wreath in a well ventalated area.

Wrap the ribbon around as much as you want.
Wrap the beaded garland next.  I tacked it down with twisted wire, you cant even see it.
Then I attached the butterflies, I put a little hot glue to the back and attached it to a piece of wire and then attached it to the wreath.
There you have it, a unique tree topper that you will just love.
Stay tuned in the next day or so and I will show you everything all put together.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Stockings

Christmas Stockings

Hi, Jenifer Cowles from scrapbooking-n-more back again for another  tutorial for you.  Today we are going to make the matching stockings for the Tree Skirt that I showed you last week.
Inspired by the Land of Nod catalog again.

Materials List:

  • Fleece (you could use felt)
  • Scissors
  • #PV25 3/8″ Velvet woven in red

Instructions:

  • Make a pattern.  I just drafted one out on a brown grocery bag.
  • Cut out 2 of the cuff pieces and 2 of the Sock parts.
  • Make sure you attach the pleated ribbon to the cuff, it makes it much easier to work with.
  • Again I take my old Sizzix and cut out more circles.  I use the smaller circles for the polka dots on the Stockings.  Sew the circles on first, before you sew the 2 stocking pieces together.
  • Stocking pieces – sew with right sides together and turn right side out.
  • Cuffs – sew right sides together on short sides.
  • Sew the cuff to the stocking and fold down.
  • Attach #PV25 3/8″ Velvet woven in red on the side to hang.
Voila you are done.  I made cream with red dots for the boys and Red with the cream dots for the girls.
I hope you have time to make them and I would love to see how they turn out!  Leave a comment and I would love to see how they turn out.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Tree Skirt

Christmas Tree Skirt

Hi, Jenifer Cowles from scrapbooking-n-more.com back again with a couple more tutorials for you such as a tree skirt and matching stockings, an Anthropolgie inspired tree topper, ornaments and garland.  This week I will be doing the Tree Skirt.

Materials List:

  • Fleece (you could use felt)
  • Scissors
  • #PV25 3/8″ Velvet Woven in red

Instructions:

Cut out a Circle I used this beautful cream fleece.  I made my circle 48” in diameter.
Cut out a smaller circle in the center and then cut a straight line from the center to the outside edge.  Fleece, like felt is very easy to work with and you don’t have to worry about your edges unraveling, plus its nice and soft.
I drew a line about 4” from the outside edge as my guide for the #379-15-25, satin pleats in red.  I love this ribbon it is my all time favorite.  As soon as I saw it I knew exactly what I was going to do with it.  I also sewed down #PV25 3/8″, velvet woven, in red in 10” pieces on each side to tie the piece together when it goes around the tree.
You could leave it like this for a nice classy tree skirt.  Up to this point I think it took just a little over an hour to make with very little sewing time involved.  Easy, anyone can make it.
Then……
I received my Land of Nod cataloge in the mail and I saw this…
Now how cute is this?  I just new that my plans had changed and with just a little more work I would have something even cuter.  So I pulled out my antique Sizzix (which cuts fabric like butter) and my circle die and started cutting away (my 8 year old daughter helped me with this part)
Another hour or so later and a little bit more sewing done I had this……
I used the largest circle on the Sizzix Die for the polka dots and for the scallop along the border I used the lid to an oatmeal container, with the circle cut in half.  I sewed everything down and now have a super cute tree skirt that I cant wait to use.  Here is a close up.
I hope you like my tutorial, I would love to see yours if you make one.  Leave a comment with a link and I will definitely check it out.  Stay Tuned for next week when I show you how to make the matching stockings.