DIY Easy Felt Heart Garland

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Hello, friends!  I’m popping in with my first post of the year (at least it’s still January, right?!) with a little tutorial for you – an incredibly easy felt heart garland!  A little something to spruce up your home with some valentine’s day flair.  Ready?  Ok, here you go.  Here are your materials:

  • heart template
  • felt (I used red and pink craft felt sheets that I believe I got at Joann)
  • scissors
  • marker (I used a disappearing ink marking pen)
  • fiberfill stuffing
  • twine some sort of thin string (note: I had originally wanted to use twine but it was too thick to string through the hearts)
  • large embroidery or tapestry needle

This was maybe the easiest project ever.  And economical.  I already had all the materials at home so that makes it free, yeah?  I realize that this project may be super self-explanatory since it’s soooo simple, but I’ll go ahead and share how I made mine anyway!  Cool?  Cool.

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First, you will need to cut out a heart shape on card stock for your template.  My heart measures about 2.5″ x 3″.  Next, get out your felt sheets (or scraps) and trace your heart with a marker or pen.  Trace as many as you wish. We will be using two heart pieces to make one stuffed heart.

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Cut out your hearts.

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Next, take two hearts and align one on top of another.  Pin if you wish and sew along the edge of the hearts using a 1/8″ seam allowance, making sure to leave about a 3/4″ opening somewhere near the bottom of the hearts.

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Stuff your heart with the fiberfill stuffing, and then sew the opening closed, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end.  And now you have a cute little stuffed heart!  Wasn’t that easy?  Go make some more!

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Finally, take a large embroidery or tapestry needle and string through all the hearts you’ve made for your garland.  I strung through the upper middle part of each heart.  And felt is so dense that the needle pushes through easily, even right through my machine default 2.5mm stitch length that I used.

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And that’s it, folks!  Now go hang up your heart garland and smile each time you walk by it!

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And, juuuust in case you were wondering, I also made those adorable XOXO and heart pillows you see up there in the first photo with my little man.  They are also available in my Etsy shop: MADE to play.  Yes, the shop is finally up and running!  My friend and I had to get all the logistics and legal stuff all squared away first, but we are super uber excited about it (and I’m totally cheesing right now, ha)! Come by and take a peek when you have a chance! 🙂

heart, jen

yup, that’s a new signature you see up there — new year, new signature! happy (belated) 2015!

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Easter Treat Bags

Easter Treat Bags {chirpy threads}

Oh yes, I realize it’s the day before Easter, but I still want to share these simple little treat bags I made for Ethan’s Easter playdate!

They are merely little muslin drawstring pouches but were such a joy to make.  These bags are blank canvases so you can embellish any way you’d like.  I appliquéd a small egg onto each one — a simple look but that’s what I love about it!

These bags are so versatile and an easy project for those just beginning to sew!  Want a quick tutorial?  Ok, here it is!  Finished size is about 5″x6″.

Materials:

  • 1/2 yard of muslin (this will make 4 pouches)
  • scraps of fabric for your egg appliqués
  • heat n’ bond lite
  • twine or ribbon
  • safety pin

Easter Treat Bags {chirpy threads}

1.  Cut your muslin into 6″x15″ rectangles.  I doubled up on my fabric to create a more durable and less see-through pouch, but you can totally just use a single piece of fabric.  So I cut out 8 rectangles for my 4 pouches.

Find some cute spring-like fabric from your scrap stash and iron on heat n’ bond lite to the wrong side of the fabric (as per package instructions).  Cut out an egg shape.  I used a home decor weight fabric for the eggs but any lightweight cotton will do just fine.  The scraps are Kokka Japan except for the all yellow one.

2.  Take two of your rectangles and put them together, back to back.  We will be working on this as if it’s just a single piece.  Fold the rectangle in half widthwise.  Peel off backing on eggs and iron on to fabric where you want your appliqué.

3.  Sew the egg onto the fabric.

Easter Treat Bags {chirpy threads}

4.  Open up your rectangle.  Fold down an inch on both sides of the rectangle.  Press with iron and then sew down with 1/4″ seam allowance.  Sew again about 1/4″ from the top.  You should have two stitch lines.  This will form our casing for the drawstring.

5.  Fold rectangle in half again, right sides together, and sew down both sides.

6.  Now you have your pouch.  Turn it right side out.

Easter Treat Bags {chirpy threads}

7.  Attach a safety pin to your twine or ribbon and carefully insert through the casing from one end to the other, then continuously back around through to the other side.  You should finish with two strings on one side of the pouch.  Tie a knot to secure.  Then, do it again for the other side.

8.  And that’s it!  You’ve made a pouch.  Now you can go fill it up with Easter goodies, pull the drawstrings taut, and you’re good to go!

Easter Treat Bags {chirpy threads}

Happy Easter!

xoxo, Jen

DIY Felt Bunny Ears

DIY Felt Bunny Ears {chirpy threads}

There are so many cute DIY bunny ears out there, like this one (Kate’s Creative Space) and this one (Finley & Oliver) – two of my favorite blogs!  But, of course, I needed to make things more complicated for myself because I just love the extra work!  Ha, so kidding.  I had a vision in my mind and needed to see it through!  So, in case you’re interested in how I put mine together, here it is!

Materials:

  • headband that will fit your child
  • bunny ears template
  • cream colored felt for outer part of ear (or any color of choice)
  • gray colored felt for inner part of ear (or any color of choice)
  • two pipe-cleaners
  • heat n’ bond lite
  • fusible interfacing
  • essentials: sewing machine, thread, needle, scissors

Ok, let’s get started!

1.  Print out the bunny ears template on card stock.  I got the template from Martha Stewart.  Her version is super cute and EASY too.  I enlarged my ears a tad bit because I was making it for an almost-three-year-old.  The outer ear part was about 7″ long and 2.5″ wide; the inner ear part was about 5.5″ long and 2″ wide.

2.  Cut your cream felt into four strips of about 8″ x”4″ and iron strips of interfacing onto it.  Cut the gray felt into two strips that are slightly smaller and iron the heat n’ bond adhesive onto it.

DIY bunny ears {chirpy threads}

3.  Grab your templates and trace the outer ear onto the cream pieces and the inner ear onto the gray ones.

4.  Cut your ears out.  You should have four cream pieces and two gray ones.

DIY bunny ears {chirpy threads}

5.  Iron on the gray inner ear pieces onto the cream ones.  The remaining two cream pieces will be the back of the ear.

6.  This part is optional.  Sew along the edge of the gray ear to secure onto the cream felt.  The adhesive should hold the piece in place just fine without any sewing, but I wanted it to be extra secure in case it gets tossed around by my destructive little boy.

DIY felt bunny ears {chirpy threads}

7.  Next, sew the back piece of the ear to the front along the sides only and leaving the bottom open.  Take two pipe cleaners and twist the ends to join them to make one long one.  Bend at the middle to form a pointy top and insert into the ear via the bottom opening.  Now you can sew the bottom closed.

DIY bunny ears {chirpy threads}

8.  Grab your headband.  I got mine at the dollar store.  If it has any embellishments on it like mine did, make sure you cut or pull them off so that you have a clean headband to work with.  Wrap the pipe cleaners around the top of the headband to secure the ears.

9.  Cut 1 inch wide strips of felt long enough to cover the length of your headband.  You should have two pieces to sandwich your headband in the middle.  Now cut two slits on the top of one of your strips.  Make the slits wide enough (but not too wide) to slip the ears through.  Slip the ears through.

10.  Hand stitch the strips together with the headband sandwiched in the middle.  And you’re done!

DIY bunny ears {chirpy threads}

I’ve now succeeded in making the world’s most complicated felt bunny ears!  I’m certain there is a much easier way… and I’ll probably figure it out a couple years later!

DIY felt bunny ears {chirpy threads

DIY felt bunny ears {chirpy threads

Happy spring and have a great Easter weekend!

xoxo, Jen

Lucky Shamrock Burlap Banner

DIY lucky shamrock banner {chirpy threads}I’m sure I’ve mentioned a few times how much I love burlap!  I still do.  I love using it as part of my home decor.  I also love banners!  So for St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to make a banner with the word “LUCKY” spelled out and a couple of shamrocks.  Super easy.

Do you love it as much as I do?  Want to know how I made it?  Here it is!

* A little update:  When I originally made the banner, I had every intention of stringing twine though the casing to hang it, so my instructions below will reflect this.  It was only until later, after toying with the display over and over and over, that I realized I liked it hanging with clothespins.  Yeah, I’m indecisive, but I always decide in the end!

Materials:

  • Burlap (probably a half yard will do)
  • Lightweight fabric of choice (for letters and shamrocks)
  • Heat n’ Bond Lite
  • Twine (or any string or ribbon for hanging)
  • Safety pin
  • Your basic sewing necessities: machine, thread, scissors, iron

DIY lucky shamrock banner {chirpy threads}

1. You’re going to need 7 squares.  Cut them at 6″ x 7″.  They will end up being 6″ x 6″ squares when finished.

2.  Fold each piece down an inch on the 7″ side and iron to hold it in place.  This will make your casing to slip the twine through.

3.  Sew down the casing with about a quarter seam allowance.  You don’t want to sew too close to the edge in case the burlap frays.  Now put aside your burlap squares.

4. Iron on the heat n’ bond to the wrong side of your fabric.  Cut out the word “lucky” and two shamrocks.  You can use microsoft word to create stencils and do a quick image search to find shamrocks online.  Or, if you have a Silhouette Cameo, you can cut them out that way like I did.

5. Peel backing off of your letters and shamrocks, and iron them onto the burlap squares using a low temperature, no steam setting (or, according to packaging instructions).  Now admire how lovely they look adhered to the burlap!  The packaging recommends sewing your appliqué onto the fabric after ironing, but I don’t find it necessary with this project.  The letters stay on just fine.  I made happy birthday and heart banners in a similar fashion a year ago and it’s still holding up just great!

6. Attach the end piece of your twine to a safety pin and slowly feed it into the casing you made.

And that’s it!  Now you can hang your banner up and stare at it endlessly like me!

DIY lucky shamrock banner {chirpy threads}

Keep in mind that this material sheds… big time!  I can’t recall the number of times I sneezed while assembling the banner.  Luckily, it’s easy to clean up.  Also, the edges will fray.  You can probably spray some fray check on it but I personally like the not-so-perfect look so I kept it the way it is.

Oh, see that cute subway art up there?  Got it from here.  It’s awesome and free – so go print one out and frame it!  The flowers?  Those are Bells of Ireland!  Aren’t they pretty?  They made me smile when I saw them, so I picked up a bunch at my local Trader Joe’s and stuck them in some empty jars I had that were waiting to be used!

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my pretty green display!

xoxo, Jen

DIY Mustache Love Shirt (using fabric paint)

DIY mustache love shirt {chirpy threads}

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Last year, I made this mustache love shirt for Ethan.  I decided to make him another one this year because I just love how the first one turned out!  Also, I’m still slightly obsessed with mustaches and I think this is just the cutest design ever!  I’m so original, eh?  So much that my husband didn’t even notice it was a different shirt from last year!  Um, our son has grown a little bigger and this time I used fabric paint and not felt!  Ha!

DIY mustache love shirt {chirpy threads}

This design came from Finley & Oliver.  Another one of my favorite blogs.

OK, here is what I did!

Materials:

  • t-shirt
  • fabric paint
  • sponge brush
  • freezer paper
  • small piece of cardboard

1.)  Grab your t-shirt.  I used a shirt that I already had on hand.  It’s organic cotton and super soft!  Get the mustache love template over at Finley & Oliver and make your stencil using freezer paper.  I used my Silhouette machine to make my stencil, but you can also trace the letters onto the freezer paper and cut them out.  Next, iron the freezer paper (shiny side down) onto your shirt using a low temperature dry setting.

2.)  Grab your fabric paint and brush.  I got both my paint and brush at Joann.  I went with a matte finish paint and a sponge brush because I wanted to produce a slightly distressed effect.  Put some cardboard inside the shirt under the part where you will be painting.

3.)  Go to town painting!  Just make sure you don’t paint outside the stencil.  Since I used a sponge brush, I just dabbed it up and down on the shirt for a not-so-neat look. I painted on two coats.

4.) Wait about 5 minutes to let the paint soak in and then slowly peel off the freezer paper stencil (while the paint is still wet).  And there you have it!  Now keep it flat and let it dry according to the instructions on the paint bottle.  I let mine dry overnight and it looked perfect the next morning!

So easy!  This was my first time using freezer paper and fabric paint.  I really don’t know why it took me so long to try it.  I was seriously missing out!  The results look so professional.

DIY mustache love shirt {chirpy threads}

I initially made this shirt so he could wear it to a Valentine’s playdate!  Check out the sweet kissing booth!  Isn’t it the cutest?!

DIY mustache love shirt {chirpy threads}

xoxo, Jen

Rag Ball Garland and Burlap Ornament

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I haven’t been blogging much lately, mainly due to the rush of the holiday season and because I have just been too lazy to write and prefer to peruse the web for fun holiday crafts!  Seriously, I need to lay off the Pinterest world for a while — I’ve become an addict!  But, I have been sewing and crafting and DIY-ing like a mad woman all this time — and I have so much to blog about, so stay tuned!

Anyway, so I know I am a little late on the Christmas posting, but I still wanted to show you the few things I made just because I love them so much!

Our tree was looking a little bare with the few ornaments that we bought this year.  It totally needed something to bring it alive and a simple garland was the way to go.  I decided the tree was going to have a vintage, country feel to it.  So…. why not a rag ball garland and some burlap ornaments?

This garland is about as easy as it can get to make.  Not much sewing is needed and it was a simple project.  It can get quite tedious if you’re making a super long strand like I did, but it is worth it in the end.  Just take breaks in between the ball wrapping process!  (i.e., go look up some more projects to add to your list!  It will take twice as long to make your garland, but, it will be less boring!)

Here is a super quick tutorial.

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1.  First, purchase some wood craft balls.  I bought mine from Joann.  I went with the 25mm (1 inch) ones which came with 19 pieces in a bag.  I got carried away and bought seven bags of them because I wanted a really long string of garland for the tree.  It was exactly enough to wrap around my tree a few times.

2.  Next, cut or rip 4-inch strips of muslin fabric.  I ripped mine because I wanted a really raggy look with frayed edges.  All you need to do is cut a small slit at the 4-inch mark and then tear the piece of fabric all the way down to the end.  If you’ve never done it before, you’ll be surprised at how easily and straight it tears!  You can use any lightweight cotton fabric but I chose muslin because I had so much on hand (and it’s inexpensive)!

3.  To begin, tie a knot on your strip of fabric at one end.  Then, take a ball and wrap the fabric around it, making sure to overlap the fabric so that the entire ball is covered and secured inside the fabric.  Next, tie a knot again to hold the ball in.  Keep repeating until you are satisfied with the length!

4.  Once you get to the end of your fabric strip, sew another strip to the current strip, and continue on with your wrapping.  I’ve seen tutorials that instruct you to sew a tube, slide a ball in, and knot.  But I prefer to do it this way because it gives you more leeway to determine the length of the garland.  Either way works though!

rag ball garland

And you’re done – now you can go wrap it around your tree!

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And here is a quick tutorial on the burlap ball ornament.  Just as simple.

materials for burlap ball ornament

For materials, you will need some styrofoam balls (can be purchased at your local craft store), 1-inch strips of burlap, jute twine (or ribbon), and a hot glue gun.  I chose to use 3-inch balls but any size will do, depending on the look you want.

burlap ball ornament tutorial

1.  First, take a piece of string and wrap it once around the ball.  Tie a knot at the top, making sure to leave some string at the ends for tying a loop to hang the ornament.

2.  Take a strip of the burlap and wrap it around the ball once.  Hot glue it in place.

3.  Continue this process until the entire ball is covered like a mummy.

4.  Now tie the two pieces of loose strings together at the top to form a loop.  That’s it!  Go hang your ornament now!

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* by the way, as you can see in the above photo, I also used muslin fabric to make the loop for hanging the ornaments.

Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo, Jen

Birthday Banner

Can I tell you how much I love banners?  They make me so happy!  I would hang them everywhere if I could!

A good friend of mine asked me to make a fabric birthday banner for her little girl.  Of course I said yes!  I thought that making something girly would be fun since I don’t have a girl.  And it would also be good practice before I make another banner for Ethan’s birthday.  So here is how it turned out!  I actually loved it!  I love how all the colors blended together.  I took a risk using the aqua color for the lettering but I think it stood out well against the background fabrics.

I’ll briefly run through the steps I took to make the banner.  I created my own template for the scallop base.  You can find it here.  It measures approximately 6 inches long and 6 inches wide.

Materials you will need are:

  • scallop template
  • 3-inch tall letters in any font you like (I used Luckiest Guy; here is my template)
  • 5 or 6 different fabrics for the front of the scallop ( I will call this the main fabric)
  • muslin (natural color) for the back of the scallop
  • solid contrasting color fabric for letters
  • fusible medium weight interfacing (I used Pellon decor bond)
  • heat’n bond lite (for letter appliques)
  • one package of 1/2 inch wide double-folded bias tape (3 yards) or you can make your own
  • the essentials – sewing machine, scissors, thread, fabric marker

Iron on interfacing to the wrong side of the main fabric.  Trace scallop template onto the interfacing side and cut out.  Do the same with the muslin (except the muslin will not have interfacing).  You should end up with 14 colored scallops and 14 muslin scallops.  You will be working with the colors first so you can set aside the muslin pieces for later.

Iron on heat’n bond to back of solid colored fabric.  Trace letters onto the paper side of the fabric and cut out.  You can now peel off the backings to the letters and applique them onto the right side of the main fabric scallops.  You will be appliqueing through four layers – the solid colored fabric, the heat’n bond, the main fabric, and the interfacing.  There should be one scallop with no applique.  This is the “space” to separate the happy and birthday.

Next, pin the main fabric scallops and muslin scallops right sides together and sew along the outer edges.  I used a 1/4 inch seam.  Leave the top (straight edge) open.  Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end to secure the stitches.  Cut out notches or little triangles along the curves.  Flip right side out.

It should look like a pocket now.  Iron the seams.  Do this for all 14 scallops.  Next comes the fun part.  Time to sew all the pretty scallops together.  Pin scallops.

Take your bias tape and fold in a 1/4 inch at the beginning to hide the raw edges.  Pin your first scallop (the “H”) about one foot from the beginning of the bias tape.  Tuck the top of the scallop inside the bias folds.  Sew from the beginning of the bias tape (to close the tape) to the end of the first scallop.  Take your next scallop (the “A”), tuck into bias folds, and sew across the tape.  Keep doing this for all the letters.  Remember to include the blank “space” scallop in between the happy and the birthday.

Leave another foot of bias tape after all the scallops have been sewn on for tying.  Remember to tuck in the raw edges at the end for closing.

And there you have it!  A scalloped happy birthday banner!

xoxo, Jen