Friday, October 22, 2010

Trick or Treat Banner

Is this banner cute enough to justify the time and effort?
Recently, while blog surfing I came across this adorable Trick or Treat banner that I thought I could use as an inspiration point for my own banner. I basically just copied the idea from the ribbon tabs, the bats as word spacers and the quilted squares for the letters. However, I changed the color palatte and added the pumpkins, candy corn and ghosts that you can see inbetween each letter. I think the banner is super cute, but it also took much longer to sew than I expected (don't most projects?) I assumed I could complete it in 1 afternoon naptime. However, the banner ended up taking well over 10hours total. I had already begun drafting the design for a similar Thanksgiving banner when I finished this one. Now, I am wondering if I want to make the banner for next month, or just skip it.
I really like the ribbon in this banner. That is what originally sparked my desire to make a banner because I had never seen a banner with ribbons used as tabs before. But I could easily cut out at least 2 hours of work (probably closer to 4hrs) if I skipped ribbon tabs, and used bias tape instead and even made my letters in the traditional triangles instead of rectangles. So, I am requesting any and all input. What do you think if this project and should I continue to make similar banners?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Car Seat Canopy

Over the summer I made a couple of car seat canopies. My SIL requested one for her upcoming baby, and she sent me to to get the idea and instructions. Its basically a blanket with 2 velcro straps on one side that you can use to attach the blanket to the car seat handle. Thus, you can cover up the baby and still grasp the handle! I think they are super cute, so I made a second one for a baby shower gift.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Clay Pot Halloween Characters

Paint the clay pots and wooden doll heads. Glue together. Add embellishments. Viola! Halloween characters.

Fabulous Friday Crafts

These are the crafts I made or created for my Relief Society's annual Fabulous Friday Craft Night last week.

Very simple, rustic Nativity to add to my collection. It was made from 2in clay pots and 1.75in wooden doll heads. Paint the pots and the wooden heads. Glue them together with a hot glue gun. Glue pieces of muslin for the headdress. Use Spanish moss for the hay in the manger.

This Rosette pin was super easy and cheap to make. Each pin costs less than $1. It is made by layering synthetic fabrics such as chiffon and lining in decreasing sized circles. Then with a heat gun, melt the edges, causing them to curl up. Attach the circles together with a brad and then glue onto a pin, or a hair clip, etc for endless fashion variety.


These are magnetic playsets for the kids during church or a car trip, anytime they really need to sit still and be quiet. They are made from color copies of the Betsy McCall vintage paperdolls that have been attached to magnetic sheets and then cut out. The tins can be purchased at craft stores next to the gift cards (they are meant to be gift card boxes!)

I made these Rustic Pumpkins from landscape timbers that I cut into 4", 5" and 6" blocks, painted orange, antigued, and then glued a stem to the top. Finish it off with a ribbon and raffia.
These SPOOKY blocks I made from a 2x4 that I cut into blocks, then painted black. Sand the edges. Stencil the letters and tie a little purple and orange tulle for a garnish.


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