Showing posts with label Crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Crafts. Show all posts

Friday, September 12, 2014

DIY Napkin Pillows...

Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows
Quite possibly one of the easiest projects I've given myself: Napkin pillows. I've been making these for years - long before my love for intense power tools! Sometimes it's just nice to know I can start and finish a project in 30 minutes!

I'm always on the lookout out for cute cheap napkins - Pottery Barn always pulls through for me. Their napkins are 20" squares and they always have some fun patterns.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows
These really do come together so easily.

Since they're napkins, they're already cut to size and the edges area already finished - this makes you already half way finished! I use an invisible zipper as a way to close them - you could use buttons, ties...whatever you're comfortable with.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows
Invisible zippers used to be really intimidating to me, but a quick search on youtube can give you step-by-step instructions and put your mind at ease.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows
Once your zipper is sewn on, sew the remaining three sides.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows
Make sure you open the zipper just a bit so you have a way to turn it right side out. After the corners are sewn, trim them so you have less bulk when you're trying to make a clean corner right side out.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows
Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows
This makes a 19" pillowcase which works well for a 20" pillow form. Always make sure the pillow is slightly larger than the case so it fills better.

That's it. Done and done.
Life with Fingerprints: DIY, Make Pillows out of Napkins, Sew Pillows

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Sewing...

I've got a girl who decides she wants to do something and then is relentless until it happens. (Like mother, like daughter, right?!) So goes the story with sewing. She found out her older cousins were taking a sewing class several months back and claimed she wanted in on the fun. I thought it was a passing idea and pushed it off. And then it came up again, and again...and again. I knew at this point, until that girl spent time at a sewing machine she was not going to let it go! I pacified her interest for many months telling her it was the perfect Idaho summer activity. And you better believe once we got to idea she asked, "when do I get to start sewing?" There's no time like the present and we created a 5 project course to wet her appetite and build some skills!

Project 1
Hallie had never even sat in front of a sewing machine so we were starting with the basics of all basics - straight stitches. She practiced and practiced on scrap pieces of fabric until she turned out 4 scraps that looked like this.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew

Project 2
She proved she was ready for a new challenge. We moved on to a simple beaded necklace with directions from HowDoesShe.com
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
We ended up buying wooden beads instead of marbles (much lighter to wear around the neck) and she's ready to make one in every color to match her school outfits!

Project 3
Continuing with her only mastered skill - straight stitches - project 3 was a pillowcase. We went to Joanns and she picked out 1 yard of fabric. We used an existing pillowcase to make a pattern and she went to work again.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
Who needs a pillowcase because I know someone for hire!!

Project 4
We threw a curved line in this project and it was a little difficult for her, a knit headband from HowDoesShe.com She had to learn to leave the needle in the fabric, lift the foot and rotate the fabric. Throw that on a stretchy knit and it was hard. So she went really slow, painfully slow, and kept going and it turned out better than I expected.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew

Project 5
The culminating project was her very own skirt to wear. This is what she had been dreaming up the whole time she talked about sewing, she wanted to make a skirt. There are a hundred different skirts you can sew and many of them have an elastic waistband (which would require more help and training on my part) so I was excited to find instructions for a knit skirt with a knit waistband. Head over to SimpleSimonAndCo.com to find the pattern and instructions.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
It was seriously so easy and came together so well. Because we were working with a knit, I had Hallie sew the pieces together and then I serged the edges after to make sure it held well.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
The sense of pride and accomplishment that washed over this girl when she first tried this skirt on was priceless.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew
You better believe I have one excited girl for her first day of school outfit!

After she completed her final project, I was seriously amazed. She did so well and kept wanting more. We made several trips to the fabric store for more supplies so she could keep sewing. I helped her cut everything out, but she was the one behind the machine. She's ready for more. She's planning Christmas presents and more outfits - I love it.
Life with Fingerprints: Sumer Sewing with Kids; Knit pencil Skirt, headband, marble necklace, pillowcase, teaching kids to sew


Monday, April 14, 2014

Easy Easter framed art...

Did you know that you can use Pellon for more than sewing projects?

You can and it's amazingly easy and cheap. I was in an Easter crafting mood and came up with a wall hanging using Pellon. You attach the Pellon to fabric and cutout whatever shape you'd like and then iron it on to your wooden surface. Easy peasy.
Life with Fingerprints: Cheap and easy Easter framed art using Pellon and a homemade frame
Life with Fingerprints: Cheap and easy Easter framed art using Pellon and a homemade frame
Life with Fingerprints: Cheap and easy Easter framed art using Pellon and a homemade frame

Check out my step-by-step tutorial at HowDoesShe.com.

For more Easter crafts check out here and here.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Easter craft for adults and kids...

While the kids were painting their salt dough ornaments - I was painting my own eggs. Who says painting eggs is just for kids?!

Life with Fingerprints: Wooden Easter egg crafts

Here's what you need: Life with Fingerprints: Wooden Easter egg crafts I found 2 1/2" wooden eggs on amazon (here), some leftover Rustoleum stain in classic gray and the same Sharpie oil-based paint markers that the kids were using for their project (here).

Life with Fingerprints: Wooden Easter egg crafts Stain your eggs your desired color and let dry completely. Using the paint markers, go to town making all sorts of fun designs. I found that on some areas of the egg, the paint really seeped into the egg and I had to go over it a couple times to make it pop. I'm assuming if you sealed the eggs after staining you wouldn't run into this problem. Life with Fingerprints: Wooden Easter egg crafts Life with Fingerprints: Wooden Easter egg crafts Between the kids salt dough eggs and my wooden eggs - we've officially painted the obligatory Easter eggs for the year!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Easter craft with kids...

One of our spring break crafts was to make salt dough egg ornaments. (Found the idea at designmom.com) Life with Fingerprints: Salt dough egg ornaments for Easter, easy craft for kids We made our favorite salt dough recipe:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water (I add a smidge more water if the dough is a little crumbly)

Roll out the dough to a consistent height (about 1/4 in) and then use an egg shaped cookie cutter to cut them out. Use a straw to punch a whole in the top. Lay on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for an hour or an hour and a half (until the dough is hard). Life with Fingerprints: Salt dough egg ornaments for Easter, easy craft for kids Once the dough is cooked and cooled - start painting. You can paint with a brush or go the easy route and spray paint them like we did. Life with Fingerprints: Salt dough egg ornaments for Easter, easy craft for kids Life with Fingerprints: Salt dough egg ornaments for Easter, easy craft for kids Then using a paint pen (we used an oil based paint marker made by Sharpie - found at Home Depot and also at Joanns) make all sorts of fun designs. What I love about this is it is kid-friendly and age appropriate for young and old. Life with Fingerprints: Salt dough egg ornaments for Easter, easy craft for kids Life with Fingerprints: Salt dough egg ornaments for Easter, easy craft for kids In no time we had a wide variety of designs ready to go. I originally planned on hanging them on our Easter tree - but I like them just as much hung as a garland above our piano. We'll have to make some more to go on the tree! Life with Fingerprints: Salt dough egg ornaments for Easter, easy craft for kids Life with Fingerprints: Salt dough egg ornaments for Easter, easy craft for kids

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day; Gumball machine...

Happy week of love! My kids are gearing up for their Valentine's Day class parties are so excited to give their valentines.

This year, Hallie came home with her box assignment (Last years here) and said she wanted to create a flower pot. She's a girl who knows what she wants...so we searched the internet for "flower pot" ideas. In our search, we came across this gumball machine because it used a flower pot bottom for the top. She loved it, but still wanted a flower pot. We kept searching and in the end she changed her mind and wanted the gumball machine - but only if she could also give gumballs to her class mates. Fair enough. My "sky-is-the-limit" mentality is definitely rubbing off on my daughter. I'm obviously not the person to correct her. So we worked together and made it happen.

Life with Fingerprints: Valentine's Day, DIY Gumball box It really was quite easy and took very little time. We started with an oatmeal canister and a plastic 1 gallon fish bowl from petsmart (I was able to use Steve's employee discount for the first time in over three years). Life with Fingerprints: Valentine's Day, DIY Gumball box We cut a hole in the canister and spray painted it, as well as a 6" terra cotta pot base, a nice cherry red. Life with Fingerprints: Valentine's Day, DIY Gumball box We hot glued a bolt on top and on the side and cut some tin foil to act as the opening of the gumball machine. I knew we had a tube of 1 inch gumballs (from World Market) stashed away in the office from Christmas two years ago that we could fill the fish bowl with. And wouldn't you know, I brought the tube out of hiding and the majority of the gumballs were gone...we have some sneaky kids and I was reminded I need to have better hiding places! Luckily my niece came to the rescue with some old gumballs from a machine in her room. She warned us not to eat them because they were really stale - which made them perfect for our application! Life with Fingerprints: Valentine's Day, DIY Gumball box We didn't attach the bowl to the canister or even the flower pot base to the fish bowl. They all just sit on top of each other. That's the only way she was going to be able to transport it to and from school without my help. She was one excited girl walking out the door this morning with this in her hands - love her excitement for projects and love that in her mind anything is possible.

I took one look at it and thought it was way too much work. But she convinced me it was doable. And it was. It was actually easy. Love my "sky-is-the-limit" girl. Life with Fingerprints: Valentine's Day, DIY Gumball box

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Homemade Christmas...

The gift I look forward to giving the most each Christmas, is the gift I make for each of my kids and husband. It's never something crazy, often times very simple, but its made with my hands and I spend a lot of time planning out each gift in hopes that they love it as much as the love I put into it. (previous years can be found here, here, here, here and here)

I present homemade Christmas 2013.

As per tradition - Bennett received his gospel ABC book (just as each of our kids have received their book when they're 2 or 3 years old). It's a hardbound book that I designed in InDesign and printed through blurb.com. Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas 2013 Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas 2013 Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas 2013 Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas 2013 I made Hallie and Hunter matching gifts this year, I knew they'd both enjoy it: bean bag chairs for their rooms. I found a great pattern for the "rollie pollie" on-line from danamadeit.com (found here) that made it really easy to make. I'm not an experienced seamstress and even I could pull this off, zipper and all! I found the navy buffalo check from Ikea and the orange print from Hobby Lobby - to match their rooms. They're quite fun and the kids love them. Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas 2013 Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas 2013 Life with Fingerprints: Homemade Christmas 2013 Steve and I decided our homemade gift for each other would be combined and we chose a room in the house to work on over the break. The guest bathroom is receiving a complete overhaul and I'll share pictures soon, we're still a ways from finishing.

Cannon's homemade gift: I created him, nine months in the making. I figured that was a pretty good gift this year!

I've already got a pinterest board of ideas for next year...never too early to get a jump on it!

Monday, January 6, 2014

DIY Marquee Take 2...

After making the marquee number for Hallie's baptism dinner (here), I was ready to try my hand at it again. I thought about making a "JOY" marquee for the holidays, but I never got around to it. And then the opportunity presented itself: I was helping with my nieces wedding dinner and I knew a fun monogram marquee would be awesome. I worked with my friend Kristin and since there wasn't a lot of time to pull it off (especially since Christmas was just around the corner) we simplified the process.

Instead of cutting the letters out of plywood, sanding, priming and painting - we used the paper mache letters from Joanns. The benefit to making them from plywood is the ability to make them any size and any font your heart desires. But we were on a tight time frame and we weren't picky.

We removed a strip from the back side using a utility knife so we could push the lights through and hide the cords. Life with Fingerprints: DIY Letter Marquee We measured where we wanted the lights to be placed. The globe lights were purchased from Target and came 25 lights to a strand. Life with Fingerprints: DIY Letter Marquee Life with Fingerprints: DIY Letter Marquee Using a speedbor flat drill bit, we drilled the holes for the lights, making sure the hole was just large enough for the base of the light to fit through. Life with Fingerprints: DIY Letter Marquee Life with Fingerprints: DIY Letter Marquee We spray painted them a metallic gold color and attached them to a fabric covered board to put in a frame. It hung on an easel at the wedding dinner and also made an appearance at the wedding! Life with Fingerprints: DIY Letter Marquee Life with Fingerprints: DIY Letter Marquee Photo Credit: Shannon Elizabeth Photography

I'm now searching for the next marquee idea...
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