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show & tell: handmade ideas, how-to’s & tutorials

by @according2kelly on August 3, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we are baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go, you just have to keep reading…

now that we’ve spent literally weeks playing filling your pretty little heads with all kinds of crafty & creative things to make, bake & sew, it’s time to play show & tell. be sure link up YOUR best handmade gift ideas, how-to’s & tutorials below. let’s gather all of the best handmade gift ideas in one handy-dandy place.

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crafted with love printables from eighteen25

by @according2kelly on August 2, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. but, don’t worry, we aren’t quite there… yet. be sure to stop by tomorrow for the big finale. one final wrap up of EVERY project. & don’t think i am going to let you escape without doing any work. so be prepared. tomorrow i will be asking YOU to link to your best homemade gift ideas, how-to’s & tutorials, to share with all the world.

so today, our featured blogger or should i say (bloggers) are the sisters jennifer, jamie & jodie – the fabulous ladies behind the the fabulous eighteen25. what good is a crafty & creative handmade gift, if you don’t have a crafty & creative tag to go along with it?

this sheet of 6 printable tags are the perfect finishing touch to any handmade gift. & don’t worry, skip to my lou is featuring “sewn with love” tags & a southern fairytale has “from the kitchen of:” tags… so, really & truly, we’ve got you covered.

in order to make these tags your very own crafted with love gift tags, simply download the pdf HERE, or save THIS jpeg to your computer. then handwrite, or use your favorite photo editing software to add your name. & don’t worry if you don’t have photoshop (or something similar), you can even use picnik (a free photo editing software). simply upload THIS jpeg to picnik, choose you photo to edit, click on the “create” tab, then the “text” tab. type your text, select your font, color & font size (i prefer something basic like “arial”, or if you have the paid version “ff market” is cute too, in the color 86B545 – it’s green & matches just perfectly!), save it to your computer & viola! perfectly personalized gift tags!

for more great ideas visit jennifer, jamie & jodie at eighteen25. stopping by there is always such a treat. tons of kid’s crafts, delicious goodies, but my personal favorites are their free printables. teacher & pretty much any kind of “appreciation” printables, treat jar toppers, “to do” frame & so much more.

about eighteen25: born + raised (and still here) in vegas. us three sisters grew up in a little brick house on the east side of town. the number hammered onto our mailbox was 1825. we live only miles from each other now and get together as much as possible to play. with 11 kids between the three of us, the more playtime, the better.

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-ispired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

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welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is the girl that always manages to bring a smile to my face, jessica of happy together. jessica writes…

Have some of these?

Lots of Hoops

Well, did you know that you can totally customize them for yourself?

A Plate Full of Beautifuls

It’s so much better to have things that make you stand out in a good way because no one else has them.

Stacked Up

You get to put your own personality into it. Your favorite colors. Your favorite yarn. And the list goes on and on.

All Together Now

It’s really easy to do and looks cute too. See?

Knotted Earrings On
Trim Earrings On

I have totally been rockin’ these since I made them. I go through a love/hate relationship with hoop earrings, but right now I’m in the love phase.

Knotted Hoop Earrings

Here is how to cover them in thread by knotting. You will need thread (or you could use yarn) and a hot glue gun.

Knotting with Thread

a. Cut a long piece of embroidery thread place the middle of the strand underneath the earring. Make a knot.
b. You can hook the earring onto something like your shoe to help hold it in place if you like. I also stuck it in between my knees to help.
c. After the first knot is made, one strand will be to the right and one to the left.
d. Take the piece on the left side and slip it under the earring to the right side. Then take the original piece on the right and slip it under the earring to the left side.
e. Now the strands look like they are coming from underneath.
f. Tie a knot. Continue repeating d-f a few more times. Then, dab some hot glue on the end of the hoop where you started knotting. Slip the first few knots over it to help secure it. Then continue on with knotting until you completely cover the hoop. End by dabbing a small amount of hot glue on the end and putting the knots over it. Cut the ends off and dab a bit of glue over that spot where you cut them.
*You can change the color as well to create a striped look. Just simply take a new color and knot it where you did the last knot, but making sure to knot over the previous colors strands. Knot over the other color a few time them trim them. You can also do this if you run out of thread and need to add more.

Crocheted Hoop Earrings

For these, just grab a crochet hook and yarn of your choice. The size of your hook and yarn will determine the final look.

Crocheting A Hoop Earring

a. Yarn over hook.
b. Place hoop over yarn by hook.
c. Yarn over hook (I grabbed the little strand as well to cover it up)
d. Pull top loop (or in my case, two loops) under bottom loop.
e. Place crochet hook under hoop.
f. Yarn over hook and pull back under hoop. Now you should have two loops (in my case three because I was still using the small beginning strand too, but it ran out soon and I clipped it off). Pull the top loop under the bottom loop. Repeat e-f until covered.
*After crocheting over the hoop a few times, I dabbed some hot glue at the end of the hoop where I began and put the yarn over it to secure it. Do this again at the end. If the yarn ends are sticking out (like below), glue them down too. I kind of wrapped mine a bit then glued them.
Finished Crocheted

With Trim

You can easily add a trim to the earrings as well. Here I just hot glued on a mini pom-pom trim. You could glue some pretty ribbon on or whatever you might have in your stash.

Fabric Wrapped Earrings

And, how easy to use up some leftover fabric than this? Just cut some skinny strips of fabric to begin with. Then hot glue the end of it at one end and start wrapping the fabric around. Continue placing hot glue on hoop to help hold the fabric in place.


for more great ideas visit jessica at happy together. there you will find a plethora of tutorials. everything from scribbled flower t-shirt how-to’s, quick & easy glass dessert stands, & look a like ribbon & pearl necklace.


about jessica: my name is Jessica and I am blessed to be a Coastie wife, to stay home with my daughter, and craft on the side. I have a blog , Happy Together, where I share my crafting endeavors, tutorials, and more. I also have an etsy shop (www.ohsohappytogether.etsy.com) where I sell my patterns and other things.


baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-ispired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

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scented room spray from under the table dreaming

by @according2kelly on August 1, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is the amazingly talented, crazy crafty stephanie lynn of the site under the table dreaming. stephanie writes…

Hello everyone! I’m Stephanie Lynn from Under the Table and Dreaming. I am thrilled to be apart of this years Holiday Craft Along. Thank you so much Kelly for including me!


I just adore the holidays and simply love giving to all of the special people around me. Each year as my ‘give to’ list continues to grow; I like to come up with small handmade gifts to ensure I have a little something for everyone, to show my appreciation. {Plus it is always nice to have hostess gifts on hand for multitude of holiday gatherings that pop up}Today I like to share an easy and simple recipe for Scented Room Spray that essentially anyone can put together. The initial supplies cost just a few dollars and you’ll be sure to have enough finished product to cross of many people on your list.

The base ingredients for the spray are Witch Hazel and Distilled Water. Witch Hazel can be found in the health and beauty section and costs just a little over $1. Distilled Water can be found at any grocer and runs just under $1 for an entire gallon.

Just about any scented oil can be used to scent the spray. You can use essential oils or fragrance oils, such as the ones above, which are mainly used for scenting candles and soaps. I purchased mine from an online retailer, however many local craft stores also carry them as well.

To make, simply mix;
4 ounces of Distilled Water
2 ounces of Witch Hazel
and 1 tablespoon of Scented Oil

The recipe can be adjusted as needed to fill any size containers.
Stir to mix well and let sit while you prepare your bottles.
{Note: the picture above is prior to stirring; the oils and water will combine}

You can purchase spray bottles however I like to recycle bottles I have on hand. If you do decide to use recycled bottles make sure they are cleaned very well. You do not have to worry about removing the labels as they can be easily covered up!

Using scrap fabric, cut into strips making sure they are wide enough to cover the labels completely. Using tiny dabs of hot glue, adhere the fabric directly onto the bottles.

You can really get creative with embellishments; I made simple rosettes from fabric to customize mine. For the rosettes you will need long strips of scrap fabric cut in 1 to 1 1/2 inch widths. Start by rolling one end into a small ball and then twisting the remaining fabric while rolling and wrapping around the center; hot gluing the end to secure. These are quick and easy to make and can be made in many varying sizes.

Cover the back of each rosette with hot glue and adhere to the bottles.

Now you are ready to fill! Give the spray mixture another good stir and funnel into the bottles. The oil will rise to the top of the bottles once they have been sitting for awhile so be sure to add a little tag that says ‘shake well prior to using’.

With the tremendous amount of scented oils available you can customize the sprays to any liking or center them around traditional holiday fragrances. I like to mix my own combination of scents and make up a cute name to personalize for each recipient. Have fun and Enjoy!

Thanks again Kelly for letting me share with your readers!
I hope everyone has a wonderful week.

for more great ideas visit stephanie lynn at under the table dreaming. she posts the most amazing tutorials & how-to’s, many of which are perfect for gift-giving. be sure check out her erasable dinner menu, fun soap balls, lemon sugar hand scrub or the yummy smelling vanilla brown sugar body scrub.



about stephanie lynn: I am a blessed Mommy to one precious little boy and married to one great guy {who also happens to be my best friend}. We recently moved into ‘Our Dream House’ and have been working hard at making it ‘Our Home’. Last year our son was diagnosed with autism. Together we enjoy and embrace all the little things that make this a wonderful crazy life.

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-ispired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

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embellished frames from little birdie secrets

by @according2kelly on July 23, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger, or should i say bloggers is the creative duo jessica & mandy the masterminds behind  the awe-inspiring little birdie secrets. jessica & mandy write…

We’re so happy to be a part of the Handmade Holiday Craft-A-Long, mostly because we’re in such good company! And also because I’m probably the biggest procrastinator in America, so I love the thought of getting a jump start on holiday gifts. This craft is quick and easy (it took me about 5 minutes), and will work for almost anyone on your Christmas gift list! (I’m thinking my husband would be less-than-thrilled with this–pretty sure I’m not alone on that one.) But think sisters, moms, friends, neighbors, and you’ve pretty much got the girly gifts covered!

Ribbon Embellished Picture Frame TutorialWhat You’ll Need:
*Any picture frame–I’m using wood frames I already had covered with paper or wall paper
*Coordinating ribbon–I used wired ribbon, but you can also stiffen non-wired ribbon with fabric stiffener if you want)
*Button
*Needle and thread (I used transparent thread so I didn’t have to match it!)
*Hot glue gun

1. Start by tying a knot in your ribbon, leaving some length on either end. Then tie a nice bow. Cut off tails at an angle.

2. If you’re using a ribbon stiffener, spray your bow now and arrange the tails how you want them. Allow to dry according to stiffener’s instructions.

3. Take your button and hand sew it on top of the center knot of your bow.

4. Apply a little hot glue on the back of the knot. Quickly place it on your frame. I centered mine along the top, but get creative! It might be cute off-centered or at the bottom.

That’s it!It would also be fun to make frames specifically for the holidays to get out with your decorations and show off those Santa pics each year. (I just couldn’t quite get in red-and-green mode to put together a sample!)

Here’s another example using a fabric rosette for the center of the bow (instead of a button). Pretty gorgeous, huh? The most beautiful part is how easy they are. Merry Christmas!

for more great ideas visit jessica & mandy at their blog little birdie secrets. their entire site is full of so many tutorials & creative ideas it will make your head spin! everything from vintage hankie projects, how to crochet flowers & butterflys to up-cycled cake platters.

about jessica & mandy: Little Birdie Secrets was born from the crafting obsession of friends living in the Pacific Northwest. It started with crafting playdates and blossomed into a place where we could share our ideas, knowledge, and finished projects with fellow crafters. Our mission is to share fun and creative crafting projects, tips, and tutorials to make crafting easier and more fun. Our main areas of focus are quilting, small sewing projects, kids crafts, home decor, and paper crafting. We hope our efforts will inspire you to be creative in every aspect of your life!

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-ispired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

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book wreath from living with lindsay

by @according2kelly on July 21, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is one of my blogging & crafty idols, lindsay from living with lindsay. she is sharing with us one of my all-time  favorite projects ever, the original “book wreath” tutorial. it would definitely make a fabulous gift, it’s easy on the wallet & looks way more complicated than it really is! lindsay writes…

When we came upon my now-favorite booth during our trip to the City-Wide Garage Sale, I think an audible gasp could have been heard from within our little shopping group. It was one of those booths that has something you want to buy in every square inch of space. I found a wonderful chippy side table exactly like I’ve been looking for, but the vendor wanted $50 and I wanted to pay more like $10. Thrifting has certainly spoiled me!

At the same booth, we came across a pair of simple, but stunning wreaths made from book pages. The vendor told me that she made them sitting in front of the television. That’s my kind of crafting.

I honestly don’t remember how much she wanted for these lovelies, but I think it was at least $40 a pop.

Yeah, um, that’s way too rich for my blood. How about I show you how to make my version of the same wreath for just $2? Librarians and book lovers, please avert your eyes.

Book Page Wreath Tutorial

Supplies:

  • 10″ foam wreath ($1 at Dollar Tree)
  • Paperback novel ($1 at Dollar Tree – depending on the length of the book, you may need two)
  • Brown and/or gray craft paint
  • Glue gun & glue sticks
  • Small strip of ribbon
  • A few paper towels
  • A few straight pins (optional)

1. Assemble your cast of characters. I felt slightly guilty about purchasing an author’s work from the Dollar Tree for the sole purpose of ripping up. I read a few pages of Loving Charity just to make sure I wasn’t about to destroy a literary classic; let me assure you that I wasn’t.

You could definitely use vintage books, magazines or sheet music for this project or even select a book off of your own bookshelf that you don’t think you’ll read again.

2. Using the paper towels, I applied the brown paint to the edges of the book. I simply squirted some paint onto the towel and wiped it on the book. I painted the brown first and then applied a bit of gray. This will give your book pages a vintage look. To be honest, two colors aren’t completely necessary, so you can use just gray or just brown if you would like.

Lay the book on a clean paper towel for about 5 or 10 minutes to let the paint dry.

3. Cut or tear a page out of the book and roll it in a method of your choosing. I put together a video tutorial to show you some different ways to roll the page if you are interested in seeing how I did it. The main thing to remember is that you want to roll the paper and not actually fold or crease it.

4. After rolling the page, apply some glue at the end of the roll and glue it to the wreath. Make sure that the painted edges are facing up.

You will do this layer all the way around the wreath. When you have finished the full circle, flip the wreath over. That layer will become the bottom. If it won’t lay flat, put something heavy on top of it to flatten it out for a few minutes.

5. Continue rolling pages for your wreath. You will now fold a little tab on the bottom edge and apply glue only to that tab. Work your way from the bottom of the wreath up to the top, finishing one layer before moving to the next.

6. Once you get to the inside of the wreath, roll the paper and apply glue to the edge much like you did with the bottom layer. When you glue it on, the pages will be shorter than the wreath of the wreath. That’s okay.

7. At this point, your wreath will be mostly done, but there will be some sections you need to fill in. It should look roughly like this.

To fill in your spaces, you’ll simply roll a page, apply glue to the ends, and just stick it in the wreath. The filler pages don’t necessarily need to touch the styrofoam wreath; they can stick to the pages already glued to the wreath if need be. Use the filler pages to fill in holes and add some height and visual interest to your wreath.

8. After I was finished filling in, I flip your wreath over and glue your scrap of ribbon on the back to serve as a hanger. I stuck a few straight pins in it to make sure it held tight to the wreath, but that’s purely optional if you glue it on well.

All that’s left to do now is to find a spot to hang your new creation!

Who says that books can only be used to decorate bookshelves and tabletops? Try one on your wall!

for more great ideas visit lindsay at living with lindsay. be sure to check out her other tutorials, including another favorite… DIY “real-ish” handcut silhouettes.

about lindsay: Lindsay writes Living With Lindsay, where she chronicles the adventures in decorating her home. With her trusty glue gun at her side, Lindsay guides you through the pleasures and pitfalls of turning your home into a space you’ll love without breaking the bank.




baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-ispired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

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no-sew netbook case from dollar store crafts

by @according2kelly on July 20, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our fabulous featured blogger is heather from the amazing dollar store crafts. she’s sharing with us a craft that is of course “cheap, chic & easy to do.”  heather writes…

Someone on your gift list has a netbook, so here’s a quick and easy no-sew netbook cozy for you to make for that person! This case folds up and stays together with Velcro. Kind of like placemat origami. With Velcro.

If you shop at the right stores, it will cost you a buck and change.

What do you need for this project?

  • A fabric placemat
  • Iron-on Velcro for fabric
  • An iron

The sneaky part:

If you have access, you should stealthily borrow your recipient’s netbook so you can get the measurements right. If you don’t have access, try to sneak the measurements when that person isn’t looking (just mark them out on a piece of paper if you don’t have a ruler). If you can’t do that, try to get the make & model and then look up the measurements online later. If you can’t do any of those things, don’t worry about it. Just eyeball it and it will probably be fine!

For this tutorial, if I refer to the length of the netbook, I mean the longer side measurement, and if I say width, I mean the shorter side.

How do you make it?

Pick a placemat that fits with your recipient’s style. If desired, embellish the good side of the placemat before you begin (embellishment idea: add a stencil).

1. Lay placemat on table, good side down. Put 2 1″-long pieces of the scratchy velcro on the top corners. Put a long piece of scratchy velcro between the two small pieces. In addition, put two long pieces of  scratchy Velcro pieces on the wrong side of the placemat alongside the width of the computer. (see photo)

2. Imagine your netbook is sitting in the middle of your placemat. Fold the bottom of the placemat up to where the top of the netbook would be (if you just have the measurements, add an inch to the width of the netbook’s measurements and fold the placemat up that far. Example: your netbook is 6″ wide, so add an inch to make it 7″ and fold up 7″). Put a strip of the fuzzy velcro near the top of the folded up side of the placemat. Then, put 2 fuzzy velcro pieces as long as the width of the netbook, along each side of the folded part, on the “good side” of the placemat.

3. Folding the placemat on the side like a present, temporarily stick these side Velcro pieces together, to the side pieces from step 1. Then, stick the 1″ fuzzy velcro pieces (left over from step 1) to the “good side” of the placemat, next to the long piece on the flap (see photo).

This is what the “good side” of the placemat will look like, laying flat:

4. Fix Velcro to case according to package instructions (mine tells you to iron).

To close the case, you will fold up the bottom flap, then fold the overhanging edges down over the sides of the netbook.Stick the side Velcro to the overhanging edge Velcro.Then flip the flap down and stick the top flap Velcro down to the front Velcro. Fold the sides of the flaps down and secure them to the small side Velcro.

Phew. Velcro.

If you find my instructions confusing, just refer to the photos. When in doubt, get your stuff out and make it. The instructions usually make the most sense in context. It’s hard to clearly describe how to fold fabric and stick Velcro. Seriously! But this is super-easy, and will take you about five minutes to make.

for more great ideas visit heather at dollar store crafts. she’s a wealth of knowledge: paper lantern how-to’s, pottery barn look-a-like stenciled decorator tins, even a placemat advent calendar!

about Heather: Heather Mann is the founder of Dollar Store Crafts and is a crafter, writer and mother of three little boys under the age of 4. Things that thrill her: innovative crafts that are clever and simple to make; spending less money; teaching people what she knows; and using up what she has (stashbusting!). She’s also the editor and publisher of CROQzine.com (a print magazine and blog about crafting and indie business), and is the founder of CraftFail.com, a blog where crafters can share their not-so-successful crafting attempts.

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-ispired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.

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fabric monogram from somewhat simple

by @according2kelly on July 19, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, the fabulously talented & creative blogger, steph from somewhat simple is our guest blogger. she’s sharing with us a surprisingly-simple, personalized gift that is sure to “wow!” anyone. steph writes…

Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie and my little corner of the universe is called somewhat simple. I am so excited to be here today to show you an easy easy tutorial for Framed Fabric Monogram.

It is a pretty fantastic and simple piece of home decor that would be a great Christmas gift for anyone you know! I have seen some of these around the blogging world, but if you’re not clever with your sewing machine (’cause I am not!) then you’ll love my “No Sew” take on it!

First, find 2 coordinating pieces of fabric.
These can be scraps you have laying around.

Print off your last initial in a font you like from your computer.
I chose to go with a lowercase d because I liked the look of it more
than an uppercase D…but now I hear about how grammatically incorrect it
is from my 7 year old, so choose wisely!
Cut your letter out.
For this project, you will also need scissors, Wonder Under and a pencil or pen.

Trace the mirror image of your letter on the Wonder Under and cut it out.

Now place your initial onto the back side of your fabric. I traced the initial onto my fabric, but this was an unnecessary step, so please ignore the traced lines.

So you should have your letter with the bumpy side of the Wonder Under touching the backside of the fabric, like so:

Iron the letter onto the fabric for about 30 seconds or
until the fabric adheres to the WonderUnder

Cut out your fabric so that you have an initial with fabric on one side and the paper of the Wonder Under on the other side, like so:

Now set that initial aside while we work on the backing.
First things first- cut your fabric about 1 inch bigger on each side from the cardboard your frame comes with.

If your frame doesn’t have any cardboard (as mine didn’t) use
a cereal box cut to the size of the back of your frame.

Use a good amount of glue around each side of the cardboard
and fold the fabric over on top of the glue

Now, pickup that cute inital you have cut out and peel the waxy backing off of it.

Place your initial right side up on top of your fabric covered cardboard right side up and iron it for 30 seconds or until the initial adheres to the cardboard.

Frame it and display it and you are D.O.N.E.!!!

Easy and simple, just the way I like it!

for more great ideas visit steph at somewhat simple or crazy domestic. & be sure to check out her felt fortune cookie tutorial, or her dry erase glass calendar & fabric flowers.

about Steph of somewhat simple: I am just your average stay at home mom who loves to create in any spare time I find! I am married to my best friend and together we are raising 3 sweet kids. They keep us busy but make life fun! We are Orange County transplants who have been living in Phoenix for the past 4 years and we love it here!

baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-ispired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.


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handmade holiday: bake, craft & sew along

by @according2kelly on July 16, 2010

okay folks, hold onto to your seats because i have some very, very exciting news for you… the brilliant miss cindy of skip to my lou, the fabulous & darling rachel of a southern fairytale & little ‘ole me will soon be hosting a “handmade holiday: bake, craft & sew along.” yep! yep! you read that correctly! this is going to be a holiday-inspired, summer time holiday trifecta.

starting this coming monday, each of our blogs will feature a different blogger with a new recipe, sewing project or craft that is perfectly holiday-inspired. a southern fairytale will be spotlighting recipes & all kinds of edible yumminess, skip to my lou will have you dusting off your sewing machines, & i will be highlighting some of the most incredible crafty, homemade gifts around. (just you wait… you will die when you see our line-up of featured bloggers, they are THAT amazing.)

it is our hope, wish & prayer that we can encourage everyone & anyone to make beautiful, handmade gifts this holiday. & if we all start now, we will all be pretty dang, well-prepared for the upcoming holiday season… hopefully eliminating just a wee bit of stress.

ready to bake, craft & sew along with us? be sure to check back daily for a new tutorial or how-to. & help spread the word… tell your friends & neighbors, shout it from the rooftops, hire a sky writer, use facebook & twitter to let the world know we’re starting the holiday celebrations just a little bit early this year. (speaking of twitter – we’ve “listed” all of bakers, crafters & sewers HERE & we’ll be using the hashtag #handmadeholiday, so send us a tweet, we’d love to hear from you.)

& just because we’ve gone to all this work, helping to ensure your holidays go just a bit more smoothly… don’t think you’re getting off scot free. oh no! we definitely need YOUR help. what good is a bake, craft & sew along, if you can’t play show-and-tell? so please! as you bake, craft & sew along with us, be sure to upload photos of your handmade gifts to our flickr group HERE… we can’t wait to be inspired by YOUR crafty & creativeness as well!

let the holiday-inspired bake, craft & sew along begin!

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