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Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

Because you needed another placemat tutorial. You were desperately looking for something else to make from all those gorgeous placemats you couldn’t pass up in the Target aisle. I got your back, friend.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagThis is EASY! Perfect for beginners for a quick project, easy enough to do the day of giving, too (guilty!). Why present a wine gift to the host/hostess in a boring gift bag when you can MAKE one that is wayyyyyy cooler?

Find yourself a lovely placemat. The one I chose has a lining on the back, but don’t fret if yours doesn’t — it isn’t necessary. Just be sure to read the notes below.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagFold your placemat in half lengthwise so the right sides are facing together.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagMeasure in 3-6 inches, start there and sew back and forth a few times, then sew down the length, turn and sew down the short end, and sew back and forth again.

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It should look like this when you’re done!

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

***Now take your scissors and cut off the fabric to the right of the seam you just made on the short end. NOTE: I did this because the existing seam was too thick with the lining. If your placemat isn’t lined, you won’t need to do this. I also forgot to take a picture. Woops. But you can see it in the next one.

Now, take your scissors and cut off the fabric to the right of the long seam you just made, just down at the bottom where it meets the short sewn end. This will just make it easier to put in the gusset on the bottom of the bag.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagGrab the bottom of the bag and squeeze it! Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

Squeeze from the folded side so the bottom pops out and use your fingers to fold over the corners toward the center. They will go in about an inch or so.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagGet your needle & thread ready, and hand stitch those corners down.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagDoesn’t have to be fancy. Clearly. They won’t see this so feel free to just wing it.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagDo both sides so it looks like this!

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagTurn the bag right-side out. Isn’t she pretty?

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagDepending on the kind of ribbon you have, you may need to seal it so it doesn’t fray. Ever hear of this stuff?

Fray Check is AWESOME – I use it all the time. Perfect for ribbon ends & sealing off small bits that you don’t want to fray.

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagInsert bottle, tie a bow…

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift BagVOILA!

Placemat Wine Bottle Gift Bag

A thoughtful handmade gift to go with your pal’s favorite vino.

Enjoy! Hope your pal share’s her wine with you… :o)

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Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

Wrap it up! Under my tree this holiday season…

Hello, my name is Danielle, and I hoard wrapping paper.Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

I bet you thought I was going to say FABRIC! Well, that too, but I really love wrapping paper almost as much. All things paper, really. The colors, the designs, the way you can make something that is blah look so beautiful with something as simple as paper…

You know how much I love gifting and wrapping presents, so Christmas presents (see what I did there?) a wonderful opportunity for me to get my creative on every year. This year in particular is going to be sweet because of the greatest find ever — wrapping paper on ZAZZLE!

Oh yeah – my favorite customization shoppe has an enormous collection of designs, some you can even personalize before you order! And we are talking all kinds of color here, not just your everyday normal red and green (though they have that too!). The quality is great, it’s very easy to fold. You can get rolls in different sizes, and you can select a matte or glossy option (I myself am a matte girl).

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Here are some of my favorites — I went with some non-traditional color schemes and designs.

I’m really loving all things Navy right now, especially with white and gold…. Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

This is one of my designs! It also comes in red and teal…I love how large the print is and the Navy is just gorgeous. Navy Christmas Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

Don’t you love that faux gold herringbone print as well? You can find that one here. Navy, White and Gold Christmas Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

I love red, black and white for a wintry color scheme as well. I found these two prints and went gaga over them. Black, White and Red Wrapping Paper from Zazzle

The chalkboard printed tree is so cute! I added a felt red ribbon and a chalkboard clothespin to hold my tag. Chalkboard Tree Print

And this large format print is just SO COOL!Large Print White, Red and Black Wrapping Paper

 

These cute little tree round tags I found at the craft store go perfect with it! deerhead

 

Let’s not forget our best friends, the dogs in our life. Or the dog lovers, they’d like this wrapping paper, too! Dog Wrapping Paper for Christmas A little twine and a chalkboard tag to make it even more adorable.. Dog Wrapping Paper for Christmas

So be UNIQUE this Christmas!

Don’t get stuck wrapping your gifts using the same paper as everyone else!

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Check out the entire holiday collection of wrapping paper available on Zazzle, or even better, try to CREATE YOUR OWN! Make a collage of family pictures to wrap family gifts with, or make one roll with just pictures of each child and wrap their gifts in them…

So many opportunities for cuteness, people!

Happy Wrapping!
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Wait… it’s December? Make a Quick & Easy Advent Calendar

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This time of year always gets away from me. I always have all of these BIG PLANS to make crafty things and I usually end up getting around to like, ONE of them. Between the holidays and the 10 birthdays between Halloween and Valentine’s Day (and that’s just counting family!), these months seem to fly right by – December especially! At least my husband and I did ONE thing on time – we picked out our Christmas tree with help from our little elf, Logan. 🙂

Well.. we picked it out but it’s not fully decorated yet – it needs a few remaining touches to make it Stickelberry worthy. I plan to enlist the help of my little elf to finish that off too.

I did make something I’ve never made before, and even though I was a day late in putting it up, I’m still happy with the results; I don’t think Logan noticed that it was a day late anyway — he’s not even two yet so I think I’m OK.

After spending way too much time on Pinterest looking for ideas, I came up with a hybrid of my own to make an easy Advent Calendar to count down the days until Christmas. I thought it would be fun (and educational!) for Logan, and he would be giddy with joy when he happened to open up a day that had a little surprise in it for him.

I used the simplest of supplies — IMG_6234

  • ribbon
  • paper treat bags
  • small clothespins
  • scrapbook paper (Used Christmas themed)
  • mini stockings
  • little mesh bags I happen to have

I cut rectangles out of the scrapbook paper to fit inside the bags and stockings (25 of them!), and wrote the dates on them using a sharpie (so not fancy). I ordered my bags and stockings how I wanted them and put the dates inside, and chose a few special bags and stockings to place little treats in. I used stickers, Christmas socks, hot wheels, etc. Just small things that I know will make Logan happy.

I sealed each with a clothespin, and then hunted down a spot to hang this thing. I couldn’t use the mantle because I want to put the stockings there, and I wanted it out of reach this year because I know my son won’t be able to help himself and will try to pull them all down. SO, I used the curtain rod in our kitchen dining area and strung up two ribbons to hold all of the dates. Granted I have to hop up on a chair to pull each day out, but I won’t mind! 🙂

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Hanging Advent Calendar

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October Happiness – My Mantle and an Easy to Make Bunting

Soooo… I know it has been a while since my last post. You know how it is, life just gets in the way of creativity sometimes. But I believe I am making a comeback, and it all starts with my favorite month of all months: October! I love the fall, even though we don’t have much of one here in Southern Ca, and I just love Halloween. It’s the whole fantasy thing – the chance to use your imagination, to dress up in a fun costume, pretend to be whatever you want to be – whether it’s your favorite character or something you’ve created all on your own. It’s so creative! The kids dressing up, getting all excited about candy and the sugar high that follows eating it all..and.. the Halloween decorations — pumpkins and witches and bats and skeletons.. and vampires – I love me some vampires!

My first order of Halloween business is always my mantle. It goes through several iterations each year because I am slightly obsessive about it, but the picture above is my first iteration for this year. My mom has already commented that she doesn’t approve of my son’s baby picture next to the black sparkly skull, but alas – you can’t please everyone!

The bunting was actually made last year and it was so easy to do, I thought I would share the method with you. Even the least craftiest person can pull this one off! I don’t have detailed pictures, but I don’t think you’ll need them! I was going for a shabby chic look, but you can use any paper & any colors you want to match your decor.

Easy Boo Bunting

Easy Boo Bunting

Supplies:

  • Scrapbook Paper of various designs — I used 3 different designs and a sheet of Burlap that was in the scrapbook aisle. Get the large 12×12 sheets.
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Martha Stewart’s Crow Cutouts (I got mine at Michaels)
  • Glitter or Flat cardboard letters — you can buy them in a packet at the craft store, or if you’re crafty and you have a Cricut or Silhouette, you can make them!
  • Sticky dots or glue if the letters are not sticky-back

Directions:

1. Cut out triangles from the scrapbook paper — make them as large or small as you want, there is no rule to how big they need to be. I made mine fairly large, but was able to cut two out of each sheet of scrapbook paper.

2. Use your hole punch to punch holes in each corner of the base of each triangle (the top if it is hanging down). If you decided to go with the burlap, don’t use the hole punch, just use a pen or exacto knife to whittle a hole through each corner without cutting the burlap. It frays and you could lose your hole otherwise…

3. If you use the crows, they come with sticky dots that you can use to adhere them to the paper or burlap; I used a few extra just to make sure they wouldn’t come off.

4. Depending on the letters you use, if they have sticky backs, great! If not just use some sticky dots or glue to stick them on there.

5. Cut your length of ribbon to your mantle, hanging as low as you want to go, and thread it through the flags in the order you want them displayed. If you look at mine closely, I started threading on the underside of each flag so that there is a section of ribbon at the top of each triangle. You can do it the opposite way as well, so that less ribbon shows — it’s up to you.

6. Hang it up!

I Would love to see your pictures if any of you decide to make one of your own — and now that you have the easy method to make a bunting, you can make one for every holiday! 🙂

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Answer to a Challenge: Embellished Onesie & Tutorial

A Crafty Challenge? Yipeee!!

A Crafty Challenge? Yipeee!!

Earlier this week I sent this picture out to the social world, accepting the crafty challenge that had been given to me. Inside one of the cutest baby shower invites ever, there was a plain white teeny tiny little baby onesie with that tag on it that you see in the picture over there. It wanted me to decorate it. I thought to myself, I would feel bad if I let it down, leaving it to a life of plain old whiteness, with no color or pizazz…or cuteness. So I looked at my stash of crafty supplies and got to work! I don’t know that it is prize-worthy but I think any little girl would look just adorable in it, especially in one of those newborn photos with her on her tummy and her lil’ butt sticking up in the air.

Onesie Front

Hearts on Front

Onesie Back

Flowers on Butt

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Trying to Show Both.. ?

In case you weren’t aware, I love pink and black together (see my logo?). In fact, I’m wearing pink and black right now. It’s fun, funky and sweet at the same time. It’s girly with a little kick. Since I love the combo so much, I tend to gravitate toward crafty notions with those colors, hence the ribbons and flowers I ended up using for this project. This was all done by hand – no sewing machine required – and I was able to pull it off in one naptime session, including the time it took to take a billion pictures while I was working.

Of course there are a bazillion ways to embellish a onesie – there is no “right” way. Just add something cute in some crafty manner to it, and voila! This is just one way that you can make a plain old onesie cute with a few supplies, and without major sewing skills. You can use any colors, you can use any flowers, you can use just the ribbons or just the flowers.. whatever makes your heart sing. And you can use the ribbon hearts and the fabric flowers to embellish so many other things, too – so I’m hoping this inspires someone to do something.

Headband

Flower Headband

I had an extra flower left, so I made a matching headband too. Come on, can’t you see how cute that big old flower would be sticking out on a bitty baby’s tiny little head? Let’s all say it together, “aaaawwwwwwwwwwe!”

 

So let’s get this party started… here is how I did it!

Supplies:

supplies

The Stuff You Need

 

  • Plain Baby Onesie
  • Two lengths of ribbon for hearts, cut to 9″
  • Fabric Flowers (I used three)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing Needle
  • Pins
  • Fray Check*

*Fray Check is a handy dandy little liquid product that you can use to treat the ends of ribbon and fabric so that they don’t fray on you and unravel or get frizzy. It basically glues the edge shut. If you use it, be sure to let it dry before proceeding.

First Step – Make the Hearts!

This is an easy way to twist the ribbon to make a cute heart, and as I mentioned before, you can use them on anything you like. The oh-so-pretty pattern in the background of some of these shots is actually my ironing board cover (grins). I like to pin on it because it is squishy and holds my pins nicely. At this point I’ve already treated the ends of the ribbon using the Fray Check.

1. Fold Up

1. Fold Up

2. Fold down and Pin

2. Fold down and Pin

3. Fold to left and Pin down

3. Fold to left and Pin down

 

 

 

 

 

1.Lay the first piece of ribbon vertically, and fold the bottom half up.

2. Bend the right half about 1/2 an inch from the fold, and place a pin on the first fold to hold it in place.

3. Take the tail and twist to the left to make another bend, and place another pin.

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4. Repeat on other side

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Second heart

4. Repeat the same steps with the other ribbon tail to make the other side of the heart and join it with the bottom pin. Ta Da! There is your heart!

If you’re making more than one, follow the same process as many times as your heart desires (chuckles).

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5. Press

5. To make this easier on myself, I pressed the hearts for a few seconds, so that the folds would firm up and not disappear when I went to place the hearts on the onesie. After pressing, you are ready to sew the heart on to the onesie!

 

 

Step Two – Sewing The Hearts on the Onesie

Pin

1. Place & Pin

 

1. Place and pin the hearts to the onesie so they don’t lose their shape, then thread your needle with the thread that coordinates with your ribbon. I did the pink one first.

 

 

 

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2. Start from inside onesie

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Start at base of heart

2. Starting from the INSIDE of the onesie, poke your needle through the base of the heart, where the two ends of the ribbon cross over (right below the pin). Pull your needle and thread through, and then go back through the ribbon to the inside of the onesie to make a stitch.

 

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3. Stitch an ‘x’ at the base

 

3. Repeat, to make an ‘x’ at the base of the heart, which will hold the bottom of it in place. You can then remove the bottom pin.

 

 

6. Continue to Stitch around the heart

4. Stitch around the heart

4. Continue to stitch (in and out) up the length of the ribbon and around the whole heart. Don’t worry about it being perfectly spaced and whatnot, this has a “shabby chic” feel to it, so the handmade look is what you’re going for! Plus the thread color should blend nicely with the ribbon.

 

 

 

& Trim

& Trim

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Knot thread ends

5. When you get down to the base where you started, tie off the threads together on the inside of the onesie, and trim the tail close to the knot.

 

 

Two sewn hearts

Two sewn hearts

 

 

Now your heart is complete! Repeat for your remaining hearts to embellish the front of your onesie.

 

 

 

 

Step Three – Adding the Fabric Flowers to the Rear

This part is easy too, especially if you use the Jolee’s Fabric Flowers that I am using, because they have a sticky back that is helpful to hold the flower in place on the fabric. No need to pin! These wonderful embellishments can be used on so many different things, which I’ve gone on and on about in a previous post.

 

Stick!

Stick!

1. Peel &

1. Peel &

1. Decide where you want to place your flowers, peel off the backs, and stick them on the back of the onesie.

 

 

 

2. Start under felt circle

2. Start under felt circle

2. Thread your needle with the coordinating thread for the flower, and start sewing on the underside of the felt circle, in between the flower and the onsie. This just makes it cleaner – I tucked the tail under the felt circle as I sewed around it.

 

 

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3. Sew through circle

3. Pull needle through top and then sew back down through the circle, pushing through the top of the onesie to the inside.

Then stitch, going from the inside of the onesie, up through the felt circle and back down, in and out, all the way around the circle/flower. Sometimes it might be tough to push through – they adhere the fabric to the circle with glue – so try poking around until you find a soft spot.

Simply knot the thread on the top of the circle and trim the tail when you’re done (not pictured), and repeat for the remaining flowers. IMG_5244

I told you it was easy to sew these on, even if you’ve never sewn a stitch! I used the same process to sew the remaining flower on to a plain black baby headband as well.

 

So there you have it — now we have our adorable little onesie in all it’s pink and black cuteness. I hope I get to see baby girl dressed in it!

Onesie and Matching Headband -- Challenge Answered!

Onesie and Matching Headband — Challenge Answered!

 

 

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