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Chibitronics® Fabric Card

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Chibitronics Fabric Card

 

Supplies for Chibitronics® Fabric Card

Chibi Lights LED Circuit Stickers by Chibitronics

Fabric & Felt scraps

Stick fusible web by Fairfield Processing

Cardstock for backing

Thread

Spellbinders dies and die cut machine

Sewing Machine

Non-stick crafting sheet

Basic sewing, cutting, measuring and pressing tools & supplies

How to for Chibitronics® Fabric Card

Following the manufacturer’s directions; apply fusible web to the back of the green felt, green, and gold fabric.

Cut the following:

Cardstock: one  4 by 6 inch rectangle,

Green felt: one 4 by 6 inch rectangle, one 1 1/4 inch circle, One Bird and Birdcage using Spellbinders® dies and die cutting machine

Green print fabric: one 4 by 6 rectangle

Gold print fabric 3 by 5 inch rectangle

White fabric – one 1 1/4 inch square

Place the white fabric behind the opening in the birdcage and fuse.

Using a 1 inch circle die, cut out the bottom right corner from the gold fabric.

Place the birdcage on top of the gold print fabric and mark the location of the white fabric square. Cut a 1 inch square from the gold fabric.

With the crafting sheet behind the gold fabric, press the birdcage, bird to the front of the gold fabric.  Top stitch the birdcage and around the edge of the fold fabric as desired

Following the manufacturer’s instructions; place the copper tape, and LED sticker on top of the green print fabric, being sure to center the LED sticker under the birdcage. The cell battery will be placed within the circle cutout on the bottom right corner. Note: The copper tape at the start of the circuit will be placed directly on top of the green print fabric and then covered with a piece of the black conductive plastic sheet, then the battery, it will end with the copper tape being placed on top of the cell battery. The cell battery will then be covered with the 1 1/4 inch green felt circle. 

Using the point of your iron, fuse the green felt circle around the outside edges of the battery to secure temporarily. Carefully stitch around the 1 1/4 inch circle, encasing the battery permanently. Press your finger over the circle and apply pressure and the birdcage should light up. Test this before stitching the circle.

Trim the edge of the green fabric using pinking shears and cutting slightly away from the gold fabric and battery, leaving a border approximately 1/4 inch wide.

Fuse the green print fabric to the top of the green felt rectangle. Fuse the green rectangle to the cardstock backing. Do this very carefully so as not to damage the circuit.

This post is part of the Designer Crafts Connection bloghop. To see what my designer friends have created click on:  Designer Crafts Connection  You will see a list of designers involved in this project.  Great ideas using Chibitronics® LED Circuit Stickers.

 

 

 

 

 

Witchy Poo Boots with oly-fun*

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Witchy Poo Boots

Witchy Poo Boots

Suitable for both indoor and outdoor decorating; tuck Witchy Poo Boots under a doorway, furniture, over a cupboard door in your car trunk or anywhere else you think might be fun. Weighted base holds them in place. Happy Halloween everyone.

Supplies & Tools:

Directions:

  • Using the patterns provided cut out four boot pieces.  To request a pdf of the Witchy Poo pattern simply leave a comment asking for one and I’ll do my best to send you the pattern in a timely fashion as my mother used to say. 
  • Stitch rick rack to each of the boot fronts and stitch lines along heels as indicated on the pattern.
  • With right sides together stitch each of the boots together. Clip curves, turn right side out & press
  • Insert fiberfill into boots leaving a 2” space along the top edges.
  • Pin two 8 x 18 inch sections of Oly-fun™ to top edges of the boots, right sides together. Stitch along the sides and bottom edges of the rectangle. Note: Space the boots 2 inches apart. Turn right side, press then top stitch.
  • Stitch along the top edge, leaving a 2 inch opening. Stitch a second row 2 inches down from the first row, forming a channel to fill with Poly-Pellets®.
  • Fill the channel with Poly-Pellets® then stitch the opening closed.
  • Hand stitch buttons along front edges of boots.

This post is part of the Designers Craft Connection bloghop. To see what my designer friends have created click on the Designer Craft Connection badge on the left side of my page. You will be able to hop forward and backward and see inspirational Halloween projects.

Please note:  I was provided product from Fairfield Processing to complete the project.

 

 

Summer WindowScape Pillow

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Summer Pillow WindowScape

 Summer WindowScape Pillow

Nothing says Summer like laying  in a hammock, whether at the beach or in your very own backyard. Our backyard hammock has honestly seen better days as our yard is filled with trees and all that comes with that type of landscape. The covers quickly become sun worn and just plain dirty from yard debri. I’ve tried scrubbing and pressure washing them and frankly just got tired of buying new covers so decided to make my own ‘slipcover’ for our existing hammock. This way I can take it inside when not in use as well as throw it in the wash when the need arises. Stay tuned for the hammock post coming soon on the Fairfield World site. Back to the Summer WindowScape Pillow. Once I finished the slip cover I knew I needed a new pillow so this post is about that pillow. I love birds and I love window panes and frankly with the heat index so high lately I just might do the bird watching from my air conditioned house. Anyway when I found this fun ‘bird on a twig’ fabric I decided to combine it with my love of window panes and create this fun addition to my hammock makeover. Full step by step diagrams and measurements as well as a detailed list of supplies will have you up and sewing in no time at all. Good Luck dear friends and be sure to read all the way to the bottom of this post as this project is part of the Designer Crafts Connection BlogHop and you won’t want to miss my fellow designer’s posts as you hop back and forth.

Supplies:

½ yard Outdoor Fabric – Pillow Front

1/8 yard Outdoor Fabric – Window Framing

½ yard Outdoor Fabric – Backing & Ties

Poly-Fil® Soft Touch® 16 inch x 20 inch Pillow Insert

Velcro® Sew On tape – 12 inches

Thread

Sewing Machine

Basic Sewing, Cutting, Measuring & Pressing Tools/Supplies

How To:

Cut the following:

  • Window Panels: Two 10 ½ (w) x 13 ½ (h) rectangles from print fabric. Note: take the time to space the design within the window framing. ie: In example the birds are spaced within the window panes.
  • Framing Strips: One 1 ½ inch strip x width of the fabric and one 4 ½ inch x width of the fabric from the framing fabric.
  • Backing & Ties: One 16 ½ inch (w) x 17 ½ (h) and one 10 ½ inch (w) x 17 ½ inch from the backing fabric. Additionally cut four 1 ½ inch x 20 inch strips for the ties.
  1. Cut a 13 ½ length from the 1 ½ framing strip cut earlier. With right sides together stitch it between the two window panels.  Press the seams towards the window panels. Diagram A  Note: All seams are ½ inch wide.
  2. With right sides together and pressing after each seam, pressing the seam towards the inside of the window panel; sew a framing strip along the top edge of the pillow front, then the two sides. Trim excess materials before adding the next strip. With right sides together, sew a 4 ½ inch strip along the bottom edge of the pillow. Press the seam towards the inside of the window panel. Trim excess material even with the edges of the pillow front. Diagrams B & C
  3. Top stitch along the inside edges of the window panel, stitching 3/8 of an inch in from the framing strips. Diagram D
  4. Fold each of the 1 ½ inch strips cut for the ties in half lengthwise, right sides out and press. Open the fold and bring each of the raw edges in towards the fold line, refold and press well. Top stitch each of the folded strips to secure folds.  Diagram E
  5. Pin two strips side by side with the first strip placed 4 inches in from the center framing strip on the right side of the pillow front. Pin well. Repeat using the remaining two strips and pinning them to the opposite side of the pillow front. Diagram F
  6. Using the 16 ½ inch x 17 ½ inch backing piece, turn under the left side 1 inch. Repeat turning it under a second time. Press well. Center the hook side of the Velcro® on top of the seam, on the wrong side of the pillow backing and top stitch along either side, catching the edges of the Velcro® as you sew. Using the 10 ½ inch x 17 ½ inch backing piece, turn under the right side 1 inch. Repeat turning it under a second time. Press well. Center the loop side of the Velcro® on top of the seam, on the right side of the pillow backing and top stitch along either side, catching the edges of the Velcro® as you sew.  Diagrams G & H
  7. With right sides together, pin the pillow front to the pillow back. Stitch around the outside edge using a ½ inch seam. To reinforce, stitch a second row ¼ out from the first row. Clip corners. Diagram I
  8. Turn the pillow right side out and press well. Insert Pillow.

 

Summer WindowScape Pillow

This post is part of the Designer Crafts Connection bloghop. To see what my designer friends have created click on the Designer Crafts Connection badge on the left side of my page. You will be able to hop forward and backward and see inspirational projects using Fairfield World’s wonderful pillow inserts.

 

Sterling Silver Cuddle Pillow

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 Don’t you want to just reach out and touch this textural pillow. Dimension is achieved not only through the wonderful Sterling Silver Pre-cuts by Shannon Fabrics but the 3D nature of the pillow design itself. Full size petal patterns as well as step by step diagrams will have you ready to sew in no time at all.

Supplies:

Two sets of Sterling Silver Cake Squares by Shannon Fabrics

One 18 inch by 18 inch Soft Touch® Pillow Insert

One yard of Structure Fusible Interfacing

One Half Ball Cover Button – Size 75

Basic Sewing, Cutting, Measuring and Pressing tools and supplies

How to:

Note:  All seams are 1/2 inch. To request the pattern, please leave a comment and I will be happy to send you a pdf of full size patterns.

  1. Choose four squares each from the Sterling Silver Cake Squares selection for the front and back of your pillow. Mix shades of grey as well as textures.

  2. With right sides together, stitch two sets of two squares together, they stitch the two sets together to form a larger square. Repeat to assemble the back of the pillow.

  3. With right sides together, stitch the pillow front and back together, leaving a 8 inch opening along the bottom edge.

  4. Insert the Soft Touch® Pillow Insert and hand stitch the opening closed.

  5. Large Petals: Choose two squares for each of five petals, one lighter grey and one darker grey. Once again mix textures. With right sides together, cover the lighter squares with Structure Fusible Interfacing, following the manufacturer’s directions.

  6. Using the pattern, trace the outline of the larger petal directly onto the interfacing.

  7. Stitch along the traced line. Trim 1/4 inch from the stitched line and turn right side out. Continue until you have created five large petals and four small petals. Note: I choose to feature the darker petals as the large petals and the reverse for the smaller petals.

  8. Using a needle and thread, stitch the five large petals together. Gather and tie off your thread.

  9. Once again using a needle and thread, stitch the four small petals together. Gather the petals and then place the smaller petals on top of the large and stitch the two layers together, sewing through the center of the petals.

  10. Following the manufacturer’s directions, cover a large half ball button with the cuddle fabric of your choice.

  11. Center the flower on top of the pillow form and using a large needle and doubled thread insert needle into the center back of the pillow and come up through the center front of the pillow and shank of the button.

  12. Insert the needle and thread back down and through a button added to the center back of the pillow. Repeat three or four times, stitching through the fabric, pillow form and buttons. Pull threads taught and insert needle back through one of the holes in the button. Wrap thread around the back of the button and tie off.

Sterling Silver Cuddle Pillow

Sewing Accessory Tote with JOY lettering

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Sewing Scissor ToteOne can never have enough bags and totes to carry all those necessary items one needs when going to a sewing retreat. I thought since I used this fun scissor fabric I would utilize this tote for my cutting tools. I liked the idea of placing a bold monogram on my tote and the iron on letters provided by JOY USA worked perfectly. 

Supplies:

Joy letters of your choice

1/4 yard natural canvas fabric

1/4 yard of cotton print fabric

1/4 yard iron on medium weight interfacing

One 10″ zipper

1/4 yard of 1/4 inch ribbon or cord

Basic Sewing, Cutting, Pressing and Measuring supplies and tools

How to:

Cut the following:

Canvas Fabric (top panels) – cut two rectangles of canvas fabric 6″ x 12″

Print Fabric – (bottom panels) cut two rectangles 6″ x 12″,  (lining) one rectangle 21″ x 12″ , (zipper tabs) two rectangles 1″ x 3″

Interfacing – cut four rectangles 6″ x 12″

  1. Following the manufacturer’s directions, fuse the  interfacing to the back of the canvas and print fabric of similar size.
  2. With right sides together, stitch the top panels to the bottom panels. Press the seams towards the bottom panels. Note: All seams unless otherwise noted are 1/2″
  3. Top stitch along the horizontal seams, stitching 1/4 inch away from the seam line.
  4. Attach a zipper foot to your machine. Place one zipper strip on each end of the zipper, right sides together. Open up the zipper and stitch right up against the tabs on either end. Stitch the zipper tabs in place, sewing the seam along both the top and bottom zipper stops. Press the zipper tabs away from the zipper at each end.
  5. Turn under 1/2 inch along the top edges of the front and back panels. Center the zipper between the two panels. The zipper should be placed appx. 1/4 inch away from the zipper teeth. Stitch the zipper in place..
  6. Trim away excess fabric from the tabs, trimming them even with the sides of the tote.
  7. Open the zipper halfway. With right sides together, fold the two panels, aligning the bottom hem and sides. Pin, then stitch.
  8. Center JOY lettering on the front of the tote and following the manufacturer’s directions fuse in place.
  9. Boxing the corners: Fold the corners of the tote so the side and bottom seams align, forming triangles. Measure 2 inches in from the points of the triangle and draw a line across the corners. Stitch along the drawn lines.  Trim 1/2 inch away from the stitched lines. Turn the tote right side out.
  10. Fold the lining in half, right sides together. Stitch along both sides. Press a crease line along the bottom edge. (this will aid in the next step)
  11. Following the instructions above, box the corners of the lining.
  12. Turn under the top edge of the lining 3/4 of an inch and press.
  13. Insert the lining into the bag, wrong sides together and slip stitch the lining in place next to the zipper. Note: Leave the inside corners of the lining free to allow for some ease.
  14. Fold ribbon or cord in half and insert into zipper pull. Tie the ribbon ends together.

This post is part of the Designers Craft Connection bloghop. To see what my designer friends have created click on the Designer Craft Connection badge on the left side of my page. You will be able to hop forward and backward and see inspirational projects using JOY lettering.

 

 

 

Wedding Scape with Decorative Trimmings

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Decorative Trimmings Outdoor Wedding Scape Final

Two of my four brothers were married in April, so April just says wedding to me. Through the combination of burlap ribbon in two widths, and assorted trims from Decorative Trimmings I created a table runner, napkin rings, chair bows with place cards and covered a lampshade for intimate lighting. Whether you choose to sew or glue your own table accessories, choosing the right trims for your project might not be so easy as the selection is just wonderful. In my post I will walk you through how to create your very own napkin rings and table runners.

Decorative Trimmings Outdoor Wedding Scape Closeup

Supplies:


Assorted trims from Decorative Trimmings

4 & 6 inch wide burlap ribbon

Two 1/2 inch buttons

Glue gun & glue sticks

Sewing machine as well as ironing, measuring and sewing supplies.

Napkin Ring How To:

Cut one 6 inch length of 4 inch burlap ribbon for each napkin ring.

Stitch trims to the burlap ribbon, starting at the center point and working your way to the edge of the ribbon. The number of trims will be determined by the width of each trim you have chosen.

Fold the burlap ribbon in half, right sides together and stitch using a 1/2 inch seam. Turn right side out.

Create a figure eight loop of trim. Glue the bow, topped with a button to the center top of the napkin ring.

Table Runner How To:

Determine the length of the table runner by measuring the table and adding the drop down each side. Add 2 inches to the measurement and cut a piece of 6 inch wide burlap this length.

In the sample project, trim was stitched 1 inch from either edge down the length of the ribbon. A second row of trim was then stitched along the inside edge of the first rows.

Fold each of the runner ends in half right sides together and stitch using a 1/2 inch seam. Turn right side out and press carefully, forming a point at each end.

 

Sew simple yet so elegant,  Lorine

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This post is part of the Designers Craft Connection bloghop. To see what my designer friends have created click on the Designer Craft Connection badge on the left side of my page. You will be able to hop forward and backward and see inspirational projects using a variety of elegant trims from Decorative Trimmings.

 

Giant Spring Flowers with oly-fun™

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Making giant flowers to use as chair back accents, to hang in trees, place on your front door or used as a table centerpiece is sew simple and a great idea to dress up your table or your home for Spring. I used oly-fun™ as it is cost effective and comes in so many delightfully Spring-like colors. Full size patterns and step by step written instructions as well as diagrams will help you achieve success from your first flower to your tenth. I would love to see these flowers utilized as wedding decor. They would look great as an alternative to the traditional pew bow, but honestly the options are limitless as changing the size is simply a matter of placing the pattern on your copy machine and creating whatever size you can imagine. Have fun!

 

Supplies:

oly-fun™ – Orchid, Lemon Drop, Bubblegum, Sea Green, Snow Drop

Floral wire & Wire cutters

White thread

Glue Gun

Basic sewing, cutting and pressing tools

How to:

A.  Using the patterns* and measurements provided cut out the flower petals, center ruffle and stamen strips.

B.  Top stitch using white thread around each petal

C.  Using a needle and thread with a knot on one end, stitch the five largest petals together using a large gathering stitch. Draw up the thread and distribute the gathers. Stitch back into the flower center to secure the gathers and trim away any excess thread.

D. Repeat stitching and gathering together the four smaller petals.

E.  Using a needle and thread with a knot on one end, stitch along one edge of the center ruffle using a large gathering stitch.

F.  Draw up the thread and distribute the gathers. Stitch back into the ruffle to secure the gathers and trim away any excess thread. Using the glue gun, add a drop of glue to the open edge of the center ruffle.

G. Wrap one of the  1/2″ strips around itself to form 8″ wide loops, continue until all three strips have been used. Wrap a piece of wire around the center of the loops and twist the ends together, gathering the loops together tightly at the center point. Trim away excess wire and flatten the wire ends against the back of the flower.

H. Stack the flower layers on top of each other, adding glue and pressing until the glue sets between each of the layers.

Depending on the intended use of the flowers you may want to add a tie or hanging loop. Finish your flower with a 3″ circle of matching oly-fun™ to cover the center back of the flower.

*If you would like a copy of the patterns, leave a comment with your request and I will send the pdf to you…..

 

 

Giant Spring Flower

 

This project is part of the Designer Craft Blog Connection so please take the time to see what my fellow designers have come up with to show off  all things possible with ribbon.  The icon is along the side of my blog post. Simply click forward or backward to check out what they have created.  Leaving a message is always appreciated.

Lorine

Frozen Blooms

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Frozen Blooms Wreath Photo Watermarked

This post is all about things you love….I love oly-fun by Fairfield Processing and to add to that, the color palette is just yummy. I came up with this wreath because I also love winter. OK – I understand it is not everyone’s favourite season but I am originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and man you better love winter or you are in a whole lot of trouble. Now living where I live now (Virginia) might play a factor into my continued love of Winter a bit more but to me it is all about the white, clean crispness of the weather and ultimately the snow.

You might at first glance think this wreath has something to do with the Disney® movie entitled Frozen®…..I have never seen it and while I have heard it is wonderful, trust me it is about ice and snow and nothing more. Here is the diagram of step outs to walk you through the process. If you would like a detailed set of instructions check out the post on the Fairfield blog

Frozen Blooms Wreath

 

This project is part of the Designer Craft Blog Connection so please take the time to see what my fellow designers have come up with to show off their favourites….  The icon is along the side of my blog post. Simply click forward or backward to check out what they have created.  Leaving a message is always appreciated.

Lorine

Cuddle Twins Pillows

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Cuddle Twins Pillows Final

 

Kinda cute and Kinda goofy, these pillow stuffies are for the child with an edge. A personality that says I like my cuddle twin and they’re going with me wherever my journey might take me today. My daughter, loved Miss Piggy®  from the popular show  The Muppets® and insisted on wrapping her up like a baby doll and carrying her around for months as she was growing up. People would stop us and ask to see her baby – well let me say they were quite taken aback when Miss Piggy®  was revealed. What can I say she was a child who knew what she liked. I think she would have liked a Cuddle Twin.

Ok – what are these adorable little guys all about. Well the folks over at Shannon Fabrics got together with the great people at Fairfield and challenged us, the Master Makers of Fairfield to come up with something using their cuddle cakes. Cuddle cakes are pre-cut 10 inch squares of their warm and wonderful cuddle fabrics. Want to know how I made these cute little people?  Here you go, step by step diagrams and instructions. If you would like a full size pattern for the arms and legs, leave me a comment and I will send you a pdf.

Cuddle Twins by Lorine Mason

Supplies:

cuddle cakes 10″ pre-cuts by Shannon Fabrics, Poly-fil® 100% premium polyester fibrefill, oly-fun™ Snow White, Buttons, Ribbon, Embroidery thread, Rick Rack and Basic sewing, cutting and ironing supplies.

How to:

Cuddle Pillow Twins

A.  Gather your supplies. Choose a color from your cuddle cakes for the front and back of the pillow.

 

B.  Cut two 2 1/2 inch circles from oly-fun™. Sew oly-fun™ and buttons in position on the square of cuddle fabric that will become the front of your pillow. Sew a button for the nose and stitch rick rack for the mouth. Add large stitched X’s at the corners of the mouth. Refer to the project photo for placement guidance.

 

C.  Using the pattern provided by me if you send me a comment or cut your own version of legs . Depending on whether you are making the female version of the pillow or the male the legs/shoes vary. Once again refer to the project photo for guidance. With wrong sides together stitch the legs to the shoes and then stitch the leg fronts to a leg backs. Turn right side out and press carefully using a pressing cloth.

 

D.  Repeat to create the arms for your pillow.

 

E.  Pin the arms and legs to the pillow front, right sides together.

 

F.  Cover with the pillow back, right sides together and stitch leaving an opening between the two legs.

 

G.  Turn right side out, stuff with fibrefill and hand stitch the opening closed.

 

H.  Cut a 5 inch by 4 inch rectangle for the hair bow. With right sides together, fold the rectangle in half to measure 2.5 x 4 inches. Stitch along the 4 inch length, leaving an opening of  2″ at the center. Center the seam line and stitch across each end. Turn right side out and press carefully. Using a needle and thread, stitch across the center of the bow, using large stitches. Pull the thread taught and wrap in around the center of the bow. Cut a 1″ x 2″ rectangle of cuddle fabric. Fold into three lengthwise and wrap it around the center of the bow. Stitch the ends closed at the back of the bow.

 

I.  Stitch the bow to the top left of the pillow front.

 

As I mentioned previously, if you leave a comment and ask me for the pattern, I would be happy to send you a pdf containing the full size patterns. Have fun…. One last thing, I am a Master Maker for Fairfield and they were generous enough to supply the oly-fun™ and poly-fil for this project. Shannon Fabrics provided the cuddle cakes (C3 Very Vibrant). 

Ok – one really last thing.  There are some great prizes in conjunction with this project challenge.  Here is the information , be sure to enter for your chance to win some great prizes from Fairfield and Shannon Fabrics.

 

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Smoothfoam™ Holiday Ball

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Bowl Full of Jelly

Supplies:

One 3 inch diameter Smoothfoam­™ Ball, Red Acrylic craft paint, Paintbrush,Twelve inches of 1 inch wide Black Nylon Webbing, One White Buckle, Three 1/4 inch black buttons, Glue gun, Hot Air gun or blow dryer.

How To:

1.  Paint the ball using the paintbrush and acrylic paint. It will take more than one coat, be sure to let paint dry between coats. HINT:  Insert a needle into the top of the ball and insert a piece of thread through the eye of the needle. Hang the ornament to dry between coats of paint.

2.  To achieve the stippled look. Heat the surface of the ball using a hot air gun. Do this very carefully, starting at least six inches away from the ball and moving closer as you watch the ‘cells’ puff up from the heat. If the cells puff up and reveal the white surface of the ball, simply apply another coat of paint. (See closeup photo below instructions)

3. Slide the buckle onto the webbing and turn under the end of the webbing and glue.

4. Attach the belt to the ornament with glue gun.

5. Attach buttons to the front of the ornament, centering them above and below the belt.

6. Insert a hanger into the top of the ornament.  Note: This particular brand of hanger was spiraled on both ends with a bead. In this case, I opened up one end of the spiral and inserted it into the ball, removed it,  inserted glue into the hole and then reinserted the hanger.  Add a ribbon hanging loop if desired.

 

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Thanks so much for stopping by. I love comments…..

Lorine