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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.

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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

Pleated Ribbon Pillow

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Turn simple grosgrain ribbon into a gorgeous pleated pillow masterpiece. A little math and you are on your way with complete diagrams and step by step directions.  I promise it is not that difficult.


Supplies:

Offray grosgrain ribbon – 3″ wide Navy & White, Buttons,Poly-fil® pillow form or Poly-fil® premium polyester stuffing, 1/2 yard of cotton fabric plus basic sewing, cutting and ironing supplies.

How to:

Determine the finished pillow size. To do this, take into consideration the width of the ribbon ie: Ribbon that is 3″ wide when folded will create folded  designs 3″ square. Use multiples of the 3 inches when deciding the finished size of the pillow you wish to create. The featured pillow is 15 x 21 inches.

A.  Cut ribbon three times longer than the width of the finished pillow plus 6 inches. ie: finished pillow will be 21 wide , cut ribbon 3 x 21 + 6 = 69 inches.  The pillow will be 15 inches in height so you will need 5 rows of ribbon. Starting 3″ inches from one end, place marks on the top and bottom edges of the ribbon, spacing the marks 3 inches apart. Note: If you were using a different width of ribbon you would alter the length of the spaces to match the width of the ribbon.

B. Fold the first set of markings to match the second set of markings and pin. Fold the third set of markings back towards the second set and pin. This is the first box pleat. Continue folding from left to right and then right to left until you have created the required number of box pleats. In the case of the project pillow that number would be seven.

C.  Using a thread and needle; Stitch through the center of each pleat, being sure to stitch through all layers of the ribbon. Note: The stitching is marked in red on the diagram.

D.  Turn the pleated ribbon over to what will become the front.

E.  Bring the top and bottom edges of the ribbon to meet at the center point, secure by stitching a button through all layers of the ribbon.

F.  Lay the completed strip of pleated ribbon over the top of another length of ribbon. In the case of the project, a contrasting color was used.

G.  Cut a length of fabric for the pillow front 1″ larger than the length and width of the pillow. ie: Finished pillow will be 15″ x 21″. Cut pillow front 16″ x 22″. Center the ribbon strips on top of the pillow front fabric. Stitch between and at the center of each of the pleated areas. Be sure to stitch through all layers of the ribbon and fabric.

H.  Cut two pieces of fabric for the pillow backing. Cut one the height of the pillow plus 1 inch x the width of the pillow plus 8 inches. Cut the second piece the height of the pillow plus 1 inch x the width of the pillow + 3 inches. ie: The project pillow is 15″ x 21″, cut one piece 15″ + 1″ = 16″ by 21″ + 8 = 29″ cut the second piece 15″ +1″ = 16″ by 21″ +3 = 24″. Turn over 1 inch along one of the side edges of each piece and press. Turn over a second time and top stitch.

I.  With the pillow front laying face up on a flat surface, cover with the two pillow back sections, overlapping the center edges. Stitch around the outside edge. Clip corners and turn right side out. Insert pillow form.

Depending on the finished size of the pillow you may not be able to purchase a pillow form. To make a custom size of  pillow form; cut two pieces of cotton fabric 1 inch larger than the width and length of the finished pillow. With right sides together, stitch around the outside edges, leaving a 4 inch opening. Clip corners and turn right side out. Fill with poly-fil® premium polyester stuffing to desired fullness. Stitch the opening closed. Insert the pillow form into finished pillow.

Pleated Ribbon Pillow

 Pleated Ribbon Pillow

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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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

 

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Lorine

Cuddle Twins Pillows

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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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Handmade for the Holidays – Holiday Apron Panel

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NOVEMBER 9 – post at 7am PST (10am EST)
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Welcome to the final day of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! We hope you enjoyed the projects from the last 2 days! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

 

Robert Kaufman Apron with Logo

Pre-printed fabric panels are very popular throughout the year, however they are especially pretty during the holidays. What to do with them can be a little more challenging. How about a quick apron project! No pattern needed, some easy measurements and few cuts and you are set to go. Let’s get started.

 

Supplies:

Rectangle fabric panel, Double folded bias tape, Jumbo rick rack, Sewing machine, Iron, Basic sewing and cutting supplies.

How To:

Trim the apron panel following the diagram. Note: that not all fabric panels are the same, adjust measurements as needed.  Diagram A Turn over the top edge of the apron one inch, press and repeat to create a double turned hem. Top stitch along the top and bottom edges of the folds. Measure 1 1/2″ from the side edge along the top and place a pin, measure 1 1/2″ from the first pin and place a second pin. Form a tuck by bringing the two pins together. Stitch across the tuck. Repeat for the opposite side. Diagram B & C Open the folds of the bias tape and pin to the sides of the apron. Starting from the top edge, release a pin and insert rick rack and repin. Continue inserting the rick rack along each of the apron sides. Diagram D Turn under the bottom of the fabric panel 1″ and press. Repeat to create a double turned hem. Top stitch along the top and bottom edges of the folds. Diagram E Cut two 60″ lengths of bias tape. Measure down 20 inches, open the fold of the bias tape and  pin along the raw edge of the apron front. Release the first pin and insert rick rack, turning under the raw edge and repin. Continue inserting rick rack along the apron front , turning under the raw edge of the rick rack when you reach the end. Top stitch down either side of the bias tape to secure the rick rack and bias tape to the apron, as well as creating the neck and waistline tie. Diagram F Holiday Apron Panel   NOVEMBER 9 – post at 7am PST (10am EST) Handmade Holidays 2014 Hop Logo Welcome to the final day of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! We hope you enjoyed the projects from the last 2 days! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out. WRITE YOUR BLOG POST HERE Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects?? Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away! Clearsnap  Westcott  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L  Ellison Educational Equipment  ICE Resin  Neat and Tangled  Therm O Web  Walnut Hollow  Elizabeth Craft Designs  Rowland Technologies  Graphic 45  Hydrangea Hippo   Pink and Main  The Buckle Boutique  Tami Mayberry Art & Design – Tami Mayberry  Jamie Dougherty – Jamie Dougherty Designs  Elizabeth Craft Designs – Raquel Mason  Meagan – The Charming Farmer  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Angela Ploegman   Carolyn Dube – A Colorful Journey  Pink and Main – Mistyana Wright  The Buckle Boutique – Niki Wilson  It’s Sew Lorine – Lorine Mason   ‎ Therm O Web – Andy Knowlton  L. Grace Lauer – Uniquely Grace  Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu Oh Snap Lizzie – Lizzie Sanchez Graphic 45 – Katie Zoey Ho Charity Wings ICE Resin – Tatiana Allen Polly Carlson – Pieces by Polly Ellison Educational Equipment – Jan Hobbins  RoseRedd Paper Studio – Rochelle Washington a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Holiday Millie B bibs

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Welcome to the Fat Quarter Face-off Holiday 2014. Robert Kaufman fabrics and Fairfield have tasked the Master Makers, in which I am one of with the challenge of creating something with a bundle of fat quarters sent to us by Robert Kaufman. I received the Winter’s Grandeur by Studio RK and was delighted to make up a couple of Millie B bibs to show off the wonderful prints. Be sure to check out my fellow master makers creations and vote as there are some great prizes available. You will need to head over to the FairfieldWorld blog to vote.


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Nothing says the holidays like homemade whether from your sewing machine or your oven and let’s face it, giving from your heart is always a good thing. Using these beautiful Robert Kaufman Winter’s Grandeur by Studio RK prints made choosing the prints to incorporate somewhat difficult. This delightful creation is another version of the Millie B Bib patterns – Night at the Ballet.  Patterns are available through my Craftsy shop 



Supplies:  Robert Kaufman Winter’s Grandeur by Studio RK, poly-fil®Natural Cotton Batting, Double fold bias tape or create your own, Sewing machine, iron and basic sewing and cutting tools.

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How to:

For this holiday version I simply went, well; Simple!  I removed the pocket square, pocket flap, shirt front and bow tie from the boys version and let the fabric do the talking. The girls version features a two tiered skirt. When cutting the skirt cut the shorter tier 5″ long by 21″ wide and cut the under skirt 7″ long by 21″ wide. Measure, press then sew a double turned 1/4″ hem along the bottom and side edges of both skirt tiers. Lay the short skirt tier on top of the long skirt tier, with the top edges even and sew two rows of gathering stitches along the top edge, spacing them 1/4″ apart. Follow the pattern directions to attach the skirt and cover with the skirt band. You might like to dress up the skirt band or tiers using rick rack, braid or ribbon trim, the results can be whatever you desire. Have fun.

I would love to hear your thoughts. This post is a face-off so your vote counts. Below is the link to vote and you are able to vote twice per ip address. Thanks and stay turned for more Millie B makeovers.

 

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There’s a new cord in town! Hebe cord by Sullivan’s USA

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Floral Hairband

Floral Hairband

Supplies:

One Skein Hebe Cord*, Hairband, 3.5 mm Crochet Hook, Spool Knitting Tool, Large Eye Needle, Fabric Glue, Three Buttons, Scissors, Measuring Tape or Ruler

*Hebe cord is available from Sullivans, USA

How to:

1. Following the instructions given with the Spool Knitting Tool; knit a length long enough to cover the hairband.

2. Insert one end of the hairband into the knitted tube. Wrap the cord at the ends of the knitted tube around the hairband ends and add a drop of glue to secure.

3. Crochet three floral motifs:

Create a slip knot and attach cord to your crochet hook. Chain seven. Bring the hook around and insert it through the first stitch. Make a slip stitch into that stitch to form a ring with the stitches. Chain four. Crochet three treble* stitches into the ring. Chain 4 and slip stitch through ring. This is one petal. Repeat to make an additional four petals. Cut cord end six inches long, insert end through the last stitch on the hook and remove motif from the hook. Insert each of the cord ends (beginning and ending cords) onto a large eyed needle and feed them through to the back of the floral motif. Use these ends to tie motifs onto hairband. Trim ends and add a drop of glue to secure.

4. Use the needle and additional cord to stitch the motifs (they should already be tied onto the hairband) and buttons onto the hairband, stitching through the knitted cover of the hairband. Add drops of glue to secure.

*Treble Stitch:  Wrap the cord around the hook twice, insert the hook into the ring and wrap the yarn over the hook, pull the hook back through the ring and wrap the yarn around the hook. Pull through two stitches, wrap the yarn around and pull through two stitches, repeat one last time leaving a single stitch on the hook. 

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 this brand new line of cords.  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

 

Punkin Heads

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HALLOWEEN BASH BLOG HOP – TUESDAY

Over 110 fabulous Halloween Ideas shared by bloggers. #halloweenideas #halloween

Halloween is absolutely one of my FAVORITE holidays and to celebrate I pulled together the creative minds of some of my talented blogging friends to bring you over 110 fabulous Halloween ideas! From costumes to parties, crafts and home decor, recipes and free printables, we have so many fun ideas to share! I guarantee you’ll find a project (or 10!) that you would love to incorporate into your Halloween festivities. All week (Monday through Saturday) myself and my blogging friends will be sharing our fun creations with all of you. Each day will include approximately 20 Halloween projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.

Here is my contribution (Lucky #13 – how appropriate for this time of year) to this fun Blog Hop. I call these little guys Punkin Heads.

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 Let’s get started! First of all you will need to gather up your craft supplies. Here is a quick shot of the items needed to create your very own Punkin Heads.

 

Step 1

You will need: Glue, T-shirt yarn or cut your own strips, beads, google eyes, pompoms, leaf cutouts, foam balls (I used 2 and 3 inch balls), a measuring tape, scissors and bottle caps for the bases. If you are planning on creating your own t-shirt stirps. Cut strips  1  1/4″ wide, cutting across the width of the t shirt and pull to form tubes. You will need fifteen orange strips 20″ long and one 12″ green strip.

Step 2

Set one strip aside and lay the fourteen  strips onto a flat surface. Use the remaining strip to tie them together at the center point.  Fan out the strips as shown in the photo.

Step 4

Center the foam ball on top of the knot and wrap strips up and around the ball, being sure to cover the entire surface of the ball and tie using a  green t shirt strip. Tie a bow and trim. Glue bottle cap over the knot to create a level standing surface. Use glue to attach the eyes, nose etc to your Punkin Head. Create a fun hairstyle for your Punkin Head by trimming and tying knots. Beads may also be added to individual strands of hair before tying a knot. Add leaves. REfer to the project photo for ideas on decorating and styling your Punkin Head.

 

Join in our blog hop! Just like yesterday, simply click on each of the links below, for the Halloween projects you’d like to see in more detail and it’ll take you right to that post with additional information and photos on how to create it. Have fun and pin away!

110+ fun and fabulous Halloween projects and ideas. #halloweenprojects #halloween

1. Football Field {Dollar Store} Costume
2. Glowing Boo Pumpkins {Dollar Tree Makeover}
3. Frankenstein Treat Boxes
4. Halloween Notepads
5. Glamorous Feather Halloween Wreath
6. DIY Baby Carrot Costume
7. Pumpkin Macarons
8. Washi Tape Pumpkin
9. Twisted Halloween Sugar Cookies
10. Halloween Trick or Treat Tree
11. Halloween Drink Label Printables
12. An Old-Fashioned Family Halloween Party
13. Punkin Heads
14. Pottery Barn Knock Off Trick or Treat Banner
15. Embroidery Hoop Spider Webs
16. Jack o’Lantern Drinking Glasses
17. Witches Spell Halloween treat & printable
18. Steam Punkin Party Favor
19. Host A Pumpkin Picking Picnic
20. Spiderweb No Bake Cheesecake

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Be sure to come back tomorrow for another 20 awesome Halloween ideas!

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Rainbow Blog Hop – Green is a Cool Color

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Rainbow blog HopThe assignment was to create something crafty from the package of supplies the darling Laura Kelly sent to each of the participants. We did not know our assigned color until the box was opened. Somehow I managed to get GREEN which is my favorite color. The box was packed with all kinds of goodies, felt, embroidery thread, buttons, sequins, miniature plastic  houses, ribbon, cardstock and more. While we were tasked with sticking to our assigned color the project could incorporate all or none of the supplies sent to each of us. With such a variety of goodies laid out in front of me it almost seemed too daunting to even get started. However, never one to miss a deadline I decided to push through the creative block. I choose to use the two skeins of embroidery thread, the sequins and the buttons ( I added a few from my very large stash of buttons) to create a crocheted thread necklace.  Here is what I did:

First step is to thread your sequins and buttons onto one end of the thread. I did this using an embroidery needle. The key here is to choose one that is easy to thread while still being able to insert the needle and thread through the holes of the sequins and buttons. No problem just test it through a few buttons and sequins. Start the project by threading on buttons. How many buttons did I use….. I will be right back as I need to count them.   Ok I am back – I strung on 32 which gave me a finished strand app. 22″ in length. Add more or less. I will say add more as you can always choose to not use them all – it is difficult to add more. You will notice that I strung buttons as well as sequins together. As i usually do not know what I am doing before I really do it, it seemed a good idea. In reality I would work each strand separately therefore stringing on the buttons, finishing a strand and then repeating the process three more times; one more with buttons and two with sequins.

photo2The next step is to find an appropriate sized crochet hook. Now I will preface this with the fact that I am not an avid crocheter therefore go by the rule that if the thread stays on the hook and the hook slides through the loops it must be the perfect size. What size did I use, wait one moment while I get a magnifying glass to read the itty bitty printing on the perfect sized crochet hook. I will be right back…Ok it was a Boye 2.25mm hook.

photo3I tied the thread loosely around the hook and chained 10 stitches. I then slid a button up next to my chain and looped the thread about the top of the button forming yet another chain. I continued crocheting 6 chains, adding a button and then crocheting another 6 stitches, finished off the strand by crocheting 10 chains until I had a 22″ length of chained stitches. I cut the thread and pulled it through the last loop. I then did the exact same thing using sequins. How many sequins – I did not count but add at least 30 or more as I doubled them up every once in awhile.  I created a total of four strands, two strands using buttons and two strands featuring sequins.  Before I cut the thread on the last strand I crocheted the three previous strands to the one currently on my hook and continued chaining an 8″ length to be used as a tie. I cut the thread and pulled it through the last chain. I then tied the thread onto the opposite end of one of the strands and crocheted all four of them together adding an 8″ tie. Voila my crocheted thread necklace is complete.

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Be sure to hop your way through the Rainbow Blog Hop and see what my fellow designers have come up with….You will be happy you did, I promise. Also, we all love comments so feel free to drop any or all of us a line or two. Happy Hopping.

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