Happy December, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holiday DIY season to you!!
It's that time of year for breaking out all the craft felt and glitter
and covering the house in handmade holiday cheer!
To get this handmade holiday season started,
I thought I would share this super simple Candy Cane Wreath tutorial with you.
So simple, I was able to make it the night before Thanksgiving while my pie was in the oven
and I was able to use the next day!
To make a wreath of your own, you will need:
- Red and White Felt
- A large cereal box
- A Glue Gun and Glue
Using two large bowls,
trace a wreath shape onto the backside of your opened cereal box, and cut it out.
From your felt, cut a bunch of strips about three inches wide.
Cut scallops onto one side of each of those strips.
Place one white felt strip and one red strip together,
staggering them so you can see the strip underneath,
and start wrapping them around your cardboard wreath,
securing it with a little bit of glue on the back as you go.
When you get to the end of a strip,
cut it so that the end will be on the backside of the wreath,
and then start wrapping again with another strip of the same color.
At the end of the wreath, tuck the last strips under the scalloped end of the very first strips
to make the layers look continuous.
You might need to play around with the last couple inches of wrapping before you glue it all down,
just to make sure it all fits right.
And you're done!
Look at how easy that was!
I love that because of the loftiness of the felt,
you would never know the wreath base was just a simple cereal box.
What a great last minute project!
Have you gotten your Christmas decorations out yet?!
What bits of festive decor will you be crafting this year?
Who doesn't love a good gift guide this time of year?!
I just LOVE the challenge of coming up with the most original, unique, perfect for that person gift!
This week I'm going to focus on gift ideas for that dear friend in your life
who always talks about wanting to learn, get better at, or make more time for, a certain craft.
(And if that dear friend is you, maybe give you some ideas of things to put on your list!)
Today let's start out with gifts for beginning quilters!
The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman would be a great book for learning to quilt!
I have it on hold (it's a looong hold) at the library and can't wait to get my mitts on it.
She discusses all the basics of learning how to piece, quilt, and bind your first ever quilt,
and the designs she shares are so fresh and modern.
Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg is on my Christmas list this year,
I love this book so much!
This book focuses on making creative, modern, and clean scrap quilts,
and she teaches you improvisational piecing with your scraps,
a quilting skill I am very eager to start trying out.
This Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set would be such a fabulous gift for a beginning quilter!
Thankfully really all you need to start quilting are
a sharp rotary cutter, a straight ruler, a cutting mat, and a sewing machine,
and this little set knocks out three of the four without too much cost!
Quilters also need to have a stash of batting,
and this Warm and White Cotton Batting is my favorite brand.
It's 100% cotton, makes any white fabric in your quilt just pop with brightness,
and you can buy it in these pre-cut sizes that would make a great gift.
The Fun Stuff! -
What every craft-o-phile wants, no matter their passion, is some shiny new designer fabric!!
For a quilter, a great gift would be a set of pre-cut fabrics, like this Moda Bluebird Park Charm Pack.
Most designer fabric lines also come out with charm packs or jelly rolls
which contain pre-cut pieces of most or all of the fabrics in their line.
These are a great way for a beginning quilter to build up their stash without too much cost.
I have a couple different charms packs on my list that's for sure!
You can also buy fabrics in Fat Quarters Packs.
Fat quarters are large enough to give you room to cut different style pieces,
but small enough that you can buy a whole bunch of cute fabrics without feeling too guilty ;]
At least that's what I tell myself when I'm browsing for fabric!
How cute would it be to make up a little quilt kit for a friend
with a book, rotary cutter, and fabric?!
Is there anything else you would include in a beginning quilter's gift guide?
I made another quilt!
I had this fun (maybe a bit crazy) idea after I finished my last quilt
that we should have a couch quilt for every season or major holiday.
How fun would it be to pull out a new, fun quilt every couple months to snuggle under
and make festive memories with?
So, I got started on a fall quilt!
This quilt all started when I found the little tree print - S'More Love Forest -
while I was wandering through the fabric store.
(Although honestly I was drooling over the whole S'More Love line!)
It doesn't get any more fallish than those oranges and browns,
but I loved the unexpected pop of blue in the trees too.
I found a blue and brown that matched perfectly,
and then this quirky little yellow polka dot wouldn't leave me alone, so I grabbed him too.
I lucked out with this deep orange for the backing,
and away we went!
I had pinned quite a few flying geese patterned quilts, I just love how bold they look,
and thought with all of the solids this would be a great time to try it out.
(Get the title now?! Flying geese? But it's fall?
So falling geese? Does this constitute a bad quilting joke? Haha!)
I love how the geometric design of the trees turned out with the geese.
I knew if there was any way this quilt was going to get done while it was still fall
it was going to need to be a manageable,
so it is baby quilt sized at 33" x 36".
Added bonus - I was able to use two scraps of batting from my last quilt sewn together. Yeah!
For the quilting I followed the lines of the geese, 1/4" off, making a great zig zag pattern.
I still need to work on getting my silly machine to keep all of my quilting stitches even,
but I was able to quilt the whole thing in ONE nap time, so I'm not complaining!
All in all, I am quite pleased with this little quilt!
It looks so cozy and fallish on the back of the couch,
and already little man loves grabbing it and snuggling.
Which is really all that matters :]
Now, to get started on the Christmas quilt...!
Do you remember the Big Pom Baby Beanie knitting pattern I blogged about in March?
Well I've gone back and made it even better!
You can now download a PDF printable pattern for the beanie, for free!
Download the Big Pom Baby Beanie Free Knitting Pattern Here
I wrote up this beanie knitting pattern last winter,
after making a little hat for my little man for Christmas.
It looked so dang cute on him that I thought I would share the pattern with all of you!
It is sized to fit a 3 - 12 month baby
and uses such a small amount of yarn that you could easily make it
with some yarn already in your stash.
The other added bonus is that this hat knits up so quick!
You could easily make one of these for every tiny person on your holiday list.
If I could make one nursing a colicky baby a week before Christmas,
you can definitely make one ;]
This hat does knit in the round,
meaning you need to use circular needles or double pointed needles.
But don't let that intimidate you if you're a beginning knitter!
Here is a great photo tutorial on how to use both circular needles and double pointed needles
(I used double pointed to make this hat)
So what are you waiting for!
Download the PDF Pattern Here and get knitting!