Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pottery Barn Kids Knockoff Felt Donuts

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A couple of weeks ago we spent some time playing at Pottery Barn Kids.  Yes, I regularly take my kid to stores to play.  :)  Pottery Barn Kids is one of those stores that I adore, but would be very unlikely to ever purchase anything from because I think it's crazy overpriced.  Case in point:
Four felt donuts for $19!  (Sorry I don't have a better picture, they're not for sale online even though they're in the store.)

So naturally I decided to make my own.  Total cost- less than $1.  I already had tons of embroidery thread I could use to make the sprinkles and sew the felt, as well as some leftover stuffing after making my dinosaur, so I just picked up some pieces of felt on sale at JoAnne's for 25 cents apiece.  After making four donuts I still have plenty of felt left over other projects. 

There was a little bit of a learning curve to this.  The first pattern I made looked proportional on paper, but didn't look as well once it was sewn.  (That's the one on the top.)  The others looked a little bit better, so I'm keeping the second pattern. 
I used this tutorial from Escape Artist and this one from LisaJHoney and adapted them to make the donuts look more like the ones from Pottery Barn Kids. 

So these are going in the Christmas gift pile for my daughter who is getting some other play food as well.  Since she loves bringing us pretend snacks to eat, I'm sure she'll love these.  Think I should make the PBKids cupcakes too?  They look a little more involved, but I bet I can make them for a lot less than the $24 they cost!

Now that I've made some felt food, I'm totally excited to try to make some more.  I'm thinking of making burgers or pizza as well.  What do you suggest?
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Santa in the Chimney

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I absolutely fell in love with this card from Live, Love, and Scrap, so I decided to duplicate it with my scrapbooking group since I have (and love!) the Simply Charmed cartridge.  Since I don't have a gypsy, I cut out the shadow of the chimney and traced it onto a piece of black cardstock folded in half to make the base of the card.  Also, since I only have a baby bug and couldn't cut the chimney at the same size, I cut it at 5 1/2 inches.  Isn't this adorable?  Check out Live, Love, and Scrap to see a video on how to make this card. 

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Felt Christmas Trees Tutorial

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I'm sure that I am not the only one out there that has been obsessed with Pinterest lately.  It's such an amazing resource for crafting inspiration.  Lately it seems I've been lazy, though, and have been spending more time pinning things I want to make rather than actually making them. 

I found these cute Christmas trees on Pinterest and knew I wanted to make some.  I also really wanted to make some Christmas decorations in non-traditional colors, so these are the trees I made.

Aren't they adorable?  My daughter (21 months) is obsessed with them because they have buttons. They are so easy to make.  Let me show you how I did it.

You'll need:
Scraps of felt (I have LOTS- sheets are only 25 cents usually on sale at Joann's)
Rick rack (I got this at Walmart)
Embroidery thread
Assorted buttons
Glue (I used Aleene's Super Thick Tacky)

First cut out your felt shapes- two trees and one stump.  Cut some pieces of rick rack and find some buttons you like.

Glue the rick rack onto the felt

Sew on your buttons.

Add a little loop of rickrack between the 2 layers of felt.

Then sew a running stitch around the edge.

Ta da!  Hope you enjoy!  I'm planning on using these for the lower branches of our Christmas tree to keep it toddler safe, but I might make more to put on presents as well.  They'd also make a cute garland.  Happy Crafting!

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Turkey Pots

Pin It One of my crafty neighbors taught me to make these cute little turkey pots, which make a great Thanksgiving decoration.  They would also be perfect for place settings at a Thanksgiving table.  I filled mine with candy corn and kept one for myself and gave another to a friend.  Aren't they sweet? 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gobble Gobble!

Pin It Last week we had a fall festival in my neighborhood and I wanted to make something super cute for my daughter to wear.  I had this tiny spool of fall-themed ribbon that I picked up in the dollar section of Target and was inspired by all the ribbon turkeys on Pinterest.  So I made this:

Eek!  Don't you love it?  Here is the tutorial I used.  All I did differently was use different ribbon and add googly eyes.  One week to go until Thanksgiving, you have more than enough time to make one yourself!  Let me know if you do.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

He's Here!

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I am so excited about the newest addition to my family - a nephew!  I decided for a new baby I wanted to do some new crafts that I had never done before.  Recently I purchased this great book called One Yard Wonders and Steggie the stuffed dinosaur just had baby boy written all over it.  It has a ton of different crafts you can make using only one yard of fabric, and the patterns are all included on tissue paper pattern sheets.  Actually I discovered that some of the projects use less than a yard, so I had some left over after making Steggie to make a wipes case.  My sister-in-law gave us a cute wipes case when my daughter was born, and I was suprised to find out how easy they were to make - just a glue gun, some scrap fabric, and matching ribbon and you're done in no time!

Making a stuffed animal was so much easier than I had expected, so I'm already starting another from the same book.  I'll keep you posted.  :)

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