Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Make fun snowballs from a round loom


 

 
 
At my grandson's birthday party my daughter-in-law got out a bucket of snowballs that she had made from the smallest sized round loom.  The kids had a ball with them.  There were several babies there and they were so soft that you didn't have to worry about anyone getting hurt.  I tried to look for some on pinterest and on google so that I could blog about it, but could not find anything, so I thought that I would share her idea on my blog.

 

 
   
 She used the smallest sized round loom with a soft white yarn.  She went around until they were about seven inches long. 

Then she tied one end, stuffed them with fiber fill and then tied off the other end.  She made a small bucket full for the kids to play with.  The kids loved it, but the adults did also. 
 They were a lot of fun!
 
 

If you are looking for other ways to bring Winter into your home check out my Winter ideas by clicking on the picture below:

http://hollyshome-hollyshome.blogspot.com/p/fun-and-free-new-year-and-winter-ideas.html
 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Scattered Hearts, I heart You Valentine's Printables - Garland, Napkin Rings, Gift Tags, Treat Bag, Place Cards



I Heart You
I have two different, but similar sets of Valentine's printouts.  The above is I Heart You, and the below is Scattered Hearts. 
 
 Each set comes with Garland, Napkin Rings, Gift Tags, Treat Bag and Place Card Printouts. 
 
To use the printouts click on the picture to make it larger, then right click and save it into your pictures, or you can copy and paste it into your print program.
Scattered Hearts
 
The first set of printouts will be I Heart You. 
The second will be Scattered Hearts.
Just scroll down to the ones that you need
and then you copy and paste it.
 
I Heart You Printouts
 
Garland:
 
 
Napkin Rings:
 
 
 
Gift Tags:
 
 
 
2 Treat Bags:
 


or this one:
 
 
To see how to fold the treat bag go here
 
 
Place Cards:
 
 
 
 
Scattered Hearts Printouts:
 
Garland:
 
Napkin Rings:
 
Gift Tags:
 
 
Treat Bag:
 
To see how to fold the treat bag go here
 
Place Cards:
 
 
 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Chevron Stripe Happy Valentine's Day Printables - Placecards, Napkin Rings, Gift Tags, Garland and Gift Bag




Here are a set of Chevron Striped Valentine's items that you can print out to make your Valentine's Day extra special.  Above is a large heart to use as a garland. 

To printout the pictures just click on the to make the larger.  Then right click your mouse and save it as a picture, or copy and paste it into your print program.

Back to the Garland Heart


Medium Garland



Small Garland



Place cards




Napkin Rings




Gift Tags




Printout for the Gift Bag




To see how to fold the gift bag go here
http://hollyshome-hollyshome.blogspot.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-treat-bag-printable.html
















Quilted Art Supply Bag Tutorial

This Christmas I decided to make my granddaughter an art supply bag to hold all of her art supplies.    I designed the pattern around the art supplies that I had bought.  On the left side is a dry erase board with various dry erase items that she could use with that.  On the right side is the basic coloring books, paper and crayons.  I will do my best to describe how I put it together.

Here is a list of what you will need to use:

Main Bag:
2 pieces of 28"x18" fabric
1 piece of 28"x18" batting

Straps:
2 pieces of 6"x 29" fabric

Larger Bottom Pockets:
2 pieces of  18"x 20" fabric
2 pieces of 18"x10" wonder under fusible webbing
2 pieces of 18"x 2 1/2" fabric


Smaller Top Pockets:
1 piece of 22"x 14" fabric
1 piece of 22"x7" wonder under fusible webbing
1 piece of "22x 10"fabric
1 piece of 22"x5" wonder under fusible webbing
2 pieces of 22"x 2 1/2" fabric for binding

Finishing Touches
2 pieces of 29"x 2 1/2" fabric for binding
2 pieces of 19"x 2 1/2" fabric for binding
1 piece of 16" Velcro
matching thread



 Instructions:

 
1. Main Bag:  Cut 2 pieces of fabric
and 1 piece
of batting at 28"x18"
 
 First I laid out all the art supplies that I wanted to use in order to get an idea of how big that I wanted to make it.  I decided to cut my two fabrics at 28" x 18".  That way I would have a little extra to trim for a cleaner edge. Sandwich the batting in-between the two other fabrics with the right sides out.


 
2. Machine quilt the 28"x18" piece
 
Next I stitched a diagonal quilting pattern across the fabric.  I actually used the diagonal pattern on the bottom fabric for my guide.  This way it saved me the time of having to mark a pattern with erasable marker.  I did use a light layer of basting spray to hold the two pieces of fabric to the batting.  Then I trimmed the edges for a nice clean edge.  The piece ended up being 27 1/2" x 17".
 
3. Straps: cut two pieces of  6"x 29" fabric
 
 
 Fold the short ends of the fabric in  1/2" for a clean edge and iron them.
Then fold the length of the fabric in so that the two raw edges meet in the middle, then iron.
And then fold that piece in half and iron it.
Stitch completely around the entire strap.
 
 
4.  Sew the two straps to the outside of the bag
 
I folded the bag to get an idea of where to sew the straps onto the bag.  I sewed one strap on one side of the top fold at 5".
When I sewed it on I sewed a rectangle with an X in the middle as you can see in the picture below.
Then I sewed the strap going the opposite direction at 2". You will want to fold yours over to make sure you pin it into the right spot and see if they are even before you sew it.
 
4.Larger Bottom Pockets: Cut two pieces of  18"x20" fabric, two pieces of 18"x10" wonder under fusible web and two pieces of 18"x2 1/2" fabric.

Place the fusible web on half of the piece of fabric, iron the fusible web on following the instructions.  Then fold the fabric in half and iron the two halves together so that you end up with a fused double sided piece of fabric that measures 18"x10".
On the raw edge sew a 18" x 2 1/2" strip of binding to one side.
  Iron the binding.
 
 Fold the binding over to the opposite side.
 Then sew the binding to the other side.

 
5. Smaller Top Pockets: Cut one piece of 22"x14" fabric and a piece of 22"x7" wonder under fusible webbing. 
Then cut another piece of 22"x10"fabric with a piece of 22"x5" wonder under fusible webbing.  You will also need 2 pieces of 22"x 2 1/2" fabric.
 
 This is a repeat step 4
Place the fusible web on half of the 22"x14"piece of fabric. Iron on the fusible web following the instructions.  Then fold the fabric in half and iron the two halves together so that you end up with a fused double sided piece of fabric that measures 22"x7".  Now repeat the same process with the 22"x10" piece of fabric.  You will end up with a fused double sided piece of fabric that measures 22"x5".
On the raw edges of each piece sew a 22" x 2 1/2" strip of binding to one side.  Iron the binding, then fold it over and sew it to the other side.

6.  Sewing the top pockets to the bottom pockets.
Lay the 18"x 10" bottom pocket  down first.  Then place all your taller art supplies across the bottom.   Place the 22"x7" top pocket over the top of the art supplies.  Starting in the middle, place a pin between each art supply. Make sure the top layer and the bottom layer line up even at the bottom.   Don't place any art supplies too close to the edge because you will need to leave some room to trim and for your seams.
Remove all the art supplies from the bag.  On each place that you pinned a pin sew a line from the top edge of the smaller pocket to the bottom edge of the smaller pocket. 
Make sure you sew the side edges together.
 Now sew the bottom seam to attach the two pocket together.  This is tricky because of the extra fabric between each section.  You will have to fold over each section the best you can.  Try to keep the fabric as neat as you can.
 
Now repeat the same process with the smaller 22"x5" side, using the shorter art supplies.
 
 
7. Sewing the pockets to the main bag.
Use the diagram to see where to place each set of pockets.
Pin both sets of pockets to the main bag using the above diagram.  Sew the sides and the bottom of the both sets of pockets to the main bag.
 
Trim off the extra overhang of the pockets so that each set of pockets is even with the side of the main bag.
 
8. Sew the Velcro onto the inside and the outside of the bag.
Sew half the Velcro to the top flap of the bag.  Sew it 1/2" away from the edge to leave room for the binding. 
 
Fold the top flap over to see where to pin the bottom piece of Velcro.  You might want to add the art supplies so that you can see if you have allowed enough space.  Mine was 2 3/4" away from the edge of the fabric.  Pin it where it needs to go.  When sewing the bottom piece of Velcro, be very careful of the pockets.  You will have to fold the pockets away from the machine as you are sewing so that you do not sew the pocket shut.
 
9.  Sew Binding completely around the entire outer edges of the bag.
Once you are done with your outer binding then trim all of your thread and fill with your art supplies. 
 I hope you enjoy your bag for a long time.