Showing posts with label tutorial. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tutorial. Show all posts

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Personalized tray






Hi all,

Today I propose you an easy work which is rather quick to make: a personalized tray, to serve coffee, tea or whatever you like.

What you need:
- a raw wood tray
- paper for scrapbooking or decoupage
- Mod Podge, or glue for decoupage + varnish.
- acrylic paint.
- a pair of paintbrushes.

Instructions:
Once you know which paper you are going to use, choose an acrylic color that matches well with the colors of the paper. Paint the tray with the chosen color. If you choose a dark paper (like mine, for example), you can avoid to paint the base of the tray, but, at least, paint 1cm on each side, so that when you put the paper into place you don't leave any "raw wood" spot. Let dry.

In the meanwhile, measure the base of the tray and cut the paper.


When the paint has dried, with a sufficiently large paintbrush paint a layer of Mod Podge (or decoupage glue) on the base and put the paper into place. Smooth the paper with your fingers, till no air bubble is left. Let dry for 20 minutes.


Finally, paint a pair of layers of Mod Podge or varnish on the whole surface of the tray.

That's all!


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Wedding ring pillow



Hi!


Recently a friend of mine got married and I wanted to give her a special present. Thinking about it and looking for ideas in magazines and on the internet, I liked a lot the wedding ring pillows and I saw that making one was not a mission impossible, so, let's get to work!

First of all, make a lot of drawings, to find a decoration and a layout of the elements that you like. To make a decoration like mine, make the flowers and the leaves out of white and green felt (see the tutorial about felt flowers).


For the base, cut two squares of fabric 15 cm wide, leaving 1.5 cm to sew.

In one of the squares I stitched the initials of my friends, though an alternative idea could be to put the date of the wedding.

Now is the moment to sew the two squares; do it on the reverse side and leave a small aperture in one of the sides, so that you can later turn it inside out.
The depression that you see in the pictures is necessary so that the rings won't slide to the sides; so, before doing everything else, place the ribbons (two pieces about 20 cm each) in the middle of the pillow and two buttons, one over the ribbons and the other on the bottom of the pillow. Sew through the pillow and the buttons, pressing well, using a doll needle (it will be easier than with a normal one).

Finally, glue the flowers and the leaves with hot glue and, if you like, decorate with a bow of the same color of the stitch.

I hope that you liked this tutorial, if you have any doubt or question just post a comment!

Cheers,

Giulia

Friday, October 12, 2012

Homemade sugar cubes



In the Internet you can find different ways to prepare homemade sugar cubes...I'll now describe you the one which, after many attempts, allowed me to obtain sugar cubes that don't crumble upon the lightest touch, but still dissolve rapidly in a warm drink.

What you need:
a small cup of sugar (white, brown, or a mix of the two)
water
an ice cube or chocolate mold
time and patience =)
Directions:
Soak a small cup with water. Don't leave water inside, but also make sure it does not dry. Then fill it with sugar. Stir a little bit, till you get the consistency of wet sand.

If you have a mold for very small ice cubes, like mine, fill in the mold with the mixture to the top, and then press the mixture down with your fingers. If the mold is bigger, fill only half of it.

And now be patient...you have to resist all night long without taking the cubes out of the mold...I know it's hard, but you'd rather wait rather than risk breaking them.

After several hours, you can take them out of the mold, and admire your lovely shiny little cubes!


Saturday, September 29, 2012

More owls



I know what you are thinking...more animals??!!! Well, yes...as I said previously, my home is full of them, but this is not premeditated, believe me...
It's because of the internet, sure enough...there's too many ideas and too many attractive tutorials not to take advantage of them...I know that someone will understand me =)

Talking about tutorials, I found the one about these owls on this page (Moonstitches' blog) back at a time I still did not own a sewing machine, so I stored it in a safe place, until the sewing machine arrived, together with the new home to be decorated ;-)

I just changed two small things with respect to the original tutorial:
  •  I did not use fusible web (I felt it was not necessary).
  • For the body of the owls, instead of wool I used fabric, as wool seemed to me too much wintry, whereas I wanted something that could fit all year round.
  • Finally, as I didn't find the alphabet tags very attractive, I preferred to stitch the letters with a back stitch directly on the belly of each owl.

    Here is a link to a very interesting tutorial that explains how to transfer some letters printed on paper to the fabric, so that you can then stitch them easily and with no fear.



I hope that you find this useful! Ciao!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Chicken garland



My home is a farm.

I just realized... owls in the dining room, fishes in the bathroom, sheeps in the living room... and chickens in the kitchen! I guess it is because I miss the countryside... or maybe I just like creating all these animals...hmmm, I think that's both.

To conclude, I warmly recommend you to make this garland: these chickens will bring a lot of happiness in whatever room you will hang them.

So, what about the instructions?

First of all, click here to download the pattern and print it. Cut the pieces for the wings and the comb from some red felt, the beak from some orange felt, and the eyes and pupils from some white and black felt, respectively.
For the body I used some cotton fabric, but of course you could do it with felt as well! Cut two pieces, leaving approx 1 cm of margin for sewing.

Now... time to sew!
First, the small pieces: comb, beak, eyes and pupils. Remember to put some filling in the beak and in the comb. I decorated each wing with a simple running stitch; you can of  course customize it as you prefer.
For the  legs, I used some mouse tail ribbon. Cut a small piece, fold it and make a pair of knots for each leg.

Sew the body inside out, leaving a small opening so that you can reverse it and fill it with cotton. When you are done, close it with some stitches.

With some thread or some glue for fabric, put into place the other parts (comb, eyes, etc.).

Done!

Here are some more pictures so that you can see the details... please don't pay too much attention to the defects....





I hope you liked it! Cheers

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Table runner

A quick and easy work to decorate a table, a chests of drawers, or some living room furniture...


Here you can find the tutorial on which I based my work: http://wegrowbyourdreams.blogspot.com.es/2010/01/heart-table-runner.html


I did not like the proposed way of connecting the hearts, so, instead of buttons and trimmings, I used some small rectangles made of white felt, attached with a little drop of hot glue on the back side of the hearts... almost invisible!


Cheers!

Monday, August 27, 2012

A fabric and cotton aquarium

Holidays are over... well, looking at the positive side, it's time to dedicate some time to crafts!

Still, before starting with some new work, I'd like to bring this page up to date. So, to share some ideas, I'd like to show you a mobile that was very successful at home:


To make it, I painted a branch with a mixture of enamel and a little water, and, while it was drying (it takes a lot of time...), I drafted fishes of different shapes and sizes. At last, I came up with the shape I liked, and made five of it with  fabric body and felt eyes and fins. I made them a little fat with my beloved IKEA pillow filling, and finally I hung them to the coral-branch with some fishing thread.

That was really easy and, aside from the time it took the branch to dry, it was also very quick to make!

Here are more photos of it. If you liked the shape of my fishes, you can  download them clicking here.

Ciao!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Owls in the dining room


When we moved, one year ago, I was looking for something to decorate one of the walls of our dining room (it looked very sad and empty). During a walk on the hills, I found a very nice branch, and I already knew what to do with it =)

In the internet, I found this owl pattern, from which I took the inspiration: http://juicy-bits.typepad.com/juicy_bits/2009/12/131-give-a-hoot-for-the-holidays.html

and here are some pictures of the mobile, and the pattern for the flying owl  (to be printed at 100% resolution, without adjustments).



For the baby owl, I  made a scaled down copy of the pattern, 25% of the original if I recall correctly.


And here is the most friendly  one: it moves with the breeze that enters in the morning, while his companions stand still on the branch and rest.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Decorated boxes

Talking more about the year 2010… I just found these pictures of some wooden boxes that I decorated with paint, felt and/or decoupage. Here are the pictures and the ideas! I hope you will like it and find them useful.

I am also providing you the patterns for the ladybirds, the bees and the leaves: click here to download it; for the roses, it is sufficient to cut a felt disc of approx 8-10 cm (depending on how big you want the flowers to be) and then cut it as a somewhat irregular spiral. When you reach the end of the spiral, you'll have a small disc that will be the base of the flower. Roll it, glue it to the base, and you're done. Here is a link that explains the technique more in detail: http://www.danielleburkleo.com/2010/10/diy-yarn-wreath-with-felt-flowers.html




For this flower, you have to cut 5 petals, put them together, sew the end of one of them (in the pattern you can see the small dots where you have to sew) and, with the same thread, sew the other petals until you get the complete flower. In the center, you can glue a small pearl, if you like ;)