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Fall Poncho Tutorial

Cooler weather has not yet hit us in Southern California, but when it does I thought this would make a nice transition piece.

Supplies

About 2 1/2 yards of stretch fabric (knit, fleece or sweatshirt type fabrics)

Below is a photo of my fabric and my inspiration photo.

I began by folding the fabric in half to form a large square.  At this point you can hold it up to see if you like the length, width, etc.  I found mine to be a bit to long and looked to frumpy.  I ended up cuttung about 10 inches off the length from the front and back. My finished measurements were 22 1/2 inches in length. (measured from the neck to the front or back)

Since my fabric does not ravel I decided to make a decorative edge around the entire square.  This is what the button on my sewing machine looks like for the zig zag stitch I used.

I folded the edge over to the wrong side of fabric and made a 5/8 inch seam all the way around.  At this point it should look like a giant square – with a decorative edge of course!  Here is what the process of my stitching looked like.

The next thing is to determine how wide yiuwant the neck to be and to make sure it is centered.  I folded the square in half (imageine you are looking at the front or back of your poncho now).  Then fold it over – left side over right side to determine the center.  Once you have found the center place a pin there and open your square.  You shoukd once again be looking at the front or back of the poncho.  Next measure out from each side of the pin the width of your desired neck opening. If you wanted a 12 inch opening, you would measure 6 inches from the center pin towards each side – again placing a pin.  You should now have 3 pins, one marking the center of the neck opening and two that mark the end.  Should look like this:

Carefully cut this slit open.  Again, my fabric does not ravel or fray so I could have left it as is, but I decided to make a small rolled edge using a foot that came with my Pfaff. It would be perfectly fine as is however.

I wanted wear my poncho different ways; with a scarf, with a wide neck opening, or flipping it around so it almost looks like a V-neck.  Here are some photos with different views.

Enjoy!

Fun Scarf Tutorial

I am participating in my second sew along.  The theme for this one is destination.  My album for the sew along is Destination-Inspiration.  Each season as the catalogs come in the mail, I look through them and clip photos to put in my idea book.  I found a cute scarf and thought I would try to recreate this myself.  I need 8 items for my sew along by December 15.  This will be my first item.  Enjoy and I hope you sew along!

It is always a good project when you can work with what you have on hand.  I had about 1 1/2 yards of 60 wide fabric on hand and several yards of pom pom trim.  I find that fabric that looks good from both sides works best for scarves. Mine is a light gauzy cotton fabric.  The color and pattern reminds me of snowflake crystals and that wierd blue hue that happens in winter when it is not quite light and there is snow on the ground.  

I layed the fabric out and cut it in a sort of rectangle – I know there is a geometric term for the shape but I will just show you my drawing below.  These are the measurements I cut my fabric too.  In the upper  right hand corner you can see my inspiration photo.

Once my piece was cut to the desired length and width I finished the edges.  I use the same Pfaff machine that my grandmother bought for me in 1987.  It is my only sewing machine and I love it!  I know some of you have sergers and that makes the process easier but I have this special foot 

that makes a nice rolled edge like this:


I sewed this edge around the entire scarf.  Next I sewed on the pom pom trim.  I only sewed it along the top and bottom of my scarf as I was affraid it would get to bulky otherwise.  The beauty of this is that you can add as much trim as you like or leave it off entirely.  

I love it and it was a really quick sewing project.  Would make a nice Christmas or Birthday gift as well.

Enjoy!

Glitter Branches

In keeping with my winter theme in my home right now, I thought these branches I read about on Pinterest would make a nice addition. Here is what I used:

Modge podge

Paintbrush

Silver glitter

Branches I purchased from Marshall’s for $7.99

006I layed out a drop cloth to catch the excess glitter as I worked.  I started by painting the modge podge on the branches with the paintbrush. Do this a little at a time so that glue does not dry before you have a chance to add the glitter.

007Sprinkle the glitter on the branches as you go along.  A little glue, a little glitter, etc.

008To coat the branches I sprinkled the glitter from the container, picked up the excess glitter off my drop cloth and sprinkled it on the branches, and even at times rolled the branches in the glitter that had been caught in the drop cloth.  Remember this does not have to be perfect – some clumps look nice and make an even nicer “icy” affect.  I did not coat every branch as this also made the branches look more natural.  When they were to my liking I laid them on the drop cloth to dry.

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011Let them dry for 30 – 45 minutes.  When dry, gently shake off the excess glitter.  I put them in a vase I had purchased some time ago on clearance.  I think I achieve the look I was after.

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Throw Pillows

021A quick way to “redecorate” or update a room decor is with fabric.  I had made some pillow covers for my couch throw pillows that remind me to much of Fall. I like to redecorate my mantel for the seasons/holidays.  Now that Christmas is over I have gone with a simple white and aqua blue which reminds me of frost and clean crisp air.  So when I came across this fabric in my stash 

010I knew I had to make some updated throw covers.  The fabric has small white and blue stars on an aqua back ground.  Perfect for the current color theme in my living-room.

I wanted to be able to change out the covers so I made them overlapping in the back so that the pillow can just slip in and I did not have to use zippers or buttons for closure.

I started by measuring my pillow which was 14 inches x 14 inches.  I cut the front panel of the pillow 15 inches x 15 inches. Then I cut two panels for the back – each one was 15 inches x 9 inches.

011Smaller back panels: Turn over 1/2 inch on one of the 15 inch sides, press, and fold over again.  Sew this seam.  Do this again on the other small panel.   You will only need to do this on one of the sides as the other will be sewn to the front panel in the seam.

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Once these seams have been sewn, pin one of the short back panels to the front panel with right sides together and raw edges even.

014Then repeat with the second short panel – again right sides together and raw edges even.

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Now sew around all the edges.  Tip: Do not start at a corner.

016Once you have sewn all the edges together.  Trim the corners on a diagonal.  This will make the corner nicer when you turn the pillow case right side out.

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Flip the covers right side out and make sure to work the corners so that they are square.  Insert your pillow.

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Blue Anthropologie Style Necklace Tutorial

As I am new to blogging, this is my first tutorial so bear with me. I have seen several tutorials for this type of necklace.  One was on the blog – Stars for Streetlights, but here is my version.

This was my inspiration –

Anthropologie Necklace

Anthropologie Necklace

Here is a list of my supplies:

Fimo baking clay in the color of your choice

string of matching beads, purchased mine at Michaels

several silver beads, I used four

2 crimping beads

beading wire, thin gauge

old t-shirt in a matching color to your beads/fimo for the necklace strap

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I followed the directions on the fimo and formed the beads randomly to sizes and shapes of my liking.  I used a toothpick to make a hole in the beads before baking so that I could string them onto the beading wire later.  (no photos of this process – sorry) Once the beads were cool, I started the necklace making process.  I made two strands of beads –

Strand one: a sliver bead, 3 turquoise beads,(a fimo bead, a turquoise bead) 5x then a fimo bead, three turquoise beads, a silver bead.  Set this strand aside for now.

Strand two: a sliver bead, 3 turquoise beads, (a fimo bead, 2 turquoise beads) 5x then a fimo bead, three turquoise beads, a sliver bead.

T-shirt straps: I had an old T shirt the same color as the beads I was using.  I cut off the bottom heam portion and then cut another strip off the bottom that was about 1 1/2 inches wide.  I cut the side seams off this strip and ended up with two t-shirt fabric strips.  When you stretch them they should roll in on each other. Place aside for now.

Place the two bead strands together.  Strand two should be a bit longer than strand one.  Holding both strands together slide the crimp bead over both beading wires and pull tight. Feeding the wire from the bottom up through the crimping bead.  Then feed both strands of the wire back down through the crimping bead forming a loop through which the T-shirt strap will go.  Repeat this process on the other side of the bead strands as well.  Now take one T-shirt strap and feed it through one of the loops made with the crimping bead .  Pull the wires tight so that it holds the t-shirt strap in place.  Crimp the bead and cut the excess wire.  Repeat for the other side.

I apologize that there are not more photos of the work in process, but making this tutorial was an after thought.  Here is the finished product

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And another view –

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Update:  I kind of felt like the necklace looked a bit caveman stylish, so I took the beads off and restrung them – this view is much better!

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