Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Fluffy Three Dimensional Letter Name Wall Art

Looking for an easy project for decorating the walls that's fast & cheap?  Then today's how-to is right up your street: Fluffy Letter Name Wall Art.

3-D names/words on the wall has been around for a while decor-wise, but I wanted something a little different than just basic yarn or puffed up fabric letters.  I didn't wan't it to involve a lot of materials or frustrating techniques though.  This method ticked all my boxes and takes just minutes to make too.  And it works great for any words you want to add to the wall (not just baby names!).

I used was some mdf letters from the craft store:

And some leftover eyelash yarn:

All I did was tie the yarn onto one end of a letter with a knot and then tightly wind the yarn around the entire letter.

I made sure to keep the yarn taut and each strand nice and close to the other so there'd be no gaps.  By using a dimensional yarn like eyelash it creates a puffier, fluffier letter and you can't see any of the winding.  Added bonus was since my yarn had variegated colors, it made some pretty stripe-like effects.

It makes it very forgiving if the strands overlap or you need to do a few extra wraps around the curves.  At the end I simply tucked the tail under a few layers and glued it in place.  That's it!

I didn't want the weight of the letter to pull on the yarn when hanging so my husband tapped in nails so the letters sit on them.  Since they're up high and over a tall dresser they won't get bumped or grabbed at, so it works perfectly.

It goes great with the 3-D Faux Candy Wall Art I did for the other wall of his room:

This little project has been a long time coming.  I actually had it done about 6 months ago, but only finally got it up on the wall (and able to photograph in place) about 2 weeks ago.

Life with a new baby + 3 other kids has definitely changed my speed and prioritizing!  I had the letters done before the baby came though, so he did technically have it in his room when he arrived;)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Craftastic Monday Link Party & BIG Fabric Giveaway!

Happy Monday Crafters!  Ready for a new week of creative fun?  Come link up what you've been making and check out this week's amazing features.

Once again there were tons of great projects shared, so lots of lovely things to showcase.

Last week I shared my new Little Star Play Mat Quilt Tutorial:

AND a big TWO winner GIVEAWAY for these Little Star fabric bundles: a 10 pc 1/2yd set and a 8 pc fat quarter bundle.  So much sweet fabric to win!  Enter HERE.

Don't forget, after linking up below, head over to Facebook for the Sew Can Do Craftastic Mixer to advertise YOUR blog or crafty shop for FREE:

It's an easy way to share your site or FB page with other creative people and find some new sites you might love at the same time.  

Share your blog or handmade/craft-related business or its Facebook page.  A new one posts every Sunday night on the Sew Can Do Facebook page at 5pm EST (the same time this link up kicks off).  

Head over to the Sew Can Do FB page to join in this week's Craftastic Mixer!
Now let's see those Craftastic Picks!

Sparkle Living showed how to make this pretty blue pineapple painted serving tray:

The Blue Elephants offered this free (& adorable) crochet bunny pattern - complete with overalls:

Busy Being Jennifer had this tasty & healthy apple mango yogurt popsicle recipe:

White House Crafts shared this cute flamingo cupcake topper how-to:

Taylor Bradford shared this lavender blackberry moonshine beverage recipe:

A Dish of Daily Life offered up a versatile feta dill dip & dressing recipe:

Howling At The Moon had this fun & free-standing French knitted flamingo:

Happier Than A Pig In Mud shared some shark-themed deviled eggs to go with the upcoming "Shark Week":

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Little Star Reversible Playmat Quilt & Fabric Bundle Giveaway

I'm so thrilled to start July with a new project tutorial and a BIG fabric giveaway to go with it! First up is today's new free pattern project: a Reversible Play Mat Quilt.

I created this how-to as my first official design project for Team Timeless a few weeks ago and am now sharing it here too.  The front has a sun ray shaped design with an octagonal center. 

And it reverses to this cute block side featuring sweet bunny stripes and polka dots:

The lovely soft yellow & grey shades are the perfect neutral to mix well for boys or girls:

The 32 inch square size and layer of poly batting gives it the body and space for use as a play mat,

but it's still small enough to be used as a crib or stroller quilt.  My littlest guy has confirmed that babies find it cuddly:

It also folds up easily for travel:

This is a new licensed fabric collection from the famous Bunnies By The Bay (designed for Timeless Treasures).  I've been a long time BBTB fan - their bunny Original Cuddle Coats & plushes are legendary baby items.  We've had several over the years and I'm passing ours down to our newest arrival:

And after the tutorial, I'm also giving away TWO bundles of this fabulous fabric collection to some lucky Sew Can Do readers!

Finished Size:
32" x 32" 

- 1/2 yd cuts of 12 fabrics.  Mine are the entire Little Star Collection
- 1 yd medium loft batting 
- Paper, pencil, yard stick, rotary cuter, iron, disappearing marker, mini clips, quilt basting spray, matching thread

Make the following pattern pieces from paper/cardboard for the front panel:

Cutting Instructions:

Front panel
- Cut (1) octagon from Bunny Bees (Bunnies-C6455 Yellow)

- Cut (1) trapezoid piece from each of the following 8 prints:
Shooting Stars (Bunnies-C6450-Grey), Sunshine (Bunnies-C6449-Milk), Smiling Moons (Bunnies-C6456-Grey), Bunnies and Little Ones Grey (Bunnies-C6453-Grey), Dots Yellow (Dot-C1820-Banana), Bunnies and Little Ones Yellow (C6454-Yellow), Packed Bunnies (Bunnies-C6492-Grey) and Happy Bunnies (Bunnies-C6451-White), mirroring and flipping the pattern piece as needed to make the design shown below.

Back panel
Cut (2) 16 1/4in squares from Bunny Stripe (Bunnies-C6452 Grey) and (2) from Dots Grey (Dot-CF1820-Grey).


Along the shortest side of each trapezoid piece (which will match up to the octagon center), mark 1/2 inch inward from each corner with disappearing marker.

On the octagon piece, mark 1/4in inward from each corner.

Start piecing the quilt together by taking one trapezoid panel and, with right sides facing, match the markings on one side of the octagon with the top of the trapezoid.  Stitch together between markings.  Repeat with the next trapezoid in order on the next side of the octagon.

With right sides facing, stitch together the coordinating side of the two panels.  

Note: Stitch sides just up to the stitching of the octagon - do not cross over it.  This will keep the seams laying flat when pressed.  Repeat this pattern of stitching the next two panels to the octagon and stitching the matching sides until all pieces are sewn together. 

Take completed front and press seams to one side and entire panel smooth.  Fold in half and trim raw edges to be perfectly square.

For back panel, stitch the squares together as shown, press seams to one side and press smooth. 

Flip so right side is facing down and spray with quilt basting spray.  Cut a piece of batting 32in x 32in and lay it on top of the back panel to attach the layers and smooth out any ripples or wrinkles.

Spray top side of batting with basting spray and place the front panel, right side up, on top and smooth.

Trim off any excess batting around edges.

Make 1 1/4in wide double fold bias tape for the edge binding from the Dots (C1820-Silver). Cut 5 inch wide strips on the bias.  Sew binding strips end to end using diagonal seams to make one continuous piece. Press in half, lengthwise, wrong sides together.  Open and fold raw edges toward fold on wrong side and press again.  Total length of binding should be 130 inches.

Starting on one side, sandwich the quilt into the binding, using clips to hold it in place.

Edge stitch all the way to to one corner and stop, fold over binding on an angle to miter the corner, and clip to hold it, then stitch along next side.  Repeat all the way around and fold under and stitch raw end of binding at end to finish.  

Now this versatile quilt mat is ready for little ones to love!

These prints were so cute I had to whip up a pair of matching pants with the leftover Bunny Bees fabric:

Now onto the giveaway!!  One winner will receive this 10 piece bundle of 1/2yd cuts of the Little Star collection:

And a second winner will receive this 8 piece fat quarter bundle of the collection:

So much beautiful, sweet & sunny fabric!!!  Wouldn't it be great if it were yours?  So enter for a chance to win!


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