happy holidays: christmas tree skirt + diy felt garland

i was so hoping to do lots and lots of christmas projects this year, but of course work and the usual holiday bustle took priority. i was able to squeeze in a couple of fun things though. i had my first real christmas tree as an adult this year because i was hosting christmas at my {tiny} condo. my big project to compliment my grown-up tree was a tree skirt using some cool vintage christmas fabric i had been holding on to. my inspiration skirt came from baylee from the tanner’s. i followed baylee’s basic instructions, but with a few changes: a) after i cut the fabric i realized i wanted to put a hem on all the rows so it wouldn’t fray. this made all the rows a little narrower so i needed an extra. so, either cut the strips a half inch wider or plan on six rows of ruffles. and b) i ruffled my rows differently. instead of sewing a straight line and pulling the thread to create ruffles, i just set my tension and stitch length to the max and stitched each piece of fabric. super easy way to ruffle!

like i’ve said before, i’m not great a sewing, but i think my tree skirt turned out pretty nice!

the only other holiday project i attempted was felt balls, inspired by this west elm felt garland 

umm, but maybe i should have just bought the garland. felting balls is pretty darn time consuming. martha stewart explains it better, but here’s a quick run-down on the how-to.

1) shape roving wool into a ball that’s about twice the size of your desired ball.

2) dip the wool ball into hot soapy water

3) and shake, shake, shake. shake, shake, shake. dip again. shake, shake, shake. this takes forever. and it makes really awkward noises. this project makes a great giggle-fest if you’re attempting these with your girlfriends.

4) once dry, string the balls and hang on your tree.

i hope you guys had a very merry christmas! and here’s to all of us having more time for blog-worthy projects in the new year!

diy: festive felt fall garland

despite blogging so highly about my favorite season last week, nature has been a bit cruel, as i’ve been under the weather for a week now. one advantage of staying in is that i’ve had time to work on some projects! first up, this adorable fall garland from a beautiful mess that i was ogling during my last post:

source: a beautiful mess

luckily i already had all the supplies- twine and felt- in my craft cabinet. after a few hours of cutting and stringing while watching a saturday morning movie, i had completed my first fall craft project. what do you think?

now, on to my halloween costume! can’t wait to share with you guys (assuming it actually comes together. fingers crossed!)


diy: felt owl card holder

i’m proud of myself for only having one credit card, but i have about a million other cards. between grocery savings cards, insurance cards, and rewards cards for everywhere i shop, my wallet is always exploding. solution: store my less used cards somewhere else. i had thought about making a change purse like my owl brooch, but making a card holder seemed like an ever better idea.

i followed the same basic steps as the owl brooch, with the following changes:

1) make the whole thing larger. i used a credit card for reference when i drew the template.

2) only sew down the front layer of the beak. the back layer will serve as the flap.

3) i didn’t have large enough buttons for the eyes, so i backed them with two layers of felt. it turned out cuter than i expected. sew the eyes onto the flap instead of the body of the owl.

4) add a magnetic snap.

it’s the perfect size for all my cards, and my wallet is much happier. what do you think? am i little too owl-happy?!

puppy v-day love

I have to share this sweet/funny story. Remember the Valentine’s day scarf I made for my dog Maddie? My very first completed knitting project? Well, she’s been wearing it a lot because I think it’s cute. I assumed she was annoyed but was placating me because she’s been barking A LOT (do dogs placate? no?).  I took it off of her last night as we were getting into bed because 1) she had fulfilled her obligation of being my valentine, and 2) it was warm and I didn’t want her to get hot in the night. She woke me up by barking at 5am {{grr}} and when I got up to see what was going on I realized that she had put the scarf back on herself! The hearts were upside down, but she definitely had it on. I’m not sure how she did it, but I take it as a sign that she likes it! Or she’s sucking up. She got two treats at 5am for that one. Smart dog.

new goal: learn to knit

I’ve started LOTS of new things in the past few months- cake decorating (blog post hopefully coming soon), running (my first 1/2 marathon in April!), super crafting,  and now I’m attempting to knit! Teaching myself to knit has turned out to be quite the challenge, but I’m slowly (sloooowly) learning. The first thing I finished? A Valentine themed cowl scarf for my dog, Maddie. And then my mom’s dog, Emmy, was jealous so I had to make her one, too. Aren’t they cute?

Honestly, I’m sort of impatient (ha) so the slowness of knitting is a bit challenging for me. I can’t imagine actually finishing something human- sized!

emmy and maddie

diy: yarn wreath- valentine’s edition

Remember this guy? I made it with the intention of switching it up year round to go with the seasons. Yes, I’m going to complain about Valentine’s Day because I’m chronically single and well-aware (ha), but some part of me wants to celebrate the idea of the day with hearts and chocolate (Godiva, please). So, I decided to turn my Christmas wreath into a Valentine’s Day wreath.

I’m not sure this merits a DIY post, but here you go.

Here’s what you need:

  • a yarn wreath (here’s my step-by-step guide)
  • a sheet of red felt
  • red yarn
  • heart template
  • embroidery thread and needle
  • batting
  • scissors
  • pen or pencil

1) trace two hearts onto the felt and cut them out

2) Using the embroidery thread and needle, stitch around the heart. When you get about halfway through, start stuffing with the batting. Stitch the rest of the way around, adding the final batting before you close.

3) Wrap the red yarn around the wreath. I wrapped diagonally in one direction and then the other. Be creative!

4) Attach the heart to a piece of yarn and tie the yarn to the wreath. There you go! A Valentine’s Day wreath!

diy: felt owl brooch

So, I love owls these days. I know they’re trendy, but I love them anyway. I found this adorable owl brooch on etsy (of course), and decided to make my own.

source: mellymoodesigns on etsy

It was a fun and easy project and I just love the outcome. Here’s what you’ll need if you want to make one, too:

  • two sheets of felt; different colors
  • a small piece of fun fabric
  • two buttons
  • embroidery needle and thread
  • a 1 inch bar pin
  • hot glue gun
  • fabric glue
  • pen or pencil
  • scissors
  • owl template (download mine or make your own)
  • something small and circular to trace the belly

1) trace the owl template onto both sheets of felt and cut them out.

2) using your small, circular object and your fun fabric, trace a circle smaller than the owl and cut it out.

3) glue all three pieces of fabric together and fold over the triangle to create the owl’s nose.

4) Now it’s time to create the stitches. I found it easiest to use a continuous piece of thread for the entire thing. Starting in the middle of the nose, create a long stitch. Then create the side stitches. Finally, attach the buttons.

5) sew on the bar pin (or attach with hot glue)

There you go! There are endless combinations for these little guys.

Finally, here’s a photo for scale. He’s perfectly tiny. I’m thinking that maybe I can make the next one bigger AND a change purse!