Tuesday, June 5, 2012

No Sew Dishtowel Pillows

Are you excited about today's NO SEW CRAFT?! I AM!!! 

Today's craft inspiration is featured on the blog In My Own Style

So, here's the deal: I am slowly learning how to become a better seamstress, so in the meantime I am still obsessed with crafts that have no sewing required! 

This craft is perfect for so many people (and just to list a few):
  • Those who hate to sew
  • Budget Buyers
  • Last Minute gift givers
  • College Students
  • Home OR Outside Decorators 
If you don't have these following supplies, grab your shoes and head to your nearest craft or fabric supplier:

  • Fabric Glue (Mine was Crafter's Pick $4.99 @ Hobby Lobby)
  • 2 Dishtowels (I got mine tan one at Dollar Tree and cheated and got some fabric at Hobby Lobby, because I needed last minute gifts!) Target and TJ Maxx have cute, but inexpensive ones as well :)
  • Poly-Fil Fiber OR Pillow Form (Can get these at a craft or fabric store, just make sure pillow form will fit dishtowel size) *TIP get a pillow that is going to be small enough so you can fold your fabric over. 
  • Embellished Pin OR Button
  • Optional: Iron, Elastic, & Scissors
In my Own Style shows three different variations to make your no sew pillow form: back-flap, front-flap, or no-flap. 

I documented the front-flap style, and here it is!

1. The great thing about buying the dishtowel is that the hem is already in place for you!  So line your dishtowels up so that they meet evenly with one another. Make sure that the wrong sides are facing each other. If you got two of the same sizes you shouldn't have to do any trimming :) YAY, SO EASY! *I had extra fabric which helped me during the fold, but do not worry if you don't because yours will still fold without it!

2. Grab your fabric glue and begin to glue the hemmed pieces together, pressing along the hem as you go so it will adhere. Don't worry about the white glue showing, it will dry clear :)

3. Continue to glue the two pieces together except for the top in which your pillow will go in! For extra adhesion, take your iron on the seams to seal. 

4. Optional: I did do just a tiny bit of simple sewing, using elastic and a button to hold my fold for the pillow. Complete this step now. 

5. Place your pillow or Poly-fil in your form and fold over your remaining fabric from your dishtowels to make a flap.... remember that I had extra fabric so yours may look a little different. 

6. If you haven't already,  attach an pin to embellish the flap for a complete look to hold your pillow together!

7. These are not only great for inside decor, but also for your front porch/deck decor!

Comment below, and let me know success stories!
~Wishing you Creative Bliss!~

Friday, June 1, 2012

DIY Summer Wreath

 This is by far one of my favorite crafts I have completed so far. You know you want to bring some extra warmth this summer into your home by making this adorable wreath ;)  

I got this crafty inspiration from A Glimpse Inside if you need some more guidance.

Here's what I used:

  • Large Frame (try goodwill for a inexpensive one)
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbook Paper/Alpha-Stickers
  • Buttons
  • Twine 
  • Hot Glue Gun OR Need/Thread
1. Start by painting your frame if you are not satisfied with the color.
2. Here is the time consuming step, making your rosettes (otherwise known as yo-yos OR medallions).

3. There are two ways to make these:
 -Using a glue gun 
-Hand stitch with a good ole' needle and thread (Here is a great tutorial A Glimpse Inside (How-to Rosettes)

I did try both, and since I am not much of a seamstress I did most of mine with the glue gun! If you don't want to make them with a glue gun hop over to A Glimpse Inside (link above) to follow her hand stitched rosettes. 

4. Begin by measuring your ribbon out to about a yard and then cut it. 

5. Now, they don't call it a hot glue gun for nothing, so be very CAUTIOUS because it is going to be hot ;)

6. These may look complicated, but they really are just a simple accordion fold. So you will go back and forth gluing the inside part of your rosette after each fold (you only need about a little line of glue).

7. When you get close to the last bit of ribbon gather the two ends and glue them together. 

8. Add a cute little button and continuing to make the rosettes enough to fill your frame!

9. Figure out the way you want to place your rosettes and then use the glue gun to put them into place. 

10. The last touch is to make a little bunting banner using scrapbook paper and stickers. Hop over to A Glimpse Inside for quick reference for her quick steps in creating it.

11. Glue a little twine to your bunting banner and hang it to your frame. Add some ribbon to the top to give it a complete look!

12. Hang it your front door for the perfect summer welcome wreath! 

13. Hope this brings lots of extra WARMTH into your home this SUMMER! Comment below :)

~Wishing you Creative Bliss!~