Christmas, Craft Projects, Holiday

Quilted Ornaments

My grandma made us the prettiest quilted ornaments last year at Christmas. She is a quilter and makes the most beautiful things, and her ornament was no exception. I love it!

Quilted ornament

I was looking for Christmas craft ideas for a craft night with my girlfriends and I came across an excellent video detailing how to make these quilted ornaments. Now, when I share tutorials with you all (even if it something other people have tried) I always share my version. Often, I don’t read other tutorials, I just figure things out on my own because I’m terrible at following directions. But I had to follow the video step by step for this ornament, and for that reason I am not going to give a tutorial because none of it is my own. If you want to make one of these ornaments, please visit Pot Holders and Pantyhose for her awesome video tutorial.

Here are pictures of the steps!

If you need a really last-minute gift and happen to have the supplies on hand (scrap fabric, styrofoam ball, pins, ribbon), these ornaments make a gorgeous addition to any tree.

Quilted ornament teal

Merry Christmas Eve 🙂 Hope you all are enjoying your holiday so far.

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Craft Projects

Feather Coat Pins and Hair Barrettes

It’s almost coat season, and I’ve got the world’s most boring, brown coat that I’m never super excited to wear. Actually, I hate most coats…. I am allergic to wool, so I’m always stuck with the oversized down coats instead of the super stylish pea coats. Cry myself a river, right?

Anywho, I decided to try my hand at making a coat pin to jazz up my brown coat. So, I dug around in my craft room for some supplies and set to work.

Supplies: Feathers, Buttons, Pin backings, Cardboard (I used old coasters), Felt, Hot Glue, Barrette backings (if you want a hair barrette instead of a pin).

Here’s what you do:

1. Gather the supplies above, selecting one button per pin and between 4 – 6 feathers per pin

2. Cut out a small piece of cardboard (or in my case, a piece of the coaster) to glue feathers onto. It can be as large or small as you’d like, depending on how much of a statement you’d like to make with your pin. I’m not that brave, so my cutout was about 2 inches wide. Before you start gluing ( I didn’t this the hard way the first time around), cut out a piece of felt the exact size of your cardboard. This will be the backing on the pin later on.

3. Glue feathers all over your piece of cardboard. Tip: Place the hot glue on the cardboard, not the feather. It becomes almost string-like on the feather and slides off easily. When all of the feathers are on the piece of cardboard and none f the backing shows through, let all of the glue harden. Then, glue on your button. I placed my button at the spot where all of the feather stems meet to hide them. It seemed to work rather well.

4. When everything is good and dry on the front of your pin, flip over the pin and use hot glue to attach the felt backing.

5. Attach your pin backing or barrette clip to your felt with hot glue and let it all dry. I found it useful to fold up a little piece of my coaster and place it in between the prongs of the hair clip so the glue wouldn’t fasten each side to the other.

6. Your pin/barrette is done! Put it on your coat or in your hair and show it off.

I think they are adorable and will really help make my boring coat a little more exciting (whenever I actually dig it out of the closet… I’ll probably be cold for a little while longer).

I think this one is my favorite:

Quick and Easy Crafts

Project 4: Vintage Flower Magnets

Here’s another quick and easy project to do with magnets.

I’ve been holding onto a set of vintage flower pins trying to decide what I’d like to do with them. The pins are very beautiful and colorful, but they were too heavy to pin to a thin sweater and I don’t own the type of coat that they would look cute pinned to.

So, I decided that I would turn them into magnets and give them to some of my coworkers to dress up their offices (I work with a lot of women — don’t worry, I didn’t force flower magnets on the men.)

So, here are the three easy steps to creating magnets from old pins:

1. Remove the pin backing from the decorative flower:

This is the only tough part of the project. Some of the pins were more stubborn than others. I used pliers to bend the metal back and forth until it broke. On a second pin, I tried cutting through the metal, but the first way worked a little bit better — probably because my pliers aren’t that great.

2. Apply hot glue — if you have old pins, they are often made of metal. Be careful because the hot glue will quickly heat up the pin.

3. Slap on your magnet and voila!

 

My coworkers loved the magnets — what old pins do you have that you could recycle into something new?