Thursday, January 19, 2017

Handmade Hangout Party #137

Another week means another party!
Let's do it! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fabric Heart Valentine

I'm Rachel and I'm thrilled to be a contributor to A Glimpse Inside. Before we get started with the tutorial, I'd like to share a little bit about myself. I'm a mom and I like to create. I relish the times when I can take the time to make something. I blog over at Adventures of a DIY Mom. I get great satisfaction from taking a pile of supplies and turning it into something useful or decorative.

Today's tutorial is just such a project. It's been quite miserable outside in Utah where I live. I love the winter - mostly because I love to hunker down inside with my craft projects. Anyway, I didn't want to leave the house in the snowy weather and icy roads to buy supplies for my project, so I went down to my craft room to see what I had that I could use for a Valentine's project.

Here's what I came up with: A cute little fabric Valentine heart, complete with  a little pocket stash a small note and treat.

How to Make a Fabric Heart Valentine with a Pocket

As I was making these for my family, I came up with a plan. I decided that the week before Valentines, we will fill up each others hearts with kind words. Each day we will write something nice about each person in our family.  I'm hoping that this will help my children {and my husband and I} to focus on the good in each other. Then, on Valentine's, the kids can read them all and realize how much their family loves them.

Want to make your own?

Here's what you need:
-pillow ticking {or other fabric of your choice}
-coordinating felt
-pelton {this is a very stiff type of interfacing}
-heart stencil {you can draw your own or print one from the web onto card-stock to make your own}
-sewing machine
-pinking shears
-twine - for hanging, if desired

Fabric Heart Valentine
Begin by tracing and cutting out your hearts. You will need two hearts from the pillow ticking, and one from the pelton that are the same size. Mine were about 5 3/4" from side to side. You will also need a smaller heart {about 3 3/4"} from the felt.

Fabric Heart Valentine

 The above picture shows the next three steps.

1 - You'll want to sew your pocket onto your heart first. I found that the easiest way to do this was to layer the pelton, one piece of fabric and then the felt, then sew just around the sides and bottom part of the felt heart. The pelton helps stabilize the fabric so stays flat and doesn't twist around as you're sewing. You want to have right side up on your pillow ticking for this step.

2 - Sew on the back of the heart, with the right side facing out. I used a 1/4" seam allowance for this part.

3 - Using pinking shears, cut around the edge of the heart.

Fabric Heart Valentine
That's it! 
Make several and hang them on a piece of twine for a pretty heart garland.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Love Birds Sign

Hi everyone! 
I hope you all had a nice long weekend. 
 Our long weekend has been extended another day due to freezing rain and ice. YUCK! 

I had a quick craft session over the weekend, in between house projects, and I thought that since I plan on setting up a Valentine's Day mantle this week, I would make something that could go on it.

This project also made me realize how horrible the light is in this house in the winter with constant gray skies outside and that I need to invest into a good lighting kit. But anyways... enough about that, let's see the project. 

 This is a super fast and easy sign that can be completed in about 10 to 15 minutes. Yep, that quick!!

 Here's all you need to do it:

 -Wood board or something similar (I found this in the dollar spot at Target.)
-Acrylic Paint
-Stencil Brush
-Heart image
-Silhouette Machine

I chose to paint the design onto the wood because I liked the idea of it being a little imperfect and not solid.You could just cut and apply vinyl if you'd like as well.

I cut the design out onto card stock and then sprayed the back with spray adhesive. I let the paper sit for just a few minutes so it wasn't really tacky, just enough to hold down as a stencil then peel it back off. Rub down all edges well with your finger.

 Using a stencil brush, pounce the paint into the stencil.

Paint until the whole stencil is covered. 

Carefully peel back the stencil when you are done.

I painted the birds white and the little heart a super faint pink because I really didn't want it to stand out too much from the birds but I did want it to be slightly different. 

And that's it! 

All you have to do is prop it up now and enjoy! 

So fast, so easy, and the perfect little touch for Valentine's day but could easily stay up a little longer or all the time. 

Have a great week!

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