Saturday, November 16, 2013

Fabric Christmas Ornaments: Tutorial

Supplies Needed:
Cardstock patterns - I cut some shapes with my Cricket machine but you could free hand it or use stencils. *The shapes with less details seemed to turn out better.
Fabric -  Pieces of fabric that fit your shapes, I folded my fabric pattern on the outside and traced and cut from the pattern.
Embroidery Floss - Any color you would like to use to accent your ornament.
Sewing Needle - A sewing needle that you can fit your floss into. I'm not sure what size it is.



 
Polyester Fill - For the stuffing I used this polyester fill I could easily put in. 
 
Buttons - Any size or shape or color of buttons you can add to your ornament.  I got a small tube of each of these at Michaels for a dollar.
 


 
Ribbon - Any kind of ribbon, I used 3/8 inch grosgrain and cut an 11 inch piece for each ornament. 

 
Sewing machine or you can hand stitch 
 
 
Directions:
 1. Trace and cut out your patterns onto your fabric. Fold the fabric with the pattern facing outside on both sides.  Trace cardstock pattern right onto fabric with a pencil. Cut out shapes.  You should have two pieces of fabric, one for the back and the front. 
 
2. Fold ribbon at the ends and place between the two pieces of fabric.
 
3. Sew a straight stitch making sure you have the ribbon inserted between the fabric to ensure it will not be coming out. 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Finish sewing a straight stitch around the outside about a 1/4 inch away from the edge of the fabric. *Don't forget to leave about 3/4 of an inch open, where you will be filling the ornament with the stuffing.

 
               
 
 
5. Add a button with a small piece of embroidery floss.  I tied a knot at the end of my thread, put that on the underside of my button before I placed it on my ornament to hide it. and then went through the button to the other side 2 or three times. I wrapped the remaining thread around the backside of the button between the button and the fabric.  I am sure there are other ways to end and fasten this on.  This is just what I did.  
(Back)
 
 
6. Fill your ornament with the amount of stuffing you desire.  







7. Take piece of your desired color of embroidery floss approx. 24 inches long to accent and close your ornament.  I went over my sewing machine straight stitch and did a pretty close stitch with my floss to ensure it would be closed up where it was open. 
 
 
 
Finished product!!
 

 
 
 
 
 
Happy Holidays!
 
Mikaila
 
 
 

Friday, October 18, 2013

GREAT TEACHER GIFT - ID Badge Lanyard

It wasn't until last year I realized what a great gift a lanyard would be for my kids teachers.  I used some stringing wire a lanyard hook and a large split ring with a silver bead and some crimp tubes with beads.  


1. Put lanyard hook over large split ring.  
2. Cut wire so there is enough length to pull over your head without having a clasp closure and string beads on. 
3. Slide ends of wire through split ring and fold wire over the split ring.  Make sure you have enough plain wire without beads on it that you can fold it over without having too much trouble hooking the wire on. 
Hold each end of the wire together and put on your silver bead that will cover your crimp bead closest to the beads side. 
4. Then slide on your crimp bead, fold over your wire so its on both sides of the split ring and put ends of wire into the crimp bead and crimp to fasten. 
5. Slide ends of wire into silver bead and cut off any excess wire as desired.  

Finished!! 

I used two strands of 18" of beads which I got pretty cheap, I purchased the wire and silver beads from the craft store and the split rings and hooks from Walmart.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Menu Schedule and Food/Snack Ideas

 Going on Vacation?
Here is a fill in menu schedule that I was inspired to put together for a friend who is going on a week long trip.  Also my ideas of snacks, lunches and dinner that can easily be packed or made away from home.  My kids are more of picky eaters so I didn't have great dinner ideas.  But feel free to use how you want and add in your own ideas.  Sometimes you just need a suggestion to get your ideas going.

                         DAY 1        DAY 2         DAY 3         DAY 4        DAY 5       DAY 6          DAY 7 


BREAKFAST


SNACK


LUNCH


SNACK


DINNER 





SNACKS BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER
FRUITS: STRAWBERRIES CEREAL BLT WRAPS PIZZA ROLLS-HAM/PEPPERONI/CHEESE
KIWI YOGURT/GRANOLA PBJ SANDWICH/WRAP TACO SALAD OUT OF DORITO BAG
BANANAS BAGELS TURKEY/HAM SANDWICH/WRAP SPAGHETTI/BREAD/VEGGIE
APPLES/W PEANUT BUTTER EGGS/HAM TURKEY/HAM AND VEGGIE KABOBS HAMBURGERS/HOTDOGS
APPLESAUCE WITH STRAW WAFFLES GRILLED CHEESE  BEAN/CHEESE BURRITOS
FRUIT POUCH BREAKFAST BURRITOS CHICKEN NUGGETS QUESADILLAS
FRUIT CUP SMOOTHIES SPAGHETTI OS CHICKEN PARMESAN
GRAPES  POTATO BITES HOT DOGS/HAMBURGERS CHICKEN ROLLS
ORANGES PEANUT BUTTER ON TOAST TUNA SANDWICH/WRAP CHEESE/TURKEY HOT SANDWICH
DRIED FRUIT: RAISINS/CRAISINS MINI PANCAKES/WAFFLES CORN DOGS CHICKEN PATTY SANDWICHES/SALAD
FRUIT LEATHER MUFFINS/JUICE/FRUIT MAC AND CHEESE
FRUIT SNACKS FRUIT PIZZA/EGGS SLOPPY JOES *You can also interchange lunch ideas with dinner. 
FRUIT BOX APPLE/CHEESE MINI PIES FISH STICKS
VEGGIES: CUCUMBER SLICES FRUIT KABOBS/TOAST/CEREAL SANDWICH KABOBS- BREAD, MEAT, CHEESE
CARROTS/DIP
HOMEMADE LUNCHABLES
CELERY/W PEANUT BUTTER


CHERRY TOMATOES
*You can use any sort of bread, rolls, tortillas, bagels, pitas etc.
OTHER: DRIED YOGURT PIECES


GRANOLA BARS


HEALTHY COOKIES


BEEF JERKY


POPCORN


CHOCOLATE MILK


GRAHAM CRACKERS


PRETZELS


STRING CHEESE


FROZEN GOGURTS


TRAIL MIX


CRACKERS


MARSHMELLOWS


JELLO/PUDDING CUPS


CEREAL


POPSICLES


SMORES CEREAL MIX


VANILLA WAFERS


PEANUTS




















































































































































Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Giveaway Item!



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