Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Wreath 2014

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Merry Christmas, blog family! How are your Christmas and gift crafts going? I’m buried under a pile of fleece and flannel as I bust my derrière on some awesome fleece blankets, pillowcases, and hand warmers (tutorial soon to come). Today is crack down day, but I wanted to show you this year’s Christmas wreath! I gave you guys a tutorial last year on how to make a basic wreath using leftover branches from the Christmas tree. This year I embellished a little bit and made it BIGGER. Check it out.

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This year, I upgraded to a 24” wire wreath frame. I’m warning you – it’s massive. Finished, this wreath just barely fit on my front door. I love it, but make sure it’s as big as you want it – otherwise, stick with the typical 12” –18” wreath frame.

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Kraft paper saves the day, once again. This is a messy activity.

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This year I added berries, and lots of them. I like the pop of red.

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Complete with a sweet bow and hang her up!

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Please pardon the lack of decorations and the poorly groomed plants – we’re only beginners, here. Also, don’t you love that flyer? Goodwill $20. I can’t get enough of it.

My goal is to wait until the holiday is over and stock up on on-sale Christmas decorations for next year. Any ideas on the best places to get after-holiday deals?

 

Merry Christmas!
Thanks for stopping by!
Cheers,
Bridget XOXO

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Faux Fur Pillow Covers

Happy Holidays friends!! I am currently knee deep in Christmas gift crafting and sewing. I’m trying to keep my head above water, but I’m too stubborn to admit that I might have taken on too much this year. Just ask Joe… my craft room doesn’t have a door and I keep finding him with the measuring tape. He’s too nice to tell me that the room looks like a fire hazard.

Alas, yesterday I finally made something I can post without spoiling any gifts. I keep seeing these pillows that are made of fur, faux fur, etc. They are luxuriously soft, fluffy, and so reminiscent of Winter. BUT. They cost a fortune. Pillow covers alone cost $40-$80, depending on where you look. Not in my budget.

Luckily, I found a bunch of different faux furs at the fabric store. I found the one I wanted – enough for 3 pillow covers – $ 13. Boom.

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What you will need:
- Faux fur of your choice – I bought 1.5 yard
- Ribbon
- The Usual Suspects – sewing machine, thread, scissors

1. Cut your faux fur – I cut mine as rectangles 18” x 40”.

2. Fold your rectangle in half (the hamburger way) with fur sides together. Sew two parallel sides together, making a U-shape. I left the opposing side to the fold open. I like the rustic look.

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3. Tack on some ribbon to tie closed the open end of the pillow cover. I used some leftover black ribbon – 10” each, two on each side. They make a nice little bow!

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4. Before turning, I learned that the freshly cut edges made a big mess of loose fur – shake the pillow cover over a trashcan, then using a lint-roller, do a once-over. As awesome as this fur is, it makes a mess when it is cut.

5. Turn, do one more pass with the lint roller. Then cover your pillow. And prepare to fight for these pillows on the couch. The cat, dog, husband, and kiddos are going to be serious competition.

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Enjoy! Happy Holidays!
Thanks for stopping by!
Cheers,
Bridge XOXO