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DIY Felt Circle Bunting Tutorial // Giveaway {closed}

Felt Circle Bunting DIY tutorial

I have always wanted to make a little bunting made of felt circles for Abi’s room.  The only thing standing in my way is the fact that I would need to speed FOREVER cutting out a billion little circles.  No thanks.

But just recently WeR Memory Keepers released a new line of cutting dies.  They’re called Punch Dies and they are awesome.  Instead of it being one circle cut out at once, it’s multiples with a single run through the die cutter.  In the case of these circles I could get 7 large circle and 10 small ones in a single pass.

Life.  Changer.

So here is the (now) quick and easy project.

Felt circle bunting supplies

First you need to gather your supplies:

Evolution (or any die cut machine you have access to)
Felt in desired colors (my fellow Lifestyle Studio team member, Benzie Design, has some great wool blend in fantastic color ways that I highly recommend – that’s where I got mine)
Circle Punch Die
Sewing Machine

Felt circle bunting cut strips

The first step you’ll need to do is cut your felt sheets into strips.  I found that a 3 inch wide strip was perfect.  With the size of sheet I was using I was able to get three strips of each color.  However, I only ended up using 2 of each and that gave me a TON of circles.

felt circle bunting cut layers

Now just sandwich the stuff up on the cutting platform.  I did the Genius platform, the circle punch die, the felt then cutting mat ‘A’.  I’ve also heard that if you put a cardboard shim between the platform and the die you can get a cleaner cut.  I think I’m going to try that next time.

Then just run them through the machine.

felt bunting cut circles

Viola!  Now you should have TON of little circles that look so cute all stacked up that you’ll have a hard time actually using them.

felt circle bunting placement

Now you just need to decide on a length and the placement order of the circles.  Using two of those felt strips of each color I was able to get enough circle to make 6 buntings; 4 were every other large and small, and 2 were one large then 4 small.  

As for color order I decided to do my first one in the ombre effect and liked it so much I just did that for all of them.

Felt circle bunting feeding

Next just feed them through your machine.  I decided to leave a little bit of stitching (about an half inch) between each circle so that it would get some twisty movement when hung.

felt circle bunting sewing

I loved watching my little pile of colorful happiness appear out the back of my sewing machine.

Felt circle bunting

All that’s left now is to hang them up and admire your handy work!

And thanks so much to Made Shop in Cary, NC for letting me use their shop to take my finished product photos.  We’re moving into an apartment this weekend so there was no place of order for me to get good pictures.  If you’re ever in the area check them out (and let me know so we can hang out :) ).

And remember, you’re more than welcome to use my discount code for any purchases made through the WeR online shop.

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Giveaway Closed

Punch dies winner

Now for the great part right?  The promised giveaway.  We R Memory Keepers and Lifestyle Crafts have made it a great one too. It’s retail value is $50 (!!) and includes:

giveaway prize

1 Circle Punch Die (same as the one used in the above project)
1 Pennant Punch Die

It’s so easy to win and there are options (cuz who doesn’t like options?) or do all  3 for more chances to win!

1 – Like We R Memory Keepers on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know.
2 - Like MissyDear on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know.
3 – Tweet about the giveaway and comment with a link to the tweet. Here’s a sample tweet you can use:
Awesome punch dies giveaway from @weronthenet on @missy_dear this week! Makes multiple cuts so easy! http://missy-dear.com/pfbs

The giveaway will be open until March 12, 2013 at 10 pm eastern time and the winner will be announced on the 14th. So enter soon and let all your friends know to enter too!

If you’d rather just purchase the Circle or Pennant (or both!) Punch Dies and not try your luck remember to use the discount code MISSYDEAR for 20% off your purchase at www.shopwer.com.

Stay & Home Date Night Valentines Gift

Are you ready for one of the easiest Valentines gifts I’ve ever made for my husband?  And the best part is that it will last for ever and was only $1!

Date Night Box

This gift really was so quick and fun to put together.  First I went through a quick Pinterest search to find some fun stay and home date night ideas.  What with the new little joining our family in a few months, getting out for a date probably won’t be as possible as often as we would like.  So this gift is the perfect solution.

I just punched out some cardstock hearts.  The pink ones have date ideas already written on them, and the red ones are blank so we can add more ideas as we get them.

One day while walking through Target I found a little kraft box for $1 (Target does it again!).  It’s the perfect little size.  And it’s not overly girly so Brad will be a more ok with having it out :)

Here are a few of the websites that has some great date ideas so you can find those that work best for you.

Six Sisters Stuff
Happy Wives Club
Go Cheap or Go Home

Valentines Heart Applique Tutorial

I’m going to be upfront and completely honest about this project. I still think it’s a great idea, but it definitely wasn’t as simple or as fast as I was expecting to be.  However, I think it still ended up pretty great :).

Valentine Applique Shirt Tutorial

And really, the premise is easy and would probably have been what I was expecting if I hadn’t chosen the die I did. It made it a little more difficult. But I’ll get to that in a minute.

supplies

Here are the supplies I used (remember, you can use the code MISSYDEAR for 20% off your orders from WeR Memory & Lifestyle Crafts):

Evolution Die Cut Machine (or any die cut machine would work as well)
Contrast Fabric
double sided Interfacing
Heart Insert Shape Die
Heart Nesting Dies

die cut

First you need to attach the interfacing to your contrasting fabric.  I didn’t want to make a trip out to the fabric store so I stopped into the thrift store and found a super cheap little red onesie that was exactly what I needed.

Now, cut out the dies.  I showed them in this picture as cutting from the interfacing side, however, I found later that cutting from the fabric worked much better.  Another tip is to remove the foam inserts from the die.

Cut out hearts

Here is one of the problems I ran into.  I think, because the hearts in the insert die are backed and not open, they didn’t  fully cut through.  So I had to go back through with an exacto knife and finish them off.  It was super tedious and time consuming, but it worked out ok in the end.

Iron On

Now, just iron the applique onto the blank shirt.  I had also planned to sew around the edge and little hearts to fully secure it on, but the spaces between them all are too little.  Hopefully the interfacing will be enough.  I may still go back later and add some stitching.  maybe some messy zig zag stitching so the narrow spaces don’t matter so much.

finished pics

And Abi seems to like it.  We went out to the yard for pictures and she just started posing.  No prompting from me, nothing. I just clicked away.  She’s just a little diva through and through :).

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Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear.

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“Pucker Up” Embossed Crazy Straw Valentines

This year I asked Abi what she wanted to do for her valentines (we did these glow stick ones last year) and her quick response… WHISTLES!  However, when I got to Target they didn’t have whistles.  At least not at a price I was willing to pay for 24 of them.

So I grabbed what I figured was the next best thing – CRAZY STRAWS!! – and hoped for the best.  Thankfully, Abi was totally on board when I showed her.  Now the tricky part was thinking of a catchy little tag line to put on them.

Pucker Up Crazy Straw Valentines

I was planning to go with something using the word crazy, but after going through my sisters (hundreds) of stamps I didn’t see anything along those lines that I liked.  Instead, I went with a combo of three different stamp sets to get the words, “Pucker Up Valentine” with a little love heart.  For some added fun I decided to emboss the lettering instead of just stamping it.

It was a really fun project and Abi loves how they turned out.  Here’s a little run down of how I did it.

supplies

First you need to gather your supplies.  Here is what I used:

Gold Embossing Powder
VersaMark Ink
Stamp (“pucker up” from Frutastic by Paper Smooches; “valentine” from Claire’s ABCs by Lawn Fawn; heart from Countless Sayings 1 by Stampin’ Up – none of these are affiliate links, just thought you might be interested)
Embossing Buddy
Tag to be stamped (I found one I liked in the Silhouette store then modified it to fit on the straws)
Embossing Heat Gun

static wipe

First rub the embossing buddy onto the paper.  This will remove the static cling so that the embossing powder will only stick to the ink and keep it looking crisp and clean.

stamp

Next stamp onto tag using the VersaMark ink.  It’s clear and sticky.  It kinda reminds me of glue rather than ink.

powder

Now just spoon some of the embossing powder over the stamped image then tap it off.  My sister leaves her most used powders in their own Tupperware container so that it’s easy to use and there is basically no clean up.

emboss

Now just heat the image with the embossing gun (or I’ve heard you can use a blow dryer, and once I even set it on top of toaster that was heating up and it worked).  The image should change from powdery to shiny and raised when it’s done (you can kind of see how the “puck’ is still dark and powdery while the rest is embossed).

Finished

To finish up I had Abi write her name then just used a little washi tape to attach it to the straw.

pile

Then you just have to repeat it until you have a pile of fun little crazy straws for some great little kindergartners.

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Stenciled Tote Bag

I decided to finally try something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time.  Stenciling.  I don’t know why I never did it before.  It really is easy.

Stenciled Tote Bag

I had planned to do freezer paper stenciling, but I knew I would have to use my Silhouette to cut out the text and I wasn’t sure if the cutting mat would be too sticky to release the wax paper once it was cut.  In the end I just went with some scrap vinyl I had on hand.

Supplies

Here is a list of my supplies:

Tote Bag (I just bought a blank from Michaels)
Sun & Clouds Die (from Lifestyle Crafts)
Fabric Paint (or normal acrylic with a fabric medium)
Sponge Brushes
Wax Paper (to put inside bag to keep paint from bleeding through)

Now it’s a pretty easy process.

First I cut out the dies and the text.  I used my Evolution machine to cut out the dies, but used my Silhouette to cut out the text.  You don’t have to worry about reversing the text since you’re using the negative space as a stencil rather than the positive space.

transfer tape

Next, to keep the letter centers (like the circles in the o’s) in place and everything nice and straight I used some masking tape as an alternative to transfer tape since I had none on hand.  It worked pretty well, but was a little more sticky than I would have liked.  I’ve heard that lint roller sheets make a great and inexpensive alternative too.

stencil set

Once you’ve got that all set, just remove the backing and place the stencil on the tote bag.  I used my rub on tool to really make sure that the edges were sealed.  I still ended up having a little bit of bleeding, but not too much.

painted stencil

Now you paint it.  I kind of pounced it on then gently brushed to get rid of any air bubbles.  I’m not sure the brushing part was too necessary, but it made me feel better :)

drying

Then you just wait for it to dry!  It really was such a fun project and I cant wait to try it again!

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Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear.

Crochet Baby Blanket

As I’ve mentioned before we just moved to North Carolina.  And for a few months we’re living with my sister while we look for a place that we like.

When we were about an hour from pulling up to their house with our big moving truck I sent her a text message that said, “We’re an hour away and I brought the best surprise to show you guys.  I think you’re going to like it.”

Then, an hour later, I walked into her house with my little prego belly and Sue started yelling and jumping up and down.  That was the first that she had heard for my pregnancy and I was 17 weeks along.

Crochet Baby Boy Blanket

We had told all our other family (except my dad who came out 2 days later. I told him then and he cried :) ) at Thanksgiving when I was about 14 weeks along.  We wanted to wait until the doctors took me off of “high risk” status before we let people know.  I waited the few weeks later to tell my dad and sister because they were the only family that we would see in person to share the news.  I wanted to see their reaction, not just hear it.

Well anyway, the point of that little story/tangent was to get to this.  My sister was so excited that the day after Christmas we went out to the yarn store and bought some fabulous yarn for her to crochet a baby blanket for the little man.

Isn’t it gorgeous?  We decided to go with a very simple stitch in a very simple palette and pattern.  I am in love with it.

Crochet baby blanket

The colors we used are (all Kraemer Perfection Worsted Yarn):

Fluff – full skeen
April Shower – full skeen
Winter Lake – half skeen
Sand – full skeen
Winter lake – half skeen
April Shower – full skeen
Fluff – full skeen

and it’s a double crochet stitch with an H hook.

Crochet Blanket

The finished blanket is about 36in x 36in.  Perfect for a little stroller or cuddle blanket.

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