Pumpkin Challenge Season 17, Week 7

Some people like pumpkin. Some people don’t. In this house, we love pumpkin. All of us…It’s become a bit of a debate as to when it’s too early to begin making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

I am a fan of waiting. It’s not that I don’t love the cookies. I do. It’s that the boys request them (and can now make them on their own) at least a couple of times a month. And well, I down more than my fair share!

Regardless YOUR personal take on the TASTE of pumpkin, this week we’re embarking on a pumpkin challenge and I think you’re going to like what you SEE.

Pumpkin Challenge

Pumpkin Challenge

Project #1 Pumpkin Quilt Block Candelabra

Hmmm…Pumpkin.  What to make?  Pie? Bars? Donuts? Muffins?  No…A Pumpkin Quilt Block Candelabra!

Pumpkin quilt block candelabra

Created with small pumpkins, an old Candelabra and a lot of patience, this festive piece showcases favorite quilt patterns in a whole new light.  An unexpected greeting for guests or a unique centerpiece for a Fall table…Pretty during the day or illuminated for an evening meal.

Pumpkin quilt block candelabra

Who knew small pumpkins could create such an impact!  What a transformation…Can’t wait to reveal how it’s styled in my Fall Tablescape…Striking!

Pumpkin quilt block candelabra

Project #2 Pumpkin Patch Dress

For this pumpkin challenge I decided to make a dress for my little pumpkin.  I didn’t want to do the typical costumey, big jack-o-lantern face on her belly, type of pumpkin dress you see all the time.  Instead I designed more of a pumpkin inspired dress, something she can wear throughout the fall season, and something that would be perfect for our annual trip to the pumpkin patch.

Pumpkin Patch Dress

I created this adorable dress that has a lined bodice and a gathered skirt.  I used some orange chevron fabric that I flipped vertical to imitate the grooves on a pumpkin and added some kelly green, like the pumpkin’s stem and vine, for the sash and Peter Pan collar.

I finished the look with two pumpkin buttons I molded from polymer clay.  I made the little pumpkins and poked holes in them before baking, and then they sew on just like regular buttons.

Pumpkin Patch Dress

The weather here stays pretty warm for fall so I went with a sleeveless dress, but this dress would look so cute layered with long sleeves and tights if we get a cold spell.

I hope you like my little pumpkin’s dress and vote me through to the next round!

Pumpkin Patch Dress

Project #3 Easy Pumpkin Wreath

Wow, I am so glad to be back to share this fun and easy pumpkin wreath. I fell in love with these fabrics at the start of the competition and have been saving them for the pumpkin project. I love the mix of orange, brown and cream to create an untraditional pumpkin project.

Pumpkin Wreath

I used the fabric and some stuffing to create the pumpkin shape. Even though this project requires sewing, it is something any one could create. This is one of my favorite projects because it is simple and doesn’t take days to finish.

Pumpkin Wreath

I love how something as simple as a pumpkin can spice up my door. The pendant banner was easy to make and gives a little more “fall” flair to the pumpkin. I hope you will vote to keep me around for another week.

Pumpkin Wreath

Project #4 Rapunzle Pumpkin Tower

So excited to have made it to the next round!!!  Thanks to everyone that voted!!

One of my goals for this contest was to create projects that are unique and interesting. I hope I have delivered that.  I knew I wanted to turn a pumpkin into something fun but I wasn’t sure what. I really wanted to create Cinderella’s Pumpkin Carriage but sooooo many people had already done that. So, to stay true to my goal, here is my unique pumpkin idea…

Rapunzel Pumpkin TowerI wish you all could feel how heavy this thing is. I think it weighs at least 30 pounds. To start I spray painted the pumpkin with Rustoluem Bright Coat Metallic Finish. Then I hot glued 348 pumpkin seeds onto a Wizard of Oz Tin Man hat. Let’s just say this was incredibly time consuming!!  I went through 15 glue sticks and a few blistered fingers!  Then I cut out and stained the shutters from thin balsa wood from Hobby Lobby and then drew on some “bricks” to make the tower look real.  To top off the roof I glued on a piece of a Christmas Ornament and added some vines and flowers.

Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower

The look on my kid’s faces when they saw the finished project was awesome.  This project took a long time to complete but I had tons of fun with it.  To finish it off I added some purple Halloween mini lights to give it a glow.    Hopefully you’ll vote me through to the next round!

Rapunzel Pumpkin Tower

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SYTYC Pumpkin Challenge

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Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

Thanks to those of you who voted in our last challenge. We continue to have record numbers voting in our weekly challenges and I cannot tell you how much it means to me to have our competitors projects seen by so many…

For those of you who are visiting from Pinterest today, welcome. SYTYC is a craft and DIY competition. Each Monday we feature themed projects created by our competitors. Please help us out and cast your vote…

The winner of our scraps challenge is Crystal.

Crystal Quote
Crystal’s on something of a roll having picked up our In the Kitchen Challenge with her chalkboard serving tray

Chalkboard Serving Tray Tutorial

And then picked up our Fall Challenge with her reversible fall pillow

Reversible Pillow Case

Today Crystal is sharing her rainbow baby quilt tutorial.

Scrap Rainbow Baby Quilt

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

I am so excited I get the opportunity to share another tutorial with you! Thank you so much for voting for my scrappy quilt!

I really enjoy quilting. I made my first quilt when I was 17, it was a king size quilt for my bed at college, not something I would recommend for your first quilt! These days I mostly stick to baby quilts.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

This quilt would be a great project for a beginner, it is easy to make and the end result is stunning. I know some people are a bit intimidated by the idea of making a quilt, but trust me, if you can sew a straight line, you can make this quilt!

Scrap Baby Quilt

For the front of the quilt and the chevron on the back you will need some 5” x 5” squares. The easiest way to cut squares of fabric is with a rotary cutter, a self healing mat, and a quilting square. The number of squares of each color you will need is listed below:

White: 56

Red: 5

Orange: 9

Yellow: 14

Green: 14

Blue: 9

Purple: 5

You will also need two rectangle for the back, one that is 35” x 7” and one that is 35” x 26”, and a piece of quilt batting about 36” x 40”.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

Once you have all your squares cut, draw a diagonal line across all of your white squares.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

Lay one white square on top of a color square with right sides together. Sew on both sides of the line you drew, ¼” from the line. Repeat with all your squares.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

Cut along the line between the 2 seams so you end up with 2 squares.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

Press the seam away from the white side. Repeat with all the squares.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

Next you will sew the squares into 10 rows of 9 squares. To sew the squares together, place 2 squares right sides together with the color side of one square lined up with the white side of the other. Sew along the side; continue adding squares until all nine are sewn in a row. Press the seams open. Refer to the drawing below for the color order of each row.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

Once you have all the squares sewn into rows, sew the rows together. Press the seams to one side.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

Take the remaining squares and line them up to create the chevron pattern using three squares of each color. Sew them into two rows like the ones shown in the drawing below. Then sew the two rows together. Sew your large rectangles for the back on either side of the chevron.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

Next you will sandwich the batting between the 2 quilt layers. I like to use a basting spray to hold everything in place while I quilt. You can find basting sprays in the quilting section of any fabric store.

Lay your quilt top out face down on the floor. Spray the back of it with a basting spray. Spread the quilt batting over the quilt top. Spray more quilt basting spray on the batting then spread the quilt back face up over the batting.

Quilt all three layers together by sewing straight lines along the vertical and diagonal seams of the quilt. I find that a walking foot is really helpful for this step, it helps move all the fabric under your sewing machine foot.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

After you finish quilting, bind the edges of the quilt. I used a double fold binding that is machine sewn to the front and hand stitched to the back. You can find more tips on quilt binding on my blog HERE.

Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

Fall Crafts for Kids Challenge Season 17, Week 6

Wow. We’ve past our mid-way point and are well on our way toward the end of Season 17. I am amazed by how quickly the time passes when you are marking the dates each and every week.

Fall Crafts for KidsThis week at SYTYC, we’re celebrating fall crafts for kids.

I am excited to share the project the boys and I worked on together later this week. In the meantime, please check out 10 great fall crafts for kids and our contestants amazing projects.

As the season winds down, it becomes even more important that you pop over and vote! These weeks are incredibly close and its often a matter of votes that decides the winner!

Fall Crafts for Kids Challenge

Project #1 Fall Wind Chimes

Fall is all around. It is a beautiful time of year and a great time to let the kids use their creativity. Fall has beautiful colors and lots of natural elements that are incorporated in decor and crafts. I wanted to incorporate these elements into a fun craft for kids.

Fall Wind Chimes

We used rocks, pine cones, wooden beads and some metal tea light holders (from the Target Dollar Spot) to create this fun fall wind chimes kid craft. This craft is more than just a craft. Kids can take a nature walk to collect rocks, pine cones and whatever they can find in nature to use in their wind chimes.

Fall Wind Chimes

The rocks are fun to paint and designing the wind chimes allows creativity to flow. This craft is perfect for kids and parent/adults to work on together. The kids can work on the wind chimes until they need the help of the parents. We had so much fun created them and I hope you liked it too!

Fall Wind ChimesProject #2 Halloween Candy Dispenser

Besides dressing up, my kiddos favorite thing about Halloween is the candy…Honestly, I enjoy sneaking my favorite pieces out of their bags too!  So, we created Halloween Candy Dispensers…

Halloween Candy Dispenser

All it took was a combination of mailing tubes, scrap paper, washi tape (LOTS of washi tape…My kiddos LOVE tape) ball ornaments and a dose of Creativity!  My kiddos designed them and I assisted in the hard part like cutting small pieces and using the glue gun.

Halloween Candy Dispenser

Make them to keep at home or to share with friends.  Either way, they are so stinkin’ cute…and FUN to make!

Halloween Candy Dispenser

Project #3 Pumpkin Bird Feeder

I had such a hard time deciding what to make for this challenge, not because I couldn’t come up with any ideas but because I came up with too many!  I finally settled on this bird feeder because I knew my animal loving kid would really enjoy it and because now that it is starting to get cool out, our feathered friends will soon be in search of food.  We had such a good time creating this little pumpkin shaped bird feeder to help the birds out!

Pumpkin Bird Feeder

We started with two 2 liter soda bottles, some paint, ribbon, a pipe cleaner, and a wooden dowel.  I did all the cutting and hole punching and then my son got to get messy and do all the decorating.  There was lots of learning with this project too, which was really fun!  While we painted we talked about birds, where they live and what they eat (my son wanted to feed them strawberries, but we went with bird seed instead).  We talked about the seasons and how when it gets cold in the fall and winter and all the leaves fall off the trees, it is hard for the birds to find food.   He learned about migration and how some birds like to fly south when it is cold, while others will hang around here with us.

Pumpkin Bird Feeder

Once the paint dried and we assembled our feeder, we filled it with bird seed and hung it in out backyard.  The feeder has been a bit hit with the cardinals and finches.  It has been fun peeking outside and seeing the birds at our feeder.  I hope you like our bird feeder and vote me through to the next round!

Pumpkin Bird Feeder

Project #4 Leaf Crown and Magic Wand

So this was a super fun project.  My kiddos have been surrounded by hot glue, paint, saws, ribbon, and anything that creates messes for years and I LOVE that they get into it like Mom.  One day they got up before me on a Saturday and I couldn’t find them anywhere…. I finally found them in my “craft room” making pretty flip flops with the hot glue gun!   Oh, it melted my heart.  So they were totally game for this project!

Leaf Crown and Magic Wand

This project wasn’t particularly difficult but time consuming waiting for everything to dry.  The garage looked like a glitter fairy showed up and didn’t have time to clean before she left.

Leaf Crown and Magic Wand

The wand was the most fun for the kids.  We first gathered our favorite sticks from outside then went to town.  We had many others that didn’t make the cut.    If I win the first place spot I’ll have to showcase some of the “out takes”.  I have an awesome idea for the Pumpkin craft, you’ll get to see it if you vote for my project!!  Thanks!

Leaf Crown and Magic WandProject #5 Thanksgiving Piñatas

I’m back!! Woo hoo!! Thanks for all who have participated in voting and help me to see another week in the contest. For this week’s challenge, I decided to make on of my favorite things to make…piñatas! Seriously, they are a lot of fun to make and even more fun to give away.

Thanksgiving Pilgrim Hat Pinata

Since the challenge was Fall Crafts For Kids, I enlisted the help of my children. I thought about doing a leaf piñata, but settled on a pilgrim hat instead. First, I had my son write out some words associated with Thanksgiving. Words such as, blessings, give thanks, and family. Next, I had them make confetti by cutting up a bunch of napkins. This was probably their favorite part. There was confetti everywhere! After the last bit of confetti was cut, they began stuffing the mini piñatas. First, a handful of confetti, then their Thanksgiving messages, finally they topped it off with even more confetti. We sealed and decorated the piñatas.

Pilgrim Hat Pinata

These make great school treats! We plan to hand out ours on Thanksgiving to family and friends. If you would like to see the full tutorial, consider voting for me! Thanks and I hope to be here again next week!

Pilgrim Hat Pinata

 

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10 Great Fall Crafts for Kids

Wow. Fall has arrived with a vengeance here in Utah. We went from the steamy 90′s to SNOW. Yep. You heard right, SNOW, in just a few short weeks.

Though I don’t love the super-cold temps, I do love this season. For me it always signals a return to baking, crafting and general happiness (which may be directly related to the baking in my case).

Fall Crafts for KidsThis week, our challengers will be sharing fall crafts for kids…I don’t often get a chance to “craft” with the boy anymore, but I’ve rounded up 10 fall crafts for kids that I think would be perfect for trying in our house…Hope you enjoy!

10 Fall Crafts for Kids via SYTYC

10 Fun Fall Crafts for Kids

Painted Leaves via Alisa Burke

Painted Leaves via Alisa Burke

DIY Fall Headband via Celebrations

DIY Fall Headband via Celebrations

Pom Pom Apples via Two-Daloo

Pom Pom Apples via Two-Daloo

Fall Leaves via A Beautiful Mes

Felt Leaves via A Beautiful Mess

Leaf Rubbing via Simple As That Blog

Leaf Rubbing via Simple as That Blog

Pumpkin Spice Play Dough via Small + Friendly

Pumpkin Spice Play Dough via Small + Friendly

Leaf Lantern

Leaf Lantern via A Place Like This

Fall Leaves via Maya Made

Fall Leaves via Maya Made

Apple Stamping via Sweet Little Peanut

Apple Stamping via Sweet Little Peanut

Simple Paper Pumpkin via SNAP!

Simple Paper Pumpkin via SNAP!

Interview: Dru from Polkadot Poplars

It’s not very often that I have, or expect to, work with a contestant that I actually know in real life. Dru, from Polkadot Poplars, actually lives near me and I am fortunate enough to have met her in person. I was oh so excited when she tried out for SYTYC, because well, she’s absolutely lovely!

Dru is a craft industry insider, having worked for several large craft companies, and I am excited for you to get to know her today!

Interview: Dru, Polkadot Poplars

Dru Quote

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.

I am a wife, mother to four, and grandmother to 10. I’ve been fortunate to live around the world while my husband served in the Army. I have been very lucky to have worked in the papercrafting and crafting industry for many years. I blog with my three daughters, who continue to amaze and inspire me. We love sharing our ideas, loves, and lives with our readers.

How and why did you start crafting?

I have loved being creative since I was very young. I was fortunate to have two creative grandmothers who taught me many different types of crafts. I started a crafting business selling at boutiques 25 years ago. I’ve also taught craft classes to my friends and craft groups.

How often do you craft?

Several times a week.

Where do you get inspiration? How do you stay creative?

I get my inspiration from all over. My children and grandchildren, the outdoors, looking at books and magazines, and I have a crazy active mind that never stops. I stay creative by always being involved with a group or a job that forces me to stay crafty and I love it.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

Wow, tough question. So many to choose from. I would have to say paper. It’s so versatile.

What’s the one craft/DIY skill you’d love to master?

I recently took up artistic painting and love it. I hope I can get better and better at it.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I hate to say it, but I love staying up really late and sleeping in. I love the quiet hours I have to myself at night.

What makes you smile?

My family, being outdoors, and good food.

What is your favorite thing to do (other than crafting of course)?

Traveling, reading, and watching reality shows.

How do you stay organized?

I have a tendency to not be as organized as I would like, but I am working on that. I do multi-task well and try to clean up each project after I’m finished before I start something else.

What blogger do you look up to?

So many. I enjoy bloggers who have similar goals and values to my own. I follow those who have interesting stories and variety to their blogs.

Yay! It’s been so much fun sharing a little bit about Dru. Now I thought I would share a few of Dru’s projects that I LOVE…

Polkadot Poplars Craft Room Organization | Child’s Homework Desk | Fall Door Decor | Zucchini Bread

Dru shares her blog with her daughters. They’re all very talented in their own right and I thought I would share a few of their fun projects as well…

Polkadot PoplarsPallet Wood Arrows | Pottery Barn Inspired Monogram Headboard | Pallet Board Sign

Reversible Fall Leaves Pillowcase Tutorial

I am seriously blown away by the talent this season. Every week there are several tutorials that I am interested in seeing and I’d have a hard time selecting my favorite…It makes it kind of nice to know that you get to pick more than one “favorite” up until nearly the end.

Fall Decor Challenge

This week, I am excited to share Crystal’s fantastic reversible fall leaves pillowcase tutorial.

Crystal QuoteCrystal’s projects have always ranked high, but you’ll probably remember her for week one win and chalkboard serving tray tutorial.

Chalkboard Serving Tray Tutorial

In any event, she’s back with another great tutorial for her week four win!

Reversible Fall Leaves Pillowcase Tutorial

I am so excited to be here sharing the tutorial for my reversible fall leaves pillow with you! I have to admit, I was a bit shocked when I opened the email from Tauni informing me I had won. Every project in the fall décor line up was so great, I feel really honored you chose mine!

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

I have seen reversible pillows before, but they always have one design on the front and one on the back. I wanted this reversible pillow to have the second design hiding on the inside. That way if the pillow falls off my couch or somehow gets flipped over, I don’t end up with a Christmas pillow in September.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

This same concept could be used to create a pillow for any holiday. Or you could even just pick two different fabrics. Then when you get tired of one look, flip to the other.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

To make this pillow, I used an off white home décor fabric and some craft felt to make the leaves and holly. You can choose any fabric for the front; I recommend something with a bit of weight so it holds up better. The envelope closure on the back is the same for both sides so if you choose two different fabrics for the front, make sure you choose something that coordinates with both for the back. The fabric for the back also needs to be one without a right or wrong side, meaning both sides of the fabrics look the same. Solid home décor fabrics are a good choice for the back.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

The first step is to determine the size your case needs to be. I had a pillow from Ikea for my insert, the tag says 20” x 20” but when I measured from seam to seam it was really more like 19”. So I ended up making my case for a 19” x 19” pillow.

Cut 2 squares of fabric that are 1” bigger than your pillow and 2 rectangles for the back that are 1” bigger than the pillow in length and half that plus 3” in width. For a 19” x 19” pillow I used two 20” squares and two rectangles that are 20” x 13”

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Cut your leaves from felt. I first sketched a leaf on paper to use as a template when cutting. My leaves are about 1.5” wide and 2.5” long. To cut the holly berries, I traced a nickel on a piece of paper you use as a template. Pin your leaves in three rows on one of the pillow fronts, and then sew them on with a contrasting thread.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Repeat with the holly leaves on the other pillow front.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Finish one long edge of the rectangle by folding the edge over ¼” and then another 1” and topstitching along the folded edge.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Lay your fall leaves front face up and place one of the rectangles on top with the folded edge up. Line up the three unfinished sides with the edge of the pillow front. Lay the other rectangle on the other side with the folded side down. Line up the raw edges with the edge of the pillow front, the finished edges of the rectangles will overlap in the middle. Pin around the edges and baste stitch all the way around the pillow ½” from the edge.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Lay the Christmas side of the pillow case face down on top of the pillow backs. You should have the fall leaves on the bottom, the Christmas leaves on top, and the back pieces sandwiched in the middle. Pin around the edges and sew with ½” seam allowance leaving a 3” opening. Make sure the opening is not right where the leaves are. Clip the corners close to the seam to reduce the bulk. Turn the pillow through the hole you left open. Fold the raw edge in and hand stitch the opening closed.

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Your pillow is done! You should have fall leaves on one side and holly leaves on the other. Thanks again for voting for my fall leaves pillow!

Reversible Pillow Case Tutorial

Thanks for sharing your awesome project Crystal! 

P.S. If you’ve got a little boy, you can’t miss Crystal’s shark trick-or-treat bag. My boys think it’s “totally cool.”

Scraps Challenge Season 17, Week 5

Scraps ChallengeIt’s hard to believe we’re half way through the current season. Time flies…

One of the things that surprises me is how different (or similar) our contestants interpret the weekly challenges. When I set the challenges, I have a picture in my mind of just how I think they will go…The interesting thing? Rarely do the contestants have the same take on a theme that I do!

Despite their varied take on the project, they all have one thing in common – they work their fingers to the bone. Really. I don’t think anyone realizes what a crush all these weeks of dedicated crafting are. So, take a minute, go visit our contestants and show them how much you appreciate what they’re doing by leaving a comment or two.

Scraps Challenge Projects

Project #1 Scrap Wood Halloween Banner

So, I think that we have all known each other for enough weeks now for me to be honest with you. I *may* have had a variety of scrap material options at my disposal week. Oh, right, honesty. I totally save lots of my scraps and my husband has been known to make fun at me for it. The thing I most often hear about is a wagon full of scrap wood in our garage. Yeah, no joke. I do a lot of wood projects and I wouldn’t think of throwing away perfectly good pieces that could have a use so I toss them in a wagon until an idea (or competition theme) comes along. I mean, I am a blogger after all, so I feel it is justified. This project proves that there is a purpose to my wagon o’ wood.

Scrap Wood Halloween Banner

I had been making a lot of signs with friends and was buying 1×8 inch boards in 6 foot pieces. I had them cut at the store in two pieces to fit in my car and after cutting them into 1 foot pieces, I was left with a stack of 6-8 inch pieces. I decided to cut all of these down to 5 inches wide and make a banner out of them! I was able to find 8 pieces and cut them all down with my saw, then cut one end at a 30 degree angle to make a point.

Scrap Wood Halloween BannerAfter I had everything cut, I drilled the holes and painted each piece black. I chose some scrapbook paper from my leftovers box (seemed like the appropriate choice) and cut it to fit the pieces. I love the way it came out and can’t wait to put it on my mantle next week when I decorate for Halloween! I think it will fit in well with the rest of my décor. As an added bonus, my wood scrap pile gets to live another day.

Scrap Wood Halloween Banner

 

Project #2 Scraps Caplet

It’s hard to believe that we are already on the 5th challenge of this contest! Thanks for keeping me around another week. Making a cape for my daughter has been on my list of things to do for a while now. So, when this week’s challenge came up, I knew I could utilize some of my fabric scraps and sew her up a cape.

Scraps Capelet

Instead of a full blown cape, I decided on a capelet. It’s a smaller, more feminine version of a cape. This is another easy project for beginners and a bonus for using up fabric from the scrap pile. I must admit, I had to enlist the help of my husband when drawing up the pattern. Math is not my strong suit, so when this started to go the direction of talking about a radius, I knew I needed help.

Scraps Capelet

After sketching the pattern on freezer paper, I cut out an exterior and lining piece. Before sewing those together, I cut and appliquéd several “a’s” on to the capelet using a zig zag stitch. I thought about putting just a single A on the back, but I thought it would be much more fun to add a bunch in different sizes and fabrics. After attaching the last  ”a”, I cut a coordinating piece for the tie closure.  I think it turned out really cute! I can’t wait for some cooler weather so she can wear her new capelet! If  you like my project and want to see the full tutorial, please send a vote my way!

Scraps CapeletProject #3 Scrappy Chair Makeover

Wow, if you are reading this I’ve made it through to another week and I am having so much fun. Originally when I was brainstorming about the topic of scraps, all I could think of was scrap metal, scraps of wood and of course scraps of fabric. I really wanted to do something fun that I could use. I had this old comfy office chair that I’ve been wanting to makeover (it was kind of ugly).

Scraps Chair Upcycle I used scraps of fabric, jumbo ric rac, funky tulle and some random scrap buttons. I had all these different scraps from other projects and love how they all came together to create this fun office chair complete with girly finishes.

Scraps Chair UpcycleThe best part about this project is that it was cheaper to make than to buy a fancy new office chair. I found the chair at a thrift store and then had the scraps of fabric and embellishments. This unique office chair has a new place in my craft room. Now it definitely fits in.

Chair UpcycleProject #4 Wood Scrap Pennant Banner

Hello So You Think You’re Crafty Readers!  So excited to still be here…This was the most challenging week thus far!  Do I have scraps to work with?  Far too many, but what to create with all these treasures?

Pennant Banner

After raiding the wood pile, garage and craft room, I came up with a really fun idea!  Inspired by a favorite piece of art, I created a large wooden pennant banner to hang on the wall in our family room.  Scrap wood cut into pennants + fun paint colors around the edges + a topping of fabric from my husbands old shirts and pants + letters cut from a fabric remnant = 1 FUN piece of artwork!

Pennant Banner

I love creating something out of nothing, especially when it turns out better than expected.  I can tell you one thing…We’re always ready to PLAY! (And I cannot wait to show you how it looks on the wall! Love it!)

Wood Pennant BannerProject #5 Baby Quilt

When I saw the scrap challenge in the line up for this season I knew exactly what I wanted to make, a baby quilt.  Quilting was one of my first crafting loves and is still one of the crafty things I enjoy most.  I especially love making baby quilts, they are quick and simple, and there is nothing better than seeing a little one snuggle with the blanket you made!

Scraps - Scrap Quilt 1

I had a lot of fabric scraps to choose from, I have a hard time throwing away fabric scraps from my projects and I tend to keep even smaller pieces that maybe should just be tossed, you never know when you might want 50 small squares of fabric in rainbow colors!  I had just recently organized my sewing room and all my scrap fabrics got organized by color.  Seeing all those scraps in color coded stacks inspired me to make this rainbow quilt.  I think it will make a perfect baby shower gift and could work for either a boy or a girl.

Scrap Baby Quilt Everything I used to make this quilt was leftover from other projects, even the fabric for the back, the binding, and the batting inside.  I started with 50 5” squares of my rainbow colors and 50 5” squares of scrap white fabric to make this quilt.  I used a grey chevron on the back and I love how it looks; the grey is a bit unexpected with all the color on the front.  I had some leftover squares from the front so I added them to the back in a fun chevron pattern.  The binding is double folded so it will be extra durable and is machine sewn to the front and hand stitched to the back for a seamless finish.

I LOVE this quilt, I hope you like it too and vote for me so I can show you how to make your own next week!

Scraps Baby Quilt

 

Project #6 Luxury Cat Bed

So this was a tough challenge… so many options.  I am a cat person through and through and it seems the Doggies of the world always rule so I thought it was time the Kitties got pampered. I took an old ottoman I found at the Goodwill a few years ago and some scraps of wood, fabric, ribbon, buttons, etc. and made a Luxury Cat Bed.  And what says luxury more than a tufted headboard??!!!

Luxury Cat Bed

I basically flipped the ottoman over cut four side boards and bottom boards that I fixed on with screws then painted the whole piece white.  The tufted head board was fun. I cut holes in a board evenly spaced then upholstered it.  To do the tufts I fished through some quilting thread to some rhinestone buttons.  Then I made the small decorative pillows and the large sleeping cushion.

Luxury Cat Bed

It was bit time consuming but so much fun… and let’s just say the DOGGIE IS NOT HAPPY!!!

 

Luxury Cat BedKitty is SO HAPPY with her new bed!!   Would love your vote in this round!

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Fall Decor Challenge Season 17, Week 4

Fall Decor ChallengeThis summer, it was incredibly hot in Utah. In fact, we met the all-time record for days above 100 degrees. It’s FINALLY cooled off just a little bit. I am grateful…It’s always a little hard to celebrate fall while dealing with summer’s heat!

Our contestants have worked hard and come up with some great projects for this week’s fall decor challenge and I am excited to share them with you today!

Fall Decor Challenge Projects

Project #1 Fall Owl Stuffy

I made it another week! Woo Hoo! Thank you so much for your votes! When I first signed on to be a contestant, I had no idea how challenging it would be. It’s been a lot of fun and I hope to make it through another week!

Fall Owl Stuffy

I try to keep my ideas as original as possible, while also doing something that reflects my taste. This week was no exception. I had two reasons for choosing the project I did. First, owls fit perfectly into a fall theme. Second, I owed my daughter a stuffy.

Fall Owl Stuffy

I started by lightly sketching an owl shape on canvas fabric. Then, I  chose a neutral color palette, but something that still said, “fall.” I added a little splash of aqua around the eyes, just to cool things down a bit. I know it doesn’t look like it, but I can sew a straight line. I wanted this owl to have lots of charm and whimsy…so I used a technique I like to call, drawing with my sewing machine. It’s by far, my favorite method of sewing. Basically, I’m “drawing” with my needle and thread, while I move my paper (the fabric) under the presser foot. It’s a lot like free motion sewing, for any of you sewing people out there. I think the reason I’m so drawn to this technique is because, there really are no rules. After several passes through the sewing machine, I have the scribbled look I was after. He got a belly full of stuffing, a quick whipstitch, and then he was off to the arms of a very happy little girl!

Fall Owl Stuffy

Project #2 Wood Shim Wreath

We are entering my favorite time of year. It may be the craziest time of year but I love all the holidays, birthdays, cooler weather, decorating, activities … ALL.OF. IT. These next few months are the best part of the year in my opinion! I was so excited to get decorating for fall and this wreath definitely started the wheels turning. Interestingly enough, I thought of this wreath idea while I was driving, so naturally, I made a side stop at the hardware store to gather some materials. Wouldn’t you?? I am in love with how it came out!

Wood Shim Wreath

Because I love the rustic natural wood look for fall decorating, I didn’t paint my shims. I can’t wait, however, to make another and spray paint it in a bright color for another holiday. Black for Halloween, silver for Hannukah, red for Christmas, I could go on, the choices are endless! I added it as the centerpiece of my mantle, but this would look equally great on a door or in an entryway. To tie in the rest of the mantle, I added some of the leaves and a bright sunflower.

Wood Shim Wreath

I think this is the perfect piece to finish off the mantle and the whole wreath was much less than $10 to make! Wood shims can be picked up for about $1.50 a dozen and I used just over 4 packs (I could have made it work with 4 packs if I had to but I had the extra). The leaves and flowers I pulled off the mantle as the finishing touch, I love using what I have on hand! I love way this came out and am ready for a lot more fall crafting!

Wood Shim Wreath

 

Project #3 Autumn Wood Sign

I love fall decorating, so naturally I was so excited. I love the look of pallet art, but I’m not sure if I’m convinced that using pallets are worth it unless they are left in one piece. I’d rather go buy some wood (which I did for this project, don’t even worry it was still cheap, about $4). My inspiration came together perfectly.

Autumn Pallet Art

I love the play on words with “fall.” I wanted to use a metallic gold and a nice stain for the wood. The leaves just pop! Add a bit of glitter and it is sweet. This is a great wood art piece that can be used to hang on the wall or as a centerpiece on a table.

Autumn Pallet Art

I wanted to create the effect of the wind swirling the colorful autumn leaves. It all worked out just right. I hope you love it just as much as I do!

Autumn Pallet Art

 

Project #4 One Chair Two Looks

Happy Fall, New Friends!  This competition just keeps getting more challenging.  With thousands of Amazing Fall ideas already out there, how does one come up with something fresh and new?!

Upcycled Rustic Chair

Why not give some trash to treasure chairs a new look for Fall…even better…TWO new looks!  Look One: A simple slipcover with painted metallic polka dots and a pleated ruffle for the dressier dining experiences AND Look Two: A painted chalkboard plaque on the back of the chair for a greeting, name, monogram or a seasonal reminder to “Give Thanks!”

Upcycled Rustic Chair

Simple, Fun and Festive…And the perfect way to unite mismatched chairs. Just wait until you see how they look in my dining room…No one would ever guess they were FREE!

Upcycled Rustic Chair

Project #5 Reversible Fall Leaf Pillow

I like having seasonal décor in my house, but I hate that it only gets used for one or two months out of the year.   So when I was trying to think of what I would make for this fall décor challenge, I knew I wanted something that could be used for fall but also hang around a bit longer.  I came up with this reversible leaf pillow cover.

Reversible Pillow Case

I made this pillow out of an off white fabric with a fall leaves design on one side.  The leaves are cut from fall colored felt and sewn on the case in three rows.  The pillow cover has an envelope closure on the back so the pillow insert can easily be stuffed inside.  When fall is over and you’re ready to get out your holiday décor, this pillow has another design hiding inside.

Reversible Pillow Case

Take out the pillow insert and flip the case inside out and the pillow is decked with holly leaves and ready for Christmas!  The reverse side has the same envelope closure on the back and no exposed seams; I really had to do some problem solving to accomplish that.  I am so happy with the outcome!  I love that this pillow adds a little fall to my home décor but also can stick around through winter. I hope you all like this pillow too!

Reversible Pillow Case

Project #6 Fall Patio Decor

I love Fall and everything about it.  The cooler temperatures, sweaters and scarves, the holidays, and decorating are all a part of it.  Rather than get all my old decorations out the theme of the challenge this week had me thinking about revamping what I normally do.

Fall Porch Decor

This is what I created for my back patio.  I love the look of painted vintage furniture and mixing new and old items together.  Rather than go with the typical darker colors of fall I went with the bright colors of yellow, orange, teal, and a touch of red.

Fall Porch Decor

I painted the shelf a beautiful teal and distressed it to show some peeks of the old color.  The chair I painted a soft yellow.  I made some hanging garlands out of beads and spools.  I tucked in some vintage goodness here and there, added a canning bottle full of candy corn, and a basket full of my home grown pumpkins.  And there you have it.  Sitting outside on a cool Fall evening will be even more fun now.  When Fall and Winter are over I can continue to use the fun shelf and chair in another arrangement for Spring.

Fall Porch Decor

 

Project #7 Fall Potter’s Bench

So, I am not a big “crafter” funny that I am in the contest “So You Think You’re Crafty”.    I guess I shouldn’t say I am not a crafter I love all things creative but my passion is more about  turning old things new… so for my fall project I took an old tool bench and made it into a Fall Potter’s Bench.

Fall Potter's Bench

After I cleaned her up I stained the entire piece with a dark stain.  Then I painted the top with three different colors, then distressed, then added some clear and dark wax .  I used a Behr paint turned into chalk paint for the colors.  I stained a piece of old barn wood that I found at an antique store to make the fall sign.  I printed the word FALL using the font called Lemonade then placed the printed paper over the barn wood and traced the FALL letters really hard.  The imprint came out onto the wood and then I used some Annie Sloane chalk paint to paint on the letters.

Fall Potter's Bench

Lastly I clipped some wire from a coat hanger to make some feet for my gourde ducks then spray painted the feet aqua.   I had a lot of fun with this project.  My mom loves to garden so I think I will give this piece to her for being such an amazing grandma.  Hopefully you’ll give me your vote this week!!

Fall Potter's Bench

 

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