Showing posts with label St. Pat's. Show all posts
Showing posts with label St. Pat's. Show all posts

Friday, February 28, 2014

LUCKY St. Patrick's Day Felt Bunting Tutorial

Can you believe that St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner?
I am finally getting my Christmas (for shame) decorations taken down, and
we're jumping right into St. Patrick's Day!!!!
I'm a bunting/banner/garland lover and so I wanted to make a new bunting
to add to my St. Patrick's Day decor before the baby comes.
This is a simple bunting you could make in mass and share with friends!

* Sewing machine
* LUCKY letter templates
* Wool Blend Felt in dark green, green, white and pink

BUY WOOL BLEND FELT! :) I tried with regular craft felt that is $2.99/yd
at JoAnn and it wouldn't cut all the way through and I got so frustrated.
So, I consulted with my other craft Lifestyle Crafts Creative Team members,
and they said that wool blend felt is the ticket. So, I bought a 20/80 blend from JoAnn
and BINGO!!!! it cut like a charm. You'll also want to cut a shim from a cereal box or use a
piece of cardstock. Then layer it platform, shim, die, felt, cutting mat "A".
BAM! Cuts like a dream!
You'll need five large pennants pieces and 5 slightly smaller pennant pieces.

Using the LUCKY letter template, cut one letter each out of white felt.

Cut four little pink hearts. They didn't have a wool blend felt at JoAnn in this color,
so I just used the craft felt I had on hand. It did not cut all the way through,
and I had to cut around the impression it left.
My Lifestyle Crafts team member - Benzie Design - has a great Etsy shop
that sells wool blend felt in a plethora of fantastic colors.

Use you Crop-a-Dile to punch holes in the top sides of your hearts.
Just like with the dies, laying the felt on top of a piece of cardboard makes the
punching work like a dream!

Using a decorative stitch - I chose zig zag - stitch the letters you hand cut
to the light green pennant pieces and then sew the light green pennant to a larger
dark green pennant pieces.


Carefully thread your bakers twine through the holes in each pennant and heart.
How easy was that?!
No you have an adorable bunting to add some LUCKY St. Patrick's Day happiness
to your home decor.

If you like this and want more St. Patrick's Days ideas, you can find them here!

I have a discount coupon code for my fun readers to use when shopping
at We R Memory Keepers/Lifestyle Craft!
Use the discount code FUNKY for 20% off your purchase!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Framed St. Patrick's Day Embroidery

I'm back with another fun embroidery idea for St. Patrick's Day!
I have loved doing the embroidery - it's so calming - and it's been
fun getting comfortable with using spray paint.
It started with Halloween, then I did Christmas, next was
Valentine's Day, and then the happy Sunshine embroidery.

Lucky and Pinch Me templates
Dollar Store Frames
White Fabric
Green Embroidery Floss
Embroidery Needle
Embroidery Hoop
Glue Gun
Tutorial HERE
After I traced the "lucky" onto the fabric I decided it needed a little shamrock.
So, I just hand sketched one made out of four hearts.
I really like the extra punch!

Have you tried your hand at embroidery?
I'd love to see it!
Be sure to link up to the Flickr group, so everyone can check it out!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Green {Irish} Kettle Corn

One of my favorite things to make is the Our Best Bites Kettle Corn.
It is YUM! YUM! YUM! and is always a crowd favorite.
So when I had to take a green treat to a St. Patrick's Day potluck
I had with my friends at the park, I decided to make it GREEN!

It turned out so great!
But I learned a few things, so I decided to share the tips with you.
I always make a double batch - a single never goes far enough.
So you'll need:

2/3 cup white popcorn kernels
6 T canola oil
6 T sugar
Kosher salt
green food coloring

Follow the directions at Our Best Bites,
but when it comes to the step when you dump in the popcorn kernel/sugar
mixture into the hot oil, quickly, and I mean QUICKLY,
squeeze about 10 drops of green food coloring into the mound
of sugar popcorn - trying to avoid dropping it directly into the oil.
Stir fast and pop the lid on.
Then continue following the OBB directions.

BAM! You'll have green "Irish" kettle corn that all your friends
will go cuckoo for!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

10 Fantastic St. Patrick's Day Ideas

Are you ready for St. Patrick's Day this weekend?
If you're still looking to add a little rainbow to your life,
then you're in {LUCK}, because I compiled all my fun ideas
into this one post!
So grab some Irish soda bread and green milk,
pull up a chair and have fun getting inspired!

Plus, I'd love for you to share some your favorite
St. Patrick's Day traditions with me.
We've tried corned beef and cabbage (went over like a ton of bricks),
Irish Soda Bread (yum), green milk, rainbow Jell-O,
and an all green meal.
What have you done? Favorites?

{Rainbow Fabric Strip Garland}


Monday, March 11, 2013

Rainbow Fabric Strip Garland Tutorial

Last year I made a couple of fabric strip garlands thanks to Kara Noel,
This year I decided my St. Patrick's Day decorations needed
a rainbow fabric strip garland to add to the festiveness.
So I made one using the various scraps I have left over from
lots and lots of projects - and so this project cost me ZIP!

For this project you'll need:
*5 different fabrics for each of the colors of the rainbow
*about 7ft of baker's twine
*rotary cutter and cutting mat

For the fabric I dug through my stash and found five different fabrics
for each of the colors of the rainbow - red, orange, yellow green, blue, purple.
You can really use scraps since you need less than an 1/8 of a yard of each fabric you use.

Cut the fabric into 1x9" strips with your rotary cutter.
You'll only need five strips of each fabric you are using.
This means you will end up with 25 of each color for a total of 150 strips.

Then grab some baker's twine.
I used this great twine I got from Pick Your Plum.
It's sturdier than other baker's twine I've used, but comes
in lots of fun colors.
You'll need about 7" feet.
It will depend on how large the mantel/space is that you're hanging your garland.

Fold your strip of fabric in half - with wrong sides together - 
and place it behind the baker's twine - like the photo below.

Then flip the little tails over the baker's twine and pull it through the loop you created.

Then pull it tight.
To make the rainbow go in the ROYGBV order, you'll need to start with purple.

I used an ABCDE-ABCDE pattern for my fabric.
How's that for some Kinder math for you?
This means I alternated with the five fabrics five times instead
of grouping all five of the same fabric strips together.

I really love how it turned out and it's a great project to do with a friend.
I cut 10 of each fabric so that I could make one and so could
Kara Noel while we spent a crafty Friday afternoon together.

You could make it shorter or longer depending on your needs.
The 150 strips fits my 5ft bar/mantel perfectly.

 It pairs perfectly with my LUCKY letters from Well Good.
Now I want to decorate my entire house with rainbow garlands,
but I don't think my husband would go for that decor scheme.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Wishing You a Rainbow: An {Irish} Blessing

We've been so sick!
So, I'm ready for the rainbows of spring.
Have you decorated for St. Patrick's Day or do you go straight to Spring?
I like to do a little bit of both.
So here's an Irish Blessing to bright your home!
It's an 8x10 print and you can find it HERE!


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