Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ribbon Table Runner

I had the chance of posting over at THE RIBBON RETREAT blog today!
How exciting!  I love how this project turned out:)

  Happy Spring!
I had the chance of posting over at THE RIBBON RETREAT blog today!
How exciting!  I love how this project turned out:)

  Hello Ribbon Retreat readers!  I'm JaniJo and I am thrilled to share a fun project with you today...made entirely from beautiful products available at The Ribbon Retreat (based in my hometown!)

 If you have browsed (a.k.a. drooled) over the ribbon selections available from The Ribbon Retreat online, you will recognize my use of one of their convenient Mixes.   Mixes are pre-packaged groups of coordinating ribbon; they are perfect for hair bows, skirt trim, purse embellishments, or in today's case....
a Spring-inspired table runner!!!
 So let's get started!

For my Spring-inspired table runner, I used:
*1 1/2 yards of 'Essential Dots' fabric in Baby Pink
*1 'Easter Surprise' Ribbon Mix
*Stitch Witchery --fusible bonding web tape
Cut your fabric to your desired dimensions.
I cut mine 54"x30".  
I then folded the fabric in half to have a finished runner dimension of 54"x15".

The double-thickness of the table runner allows it to lay nicely:) 
With right sides together, sew around the three open sides, 
making sure to leave a 4"-6" to opening... in order to turn right-side-out.
Next, turn right-side-out and push-out the corners using a pencil or bamboo skewer.  
Iron well!!!!
Top Stitch around the entire table runner in order to close your small opening, 
and to prevent any shifting of the fabric layers.
Iron all of your ribbon pieces so that they will lay flat when attaching to the runner.
Next comes the fun part....
Decide on where you want to place your ribbon!

I chose to alternate the widths & patterns with a 2" spacing. 
Mark your lines for placement.
This is where the Stitch Witchery comes in handy!
Lay a line of the Stitch Witchery under the ribbon-(following your marked lines)-and then iron in place.
This will help keep your ribbon in place while stitching it down!
Although you can do w/out the Stitch Witchery, it makes life SO much easier!!!
If you'll notice in the finished table runner, I kept the wider ribbons long as 'tassels',
but I finished the narrow ribbon to match the table runner edge.
I heat sealed the raw edge (w/a lighter) and then folded under before sewing in place.
This provides a neat, finished look.
Finally, you will sew ALL of your ribbon lengths in place!!!

For the wider ribbons, I sewed 1/8" in, on both sides, to secure. 
For the narrow ribbons, I sewed straight down the center.
To complete our ribbon 'tassels', I folded the finished runner in half and trimmed to the same length. (9") 
This will ensure that the same length of ribbon will be hanging on either end of the runner.

Iron the entire table runner.
Last step: heat seal the ribbon's raw edges ends to prevent fraying.

Your beautiful Ribbon Table Runner is DONE!

Enjoy displaying this beauty in your home and bringing Springtime indoors! 
 Think of all the other possible variations for this project: seasons, holidays, bridal shower themes, 
bright birthday colors, etc.  
I also think this would be darling using The Ribbon Retreat's selection of Ric-Rac...
different colors & widths...
that would be uncontrollably CUTE!

Thanks for joining me today in making our Ribbon Table Runner!
Go check-out the amazing selection of coordinating 'mixes' at The Ribbon Retreat, and while you're at it, 
I would love for you to come check-out my other handmade projects I'm featuring over at JaniJo.
Happy Spring!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Tree

Growing up, I remember making these beautiful tissue-paper branches with my Grandma.
It was such a simple project, easy to do with kids, and made with supplies she had on hand.
Well, this Easter my sister & I decided to replicate these beautiful branches from our past:)

I liked using the light & dark tissue paper from the same hue: pinks, teals, yellow/orange, and purples....
Although pretty self-explanatory, here's a couple of instructions:

I think the hardest part about this project, was knowing when to STOP.  
I wanted to keep making flowers all day!  
They just make me happy looking at them!
Chances are you have some fallen branches from the winter storms....
And chances are you have some tissue paper stashed in your gift-wrapping drawer...

And chances are you will LOVE your Spring Tree(s) like me!!!


Monday, March 5, 2012

Whimsy Couture's Reversible Jacket

 Last fall I tried this amazing pattern by Whimsy Couture.
It seriously was SO simple, easy to follow, and as you can see, had a great result!
This awesome pattern ranges in size from 12 mo-12 slim!!!

So I made one for each of my little chicks!
I love that they're reversible.
The brown corduroy was perfect to sport last Fall.
And now that the weather is changing to Spring, I love the light blue.
 I love how Whimsy Couture has the back dip down lower than the front; such a great detail.
 And I also love how the sleeves are cut extra long---to allow for the contrast when rolled up:)

 I definitely am a fan of this pattern & have my eye on a few more over at Whimsy Couture...
namely the A-line Tunic & Dress.  (which is also reversible).
Yep, I think Baby L. would look mighty cute in that A-line.
Of course, what wouldn't look cute on this sweet girl....

Family Rules Sign

There's all sorts of these 'Family Rules' signs around.
Can I just say I LOVE the idea of this.
We all have "rules" that pertain to our homes, right?
The things we feel are important to teach our kids & wish we could tattoo onto their arms so that they NEVER FORGET!!!
Well, that would be a little extreme, so instead, I made this sign:)
But I still hope they won't forget...

This is how our cabinets were arranged when we moved into our current house.
I had no need for those glass display cabinets.
Nothing pretty/fancy to show-off.
Plus, I didn't like how it cut the view into the dining area.
So my handy hubby removed them for me & I somehow convinced him to save/store the old cabinets.

 Fast forward 3 years and I finally got around to using the cabinet door as the frame for my "Family Rules".
I took out the glass, sanded down some areas where the hardware was, & spray painted the whole frame a glossy dark red.

Then came the HARDEST part of the whole project.
Actually writing the 'rules'.
I had SO many I wanted to include....I must be a nagging mother:(
But I narrowed down the list & printed them off onto various solid & patterned papers.

To assemble, I laid the rules in the order I wanted them to appear and used spray adhesive to layer them onto a piece of 1/4"paneling (cut the same dimensions as the glass that used to be in the cabinet). 

 Be careful when you're using the spray adhesive to do a LIGHT overall coat. (NOT like the obvious mark in the picture below).  
 Anywho, I just glued & layered until I reached the bottom.  Obviously I would recommend doing a trial run to make sure they will all fit how you envision before permanently gluing them down.

 I used the matte ModPodge and covered my entire project with 3 thin layers to avoid bubbling.
I let the whole thing dry for 24 hours before placing in that stellar red frame.
 I truly love how this turned out!
It's colorful & happy & inexpensive.
 Plus, it's pretty great that my kids quote 'the rules' to eachother.  
Makes my job easier if they keep one another accountable, hahaha!
**I would definitely recommend using cardstock-weight paper.  It is much easier to work with the spray adhesive & the ModPodge.