Sunday, September 7, 2014

DCC Blog Challenge: Kunin Felt/Beacon Adhesives and Buttons Galore & More

Felt is one of those materials that has been around for-ev-er........  I remember making an embroidery project with it in elementary school in the 50's and also a doll.  Now it's all grown up, just like me, and definitely not just for kindergarten any more.......

DCC members have been challenged this month to create something with felt, glue and buttons.  When I started to write this post however, and was looking for the code for the Rafflecopter Giveaway, I noticed 2 little words that had gone completely unnoticed by me before - "Home Dec".   I had felt, I had buttons, I had glue, what more did I need to know, right.......  So, my project isn't exactly Home Dec by any stretch of the imagination, but I hope it will inspire you anyway........  You have been warned, okay.

This is what I received to work with:  EcoFi felt from Kunin, Felt Glue from Beacon and buttons from Buttons Galore and More.

I think you'll understand why my head immediately knew that it wanted me to make this purse for my granddaughter.... I mean - just look at those perfect little girl colors!!!

It was quick to make (except for waiting for the glue to dry) and I didn't have to set up the sewing machine.  I used these tools and extra supplies instead:


If you think they look like paper crafting supplies - you are right!!!  Do you recognize the eyelet setter?

Here's how to make it:

1.  Fold the printed piece of felt, right sides together in half then glue the sides together; about 1/2" seam on each side.  Let dry.

2.  Use the ruler and craft knife to cut two, 2" wide strips of green felt across the width.  TIP:  Lay the felt on the craft mat then use the measurement guides on the mat as your measuring guide.

3.  Starting about 1/2" from one end, use the eyelet setter to punch holes at 1" intervals about 1/2" from the top edge of each green strip.  Set a white eyelet in each hole.  Glue one green strip to each inside edge of the top of the folded purse so the eyelets show.
4.  Cut a strip of orange felt about 3" x 6".  Round 2 adjacent corners which will be the front.  Glue on top of green felt then trim the green felt around the orange, about 1/4" from the edge.  Use the eyelet setter to punch three holes across the straight end then glue to the back of the purse on the patterned felt only.  Do not glue to the green strip.  Let dry then use the point of the craft knife to carefully poke through each hole all the way thru the layers of felt.  Insert a large colored brad in each hole and secure on the inside.

5.  Cut a flower from a second piece of the patterned felt and two circles, different sizes, different colors, to layer in the center.  (See photo.)  Layer together, then to make them a little "pouchy" (not flat) at the center, make a hole with the eyelet setter and fasten together with a small brad.  Glue a button on top of the brad then glue the flower to the closure as shown.

6.  I used a piece of 5/8" gros grain ribbon for the handle and anchored each end to the side seams.  I glued them in place and also used a brad for extra security.
7.  I had some iron-on embroidered letters from JOY USA, so I also added her name to a strip of green felt, matted the strip with yellow felt, then secured it to the ribbon with glue and a brad at the opposite of where the handle is attached to the side.   

So why are there eyelets around the top edge you may wonder....  Well, my original idea was to make a drawstring top, but the felt wasn't flexible enough for a 6 yr old's little hands.  I'd already added the tassels to the end of the cord though (1.5" x 1.5" pieces of felt, trimmed into strips to within 1/2" of the top edge, then rolled around the knotted end of the cord), and really like the way they looked, so I trimmed the cord and wrapped it around the center of the flower.  And voilĂ , there we have it - my non Home Dec, home dec project...............

I'm sure you'll find a lot of Home Dec inspiration as you hop thru the other DCC member blogs.  Use the hop forward button in the sidebar of each blog and enjoy the ride!  There's also a giveaway via Rafflecopter; details below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Y'all come back now..........

Yours truly,
Julie :)


Sunday, August 31, 2014

DCC First Monday - Preserving Memories

Growing up in England I have some wonderful memories of holidays at the seaside.  Our favourite holiday destination was Bridlington, a small seaside town on the east coast of Yorkshire.  I remember days at the beach collecting shells, paddling in the waves, building sand castles, playing cricket on the sands. donkey rides and the one hour trips on either the Yorkshire Belle, Bridlington Queen or the Thornwick,  pleasure boats that made the trip from the harbour jetty in the centre of town to Flamborough Head and back.  Like many Brits, I loved the sea and still do......

Here's a quick look back at Julie at the seaside in the 50's and the 60's.

A few years ago, I had an opportunity to go back to Bridlington to visit a friend.  Like most places it had changed a lot, but the boats are still there making their trips to Flamborough Head and back and the sands are exactly the same as I remembered, including the donkeys!  I spent a lovely morning walking along the same old beach and couldn't resist picking up a couple of the white rocks, rounded by the waves that had washed up on the sands.  You can see Flamborough Head in the distance, so I'd like to believe they came from there.

My original idea was to paint our house number on one of the rocks and place it by the front door. Being an ever practical Yorkshire lass however, I started to wonder what I'd do if we moved......  Then it hit me - not the rock, but a really good idea...  I've been using Craft Attitude to feature a lot of my photos on all kinds of surfaces, so why not print one of the photos onto Craft Attitude film and glue it on the rock!  It now sits on a patio table outside my home in land locked Texas, a constant reminder of my childhood holidays at the seaside.  I even have a few shells so we can listen to the waves rushing to the shore....

There are lots of ways to preserve memories.  Hop thru DCC member posts by clicking the blue logo in my sidebar to see more ideas to inspire you.  Enjoy!  Y'all come back now........

Yours truly,
Julie :)


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dallas Gift Market - Summer 2014

Walk thru the showrooms of Dallas Gift market with me:

So what trends do you see?  Check out my thoughts in the new issue of Bella Crafts Quarterly, available online at no charge, September 1st....   Enjoy!  Y'all come back now...............

Yours truly,
Julie :)