Harry Potter Pillow – Ticket to Hogwarts

a Harry Potter Pillow- Ticket to Hogwarts
Harry Potter Pillow – Ticket to Hogwarts tutorial is a part of a Harry Potter series where over 50 awesome bloggers bring the best Harry Potter crafts, tutorials, recipes, book lists, giveaways to you and more.  The series is organized by Rae Gun Ramblings who has done the series for a few years. I hope you enjoy all of the fun ideas and there is even a giveaway that has some amazing Harry Potter gifts.  I really wish I could enter because there are some seriously awesome things.

Materials to make the Harry Potter Pillow – Ticket to Hogwarts:

Instructions for Harry Potter Pillow – Ticket to Hogwarts:

  1. Print the ticket  and follow the manufactures directions on setting the image.
  2. Trim the excess fabric off of ticket.
  3. Sew the two striped strips of fabric to the ticket.
  4. Cut the back fabric to match the size of the front.
  5. Place fabric right sides together and sew around 3 of 4 sides.  On the 4th side leave a small opening to stuff in the PolyFil.
  6. Turn pillow right side out and iron.  Stuff pillow with stuffing.
  7. Sew opening closed using a whip stitch.whipstitchThe content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.

I am a heavy user of Polyfil and I purchase it in bulk.  If you are interested in the big size you can order it here.

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Sit Upon – girl scout craft

A sit upon is a girl scout tradition.  I am not sure when it started but I know it has been around for over 40 years because I remember my older cousin making one at camp and teaching me how to make one too.  What is a sit-upon? They are homemade, usually waterproof pads used to protect the user’s backside from the cold and damp while “sitting upon” the ground! They are also great for sitting any where the sitting surface is hard… a Girl Scout tradition for camping.

Sit Upon Girl Scout craft

The material being used on the sit upon is called Oly*Fun.  It is weather friendly and water resistant. It is not meant for long term use outside. But it is perfect for using and washing off when you are finished.  It comes in 18 colors and it acts like a paper because you can cut it with scissors and does not fray.  It is similar to a fabric because it can be sewn and washed.  Like the best of both worlds.

If you would like to see more Girl Scout Crafts click on the link at the bottom and it will take you to another site loaded with ideas.

Girl Scout Craft Sit Upon

Materials for a Sit Upon – girl scout craft:

  • Olyfun (your favorite colors)
  • Cushion
  • Measuring Tape or Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread or embroidery floss (optional)
  • Sewing Machine and coordinating thread

hand cut olyfun add hand embroidery detail to olyfun

Instructions for Sit Upon – girl scout craft:

  1. Draw a shape for the top of the sit upon on the Olyfun fabric.  We free handed the shapes.  Cut the shape out and set a side.
  2. Cut enough Olyfun to cover the cushion on all sides with an extra two inches all around. The cushions use were 15×17 so I cut 17×19.
  3. If you are going to add embellishments sew them on by hand now or with sewing machine.
  4. Fold the material in half and sew up two sides.  You can leave the seams on the outside or you can flip it inside out and the seams will be on the inside.
  5. Cut strips of Olyfun for straps.  I cut them 4 inches wide and folded them in half for extra strength Insert the cushion into the opening.
  6. Insert the strapping and pin in place if needed. Sew the opening closed. Trim off any excess

Enjoy your sit upon and be part of the girl scout tradition.

teammate gifts using Cricut

Teammate gifts
Make personalized water bottles as end of the season teammate gifts.   As the proud new owner of a Cricut cutting machine, I decided my first project would be something simple.  I tried my hand at Cricut permanent vinyl. (Needs to be cured 24 hours.) The gifts were for 5-7 year olds so I used a sans serif font that is easy to read.  You can pick from all sorts of fonts to use.  I cleaned the outside of the water-bottles with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol.  Not sure why but I wanted to make sure the vinyl had a very clean surface for adherence.
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This video will help you learn how to use the Cricut. How to Cricut with Cricut Explore Air Video

Materials to make the teammate gifts:

Instructions to make teammate gifts:

  1. Follow the manufacturers directions on cutting vinyl.  I would tell you how but I think they do a much better job.  Once I have a few more projects under my belt I will write my own.
  2. Weed the design by peeling off all of the pieces of the design that we are not being used.
  3. I used transfer tape to pick up the design and move it to the surface of the water bottles.circut transfer tape with vinyl
  4. Smooth the letters down with a Cricut tool, an old credit card, back of a spoon or even your fingernail.how to remove transfer paper from vinyl
  5. Lift of the transfer tape.  If you missed a spot smooth it over again.  Repeat for each bottle you need.

You can find all sorts of other ideas on their website too. See all the Free Projects in Cricut Design Space  I purchased the water bottles at the dollar store.  If they are not in stock you can order them online too.  There you have it – teammate gifts using the Cricut.

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Make a Tuffet MCM style

Tuffet MCM

Make a Tuffet MCM style with basic sewing skills and materials from the hardware store.  The footstool is cleaned lined with a classic geometric fabric reminiscent of patterns made popular during the Mid Century Modern period.  The MCM style is very trendy today with young couples purchasing homes that were built in the late 50’s and 60’s.  I live in a 60’s rambler so it will be perfect in my house.

Materials for a Tuffet MCM style:

Instructions for Tuffet MCM style:

  1. Cut 4 eleven inch squares of fabric and sew them together to form a 2o inch square.
  2. Place the tuffet cushion in the centre of the fabric, and trace the circle 2 inches bigger than needed.  I surged the edge but you do not have to.
  3. Cut your rope trim to size and add an extra two inches.
    Better to have more than enough than to cut it too close. Line up its raw edge along the raw edge of the top panel. You will be attaching it to the right side of the fabric. Start sewing about 2” down from the start of the piping.
  4. Pin the two together and set your machine to baste stitch. At this point, you are just basting, so there is no need to get too close to the cord.
  5. Cut fabric for side panel and surge one edge.  Again, you do not have to surge the edge but I do.
  6. Line up the side panel with the edge of the top panel. Start sewing with a basting stitch about 2” down from the top. You will be sewing a 5/8” seam.  This will hide the basting stitches from earlier.
  7. When you’ve sewn around the perimeter, remove the pieces from the machine and line up the edges for a custom fit. Do this by marking a straight line on both ends of the panel where they should be sewn together and pin them in place. (Make a test fit as shown in the image below.)
  8. The zipper foot allows you to get close to the piping-use a regular stitch to sew the pieces together.
  9. Trim off the excess seam allowance, iron open, and sew along the piped edge to ensure that it’s completely closed.
  10. Place the fabric over the cushion. Pull taught but do not distort the shape. Place the wood base on top of the cushion. Pull fabric up over edge firmly but not so much you pull the pattern out of shape. Place three staples approximately two inches from outside edge.
  11. Place three more staples on the opposite side of the first three then do the same on the left side and the right side
  12. Pull firmly on the unstapled sections, smoothing as you go and staple in place after one section is stapled and smooth.
  13. Repeat step 11 until all the fabric is smooth and stapled into place. If you make any errors remove the stapled area and rework.
  14. Cut off excess fabric up to about 1/2′ from staples
  15. Add the brackets for the feet and then add the feet.   You can add the brackets before or after you staple the fabric.  Your choice.
  16. I painted my feet with polyurethane to protect it from spills.  How you finish the feet is your choice.

Now that you have read the Tuffet MCM style instructions I hope you are ready to make your own. If you would like to see another stool with a similar style and great fabric check out this tutorial. 

Placemat Pillow – simple sewing

Placemat Pillow

A placemat pillow is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a pillow.  I love finding fancy placemats and turning them into pillows.  If I purchased embroidered fabric the pillows would be very expensive to make.  I picked up a 4 pack of place mats on clearance for $5 and I even had a 20% off coupon bringing the cost down to one dollar a piece for the embroidered seahorses.   I could have left them as rectangles but I wanted them as small accent pillows to go in front of my other pillows.  The seahorse pillows will be my summer pillows.

Materials to make a placemat pillow:

  • Placemat
  • fabric for backing
  • Polyfil Fiberfill for stuffing
  • Scissors or rotary cutter, ruler and mat
  • Sewing machine and coordinating thread
  • Pins
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Bamboo skewer or wooden spoon

Instructions to make a placemat pillow:

  1. Decide on the size and shape you want your pillow.  I went with squares and trimmed the fronts of the placemats down to 11×11 squares.
  2. Cut a piece of fabric for the back to the same size as the front of the pillow.
  3. Place right sides of fabric together and pin around the pair leaving a small opening to add in the Polyfil.
  4. Sew around 3 of the four sides completely and then make sure you leave the opening on the 4th side  for stuffing.
  5. Trim off any excess fabric and clip the corners at an angle.  This will give you better corners when you turn the fabric right side out.
  6. Turn the pillow right side out.  Iron the pillow front and back. I like to iron the opening where the stuffing is going so it has a crisp edge and is easier to sew closed.
  7. Stuff the pillow with the Polyfil.  Use the skewers to push the filling into the corners.
  8. Pin the opening closed and use a whip stitches or a straight stitch to close the opening.

whipstitch

Sit back relax and enjoy your placemat pillow.  No one will know it started out as a placemat unless you tell them what a genius you are.

behind the scene

behind the scene

Not often do we show you what happens behind the scene.  But here is a little glance into how things sometimes happen.  Not often, but we are all moms, crafters and bloggers and have to multi-task to the extreme.  The end of the school year is a particularly busy time for every one and bloggers with kids are no exception.  When people find out you are a craft blogger you are hit up for class parties, end of the year events, baked goods for parties and you are still expected to be a mom and do your job on top of it all.  Yes, there is a wonderful word called NO, but man is it so hard to use sometimes. So when you are over booked and running out of time for everything you bring your work with you on the road.   This particular project was created for Father’s Day for Oriental Trading Company.
You can see the actual project here on their site.   I just ran out of time trying to be SuperMOM, Wife-of-the-year and Blogger Extraordinaire.  The products arrived in plenty of time for creating the project.  Oriental Trading is a great place to order from especially for classroom and party supplies.  You can get bulk items for great prices.  If you are not familiar with them you should acquaint yourself.  No, I am not  getting paid for saying that either.  I was a customer long before I became a project designer/blogger for them.
Time was running out and this project needed to be finished because Carla and I were going on a road trip.  The conference was booked months ago and took place in Chicago.  So what is a craft blogger to do?  Well, I popped a bag of supplies in the trunk and headed out to pick up Carla.  5 hours later we arrived in Chicago where we picked up Jen for the conference.  After dinner and catching up we went back to the hotel room where we all had work to finish up so we all worked on what ever it was that we needed to work on.  I was the only one who had a finished project to photograph.  We were all cracking up as I whipped out a paper backdrop, my DSLR and set up my own little photo studio in our hotel room all before breakfast.  Like my fancy set up?

During down time the photos were edited and submitted for approval.  That is how things happen… sometimes.   😉 Next behind the scenes I might show you where I really take photos.

Mid Century Modern Foot Stool DIY

Mid Century Modern Foot Stool DIYA Mid Century Modern Foot Stool DIY using geometric fabric that is a good Saturday afternoon project.  This was the first piece I have ever made that was fitted and round.  Normally if I make something round I make it my way and how ever it turns out is how it was meant to be.  But this piece required good measurements and accurate sewing.  I was surprised at how well it turned out for my first piece and all it took was a learning to baste first and take my time.  I have never machine basted before and now I don’t know why I have never done it before.  It seriously made everything easier and when I did make  mistake, because we all know I made a few, it was so much easier to rip out.

Materials for a Foot Stool DIY:

  • Tuffet 
  • 3/4 yard Robert Kaufman Canvas 
  • 3/4 yard Robert Kaufman Geo Pop fabric
  • Rope Trim
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • Sewing Machine and thread
  • Serger (optional)
  • Zipper Foot
  • Seam Ripper (optional)
  • staple gun
  • staples
  • scissors
  • flat head screwdriver or  staple lifter (optional)
  • Power Drill with Phillips Head bit
  • Wood disk and wood feet ( Home Depot)
  • Paint brush and DecoArt PaintMid Century Modern Foot Stool DIY

Instructions for Foot Stool DIY:

  1. Place the cushion in the centre of the fabric, and trace the circle 2 inches bigger than needed.  I surged the edge but you do not have to.Mid Century Modern Foot Stool DIY
  2. Cut your rope trim to size and add an extra two inches.
    Better to have more than enough than to cut it too close. Line up its raw edge along the raw edge of the top panel. You will be attaching it to the right side of the fabric. Start sewing about 2” down from the start of the piping.
  3. Pin the two together and set your machine to baste stitch. At this point, you are just basting, so there is no need to get too close to the cord.
  4. Cut fabric for side panel and surge one edge.  Again, you do not have to surge the edge but I do.
  5. Line up the side panel with the edge of the top panel. Start sewing with a basting stitch about 2” down from the top. You will be sewing a 5/8” seam.  This will hide the basting stitches from earlier.
    Mid Century Modern Foot Stool DIY
  6. When you’ve sewn around the perimeter, remove the pieces from the machine and line up the edges for a custom fit. Do this by marking a straight line on both ends of the panel where they should be sewn together and pin them in place. (Make a test fit as shown in the image below.) Mid Century Modern Foot Stool DIY
  7. The zipper foot allows you to get close to the piping-use a regular stitch to sew the pieces together.
  8. Trim off the excess seam allowance, iron open, and sew along the piped edge to ensure that it’s completely closed
  9. Place the fabric over the cushion. Pull taught but do not distort the shape. Place the wood base on top of the cushion. Pull fabric up over edge firmly but not so much you pull the pattern out of shape. Place three staples approximately two inches from outside edge.
  10. Place three more staples on the opposite side of the first three then do the same on the left side and the right side
  11. Pull firmly on the unstapled sections, smoothing as you go and staple in place after one section is stapled and smooth.
  12. Repeat step 11 until all the fabric is smooth and stapled into place. If you make any errors remove the stapled area and rework.
  13. Cut off excess fabric up to about 1/2′ from staples
  14. Add the brackets for the feet and then add the feet.   You can add the brackets before or after you staple the fabric.  Your choice.
  15. I painted my feet the day before I started the project and coated it with polyurethane to protect it from chipping.  How you finish the feet is your choice.
    Mid Century Modern Foot Stool DIY

Now that you have read the Foot Stool DIY  I hope you are ready to make your own.  You can also check out this project too.  It is another version of the tuffet. 

Beaded Horseshoe Sun-catcher


Lizzie Beaded Horseshoe Sun-catcher

If you love horses and nature you will love this project – a beaded Horseshoe Sun-catcher.  This project  was made by my intern for the day, Lizzie.  We recycled worn horse shoes into magical works of art.  Lizzie needed to intern at a job for the day as part of her summer homework and she chose me to spend the day with and learn how to make a DIY post for a craft website. Not only did she write the instructions, make her own project she did the photography too.  We even spent a little time learning how to edit images and add a watermark.  The first horseshoe was made by Lizzie and the second one was made by me.  I think hers is awesome.

Beaded Horseshoe Sun-catcher Niki

Materials need for Beaded Horseshoe Sun-catcher:

  • Horseshoe
  • Variety of beads and crystals
  • Invisible cording
  • Scissors
  • Crimp Pliers
  • Crimp beads
  • Bead mat or towelBeaded Horseshoe Sun-catcher close up

Instructions for Beaded Horseshoe Sun-catcher:

  1. Place horseshoe on bead mat with the back side up.
  2. Decide on a layout of the beads and crystals.  Place them in an order that is pleasing to you.  Three strands or 5 strands work best.
  3. Once you have decided on a layer of the beads you will need to string them on the cording.  Then place them on the horse shoe.
  4. Secure the ends of the cording by placing a crimp bead over both ends and slide into place.  Adjust the tightness of the bead according length desired. Use Pliers to squeeze the crimp bead firmly but not too firmly or you will break the bead.
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  5. Use scissors to trim off excess cording.

horseshoe crafts
Now that you know how to make a beautiful Beaded Horseshoe Sun-catcher you can make them for gifts or  for decorations for your own home.  If you are looking for horseshoes you can ask a near by horse farm for their old worn shoes.  Many will give them to you for free.  When I asked at the one near me that gave me a weird look and handed me 3 of the shoes.  Then I had to promise to send a picture of the completed piece.

horseshoe craft horse

Mermaid Beach Party Games

Mermaid Beach Party Games and activities
Mermaid beach party games and activities can be fun and easy at the same time.  We kept it easy and somewhat old school with Under water limbo, Pin the tail on the whale, and walking the bridge from island to island or walking the plank plus a Go fish using a stick and sewn fish.
Mermaid Beach Party Games

Materials for Mermaid Beach Party Games and activities:

  • 3-4 foot pole or tube
  • plastic table cloth
  • Oly-Fun fabric in Slate, Snow white, blue, sea green
  • Scissors, coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine or glue
  • Straight pins or glue dots. (your call on the safety)
  • dowel rod
  • String
  • Small Branch
  • Washer and magnets
  • wood plank and crates
 Underwater limbo
Under water limbo
To make the underwater limbo stick we used a large tube from the fabric bolt.  You could use a broom stick or closet rod or even a branch.  The left over plastic table covers and Olyfun from the bolt were cut into strips and tied along the tube.  They were random lengths and widths.  It was really very simple and the kids loved the twist on traditional limbo.
go fish kid game
Go Fish
Draw 6-8 pairs of fish.  Sew fish 3/4th of the way together and  leave an opening to stuff in a magnet or two and then fill with Polyfil stuffing. Sew the hole closed.  You can hand sew or machine sew on the Olyfun.
Mermaid party game - walk the plank
Walk the Plank 
This game is self explanatory.  You can make it with what ever supplies you have on hand.  The milk crates we used might or might not be crates we used to hold up our TV in college.  I honestly have no clue where they came from or how old they are but there were two of them and  they worked perfectly.  
This kids loved walking the plank and it was not to high for their skills.

4 tips for teaching kids to crochet Summer Fun #2

4 Tips for Teaching Kids to Crochet – Udnderground Crafter on Nap-Time Creations

Glittery Ocean Bottle – My Mom Made That

Underwater Limbo – 365 Days of Crafts

Red White and Blue Bark – The Chunky Chef

Pineapple Purse – Hey Let’s Make Stuff

Head over to Nap-Time Creations/Summer Fun to see all the posts in the series.

15 Diy Nautical Inspired Crafts

15 DIY nautical Inspired crafts that you can make.  If you like the lake, beach, river or ocean we have 15 nautical inspired projects you can make for your home and to give as gifts.  There are kids crafts, party themes with free printables, home decor and jewelry.  Plus if you are feeling really adventurous there is even a great boat reading nook tutorial at the bottom.

DIY Nautical Inspired Crafts Collage

Make a sparkling orange and turquoise jewelry set using supplies from Oriental Trading company.  The pieces are both beginner level and can be made with ease even if you have zero crafting experience.  My five-year old made a bracelet using the tutorial for her end of the year teach gift.  I promise you it is that easy.

diy-nautical-jewelry-set

The nautical inspired jewelry set supplies and instructions.

Make easy home decor with sea glass style vases, burlap and jute cording and fun beach inspired charms.  All supplies and instructions are available from Oriental Trading.

DIY nautical vases and jewelry

15+ Diy Nautical Inspired Crafts for you to make.

Diy Nautical Inspired Kids Crafts

Driftwood Sailboats

Simple Sailboat with Olyfun

Diy Nautical Inspired Jewelry

Beachy Button Bracelet and earrings

Summer Earrings

Diy Nautical Inspired Home Decor

Driftwood Sailboats

Nautical Anchor String Art 

DIY Nautical Bathroom Decor

An amazing do it yourself reading nook

Olyfun Beach Waves easy sew pillow

Diy Nautical Inspired Party Decorations

Sailboat Centerpiece

Beach Collage

Baby Whale Printable

Nautical inspired sewing Projects

Beach ball bag

Olyfun Beach Waves easy sew pillow

Reading Nook