Make a family name pallet sign with Image transfer

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Personalize your home with a family name pallet sign. This rustic sign shows off your surname in style with a budget-friendly image transfer technique.  Use a sophisticated fancy font or a basic font to create different looks.  If you are not comfortable with power tools you can ask the person at the lumber counter to cut it for you or a friend.  Take proper precautions when working with power tools.  If you are unsure ask for help.  If you want use a different base color stick to light or pastel colors.

Supplies for pallet sign:

  • Wooden pallet or plaque, 18”x7-1/2”, two
  • White computer paper
  • Hanger of choice
  • Computer, photo editing software, inkjet printer
  • Saw
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Snow White, Lamp Black, Dura Clear Exterior or Interior Poly Varnish, DecoPage
  • Glue gun and glue sticks, ruler, pencil, black marker, paintbrush, sanding block, soft cloth, wax candle, scissors, foam brush, hand towel, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Instructions for pallet sign:

  1. Use ruler and pencil to mark off six 2-1/2”x7-1/2” pieces on one wooden pallet. Use saw to cut pieces apart. Sand wooden pieces thoroughly and wipe with soft cloth.
  2. Paint large plaque and small plaque pieces Lamp Black. Let dry. Randomly rub candle across surface of small plaque pieces. Paint small plaque pieces Snow White. Lightly sand surface to reveal distressed areas.
  3. Arrange small plaque pieces on top of larger plaque. Adhere pieces in place using hot glue. Let cool.
  4. Use computer and photo editing software to type letters for surname. Make sure letters are flipped horizontally and sized appropriately before printing in font of choice. (Note: Designer used Microsoft Paint to type letters and inserted as image into Word document in “Stencil” font.) Repeat process for “EST” and year in desired font and size. Print name, year, and “EST” on computer paper using inkjet printer.
  5. Cut out printed words and year with scissors; position right side down on surface of smaller plaque pieces. Use foam brush and découpage medium to coat pieces thoroughly. Let dry overnight if possible.
  6. Wet small portion of hand towel with water. Starting at one corner of plaque, gently rub away paper, taking care not to rub off transferred images. Wipe off any excess paper.
  7. Attach hangar of choice onto back of plaque. Apply sealer if the piece will be exposed to the elements.

 

Fabric Scrap Bookmarks Tutorial

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Make Fabric Scrap Bookmarks to use up your fabric stash and give a gift any reader would love.  Make the bookmarks to have as a go-to in your gift closet for last-minute gifts.  They are the perfect small thank you gift and they can be combined with a book or a book bag to create a larger gift. Best part is you get to use up every single scrap you have in your stash.

Materials for Fabric Scrap Bookmarks:

Instructions for Fabric Scrap Bookmarks:

  1. Start sewing the fabric scraps together patchwork style, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Use an iron and pressing surface to steam the seams open on the wrong side. I chose to patchwork my fabric scraps together at an angle.fabric scraps 2
  2. Keep going until you have a piece of fabric that is large enough to cut several 2 1/4″ x 7 1/2″ bookmarks from. I cut four fabric scrap bookmarks from a piece of 14″ x 12″ patchworked fabrics.fabric scraps 3
  3. Use the rotary cutter and mat to cut strips of Smooth and white wool felt into 2 1/4″ x 7 1/2″ strips. fabric scraps 4
  4. Now it’s time to make the heart “charm.” To make the stuffed heart, trace a heart shape on the wrong side of the fabric. Double the fabric over and cut two shapes out at once. Sew the shapes together with the sewing machine and thread leaving a 1/2″ open for stuffing. Lightly stuff the heart with Polyfil and sew the heart shape closed. fabric scraps 5
  5.  Use a needle and thread to sew a 5″ piece of black cord to the center. Use the fabric glue to adhere an embellishment to the center “front” of the heart.  fabric scraps 6
  6. Fuse a 5″ square of muslin to the Stick fusible webbing. Cut out into 2″ squares.  Use the alphabet stamps and ink to stamp sentiments to each square.  Use the iron and pressing surface to adhere the square to the bookmark. This will also heat set the ink. Now it’s time to assemble the bookmark. First, sew the edges of the stamped square to the bookmark to secure.  Sandwich the Smooth the fabric strip and wool felt. Sew the edges together.  Then, sew the end of the cord to the bookmark as shown with several stitches.  fabric scraps 7
  7. These fabric scrap bookmarks can be used a great small gifts for neighbors, friends. co-workers, teachers. Use them for quilt guild swaps or anytime you need a great creative gift!

19 Delicious Sriracha Recipes

Sriracha is a great way to add a little spice to any dish. Even in just a small amount, it adds a ton of flavor and is perfect for amping up the heat in a dish. I’ve collected 19 delicious recipes that use sriracha.

19 Delicious Sriracha Recipes

From snacks to main meals, this collection has a little something of everything. The one thing you will definitely need is a big bottle of Sriracha so you can work your way through them all.

01 - Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom - Sriracha Egg Salad
Sriracha Egg Salad from Scattered Thoughts of a Craft Mom

02 - Just Us Four - Sriracha Chex Mix
Sriracha Chex Mix from Just Us Four

03 - Copykat - Sriracha Guacamole
Sriracha Guacamole from Copykat

04 - Farm Fresh Feasts - Sriracha Butternut Squash Portobello Pizza
Sriracha Butternut Squash Portobello Pizza from Farm Fresh Feasts

05 - Peas and Crayons - Oven Roasted Potatoes with Sriracha Pumpkin Aioli
Oven Roasted Potatoes with Sriracha Pumpkin Aioli from Peas and Crayons

06 - Copykat - Sriracha Honey Glazed Leg Quarters
Sriracha Honey Glazed Leg Quarters from Copykat

07 - Raising Whasians - Crockpot Pineapple Sriracha Chicken
Crockpot Pineapple Sriracha Chicken from Raising Whasians

08 - Copykat - Parmesan Cheese Spread
Parmesan Cheese Spread from Copykat

09 - 3 Boys and a Dog - Coffee Honey BBQ Steak
Coffee Honey BBQ Steak from 3 Boys and a Dog

10 - Farm Fresh Feasts - Soy Sriracha Roasted Mushrooms
Soy Sriracha Roasted Mushrooms from Farm Fresh Feasts

11 - Kalyns Kitchen - Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl
Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl from Kalyn’s Kitchen

12 - 3 Boys and a Dog - Grilled Salmon Sandwiches
Grilled Salmon Sandwiches from 3 Boys and a Dog

13 - Sidewalk Shoes - Sriracha Honey Popcorn
Sriracha Honey Popcorn from Sidewalk Shoes

14 - Just Us Four - Thai Sweet Potato Nachos
Thai Sweet Potato Nachos from Just Us Four

15 - 3 Boys and a Dog - Sriracha Slaw Burgers
Sriracha Slaw Burgers from 3 Boys and a Dog

16 - Kalyns Kitchen - Sriracha Glazed Grilled Chicken Kabobs
Sriracha Glazed Grilled Chicken Kabobs from Kalyn’s Kitchen

17 - Peas and Crayons - Honey Sriracha Lime Dressing
Honey Sriracha Lime Dressing from Peas and Crayons

18 - Just Us Four - Roasted Onion Sriracha Dip
Roasted Onion Sriracha Dip from Just Us Four

19 - Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom - Tex Max Eggs Benedict
Tex Max Eggs Benedict from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Free motion sewing pinwheel pillow


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Make a free motion pinwheel pillow. Gather up your fabric scraps and dive into your button stash to create a fun, funky pillow for cheerful porch décor.  Give any seat in your home a bold pop of color and style with this fun technique.  It truly is a great stash buster.

Materials and tools for pinwheel pillow:

Basic Supplies for the pinwheel pillow:

  • scissors, fabric marking pen, pencil, sewing needle, iron and pressing surface

Instructions for pinwheel pillow:

Use rotary cutter and mat to cut two 17”x13” rectangles from wool felt.

For templates, use circle cutter to cut circles measuring 3”, 2-1/2”, 1-1/2”, and 1” from cardstock scraps.

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply fusible webbing onto fabric scraps using iron and pressing surface. (Note: You will need approximately 45 circles of each size to cover front of pillow.) Trace circles onto fused-fabric scraps using fabric marking pen; cut out. Trace three 3” circles onto wool felt scraps; cut out.

Layer fused-fabric circles on wool felt and fabric circles; fuse together using iron. Pressing cloth or wax paper can be used between the layers.

For best variety, vary sizes of circles layered together. Use sewing machine and black thread to freeform sew around edges of circles.Thread sewing needle with black thread. Insert needle through back of circle and through button hole; pull through to front of circle to attach button on center of layered circle. With needle still on circle, place circle on wool felt rectangle; insert needle through other button hole and pull thread through wool felt rectangle to attach circle on pillow front. Secure button/layered circle on pillow; knot and clip thread ends. Repeat process until all circles have been attached onto front of pillow. (Note: Make sure to leave approximately 2” on edges of pillow front so sewing machine needle does not hit buttons when sewing rectangles together.)

Position wool felt rectangles together with right sides facing. Machine-sew right, top, and left sides together using 1/2” seam allowance, leaving bottom side open for turning.

Press seams open. Turn right side out. Insert pillow form. Whipstitch bottom opening closed using needle and thread.

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leather & button pillow

leather rosette throw pillow

The 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.Leather & button pillow – Fringed leather circles create a bright earth tone palette of colored flowers on this plain muslin fabric. Embellish with assorted odds and ends buttons for a multi-layered, textural accent. Use any color combination

Materials for button pillow:

  • Muslin fabric, 1/2 yard
  • Eco-Craft Eco-Friendly Fiberfill
  • Leather scraps from a furniture store or Tandy Leather Factory Odd Lot Sides Assorted Colors Leather (9830-70)
  • Assorted tan buttons, 16

Tools

  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Bigz 3-D Fringed Flower Die
  • Beacon Adhesives Quick Grip Glue

Basic Supplies for button pillow:

  • scissors, ruler, pencil, straight pins, sewing needle

Directions for button pillow:

Cut muslin fabric into two 14-1/2”x14-1/2” squares. Pin squares, with right sides together, along three sides, leaving one side open for stuffing.

Use 1/4” seam allowance to sew squares together using sewing machine, stopping 1/4” away from corner. If your sewing machine has a needle down function, use it to pivot pillow cover 90˚. If your sewing machine does not have a needle down function, carefully pivot pillow cover without pulling too much thread from bobbin or needle.

Trim off excess bulk in corners. Turn right side out and stuff with fiberfill. Hand sew opening closed or use sewing machine to finish open edge.

Position leather on die cut machine. Die cut 16 flowers from various colors of leather in small, medium, and large shapes following manufacturer’s instructions. Randomly mix and match small, medium, and large flower shapes in different colors together. Apply glue between flower layers; press together to adhere. Let dry.

Use needle and thread to attach button onto center of each flower.

Use pencil and ruler to mark placement of flowers on pillow front. Use needle and thread to attach flowers onto pillow front by sewing bottom layers onto pillow. Knot and clip thread ends.

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