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Wednesday, April 22 2015

Spring has finally arrived and what fun to plan a spring wedding. Tulips are my favourite spring flower, the bright yellow of the tulips match perfectly the yellow felt. Felt, being such a versatile product it can be dressed up or down for any decor or special event.
 

This week I have paired up the felt with some fun trims from Decorative Trimmings. The giant rickrack gives a scalloped edge finish to the felt. Decorative Trimmings provided trims to a group of creative professional designers, the Designer Crafts Connection with a wedding theme challenge. They have a wide selection of quality trims and embellishments, it was hard to choose!

For a wedding with many tables to decorate this is an easy and fast way to dress them up. Finished off with tulips in a mason jar and chalkboard number.

You will need:
Per table
2-9” x 12” Craft cuts Kunin Prestofelt Yellow
1-9” x 12” Craft cut Kunin Printzfelt Saralma
1-12”x 18” Craft cut Kunin Premium Eco-fi Plus Felt White
6 yds Jumbo Yellow Ric Rac by Decorative Trimmings
Aleene’s Quick Dry Fabric Fusion
Westcott Brand 8”Scissors, ruler, pencil


 

  1. Measure and cut each of the 9” x 12” craft cuts into a 9” square.
  2. Glue ric rac around each side folding over at each corner. Snip off overlap at final corner. Repeat for all three pieces.
  3. Glue ric rac along both sides and across ends of white felt.
  4. Center Saralma square on white felt table runner on the diagonal. Glue down.
  5. Peel off backing from Presto felt pieces and place on either side of Saralma square.

As simple as that! Now add some embellishments. I glued ric rac around the top of the mason jar too.

Get inspired with all of the great designs from the DCC group. Just hop along with the button in the sidebar.

Thank you for stopping by, it is very much appreciated!

Till next time!

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Wednesday, April 08 2015

April 22 is Earth Day and we are celebrating with a very special blog hop. Kunin Felt and Walnut Hollow, two “Made in the USA” companies committed to eco-friendly practices and quality products  partner  to bring  you indoor, outdoor home decor projects.

I love Hearts and when I saw the Rustic Heart Walnut Hollow® offers, that was it! I found my perfect piece. With spring in the air and the song birds returning I was inspired to create a song bird happily singing on a picket fence surrounded by colourful flowers. Now the fun part choosing the colours of felt to use, so many choices!

Here is what you need:
Rustic Heart by Walnut Hollow®
9" x 12" Craftcuts of  Kunin Eco-fi Plus Felt: 1 Candy Pink, 1 Lagoon Blue, 1 Orange
9" x 12" Craftcuts of Kunin Prestofelt: 1 Neon Green, 1 White
9" x 12" Craftcut of Kunin Printzfelt: 1 Retro Floral

2 pkg Aleene's Permanent Fabric Adhesive Sheets
Assorted Buttons Laura Kelly Designs for Buttons Galore
Westcott Brand 12" scissors
Aqua, pink embroidery floss
3-6" print fabric squares 
1 yd Ribbon for hanging
Aqua acrylic paint
Fabi Floral, Bird, Picket Fence Dies by Sizzix
Die cut machine
Brush, needle, soft cloth

1. Dilute a small amount of paint with water to create a wash. Test on back for colour depth. Apply to front and sides. Use the wet cloth to wipe the front bringing out the grain of the wood. Set aside to dry.

2. Cut felt pieces to fit die cuts. Apply adhesive sheets to back of fabric and felt pieces. (Prestofelt pieces already have an adhesive back.)

3. Die cut birds, a variety of flowers and a fence piece. (I die cut two birds as I wasn't sure which colour bird I wanted.) Any extras you do not use can be put aside for another project.
 

4. Begin layering flowers and arranging bird, fence and flowers on rustic heart. Add buttons on top of flowers. Once you are happy with your arrangement take a photo with your phone or tablet. (This will be helpful to refer to when adhering pieces in place.)

5. Adhere top flowers to bottoms and sew buttons to centers of flowers. Stitch around wing of bird. Stitch a French knot for eye. Straight stitch tail accents for bird.

6. Peel backing and adhere bird to heart. Add fence. Peel and adhere flowers in place.

7. Use a couple of tacks to fasten ribbon to back if hanging. Add flower to center ribbon loop.

Happy Spring! Want to learn more about these two Ecofriendly companies?

It all began with Stephen Seymour Kunin in the 1960’s, “the Father of Craft Felts”. Now The Kunin Group, located in NH manufactures adhesive-backed, die-cut, embossed, and stiffened fabrics in several color and style options using their Eco-fi fiber. Kunin turns trash into treasure using 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Over six hundred million bottles end up in landfills each year, so far this year Kunin has recycled over 350,000, 000 and counting. This adds the value of environmental stewardship to the fun of making crafts.

Connect with The Kunin Group here:
Website: http://www.kuningroup.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kuninfelt
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/kuningroupfelt
Twitter: http://www.twitter.comKuninfeltfc

Walnut Hollow® began as a small family-owned business in Dodgeville, WI in the 70’s. Walnut Hollow is committed to protecting the environment and replenishing natural resources. ·   The company’s owners and employees have been since the beginning strongly committed to preserving natural resources through its raw materials consumption practices, production processes, recycling activities, and community involvement. The Ladd's (owners and founders of Walnut Hollow) have planted more than 300,000 trees and shrubs on personal property in the surrounding area. Whenever possible, raw material is harvested from plantation and managed woodlands for the manufacture of their home décor items and wood surfaces. Through their manufacturing process no wood waste ends up in landfills, all is recycled. Walnut Hollow’s emphasis has always been to bring the best possible quality products to art and craft hobbyists.

Connect with Walnut Hollow® here and learn more:
Website: http://www.walnuthollow.com, http://www.walnuthollow.com/about-us
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/walnuthollow
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/walnuthollow1

Our teams are sharing projects that pair both the Kunin Group felt and Walnut Hollow wood products to create practical and beautiful home decor, organizing solutions, and entertaining items. You can make these projects all year long, not just for Earth Day. To see more inspiring projects, please hop along using the list below:

Jennifer Priest
Sabrina Alery
Steph Ackerman
Laura Kelly
Laura Bray
Marilyn Gossett 
Abby Davis  
Sue Eldred
Beth Watson  
 Walnut Hollow
Kunin Group  

Celebrating the Made In the USA, eco-friendly fun, we're having a giveaway! We're sending an assortment of Walnut Hollow wood and Kunin Felt products to one lucky crafter. Use the widget above this post to enter to win! in this Earthfriendly Giveaway!

Keep Creating!
Debra

 


 

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Monday, April 06 2015

Banners immediately brighten up a space. Even though there is still snow on the ground, inside it is Spring! This is the first Monday of the month and we are hopping with the Designers Craft Connection. Button is in the sidebar. This month's theme is flowers. One of my favourite flowers to make is the looped flower.

Project Supplies

18” x 36” single piece pack Kunin Printzfelt™, Saralma
9” x 12” craft cuts Kunin Classicfelt™, 1 Candy Pink, 1 Neon Green, 1 Orange, 1 White, 1 Yellow
Buttons, 3-1”, 4-1/2”
2 yards of 3/8” ribbon, orange
Aleene's Quick Dry Fabric Fusion
scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

  1. Cut a 12” by 36” piece of the Saralma. Place wrong side up. Mark 9” widths across top edge. Across bottom edge measure in and mark 4 ½”. Continue measuring 9” across bottom.
  2. Use ruler as guide to draw a diagonal line from the top outer corner to the 4 ½” mark. Draw a second diagonal line from the first 9” mark to the 4 ½” mark making a triangle pennant piece. Repeat step 2 across the remainder of the felt piece. This will give you double pennant pieces. Cut along lines making eight pennants. Set extra pennant pieces aside for another project.
  3. Cut a 6” square from each of the Classic felt pieces. Measure 3” center point along one edge. Draw diagonal lines to the 3” center point to create a triangle. Repeat for each color. Cut along lines.
  4. Cut three large and four small floral medallions from remaining piece of Saralma felt.
  5. Glue a solid felt triangle to the top of each Saralma felt triangle. Glue a large medallion in the center of three of the pennants. Glue two smaller medallions on the two remaining pennants. Glue a button to the center of each medallion.
     
  6.    For each flower cut a 2” by 12” piece of felt. Fold felt strip in half; begin cutting evenly spaced slits from the folded center to the edges leaving ¼” uncut. Keep strips folded and begin rolling, glue as you go. Glue to the end of the two triangles.
  7. Lay out pennant pieces right sides down. Glue ribbon along top edges leaving 12” at either end.

Change up the felt colors to personalize the banner for any indoor room, outdoor event or personality! Check out the rest of the flower power designs with the DCC button in the sidebar!

Tomorrow on the Kunin blog we are celebrating Earthfriendly crafts, the HOME on the mantle, easy peasy!

Keep creating!
Debra

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