Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have some fun things planned and if you’re feeling kind of crafty or in the need of some holiday and party inspiration well I’ve got it covered for you!
I inherited a lot of talents from my mother, unfortunately sewing was not one of them. I’ve tried, I’ve taken a class and it didn’t go well. When the sweet ladies from Everyday Party Magazine asked me to design styled Mardi Gras shoot for the premier issue I was so honored. I wanted to do a classic Mardi Gras party with lots of elegant DIY elements. I recently purchased a lovely ruffled table runner and that was the inspiration for the tablecloth – RUFFLES in Mardi Gras colors. I’m a hippie at hard and have always love hand dyed fabrics too. I researched how to sew it myself and found many well written tutorials but when they started talking about using “rufflers” and pulling strings and such my head started to spin, so I grabbed my trusty glue gun and headed off to Hobby Lobby to gather my supplies.
• White fitted tablecloth – this is the no sew cheat. I purchased mine here
• Lots of white cotton muslin – I purchased 15 yards
• Rit dye in purple, green and gold (yellow)
• Surgical Gloves
• Rubber bands (the hair kind are fine)
• Large safety pins
• Coat hangers
• Hot glue gun and lots of glue sticks
• Optional – Purple, green and gold thread and your sewing machine
I started by cutting the muslin to cover the top of my table with a little overhang, you need this to glue the top fabric layer to. Next I cut my fabric into three even strips. The height will vary depending on your table. You want to allow for a little overlap to cover the edge of the layer below it. Next I started folding the fabric up and secured the top with the rubber bands.
I wanted to make a craft for my kids for the holiday, actually our elf “Johnny” wanted to make a craft. I’d seen the Felt Christmas Tree on Pinterest and wanted to try it. There were several tutorials online and they were all pretty simple, buy felt, cut, decorate and stick! So I set off to Hobby Lobby to get all my goods.
In my research I did find a very good tip. I can’t find the blog link so if this was your tip I apologize for not crediting you. If you know the credit please post a comment below. Use a fine bristle hair brush or scouring pad on the felt to help raise the fibers, it makes the felt stick together much easier!
• 1 yard green felt – I made two trees. I could have made 3 had they been thinner
• Many different colors of felt. Hobby Lobby sells felt 4 sheets for $1.
I had PLENTY left over.
• Embellishments – I found these great tinsel balls and used them. I also bought jingle bells but they were too heavy for the felt. Stick to light embellishments like sequins, tinsel balls, foam, felt or string.
• Gold Ric Rac – I wanted a garland on my tree. You can use any ribbon. It’s cute because there are some gaps so you (or your Elf) can continue to leave notes tucked underneath.
Step 1: THE TREE
The first thing I did was use a sharpie marker and draw out my tree shape. I folded the felt in half so I was cutting two out at the same time. I did the same thing for all the ornaments too, it makes things go faster. After the shape was cut I used my bristle brush to fluff up the fibers of the felt.