Thursday, October 27, 2011

Last Minute Halloween Ideas

Can you believe we are only days away from Halloween? I have been so busy that I needed to come up with some quick, cute ideas for our Halloween party this weekend. Just in case some of you are in the same boat I am in, I wanted to share with you what I found. 

Let me know what you think and be sure to check out the links listed at the bottom of the post has they have several more fun ideas!

This is such a super cute, quick & easy decoration. I printed the 8x10 print and framed it in a black frame to place on my entry way table. You can find the link to the Halloween Subway Art here

I love this idea of Glow Stick Lanterns. I can't wait to try this. I have my jars and glow sticks ready. Learn how to make these glow-in-the-dark jars here

These Free Halloween printables are super quick way to dress up your Halloween tablescape

I think this is a really cute way to start off the Holiday with your little one. I can't wait to make these  Spider-Web Pancakes for my little guy. 

Witches Hat Cookies  quick, yummy, and easy to make. 

A quick, fun game everyone can enjoy and the best part, these Bingo Printables are free!

Photo: Vixenmade
I love this  Felt Jack-o-Lantern activity. Such a cute idea to keep little ones busy at your party or just while you are busy decorating! 

This Trick-or-Treat Treasure Hunt looks like so much fun. I'm hoping to use this tutorial for our little party this weekend. 

And in case you missed it, here is my tutorial for a fabric Halloween banner. 

I would love to hear from you what you made for Halloween! Please leave a comment below sharing which of the ideas was your favorite. 

Be sure and check out the featured above featured blogs as they have lots of other GREAT ideas!



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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Bridgeton Covered Bridge Festival

As some of my regular followers know, I have been out for about week visiting family. It was great to see my mom, dad, and sisters! There is never enough time though. 

While we were there we were able to go to Covered Bridge Festival in Bridgeton, IN. (It was one of the few days that it wasn't raining). You can learn more about the Covered Bridge and Mill here

Overview of both the Covered Bridge and Mill. 

Can you see me?

I love this old bridge!

The mill is a working mill and is really neat to walk through.

Just an old building that I thought was cool.

I love Covered Bridges and I love the Covered Bridge Festival, it definitely signifies fall for me! Have you ever seen a Covered Bridge? 

More Wordless Wednesday Posts can be found here as well as those who have linked below. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday: Halloween Fabric Bunting

 I love banners and pennants and have made a ton with paper, but just haven't gotten around to doing the fabric ones. I have the fabric for it (oh do i have the fabric!), it was just a matter of taking the time to do it.

There are so many different ways to make a fabric banner and part of my problem is I wasn't sure how I wanted to do it. Well, I decided how and I made a Halloween Fabric Banner! I love how it turned out so much that I wrote up my first tutorial and I'm super excited to be sharing it with you. This was super quick & easy to make and if you wanted to get in a last minute Halloween project this would be perfect. I was able to make it in a couple of hours and that was with my two little ones awake!

I've tried to explain what I'm doing in the photos the best I can, but if I've missed something or if you have any questions or comments please feel free to share. If you make a banner using my tutorial please share your photos and link back and give credit to me. Thanks!

Here we go!

Supplies: fabric, ribbon or rick-rak (9 feet), thread, Pinking shears, scissors, sewing machine, pins

You will need to pick out some fabric, I had 8 different fabrics, (13 pennants total) you could use more or less depending on the look you want.  You could even use scraps depending on what size you want your triangles.

My triangles measure 6.25inches x 6.00inches, so I would recommend a piece of fabric (for each triangle pennant) to be no smaller than 7x7 to give yourself plenty of room in case it frays or what not. The banner I made is double sided if you chose to do the same you would need a piece at least 14x14.

To make a quick template, I cut a 6x6 square out of a scrap piece of cardstock. 

Fold the square in half, and draw a line from one point to the opposite point. 

Cut along the line to get your template so you can start cutting. 

Lay the two pieces of fabric WRONG sides together. Leave them this way because this is how you will sew them (wrong sides together). If you are doing a single sided banner you don't have to worry about this. 

Since I don't have a pair of pinking shear scissors,  I used my pinking blade on my rotary cutter to cut out the triangles

After I'm done cutting them out, I leave the two pieces together. 
Remember:  This is how you will sew them (wrong sides together)

After you get all your triangles cut out,  you are ready to top-stich and sew the two pieces together.

I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance (butt the points of the banner to the edge of the presser foot).

 When you get to the point, slow down. With the needle still in the fabric, lift your pressor foot, then pivot your triangle around your needle. You don't want to sew all the way to the end (you will be doing one continuous stitch).

Examples of how the stitching doesn't go all the way to the end. 

Arrange the triangles in the order you want. I didn't get to crazy with putting these in order, I just wanted to make sure I didn't have the two white ones next to each other.

Decide how much rick rack/ribbon you will need on each end to tie or hang your banner up. I left 12 inches on both sides to ensure I had plenty to tie. I placed a pin 12 inches in on each end just to remind me of where to start and stop sewing.

To make sewing a little easier for me, I pinned the triangles to the rick rack.  This helped me to make sure 1) it was being sewn on straight 2) to ensure the rick rack would cover the topstitching
 Now that you pinned your triangles down, you are ready to sew them together.

I sewed with the same seam allowance as before ( 1/4"). If you align your points up to the presser foot you should be sewing down the center of the rick rack.
Continue until you get to the end. 
If needed, press with iron. Now you are done and ready to hang your banner!

I LOVE how my banner turned out! Let me know what you think of the banner and if you use my tutorial please leave feedback. 

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