Holidays

Valentine’s Day Tree

I’m in the process of decorating my home with Valentine’s Day decor and wanted to share my Valentine tree I have in my kitchen.

After the new year, I take all my ornaments off of my gingerbread themed tree and decorate it with Valentine ornaments. It’s a great little transition and an excuse to keep my little tree up just a bit longer!

I found my tree a few years back at Dollar General for $12.00. They still carry them so be on the look out next Christmas season. Here’s the one I bought.

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Once it’s set up you can start to decorate! I made some felt hearts and re decorated some old Christmas ornaments I had.

Felt Hearts:

The felt hearts are really simple to create. All you need is some felt sheets, fiber fill  (stuffing), embellishments, needle and thread, or a glue gun.

1st, make a template of a heart any size you want, then trace it onto your felt sheet. You will cut two of these out (front & back pieces).

2nd, glue the edges together leaving an opening big enough for you to be able to add stuffing. If you are handy with a needle, you can sew the edges together and leave an opening.

3rd, add your stuffing and be careful to not overfill. Glue or sew your opening shut.

4th, now you can embellish them. I added an assortment of glitter, bows, and buttons to mine. Add a loop of twine or ribbon to the back for hanging or you can hang them with hooks like so.

Old Ornaments:

1st, take some old ornaments (I used plastic)  and paper mache small pieces of newspaper to the ornament until it is completely covered and let dry.

2nd, once dry add glitter or paint to the exterior. I brushed mine on with a light coat so the paper would show thru. Be sure to let these dry after painting.

3rd, you can start embellishing. I made some gift tags with cardstock and Valentine’s Day themed stamps. Add these to your ornaments with pretty ribbon or twine and your ornaments are ready to be hung.

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These were picks I found at Dollar Tree and I just removed the stick and hot glued some hooks to the top.

Add a bow or embellishment to the top of your tree and your tree will be complete!

I’ve linked some fun options below If you’re not into DIY and you can have your tree up in no time!

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Purple glittered heart ornament Hobby Lobby $1.39
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Set of 6 Valentines Day Mini Heart Ornaments $15.00
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Felt Heart Ornaments Set of 6 $10.00
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Pink Glitter Heart Ornaments $2.99

I hope you have fun creating your own tree decor. Let me know if you put one up. I’d love to see it.

Thanks for reading

~The Dimestore Gypsy

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DIY · Home Decor

Faux Lake Sign Turned Farmhouse Kitchen Wall Décor

Hi guys! Boy is summer in full effect here…toddler, teenagers, babysitting, & junior all-star baseball practice/tournaments. Whew! Just a few weeks in and I’m exhausted lol!

I was out and about shopping this past weekend at one of my favorite discount stores. I spotted this lake house sign in the clearance area and would you believe it was marked down to .65 cents? I kid you not, I couldn’t believe it either. There was nothing wrong with it so I brought it home with me and figured I’d find somewhere for it.

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I planned on a lake house theme for my sons room, but now he no longer wants that…teens, go figure!

So I have this sign and because the price was so low, they cannot take it back.  It got me thinking how else I could use it. I have been wanting a farmhouse sign to hang in my kitchen for sometime and I thought why don’t I just use this and paint over it…so I did!

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I used some basic white craft paint and coated the board about 3 times until everything was covered.

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After it was dry I used black acrylic craft paint and letter stencils I had on hand for the wording.

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I let that dry for about an hour and added a black wash to it for the effect of dirty, weathered wood. (check out how I did it here)

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I just love how it turned out and I think it looks great here in my kitchen! Let me know what you guys think!

Thanks for stopping by,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

DIY

DIY Patriotic Table Runner

Hello and welcome back!  Thanks for all the love and support! I was looking forward to posting this past week but time got away from me and I wasn’t able to. I am happy to finally be able to share this project with you.

So this week  I designed a patriotic table runner for you. It’s got a vintage, country western vibe. You could also use some more traditional colored fabric if you like and it would be just as nice. This is an advanced project because it requires some applique/quilting experience. You can complete your project by having it quilted or quilting it yourself.

To get started here’s  few supplies you’ll need:

red fabric-1 fat quarter

white fabric-1 fat quarter

blue border/stars/binding-1 yd. (I always like to included extra)

backing fabric-1 yd.

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double-sided fusible web for star applique (I buy the Heat n Bond roll from Hobby Lobby)

basic sewing/quilting supplies (scissors, rotary cutter, cutting mat, sewing machine, etc.)

iron for pressing seams

 

Sewing Instructions:

First you’ll need to cut your red and white strips.

red-cut 7 strips at 2.5W x 10L

white-cut 6 strips at 2.5W x 10L

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Next, you’ll sew your strips alternating red and white. Start with a red strip and align your edges wrong sides together. Pin in place and sew a 1/4 in seam.

 

 

 

You should have something like this when finished. (I like to sew my strips in pairs and then sew the pairs into larger groupings instead of adding on one strip at a time.) Take this to your iron and press your seam. (When pressing you’ll want to lay both pieces of the seam to one side and press.)

 

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Continue alternating your strips (wrong sides together, edges matching) sewing a 1/4 in seam. Your set of stripes should start with a red strip and end with a red strip. Don’t forget to press your seams as you go.

 

 

Now you will cut your borders from the blue fabric. Cut 2 strips at 2.5W x 24.5L. (Cut your strips at 2.5W x the length of the fabric 1st, and then cut your strips down to your length of 24.5.)

Align 1 of your border strips to the top of your center piece wrong sides together and pin in place. Sew a 1/4 in seam.*In the photo my border has been pieced so don’t mind the seam. Yours will not have this middle seam.

 

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Take your 2nd border strip and align it to the bottom of your center piece wrong sides together and pin in place. Sew a 1/4 in seam. Iron and press both of those seams down. When your finished you’ll having something like this

 

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For your side borders you’ll need to cut 2 pieces at 5.5W x 13.75L. Take one of those border pieces and align it to the side of your centerpiece  wrong sides together and pin in place. Sew a 1/4 in seam. Repeat this step for the other side.

 

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Now you will need your fusible web and the star template. Take your template and lay it under the rough side of your fusible web. You’re going to trace three stars. Do not cut these out yet, but be sure to leave room in between the stars to cut them out. After you have traced your stars, lay the fusible web sheet you just traced on top of your fabric. Trim your fabric around the sheet of fusible web leaving about 1/2 in extra of fabric all around, this way you won’t get any glue on your iron or ironing board. Take your fabric to your ironing board and lay it down with the wrong side up. Now you will lay your fusible web rough side down on top of your fabric. Press the fusible web until all of the web has adhered to the fabric. Now you can cut out your three star pieces. *(I was a little short on fusible web so I just pieced the fusible web on my last star.)

 

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After cutting, remove the white protective paper. Arrange the stars on your center stripes with the shiny side down. Now you can press these into place until the star and points are adhered. You are now ready to applique them down. My machine doesn’t have a button stitch so I just used a small zigzag all the way around the star.

 

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Here’s the completed top! You’re now ready for quilting and binding. I’ve been practicing free motion quilting on my sewing machine so I decided to try it out myself. I’m happy with the result and it was fun trying it out!

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I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did and I’ll be posting again soon! Feel free to message me with any questions and don’t forget you can find me at #dimestoregypsygal on Instagram. Thanks for reading!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY

DIY American Flag Rag Quilt

 

I love decorating my home each holiday, but when I checked my storage I realized I didn’t have any decor for Memorial Day/Independence Day! So, this month I’ll be sharing some DIY and décor ideas just in time for July 4th.

This is called a rag quilt because the seams are sewn wrong sides together so the raw edges are showing. After several washes and tumbles in the dryer, the edges begin to fray or get “ragged” out. I found some leftover red, white, and blue fabric in my stash and I thought it would be perfect for this project. However, you can use what ever color/tone of fabric you like. It’s quit simple and easy to make and requires some basic sewing/quilting skills.20160608_150654.jpg

 

 

Here is a mini flag that I made just for the purpose of explaining how to sew the seams. To get started you’ll need a few supplies.

1/2 yd. red fabric

1/2 yd. white fabric

1 fat quarter of blue fabric

3/4 yd. backing fabric

rotary cutter/cutting mat

quilting ruler

basic sewing supplies (scissors, pins, sewing machine)

*(the fabric measurements include a few extra inches in case you mess up and I would suggest washing your fabrics separately in cool water so they don’t bleed into each other after construction)

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Here I have all my strips laid out. You’ll need to cut the following:

red fabric-1st cut 5 strips at 39L x 2.5W, then cut 2 of those  strips in half to get 4 pieces at 19.5L x 2.5W.

white fabric-1st cut 5 strips at 39L x 2.5W, then cut 2 of those strips in half to get 3 pieces at 19.5L x 2.5W. (You can stash the leftover rectangle.)

blue fabric-cut your fat quarter down to 20.5L x 13.5W.

backing-cut your backing down to 39L x 24.5W and set it aside for later.

 

Instructions:

  1. Take one of your small red strips and pin it to one of your small white strips with wrong sides facing each other, edges lining up and sew a 1/4 in seam.

 

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You should now have 2 pieces with a seam going down the middle. The red will be your top and the white will be your bottom.

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2. Now pin a small red strip to the bottom of the white strip wrong sides together, edges lining up and sew a 1/4 in seam.

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3. Continue alternating your strips (adding to the bottom, sewing 1/4 in seam) until you have used all 4 red small strips and all 3 small white strips. (Here’s a photo of the larger size just to give you a visual).

 

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4. Your going to pin this set of strips to the smaller side of your blue piece wrong sides together, edges lining up and sew a 1/4 in seam. Set this piece aside.

 

 

 

You should end up with something like this. (you will have more stripes than I do)

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5. Now back to those long strips. Starting with a white strip, pin one of your red strips to the bottom wrong sides together, edges matching and sew a 1/4 in seam.

 

6. Just like before, continue alternating your strips (adding to the bottom, sewing 1/4 in seam) until you have used all 3 white strips and all 3 red strips. (photo of larger size)

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7. Now your going to pin this set of strips wrong sides together to the piece you put aside earlier. (remember you will have more stripes than shown in this photo so be sure when pinning these two pieces that your stripes are correctly alternating) Sew a 1/4 in seam.

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Here’s the finished top!

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8. To finish this flag up, just pin your top to your backing wrong sides together, edges matching and sew a 1/4 in seam all the way around.

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Now you can throw your quilt in the washer on cool water and dry a few times to get your top frayed and “ragged” out. The more washes, the better!

 

I hope you enjoyed this project and if you decide to try it out, leave me a comment or tag me on Instagram @dimestoregypsygal. I’d love to see your flags! Thanks for stopping by!

~The Dimestore Gypsy