Floor pouf

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There have been so many poufs on pinterest lately I decided I would make my niece one for Christmas. It was a bit trickier than I thought initially but I learned a lot and it looks really cute!

Materials Needed:

-Pouf fabric- I believe I bought 2 yards of it. Confession time: I always buy more than I need because I am always convinced I’m going to screw up

-Applique fabric, I made a flower so I bought 1/4 of a yard of the green and pink

-scissors

-paper

-pen

-string

-sewing machine

-pre-made piping (I bought two packs)

-pins

-Iron

1. I started out making my pattern. I used the old pen and string trick to make my circle which ended up being about 16 inches in diameter

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2. Next I decided upon the height of the pouf. I made mine about 15 inches tall

3. Math time! Find the circumference of your circle to know how long to cut the sides. 2πR=C or Dπ=C

4. Cut out your fabric from the pattern. That equals out to be 2 circles the same size and one long piece of fabric the length of your circles circumference and the height you decided upon.

5. Next I made a pattern for my applique. My base fabric was flowers so I settled upon a flower appliqué

6. I cut out the fabric, I chose green for the center and pink for the petals.

7. I arranged the appliqué on the top circle and then pinned it. I left the circle out because it was going to over lap the petals and some stitches.

8. I used a wide zigzag stitch for my applique. I zigzagged all the petals. I found pulling pins as I sewed helped keep the petal flat.

9. I pinned the flowers center to the appliqué and used the same wide zigzag around it.

10. Next, I pinned the piping to the circles.

11. I sewed the piping to both the top and bottom circle. I used a different foot so I could get really close to the edge of the piping. A zipper foot will work fine, but I didn’t have one. I have no idea what most of my presser feet are used for, so I grabbed one that looked like it would work. And it did.

12. I then made little handle out of scrap fabric and sewed it to the middle of the side fabric.

13. Next, I pinned the side to the bottom circle. If I was going to mess it up, I wanted it to be on the bottom. (pin right sides together)

14. sew the circle, using the same piping presser foot as above. Work slowly and try to stay right next to the piping.

15. Repeat 13 & 14 for the top circle.

16. Your pouf should be in side out. Now pin and sew up the side. I pinned and sewed about 1/3 of the way up on each side leaving a hole in the middle.

17. Turn it inside out.

18. At first I just stuffed it but it was all lumpy and unattractive so I pulled out the stuffing and thought about a fix for days. I didn’t want to buy foam, the whole point of making a pouf was it was inexpensive. I didn’t want to wrap it all in batting, the batting would shift and make more problems. One day when I was in for a School Nurse, a class room was throwing out a big play mat. I asked if I could have it. I tore it open and cut two circles out of the foam.

19. I placed the foam on the top and bottom to help keep shape and reduce the bulging look.

20. I was going to fill it all up with circles of foam, but it would be too heavy for her to move around. So I resorted to lining the sides with batting and stuffing it from there.

21. After I stuffed all I could stuff, I sewed the hole by hand.

There it is! It’s still a bit lumpy but it looks so much better than before. Next time I would use thicker batting.

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Some tips:

-Starch your fabric before you sew on the applique. It’ll help it hold better

-give your self plenty of extra room for the side fabric.

-If you think you want it to be 16 inches high, think more around 12. This pouf looks so big! Much bigger than I intended.

-A stabilizer for the applique would be good. I had some threads pull loose when stuffing the first time. I went over the areas again and haven’t had problems since the foam was in, but if it’s going to get a lot of use I recommend using a fusible one.

Thank you for reading!

L&L,

Missy

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Santa Hat Chair Covers

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I was walking around Pottery Barn Kids one day and they had these cute Santa hat chair covers for kids chairs. I went into ninja mode and snapped a picture of one on my phone, they were $24 dollars per cover and I thought I could do better than that.

Materials Needed

-Velvet-like material. I bought mine at Jo-Ann’s on sale. I can’t tell you how much it was at the time

-White Fuzzy fabric- about 1 yard depending on what you need.

-Large White fuzzy balls, I bought mine at Hobby Lobby

– Sewing machine

-Cutting instruments

-Tape Measure

1. Measure your chairs. I measured the widest part of my chairs which were about 36 inches around. Then measure the height of the back of your chairs. And then measure how far up your widest span is. My chairs were about 36 at the widest part, 13 inches up the back is where the wide part stopped, and the back in total was about 20 inches high.

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2. Figure out how much fabric you will need. At 36 inches wide I needed about 4 yards. If I had used pattern A I could have saved money… but I didn’t.

hat patternPattern A.

3. I cut out squares of fabric giving myself about an inch of extra fabric for seams. My blocks were about 37 inches wide and about 28 inches long.

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4. Next I visually decided how big I wanted my white trim. I decided I liked the look of 5 inches of trim.

5. I cut out strips of trim 6 inches wide. I used the width of the bolt to my advantage, so they were about 42 inches long

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6. I pinned the white trim to the velvet 5 inches from the bottom with right sides together.

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7. Sew the trim to the velvet with a small seam. I ran my presser foot along the bottom of the trim for my guide.

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8. flip the trim down and turn the whole piece of fabric over.

9. with right sides facing down, you should a small strip of white trim at the bottom. Fold the trim up and pin. Be sure to catch the bottom of the velvet in the pins so it tacks down when you sew.

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10. Sew as close to the bottom as you can. I used red thread with a white bobbin, so I made sure the white thread was on the side of the hat that would be seen.

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11. Trim the white trim so It is flush with the sides of the velvet

12. pin edges together with right sides together

13. Measure the center of the top of the hat. Then measure up the side to the widest part of your chair. At that point, start bringing the hat to the center point. Do the same on the folded side. I drew lines with my fabric pen to have a guide.

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14. Sew along your lines/pins.

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15. Flip the hat right side out and make sure it fits.

16. If it fits, cut of remaining fabric. If it doesn’t figure out where you went wrong, rip the seams out and try again (I had to do this)

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17. Turn right side out and hand sew a large puff ball to the tip of the hat.

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There they are! They are really cute and add just a little Christmas cheer with out looking tacky or over done.

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My only tip is the velvet likes to stick to itself so make sure it is wrinkle free when you pin.

Oh! and make sure you make one for each chair 🙂

Hope you are all ready for the holidays!

L&L,

Missy

Poinsettia Tree Skirt

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I needed a tree skirt. I have this pet peeve about trees without them. It was a week until Thanksgiving and I was getting down to the wire (I put up my tree the day after Thanksgiving because I love Christmas so much!) I digress, I went to Target one day and they had these red tree skirts for $5. Can’t go wrong with that so I bought one and went home. I opened it and it was a big felt mess. I decided to upcycle it into something great. And Voila! The Poinsettia Tree Skirt was born.

What you need

-2 Red felt tree skirts from target or and where else your heart desires

-Green felt sheets. I bought 6 and used 5. I had about 38 flowers to make you may need more or less depending on the size of your tree skirt.

-Jingle Bells

-Needle and thread

-Scissors

-sharpie

-extra paper

1. I started by making a pattern. I made a few different flowers until I made one I was happy with. This pattern included 2 four point flowers layered on top of each other and two green leaves. Then I took that pattern and measured how many it would take to cover the skirt. My skirt was scalloped so I just counted the peaks and measured how many flowers it would take to cover a peak and a valley. It took three flowers, and ultimately It was around 30 some flowers. I rounded up and made extra to be sure. I believe I cut out 74 flowers all together.

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2. I traced the pattern on the second tree skirt. I traced all of them before I cut them out.

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3. I cut out (along with Mike) all the flowers

4. Then I traced the leaves on the green felt and cut those out

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5. now the fun part, Mike and I hand-sewed every flower. We layered the petals then adjusted the leaves so they were showing and put a gold jingle bell in the middle.

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6. after all the flowers were made (which took about 3 evenings sitting in bed watching movies) we attached all the flowers along the edge. I placed my flowers to get rid of the scallop. I wasn’t feeling it that day.

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7. And you’re done! The pictures don’t actually do it justice, the red kind of blends together but in real life it looks great.

Tips and Tricks

-Have a friend or your boyfriend/girlfriend help you cut everything out

-Trim the top flower so the center is smaller. It looks better if the jingle bell covers most of it.

-Double up your thread.

-You will have floppy flowers. but they lay on the floor and until x-mas morning there isn’t a lot of stress to them.

As always, thank you for reading!

L&L,

Missy