Monday, October 29, 2012

Gift Card Cozies

You know you are going to end up giving a gift card (or two, or ten) this Christmas season. We all have those nieces and nephews that just want $, or that friend who is too picky to buy for.  Gift cards to the rescue! But, why not make the gift card giving a little more fun?

I made a few of these gift card cozies over the weekend. Some are out of fabric, and some are out of paper and embellishments. The possibilities are.... you guessed it.... endless!

Here are some pictures. I'm selling the fabric ones for $3 each or 2 for $5.00 and the paper ones for just $1.00 each. Here is a link to my etsy site:

If you are interested in making some, the dimensions are just under 2 1/2 inches wide and 4 inches tall for the paper ones (the front is about 2 3/4 inches tall). The fabric ones, you just need to add your seam lengths to the above measurements. Make sure you sew on the embellishments to the front BEFORE you sew the front and the back pieces together! 


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pictures and Prices

Here are a few pictures with prices of some banners.

The most popular banner is the reversible Happy Birthday / Congratulations banner in the bright colors. Here are a few examples. There is no 'set' pattern for which order the colors appear. I try and make it random, but you can see from the different pictures that they all look similar. These banners are $35. They are washable (if needed), reversible, and can be hung for any special occasions. Also, I have started making the Happy birthday banner with the words "live, laugh, love" on the back instead of congratulations. Same price. They can ben in the bright colors, or the slightly muted colors.

Congratulations / happy birthday Bright Colors $35
Congratulations side ($35)
Sample of the "live, laugh, Love" with Happy Birthday $35 Bright colors
Live Laugh Love with the slightly muted colors $35 (happy birthday on reverse)
Believe in reds, whites, and greens. This can ben just like this, or can have the greys and pinks and Be Mine on the reverse. $20 for reversible, $15 for just the Believe.

Be Mine reversible banner (with Believe on the other side) $20

Reversible 'happy fall' on one side, "give thanks' on the other. $30
happy fall $30

All this for $30 (reversible banner)
Halloween fabric and shapes banner $15

Spooky and Harvest reversible banner $20 for both, $15 for just one sided words (either just Spooky, or just Harvest)
Spooky can come in just green and black without the orange $15. Another view of a Spooky with orange.

I've done all sorts of custom banners for family reunions, nurseries, or just bedroom decor. I can also mix up the seasons. One order I did "spooky" on one side and "jingle" on the other (in appropriate holiday colors for each side).

Visit my Etsy site, or just leave a comment here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Color Combos and More

I'm having so much fun with all the banners! Here are a plethora of pictures with different colors:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How to make a fabric banner

How to make a fabric banner:

Here is a picture of the finished product...

1) Start with several fabrics of your choice. I make all my banners with heavy duty duck cloth. It hangs better, even though it's a little bit pricier.  I cut out two or four triangles of each fabric. The triangle is 6 inches wide, and 7 inches at it's height. Best to make a template out of cardboard or something sturdy. Cut out enough of your triangles (two if you are doing double-sided).

2.  Sew your triangles together. This will reduce fraying. Or, you can turn the fabric right side in and have the seams on the inside. Then, turn them right side out and iron down the seams. 

3. Lay out your sewn triangles and find a good order for them. You can be totally random, or have a specific pattern. It will all depend on how many fabrics you have...

4. Now, grab some bias tape. Extra wide, DOUBLE FOLD works best. 

5. Start sewing your bias tape closed at the end, (sew down where the two folds meet). Leave about 12 inches for the tie before you start to add the triangle flags. Then, one by one, insert a triangle, wide side up, in between the bias tape layers. Sew slowly, making sure you are putting all the flags in correctly and in the right order. Let the flags overlap about 1/2 to 1 inch.

6. Next, iron on one side of iron-on interfacing to the fabric you will be using for your fonts. For this banner, I'm using a dark brown. I also ended up using a tan color to outline a few of the letters that wouldn't show up because it was a dark letter against a dark background. Then, peel off one layer  of the interfacing. Next, using your Silhouette Cameo, (or other cutting device, or good old fashioned scissors), cut out the letters for your banner. Also, add a leaf or other figure as well. 

7. Once you have all your letters cut out, carefully place them on each flag and iron them on. Cut off any loose strings and... voila! YOU Are DONE.

 This banner is double sided. One side says "Give Thanks" and the other side says "Happy Fall".

If you have any questions, please just leave a comment. If you decide you just want to buy the finished products... please visit my etsy site!!! Here is the link: Fabrics and Fonts

Happy Creating!!!