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DIY Printed Thanksgiving Napkins Tutorial

As I mentioned in my Halloween pillow tutorials, I’m participating in the Jo-Ann Celebrate the Season campaign, and this is my Thanksgiving project! The Thanksgiving theme is #turkeytablescapes, and the goal was to create something to decorate your Thanksgiving table with. I decided to make custom printed napkins!

This is a really easy project using DecoArt Ink Effects paint! Have you tried this stuff? It’s pretty cool, you can paint anything and iron it onto fabric!

Here’s what you’ll need:

♥ DecoArt Ink Effects paint (If you’re using cotton fabric, you’ll also need this basecoat)
♥ Paint Brush
♥ Cloth Napkins (I sewed my own, here’s a tutorial I found)
♥ Iron
♥ The design you want to use. You can download mine here or design your own, just be sure that any text is flipped!

Step 1: Paint your design. Depending on how many napkins you’re making, you will need to paint multiples of the design. You can use each one at least 2-3 times without losing quality. After that, the color will look dull (which is cool if you ever want a vintage look!).

Step 2: After your designs have had time to dry (the instructions say to allow 45 minutes), you can start ironing them onto your napkins. Place painted side down on the napkin, put a larger blank piece of paper over that to protect the fabric, and iron for about 2-3 minutes. I recommend doing a test before so you’ll get an idea of exactly how long you need to iron. It varies depending on the fabric you’re using.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. These supplies were provided to me free of charge by Jo-Ann, however, I designed the project myself and all opinions here are my own.

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DIY Duck Tape® Pumpkin Tutorial #StickOrTreat

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand provided by ShurTech Brands, LLC. All opinions are 100% mine.

Duck Tape® is having a Halloween pumpkin decorating contest! All you have to do to enter is submit a photo of a pumpkin decorated with Duck Tape®! The contest is already running and wraps up on October 31st. The winners will be announced on November 11th.

The prizes: First Place: $1,000 and a Cricut Mini® Personal Electronic Cutter
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $300

I have never made anything with Duck Tape® before so I thought this was a fun challenge! Check out my tutorial below!

Supplies:

♥  Fake Pumpkin
♥  2 Colors of Duck Tape® – I used Scary Chevron & solid black
♥  Pipe Cleaner
♥  Scissors

Step 1: Cover your pumpkin in strips of Duck Tape®.

Step 2: Cut small strips of Duck Tape® that are long enough to go over the stem. I rounded the ends of my strips.

Step 3: Cover your pipe cleaner in Duck Tape®, leaving about an inch of it exposed at the end. Wrap it around a pencil or your finger to make it curl.

Step 4: Cut four pieces of Duck Tape®. Slightly overlap two of them, then stick the other two on top, also slightly overlapped, with sticky sides together.

Step 5: Cut out a pumpkin leaf shape. Then using a tiny strip of Duck Tape®, tape your leaf to the curly piece you made.

Step 6: Use your scissors to poke a small hole next to the stem on your pumpkin. Insert the exposed end of the pipe cleaner into the hole.

If you’d like more info on the Duck Tape® Stick or Treat Contest, you can visit the contest website by clicking here. You can also follow @TheDuckBrand on Twitter for more inspiration! Be sure to share photos of your pumpkin in comments on this post! I’d love to see if you use my tutorial! :)

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DIY Tutorial: Hanging Lanterns From Recycled Jars

I thought it would be fun to make some hanging lanterns from old jars for Halloween! I originally planned on painting spider webs or some other designs on them in black to make them more Halloweenie, but I decided that I liked the simplicity of them and left them as they are!

I’ve seen a lot of methods for painting glass (like the Mod Podge version I used for my Moroccan lanterns) but I really liked using this Crystal Gloss Enamels paint. No mixing anything, just paint! Simple and effective! It’s also kinda streaky (like every other glass painting method I’ve seen) but I think the streakiness gives it more charm.

Supplies:

♥ Glass jar with label removed – I used jars from Lindsay green olives because they looked perfect for lanterns!
Americana Crystal Gloss Enamels paint (be sure to get Crystal, there are other Gloss Enamels that aren’t transparent).
♥ Black paint – I recommend FolkArt for this because it’s thick, so you only have to do one coat!
♥ Black wire – I’m using 12 gauge jewlery wire
♥ Painters tape
♥ Sponge brush
♥ Paint brush
Round nose pliers & wire cutters

Step 1: Paint the center portion of the jar using the Crystal gloss enamels paint and sponge brush (I experimented and it seems the sponge brush makes it less streaky than a paint brush). I did three coats of paint, letting it dry between each.

Step 2: Use painter’s tape to tape off the top and bottom of the jar.

Step 3: First paint the bottom of the jar with the black paint. Carefully peel off the tape while the paint is still wet. Give it time to dry fully, then flip it over and repeat on the top half.

Step 4: Using your round nose pliers, make a loop at the end of the wire. Wrap the wire half way around the rim of the jar and make another loop, and bend the wire over the top of the loop.

Wrap the wire all the way around the rim and cut the wire leaving just enough to wrap around the first loop you made. Make sure that when you do this, it fits tightly around the rim so it doesn’t slip off.

Step 5: To make the handle, cut a piece of wire to your desired length and make a loop at each end. Slide the loops into the loops on the jar and squeeze them closed.

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Halloween Yarn Pillows DIY Sewing Tutorial

This is part two of my Spooky Spaces tutorial! In case you missed the first part, where I showed how to sew fabric applique pillows (shown in the photo below), be sure to check it out right here! As I mentioned before, I have been invited by Jo-Ann’s to participate in their Celebrate the Season campaign and for Halloween I was given the theme Spooky Spaces, so I chose to create this set of pillows that you could use on your couch, bed, etc to spookify any space!

Supplies:

16 inch pillow form
♥ 1/2 yard of fabric for each pillow
♥ White Yarn – I’m using Lion Brand Homespun
♥ Fabric Glue – I’m using this Aleene’s Fabric Fusion pen
♥ Chalk
♥ Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies
♥ Designs of your choice  - if you need ideas, try Googling “Halloween silhouette”

Step 1: Cut a piece of fabric that is 17 inches tall x 38 inches wide.

Step 2: Find the center 16 inches of the piece and make marks with chalk (this will help you place your designs later). The easiest way to find the center is to fold it in half and then make a line 8 inches from the fold on each side.

Step 3: On the (17 inch) ends of the fabric, fold the edge over 1/2″ and press with an iron. Fold over another 1/2″ and pin in place. Do this on both (17 inch) ends of the fabric. Sew along those edges using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Step 4: Use chalk to transfer your design onto the fabric. You can draw freehand or print a shape, cut it out and then trace around it. I traced the ghost like this but had to draw the spiderweb freehand.

 Step 5: Trace over your design with glue and carefully press your yarn into it. I did this little by little, putting glue on a few inches at a time, to avoid getting glue all over by accidentally dragging the yarn through it. When you’re at the beginning and end of your design, be sure to put a little glue on the ends of the yarn so it doesn’t fray.

Wait for the glue to dry fully before moving onto the last steps.

Step 6: Fold the fabric (right sides together) along those chalk lines. You should get a 4 inch overlap in the center.

Step 7: Pin along the edges a sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Flip it right side out and put your pillow form in!

If you still have any chalk marks on your pillow, you can use a wet towel to wipe it off.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. These supplies were provided to me free of charge by Jo-Ann’s, however, I designed the project myself and all opinions here are my own.

If you’re interested in seeing what other bloggers participating in Jo-Ann’s Celebrate the Season campaign have created, search for #spookyspaces on Pinterest or Instagram. And if you want even more inspiration, be sure to check out Jo-Ann’s Creativity Made Simple website, which is filled with project ideas!

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Halloween Silhouette Applique Pillows DIY Sewing Tutorial

I feel incredibly lucky to have been invited by Jo-Ann’s to participate in their Celebrate the Season campaign (this means you can expect Thanksgiving & Christmas tutorials from me too)! For Halloween I was given the theme Spooky Spaces, so I chose to create this set of pillows that you could use on your couch, bed, etc to spookify any space!

Since this is kind of a two part project, I have two separate tutorials for you! In this post, I’m going to show you how to make the fabric applique pillows (in the first pic). In the next post, I’ll show you how to make the yarn ones.

Supplies:

16 inch pillow form
♥ 1/2 yard of fabric for each pillow
♥ Small piece of black fabric
♥ Chalk
♥ Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies
♥ Designs of your choice for the appliques – if you need ideas, try Googling “Halloween silhouette”

Sewing these pillowcases will require basic sewing knowledge, sewing on the appliques however, is a little tricky and probably better for someone with a little more experience. If you’re looking for an easier alternative, I would recommend using iron-on or spray-on fabric adhesive to attach the appliques rather than sewing.

Step 1: Cut a piece of fabric that is 17 inches tall x 38 inches wide.

Step 2: Find the center 16 inches of the piece and make marks with chalk (this will help you place your appliques later). The easiest way to find the center is to fold it in half and then make a line 8 inches from the fold on each side.

Step 3: On the (17 inch) ends of the fabric, fold the edge over 1/2″ and press with an iron. Fold over another 1/2″ and pin in place. Do this on both (17 inch) ends of the fabric. Sew along those edges using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

 

Step 4: Use chalk to transfer your design onto the black fabric. You can draw freehand or (what I did) print a shape, cut it out and then trace around it.

Step 5: Cut out your design and pin it in place on the center of the fabric (between those two lines you drew in step 2).

 

Step 6: Zig zag stitch around the edge of the entire design.

Step 7: In a contrasting thread color, straight stitch along the edge, over the zig zag you just did.

Step 8: Fold the fabric (right sides together) along those chalk lines. You should get a 4 inch overlap in the center.

Step 9: Pin along the edges a sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Flip it right side out and put your pillow form in!

If you still have any chalk marks on your pillow, you can use a wet towel to wipe it off.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. These supplies were provided to me free of charge by Jo-Ann’s, however, I designed the project myself and all opinions here are my own.

If you’re interested in seeing what other bloggers participating in Jo-Ann’s Celebrate the Season campaign have created, search for #spookyspaces on Pinterest or Instagram. And if you want even more inspiration, be sure to check out the Jo-Ann’s Creativity Made Simple website, which is filled with project ideas!

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