Wednesday, November 16, 2011

DIY Cake Stand

At Liv's last birthday I challenged myself to pull together a party with some creative touches for under $100.  The big hit of the party was the ice cream sandwich "cake" and roll your own toppings bar.  I piled the ice cream sandwiches into a 2 tier cake which of course needed a a cake stand!  I was wandering around Home Depot hoping inspiration would hit and found myself in the tile aisle inspecting the fauxe marble tiles.  A helpful Home Depot guy came by and asked if he could help... I'm not afraid of being the crazy lady with a wacky DIY idea so I told him what I had in mind, he whipped out a sharpie, wrote "sample" on the back of the tile I picked out, and I walked out with the top of my cake stand for free!  Some spray paint, a pillar candle stick I had in my home decor stash, some industrial adhesive, and a papaer and ribbon bunting later I had the perfect and virtually free cake stand!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Camera Strap Cover Tutorial

A good friend of mine just celebrated a birthday.   I make her kiddos handmade gifts for all their special days and I know she appreciates it (I can tell by the mile long list she has for me of "future projects to make... you know just in case you can't think of anything") but it's harder to come up with something for an adult. So I was really excited when I had the idea to make a camera strap cover for her fancy shmancy camera!
Here's what you'll need:
2 pieces of fusible fleece cut to 2 1/2" x 24"
2 fabrics cut to 3 1/4" x 25"
ribbon or trim... some sort of embellishment
  • press all 4 short sides of the fabric 1/4", then fold over and press another 1/4" and sew
  • Fuse a fleece strip down the center of the wrong sides of each of the fabric strips
  • Press the long sides of the fabric around the fusible fleece
  • Make a ruffle with fabric or ribbon or sew some pre-made trim down the center of the right side of one of the strip
  • With wrong sides together, pin the strips together, tucking the raw edges in, and sew 1/4" from the edge down each long side, leaving the short ends open.

So now I'm thinking about whether anyone on my Christmas list has a fancy shmancy camera... I may be out of luck though, so I'll have to come up with more ideas for handmade gifts for adults.  Do you have any suggestions?


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