Valentine’s Day Pendant Banner

August 1, 2013 in Creating, Sewing, Sewing for Holidays, Valentine Creations

Valentine’s Day Pendant Banner 

Last year every time I turned around there were pendant banners hanging from everything.  I was ravenous with desire to have one.  So, I closed my eyes and took a leap and made it up as I went along…I think it turned out pretty ok…
I admit it, I love it!  This was such a fun, quick, easy project and I bought enough materials to make 6, so a lot of my friends ended up with one.  Just spreading the love on “love day”.
~1 piece card stock
~1/4 yard of 3 corresponding fabrics for fronts
~3/4 yard fabric for backing
~1/4 yard solid fabric for ties
~3/4 yard batting
~Pinking sheers
~Adhesive alphabet stencil OR freezer paper and die cut machine (like a Cricut)
~Fabric paint
~Sponge brush
~Jewels (optional)
~Literally, every bit of what I needed for this project came from Shop at
Away we go…
First make your triangle patter piece.  Don’t try to make it perfect, if it’s a little lopsided it makes it more charming.  If you have a die cut machine you can use that, otherwise make your own.  My triangle was about 7″ across the top and 8″ down each side.
Now that you have a pattern we are ready to cut.  Now, let me make note, I bought 3 fat quarters for the front fabric and was able to cut 6 triangles from each fat quarter.  So, a little bit of fabric goes a long way on this project.  The quickest way to cut is to make the sandwich of fabric, pin it, cut it and then it’s ready to sew.  
Start by putting your back fabric down right side down. 
Now lay your batting on top
and then finish with the front fabric on top right side up. 
Lay your triangle on top and pin.  
Cut around it using pinking sheers.
While keeping the pieces together unpin the pattern triangle and put the pin back in to keep the fabric pieces all together.  Cut two triangles from each front fabric so you end up with 6 total triangles.
Now let’s put them together.  Zig zag stitch all the way around each triangle on a 1” seam allowance.  
It’s time to stencil the letters on.  It is important that you use a stencil that adheres to your fabric, otherwise your paint will bleed and it won’t look as nice.  I’ve made this banner twice and the first time I bought an alphabet stencil that was self adhesive, like a sticker.  That’s the easy way.  
The cheaper way (which is how I made my second round) was to cut my stencil out of freezer paper using my Cricut machine.  
Freezer paper is fun because you can iron it onto fabric and it sticks tight but pulls off clean when you’re done.  
Which ever way you do it put your stencil on your triangles (make sure you like the order of the fabric before you paint) and grab your fabric paint.  
I do recommend using actual fabric paint, it’s less head ache and looks nice.  My little bottle was less than $2 at Jo Ann.  Paint your letters on and let it dry.
While you’re waiting for the paint to dry make the strips that will tie the banner together.  
Cut 10 strips 1”x 6”(short)
Cut 2 strips 1”x 10”(medium)
Cut 2 strips 1”x 24”(long)
Pull your stencils off your dried triangles.
Grab your 10 strips of 1”x 6” strips (from here out I will call these the short strips), we will sew all of these first.
The best way to visualize this is to lay out each letter of your banner in the order it will hang.  The short strips will be sewn to the left side of the “B”, the right side of the “B”, the left side of the “e”, the right side of the “M”,  the left side of the “i”, the right side of the “i”, the left side of the “n”, the right side of the “n”, the left side of the “e” and the right side of the “e”.  Sew them onto the back of the triangle using a zig zag stitch following the line you have already created when you sewed the triangles together.
Next sew the medium strips to the right side of the first “e” and the left side of the “M”.  This longer strip will give a bigger space to make the two words distinct.
Now use fabric glue or super glue to accent your letters with your jewels.  So cute!!!
Here’s the last step, tying the whole thing together.  Simply knot each word together, adjusting spacing between each letter.  Make sure to use the extra space between “Be” and “Mine”.

  Trimmed each strip at an angle to give a bow feel.

Take your two long strips and make a big loop on one end and knot it, this is for hanging.  Then tie the long strips to the left side of the “B” and the right side of the “e”,


 and viola…..

Valentine’s Day
***Don’t have the time to make your own banner?  Click here to visit us at our Etsy store and buy one already made!
<3, Sharla

Jail Front Tutorial

July 24, 2013 in Creating, Halloween Creations

Jail Front Tutorial
So, do you like the jail front in the pic above?  I have included a turorial on how to make it (yay!).  Now, I made this several years ago so I don’t have any pics on the actual assembly, but it’s pretty straight forward.  Put this puppy in just the right place with something creepy being trapped behind makes for a scary night.  It’s also a great background for photo ops.  It’s easy, light weight, and cheap!
-2 Peices of 2×4 boards cut 3 1/2 feel long
-7 Pieces 3/4” PVC pipe cut 7 1/2 feet long
-4 Large black wall brackets
-28 2” long screws
-2 Cans black spray paint
-Drill for attaching screws
-Measuring tape
*These are the measurements for the jail front I created, but you can adjust your measurements to make your jail taller, shorter or longer.  However, if you make it longer, I would add additional wall brackets on the bottom to increase balance.
**When you buy your materials, most home improvement stores will cut your wood and PVC pipe for you at no additional charge.
First, mark your two pieces of 2×4.  One will be at the top and one at the bottom.  Start on one end of the board and mark every 6” on both boards.  You should end up with 7 marks (a mark for each pipe, see what I did there?).
Next lay them out and grab your PVC pipe and drill.  Use one screw  at the top of the board and one at the bottom per pipe.  To allow maximum stability, I lined the PVC up with to top of the board.  After you’ve attached each pipe to the top board finish up by screwing the bottom of the pipes to the bottom board with two screws.
Now you need to make it stand up, right?  Grab your wall brackets and screw two onto the front of the jail on each side of the boards.  Stand it up and screw the other two to the back of the boards.
The last, easiest and funnest part is to spray the whole thing black.
I attached an extra screw at the top so that I could hang my goull from it.  Easy, pleasey, zombies weazey.  :)
Now, go scare up some fun!
<3, Sharla

Harry Potter Spell Book Tutorial

July 24, 2013 in Creating, Halloween Creations

Spell Book Tutorial

Home made Harry Potter spell book prop

There is a great spell book prop floating around Pinterest that I fell in love with.  So, during our last girl’s night I thought, “Oh yes, this is happening!”
But when I went to the website that has the book, there were no instruction.  It had a description of the book, a couple of pictures and the websites that the creator found the digital art to create the pages for the book in Photo Shop.  So, I did the best I could, but my creation was a far cry from the beautiful picture that I was trying to copy.
  I was frustrated, I wanted to find a full tutorial along with a print out that I could just click on and print.  I didn’t want to spend the day trying to put together pages in Photo Shop.  Anyway, I’m lucky enough to have an incredibly artistic husband who took pity on me and agreed to help me create my pages, from scratch, hand drawn!  With his help, this is what I ended up with…


So, for those of you that love the way this turned out and that don’t want to spend hours hunting and searching on the computer and putting together something in Photo Shop, you’ve come to the right place!
You will need:
  • A hard cover book you don’t mind ruining.  Mine was about 6 inches wide and 9 inches long and those are the dimensions for the jpeg files you can follow the link to purchase and print from the bottom of this post.
  • Two sheets of scrap book paper.  My hubby chose out the decorative kind with cool scrolls for effect and I loved it.  Be creative, do what you like, but make sure you choose something that has a tan or sepia toned background.
  • Black spray paint
  • Sand paper or scissors.  anything you can use to rough up the edges of your book and give it that “been-around-since-Dumbledore-was-born” look.
  • Acrylic and/or water color paint.  The acrylic colors my man used to paint the edges of the pages was Burnt Sienna.  We also used Russet and Bambi Brown for added effect, including the cup ring at the top right corner of the right page.
  • Spray Adhesive or your choice of adhesive to attach the finished pages to the book.  I had some spray adhesive around which is quick and easy to use, but you could also use scrap book adhesive or tape.  I would avoid any wet glue like rubber cement or Elmer’s, it will wrinkle your pages.
  • 12 inch black ribbon
  • Hot glue and gun
Start by preparing the book.  Remember, this is a prop, it’s not meant to be picked up and handled and flipped threw.  So open the book to the middle and just know, that’s where it’s going to stay for the rest of it’s book life. :)  Spray paint the outside cover and inside cover black (ironically, the book i used was actually titled Paint it Black).
Next distress the edges of the book’s pages using scissors, sandpaper, or what ever you want.  You can use water colors, it gets the book good and wet and makes it easy to distress but then you have to wait for it to dry over night.  After it dried I used a pencil to roll the corners.  Then I ended up using the acrylic paint to finish it off.  I felt like the acrylic gave a fuller color and looked prettier than the water colors.
Admit it, this is way easy and fun so far, right?
Now, let’s get the pages ready.  We saved you the trouble of re-inventing the wheel.  My totally muscly and artistic husband generously allowed me to create a PDF file that you can purchase in our Etsy store for only $5.00!  Click here to purchase the 9″x6″ drawings and here to purchase the 12″x9″ drawings.  They are an instant download that you can then print out on the paper of your choice.  I recommend using paper that has color to help with the aged appearance.  Turbo easy!

Now, grab out your Burnt Sienna paint again and use paint brushes and brush the edges to look distressed.  I don’t recommend actually distressing these pages or painting over them, be gentle.  They are too pretty to hurt!  This is how mine looked when they were done.
You have to admit, that looks way, way better than my first try.  I bet yours looks just as great.
K, the rest is simple.  Spray the back of the pages with the spray adhesive and place them directly onto the pages in the book.  Do a bit more curing of the corners.  Use hot glue to glue the end of the ribbon onto the back spine of the book for the book mark.  Stick it in a cool table easel or lay flat with creepy junk around it and you, my friend, have created an amazing addition to your Halloween decor that is a true original.Don’t have the time to make a book of your own?  Visit my Etsy shop by clicking the button on the side of the page and place your order for your very own pre-made spell book!

Happy Haunting!
<3, Sharla
How cool is this?  I had a follower send me her completed spell book, and it turned out awesome! Love the ribbon, what a good idea.  Send us a pic of yours, we’d love to add it to the collection!  Thanks, Michele!