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Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt

I’ve been pinning pictures of ruffled Christmas Tree Skirts floating around Pinterest for over a year now and finally decided to give one a try.  The last few years I have just been using a table cloth as a tree skirt because let’s face it Tree Skirts can be expensive.  At the store the other day I was pricing them and I saw several that were $100 and frankly not anything I thought cute enough to even pay $30 for.  This one I made maybe cost me $20 if I had to buy all the supplies but, I used mostly what I had on hand.  I love it because it turned out one of a kind and it looks darling under the tree.
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I did buy a vinyl round 70” table cloth for $5.99 at Ross.  (Probably can find them at the $1 store. I just didn’t have time to go check.) I folded my table cloth in fourths (fold in half and then fold in half again) and trimmed the point creating a round hole for the tree trunk.  Then I cut a slit to the center so I can easily get it around the tree trunk.
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Next, I took an old table cloth and other fabric I had around the house and ripped it into strips of approximately 4-5 inch even widths.  I did use the sewing machine to stitch the strips together and then gathered one side using a the tightest tension and largest stitch settings.  You don’t have to do this step if you don’t have a sewing machine and can skip to the next step with the glue gun.
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I inquired of 2 helpers to come help me start gluing.  I had them start on the outside on one side of the slit and hot glue the strips just so they over lapped each other slightly.  They were not scientific or perfect in measurement. One of them pulled the trigger on the glue while the other placed the ruffles.  We created a pattern since we had 4 different fabrics. When they got to the edge on the other side they just trimmed the strip of fabric.  I did not hem the fabric and plan to use some fray check on the edges because we did have a lot of loose strings.
I am guessing we had about 2 yards of each of the 4 fabrics and we did end up with some strips of fabric left over.  If you don’t ruffle ahead of time as you glue the fabric down you can scrunch it up as you go giving it a ruffle effect.  I had helpers that were just learning to use a glue gun so, me making the ruffles ahead of time made it easier on them to glue and still get the look I was going for.
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Just use what you have on hand or find inexpensive fabric, sheets, table clothes to rip up.  The nice thing about this tree skirt is that it is large enough to completely cover the stand and the vinyl table cloth makes it a nice weight with the flannel backing to keep it in place.  This way my animals can not access the tree stand as their water bowl.
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Thankfully I snapped this picture before the tree fell over and everything fell off…yes on to finding a tree stand that works for this big beautiful tree.
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Real Trash To Treasure Chair

I really did find this chair on the curb about 8 years ago.  I had my husband cut the plywood seat a few months later and yes it has taken me this long to finally paint and do something fun with it!
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So first I spray painted it with the Rust-oleum Heirloom White. I love the ultra cover spray paint with the primer included.  It covers so much better than the regular spray paint and I use less paint.
I bought a foam pad for about $6 and then cut it to fit the plywood seat that my husband had made for it years ago.  When he had made the seat I had covered it with batting and fabric but, it wasn’t comfortable to sit in and needed the extra foam.
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I stapled gunned my fabric (used the extra fabric that matched my drapes) to the seat and set it back on top of my chair and that’s it!  Why did I take so long to do it! I love it and my husband does too now that I finished one of those lurking projects with junk I have collected!
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Only cost me the $6 for the foam because I had all the other supplies to complete my trash to treasure project!

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T-Shirt Bracelets

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I created these cute t-shirt bracelets the other day.  I of course got my inspiration and idea from Pinterest.  I have had a stack of old t-shirts ready to be made into something.  I originally planned to make more headbands, scarfs and necklaces but, when I saw this idea I knew I had to try it! It completes the accessory list!

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I started by cutting a few strips off the bottom of my t-shirt and then tied them together to make a piece of knit fabric that I used like yarn.  Depending on how thick you want your bracelet you can double up the strips of fabric or cut wider stripes.  This was a total experiment for me to get the right thickness and length I wanted.  The dark gray bracelet I doubled up 2 strips thick. I also stretched the strips out once tied together because it will give you more length.
Now the fun part! How many of you use to knit with your fingers as a kid? I so loved doing it and would sleep with a big giant chain hooked to my fingers because I was trying to see how long I could make the chain always wanting to out do the last one! I would do it for hours on end but, the only problem was that I would have giant chains and didn’t know what to do with them.  I think I even tried selling them to the neighbors.  If you don’t know how to knit with your fingers you will need to go look up how to do it (I have no idea to explain it) but, this is what it looks like…I just used 2 fingers but, you can do up to all 4.
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I will admit I tore it out a few times until I got the hang of it again…all from memory as a kid from 30+ years ago! It didn’t take long at all. 
When I knitted a chain long enough I slipped the end of my yarn through the last 2 loops on my fingers to finish it off and then tied the 2 ends of the chain together. I have thin wrists and mine look a little small but, the bracelets have stretch to them as they slip over your hand. Then I clipped off the ends (not shown in the picture) and it would be cute to leave strands hanging too with multiple color bracelets.
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There you have it! I made the light gray one out of a tank top and the fabric was different texture and I like putting them together.  So many possibilities with old t-shirt and you could even dye white t-shirts like I did here.
Do you know how hard is it to take pictures one handed of your other hand? I think I did pretty good!
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Under $10 Under 1 Hour Projects

Joining my blog friend Melissa at 320 Sycamore Blog for her “Under $10 Under 1 Hour” project spring series.

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I am on Spring Break with my family and since I’ve done several projects that fit this category this past couple of months I am going to recap all these great projects. I hope you find one that inspires you to make for your own home.

Moss Topiaries
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You can click here to see the tutorial of the Moss Topiaries. Check your Dollar Store for the moss and moss nuggets as I just saw some in the Dollar Tree on Spring Break in Maryland.
1 Old T-shirt = Headband, Scarf and Necklace
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This post has been one of my most popular small projects of the year. Any of these items can be made under an hour or if you work really fast several or all of them. This project is pretty much FREE!
Fabric Scrap Garland
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I love this project as it was super easy and basically FREE! See how I made it here. I’ve already made an all white fabric scrap garland for decoration for my twins baptism a few weeks ago…sorry no picture:(( I am excited to use up a bunch of red, white and blue Americana fabric I have for 4th of July. This Fabric Scrap Garland was left over from my Bunting Flags that is super easy and could be adapted for under an hour as well.
Easter Egg Wreath
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Visit the tutorial here on how to make this project.  Even though I have had tons of compliments from my neighbors on my cute spring wreath, I am going to be on the look out for nicer decorative eggs after Easter for next year’s wreath.
Here and Here are links to past Under $10 Under 1 Hour Parties.
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Fabric Scrap Garland

Remember my bunting flags I made and I told you I was saving the scraps for another project? Well, I finally finished and this project was super easy and fun.  You could do this with any fabric or ribbon scraps.
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You will want to find a long ribbon or I used left over bias tape to tie your scraps around. I straightened out my scraps by cutting or ripping them into more uniform strips but, you want different sizes and lengths…at least I like the variations.  Then just start tying them in a knot around your ribbon.
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I added in some ribbon and rick rack pieces I had left over from other projects.  You can make this have any color scheme for a party or holiday. It makes for a fun easy decoration.
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Easy No Sew Bunting Flags

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I had so much fun making bunting flags! I’m not sure why I’ve never done it…I have cyber flags hanging across my blog that I love!

I decided to try some for a photography shoot I have coming up this week. I was able to get my fabric on the clearance table. I got quarter yard of 4-5 fabrics and it ended up only being .38 cents for a quarter yard at Wal-Mart. Of course you can pick up everything else in the sewing department as well. I have a love hate relationship with the super store! Not all stores have a fabric section but, they did bring fabric back to one of our stores that is close by.
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You will need:
Fabric, Fusible Webbing, Fabric Glue, Bias Tape, Cutting Tools, and Rick Rack if you want to embellish.
I used a piece of paper and created a triangle template that was approximately 8 inches across the top and 11 inches long. I cut my triangles doubled layered so you will have a front and back.  Some of my fabric I was able to squeeze 3 flags if I was careful on placement and some I only got 2.  7-11 Flags is what you want to aim for.  11 is the max for 1 strand of bias tape.
You will next want to read the directions on your fusible webbing as they are all different and I didn’t take pictures of the process. {yes I spelled fusible webbing wrong on my picture and I’m too tired to fix it, so if you have a problem please ignore it! Picasa doesn’t have spell check!}
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It will look like something above mid process…I was pulling the paper back after ironing it on and getting ready to iron on the top fabric.
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Once you have your triangles you will want to find the center of the bias tape and glue your middle flag.  Work your way out to the sides gluing with an inch in between the flags. You can adapt according to how many flags you have and size. Make sure you glue the bias tape down in between the flags. If you want to embellish with rick rack and other fun stuff or leave them plain is up to you!
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It takes a little bit of time to cut the triangles and use the fusible webbing but, it really is easy and so much fun to have hanging up.  I want to make a rainbow one next!  I have a 4th of July one planned out with some extra red, white and blue stars and stripes fabric I’ve had laying around.
Below is the little girl one I made for 3 little girls coming over to play with me and my camera with lots of fun girly accessories tomorrow!
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Happy Bunting!
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