I’ve had a lot of visitors searching for my salt shaker angel ornament tutorial since I posted about working on it a few weeks ago. Yippee, it has now officially been posted. You can find the tutorial link here.
It is quick, easy and a real best seller for craft shows. I have one left only because I saved one at home. Seriously, after gluing the heads, I finished 20 of them in an evening.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
This weekend my husband and I are participating in a craft show that is an extension of the Festival of Trees in Arkansas City, Kansas. It’s a 3-day event, but hubby is really stepping up to the plate. He’s manning the booth so that I am freed up to get other things done. Yippee! Today I actually got the tree up. Okay,…it isn’t decorated, but it’s shaped and ready for the lights. The lights are hubby’s job. I also worked on laundry. I haven’t seen the bottom of my hampers in weeks. Well, that’s another story, and it has nothing to do with this post.
Here are a few of the trees at the festival. I am so inspired! Tomorrow I am putting up more of my decorations.
This is my favorite tree. It was decorated by the public library. The entire tree is made of stacked books. The covers were wrapped in black paper. I believe the picture ornaments were created at geekthelibrary.org . I’m not familiar with that site, but I plan on looking into it when I have a chance.
This tree has a gazillion references to Kansas. Sunflowers, Wizard of Oz, wheat, famous people from Kansas…It had me at the Wizard of Oz ornaments.
This red tree, donated by a local clinic, is decorated in sparkly candy ornaments. The lady decorating it said she had started last night, but had to run to the store this morning for more ornaments because the tree was bigger than she thought it would be. She was adding the finishing touches during her lunch hour.
I wish this photo was clearer. It is beautiful. I think it is called “Tea with Grandma”. The garland is pearl beads, and the ornaments are ladies gloves, tea cups and other vintage pretties. This tree would be perfect for my home if I wasn’t out numbered by men/boys/guys.
Cute little snowman tree.
Clever Santa tree.
Beautiful blue and white snow tree.
This is an interesting tree. It has no needles. The branches are wired stems. It was donated by the humane society. Each of the ornaments are photos of their animal “clients”.
Alien tree. Imagine walking through your darkened house at night.
Old fashioned rustic tree.
Table top trees.
More table top trees.
Lastly,…a few shots of my craft booth.
Can never have too many ornaments.
Third Annual Festival Of Trees
December 02, 2011 – December 04, 2011
A Benefit for Habitat for Humanity.. A gallery of themed decorated trees, table top trees, wreaths, centerpieces, Nativity Scenes, Holiday music, door prizes, silent auction, Santa Claus visit, hot apple cider. Awards presented at 4 p.m. on December 4th..
Whew! I’ve been crafting and crafting and crafting…
Between special orders, new design articles and craft shows, my living room looked a little bit like Santa’s Workshop.
Here’s several in progress.
These bed spring Santas were inspired by a client and previous bedspring characters I have made. In addition to the bed spring, a chenille bedspread was also repurposed. The client purchased several and I made many more for last weekend’s craft show. They sold very well.
The tutorial can be found on Thrifty Fun.
Santa Made from Recycled Bedspread and Bed Spring
I had previously posted my sweater ornament tutorial on Restyled Junk. You can find it here.
The next photos are of more projects in progress that I made for my last craft show. The tutorials are in different stages of completeness. When published, I will post the links.
Vintage Quilt Ornaments
Salt Shaker Angels
Bed Spring Snowmen
Stuffed Fabric Christmas Stars
The center stars were cut from an old crocheted tablecloth.
Sheet Music Medallion Ornament
Lastly, I want to show you what hubs made.
The back is a queen headboard and the sides are from the matching foot board. It sold at this last weekend’s craft show.
I’m working on Christmas designs and I’m having a little trouble finding online clients who accept crafts with PDF patterns. Rather than waste any more time looking, I decided my blog was the perfect place to share my recycled mini sweater ornament.
I hope you enjoy it.
Recycled Miniature Sweater Ornament
Make inexpensive Christmas tree ornaments using recycled sweaters that no longer fit or have become damaged or stained. This whimsical little sweater ornament looks like it came straight out of a little doll’s closet. It uses minimal sewing skills and can be completed in less than an hour. One recycled sweater can produce enough ornaments for ornament exchange parties or to give as teacher or co-worker gifts.
Things You Will Need:
PDF Pattern-Miniature Sweater Ornament
18-gauge craft wire
3 buttons, beads or sequins
Copy the PDF page. Cut out the sweater pattern. Do not cut out the hanger pattern.
Turn an old sweater wrong side out. Position the sweater pattern on the sweater. If desired, take advantage of the ribbing along the bottom edge or cuff edges of the recycled sweater. Use these edges for the bottom edge of your sweater ornament. Trace around the pattern using a permanent marker.
Remove the pattern. Pin the two layers of the traced sweater together. Using a sewing machine, sew along the traced lines where indicated on the pattern. Back-stitch at the beginning and end of each seam to prevent the seams from pulling apart when turning.
Cut out the mini sweater 1/8 inch outside the stitched line. For the areas not stitched (neck, wrists and bottom), cut along the line.
Turn the mini sweater ornament right side out. The unsewn edges may be a bit “crumby” from cutting through the knitting, but should not unravel.
Lay the mini sweater on your ironing surface. Place a damp pressing cloth over the sweater to protect the yarn fibers. Press the sweater with an iron to flatten the sweater and shape it at the seams.
Cut a 10-inch length of 18-gauge craft wire using wire cutters. Lay the wire over the hanger pattern. Use the pattern as your guide. Starting at the hook and using needle nose pliers, bend the wire into the hanger shape. Wind the end of the wire around the neck of the hook to secure.
Insert the hanger into the sweater. Apply a dab of craft glue inside the neck of the sweater to secure the hanger.
Cut a 10-inch length of 1/8-inch-wide ribbon. Tie the ribbon into a bow and trim the ends. Glue the bow to the front of the sweater at the neck. Complete the embellishments with three buttons, sequins or beads equally spaced down the center-front of the sweater.