Summer Wine Glass Coasters

1-DSCF4092Summer Wine Glass Coasters

Okay, these can actually be used any time of the year, but when the weather heats up the glasses sweat badly. Insert the foot of your wine glass inside these “cozy” little coasters and your furniture will be protected. You also don’t have to worry about tips or losing the coaster when you move it because the coaster is actually attached to the wine glass. Some of us may need that help after a glass or too. 😉

8-DSCF4116For the this project session I chose patriotic fabric for one type and Wizard of Oz fabric for two other types. My dear friend, Mary W. picked up the Wizard of Oz fabric for me several years ago when she went to a quilt show. See, Mary, I knew I would find just the right project for this yummy fabric.

These coasters will be heading to my Etsy shop in the next day or so, but if you would like to make your own, I’m a giver. Here is my wine glass coaster tutorial.

7-wine glass cozy coasterI wrote this tutorial last year so the photos for the steps were done with different fabric than the ones I made this week.

Things You Will Need:

Light to medium weight scrap fabric-two different colors or designs
Ruler
Scissors
Iron
Straight pins
Wine glass

1-wine glass cozy coasterCut five 4-inch squares from light to medium weight fabric. Leftover squares from quilt projects is ideal. You will need three of one fabric and two of another.

5-DSCF4108Fold one square in half with the right sides facing out. Iron the fold. Repeat on a matching square and two of the other fabric squares for a total of four pressed squares that are now shaped like rectangles.

2-wine glass cozy coasterPlace the remaining unfolded square on your work surface with the right side facing up.

3-wine glass cozy coasterWith the raw edges of the rectangles aligned with the raw edges of the square, work around the square.

5-wine glass cozy coasterPlace one rectangle on each edge, turning the square one-quarter turn after the placement of each rectangle. Insert the end of the last rectangle under the end of the first.

6-wine glass cozy coasterPin the raw edges of the rectangles to the outer edges of the square. Sew around the pinned edges using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

Clip each of the corners to reduce bulk.

3-DSCF4098Turn the cozy coaster right side out through the opening in the center of the rectangles. Use the point of your scissors to poke out the corners. Iron the cozy flat.

Slip the foot of your wine glass into the center of the cozy.

4-DSCF4104Note: All of the wine glasses I have used had feet with a diameter of 2 1/2 inches. This may be standard, but they may also be available in other sizes. If the feet of your glasses are bigger (I can’t imagine them smaller), simply cut your squares 1 1/2 inches larger than the diameter measurement. Example: Cut 4 1/2-inch squares for a 3-inch diameter foot.

This is an inexpensive hostess gift, whether you sew your own or purchase. Check out my Etsy shop in a few days if you would rather purchase than make your own.

Enjoy!

Patriotic Rag Strip Garland

6-DSCF3718Patriotic Rag Strip Garland

Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods and I’m already itching for summer. Well, kinda… I’m not a big fan of the sweltering heat, but I do love the barbeques, fairs and festivals.

1-DSCF3681Lately, I’ve been making a variety of garlands and, after sorting through my stash of red, white and blue, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make rag strip garlands for all those summer patriotic holidays.

2-DSCF3691This one is a little different than previous strip garlands I have made. I cut the strips shorter and used a buttonhole type knot to attach them.

3-DSCF3693The length of the drape is still long, but it also has an end sticking up. I kinda like the look.

4-DSCF3701I liked it after the strips were all attached, but it still looked like it needed a little more something-something.

5-DSCF3706Old Pepsi bottle caps were the perfect addition. I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch holes in the caps, then tied the caps to the garland using twine. Finding a use for something I have held onto for years is so satisfying.

7-DSCF3723There. Now I’m ready for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.

Enjoy!

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Tin Patriotic Flags

4-DSCF1446Tin Patriotic Flags

1-Minettemaze Tin SignsI have lots of scrap galvanized roofing tin in storage. I usually cut it to size and attach it to things without painting it, but I have become so inspired by Shelly at MinettesMaze.

I had no illusions that my painting would look anything like hers. Shelly has mad painting skills that I don’t, but with the Fourth of July coming up quickly I decided I could surely manage painting flags.

1-DSCF1395I didn’t re-cut the pieces I had, I just grabbed a stack and went for it.

I usually use the rust on junk to my advantage, but in this case I turned the rust to the back so that I would have a smoother surface for painting. Each tin got a base of white. The humidity is kinda icky right now so I waited a day before continuing.

2-DSCF1433I taped off the stripes and blue fields, which I am sure Shelly probably doesn’t do, but I was severely challenged by the hills and valleys of the tin. Taping was the only way I could paint a straight line.

I cheated a bit with the stars by using stencils.

3-DSCF1434I liked the way they were coming along, but they didn’t seem quite right. They needed something more…light bulb moment…I spattered red, white and blue paint over the surface. Yep, much better.

4-DSCF1446The flags can be propped up, displayed on walls or fences with screws, or hung by the baling wire hangers I attached to the top of each one.

Check out another of Shelly’s posts HEREIt has a similar flag to mine and lots and lots of painted patriotic inspiration.

Happy Fourth!

Enjoy!

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Rustic Window Lath Flags

6-DSCF1452Rustic Window Lath Flags

1-DSCF1398I love old windows, even the ones that are missing glass. I had two like the one above. Actually, one window still had one pane still intact. It was easily removed. 😉 Yep, I’m fearless that way.

2-DSCF1415I decided to turn them into American flags just in time for the Fourth of July. The inside dimensions were perfect for using 13 laths for the flag stripes.

3-DSCF1418After placing the laths together to trace the edges of the blue field, I separated them and dry brushed each lath with the appropriate color.

4-DSCF1431I hemmed and hawed over what to do with the window frames, so I asked a few friends what their thoughts were. The choices were to leave them as is, stain or clear coat them, or dry brush them red, white or blue. The clear winner by all was to dry brush them red. I have the smartest friends.

5-DSCF1435I attached the laths to the back of the frame, leaving small gaps between each one to fill in the space.

6-DSCF1452Lastly, a large star was stenciled over the blue field.

Okay, maybe the star wasn’t last…I decided to add two laths running vertically on the back to give the stripes more stability.

I love, love the way they turned out.

Enjoy!

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Corrugated Tin Flag

 

7-DSCN6491A little Americana from the junk pile.

1-DSCN6474My son was cleaning up some stuff beside the garage today, so I had to check out what treasures he was unearthing. This piece of corrugated tin was just one of the treasures that had the wheels turning in my head. It was already the perfect size. No cutting needed. If you are interested, the tin was 6 1/2 inches wide (5 rows of bumps) by 33 inches long.

2-DSCN6476I really wanted to make something quick and easy to use as a Fourth of July decoration. I got out red, white and blue spray paint and just went for it. I lightly sprayed one side with the white spray paint. “Lightly” was the name of the game for this project. You will notice all of my pictures look a bit fuzzy. Actually, it is the paint that is fuzzy. I didn’t want the colors to be solid and crisp. Yep, it’s probably an acquired taste, but I think it gave the flag a rustic appearance.

3-DSCN6480I cut a 5 1/2 inch star on my Cricut and placed it on the left-hand end of the tin, positioning it a 1/2 inch from the long edges and the end. I placed a sheet of newspaper over the tin, 1/2 inch to the right of the star. The newspaper masked everything to the right of the star. I lightly sprayed blue paint over the star.

4-DSCN6484See where I’m going with this?

5-DSCN6486I then cut 1-inch-wide strips of paper and placed them over the second and fourth vertical bumps, then covered the blue field with more newspaper.

6-DSCN6488Red paint was sprayed over the paper strips to create the stripes.

7-DSCN6491Small holes were drilled 4 inches from each end and about a 1/2 inch from the top long edge. I attached rusty wire through the holes for the flag’s hanger. A little raffia and I was finished in less than an hour.

Enjoy!

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