DIY Felt Doughnut Ornaments

Another DIY Christmas ornament for you! In case you didn't know, I have a secret (maybe not so secret) love affair with doughnuts. To me, they're my guilty pleasure. So I was looking through my ornament collection and decided that we needed a doughnut ornament to properly represent my love of the doughy goodness. And I came up with this little thing. So cute! Here's how to make your own...

For this project, you'll need pink and light brown felt, matching embroidery floss, a needle, fluffy stuffing, small beads, scissors, and some ribbon or string to hang the ornament from the tree.

Use a jar or container to trace a circle with the brown felt. Then trace a smaller circle  in the middle. Do this twice to create two doughnuts.

Once you have your brown doughnuts, trace one of them on the pink felt and use these boundaries to create your frosting.  

To sew this doughnut together, you're going to need to use a blanket stitch. Here is a very basic video tutorial for that stitch. Once you cut your floss, you'll want to separate two strains to sew with. All five/six strains together is a little too thick. Sew the pink frosting piece onto only one brown piece. Sew around the inside and outside of the frosting.

Attach your sprinkles. I used one long piece of floss to sew all the beads on, just simply going up through the bottom, adding bead, and going back down through. Once you get all your beads on, it really starts to look doughnut-y.

Next, attach the two brown pieces together. Stitch together the two pieces, going all around the inside hole. Move onto the outside, leaving a 2 inch section to stuff it. I told you you needed to improve your stitching.... Here's a super basic photo walkthrough for the blanket stitch.

Leaving the extra floss since attached, start adding your fluff. This takes some patience to work it around. Use your finger or a capped pen to push the fluff around the doughnut. Once it's filled, use that extra floss piece to continue to blanket stitch it closed.

Add some ribbon or decorative string tied around one of the outside pieces of floss and you have yourself a cute little doughnut ornament!

These are great as last minute gifts, or a hostess gift for your favorite sweet-treat-loving friend.  Or you can keep them for yourself like I plan to do...

Just Making Some Vintage Sleep Shorts

These sleep shorts were a combination of a two ideas I stumbled upon on Pinterest. I found an online shop/blog which sells handmade dresses made from vintage sheets as well as a tutorial to make sleep shorts. I decided that since I had a small growing collection of vintage sheets in my fabric stash, I'd try my hand at a pair of elastic sleep shorts made from vintage sheets. So soft!

With only a minor size issue in the behind, I love them. Since I made them, I've been thinking about who else would want a pair so I could make another! My next step is to figure out how much to adjust my pattern for a smaller and larger pair. They look really cute with a simple ribbed tank top, so I also want to figure out a way to use the fabric on a tank, maybe a pocket or something. Who wants a set?! 

Felt Garland

With Halloween this Wednesday, I knew I wanted to make a little garland to decorate our stairs. With our small apartment, I don't have room to keep a ton of holiday decorations, but I did buy some little pumpkins to sit around. I already have it in my head that I will make a Christmas one, and wanted to give felt garland a try for a banner I was hoping to add to my craft show tables.

I don't have walk through for this because it's that easy. Get some cheap felt at the craft store in the colors you want, cut out a bunch of circles. I liked to cut strips, then cut the strips to squares, and from the squares cut circles. I also made them different shaped circles and ovals.

Decide on a pattern. I did orange, white, yellow. Then put them through the sewing machine one at a time, overlapping them as you sew. That's it!

Happy pre-Halloween!

Sewing a Pillow Cover with a Zipper

Before moving into the apartment, I had made pillow covers with backflaps for two of my pillows. I ordered two pillow covers from this great site because I couldn't find a great fabric I liked to make my own, and she had just the right fabric. But I have one odd pilow that still needed a cover. It's a rectangle and a backflap would have been a little odd, so I decided to make one with a zipper enclosure... 

First measure and cut out your pieces. My pillow was 18x12, so I added a half inch on each side for seam allowance. So I cut two pieces 19x13 and bought a 18 inch zipper.

Sewing the zipper is the trickiest part of this whole pillow. It's actually the only semi-difficult part. With the fabric right side up, place the zipper right side down and line up the right sides of both. Pin down with a few pins to keep in place.

Change feet to a zipper foot.

Sew zipper on, using your zipper foot as a guide. You're half way there!

Placing right sides together, line the zipper with the under fabric on the right. Pin in place and sew just like on the other side.

Congrats you have successfully sewn a zipper! Now, just line up the pieces of fabric and pin in place.

Beginning with a zipper side, sew with a half inch sew allowance along the side, when you get to a corner, put needle in, lift presser foot, and turn the fabric. Sew all the way around!

Turn inside out, and ta-da! A pillow cover is born!

I love the fabric and the pillow looks rather great on my sofa! My opinion on pillows is the more the merrier! Seven on the sofa and chair thus far...