Tutorials #12 and 13, Here’s Your Christmas Sign and Ottoman Dress-Up

Here’s Your Christmas Sign (#12)

[And the Stockings were hung….

Let me just say that this one is the end result of stumbling around Pinterest and looking at printed signs, rustic hangings, etc. I think we were also inspired by attending a holiday extravaganza locally.

Here’s Your Christmas Sign is my daughter’s, Falon, idea. I did make it and improvised a bit on the lettering as we couldn’t find a font for the Cricut we liked well enough to use. Anyway kudos and credit to the kiddo, Alexis Sanghera.

It’s super simple.

Materials

A 16” length of 1 x 6 – ours is a piece of cedar picket

Red Craft Paint

A sheet of Christmas themed Scrapbook paper

Printer

A Corner Punch

Modge Podge

2 Eye hooks

3 Cup hooks

1 ½” Wire-edged Ribbon

3 Small Felt Christmas Stockings

  • Paint the board. We used a mix of Christmas red and Black Cherry
  • Print the message on the Scrapbook Paper. Our font is Harlow Solid Italic in size 90 in a Laser Printer.
  • Trim the message to 4 3/8 x 11”, punch the corners as desired.
  • Modge Podge message to board, coating the back of message, centering, and coating well. Be careful not to drag the brush or sponge across the print, use a tapping motion to prevent smearing.
  • With an awl, scissor or any pointed tool, punch starter holes for eye hooks at top edge of board 2” from each end. Screw eye hooks into board.
  • Punch starter holes for cup hooks on lower edge, one at center and one at 3” from each end. Screw cup hooks into board.
  • Pull ribbon through left eye hook from back to front. Leaving a 7-8” tail, tie a 4” bow in front of eye hook. Draw ribbon through second eye hook from back to front. Leave 17-18” of ribbon for hanging and tie a 4” bow in front of eye hook. Cut ribbon, leaving a 7-8” tail and trim ends as shown in photo.
  • Hang stockings on hooks.

I like this rustic little sign. Think I’ll hang it on the porch rail or a door. It would be really cute hanging above the mantle and the family stockings.

Enjoy!

Ottoman Dress-Up (#13)

Dressed Ottoman

There are so many decorating ideas posted on Pinterest, it would be difficult not to want to add bits of fluff to the everyday.

Several years ago I built and covered 2 of these:

If I build them, they will be used.

I use them at the craft table (made of the old front door), and for storage of books and papers.

We have another ottoman of teal leather that I managed to stain with salt and vinegar and aloe when I ran into a hornet’s nest with the lawnmower. My legs got the worst of it and the ottoman served as the prop for medication attempts.

A Harrowing Incident With a Hornet’s Nest-Stains and Pains

We store games in this ottoman, so it seemed like a good idea to cover it. I’ve been putting it off forever. I finally arrived at the point of doing something about it

I had lots of fabric so I made a pillow cover as well.

I’m just giving a brief description of the how-to on this one with a few hints. Ottomans vary in size.

Materials

Fabric – determine your needs from ottoman measurements

Sewing Machine

Thread, Velcro, and other notions.

Ottoman

  • Measure ottoman top. Mine was approximately 16 ½” square on top and sides.
  • Add 1” for seam allowance (1/2” seam all around)
  • Cut the top. I cut a 17 ½” square.
  • Measure sides. All 4 sides of mine were 16 ½” square measuring just the leather portion. I decided to take the fabric a bit closer to the floor and included the legs in the length.
  • Cut 4 sides. I cut 4 pieces 17 ½” wide x 18 ½” long.
  • Matching the width of the sides to the top and with right sides together, sew the 4 sides to the top beginning ½” from corner and ending ½” from opposite corner.
  • Sew sides together.
  • Measure and hem.

Done!

Pillow Cover

Pillow Case

I always make an easily removable cover for my decorative pillows. I have dogs. Dogs get smelly and mine like to push my pillows around and wallow on them. If I buy a pillow that doesn’t have a removable case, I will split one seam, make a muslin cover for the stuffing and add Velcro to the ‘cover’ to make it removable.

I had a 16 ½ “square pillow form for this one.

  • Allow 1” on three sides for seam allowances, and 1 3/4” on fourth side and cut 2 pieces of fabric to size. I cut two 18 1/2 “ x 18 3/4 “ pieces of fabric.
  • Turn hem. Fold up 5/8”, press, and fold up another 5/8”. Press again. I had 2 18 ½ x 17 ½ pieces at this point.
  • Stitch Velcro to wrong side of  pressed edges, beginning and ending 1 ½ “ from edge.
  • With right sides together stitch a 3/8” seam around remaining 3 sides of pillow, included hemmed edges.
  • Trim seam and corners. Turn and Press.
  • Stitch 5/8” seam around leaving Velcro opening free of stitching.

Done again.

If you have any questions, leave a comment and I will get back to you.

 

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