Friday, February 6, 2015

Fabric Art America

I was looking for some kind of art piece to go in our computer room.  Hobby Lobby is usually my "go-to" place, but everything I liked was out of my budget (even with their 40% off coupon!) so I set out to make something of our own.  
I was inspired from Pinterest to make a fabric art project of the continental United States.
This project is super easy but a bit time consuming.
First, round up all your scrap fabric
 and print THIS MAP of the U.S.

Cut a square of Heat and Bond and a fabric patch roughly the size of the state you are working with.  
Iron the Heat and Bond to the wrong side of your fabric. 

Next, cut out a state, pin it to your fabric and cut it out.  
Peel off the backing and iron it onto your base fabric.

I actually printed out two maps!  
One to cut up and one placed under my muslin 
to make sure the states were lined up properly.

It was really fun!  
Kind of like putting a puzzle together.

A colorful, fabulous fabric puzzle!

I'm thinking of finishing it off with some hand stitching and a little embroidered heart right where we live.  

I'm also thinking I need to take Geography 101!
My knowledge of the states was pretty pitiful!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

I *heart* crocheted hearts!

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I wanted to make something fun and whimsical to decorate the house with.  I found what I was looking for in these sweet little crocheted hearts:

I followed this very simple tutorial on YouTube, 
and before I knew it, I had dozens made!

They've found their way onto garland:

The door wreath:

And precious little red heads:

Make a few for your sweetheart today!