Day 20: Joy pillow
Cathie and I are both designers by day and bloggers by night. This usually means having a minor obsession for typography. I am definitely a purveyor of everything typography related, so doing this craft was right up my alley. For day 20 we wanted to do a craft that brings in our love of type to life.
TIME TO COMPLETE
Depending on your sewing level, and painting dry time, it takes about a day and a half.
- 16” inch pillow insert
- 17” x 17” square of cotton twill fabric (front of pillow)
- 26” x 17” rectangle of cotton twill fabric (back of pillow)
- Thread to match
- Multi-surface acrylic or fabric paint (2 colors)
- Alphabet Joy Template
- Sewing machine
- Paint brushes (flat and small tip)
- Silhouette Cameo/Xyron or transfer pencil (see step 2)
If you haven’t cut your cotton twill, cut the front side of the pillow into a 17″ square. Cotton twill is a nice fabric for pillows because it’s thick enough for décor, but not too thick that it’s hard to manage while sewing.
First you need to print out the Alphabet (Joy) Template. These instructions require a Silhouette Cameo and a Xyron, however if you want to use the transfer pencil method, you will need to flip the template artwork so it’s backwards before you print it out. (You can reference this post on Krafty Kath for the transfer pencil method.) If you have a Silhouette Cameo, you can cut it out as-is.
Once you have your stencil cut out, remove the individual letters carefully.
Carefully peel off your stencil from your cutting mat.
Now cut your stencil in half (in-between the 3rd and 4th row) so you have two halves.
Gently run each half through a Xyron machine to adhere the sticky backing.
Remove the backing and place in the center of your 17″ square front fabric. Make sure to align the two pieces.
Make sure your stencil is firmly placed on your fabric. Now you can begin to paint. Using an up and down dabbing motion, gently paint the “JOY” letters one color and the remaining alphabet another color using the square tip paint brush.
Remove your stencil from the fabric.
Fill in your empty areas that the stencil made using the fine tip paint brush. These are letters like A, B, D, O, P, Q, and R. Then touch up the edges where the paint bled.
Now let your front fabric dry completely. (We let ours dry overnight.)
For the back of the pillow, if you haven’t already, cut a 17″ x 26″ rectangle of the same fabric. Cut that piece in half vertically.
Take one piece and fold over one inside edge 1/2” and then fold over again. Iron the folded edge flat and use a couple pins to hold the fold down. Repeat to the other piece.
Sew each of the pinned pieces right down the center of the fold, approximately 1/4” from the edge.
To assemble the pillow, place the front side of the pillow (painted side) up on the table. Take the two pieces of the backside and overlap them to match the 17” x 17” square. Place the right sides to the painted side and pin together.
Sew around all four sides 1/4″ to 1/2″ from the edge.
Trim the excess seams on the inside and then turn the case right side out.
Insert the pillow insert inside the case. You’ve just created a new Christmas decoration!
Day 19: Baked goods packaging
I love cookies, especially homemade ones. I had all the best intentions to make cookies for Christmas this year but things just got hectic. Now I’m left with some awesome packaging ideas…for next year. So I guess my friends and family won’t be too surprised after seeing this post!
In the spirit of sweet givings, today tinsel + trim and I hope to inspire you with these DIY packaging ideas for your next cookie or candy gift.
I found this cute red tin that works perfect for cookies and brownies. Ribbon and a felt snowflake make it festive.
Small gift bags with washi tape are perfect for party favors.
A ceramic loaf pan lined with candy cane wax paper and loaded up with cookies makes a great hostess gift that has use well beyond the holidays. Plus, leave it to us to find another use for pom poms and bells! You know how much I love pom poms.
After our big Frango mints debate, Cathie brought me a box back from Chicago so we could compare them to the Seattle version! The Chicago versions come with waxed paper liners, which were perfect for this shallow, scalloped tin tray. Wrap in cellophane and tie a swag of blue-berried juniper to complete the package.
Note: So far the only difference I can find between the two Frangos is the consistency. It’s SLIGHTLY different. But it could be all in my mind.
For our final package, we put chocolate, caramel popcorn balls in a cellophane bag and tied it up with ribbon and a sprig of juniper. This is a great option if you need to package in volume.
Tip: If you are local to Seattle and haven’t checked out Swanson’s Nursery, it has a great selection of fresh swags and wreaths. We got a huge swag of juniper for six dollars – enough for a few dozen of these bags.
Small touches can go a long way to make a lasting impression and to let the recipient know you care. How will you wrap your next gift?
P.S. The cookies featured in today’s post come are White Chocolate Butterscotch from With Sprinkles on Top. And note that I did not bake them…Cathie did the honors there.
Day 18: Cookie spoon
Cookies are as much a part of Christmas as Santa. They are a Christmas tradition. And every family has their own favorites. Ours were sugar spritz, cooky canes, and fudge (however pretty much any cookie Mom made was good in my book.) Today’s craft is an easy memory maker. Take the cookie spoon out each year, and look at all the years you spent together as a family gathered in the kitchen making holiday treats.
For day 18 we bring you two crafts to make memories. Both involving cookies! Be sure to check out tinsel + trim for her special memory DIY.
- Wooden spoon
- Craft paint (multiple colors)
- Small paint brush
- Thin black permanent marker
The first step is the fun part … make your cookies using your wooden spoon.
Wash your spoon (or lick it) and let it dry.
Once it’s dry, choose a color for the season, and paint a small stripe (approximately 1/4″) around the end of the spoon. Once it’s dry, use the permanent marker and write the year on the stripe. You could even put your initials on the stripe for extra flair.
The next Christmas take the spoon out and repeat steps 1 through 3. See the years pile up…and reminisce about all the good memories!
Merry Christmas and bon appetite!
Day 17: Reindeer gift wrap
Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!
Uh oh…I think Dasher and Dancer trampled over my presents!!! For day 17 we bring you handmade reindeer track wrapping paper. It’s a chance to have a little fun with your Christmas morning gifts!
TIME TO COMPLETE
Carving and stamping takes approximately 1 hour. Drying time will vary.
- Speedball linoleum block (2″ x 3″)
- Speedball gouge (multiple sizes)
- Speedball linoleum cutter
- White kraft paper (piece large enough for wrapping your present)
- Brown stamp ink pad
Print out the hoof template and trim out.
Flip the template over and rub your pencil to cover the outline of the hoof.
Flip it right side up and place the template on top of the linoleum block. Trace over the outline using your pencil to transfer it to the block.
Now you are ready to start carving. Take your carving tool with a wide gouge (like a no. 5 size) and cut away the linoleum outside of the hoof outline until the outside is completely removed.
Once you’ve cut away the entire outside you are ready to print on your paper.
Test a few stamps on a scratch piece of paper to get the feeling of your stamp. Once you are ready, stamp the hoofs in a slight zig-zag line to emulate walking. Once you’ve gone one length, flip the stamp 90 degrees and come back the other way.
Once you’ve covered the area you want to use, let it dry completely before wrapping.
Watch out…if Santa accidentally leaves the presents on the roof, they might get stepped on!
Day 16: Origami wreath greeting card & ornament
At work we recently had a morale event where the team made large origami wreaths. Inspired by this activity, we decided to scale it down to fit a greeting card for Day 16. As a bonus, the wreath can be used as an ornament.
Cathie is much more talented than I when it comes to making handmade cards. You would think as a designer I could handle such a thing, but it’s just so much easier to order them! I definitely have something to learn from her on the art of card making.
TIME TO COMPLETE
It takes about one hour from start to finish to complete a single card.
To make the wreath, you will fold 8 pieces of decorative paper to make each point of the wreath.
Start by folding a piece length-wise, creating a crisp edge with the bone folder.
With the creased side away to you, fold each corner toward the crease to make a trapezoid.
Fold in half, width-wise.
Take two of the 8 pieces, which you will use to create the first chain in the wreath.
Face both pieces so that the tip of the pointed side is facing top left. Hold one piece in each hand. With the right piece, insert it into the short side of the left piece. There are two pockets, one for each point. Angle it down toward the point of the left piece. It will tuck in and feel connected.
Here is what each fold will look like for steps 1 to 4.
Repeat step 4 for all 8 pieces of the wreath until all the pieces connect to form the wreath.
Punch a hole into the top of your wreath. Next attach the eyelet using your setter and hammer.
To fasten the wreath to the card with ribbon, we need to make two small holes. Measure approximately 1.5″ from the top and half the width. Make a small mark to use as a guide to punch holes on either side.
Thread the ribbon through each hole and then through the wreath.
Tie a small bow and trim off any excess ribbon.
Next we will make the glitter word, joy. Unwind a small length of the glitter tape and insert it into the alphabet punch. Turn the punch upside down so you can see where to align the tape. The glitter side should be facing up (so if you are looking at the bottom of the punch, you would not see it). Punch out each letter.
Remove the tape backing and apply each letter to the card. Align the word joy so it is centered with the wreath.
Oh, joy! You just made an origami wreath greeting card!