Thursday, January 29, 2015

Simple Geometric Washi Heart Treat Bags

This post was sponsored by Target, but it is my 100% honest opinion that Target is awesome.

I'm a big Target fan. In fact, it is rare that I'm not there every week if not twice a week, and pretty much no Target trip is complete without a stop by the One Spot. My kids love to pick out a little toy or treat, and I like to search for holiday, home decor, and craft supplies. I have found so many great things there, and right now, there are loads of great supplies perfect for Valentine's Day.

All of these lovely craft supplies - gel pens, paper straws, treat bags, burlap bows, rubber stamps, chalkboard tags, banner kits, and washi tape - it can all be picked up in the One Spot at Target for just one to three bucks. Total steal, right? You have to hit up your local One Spot quickly those because these goodies won't last for long.

I decided to use my supplies to make some cute treat bags that would make a cute valentine to hand out or give away as a favor at a party. Here's what you need to make your own:

  • Paper Treat Bags (You can get them in white or kraft in the One Spot)
  • Washi tape in at least two colors (you want it to be the same width)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Craft Knife
  • Cutting Mat
  • Eraser
Start by cutting your washi tape into triangles. To do this, place strips of tape on the cutting mat, and use the craft knife to cut the tape into squares first. Then, go back and cut each square in half diagonally.

When you have the triangles cut, lightly mark out the center of the treat bag so you can keep your heart straight on the bag.

Place one of each triangle to start the bottom of the heart. Alternate the two colors following the pattern.

Carefully erase the pencil lines, and your treat bag is all ready to fill. Fold the top over and close it on the back with another piece of washi tape.

I really like these for party favors, and the other One Spot supplies make cute and inexpensive party decor.

What are you guys making for Valentine's Day?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Makers No. 50

Welcome to a very special edition of The Makers this week, friends! We are celebrating our fiftieth party this week, and we wanted to do something a little special, so we are hosting a giveaway as well! Yay! You can enter to win $60 PayPal cash in the Rafflecopter widget after all the features below.

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We love seeing all the inspiring ideas on The Makers! Last week was yet another party filled with stellar projects--you guys make it almost impossible to choose our favorites! But let's get down to it:
Cookies and Cream Red Velvet Brownies by This Silly Girl's Life
Cookies and Cream Red Velvet Brownies by This Silly Girl's Life. Get a load out of these bad boys!
 DIY Animal Bring Bookcase Background tutorial | The Striped House
The Striped House is making me want to update all my bookcases with her fabulous DIY Animal Bring Bookcase Background tutorial!
DIY Felt Masks | Lemon Thistle
Every kid needs these cute DIY Felt Masks from Lemon Thistle.
Free Pantry Labels | Lil Mrs Tori
January always has me cleaning out my house and these Free Pantry Labels from Lil Mrs Tori are the perfect way to jazz up storage bins!
DIY Pom Pom Heart Treat Bags | Homey Oh My
These DIY Pom Pom Heart Treat Bags from Home Oh My are an adorable way to pass sweets to your sweetheart!
Mini Corn Dogs | Like the Cheese
I cannot even with these adorable Mini Corn Dogs by Like the Cheese. What a great party food idea!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Valentine's Day Forever Ever Pillow Tutorial - Free Silhouette Cut File

*This post was originally made by me for Craftaholics Anonymous, and it contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting Persia Lou!
I don't know about you guys, but it seems like I am in pretty near constant need of new throw pillows. Our pillows get a lot of napping, throwing, and fort-building love, so they regularly need a refresh. The good news is pillow covers are easy to whip up, and today I have a super cute DIY pillow cover for you all that involves hearts and love and a peachy pink so that totally = Valentine's Day.

Look at me, crafting for the seasons and what not.

But, this guy will be hanging out long past V Day because love is for all seasons, friends. Love is for all.

Oh and - hey - since I made this pillow using iron on heat transfer vinyl and my Silhouette Cameo it took less than an hour to make. Quick and easy for the win!

Here's what you'll need to make your own:

Valentine's Day Forever Ever Pillow Tutorial

Begin by cutting your fabric. You will need three pieces – one square for the pillow front and two rectangles for the back. My pillow form was 19″ so my pieces were cut to 20″ x 20″ and 20″ x 16″. For a 16″ pillow form, you will need a 17″ x 17″ square and two 17″ x 13″ rectangles.

Next we will cut, weed, and apply the vinyl to the pillow front. Start by downloading my forever ever heart design and opening it in Silhouette Studio. The file is already mirrored and ready to be cut out of heat transfer vinyl. If you are cutting the design all out of one color, just go ahead and cut the design and weed out the negative space (and - sneak peek! - scroll to the bottom of this post to see what it looks like in all black).

If you want to cut the design out of two colors like I did on my pillow, you will need to do two separate cuts. Click on the sections you do NOT want to cut and then select “No Cut” before cutting. Then, go back and switch it to the opposite before cutting the next piece.

Grab your square pillow front, and let’s adhere that vinyl! To find the center of the square, fold it in half one way and then the other. Give the center fold a quick finger press, and unfold. Center the heart shape over the center mark, cover with a scrap piece of fabric and firmly press for 45-60 seconds.

Remove the plastic, and you will see your cute heart shape! Now, line the lettering up, so it fits into the heart, and repeat the pressing process. Our pillow front is all done!

To prepare the back panels, press one of the long edges of each piece up about 3/8″ and then again about 3/8.”

Stitch over the top of the pieces you pressed to create the hems of on the pillow back. Now your pieces are nearly ready to sew together.

Layer the back rectangles so they overlap in the middle and form a 20″ x 20″ square. Pin the pieces together so they remain in that shape.

Finally, pin the pillow front to the back with right sides facing each other. Sew around the entire outer edge of your square leaving about a 1/2″ seam allowance. Flip your pillow cover inside out, and stuff in the pillow form.

Et voila! Adorbs new pillow. 

It looks pretty sweet sitting on our new West Elm loveseat (Squee!). Can a person love a loveseat? I mean it's a loveseat, right?

So here's the thing. This was the first time I designed a Silhouette project that I hand-lettered, and I really just loved the way it turned out. So I couldn't just use it once and be done. I cut it out of black vinyl and ironed it on to a sweatshirt for my little girl too.

She loves "styles" - which is how she describes fashion and clothing. Love her. Are Mommy and Me sweatshirts cool or no?

This print and cut file can not be redistributed (if you want to share it, send your friends right here) and is for personal use only (That means you can't sell it or anything you make with it). If you do download it, I would love if you followed me on your fave social media or subscribed to my newsletter. Thanks, guys!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Crochet Covered Wire Lettering at Darice

Hey friends! I'm over at Darice today sharing the tutorial for this fun crochet-covered wire lettering. This little piece was a lot of fun to make, and I can see all kinds of possibilities for the technique. I'd love if you stopped by and said hi!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Free Printable Lip Valentines

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You guys - I just really like Valentines - especially punny Valentines. I think I said this last year around this time, but I think my kids might have to take like three valentines for each of their classmates because I can't stop making them and pinning them.

Today I'm sharing a free printable for these fun, modern Valentines AND I've partnered with a whole bunch of other talented bloggers to bring you loads of DIY Valentine ideas to choose from.

You can find links to all of these great ideas at the end of this post!

Last year on Valentine's Day at the end of the day, my little girl said to me, "Mommy! I love Valentine's Day! People just keep on giving me candy!" And she was definitely not wrong. As much as my kids love candy Valentines, I much prefer the non-candy options. 

I like to let my kids pick out some fun little non-candy toys or treats to give away and then we come up with printable cards to go with them. This year they picked out these fun lip whistles - perfect for Valentine's Day!

I hand-lettered some lip and kiss phrases to add to the cards, and came up with four different cards in two different colors each. 

If you want to make your own lip Valentines here's what you will need:
To put your Valentines together, just cut them out, use your craft knife to remove the little gray rectangle in the middle, and push the whistle through the hole. It should fit snugly and be all ready to hand out!

The four phrases are "XOXO," "Blow Me a Kiss," "MUAH," and "Read my Lips, Valentine."

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And be sure to check out all the other great DIY Valentine ideas from my blogger buds!

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