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The Cat and the Canary No Sew Applique Pillow Tutorial

My sister and I are both undergoing some big changes in our home decor. We have enlisted the help of our father who is going to be building headboards and installing cabinets and a whole shebang of big time DIY. And since I can't just sit on the sidelines holding the tool bucket, I'm making pillows!
In this tutorial I'm going to show you how to make the no sew appliques that can be applied to pre-made pillow covers. If you're of the frame of mind to bust out the sewing machine, though, I can show you how to make your own for tiny bucks. Either way you slice it, you'll have some super cute and one of a kind pillows.

For this project you will need:
Felt sheets
Throw pillow covers (tutorial to make your own at the end)
First of all let's talk about felt. I purchase acrylic felt because it's super cheap at around a quarter a piece. Also, I haven't found wool felt around my neck of the woods to purchase and I rarely have the patience to wait for a mail order. Either way you choose to go is up to your preference.
BUT, if you choose the acrylic felt route be warned. Not all felt sheets are made the same. See how the two above are exactly the same color but different quality? The one on the left is substantially thicker than the one on the right, causing less of our pattern to show through. So keep an eye out for felt that has a nice, solid appearance when placed on top of your pillow cover because it will make a huge difference in the end!
Print your pattern (if cats and canaries aren't your thing, you can find an image online with a Google search OR draw up your own silhouette). Spray the backside of the paper lightly with repositionable tacky spray and attach to the back side of the felt (the one with the price tag)
Cut your shape out and attach to the front of your pillow cover with Fabric Fusion. Apply lightly and smudge across the shape to prevent visible glue lines from appearing.
Next take your puffy paint and practice making "stitches" all in a row. Going around the scrap from the shape you cut out is good practice!
When you're confident with the paint, go around your shape.


And this one is finished! Repeat the process for as many pillows as you are creating. 
Need to know how to sew your own pillow covers? The fact of the matter is if you go to the craft or fabric store there are so many amazing patterns. Plus when you compare the price of purchasing premade or making your own, you just might be surprised at how much you can save!
To make your own 18 x 18 inch square pillow covers you will need:
5/8 yard of fabric per pillow
matching thread
pillow stuffing
matching fabric marker
ruler or yard stick
Take your fabric and measure and mark an 18 x 18 inch square. If you are working with a pattern (like chevron) take and match up the fabric ends so that the pattern meets up.
Next, follow that line you drew out with your sewing machine, leaving a gap in the middle of one side of about 4-5 inches wide.
Since I like super sharp corners, I backstitch on every angle (see how the thread looks darker?) Trim all but 1/4 inch away from the seam you have created but not where you have left your opening. Next take and cut the corners off so that they are angled.
Turn right side out and use a chopstick or the stuffing tool you get in your pillow stuffing (PS it's just a chopstick) to get your corners pushed out well so they're nice and sharp. Fill the pillow to your taste.
Oh, and in my opinion if you take a big clump and tear it apart in a shredding motion from one hand to the other, you'll have a divinely soft pillow when done!
Hand stitch your pillow closed with matching thread and you're done!
Our cat...
and our canary!
I hope you loved this tutorial, and if you did, stop by and give me a shout over at my craft blog Dream a Little Bigger. 

Ikea Hack - Tiger Tray Tutorial

When my friend Erin recently brought this fabric to craft night I swooped it up before anyone could say RAAWWWRRR. Me and tigers, we are besties. It is also a little known fact that tigers make everything better. Whether it be terrariums, hoodies or serving trays.


– Ikea Serving Tray
– Fabric Fusion Glue
– Fabric
– Aleene's Tacky Sheets
– Piping
– Scissors
– Cut glass
– Chalk pencil
I took my tray to a glass store and had a piece cut to fit inside. This way whatever I decided to put on the bottom of my tray would not get wet. Using that glass trace it onto your fabric with a chalk pencil.
Next I covered the bottom of my tray with Tacky Sticker Sheets.
Cut out your fabric and place on top of the sticker sheets. Make sure there are not bubbles.

Using Fabric Fusion apply piping to the edge of your fabric.
All that was left to do was let the glue dry and put the glass on top.
Breakfast is served!
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Marbled Flower Window Clings

Editors Note:  Today we welcome the very talented Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda as a guest blogger to the iLoveToCreate blog!  Amanda is wildly talented and her knack for kid's crafts will blow your mind!  She also brings her talents to baking, painting, and décor, and is a social media maven!  Read more about Amanda at the end of this post! 

Making your own window clings is a fun project for kids and a great way to celebrate the colors of spring. Don't be surprised if your kids want to make more window clings once they see how cool they turn out!

I decided to use the Scribbles Shiny 3D fabric paints. You can use any of the
Scribbles 3D paints if you happen to have them on hand. My favorite? The iridescent, so shiny!
- Scribbles Fabric Paint in colors of your shoice
- Black pen or marker
- White paper
- Parchment paper
- Toothpick
- Foam core board (optional)
- Pushpins
Use black marker to draw simple flower shapes onto a piece of white paper.
Place the drawing onto a piece of foam core board (a cork board works great too) and lay the parchment paper over the top. Use pushpins to secure everything in place.
Use the different color Scribbles to color in your flowers.
Add a dot of a contrasting color to the base color.
Use a toothpick to swirl the colors, being careful not work it too much or they will just blend together.

Set everything aside to dry for 6-8 hours, though overnight is best.
When completely dry, remove the pushpins and lift the parchment off the foam board. Carefully lift the edge of a flower from the parchment and peel the flower off the parchment. Press onto a window or mirror to display.
Note: If your windows are cold, it will be harder for your window clings to grab and they may not stick at all. In that case, use your window clings on a mirror or picture frame glass until the weather warms up.

This is a fun project for all ages and a great rainy day craft for the little ones to enjoy!

Amanda Formaro is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four. She has been working online and from home since 1997. A former webmaster turned blogger, she is a crafting expert and has appeared online and in print publications many times over the years. Her passion for crafting resonates from her blog, Crafts by Amanda, where she shares tutorials with step-by-step photos for adults and kids alike.

Also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Aztec-inspired Derin Bag

You are totally going to think I'm cray-cray bananas, drizzled with loca sauce when I tell you about this bag. The awesome folks at Onna Ehrlich wrote to me to see if I would feature their beautiful Derin bag ($650.00). They were kind and generous enough to send me one to have and keep!

Deep breath.

So I received the bag and loved it! But I thought I'd give it a little DIY love, maybe just a few light barely-there stenciled Aztec designs. Next thing I knew, I went to town on the entire bag! I painted a $650 designer bag!

But you know what? I LOVE IT EVEN MORE!!!! Here is how it all went down, read on...





Here are the Tulip Soft Fabric Paint colors I started with. I also added in other colors as I went along.
I used clear shelving liner to make my stencils. First I tried blue painter's tape, but it didn't stick well to the surface. The contact paper worked a little better. I drew the designs with a marker and then cut them out with a craft knife. I kept every little piece to use in other areas of the bag.
Here's where I applied the stencils to the bag. Time to paint. I also removed the straps.
I used the Tulip Sponge Pouncers to apply the paint, column by column. I let them dry between each, so they wouldn't smear (I'm left handed).

So much for my light designs! This is the point where I just dove in and went for it. Hello, bright colors!

After I finished adding all this paint, I realized the overall design needed some smaller accents, so I added dots and shading. When I finished, I added the straps back.



See what I mean? I also made a tassel too!
I only painted one side, so I can wear my bag tan, like on the left, or flip it around and show the painted side. Crafty, right?
Soooo, what do you think?




 So here is the cool thing - I only painted one side, so one side is business, the other is party!

Thank you so much to the team at Onna Ehrlich! They are offering a discount for anyone who wants to buy a bag this weekend!
Please visit and use the code: CRAFTYCHICA
Users will have 72 hours to shop this promo which is 3 days, ending 12pm PST. They will offer the Derin bag for $159 which retails for $650! I don't get anything from this, they are just excited for me to share this experience with all of you!



How to Stamp a Circle Shirt using Fabric Paint

Hey everyone, Tanner Bell here! I'm so excited to be joining the iLovetoCreate blog team. It's going to be so much fun. Today I am sharing with you a video tutorial of how to recycle items around your home to make a fun DIY Circle Pattern Shirt. Start gathering pencils and toilet paper rolls now, because you'll be using them as stamps in this project! 
What You'll need : 
•Toilet Paper roll 

I hope you all enjoyed the DIY recycled craft. I loved how it turned out and can't believe it was made that easy. It's crazy all the things we throw away that we could use for other things. Let me know in the comments one thing you love to recycle and craft with! See you back here next time. Be sure to connect with me on my blog, A Little Craft In Your Day, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

DIY Wrapped Easter Egg Wreath

Egg Wreath
For this easy, bright DIY holiday decor, I was inspired by this yarn-wrapped egg wreath I stumbled upon on Pinterest. (Oh, and check out Aunt Peaches's yarn-wrapped eggs tutorial right here on iLoveToCreate!) But, being that I have stashes of T-shirt scraps rather than traditional yarn, I adapted the project to my own scrap heap (and recycling bin).
Pick traditional pastels from your T-shirt stash, go for brights, or tie-dye all those shabby old white ones to make ombre eggs.

Egg Wreath materials
What You Need:
-18-24 plastic eggs
-18-24 lengths of T-shirt yarn, plus more for the wreath base
(ideally, yarn should be stretched from 1/2" to 3/4"-wide strips)

-Aleene's Max Tacky Adhesive

-fabric scissors
-cardboard box (to make the wreath base)
-craft knife
-tape (optional)
-Tulip Beads in a Bottle (optional)
-Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit (optional)
Step1 Egg Wreath
Apply the glue liberally to the top (slightly more pointed part) of the egg. Start spiraling one end of the T-shirt yarn around the egg, gently pressing it into the glue.
Step2 Egg Wreath
Continue applying glue and spiraling the  yarn down the egg, keeping the "seam" (where the T-shirt yarn curls in on itself) hidden on the inside.
Step3 Egg Wreath
Curl the end of the T-shirt yarn at the bottom with a generous dot of glue, and snip off any excess yarn. (About one complete T-shirt hem, size L, will wrap an entire egg.)
Step4 Egg Wreath
Continue wrapping about 18-24 eggs until you have a good variety of colors represented. (Or, go monochromatic -- it's up to you!) Set aside the eggs to dry completely.
Step5 Egg Wreath
Trace (I used a combination of different size mixing bowls for the inner and outer circles) and cut out a ring from the side of a cardboard box.
Step6 Egg Wreath
Apply the glue generously to one side of the cardboard and wrap the T-shirt yarn tightly around it. Cover the cardboard ring completely to make the wreath base.
Step7 Egg Wreath
Determine the arrangement of your wrapped eggs and, one at a time, apply a generous blob of glue to the underside of each. Press each egg firmly onto the wrapped wreath base.
Step8 Egg Wreath
Use tape if needed to hold the eggs in place until they're set.
Finish Egg Wreath
Remove any tape, and display your wreath!

-Really decorate your eggs by using Beads in a Bottle to add color and texture to the basic T-shirt yarn wrap.
-Use One-Step Tie-Dye to create ombre T-shirt yarn to wrap the eggs.

Watercolor Dress DIY

Watercolor flowers just seem to be a great illustration of spring, they give a rainy day effect and have lots of color. This Watercolor Dress DIY is simple to make, you can add as many flowers as you want or just a few here and there. Tulip Fabric Markers are really fabulous for creating designs on clothing and by adding water you’ll have even more options.

White Cotton Dress
step 1
Lay your dress out flat on a hard surface and decide where you want to paint your flowers.
Put some cardboard inside your dress before you start to paint, this will keep it from bleeding through.
TIP: You may want to practice on a scrap a fabric just to get a feel for how the markers react to the water. I practiced on some t-shirt fabric but when I switched to my dress which is a lightweight white denim the fabric markers bled a little more than on the t-shirt fabric.
step 2
Starting with your neon fabric markers draw your flowers.
Start in the center of your flowers and let the colors fade as you go toward the edges of the petals.
Draw one flower or section of a flower, then using your paintbrush and some water, brush across your marker on your dress.
Using more water will add more of a bleeding effect, less water will just give you a bit of blending on your marker lines.
step 3
Continue working one flower at a time.
If you wait and the marker sets on your fabric you won’t be able to blend it as easily.
Draw some leaves and curling vines in between your flowers, you can also add dots. Mix up your colors, think spring!
step 4
Once all your flowers are done, you can add some detail with a black fabric marker.
I added a little black in some places when it was still wet, but this is a little tricky because it bleeds into the colors.
If you wait until the colors are all dry to add your black marker you can get some clean thin lines to add some detail to your flowers.
Create a pop of color on the collar or cuffs.
Don’t forget the back!
Be sure to check out my blog Trinkets in Bloom to see more fun fashion DIY’s.
Happy Monday!
 xoxo Cathy

Oh Joy Cake Stand Terrarium

Unless you are living under a rock you probably saw something about Oh Joy! and her new line of party supplies for Target. I love the retro vibe and the sherbet colors. I was drawn to the cake stand in the 'Dinner Party Collection'. I can't really envision myself putting a cake in it, but that didn't stop me from scooping it up.

– Oh Joy! cake stand
– Tacky Glue
– Pink Aquarium gravel
– Tacky Glue
– Decorative ribbon and trim
– Potting soil
– Scissors
– Clear plastic plant tray
– Paintbrush
– Tulip Fashion Glitter - Gold
– Succulents
I didn't want to dirty up my actual cake stand so I needed to devise a plan. There was also not a big enough lip on the stand to hold dirt and gravel. I found a clear plastic plant drainage tray at Garden Ridge. I cut the top edge off so that it would fit inside my cake stand.
Next I filled the clear tray with a combination of gravel and potting soil for cactus. There are all sorts of theories on the internet on what is the best to use in your terrarium.
The cake tray is way too cute to have dirt showing so I covered the entire surface with pink aquarium gravel.
Using various ribbons, trim and Tacky Glue I adorned the edges of my plant tray.
Next I stole from my children. They have so many plastic animal toys all over the floor surely they won't miss one tiger. I gave him a glittery top coat to help hide his identity.
I coated the entire tiger in slightly watered down Tacky Glue then doused him with glitter while he was still wet.
After Mr. Tiger was dry I perched him on a pile of hot pink gravel and started planting my wee little succulents.
When all my plants were in place all that was left to do was put the lid back on my cake stand.
I admit I bought more than just the cake stand when I hit Target. Some of the Oh Joy! plates and glasses might have also fallen into my shopping cart.
I kinda want to have people over just so I can show off my new centerpiece. Here is to hoping it makes it to Easter without my kids reclaiming their tiger and dumping pink gravel all over my floor!
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Paint Your Own Mexican-Inspired Pottery

It's Cinco de Mayo weekend and I know there is a lot of sombrero and chili pepper crafting going on, so I thought it was my duty to up the ante a bit and show a new side to Mexi-themed party decor! (I refuse to do sombreros and chili peppers for personal reasons, lol) How about learning to paint your own Mexican-style pottery?

Here at iLTC, we have a whole wall filled with shelves of blank bisque. This week I came across these wall planters that reminded me of Ensenada, Mexico. They had amazing, beautiful designs like this:

I decided to try my hand at the planters and give them my own spin! Here is what you need:



(carbon paper if you want to trace designs)

Duncan Blank bisque: 31531 Teardrop Wall Planter (you can ask your local paint on pottery store to order for you!)

Duncan® Cover-Coat® Opaque Underglazes or Duncan Concepts Underglazes

Red, blue, white, green, yellow, orange, teal, purple.

Duncan® French Dimensions™

Pure Brilliance® Clear Glaze

Assorted brushes

Fan brush or sea sponge

Draw your designs on the bisque. Don't worry, the pencil will burn off when you fire. Erase if needed. This is to get your design down, so you know where you want to apply the paint. I ALWAYS sketch my design first, it makes the process so much easier!

Once your base is completely covered with your paint, let it dry. For a traditional look, you'll want to add thin white lines to outline. I skipped that part because I wanted to give it my own spin!

Time to break out the French Dimensions, this is my favorite part! It's like Puffy Paint for ceramics! Make sure the liquid flows easily from the tip, otherwise your hand will cramp from squeezing. I always knead my bottle before I open it and turn it upside down and tap, tap, tap, so the paint goes to the top of the bottle.

Outline everything in black! In the picture above, the photo on the left is the paint dry, and the photo on the right is of the paint still wet. It will look super matte when it is dry, but will fire to be super colorful and brilliant!

Once it is all dry, you'll want to coat it in glaze. This will make it super shiny and bold. TIP: I ONLY use a fan brush or a sea sponge to blot onthe glaze, otherwise the paint can smear and you'll cry because your work will be ruined!



Here are my pieces, glazed and in the kiln! fire at cone 06, if you glazed the back of the pieces, make sure to add stilts!


Painted Stained Glass Easter Eggs

I remember seeing some very fancy stained glass-esque type of Easter Eggs some time ago. They were very expensive and I was afraid to touch them for breaking and then having to purchase shards of glass. When I found some dye-able plastic eggs at the store it seemed the perfect time to try and fake a dozen!

For this project you will need:
Plastic dye-able eggs (available at WalMart)
This project is very simple but does take some time. It's a great keep the kids (or adults!) busy project. Plus, it's incredibly inexpensive with the Scribbles® Brush On Paint being reasonably priced at about $3 a set.
First draw you pattern onto your egg. You can use a pencil, thin marker or your fabric marker to draw on these initial lines. We first started with pencils, then became more confident and used thin markers.
Eventually we became confident enough in our doodling skills that we went straight to the fatter fabric marker. This eliminates the need to trace the lines at the very end and saves you a step and a bit of time in the long run.
Since the eggs look dyed rather than painted, take a very small amount of paint on your brush and smooth it throughout your shape. Even in a trace amount, the color stains the egg so you don't need to apply a ton. Besides, that would mess up our effect!
Continue painting your egg with the other colors in your set, allowing to dry frequently to prevent fingerprints in paint all over the place. Since you're only applying a small amount, each will dry very quickly preventing any wait time or delays.
Now see that awesome little egg holder I used to keep my egg from drying to my paper protecting my work surface? These are super easy to make! Cut a piece of cardstock down the middle vertically (at the 4.25 inch mark as the paper is 8.5 inches wide). Cut that piece horizontally in about 1 inch pieces. Fold one piece on itself and hold together with tape. Voila!
If you choose to you can trace each egg after the paint has dried for sharper lines.
This egg was Mondrian inspired.
This one inspired by stained glass windows seen at church.
And this one inspired by awesomeness.
Each egg came out distinctly different and yet they all match and make a wonderful dozen!
If you prefer, rather than tracing with a black fabric marker, you can always use the black paint that comes in the Scribbles set for more artistic lines!
And there you have it! Wonderful stained glass Easter Eggs. Will you be painting up a set?
Thanks for reading and feel free to jump on over to my blog Dream a Little Bigger for lots more crafty goodness!