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Make a No-Sew Scalloped Bunting Banner (On the News!)

I had a really fun morning. It was my pleasure to be on CTV Morning Live here in Edmonton with one of my favourite girls in the whole world – my 4 year old Little C!

The DIY Mommy on CTV Morning Live News Edmonton

We were able to do a bit of live crafting, and we talked about Mama Blogs – an event I’ll be speaking at next week (if you’re local to Edmonton and are thinking about starting a blog, you should come!).

Little C helped me make a simple version of a scalloped bunting banner on air. This version requires no sewing, so it’s really easy and quick to make (and so much fun to make with your kids).Continue reading

DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor, DIY Parties & Holidays

Make a No-Sew Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt

DIY No-Sew Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt on The DIY Mommy

My crafty friend Jenni posted some photos of an absolutely gorgeous DIY Christmas tree skirt that she had made this week, and I knew the instant that I saw it that I needed to share it with all of you here! Isn’t it so pretty and country-shabby-chic-y wonderful? Here’s what Jenni had to say about this project:

Years ago I bought a bright green felt tree skirt from Canadian Tire, with tacky Santa Claus appliques all over it. I have pretty much hated it ever since. The past few years I have been collecting rustic, country-style decor to outfit my home for Christmas, and I was so inspired by this burlap and plaid ruffled tree skirt (http://doneoverdecor.blogspot.ca/2011/12/ruffle-tree-skirt.html) that I had to give it a try! The best thing about it is that there is no sewing required at all, which is great because no matter how often I say I’m going to get better at sewing, I just cannot motivate myself. All this tree skirt requires is an old tree skirt, a glue gun, and 2 meters each of burlap and a Christmas print of your choice.

DIY No-Sew Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt on The DIY Mommy

My mother-in-law, who turns everything she touches to gold with her craftiness, provided the blue tree skirt and the burlap. We cut the two fabrics into strips 2 inches wide, sat on her kitchen floor with a glue gun each, and spent the afternoon gluing the fabric down in rows until my two daughters woke from their naps. Basically, all you are doing is starting at the outside, gluing down the top edge and folding it over every few inches to create ruffles (see the link for the full tutorial). We also put a dot of glue under the ruffle and pressed against the fabric beneath to ensure the ruffles stuck instead of standing straight up. Once you’ve done one row, just layer the next piece of fabric a few inches above so it overlaps a bit and continue gluing. From start to finish, it took me about three hours with a bit of help. I love the contrast between the shimmery gold strands in the cranberry plaid fabric and the stray bits of burlap coming loose at the edges, giving it a cozy rustic feel!

After Christmas, I am going to spend some time gluing down the bottoms of the rows, as you can see the original tree skirt underneath. Regardless of whether I ever get around to that, though, I now have a gorgeous tree skirt that matches the rest of my decor and that I am proud of – so long, Santa!

DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor

Make a Mail Holder Bulletin Board

By Christina Dennis

I’m not a very good housekeeper and when it comes to organizing bits of paper and mail around the home, I’m terrible at it! I’m slowly trying to put together a little corner in my house to collect random things like mail, pens, phones etc. I installed a small corner shelf in a spot by my back door and then made this easy bulletin board that doubles as a mail holder to hang above it. It’s a simple project that requires no sewing and very few supplies!

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Supplies:

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Directions:

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Cut the top 2″ off of an ice cream bucket. This will help keep the pocket on your mail holder nice and stiff and you’re repurposing something!

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Lay the plastic strip across your bulletin board’s width and determine where you’ll need to cut it to make the top of the pocket. I cut mine so that there was approximately a 2″ rise in the center (from the board to the plastic strip). Also make sure the ends of the strip curve over the sides of the bulletin board and are flush with the back. Cut the strip.

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Lay your bulletin board right-side-down on your fabric, and cut your fabric to size. Make sure you have enough fabric on all sides to pull over the side and back edge of the board (leaving extra fabric is always better than cutting it too small)!

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Using a glue gun, pull the fabric taut around the front of the board to the back and glue it down on the back edge. To glue the corners down, fold them as pictured above, and then fold them again along the second angle before continuing on.

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

The covered bulletin board will look like this, above – how cute! You could use it as-is, but adding this little pocket takes this board to the next level…

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Cut a piece of fabric that is as long as your plastic piece + enough to wrap around the sides of your bulletin board and as high as you want the pocket to be (I made mine about half the height of the board) + enough to wrap around the bottom of your bulletin board + 2 1/2″ to wrap around the plastic strip. Glue about 1/2″ of the fabric, with the right side of it down, to one edge of the strip. When the glue is dry, fold the fabric down so that the right side is showing (as pictured above). Leave an equal amount of fabric on each side of the strip; this is what you’ll use to fold over and glue to your board later.

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Turn the fabric over the strip and pull it up over it. Glue it down on the other edge.

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

Glue the pocket onto the bulletin board by gluing the edges around the board as you did with the original fabric piece. Make sure to pull the plastic strip and fabric taut so that the pocket will be smooth.

DIY Mail Holder Bulletin Board by The DIY Mommy

You’re all done! Now you have a functional catch-all board that matches your decor!

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

DIY Crafts, DIY Kids Activities

Make a No-Sew Splat Mat

By Christina Dennis

When babies begin eating solids, they’re SO messy! No matter how many bibs you put on them or how high their high chair, food will make it’s way to the ground. Also messy? A busy little toddler who loves to paint, to colour and to snack. I have one of each type of mess-maker and I’ve found the perfect, easy solution – a “splat mat” (or “messy mat”)!

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

I can place this wipeable, machine-washable mat underneath my baby’s high chair or on the floor for my toddler to snack or craft on. This is such a simple DIY project, and I’ve created a way to make an adorable, unique splat mat that requires NO SEWING!

Materials:

  • 1 yard laminated cotton fabric (I used  Anna Maria Horner LouLouthi Laminated Cotton Summer Totem Tart)
  • 4 yards double-folded bias tape (I accidentally bought single-fold, so I had to iron it again to make it folded on both sides – oops!)
  • permanent fabric glue (I found mine at Walmart)
  • a plastic lid and Q-tips

Directions:

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

You’ll need to cut a piece of your laminated cotton that is exactly a yard square (36″ x 36″). If your ends are cut straight, you can fold them up to the sides as pictured and cut the excess off the top. Use a ruler/square if you need to to get the square absolutely straight.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

Align the sides of a round lid to the sides of your fabric’s corners. Trace the rounded edge and cut to create rounded corners on your mat.

You now have a square piece of fabric with rounded corners.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

The fabric glue I purchased stated that I could not apply it directly (check yours for instructions), so I put some in a lid and used q-tips to apply it to my fabric which worked really well. However the instructions on your fabric glue tell you, apply fabric glue to the underside edge of your bias tape – as close to the fold as you can (as pictured above). I applied the glue in about 6″ increments.

 

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

Beginning in the center of one of the sides of your fabric square, gently slide the bias tape under the laminated cotton, lining up the center of the bias tape with the edge of the laminated cotton. Gently press the laminated cotton onto the bias tape and smooth it with your finger to eliminate any air bubbles.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

Now, apply glue to the other side of your folded bias tape, close to the edge of the opposite fold (another 6 inches or so). Fold the tape over the edge of the laminated cotton and press & smooth with your finger.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

Repeat this procedure in 6″ increments until you reach a corner. I found it easiest to apply glue to the bias tape that would reach around the entire corner. The trick to getting the corner bias tape nice and smooth is to pull the bias tape gently as you smooth it around the laminated cotton corner. This keeps the tape from puckering.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

When you are about 6″ away from the start of your bias taping, cut the remaining end of the tape to be about 2″ longer than where the tape ends should meet. Open the tape up completely, and then fold down about 1/2″ of the end of the tape to the wrong side and glue into place. Re-fold the tape as before.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

Glue the remaining bias tape down as before. You’ll have a nice, neat finish with no raw edges showing.

That’s it – you’ll all done this simple project! Use your messy mat around the house for easy clean-up! You can wipe it or machine wash it when it gets extra messy.

DIY No-Sew Splat Mat by The DIY Mommy

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.

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