7 sew cute ideas for Easter

I’m getting really excited about this Easter! I only wish I had a few more days to craft, bake and decorate. We’re not planning a huge family event this year, but I still like to bring all the little touches out for the big celebration (which has little to do with “The Bunny” at my house, but it’s still fun to play and hunt eggs).

These are just a few of the fun easy sew crafts I found around the web. And the egg-celent {sorry… I couldn’t resist} thing is, they all offer tutorials! 

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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DIY bar stool chair covers

Guess what?! I’m learning to sew! My mom has “skillz!” {wink} And now she’s sharing all her tips and tricks with me. She’s shared a few things on and off throughout the years, but I’m still a total novice. Plus, when I can, I love taking the easy way out so I promise to bring as many EASY DIY ideas your way that I can.

For my first sewing project, DIY round bar stool chair covers, I fell in love with this “juicy” The Alexander Henry Fabric Collection from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores. I like to change my kitchen colors with each season and yellow is my color this spring!

Here’s what you need:  fabric, freezer paper (not wax paper), scissors, iron and elastic cord.

And here are the super easy steps (all seen in the pictorial above):

  1. Measure your bar stools. Mine were 14″ to the lip.
  2. Make a freezer paper template. Add 3″ to your stool’s diameter and divide it in half. For my stools, 14″ + 3″ = 17″/2 = 8.5″. Cut a piece of freezer paper and fold it in half twice, making a square. 
  3. Mark the freezer paper using a ruler from the center point. For my stools, it was 8.5″ at each mark.
  4. Cut out the template.
  5. Remeasure to make sure your template is the stool’s diameter plus 3″.
  6. Iron the freezer paper, shiny side down, to your fabric. (NOTE: It will stick to your fabric so that you don’t have to pin the template to your fabric. PLUS, it will stick again and again so keep your template for future bar stool projects!)
  7. Cut the fabric.
  8. Peel away the freezer paper template.
  9. Sew the cord to the back side of the fabric using a zig zag stitch (Tip: Tie the cord at one end and hold the cord between the foot, pulling slightly.)
  10. Admire your handywork.
  11. Pull the cord to make your fabric look a bit like a shower cap and then tie the cord at the end again.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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DIY Halloween witch hat

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I just love this little witch hat we made for our Candy Corn Halloween collection photo shoot. It was truly easy and with another fabric choice, could be fun for more than just Halloween!  

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 yard fabric
  • Wonder Under self adhesive
  • Stretch rite elastic
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Tulle
  • Optional: Interfacing for stiffness

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And here are the simple steps (apologies for the quality of the images from the craft room, they were taken with my iPhone):

  1. Make an 18″ diameter circle template out of paper (I use wax paper so that they keep better), find the center point and cut the sheet in half. Using the crown of your child’s head as a guide, overlap the paper and determine what amount you should trim away (leaving you with a shape that resembles the above) 
  2. Cut out two pieces of fabric using your template (you can use an alternate coordinating fabric for the inside of the hat if you like)
  3. Cut out one piece of Wonder Under using the template (Optional: If your fabric is flimsy, cut out one piece of interfacing, for stiffness, too)
  4. Iron Wonder Under to the “wrong” or non-pattern side of one piece of fabric
  5. Iron interfacing to the other fabric, again on the wrong side so that the patterned/good side shows when constructed
  6. Peel paper backing from Wonder Under and iron two fabrics, wrong sides together, matching the edges up exactly
  7. Cut 2″ strips of tulle
  8. Gather tulle and sew (or glue) to curved edge
  9. Form a cone, pipe the edge with fabric glue, overlap slightly and allow to adhere (TIP: Use a large paper clip to hold the fabric in place until glue dries)
  10. Punch holes in sides of cone for elastic band
  11. Insert elastic in one side and knot. Using your child as a model, place the hat on her head and measure needed length of elastic, trim, insert and tie

 And did you notice that she is also wearing a matching pumpkin t-shirt (and that both the hat and t-shirt match the fabric from the Candy Corn collection dessert table)? Using a little Wonder Under we made a quick t-shirt too (or there are iron-on kits available at any craft store). And since my mom has every sewing gadget imaginable, she outlined the pumpkin in orange for that little extra touch.

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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DIY Halloween masks

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We made a number of Halloween crafts for our Candy Corn Halloween collection photo shoot last week, including the DIY cake plate ruffle idea I shared yesterday. So today I want to share these super simple Halloween masks and for all those who’ve asked, I swear I’m sharing the witch hat (shown in the background above) in my next post!

Materials:

  • Halloween mask templates from Good Housekeeping magazine 
  • 1/3 yard fabric (for front and back)
  • Stretch rite elastic for strap
  • Wonder Under fusible web (self-adhesive available at any craft store)
  • Sharp scissors or cutter
  • Iron

Easy steps:

  1. Print and cut out your mask template
  2. Cut your mask out of fabric, twice, and out of Wonder Under once. We chose to use this self-adhesive and two layers of fabric to give the mask stiffness
  3. Place the fabric in place and then look for any Wonder Under that might be protruding out of the mask. You’ll want to cut that off so that it doesn’t ruin your iron and so that your edges are smooth
  4. Following the instructions on the Wonder Under package, iron your mask and set the glue
  5. Hold the mask up to your child and then snip a tiny hole/flap on one side of the mask for the strap. Make sure you don’t snip too closely to the edge. Now fold your mask in half and snip a hole/flap in the other side in exactly the same place
  6. Measure your child’s head for the elastic strap
  7. Insert the elastic on either side and tie

I chose a fabric that matched my dessert table, but this mask could also be adorable in a fall pattern too since it looks like leaves.

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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