17 Projects for Summer

This weekend is the unofficial first weekend of Summer here in the States, so we thought it was a perfect time to remind you of some of the great summery projects in our archives.
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1. Leave the Sand at the Beach Bag (A net bottom lets the sand fall right through.)
2. Marimekko Inspired Sneakers (Bright flowers and white tennies are so summer!)
3. Stars and Striped Bunting
4. Polka Dot Paper Lanterns (Made from empty toilet paper rolls!)
5. Princess Towel Dress for Belle and Cinderella
6. Embroidered Woven Placemat (Dressed up dollar store finds.)
7. Shark Hooded Towel (Scare everyone else off the beach.)
8. Waterproof Picnic Blanket (No wet bums here!)
9. Embroidered Shoes (Give those plain slip-ons some personality.)
10. Crocheted Stone Tablecloth Weight (Keeps the cloth on the table even in the wind.)
11. Knit Starfish (For when you can’t be at the beach.)
12. Knit Fish (To keep the starfish company.)
13. Metal Flower Fairy Lights (Made from disposable baking sheets.)
14. Stars & Stripes Rope Wreath
15. Stegosaurus Hooded Towel
16. Knit Octopus (To join your starfish and fish.)
17. Stars and Stripes Table Runner

We hope you have a safe Memorial Day weekend that kicks off a fabulous summer!

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Four Projects for the Fourth of July

If you live in the States, you know it’s time to deck the halls in red, white and blue and stars and stripes for the upcoming Fourth of July Holiday. Here’s a few simple projects from us to get you started. What I love about these is that not only are they perfect for the Fourth, but they also have a bit of that nautical flair that is so in right now.
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Stars and Stripes Rope Wreath
Stars and Stripes Bunting
Stars and Stripes Table Runner
Embroidered Woven Placemats

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Iron Craft ’14 Challenge #11 – Embroidered Woven Placemats

For this Iron Craft challenge, we were to use supplies from the dollar store or things that cost a dollar. I had an added challenge in that I was on vacation overseas during all but the last two days of the challenge time. Still, I managed to pull together a project, Fourth of July themed embroidered placemats.
Iron Craft '14 Challenge #11 - Embroidered Placemats
My husband calls this project subtle, I call it last minute while jet lagged. Actually, I think it’s not too bad considering.
Iron Craft '14 Challenge #11 - Embroidered Placemats
I found these red woven straw (I think it’s more of a plastic straw) placemats at the dollar store and right away knew I wanted to try embroidering a design on them.
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I kept the design simple, just basic royal blue stars and white lines. I only did the edge of the placemats because that was all you really see once a plate is on them.
Iron Craft '14 Challenge #11 - Embroidered Placemats
I was afraid the weaving would be hard to embroider into, but the thicker sections of “straw” made it very easy. It also didn’t split at all, which is what makes me think it’s more of a plastic. The hardest part was figuring out even spacing on the stars.

I think these will look really cute with the stars and stripes table runner I made a few years back.

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Happy 4th of July

It’s our birthday here in the States. I’m headed off to a ballgame followed by a bbq and fireworks by the river. We hope you are all enjoying a perfect summer day too!
Iron Craft Challenge #27 - Stars & Striped Bunting

Stars and Stripes Table Runner

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Iron Craft Challenge #13 Round Up 2

It’s never too late to enjoy a little red, white and blue.

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IC13: Red White and Blue button Headband Challenge13A
Red, White and Blue

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Iron Craft Challenge #13 – Stars and Stripes Rope Wreath

My Iron Craft project for the Red, White and Blue Challenge could also be called “turning lemons into lemonade,” since it was not the project I planned at all. Originally, my plan was to crochet a rope rug for out front step. After shopping around a bit I ended up buying 10 yards of red cotton cording from the trim section of the fabric store and 40 yards of white from the upholstery section. (The white is actually used to fill in piping on pillows and furniture. It is twisted instead of braided like the red cord, much softer and cost $0.89 a yard compared to $1.79. Luckily, I also had a 40% off coupon since I was buying so much.)
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Crochet went out the window right away as the rope just didn’t have the give I needed to get nice stitches. So, I switched to knitting. Getting a nice even tension was still tricky, but it worked much better. The problem was after using all the rope I had my rug was only 10″ long. I needed at least another 200 yards to get the 18″ x 30″ rug I was shooting for. That was more than I wanted to spend. Time to hit the drawing boards.

I wanted to use the rope, so I focused my ideas on that. I batted around doing a rope bowl, but then started thinking I really wanted something for the front of the house for the Forth of July. A rope wrapped wreath seemed just the thing.
Iron Craft Challenge #13 - Stars & Stripes Ropw Wreath
This wreath is super easy to make. It can be a little time consuming to wrap all the rope the way you want (especially if you glue every wrap down like I did at first), but you can easily finish one this afternoon and have it hanging before the festivities tomorrow. I like the way it has a bit of a nautical feel to it as well.

Stars and Stripes Rope Wreath

Supplies:

  • 12″ extruded styrofoam wreath
  • 3/16″ rope or cording in red and white (about 5 yards of red and 25 yards of white)
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • Three 1 1/2″ – 2″ blue stars (I found wooden stars for $0.19 each and painted them a gloss blue. You could also use plastic or cardboard stars)

1. Cut red rope into pieces big enough to wrap around the wreath twice. Glue in place at various spaces around the wreath with the ends at the back. I chose to randomly space them out, but you could also be very precise.
Iron Craft Challenge #13 - Stars & Stripes Ropw Wreath
2. Glue the end of the white rope to the back of the wreath next to a read stripe and start wrapping to fill in the entire wreath. Glue the rope down every few rows. (At first I was gluing every row, but that wasn’t really needed and took forever.)
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Since a wreath is bigger on the outside than the middle you will need to overlap the rope at the inside from time to time to fill it in completely.
Iron Craft Challenge #13 - Stars & Stripes Ropw Wreath
3. Glue the stars in place.

4. Tie a small piece of rope into a loop. Glue to the back of the wreath where you want the top to be for a hanger.
Iron Craft Challenge #13 - Stars & Stripes Ropw Wreath
We hope all our readers in the States have a wonderful Fourth of July.

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Iron Craft Challenge #27 – Stars and Stripes Bunting

This week on Iron Craft we were asked to make something using stars or stripes in honor of the Fourth of July. It did not literally have to be something for the Fourth but, since I was hosting the holiday barbecue I decided to make a decoration for the patio. One side of our patio is the wall of our garage, basically a big empty stucco wall. I decided to jazz it up with a little patriotic bunting.
Iron Craft Challenge #27 - Stars & Striped Bunting
I had a hard time fabrics that I liked at first. I wanted stripes but couldn’t find any bold ones with the right colors. Then I stumbled into the canvas area of Joann’s. I love the color palette that I ended up with with the bricky red, dark blue, ecru and a denim blue.
Iron Craft Challenge #27 - Stars & Striped Bunting
The stars are wooden home decor that I discovers for $6.00 each, also at Joann’s. I thought I was going to have to use some cheap shiny metal ones but, these were a perfect match to the red trim of our house.

So, here’s how I whipped up this quick bunting. Of course, you can do it in any color with any decorative shape as the corners.

Stars and Stripes Bunting How-To
(this will make a bunting that is approximately 7 feet long.)

Supplies:

1/4 yard of 3 different fabrics (I used decor and outdoor canvas which have a little weight and don’t fray too easily.)
Ruler
Pencil
Scissors
Rotary Cutter (optional)
Thread
Sewing Machine
16 feet of 1/2-inch wide cotton tape
Pins
Super Glue
Hanging stars or other shape to attach bunting to

1. Square off one long side of your fabric.
2. Measure and mark with the ruler and pen triangles that are 6″ long on their base and 8″ long to the point. You want to use your squared off side as you first base. By alternating the triangles you should get at least 8 of each color.

3. Cut using scissors or rotary cutter.
4. Using your sewing machine sew a zig-zag (or decorative stitch of your choice) along the long sides of each of your triangles about 1/4 inch.
5. Cut the cotton tape in half.
6. Starting at the middle of one of the pieces of cotton tape pin your triangles on spacing them about 1 inch apart. You want the tape to be on the top of the right side of the fabric. Put twelve triangles on the tape. Repeat with the second tape and remaining triangles.
7. With your sewing machine, attach the triangles to the tape by sewing a zig-zag stitch down the center of the tape.
Iron Craft Challenge #27 - Stars & Striped Bunting
8. Super glue the ends of the tape to the back of the hanging starts. Make sure the strings aren’t twisted when you glue on the second side. I found it helped to lay it out on the floor to make sure everything was flat. My upper string was about 1 inch from the star tips. You’ll want to leave more tape at the ends of the bottom string of bunting so it hangs lover, 3 or more inches.
9. Once the glue is dry, hang and enjoy. We used those 3M Command Hooks that stick up but come off easily when you’re done. There is a wooden trim under our gutters which was the perfect place to hang the bunting.

Check out the easy Stars and Stripes Table Runner I made to match the bunting too.

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Stars and Stripes Table Runner

While buying my fabric for this week’s Iron Craft challenge, I was offered an extra yard of canvas red ticking at 50% off. How could I resist? Usually, when I get extra fabric like this it just ends up in my stash but, this time I came up with a project for it right away. We’ll be having people over for barbecues at least twice this holiday weekend so, I thought why not use the fabric to dress up the patio table. I knew it wasn’t enough for a table cloth but, it would easily work for a runner.
Stars and Stripes Table Runner
A runner is just what we needed to hide the fact that our table is actually two tables. We couldn’t find one long patio table that we really like so, instead went with this set from Target and bought two tables. It gives us a lot of flexibility to seat lots of people.
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Now look, no more seam, it looks like one table.
Stars and Stripes Table Runner
I really love the way it turned out. It’s festive and perfect for the Fourth of July without being over the top. I wouldn’t feel like I couldn’t use it other times during the year because it’s too themed.

So, here are the details on the runner and how I made it. This is a super simple sewing project that, I think, creates a big impact.
After removing the salvage and squaring up the fabric I was left with a piece that was about 44″ x 37″. I cut the fabric in half to create two 22″ x 37″ pieces. Then, I trimmed them to make sure the stripes would match up when I sewed the pieces together length-wise. The pieces were pinned together and sewn with a 1/2″ seam allowance. The final runner measures 21″ x 72″. After pressing the seam open, all that was left was the embroidery.
Stars and Stripes Table Runner
I have a pretty basic sewing machine but it does a few decorative stitches. I thought this one looked like stars or maybe even fireworks. Even with a machine, it took a little while to get around all four sides but, so much quicker than hand embroidery. The embroidery caused some puckering around the edges but, a hot iron and steam took care of that quickly. Then it was just a matter of pulling a few threads from the edges of each of the sides to create a little fringe (yea, no hems!).

Even though this fits the theme for this week’s Iron Craft, it is not my submission. You’ll have to wait for next Wednesday for that. This is Day 30 of 30 Days of Creativity though. I made it through all 30 days, woohoo!

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