A while back, I had the honor of hosting a wedding shower for a friend (the same one this quilt was made for!) Since its getting close to the time of year filled with weddings and wedding showers again, I thought I’d share the invitations and how I made the little doily dresses.
I drew out and scanned in her name for the top, then filled in the rest of the text. I made the cute little wedding dress out of some paper doilies, and that’s the part I’m sharing how to make today! You’ll need some paper doilies (I used the Wilton 4″ ones from JoAnn’s). I also used some skinny ribbon and some leftover white cardstock from the invites themselves. And, of course, scissors and a glue stick.
The skirt of each dress is made out of a doily cut in half. Start by folding it in thirds, then fold the corner over a bit. Set this aside.
To make the bodice of the dress, I cut a couple of the doilies along the decorated edge sections. For this doily, that cut it into tenths. I used some scraps of the cardstock I used for the invites to back most of the bodice, and then cut out a little notch for a sweetheart neckline.
Then, I just used the glue stick to attach the bodice to the skirt, and glued a little strip of ribbon around the waistline. To make the dress stand out from the white card, I glued each one to some bright blue cardstock and cut out a little border around the dress.
The package I got of 30 doilies would make 50 of these dresses, so they go a long way! I think they’d make a cute wedding or shower card to go along with a gift as well
My new favorite baking trick is making yummy cupcakes even tastier by putting something delicious in the middle.
I used this nifty tool from crate and barrel (for under $5!) to make these, and once I figured it out, stuffing the cupcakes was easy-peasy! Once the cupcakes are baked and cooled, you can core them. Start by plunging the tool into the center of the cupcakes. Then, twist back and forth in a circular motion several times. Then when you pull the tool back up from the cupcake, it will leave a nice hole behind! Then press the red plunger on the top, and the cupcake piece will come out and the tool is ready to use on the next cupcake! Cut these cupcake cylinders in about half and keep the top half – we’ll use them later
Once the cupcakes have this hole in the middle, you can fill them with something delicious. I used eggless cookie dough! Just scoop some out with a spoon, and press inside to fill about half of the cavity.
After you’ve filled the cupcakes, take the top halves of the cupcake cylinders pulled out when coring the cupcakes, and put them into the holes on top of the filling. Then put some icing on top, and when people bite into the cupcakes they’ll be surprised with a tasty filling! I garnished my cupcakes with mini chocolate chips and some chips ahoy mini chocolate chip cookies
I used these recipes from Annie’s Eats for the cupcakes, filling, and frosting. Highly recommended!
I have a huge stash of zippers from an awesome garage sale, and I love using them to make small pouches for gifts. My latest favorite zipper pouch is this cute boxy design. I love that it stands up on its own and that finishing the ends of the zipper in a tidy way is super easy!
I’ve made three of these recently, for a Christmas present, a crafty online swap, and for me
Start by cutting two pieces of fabric to the same size. I’ve been using scraps of different sizes, but a good size (what I used for the blue/purple one) is 8″x10″. Make sure you have a zipper that fits along the end you want it on (mine was for the 8″ side, so I used a 9″ zipper).
Stack the fabrics right side together, and put the zipper in-between the two layers, with the top of the zipper facing towards your outside fabric. Sew the zipper in on this side, making sure the zipper is sewn in, but that there is enough room for the zipper pull to slide open. I did roughly 1/4″.
To make the second seam, follow the pictures below. 1) Lay out your fabrics + zipper so that the right sides are facing up. 2) Fold both fabrics in to meet the unsewn zipper edge. 3) Pick up your stack by the three raw edges (both fabrics and the zipper), align the edges, and sew together. Make sure that the ends of the fabric meet the zipper at the same points as your first seam.
Turn the bag right-side-out by pulling the zipper through the loop of outside fabric. The lining fabric should be on the inside of your tube, and wrong sides of the fabric should be together. At this point, I like to top-stitch along the zipper to keep the seams neat.
To sew the ends, turn the pouch inside out by pulling the zipper through the tube created by both layers of fabric. Make sure the zipper is about half-way open. Fold both ends in as shown below. To do this, fold the loop in half so the zipper is at one edge, and crease the other end to find the middle of your loop. Bring this crease up so that it is directly under the zipper. Then fold in each side so that the tucks are right under the center of the zipper and the flaps on top and bottom are of even lengths.
Once you have an end folded, sew about 1/4″ – 1/2″ from the edge. I like to overlock or zig-zag stitch the edges so they don’t fray on the inside, but that’s not necessary. Again, make sure the zipper is about half-way open before you sew the second end shut, or you won’t be able to turn it right-side out!
Then just fold the pouch right-side out and poke out the corners. On one of the bags I hand-stitched little knots at the corners of the side creases, but even if you don’t, the pouches will keep their shape pretty well as long as they’ve got stuff inside (when giving them as gifts, I’ve stuffed them with some tissue paper so the shape fills out nicely).
These could be customized in lots of ways! Obviously you can use whatever fabrics and zippers you like (I even printed my sister’s name in periodic table elements directly onto one of them with my home printer!). You could also make them really special by using an outer fabric with embroidery, applique, or patchwork!
A couple of our friends got married back in July, and I made them a quilt. I actually got it done reasonably on time (not before the wedding, but at least before they got back from their honeymoon). Each of the colored squares on the front is 3.5″ finished, and the whole quilt is roughly 56×70″ (16×20 squares with 12 hearts)
I had talked with the new Mrs. about colors they’d and we’d decided on greens/blues/purples, and I knew she loved puzzles – and this is what I came up with.
For the back, I made a giant heart in the same style as the ones on the front, and appliqued their initials and wedding date (kind of like this tree quilt I made for another friends’ wedding)
I then did all over puzzle style quilting, which was deceptively easy and a very forgiving!
You can see a few more quilts I’ve made here
Package Pals (PP) is back in 2014, and I’m helping Jamie at C.R.A.F.T. out with signups and matching again! I don’t know about you, but getting real mail (i.e. not bills or junk) completely makes my day! Would you like to get a personalized package in the mail from a new crafty friend? Then you should sign up for this round of package pals!
Here’s Package Pals (PP) timeline:
- Sign up using the form below,
by midnight on Friday, Feb. 21stuntil we get a couple more international participants. The first 100 people will be included in the March Package Pals (PP)!
- We will pair you with one other crafty person. You will each send and receive one crafty package in the month of March.
- Julia will send each of the 100 PP’s an email by Saturday, March 1st, letting you know who your package pal is.
- Send your PP a crafty package by March 31st, 2014!
- Jamie at C.R.A.F.T. will have a linky party set up on April 1st for everyone to share their package pal goodies!
- You can share with all PP’s (and me) on twitter and instagram with #packagepals
To get an idea of what others have sent and received in the past, check out these links:
- February 2012 Linky Party
- April 2012 Linky Party
- June 2012 Linky Party
- October 2012 Linky Party
- March 2013 Linky Party
- August 2013 Linky Party
- You do not have to have a blog to be a part of package pals.
- PP is open to everyone everywhere in the world! Please note, if you are outside of the US, you will possibly have to ship a package outside of your country. *I will do my best to pair people in their country of origin if they request, but I can not guarantee it.
- If you have more questions, check the FAQ and then if you’re still not sure…email me at starsandsunshineblog at gmail dot com.
Here are some C.R.A.F.T. ideas that are easy and inexpensive to ship:
- lacy clay bowl
- map frames
- dino photo holder/magnets
- pillow cover
- a 3D cube puzzle
- personalized coloring book
You could even send your package pal crafting supplies for a certain project (maybe DIY felt wall art) or general fun crafty things like bakers twine, lace tape, Elmer’s painters, or how about my favorite crafty book, Young House Love!
Here’s a spunky button to add to your side bar if you decide to participate in the March PP!
*By filling out this form, you are committing to putting together a crafty package and going to the post office to send it to your package pal within the month of October. In return, you will get a surprise crafty package delivered to your door step too!