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How to Make a Funky Patterned Halloween Pillow

 

Yay! Yes, it’s the first Tuesday of the month which means it’s Create With Me time. Whew, this year is just flying by, isn’t it?
Halloween Pillow - Felt
This month you voted for us to create with felt! As soon as I heard felt was the material, my immediate thought was to create another felt pillow just for Halloween.  We all know how I love Halloween and throw pillows – why not marry the two? You know what else I love? Geometric patterns. So, I decided to throw #seewhatIdidthere  that in there as well – for a Geometric Halloween pillow – let’s get started!
Halloween Pillow - cut squares
Oh, before I forget to mention, be sure to read to the end of this post for more felt crafting ideas from my friends. We will NOT be voting on next month’s materials – The Create with Me group is taking a break for the holidays! But, don’t worry, we’ll be back with more fun projects in January.

How to Make a Funky Patterned Halloween Pillow

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To make a 10″ square pillow you will need: 

Three pieces of 12″ x 12″ felt in different colors

Two pieces of 12″ x 12″ felt in the same color – this will be the front and back of your pillow

Stick pins

Hot glue and glue gun

Yarn in black and white

Yarn needle and sewing needle

Large Pompom maker

Sewing machine

Thread

Scissors

10″ x 10″ Pillow Form

 

Directions

1 – Cut out the felt squares

Cut 12 – 2″x2″ squares from three sheets of felt, each a different color. Once in squares, cut triangles diagonally across each square, creating 24 triangles. Leave the other two sheets of the felt uncut.

2 – Arrange triangles on base

It took me a minute (or ten) to wrap my head around how to repeat the pattern but eventually figured it out. To make sure you don’t have the same issue, I created a pattern cheat-sheet that you can download! Begin laying the triangles on the base, pinning as you go, following the pattern.

3 – Sew triangles to the base

Halloween Pillow - sew pieces on

Use a sewing machine to sew through the center of each square. Then, use a hot glue gun to secure any loose edges of the triangles.

4 – Create the pompoms

Create four pompoms by hand or using the large pompom maker, leaving the tails long enough to sew and tie off inside the pillowcase

5 – Sew the pillowcase

Position the patterned side of the pillow base to the other whole felt piece and sew a 1/2″ seam around the edge of three sides. Sew the first 2″ of each side of the 4th side, leaving a pocket to insert your pillow form.

6 – Attach Pompoms

Use the yarn needle to push the tails of each pompom through the four corners of the pillowcase and tie off in a knot on the inside.

7 – Insert Pillow form

Turn the pillowcase right side in and insert your pillow form.  Stitch the opening with needle and thread.

Enjoy your Halloween pillow!

This was a fun little project that brings all of the fun and funkiness of Halloween to my home. I can’t wait to pull out the rest of my directions to finish off my Halloween decorating!

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How to Make Your Front Porch a Showstopper this July 4th

Posted in DECOR, HOLIDAYS, OUTSIDE
on June 22, 2017

Reusing many items you likely have around your home,  you can have the best front porch in the neighborhood this 4th of July. These ideas cost little and but are big on patriotic fun!

I’m so excited to be participating in Garden and Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop for the second year in a row! I had such a fun time creating a functional and charming outdoor seating area in my driveway last year. Many thanks to the always sweet Tara at Lehman Lane for hosting this fun hop and be sure to check out all of the other Garden and Outdoor spaces from my blogging buddies at the end of this post.

As for me, I’m talking about my front porch and the 4th of July.

For me, the 4th of July brings to mind a time gone by.  Parades, fireworks, apple pie, picnics and ice cream cones, cook outs with hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and corn on the cob – banners on every door and the flag flying high on every front porch, which by the way, has a pitcher of lemonade ready to serve! It’s America at it’s best, but with a nostalgic spin.

With the 4th quickly approaching, it is time to get into the patriotic spirit. What better way to celebrate than to decorate your front porch during this festive day?  Reusing many items you likely have around your home,  you can have the best porch in the neighborhood that’s little on cost and big on patriotic fun. *This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Please see our disclosure statement for further information. Thanks for supporting Knock it Off Kim! 

How to Make Your Front Porch a Showstopper this July 4th

START WITH A FLAG

An easy and inexpensive accessory, nothing says 4th of July more than Old Glory!.

ADD THROW PILLOWS TO YOUR SEATING

Adding red or navy throw pillows to our  DIY Upcycled Handwoven Rockers softened the modern style. These cushions are made with quick-dry filling and outdoor fabric to make sure they hold up to the elements.

ACCESSORIZE

What says Americana and summer more than a bicycle? It’s funny, this bicycle of mine doesn’t get a lot of use in the riding department, but it certainly makes an adorable planter.

The blue ribbons holding the basket add a nice pop of color. When my husband saw I’d parked the bike at the front door, he only shook his head. We’d recently decided I should get rid of it because I don’t use it, but clearly,  I’m a hoarder, and will do anything to keep it!

A few decorative signs, an antique-style wall planter, and plaques complete the look.

 PLANT FLOWERS

Red, white, and blue, with shots of yellow flowering plants add color and texture to an otherwise neutral front porch. I love how the colors pop off of the white and turquoise in the bicycle.

PUT UP A PATRIOTIC DOOR WREATH

I made this DIY Red, White, and Blue Swag Wreath years ago but it’s still one of my favorite things to ring in the fourth. The tea-stained fabric has a nostalgic look that I love.

 

ENJOY IT

With a few additions to your front porch, you’ll have an outdoor space to enjoy long after the 4th of July!

How are you planning to show your red, white and blue?

 

 

 

Be sure to check out my blogging buddies outdoor space ideas!  Thanks for stopping by!

Garden and Outdoor Spaces Ideas for your front porch

The Ultimate Fun and Quirky Father’s Day Gift Guide

Posted in HOLIDAYS
on June 3, 2017

Are you on the lookout for a fun and unique gift for the beloved fathers in your life? This fun and funky Father’s Day Gift Guide has ideas for everyone on your list at every price point! 

 

Hi! Does anyone else feel like this week flew by? With Memorial Day behind us and only one more birthday left to celebrate, it’s time to turn my attention to Father’s Day – the last gift-giving event in our home until October! Good thing because I’ve developed a nasty cramp in my check-signing hand over the past few months – birthday season is crazy around here!

I have a few ideas in the works for personalized and DIY gifts for my beloved husband, but I like to research before making any decisions.  While scouring the web for ideas I came across a slew of fun gifts, all slightly quirky, just like he is.

You won’t find the BB gun that he apparently needs to defend us against the squirrels in the neighborhood and the dreaded tin cans.

But.

Every other item listed resonates with our family personally, in one way or another. And, when I showed said-beloved the list, he assured me that nothing on the list screams “my wife thinks this is cute, but, in truth, it’s lame.” Yes, ladies, that’s a thing – or so I’ve heard.

I thought maybe some of you might be on the search for fun and quirky gifts, perfect for your favorite father or husband, and not wife-cute and thought I’d share my finds. I’ve provided a printable copy of the list, with sources, to my subscribers. If you’d like a copy, subscribe here!

Here it is – My Ultimate Fun and Quirky Father’s Day Gift Guide!

Ultimate Quirky and Fun Fathers Day gift Ideas 1-51. Acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree t-shirt and onesie | 2. Fruit Loops Air Freshener | 3. Darth Vader Book Set | 4. Soap on a Rope | 5. Charging Dock |

 

6. Crazy socks | 7. Voice Wave Art | 8. Golf Mug |9. Good Looking Babies Card | 10. Man Snacks Jar |

11. Hooked on Daddy Keychain | 12. Best Dad Ever Pillow | 13. Deleted Email Card | 14. Nintendo Controller Keychain | 15. Money Clip |

 

 

 

16. Tape Measure | 17. Dad can’t fix stupid t-shirt | 18. Shack up with Mom Card | 19. Some Heros wear Capes Keychain | 20. Pocket Poker Set |

 

21. Tie Clip | 22. Thanks, Dad Card | 23. The Walking Dad T-shirt | 24. My list of things I was right about Journal |

 

25. Barrel Aged Whiskey Kit |  26. Turntable | 27. Darth Vader Mug | 28. Great Again Card |

So, I will not be gifting my beloved a BB gun, and we’ll all remain defenseless against the neighborhood squirrels for yet another year. Wish us luck.

Luckily, more than a few things on this list tugged at his heart, and I’ve already decided what will be in my shopping cart. I hope you’ll be able to find the perfect gift for the beloved father in your life, too. Oh, and beware of the squirrels!

Don’t forget to grab your handy gift guide! You can get it here by subscribing to Knock it Off Kim!

 

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