Thursday, November 12, 2015

DIY Sewing: Christmas Curtain

Christmas is really approaching so fast before we knew it is already the 25th of December, the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ. Everyone must have decorated their houses with Christmas trees, lights, lanterns, nativity scene, etc. Ours are green garlands at the edge of the ceiling in blue-silver accent and my newly sewn Christmas window curtains.

Yep! I did another sewing project last week, a simple one, just like the first time because I don’t have enough time to venture too much complicated projects yet.

I was supposed to buy a blue and white cloth to match with “Frozen” inspired birthday party that the I am planning for my kids’ birthday celebration when I spotted this Christmas print Geena earth fabric.
Hmmm… Why not get a curtain fabric that will not only be hanged just for the birthday of my kids but until the Christmas day. Good choice for me, just like hitting two birds in one stone.

There are lot of Christmas print fabrics displayed in Gaisano Mall but I chose something with color blue.

Like what I have done before, I pre-cut everything, ironed, drew lines before the sewing proper. You know, it’s easier and faster to sew when everything is all-ready.

With only a few hours, the 11 pieces 15 inches in length curtain are done and ready to be hanged.

The following day, I asked our two girls in the house to hang them. When I arrived home after work, my sewing project is already well hanged. Mission Accomplished!  

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Monday, November 2, 2015

DIY Party Decor: Pompom or Paper Balls

Pompom balls made from tissue paper are definitely a cute décor for a kids party or any other occasions. A few days to go and we’ll be having a little double celebration at home, the birthday bash of our two little bundles of joy. Our little boy is turning 5 and our little girl will be 2. And were a little busy right now for the DIY decors and preparations.

Most of the tutorials I have seen are using tissue paper, and here in the Philippines I can’t find tissue papers like those shown in the tutorials from abroad. Instead, craft paper called Japanese papers are what we have here (I just do not know if the tissue paper they are referring to and the Japanese paper are the same thing). Anyway, I’ll make use with the available materials locally.

The materials needed are the following:

-Japanese Paper
- Yarn
- Scissors
- Clothespin


And this is the steps in making them:

1. Since the Japanese paper has a 20” by 30” dimension, fold and cut the paper into 4 equal parts, resulting to a 10” by 15” individual sheets.

2. Pile the sheets alternately (blue, white, blue, white and so on) until you have a total of 16 sheets. 

3. Starting from one end, fold the sheets by one inch in an accordion style. Fold, flip over the fold, flip again, then fold and so on until you have folded the whole sheets. 

4. Using the clothespin, clip the folded sheets to help it stay in place and tie a piece of yarn in the middle. 

5. Cut the edges of the sheets using the scissors into rounded shape or any shape you want. The point is, to make the pompom look more stylish. 

This how it will look like after.

6. Slowly pull one sheet from the rest from one side,

and then the other side until you separate all the layers from each other

and finally you'll have a fluffly paper ball.

See, I already have two blue and white paper balls done, and my girl's caregiver is currently making few more.

See for yourself how these cute paper balls cheerfully hanging soon. See yah!

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