Easy Gift Idea – Pizza Lover Tote

I think it’s a safe assumption that everyone has a pizza lover in their life.

I know I do!  My bae Heidi loves pizza more than any person in this world.  I asked her for her favorite pizza quote, and she provided me with, “Pizza is the only love triangle I want.”

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You could make this gift for ANYONE.  I would suggest snooping on their Pinterest boards for a quote or phrase they have pinned.

I’m joining up with my blog friends who are putting on a blog series called Dare to DIY.  Today’s theme is give handmade.  You can find more ideas over at Maybe Matilda.

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After Heidi told me her favorite pizza quote, I designed it on picmonkey and printed it off.

pizza love triangleI very carefully cut out the letters with an xacto knife to make a stencil.  I realized this would be MUCH EASIER if I had a cutting machine.  Hopefully there’s one in my future, but right now, I’m going old school.

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I centered the “stencil” on the tote, then taped it down.  I tried painters tape, but it wouldn’t stick to the bag.  So I used duct tape.  I taped down the middles of the letter for the stencil.

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I mixed acrylic paint with textile medium to make fabric paint.

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I used a stipple sponge brush to paint the tote bag.

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Unfortunately, the middle of the letters on “Love Triangle” lifted up, so those got filled all the way in.

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I free-handed a slice of pizza at the top of the tote.  In general, I was a little disappointed how the paint bled a little.  I was hoping for crisper lines.  But I guess I’m not surprised after using a piece of paper as a stencil.

I still think the bag is still pretty rad.  I think it works since the font I used already had a ‘handwritten quality’ about it, so the bleeds just kind of added to that.  I’m pretty excited to send it off and check something off my Christmas gift list!

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DIY Ho Ho Ho Throw Pillows

The older I get, the more I realize what an overly-sentimental and nostalgic person I am.  There’s a quote from The Office that goes, “I wish there was a way to tell you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”  And sometimes that’s how I feel.

Lately, I’ve really been missing Christmas at our old house.  I LOVE our new house, but it just doesn’t feel the same.  Our old house was naturally Christmasy, with the fireplace, candles, banister and tree in the front window.  Christmas last year was an extra special time for me too as I really got to focus on getting Evelyn here safe and sound.  Everything was a lot more meaningful.  I wrote a personal blog post on our family blog about it here if you’re interested in reading my feelings.

Anyway, I decided it was up to me to make an effort to bring more holiday cheer into our home.  So I decided to stretch my creative muscles and do a SEWING project.  FYI, I DON’T SEW.

Since I didn’t want to dabble in zippers, I decided to sew envelope/pocket pillows.  The pillow forms were 20″.

JoAnn had their red linen on sale for $4 a yard, so that was my fabric of choice.  I cut 3 21″x21″ pieces, and 6 21″x15″ pieces.

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Then I took my 6 smaller pieces and hemmed one of the 21″ sides.  I hemmed the width of the presser foot.

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Pinning the pieces together is pretty simple.  Remember to lay the pieces inside out, in the following fashion:

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Sew around all four edges.  Again, I did the width of the presser foot.

I wanted each pillow to say “ho,” so I made this template, and printed it off in an 8×10 size.

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I cut it out, and traced it onto my glittery gold iron on paper.

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Then it was just a matter of centering each ho and ironing it on (according to the iron instructions for whatever iron on paper you use).

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Then stuff those pillow covers and you got yourself some ho pillows!  They will no longer be known as “throw pillows.”  Just ho pillows!

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Are they perfect?  No.  Can I spot several mistakes?  Yes.  BUT, I love them.  They really do bring an element of happiness to our Christmas decor.  And, as a not-sewing-lady, I’m really proud of myself haha!

Also, a walking baby means the bottom third of the tree does not get decorated!

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And as much as I loved this Christmas…

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I’m really grateful that this is where we’re at now.

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I’m linking this project up with my friends doing dare to DIY over at Newly Woodwards.

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