Sunday, March 13, 2011

FREE St. Patrick’s Day Printables from Rose & Cook � The Catch My Party Blog

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St. Patrick’s Day is coming fast and we want to help you decorate your party, so here are some FREE party circles that Rose A from Rose & Cook generously designed for us to give away. Thank you, Rose!

Download the high resolution party circles here.

Rose lives in France, and when I asked her if people in France celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, she said, “St Patrick’s day is celebrate by some people like…! :- D In fact I used to live in Aix en Provence, in the South of France, and we used to celebrate St Patrick’s day because there are a lot of Irish students there.”

Rose also made these savory St. Patrick’s day spinach cupcakes with a mix of herbs, garlic, and homemade cream cheese. Yum! The recipe is here, but it’s still mostly in French. I wonder if Google can translate it? :)

To learn more about Rose check out her blog Rose & Cook where she provides (in French) easy DIY decorating and cake decorating ideas for all occasions. Also check out her gorgeous parties on our site. I love how she brings a real flair to what she does.

Take A Second Look: Bow Tie Pillows Protect Your Neck - Sew4Home

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We've made dozens of these neck pillows as gifts, and I use one myself every night. If you like warm and cozy, use flannel or a super soft minky (check out the selection from our friends at Minky Delight). If you're like me and enjoy a cool, crisp pillow, stick with a quality 100% cotton fashion fabric.This awesome pillow pattern debuted back in December 2009 and has maintained a consistent position on our Most Popular Projects list ever since. The bow tie shape is perfect for propping up your noggin while you watch TV or read in bed. And, we've gotten a number of emails from S4H fans who've made them for older relatives who LOVE the little pillows as gentle support for their necks while they sleep. They're easy to create despite their complex-looking shape; you can make one in less than an hour with just a half yard of fabric.

Sewing Tools You Need

Fabric and Other Supplies

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  • ½ yard of 45" wide fashion weight cotton fabric or cotton flannel. I made one from Aqua Garden Trellis/Flights of Fancycollection, a Paula Prass design from Michael Miller, and one from Duck Egg Acanthus/Belle collection, an Amy Butlerdesign from Rowan.
  • 2 feet of 7/8" satin or grosgrain ribbon per pillow.
  • Bag of Poly-fil to stuff pillow
  • All-purpose thread
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Straight pins

    Getting Started

    1. It's best if you pre-shrink your fabric before cutting.
    2. Download and print FOUR copies of our neck pillow pattern.
      IMPORTANT: You must print this ONE 8½" x 11" PDF file at 100%. DO NOT SCALE to fit the page.
    3. Cut out the pattern pieces along the solid lines.
    4. Butt the four pattern pieces together to make one bowtie-shaped pattern piece. Do NOT overlap. Tape in place.
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    5. Using your assembled pattern, cut three pieces. I fold my fabric into thirds so I can cut all three pieces at once.
    6. You'll see an * on either end of your pattern piece. Once you have your 3 pieces cut, and while they are all still pinned together, cut the tiniest little V-shaped clip, about 1/8" in depth and width. This marks the spot where you stop stitching and attach the center of your ribbon handles. While you can use a marking pencil, I found this V-clip easier to spot while sewing.
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    At Your Sewing Machine

      1. Pin two of your three pieces of cut fabric right sides together along one side from one V-clip to the opposite V-clip. Using a 3/8” seam allowance, stitch from the precise center point of the V on one side to precisely that point on the opposite side. One side remains open. Because of the narrow seam allowance and the curves, sew slowly to assure your stitching line is smooth and accurate.
        NOTE: This pillow is essentially a chubby triangle, which is helpful to keep in mind as you are assembling – remember you need three sides to create the correct dimension.
      2. Loop your ribbon to form a handle and pin on center of each V-clip with the loop facing inside.
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      3. Stitch your second seam from V-clip to opposite V-clip to include half of the ribbon as shown below. Backstitch over the ribbon to give it strength.
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      4. Pin your remaining open seam as shown:
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      5. Stitch from one V-clip to about the center of the pillow (again, as you sew over the ribbon be sure to backstitch for strength). Leave open a 4" gap in the seam. This is where you will stuff your pillow with Polyfil. Then, finish stitching to the opposite V-clip. Be sure to backstitch (back-tack) at both sides of the opening to keep the seam from coming open during the turning and stuffing process.
      6. Turn your pillow right side out, and stuff the shape until pleasingly plump but not so rock hard that it's uncomfortable.
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      7. Tuck in the seam allowance at the opening and slip stitch closed.
      When finished, a comfortably stuffed pillow looks about like this:

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      Morgan Made It | Easy Camera Case from Scraps

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      I always carry a camera with me, usually a small point and shoot. However, on a recent trip to Texas I lost my camera case (along with my camera) and now my new camera doesn’t have any protection against my keys, phone and various other things it shares my purse with.

      So, I decided to whip up a quick case to keep my camera a little safer. The whole thing took about 15 minutes to make (not counting the first case I made that was too small…errr!).


      If you want to make one, you will need two scraps of fabric, fusible batting, some rickrack and a snap or a bit of Velcro.

      1. Measure your camera. You will need to cut strips of an outer fabric, lining fabric and batting all the same size. To figure out what size you need, add the length of your camera to the thickness and double this number. Then add 1 1/2” for the flap and 1” for seam allowances. This is the length of your three strips. For the width, add the thickness of your camera to the width plus 1” for seam allowances.

      My camera is 2 1/2” wide x 3” long x 3/4” thick so here’s how I figured out how big to cut my fabric:

      2(length+thickness) + 2 1/2” = length of fabric

      2(3”+3/4”) + 2 1/2” = 10”

      thickness + width + 1” = width of fabric

      3/4” + 2 1/2” + 1” = 4 1/4”

      I wanted my case to be pretty snug but you could certainly make yours looser. I also used 1/4” seam allowances. If you like to use larger seam allowances make sure you add that into your measurements.

      2. Okay, enough math. Cut a piece of your lining fabric, outer fabric and fusible batting according to the measurements you figured out in step 1.

      3. Iron the outer fabric onto the fusible batting following the directions on the package.


      4. Sew the outer piece with the batting to the lining, right sides together. Leave one of the short ends open. Turn the fabric right side out and push out the corners with a pencil eraser (or some other pokey but not sharp object). Press your seams. This will also cause the batting to fuse to the lining fabric. Tuck the edges of the open end under 1/8“ (towards the inside) and press. Top stitch the opening closed as close to the edge as possible.


      5. Lay your fabric piece down, outer fabric facing up. Place you camera on the fabric and fold the end up until the camera is covered. This will be the pouch portion of your case. You should still have one side hanging over for the flap. Remove you camera and press the crease.

      6. Sew the case side seams right sides together.

      7. Cut a piece of rickrack long enough to go around your wrist plus 1/2”. Fold it in half. Lay the ends of the rickrack on one side of the case opening. Stitch it down. Note: I think it would have worked better to angle the loop towards the middle of the flap so it would lay better when the fabric was turned.


      8. Pinch the bottom corner of one side of the case and sew across 1/2” from the point. Repeat with the other side. This will give the case a rectangular shaped bottom.



      Trim the corners and turn the case. Press your seams.

      9. Press the flap down and sew on a small piece of Velcro to keep it closed.


      Celtic-Look Pendants | Polyform Products Company

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      Celtic-Look Pendants

      Syndee Holt

      Learn these easy to make yet intricate looking beads and pendants.


      Preheat oven to 275 °F. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. Condition all clay by kneading until it’s soft and smooth or running it through the Clay Conditioning Machine for several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.

      STEP 1

      Cut triangles and place together as shown in the photo below. Note that the outside pieces are just one triangle cut in half. This is known as the Skinner Blend.

      STEP 2

      Fold this assembly in half from top to bottom. Roll through the Clay Conditioning Machine FOLD-FIRST on a #1 setting. Keep folding and rolling, always in the same direction. This will take about 20 times

      STEP 3

      Now you have your final blend. See how the colors flow! Now, fold in half and roll with a brayer or rod to remove any air bubbles. You now have 2 layers of clay in a #1 thickness.

      STEP 4

      Cut a thin slice off the long edge (about ¼ inch). Roll each edge in different directions. NOTICE: The size of the swirl can be determined by how you slice this piece.

      STEP 5

      Here is the basic pendant. The bottom piece is just the whole slice rolled up and the edge trimmed off to form a bead.

      STEP 6

      There are endless variations of these two patterns. In this example a whole swirl was added to the top of the pattern. See how cutting the slices thinner created smaller pieces?

      STEP 7

      The swirls are pretty difficult to pierce holes in, but it's possible with patience. On most of the pendants, like this one, Translucent Liquid Sculpey was used between the two swirls and the bottom piece to create one large pendant. Then you only have to partially pierce the top of each swirl to glue the rubber cording in after baking. The circular swirls at the top of this piece would be pierced completely and threaded onto the cording before the final gluing.


      This necklace is strung on Soft-Flex, so each piece is completely pierced.


      This piece has the center three elements affixed with Translucent Liquid Sculpey and the top two swirls and accent beads are completely pierced.

      Sand & Shell Wedding Favor Candles � Candle Making |

      Sand & Shell Candle HolderIf you’re having a beach themed wedding, this sand and seashell candle would make a perfect little wedding favor to offer guests.

      If not, they’d still look pretty in many other settings. I’m nowhere near the beach, and that may be why I love them so much.

      Seashells also look pretty in gel candles, or you could display candles inside bigger shells. I’ve noticed that there’s a trend to use wedding candle holders for both candles and place settings. It’s a nice effect, but I’m not crazy about propping up paper near a flame.

      If you want more wedding candle favor ideas, browse for them Wedding planner Miranda Brett will also show you the latest top wedding favors at