D.I.Y. Project,

hello hello. i am back with more cute DIYs for Holiday gift giving! If you missed project one you can see it right here

2. Laptop Sleeve and Sash [a gift for guys] by Katie 

Guys-laptop-sleeve-1supplies needed:  cotton fabric [i had one print and a coordinating solid], felt, double sided fusible interfacing, elastic, measuring tape, straight edge, scissors/rotary cutter, pins, pen, paper, sewing machine, thread.

Guys-laptop-sleeve-supplies1.  Measure your laptop's length, width, and depth and write down on your paper.  [Our Macbook Pro has measurements of 14" (l) x 9.5"(w) x 1" (d).] 2.  Double the length [for me, it would be 28"] and add the depth measurement to it [28"+1"=29"].  Write that down as well.  3.  Add the depth [1"] twice to the width [9.5"+1"+1"=11.5"].  Write that number down.4.  Cut your cotton fabric a little bit larger than you'll end up needing it to be.  [I added an inch or so to each side.]5.  Cut the felt and interfacing to the same size as the fabric.6.  Follow the instructions for fusing the fabric and felt together that are on the interfacing package.7.  Trim off the excess.  [Mine ended up being 29"x11.5"]8.  Fold in half so the right sides are together  [Mine was 14.5" x 11.5" and the felt was on the outside.]  And pin.9.  Use your sewing machine to sew 0.25" seams on the two long [14.5"] sides.10.  Turn right side out and set aside.11.  Make a casing for elastic that will fit around the length of your laptop and case out of a coordinating cotton.12.  Measure how long you need your elastic to be and trim to desired length [Mine was 26.5".  It was snug but not too tight.]13.  Insert into your casing and sew shut.14.  Put your "sash" on your laptop sleeve to keep it from sliding out.15.  Enjoy.
Guys-laptop-sleeve-3Guys-laptop-sleeve-3Guys-laptop-sleeve-1(thanks so much katie! i definitely want to make one of these for my special man.)      

3. Crafty Mini Holiday Tree by Holly Sarah


You can purchase little pine trees at your local florist or grocery store, for a very reasonable price. Usually $4-$9 (the one I got was already sprayed with silver glitter, how cute!) You can easily "spruce" it up (hehe) with some craft supplies that you have kicking around!  I decided to hang buttons from the branches using thread, and crochet a simple chain garland with white yarn to go around it.  I topped the tree with a black velvet ribbon bow, and voila!  It's sure to bring a smile, and brighten the day of the recipient.  

Other ideas for decorating your mini tree:

- paper cut snowflakes

- ribbon garland

- hand cut felt shapes

- peppermints

- baked sculpey figures

- the possibilities are endless!

I hope everyone has a fabulous Christmas season... and Happy Hollydays!

XOXO holly


4. Painted Vintage Owl by Elsie

IMG_4528 Vintage owls made of wood or porcelain are easy to find at local thrift shops, flea markets or on Etsy. When you are shopping for one be sure to check it thoroughly for cracks and chips. These cute accessories can be easily modernized with spray paint (on porcelain) or acrylic paint (on wood). Create one or a little collection as a fun home decor gift. 

The above example is a wall hanging piece like these... 

Owl-elsie-home and here are some figurine versions painted with spray paint... 


5. Felt Oven Mitt by Emma     

Felt-oven-mittens[for full instructions look here.]  SO cute! 

here's a sneak peek at my mini wreath from my next post... 

Elsie-crocheted-wreathHope you have a lovely evening!  XO. elsie

ps. Style School is close to capacity (selling like pancakes, if you will...). However, Leigh-Ann and I have decided to keep registration open until Christmas because we've received so many e-mails about people wanting to give & receive the class as a gift (yay!). We think the class makes a great gift too, so if you purchase a spot (or if someone purchases one for you) before Christmas we are now including a cute gift certificate that you can print out so you have something to actually wrap & give! After Christmas registration will be closed, so please don't delay if you have your heart set on a spot. We won't repeat this class. We have full info about Style School here. Or you can contact Leigh-Ann with questions (or if you've already purchased the class as a gift you can request a gift certificate print out!) LA (AT) redvelvetart.com Thanks! 



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