No Sew Bow Tie

I would love to have a sewing station, where the machine is all set up ready to go, and all I have to do is sit down to get working. One day. While I'm waiting for that day, I will continue to use double sided tape for small 'sewing' projects. 

Castle needed a bit of flash on his outfit for the annual Christmas Gala that our church puts on. It's a formal event, and we look forward to it each year because we get to see everyone all in one place, plus make ourselves all pretty and dapper! So to add a little shimmer to Castle's outfit, I made a bow tie for him.

Since he is only going wear this once, I figure I can get away with making it without sewing. He's already yanked on the bow tie a few time during the tryout and it has stayed intact.

To make this you will need:
Fabric of your choice (Champagne Satin shown here, to match Daddy's tie)
Double sided tape (1/2" wide)
Woven Elastic Band

Cut fabric to a 5" square.
On the front side of the fabric, line three edges with double sided tape.
Make a roll with the fabric and peel off the top of the tape to stick. Fold the sticky side down to stick to the opposite edge, front of fabric to front, to make a seam. Make sure you roll the correct edge so that it looks like the above, with double sided tape on each end of the tube.
Here comes the only tricky part. Peel off the top of the tape on one end of the tube and tuck the sticky tape edged bit back into the tube, while aligning the long seam in the middle, as above. Press to seal.
Do the same to the other side. Now there's no raw fabric edges showing.
Cut another pice of fabric 2 1/2" X 3", and tape the seam, on the long side, to make a roll as per before. This will be the middle of the bow tie.
Use some double sided tape at the ends to secure the middle piece to the big piece.
Wrap the middle piece around the big piece, with exposed seams at the back, and adjust the shape of the bow tie.
Trim off the excess, and use double sided tape again to secure.
Measure an elastic to go around your little one's neck, and thread it into the back. I actually peeled back the middle part to taped it on for added security. Also, I used a little piece of tape on the raw edge of the middle piece to prevent fraying.
There it is. Andrew couldn't even tell it was put together with tape. Now that he knows I can whip up a bow tie in 10 minutes he said he's going to request them from now on, with funky fabrics and patterns, and matching ones with Castle.
All ready to go.

Music Score Sheet Wreath

Paper is my favourite crafting medium. It's inexpensive, forgiving, and versatile.

I found the music score book in a thrift store. I felt a little bad about cutting up Tchaikovsky and Beethoven but it's okay if it's for a good cause.

To make this, you will need a practically free DIY square wreath form, and a pile of paper leaves.

How to make a pretty leaf:
Cut on the 'bias' of the page (on an angle) so that the music score is running across the leaf on a diagonal, not strait up and down or straight across. 

Also, score the middle of the leaf with the tip of a scissor in a curve and fold, just like the curvy red line in the middle leaf. You can see the difference between the leaf on the left and on the right. Left leaf, straight fold, blah. Right leaf, curvy fold, pretty! 

Last, cut leaves of different sizes for variety.
Glue leaves with hot glue onto the wreath form.

Glue the second row over lapping the first, covering the not-so-pretty toilet roll.

Keep going gradually around the corner. 

Until about here.
It was at this point that I ran out of leaves and glue.

I needed more leaves than I thought. In total I used about 6 sheets of music.
Make sure to leaf around the tube to hide most of the toilet paper roll. 

On the back of the wreath, glue on something to hang it with. I used a giant paper clip, it was what I had within arms reach. Yikes, the back side is so ugly.

Good thing the front is not.

Square Wreath Form

A practically free DIY square wreath form.
Made from toilet paper rolls.
Gather / save your toilet paper / paper towel rolls. The Orchestral Excerpts book is not required for this, but it is for the wreath, which I will show you later. You will need 8 rolls.
To make the corner, cut two rolls on a 45 degree angle.
Tape together on the cut sides.
Make another...
And an other, and an other...
Now tape all four of them together.
I will get to that sheet music another day. Now we must go get ready for a Christmas party, that happens in the morning, on a weekday... for the kiddies, of course.

Chunky Knit Snood

I'm getting the hang of this knitting thing.
This is an chunky knit Snood (Scarf + Hood) or Cowl.
I used a thick merino wool yarn for this. And a simple pattern of course, just knit 1, purl 1, and repeat.
 Here's Castle, modelling it. It's for a bigger person, so imagine it on one with a thicker neck and bigger shoulders.
The thick yarn, simple pattern, and the small in nature project compounded to a very quick creation, which makes a great last minute Christmas gift.

P.S. Have you ever seen a watermelon like this?
Actually, I'm not even sure if it's a watermelon. What do you think it is? We found it at the Granville Island Market.

Mini Yarn Ball Snowman

Mini because he is going on the mini tree. But you can make these big too, for a big tree. Or very big, to be a table top decoration.
Super simple to make, this is an other very kid friendly craft. (They will need help with the hot glue part.)
To make mini yarn balls, wrap the yarn around your finger to start it off. Slip it out after a few wraps and keep wrapping until you have the size yarn ball you want.
Use a small dab of hot glue to secure the ends. Glue all three yarn balls together with more dabs of hot glue, and decorate.
Of course, you can be more elaborate than I. A mini top hat made of felt would have been cute.
Tie a yarn around the top of his head and you are done.
He now lives with the puffy paper star garland.