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It is important to decorate your dream
catcher with your favprite items. We figured you would want to showcase some of the seashells you have collected.
1. Tie a head knot to where you want your dream catcher to
hang from and then macramé your quilting hoop. I decided I wanted to spray paint one
of my hoops gold and add ribbon to another. You could modpodge fabric, or tightly warp it with yarn.
2. Lay your doily in the center of the quilting hoop and then secure the horizontal sides first, being sure to stretch and secure tightly. The best way to secure evenly is to divide by sections. I opted for 9 & 3 then 12 & 6 and so forth (clock sections). This way you can secure each side with even tension. Don't cut your twine after, let it dangle so you can attach your adornments.
3. Once your doily web is bound evenly inside the hoop, start adding your adornments. Braid ribbons and twine, add tassels, ornaments, feathers, shells, driftwood, beads, crystals, chimes, or anything of significance to you! If you're hoping for a little extra glamour in your dream-scapades, use Mod-Podge or another adhesive to glitter up your feather tips!
Hot glue proved to be incredibly helpful when working with fishing line and the beads.
Don't be afraid to over do it. You can always refine your choices.
Coastal DIY Link & Credit:
THINGS YOU WILL NEED:
White, 100% cotton towel
Rit liquid dye
Bucket or large bowl
2 yards fringed cotton trim (I found this at Hobby Lobby)
Sewing machine with white cotton thread
Large elastic bands
Step 1: Wrap Elastic Bands Around the Towel to Create Patterns
I tested out three different styles and patterns on towels. The pink towel was only dyed on the two ends of the towel. I wrapped four elastic bands about 1½ inches apart (as shown below). I used two to three elastic bands on each stripe and made sure they were very snug. For the single green circle in the center of the towel, I picked the towel up from the very center and then added six elastic bands about 1-inch apart.
Step 2: Prepare the Dye
In a bucket or large bowl, mix about 1/3 of a bottle of Rit liquid dye with about 1/2 gallon of hot water.
Step 3: Dip the Towel in the Dye
Always dye with hot water and rinse with cold water. It will help the dye set. Also adding a couple tablespoons of white vinegar in the rinse water can help keep the colors more vibrant.
Step 4: Rinse Out the Dye
Because I wanted to keep my dye patterns in specific spots on the towels and wanted to keep the rest of the towel crisp white, I was very careful when rinsing the dye out. I ran the dyed portions of the towel under running cold water for quite awhile. When the water started to run clear, I removed the rubber bands (the easiest way is to just cut them with a pair of scissors).
To help set the color, rinse the dyed portions of the towels in a some cold water with a couple tablespoons of white vinegar.
Line dry or put the towels in the dryer.
Step 5: Pin the Trim to the Ends of the Towel
Cut the fringed trim to the length of the towel's widths. Pin the trim to the ends of the towel. Turn the raw edges of the trim under.
Step 6: Sew the Trim to the Towel
Using a sewing machine, sew the trim onto the towel.
Step 7: Prevent the Edges of the Trim From Fraying
Apply a small amount of Fray Check to the edges of the trim. Allow it it to dry completely.
Summer is the perfect time to get crafty and make some fun things for your coastal home or next beach vacation. These easy and inexpensive towels are sure to make a splash!
PHOTO & DIY CREDIT:
Pom Pom Picnic Blanket DIY to get you beach ready. Try this DIY to give your summer picnic a little coatsal color.
TOTAL TIME: 60-90 Minutes
2 Yards of 60" wide (or wider) Terrycloth, Microfiber or Other Absorbent Fabric
6 Yards of Double Fold Bias Tape (If you choose a fabric that frays)
5 1/2 Yards of Each Trim of Your Choice (We chose fringe and two pom pom trims)
Yarn in Colors of Your Choice
Pom Pom Maker
Pencil or chalk
1. First you'll need to make a "compass" so you can draw your circle shape. Cut a piece of yarn 30" long and tie one end to your glue bottle and one end to your pencil/chalk.
2. Fold your fabric in half, good sides together. Hold the glue bottle on the center of the fold and, with the yarn fully extended, draw a half circle on your fabric with the pencil. The half circle should hit the fold on both ends.
3. Cut out the half circle through both layers of fabric and unfold... there's your circle!
4. If you're chosen a fabric that frays, you'll need to glue double fold bias tape over the entire edge of the circle. (We used microfiber and it was not necessary)
5. Follow the instructions that come with your pom pom maker to make the larger pom poms, if desired. To make multi-colored ones like I did, just continue adding different sections of color in "blocks" as you go.
6. Thread the yarn that you've tied the pom pom with through the needle and stitch onto the blanket. Or, if you prefer, you could also glue these straight onto the fabric and trim the excess yarn. We placed ours about one foot apart.
5. Then you're ready to add your trim! Glue the trim along the edge of your fabric (over the bias tape, if you've used it and over where the pom poms are attached) in small sections at a time. We started with fringe, than added pom pom trim.
6. Let dry completely and you're ready to go!