January 19, 2012

Just Like New - Pretty Handy Girl

So, Tuesday was the filming for Martha.  I will share lots of details soon, but for now here's a little picture my sister took from the audience before the filming.  (It's proof  I can use to remind myself that it actually happened :)

Today while I'm gone we have a guest post from Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl.  She has a garden flag project to share with us today.

Welcome Brittany!

Thanks for having me over today Cheri! I'm honored to be here and I hope your readers enjoy my tutorial for making a stained placemat look "JUST LIKE NEW" as a Valentine's Day garden flag!


Before I get started, I'd like to introduce myself.  I'm Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl and I'm on a very serious mission. My goal is to empower others to complete their own DIY projects. That's right, that includes you! Whether it is crafts, sewing, home decor, home improvement, home repair or power tools — I'm going to teach you how you can do it too!If you pop over to my blog, Pretty Handy Girl, you'll learn how to replace an ugly electrical outlet; how to make your own piping for cushions and pillows;



 I also have been hosting a series called Tool Tutorial Friday where I teach you how to use power tools and other essential DIY tools. I hope you'll join me sometime soon.
 Do you have kids? Or maybe just a messy spouse? Well, I have all three (two boys and a spouse) and that equates to a lot of messes around my home. Plus, a lot of stains. It figures that when I bought new placemats at the Dollar Tree, they wouldn't last the week without getting stained.


I could have tried my miracle stain remover formula on them, but honestly I'm not sure what I was thinking when I bought ivory fabric placemats (mental head slap.) The good news is that it gave me an opportunity to make a new garden flag for our yard! In December I made this Let it Snow flag:


 However, the message seems to have been lost on Mother Nature because we are experiencing record warm temps in the Carolinas, AND would you believe that our daffodils are already coming up?! I decided not to challenge the fickle Mother anymore. Instead I embraced the weather and the upcoming holiday by creating this "Bee" Mine flag.


 Start by collecting some supplies. Feel free to substitute what you have on hand. 

  • Dollar Store placemat
  • Ruler
  • Soap sliver (pencil or disappearing fabric marker)
  • Letter stencils (I chose a set by Martha Stewart Plaid)
  • Round paint brush
  • Tulip Fabric paint (white and black)
  • Tulip glitter fabric paint
  • Tulip glitter transfer sheets
  • Fabric scraps (red, pink and white)
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Scrap fabric, towel or rag (for ironing the glitter iron-ons)
  • White thread
  • Scissors
Begin by ironing all the fabric you will be using (including the placemat).

Fold over one of the short sides of the placemat at 2.25 inches. Crease the fold by ironing it.

Stitch along the edge to create a pole pocket.

Use your stencils (or freehand) to paint the letters M-I-N-E onto red fabric.

Draw a heart around the words using the soap sliver. Cut out you heart shape.

Cut several more hearts out of the fabric scraps. Cut some hearts out of glitter transfer sheets.

Cut out a bee shape using gold and black glitter iron-on sheets (or fabric scraps.) Create wings for the bee by cutting a figure 8 shape out of white fabric.

Lay out the shapes on the placemat and adjust them until you are happy with the design (and you have strategically covered the stain!) Pin all the fabric pieces in place.

Stitch around the edges of the fabric shapes using a blanket or other decorative stitch.

Leave an opening at the top of some of the bigger hearts. Push a small wad of stuffing into the hearts using the eraser end of a pencil.

Finish stitching the heart closed and stitch the remaining fabric hearts onto the placemat flag.

Time to iron on those glittery hearts! Peel the clear backing off the hearts and bee.

Lay them onto the placemat/flag, lay a piece of scrap cloth on top and then heat the glitter shapes with an iron for 40 seconds to adhere them to the flag.

Sew around the bee's wings and add some stuffing if desired. Paint a little bee travel line with the round paint brush and black fabric paint.

Paint glitter hearts to fill in any "holes" in your design.

Let the paint dry and then prominently display your new garden flag.

It won't bee long before you get compliments from the neighbors.

Thanks for having me as your guest today. I hope y'all have a wonderful January and a Happy Valentine's Day!

Thanks for being here Brittany.  Feel free to leave a comment for Brittany here or you can visit her blog HERE.

Thank you for reading.


Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

What a great idea. The flags turned out so cute too! And Cheri, you look like you fit right in on the set. Love that sweater too. I can't wait to hear more about your experience!

The Miller Five said...

AAAAAHHHH!! You look awesome Cheri! I can't wait to read about how it went. The flag is super cute Brittany!

Tiffany said...

Look at your hair - GORGEOUS! I really like that reading nook, they should come in adult size. Can't wait to get the full skinny on Miss Martha, hope you're enjoying NY I am 90 minutes away, we should have MET! dang it!! If you come back let me know if your interested, I will take the day off to hang out in NYC anytime. Happy Thursday Chica.

Amy said...

very cute flag! Cheri, you look so happy to be there with Martha! Congrats! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Jeanette said...

Cheri, I just spotted your cute picture valentine on the I {heart} faces blog!! http://www.iheartfaces.com/2012/01/valentines-day-photos/

Andrea said...

I agree, your hair looks awesome!! So long, too :)

Anna said...

wohoo cheri! you + martha= way cool

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

Wow, what a coincidence. I hadn't ever heard of that blog until last weekend she asked if she could use a Valentine wreath I made out of an old wool coat for an article she was doing on Parentables! Exciting stuff and what an adorable project she made. I am wondering what you think of Martha!

Аленушка said...

Hi!! I'm so happy to join your site (I had some problems with that). I'm so excited аbout your participation in Martha's show. I want to belive that you had a good on filming. Tell me, please, if it possible to see your show using internet, my country is too far - we have no Martha on TV. Be happy!! You are wonderful person.
Aljona from far away Belarus

- Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl said...

Thanks so much for the kind comments on my placemat flag. And thank you Cheri for inviting me to be your guest!

Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl


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