It is that time of the month again when I join my friends and we bring to you our unique projects from all over the world. Yes I am talking about the International Bloggers Club. Last month we started a new theme that involves using the Anniversary years as our guideline. We featured projects with paper last month and this month we are going to show you ideas with cotton.
I had gone shopping at a Marshall's and seen this gnome. And I was going to buy it too since it was so cute. But then I thought "what sort of self-respecting DIYer am I to buy one when I can make it." And since I knew this month we should be working on cotton with the IBC I decided that should be my project.
But did I succeed? You will have to decide. And so I share with you how to fail miserably at gnome making.
I was so excited I got my fabric ready and even a piece of plastic to serve as the base or butt of the gnome. But unfortunately for me, I could not figure out a way to put the body together with the base. So after half an hour of frustration and Grey's Anatomy binge watching, I gave up!
In fact I was so dejected I thought of doing another post all together on how I saved money by buying cheap cotton curtains and making a valance for my kitchen.
But instead something else happened. While browsing the internet I was bombarded with pumpkins. And that is when I got the idea! I said "self, why not make your gnome have a pumpkin body?" Why not indeed? And that is how my pumpkin became a gnome.
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What I Used:
The How To:
I wanted to use cotton but since my pumpkin, er, gnome would be a round shape I chose to use cotton jersey which is more elastic than a regular piece of fabric. Well for the life of me I did not know where to get this so I when I went to Micheal's to get the beard, I also spotted their gigantic T-shirts in white cotton. It would be perfect for my project.
Since I didn't need the whole T-shirt I cut up the back half into a square shape.
I then folded it up twice so I had four sections.
Next, I loosely cut out a quarter of a circle.
A circle, not perfect but for my purposes it didn't have to be.
Using a thick needle and yarn, I sewed a loose stitch all around the edge of the circle.
It would be my drawstring.
The next step was to add the stuffing. My sweet pup has destroyed quite a few pillows since we got him, and I, being the ever diligent recycler, had saved the stuffing cause you just know it would come in handy! Lo and behold I needed it for this project.
You will be happy to know that I have since made new pillows and he has not bit them once. Good boy!
The hands and feet were both made the same way. By folding rectangular pieces of fabric, and then sewing the two sides, I had pockets which I then stuffed with poly stuffing.
The legs were made longer than the hands. The were sewn onto the bottom of the pumpkin shape. But by now we should not be thinking of pumpkins, we should definitely see a gnome in all of this! Right?
Finally it was time for the hat. Now I was not going to go out of my way to make a new hat. Let's say that by this point I was thoroughly fed up with this project and was not feeling the gnome vibe!
What did I do? I said to myself, "self didn't your girl buy a new hat the other day? Maybe she no longer wants that old purple beanie?" But in order to put the beanie on top of the pumpkin, er gnome, I had to have substance under the hat. So I came up with this clever solution (because I was feeling less than clever throughout this whole project so far).
Using a piece of cardboard, I twisted it into a cone shape as you can see below.
I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece and New York.
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