Ready for some hand sewing by the fireplace.
It’s a grey, rainy day here in southern France – disappointing as today is a public holiday.
I thought some bright, cheery colour would help the situation so here is a mini-tutorial for another lantern makeover I completed the other week.
This lantern came from Castorama (which I think is only in Europe), but you could easily adapt any rice paper lantern to the task.
My lantern was already half green (full green would make the room look really weird at night), but it needed a little something extra, I thought. Wary of how long the bunting lantern took me I was keen for something more instantly gratifying this time round, so paper it had to be.
I went with a starburst pattern; heavy at the bottom and sparser at the top. Kind of like the little suckers were fleeing the lantern. I just used a dab of craft glue to stick them on.
Or maybe the red?
Here it is back up on the ceiling.
Perhaps not as flash as the bunting one, but so much quicker and easier to make. And with all the different paper punches out there, you could easily create a masterpiece.
Hope your week’s started off well, and not as wet as ours. I’ll be back a little later today with a little giveaway. Nothing earth shattering, but hopefully inspirational for someone!
Process posts in quilting blogland were all the rage a month or so ago and I love them. It’s so interesting to see where everyone gets their ideas and how a final creation comes together. So here’s my version.
1. I need to make another quilted baby mat for a little boy.
2. I read too many home decorating magazines.
3. I <3 IKEA.
These three coalesced the other day when I saw this picture:
And then this in IKEA:
I loved the bold colours in this doona/duvet/eiderdown (whatever you call it) cover and pillowslip set.
Lots of matching material in nicely sized squares ready to be hacked to pieces and sewed back together again.
Quilting does seem a little silly when you think of it this way, so I prefer to think of my re-sewing as value-adding.
So the bathroom photo was translated into a design chart (I inverted the blues and the greens as I had more of the later):
I cut out a hellofalotta squares and started laying it out.
Then I tweaked it a bit, moving a few squares here and there.
So, to the kitchen for cuppa and a think.
1. What is it that I love about the original inspiration photo?
2. I love the subtle graduations in colour between the turquoises and aquas.
3. I also love the use of larger squares to frame the smaller, more mosaic-like squares.
4. Why is it so quiet?
5. Where is that kid – you know the one, small, no hair. Other two children shrug around their mid-morning snacks.
6. Crap, did I remember to shut the study door?
No. No, I did not.
I really wasn’t upset because I already knew I wouldn’t be making that quilt (plus the little guy was having such a great time it was impossible not to laugh).
The big kids were mortified, having followed the process all morning. My son was especially enamoured with the ‘quilt map’. I think he’s going to be an engineer (bless him).
While I fed the baby they picked up all the squares and put them into separate piles for me. Yay, kisses all round.
Later, that night, I tried some other layouts. I knew that I really wanted to explore the colour-graduation thing. And that some white was needed.
These are just small mock-ups to get an idea of how the pattern would look – the finished quilt will be larger. I used one inch paper strips to make the borders (much quicker to lay out and move around than fabric).
I still plan to make my original design, but using a more subtle colour range as per the original inspiration.
But for the redesigns, I think I’m going to go with the first one. Which do you prefer?
There’s nothing like a good crafting session to raise the spirits. It’s fun to create one-of-a-kind home decor items, and this paper lantern DIY will help you do just that. Whatever crazy colour you’ve painted your living room/nursery/front porch, it doesn’t matter – you can make a fantastic paper lantern with adorable bunting to match it perfectly!
The first thing you’ll need for this paper lantern DIY is, not surprisingly, a paper lantern! 🙂 These plain paper lanterns are very common – you can find them on Amazon*, in all different sizes and even colours.
I needed binding to attach my little flags to – so long 2 inch strips of fabric were ironed into binding. (For those unfamiliar with making binding, iron the material in half long ways, open up and fold each edge into the centre and iron again, then fold the whole thing back in half on itself. Keeps all the messy cut edges folded inside.)
If you’re not interested in making your own binding, you can buy it pre-made in 3 yd lengths. It comes in lots of colours – there’s a selection here*, including one in gold lamé*, which is very fancy.
Then I released my bunting lantern into the wilderness. Here it is in it’s new home:
Another project ticked off my list.
If you enjoyed this paper lantern DIY, good news, I have another paper lantern decorating tutorial over here.
Happy DIYing my friends!
One that gets you really excited?
I had one last night. I could see the finished product in my head, even knew exactly where I’d hang it once it was done and dusted.
I knew what I wanted but I wasn’t quite sure how to go about it.
So the pencils came out.
Then I used a few paper models to get my head around it before I tried some prototypes.
Hmmm, no. Too bulky on the main fold lines.
Ahhhhmmm, another no. Why are there seams on the foldy-over parts?
Not even going to bother.
My sad, messy desk this morning.
But I haven’t given up. The idea just needs some more marinating time.
Compromise needs to be made between my brain and my actual sewing abilities!
Finished this one off today, a gift for my new nephew.
I followed Rita’s recipe faithfully as I really liked the cross-hatching.
My sister requested darker colours on the back, for those not-so-clean baby days.
I’m really looking forward to delivering this in person next month.
I’ve finished sewing a pair of cushions.
Initially I was only making one cushion, but when I this stripy patched square for the backing I thought it should be a cover of its own. I’m happy the offcuts of my log cabin triangle blocks found a home here, too.
And here’s how the triangles turned out.
I decided to use white piping to bring out the centre circle. Note to self – next time allow for half inch rather than quarter inch seams all the way around – much less fiddly, particularly with the myriad of overlapping log cabin seams.
The backs were two pieces of contrasting Good Folks’ material and a zipper closure.
Those colours are just fantastic.
I’m so glad I love the way they’ve turned out as they took a looooong time to put together.
Next up, a baby quilt using these fabrics:
Spring – a great time for new projects. And I need a new project – what with raising a family, learning French, trying to become a proficient sewer and attempting to get back into running after baby no. 3 – I have so* much time to fill. Why not start a blog?
- sewing/craft projects
- things about life in France that float my boat