Sew “Twirls for Girls” – A Great Way to Give Back (Day #12)

Friday, December 17th, 2010

There’s just something special about this time of year.

A spirit of giving.

And so though it is a very busy time of year, it can also be a great time of reflection and gratitude. Christmas is just around the corner and we want to share with you about a campaign we began 4 years ago. It’s called, “Twirls for Girls.”

We have 3 different doll skirt patterns to choose from and they are yours for free. Click for the link to the patterns. Each differs in difficulty and style – the patchwork twirl, the reversible skirt and the pettiskirt. If you are short on time or even a beginning sewer, you will definitely want to watch Kim’s “how-to” video down below. You’ll quickly see that if you have some scraps of fabric lying around, you really can finish the reversible skirt in just a few minutes!

We love what Eva shared with us last year after hearing about this project:

“As a little girl who was not going to have a Christmas with present’s, I remember what loving peron(s) who lovingly gave their time to sew a doll dress and nighty for a doll I had never seen. I now had a Christmas to remember. I would love to give back. With money tight, one can always find a ‘piece of fabric’ to sew something for a little someone to make their Christmas. This I intend to do this Christmas. Thanks for the information. Now I MUST get sewing! Thanks for the ‘nudge and a place to start. Sewing grandma who never forgot!”

Kris’ daughter made several all by herself last year. For a first-time sewer, she was so proud to be able to turn them into our local Toys for Tots drop-off box! Even just days before Christmas, she couldn’t have had a wider grin on her face!

And that’s what it’s all about. :)

Merry Christmas!

-Kris and Kim

Make Unique and Inexpensive Photo Gifts (Day #11)

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

We think photographs make some of the very best gifts you could give. Here are a few ideas!

1. In about 2 minutes, we turned a small photo into a necklace! We found these metal frames in the jewelry section of a craft store. We added a photo to one side and scrapbook paper to the other side. Simply “sandwhich” the photo/scrapbook paper between the 2 glass squares that come with the metal frame kit and you’re done! Talk about easy!

2.  Last year we made this keepsake photo block using a glass craft block we purchased at a craft store.  You can also use the glass blocks carried in home improvement stores!  We measured the glass block.  Then we took that measurement and decreased it by 1″ on all sides and cut our photo to be that new size.  We placed the photo onto a sticky black vinyl square (same size as block) and adhered it to the back of the block.  We added the date the couple were married, as well as “you and me” cut from vinyl.  Easy!

3.  This next idea comes from one of our episodes from our first season!  Using a photograph, Mod Podge, and 1 and 2″ tile squares (yes, again from that home improvement store!) we made the “photos that pop”.  These can also be turned into fantastic jewelry.  If you missed that DIY Dish episode, you can view it here.

 4.  Another episode last season had us creating mixed media photo collages!  These are photos that have been transferred directly onto the canvas itself with Liquitex Gloss Medium. Very cool.  If you missed that episode, you can watch it here.

5.  And finally, here’s one that has endless possibilities! Create a collage with photos, scrapbook paper, and even burlap! We took the free download “love” design from Episode 9 this season, and added it to this framed collage. I can’t wait to give it to my daughter for Christmas!