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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dress Up Anything for Christmas

*The following bizarre tutorial was written tag team style by Vannah and me.
And it's hard to tell who wrote what*
 We need a few scraps of green felt, some faux fur, a small ornament, some ribbon, and a willing fish.
 Hey! No scrolling ahead just because you're freaked out by the fish!
 Mark off the measurements for your hat/the triangles it will be made of. Ours is approx. 4 inches from bottom to tip, and 3 inches across the bottom.

 Anyway, cut two triangles out of bright green felt.

 Pin and stitch to form a cone with the bottom open.
 Like this.
 Then cut out a rectangle from the fur. This one is about 7 inches by 2.

 Pin and sew it into a loop, sewing on the side that isn't furry.

 Then flip so the fur is all on the outside.

 Fold it up in half.

 Now thread up your needle and sew the fur so that it stays folded.

 Now sew the fur to the hat. We used a whip stitch, but sew it on however you find it easiest.

 Hey, look! It's a hat!

 And it seems to stand up. That's a plus.
 Now get your shiny ornament!

 And sew it on as shown.

 Downside? Now there's fur everywhere. Oh well.
Yeah, we have a box of mannequin arms.
 How Seuss is this?
 Now cut out two lengths of ribbon! This way the fish can't swim away. Haha.
Sew them onto the brim of the hat as shown~

 Then strap it on your beta fish from Z Gallerie. Or on your giant ceramic greyhound. Or that huge brass monkey Aunt Myrtle gave you that lives in the closet until December when you know she'll be over, cheeseball in tow.

 The point is, with scraps and a few minutes, you can turn anything into a decoration.
And let's face it, you're laughing.
We do too, every time we see it.


Musings from Kim K. said...

Dr. Seuss would definitely approve. I'm LOVING it...even if it required a sewing needle.

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

True, true - i AM laughing. You made a hat for your fish! :)

And why do yo have a box of mannequin arms??

Sherri B. said...

Fabulous! ....I want a box of mannequin arms.

Life in Rehab said...

Weird story...

My SIL, who works at Ann Taylor, came over to break the news about Mom the other night. After a few glasses of wine, she just suddenly blurted, "Hey, I have a big box of mannequin parts in the car. Do you want them?" Naturally, I said yes. I mean, who wouldn't, right?

My oldest son and his friends arrived on the scene a half hour later after shooting a new movie all day, and they were THRILLED, pronouncing me the best stage mom ever. When your kids are theater geeks, you look at opportunities differently.

Erin said...

That fish is awesome!!! I love it and the demo by the arm...terrific!!!

Tami / Maddie Lumpkin said...

Too funny! I have 2 mannnequin legs! My aunt is in retail.She carried them on the plane with her to bring them to me. Got a lot of stares in the airport! Originally planned on making a leg lamp,but use them @ Halloween instead.So versatile,should do a blog on all their uses! LOL Wonder what they'd bring on Ebay?????

The Autocrat: Haley said...

OMG! Too cute and funny!

Beth @ Wiccan Make Some Too said...

It is totally you Sunny! lol

Tara @ Tara Being Tara said...

Best line ever - "Yeah, we have a box of mannequin arms."

Michelle @ Dream Home DIY said...

Hahahaha, L-O-V-E. So kooky and crazy.....just my kinda perfect :0)

Unknown said...

Hahahaha! I love this! It reminds me of a cermic goose that an old neighbor had when I was growing up. Every season she would dress it up - for summer it had a hawaiian shirt or floatie, for spring it had rainboots and a rain coat, and for winter it had a complete santa outfit.

LOL I love this, though! Now I just need to find an awesome ceramic animal to play dressup with...


Christie describeHappy said...

Ok, so, I'm looking through this tutorial... scraps of felt with no apparent shape... furry thing.. you keep talking about a fish. I felt like "man I'm having a wild day I can't even comprehend a blog post..." only to hit the punch line at the end and I am still cracking up! Funny, just this morning I was saying how I should dress my duck up Christmas. I may just have to now in your honor. Thanks for keeping real and really keeping me laughing!!

lisbonlioness said...

Before I got to the fishy bit, I thought "why so small? I'd wear that!"
Now I can't stop laughing!

Michelle L. said...

That is so perfect and hilarious. A beachy Christmas to all!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

This is so cute, and I was pretty freaked out about the fish!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

You absolutley win the originality prize for this one...I figured out it was going to be a hat...but for a fish - never! Wonderful.

MJ said...

hahahaha love the fish! You just made my morning :)

Robin Ange said...

I love the cuteness of this little hat. Tiny hats are quite hip.
Thank you for linking up to

Anonymous said...

ha ha and the only odd part I thought was "why does she have mannequin arms?" No "how can she be putting it on a 'live' fish?" as the comment implies or the strange look to the folded up fur (my mind's in odd places this morning)..No it was the mannequin arms LOL The Fish looks cute :)

maggy, red ted art said...

These are really cute and made me smile!! You do come up with the most original stuff!!

As always, great to see you on Kids Get Crafty!!!


Jami said...

You are so right, this little hat would make anything Christmasy! That fish is both hilarious and adorable. How do you do that?? Thanks for linking up with Theme Party Thursday!

Anne said...

With such a snazzy hat, that fish ought to look happier... guess he doesn't realize how cute he is... thanks for the smile!

Susan Anderson said...

Oh my gosh. You are just too creative! I love it.

Merry Christmas!


JDaniel4's Mom said...

Lucky fish! He has wonderful hat for the holidays!

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

No I want a box of mannequin arms. See what reading blogs can do to you. How fun would it be to live at your house!

Judie said...

Hahaha! What a great tag project! I love it!

Teresa said...

How very cute!

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

Hope you well, season's greetings!

Awards 4 U, Merry Christmas, Thanks 4 Being My Friend!


Awards 4 U, Stay Blessed

lovely crafts.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

haha! Awesome! It is definitely Dr. Suess-esque! I love your fish too! and your mannequin hand/arm and thanks for sharing your fun, fun, fun tutorial! Your fish looks very ready for celebrating!

Blessings & Aloha!

Susan said...

soooo adorable!

Warm, Bright blessings of the season to you and yours!


Jenny said...

I love this! It is so festive and different in green. I can almost see it done with red felt circles appliqued on as well.

I'm late visiting your blog, and I apologize for that.

But at least I can be early wishining you a 2011 filled with creativity and joy!

Thank you for being a part of A-T.. You really help make this meme special.