Quilt Hoop Spider Web DIY

It’s widely known that Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. I imagine it’s probably a fave for any crafter, as it has so many handmade opportunities: decorations, costumes, themed food…Struggling to come up with the prefect Halloween decor theme for our front porch, AKA prime candy dispensing hotspot, I decided to take my cues from nature. More specifically, I took my cues from all of the creepy nature that is determined to cling to our house exterior no matter how many times we try to relocate it: gigantic spiders and their enormous webs.
We have them in such abundance this time of year, I thought why not stop fighting it and just work with it. This, of course, led to my first ever Halloween DIY…

Quilt Hoop Spider Webs

What you will need for one web:

One quilt hoop. Mine were about 6″ in diameter.
White or cream colored yarn
Tape or hot glue
Scissors

Spider Web DIY Step 1

Begin by cutting 6 or more strips of yarn long enough to stretch across the inside hoop piece. Stretch and tape, or glue, them one at a time so they have a common center, but aren’t too perfectly spaced. You’ll want them to be a little uneven for a more natural web affect. Lastly, try looping the final string under and over where the previous strings meet and kind of guide where you’d like the center to be before you tape down that last end.

Spider Web DIY Step 2

Now unravel about 2 feet of yarn, and tape ONE end so that it matches the rest of the web. Hold the end of that yarn out, and clamp your outside quilt hoop piece down tightly to help hold the taped pieces in place.

Spider Web Step 3

Start your weaving by making your initial wrap over and under the center point with this long strand (this just keeps it taut). Now all you do is wrap each strand once before continuing on to the next. This is what creates the spiral pattern, so be sure you are moving out from the center as you move around.

Spider Web DIY Step 4

Once you’ve gotten to the outside edge with your spiraling, just release the outside hoop and tuck the end in with the others, tape, clip off the excess, and replace the outside hoop. I’m probably going to use this same idea for some much larger webs on my porch, but for now I’m loving these as easy spooky Halloween décor on the inside!

Spider Web DIY Finished

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Fabric Bowl

It seems like I have the inability to pass through the Holidays without some form of sickness. One year it was the flu on Christmas Day, before that it was a kidney stone on New Years. Add some sinus problems and the occasional pneumonia in there and you just start to expect it. Luckily this year it was only a head cold, so I still had the ability to eat leftover cookies and drink hot rum cider. However, being sequestered to the couch is not something I do well, and so I needed a project I could work on between sneezes and episodes of the Twilight Zone Marathon. These little fabric bowls are super easy and will utilize lots and lots of random scrap fabrics, yarn, and even some left over ribbons from Christmas presents if you want to get super creative; not to mention they are perfect for those days that you want to be productive but you just can’t get off of the couch.

Fabric Bowl Step 1

Gather your scissors, fabric, yarn, and a needle with a large and eye and gauge (a curved upholstery needle works best). Now cut or rip the fabric you want to use into long strips about 3/4″ to 1″ wide. You won’t know how many strips you want until the bowl gets bigger so keep the fabric handy.

Fabric Bowl Step 2

Cut the yarn to about 4 feet (this length might not last the whole bowl, but will get you quite a ways), thread the needle with it, and begin with a knot at one end of a fabric strip. This will be the starting point and the very center of your bowl, you will spiral out from here.

Fabric Bowl Step 3

Now start wrapping the fabric with the yarn as you go around, making sure to always grab two layers of fabric with each pass through with the needle. What I love about this project is that it’s messy and imperfect and each bowl looks completely different…so don’t worry too much about being precise.

* Twist the fabric a bit as you go and it will be easier to work with*

Fabric Bowl Step 4

Try and keep the bowl flat for a while, it will start to curve upward naturally as it gets bigger, but it needs a good base.

*Whenever you need to add a new fabric strip just overlap an inch of the remaining strip with an inch of the new one and twist. Once you’ve passed around it with your yarn a few times with will be completely incorporated.*

Fabric Bowl Step 5

Try adding different colors with each fabric strip.  I finished mine out at the top by wrapping the top two layers completely with the yarn and then passing it back underneath with the needle to lock it in place. Now you’re done! I wouldn’t wish this Cold on anyone, but if you should find yourself laid up on the couch surrounded by Kleenex this just might brighten your day:)