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The ultimate holiday book with chapters devoted to decorating the home, cooking fabulous holiday goodies and meals, and creating make-it-yourself gifts for kids and adults. 35+ recipes, 35+ projects, and 25+ tips!

"Let Better Homes and Gardens Holiday inspirations be your guide this holiday season. Packed with tempting recipes and simple ideas for decorating and crafting, this book is your ultimate resource for the holidays..."

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Overview

The ultimate holiday book with chapters devoted to decorating the home, cooking fabulous holiday goodies and meals, and creating make-it-yourself gifts for kids and adults. 35+ recipes, 35+ projects, and 25+ tips!

"Let Better Homes and Gardens Holiday inspirations be your guide this holiday season. Packed with tempting recipes and simple ideas for decorating and crafting, this book is your ultimate resource for the holidays..."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780696213755
  • Publisher: Meredith Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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With just a few ordinary elements, you can create an elegant and welcoming display in the foyer.


dramatic
entrance


In the spirit of "use what you have" decorating, put silver coffee urns, teapots, and sugar bowls to work as vases for flowers and candy canes; fill a silver bowl with red pears for more color. Lay an artificial wreath on the table and nestle a couple of small potted azaleas in the center. Then rest yellow apples around the wreath and add yellow-green bows for a bright accent. To dress up the mirror, buy several yards of red fabric and drape it over the top. For the candy cane crest, bundle canes together with florist's tape. Tie a bow over the tape to hide it, then wire the bundle to the mirror.


Dress your home in new clothes for the season with slipcovers, pillows, a hearth rug, and window scarves.


happy
holiday
makeover


The wardrobe shown here is easy to make from painters' canvas drop cloths, using fabric inks and rubber stamps to supply the holiday motifs. Dress up your everyday pillows with a button-on overlay or a grommeted tie-on slipcover. Then decorate the mantel, and you're set.


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FOR ALL PROJECTS:

rubber stamps with holiday designs (deeply cut stamps work best; choose large stamps for the chair and ottoman slipcovers, small stamps for the lampshade slipcover, valance, and mantel cloth)
stamp pads designed for fabric, such as Fabrico by Tsukineko, Inc. (other inks may not be permanent ormay bleed and tend to blur on fabric)
reinking liquid and fabric markers to match stamp pads (optional)


FOR CHAIR SLIPCOVER:

extra-heavyweight (9-10 oz.) canvas drop cloth to fit chair (available at paint stores and hardware stores)
sharp large-eye needle
2 yards ribbon
1/2-inch-diameter plastic pipe


chair slipcover

here's how ...

[1] To determine the size for the drop cloth, measure the chair as shown in the diagram. Add 24 inches to the side-to-side width measurement. Add 12 inches to the depth measurement. Cut the canvas to these measurements, piecing it if needed. Hem any raw edges.

[2] Using a single large stamp, randomly print the same design in different colors to create an overall pattern. (For the slipcover in the photo, the designer used a 2 1/2 x 5-inch Noel stamp and six colors of fabric ink and printed about 45 images per 3x5-foot section of cloth.)

[3] Let the ink dry, then heat-set by pressing for 30 seconds on the right side, using a pressing cloth between the iron and the fabric. Use a dry iron at the cotton setting. Center the drop cloth over the chair. Position the side, front, and back hems even with the floor. Tuck the excess fabric into the crevice between the seat cushion and the body of the chair, pushing it down as far as possible. The front corners will drape longer, and the back should hang freely.

[4] Cut two pieces of plastic pipe 4 inches shorter than the side measurements of the seat and one piece 4 inches shorter than the back measurement of the seat. Slide the plastic pipe down into the crevice between the cushion and body of the chair, pushing it down as far as you can to help hold the slipcover in place.

[5] Thread the needle with 1 yard of ribbon. At seat height of one front corner, gather the excess fabric in your hand. Just behind the gathers, push the needle through the fabric from one side to the other. Tie the ribbon over the gathers to hold the billowed fabric in place. Repeat for the other side.


drop cloth tips


Before starting any of these projects, read these general tips.

* To remove sizing and soften the fabric, wash and dry the drop cloths before cutting them.

* The fabric may shrink considerably, so buy a drop cloth larger than you need for each project.

* Cut the drop cloths to the sizes you'll need for each project and iron the fabric before stamping.

* Let the ink dry completely, then heat-set the designs by pressing with a dry iron. If you're working with large pieces such as a sofa slipcover, it may be easier to have a dry cleaner press the fabric for you.

* Always wash and dry the stamp before switching from one ink color to another; otherwise, the ink colors will be muddy, and the stamp will become blurry. Use an old toothbrush and warm tap water to clean the stamps.

* Use fabric markers to touch up any areas that did not stamp well or to fill in gaps in the borders of the swag and floorcloth.

* Hem cut edges by machine or turn them under and fuse them in place with fusible hemming tape.

* Use the drop cloth's hemmed edges as the slipcover's hem whenever possible so you'll have fewer edges to stitch.

* If you accidentally get fabric ink on carpeting or fabric, blot the area with dishwashing liquid and water, using a clean cloth.

* If you wiggle the stamp or press too hard and leave inked margins around the image, remove the unwanted ink by carefully dabbing the area with dishwashing liquid and water, using a cotton swab,


SHOPPING LIST

Materials from shopping list on page 12 PLUS:
extra-heavyweight (9-10 oz.) canvas drop cloth to fit ottoman
wide sheer ribbon to fit around the ottoman plus enough for a bow


ottoman slipcover

here's how ...

[1] Measure the ottoman as shown in the diagram. Add hem allowances and cut the canvas to these measurements. Hem all raw edges.

[2] Using a large stamp, print a single row of one design around the hemline.


Alternate colors randomly. Let the ink dry, then heat-set as directed in step 3 of the chair slipcover.

[3] Center the canvas over the ottoman. Tie the ribbon around the upper portion of the ottoman. If you like, make the bow fluffier by slipping in snippets of coordinating ribbon.


SHOPPING LIST

Materials from shopping list on page 12 PLUS:
utility weight (5-6 oz.) canvas drop cloth
thread
1-inch-wide ribbon


lampshade slipcover

here's how ...

[1] Measure around the widest part of the shade (usually the bottom). Multiply this measurement by 1 1/2 for the slipcover width. For the depth, measure the lampshade from top to bottom and add 3 inches for the casing, ease, and hem (if needed). Cut out the canvas.

[2] Randomly stamp the cloth, alternating colors and designs if you use more than one stamp. Let the ink dry.

[3] Pin the short ends together, right sides facing. Starting at the top, sew down 1 1/2 inches. Leave a 1-inch opening, then sew the remainder of the seam. At the top, press under 1/4 inch, then 1 1/4 inches to form a casing. Topstitch 1/4 inch from top folded edge. Sew around the slipcover 1 1/4 inches from the top folded edge, catching the lower pressed edge and forming the bottom of the casing. Hem the bottom edge of the slipcover if necessary.

[4] Thread ribbon through the casing. Slide the slipcover over the lampshade. Adjust the ribbon to fit the top of the shade and tie the ends in a bow.


SHOPPING LIST

Materials from shopping list on page 12 PLUS:
utility weight (5-6 oz.) canvas runner-style drop cloth (the design shown is 4x15 feet)
kraft paper


window scarf

here's how ...

[1] Protect your work surface with kraft paper that extends several inches beyond the long edge of the canvas.

[2] To make the bottom stripe, press the stamp pad against the fabric, making a solid rectangle. Repeat, overlapping the rectangles, until the entire hemline is stamped with a solid stripe. Note: Stripes will be uneven and look hand-done. For a more even stripe, see the directions for the floor cloth.

[3] Randomly stamp the designs all over the runner, using at least two stamps and all the colors. The front part of the swag (near the hem stripe) should be more heavily stamped; the back part can be more lightly stamped. Let the ink dry; this may take overnight for the stripe. Heat-set the designs.

[4] To hang the swag, loosely loop it over the curtain rod several times. Adjust the fabric so it hangs nicely.


SHOPPING LIST

Materials from shopping list on page 12 PLUS:
utility weight (5-6 oz.) runner-style canvas drop cloth (the design shown is 4x15 feet


mantel cloth

here's how ...

[1] Stamp two rows of designs along one long hemmed edge, alternating the colors and designs and placing them in a checkerboard fashion.

[2] Drape the cloth across the mantel. Pull it up into swags in several spots, using heavy objects on the mantel to hold the cloth in place.


Excerpted from Holiday Inspirations by . Copyright © 2001 by Meredith Corporation. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


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Copyright © 1995 University Press of Kansas. All rights reserved.
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Table of Contents

Welcome Home
Trees and Wreaths
Gathering Together
Giving from the Heart
Kids' Stuff
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