Mimi Sue's Cottage

A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect. We are responsible for the homes we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. There will be calm and wind, sunlight and shadows, joy and sorrow. But if we really try, our home can be a bit of heaven here on earth. Thomas S Monson







Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Look Who's One! and a Festoon

Happy Birthday Big Al. His mommy stripped him down to eat his cake. This boy knows how to party!The rest of us kept our clothes on and had cupcakes and ice cream.Another blurry picture. The other grandma and grandpa were there and so were some aunts and uncles.For his fabulous first birthday, Mimi decided to try to make a festoon that I saw over at Joy's blog. The rest of the banner was made by his mommy with her new Silhouette machine that she got for her birthday.First you pick out some tissue paper in some pretty colors, although this would be a great way to use up tissue paper from gifts from other occasions. You could also use pattern tissue for that shabby chic look. (Just trying to be green.) Then you cut the tissue into strips, I cut mine in about 1 1/2 inch strips.

Then you stack the strips, I stacked about 15-18 strips together...



Then you sew down the middle of the strips, it doesn't have to be exact...



Connecting the strips together by adding the next pile and continuing to sew...


Until you have a festoon as long as you want...

Then you fold the strips on the sew line and cut through the tissue to the sew line...

Then you watch an entire Oprah while you cut and cut and cut. Then you fluff it and ruffle it until it gets big and fluffy. And that's it. It'd be a fun holiday decoration (green and red, or orange and black). For a school function with the school's colors, or how about a baby or bridal shower. It was a fun and easy project. I think I'll be making some more. Thanks Joy.

10 comments:

Beth at Aunties said...

He is so handsome! Happy Birthday little one..er Big Al!

The festoon looked so festive as did the cupcakes. What a sweetheart. These are priceless memories!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Sweet! What a cute birthday.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh So Cute!!! Little Al and the festoon. You outdid yourself here Mimi. I'm sure I'll use your idea (and Joy's) one of these days.
I also LOVED Sweetpea's fifth birthday celebration and decorations. I see it runs in the family. : )

Ginger said...

What a handsome little guy. Happy Birthday to him. He looks like he is loving that cake.
I like how you did the festoon. You've got patience, I can tell!!!

Anne Fannie said...

What a cute little birthday boy!
I love your decorations! Thanks for sharing how you made them!
~Ann

Gayle said...

I'm still waiting for a grandbaby - you're so lucky to have several! Sure enjoyed your visit today!
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Mercy Ottis/The Stone House said...

What a good idea ! I like the whole smear! What a cute little face Big Al has! ♥

Kelli said...

Happy Birthday to a handsome boy! I love the banner you made...it's beautiful!
~Kelli

Kathleen Grace said...

Happy birthday to the sweetie! What a cute baby:>) I love your ideas for decorating!

glimpse of my world said...

OH I LOVE IT... I WANT ONE!! I do not sew!! Very cute! Hugs and Smiles!