061513_Phoomph of July 4  

Designed by June McCrary Jacobs

These vibrant crafting projects will offer your patriotic celebrations the festive décor they deserve. Phoomph makes it easy for the whole family to be involved. Children and teens will enjoy learning to sew a mainstay of country-style crafting – Yo-yo’s! Assemble the projects together for some additional family fun. Make some extras for party favors for your guests, too.

 

What you will need:

  • Coats & Clark: Phoomph for Fabric:  Soft, two sheets each  of white, blue.
  • Coats & Clark  Threads:  Dual Duty XP General Purpose Thread: Color No. 100, White; Color No. 2250, Red; Color No. 4190,   Admiral
  • Red, white and blue fabric  scraps in prints and solids for yo-yo’s
  • Royal blue cotton print   fabric and ecru patriotic print fabric, 1/2 yard each
  • Star buttons, Article No. 189026, 15mm,  Color: White, two
  • Blue doll button, Article No. 181092, 8mm, Color: Blue, one
  • White baby rickrack trim, 6″ length for fuse
  •  Satin Ribbon:  1/4″ wide, one yard each of red,white, blue for streamers
  • Satin Ribbon:  1″ wide, one yard of red for firecracker embellishment
  • Polyester Trim:  1/2″ wide, royal blue, 1 1/4 yards
  • Glass beads for firecracker: One red 9mm faceted crystal and one red seed bead.
  • Three 8″-long wooden skewers.
  • Two clean and thoroughly dry metal cans. Cans used for samples were 29 ounce cans from tomato puree, but soup or vegetable cans in the 15 ounce size range would also work well.
  • Iron and pressing board, Clover yo-yo makers (large size and small size), needle, craft scissors, invisible  tape, non-permanent marking tool (i.e., chalk wheel, tailor’s chalk).

 Directions:  Note: Press all fabrics before applying to Phoomph for Fabric and before making yo-yo’s.

061513_Phoomph of July 1

 

 

 Firecracker Project:

  • Apply a 4 5/8″ x 16″ piece of ecru bicentennial print fabric to a 4 5/8″ x 12″ piece of soft white Phoomph. Add an additional 4 5/8″ x 4″ piece of      Phoomph to completely back bicentennial print.
  • Remove backing sheet from Phoomph and apply directly to can, overlapping the edges.
  • Cover one side of two  white soft Phoomph 6″ squares with the print. Trace circles from the  can onto the fabric and trim off excess. Use a wooden skewer to poke two holes in the center of one circle (for insertion of rickrack fuse).
  • Fold the rickrack in half. Sew the large red bead to the rickrack at the fold. Sew seed bead to top of larger bead. Knot the rickrack and insert one end into each hole. Allow  an inch or so to act as fuse. Flip to wrong side and tie in knot. Use invisible tape to adhere ends to wrong side of circle.
  • Peel off backing from circles and adhere to top and bottom of the can.
  • Cut one 14″-length of  the royal blue polyester trim and secure each end with a piece of  invisible tape wrapped tightly around trim a couple of times to prevent  raveling. Trim a 1/8″ wide 12″-length of the blue Phoomph and adhere to wrong side of trim. Cut another 1/8″ by 2″ piece of      Phoomph and adhere to remaining length of trim.
  • Remove backing sheet from  Phoomph and carefully adhere trim to upper edge of can, covering raw edges of bicentennial print.
  • Tie an 18″ length of 1″ wide red satin ribbon to the upper and lower edges of the can, knotting attractively. Cut ribbon ends on the diagonal.

061513_Phoomph of July 2

 Yo-Yo Drum Project:

  • Make three large yo-yo’s  using one red solid, one white solid and one blue print. Make three small yo-yo’s using one red print, one white print and one blue solid.
  • Insert the dull end of a  wooden skewer into center of each large yo-yo until it reaches the ‘top’  of the yo-yo.
  • Place a smaller yo-yo on top of each larger yo-yo as shown in sample. Using a double strand of   thread that matches the large yo-yo, sew the button, smaller yo-yo and large yo-yo with skewer together as shown in sample. Knot thread securely and hide knot under the smaller yo-yo.
  • Tie 12″-lengths of  two colors of 1/4″ wide satin ribbon to each skewer right under the  yo-yo.
  • Apply a 4 5/8″ x 16″ piece of royal blue print fabric to a 4 5/8″ x 12″ piece of soft blue Phoomph. Add an additional 4 5/8″ x 4″ piece  of Phoomph to completely back print.
  • Remove backing sheet from   Phoomph and apply directly to can, overlapping the edges.
  • Cover one side of two blue  soft Phoomph 6″ squares with the print. Trace circles from the can onto the fabric and trim off excess. Use a wooden skewer to poke three  holes in one of the circles (for insertion yo-yo skewers).
  • Peel off backing from circles and adhere to top and bottom of the can. Smooth in place.
  • Cut two 14″-lengths  of the royal blue polyester trim and secure each end with a piece of invisible tape wrapped tightly around trim a couple of times to prevent raveling. Trim a 1/8″ wide 12″-length of the blue Phoomph and  adhere to wrong side of each piece of trim. Cut another 1/8″ by  2″ piece of Phoomph and adhere to remaining length of trim.
  • Remove backing sheet from Phoomph and carefully adhere trim to upper and lower edges of can, covering raw edges royal blue print.
  • Insert yo-yo skewers into  holes on top of can.

 The buttons for this project were supplied by Dill Buttons of America, (888) 460-7555, www.dill-buttons.com.

About the Author


June McCrary Jacobs has been using and enjoying Coats & Clark threads and zippers since she began sewing in the late 1960's. Nearly one hundred of June's original sewing, stitchery and crafting designs have been published in books, magazines, e-newsletters and blogs during the past six years. Visit June at her 'Writing & Sewing' blog to download complimentary sewing projects and read her sewing tips at http://www.junemccraryjacobs.com. You may contact June via e-mail at junemccraryjacobs@gmail.com.

2 Responses to Firecrackers & Drums Patriotic Table Decor
  1. Yo yo’s must be one of those things that differ in UK. Same word but different meaning. Ours are weighted discs on a string that you (kids) wrap round finger and make move up and down – not a very coherent explanation, sorry!


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