1. Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    Sew Simple (see what I did there?)

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    Yesterday was my birthday, which snuck up on me rather quickly! Since I’m 39 weeks pregnant we decided to keep it low-key and enjoy one last date night with just the two of us before this baby comes. So we did the classic dinner & a movie and it was really nice. :)

    For my birthday this year I really wanted a sewing machine. I’ve always wanted to learn, and was ready to get my own machine and finally do it! So hubby granted my wish and got me one for my birthday (which he gave to me early, over the weekend). I’m already loving it and really enjoying making some fun baby things. Plus, it provides a great distraction while I anxiously await baby girls arrival!

    So for my first few projects I decided to make some baby leggings, some turban headbands for baby & mama, newborn knotted hats, and a receiving blanket. These four projects are great for beginners or anyone else wanting to make some cute new things for their precious little ones! The links to the tutorials I used are below. I used stretchy knit fabric, all purchased at Joanns (with coupons, of course!).

    1. Baby Leggings Tutorial
    2. Turban Headband Tutorial
    3. Knotted Newborn Hat Tutorial (Note: I did not serge my ends, just sewed the whole project with a twin needle. Also, when I cut out the pattern, I cut out the top part for the knot a bit smaller, due to personal preference)
    4. Receiving Blanket: I didn’t follow a tutorial. I used a double sided knit fabric, cut the size I wanted, and folded in all sides about 1/4 inch and then folded in again another 1/4 inch (ironing each time) and pinned in place. Then sewed with a twin needle.


    Happy Sewing!

  2. Friday, December 6, 2013

    Simple Clip-On Infant Bow Tie & Hair Bow Tutorials

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    Super excited about these adorable clip-on infant bow ties and hair bows. They are simple & quick to make, and make for a fun craft to do with friends (Umm… dessert & craft party anyone?). They are also economical, the only thing I didn’t already have on hand is the clips & barrettes… which were under $3 a pack at the craft store. When I got the idea for the clip-on bow ties, I was originally looking for a stronger clasp for the back. But I searched three stores and couldn’t find what I wanted, so I improvised and used the clip-on earring backs. It actually worked out great! They glued on very securely, were small enough to not be seen in the front, and easily clip-on to a onesie. I will say that they are better for infants, as a toddler could easily pull off the bow tie. If you are making a bow tie for a toddler or young boy, you can purchase actual bow tie clips here

    Also, I would not recommend running these through the wash. I would only gently hand wash if & when needed.

    See below for the full tutorial! Let me know if you have any questions! :) 

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    What You’ll Need:

    -Hot Glue Gun & Glue
    -Felt in colors of your choice
    -Measuring stick
    -Scissors
    -For Bow Ties: Clip-on earring backs (available in jewelry section of your local craft store)
    -For Hair Bows: Hair clip/barrette (available at your local craft store)

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    Begin by measuring out and cutting the felt for your bow ties. You can adjust the size to your liking, but the measurements I used are 1.5 in. X 4 in. and .5 X 2 in. 

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    I went ahead and cut out all of my felt. Pieces should resemble the above.

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    Place small amount of hot glue in the center of your fabric, and fold edges in. Press firmly until set.

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    Now fold back the edges of the center, and use hot glue to secure in place.

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    Your bow tie should now look like the above photo.

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    Next, use the smaller strip of fabric to wrap around the center piece. Find your placing on the front, then turn over and glue to the back. I glued one end down, then glued the the other end over that. 

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    Repeat for any other colors/bows you want to make. 

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    Now it’s time to glue on the clip-on earring. I attached it slightly more towards the bottom of the bow, so the top of the clasp isn’t seen. Use hot glue and hold firmly in place until set. Should feel pretty secure once it dries. 

    That’s it! Now just clip on to a onesie and put it on a cute little babe. 

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    And now for the hair bow/barrette! It’s the same steps as used above, but I used smaller measurements and attached the hair clip (as seen below).

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    When you are wrapping the strip of fabric around the bow, glue on the hair clip by wrapping the felt around the top of the clip and gluing in place. (Leave the bottom part of the clip open as that is what you will clip onto your hair).

    So easy you could make one in every color! Would be so darling on a little tot. Wishing mine was here to model them for you (only 8 weeks to go!). 

    Thanks for checking out this tutorial! Be sure to share with your friends! 

  3. Monday, December 2, 2013

    Simple (No Sew!) Baby Headband Tutorial

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      Ever since finding out that we were having a little girl, I have been on a headband making frenzy. I just love it. This simple felt headband is easy to make, and few supplies are needed. It’s easy enough that even those of you who don’t consider yourselves very “crafty” can do it! Once you get the hang of it, you can even play around with different colors & looks. See below for the full tutorial! 

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    What You’ll Need:

    -Hot glue gun & glue
    -Scissors
    -Felt in color of your choice
    -Centerpiece for flower (I used a pearl button, made by sew-ology) 
    -Handband (I used these little cream ones by Creations of Grace, found at Hobby Lobby. Or you can use elastic)

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    Begin by cutting out 6 circles, approximately 2-2.5 inches in diameter. I usually trace out the first one, and then use that one as a guide to measure out the others. Don’t worry about the circles being too perfect, as you won’t really be able to tell once it’s finished.

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    Begin making your flower petals following the steps above. You want to make four petals total. 

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    Now you should have your four flower petals, and two leftover circles.

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    Begin gluing the petals to one of the remaining circles, which will serve as the flower base. 

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    After you finish gluing the petals it should resemble the above photo. 

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    Now it’s time to glue on your centerpiece. Simply place a small dollop of hot glue in the center and place your centerpiece. Press firmly until it sets. Sidenote: instead of using a centerpiece, you can also make a fifth flower petal (so 7 total felt circles, instead of 6), and glue that in the center. Shown in the last photo of this post. 

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    Now you want to get the flower onto the headband. Cover the back of the flower with hot glue. Place seam of the headband on the back, and cover with the final felt circle. Tip: carefully glue the headband to the flower, making sure it’s not twisted anywhere before gluing. 

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    Press firmly and smooth out until glue sets.

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    Fluff up the petals with your fingers so it’s not too flat, and Voila! Now sit back and admire your craftsmanship! 

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    This particular one I made as a gift for a friends baby shower. I wrapped it around card stock and placed it in a cute box. Makes a nice handmade gift! :)

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    Once you get the hang of it you can experiment with different colors & arrangements. In the ones shown above, instead of using a centerpiece, I made a fifth petal and glued that in the center. Gives it a little more casual look. 

    Thanks for checking out this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it! xo

  4. Saturday, November 30, 2013

    DIY Christmas Wreath

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      Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now that Christmas season is officially here, I decided to make a Christmas wreath for our front door. I’ve never made a wreath before so I wasn’t sure how it’d turn out, but I am pretty happy with the results! It cost me less than $15 to make, so that makes my frugal heart happy! A list of the supplies I used and where I bought them is below. To make the felt rosettes I used this tutorial. I didn’t follow a tutorial for the poinsettia flower, just kind of winged it. But if you’re wanting to make something similar, I found this tutorial that might help you. After making the flowers, I just picked an arrangement I liked, and hot glued them straight to the wreath. Then I carefully hot glued the “K” and the bow, and voila! 

    Supplies I used:

    -Grapevine wreath - I bought at Joann’s for $3.99

    -Felt - from Joanns, on sale for $2.49 per yard

    -White Wooden “K” - from Joann’s $4.99

    -Burlap bow - from the dollar section at Target $1

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  5. Tuesday, April 23, 2013

    Instagram Photo Coasters

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    A few years back I made these coasters, and loved how simple they were. Recently I wanted an upgrade and I thought it would be fun to make instagram photo coasters. I had all the supplies on hand, except for the tiles, so the whole project only cost me $0.64, which makes my frugal heart happy! 

    Supplies:

    • 4 small ceramic tiles (4.5 x 4.5, can be found at Home Depot or Lowes) 
    • 4 of your favorite instagram photos, printed and cut to about 4x4 (I printed mine at home on photo paper)
    • 1 foam sheet
    • Mod Podge
    • Clear Acrylic Coating
    • Paint brush

    Directions:

    Cut the craft photos very carefully with a paper cutter or scissors. Then spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on the tile (with a paint brush or foam roller). Carefully position the photos, and add one or two coats of Mod Podge over the paper, letting dry between coats. 

    Cut 16 small squares (four per coaster) out of the foam sheet. Then glue them, using a hot glue gun or strong adhesive, to the bottom corners of the tile.

    Then simply take the coasters outdoors and spray with a water-resistant Clear Acrylic Coating, following the directions on the can. I did two coats, which seemed to work out fine.

    Note: If you want finished edges you can sand the edges of the tile and paint white

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  6. Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    Do It Yourself: Coasters

    I really needed new coasters, but couldn’t find any cute ones that I liked (well, that weren’t ridiculously overpriced). So I decided to make them myself, and am so happy that I did. This project cost me less than $5.00, and only took about an hour to complete. I liked the finished result so much that I couldn’t decide if I wanted to hang them in my kitchen, or actually use them as coasters! I will definitely be making more in the near future, especially since they would make great gifts.

    Supplies:

    4 Small Ceramic Tiles

    1 to 4 sheets of decorative craft/scrapbook paper

    Mod Podge

    Clear Acrylic Coating

    1 Foam Sheet

    Hot Glue Gun (Or Super Glue)

    Most of these items can be found at your local craft store. I purchased the tile for only $0.16 a piece at Home Depot, and the rest of the items I bought at Hobby Lobby. Since I already had the Mod Podge and the Acrylic Coating, I only spent a total of $4.50 on supplies. Now if that isn’t a good deal than I don’t know what is!

    Cut the craft paper very carefully with a paper cutter or scissors. Then spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on the tile (with a paint brush or foam roller). Carefully position the paper, and add one or two coats of Mod Podge over the paper, letting dry briefly between coats.

    Cut 16 small squares (four per coaster) out of the foam sheet. Then glue them, using a hot glue gun or strong adhesive, to the bottom corners of the tile.

    Then simply take the coasters outdoors and spray with a water-resistant Clear Acrylic Coating, following the directions on the can. I did two coats, which seemed to work out fine.

    Note: If you want finished edges you can sand the edges of the tile and paint white. 

    Voila, there you have it! If you make your own, be sure to share the photos!

  7. Monday, November 22, 2010

    Easy Tray Project

    This is a really simple tray project that I did over the weekend. You can pick up the supplies at a local craft store for around $20 or less. It only takes about 2 ½ hours, and most of that is dry time. Instructions and pictures below. Enjoy!

    Supplies:

    • Tray (in the unfinished wood section of your local craft store)
    • Stencil of your choice (I chose a cherry blossom)
    • Spray paint of your choice (I chose an Espresso - Satin Finish)
    • Acrylic Paint of your Choice (I chose Leaf Green)
    • Clear Acrylic Coating 
    • Paint Brush (I prefer a foam brush or roller)

    Spray paint the tray using the instructions on the can. I did two coats, with about 45 minutes in between each coat.

    Once tray has fully dried, place stencil in desired location and secure with tape for a clean line. Then carefully brush on the acrylic paint. I did two coats, letting dry 15 minutes in between. Once fully dry, remove stencil. If your lines are not smooth because the paint leaked, do not worry. It happens. When it happens to me I will take a very small paint brush, dab it in some of the spray paint, and try to make it a little neater around the edges.

    In about in an hour/hour and a half (once the stencil is completely dry), spray with a coat or two of the acrylic spray and there you have it!

    The great thing is that you can customize it to whatever color/style you want. For a different look you can also use craft paper on the tray (just use a good adhesive – I like mod podge). Here is an example of one I made. If you decide to make your own tray be sure to share the pictures!

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