October 11, 2010
I have been working on a lot of projects and most are half done, like I have said before, I start something and then stop and then when I go back I start something new, not sure why, but some disconnect in my brain somewhere I am sure. Anyhow I did finish this one but even after finishing it I feel like I need to add something more.
Let me tell you a little about where the materials came from: The half moon material came from a coat that I got from the goodwill. I just seam ripped it apart and took the collar and used the button for the center. The flower is from the jacket and from a silk shirt that I cut apart. And the funky beaded sequin leaf was barely hanging on a tank top. So I put them all together and got this – A beautiful Holiday necklace.
What do you think?
October 1, 2010
I was laying in bed not able to sleep and started thinking of birthdays that were coming up and what I could make for those people and all of the sudden I came up with the idea to use two pieces of fabric sewn together and gather them for a two toned flower effect. So the next day I tried it and well I love how they turned out so I am going to be making a bunch more for headbands, hair clips, necklaces, you name it and these flowers would be gorgeous on it.
I will give you step by step instructions on how to make these flowers next week.
Have a great weekend!
September 29, 2010
I love this necklace, it looks great with a simple tank or tee. The beaded section came from a shirt and it was shaped perfectly for a necklace. I made the three flowers out of satin and tulle and started with one flower, than two and finally decided it needed three. I added a lovely brown shimmery ribbon to the back, which you can’t see in these photos. The deep rich browns in this necklace are perfect for fall and winter.
What do you think?
September 20, 2010
I became a great aunt last week! My nephews wife gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on Thursday and I wanted to make something to take to the hospital. I have all these wonderfully cute ideas for baby girls but baby boys are a bit harder to find cute ideas, so I found this bib tutorial on Offbeat Mama. Mine are obviously different than hers, as I didn’t want to add a ruffle so I left that part out.
September 13, 2010
I wasn’t looking to do anything with a silk tie but when I saw the colors of this old tie I had the idea to cut it up and see what kind of bow I could make out of it for a headband. Some say the bow is a bit big but the colors are perfect for fall.
This was fairly simple. I just tried it out and didn’t measure so I don’t have a tutorial but I will be doing this again so check back.
What do you think?
September 8, 2010
I have had all these bottle caps laying around and yesterday day it dawned on me to try them out as ponytail holders. I had been looking at the cute vintage button bobby pins that have been covered with fabric and I looked at the bottle caps and wondered if I could do the same thing and well the answer is YES! And I hope you try this one, they would be great for stocking stuffers. I know its a bit early but with school starting today, it always gets me thinking about Christmas gifts.
- Bottle Cap
- Scrap Fabric
- Ponytail Holder
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
1. Cut out a piece of fabric about an inch outside the bottle cap. Sew around the circle with the longest stitch your machine has or by hand and gather as you go.
2.Stick the bottle cap inside. It should look like this.
3.Hot glue the gathered section down into the bottle cap. Put more glue in the bottle cap and secure the ponytail holder in place until its dry, making sure to cover completely with glue.
4.You have the option here to cover your button with fabric or not. Next put more glue on top of the ponytail holder and secure with your covered or plain button.
You can use any fabric, but if you use see-thru material, make sure you use plain(no logos) bottle caps, or else the logos will show through.
September 6, 2010
I was at SCRAP again, looking for school supplies for my girls, but of course I had to check out their selection of fabric. I was shocked to find an umbrella top rolled up in the pile and thought I must take it and see what I can do. Well I seem to have this flower fetish because I’m constantly making flowers, and yes I used two sections of the umbrella for flowers.
So if you have an old umbrella laying around that’s broken and cannot be fixed, don’t toss it, take the top off and think of ways you can re-use it.
August 31, 2010
August 30, 2010
I got my daughter off to college, wow was that hard but I’m still alive and I am pretty sure I will make it. It’s just another adjustment that a parent has to go through. I just wish I had known it was going to be so hard, no one told me. Well I started working this necklace last week but with our time getting our daughter settled at school, I didn’t get it finished until today.
This is a pretty easy project and one that I am going to duplicate for gifts this year.I love how it turned out!
- Old beads, plastic beads, whatever ugly beads you have lying around. Please don’t use nice beads, save those for another project.
- 2″ thick by 78″ long(or longer) of fabric of your choice
- Sewing machine
- Enough matching fabric for fifty 2″ circles
I used these pink beads that the color had worn off on most of them.
Fold your 78″ long fabric in half length wise, wrong sides together and sew the length of it. When finished, turn the strip right side out.
Cut the beads apart or un-string them.
Start by tying a knot in the material, then put a bead in the strip and tie another knot, put another bead and tie another knot, continue until the necklace is the length you want and has enough fabric left over to tie a bow.
For the ends, iron them flat and then fold in and sew straight across.
Cut out 50 circles from the matching fabric.
Take a circle and fold it in half and in half again or just pinch it in the middle(your choice) and sew it onto the necklace. Continue sewing circles onto the necklace until your satisfied with the length and fullness. Always keep the circles on the front and sides so that the necklace lays flat.
August 25, 2010
I have been putting some headbands and hair clips together for the fall. I love the plaid and darker colors. I know we still have a bit of summer left and believe me I am enjoying it but fall is coming up quickly and its so fun to be back into sewing and creating. Here are a few of my creations.
I will be putting together that Anthropologie Necklace I talked about a couple of weeks ago so check back for the tutorial. It should be a fairly easy one.