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September 8, 2010

DIY Bottle Cap Ponytail Holder

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.

Materials Needed:

  • Button
  • 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.

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August 31, 2010

Easy DIY Bobby Pin Bows

I made a bunch of these little bobby pin bows and thought I would share the ease of making these with you.

Take 3 strips of fabric about 1 inch width by 3 inch length, making the bottom piece slightly bigger.

Layer them with the lace on top so you can see the color through it.

Take a piece of tulle or fabric of choice to tie around the middle. You will trim it later.

Slid the bobby pin under the tulle with the rigid side against the fabric.

Secure the bobby pin with glue and trim the excess tulle.

And then you get these super cute and super easy bobby pins. Great fall accessory!

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August 30, 2010

DIY Akela Anthropologie Necklace

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!

Materials needed:

– 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.

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July 17, 2010

DIY: Embellish your Headband

Headband’s are so easy to embellish. All you need is lace, beads, or scrap material. I usually buy my headband’s in packs of 3 or 4 from Target for under a $1 a piece.

What you need:

Headband, scrap material, embellishment of choice, & a hot glue gun.

On this headband I used two pieces of scrap material, one piece of tulle with gold specks and one piece of black material.

Using a wide stitch, gather your material. The black material gradually gets smaller at each end.

After hot gluing the fabric scraps to the headband(usually more to one side), use whatever embellishment you would like. I used this broach, but you can use beads, or earrings with the backs cut off, sparkly fabric, the choice is yours.

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July 14, 2010

DIY: Give those Old Beads some Oomph!

I found this strand of red beads at the Goodwill and after finding the coat buttons with chains at the estate sale last weekend I decided to see what they would look like together.

I really like how it turned out, kind of reminds me of something that would be on a marching band or military jacket.

This was super easy, I just used my jewelry pliers and opened up the link and clasped it between two big red beads and then attached another link to the button and chain at desired length apart and clasped it between two more red beads. For the second one, clasp the button between the first two buttons and then at about the same distance apart as the first set clasp the second button. I love it! All this for around .50 cents.

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July 12, 2010

DIY: Adding Ruffles to Your Tank

I had some extra time on my hands and decided to make this tank a little more feminine and fun. Ok well maybe I didn’t have extra time on my hands but I really wanted to add something to this tank. I never wear it and so I asked myself why, and the only thing I could figure was that it was just so blah.

Adding ruffles is so easy, I used two scraps of fabric and lace that had been cut off a dress I was making… I love it when I find something to do with scraps.

Directions: All you need is a sewing machine and scrap fabric. Using a longer stitch, stitch all the way down the middle of the scrap fabric, pull one thread from each side, making the scrap gather equally throughout the piece of scrap fabric. Do this with both pieces of scrap if you are using two pieces. Layer on top of each other and sew onto your tank. I started a little in the back so it went all the way over the shoulder and down to under the armpit.

BEFORE

AFTER

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July 7, 2010

Another Set of Easy DIY Cloth Napkins

Remember when I made these easy DIY cloth napkins?

I made some more. This time I made them for my nieces wedding shower. I’m still trying to figure out what to add to this gift. I am thinking of making it a picnic basket gift, with fun stuff for picnic-ing. What do you think? Any ideas?

For the instructions click here.

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June 30, 2010

Easy DIY Rope Necklace w/ Curtain Tiebacks

I saw this a while back on love Maegan and wanted to make one and so I have been keeping my eyes out for these curtain tiebacks. I was worried at first because the kind I found at the goodwill were with tassels, but fortunately when you take the tassel off they are just plain tiebacks. So lets get started.

You will need two curtain tiebacks and ribbon.

1. If your tiebacks have tassels, take them off. If not skip this step.

2. Loop them together like this.

3. Knot together, pull tight.

4. Using ribbon of your choice, pull it through the 4 loops and tie in a bow.

Super easy and super cute. Check out love Meagan’s two tone version here.

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June 28, 2010

DIY Urban Outfitters Bowtie Necklace

I saw this bowtie necklace on the Urban Outfitters site and thought it was cute. I liked how you could make it shorter or longer.

I had a dress that I had already taken off the sash for a necklace last week and figured the straps would be perfect for this necklace since they had the length adjustments on them.

Here is what I did:

Sew the two straps together, making sure each piece is laying with the bra adjusters the same way.

Cut a piece of material in the length and width you want your bow. Fold one end in and then the other end in, slightly on top of each other. Mine is a bit smaller than the one from Urban Outfitters. Lay the sewn strap on top of the bow, which will be laid on top of a small piece of fabric to tie around both. You can make yours more like the Urban Outfitter one by making your bow bigger so that it hangs lower.

Tie the small piece around the bow and strap securing them both. Now using your scissors, cut the tied part down so that its not seen from the front when wearing this.

This is what its like when its shorter, like a men’s bowtie.

This is what its like when its longer.

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June 23, 2010

Make Your Own 100% Recycled Necklace

I have been enjoying taking apart jewelry and putting together different necklaces and beads that you wouldn’t think necessarily go together but when put together they look amazing.

Here is one of my 100% recycled necklaces that I recently finished. I took apart a belt for the metal rings, used two necklaces after I took the clasps off, and then I cut off the two ties from a dress that no longer fits. Combining those made this necklace.

Look through your stuff and see what you can add together to make some amazing jewelry.

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