Friday, February 26, 2010

J Crew Inspired Headband

J Crew, oh how I love you. Here's a pretty little number from JCrew:




Adorable, right? Yeah, and oh so out of stock.

So, lets make our own version of this beauty.
Here's what we'll make:


Here's how..

What you will need:
Headband to match your fabric (I wrapped and hot glued a strip of fabric around a headband to make it match perfectly.)
Fabric (I'd say 1/4 a yard would be plenty)
Needle
Matching thread
Fray check (if desired)
Scissors
Hot glue gun

Okay, so lets first cut some circles. You will need 7 circles (around 3 inches in diameter) per flower. So if you want three flowers, cut 21 circles that are roughly the same size. You an cut several out at the same time by folding my fabric together.

Now, let's fold the circle in half and then in half again (I did two circles at the same time). Until it looks a little something like this (minus the red lines of course!):

Here's where the red line comes into play, let's cut out the petals by cutting your folded circle(s) about where the red line is above.

Unfold and look how pretty! You just made a petal. Let's do that for all your circles. After all my petals were cut I put fray check on mine, but if you are going for a more shabby look, skip it!



I used six petals to make one big flower (you will need the extra petal at the end). So get six of the petals and fold five of the petals in half. Stack a folded petal on top of an unfolded petal like so:


Stack another folded petal overlapping half the last folded petal.

Repeat until you have all six petals on your flower.
Now, lets get your needle and thread and sew a few stitches in the middle of your flower. Make sure all your petals are sewn down.

Next, let's pinch the flower at the base and sew some stitches through the base like so:


Fluff the flower and admire the pretty little thing.


Time to warm up that hot glue gun. Hot glue the flower onto the headband where you want it.


Now, get the last extra petal you made and hot glue that on the back of your flower sandwiching the headband between the flower and that last petal like so:



You're all done! Hooray!


Excuse the photo quality on this one.. : )

Little Man Tie Tutorial




I have had many requests to purchase rights to sell ties made from this pattern. Big thank you for those that are honest enough to ask!! I spent many many hours writing, photographing, and editing this tutorial for you all to enjoy. Please show respect and integrity by asking permission and fairly compensating me before selling these ties.

I have adopted an on your honor pay system here because I do want people to use the pattern for personal use for free.  (I love a good free pattern!) However, if you are interested in selling ties made from this pattern kindly email me at
veryhomemade@gmail.com   for payment information. Please put " Tie Pattern Selling Rights" as the subject.

Thanks!

Okay, so here's a tutorial on how to make a fabulous tie for your little man. So if you have 30 minutes and some basic sewing skills, this project is for you. Oh, and please...if something doesn't make sense to you, let me know and I'll try and clarify! (OH, and Click on the photos to see the image bigger and a few additional notes I made.)

Ready to see the entire tutorial.. Just click below to expand!


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial

So I've recently discovered the pure blissful-ness (for lack of a better word!) of tissue paper. Tissue paper is inexpensive and found everywhere. What more could you want? : )
Here's a recent project:

The possibilities are endless with this quick and easy tutorial.
Wouldn't this make an adorable Valentine's wreath? Or a maybe a hanging flower ball? Oh, or a flower filled tree?

Here is how you do it.
You will need:
-Styrofoam ball, wreath, or tree (I did a Styrofoam ball cut in half that I stuck in a ramekin.)
-scissors
-tissue paper in color of your choice
-straight pins you know, the ones with the colored ball on the end (these will be the flowers center so pick a color that coordinates with your flower)

Cut tissue paper in small flower shapes. I folded the tissue paper and cut out a ton of flowers at once.


Layer three tissue flowers on top of each other then poke the pin through all three layers.


Poke the pin and flower into the Styrofoam ball or wreath. Repeat, repeat, repeat until desired fullness is achieved.

Now, wasn't that easy?
Here's an action shot:


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