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)
Matching thread
Fray check (if desired)
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

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. 

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.)
-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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