August 23, 2011

Tie it in a bow tutorial

Get ready to pull out your small scraps of fabric! I have been saving a tiny bit of this floral print and a bow seemed the perfect thing to make.

First, cut out two strips of fabric (mine were 8 in. by 1 1/2 in.). Taper the ends.

Sew the strips right sides together leaving an opening 1 1/2 in. or so to turn it right side out. Trim the seam allowances at the ends of the strips to 1/8 in.

 Turn it right side out. Press. Stitch the hole closed.

Tie in a knot!

You can slip it onto a headband,

or if you want something different the next day slide a hair clip on the back.
Happy hair bow wearing. :)

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August 12, 2011

Refashion Friday: from jumper to skirt

It all started with this

This jumper "jumped" out at me as I walked past our giveaway/garage sale pile. I had seen it a hundred times, but never envisioned it being anything other than what it actually was - a big old jumper. This time I noticed the fabric. Faded, but a nice color. Perfect for an everyday summer skirt. I took it.

I got out my trusty seam ripper and ripped the pockets off.

Then I figured out how long I wanted the skirt to be and cut off the top of the jumper.

I  wanted to cover up the fade marks where the original pockets were with pockets of my own, so I drew a pattern and used the fabric from the top of the jumper to make them.

I pressed the edges of the pockets under and sewed them onto the skirt. Then I turned the top under and stitched to make a casing for my elastic.

Next step was to shir about five rows and add the elastic to the casing.

I call it the Every day skirt. Sometimes I'll make something and not want to wear it much because I don't want to wear it out right away. Remembering this skirt's humble beginnings and the price I didn't pay for it, I don't feel like I should save this skirt for something nice. ;) Now, I'm wondering if it looks vintage or just plain granny. I don't know, but I still like it!

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August 10, 2011

1 year!

One year ago today I started my little blog. I have enjoyed sharing what I made with you and I hope that it has inspired you somewhat in your own crafty pursuits. Thank y'all so much for reading and commenting!

Over the past year I have written tutorials and designed a top and a dress. This next year I would like to learn how to make epatterns. I am working on figuring out how to make a printable pattern of my flip flop refashion to share with y'all.

Have a happy day!

August 9, 2011

Wreath Makeover

For my Mom's birthday, Abigail and I redid the wreath on our front door.

It was pretty old and in need of a change.

So we made a variety of felt flowers to replace the old decorations, choosing colors that would match our house.

We love, love it and so does Mom. We fixed it while she was away so it was a total surprise! I think it looks so pretty on our front door.

p.s. this is my 50th blog post. just thought that was kind of fun!

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August 4, 2011

Lens Love

I am very excited to be participating in a new photography site called Lens LoveIf you are interested in photography you should definitely check it out! We will be posting a picture a day. First, everyone will introduce themselves and then we'll start sharing photos. I think it will be a lot of fun and a good challenge.