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DIY Rosette Headband

2 Apr

Some of the items on my baby prep to-do list includes some cute accessories to have on hand for those early newborn pictures.  I decided I should try my hand at creating a cute little “I’m a girl” headband for her to wear.  While unpacking and putting away some baby gifts this weekend, there were a few things that caught my eye that I figured I could re-purpose into some rosettes for a headband.  I gathered them up along with some other items I had in my stash:  Cute ribbon from sweetly wrapped packages, some left over fabric from projects past, and the fabric pouch that a crib sheet was packaged in.

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To make the rosettes, I cut the fabric into about 1 -2 inch wide strips.  Next I cut out a circle from some left over felt to use as a base to the flower. I took my glue gun and added a dab of glue in the middle of the felt circle, and adhered the corner of the fabric to the center.   I let it sit for about a minute for the glue to harden everything into place.

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I then twisted the fabric, and started to wind it around the center, using my glue gun to glue the fabric down every inch or two as I wrapped it around and around.

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Once complete, I trimmed away the felt base from the edges.

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I created several different rosettes using this same method. You can see that the different materials created slightly different looks, and I also played around with how tight or loosely I twisted the fabric or ribbon.

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I also hunted through my jewelry box to see if there were any old earrings or accessories that I could use for embellishing a rose or two.  I came across the hair pins that I wore for my wedding, and thought it would be fun to incorporate one of them into one of the flowers.  The gem was attached to the hair pin with some wires, so I simply clipped and unwound the wire to remove the gem, and then glued it into one of the rosettes.

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To create the headband, I picked up some elastic at JoAnn Fabric. They were a knit texture with a sort of lace pattern that was softer than the other elastics, so I thought it would be nice and soft for a baby’s head.

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I had used a tutorial I found on Pinterest to create the headband at http://thesassypepper.blogspot.ca/2011/02/headband-tutorial-and-bitsy-band.html. It referenced this headband measurement guide:

Newborn (13 1/4″)
3-6 Months (14 1/2″)
6-12 Months (16″)
12 Months-Teen (17 1/2″)
Adult (18″)

So I measured out 13-1/4″ of the elastic for a newborn size band, and glued the ends into place on the back of one of the rosettes.

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The tutorial recommended a 1/4″ overlap.

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Once the band was in place, I cut another circle of felt to glue a final base on the back of the flower.

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I made three different versions with the rosettes I made:

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After I had finished them up, I came across an orphaned earring and did one more add to the grey polka dot headband.  Can’t wait to see how they look on our baby girl’s head!

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Mittens in March?

14 Mar

Last year at this time the trees were in bloom and the temperatures were in the 70s and 80s over St. Patty’s Day.  This week we woke up to dustings of snow and frigid temperatures once again.  Perfect time to finish a new pair of mittens I’ve been meaning to make for months!

These mittens are made from a pattern used by a family friend- McCall’s M4683. Isn’t that pattern photo a riot? I’ve been blessed to have a few pairs made by her hand, but I thought they looked like a simple and easy gift- I was right.  Made with fleece they are easy to sew and super soft and cuddly warm.  They also go together quite quickly.  The pattern is doubled so that they have twice the coziness and wicked winter wind blocking factor. I cut these pieces out back in Thanksgiving while others watched a football game and I sewed them together in under a half hour one morning before work this week.  We added an extra two inches to the original pattern so the mittens went a bit further up the arm.

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Each mitten has six pieces at I laid out first to make sure I liked the looks with my coordinating fabrics.  These mittens are doubled, but if you wanted to leave them a little thinner you could make two pairs out of each group.

First you stitch the seam that goes around the thumb and across the palm-fleece should be facing each other right side in.

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This piece is then opened up and matched with the back side of the mitten.

IMG_8893I then pinned the pieces together and stitched all but the short flat end which will be the opening for the mitten.

IMG_8896Once all four of the mittens were sewn together I flipped one of the two pairs so that the fabric is right side out.  Then, one of the  mittens with the seams on the outside was then inserted into the mitten with the seems on the inside.  Before you insert the mitten be sure to trip extra fabric away. This will cut down on how big the seams feel on the inside of the mitten.   See above.

IMG_8898Using your hands make sure the thumbs are lined up correctly inside.  Then turn the rough edges into each other along the opening to the mitten and pin.  Sew along this edge for a nice finished seam as seen above.

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I love these mittens! I think they’ll make nice gifts for a silent auction I have coming up.  They are also affordable.  Check the remnant bin at JoAnn Fabrics for pieces of fleece-especially during fleece sales. Often times you will be able to purchase this material for 60 to 75% off .   My intent is to try this pattern with a few old sweaters I rescued from the trash and goodwill pile recently. I’ll post photos when I make that happen!

What is it?

22 Feb

It only goes to show when you have several blogs ready you will forget to schedule them!  I was at it again last week making onesies for some friends expecting a little one. Do you know what this is? I’m curious to see if you can discern what I was attempting to create in a flannel applique on a onesie!

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And just for fun I’ll show you the booty (as my niece calls it) and a clue. It’s a famous landmark where they met. Does that help?  Let me know if you figure it out (and if you needed my clue).

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You can read the original post on my applique onesies here. Next week I PROMISE a new project!

A Salvaged Seat

14 Feb

I work for a non-profit organization managing volunteers and coordinating donations. Today I spent much of my day traversing the Twin Cities in 15 ft. truck picking up and dropping off donations with my colleague.

We received three great chairs along with a table for our residents, but the seats were worse for the wear after spending some months on a porch.

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I wouldn’t want to sit on that. Would you? So I brought them home tonight to give them a little make-over with some fabric.

I think I’ve already mentioned one of my favorite past-times is garage and yardsaling in the summer.  One day this summer I stumbled upon a woman selling loads of upholstery fabric scraps for cheap at $1 a bag. I also bought some larger pieces between 2 and 5 yards for less than $5 each-also a steal of a deal. I now have a chest full of upholstery scraps that looks like this at the moment.

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In hunting through the scraps I found two coordinating pieces big enough to cover three chairs.

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I first removed the seat by unscrewing the four screws that held it on underneath. I then layed it on the fabric- you can see the wrong side of the fabric and the underside of the seat here.  I used a sharpie as I didn’t have a chalk pen to quickly trace out where I should cut off extra fabric- you’ll see the pink line above.

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I pulled the fabric taut on side and stapled two or three staples along the edge of the side beginning in the middle.  (I used an Arrow model T50 heavy duty hand stapler that I have had for ages with 3/8 inch staples. I bought this years ago to reupholster a footstool and I’ve used it dozens of time since- it really is a worthwhile tool to invest in!)Then I pulled it taut and stapled the fabric on the other side slowly making my way to the corners on two opposite sides.  I then repeated those steps on the other sides- checking my work every few staples to make sure things were taut without stretching it too tight.

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Then I finished the corners. I first folded one corner in more and stapled it.

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I then pulled the other side taut, making folds as I needed to and stapled it again a few times to make sure it was secure.

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This is a finished corner.

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I then attached the bottoms using the same four screws I took out of each. They went in fairly easily and I was able to poke them through the new fabric where the original holes had been covered.

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While the fabric is a bit formal for the blond wood, I think they turned out pretty great and will make some of our resident’s pretty happy. I have to say they turned out well for a project I completed under an hour that didn’t cost me a penny. Stay tuned next week for another project from my upholstery stash!

River Rock Boot Tray

12 Feb

I have a cheap plastic boot tray inside my back door during the winter that does the trick, but is a bit too long for the tight corner it sits in.

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I’ve seen different versions of DIY boot trays online, and have always liked the ones that use river rocks. So I went off to the dollar store to find a right sized tray of sorts, and some river rocks.

I ended up finding a good sized cookie sheet and 3 bags of river rock that I thought would work just fine. I may h ave gotten a couple of puzzled looks as I sized up my shoe on the cookie sheet in the store…

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I spread the river rock onto the cookie sheet, and voila! I have a new, much better looking and fitting boot tray! I’m going to go get one more bag of river rock at the dollar store to fill it in a bit more, but I’m happy with the quick outcome.

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Five minute Jersey Scarf

7 Feb

For a while now I’ve been loving the look of jersey scarves on my friends and coworkers.  This past weekend- in a search for Alencon lace for my wedding gown(another post for another day)- I made it to four fabric stores.  While I didn’t find Alencon lace, I did manage to pick something up at each store!  But I digress, on Saturday my mom and friend Kara and I made the trek to the mecca of fabric stores in the Twin Cities:  S.R. Harris fabric outlet.  This place is HUGE! As in 30,000 square feet huge. This is just one quick shot I took of one aisle (they had four or five) of cotton alone.

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Crazy. Overwhelming. Wonderful.  Yes, it can be described as all three.  Everything is always half off of the bolt price.  The selection is crazy big and I’ve found amazing fabrics for my napkin project there.  On this particular visit I found a wonderful grey patterned jersey to make my long sought after scarf.  At $4.50 a yard it was a cheap scarf!

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I simply folded the fabric in half- right side in.  Then took the edges and folded them both over together.  I wanted a little cleaner seam on the inside and given the texture of this fabric it hides the salvage edge quite well. The beauty of Jersey is that I don’t have to finish the edges as it won’t fray.

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Here is the finished project.  Folding and sewing the seam took all of five minutes. (ignore the not-so-flattering 10:30 p.m. photo) I love the scarf!

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Earring Frame

5 Feb

I’ve had an earring holder on my to-do list for a long time. Tashia already inspired us all when she made two great framed versions in this previous post.  I tried a slightly different framed version using a 1×2 foot panel of decorative sheet metal that I picked up at Home Depot.

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I had an 11×14 inch frame in my collection of unused frames, so I just needed to cut down the panel of sheet metal to fit the frame opening.  I measured and marked the panel with a sharpie, and then used a tin snips to trim it down to size.

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Once trimmed, I fastened the panel into place with the metal tabs on the back of the frame.

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All I had left to do was fill it with my earrings!

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I plan to add some color to this earring frame this spring or summer when it’s warm enough to spray paint.  I think I’ll paint the sheet metal to give some contrast to my earrings and may paint the frame as well.  Stay tuned!