Friday, September 25, 2009

Completed Nursery...

So, my sister just sent me this picture of Joshua Jude's completed nursery with the tree canvas all hung in place, so I thought it would be a fun post to show you all the final product! Didn't it turn out cute??? I love it!!! Thanks for sharing, it's always fun to see the canvases in their element!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Car Seat Blanket...

I just had to post this, I know a lot of people make these, but I LOVED these fabrics from Strawberry Patches, I loved the colors, the prints, the fat ric-rac and the texture of the gray velour- it's so incredibly soft! (I have one for sale if you know of a little boy who is in need of a bold and bright snuggley blanket- for you or a gift- just leave me a comment.)

This was a very special blanket, given to my newest nephew whom I met and feel in love with today, Mr. Joshua Jude Stokes.... covered him in kisses and this blanket!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Flowers in your Hair Part 2....

So, a cute idea for a flower girl... here's two flowers I made for my sister-in-law's sister who is getting married in 2 weeks. Her flower girls are going to wear these, pinned back on one side of their hair.

Super easy to make, I took apart 2 white flowers and then cut out flower shapes from white toile. Then I alternated, one toile and one petal, stuck a pin through it, and then hand-stitched them together. I finished it off with a covered button and attached an alligator clip to the back!

Put up your Party Banner!!!

So, here's another idea I borrowed off of someone else's blog, and thought I would post the idea for parties, shower, and the likes! It's super simple to make, it would be a great beginners sewing project because not much sewing is needed. I simplified the idea so that it would take less time (my overall theme when crafting because I don't have a ton of time!)

So, I made a template out of a piece of thin card board and cut out 15 triangles with the "right-side" of the fabric facing out on each one. *** I cut out 14 because I was going to use it as a congratulations banner = 14 letters.

Then I measured and pinned each triangle inside of a piece of "bias tape" (purchased in any craft department). Each triangle was 2 inches apart.

Then I ran a stitch down the bias tape with a complimentary color.

And finally, this part is optional (you could leave yours plain) I cut out felt letters and glued them on with fabric glue to each flag.

(Bad picture I know- it was dark, too far away, about to take it down after the party... but hey, you get the idea!!!)
And wha-la!!!! You have yourself a homemade party banner---- let the celebration begin!!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Flowers in your Hair....

Try stacking your flowers in a different order a few times before landing on your final choice. Also, try alternating 2 colors like this one: red and pink. Then hand stitch an X in the center to keep them from moving.
On this one, I covered a button in some complimentary fabric and hand-stitched it onto the center of the flower, you can also use a plain button or two buttons stacked on top of each other.
Here's a sample of some other colors, the yellow one has a piece of complimentary ribbon in the center (click on image to enlarge) and the purple one has a fuzzy center that came as a center to one of the flowers.
And of course, my model, Emery girl.
So, here's an easy and fun way to spice up a plain head band or clip... buy some fake flowers, layer them, handstitch the center together, add a button (regular or fabric-covered) and then hot glue it to a an alligator clip. (I cover my alligator clips in grossgrain ribbon first). This way you can change it up- move the flowers to different headbands depending on the outfit! (Target sells some great colors of kid sized headbands right now for pretty cheap- 6 for under $4!)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Spicin' Up An Old Skirt

So, I have had this skirt in my closet for a really long time, it was a hand me down from a friend of mine, and I was thinking, maybe it needed a little pick me up... so here's what I did...
I followed this tutorial on how to make fabric flowers. I printed out their template for flower shapes, but then I added some of my own, a few larger and a few smaller than they suggested, and I folded the circles in half to get the fullness and fluff I was going for.
I held them together with a pin until I stitched them together and added a button in the center.
Then I tacked them to the skirt by hand, stitching the flower in place and making sure the back flower had some stitches as well, so that it wouldn't flop over once the skirt was on.
Here's how they turned out, they will fray a little when washed because of the raw edges, but I like that look!
Give your hand at it, find something in the closet that's been sitting there too long- a t-shirt, skirt, knit dress, hat, hnadbag or tote, a tank top, a baby onesie- that could use a new and updated look to bring it back to life!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hair Clip Tin

A quick and easy solution for anything that is cluttering up your coutertops- for me it was my daughter's hair bows and clips that were all over her dresser as well as the rest of the house! They needed a permenant home, and a cute one at that!
I found this cheap little tin bucket at the dollar store, never mind the design because it will quickly be covered up! Then I got out some fabric, trimming, and extra buttons just in case!
I measured the tin, cut the fabric, ironed it and then ran a bead of fabric glue around the top and bottom of the tin and pressed my fabric on to it firmly, ironning out any bumps with my finger tips.
Then I attached some pom poms, ribbon and well, some more ribbon- and wha-la! In 15 minutes I had myself a cute little storage container for her bows and clips!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Hoo Hoo Hooray!!!!

More owl canvases, and these ones are a girlie girl set!!!
(The colors are a little overexposed and the detail of the button eyes didn't get captured, but you get the jist!!!!)

Say goodbye to these birdies, they are being shipped off!