Jan 28, 2011

Simple Fabric Flower...Part 2

Last week I made that cute, simple fabric flower for Addie's hair.
This week I'll show you another style of flower,
equally cute, equally simple.

Start off with a scrap of fabric, trimmed into a square.
I started with a 6x6" square for my largest flower.
With the wrong side facing out, fold it in half, then turn and fold it in half again.
Mark the center.

Unfold the square and turn it so the right side of the fabric is facing down.
Take one cornerof your square, and fold it up to your marked center.
You can either stitch this in place,or you can use hot glue.
I did a couple of flowers using both methods, hot glue is quicker,
and probably easier too...but it's really a personal preference thing.

Fold each corner of the square in to the marked center and secure it however you like.

You now have four new corners. Fold each of your new corners in towards the
center of your square, and secure each of them about 1/4" from the center.

You could stop here and glue a button in the middle for a more geometric version of this flower.

Or, you could go one step further. After you've folded in your all the corners, you now have four new corners to work with. Instead of folding each corner all the way in, only fold it about 1/4" from the edge and secure it there. When you're gluing or sewing this set of corners down, be sure you glue it inside the crease. So you're really attaching it to the layer of fabric underneath the petal you're folding. Does that make sense? I hope so.
Doing this makes your flower petals stand up a little and add a little oomph!

You can make your petals stand up even more by securing this last fold closer to the center, but still between the crease of your previous fold. Play around with it and find the look you like best.

I really like the look of a button in the center, it finishes each flower off so nicely. Once I had everything figured out I turned a whole bunch of these out in no time at all.
I even layered a couple to make a two tier flower.

Now your can attach these beauties to clips or elastics for hair accessories,
attach one to a pin for a great little brooch, or sew them right onto some throw pillows to jazz things up a bit!

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visit!

Jan 20, 2011

Simple Fabric Flower

My good friend Renee requested that I do a little tutorial on how to make the
fabric flowers that I made for my binder cover. No problem!
There are fabric flowers all over the place these days, and lots of great tutorials on different blogs. There are so many different styles and methods to making fabric flowers, all lovely.

I start mine with a long strip of scrap fabric.
I used a scrap of fabric that measured 23" long and 5" wide, but really any scrap will do, the measurements here are not vital to a beautiful flower.

Start by folding your scrap in half the long way, right sides together, and sew it shut,
making a long tube of fabric.
Then using a pen, a wooden dowel, or something long and skinny,
turn your tube of fabric inside out.
Iron it flat. I like to iron mine so the seam isn't right along one of the edges, but somewhere in the middle of the back side of the tube of fabric.
I find this makes it easier to ruffle the flower later.

Run a basting stitch along the entire length of your tube of fabric, being sure not
to back tack at either end, leaving long strands of thread on both ends to work with.

Starting on one end, pull the bottom basting thread, working the fabric along.
Your fabric will begin to ruffle. Do this along the entire stretch of fabric.
Be careful not to pull the basting thread out of the fabric.
Once your tube of fabric is completely ruffled it will look like this. See how it wants to spiral in on itself, already beginning to create the flower look?

Starting at one end of your fabric tube, fold the raw edge under and
begin to wind your flower into its circular shape.
Once you're pleased with the shape of your flower you can pin it in place. I usually use 4 or 5 pins, making sure everything stays put while I'm getting a needle and thread ready and for my first few stitches. Using a needle and thread, stitch across the backside of the flower, making sure you stitch through each layer of the flower, keep stitching until it's nice and secure.
Here's a look at the front of the flower. This one turned out quite big and fluffy, but if you want a flower with a lower profile, use a narrower strip of cloth. For my binder cover flowers I used a strip that was about 3.5" wide. To achieve the crushed look those flowers have, follow the same instructions I used here, just iron them flat once they're all done.
At this point you can use these flowers for almost anything. Stitch it to your binder cover, attach it to a brooch pin for a great addition to a cute little blazer, attach it to a hair clip to add a little flair to that pony tail, or you can do what I did, and attach it to a hair elastic.

Before trimming your excess thread, grab a hair elastic and stitch it directly to the flower.

How sweet is this? Addie loved wearing the flower in her hair, she kept stealing peeks in the mirror to check out her lovely new flower.

She was playing with a ball of play-doh here...
whatever it takes to get them to stand still, right?!?

Stay tuned for another fabric flower style soon.
While making this flower I played around with a couple of other ideas
and came up with some really fun different styles.

Thanks for coming by!

Jan 15, 2011

Our Family Verse

For almost a year I had picture frames set aside for a project I had in mind.
I wanted to find a family verse that really speaks for what my husband
and I want our home and family to exemplify.

Well, those frames sat, and gathered dust.
Then I saw Cheri's "Be" sign over at I Am Momma-Hear Me Roar,
and I had to change my plan!

I followed Cheri's tutorial on how she made her sign, but just personalized it by using the phrase I wanted for our home. Unfortunately, I did this project a couple of months ago and didn't take step-by-step pictures.

I decided to use the key words from Colossians 3:12-13, it reads:

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (NIV)

I am so pleased with how my sign turned out.
The kids often ask what that sign says,
and we get a chance to explain what it means and why we should live this way.

I painted my sign on a piece of scrap ply wood that was leftover from another project, and used paint that I had on hand, so this project was a great freebie!

What is your family verse? How do you display it in your home?

Jan 14, 2011

Binder Cover

I was grabbing a plain, red binder from the hall closet the other day, and I almost felt bad for the poor thing. It was so boring...so bland...so dull. So, I figured I could fix that without spending one penny! I took a little walk down to my fabric closet and found a scrap of some great striped canvas that had been waiting for a project just like this!

To start you'll need a piece of fabric that's 41" long, and 13" wide.
The striped fabric that I really liked wasn't long enough, so I added a piece of brown broadcloth on either end to make it the full 41". I think this project would work best using a fabric that doesn't have a ton of stretch to it.

If you're planning on covering a binder that is wider than 1", you may need to adjust the fabric length. Just wrap the fabric around your binder and see if it will fit, add an extra inch on either side for seam allowance and you should be good to go.

Hem the edge on the ends of your long stretch of fabric.

I wanted to have a little spot inside my binder to keep a pen and highlighter handy, so I sewed a little pen holder on the inside flap of my binder cover.
To do this, gap a leftover strip of fabric, about 4" wide and 6" long.
Fold it in half, right sides together, and sew along the long edge.

Then turn this little tube of fabric right side out and iron it flat. Fold over one of the open edges and sew it wherever you want your pen holder to sit on your binder cover. Once secured, grab a pen and measure how much space you need to leave for it to easily slide in and out.

Pin and sew the section in place, repeat for however many pen holders you'd like for your binder cover. Trim your tube of fabric if necessary, and turn the unfinished edge under before you sew the last section down.

Lay out your fabric, right side up, and center your opened binder on top of the fabric. Wrap the ends of your fabric around the open cover of the binder and pin the folded fabric in place. I needed to slide my binder out to get my pins in properly, just make sure your fabric doesn't slip if you need to do this too.

Using a simple, straight stitch, go ahead and sew it in place. Trim the corners, and turn your binder cover right side out.

When you turn your cover right side out a little fold will be created at the top and bottom edge, between the flaps for your binder to slip in. I did a quick seam along both of those folds to keep them nice and flat and to prevent fraying.

Give the whole thing a run over with the iron and slip it on your binder!

A major improvement over the original bland red binder...but still a little blah for me.


I whipped up a few quick fabric flowers, adorned them with some fun buttons and attached them to the front of my binder cover. Ahhhhh...much better!

And one more pic of the inside of my completed project:

And that's that!
I know it seems like a lot of steps,
but it really is a simple project that you can tackle in under an hour.


Jan 13, 2011

DIY Earrings (on the cheap)!

I get so very tired of the long winters we have. I get tired of not just the weather, but my closet too. I don't know about you, but I can't just pick up and go shopping when the mood strikes, so sometimes I've just got to try and freshen things up another way. These earrings were the perfect solution for me. Something bold, and a little flirty, with great movement to wake up my boring winter wardrobe - these are just what I needed!

I just love how these little pretties turned out! I've had the idea for awhile but haven't gotten around to it until this morning. These were super easy to make and really quick too. And, with three little ones calling for my attention I got these done with hardly any drama!

All of the supplies I used to make these I already had in the house, so that's an extra bonus. A little bump up for my wardrobe for free? I'll take it!

I started by raiding my kids craft bin and ripping the thin cardboard backing off a pad of construction paper. They'll never know, right? I also grabbed a pencil, some craft scissors, my good old, trusty Mod Podge (love that stuff!), and a hole punch.

I drew a simple, rounded semi-tear drop shape on a piece of scrap paper and cut it out. I used that as a stencil and traced two shapes onto my cardboard backing. Then I traced the same shape onto some pretty scrapbooking paper that I had in my stash. Go ahead and cut 'em all out.

I used two different pieces of scrapbook paper for my earrings, a lovely patterned purple on the front, and a black/brown pattern on the back. Depending on what kind of earring hooks you use, it would be really simple to make these reversible.

Next, crack open your Mod Podge and brush a thin coat over your cardboard shape and cover it with one of your scrapbook paper shapes. Flip it over and do the same on the other side, sandwiching the cardboard between your pretty papers. Repeat with the second shape.

Brush a thin coat of Mod Podge over one side of your earrings, let them dry, then flip and do the same to the other side. Once the Mod Podge is dry, go ahead and punch holes through the earrings wherever you'd like your earring hooks to go.

Now you could just attach the earring hooks and call it a day, or, if you're like me and like a little more dimension, you could do a little more! I used a black stamp pad to distress the edges just a tad. I simply rubbed the edge of the earring across the stamp pad. I did this around the entire perimeter of the earring. This also helps disguise any imperfections along those edges. I played around with it, adding more until I was pleased with the look, let it dry for a couple of minutes, and added another layer of Mod Podge.

What a difference!

Once my earrings were completely dry, I added my earring hooks and tried these beauties on, I think they're great!

And that's that! I hope you enjoy your new (cheap-o) earrings as much as I'm enjoying mine!

Added bonus: these are super light! If you like big, chunky earrings, but don't like how heavy they can be on your ears, these would be a great alternative.

Thanks for coming by!

Jan 10, 2011

Getting Started

I'm laughing at myself as I'm sitting down to type this out. What do I have to say, and will I be able to communicate it clearly? I'm nervous about grammar, spelling, sounding like a fool, or running out of things to say. I've started, deleted and restarted about 4,000 times, but I'm just going to have to jump in here and hope for the best!

I'm still working a few kinks out on my blog design and working on projects to share, so this is really just a teaser. I'll be posting my first "for real" post by the end of the week, so be sure to check back.

Thanks for stopping by, even though there isn't anything to see just yet. I'm looking forward to sharing more soon!