Tuesday, July 19, 2011

This And That

I haven't been crafting on my sewing machine as much, but I have been doing other little things.
This tea cup rose pincushion was meant to go to my sweet Mama, but alas, Sir Punkybritches dropped it on the floor and it broke! *insert super upset Mama face here*

I've been building my button collection! You can honestly never have too many of them, because you can use them all over the place. I have a ton of vintage ones, the littlest jar is all vintage. I rarely pay full price for such things.  Thrift stores are where it's at!

Painted container that holds our summer straws. I love the look of opaque glass but it's expensive if you can manage to find it. So, I followed one of the thousands of tutes out there and made one of my own.

This  sweet little hedgehog is destined for a  baby shower in the near future. :)
I followed the lovely tute over at matsutakeblog .

Seriously how cute is she!!?

I love these little projects that don't take much time but are so sweet when you are finished with them.  I can't wait to gift her along with some other little crafty things I have in the works.
I love when people have baby girls. It's fun to think of little pink ruffled things!

And, yes, this was a rather rambling post. That's how my brain has been functioning lately! I can't wait to get back into crafting and sewing full swing! I have some other things in the works that hopefully I will be able to share again soon. Have a beautiful, glorious day!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Braided Headband Tutorial.

I know there are about a million of these out there, but I was so excited that *I* figured it out that I had to share!

1.) Choose some pretty fabrics..you can do two or three braids. Either one is adorable.
2.) Cut two- three strips. Mine are approximately 4"x20"
3.) Cut each of those into three strips.

And no, it doesn't matter if you are cutting in a straight line. This is one of those projects that I like, because I can neither draw nor cut in a straight line.

4.) Find a binder clip, or I suppose you could just tie it off on one end
5.) Clip binder clip to one end and start braiding away. :) I found that if I held the binder clip in my mouth it worked the best for keeping the most consistant looking braids.
6.) Tie off your ends tightly.
7.) Repeat until you have two or three sets.

8.) Pin the ends, so that your braids don't slip as you sew them. It just helps keep everything together for the next step.
9.) Sew those bad boys together. I've found that a tight zig zag stitch holds them together the best. Make sure you go all the way to the ends of your braids, otherwise they will unravel on you!
10.) See how pretty?!
11.) Cut off the ends, pretty close to your seam.

12.) Fold over a piece of scrap on the end to make it look more finished, if you'd like. Sew it on with a straight stitch.
13.) Get out your trusty plain white elastic. I can't really give you a number on it, because I think every kid has a different head size. Just remember that it needs to be snug so it doesn't fall off.
14.) Sew the elastic on the bottom side of headband on both sides.
15.)  Tada! Pretty headband for a sweet little girl or for a Mama to wear. (As is the case for this one!)

16.) You could most certainly stop there, and just leave it like this. Because this is cute.
17.) Or you could make a sweet little coordinating flower to go with it.
18.) I like this one so much that I hot glue gunned on both types, a pin and a clip. Mostly because I want to wear it with other things.
19.) Pin on in the desired spot and wear your sparkling new hair piece. :)

Ps: I am aware that it's been forever since I posted here! Life got in the way.  Summer is busy, but fun! Plus, we got to go camping as a family and it was awesome!