I was at Joann's the other day. There were 2 teenage girls buying knit fabric. I asked them what they were going to make. They showed me a headband they had purchased and figured they could make them. So I took a look at the headband, gave them a few sewing tips and off they went to make their headbands. I started thinking and decided to make a few of my own. These headband are super simple. And stylish too. I have even teamed up with Ashley over at Flats to Flip Flops to show you how to fashion your head band.
The 4th of July is one of those holiday I just love dressing up for. I realize that it is only 1 day, but I grew up being taught that it is important to celebrate our freedoms. I have heard stories about family members who have fought in past wars. Hearing there stories reminds me that freedom is not free. It is earned and should be appreciated. So every year I rack my brain to find something unique to dress my kids in. So this year I made a round up of projects that I love. Some are DIY some are purchase but all are fabulous. All around dressing You and your kids for the 4th of July!!
Its another day of Birthday Celebrations!! I am so excited to share with your my newest patterns! I have been working on them for a while and they are finally finished! Today I have teamed up with Riley Blake Designs and we are giving away my 4 newest patterns and 3 yards of yummy Knit fabric.
***This tote bag has been updated to reflect changes in the original shape, size and attachment of the handles. The construction of the bag is similar but the new tote has a slightly different look, size. shape and handle attachment.
So a few months ago I made this bag for a blog conference.I also made these adorable bags for my roommates.
Each one was a little different and personalized. My roomies loved them and I got several compliments on them. I was asked several times where I got them. My answer "Umm I made them" . Next question do you sell them and do you have a tutorial? The answer, yes I make them no I do not have a tutorial. Well Blog readers today I have a tutorial. This bag takes a bout 1-2 hours and looks great any time of year. I love to take it to the park, the beach or just shopping with a friend. It fits everything you need for a fun day getaway! I love that I can make a new one with beautiful fabric to match anything. And today you can make one too! I added an inside pocket for a cell phone too.
I love myself an easy project. This one it on the top of my list. My little girl loves skirts and dresses. Sometimes we just need something easy. These easy t-shirt dresses make a great swimsuit cover up, lounge dress, or baby doll dress with leggings. Want to make your own? Here is how you do it.
I love finding simple everyday things and turning them into something amazing. Today I am going to share how to make a pillow cover with a Dishtowel. This project was super easy ,cheap inexpensive and makes an adorable throw pillow for a bed or chair. Making the pillow took me about 30 minutes, with minimal sewing. Not to mention it cost me less than $5.
Have you seen the new styles in stores lately? I feel like I am in a flashback. My 12 year old self on Christmas day wearing my color blocked shirt and acid washed hot pink jeans. I was so cute. As I shop for my daughter I see tons of clothing styles and colors I wore back in the day. I keep seeing color blocking and Neon everywhere. Instead of buying all those expensive shirts I decided to make my own. You can make yourself 2 shirts for under $10. Here is how you do it.
So tell me if this is you. You go to the bathroom for a self imposed time out. You should have been put in time out and hour ago, but alas the kids wouldn't allow it. You finally get your time out and you realize part way through you are out of toilet paper. Sound familiar??? Then you have to all to one of your kids...to interrupt you time out to bring you some toilet paper. Well your quiet time out is over..
This is a weekly problem at my house. My Master Bath is about the only place I get a little quiet during the day. Maybe 5 minutes a few times a day.
So one day I was perusing my local Ross and found this... A toilet paper holder tower.
This year I have the opportunity to attend 2 blog conferences. Build Your Blog with the Six Sisters Stuff and Snap! In preparation to go I have made an adorable Business card holder. I found a few online and they were not the right size so I made my own.
I love skirts. But as I get older it seems that skirts are getting shorter or I am getting taller. I have a general rule that my skirts go to the knee. Skirts that length that are modest can be hard to find. So when I saw a modest slip extender at a local boutique I just had to have one. But at $30 a piece I decide I would have to wait. So I went to my local Joanns. They had a great selection of Lycra stretch fabric in lots of colors. Here is what I bought:
For Christmas in 2012 I made my little miss a Knock off Anthropologie lace skirt. I wanted to add a little more drama so I came up with this Poinsettia hair flower. It added color and a little more Christmas spirit. Nothing says Christmas little a Poinsettia, right???
It is simple, beautiful and added a bit of elegance to her outfit.
I love finger less gloves. I think they are cute and stylish. I was perusing my local thrift store when I found some old sweaters that would be perfect for my project. I found this sweater vest for $3.
I have 3 sons. The two oldest love science. We have grown all kinds of science experiments in our kitchen window. plants, trips, sea monkeys. You name it we have probably tried it. Their favorite was the meat eating plants. We loved to catch flies and feeding them to our Venus Fly Trap. It is amazing how the slightest of touch triggers there mouths to close. Then I saw a costume for a Venus fly trap online. It inspired me to make his costume.
So what do you think of corn week??? There are so many things to do with corn. Here is one more.
To continue with corn week we will be making Corn warming bags. These area just like the Rice bags you can warm up and use. The great thing about using corn is that it retains the heat longer. About twice as long as rice.
Here is what you need:
1. 2 different fabrics. I used fleece and corduroy. Two identical pieces.
2. Corn. I used Field Corn. They use it for animal feed, to track dear and to feed squirrels. I purchased mine a a grain mill. They sold all kinds of grains including field corn.
1. Start with 2 types of cloth. I used corduroy and fleece. You can cut them 12x12 or 7x14. depending on the size you want. Place pieces right sides together.
2. Stitch around 3 1/2 sides. Leaving a hole open for add corn.
3. Turn right sides out. Press if you can. Top stitch around 3 sides, still leaving the opening open.
At this point I also like to stitch a center row from the bottom to 3 inches from the top. This will help keep the corn balanced. I do this on my 12x12.
4. Fill your bag with corn about half way maybe a little more. If you would like to add a few drops of essential oils to your corn.
Stitch you bag closed with the top stitch across the top. Complete your bag by stitching your center line all the way to the top.
All finished. Before you give these as gifts run them through the microwave a few times. Sometimes corn has moisture in it. Microwaving a few times gets rid of the moisture. Microwave for 3-4 minutes.
I love using these little bags. They are great for warming your beds or for a sick tummy. My kids love to warm them up after sledding or building a Snowman.