Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Measuring Tape Hairbow How-to!

Dear Readers,
So, the other day I was in the local flea market and came across some cloth measuring tape. Zing the idea came to me! Sometimes it happens that fast. What an adorable hair bow this would make. Can I do it? Of course. Here's the finished look;

To make this delight all you need is cloth measuring tape, atleast 7", fray check, glue, scissors, and a bobby pin (needle and thread is optional).

Start by getting all of those pesky creases out of the measuring tape. You can iron them out, or if you're impatient like me, I used wrinkle releaser. Once smooth, measure out six inches of the tape. Now, run a bead of the fray check along all the edges and let dry also check the extra inch. Next, loop the tape and glue the ends together like so;

After the glue has dried pinch the loop together in the middle to make a bow shape. Sorry, no picture :( Mainly, you want to get it creasing in the right places. Now pick up your extra inch of tape. Wrap it around the middle of your bow, tightly, and glue.

This is where you have the option of sewing. You can sew these ends together for a more stable bow. It all depends on your glue strength. Once all glued/sewn, trim off the excess and insert the bobby pin.

Ta-da! Ready and fabulous! These are so easy and quick to make, I love them. Enjoy!

Measuring with Love,


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Here comes Valentine!

Crafty Readers,
So, we have had two snow days in row here. Two! I've been wrangling Thing 1 and Thing 2 for two days trapped inside. We've played Legos, Play Doh, and admittedly watched way too much Scooby Doo. Speaking of Scooby Doo, I loved him since childhood. As an adult I still watched the episodes on Cartoon Network. But now, thanks to my children, he's really getting on my nerves! Funny how sharing something with your kids can somehow ruin it. Anyway... I did find a lovely idea over on I am Momma hear me roar. She showed adorable pictures of her son snow coloring. Simply putting water and small drops of food coloring in squirt guns occupied my kids for an hour out in the snow. Lots of fun!
While I've been home bound with kids, its been hard to craft during the day as per usual. I have found time to peruse the internet looking at others craftiness. I thought I'd share some lovely Valentine's Day crafts with you. Maybe you can find time to make them!
Look at this adorable fox!

I love him. The tutorial to make him is here. It looks super simple too!

Check out this sweet bracelet. I think it would make a fantastic brooch too.

She has a cute blog you should visit. The tutorial is here and very easy to follow. Now if only I could embroider.

This is a fantastic idea! I will probably never do it, but I love it! Isn't it just precious?

This was her first time printing on icing, so the tutorial is very easy to follow. If your printer can print on icing you must do this!

The last one I may find the time to try. Look how charming it is! Who can I give it to? Maybe my husband. That way I can hang it in the bedroom for me too. :)

Another easy tutorial. And BONUS! Templates! I love when I get to skip the frustration of drawing. I swear it takes me way too long to draw something.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

T-shirt Scarf Tutorial Revisited

Hey Readers,
I promised you an addition to the scarf I made and her it is! We are going to start at Step 3, only this time we are cutting all the way to the end. This leaves you roughly fourteen long loops. Now, pick up a loop and begin winding it around your hand like so:

You don't want to wrap too tightly or too many times. This will effect how long your scarf turns out. So, I did six times. Now, slide these loops off your hand and leave them in a neat pile.

Continue winding all fourteen or so of your loops. Once you've got them all done it's time to join them. Using some of your left over t-shirt fabric, cut 3" by 1" strips. Grab two of your loop stacks and tie them together using this small strip.

Continue doing this until all of your loops are connected. Voila! All done and a new spin on the scarf. This look is definitely more deconstructed and edgy. I like both, but this one is more fashion forward. Hope this gave you some ideas on how to add a new twist to the previous tutorial.
As always I love to read your comments and see your projects. Be sure and email me any work you've done using my tutorials!
Sew Happy,

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

T-shirt Scarf Tutorial

My Readers,
Time for a super easy tutorial. I'm giving away one of my secrets so get ready! This is a simple jersey scarf made from a plain t-shirt. I get mine for $1-$2 at the thrift store. That is all this craft will cost you!
Here's what you need: an old men/women's XL t-shirt (XXL works too), scissors, and a flat space to work. Easy, right?

Step 1. Lay the shirt flat and line up the hem. Now cut straight across (or as close to straight as you can) from one armpit to the other. Cut the hem off too. Now toss the rest or save it for a future project.

Step 2. Fold your tube of fabric almost in half. I leave approximately 2-3 inches at the top. This next part you can mark where you'll be cutting first, or just go for it like I do. Along the fold cut snips every inch all the way across. They don't have to be exact.

Step 3. Now using those snips we made, cut all the way to the end. Be sure to leave the 2-3 inches uncut! Looking at the picture will help explain.

Step 4. We now have long loops that are all attached at one end. Let's make them longer! Grab one loop and holding the uncut edge in the other hand, streeeeeetch. Your fabric should curl and stretch. Continue with all of the loops.

Step 5. Last step. Take up the hem that you cut off the t-shirt. Snip off a 6 inch length. Now, I want you to gather up your fabric at the seam (where all the loops meet). Bind up this edge with our length off the hem. See picture :)

Now loop it around your neck and you've got a very stylish, very thrifty scarf! What do you think? So easy! There are multiple ways to wear these. I like to loop half of it twice, or tie the whole length in a knot. My friend says I need to make instructions on the various ways to wear it!
I've got another version of this scarf in the works and will add it soon. I hope you like this tutorial and have fun making some scarves of your own. Don't feel like making one? Buy one from me at my website!

Be Kind: Rewind,

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy 2011!

I hope you all had a wonderful, magical holiday! Mine was busy and crafty. I'll be back blogging this week, so stay tuned!

Lots of love,