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28.9.10

Denim Bib Necklace



 Bib necklaces are all the rage right now. I've seen so many all over the place that were sooo pretty that  had to jump on the bandwagon and give it a try. I decided to use up some of my stash of  denim roses still left over from the Jeans Quilt. I made some white roses to go with it using the tutorial HERE Who doesn't love white with denim?

I started with a white rose in the middle of a piece of felt.

Then I laid out some denim and white  flowers until I had a pattern I liked.

 
Hot glue each one to the felt.

Cut the felt around the flowers you can't see the felt from the top.

 Here's what it will look like. I hot glued a second piece of felt to the back to make it more stable. It seemed a little too flimsy to me.

Hand stitch the chain on each side.


26.9.10

I Spy With My Little Eye....

We've all seen or maybe even made an I Spy quilt, or some I Spy bags, or even  I Spy books.
 Here's a new twist on I Spy....

Supplies Needed:

12 different fabric scraps
Pentagon Template
Scissors
Thread
Sewing machine
Polyfil
Needle for hand sewing


Trace pentagon template on the different scraps of fabric. For I spy projects I like to have the template as pictured above where I can see placement of the picture of the fabric piece.

Here are my 12 pieces. All different.  All of them things my son likes.  Choose one for a center piece.

Take the center piece and grab another piece. Put them right sides together and sew.

Press seams to one side.
Take another piece and put right sides together with the center piece.

Sew and then press seams to one side.

Repeat with 4 more pieces.  Here is what it will look like.

Now we need to join all of the outside pieces together. fold so your center piece is folded in half.

Now fold the two pieces at the top point of the center piece right sides together.
 (The center piece should still be folded in half. This will prevent folds or bubbling on the ball)

Repeat with remaining pieces.

 
It will look somewhat like a bowl at this point.
Put this half aside. Repeat with the remaining 6 pieces.

Here are my 2 halves of the ball.

Put them right sides together as in the picture.

 
Start sewing. I sewed the frog onto the baseballs. Then sewed the Transformer piece to the baseball piece.

Next I sewed the Transformer piece to the monkey piece.
 Continue sewing them together leaving an opening to turn.


Turn right side out and stuff with polyfil.
After it is stuffed to your liking whip stitch the opening closed.

Front side.
Back side.
21.9.10

The Sylvia Headband


One of my wonderful readers asked me for a tutorial for this headband. I was happy to oblige.  It gave me the perfect excuse to make one for myself!  LOL.
I call it the Sylvia headband because it reminds me of my Mother-In-Law.  This is something she would totally wear. Frilly and feminine, just her style.


Supplies Needed
  • Strips of fabric (mine range from 1" to 1.5" wide)
  • tulle (the soft kind)
  • Headband
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors

Put a dot of glue on the inside of one end of the headband.

 
Put the end of a strip of fabric on the dot of glue.

 
Place a small dot of glue on the front and wrap fabric to cover the glue.


Continue wrapping the fabric around the headband.


Until you get to the other end of the headband.

Put a dot of glue on the inside and fold the fabric over onto the glue.


Cut of the extra.

For The Roses
Tie a knot at the end of a strip of fabric.


Put some glue on the knot.


Twist the fabric and push into the glue.


Continue twisting and gluing until you get the desired size rose.


 
Put some glue on the back of the rose and fold the end of the fabric into the glue.

Repeat making various size flowers.

Embellishing The Headband

Fold tulle in half and then in half again. Cut it 3" wide.


Put a generous amount of glue on the headband.


 
Push the strip of tulle into the glue pleating it as you go.


Here's what it will look like.

Put some glue on top of the tulle.


Press flower into glue.

Trim the tulle if needed.  I like mine to be a little shorter on the front than the back.  I also like mine to be uneven. I don't like the tulle to have a straight looking edge.  These are just my personal preferences.

Now you have a pretty new headband.