4 posts categorized "Tutorial"

May 30, 2011

DIY Embroidered Greeting Cards

This year one of my goals was to write more Thank You's. I love how personal and sincere hand written notes are, and handmade is even better! For this tutorial I machine embroidered my cards using a sewing machine with fancy stitches. That said, it would be a breeze to convert the steps for a straight stitch sewing machine or hand embroidery.

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Let's get started!

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Materials: - Blank Cards/Paper - Embroidery Thread - Sewing Needle - Scissors - Craft Glue - Buttons/Decorative Paper (Optional) IMG_2096

1. Pick out a cute stitch or plan out a cute design and then start stitching it right onto the front of the card. If you are concerned with making straight lines either lightly draw them in pencil with a ruler before you start or use the measurement guides on your machine as you sew.

DIY Embroidered Greeting Cards

2. Once you've finished embroidering your design embellish with buttons, trim, yo-yo's or pen drawings. Trim off your thread ends and secure in place with a dab of craft glue. If you don't want the backs of your stitches to show, line the inside of your card with decorative paper cut to fit.

DIY Embroidered Greeting Cards

Super easy! If you decide to try the tutorial, post pics for me to see. Hope you have fun!

April 14, 2011

DIY Kawaii Egg Caps!

Add a new twist to your egg decorating this year with these easy Kawaii Egg Caps!

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This project would be perfect used as a Spring decoration around your house, center piece on a dinner table or name holders for individual place settings at the table. Added bonus... they work up super quick!

Before we dive completely in, if there is anyone who doesn't know how to crochet or hasn't crocheted in the round before, but would really like to try - I have a  few suggestions. SNB - The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller is a God send. I would recommend it to anyone. I am a very visual person and usually find instruction books confusing and frustrating, but this is a gem! It covers all bases in a clear and focused manner without being overly technical, and the illustrations are great.

You've tried the books and you're still stuck? Time to head to the yarn store. Not the big box chain store, that little mom n pop place whose prices are a little higher, but who make up for it with amazing quality, selection and service. You've never asked them for help? Why not?!? I have never encountered a privately owned yarn store whose employees weren't falling all over themselves to aid a fellow crafter or talk shop. A wealth of knowledge just waiting to be tapped!

Now lets get started.

DIY Kawaii Egg Capps

For this project you will need:

  • Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Sugar & Cream Cotton)
  • Size F Crochet Hook
  • Needle & Thread
  • Felt (Assorted Colors)
  • Fuzzy White Yarn (Optional - Used for chick fluff and lamb ears.)
  • Craft Glue (Not Shown)
  • Scissors (Not Shown)

Abbreviations:

  • ch = Chain
  • st(s) = Stitch(es)
  • sc = Single Crochet
  • sl st = Slip Stitch
  • [ ] = Sets apart a group of stitches to be repeated as a whole
  • FO = fasten off

* All rounds in this pattern are joined by working a slip stitch into into the top of the turning chain that started the round.

Foundation Ring: Ch 3 and join into ring by working a slip stitch into the first stitch of the chain.

Round 1: Ch 1, 5 sc in ring, join with sl st - 5 sts.
Round 2: Ch 1, [2 sc in each st] 5 times, join with sl st - 10 sts.
Round 3: Ch 1, [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 5 times, join with sl st - 15 sts.
Round 4: Ch 1, [sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st] 5 times, join with sl st - 20 sts.
Round 5: Ch 1, [sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] 5 times, join with sl st, FO - 25 sts.

Weave in your loose ends & grab your felt! Cut out tiny ears, eyes and beaks, and then glue or stitch onto your crocheted cap. It's that easy!

DIY Kawaii Egg Capps

DIY Kawaii Egg Capps

My bunny ears are folded together at the bottoms to give them a little more character. My chick fluff, bunny tails and lamb ears were created by pulling tiny tufts of fluffy yarn through crochet stitches in my cap using my crochet hook and then tying them off  and trimming.

Easter Decor

I left all of my eggs plain for the photos, but I'd love to see them on dyed or glittered eggs. Use them as place cards by writing names on the exposed portion of egg. So simple! If you make these I would LOVE to see your finished work so please share! Also, be sure to let me know if you were confused by any of my instructions. This is my first time trying to write out a pattern!

March 31, 2011

DIY: Thrifted Skirt to Apron!

Some thrift stores are immaculately organized and it is very easy to swoop in scan for a specific item and be merrily on your way. Unfortunately, there are a large number of others that look more like my high school bed room than a place of business with items strewn about the place and very little order. If you're new to the process this can be a bit overwhelming. For this month's tutorial we will be taking a trip to the thrift store and this project would be a perfect introduction into the world of thrifting.

Here's what you'll need:

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Materials: Thrifted skirt, Blanket binding & decorative trim. Before you begin you'll need a skirt. Head into your local thrift store and start looking for cute skirts with great prints. What's that? You found the perfect one, but its two sizes off? Fear not! For this project size doesn't matter! Use this time to get acquainted with the store, find out how items are arranged, ask if they have special discount days (most do!) The  beauty of this project is that as long as you find a pattern you like, any size skirt will work. 

Now lets get started!

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1. Hold your skirt up to yourself to determine how long you would like it. Is it too long? Make a not on how much you'd like to shorten it. Is it too Short? Don't worry, we can adjust that later. Puppy assistants are helpful, but not required.

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2. In the last step I determined that my skirt was too long. Here I have it folded over to my desired length and am now determining my width. I like my Aprons to wrap at least half way around my waist. I tend to be a messy cook and like extra coverage. It's all personal preference.

If your skirt is too small to meet your desired width then slit it up one side, making it long enough to get the desired measurement. *Take your skirts construction into consideration before you make that first cut! Does it have back pockets that would be super handy on the front of your apron? If so you'd want to make the cut up the center front of your skirt. What type of closure does it have? Do you want to leave the closure on your apron as a design element or cut it off?

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3. Now that you have your measurements it's time to take off all of the unwanted material. If you haven't already, cut the skirt open and trim the sides down to the desired width. Since I decided to shorten my skirt this is also where I removed the excess length from the top.

To do this I measured from the top of the skirt down and marked off the fabric at even intervals all the way across the skirt. Once all of my marks were made I connected the marks and cut on my new line.

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3. Now that we have our apron cut out we need to take care of the raw edges on the sides of the apron. Fold the raw edge in to the back of your apron and press flat. I folded mine in about 3/8 of an inch. (Shown at top of photo)

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4. For a clean finished edge fold your pressed seam in one more time. Pin in place and sew along the entire width of the edge. Repeat process for the other side. 

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4. With the sides finished we'll start on the top. Get out the blanket binding and measure a length that wraps all the way around your waist with enough excess left over for tying. Cut and press.

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5. Find the center of your binding and line it up to the center of your apron. Open the binding and start pining the binding to the top of your apron.

Did you have a skirt that was too short? This is where we address that. Instead of having your apron reach all the way into the binding fold, add length by pinning it more towards the bottom of the binding. Use a wider binding - fabric stores offer binding in a wide variety of widths. If all else fails and it's still too short you can always ad a coordinating strip of fabric to the top or bottom of the apron to gain some extra length.

Once the apron is pinned in place sew along the entire exposed edge of the binding making sure to fold in the edges at the ends.

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6. Now the fun part! Grab your trim and dress up your apron! For mine I hand sewed extra sequins on and machine sewed some gold ric-rac along the edges.

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Apron complete! I hope this tutorial was helpful and if you use it to make your own apron I'd love to see your finished results!

*Enter a giveaway to win this apron here!

January 15, 2011

DIY Fabric Frame Cover

I've been talking, you've been waiting, and it's finally here! January's tutorial will show you how to take a simple or worn out photo frame and update it with a fresh look. This would be a great project to unify a collection of mismatched frames or give more life to frames that may be slightly damaged or worn. Let's get started!

Getting Started

Here's what you'll need:

  • Photo Frame
  • Fabric remnant large enough to wrap around your frame
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Low Temp Glue Gun
  • Low Temp Glue Sticks
  • Ribbon/Buttons
  • Not Shown: Pen, Ruler, Fray Check

Marking Edges

1. Begin by spreading out your fabric under your frame and marking off a perimeter along the outside that when folded back over the frame, reaches within a quarter of an inch of the inside edge.

Lines Drawn

2. Measure out another line a half inch from the inside edge of the frame. Trim all excess fabric from the inside and outside.

Gluing Inner Edges

3. Draw lines from the inside fabric corners towards the inside frame corners stopping about an eighth of an inch from the actual corners and then snip the fabric along the lines as shown above.

Gluing Inner Edges

4. We're ready to glue! (It's really important here that you double check and make sure you are using a low temperature glue gun with low temperature glue sticks to match. You will be using your fingers to smooth the fabric onto the frame and you DO NOT want to get burned!)

Run a thin bead of glue along the inner edge of the frame and then quickly smooth an edge of fabric into the crack. You will need to work quickly as the glue hardens fast and you'll want to try hard to really smooth the glue out so the glass will fit back into the frame when you're finished. Repeat on all three remaining edges.

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5. Once the inside edges are in place, run a line of glue along the back of the frame and stretch the fabric snugly over the edge of the frame on two opposing sides.

Finishing Corner

6. Now for the corners. If you're familiar with hospital corners when making a bed you're ahead of the game. If not, pull the corner fabric as shown above until the desired look is achieved and then glue in place.

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The finished corner should look like this.

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7. With the corners in place glue down remaining sides and then dot each of the inner fabric corners with fray check to prevent the threads from pulling apart. If you don't have fray check don't worry - a dab of clear nail polish will work also!

Felt Backing

8. Cut out a piece of felt that matches the inside of the back of the frame exactly and falls just a quarter of an inch short of the outside of the back of the frame. This is also where you add any ribbons or buttons that you might have.

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9. Now glue the felt in place to cover up any messy edges.

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10. Reinsert the glass, photo and backer and you're finished!

If you try this out on your own post a pic in the comments I'd love to see it!