Monday, September 26, 2011

Bunched Up Skirt!!

I am a big fan of the bunch look! I think it looks nice on me....which is why I chose the wedding dress I did!! 
Well one day while I was looking through some patterns I found this one and knew I had to make it!! It even said easy-to-sew on it....and let me tell WAS really easy to sew!!
The nice thing about this skirt is I can untie the insides and make it lay flat! Which means I get two skirts out of one!
Love it!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Pleated Necklace

I found this pleated necklace over at TaterTots and Jello from a guest poster found HERE. I loved it and just had to make one for myself!!

Items you need:
Ribbon (or material)
Needle and Thread

1. Take your ribbon and pleat it twice and then thread a bead on (hint: I didn't cut my ribbon until I was done threading on all my beads, because I didn't know how much ribbon it was going to take and I didn't want to run out). Keep threading the beads on until you are at your desired length, then cut the ribbon from the spool.

2. To finish it up I did it a little fancier (you'll probably don't need to do it like this, but I was just excited that I thought of it!!) Fold the end of your ribbon hot dog ways, then snip a little from the middle.
Take a lighter and burn it just ever so slightly so it doesn't fray.
3. Take another kind of thread (skinner) and thread into the whole you just cut.
4. Sandwich the middle ribbon in between the thicker ribbons and stitch to hold in place. This way you don't have to cover up a knot and you don't have to have a knot in the back either!

So simple and I love it so much!! I have a white ruffled shirt that I'm going to wear with a bright yellow cardigan and I think this necklace will look perfect!! So excited!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New Necklace Holder

I've been making a lot of necklaces lately...and I keep finding more that I want to make (darn that Pinterest!). So the holder I have now is running out of room. So I decided to make another one. 

I was at Savers and found this and thought it would work perfect.
I took off the bottom hearts, took out the wire on the top, and sanded it down.

Then I spray painted it brown (to match my Earring Holder found HERE)
I bought these bathroom hooks (I don't exactly know what they are called) from Home Depot. (I definitely spent a little more than I should if you want to make one of these on a budget, I'm sure you could find the hooks somewhere else for less money). I screwed them in and then just glammed it up!
I used some scrap fabric I had and made some rosettes and hot glued them on. Then I reattached the wire from the top and added a little strip of fabric and've got yourself a new necklace holder with 6 hooks!!

Love it!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fixing a Hoodie

I have had this hoodie for over 10 years now and I absolutely love it! There is only one problem with's white. While in storage it some how got this wonderful stain on it.
I was so sad about it. I let it soak for a day in Oxy clean and washed it at least 3 times. But the stain just wanted to stay where it was. So I decided that since I couldn't get it out...I would just cover it.

And I've always wanted a pocket in the front this worked perfect.

I bought 1/4 yard of white fleece (which is a little off from my hoodie, but I figure with wearing it and washing will soon look the same)!

I have this other hoodie that I used to copy the dimensions of the pocket.
  I cut out the fleece to the shape and size that I wanted.
Then I sewed in around all the edges.

Then I pinned and sewed it onto the hoodie it self.
I love how it turned out (it just needs to be washed to get rid of that line right down the middle from the fabric being on the bolt)!

Now I get to wear my favorite hoodie without looking super dirty! Yay!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fixing a Dress

So I bought this dress at Rue 21 and I just absolutely love it!! The only problem with it is...when I wore it the first time I was so busy pulling it up that I didn't enjoy looking cute in it. So I decided to fix it.

It took me a while to figure out exactly what I wanted to do...but then the wheels finally started turning and I decided to make a braided strap for it. I had bought this knit t-shirt from savers a long time ago for a different project that was a I held onto it just in case I might need it for something else...which I did!!

I cut the shirt into 3 2" strips and braided them as tightly as I could (this way they are already stretched and when I wear the dress they won't stretch and fall).

Then I tried the dress on and pinned the straps on exactly where I wanted them. At first I was going to do two straps with them criss-crossing int he back, but then decided to do a halter instead. After I pinned them I simply sewed them on!
Since the back was falling down too, I decided it would look cute to add just one braid in the very middle of my back!
It worked perfectly....and I didn't have to worry for a second about pulling it up....I just got to feel cute in it!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Braided Necklace

I found this braided necklace tutorial over at UCreate and loved it. I'm not going to do the tutorial part but you can find it HERE.

Items you need:
 Thin ribbon
Chain (I got mine from JoAnn's in the Jewelry making section)
then a flower of your choice

It was so simple to cut the ribbon and chain to the length I wanted and then braid them together! I love how it turned out too!

I really didn't want to buy a flower, and I didn't have any good material to make one....but I did have some scrap ribbon from our bracelets that we made HERE and I loved I decided to come up with a little something with these!
And this is what I came up with! A Scrap flower!! I just put them all together in a way that I liked and then hot glued them to the end of the necklace (to cover it up). I really like how it turned out. Definitely doesn't look store bought, but it's totally my style!!
And there you have it!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Burlap Wreath

I found this idea on Pinterest (which by the way I LOVE!! I know every says it....but there is a reason!!) It was on Craftaholics Anonymous and her tutorial is found HERE.

What you need:
Wire hanger
1.25 (I would actually get about 1.5 yards) of burlap
1/8 yard of different colored burlap (or you could also you any scrap material you have)
Hot Glue Gun
Wire cutters

1. Undo your hanger and mold it into a circle.

2. Cut 3" strips of your burlap. She had a simple way to cut the burlap on her blog...I actually just used a rotary cutter and mat to cut mine. It made it looked more frayed...which I liked, but if you'd prefer the other than I'd look at how she did it!

3. Then start poking one end of your now circle hanger through the burlap and start folding it like an accordion, back and forth until you've used all your fabric and the hanger is full.
4. Since I didn't use as much burlap I had some extra hanger...and I wanted the burlap to be pretty tight I used my wire cutters to snip some of the hanger away.
5. Take your wire cutters (or pliers, mine was both) and fold the edges of the hanger together so they don't come apart. It doesn't look very pretty, but I covered this section up with other things!
6. Take your different colored burlap, or scraps and make rosettes.
7. Use your hot glue gun and glue the rosettes where you want them, and I added a little wooden "B" to spice things up :) It took be a little to finagle the material to it laid the way I wanted to....but with a little hot stayed where I wanted it to!

8. Take either a scrap of material, some ribbon, or I used a little extra burlap that I had and simply tied it around the top to hang it!
And you're done!! Perfect for all year round!
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