Sunday, March 24, 2013

How To Make a Fun Girly Headband

Easter is next week!!! Oh my goodness... it totally snuck up on me this year! 

Easter is one of my favorite holidays though! Plus, I love all the bright happy colors, the excitement the kiddos have for egg hunting and of course mama gets to make all her girls a new one of a kind dress!!!

This year I used the Olivia Pattern by Ruby Jean's Closet (the same one I done Christmas dresses in) and done a little tweaking. Nothing major. I LOVE this dress and it's so super easy and with every great little girl's outfit, their must be matching hair accessories!

You will need:
* A headband - you can buy either one out of the craft dept. and cover it yourself with ribbon or buy one done. I bought mine already done.
* Felt for the top (flower)
* Hot glue gun
* Felt for the bottom
* Template for your felt flower (you can find free templates all over the net)

Cut 1 felt flower using your template. and cut TWO circle out of felt. I used white felt and cut my circle about 2 1/2".
For the fabric, you will want to cut a strip of fabric that is 18" x 2 1/2". Serge all the edges. If you don't have a serger, just add seam allowance to all sides. Ruffle your fabric until it forms the circle you want.

Hot glue one of your felt circles to the ruffled fabric. This is the base.

Turn it over to the front and hot glue the felt flower and button on.

Mark on the headband where you want it and then hot glue it on.


Take your second felt circle and hot glue it to the underside of the headband, covering the first felt circle.

Easy Peasy and cute! You could also just stick a lined alligator clip on the back if you don't want the headband.

I'll add some pictures of the girls wearing theirs soon!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

How To Make a Custom Basket Liner

Making a basket liner is easy, fun and a great way to customize all your cute baskets for a fraction of the cost! 

See my great handmade soaps peeking out??? That is because I have the best SIL that makes some great smelling handmade soaps!!!

 Ok... so PLEASE forgive my inability to draw! Hopefully I can explain it better in words than what I draw!

Use 1/2" seam allowance.

First, you will need to measure the width (RED) by holding your measuring tape 2" on the outside of your basket... go down inside the basket, across the bottom, up the other side and 2" of the outside.
Mine was 19".

Now, measure you side (BLUE) by holding your measuring tape 2" on the outside of your basket and going down on the inside, stopping at the bottom. Remember, you will cut two of these.
Mine was 7".

Now on the outside, measure one long side and one short side to get your width for each.

My pieces measured 19"x9" and 7"x5".

Add 2" to all measurements for your cutting. My cut measurements were
21"x11" and 9"x7".

Sew your two smaller pieces onto your large piece.

Take you smaller pieces one at a time and pin the to the other end of your large piece. Sew. This will look like a bag with a whole in the bottom like above.

Time to sew your bottom up! One side at a time, pin and sew you edges together.

Fold and iron you top edge 1/4" and then fold and iron down a 1/2".

Sew around entire top except a few inches for the elastic.

To get the amount of elastic you need, you can just measure around your basket and subtract about 3-4".

Feed your elastic through the opening with your trusty safety pin.

Sew the ends of your elastic together.

Sew you opening shut. Add a little bow if you would like and Viola! A custom made basket liner!

I hope this didn't confuse anyone! This was kind of a toughy to explain. Maybe next time I do a toughy, I'll do a video instead. It would probably be easier.

Monday, March 11, 2013

How to bind a quilt

Binding a quilts is really easy... even if you're a beginner! It's really just basic measuring and sewing.

You can get creative with binding too! You can use one color or many colors (scrappy binding).

To know how much binding you need, you will need to measure all the way around your quilt and add about 10" or so. You'll also want to cut your binding about 2.5" wide.

Now to sew strips together...
Take two pieces, place them right sides together like this. Kinda like an upside down "L".

Sew across like shown. (Sorry, it keeps loading sideways)

Cut off extra fabric.

Open up and iron down your seams. Now you will have one continuous piece.

 Once you get your entire huge long strip for the entire quilt sewn together, iron it in half lengthwise.

You are going to line you raw edges up with the raw edge of the quilt. The red is what mine was laying on, so pay no attention to that. To start, you are going to unfold one of the ends and make a point by folding it over and then you will fold the ends back together.

Start sewing about 2" from where my fingers are in the picture above.

Stop about 1/2" from your corner and back stitch.

Fold over. Pin.

Fold your strip back where the raw edges meet up again. You will have a little flap now. This is what makes your mitered corners.

Make sure your flap is laying flat. You will start sewing at the top edge and work your way around the quilt doing all corners the same way.

Now, once you have worked your way back around to your starting point you will open up the pointed beginning we made. Remember? Tuck your binding tail right in there. Cut off any huge amount of excess you don't need and finish sewing it up.

Once that's done, flip your binding over to cover the other side and iron down.

Now, you can either whip stitch the back by hand stitching or you can sew in the ditch from the front of the quilt, making sure the get the binding on the back sewn on.

Happy Binding!