Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tutu special for blog readers only!!

Petal tutu in your choice of size and color (pink or green only) for $20 shipped! This adorable tutu is 6 layers of shimmer tulle topped with 15 satin petals, with a fully encased waistband and ribbon tie closure. Your little one will want to rock this everywhere (and you'll let her it is that cute).

Monday, March 8, 2010

Accessory Holder tutorial- Part 2

OK, now for the second half. There is some simple sewing involved in these steps. I used a 3/4" blue grossgrain ribbon and a 1/4" pink satin ribbon to coordinate with my paper print. I cut these to approximately 27 inches (to allow 2 feet of hanging space).

Line up your ribbon ends, with the smaller ribbon in the center.
Fold over twice on one end. Once about 1/4" and the second about 1" to form a loop at the bottom. You will slip a ring to hold ponies on through here (or to anchor your ribbons)
Sew the velcro to the front side of the ribbon (this will face the back of your frame where the other strip of velcro is):

Make sure your ribbon is centered and doesn't slip before you make your line across:

I used a zig-zag stitch and went over it 3 times to secure it. You can use a straight or a applique stitch depending on your preference:

I varied the distance between some of the lines. 3 inches for sunglasses (you have to get them through somehow. It is also better for the kind that fold flat.

Teeth, meet fuzz:

Just stick that velcro on to your strip, no complicated gluing and you can reposition it! lol

All finished: Now just to hang it and add pretties!

A ring (that came with some ponies) that I added to hold them all. You could also use a ring for stretchy/knit headbands:

A cute (Gymboree FFM) headband:

The top half:

All hung on the wall (not the prettiest picture, since light is waning). It gives you an idea though. I added a bracelet to the pushpin, a pair of glasses, a headband and a jump ring with ponies. If you add more ribbons you can alter them to have clippies and curlies too (I will get to that some other time).

Have fun! Leave questions or comments, please.

Hair accessories (and sunglasses) storage tutorial

This is my first attempt at a tutorial, so bare with me. I would appreciate any feedback!

I have seen tons of cute holders out there, but some of them are well over $40 and don't quite serve the purposes I need them for. So, being the insomniac that I am I came up with this nifty little number that cost about $10 (assuming you have some basics).

  • $1 wooden frame (from craft store)
  • Modge Podge
  • Xacto knife
  • Hot glue/glue gun
  • decorative paper (12x12 or [2] 8.5 x 11)
  • grossgrain ribbon in 2 widths (9 yards each)
  • sewing machine (and thread)
  • pushpins
  • *other decorative items
  1. Make sure your wooden frame has the hole (where the peg would go) at the top. This means it is essentially upside down

2. Paint your frames edges and center in a color to match your chosen paper. There is no need to paint the back or front since they won't be seen

3. Cut your paper to size (in this case 8x8"). Coat your frame with Mod Podge and smooth paper with a credit card or other smoothing device (I used a handy metal bookmark).

4. Cut the excess out of the middle and from around the edges with your exacto knife (yes, there is velcro on the back of this frame already, but that will be in Part II). Go over the surface with at least one coat of Mod Podge to seal. Let it dry (takes 30 minutes or so for 2 coats).

5. Cover the center of your frame with a pieve of the leftover paper

6. Insert the center back into the frame.

7. Attach your pushpins and chipboard letters to the frame. The pushpins can be used to bracelets or necklaces or elastic/knit headbands (add as many as you like/need).

8. Add the rest of your decorative elements (like a daisy and rhintestones).

Please come back tomorrow to learn how to attach your sunglass and headband/bow holders.!