Archive | June, 2010

Guest Project: DIY Custom Headbands

30 Jun

Hello everyone! You all, probably don’t know who I am. Right? I thought so. My name is Ashley, and I have a humble blog called, Bramblewood Fashion, which I share with one of my younger sisters, Gabrielle. Our blog is full of sewing projects, daily (or rather weekly) outfit posts, and some tutorials thrown in.  I must also mention, that I am so excited to do a post on Jen’s blog!

 

And in case you were wondering what I look like. Ta-da! A picture of me. =) 
 

So with out further ado, my tutorial for today.
 
I love wearing headbands! But, my pocket book is not always willing to spend a lot of money on headbands. I have found that a lot of the cute headbands cost any where between $10 and $20. No, thank you; I can make my own for a lot cheaper and cuter too! Plus, these will be custom made and a million other girls  will not own them either.  =D
 
How to Make Your Own Headbands
 
 
Supplies:
  • 1/4 yard of Fabric (You can also just use scraps that you have laying around.)
  • 1/4 inch wide elastic
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine 
  • Iron
  • Trimmings (Rick-Rack, Buttons, Lace, Fabric Flowers, etc…)
  • Fusible Webbing (Optional) [Mine is 1/2 inch wide, sticky on both sides, and comes in a box. You don’t have to have this, but I like how it makes the headband a little more sturdier, and I have less pinning to do when I sew the headband.]


1. The first step is to measure your head. Like how I did in the picture below. Take note on your measurement, mine is 22 1/2 inches.  
 

2. Measure the base of your head (see picture below). This is too find out how much elastic you need to cut. Mine is 5 inches. 
 


3. Now it is time for a little math. Follow the instructions below for the next step. 
 

4. Cut out a strip of fabric that is the total of your math problem above (mine came up as 16 1/2 inches) in length, and 3 inches across (You can experiment with different widths for different looks). 
 
 
5. Fold over an 1/2 inch on each side (the long side). Iron. 
 
 
6. Fold strip in half lengthwise. Iron.
 
 
7.  Cut a piece of elastic that is the measurement of the base of your head.
 
 
8. Fold over 1/2 inch on each end. Iron. 
 
 
9.  If you are using fusible webbing you will follow the photo instructions. If not, you will just skip to number 11. 
 


10. Press half way. Then repeat the second half of step nine, place a small part of the elastic on the other end, and remember to add a small piece of webbing on top of the elastic. Finish ironing. 
 
 
11. Stitch around the open edges of your headband. Make sure to do a few more stitches over the elastic, making sure it won’t come out anytime soon. 
 
 
12. Now it is time for the fun part! Embellishing your headband in any way you want. I will show how to add rick-rack down the center of your headband.  
 




If you want to add a fabric flower like how I did below. Follow these wonderful instructions
 
 
Thank you so much, Jen for letting me guest post on your wonderful blog! I hope to see some of you on my blog!
—- Bramblewood Fashion ~A Sewing & Modest Fashion Blog~

Thanks so much Ashley!! What a great project. With three daughters in the house, we LOVE headbands around here. I will be trying my hand at those SOON! Here’s a button for sharing your tutorial with us! 

Go over and check out Bramblewood Fashions! As a beginning sewer, I love to go over for inspiration and ideas! Ashley likes to use vintage patterns from the 40’s and 50’s and put a modern spin on them.

 Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
XOXO
PS – I will announce the Silhouette winner later on today! Thank you everyone who entered!

Guest Project: DIY Custom Headbands

30 Jun

Hello everyone! You all, probably don’t know who I am. Right? I thought so. My name is Ashley, and I have a humble blog called, Bramblewood Fashion, which I share with one of my younger sisters, Gabrielle. Our blog is full of sewing projects, daily (or rather weekly) outfit posts, and some tutorials thrown in.  I must also mention, that I am so excited to do a post on Jen’s blog!

 

And in case you were wondering what I look like. Ta-da! A picture of me. =) 
 

So with out further ado, my tutorial for today.
 
I love wearing headbands! But, my pocket book is not always willing to spend a lot of money on headbands. I have found that a lot of the cute headbands cost any where between $10 and $20. No, thank you; I can make my own for a lot cheaper and cuter too! Plus, these will be custom made and a million other girls  will not own them either.  =D
 
How to Make Your Own Headbands
 
 
Supplies:
  • 1/4 yard of Fabric (You can also just use scraps that you have laying around.)
  • 1/4 inch wide elastic
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine 
  • Iron
  • Trimmings (Rick-Rack, Buttons, Lace, Fabric Flowers, etc…)
  • Fusible Webbing (Optional) [Mine is 1/2 inch wide, sticky on both sides, and comes in a box. You don’t have to have this, but I like how it makes the headband a little more sturdier, and I have less pinning to do when I sew the headband.]


1. The first step is to measure your head. Like how I did in the picture below. Take note on your measurement, mine is 22 1/2 inches.  
 

2. Measure the base of your head (see picture below). This is too find out how much elastic you need to cut. Mine is 5 inches. 
 


3. Now it is time for a little math. Follow the instructions below for the next step. 
 

4. Cut out a strip of fabric that is the total of your math problem above (mine came up as 16 1/2 inches) in length, and 3 inches across (You can experiment with different widths for different looks). 
 
 
5. Fold over an 1/2 inch on each side (the long side). Iron. 
 
 
6. Fold strip in half lengthwise. Iron.
 
 
7.  Cut a piece of elastic that is the measurement of the base of your head.
 
 
8. Fold over 1/2 inch on each end. Iron. 
 
 
9.  If you are using fusible webbing you will follow the photo instructions. If not, you will just skip to number 11. 
 


10. Press half way. Then repeat the second half of step nine, place a small part of the elastic on the other end, and remember to add a small piece of webbing on top of the elastic. Finish ironing. 
 
 
11. Stitch around the open edges of your headband. Make sure to do a few more stitches over the elastic, making sure it won’t come out anytime soon. 
 
 
12. Now it is time for the fun part! Embellishing your headband in any way you want. I will show how to add rick-rack down the center of your headband.  
 




If you want to add a fabric flower like how I did below. Follow these wonderful instructions
 
 
Thank you so much, Jen for letting me guest post on your wonderful blog! I hope to see some of you on my blog!
—- Bramblewood Fashion ~A Sewing & Modest Fashion Blog~

Thanks so much Ashley!! What a great project. With three daughters in the house, we LOVE headbands around here. I will be trying my hand at those SOON! Here’s a button for sharing your tutorial with us! 

Go over and check out Bramblewood Fashions! As a beginning sewer, I love to go over for inspiration and ideas! Ashley likes to use vintage patterns from the 40’s and 50’s and put a modern spin on them.

 Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
XOXO
PS – I will announce the Silhouette winner later on today! Thank you everyone who entered!

I Finally Made One!!

30 Jun

Do you know how long I have been lusting after a Camera Strap Cover? I have tried to win one so many times. So when I saw that Kari @ Ucreate’s Craft Challenge this month was –– Char @ Crap I’ve Made’s Camera strap — I was all over it!


Of course, I waited until the last second to actually make mine — surprise, surprise! You probably know that I have really just started learning to sew. I got my first real sewing machine last year for my birthday. I’m having such a fun time learning, but for some reason making a Camera Strap sounded so intimidating to me.

Char’s tutorial is great – you should check it out. I was over at my mom’s house yesterday and decided to make it at the last second. And of course she didn’t have any ironable Fusible Interfacing (I left mine at home), so I improvised and used non-iron interfacing. I also decided to make mine into a Camera Strap Cover instead of replacing the strap that I have. I was afraid I would totally mess it up and then I wouldn’t have a strap at all – lol. So check out Char’s tutorial for how to make yours into a cute Camera Strap.

I followed Char’s instructions, but did a few things differently to make mine into a cover:

1. Measure your strap, cut a piece of material that length plus 1 inch and then double the width. So mine was 2 inches in width by 22 in length — so I cut my material out to be 4 inches in width by 23 inches in length.

2. Cut out the interfacing to be the same length as your strap and double the width.

3. Then I cut out the ruffle and sewed the edges just like she did.

4. Then I hemmed the edges of the length of material, sewing the interfacing onto my material at the ends.

5.  I flipped the material inside out and ironed a seam down the middle so it would lay flat as I sewed.

6. Then I sewed the edges together – creating a tube.

7. I turned the tube inside out, which is really right side out. Then I cheated by using liquid stitch to glue the ruffle down to the strap cover. I’m a cheater, I know!

8. The last thing I did was make a flower for one side. I took a piece of the same material { 2 inches in width by 6 inches in length} as the cover sewed the edges and then made a long stitch down the middle to ruffle it. Then I did the same thing to a polka dotted piece of material. I liquid stitched this to the strap too, making a circle with one material on the outside and the other in the inside. Then I took a button cover and used  a scrap of material to cover it. I gorilla glued that on.

{Believe me — there are so many great Camera Cover strap tutorials out there. Mine is just the easiest thing I could think up.} Some other ones you might like are: Sheryl’s, Meg’s, Cheryl’s,Tiffany’s, Ashley’s, Amy’s.

Now I can finally feel like I fit in with the cool kids – lol! And, check out Kari’s Create With Me craft challenges –– she has a different one each month. At the end of the month you send her a picture of your version of the challenge and she publishes it on her super cool blog. So fun!

My bathroom redo is almost done!!
Have a wonderful night!
XOXO

Shaklee Product Giveaway!!

29 Jun
Do you want to know a dark secret of mine? Promise not to tell anyone?? Ok, I hate to clean my house. Capital H.A.T.E it. I love to whip up a t-shirt transformation or paint a room, but when it comes to getting down to the nitty gritty cleaning, I put it off as long is there is something else to do. And it seems like there always is – lol!
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So when Bonnie Donahue, a distributor for Shaklee contacted me to see if she could send me some Shakalee products, I really didn’t know that much about the company or the products. The box came the other day and there were so many cool looking products. I started to perk up about cleaning.

Check out her blog – House of Grace. She has great cleaning tips and ideas!! And her Facebook page is where you can find out about her specials and giveaways.
Then I tried the products. And they are really fantastic!! I really like them all. I think my favorite is the Scour Off! This stuff seriously ROCKS!
I don’t know what it’s like at your house, but at mine, I have teenagers leaving gross, disgusting food items in the sink all the time. Why don’t teenagers know what a dishwasher is? I swear it is impossible for them to put their dishes in the dishwasher. So my stainless steel sink is always gunked up. The Scour Off product gets down and scrubs all of the residue off my sink. It was SPARKLING when I was done!! Bonnie asked me to take before pictures — so, sorry if you are grossed out!
I also love the fact that a little of this product goes a long way! You only need 1-2 drops of their Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate per 16 oz. of water to clean windows and mirrors, or just a 1/4 teaspoon per 16 oz. for general cleaning duties. And the products are good for the environment. Maybe using them will cancel out the fact that I drive a huge gas-guzzling SUV – lol.
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Then I tried the Degreaser on my counters. It got deep down and made my counters shine. I think my husband was so happy when he walked in the kitchen!
My kids got into the act and helped try out the products. Ella was in charge of washing the windows with the Basic H2 Concentrate. I only had to put TWO drops into the bottle to make the window solution! Amazing!!! Bonnie also send me a microfiber cloth that is amazing on windows. I didn’t realize how filthy they were before. And the windows turned out streak free from a 5 year old!!
Hannah switched all of the lotion dispensers with the Get Clean Hand Soap. That soap is so creamy and just a little goes such a long way! The same with the Dish soap. I only needed a couple of drops to clean a sink full of dishes. The products are so high quality!
If you want to make the switch to Shaklee products and go green for your whole house, the Get Clean Kit is the way to go.

Get Clean Starter Kit

You’d have to spend more than $3,400 to get the same amount of clean found in the Get Clean Starter Kit!
And, when you purchase the Get Clean Starter Kit you also make a positive impact on the planet:
  • Keep 108 pounds of packaging waste from landfills.
  • Eliminate 248 pounds of greenhouse gas.
Buy this kit in June and get 15% OFF and FREE MEMBERSHIP. Bonnie’s June special is almost over. She is offering a FREE MEMBERSHIP with a 50 PV (point value) order (a GET CLEAN STARTER KIT qualifies!) If you email Bonnie first at donahuewellness@hotmail.com, she will let you know about additional sales. To see a cost comparison of the Get Clean products to leading and other natural brands, click here.
And Bonnie is giving 10 Tatertots & Jello readers a sample of the Basic H2 Concentrate. Each sample is enough to make TWO bottles of cleaner!!
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This is how you can win:
  • Check out Shaklee and let me know what product you would like to try. one entry.

  • Follow Bonnie’s House of Grace blog — she has all sorts of great cleaning/organizing tips! one entry.

  • Blog, Twitter, or Facebook about this giveaway. one entry each.
Good Luck!
XOXO

20- Minute Tied Double Flower Necklace

29 Jun
I needed something to liven up a plain t-shirt the other day. So I got out my fabric scraps and went to work.
20-Minute Tied Double Flower Necklace

 Materials:
Fabric Scraps (5 or 6 patterns)
Sewing Machine (or hot glue gun if you don’t have a machine)
2 Button Covers (or old buttons can be used if you don’t have button covers)
Glue Gun
Felt
Here’s What You Do:
  1. Cut a long strip of material approximately 26 inches in length by 2 inches in width. 
  2. Fold the fabric in half (it helps if you can iron it) and then sew a seam about 1/4 of an inch away from the edges all the way down the length of material. Now tie the two edges together, forming a large circle.
  3. Take the other scraps of fabric and cut little strips of material about 1 inch in width by 4 inches in length. You will need about 20 pieces of material (approximately).
  4. Tie a knot in the necklace about every inch, alternating patterns of fabric until you have gone around the entire necklace. The knot in the original necklace will blend right in to the other knots.
  5. Now you make the flowers. Cut 4 strips of fabric in different patterns — 12 inches in length by 2 inches in width
  6. Use you sewing machine to put a seam down the center of each piece of material, using your widest width setting — your material will automatically bunch up.{ If you don’t have a machine, you can use your hot glue gun to make the flowers in the next step.}
  7. Make two two-inch circles out of felt or other material. Now run a bead of hot glue around the outside of the felt circle. Attach one of the ruffled strips to the hot flue. Make sure the edge of the material hangs over the felt so it can’t be seen. Do the same thing with the second fabric strip, laying it in the center of the felt circle. Cut off any excess material. {If you are using a glue gun, ruffle the material as you hot glue it to the felt as you go around the circle. Do this with both pieces of material. Do this to both flowers.}
  8. Do this to the second flower — following the same steps. 
  9. Use a small piece of material and cover your button covers. If you don’t have button covers, you can use old buttons or scrapbooking brads or flowers.
  10. Now use Gorilla Glue to attach the fabric flowers to the necklace.
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    XOXO

    delightful Scentsy giveaway!!

    28 Jun
     Meet my newest obsession….
    How did I live without these for so long?
    They have a little light that is so cozy.
    They smell yummy!
    I think Camu Camu is my favorite scent right now…
    Some other scents I want to try are:
    Perfectly Pomegranate
    Beach
    Rainforest

    Umm, and pretty much every other scent – lol!

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    These warmers would look so great in my house!
    My bedroom…
    My kitchen…
    My office…
    And they have these DIY warmers you can customize!
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    The Scentsy people are giving away
    A Warmer of YOUR choice and any Scentsy bar you want! 
    How cool is that?
    Here’s How To Win:
    1. Head over to the Scentsy website. Which warmer and scent would you want? Let me know. one entry.
    2. Tweet about the giveaway. one entry.
    3. Blog about the giveaway or put it on your sidebar. one entry.
    4. Mention the giveaway on Facebook. one entry.
    You are going to love this!
     Give me a separate comment for each thing you do. This giveaway ends Friday night at midnight. Thanks!

    If you’d like to buy some Scentsy products and don’t know a consultant, my friend Erin is great.

    Good luck!
    And, have you entered to win the Silhouette giveaway I’m hosting?? It’s a $325 package! Come check it out — it ends tomorrow night!!
    Happy Monday!
    XOXO

    Dinner Dilemmas Solution: Meal Planning Giveaway!

    27 Jun
    Welcome to Dinner Dilemmas – a forum where we share ideas and recipes to help solve our Dinnertime Dilemmas! Today I’d like to introduce you to my friends Emily and Cammie — aren’t they cute?
     Emily and Cammie are sisters-in-law, and best friends who love to save money. They started a really cool meal planning system called Pocket Full of Posies that will help you save money and time at the grocery store and the frustration of trying to decide what to make each week. This is how it works:
    First of all you get a great organizer to keep on your fridge or somewhere in your kitchen.

     The organizer has a pocket for each week of the month. You also pick which recipe pack you want and you receive 40 Recipes, 8 Ingredient Lists and How To Instructions.
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    recipe package 2
     And, if you are trying to lose weight, they have a Recipe Pack for that:
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    They even have a crockpot package:
    FixItForgetItRecipePack24
     They also have a great video on how the system works HERE.
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    Why the System Works
    Planning meals ahead saves time, saves money, and keeps your family consistently fed.
    Why the pocket system saves time:
    1. All of your recipes are in one place; no need to spend hours searching through dusty old cook books, trying to make a meal plan.
    2. Your grocery list is 75% complete.

    Why the Pocket System saves money:
    1. Because the meals are planned for the month, there is no need to stray from your grocery shopping list each week.
    2. Each recipe pack contains 1-2 extremely low cost meals for the week.

    Why the Pocket System keeps your family consistently fed:

     1. If you follow the Pocket System and grocery shopping each week, you will have all necessary ingredients to make each meal.
    2. The meals are planned, there’s no excuse to not cook!

    Wouldn’t this make a great gift for a busy mom?

     Emily and Cammie are giving away 
    A Complete Monthly Meal Planning System 
    to one of YOU!
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    Here’s how to Win:
    1. Go over to Pocket Full of Posies and see what Packages they offer. What would work best for your family? Let me know in comments. one comment.
    2. Leave a comment on the Pocket Full of Posies Blog or Follow it. There are great recipes and tips posted that can help you with your meal planning. They also have Freebie Fridays with all sorts of great printables. one comment.
    3. Fan Pocket Full of Posies on Facebook. one entry.
    4. Tweet or Facebook about the giveaway. one entry each.
    Good luck!
    If you would like to go to the Dinner Dilemma Forum and check it out or add your favorite recipe or tip — click HERE.
    XOXO