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Great Ideas — Fabric and Paper Flower Projects!!

8 May
Happy Mother’s Day!!

You must check out this DIY banquette and Rosette Pillows @ Dixie Delights
Make a Layered Cake with Rosettes @ The Tomseth Family
Transform a Thrift Store Lamp with rosettes and burlap @ A Little Birdie Told Me…

And another Lamp Makeover with Burlap and Rosettes @ Embracing Change
Update a dress with Rosettes @ Made it on Monday
Make a Shabby Wrist Rosette Bracelet @ Make it Love it
 Get the 411 on how to make these Ribbon Flowers @ Artfully Caroline
Make a Beautiful Rosette Headband @ Cherished Bliss
 Embellish a Cardigan with Rosettes @ Welcome to The Good
or a Satin and Tulle Clip @ Of Pink and Fairytales
Great gift idea — make Embellished Flower Thumbtacks @ Keep Home Simple
Or this Happy Yellow Rosette Bracelet @ So I Saw This Tutorial…
 Print off this Mother’s Day Printable and embellish it with fabric rosettes @ Diary of Dave’s Wife
Make a Rosette Wreath @ Chicy Creations
Or this pretty Rosette Wreath @ Ali Lilly
Make a Bottle Cap Rosette Wreath @ Pressed Down, Shaken Together
Make Shabby Fluffy  Flowers @ Cherished Treasures
 Create Doily Rosettes @ Doberman by the Sea
Spruce up your drapes with Rosette Tie backs @ A Very Dandoislion
 Sew up some Zig Zag Pillows and flowers @ Flamingo Toes
 Make Baby Shoes and Headbands @ Grey Luster Girl
 Make an adorable Rosette Headband @ Greetings from the Asylum
Make a Paper Flower Rosette Bouquet @ The Magic of Ordinary Things
Sew an Rosette Dress @ Girl. Inspired.
 Make some Assorted Fabric Rosettes @ Pick Up Some Creativity
Quick and Easy Fabric Flower Tutorial @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl
Make a Spring Rosette Necklace @ Tinker Annie Belle
Create Paper Rosette Cards @ Fireside Studios
Make a French Market Bag with Rosettes @ Make it Give it
Make some Paper Rosette Flowers @ Sweet Bee Buzzings
Whip up some Fabric Flowers for hair bands, packages or projects @ All I Create
Make a Pretty Fabric Corsage @ Something Pretty
Crochet a Pretty Rosette @ Cheri Quite Contrary

Make a Pretty Rosette Dress @ Bolo Heads

Make some pretty Fabric Flowers @ Sweet Paper House

Find out how to make these Rolled Paper Flower Rosettes @ Always Springtime Flowers

So many pretty Flower Ideas!!

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xoxo

Another Great Ideas feature post coming up soon!!! 

 

Interchangeable Bunting Wreath {Valentine’s Project}

4 Jan
 
I combined my love of glitter + bunting into a little  
{Valentine’s Wreath}
And I thought it might be fun to make the bunting interchangeable so the wreath could be kept out for more than one holiday or season 🙂

You can make one for any occasion 
Fall and Halloween,  
Christmas and New Years, 
Easter and Summer,  
Birthday and everyday…. 
Here’s what you need: 
*A wreath form — mine was from Dollar Tree
Fabric – what kind depends on what you want your bunting to look like
Ribbon to match your fabric
Mod Podge
Glitter
Ribbon to hang your wreath
Fabric for your rosettes {1″ wide by 18 inches long for each}
Letters to spell words on your bunting — optional
Here’s how to make one of your own: 
Start off with a Wreath — mine was one I had on hand from the Dollar Store. 
Ella was my very helpful assistant!!
**Note – it will take a lot less glitter to start off with a white wreath – lol. Brush on some Mod Podge and glitter, lots of glitter!!!
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I used Martha Stewart Tourmaline Glitter. Such a pretty pink/purple color.
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To keep the glitter on the wreath long-term, spray the wreath with some clear spray paint.
Make a template. You need to factor in that you are going to sew the pennants – unless you aren’t going to sew them, lol. 
 
I wanted mine to 3/4 inches wide so I added 1/4″ inch to all sides, making the template 1 1/4″ wide by 1 3/4″ long. Then sew each pennant and then turn them right side out.
 Once the pennants are sewn, iron them flat.
Hannah helped me with this step!
 Lay your ribbon out on the wreath and pin the pennants onto the ribbon.
Glue the pennants on to the ribbon.
Make some rosettes to cover up the edges of the ribbon. Check out my Rosette Tutorial if you want to learn how to make these easy flowers.
Use a plain pin or cut the top off a pin and push the pin through the center of the rosette and through the ribbons to secure the bunting.
The last thing you can do is print off some letters if you want to spell something out — like Happy Birthday, Happy New Year, Happy Halloween or anything else you want! I used my Silhouette, but if you don’t have one, you can use some sticky letters from your craft store!!
Have a Great Day!! 
xoxo

PS — It’s Season 2 of Crafting With The Stars!! I’ve signed up to be a Guest Judge again! Head over to Sew Dang Cute to find out how YOU can be a contestant. I would love to be paired up with YOU!!! The entry round is open until January 15th.

I am linking to these lovely parties:

  

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Interchangeable Bunting Wreath {Valentine’s Project}

4 Jan
 
I combined my love of glitter + bunting into a little  
{Valentine’s Wreath}
And I thought it might be fun to make the bunting interchangeable so the wreath could be kept out for more than one holiday or season 🙂

You can make one for any occasion 
Fall and Halloween,  
Christmas and New Years, 
Easter and Summer,  
Birthday and everyday…. 
Here’s what you need: 
*A wreath form — mine was from Dollar Tree
Fabric – what kind depends on what you want your bunting to look like
Ribbon to match your fabric
Mod Podge
Glitter
Ribbon to hang your wreath
Fabric for your rosettes {1″ wide by 18 inches long for each}
Letters to spell words on your bunting — optional
Here’s how to make one of your own: 
Start off with a Wreath — mine was one I had on hand from the Dollar Store. 
Ella was my very helpful assistant!!
**Note – it will take a lot less glitter to start off with a white wreath – lol. Brush on some Mod Podge and glitter, lots of glitter!!!
https://i0.wp.com/ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/2178mrhllIL._SL250_.jpg
I used Martha Stewart Tourmaline Glitter. Such a pretty pink/purple color.
https://i0.wp.com/www.myperfectcolor.com/v/vspfiles/photos/PD2450401313-2T.jpg
To keep the glitter on the wreath long-term, spray the wreath with some clear spray paint.
Make a template. You need to factor in that you are going to sew the pennants – unless you aren’t going to sew them, lol. 
 
I wanted mine to 3/4 inches wide so I added 1/4″ inch to all sides, making the template 1 1/4″ wide by 1 3/4″ long. Then sew each pennant and then turn them right side out.
 Once the pennants are sewn, iron them flat.
Hannah helped me with this step!
 Lay your ribbon out on the wreath and pin the pennants onto the ribbon.
Glue the pennants on to the ribbon.
Make some rosettes to cover up the edges of the ribbon. Check out my Rosette Tutorial if you want to learn how to make these easy flowers.
Use a plain pin or cut the top off a pin and push the pin through the center of the rosette and through the ribbons to secure the bunting.
The last thing you can do is print off some letters if you want to spell something out — like Happy Birthday, Happy New Year, Happy Halloween or anything else you want! I used my Silhouette, but if you don’t have one, you can use some sticky letters from your craft store!!
Have a Great Day!! 
xoxo

PS — It’s Season 2 of Crafting With The Stars!! I’ve signed up to be a Guest Judge again! Head over to Sew Dang Cute to find out how YOU can be a contestant. I would love to be paired up with YOU!!! The entry round is open until January 15th.

I am linking to these lovely parties:

  

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite SpecialUndertheTableandDreamingAll Thingz Related giveawaysLife as LoriThe Trendy TreehouseThe DIY Show OffTidy Mom I'm Lovin It FridaysBCD 125

$1 Leather or Felt Flower Gift Idea with template

30 Nov
I am always on the lookout for cute, fast, inexpensive gift ideas. I have been wanting to make a leather flower for awhile. But this flower is also really cute made out of felt. 
And it makes a great gift for a neighbor, sister, mom, your hairdresser, or anyone that you might need to give a gift to this Holiday Season! 

There are also many ways you can use this little accessory:
You could even make some paper ones and use them on gifts!!
I made one out of leather and I love it clipped to a belt. So much fun! Did you know that you can buy bags of leather remnants at Hobby Lobby for as little as $2?? And use the pieces to make great leather accessories!!
This is a 15 minute gift idea that will cost you between $1-$2 for each flower and they make great gifts!
Here’s what you need:
  • Felt, Leather or Faux Leather Material (1 9×9 square per flower)
  • A clip (I got a package at the Dollar Store)
  • Glue Gun 
Here’s what you do:
1. Cut 6 flowers out of your material. I made a handy flower download to make things even easier.
2. Cut out two 3 inch x 3 inch squares
3. Cut out 2 leaves of an alternating fabric.
4. Take one of the flowers. Put a bead of glue in the center and fold it over.
5. Then put another bead of glue in the center and fold it over again — so it’s quartered.
6. Do this to all 6 flowers.
7. Lay one of the squares in the middle of your work space.
8. Hot glue the leaves to one end of the square.
9. Hot glue two of the flowers to one end of the square. Put the straight edge of the flowers against each other so that the curves sides face outwards.
10. Take two more folded flowers and hot glue them in the center of the flower, facing up, so you are gluing the straight edge of the flower to the square.
11. Take the remaining two flowers and glue them to the other side of the square. Use your fingers to squeeze the flowers together as the glue cools.
12. Open the clip and slip the square through the middle of the clip. Shut the clip and then glue one side to the flower.

You can add a bead to the center too if you want to add a little color or pizazz!

You can make a few of these for last-minute Holiday Gifts to have on hand. Just wrap each one in clear cellophane with a beautiful bow and you are all set!
XOXO

20-minute Flip Flop Project

18 Jun

Here’s a fun project to do this Summer. My kids loved being able to pick out the fabric and embellishments so their flip flops were 100% their own creation.

https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/flip1.jpg?w=271

I bought cheap flip flops from Old Navy. They have flip flops in almost any color you can imagine. Two pair = $5 and they are even $1/pair when they are on sale!


Here’s what you need:

Flip flops
Fabric scraps
Button covers (optional)
Buttons
Hot glue gun
Gorilla Glue or other heavy-duty glue
Felt

We made variations on a few flowers for our flip flops. Here are the directions for each type of flower:

Basic Flower:
1. Cut out one large circle of material and two smaller circles out of a different material. I had some t-shirt material left over from a t-shirt refashion, so I used that for some of the smaller circles. The size depends on how big the flip flops are and how big you want the flower to be.
2. Cut out a felt circle a little smaller than the largest fabric circle.
3. Take the larger circle, make a little fold in the center of the circle and hot glue that together. This makes the flower more 3-dimensional. 
4. Hot glue the two smaller circles on top of the larger one.
5. Hot glue the flower to the felt circle. {this makes the flower more stable}
6. If you want to use a button cover — make the cover. Then hot glue the fabric-covered button to the top. If you don’t have the materials for a fabric-covered button, you can add a regular button to the top. I found some sparkly buttons on sale at JoAnne Fabrics.
7.Use Gorilla Glue or some kind of strong glue to attach the flower to the flip flop straps. I put a few dots of Gorilla Glue in the center of the “v” on the flip flop straps and a few more dots going up each side. Then I pressed the flower into the glue. Then I let it dry overnight.
Rolled Flower:
1. Cut out one large circle out of scrap fabric. I cut up an old mesh bag for this material. Also cut out two felt circles a little smaller than the large circle you just cut out.
2. Now take a strip of fabric about 3 feet in length by 1 inch. I used old t-shirt material.
3. Fold the material in half.  Make one fold, then hot glue the material together. Continue folding the material and hot gluing it so it forms a circle. Twist the material one turn and hot glue it as you twist. Do this until you have formed a large circle that is a little smaller than the circle you cut out of the other fabric.
5. Hot glue the rolled circle flower to the large circle. Then attach the flower to the felt circle.
6. Gorilla Glue the flower onto the flip flops {see “Basic Flower” above for details}. 

 Gathered Flower:
1. Cut four 2-inch wide by 20 inches strips of fabric — in two different, complimenting patterns. Using your sewing machine, sew a line down each fabric strip using the widest setting available. Your fabric will automatically gather as you sew. 
2.Cut out two 3 inch circles of felt. 
3. Run a line of hot glue around the edge of the felt circle.
4. Attach one of the fabric strips to the hot glue line, keeping the edge of the felt circle in the middle of the fabric strip. You want the ruffled fabric to hang over the edge so the felt circle doesn’t show. You will have some material left over — this is approximate.
5. Run a line of hot glue in the center of the ruffled fabric circle that you just glued. Now take the alternating fabric strip and press it into the hot glue, make sure that the fabric underneath is still visible. This second circle should make a circle in the center of the felt so that no felt is visible once it is all glued down. 
6. Attach a button or fabric-covered button cover to the center of the felt circle. 

7. Attach the finished flower to the flip flop straps using Gorilla Glue or another heavy-duty glue. Allow to dry overnight.

There are so many different embellishments that you can add to flip flops to add some color to them. Have fun experimenting! Some other ideas that would be fun and easy would be:

  • Hot gluing a silk flower with a fabric-covered button in the center
  • Gluing jewels to the tops
  • Cutting up old fabric scraps into strips and tying those along with colorful ribbons onto the flip flops
  • Glittering up the tops of the flip flops

 XOXO

20-minute Flip Flop Project

18 Jun

Here’s a fun project to do this Summer. My kids loved being able to pick out the fabric and embellishments so their flip flops were 100% their own creation.

https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/flip.jpg?w=271

I bought cheap flip flops from Old Navy. They have flip flops in almost any color you can imagine. Two pair = $5 and they are even $1/pair when they are on sale!


Here’s what you need:

Flip flops
Fabric scraps
Button covers (optional)
Buttons
Hot glue gun
Gorilla Glue or other heavy-duty glue
Felt

We made variations on a few flowers for our flip flops. Here are the directions for each type of flower:

Basic Flower:
1. Cut out one large circle of material and two smaller circles out of a different material. I had some t-shirt material left over from a t-shirt refashion, so I used that for some of the smaller circles. The size depends on how big the flip flops are and how big you want the flower to be.
2. Cut out a felt circle a little smaller than the largest fabric circle.
3. Take the larger circle, make a little fold in the center of the circle and hot glue that together. This makes the flower more 3-dimensional. 
4. Hot glue the two smaller circles on top of the larger one.
5. Hot glue the flower to the felt circle. {this makes the flower more stable}
6. If you want to use a button cover — make the cover. Then hot glue the fabric-covered button to the top. If you don’t have the materials for a fabric-covered button, you can add a regular button to the top. I found some sparkly buttons on sale at JoAnne Fabrics.
7.Use Gorilla Glue or some kind of strong glue to attach the flower to the flip flop straps. I put a few dots of Gorilla Glue in the center of the “v” on the flip flop straps and a few more dots going up each side. Then I pressed the flower into the glue. Then I let it dry overnight.
Rolled Flower:
1. Cut out one large circle out of scrap fabric. I cut up an old mesh bag for this material. Also cut out two felt circles a little smaller than the large circle you just cut out.
2. Now take a strip of fabric about 3 feet in length by 1 inch. I used old t-shirt material.
3. Fold the material in half.  Make one fold, then hot glue the material together. Continue folding the material and hot gluing it so it forms a circle. Twist the material one turn and hot glue it as you twist. Do this until you have formed a large circle that is a little smaller than the circle you cut out of the other fabric.
5. Hot glue the rolled circle flower to the large circle. Then attach the flower to the felt circle.
6. Gorilla Glue the flower onto the flip flops {see “Basic Flower” above for details}. 

 Gathered Flower:
1. Cut four 2-inch wide by 20 inches strips of fabric — in two different, complimenting patterns. Using your sewing machine, sew a line down each fabric strip using the widest setting available. Your fabric will automatically gather as you sew. 
2.Cut out two 3 inch circles of felt. 
3. Run a line of hot glue around the edge of the felt circle.
4. Attach one of the fabric strips to the hot glue line, keeping the edge of the felt circle in the middle of the fabric strip. You want the ruffled fabric to hang over the edge so the felt circle doesn’t show. You will have some material left over — this is approximate.
5. Run a line of hot glue in the center of the ruffled fabric circle that you just glued. Now take the alternating fabric strip and press it into the hot glue, make sure that the fabric underneath is still visible. This second circle should make a circle in the center of the felt so that no felt is visible once it is all glued down. 
6. Attach a button or fabric-covered button cover to the center of the felt circle. 

7. Attach the finished flower to the flip flop straps using Gorilla Glue or another heavy-duty glue. Allow to dry overnight.

There are so many different embellishments that you can add to flip flops to add some color to them. Have fun experimenting! Some other ideas that would be fun and easy would be:

  • Hot gluing a silk flower with a fabric-covered button in the center
  • Gluing jewels to the tops
  • Cutting up old fabric scraps into strips and tying those along with colorful ribbons onto the flip flops
  • Glittering up the tops of the flip flops

 XOXO