Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Boho Chic Twisted Headband Tutorial

This project is a pretty simple one.  Great for beginners on the sewing machine.

  • 1/4 yard - stretchy fabric (I use jersey cotton)
  • Rotary and mat or scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Soft Measuring Tape

Getting Started:

Cut out the 2 pieces of fabric to make the twisted headband:

To find the Length, measure your (or the wearers) head in the place where the headband will rest. 
Subtract 1" for most fabrics, but for ones with tons of stretch, subtract 2" 
For the Width - I go with 6" if you like a thinner headband, shrink accordingly. 

Fold fabric right sides together, length wise and zig zag (or serge) up the side, and turn right side out

Cross the two pieces of fabric to form an x with the seams in the center

Pull end together to make the twist in the center

Stack the 4 ends together, keeping flat and all seams in the middle

Zig Zag and straight stitch the ends together for a strong seam.  (If you have a serger, this is a great place to use it)

Trim off the excess, as close to the seam as possible, without cutting it

Turn the headband rightside out so the seam is on the inside and slip it on!

Then once you realize how much you love these, make some more!

I may have gone slightly overboard for my little cutie. 

These are also great on adults - perfect for working out, running, and just making a messy-do look good!  

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 I couldn't help it, had to make some for me too ;) 

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

No Skill Required - Hand Painted Mugs

I am so excited to be sharing this easy DIY with!  Thank you so much for having me back!

Do you love your handwriting?

Yeah, me neither, at least not all the time. 

The wonderful thing about these hand-painted mugs, is that you don't have to have an artistic bone in your body to paint them.  All you have to do is cut out, or buy a cute sticker.

Can you cut out, or buy a cute sticker?

Good, then you may continue.

If you are a serious crafter and don't already have a Silhouette Cameo,  you might want to consider it.  I have been able to do so many fun projects because of this machine... but that's a post for another day.  

For this project I went to the Silhouette online store and purchased the "Thanks a latte" art, because well it's hilarious, and selected the letter "A" out of a pretty in stock font from my computer, and cut them out on some leftover adhesive vinyl from another project.  

Don't have the Silhouette?  No problem, you can hit up the craft store and pick up some cute letters, or shapes and use that!  Spell out a name, make a monogram, anything will work!

The next part is the fun part.  Using glass/ceramic paint from the craft store your going to paint over the stickers.  Make sure you are using paint that you can use on ceramics (this will require cooking them in the oven so that it doesn't wash off.) They will be labeled and in the same location as the other craft paints at the store. 

This is a project you can even get the kids involved in!  Making it for their teacher, dad or grandma?  Let them do the painting! 

For "Thanks a Latte" I had in mind a ombre or starburst idea. Starting with the lightest color in the center and adding darker as I went out.

Before the paint dries CAREFULLY remove the sticker.

Voila! and I didn't like it.... 

2 choices, wash and start over, or modify.

Being that I am incredibly slightly impatient I opted for modify.
Taking a baby wipe (a wet paper towel also works), I washed off the top and bottom to my design.

Much better.

For the "A"  I went blue then some simple polka dots...

Much harder to mess up, start there if this is new to you. 

Carefully pull off the stickers before the paint dries.  

Here is where you have to follow the directions for your paint.
Mine required me to wait 8 hours, then bake at 325 for 45 minutes.  The different brands vary slightly so be sure to check your directions.

Stuff these with a gift card, or some cocoa packets and what teacher wouldn't love this thoughtful gift.  Perfect for the end of the year!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

DIY No Sew Curtains Video

I was featured on Fox 21 here in Colorado Springs sharing how to make some no-sew curtains!

Here's the Video!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

No Sew Curtains

How are you at sewing?  
Would you believe me if I told you I learned how to sew about 5 years ago?
Yep I was all grown up with kids of my own when I finally decided to tackle the amazing craft of sewing, and boy has it opened my world when it comes to creating.


Maybe you're not ready yet.

Maybe the machine is too scary.

Maybe you don't have the time.

Maybe you just don't want to.

Whatever your reason, it's okay, and there are still so many amazing projects for you.

Here's one.

Let's make no sew curtains together. 
curtain panels

Iron-able Fabric
Scissors or rotary 
No Sew Hem Tape - 3/8" wide

Start with figuring out the size your curtains need to be.  Measure from your rod placement to where you want them to fall.  (under the window, the floor, etc.)

Add 1" for first folds, then add as much as you want for your bottom hem, (1" for me)  and enough for the curtain rod pocket (2" for me)

Cut your panels

Now press all seams.

Sides are 1/2", fold 1/2" again

Bottom Hem is 1/2" then 1" 

 Curtain Rod top pocket is 1/2" then 2"

Next you need to make sure your steam setting is OFF on your iron.

Starting with the SIDES of the curtain on the first fold, place the hem tape, paper up on the edge of the fabric. 

 Place the hot iron on top.  Follow the hem tape instructions for how long to leave the heat on the tape.  

Once completely cool, peel off the paper backing from the hem tape.

Fold over and press again to create your finished edge.  

Repeat this process for the bottom hem and the top rod pocket. 

You are finished!  Hang your beautiful statement piece in your home!   

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25 minute low sew poodle skirt!

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I am SO excited to be sharing this easy and fun project with you!

The poodle skirt may have been a staple item in the 1950's wardrobe, but it's so easy to make a play one for your kiddos school sock hop, Halloween costume and dress up chest! Of course if they are like my kiddos, they will start begging to wear it to Target, to which I figure maybe they will be the ones to bring it back so I respond "Why not" and off we go. 

I'm going to show you how to make this super simple skirt with minimal sewing skills.  You can do this on the first day you ever sit at a machine, all you are sewing is the waistband!

  • 1-1.5 yards of 72" felt
  • Wide knit elastic
  • Poodle ( Iron on, or cut out of felt)
  • Hot Glue
  • Ribbon or Beads
The Standards:
  • Fabric Scissors or rotary
  • Sewing Machine
  • Matching Thread 
  • Iron
To get started, measure for the desired length of your skirt.  For my daughters I measured from her waist to a little below her knee, this was right about 18.5"

Fold your fabric into 4 - hamburger then hot dog, this will make the inside corner not have any raw edge. 

This is where you might have a few dreaded flashbacks to math class.

Finding the Radius

Take the Circumference (1.5 times the waist measurement) and divide it by 6.28 (2pi)

In my case this came to 4.77 so I rounded to 4.5"

Mark these two points down the side, and connect them with an arch, you can be a perfectionist and use a compass, or do what I did and use a plate and get close enough.

Measure down from the waist to the hem of your skirt and mark it all the way around this quarter of the skirt

Cut along the line through all 4 layers of felt.

This is the base of your skirt.  Ready for some great news?!
You don't have to hem this!  Your hem is done!

Now it's time to add a poodle, I mean what's a poodle skirt with no poodle?!

If you happen to have a handy Silhouette Cameo as I do, you can cut one out of iron on glitter vinyl.  If not, you can hand cut one if you like the glitter idea, or even just use some adorable contrasting felt and cut one out that way.  

Here's what it really looked liked when making this skirt.  I was finished in one episode of Sophia the First! 

If doing an iron on transfer, be sure to only use med high heat and protect the felt, rather protect your iron from the felt, and felt is quite temperamental with irons and will burn easily.

Next it's time to add the waistband.  I like the super wide elastic for this style skirt, and I think it is one of the easiest to work with.

To find the right width just use their waist measurement minus and inch or so. 

Set your machine to a med width zig zag stitch.

Sew together the ends of the elastic.

Pin the back of the elastic to the back of the skirt, then the front and each side.  This will keep the amount of give and stretch even throughout the band.

As you attach the waistband to the felt,  stretch the elastic, while keeping the felt relaxed.  

This may require guiding the material through the machine a bit as it won't get pulled as easily when you are stretching the elastic in front. 

By stretching the elastic you are creating a gather along the waist band.

Stretch the elastic as much or as little as needed to get all the way around the skirt. 

Waist band finished!

Every proper poodle needs a leash, this one is with some fabulous pearls, but you can use about anything to make this!

Remember, it's a costume, so just hot glue that puppy on!
(haha - see what I did there ;) )

Keep in mind Poodle skirt wearing results in immediate twirling and silly posing with dad.

But your little is now Sock Hop ready!

Get to it and have so much fun!  

Hi!  I'm Michelle, Mama to 4 spunky kiddos, wife to an amazing heart-throb of a hubby, and owner/crafter at Shelly Homemaker.  Thanks for checking out this post and stick around for more from this hot glue gun dawning, sewing, daydreaming, coffee addict.