Bow Board

I made my daughter a simple bow hanger a few months ago. That was BEFORE I got so into making hair clips, bows, and flowers. Now, most of her clips are sitting in a bag in her dresser because I have nowhere else to put them! This is the first one I had made for her.
I definitely need more room! So here goes an attempt to contain more of her hair accessories. 
Start off by finding a board of some sort. I used cardboard. It doesn’t have to be anything pretty, just make sure it’s sturdy.
Cut out a piece of fabric to be about 2 inches wider on all sides.
Take your stuffing and spread it out evenly on the cardboard. Flip the cardboard over so the stuffing is between the cardboard and the fabric (you can’t see it well in the picture, but there’s stuffing sticking out from under the cardboard). Secure it with glue or tape. Like I said, it doesn’t have to be pretty. (Although, if you’re making it as a gift, it might be a good idea to use classier materials.)
Since I didn’t use a patterned fabric, I found some pink shimmery tulle to cover the board. I cut a strip of tulle to be about 2 inches wider than the board on top and bottom, and about twice as long as the board.
Secure the tulle on the back of the board, and wrap it around the front, scrunching it as you go. Secure it on the back with hot glue.
I wanted a more cushiony look for my bow board, so instead of just stretching ribbon across it, I decided to thread it though the board. Mark out the spots you want to thread it though (on the back of the board). Thread a large needle with ribbon, and get to work! 
Once I had my ribbon threaded through, I added rhinestones. I love the sparkle it adds!
Add some ribbon on the back to hang it with, and make sure you glue it well! 

Giveaway!

My sister has an Etsy shop, and she’s doing a special Halloween giveaway! So go check it out! There will be THREE winners chosen! The winners get to choose their prize, one of the three items listed below, in their choice of pattern! So go to her blog to check out the details!
Giveaway ends at midnight on October 31st!
Infant or Toddler Travel Neck Pillow
Mini Crayon Caddy

Car Caddy

Singed Flower Tutorial

Alright, so here’s the promised singed flower tutorial! I glammed it up a little bit.
Take your satiny material, and cut various sized circles from it. If you want to mix it up a little, use tulle circles for every other layer.
Take your satin circles, and run them over a flame. 
Do NOT do this with the tulle, you won’t get the same effect!
Hot glue the layers together, largest on the bottom, and top it off with beads or a rhinestone.

If you want a more petally look, cut your satin in long ovals, like these.

After you singe the petals, stack them slightly offset from each other, and glue or sew the petals to secure them.

These are great embellishments for anything! Put a clip on the back and make it into a cute hair piece, or sew it onto a pillow! I’ve also seen them sewn on ribbon and made into a necklace.They’re so sweet an elegant!

Mod Podge Frame with Singed Flower Accent

Mod Podge is SO awesome. I love it. I tried it once, and now I’m hooked. I’ve had this frame sitting around for a few weeks, just haven’t gotten around to posting about it! This was my first ever Mod Podge project. It was so easy to do, and I loved the turn out. I got my inspiration from this frame at Craftily Ever After.
Trace your object onto the back of scrapbook paper. Carefully cut it out. Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the surface of your frame, and lay the scrapbook paper on, careful to squeeze out any air bubbles. Let it fully dry! Touch up the edges with some sand paper to make sure none of the scrapbook paper is hanging over. Once you’re sure it’s 100% dry, put a layer of Mod Podge on top. Let it dry, and you’re done! How gorgeous is that.

I’ll be back later with a tutorial on how to make the singed flower!

Table redo

I started out with this plain brown table. 
It was in a gray bathroom with modern white fixtures. It didn’t fit with the rest of the decor, so I decided to paint it. We had a nice satin white paint in the house, so I used that, and applied it with a paint brush. 
Since there’s the walls are gray, I wanted to do something gray on the table. So I found a pretty patterned gray scrapbook paper, and Mod Podged the top with it. I think it turned out pretty well, and looks awesome in the bathroom! Sorry I don’t have any really good pictures of it, the bathroom is TINY and very hard to get a picture with the surroundings!

Chocolate Burlap Purse

I want to start off by saying, I love this purse design by La Maison Reid! I did a Burlap Purse last week with her tutorial, and I just love the design! I loved it so much, I had to make another one. I’ve never seen anything so beautiful made out of burlap, it’s such a UNIQUE design! And I just love the changes I’ve made to her design to make it more personalized to my own needs and tastes.
There were a few things I didn’t like about the first purse I made. While I love the burlap, the lighter color just wasn’t my taste. I love the chocolate brown! A problem a realized after just a little while of use was that the burlap seems to shed a little (khaki burlap + black shirt), so I made some modifications to the strap. For this bag, I tried to make it a little bigger than the last one (I loooooove my big purses) so it can double as a diaper bag in a few months. I also added pockets on the inside. Since I made so many changes, I decided to do a step by step picture tutorial!
Start by cutting out the body of your purse and sewing the seams. In the pictures you can’t really tell, but I have the fabric folded in half (the way in comes on the bolt). I didn’t measure mine, so I really have no idea what size it is. But who needs measurements? Eyeball it. Leave 1/2-1 inch seam allowance.
I did a straight stitch and then a zig zag stitch on all my seams, since burlap unravels so easily. I wanted to make sure this purse was durable!
Add your pleats. I only did 4 on this one, because I found that 6 made it a little too narrow at the top opening. After I pinned my pleats, I did a quick stitch to secure them.
Cut 2 strips of burlap for the top part of your purse. They need to be about an inch wider on both sides for the seams, this one your definitely don’t want to make too small! Sew a seam along the top, and sew the two pieces together wrong side out. It should look something like this.

Pull the top part down (still inside out) over the top part of the purse. The top stitch should be at the bottom, like this. Pull it all the way down so the bottom part (the non-stitched side) is even with the top of the bag. Sew the two pieces together and then pull the top part up. It should look like this when you’re done.

The next step is to trace your lining. Lay your purse down on top of your fabric (mine is still folded in half from the bolt), and trace it. Leave more than a 1/2 inch seam allowance. I found that when I flatten my purse, it’s quite a bit wider than when it’s not being flattened. Cut out your lining and sew the seams (make sure the fabric is pattern side in when you sew it.)

If you’re adding pockets, do that now. I cut out my pockets, did a seam along the top, folded under the edges, and pinned them down (make sure to only pin and sew through ONE side of the fabric!) Position the pockets where you want them, and sew them down. Set the lining aside for now, it will be added last.
If you like the original design from La Maison Reid, then skip the next couple steps and go straight to the strap. 
For the ruffles, cut 3 narrow strips that are 3-4 inches longer than the bag is wide. The longer the strips are, the more ruffly they’ll be. The strips should be wide enough that they overlap when layed lengthwise on the purse. Sew a seam along 3 sides of each one of the ruffles. On the third side, sew a loose stitch (do NOT back stitch for the loose stitch!). Your strips will look like this. (Click to enlarge)
Pull the string of the loose stitch while pulling the burlap in the opposite direction. Do this until the ruffle is as wide as the bag.
This next part is kind of tricky. You can hand stitch the ruffles on, if you find it to be easier, but I tried that last time, and it was time consuming. It was difficult to get the purse far enough onto the sewing machine to sew the bottom ruffle, but the other 2 weren’t quite as bad. For some reason I started having all sorts of problems with my machine at this point, and the ruffles didn’t turn out quite as well as they did last time. You can see they look a little crooked in this pictures, but once the purse is done, it’s not so bad! Ignore the tan colored thread, I didn’t have brown on hand. Woops!
Now on to the strap! I chose to do a layer of burlap and a layer of fabric. This makes the strap a little softer on the shoulder, and it doesn’t shed as badly. Cut the strap as long and as wide as you want it. Lay the 2 pieces wrong side together, and sew the edges together. I didn’t bother to do a zig zag for this since I’m doing a top stitch when I’m done. 
Turn the strap right side out. Sew a top stitch. 

Before you sew in your lining, add your straps. This will give it a cleaner look if the lining is the last thing sewed in. Make sure you stitch the handle on really well. My purse holds a LOT of stuff, and I need it to hold up.
Sew your lining in. Fold the fabric under, and sew it right along the edge. How great does that look?

I wanted to add a little more flare to this bag. The last one looked so plain. I made some fabric rosettes for embellishment. Start by taking a strand of coordinating fabric. The longer the strand, the larger the rosette. My fabric was about an inch wide. Tie a knot at the end. While twisting the fabric, wrap it around the knot, using hot glue to secure it every 1/2-1 inch. 

Glue a piece of fabric on the back, and then hot glue that onto the bag. 

Now it’s all done, admire your work!

Cloth diapers!

I finished my cloth diaper stash for the new baby! Well, almost. I sat in front of my sewing machine for 3 days this week, and got a TON of sewing done. 4 new diaper covers for Emma, and 8 new diaper covers for the new baby. I only had girly colored snaps, so the new baby’s diapers don’t have any snaps on them. So they’re not completely finished yet, but once I get those snaps ordered, I can finish them! I also got a new Burlap Purse done, I can’t wait to get the tutorial up! So now that 3 days in front of a sewing machine is done, my poor pregnant back needs a break. I’ll be posting pictures and tutorials of what I’ve been up to over the next couple weeks! Here’s some pictures of my dipes.

Carseat Redo

We had this horrible pink carseat given to us. It wasn’t that old, but it was NOT pretty. The cover was in horrible shape. At the time, we took it, even though we had no idea if we were having a girl or a boy. Since we’re having a boy, it was all the more reason to make a new cover! I don’t have step by step pictures, since I had no idea what the heck I was doing, but I did take some! Sorry also for the lack of before pictures. It really was ugly, I wish you could have seen it.
Instead of making an all new cover, I just recovered the one we had. It seemed a lot easier this way. I found my fabric (cute, isn’t it?) and got to work. I pinned it all down, trying to follow the lines of the original car seat. It didn’t look too bad! I was holding out hope for it to work out at this point. 

The canopy wasn’t as easy. I had no idea how I was going to sew it. I ended up just pinning the fabric down and sewing one straight line down the seams. It actually didn’t look half bad! The rest of the cover wasn’t too bad to sew, I just followed the lines of pins I had.

So one thing I forgot to mention is that this has been sitting here, taunting me, half done, for weeks. I got this far, and said “wow, this turned out great!”, and left it. I knew it wasn’t done, but I had no idea how to do the next part. I needed to cut holes for the belts. Some of the other car seat re-dos that I’d seen made a kind of lining out of coordinating fabric, and used that to line the entire car seat and the belt holes. It just looked too complicated. In the end, I decided to do it button hole fashion.

I marked out where I needed my holes. 

Using the tightest zig zag stitch I had, I zig zagged forward, moved my foot over a small amount, and then zig zagged backward. Then I retraced my steps to make sure I really got it well. 

Once I had all my holes done, I cut out the material from the middle. It actually didn’t turn out half bad! I sat there worrying about it so much, and it ended up being easy and quick. I kind of wish I would have tackled it sooner.

Check out that button hole magic. My first time ever doing button holes! And I didn’t even use the button hole setting on my machine!

You can still see the ugly pink color it used to be!

DIY Sequin Headband

Alright ladies, this one is super easy, and super cute! It took me about 5 minutes to make (and part of that was waiting on my hot glue gun to heat up). 
There’s a few different places that sell this stretchy sequin stuff by the yard. I’ve seen it at Hobby Lobby and Walmart so far, I never looked at Joann’s. Hobby Lobby seems to have the best variety though. A yard usually gets 3 headbands, so I just bought a foot. It cost me a whopping 46 cents for 1 (I did choose a color that was in the clearance section though).
Cut your sequins into a strip (you might want to stretch it around your head to see how long to make it, I kind of wish I’d had an extra inch on mine). 
Once your hot glue gun has heated up, put a line of hot glue on the end of the sequin strand, and glue it to the opposite end. Mine looked something like this.

Glue down the part that sticks up, and you’re done! Yeah, it was that easy.

I tend to have problems with my headbands slipping, so I did lines of hot glue on it. Once it’s dry, it’ll act like a no slip grip!
They look great on moms, babies, and little girls!

Best Ever Sour Cream Apple Pie

Okay, so the pictures don’t make it look that amazing, but it is! (It would have looked more appealing if I’d used the Canon to take pictures of it). I got the recipe from Epicurious.com. I changed it a little, so here’s the modified recipe.
What you’ll need:
Uncooked pie crust (yeah, I cheated, I used the ready to bake stuff that comes rolled up in the refrigerated section. I had a rather bad experience with pie crust last time, so I decided to cut my loss and use boughten).
Topping: (I doubled the topping)
6 tablespoons butter (why not just use the whole stick?)
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
 
Filling:
1 1/3 cups sour cream
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. nutmeg
Mix of Granny Smith and Gala apples (About 3-4 of each, depending on the size of the apple, any good cooking apples will work) 
 
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Make sure your rack is in the middle of the oven (mine was near the top, which is also where the heat comes from, which is why my pie is sooooo brown on top!)
Start off by making your sour cream mixture. In a large bowl, mix together your sour cream, sugar, , vanilla, eggs, flour, and spices.

Peel and core your apples, and slice them into your sour cream mixture. Stir it all together when you’ve got enough apples to fill your pie dish.
Roll out your pie crust. Spray your pie pan with Pam, and add the crust. 
Pour your apple sour cream mixture into your crust.
Now for the topping! Throw all of your topping ingredients into a bowl. Use a pastry cutter to blend it all together, until your butter is in small chunks. If you don’t have a pastry cutter, you might want to cube your butter before mixing it in, and use your fingers to break it down. When you’ve got the proper consistency, add your topping to your pie.

Put your pie in your 350 degree oven for somewhere between 50 to 75 minutes. I think mine took about an hour to cook.
To check if your pie is done, stick a knife, fork, or tooth pick into various apples. If it goes in without resistance, your pie is done! If the apple gets stuck on it, it needs another couple minutes. Make sure to test the sides and the middle. Enjoy!