Saturday, November 12, 2011

Headbands for the Girls . . .

I see all of the cute headband pieces being made by many other crafters . . . . what can I say other than adorable!  

These little flowers are perfect for using all the scrappy fabric that we who sew accumulate so quickly.

  So I have gathered my scraps and made some of these twisted flowered bands for my 5 grand-girls.  They were very easy and each turn out alittle different, 
giving them the whimsy that I love.  

This tutorial is for all of you who like me have seen and wondered how do they do that??? 
I hope this encourages you to try these simple flowers 
for your little girl.

1.  Cutting a strip of fabric 12" long and 2" wide I folded the raw edges to the center then folded the whole strip in half.  I even found myself adding a tad of glue to hold them in place so the edges do not show.

2.  Twisting this same strip of fabric, I just kept twisting until the whole strip was twisted. Then holding one end, I continually wrapped the remaining twist around creating a flat lollipop disc.  As I held it  down flat on the table I continued to glue the rope of fabric to each other until I got down to the last inch of fabric.  Adding a tad of glue I flip the end back to the flip side.

To hold the twisted flower in place  I found it
easiest to take a sandwich bag and place a fifty cent piece size puddle of glue and just place the bottom of the flowered twist in this until it dries.

You could probably use hot glue but I thought this was the best solution when I did this with the girls. And they loved helping :-)

This is our final result of our cute little bands,  
I used some green fabric to cut the leaves
 and inserted them between the band and flower. 
 I found these bands at the Dollar Tree.  
To reinforce the flowers I took matching
 thread and sewed them on with a blind stitch.

Happy Twisting! 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Our Be-Withching Party!

My mom is 85 and she has always played bridge with these gals for years they take turns hosting the luncheon and last week was her turn.  We chose a witch theme, sending out this invite :

and accessorizing it for the party with the following witchy feet for our napkin silverware holders. Plus pinning them to ribbon we made a bunting to decorate the fireplace. and table scape.

So to start our tutorial I drew a boot pattern based on the invite boot.
I used a card stock and simply cut that out then placed it on the black felt, pinned it on and cut 12 pairs of boots out.  Originally I was going to zig zag around them even buying a new sewing machine! But alas, typical for me I was last minute Annie and could not get the automatic threader on the machine to work. 

We were headed down to LA to see our children for a trip to the pumpkin patch so grabbed the embroidery floss and hand stitched around all 12 of them.  It actually went quite quickly and I loved the look of it.  I used a variegated green on six of them and a variegated orange on the other six. 
 I drew a W on all the Boots on one side with glue and added either orange or green ribbon and two dots of glue for the buttons.  I ended up using Skittles for the buttons 
bc buttons were just more money and I had the skittles sitting there on my counter.
Next year I will probably have to replace them but they will just pop off!
The bright color of the Skittles I loved I was very happy with the effect.
 Adding Dollar Tree Napkins for the socks was the perfect touch, I added my place setting of fork and soup spoon and knife to the boot atop each plate.  Loved the over-all effect!  And so did my mom, I could tell she was so pleased.