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Friday, September 28, 2012

Felt Flowers Ring DIY

So lately I've grabbed an addiction to felt! Now there are a million different felt flowers you can make and many of them will look great on a ring. This just happens to be one I had already used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut out.  Call me lazy?  (Hey don't call me lazy I'm writing this tutorial damn it!  Your just sitting on the couch reading it!)
If you don't have a Sizzix you can find the pre-cut pieces here.

Start off with your die cut piece of felt.  I used the Sizzix 3d flower die. This is what it looks like straight out of the die cutter (is that really what it is called??).

Results from Die Cut
Once you unravel your perfect die cut it should look something like this. A long scalloped piece.
Die Cut Unrolled
Now there is really no right or wrong way to roll this up.  I tend to be a little glue happy so here is how I do it.  I put a dot of glue on the very end and then fold it over.  Then you will see there are, what I refer to as, points. Give each point a dot of glue and wrap.  I do a few dots at a time, wrap it around then a few more dots.

First Fold (Top view)

First Fold (Front View) 

This is what your front will look like...

Finished Flower

This is what the back should look like... 
I put a dollop of glue and press the last little circle down.  If you don't use a die cut piece of felt you can always cut a circle of felt and glue it to the bottom for a finished look.
Finished Flower (Bottom View)

Here is my ring blank...of course I sell them on my website, and my Etsy.  Unfortunately I don't' keep up with either of those as well as I should so you can always email me and tell me you want some.
Filigree Ring Base

You simply glue your felt flower to your ring base.  This go around I used Hot Glue as I have recently heard it will hold up.  I have also used E6000, but it takes much longer to dry. I typically place the ring on my finger so I'm sure to get the flower centered, but even that leads to a fail a good portion of the time. Of course you can make any variety of felt flower to put on your ring.
Finished Ring (Side View)

Finished Ring

Finished Ring

Happy Crafting everyone!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

DIY HAIR TIE...Made from Fold Over Elastic

So I figure why waste any time?  I should just get busy writing tutorials right?  

So a little back story...when I found out I was prego with T,  I decided we would cloth diaper, I would make all the diapers and I would be a better person for it! I bought everything I needed including a Serger (OK my dad bought that for me) but I bought PUL, Fold Over Elastic, Velcro, Snaps...the whole nine yards (Literally I am sure I bought well over 9 yards of fabric).  At any rate I later decided that I didn't have to be a better person and it was just too much.  I purchased some cloth diapers from a local friend, Goldie at Butzie Covers and I bought a bunch of G Diapers.  In order to fund the purchase of all these cloth diapers and g's, I sold some items that were pricey.  I didn't sell everything, I hung on to the Fold Over Elastic (here on out we will refer to it as FOE). I knew I would make something with it some day! (today is that day)


So I have a trendy friend at work, that came in one day with a super cute hair tie that she just "loved".  She explained how it didn't leave that famous "pony tail crease" in your hair and well it was just a must have accessory.  Of course the craftaholic in me took one look and said "how much did you pay for that?"  I'm pretty sure her response was so outrageous I quickly dismissed it because well it was outrageous. So I said (like I way too often say) "I can make that!  No I really can I have the FOE at home!" Don't believe me that the price is outrageous take a peak here...Trendy Shop


Before you start gather your materials... 

(or as we go...if you work like I do!!)

Scissors...not the crappy kitchen scissors these bad boys need to be sharp
FOE...I bought my original stash from a yahoo group buy but I just purchased more from an Etsy shop ElasticByTheYard reasonable prices and super easy to work with.
Lighter...not mandatory but I'm a ribbon junkie and I hate frayed edges! can do it without a ruler if you can't find one.

STEP 1: I start by measuring my FOE, I have found 10-13 inches works best.  It really depends on the angle of the cut on the end and how much you leave as a tail after the knot.  If you don't have a ruler, wrap the FOE around your wrist and leave a few extra inches, I know your thinking how do I know what a few inches looks like I don't have a ruler.  
Just leave a little extra to allow you to tie it. 
STEP 2: I like to cut my ends differently each time, probably because I don't like to commit to one style!
You can cut them straight or at varying angles! I just suggest you cut both ends the same, for a more professional look.

STEP 3: Then I take a lighter to the ends to give them a quick singe/seal. pics of this step because lets face it I would easily burn the house down if I tried to take a pic. 

STEP 4: Then decide what side you want to "show" I usually go with the shiny side. Leave the soft plush padded side on the inside. Fold the piece of FOE in half and line up the ends.
STEP 4 (shiny side out)
STEP 4 (with ends lined up)

 STEP 5: After everything is lined up tie a knot.  There is no wrong way just try not to pull on the actual ends or it will encourage fraying.  

STEP 5 (the knot before I pull it tight)
I pull...and pull... and pull some more trying to avoid the very edge, please keep in mind I am taking these pics myself.  Why don't I ask the hubs to help??  He is far too busy on the couch watching what sounds like a man film with cars squealing and men cursing!

STEP 5 (I'm pulling by holding close to the knot)
STEP 5 (knot is still to big...pull)
STEP 5 (knot looks nice and tight)
Once you pull it tight that really is the end of it. Go ahead put it in and see what you think!

My Model
Lots of the "cool kids" are wearing them as bracelets also not just hair ties!


I'm Back!!!!

She is upset I forced her to let me take a pic!
So I realize it has been a while since I posted!  Lots has changed in our world and well to be honest I'm much busier than I used to be!  The upside to this is I'm less busy with craft shows but still love to craft and thought I should go ahead and share some tutorials with everyone.  Now let me start by saying, I can't go longer than 10 minutes without my phone, I'm a social media addict. Twitter, Facebook, you name it I love it! So you see all my pics will come from my lovely iphone, as long as it isn't dead! Lets face it I don't even know where a real camera is since I haven't used one since the iphone came into my life!  

Let me know what you want to learn to make or what you want to know about me and I will do my best to get you an answer!

Side note, I also have a very lively almost 4 year old running around, right now shes handing me a token of her love for me (it is yellow and came form her nose). :) I know I'm so lucky!