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The second order I recieved was for some cute hair clips with hearts on them.

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My client loves them and gifted them to her niece and I had such fun making them.

they did turn out pretty cute if I do say so myself.

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Hair Clips

I do not like ribbon wrapped hair clips.

The ribbon covers up the point on the clip which makes them difficult to put in. My daughter Bug can not put them into her hair on her own so she won’t wear them. She’s very independent and enjoys getting herself ready in the mornings.

My mother went on vacation a couple years ago to South Carolina, she has been going almost every year for the past 12 years and she always finds cute things. She bought some cute ribbon wrapped hair clips from a local store and gave them to Bug. Which she and I didn’t appreciate until we looked closer. The clips were only partially wrapped.

Spring flowers  Spring Flowers

I wish I could remember who or what shop created these cute clips but it was so long ago I just can’t remember. If anyone recognizes these as their creation please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due.

On with the post!

Me being me I looked the clips over and figured out how to make them. Which was pretty easy considering how simple they are. Now I’m sharing with you.

Supplies:

scissors, felt, seed beads, 3/8 inch ribbon, glue (I used E6000 but hot glue, craft glue, fabric glue work), metal clips, thread, needle, lighter or matches, ruler

Please be careful when using fire of any kind to melt material. Please exercise caution and use a well ventilated area. DO NOT melt material with glue on it, this could cause the material to catch on fire. For people 18 yrs old and younger please ask an adult for permission before continuing.

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Instructions:

Cut a 5 inch length of ribbon

use the lighter to melt the unfinished edges of the ribbon. Be Careful!!

place one end of the ribbon decoration down inside the clip pushing the ribbon all the way to the inside hinge being careful not to bunch the ribbon up.

put the glue on the wrong side of the ribbon and press onto the clip

wrap the ribbon over the tip of the clip putting globs of glue on the ribbon along the way

wrap the ribbon around the hinge and then stop just after you pass the hinge on the under side of the clip and glue in place.

now wait for the glue to dry.

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use some felt to cut shapes out of and keep them in place with small bits of glue.

finish off with a blanket stitch on the edge and loop through some beads.

glue embelishment to ribbon wrapped clip.

wait for the glue to dry over night and it’s ready to wear!

Star Spangled    Freedom

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Please be careful when using fire of any kind to melt material. Please exercise caution and do this in a well ventilated area. DO NOT melt material with glue on it, this could cause the material to catch on fire. For people 18 yrs old and younger please ask an adult for permission before continuing.

Party Garland Tutorial

Let’s Party!

My daughter wanted a yarn garland for her birthday party. Or as she called it a Party String Thingy. Hehehe!

Supplies: a skein or yarn, scissors, 4X4inch piece of cardboard (I used a cereal box), sewing needle.

Yarn

The Tassles

Start by cutting a slit in the bottom corner of the cardboard square. Slip the end of your yarn into this slit to hold it in place. Wrap the yarn around the cardboard 25 times tightly without bending the board. Cut the tail free from the skein. Now carefully slide the wrapped yarn off the board. Now wrap a new piece of yarn around the board 1 time and cut it free.

Wrapped yarn

Lay the single wrapped piece of yarn horizontal and flattened out onto your work surface. Place the large wrapped bunch of yarn so the top loops are just above the line you made with the other piece. Tie the single yarn in a knot around the top loop. Be sure to pull tightly.

Yarn tassle

To finish off the tassle place one blade of the scissors through the bottom loops and tug firmly on the bottom loops while you cut them so they’re all the same length. Trim any long pieces off the bottom.

Tassle

Repeat for however many Tassles you’d like. I made 15 and realized I didn’t have enough yarn to make anymore that had 25 wraps so it seemed like a natural stopping point.

Tassle garland

Stringing the Tassles:

Initially I was going to space them evenly on a string of yarn and knot them to stay in place. Then I decided that I wanted versatility so I did not tie knots to keep them in place.

Measure out a stretch of yarn that meets your needs making sure to leave enough length to tie it off when you hang it up. Use your needle and thread it through the first tassle. Slide the tassle where you want it on the string then loop the string back through the same way as before. It makes a loop and keeps the tassle in place. Or you can always use knots.

Here are a couple more pictures from the party!

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Caterpillar

Cupcakes

Nursing Cover

Before our third and youngest son LittleT was born I made a few things I thought would be handy.

The first thing I made was a nursing cover. I never had one with the others but kind of always wanted one. This time around I had a sewing machine and the perfect women superhero fabric so I went to work.

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I made this a while ago so I don’t have an photos from the making of the cover but I can still walk you through it a bit.

First, wash and dry the fabric using a garment bag on a gentle cycle and medium heat. Why? There’s nothing that frustrates me more than spending time to make something only to have it shrink and get all wavy looking after I wash it. So by prewashing the waves are usually avoided. Be sure to trim off any loose threads before sewing.

I had one yard of awesome Wonder Woman fabric so I folded the edges down, pinned, ironed and sewed all the way around the edge. On sides with salvage you only need to fold over once but be sure it’s wide enough so the salvage isn’t visible from the front. On the cut edges you’ll want to fold them twice to prevent fraying. I did 1/2in hems and sewed as close to the loose edge as I could.

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Now set that aside a moment and get some scraps to make a strap. Approximately 2 1/2in wide 7in long for the short side and 2 1/2in wide and 26in long for the long side. Fold each piece in half like a hotdog with wrong sides together and sew up one long side, along a short side, and back down the other long side with a 1/4in allowance. DO NOT SEW BOTH SHORT ENDS SHUT! You need one of them open to flip it right side out. Flip them, iron them, and top stitch them.

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Sew two 1in D rings onto the finished end of the short strap. Are you with me still? You can set this part aside for a minute and get your main fabric back out. I promise to have better pictures next time.

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Next you need to choose which side will be the top of your main fabric. Some fabrics have an obvious top and bottom due to the direction of the print. Now you’re ready to find the middle of the top edge and mark it with a pin.

If you don’t want boning then measure 8in from the middle mark in both directions. Pin your straps, sew them down, and enjoy.

If you want to sew in some boning now is the time. I used 16in of 1/4in boning with a black polyester cover. You found the middle of the fabric now find the middle of the boning and pin it to the middle of the fabrics edge on the wrong side with it curling up. Now pin the rest of the boning down working your way to the outer edges. On either side of the boning pin down the raw edges of the straps. To avoid loose threads fold the edges under. DO NOT pin the straps on top of the boneing. I’m right handed so I put the short strap with the rings on the right side of the boneing for easy single hand access.

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Now sew down the straps and the boneing with a zig zag stitch in one swoop. Just sew right over top of the boneing. I know it seems scary but with a heavy duty sewing needle everything is possible. Now trim up the threads and you’re ready to test it out.

All Done!

If the idea of making your own nursing cover seems a bit scary then email me at momadecreations@yahoo.com to place your custom order today.