DIY RUNNER’S HEADBAND

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I was approached a couple of weeks ago by my friend Christy who coaches softball to make some sparkly headbands for her team because the girls wanted to bling out their uniforms. Christy is a runner and bought a few of those fancy runner’s stay-in-place headbands to help hold her hair back. She asked if I could duplicate her headbands for the girls. I looked at the headband (which retails for $15-18+) and realized it was only sparkly ribbon backed with velveteen ribbon with a small piece of elastic attached. Piece-O-Cake!!!

 

So I went shopping at Hobby Lobby and they had a great selection of ribbon. I went with red sequin ribbon and matching red velveteen. I am almost finished the 20 that she ordered for the team. Here is what I have so far…

 

 

I just have to put the elastic on and I’ll be ready to deliver them to the girls!

 

Anyway, I decided to put together a little tutorial on how to make these and I am using pink ribbons to celebrate breast cancer awareness month.

 

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ANTIQUED BURLAP LETTER “E” SIGN

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My friend Angie is having a baby shower for her little newborn Emerson in a few weeks and among several other things, I decided that I wanted to make her a sign for the baby’s room.

 

Remember these Burlap Monogram Signs I have been making?

 

              
 

Well, they have been a big hit! I have made (and sold) several already. {the tutorial HERE}

 

But…I wanted to do a little something different this time.

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DOG BOWL MAT

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Last summer I made some fancy (ahem…expensive) dog dishes for my doxies Marley and Cooper at one of those paint your pottery places. Of course the bowls are ceramic so they chip easily, especially on my tile kitchen floor. Just in case you forget, Marley will let you know when it is feeding time by pushing the bowl all around the floor, hence all the chips. Plus I hate the sound of that bowl scraping across the floor! I decided to go ceramic initially because he kept flipping over the plastic bowls. Not to mention, the dogs are always getting water all over the floor from the water bowl. So, I have been needing to get some sort of mat to go under the dog bowls.

 

This is what I have right now…a paper towel. I know, it’s quite classy!

 

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ORANGE BURLAP HALLOWEEN SIGN

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Let me start by saying I am not usually a holiday decorator. This is probably in part because I am single and don’t have kids, and probably in part because I don’t feel like taking it down afterwards. When I do decorate, it is not uncommon for the decorations to be up for a good 2 to 3 months past the acceptable time period of display. This year my family is coming to my house for Christmas so I guess I better start preparing now!


I have been obsessed with burlap lately if anyone hasn’t noticed…it is just so fun and the Cricut and I have been coming up with some creative stuff. I was in Hobby Lobby the other day searching through the remnant bin and I spied a 1/2 yard roll of orange burlap. I tried to put it down, but I couldn’t…it was calling me. So I bought it and this is what I came up with…



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Welcome to My New Blog!!!

So I did it…I finally did it! I have been saying for months now that I was going to migrate my blog Sew Rockin’ to my own website and I finally sat down Friday night and started working on it. Then I worked all day Saturday and most of today. After some headache and only a little cursing I finally got it done…I am so excited! I am hoping that all 25 of my old followers will find their way on over here plus I am super excited to try to attract some more readers!

Anyway, welcome. I have lots of fun in store for everyone! :)

Until later, happy crafting!

 

Reversible Car Seat Strap Covers

So my niece Ava is now almost 4 months old and spends a lot of time in her car seat going here and there with her 3 older siblings. The car seat strap covers my sister was using were getting pretty nasty so it was requested that I make some new ones.

 

I first saw this tutorial on reversible strap covers from Alisa at the Sweet Life. But I decided to change the sizes a bit so the finished size is about 6″ long. They might be a tad long for newborns but they fit Ava’s car seat great!

 

I used pink polka-dots on one side and pink fuzzy fabric on the other. They were really quick to make and came out super cute. Ava loved them! Well, I think she did…she drooled all over them. And because they are reversible you can just flip them over and extend the life between washes.

 

Here is my tutorial…

 

Materials (for one pair)

  • Two 7″ x 7″ pieces of patterned cotton fabric
  • Two 7″ x 7″ pieces of soft and fuzzy fabric or another cotton pattern
  • Two 7″ x 7″ pieces of batting (I like low-loft polyester because it doesn’t stretch like cotton batting)
  • Two sets of 3″ velcro strips

 

Put the patterned cotton down first and match the right sides of the patterned cotton and the soft fabric together. Then put the batting on top. I like to sew with my batting on top because it stretches more and it gets caught in the presser feet if it is on the bottom.
Sew the edges with a 1/2″ seam allowance and leave a 2-3″ opening for turning.
Cut the corners and trim up the edges. Then turn right side in and iron flat.
I like to use sided steam a seam tape to iron in between the gap where I turned the fabric in. Then you can stitch it closed by hand.
Sew a 1/4″ seam around the edges. Watch your stitch length. You want to make sure it isn’t too small when you are sewing through all these layers.
Sew on the velcro on opposite sides of cover. One on the soft side and one on the patterned side. You can add a longer strip of velcro if you want…on second though, a 5″ would probably hold the edges a little more securely than my 3″ strip. I will try a longer strip next time.
Here you can see the velcro on each side. If you have a specific direction to your pattern, you need to pay attention to which way you sew on the velcro.
Fold it up and hook the velcro and you see how they work!
Now attach to the car seat! While Ava was sleeping she told me she wanted the polka-dot side showing!

 

Then later when she was up I thought I would take a pic of the other side of the straps. Isn’t she cute?!?

 

And of course I have to throw in a pic of her big sister Hannah…who was wearing the most adorable outfit! She loves pink…can you tell?
Man, I love those kids! Until later, happy sewing!

I’M LINKING UP TO THESE PARTIES:

Sunday: Homemaker on a Dime, I Heart Naptime, Under the Table and Dreaming, Flamingo Toes; Monday: Craft-O-ManiacLines Across My Face, The Girl Creative, Skip to My Lou, Making the World Cuter, Polly Want a Crafter, Cherished Bliss, Dittle Dattle, One Artsy Mama; Tuesday: Tip Junkie, Kurtz Corner, Sugar Bee Crafts, Today’s Creative Blog, A Diamond in the Stuff, Hope Studios, Ladybug Blessings; Wednesday: Laugh Love and Craft, Lil’ Luna, The Trendy Treehouse, Women Who Do it All, Savvy Southern Style, Sew Much Ado; Thursday: Craft, Scrappy, Happy, Somewhat Simple, My Repurposed Life; Friday: Romantic Home, Lolly Jane Botique, Fingerprints on the Fridge; Saturday: Be Different Act Normal; Craft Envy, Kojo Designs, Six Sisters’ Stuff, Along for the Ride

More Burlap Monogram Signs

So it seems my 24″ burlap monogram sign was a hit! Amber and Dan absolutely loved it, and so did my friends Kelly and Melonee. The ladies actually comissioned me to make some more for gifts – two for a wedding and one for an anniversary.

My first paying crafting gig…SWEET! :)

The 3 new signs came out really well too! And I am getting much faster at making them, so that is a bonus.


Notice I had to change the font for the S….the S on other font
looked weird….kind of like a P. So I went to something a little more fancy.

 

I am already thinking about possible Christmas presents and other signs I can make. I love burlap! I definitely need to figure out how much it costs to ship these babies because I want to put some up on Etsy.

Until later, happy crafting!