Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Taggie Blanket (Super Quick)

I made my son a taggie blanket, otherwise known as a "lovey" so he has a comfort item in his crib. I used your typical quilting fabric on one side and a soft fabric from the baby section of the fabric store on the other. As far as the ribbon goes, you can use whatever you have. I think it looks cool if it is not too matchy-matchy and all different colors gives visual interest.

1. Cut the desired size square or rectangle or both fabrics

2. Fold edges inward

3. Pin ribbon pieces to one fabric on the inside

4. Pin the other piece of fabric on, hiding all raw edges

5. Sew around entire square (I triple sewed the ribbon parts to be safe)

6. Tack-sew five spots on the blanket so you don't get a balloon shape (and so it lays flat). I did a pattern like the "5" side of a dice

7. Heat seal the ribbon with a lighter

Always watch your kids around the blanket since it is possible the ribbon could come loose!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Everything is Better With Bling

I see these gorgeous frames with Swarovski crystals all the time, but they are so expensive. I got this cute little frame from Hobby Lobby for $3 on sale and added my own hot-fix crystals. It gives it a little sparkle to make it stand out on your shelf. I order all my rhinestones from They have great prices (9 cents per crystal for 5mm) and they are super fast at shipping your items to you. I like hot fix crystals since they already have glue on the back of them and when they are heated, they stick really well to almost anything. You have to be careful on painted wood though since the heat will take the paint off if the crystal slides around. You can add as little or as much as you like. Total cost of project= $5.40

Friday, June 25, 2010

Digital Cards from Deanworks

I found this great digital designer on Etsy and she was soooo great to work with and very fast and great prices. Here is what she did for me for my son's birthday: You can view her shop at

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Netted Flower Clip

I saw these adorable netted clips at my daughter's dance studio. After several (failed) attempts at making one strictly out of netting, I combined it with a piece of ribbon. You could use a strip of fabric also. Netting goes for 99 cents a yard so it is cheap and easy! If you can sew a straight line you can make these.

1. Sew the ribbon to the un-cut netting using a super tight stitch. After it is sewn, cut the netting to the width of the ribbon. It is easier to cut afterward in case the netting doesn't line up perfectly.

2. Sew a lose stitch through the same edge that you sewed together. Don't forget to know the other end. It does not have to be exact.

3. Pull the thread gently through the ribbon to create a ruffle effect. Gather the ribbon in your hand to a desired looking flower. Again, it does not have to be perfect. Sew or glue the bottom to secure it.

4. Glue a cute bead or rhinestone to the center and a clip to the back and you are done!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Scrapbook Pages

Simple boy layout

Girl layout

I went to a late nighter with my friend the other night and here are some new pages I did. They had these awesome foil stickers of crowns and Fleur De lis for my daughter's recital page. I used a Cricut machine to cut the cool arrows for my sons 2 page spread.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

New Flip Flop Designs

Here are three new flip flops made for my friend P's daughter. The flower on the purple flops is a piece of ribbon gathered and glued into a circle on a piece of fabric. Add crystals to the middle

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Happy 4th!

I love making wreaths. I have been seeing cute wreaths and the thought struck me to make one out of cellophane! Fun, but a little hard to work with. I got two rolls of each color from the dollar store, the wooden wreath from Michael's. You just cut strips, twist and tie them on. I ties smaller strips to a large strip that wrapped around the wreath so I could make it extra fluffy. I got the accent bow from the dollar store as well. Total cost of project= $10
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