Make a Headband (for sweatin’)

Make a Headband (for sweatin’)

Here's to lookin' pretty while sweatin' off your New Year's resolution. 

I can't wait to get started, so let's go…

I used two types of terry cloth. The flowery fabric is a softer, smoother terry cloth, and the plain light pink fabric is regular terry cloth like your bath towel.

Cut the flowery terry cloth 21.5" x 2.5" and the pink terry cloth 20.5" x 1". Cut a 4 inch length of 1/2" elastic. This length may vary depending on your head size. For this project, the head size I used was 21.5".

Lay the flowery fabric face down with the pink fabric centered on top. 

Fold the edges over and pin in place. Sew with a zigzag stitch to allow the material to maintain some stretchability (is that a word?).  

Fold in the ends and sew. Cut away any excess material. I wondered if the raw edges would unravel when washed, but they didn't. 

Center and sew the elastic to both ends of the underside of the headband. I used a zigzag stitch here too, but it's not necessary. A straight stitch will work just fine. After sewing the first end of the elastic down, put it around your head to figure out where to sew the other end of the elastic. Cut away the excess elastic.

Hopefully this motivates you to head to the gym! Would you wear a sweatband? Or is it not cool, even with a pretty print? 

The Real Deal: It cost me less than $3.00 to make this headband.

Go and be pretty,

Make a Cocktail Ring

Make a Cocktail Ring

Happy New Year! I thought ringing in the New Year with a new cocktail ring was fitting. This one is easy as a pinch. 

Start out with an adjustable ring base and topper (the flower thing is what I am calling a topper). I found this flower pendant at Wal Mart on clearance for less than $2.00. I had to get it! Since it was intended to be used as a pendant, I broke the loops off the back with pliers to create a flatter surface.

Glue the topper to the ring with E6000. Don't think you can get away with just plain ol' hot glue with this. I tried it and the topper fell off within a couple hours. Hot glue is not intended to adhere well to metals. 

You could probably wear it after letting it dry for a few hours but I let mine dry over night to be safe. 

The Real Deal: It only cost me $3.00 to make this cocktail ring.

Go and be pretty,

Make a Mini Leather Wallet

Make a Mini Leather Wallet

Have you ever gotten caught up in a project that takes forever because you have this great idea of what it will look like in the end?  But sometimes, after all that time and effort it turns out like crap.  You know what I mean? After something like that I need a little bit of cheering up. So, I throw together a quick craft in hopes of turning out something pretty (which makes me feel good) with almost immediate satisfaction. Well, if it turns out lookin' ugly too, at least I didn't invest much time into it. Which brings me to this wallet. No, this is not the long project that disappointed me, but the quick project that lifted me up after the fact. 

Wouldn't it make a great homemade gift for dad or brother? By the way, I used leather from an old chewed up purse of mine. 

OK. Start with three pieces of leather. The sizes are: 2.75"x7", 2.75"x4", 2.75"x1/4". Just to check measurements, lay the medium and small sizes right side up on the large size, which is right side down.

Although it's hard to see in picture 3, sew a line across the smallest piece for detail purposes only. Set it aside and sew the medium and large pieces together on 3 sides. 

Trim the excess leather around the edges. Place the small piece about 1.5" from the top of the medium piece and sew along the sides. Taper the top of the large piece so it can fold and fit through the small piece. 

For decoration only, sew a line along the edge of the top of the large piece to finish. 

I hope this project cheers you up like it did me. Do you ever get bogged down by crafts that don't turn out right?

The Real Deal: It cost me $0.00 to make this since I used material from an old purse. But, if you had to purchase the material it would probably cost less than $2.00.

Go and be pretty,

No Sew Scarf

No Sew Scarf

I am trying to get into the wintery spirit. But, it's kind of hard to when it's 70 degrees out! I'm giving it a shot though.

To make this scarf, cut a piece of two way stretch knit material 12 inches wide by 52 inches long. If you make a clean enough cut you will not need to finish the edges, making this scarf way too easy to make. If washed, the edges will tend to roll instead of unravel. Just put it around your neck and add a flower brooch

Sweet and simple.

The Real Deal:  It only cost me $5 to make this scarf.

Go and be pretty,


Flower Appliquéd Headband

Flower Appliquéd Headband

DIY Applique Headband

Ooh… wouldn’t this be great for a wedding accessory?  This shade of white is perfect for winter!

Start with an appliqué that you like and apply it to any color material (I used plain ‘ol cotton) as per the instructions on its package.  It requires an iron and a damp cloth.  No biggie.

Using scissors, trim the excess material along the appliqué border. Hot glue the appliqué on the headband. Cut out one or two pieces of felt and hot glue them to the back of the appliqué. The appliqué will hold to the headband better if you add felt to the back.

And that’s it!

The Real Deal:  It cost me $5 to make this.

Go and be pretty,

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