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Lydia

Another lovely flower…

Cut circles out of felt with the following sizes: 5 – 1.5 inches in diameter, 6 – 1 inch in diameter.

Lay a 1.5 inch diameter piece of felt down for the flower backing. For the next 4 pieces, fold in half 2 times and hot glue to the backing piece.

Do the same for 5 of the one inch diameter circles. Fold the last one in half 2 times and hot glue with the point facing down. 

Easy and cute right?

The Real Deal: It only cost me $0.20 to make one flower. 

Go and be pretty,

Fringe Scarf

Fringe Scarf

We only use scarves about one week out of the year here in Houston.   To me, that’s a bummer, because I love cold weather.  Maybe it’s because I like to wear cozy things.  I love this scarf because it doesn’t fall off my son’s neck.  I don’t have to keep picking it up and wrapping it back around him. I put it over his head and it keeps him warm without any fuss or bother.

Check out the process.  It only took me 30 minutes.

Cut two pieces of fleece 30 inches long by 5 inches wide.  Sew the length of the scarf two times about one inch apart and mirrored about the center.

Cut a piece of ¼ inch wide elastic 18 inches long.  Tie one end of the elastic around a hanger formed into a hook.  Insert the elastic in one end of the scarf between the two sewn lines.  Sew the untied end of the elastic.

Pull the other end of the elastic out and untie it.  Pin the elastic a couple inches from the end to hold in place while you sew.  Sew the elastic.

Sew the two ends of the scarf together and trim any excess.

Make short cuts along the length of the scarf to create fringe.

The real deal: It cost me less than $2 to make this scarf.

What do you think?

Go and be pretty,

Head Circumference Chart

Head Circumference Chart

Below is a head circumference chart to use in reference with making a headband.  The left side of the table is a baby's age in months.  The right side of the table is the average head circumference in centimeters for the adjacent age.  You want the headband to be a little snug.  So measure your headband to be a little smaller than the head circumference.

How to Singe Fabric

How to Singe Fabric

Singeing fabric is melting the edges of material with heat. The point of singeing is to protect the fabric from unraveling and create a cleaner look and feel. I prefer to use a candle as my heat source because it is simple and easy.

Light a candle and cut your fabric.  Bring the fabric just close enough to the flame to melt the edge but not catch fire. Rotate your fabric until all the edges are singed. That's it!

Some fabrics curl more than others. Just experiment a little with different fabrics to see what you like working with the most. I always look in the discount bins at fabric stores for great deals on small amounts of fabric for testing.

I've got perfect projects here and here for you to get started on with singeing.

How to Make a Headband

How to Make a Headband

Headbands are so easy and inexpensive to make.  A cute little flower would not be complete without one.  I use this method for all sizes of elastic so change it up to suit your taste.

Lay the fabric flower face down.

Measure the length of the elastic you want.  I usually use 16” for my 12 month old daughter.

Hot glue both ends of the elastic band to the back of the flower.

Cover the edges of the elastic with the 1”x 2” swatch of soft felt.  This step is optional of course but I think the felt keeps the elastic from scratching.

Apply hot glue to the underside of the soft felt and press firmly. See how easy it is!

The real deal: Making your own headband costs less than $0.50.

Go and be pretty,

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