Today I’m sharing my simple bow-tied headband (no sewing required!) on Welcome to the Mouse House. I love using lace and brooches for style statements and you can whip this bow-tied headband up in 10 minutes flat.
Little birds make me think of spring, so I made another library tote bag using my how to make a book bag tutorial. The base is made from a magenta sweater I found at a thrift store. If I could do it over again, I would change the complimenting floral pattern for one with colors that bring out more of the pinker side of the sweater and less of the maroon side. Pink is what I always go for if you can’t tell!
I’ve been making several trips to the library with this tote, filling it with books about canning, preserving, and of course crafting.
What makes you think of spring? Made any trips to the library lately? If so, what books make it into your bag?
Here it is: Evie Carry All Trio. This is the first pattern I've created. I am so proud and want to share the pattern with you for free. Pure pretty-ness don't you think?
I want to share the pattern for free because I want to encourage any of you beginner sewers and those thinking about sewing to just try. I wouldn't say the purse is for beginners. Then again, if you are slow and steady, even a beginner can make the purse.
The free pattern consists of a purse, make-up bag, and sunglasses case and ranges from beginner to advanced. Start the trio with the sunglasses case, a beginner level. Then move to the make-up bag, an intermediate level. Then attempt the purse, which is an advanced level.
Shopping for craft books at the public library is one of my fave past times, and bringing them home for free somehow gives me satisfaction despite having to return them in 3 weeks. The need for a sweet little tote to carry my temporary books from the library inspired this little bird book bag.
The length and width of the purse will depend on the size of sweater you start with. The cut piece of sweater for the bird tote happens to measure 15 inches wide by 12 inches tall.
Turn the sweater right side out, cut a bird pattern from the cotton fabric, and hand stitch it onto the sweater as seen below.
The dimensions of the print fabric will depend on the sweater dimensions. Use the same width as the sweater and add 5 inches to the length. Since my sweater was 15" x 12", my print fabric measures 15" x 17".
Attach the straps with a criss-cross stitch as seen below.
So perfect for your trip to the library.
The Real Deal: The thrifted sweater and fabric cost about $10.
These cute bumble bee hair clips would be the perfect accessory for your bumble bee costume. Or, if you don't feel like going all out for Halloween, try wearing a pair of these clips so you aren't totally left out of the crowd.
Cut a 6 inch piece of floral wire. Wrap the wire around a small cylindrical shaped tool, leaving about 1 or 2 inches straight on one end.
Remove the wire from the tool. Open the hair clip and insert the wire as shown.
Wrap the wire around the hair clip. Floral wire is pretty stiff so the wrapping should stay in place.
Hot glue a pom pom to the top of the wire.
Now who wouldn’t smile at someone wearing a pair of these bumble bee clips?
The Real Deal: It cost less than $2.00 to make a pair of bumble bee hair clips.
Go and be pretty,