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Do What You Gotta Do

Have you ever seen those photos where photographers are doing something ridiculous to get the good shot?  I do this. Not ALL the time but I am not above sticking my ass high in the air or in someone’s face to get the angle I need to make the picture perfect.  I was taking pictures of the LDS Mormon Temple in Salt Lake Coty a few years back and I was there with my family.  Not only that but my husband was not there so I had to wrangle my kids.  I got some great pictures but it was not easy.  My sister took these pictures of me taking pictures because she thought it was funny.

Here is the picture I took

How did I get this picture? Like this


Attractive huh? These pictures crack me up! Thanks, Kimmie. So don’t be afraid to look stupid because you never know when it will pay off!

Another funny photo a family member took for me was this next one.

While I was trying to sew my sister’s diaper bag my girl was crawling all over me! She was like a baby monkey clinging to her momma’s back. My mom took this picture.

Not an attractive picture of me AT ALL but I thought it was funny. Sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do to get things done! haha

How often do you have kids clinging all over you trying to get stuff done?  I know it is not just me.  I would love to hear about it.  Tell me in the comments or write it on your blog and link to it in the comment section.  It’ll be fun, I promise. 🙂

Funny Photo

Do you ever go through old pictures and find something you LOVE!?  I do that all the time.  Sometimes I find a picture that I can’t believe I missed and other times I don’t find anything.  My sister Kim was going through some pictures from October and found a funny one she sent me.  I was taking pictures of the Salt Lake City Utah’s Temple.  I was crouched down because I was getting the reflection of the Temple in the water of the fountain.  My niece Bradlie was trying to play in the water.  He mommy was holding her pants so she didn’t fall in.

Check out the picture my sister got

HAHAHAHA  I love it!  That’s my Bro in the background.

Well just thought I’d share the funny photo.  Do you have funny photos like this?  Share in the comments or link to your blog and maybe I can do another post with the funniest ones?  That would be awesome!

A Tragic Loss

Last Saturday our family suffered a loss.  It has been tough.  We had a GREAT day!  We drove out to where I used to live and met up with friends we hadn’t seen in forever.  The kids played together on the playground while the grown-ups talked and laughed.  We were there for hours.  It was wonderful.  We also ate at 2 of our favorite places.  You can’t beat the great food.  As we were driving home from our most excellent Saturday, as we got closer to home we noticed there had been a storm.  There was flooding on the streets and you could tell that had been some strong wind.  It was drizzling on us a bit.  We got home and noticed the power had gone out.  A couple of hours later the power went out again.

The next day we woke up and I looked out into the backyard and saw something horrible!

Do you see it?

We were missing something.

I looked to the left……nothing.

I looked all the way to the right…….nothing.

CRAP.

Cody got up a little while later and I said, “Go look outside”

He looked.  “Where is it?”

I said, “No clue”

Cody went outside and looked around.  He looked left….nothing.

He looked right…..nothing.

He looked UP!  BINGO

 

FOUND IT!  My kids are devastated.  They loved their trampoline.  Do you notice how not only is it on the roof but that the frame was completely destroyed?!  YUP!  No fixing this puppy.  What was worse is that after Tyler cried for a minute he said, “Now I’ll have to wait until I go to grandma and grandpa’s  to jump on the trampoline.”   My parents JUST moved and no longer have a back yard.  DOH!  We explained that to him and he cried for a second again.  Bummer.

So after some tears ( from both Tyler and Daddy )  Okay Daddy didn’t really cry but he wanted to because he had the task of climbing on the roof and trying to get the dumb thing down.  Everything on it was ruined.  We loved you trampoline.  May you now rest in pieces…literately.

Chocolate Cinnamon Chap Stick Goodness

Doesn’t that sound yummy?  Chocolate cinnamon.  Well, it at least sounds yummy to me!  I FINALLY got around to using some of my empty chapstick tubes.  I also finally used the deodorant tubes I bought!  WOO HOO.  I am leaving tomorrow to drive to Utah AGAIN.  I have been promising my mom and dad some chocolate chapstick.  This time I wanted one with some Bees Wax in it.  I looked up some recipes and then adapted one for my liking.  Here is what I did.

Chocolate Cinnamon Chap Stick

1 Tablespoon Cocoa Butter

1 Tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil

1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon & 1 teaspoon Beeswax

5-7 drops Cinnamon essential oil

6 to 10 chocolate chips

I should have entered a drop or so of Vitamin E and I forgot!  I think this is plenty good for your lips without it though.

Here’s what you do.  Beeswax takes a while to melt.  You want to take the beeswax, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, olive oil and avocado oil and melt them together.  Do this either in 10 second increments in the microwave or use a double broiler.  Once the beeswax is all melted into the other oils you want to add you essential oil.  If using Cinnamon it is VERY strong.  I only used about 4 or 5 drops but I could have used a couple of more.  I would rather have too little than too much though.  Then add some vitamin E if you would like.  Stir in the chocolate chips until they melt.  I used 6 of them and again you could use more.  Whatever you would like.  This is just to add some flavor and to add some color.  Don’t let it cool TOO long before pouring into whatever it is you have to hold it in.  I used my empty chap stick tubes and it took up about 9 to 10 of them.

These were great gifts for friends and family.  Make a bunch and then you already have them on hand for when you need a quick gift.  They make great teacher appreciation gifts!

 

Skirt to Apron Repurpose

Who loves repurposing things?!  I do!!  Like LOVE repurposing things to make something else.  I hate throwing things away if I can help it.   Go find a skirt and cut it in half.  Yup, cut it in half and turn both halves into an apron.  I found this skirt at the church rummage sale ( which means I got it for free ).  It was a size 16 and it was soooooooo short!  I couldn’t even imagine seeing someone who wears a size 16 wearing something this short.  I like to think of it as stopping this skirt from being worn.  haha  So here is what we ended up with

 

Cute right?  I just took some ribbon and sewed it around the sides to finish it off.  Then I used some black fabric to make the ties. The left over I used to make a big bow.

 

SO go find a skirt and cut it in half and make an apron.  : )

Scripture Case Tutorial

Anyone out there old school and still take scriptures to church?  I think one person has their hand up so this tutorial is JUST for you!  I bet you feel special.  I actually did this tutorial on my old blog several years ago and someone had mentioned the fabric choices I used and how it was a fabric that would be out of date soon and then I’d have to remake it.  I thought to myself, that seems kinda rude, and also, I thought it was cute.  Turns out she was SO right because two years later I was SO ready to ditch this fabric and make another one.  Haha

Pray, I get through this before I get interrupted or something. Pick two different kinds of fabric. You don’t need a ton of either. I measured my scriptures ( LDS Quad. ) and it was 7 1/2 by 13ish. I then took those measurements and added 1.5 to it for seam allowance, bulk and turning. Mine ended up being slightly roomy which I like better. I read a tutorial that said add 1.2 but that was a little small for me the first time I tried it PLUS I like even numbers! haha

So you need

2 fabrics cut to 14.5 by 9 ( I used the same fabric for each but one will be on the inside so you can use two different colors if you want )
1 14.5 X 9 in interfacing
2 panels for inside 14.5 x 9 ( 14.5 X 4in piece of interfacing )
1 pocket ( but you can do two pockets if you like ) at 12 x 3
2 handles 14 x 4
1 Velcro closure at 7 x 2

All of these measurements are changeable. I wanted my fabric closure to be a certain size but you can do whatever you want. This is a very versatile tutorial. It is basically to show you how to do it and you can create your own measurements if you would like.

Let’s get started!

I started with my handles. I took my fabric and you are basically going to be making basis tape. Fold it in half and iron it. Then fold the two sides into the middle and iron again.

It should look like this opened.

Do you see all three fold marks? Next fold it back up

and sew it down both sides to finish it off. Do the same with the second strap and put them off to the side.

The inside panels need interfacing. I cut the interfacing to be 14.5 x 4 which is half the width of the actual fabric. What we will do is fold the fabric in half and add the interfacing in between the fold. I use iron on interfacing. It should look like this


Next the pocket for the panel. I used a 12 X 3 in strip folded in half vertically to form a 6 X 3 in pocket. Make sure the right sides are facing each other.

Sew up both sides ( don’t forget to back stitch at the ends. Clip the corners

Then turn it right side out making sure to get the corners out if possible ( I am horrible at this and usually have rounded corners! Booooo ) then press with an iron

Next, pin it to whichever side you want it to go. I wanted my pocket RIGHT on the inside cover so I pinned it to the left panel. Remember to open it up before you pin it

Also, notice I put the open end of the pocket facing down because this will get stitched closed two different times later so you do not have to worry about it being open still. Stitch both sides down. Don’t forget to back stitch at the top of the pocket on both sides.

Go ahead and set that aside for now too. If you haven’t done it already make sure you add interfacing to the right side panel as well in the same manner you did before. Like this

Now for the velcro strap. I took two pieces of 7 X 2in strips, put the right sides together, sewed down one side, over the top and down the other side. Then I clipped the corners

Turn it right side out and press just like with the pocket. I then added velcro and sewed it down.

NOW let’s pause for a second. You are probably wondering why I left it so the stitches show on the velcro closure. I am adding a flower to it so my stitches will not be visible. If you do NOT wish to add something to the strap, then add the velcro BEFORE you stitch the two pieces together.

Next, I pin it ALL together. I have to apologize because the first time I did this I sewed it WRONG and had to un-stitching everything and re-do it. It was annoying and time-consuming. SO my pictures might confuse you but just remember this order

Inside 14.5 X 9 in piece facing up!
Next, two side panels all the way over to the sides with the un-stitched pieces facing the outside.
Next, pin the straps on each side being careful NOT to twist them. THEN make sure your velcro closure is on the RIGHT side of your case. The first time I put it on the left like a dumby and had to fix that as well…I was trying to get through it too quickly. Slow is always better people. It should look something like this

JUST REMEMBER: I messed up the first time and had the interfacing side facing UP! WRONG! You should be able to see the right side of the fabric in the middle. Now take the last piece ( which will be the OUTSIDE of your case ) with the right side DOWN!

Everything should be in this fabric sandwich. Pin it all the way around the sides BUT remember to leave an opening for turning. So I don’t forget to leave an opening, I always leave two pins together where I need to stop like this

Then when I get to it I KNOW to stop

NOW, put your hand inside of the hole and grab a handle to pull on.

JUST REMEMBER, you have pins inside still! I went ahead and pulled all 5 pins out BEFORE I tried to turn it because I knew I would poke myself otherwise!

Turn it all the way out, trying to poke the corners out as much as possible and press it all the way around. Make sure to turn the material where the hole is into the fabric to line it up with the rest of it. Pin that close and then stitch all the way around the outside. It should look like this

At this point, you are thinking, “YEAH I am done!” Not quite. We have to line up where that velcro strap is going to be. Put your case on your scripture/Bible and pull the strap over to line it up. Then make a mark on your fabric where the velcro needs to be.

Sew the velcro down but be sure to pull out the inside panel so you don’t sew it closed

YEAH! You are done. The inside looks like this

And the outside

Don’t you just LOVE my Dr. Pepper PJ bottoms?! ENJOY.

Let me know of any questions and please post links in the comments if you make one. I would love to see what you guys do!

I have made more since then for different people.  Here is one a made for a little girl that turned out pretty cute.

Steering Wheel Cover Tutorial

So who reading this has been HOT lately? Like REALLY hot!? When I was leaving church on Sunday I could barely touch my steering wheel and it occurred to me that back in the day EVERY car seemed to have cute steering wheel covers just for that purpose. That is when I got the brilliant idea to make one. How hard could it be right? Then I figured, I’d better make it into a tutorial. I try and keep the tutorials coming if I can and I also try to make them something that is not on 3000 other blogs.

Steering wheel covers are SO easy! Like RIDICULOUSLY easy. I was all excited to pick out some cute soft fabric too. Then I thought about my husband. My husband drives any time we go do anything and we always take my car because the car seats are already there. This meant anything with pink ( which is not really me anyways ) OWLS or anything TOO girly was gonna get taken off every time he drove, which when he is home is a lot. I decided that was lame and just made it a solid color. It is also very soft and I LOVE IT! It is however boring and so when I get my hands on some more elastic I am going to make me a better one and just switch it out when my husband drives. Want to see a picture?

Not much, I know, but it does its job and that is keeping my steering wheel from getting scolded by the sun. Also, it is soft. I haven’t driven with it yet because I just finished this today so I will let Y’all know how it goes tomorrow when I drive.

READ POST ALLTHE WAY TO THE END BEFORE STARTING PROJECT

So who wants to know how to make one? It is SO simple. Go measure your steering wheel. I do not know if all steering wheels are the same but I bet you most vary, slightly. Mine measured in at 47 1/2 inches or so around. it was also about 4 inches or so in thickness. I took my fabric and decided to cut 2 strips at 6 X 25 1/2 inches


The I took the strips and pinned them right sides together on the 6 inside and sewed them together

Once you sew it together, flip it over and sew the other 6-inch side together as well. It should look like a big circle

Don’t mind that HUGE pile of crap in the background. It is my cardboard begging to be recycled. Our recycling center isn’t open during the week unless you call and make an appointment and open only every other Saturday. Let’s just say this LAST Saturday was the day and I forgot.

back to the tutorial. Now you need to make a casing for the elastic. This will depend on the size of your elastic AND what kind of fabric you choose. I picked a fabric that doesn’t fray so I only folded mine over once. If you need to fold your over twice, you may want to cut your fabric 7 inches instead of 6. The I folded over about half an inch and sewed ALL the way around one side of the circle until I got about 2 inches from where I started.

The opening should look like this

Remember if you have a fabric that is going to fray what you should do is fold over your fabric and sew it down and then fold it over again and sew it down. This way it will not fray because the cut side will be tucked away. Just make sure you leave it big enough for your elastic to fit through.

Grab your elastic and put a safety pin on the end of it like so

Stick the safety pin inside the casing and feed it through but make sure to not let the other end go all the way inside the casing or you will have to pull it out and start over.

Feed the safety pin out the other side of the hole

What I normally do at this point is safety pin the two together so I don’t lose one end and have to re-do it. Go ahead and do the other side the exact same way. Next sew the elastic pieces together. I always overlap them an inch of two and do a zig zag stitch 3 or 4 times up and down. Next, sew the hole closed and you are good to go! Should look like this when it is all done

Cute right? Now go try it on your car! It should fit perfect! OH, I TOTALLY FORGOT SOMETHING! I didn’t tell you how long my elastic was. DUH! I cut mine 24 inches which were about half the size of my steering wheel all the way around. So let’s go over the measurements and materials needed again shall we

cut 2 pieces 6 by 25 1/2 inches
2 pieces of elastic 24 inches long
2 safety pins

If you make one with cute fabric I totally want to see. I think I seriously will make me a cute one with skulls or something for when my husband is on trips. I just need to get more elastic because I am ALL out!

Also, at the dollar store, I bought something that looks identical to this made out of terry cloth for my hair. It is AWESOME! You put it on your hairline when you are washing your face so your hair doesn’t get wet. If you want to make one for yourself, just follow these directions but change the measurements to fit around the circumference of your head and you will thank me later. I always forgot to use mine, but when I DO use it, I am always so happy my bangs didn’t get wet!

UPDATE:  I updated my steering wheel cover for my car!  Last year I made a super boring one and the fabric I used slipped so it would drive me crazy when I drove.  It was also slightly too long and hung down on the sides further than I would have liked it.  Well, today I used my own tutorial ( is that lame that I seriously looked up my OWN tutorial and then used it? )  With those things in mind, I used flannel and made the sides half an inch smaller around and it worked perfectly!  Now, I didn’t drive with it yet today but when I tested it out it seemed to not be slipping at all.  So here it is

 

 

Sew Yourself a New Wallet

I made a wallet like this for my mother a couple of months ago and a couple of people said they would like a tutorial on it.
 I got busy and kept pushing it back.  I am glad I got it done ( even if it took me a couple of months! )  Hope you enjoy.  If you have any questions, you can feel free to ask.  The wallet itself is just a simple wallet.  I decided to do the gathers on the front which idea I got from the blog Noodlehead.  Several other people have been doing the gathers like this on purses and thing but Noodlehead was where I actually learned how to do it.  If you go to her blog she has a tutorial on how she does it.  I will go through it on my tutorial too but there are some slight changes in the way she does it versus the way I do it ( but it is mostly the same ).
Your supplies:
1 strip of fabric that is 18 inches long by 5 1/2 inches wide
1 strip of fabric that is 9 inches long by 5 1/2 inches wide
2 strips of second print that is 10 inches long by 5 1/2 inches wide
then you need a strip of fabric that is at least 2 inches wide by 9 inches long ( this can vary depending on how wide you want your middle strap to be )
1 snap, button, or piece of velcro to close the wallet with
Now let’s get started!  All of my seams are 1/4 of an inch. With our inside and outside piece you need to decide if you want your wallet to have a curve to it or if you want it to be a straight line.  I curved mine, but you can most certainly leave it straight.  I just did mine by sight but you can find something curved and trace it and cut it out. NOW we want to grab our piece of fabric that is 18 X 5 1/2 and find the center.  I did this by folding it in half lengthwise and then ironing it flat.  Open it back up and now you know where the middle is


 Next, you want to sew a line down both sides of the middle that you just ironed.  Because I used black fabric, I decided to iron it to know where the middle was but you can just as easily mark it with a pencil or something that will wash off. 

Before you sew you want to bump up your width on your sewing machine to a high number.  Mine only goes up to 5 so I bumped the width and length up to 5 on both!


Make sure you sew each line as it’s own and don’t continue the line from one side to the other.  Also, we are going to gather the material so you want to keep the thread long when you cut it off.  This helps out a lot when trying to gather it.


Once both sides are sewed close to the middle you will need to take the top thread on both sides and gather the material by pulling on it.  If you have never done this before, it is pretty easy and kinda fun!  You want to gather both sides up as even as possible and you want to make sure that it ends up being the same length as your other piece of 9 X 5 1/2 fabric


Now you want to iron this piece flat and put it off to the side and pick up that coordinating fabric that is 9 X 2 inches for the center piece.  Now there are two ways to do this part.  You can put the fabric right sides together and sew the raw edge together.  Then you turn it right side out and you have your strip.  I decided to take the sides and turn them into the center of my fabric like I was making bias tape and iron it flat.


there is no wrong or right way but I choose to do this because I thought it would work better for the wallet later when adding my snap closure.  Take the strip and pin it over the top of the gathered fabric to hide all the thread.


Sew along both sides to finish this top piece off only DON’T FORGET to change your length and width back to whatever you normally sew things on


Now put that off to the side and let’s work on the inside of the wallet.  I want you to pick up the coordinating pieces that are going to be the pockets for your credit cards.  Take each piece of the 10 X 5 1/2 fabric and fold them right sides together and pin them.


Sew the raw edge closed and then turn right side out.  Once you do this you want to take the fabric and fold it in half but do it to where one side is folded less then the other creating the credit card slots.


Iron these flat to get them to stay better


Now we want to make sure we place these credit card slots in the right place.  Take your ungathered piece of 9 X 5 1/2 inch fabric and place the bottom credit card pocket about an inch from the bottom


Then I want you to take the second pocket and place it 1/2 an inch above the bottom one.


This is where it gets slightly confusing.  I want you to open up the bottom pocket WITHOUT moving it’s placement and then pin the middle down.  I was nervous about sewing this wrong so I made a line with a pencil down the center of my fabric where I was to sew.


Sew down the center of the pocket which will sew it to the 9 X 5 1/2 inch piece.  Do the same with the other pocket making sure to keep its placement 1/2inch above the other pocket.  If you pick up your fabric piece it should look something like this


Now fold those back in half and iron it all flat. It should start looking like a wallet now…if it doesn’t, I lost you somewhere which is VERY possible!  haha  But hopefully Y’all are with me still.


Now you may think you are ready to sew it all together but you would be wrong.  First, before we do that we need to make some kind of closure for our wallet.  I did a snap because I like those on wallets.  The first time I made one of these I did velcro and that works fine too.  You can also just use a button although I am not a BIG fan of doing button holes.  So choose your poison.  We need to make sure we place everything in the right place and try and get it all lined up as much as possible.   Here is a picture of the first snap and its placement


Notice that this is on the inside of the wallet where the credit card pockets go.  I found my middle which is a little less than 3 inches from the side.  Next, we need to go down about 1 inch from the top.


This is where we want our snap/velcro/button to go. Make sure you do whatever you need to do to get whichever of the three you picked to stay secure to your fabric.


now we want to do the other end of the closure. Take the outside of the fabric and find where it needs to go

About 2 inches up from the bottom right in our center ( which we know from before was just a little less than 3 inches.  Secure it to the fabric.  If you choose a snap I am warning you the fabric here is really thick because you are going through a couple of thicknesses.  Make sure you get everything lined up right.  It took me about ten whole minutes to get the snap right on this side.   Once you have the closure done we are ready to sew it all together!  WOO HOO.  Take right sides of the fabric and pin them together.  We are gonna sew all the way around except at the bottom.  We are leaving that opened so we can turn the wallet right side out.


 Also, here is a little word of advice.  I would pin the fabric and sew on the side where the ruffles are.  If you don’t, you might not catch all of the gathers and that would be really sad.  Trust me because I have done it before!  

 Sew all the way around making sure you catch all the ruffles but leave that bottom open.  Turn it right side out.  Isn’t it cute?  I usually check to make sure the closure is matching up and working.  If everything looks good and you are done we just tuck under that bottom part we left open.

 Now once you have that tucked under and pinned you need to sew all the way around the wallet closing the bottom and making a decorative stitch all the way around.  NOW, you are done! Now you can either leave it like it is or try adding something to the flap.







ENJOY your wallet.
Note to self:  Do NOT Use plain black fabric while making another tutorial.  Too hard to see what’s going on!  haha

Necklace Onesie DIY

I know you guys have seen them.  The fake necklace onesies that are going around.  Whoever did that first was so smart!  I know I said I don’t like being trendy but this one was too cute to pass up on. Well, I had a baby shower I missed a month ago and so I had made my friend some stuff for her baby.  One of the things I did was bought a plain onesie.  I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it and the baby is due soon.  I FINALLY decided to try the fake necklace.  I looked up a couple of tutorials but none I found had step by step instructions.  Most just gave advice.  SO I decided to try it and take pictures along the way.

Also, I realize that SO many people have machine’s that cut vinyl for them and it would make this even easier.  However, not EVERYONE has one and so here is what to do if you don’t have a famcy machine and need to paint the necklace on.

The first thing I did was fold the onesie in half so you know where the center of it is.  Then I unfolded it and decided where I wanted to start the necklace from.  BEFORE I started painting I practice with various things around the house to get the right size of circles.  I tried a pencil eraser, a pen and a golf tee.  I ended up liking the pencil eraser and the golf tee for the different sizes.  Before I did any painting on the shirt I took a pencil I knew would wash off in the washer and marked where I wanted my necklace to be.

Here are my utensils

 

Here are my first couple of circles.

I didn’t want my circles to connect on the big ones.  I thought it looked cuter with a space.  I would dab my eraser in the paint and then dab it on a paper towel softly to get a lot of the paint off.  Then I would go ahead and dab it on the onesie.

 

So here is the first row all done.  I decided to do two big necklaces and one small one so I did the big ones first!

Then I decided that I DID want my small circles to connect so I did that row by connecting all of the small circles.

 

Now all you have to do is figure out how you want to embellish it.  I REALLY wanted to do a detachable flower.  I decided to use a snap.  That way you can have lots of flowers for every outfit.

WELLLLLL that ended up not going over so well.  When I went to attach the snap to the onesie ( I don’t have a snap press so I was using a hammer ) I hit the snap too hard and put a hole in the onesie!  DOH!

 

BOOOOOOOO!  I also wanted to do it with the snap because I didn’t think the fake flowers could be washed.  SOOO  I ended up making a flower with fabric.  Then I sewed it down and put fabric on the inside of the onesie too.  This covered up the hole nicely.

I think it turned out really cute!  This did not take long either.  Can be knocked out in under 30 minutes even if you are not a crafty person.  Let me know if you have any questions.

DIY Ribbon Flower

I have searched ALLLLLLLL over the internet at fabric flower tutorials.  SERIOUSLY.  I have looked at so many that they pretty much just all run together and when I go to make something, who knows what’s going to come out of it. It’s fun to see what other people come up with.  Sometimes I hate something, yet they have a thousand comments telling them how wonderful it looks.  Other times I fall in love with something and no one has commented at all.  That is what is so awesome about the craft world.  You don’t have to like everything!

I search Etsy a lot too!  Not for tutorials, but for cute hair things I really like.  Then I will recreate it and try and add a little bit of a spin on it.  Sometimes though, I see something and think, “How did they do that?”  That is when I search for tutorials online.  There are some I simply just can’t find.  Or someone wants you to pay for them. I’m cheap guys.  I don’t like paying for instructions.  So there I was staring a picture of a flower and something clicked.  So I tried it and even though it wasn’t exactly what the picture looked like, it was pretty darn close.  So here is my little tutorial on how to make one of these satin ribbon roses with your own two little hands and a needle and thread.

SUPPLIES
Ribbon ( I used 1 1/2 inch hot pink satin )
needle
thread

First things first you want to take your ribbon and hold it near the end and then create a fold.

 

See how creating the little fold makes the ribbon cup up on the sides?  This is what we want to do.  Here is the underside

Now you want to take that needle and thread and make a stitch or two here to hold it together.

Now you want to make another tuck

And another stitch

See how this is forming the walls of the flower now?  Keep tucking and stitching.  I don’t stitch EVERY tuck.  But the first 2 or 3 I do.  Remember that you want to keep in mind how big you want the flower.  I make this outsider circle as big as you want the flower to be or as little as you want the flower to be.

 

Here a tuck, there a tuck, everywhere a tuck tuck…and some stitches

Notice now that I have 5 or 6 tucks I have created more walls to my flower.  You want to keep making the walls smaller which means making the tucks bigger AND making sure that before you stitch the tuck is making the shape that gives you the wall and not doing something else.  Sometimes, I had to retuck ad then stitch.

Eventually, you will start to run out of space.  This is where you can cut the ribbon and start to make your middle.  I kinda scrunched my ribbon up to my liking and then stitched again.

 

Isn’t it pretty?!  I love how they come out.  My suggestion is the first time you make one don’t stitch at all.  Just get a feel for how to do it.  Then undo everything and then try again and then stitch.  I always do this the first time I try something.  This way if I screw up, it’s not permeant.

Now you need to do decide what to do with your center.  I wanted the center to be hollow so I could attach a huge vintage inspired button that I got at JoAnn’s the other day.

My second one I started the outside out smaller.  I ended up with a bunch of ribbon that I didn’t want to cut off so I scrunched it up cute and sewed it down.  Then I added some fake pearls to the center.  I love this one too.

I haven’t’ finished the one with the pearls but for the other one, I added some Russian veiling, guinea feathers and a green felt leaf.  I then added it to an elastic headband for a tiny baby.  Ain’t it cute?

 

So now go and create!  If you have any questions just let me know but it is seriously simple once you try it once or twice.  Remember just tuck and stitch.  You can’t go wrong.

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