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gift tag tutorial

I save all sorts of fabric scraps.  Including the scraps from the tiny quilts I have made.  That’s where these little bits come from.

Too cute to be thrown away, right?  So don’t!

I also have on hand the card stock that my bias tape was once wrapped around.  Any crafty paper will do!

Just place the fabric on the card stock, trim your fabric length or width as necessary. Then sew away, on your sewing machine.  I like using a zig zag stitch.

Use that ever handy hole punch and dig through your stash for a bit of ribbon.  I love to see what I find, looking for just that right color.

After you thread your ribbon through you have a nice little handmade gift tag.  I usually stamp the to: and from: on the back with a brown ink.  They also make cute bookmarks for what ever sewing book you might be giving as a gift this year!


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doily envelopes

Do you remember the doily banner that I made? Well I did have some doilies left over from that project.  So I wanted to show you what I did with the extra’s.

Again, cut your doily in half.  These were 6″ in diameter.

Get out your glue stick!  Apply the glue to the solid paper portion of the doily.  It’s not necessary to use too much glue.

Carefully insert the doily into your envelope.  Just so you can see the top of the doily.  Carefully fold over the flap to create a crease.

After you have left the glue to dry insert your tiny envelopes.  And you are almost done!

Don’t forget your cute dog postage stamps to go with the doggie themed birthday party!


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a tutorial and a giveaway

I don’t know why, but I do seem to make a lot of posie pins.  I think it has something to do with me liking to use little bits of fabrics.  But lucky for you I do show you how to make some for yourself!

Right now when you visit Sarah at Makin’ Projiks, you will see the posie pin that I made for her Heart 2 Heart Valentine swap.  There is a tutorial and there is also a giveaway on the following post.  Have fun with it, make a bouquet!


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oh my!

Yesterday was my birthday and I spent it on the couch, sick.  My mom came over and made a cake for me with my kids and we later ordered some Chinese food delivered.  Not too bad of a day.  I got plenty of rest and was cared for.

Today I am better.  I have spent most of the morning reading my facebook and catching up on emails.  Lastly I check the stats on my blog.  And holy cow! Almost 600 people visited my site yesterday!  Happy Birthday to me!

Most of this was because of Rachel at One Pretty Thing.  She featured my fancy girl headband too!  This is another fun site where all sorts of crafters are featured with tutorials, free downloads, and places to shop.

Thank you everyone for sending me the love on my birthday!  Your birthday wishes truly mean so much to me.


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time for visiting

My little tutorial of the fancy headband was featured this weekend on Totally Tutorials.  Such fun seeing it there!  Thank you to all who visited my blog for the first time.  And for those who know me well, be kind and visit this fun site!  I hope you are inspired to learn something new and fun to create.

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over at G&G

I made another quick and easy tutorial.  This time it’s some crafty cards.  You just need to visit glitter and grunge for the how-to’s.   And fyi, they are also doing a Valentine Swap if you would like to join.  I did!  It’s my second one, I just can’t resist.

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fancy tutorial

I was out shopping today at my favorite shop where I saw some sophisticated headbands.  Reminded me of my fancy ones!  And it also reminded me that I promised you a tutorial.  So here it is.  And if you make one or are inspired by one please, please, please send me a picture of it!  I would love to see it.

Remember the Design Team challenge was to use a little piece of jewelry that I already had.  So I pulled this little bit together.

Fancy Girls Headband

Supplies:  swiss dot fabric,  needle and thread, black headband, fabric glue, vintage jewelry pin

  • Cut a 2” strip from the swiss dot.  I used a 64” length.
  • With a needle and thread, sew a running stitch down the length of the fabric.  Then pull the end to gather slightly. Knot your thread and cut.  You can also do this with your sewing machine.

  • Position the gathered fabric onto your head band. Glue down the swiss dot.  I used fabric glue, but I think hot glue would work just as well.  Let dry the required amount of time.

  • Pick your little gems and position them wherever you like best on the headband.

  • My pin still had the clasp on the back, so I was able to pin it onto the headband.  I then went around and tacked it down for added security with a few extra hidden stitches.

Now it’s ready to wear about town in your fanciest party dress!


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