A friend has asked for a bandana top forever and I finally had the chance to make it. I happened to have these two bandanas and thought the combination would be fun. Luckily she liked the idea too and now I get to share it with you.
I am sorry about some of the pictures. I’m not sure what went wrong but a few turned out a little blurry. I promise I’m working on it.
Ribbon – the final length after cutting is 46″
Basic sewing supplies.
I marked 4″ in and 8″ down. This will depend on the size of the person wearing the top. I found the measurements by measuring the length from collar-bone to under arm 8″ and divided by 2 for the top measurement.
Once I drew the line I decided to add an inch making it 5″ and 9″. I wanted to be sure there would be enough space under the arm.
Cut both bandanas with the same measurements.
Find the center point on the back bandana and cut 5″ to 10″ Down from the top. I choose 6″ because I liked the look of a smaller opening.
I used the ribbon to decide where to fold the top seam down. You want to make sure that the ribbon will thread through easily once sewn.
When Ironing the sides I folded the fabric under twice to have a clean edge once sewn.
Sew all the edges down. I used a hem zigzag stitch because I liked the pattern and it helped the edges to lay flat.
Line up the sides. I did not pin but you can if you want.
Sew the sides. I used the same stitch as the edges and then a straight stitch to add strength to the seams.
Thread the ribbon starting in the center back.
Trim and seal the edges of the ribbon. To seal the edges and prevent fraying run the edges through a flame. Check out the pacifier clip tutorial for photos of sealing ribbon.
Tie your bow and you are done.
I had a lot of fun working on this project and there are so many ways to mix and match designs and colors to fit any holiday.
The Kiddo has to have a green shirt for St. Patrick’s Day at school so I decided this one would work. I got lucky and Hobby Lobby had a sale on their t-shirts and I got the two for $2.50 each. A tank top would work for the undershirt as well. This project is a great way to upcycle your old t- shirt.
2 cotton t-shirts of different colors
Template – I printed a shamrock design
Sewing machine and basic supplies
Be sure to wash and dry the t-shirts before sewing. Tuck one shirt into the other and smooth out the creases.
Decide where you want to have the design. My design template was too small so I free-handed the design using the printout as a reference guide.
Pin around the design through both top layers of the t-shirts.
Slowly stitch the outline on your machine keeping the layers pinned and flat.
Draw lines through the design, mine is an inch apart.
Stitch following the guide lines and be sure to back-stitch the beginning and end of each line.
Cut in-between each line. Only cut the top layer of the t-shirt.
If you want the fabric to roll more cur along the outer edges.
To finish the shirt you can trim the edges of the sleeves and the hem of the top t-shirt fold over and stitch in place.
The T-shirt is ready
I embroidered the word lucky to the t-shirt to add a little fun.
Depending on the type of marking pen you used wash the t-shirt and you are ready to go.
Here is the promised goodie box/bag that you can put your wrapped cookies in and make a great Valentine’s Day gift. My daughter likes to give her best friends goodie bags and this is a great one. It would also be wonderful for wedding or holiday take-aways. Materials:
12″ x 12″ scrap booking paper (A stiff paper works best to hold the folds and stand up to the weight of the goodies.)
Ribbon or raffia
Measure 6″ in on both sides and make a mark.
Fold your sides into the center.
Measure and mark 5″ in from both edges.
Do the same on the other side. These are the fold marks.
Fold along the marked lines on both sides. this makes the bottom of the bag.
Place your finger on the closest fold line in the center and fold that point to the outside edge and crease. This is the hardest part. The thing to remember is to create a right angle with each corner.
This is the right angle to make the side of the box.
Do the same with all four corners.
This makes the sides and opening of the bag.
Match the top corners together.
Mark 2″ in on both sides
Use the hole punch to punch holes through both sides of the box at each mark.
Thread your ribbon or raffia through one side of the box and fill with goodies.
Thread the ribbon/raffia through the other side and tie a bow. I creased the sides inward for a cleaner look.
The kids love having new ways to carry their valentines. It is even more fun to have a cool delivery method. A few years ago we made large envelopes to go on the backs of the kid’s classroom chairs and each child delivered their cards and goodies by dropping the treats into each persons envelope. This year Continue reading Valentines Mail Box Paper Craft
When I was in school I took an Origami class. The teachers thought it would be a fun way to learn about another culture; it was. It was also an awesome-cool way to learn to fold the notes we passed during class. This was of course before the days of cell phones and text messaging. I still use the skill today and decided to share some of it with you for valentines notes.
I have to different size notes for you the first is a lined sheet of 11.5″ x 8.5″
I used the poem from the movie 10 Things I Hate About You.
“I hate the
way you talk to me,
and the way you cut your hair.
I hate the way you drive my car.
I hate it when you stare.
I hate your big dumb combat boots,
and the way you read my mind.
I hate you so much it makes me sick,
it even makes me rhyme. I hate it,
I hate the way your always right.
I hate it when you lie.
I hate it when you make me laugh,
even worse when you make me cry.
I hate it when you’re not around,
and the fact that you didn’t call.
But mostly I hate the way
I don’t hate you.
Not even close,
not even a little
bit, not even
Fold in half along the 11.5″ side to find the center.
Fold the corners into the center line to make a triangle.
Fold the bottom edge up to meet the bottom of the triangle.
Fold each side in to meet at the center line. This forms the sides of the envelope.
Fold the top down to form the envelope closure tab. You can seal it with a piece of tape or sticker.
The second sheet of paper is a 12″ x 12″ sheet of scrap-book paper. Follow the same steps as above.
I used lines from Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
“You have bewitched me
body and soul
and I Love, I Love
I Love You.
I never wish to be parted from you,
from this day forth.”
12″ x 12″ paper
Fold to center
Fold up to bottom of triangle
Fold side 1 in
Fold side 2 in
Super fun folded note tutorial from H and P Artistry. This is a fun way to fold love notes and leave them around the house for your loved one to find.
Next week I look forward to sharing heart-shaped place mats, a valentine table runner, and felt valentine envelopes.
My favorite thing about Christmas is the special time I get to spend with The Kiddo. We make Hot Cocoa and curl up and watch “Polar Express” together. When she was little, she would sit in my lap and we would pretend that we were on the Polar Express too. I miss those days. (insert wistful mommy sigh) I know that I only have a few more Holidays like this before she is grown up and I plan to hold on for as long as I can.
Check out the Youtube Video below
As many of you know the Kiddo, my family and I have lost some very special people this year and I searched for a way to honor them through the holidays and for years to come. After searching the inter-webs … Pinterest … I found a great option. There are many different versions of the memory ornament from a photograph of the loved one inside the ornament to a tiny scroll letter to heaven. I liked the idea of feathers.
My nieces love hair bows and pony tail holders. They also lose them faster than we can find them. If you have kids in you life like that, this tutorial is for you. It is a perfect stocking stuffer and they will think it is super fun. I can not wait to see my youngest niece open her gift and see this super awesome Lollipop.
Thin cardboard 2 3″ circles
Popsicle stick or chop stick
Pony Tail holders minimum 25
Ribbon or barrette
Decorative paper or glitter (If you want to decorate the cardboard circles.) Continue reading Gift Ideas Part 2 Lollipop Hair Bows
This ia a gift ideas that is right up my alley. The Holidays are a great time for DIY gifting. No need for the Mall the craft store will do. In the case of these adorable and glitzy candle holders I got the supplies from the Dollar Store.
This is a super simple and super fun Tutorial to do with Kids. I had fun working on it myself. You can make a basic Rudolph reindeer with brown antlers and a red nose or you can mix it up and make crazy colorful and fun reindeer.