We  L-O-V-E  this tutorial! It's pretty easy and the outcome is absolutely fabulous. I'm giving Hootie as a birthday present (hence the ribbon on its leg) and I'm sure the recipient will adore it.

Messing around with camera settings :)

Ribbon Headband Tutorial

Hey crafters!  It's Jillian, and today I'll show you how to make that cute headband right down there.

  • 1 spool of ribbon in any color
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • A headband                      
1.  Take the end of the ribbon (still on the spool) and hold it between your thumb and palm, like the picture shows.

2.  Wrap the ribbon around your hand about 20 - 3- times then cut the end.  (And try not to cut off your circulation!)

3. Cut a piece of ribbon about 4 inches of the spool.

4.  Take the wrapped ribbon off your hand and hold it taut with your thumb and first finger.  Then tie the 4 inch piece of ribbon tightly around the ribbon.

5.  Take the ribbon of your fingers, and cut the ends open.

Now spread out the pieces until you have something that looks like this.

OK, for this next part, you might notice that the color of the ribbon has changed.  I changed it because after I made the first ribbon bow, I found out that I had no more red ribbon!  For the most part though, I would keep the colors the same.

Take the end of the ribbon and hot glue it to the end of the headband.

Now wrap the headband in ribbon, hot gluing every inch or so to keep it in place.

When you have wrapped the whole thing, glue the ribbon bow on to the headband, off to the side, and there you go!  This headband would look cute in alternating colors, in red or pink for Valentine's Day, or in school colors!

See ya!


Paper Bag Skirt Tutorial

Hello, hello, hello!  And happy (belated) new year!  First project of 2011:

Fabric- 1/2 - 1 yard
1/4 - 1 inch elastic
Sewing stuff

First, measure your natural waist, not your hips.  Subtract 4 or 5 inches.  This is measurement W.
Now measure from your waist to where you want the skirt to end.  OK, now figure out how tall you want the little above waist piece to be, then double that.  If you have no idea what I'm talking about, it's the thing above the belt/sash.  Add an inch for the hem.  This is measurement L.

Waist: 29 - 4 = 25 = W
Desired length: 14 + 8 (4 inch top piece doubled) = 22 + 1 (hem) = 23 = L

Sorry if that was confusing just email us if you have questions.

Cut 2 pieces of fabric, W by L

Right sides facing, sew the L sides together so you have a pretty big tube.

Remeber when you figured out how big you wanted the top piece to be?  Take that measurement and fold it over.  (4 inches in this picture.)

Sew a seam at the bottom of the folded edge, making sure to leave an inch open for the elastic.

Now sew a seam 1 inch above the seam you just sewed, again leaving about an inch open.

Attach a safety pin to the front and back ends of the elastic.  On the back end, also safety pin it to the edge of the fabric.  On the front end, use it to push the elastic through the casing you made.  When it reaches the point you started at, pin the 2 ends together and sew them together.

Sew the casing shut.

Now it's time to make the sash! You don't have to make this sash, you could always just wear it with a belt, but this way the belt is guaranteed to match!
Put the skirt on.  Measure your waist wearing the skirt and add 10 inches for the tie tails.

I don't have an exact pattern for this part but cut 2 strips of fabric- waist measurement + 10 by about 2 inches wide.  Make the ends slanted.

Sew 3 sides together, leaving one short end open.  Turn it right side out then fold the short end over and sew it shut.  You can iron it if you want.

Lastly, hem the skirt.  I used a zig zag stich, just to make it super cute.

And there you have it!  A somewhat easy fun to make and to wear paper bag skirt!  You might have to wait 'till spring to wear it though...
As always, send us a pic if you make one, and enjoy!

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