February 20, 2011

10 Minute Shoe Makeover

Who doesn't love a good clearance find?!?! I saw these pink flats and thought, 'these are too cute to be on clearance...what's wrong with them?' I couldn't find anything, they were perfect, except... for the size!


However, a good friends birthday was coming up and I needed the perfect accessory to pull the whole gift together... and they had her size. Score!

The theme to her gift was Black&White with a hint of pink. Therefore these already cute flats needed some B&W love...


What do you think? Better before? Or are you loving the B&W?!?!

How to make-over your shoes? Heres what I did...

Take a 6 inch by 36 inch piece of fabric and iron the edges inward.


Then iron the fabric in half.


Roll one end of the fabric and keep twisting the fabric around itself,
until you form a rosette to the size you need.



(I used hot glue along the way, to make sure they were nice and secure)

Next, I cut off the old pink rosettes and hot glued the new B&W rosettes on.


Voila! Super cute, one of a kind flats!
(And all under 10 minutes... can't beat that!)


I can not wait to show you the maternity shirts I have been working on to match these fun accessories! Check back soon to see all the fun we have here at TB2C!!!


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February 10, 2011

Simple Chiffon Scarf

How many times do you get completely sidetracked at the craft store? You're there for a few specific items and before you know it, your head is in the clouds. "Ooo, that will look great with (fill in the blank) _________ that I bought here yesterday last week." My project to-do list is already a mile long, not to mention the three unfinished projects that currently reside on my kitchen table. 

Raise your hand if this is you!    

It's funny how sometimes the craft ideas that come to your mind during those sidetrack moments, can turn out to be the most fun.

 So here it is...

SideTrack Project #1
Simple Chiffon Scarf

I found these items at Joann's (where else?). The black chiffon fabric roughly 3 inches wide bond together with a ribbon along one side and the other is an elastic piece of grey sequence and gathered meshing. I bought 2 yrds of each. What I liked about finding these pieces, is they are already finished along the sides.

First, take the chiffon piece and open it so that the binding ribbon is down the center. Hold the fabric in place with pins down the entire length. It will be pleated to some extent.

Make sure that your machine is set appropriately for light weight, delicate fabrics. Using a straight stitch, sew down the center with like colored thread.  

This is how your fabric will look once you have sewn down the center. One side will have the ribbon down the middle and the other side won't - I will call the nonribbon side "blank side". We will be attaching the sequence elastic strip on the blank side.

 First, take one raw end of the chiffon fabric with the binding ribbon facing you.

Fold the corners down to the middle to form a point.

Position the elastic piece face down right over the folded point and pin in place.

Because the binding ribbon side is facing you, the rest of the chiffon fabric should be laid out on the table with the blank side facing upward. Lift up the elastic piece so the you see the right side and fold it back along the chiffon ribbon.

This will give the end a finished look

 Begin to sew the two pieces together. If you want a full gathered look to your scarf, make sure you are pulling the elastic piece as you feed the machine. <-- option I chose.  If you prefer only a light pleating, then sew the elastic piece without stretching it. Continue sewing the full length of the scarf. 

Once you have reached the other end, finish it off the same way you started. Folding the raw corners in to form the point.

This time you will need to fold up the corner to expose the binding ribbon from underneath.

Then fold the raw end of the elastic piece under...

Finish sewing through to the end and along the botton width to secure the end. Then sew alongside the sequence on the other side to complete the attachment.

That's It!

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