Sunday, June 29, 2008

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Friday, June 20, 2008


I got a bunch of great vintage fabric at a yard sale today. YAY!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

And the winner is...

Thank you all for your participation!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Happy Birthday

to me!

I'm going to help you help me celebrate with a giveaway! This will be fun and hey- your odds are pretty good since there's only usually like 2 comments! I'll leave this post up for one week. Please leave me a comment if you'd like to enter the drawing and next Saturday, the 14th, I'll post the winner. I'll be giving away a headband.


Thursday, June 5, 2008

headband tutorial

I've had several questions about the headbands I make. I decided to try a "how-to" post complete with picutres and wordy instructions that will probably not make much sense. I'd welcome some comments on this. Please tell me if these instructions are clear and understandable or if I should make changes. The photography is poor, but this is as good as it gets here. Thanks for your help!

1. Cut 2 strips of fabric (I use flannel. It "sticks" to bald baby heads and holds better to hair). The strips should be approx. 14" long (maybe 16" for an adult although 14" works fine) and 1 1/2" wide at the ends and about 2" at the middle. Also cut 2 pieces of ribbon (I use sheer, but for this illustration I've chosen a darker color) approx. 12" long.

2. Place one piece of ribbon on the right side of one piece of the headband.

3. Place the 2nd headband piece over the first with right sides together. The ribbon will be in the middle of the 2 pieces now.

4. Stitch along the outside edge of the headband on 3 sides making sure to secure the ribbon to the headband. Leave one end open. Now the "fun" part- carefully turn the inside of the headband out.

You should have something that looks like this now:

5. To finish the open end, turn 1/4" of the edge toward the inside of the headband. Stick the end of the 2nd piece of ribbon into the headband and stich the end closed. With this stitch the end will be finished and the ribbon secured.

6. Topstitch all the way around the headband and ta-da.... DONE! See- this even fit mommy's head! (to see more click here)

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Sunday, June 1, 2008


I've been waiting to post about this dress so that I could get better pictures, but that might take tooo long! I've been neglecting this blog! This was the skirt that I turned into a sundress for Ella. First, I cut the waistband off of the skirt. Second, I opened up on side seam and cut about 4 inches out of the skirt so that it wouldn't be as full. Third, I sewed a piece of elastic around the top of the skirt and another piece the same length about 6 down. This became the empire waist of the dress. The fourth step was to add pink grosgrain ribbon for straps at the top (not pictured) and around the waist to tie in the back. I also added a section of crocheted lace at the front of the waistband.