Update: In January of 2013 I shared a second quick-method for making lace crowns that does not use a microwave. Click HERE for that tutorial. Who wouldn't feel like instant royalty with one of these lovely handmade crowns? I often lament how little time there is left at the end of the day after chores, responsibilities, and my own creative projects, to try any of the amazing crafts I've been inspired by on Pinterest. This project is a beautiful way to repurpose bits of vintage jewelry Because the idea is nothing short of brilliant (in my opinion), creatives all over the blogosphere are adding their own unique spin to this project whose origin I've traced back to Bitter Betty Blogs. I Like Shortcuts...and I'm not ashamed to say it. Here's where my version comes in -- I'm usually short on time. Lace Crowns -- Quick Microwave Method makes ONE 18" crown 1/2 yard crocheted lace(Also look for "Cluny Lace" or "Dyeable Cotton Lace". Step 1: Place lace in a small bowl and cover with fabric stiffener.
DIY Cloth Child's Activity BooksA cloth activity book makes a wonderful gift for a child. These books are made from cloth and contain small activities that even the youngest child will enjoy. The books are soft, easy to carry and use. The size of the book you make is up to you. Anything from 21" x 14" to 17" x 9 ½" works great. This is the measurement of the book laying open flat. Think about making the cover of the book from a different fabric than you select for the inside pages. Before embellishing the pages with activities, lightly mark the center of each "page". The pages and activities you do can be simple or complicated. This is a great project for using up smaller pieces of fabric. The designs and ideas for each page are endless. A lamb made from a high pile fabric. These books are wonderful for lots of different occasions. Have Fun!
DIY Fashion Report: Pimp je kraagHet is weer tijd voor een leuk Do It Yourself, oftewel DIY project. Dit keer laten we zien hoe je een kraagje van een blouse pimpt met cd’s! Wat heb je nodig: – blouse met kraag – oude cd’s – schaar – lijm – theedoek – waterkoker – pan Stap 1: Kook heet water met de waterkoker en giet dit in een pan Stap 2: Laat hier een aantal cd’s voor zo’n 5 minuten in liggen Stap 3: Haal de cd’s eruit en leg ze op een theedoek en droog ze af Stap 4: Knip voorzichtig de cd door midden Stap 5 en 6: De bovenkant laat los van de onderkant. Stap 7: Gebruik het glimmende deel en knip hier vormpjes uit Stap 8: Voordat je gaat plakken leg je ze op de kraag zoals je ze graag wilt hebben en ze mooi op elkaar aansluiten Stap 9: Lijm de stukjes cd vast op je kraag Stap 10: En.. klaar! Meer DIY Fashion Reports zien? English version It’s time for another DIY Report! What do you need? – a blouse (with collar) – old CD’s – scissors – glue – dishcloth – electric kettle – pan Step 4: Cut the CD’s in half
Tutorial & Pattern: Felt Activity Book EggCome have a look at what is inside this little book... I've been wanting to make some sort of little creative felt book for a while now, and then last week, in the middle of a completely unrelated meeting at my day job with some boring white guys in suits, I just started having all these ideas for new tutorials I could create around Easter and spring related themes. Not sure where the inspiration was in that scenario, but I came out of that meeting with a whole list of ideas scribbled in the margins of my notebook. I had something sort of traditional in mind at first for this little egg design book, but then just found I loved making the kooky monster and character faces more than anything else...so the shapes I started cutting out from felt became more and more conducive to facial features rather than stripey and dotted eggs. Whatever the case, I love the portability of this book and its open-ended creative potential using just basic felt shapes in a variety of colors.