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Believe! I have the blessing to be part of a great organization inside of the church I belong to; called Young Women.


The theme for the girls {age 12 to 17} this year is “believe”. I’ve been thinking a lot during the last six months about such a simple word and what it means to me… However it was during this weekend that I found myself thinking more deeply about it while working on these little necklaces that I was making for our girls… So please forgive me if you came visiting looking for a craft or just a cool tutorial because I am afraid that today what you are getting instead is a piece of my heart… These are the tools I used to make the necklaces: My sweet friend Bonnie’s Steel Stamping Set, Hammer {the poor thing has seen better days}, Sharpie and a cleaning rag.

Materials Your choice size washers. 1/8″ Steel Stamps. Chain and Embellishments. The first thing I did was stamp the washers. For this I used the 1/8″ steel stamps and a hammer. After I had stamped the washers they looked like this… …love them! Bow Belt. We're always looking for fun ways to add embellishments and touches of color to our outfits especially in the winter when we tend to get bored with everything and anything.

Bow Belt

With bows being fiercely back in style, what better way than with a bright bow belt! You can pick any color for this but we'd recommend something solid and cotton. You'll need a simple snap as well to hand stitch on. The measurements for the three pieces you'll need to make are in the directions below. Measure your waist (over a thin shirt) and add 2 inches to that length. Making the belt: Fold in half the long way and sew along the long side. Fold over one open end and hand stitch one side of the snap into the inside. Flip right side out now. Once it's right side out, measure it around your waist. Now sew the second snap on through both pieces. Making the bow: For the bow cut a piece of fabric 6'' x 10''. Turn it inside out and move the seam to the middle. Sew the ends together as shown.

Straighten and fluff your bow! Make It: Glittery Gold Bow Clutch. Those who know me know that I adore all things glittery.

Make It: Glittery Gold Bow Clutch

Take the two pieces of felt (yellow would be best, but I only had grey) and glue them together, overlapping the long sides by a couple of millimeters. Now you have a rectangle that's wider than it's long. Fold it length-wise into thirds: And glue the long edges to each other down, overlapping them a bit. Now you have a felt tube with a seam down the middle: Now fold your tube so that the ends of the tube meet in the middle: Glue the ends down. Take your small piece of felt: And fold it length-wise into a little tube, overlapping the edges a bit, gluing them down: Flip over the big rectangle and scrunch the middle of it into a bow shape: Wrap the tube, seam side down, around the middle of the bow.

Now you have a felt bow! Mark a little square (about 1.5x1.5 inches) in the middle of the front of your clutch: Add in an equal amount of Mod Podge. Mix well with the brush, making sure to get all the dry glitter at the bottom of the container: Pattern: Puff Stitch Scarf. My mom absolutely loved the beautiful puff stitches of the crocheted slouchy beanies I made for myself and my brother and sister.

Pattern: Puff Stitch Scarf

Because my mom does not wear hats, she asked if I could make her a scarf using puff stitches! I thought this was a great idea as I loved the texture and staggered rows of these stitches, so I knew that a scarf using them would turn out beautifully! My mom and I went to Michaels together to pick out the yarn for her scarf. One of our biggest pet peeves is “itchy” material for scarves and sweaters: we went down the aisles in search of soft yarn that would not irritate the skin. She also wanted a neutral colour that would match with all of her outfits. I made up my own pattern for this scarf and started off making a series of 26 chain stitches.

Next I worked 12 puff stitches in the first row with ch-1’s in between. Then I worked twelve puff stitches in the chain-1 spaces. I continued with this simple pattern for a couple more rows… And then many more rows… Materials: Eight Petal Flower Bead Ring Tutorial. When I was in junior high, I went to the mall and saw a beaded flower bracelet that I fell in love with.

Eight Petal Flower Bead Ring Tutorial

It was about ten dollars, so it was out of my budget. I remember going to check it out everyday because I thought it was so cool, but knowing that I didn't have the money to buy it. I would carefully examine the bracelet, trying to figure out how it was made, then run home and try to replicate it. One day I finally prevailed and was able to figure it out.

I was so excited about the bracelet I wore it to school the very next day. Every time I see any beaded piece of jewelry I think of this story. I hope you enjoy this tutorial on how to make this eight petal flower bead ring (which could be also made into a bracelet). Diy {bird nest necklace} I have been seeing a lot of bird nest jewelry around lately.

diy {bird nest necklace}

They are beautiful and I love the trend so I thought I would try making my own. These turned out to be really easy to make and require just a few simple supplies. This necklace would make a lovely Mother's day gift, which just happens to be coming up this weekend! What you'll need: - Jewelry wire (I prefer using a 24 gage because it is easier to manipulate but the 20 gage can work well too with the help of some round nose pliers) - pearls or glass beads - necklace chain - jump ring and a clasp Select the beads you want, string them onto your wire and arrange them as you'd like. then simply wrap the wire around the beads wrap some wire in the space between each bead (I like the look of three loops but you could just do one or two if you prefer) this is what the back looked like.

Now attach a jump ring and a clasp to the end of a necklace chain and this is what you end up with :) I love how each one is so different. DIY Braided Bead Bracelet. It’s been awhile since our last bracelet DIY.

DIY Braided Bead Bracelet

I don’t know about you, but our wrists have been begging for another colorful addition for months now. So after playing with some materials that were already on hand, we’ve created a tutorial for a braided bead bracelet, which is a not so distant cousin of the hex nut and wrap bracelet. Because honestly, you can never have too many . . . You’ll need: Cut the waxed linen cord into a 26″ and 19″ piece. Tie a knot about half an inch down from the loops. Start braiding the strands. Push the bead against the base of the braid, and cross the left strand over the middle. Keep a finger at the base of the braid, holding the beads in their place and keeping the braid tight. Finish the bracelet with another inch of braided cord, measuring it against the wrist. Thread on a two hole button – two strands through one hole and one strand through another. Trim the end. Your bracelet is finished! (all images by HonestlyWTF)

DIY Zipper Headband. I guess this is a week of headbands. ;) Have you ever stopped to think about what a cool gadget the zipper is?

DIY Zipper Headband

You can close things with one hand, they make a funny noise, they have "teeth"... Zippers are such a fun material to use in crafty things, and I can't believe that I never thought to wear one as a headband before. (I did make shoe flowers out of zippers a couple years ago, but then I've also tried to make everything into a flower.) :) What you need to make a zipper headband: - Zipper (I like the industrial-looking zippers, you can find them at sewing stores.) - Bobby pins You don't need much for this one.

Pin one side of the zipper underneath your hair in the back. That's it! Articles: DIY: Walnut Heart Necklace — By Johnie Gall — Foam Magazine Articles. Erica and Lauren are a designer and stylist who always have our crafting fingers itching to recreate the fun and easy DIY projects posted on their blog, Honestly...WTF.

Articles: DIY: Walnut Heart Necklace — By Johnie Gall — Foam Magazine Articles

For Valentine's Day, they volunteered to show us how to make an organic DIY gift you can give to anyone (or stash away for yourself!) : "Happy Valentines Day! Did you know that if you cut into a walnut you get a perfect heart? Why not wear the love?! What You'll Need: A walnut, drill with 2 drill bits, sharp kitchen knife, nail polish, and a necklace. How to Make It:1. 2. 3. 4.

Check out the DIY Color-Block Moccasins Honestly WTF created just for Foam here. Easy Button Earrings Tutorial - StumbleUpon. Did you know...that you can make new earrings with a button and a paperclip?

Easy Button Earrings Tutorial - StumbleUpon

True story! I've been trying to think of a way for us to make some earrings without having to buy supplies. Buying the beads and all the findings can really add up. :o( Sad. But-oh, what? That still leaves the findings. Clip the top of the paperclip off with wire cutters: Snap off the button shanks: Glue the paperclip to the back of the button.

Open the loop at the bottom of your earring hook by bending it outward and hook it onto your paper clip. And...pretty new earrings! Walmart was out of gold sparkly ones (I like gold.) but here are some cute ones I found on $1-$2): And some cute ones on Etsy: This Etsy shop has infinity cute buttons, you have to see it. (click photos to see where to buy them!) Of course, you may have some on hand just waiting to use! Hope you enjoy. Have a great Sunday! Have a great Monday!! Love you, Disney. Doily canvas bag} & - StumbleUpon. Thankfully everyone seems to be making a switch from plastic to lasting when it comes to shopping bags, so here’s another fun little tutorial on customizing one to make it oh so cute.

You might notice a lot of doilies in my recent diy projects. Since I was getting so many ready for A Christmas Gathering I used a lot of the same materials…monograms seems to be pretty popular now too. My friend Cindy called while I was working on this and suggested I just go ahead a put a “W” on it for her, I happily obligied. Canvas bag ($2.00 when on sale at Hobby Lobby), fabric paint, paper doily, Krylon Paper Finishes Adhesive Spray : Spray doily with paper spray adhesive and press down on the bag (not shown) . : Gently paint over the holes – I recommend paint meant for fabric, not crafts. . : Peel back doily before paint dries. Bag after doily is removed I traced on my letter and filled it in with paint. For a cook: fill it with cooking supplies For a gardner: fill it with gardening supplies. Knot Tote Tutorial. I guess I figure if I am going to be going on a brief Maternity Leave soon, I might as well leave with a BANG!

So I am hitting you up with some awesome tutorials I have had sitting on my backlog pile this week, and a couple next week as well! We started off the week with the Pipe Dreams dress, then moved onto watercolor fabric at The Girl Creative, and now I give you this adorable knot tote which I am in love with! I was playing around with some fabric, trying to figure out the knot shirt which I love so much (I must have watched that YouTube video like 100 times, all to no avail). So after what felt like hours of frustration, crumpled up paper, and ruined fabric, I came up with a much easier way to make this knot tote… This little bag will take you under a half an hour to make, and you will love the results!

For your free tutorial and pattern pieces, click HERE. Thanks so much for stopping by everyone! Until next time, Happy Sewing Jess Latest posts by Jess (see all) JCrew-Inspired Necklace Tutorial (and the Basics of... Here is my latest little jewelry love! It was inspired by this little pretty at JCrew: I thought it would be a perfect little necklace to introduce some of the basics of jewelry making to those of you who have been asking about that! I'm sorry it's taken so long! Like any craft, there are endless tools, supplies, and techniques that can be used for jewelry making. But so far, I rarely use anything other than needle-nose pliers, wire cutters, and these few supplies; Chains and clasps: Delicious beads, and vintage buttons and pendants: And the "boring" hardware; Eyepins, headpins, and jumprings: These three are all for attaching your beads and things to your chain, and can be purchased at a craft store (or even Walmart!)

Today we're mostly using eyepins, because we're attaching something on either side of our bead, but if you're designing a necklace with dangling beads, you would use a head pin instead, as pictured here: Ok! 6: Repeat on the other side of your center pearl. Enjoy!! Oh, and P.P.S. Bohemian Leather Button Cuff. I have jars of buttons all over my studio and I’m always brainstorming different unique ways to use them. I recently ordered some leather cuffs from Dharma Trading and thought the buttons would be a great way to embellish them.

These leather blank cuffs are a great base for a project since the hardware is already attached. The best part is they are really inexpensive and precut! I used Angelus Leather Dye and Dye Reducer to dye the leather: I mixed the leather dye and reducer in a small bowl: Then I used a cloth to apply it to the the leather. I recommend using gloves when dyeing…..I’m always too impatient, but I don’t mind walking around town with discolored hands. Once the leather was dry I took a sanding block to distress it. I sorted out a selection of buttons in a tan, brown and muted palette: To apply the buttons I used an small 1/16″ scrapbook hole punch, a sharp needle type tool, an embroidery needle and DMC thread: It’s easiest to mark several buttons at once…… Maegan: D&G Jewel Embellished Shoes DIY Fashion+Home+Lifestyle.

* Katie Holmes + In Style Magazine Editorial + August 2011 wearing Dolce and Gabbana Fall 2011 jeweled silk embroidery pumps price upon request. * Suede pumps …fabric will do as well. These fabrics will hold glue the best. I was looking for black but all I could find in such short notice was purple …found them at Aldo for $70. * Lace* Sequins by the yard in multiple widths* Loose Sequins, various beads, leaf sequins {I used all gold}* Rhinestones …I also used a few vintage buttons {and I wish I’d had more honestly}* Gem-Tac glue and paintbrush* Needle/Thread/ScissorsYou may choose to just glue your materials directly onto your shoe.

You know how I feel about glue though A. . * Lay lace over the top of your shoe. * Cut out a pattern in a Uish V shape with extra room to spare. * It should look similar to this. . * Lay the lace over the toe of your shoes making sure there is lace overflow on all sides. . * Your first row should look something like this. * Add enough to create a base of sequins. 10 Awesome Jewelry Tutorials. Vintage Wanna Bee: ANASTASIA: 'Disney' Princess Inspired Collection. Craftaholics Anonymous™ Boden Boulevard Necklace Knockoff. Sweet & Skinny Ruffled Headband. Vintage Wanna Bee: ANTHRO INSPIRED NECKLACE TUTORIAL. DIY: How to Make a Glam Glitter Clutch. Diy {bird nest necklace}

D.I.Y: Recycled T-Shirt Scarf // Gettin' Crafty! Knotted Headband with tshirt yarn. "Summer Social" Guest Project — Make Embellished Resin Rings. Flax & twine: Day 3: Sparkle Headbands - a diy headband tutorial.