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DIY Boho Fringe Necklace

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DIY Boho Fringe Necklace

Hello again friends! Holli here- I haven't been here in a while because I was busy having a baby, which means my time for creative ventures has significantly decreased with a newborn to care for. My sewing machine didn't see any use for months and I'm finally feeling able to do a bit of sewing and creating. I'm finding I need relatively quick and easy projects though, as my three girls are keeping me quite busy. 

This project, the Boho Fringe Necklace, is perfect for those who don't have  a lot of time to dedicate to a project. I made the entire thing, including photographing each step, during one nap! Sometimes you just need to make something, and this is an easy project to fill that creative void. With school now out for the summer this could also be a great project to do with school age kids- it's simple and only requires minimal materials and supervision, and my favorite part- it uses up scraps or old t shirts. Upcycling for the win! Ready to get started?

Materials:

Old t shirts or knit scraps

Fabric scissors or rotary cutter and mat

Ruler (I used a clear quilting ruler with my rotary cutter and mat)

 

Click on the photos below to see each step!

1. Gather your fabric- I used old t shirts, but jersey knit scraps will work as well. 

2. Cut fabric- cut across the width of the shirts (or across direction of greatest stretch if using fabric scraps) into 1" strips. 

3. Remove seams- if using t shirts, cut the ends where the seams are. Each fabric loop will now be two fabric strips. 

4. Stretch- stretch each fabric strip so the edges roll, forming t shirt yarn.

5. Select string- choose a strand to be the base of the necklace. Make sure it is long enough to go over your head once tied. 

6. Attach center strand- select the color for the center of your fringe necklace. Fold it in half and lay the folded loop over the base strand. Loop the two ends behind the base strand and down through the loop. Pull tight. 

7. Attach the fringe- continue attaching each strand, working out from the center, until your fringe is as wide as you'd like. I used six strands on either side of the center strand- two of each color. 

8. Trim- cut the ends of the fringe to the desired shape

9. Tie the ends together and rock that statement necklace! 

I love how fun this necklace is- fun to make and fun to wear! You can change the look a lot by selecting different fabrics like fun prints or a monochromatic theme, by varying the lengths and shape you cut it to, and how many strands you use. You could even use a large link chain as the base and loop the strands through the links, or use a leather lace or thin rope for a totally different look! This one was quickly claimed by my 5 year old, but I'm hoping to make one for myself soon! 

I'd love to see your version of the Boho Fringe necklace- take a photo and tag me on instagram @hollicoats so I can see what you make! 

-Holli

 

 

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The Purrfect Bag

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The Purrfect Bag

The inspiration for this month's tutorial comes from Celina's ...purrfect... pinterest board and takes the form of a simple shaped shoulder bag with embroidered kittycat details...

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DIY Reversible Peter Pan Collar... 2 WAYS

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DIY Reversible Peter Pan Collar... 2 WAYS

I received a email the other day asking me if I had a pattern for a peter pan collar I had done a couple years ago. One I had promised I would share on the blog and never did. It was for a christmas present for her daughters, so I scanned my pattern and created a pdf pattern for it in the days following. I figured I would share the pattern with all my readers too, sort of a Christmas present I guess. 

 It's not the most original pattern, it's pretty much a classic now, but I have a kids and adult version to share and instructions to make it reversible or one with NO sewing involved! For all my non sewing readers. This is a super quick sew and easy pattern to make. It can add some color and fun to an outfit. Make it in sequins or metallic leather/ pleather for a festive feel. Perfect for a New Years Party!

WHAT YOU NEED for the reversible version:

- Fabric || 

for kids { 35cm by 25cm } for adults { 40cm by 30cm }

- Interfacing ***optional recommended for flimsy or thin fabric

- 30 cm or more of Ribbon

- General sewing supplies

For the sewless version:

- Felt

- Suede or Leather || for kids { 35cm by 25cm } for adults { 40cm by 30cm }

- Heat bond ( the stronger the better) || for kids { 35cm by 25cm } for adults { 40cm by 30cm }

- Hook & Eye or 2 eyelets and 20 cm or more of ribbon

- General Sewing supplies

DOWNLOAD the free pattern...

Kid version HERE

and the

Adult version HERE

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE REVERSIBLE VERSION:

Step 1- cut 2 collars in desired fabric and 2 pieces of ribbon about 15cm long each.

Step 2- take one of the collar piece with the right side of the fabric facing up. Now pin your ribbon at the edge and at 1cm from the inner collar, as shown.

Step 3- Place your second collar piece on top of the first, the right side of the fabrics will be facing together. Make sure your ribbon is tucked inside both layers - you might want to pin it to the centre of the collar to avoid catching it while you sew. Pin both layers in place, all around. 

Step 4- Stitch all around at 1cm seam allowance and leave a small opening approximately 5cm wide at the centre back neckline. 

Step 5- Trim your seam to 0.5cm all around.

Step 6- turn your collar over through your opening. Close the opening with a slip stitch. Iron flat.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE SEWLESS VERSION:

Step 1- Iron your leather and felt together with the heat bond. 

Step 2- 

Trace your pattern piece ( for the wider version follow the solid line, for a narrower version follow the dotted line) onto either side of the leather or  the felt.

Step 3- Cut inside the line you just traced. Try to make smooth and long scissor strides. 

Step 4-  (a) Sew your hook & eye on either side.

OR

(b) place an eyelet on either side of your collar. Take your ribbon and make a knot at one end,  pass the ribbon through your eyelet. Repeat to the other side.

Take a sharpie and add some cute polka dots or designs on your fabric/ leather suede for a unique and whimsical collar.

Enjoy!

I had too much time on my hands last night and wasn't sure I would have time to take photos this morning so I had a little fun in photoshop, since I never actually made this collar! I totally wish I had some fun sequins fabric on hand, it would make for a fun and festive little collar.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS & MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Bringing Home... DIY: Upcycled Hat and Scarf

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Bringing Home... DIY: Upcycled Hat and Scarf

I wrote this about a year ago for the Sewing Rabbit and thought it would be nice to share it again. Just in time for the colder months ahead or for a last minute gift. All you need is an old sweater, an old tee-shirt and some yarn....

I am a little emotional as I write this post, since it's my last tutorial as part of the Sewing Rabbit team. I just want to say how much I've enjoyed coming here every month and sharing some fun idea and DIY's with you all. I can't thank Jess enough for giving me such a great and amazing opportunity- thank you from the bottom of my heart! 

All right, so let's get on with this tutorial shall we? Today I will show you how to recycle a sweater into a hat and matching scarf for anyone in your family. You might even be able to make 2 from one large sweater. 

You will also have the option of adding one or even 2 pompoms for some extra cuteness factor. All in all, here is the base and it is up to you to have fun with it! 

Gather all your supplies and let's get started…

STEP 1:

Grab your sweater- the larger and the softer the better. Lay it flat, making sure your front and back hems are well aligned. Now grab a hat you love and turn it inside out. Lay it right on the edge of your sweater at the hem. 

STEP 2:

You want to cut around your hat. HOWEVER, you want to make it 0.5 inches wider on each side at the top of  your original ( see dotted lines for reference in step 1). 

You can also cut out your scarf. I made mine 3.5 inches wide and as long as the sweater allowed. I only cut the sweater at one end of the scarf on the lower scarf ( so I don't need to sew the front and back together). 

*** If you are only making one set of hat and scarf, then you can cut out 2 extra pieces and sew them together for a longer scarf. 

SEWING…

STEP 3:

Fold your hat in two- right sides facing. You will sew a dart at the centre of your hat on both front and back pieces. Sew at 0.5 inches to nothing and make your dart approximately 2.5 inches long. You can use a pin to determine the length. 

STEP 4:

Put both front and back pieces of your hat right sides together and sew all around at 0.5 inches form the edge. Then zigzag or overlock to avoid the edges from unraveling. Turn inside out. Iron your seams. 

STEP 5:

Cut some jersey knit the same length as the scarf pieces you cut from your sweater. 

*** if your scarf pieces are in multiple pieces, sew them together first and iron open your seams. 

STEP 6:

Place the scarf pieces, right sides facing together and sew all around at o.5 inches from the edge. Leave a small opening approximately 2 inches. Turn inside out and sew close the opening preferably by hand. Iron down your seams. 

There you have a Hat and Scarf set for him and her.  

I added a few pompoms for some fun. 1 large one for my son made with some bulky wool and a large pompom maker. For my daughter, I made 2 pompoms with some medium weight yarn and a medium size pompom maker. I then sewed them onto the hats, making sure I catch the middle yarn of the pompom and securing it tightly. 

It is really that simple. If you find your sweater to be itchy, you can always add some polar fleece or even just some knit jersey on the inside of the hat to make it more comfortable. 

Enjoy!

My kids had fun wearing their new hats and scarf. We went luging at the park near our house. We are lucky to have a small hill, perfect for sliding down. We also have an outdoor ice skating ring and a lot of white space to play in and build hundreds of snowman!

Making snow angels is always a favorite!

And here we go! It isn't always warm enough to go out for long, so when the weather permits it, we jump on the occasion. This year we've had a few snow storms already, looks like we will have plenty of snow for the months to come. So you can imagine that we can never have too many hats and scarves !

Thank you all for reading my tutorials and leaving such warm and encouraging comments. I will miss you! Wishing you all a very HAPPY and WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!!!

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DIY SWANS A SWIMMING ... 13 Days of Christmas!

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DIY SWANS A SWIMMING ... 13 Days of Christmas!

It's that time of the month again... for the 

Cricut

Design Space Challenge and my teams theme this month is "13 Days of Christmas". So on the 7th day of Christmas the swans-a-swimming and since I am a little obsessed with swans I thought it would be nice to use them in my project. So get ready to follow this simple tutorial to make a cute two-sided swan bag. 

What you need:

- 8" by 8" of white pleather

- 8" by 8" piece of grey felt

- 2X 8" by 8" piece of lining fabric

- 1.5" by 1.5" of red felt

- 1.5" by 1.5" of gold glitter vinyl

- 18" by 18" of heat bond

- 40" of rope

- 1 snap

- Iron

- General sewing supplies

- First download the free

TEMPLATE HER

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. Be sure that the width of the swan is 8" wide. You could make this any size, that is what I did. 

- Next, take your fabric, lining and heat bond. Fuse the fabric and lining together, follow the heat bond instructions. Be careful when using pleather not to overheat it, you could melt it!

- Iron your glitter vinyl to some lining fabric as well.

- Iron on the Heat Bond to your red felt as well, do not peel off the paper. 

- Upload the template to the 

Cricut Design Space™

- Cut out all your pieces as shown in the photo up top. Be sure to cut the reverse side for each pattern piece.

- Cut 3 small rectangles.

Here is what the reverse looks like.

Now we are ready to sew...

- Place the crown behind each head and sew close to the edge. 

- Place the extra wing on the body and sew around as indicated. 

- Fold your small rectangular tabs in two and pin then to one of your swan bodies. 

- Place the two bodies together, pin in place. 

- First sew from the crown edge down on either side. 

- Next sew the bodies together as shown. 

- Take your snap and place under the wing. 

- Finally, pass the rope through the 3 tabs and make a knot to keep in place. 

Enjoy!

It fit a phone nicely or small snacks and candy!

It's a great gift for all lovers of the Swan lake ballet or perhaps the Black Swan movie!

I am thinking I need to make myself one too or maybe just steal this one. I've been caught doing that in the past! 

Seriously, these make perfect little gifts. My daughter was really excited when she saw what I had made her. 

Now you can make both sides white... or grey. You can make it all in felt or leather. 

Just have fun with it!

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Don't forget to check out what my wonderful and talented team has been up to, so many great ideas!!!

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East Coast Creative

, MJ of 

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, Sarah and Jessica of 

Pretty Providence

, Melissa of 

The Sweet Escape

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Andrea’s Notebook

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Little Kings




Oh I am having baby fever and these handcrafted shoes are not helping! How gorgeous are these funky are these high top booties?




Check out the Little King's website for all the different lovely styles, from sneakers to ballerina's. I am just loving the colors and textures. High fashion for babies done the right way. Seriously, these are just too cool! Is it bad that I want a pair for myself?

found via this pin.

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