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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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SweetKM DIY Suspender Tutorial

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SweetKM DIY Suspender Tutorial

Hi, Kristi from SweetKM here. Has anyone else noticed suspenders are everywhere this spring? I don't know who started the trend, but I am not above jumping on the suspender bandwagon. Perfectly coinciding with my suspender obsession, sewing supply powerhouse Dritz just came out with a very professional looking suspender slide. With one of the biggest kid sewing holidays of the year fast approaching (Easter) I think this is the perfect time to learn to make your own suspenders.

SWEETKM SUSPENDER TUTORIAL

1. Assemble your supplies: 3"x3" square of main fabric, 3"x3" square of accent fabric, 3"x6" piece of medium weight fusible interfacing, 7 1/2" piece of 1" elastic, 2- 1 1/2" x30" strips of light weight fusible interfacing, 2- 1 1/2" x30" strips of main fabric, (2) 1 1/2" x 30" strips of accent fabric, (2) 1" suspender slides, (3) 1" suspender/mitten clips. Cut 2 connector pieces out of medium weight fusible interfacing. You can find the connector pattern piece here.

2. MAKE THE FRONT STRAPS: Fuse the strips of light weight interfacing to the wrong side of the strips of main fabric. Align on all sides.

3. With right sides together pin one main fabric strip to one accent fabric strip aligning all sides. Repeat with second set of strips. Sew along the long sides of each strip using a 1/4" seam allowance. These are the front suspender straps.

4. Turn each strap to the right side. Press flap. Top stitch each long side as close to the edge as you feel comfortable.

5. MAKE THE BACK CONNECTOR. Fuse one interfacing connector piece to the center of the main fabric square. Trim all fabric edges to 1/2" around the interfacing. Repeat with accent fabric. 

6. Press the overlapping main fabric edges to the wrong side of the connector piece over the interfacing. Repeat with accent fabric. Press well.

7. Sandwich the straps, and elastic between the connector pieces as shown on the connector pattern piece diagram. Make sure about 1" of each strap and the elastic is inside the sandwich. Pin generously along the edges of the connector. Connector pieces should be wrong sides together. Make sure all connector edges are aligned, and that straps are centered on each side.

8. Top stitch around the connector piece as close to the edge as you feed comfortable. Make a second line of top stitching about 1/8" away from the first line toward the middle of the connector piece (see diagram on pattern piece).

9. Slip the suspender slide onto the strap. When the suspender slide is open the teeth should be pointing toward the raw edge of the strap, and the bar should be on the right side of the strap. When the slide is closed the longer part of the back piece should be pointing down. (There is a handy diagram on the back of the Dritz Suspender Slide packaging)

10. Slip the suspender clip onto the strap so that the clip in on the right side of the strap. Thread strap through the back of the slide. Press 1/2" fold into the raw edge of the strap. Make another 1/2" fold. Stitch along this fold, securing the bar of the suspender slide in the loop. Repeat with other strap.

11. Slip the clip onto the elastic with the clip on the right side of the elastic. Press 1/2" fold into the raw edge of the elastic. Make another 1/2" fold. Stitch along this fold securing the clip in the loop.

12. Done! Please share your finished suspenders #petitapetitblog and #sweetkmpatterns.

Oh hey! Girls look cute in suspenders too! My kids are now suitably matchy-matchy for Grandma's Easter egg hunt photo op. J in the SweetKM suspenders,  a Purl Bee Little Boys Tie in coordinating fabric, a Land's End button down shirt, and Old Navy jeans. L is 100% homemade! I'm talking about her outfit, on my blog today.  Stop by SweetKM for details!

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Bringing home: DIY Floral Painted Jeans

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Bringing home: DIY Floral Painted Jeans

2 years ago I wrote this little tutorial for

La Petite Magazine Issue 8

. After seeing all the wonderful floral

Small Fry Jeans

popping up on the web this week, I thought maybe it was time to bring home the tutorial and give you all a little refresher on how to make your own Floral Painted Jeans. It's a really simple tutorial, it requires a little patience but the result is quite fun and amazing! 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • A pair of Pants or Denim or shorts for quicker results!(for best result pre-washed) or sew a pair of Small Fry Jeans by Titchy Threads
  • Some fabric Paint (I used some neon pink, orange, yellow & green)
  • Paint/ Stencilling brush 
  • Flower Stencil- you could create your own!
  • Cardboard 
  • Iron

STEP1:

- Insert some cardboard inside your pant leg to prevent paint from seeping through.

- Place your flower stencil at your pant hem and work your way up.

 STEP 2:

- Press your stencil down & paint the outside of your flower with some pink then paint the center with some orange and blend into your pink.

- For your next flower, paint the outside with some orange and blend with some pink towards the center.

Depending on your stencil you can add some yellow at the very center.

- Paint you leaves in green.

TIP

*** don’t apply too much paint and once in a while wipe down your stencil to remove any excess paint.

STEP 3:

- Once you finished painting all the flowers of your stencil, move the stencil over and start over.

STEP 4:

- Once you finished one leg, starts all over with the other and then work on the backside. If you want a professional/ store bought effect make sure the patterns on your seams don't match ( see photo above), as well as on your pockets and waistband. ( I was lazy with the back pockets and just kept my stencilling).

TIP

*** you don’t have to paint the whole stencil; you can pick and choose the parts of the stencil you like best. Also don't feel the need to paint the entire pants, you can do a more scattered effect for a more modern look.

STEP 5:

- Iron… This is the most important step; most fabric paint need to be heat set or else you might loose all your hard work in the wash! 

Enjoy!!!

You can try a monochromatic looks with flowers with same shades of the same color. How lovely would be all in blue? Or black and grey. 

You can use the same technic with different stencils, like a paisley or stars or polka dots for a different pattern. 

look how little Miss E was. Where does the time go? She wore these jeans last summer too, they are her favorite. I might see if they still fit and make them into shorts or bermudas. 

Or I might just have to make a new pair. I am on the

Titchy Threads Small Fry Jean Tour

next friday, so be sure to come back and see what I've made. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

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