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ETA: soon


I’ve had this on my “to-(try to)-craft” list for quite a while.

I made a sample just to see how this is going to work.

{testing testing}

I’m feeling optimistic. Tutorial coming soon.

PS Thanks for ignoring my horribly-lighted pictures 🙂

State of the Union


It is terrible to say that I was disappointed that the State of the Union Address was on tonight? I absolutely intended to veg out and watch TV after work tonight and the SOTU wasn’t what I had in mind.

So off to craft I went.

I had pinned this adorable tutorial a while ago. And in my New Years purging I realized that I had too many pairs of jeans. 2 went into the resale bin and one is going to the thrift store. And one is getting a makeover.

{old jeans}

Although the original tutorial is great, I didn’t have the heatbond, so I experimented with some invisible thread and decided to sew the lace on.

{I love the vintage label. This is from my grandma's stash}

So here’s what I did:

bought some lace (this is from hancock fabrics, the closest place for a quick fix for me)

{1.5 yard, 3.75'' width}

Turned the jeans inside out and pinned on the lace. I left a little bit hanging over the edge so the jean hem wouldn’t show.

{a little overlap}

I used cream colored thread on top and the invisible thread in the bobbin. I picked the part of the lace that was the most dense and used a zig zag stitch. First at the top.

Then at the bottom.

I folded over the end and zig zaged up the seam. Turn those suckers inside out and you’re done!

{a little peak of lace}

{finished fancy pants}

As you can see the invisible thread isn’t completely invisible, but it’s pretty good!


Now go clean out your closet, get an old pair of jeans, and try it yourself!

{my feet look weird-shaped}

a half hour and a tie


So my sister was visiting a few weeks ago and we were shopping around waiting for brunch and she found these headbands made out of a tie. My sister looks great in headbands and thought they were cute. I told her we could do better. So a Salvation Army trip and a half hour later, we had a little something like this:

{tie headband}

All you need for 2 headbands and bow is 1 tie and 2 pieces of elastic

{one fabulous paisley tie}

First measure your head, I just use the tie to get a good estimate. You can always adjust the elastic if it’s too big or small. Cut it to size.

{just right}

Now you’ll see that there’s a type of webbing in the tie that’s kind of sticking out. I like to cut that down about a half inch. This way I can make a cleaner edge with the silk.

{cut this off; fold like this; and like this; sew it shut}

Now this doesn’t have to be perfect because it’s going to be mostly hidden, but I like a nice edge don’t you? After you’ve cut off the webbing tuck the elastic in, fold down the edge of the silk and sew it all together.  Done with that side.


So the other end. I like to open it up a little bit and get the elastic far enough down that the other end doesn’t show. Pin it in place and sew back and forth a few time for stability.

{this tie originally cost $18.50, didn’t want you to miss out on that}

And then you have a headband! But that’s not all. You should have enough to do it again with the other end of the tie, making a fatter more voluptuous headband.

{these are tough shots to get my friends}

But wait! There’s more. Unless you have a super voluptuous head or a short tie, you should still have some tie left. Just enough for a bow in fact. I take the piece of tie and fold it into thirds. I cut off one third.

{1/3+2/3=1 piece of tie}

Sew each piece into a loop, wrong sides together. Turn them right-side out. Then slide the 2/3 piece loop through the 1/3 piece loop. I just put a safety pin through the back side so that this can be attached to either headband or anything else you want. You could always sew it too.

{take a bow}

And there you go, essentially 4 different headbands from 1 tie in about 30 minutes.

{win one!}

And now that I’ve told you how to do this and how simple it is. I’m going to giveaway one so you don’t have to! Sew Mama Sew does a great round up of giveaways around Christmas each year, and instead of trying to win everything, I’ll give something away this time 🙂 This beauty’s already been taken, but I have another equally lovely paisley headband and bow waiting for someone! Just leave a comment and email and I will notify the winner via email so I can send it right out! Thanks for playing!

tied up


{tie clutch}

Giving up and moving on. The tie clutch didn’t end up being as simple as it looked. Or I did it wrong. Here’s what it should look like.

I started by using the big end of the ties. I’m into big, so I thought this would be an improvement on the skinny side of the tie. Not so.

{too much tie}

There was no way this was going to work because the flap (the tie ends) would have totally swallowed up the clutch part.

So tonight I decided to try the smaller side.

{thanks for ignoring my ugly ironing board}

So if you’d like to make yourself a mediocre tie clutch, here’s what I did.

  • I sewed all of the ties together with a straight stitch. I tried zigzag on the fat end of the ties, but it looked a little to busy in my opinion.
  • I folded over the cut edge of the ties and ironed that down.
  • Then I folded up to where I wanted the flap to start. So the unfinished end is folded over for the hem and then that end it brought up to the top.
  • I sewed across the folded over unfinished edge where the flap would be. This way you don’t have to line the clutch. Which is actually probably a better idea.

{clutch shaped}

  • Next I put the outsides of the clutch together and sewed down each side. You’re sewing through 4 layers of tie here so you’re starting to see why maybe lining it would have been better.
  • Turn it out so that the outside are back where they should be.

{oh hey clutch}

  • Then I added a button that reminded me of an old man suit. Also I love using the button holer thing on my sewing machine.

{old man button}

I’m not judging but it’s kind of a fat clutch. Unnecessarily bulky. I’m just not that happy with it. Make this scarf instead, way more gratifying.




So pinterest. I’m not that late to the party. Did you know that the creator (the “Ben” you get emails from) went to my high school (Rough Riders!) and I know his sister? True and true.


So the thing about pinterest is that it’s so easy to pin something that you starting pinning DIY projects and recipes and before you know you have enough food and projects to last the rest of your life. And then you do like 7 of them in the rest of your lifetime.

Some of this stuff is so great that you have to make the effort. Which I did. Which is why I felt compelled to document it. Truth be told many of the recipes have been tried, but the work/school/internship life style leaves little DIY time. And now that it’s finals I’ve decided that it’s absolutely necessary to procrastinate. So scarf DIY.

Inspired by this pin of a $1100 scarf.

You need:


  • fabric: 1/2 yard for a pretty thick scarf. I went with jersey knit so I didn’t have to worry about the edges. Also I made another scarf with a heavy jersey knit and it’s one of my faves.
  • Lace: This is a curtain from the Salvation Army. There are other places to get lace. At least a yard if you go with the half yard wide scarf.
  • Thread: I used thread to match the lace, not the jersey but if you’re a professional you can load your bobbin with the jersey-colored thread.

I didn’t want just a straight line of lace, I wanted it to look like the $1100 scarf. So I started by sewing the lace on with part of the design on the jersey. Just using a zig zag stitch, I sewed a straight  along the edge of the jersey.

{step 1: sew on}

then I got brave and started cutting.

{step 2: cut off}

But then the design needs to be secured. I used a zig-zag stitch again to go around (as best I could) the design.

{step 3: secure}

repeat on the other side and guess what?

{step 4: be adorable}

{close up}

I’m super happy with the result. Not all of my copy-cat DIY projects turn out so great 🙂

Up next: tie clutch



This is what I did instead of study or write papers tonight:

{I didn't make the shoe part}

This is what happens we go to Target for yogurt and find purple flats for $6.74 and remember you have purple zipper pieces. My husband will say that I bedazzled these, but he obviously is not familiar with the real bedazzler.

{I'm still into ruffles}

I also probably wasted more study time by trying to stage these photos.

{probably not worth it}

Tutorial here.

If you’re going to try these yourself, I have a few suggestions:

  • I thought the zipper part inside the shoe was bound to rub me the wrong way. So after some trial and error I 1) cut the plastic part away from the fabric of the zipper and 2) added a piece of felt over the glued down edges. Result: much better.
  • I’d ruffle all the zipper pieces first so you have a better chance at ruffle size equality.
  • One commenter suggested using E6000 glue, which I happened to have and tried. Don’t do that, use hot glue.



Needless to say this would have been more relevant perhaps before the event, but that didn’t happen so now I’m telling you about my Saturday at Craft Social. The last few times the event has been held I (and a super crafty friend) have volunteered to be project leaders. This time around it was t-shirt headbands. There are about million thing you can do with t-shirts, but these were right up my alley.









It’s like bedazzling with ruffles. Get it?

So ruffles are SO in right now and I’m totally into it.

And I’m also home alone this weekend, (that’s probably something NOT to publish on the internet) so I have a little free time. I came across this tutorial a while ago and I finally found the $5 t-shirts so it was fate.

Her pictures are great so I didn’t even take any of the process. But I do have a few suggestions to make this a little easier:

  1. Iron with starch. I ironed the strips because they were curling into strings and wouldn’t lay flat. I eventually had to bring in the starch. I bet if you ironed the whole thing before you cut it would be easier to cut and lay flatter for future steps
  2. Don’t stress about the strips. I spent too long trying to make sure they were the perfect width with straight edges. When you ruffle it up, you can’t tell, so don’t worry. The back piece of the shirt is not a square, so chances are things won’t be perfect.
  3. The shirt will stretch when you put it on. So when the lady says to put the ruffles close together, do it.

That being said this is probably my favorite shirt that I’ve “bedazzled.” Believe me there are others and the response from Josh is usually “What the hell is that?” I like to think he’s going to like this one 🙂


{que cute}