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.
I’m feeling optimistic. Tutorial coming soon.
PS Thanks for ignoring my horribly-lighted pictures 🙂
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.
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.
So here’s what I did:
bought some lace (this is from hancock fabrics, the closest place for a quick fix for me)
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.
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!
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!
Well pinterest has done it again. Since I can’t find this, I’m going to have to make it.
Thanks for all the kind comments about the tie headband/giveaway. Random.org tells me that #4 Ms. Corvus is the winner! I will be emailing you momentarily for your address! Happy Holidays everyone!
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:
All you need for 2 headbands and bow is 1 tie and 2 pieces of elastic
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And there you go, essentially 4 different headbands from 1 tie in about 30 minutes.
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!
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.
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.
So if you’d like to make yourself a mediocre tie clutch, here’s what I did.
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.
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.
then I got brave and started cutting.
repeat on the other side and guess what?
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:
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 also probably wasted more study time by trying to stage these photos.
If you’re going to try these yourself, I have a few suggestions:
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:
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 🙂