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I made two at the same time to show you different options for the same necklace.Aren’t they PURTY!!! ¬†And oh-sew-easy to make! ūüėČ ¬†(I know…that was cheesy.)

Well I hope you had fun making my last two spring projects and that you’re now in the mood to dress yourself in the latest spring accessories and colors! ¬†Bib necklaces are insanely popular right now which is fabulous for us DIY’ers since they’re so easy to make with so many different ways to make them. ¬†My favorite part about this trend is that the “handmade looking” bib necklace is what is most desired right now and that the more custom and handmade yours look, the more chic and fabulous they are! ¬†You can make yourself a bib necklace with just about any craft items you have around the house; scrap fabric, old t-shirts, lace, buttons, old jewelry, felt, leather, ribbon, etc…just about ANYTHING can be fashioned into a statement bib necklace. ¬†For this tutorial I really wanted to create something fun and bright and elegant to bring some sunshine and flowers into my wardrobe. ¬†I made two necklaces at the same time using basically the same technique ¬†for each with just a few differences to show you some variations of the same necklace. ¬†FYI: ¬†A lot of these tutorials document my FIRST ATTEMPT on the projects I want to do so they are very much open to your own inspiration and tweaking. ¬†I have an entire photo file on my computer that I add pics to that I like and think that I could make or create a similar version/idea of. ¬†So I’m learning as I go, just like you! ūüôā ¬†Ok then, are you ready!?

Cost: $0-$5 (Like I said, this project can be done with just about anything that you have around the house already which makes it a great recycling/upcycling DIY project for old clothing, jewelry, or craft items).

Supplies:

  • Ribbon. You’ll use about 2 feet or so per necklace depending on how long you’d like yours to hang. ¬†I used green grosgrain ribbon I had on hand.
  • Cotton (frayable…I just made that word up) Fabric. I used a couple shades of pink and green linen that I picked up a long time ago at a thrift store. ¬†Yes, thrift stores often sell fabric remnants for SUPER cheap! ¬†They’re a great place to look, especially if you’re looking for vintage/retro fabrics and prints.
  • Beads. I had an old bracelet with small green glass beads (I’m pretty sure I bought it from the $Dollar Store a while back) that I just took apart and used the beads from. ¬†Any beads, jewels, or buttons, would work for the center of your flowers.
  • Needle and thread in coordinating/matching colors as your fabric.
  • Sharp scizzors.

Thats all you need to make these lovely little bib necklaces! ¬†This takes minimal sewing skills (I didn’t use a machine at all) and about 1 hour or so to make two. ¬†Lets get started!

  1. Get your supplies ready to go. ¬†Cut your ribbon pieces (2 per necklace) to the length that you’d like (I think it looks great to have the bib part of the necklace sitting along or just below your collar bone). ¬†Pick out your beads (I did 3 beads per flower). ¬†And cut out your flower fabric(s) into a long strip about 6 inches or so wide. ¬†
  2. Take the “backing” fabric (in this case I used the green linen as my backing/leaf fabric), fold it in half. ¬†Cut a moon (or smile) shape out of that fabric to use as your bib backing.If you are making 2 necklaces at a time, cut 2. ¬†Below is about what yours should look like. ¬†You can adjust the size,length, and width of the bib backing to your liking depending on how big you’d like your flowers to be.
  3. Set that piece aside and grab your strip of flower fabric(s). ¬†Fold that strip in half or thirds (depending on how much fabric you have and how many layers you want in your flowers). ¬†Begin cutting that strip into rectangular strips getting smaller as you get to the end of the fabric. ¬†This is hard to explain but basically you’re cutting out stacked pieces of fabric from biggest to smallest to cut your various sized circles from that will be making up the layers to each of your flowers. ¬†Does that make sense? ¬†Heres an example.
  4. Once you have your fabric stacks ready to go, cut circles out of each stack, big, less big, medium, and small or however you see fit. ¬†You can make as many circles in as many different sizes as you’d like. ¬†The idea is just that you want to get a pretty full flower once you stack the different sized circles on top of each other from biggest to smallest.
  5. And thats exactly what we’re going to do now. ¬†Stack your circles on top of each other from biggest to smallest. ¬†I cut both my flower fabrics together so I¬†separated¬†them by color and make 3 flowers out of each fabric for my two necklaces. ¬†I also made stacked leaves to use (I only ended up using them on one of the necklaces) and I layed out my necklaces to see what I liked best before I started stitching everything together.
  6. Once you get a plan in place you can begin stitching your stacks together to form your flowers. ¬†This is where my light pink bib necklace and my dark pink bib necklace differ somewhat. ¬†For my light pink flowers I simply stitched the circles together directly through the center of each stack and to the backing fabric to give my bib a flatter flower look. ¬†For the dark pink flowers I “gathered” the circles together by stitching a lose circle (wide stitch) through all the layers at once and then pulling the thread tight to make them gather and ruffle a bit. ¬†Then I stitched them to the backing fabric. I love them both but I have to say I like the texture to the ruffled looking bib. ¬†Above is a look at the light pink version. ¬†Below is a look at the dark pink version.Above is a look at how I did the loose gather stitch to my dark pink version. ¬†And below you can see what it looks like once I pulled the thread tight and knotted it off.
  7. Either way you choose to go, sew your flowers to the bib backing fabric you had set aside.
  8. Now, sew your beads into the centers.  You will be sewing through all your layers now including the backing layer.
  9. If you’d like (as I show here above) you can pull at the edges of your fabric flowers to make them fray a bit. ¬†I did this heavily on the light pink necklace but I left the dark pink necklace alone for it to fray as it will on its own.
  10. Now, sew your ribbon pieces to the ends of the bib backing.
  11. If you’d like, you can sew a loose gather stitch along the top of the bib backing and pull slightly to get the bib to curve and ruffle a bit more. ¬†I did this only on my dark pink bib.
  12. Make any adjustments as needed.  You can tack the edges of your flowers together or down to the bib backing if you are using floppier fabric, or you can lengthen/shorten the ribbon.

Thats it! ¬†Doesn’t it just make you feel like going on a¬†pick-nick! ¬†Heres a few tips of other things you can do with this DIY design:

  • Lengthen the ribbon and straighten the backing piece to make a cute springtime sash belt.
  • Tie it up around your neck like a chocker. ¬†(I love this if you’re wearing your hair up).
  • Make your flowers smaller and create a springtime fabric wrist corsage.
  • Leave the ribbon out completely and attach a pin to the back for a sweet bouquet brooch.
  • Straighten the backing piece, and make a sweet ribbon hair band for your little girl or you.

So many things you can do with this tutorial!! I’m excited to see your ideas! ¬†Stay tuned for my next tutorial, “How to Make a Vintage Inspired Birdcage Veil”! ¬†Happy crafting! ūüôā

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I’m so excited to see that this blog has gained a little following! ¬†I’m thrilled that I can share all my crazy projects with you and I love the comments and feedback as well as the ideas that you all are having for your own projects! ¬†I would LOVE to see your versions these projects and would love to post them on here for others to become inspired! ¬†If you have a completed project from one of these diy craft tutorials and would like to share it for us to see please shoot me an email with a pic of your project at catcart2@hotmail.com.

As for today’s project, I think you’re going to love it! ¬†Especially if you liked the rose necklace tutorial a while back since this is more flower art with clay. ¬†The difference is this is to adorn your walls!¬† A great way to add some springtime decorating to your home.¬† I had this idea when I walked through my entry way the other day and thought to myself how I’d like to spruce up my tree mural (if you’d like to learn how to do a simple wall mural you can find that tutorial under the decorating tab) for spring. ¬†Here is a pic of my entry way with my tree mural:

I knew I wanted something 3-dimensional and temporary that I could easily “hang” on the branches for spring. ¬†After hitting up the $Dollar Store I was inspired by thumb tacks and lightweight clay thinking I could easily configure those two things into some fun and colorful flowers for my tree. ¬†But, if you don’t have a giant tree mural in your entry, you can still use these cute flower push-pins in a cluster around a mirror, scattered between springtime family photos, or year-round as a cute wall accent in a little-girls room. ¬†Okay then, heres the breakdown:

Cost: $2-$10 depending on if you’re lucky enough to find the clay in the $Dollar Store or at the craft store (its about $6.50).

Supplies:

  • Sculpey Ultra Light clay. I only found it in white, which worked great for my since I ended up watercoloring it at the end anyway.
  • Thumb tacks. ¬†I used white headed tacks.
  • Toothpick.
  • Oven.
  • Baking sheet.
  • Rolling pin.
  • Tin foil.
  • Flower cookie cutter. ¬†I got mine at the $Dollar Store in a pack of 5 different cookie cutter designs.
  • Acrylic craft paint in desired color (optional).
  • Paint brush and water cup.

Most of this stuff you most likely have in your kitchen besides the clay. ¬†I believe that Walmart also carries this clay in their craft section so check that out if you don’t have a craft store nearby. ¬†Are you ready? ¬†Lets make some flowers!

  1. Lay a couple feet of tin foil out onto a table.
  2. Knead the clay in your hands to soften it and make it pliable.  I only used less than 1/2 of the clay in the package to make 9 flowers.  Use as much as you want!  You can even vary the flowers shape and size if you have more than one flower cookie cutter.  Get creative and explore your options!
  3. Form the clay into a ball and roll it out with a rolling pin (I have a¬†silicone¬†rolling pin that didn’t have a problem sticking but I’m not sure if the clay would stick to a wood one. ¬†If so, you can spread the clay out with your hands) to about 1/4 inch or so. ¬†It doesn’t have to be consistently a 1/4 inch, but try to make it somewhat even.
  4. Grab your flower cookie cutter and begin cutting out your flowers like you would with sugar cookie dough.
  5. Peel away the extra clay and carefully transfer your clay flowers to your baking sheet.
  6. Take a toothpick and press lines halfway into the clay where the petals would be¬†separated.You just want to make indentions with the toothpick, not¬†separate¬†petals. ¬† This way the flower stays sturdy but you’re able to shape it a bit easier.
  7. Pull the petals upward and gently pinch along the indentions to create a 3-d more realistic looking flower.  Pull and curl the petals this way and that to make each one unique and more flower-like.Heres a look at all of mine after I shaped the petals:
  8. Poke a hole through the center of each flower with your toothpick. ¬†This is where the push-pin will go when they’re done and ready to be hung up. ¬†I also made small dots around the center of my flower but found later that the push-pin covers most of this detail, but you can add it if you’d like.
  9. Bake your pan of flowers in your oven according to the clay package recommendations.
  10. Once the flowers have baked and cooled you can do lots of different things. ¬†Here are some ideas: You can leave them alone and white and hang them up; you can spray them with a high-gloss spray enamel to make them more modern and chic; you can spray paint them a color to match your decor; you can use glitter-glue to highlight the petals for a cute little girl’s room; you can “dye” them with a tea-bag dye to make them old and weathered looking; OR you can do what I did and use your acrylic craft paint and water to give them a watercolored look. ¬†If you’re going to do the last option, READ ON! ¬†If not, have fun creating your own flower pins anyway you’d like!
  11. Make a “paint pallet” by covering a plate in foil and¬†squirting your paint color onto it.
  12. Dip your brush in water and water down your acrylic paint to the desired consistency.
  13. Paint your entire flower with your watery paint.
  14. With a paper towel, blot and wipe the flower from the center out a bit to remove some of the paint toward the center.  Leave a generous amount of the paint in pools along the edges of your petals.
  15. Touch up the edges by adding paint if needed.
  16. Let your flowers dry.
  17. Insert the push-pins through the hole in the flowers center (NOTE:  When rolling out your clay for your flowers, be sure to measure how thin to roll it out against your push-pin as you will need for a good portion of the pin to be coming through the back of your dry flower in order to adhere it to the wall).
  18. Stick your new flower push-pins into your walls however you feel so inclined! ¬†How pretty!Yay! ¬†That was FUN! ¬†And now I have a million more ideas for this kind of project running through my head!! ¬†I hope you liked this tutorial! ¬†Check back soon for some spring FASHION tutorials like: ¬†“How to Make an Elegant Spring Fabric Bouquet Necklace”, and “How to Make a Vintage Inspired Birdcage Veil”! ¬†Happy crafting everyone!

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Hi everyone!! I know its been a while and I’m so excited to get some new tutorials up for spring! ¬†I have been feeling “bluesy” (blame it on the medication and the weekly injections I have to take for my high-risk pregnancy) and so I thought I’d spruce up my house (and myself) for spring to get my mood up and creativity flowing again. ¬†I made a trip to one of my favorite $Dollar Stores and found some great stuff that has inspired some new springtime projects. ¬†I could hardly wait to make this easy DIY pillow and I’m SO loving the way it turned out! ¬†Hope you do too! ¬†I thought since my last tutorial was on applique that this would be a nice follow up now that you’ve had a chance to discover the world of transfer webbing! ¬†Heres the breakdown for this simple and inexpensive spring throw pillow:

Cost: $2-$8 depending on what you have on-hand.

Supplies:

  • 2 cloth¬†place-mats in the same color (or coordinating colors if you want a different color on the back). ¬†I got my pink place-mats at the $Dollar Store. ¬†They have tons to choose from usually and I LOVED the bright colors that are there right now! ¬†Perfect for spring!
  • Scrap fabric or quilting fat quarters in coordinating colors/designs. ¬†I used 3 fabrics for my pillow making the bird out of the busiest fabric.
  • Coordinating or contrasting thread.
  • Pillow batting or poly-fill. ¬†I took apart an old pillow I didn’t like anymore and used the batting.
  • Transfer webbing. ¬†This is the iron-on adhesive that allows you to stick your applique to your pillow before you stitch. ¬†I LOVE this stuff and use it ALL THE TIME. ¬†You can sometimes find it (or versions of it) at Walmart in rolls or you can buy it at the craft/fabric store by the yard for about $2 a yard. ¬†You barely use any of it for these little applique projects so even 1 yard will go a long way.
  • A dry iron.
  • A sewing machine with a simple straight stitch.
  • Scizzors and a needle and thread.
  • The bird and branch template from this tutorial (if you’re not feeling confident in freehanding it).

Ok! Thats it!  Ready to go?

  1. If you’d like, print off these bird and branch templates I made from my own pillow design to use as a stencil for your pillow. ¬†Or, you can find an image online, or freehand draw your own quirky version of a bird and a branch.
  2. Choose your fabrics for the bird and the branch and cut out rectangles large enough to use as those elements.
  3. Roll out some transfer webbing and lay your cut pieces down onto the nubby side of the trans web.  Cut around the fabric making the trans web pieces as close to the same size as your fabric pieces as you can.
  4. Keeping your nubby trans web sides inline with your fabric pieces, adhere the trans web to the fabric with a hot dry iron (or as instructed on trans web packaging).
  5. When both your branch fabric and your bird fabric pieces are cool, flip them over and trace your template image (or freehand draw an image) onto the paper side of your fabric with a marker. ¬†Its okay if you have to redraw again until you get the desired look you’d like in the appropriate size etc. ¬†It doesn’t have to be perfect! ¬†Nothing I make ever is!
  6. With your sharp scizzors, cut out your design elements.
  7. Carefully remove the trans web paper backing from your fabric pieces.
  8. Grab one of your¬†place-mats¬†and¬†arrange¬†your bird and branch onto the front of it how you’d like it.
  9. With a hot iron (some trans web requires steam at this point), iron your applique to your place-mat.
  10. Once your place-mat and applique has cooled, take it over to your sewing machine and stitch the edges of the applique down. ¬†If you’d like you can actually skip this step since its not too likely that you’ll be washing this pillow too often and the trans web will adhere it fine temporarily. ¬†But, I like to stitch around all my appliques with contrasting thread just to secure it a bit more and give it some more character. ¬†And don’t worry about it looking a bit “messy”! ¬†It just adds to that character!
  11. Set your appliqued place-mat aside for a minute and grab your third fabric for your flowers.
  12. Cut your flower fabric into roughly a 1&1/2″ strip. ¬†
  13. Fold your fabric strip over and over itself into a square.
  14. Cut the stack into rough circles.
  15. Stack circles by twos to use as your flowers.
  16. Take one of your double stacked circles and scrunch it together in the middle to make it ruffley.  Using a needle and thread stitch through the base of your ruffle flower a couple of times to secure the folds.
  17. Sew your little flower bud onto your tree branch applique.  I sewed mine through the center of each flower to open them up a bit more and to make them lie somewhat flat.
  18. Try to place your flowers randomly using as many as you’d like.
  19. Once your place-mat front is complete and all your flowers are securely sewn into place, take your other place-mat and line it up under the top one (wrong sides together if your place-mat has “wrong” sides).
  20. If you’d like you can pin your sides together for more stability while you sew. ¬†Head over to your sewing machine again and sew both top and bottom place-mats together with a topstitch and about a 1/4 allowance. ¬†BUT leave a section unstitched so that you can add your batting here in a minute. ¬†TIP: ¬†when going around the corners, reverse stitch a few times to secure the corners and keep them from pulling when you stuff the pillow.
  21. Grab your pillow batting and begin stuffing your place-mat pillow paying special attention to the corners and stuffing it as full as you’d like.
  22. Topstitch your stuffing opening closed and YOU’RE DONE!! Now find a cute place to showcase your new cheery pillow!

How fun was that!?  So easy and cute it just makes me SMILE!

Hope you enjoyed this springtime tutorial!  Please remember to share this blog with your friends and family and keep coming back to see more!  Next:  How to Make Easy 3-D Flower Push-pins for your Walls!See you soon!  Have fun crafting!

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