Monday, December 8, 2014

DIY 10-minute Toddler Ribbon Headband

So it's raining here in Manila due to Typhoon Hagupit. Hubby didn't want me to come to work any more to avoid getting stranded outside. So we opted to work from home.

Now when my afternoon meeting was finally over, I went for a quick break. I looked at my craft materials and thought, "I really miss crafting! Is there something I can quickly make while I am on break?"

And as a matter of fact, there is! And I am sharing it with you.

Here's what you will need:

- A ribbon (in this case, 2" wide beige organza ribbon ~20" long)
- A garter or band (sized to my daughter's little head)
- Needle and Thread
- Fabric Brad or Button
- Scissor

And here are the Instructions:

1. Sew a running stitch through one side of the ribbon from one end to the other, pulling along from time to time until you make a full circle. Depending on the length of your ribbon, you can make one or more layers.

2. Sew the center to secure your layers then adhere the fabric brad/button/gem. Depending on your material, you can sew this as well or you may adhere using glue gun.
3. Sew one end of the garter/band on top of the other to form your headband.
4. Sew your ribbon accent on top of the part where the ends of your garter meet. (Alternatively, you can adhere this using glue gun).
And there you have it. Pretty easy ain't it? And pretty nice too! Depending on your sewing skills, you can make this project in less than 10 minutes.
And if you have time, you can make more.

Here's the finished product as worn by my little baby. Isn't she a cutie as well?
Well that's all for now. If you are able to make one yourself, do let me know. I would love to see your own headbands! :)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Street Sign Greetings


I know it has been such a long time since I last updated my blog but here I am returning with hopefully more tutorials which should be fun & easy to do.

To start with...

Imagine you're at a coffee shop to meet a friend for the first time, or someone you haven't seen for a while, or someone who is having their birthday and you actually forgot to prepare something! Well do not worry. Do not panic. You can still give something simple with the things readily within your reach, with minimal cost but big impact!

Just as how I received this cute and simple token from a new crafty friend which serves as our inspiration for today's tutorial.

I call it the Street Sign Greetings!

And here's what you'll need:
- wooden stirrers from the condiments section
- pens which you can borrow from the cashier or barista
- tape which I am pretty sure you can borrow from the staff of the coffee shop as well
- brownie, cake or donut from the counter
- hands! Your own two hands!

And here are the quick simple steps:
1. Using your hands, carefully cut the stirrers in about 2-3 inches each.

 2. Using tape, adhere the sticks together to look like an antenna or street sign.

3. Write down your messages on the front side.

And it's as simple as that. You now have your street sign message and you simply need to place it on your brownie, cake or donut.
Simple and not costly right? But I'm sure the smile on the face of your friend will be priceless!
What do you think? Feel free to place your comments below.

Special thanks to my friend Tina for inspiring me to do this! :)

Enjoy and drop by again for another quick and easy tutorial! :)