Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Knotted Headbands

I saw a picture of these headbands on pinterest and just loved the knot! I then found a tutorial of how to do it and made a bunch of them because they are just so easy!

I did this with a couple different fabrics...literally it takes 5 minutes to make one!
You will need: knit fabric (I used old t-shirts), something to cut with, and a hot glue gun.

First cut strips to the width you like. I did several different widths to see what I liked best, just make sure you have two of the same width.

Take two strips of the same width and pull on the ends to stretch them out. This will make them roll in.

Take the first strip and lay it in a shape as shown below, I will call it the ribbon strip. **Make sure the ends are overlapping as shown with the right over the left!

Place the second strip in a U-shape over the first strip. NOTE: The U-shape strip from here on should have the right side UNDER the right end of the ribbon strip.

Take the left side of the U-shape strip and lay it under the bottom strip as shown. 

Take the right strip and thread it through as shown: over the first, under the second, and out over the third. Make sense?

Now, pull evenly on the two ends at each side, adjusting as needed.

Pull all the way tight to make your knot!

Cut the ends to make them straight.

Cut a small rectangle, put the ends together and hot glue to hold in place. 

And that's it. Go make a bunch, wear them and give them to friends! 
Here is a picture of a sweet little one with a headband I made. Such a little cutie!


Monday, November 5, 2012

Fixing Jeans

I had two pairs of jeans that needed some fixing, so I'm going to show you what I did to both in this post. 

The first pair had a rip which I didn't notice and wore to school one day...that's embarrassing!

The second pair had back pockets that I didn't like. I would always try to wear long shirts to cover the pockets because I love how the jeans fit. Instead of always trying to find long shirts to wear, I decided to replace the back pockets.

I pulled out my box of extra jeans and found a pair with pockets that closely resembled the color of the jeans that needed new pockets.

 The first step was to unpick the pockets from the new pair of jeans. I did one pocket and laid it over the old pockets to make sure they fit and didn't look strange. 

I decided they were good and unpicked the rest of the pockets. 

I then pinned the new pockets in place...

And sewed them right down. I used a jean needle, sturdy thread, and went slow, making sure to get the edges nice and secure. And that was it...I now have a "new" pair of jeans!

As for the jeans with the rip, I decided to just use a small piece of jean to just patch up the hole. 

I cut a piece out from another pair of jeans, just bigger than the rip and following the same general shape.

I laid it down to make sure it was the right size. You don't want it too big, but it's better to be a little big than too small!

Carefully, I pinned the piece in place.

Then, I just zig-zag stiched all the way around the fabric! From the outside of the jeans, you can barely even see the stitching and with the fabric secured in place, the rip won't be moving around or getting any bigger.