April 22, 2014

Ruffled Ribbon Bracelets

I have recently been working with The Ribbon Retreat on creating ideas made from the awesome selection of ribbon that they have.  My latest creation are these ruffled ribbon bracelets.

I love these because they are something you can make with or without a sewing machine.  They are something you can make with the 'crafty' and even the non-crafty.  
If you are looking for a fun craft to make with a group of girls, this is it.  If you are looking to make something for girlfriend gifts, this is it.
 I made a variety of bracelets using different ribbons from The Ribbon Retreat.  The ruffled ribbon is especially my favorite at the moment.
Tiffany blue is currently my favorite color.  I used satin ribbon and created my own ruffle in the picture below.  Here are the instructions:
(1)  Ruffle the ribbon and pin.  Ruffle it to measure around 3/4 of your wrist.  (you will use elastic for the rest)
(2)  Sew a straight stitch down the middle of the ribbon.
(3)  Cover with a smaller ribbon and stitch down the middle (or glue!)
To finish off the edges, singe them with a lighter to keep from fraying.
 Here is the part where you get to customize the fit - and guess what...you can use a hair elastic!  Yep, it's so easy.  Just take a hair elastic and cut it so you have two pieces.
(1)  Hot glue two ends to the inside of the bracelet (the part that will touch your skin.)  Then wrap the ribbon around your wrist to see how long the elastics need to be so that you can fit it over your wrist with the stretch.  Cut the elastics.
(2)  Hot glue the other two ends to the other end of your ribbon so that you now have a circle.
Put a dab of hot glue on the elastics then fold over the edges of the ribbon so that the elastics are now sandwiched in between the ribbon.
(3)  Then you will turn the bracelet right side out!

 You can embellish these with endless possibilities!  I used these bows on mine but you can do jewels, beads, pearls, glitter, etc!
That's it!  It is very easy and can get very addicting because of all the colors and types of ribbon you can use!  If you liked this tutorial be sure to check out my ribbon bow tutorial HERE!

April 17, 2014

DIY Onesies for Boys!!

Things are getting 'boy-ish' over here at our house!!  No, no, we are not having a baby - but everyone else around us is!  There is a baby boom surrounding us right now from neighbors to friends, sisters, cousins; it's so much fun!  The majority of them are having boys so I thought I would do a post on a few DIY onesies for BOYS with vinyl from Expressions Vinyl.

I mentioned last week how obsessed I have been with iron-on vinyl.  I love the endless projects you can make with it.  I get my vinyl from Expressions Vinyl.  They have a wide variety of types, colors, prints, etc.  

Are you guys super-shocked that I am doing a project specifically for boys?  Me too; but it was really fun!  These are a few onesie ideas that I made for one of my best friends.  She is having her first boy and I just know he will be stylin'.  I tried to think of his parents' styles so that I could custom make a onsie to match their personalities.  

The sunglasses onesie is to die for!  Don't you just love it?  I designed it on Cricut Design Space and cut it with my Cricut Explore.  I also designed this bike onesie.  My friend's hubby is a biker so I wanted to create something along those lines.  This is simple but very boy-ish.
Custom onesies make great gifts.  I just picked up a 6 pack of white ones from Carter's.  They are great to have on hand.

Expressions Vinyl is giving away $50 worth of vinyl to a Sweet Charli Reader ($50 goes a long way)!!  Enter below.  Also, they are offering a 10% discount to any of you!  Use the code SWEETCHARLI at checkout.

I have a few girl onesies I am in the middle of designing so as soon as they are finished I will post them!

April 15, 2014

Ombre Paper Mobile with Cricut Explore

 
 You guys are going to fall in love with this Ombre Paper Mobile that I made from with my Cricut Explore!!  I know, I know, this is totally something you would see in a catalog, right? ;) *wink!  That's just how great this project is!

My little sis is due with baby number two in June and I cannot wait!  Not long after I got my Cricut Explore she came to me with this idea (yes, I credit her for this darling mobile)!  I put my skills to the test; she was my guinea pig and it turned out great!

Now because this was my first time making this, I am really dumb and forgot to take step-by-step pictures (what was I thinking?)!!

So...you get these "in-a-nut-shell" instructions for now, and then when I make another one I will give you a better tutorial.  How does that sound?
We got 4 different colors of card stock and cut about 20 circles of each color.  We cut 3 different sizes of circles out.  We didn't use all the cirlces we cut, but here is what we did use.  

navy blue - twenty-two 2" circles
light blue  - seven 2" circles, eleven 1.6" circles
white - nineteen 1.6" circles
dark orange - eleven 1.6" circles, nine 1.3" circles
light orange - twenty-two 1.3" circles

Now, you probably will not use all the circles.  Like I said, we cut about 20 of each color and then fished some out so that it didn't look completely uniform.  Once you get all the circles cut, lay them out on the floor to position it how you want it to be spaced out.
You will then run each column through your sewing machine with a basic straight stitch.  When you are done sewing all of them, thread a needle with thick thread through the top circle of each column and then tie to the embroidery hoop (that you will paint beforehand) and hang with as well.

I don't think you can mess up this paper mobile too much.  I think the 'less-uniform' it looks, the cuter it is!  Stagger the bottom so some strands hang lower than others.  *Just make sure you get it to hang straight!  ;)

I have already had requests to make these ombre paper mobiles for other people.  If you live local and would like me to make one for you send me an e-mail.  Otherwise, if you have a Cricut you can totally make this yourself!  I promise I will add more detailed instructions soon!

I have raved about the Cricut Explore before and I will rave about it again.  This new machine makes any project so easy and quick from start to finish.  Mother's Day is coming up and you may want to put a bug in your husband's ear!  It is on Amazon and is a Prime item HERE

April 11, 2014

Friday Favorites: Taylor Joelle

 I got these "Easter Egg Pants" (according to Charli) from Taylor Joelle Designs a few weeks ago.  They have been so much fun to wear for Spring.
Taylor Joelle Designs has the cutest clothes for both girl and boy.  You must check out their darling, colorful dresses.
 I am loving this "Easter Egg Dress"!
 
 
See some of their new products HERE.

Be sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook.  You will soon fall in love with them like I have!

April 10, 2014

The Easy Fabric Drawstring Bag {Tutorial + Giveaway}

 Disclosure: I received product in exchange for creating this project and writing this post. All opinions are 100% my own, and I would never recommend any product I wouldn’t use myself.

I have been obsessed with these fun, little fabric drawstring bags lately.  I came up with them a few weeks ago when I was preparing a baby gift for one of my best friends.  I needed a cute bag to put her finger puppets in. (from IKEA)
I have to tell you how much I have been using iron-on vinyl lately, I love it!  I get my vinyl from Expressions Vinyl.  They have a wide variety in types and colors.  By the way, at the end of this post they are giving away a $50 gift card to one lucky reader!

These fabric drawstring bags are super-easy to make.  Even the beginner sewer can make these in minutes.  I made a video tutorial for you all...

I decided since Easter is on its way, I would make some cute fabric drawstring bags to give little Easter gifts in.  I cannot even imagine living my life without my Cricut Explore, what did I do before it?!!  I found some cute bunnies on the design space and cut them out onto iron-on vinyl and put them on the front of my bags.
 
 I just love how they turned out! 


Now you can make your own custom fabric drawstring bags!  You have the chance to win $50 at Expressions Vinyl, and they are offering 10% off for all Sweet Charli readers with checkout code SWEETCHARLI.

Please enter the giveaway below.

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April 3, 2014

Felt Matching Game for Quiet Book

 A month ago my family and I took a road trip to California and I brainstormed ways to keep my girls busy and occupied  (see more HERE).  I put many things together, including this felt matching game!  They absolutely loved it, and you can make your own too!

  Along with this felt matching game, I included items from their Busy Bag that I made a while back.  I will be adding the matching game to their busy bag for church.

This quiet page is made out of felt.  It requires sewing and iron-on techniques.  
You will need:
4 sheets of same felt (8.5x11) for base page
4 sheets of same felt (8.5x11) for felt cards
Your choice of colors for iron-on shapes
Wonder Under (iron-on paper)
Cereal Box (optional)
Velcro (will only use the stiff side)

First, I cut a total of 18 shapes out (9 shapes, two of each) in my different colors of felt.  I cut my shapes out on the Cricut Explore which made it super-easy.
I then transferred them all to Wonder Under iron paper.
 Your shapes will be ironed onto the cards that you cut from the four matching sheets of felt.  Make sure you iron on the shapes first, and then sew the cards together.  I stitched around my shapes as well to make sure they were extra secure.  You will cut out 36 cards total (18 cards double-sided).
 For my page base, I got four 8.5x11 sheets of felt, they were a cute blue color with colorful polka dots.  I cut little squares out of the stiff velcro and placed them onto the felt in rows of three on each page (9 total each page).  After I had them placed correctly, I sewed around each of them.  The velcro helps the felt to stick so that when you are traveling the pieces will not fall as the kids are playing.  *Make sure you do this step first before you sew the pages together!
  I really wanted the pages to be sturdy so I added a little cardboard in between the sheets to stabilize it better. 
 To do this I just cut up an old box of cereal to fit inside of my pages.  Next, sandwich the cardboard piece between a velcro page and a normal page.  You will do this twice so you have two pages.
Then, stitch around them.

 I put the two pages in a binder so I needed to cut three holes in each page.  I just did that with a normal single-hole punch. 
My girls have absolutely loved this new addition to our busy bag!

http://www.pinterest.com/kami_watson/sweet-charli-sewing/

April 2, 2014

Spring Brings New Growth - Free Printable

This past Sunday I was asked to speak in Sacrament Meeting at our church.  I was asked to speak on being committed [to the Gospel] and I couldn't help but add a little Spring Time spirit into it.  "Spring brings new growth, weed out the bad and make room for something beautiful".

I was working in the yard and thought about how I love this time of year.  Colors start to appear, new growth and regrowth occurs... it makes me so happy!  I was pulling weeds and thought about how great this time of year is to recommit ourselves.  Just like yard work, we must get rid of the bad [habits] in our lives and make room for new growth, better things. 

With Spring time comes happiness.  I feel like we all get rejuvenated when the sun begins to shine again and the grass becomes green.  The earth is coming alive, and we must too!  Let your colors shine and become your most beautiful self!

For the printable above, click HERE for 4x6 and HERE for 5x7

"Spring brings new growth, weed out the bad and make room for something beautiful".

http://www.pinterest.com/kami_watson/sweet-charli-printables/

Happy Spring!
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