Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bridal Blusher

My best friend Cindy recently got married and, for her bachlorette party, I made her a little comb to wear so there would be no mistaking who the party was for.

What You'll Need (Male Strippers Not Included):
Hair comb
1 ft white netting
1.5 ft white ribbon
White feathers
Needle and thread
Hot glue gun
Close up.
One white button
1.  Sew all of one side of netting to comb.

I used a whip stitch.

Round out corners at bottom of netting.  Trim to desired shape, a little goes a long way with this stuff.

Sew the ribbon in a pretty shape, covering the comb while you're at it!
Hot glue the feathers to cover the rest of the comb, then sew on the button on.  Done!

The bride admiring the show!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hand-painted Polka Dotted Backdrop

This polka dotted backdrop was painted for a photo shoot for the San Diego Hat Company.  If you don't want to actually paint your wall but would like this effect, take a muslin backdrop and use Rit Dye to hand paint the dots with a 1/2 inch brush at regularly spaced pre-marked intervals.  The charm is in the irregularity of the dots so don't be afraid to make them all a little different so no two dots are exactly the same.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Signature Styles at Joanne's!

My ribbon shelf.

My studio in the lovely afternoon light. 
I was at my local Joanne's Fabric and saw Signature Styles a book that I had the honor of being featured in (and on the cover of!).  It has been out for a little while now but this is the first time I've seen it on the shelves which makes it all the more real and exciting.  It really brightened my day because I was feeling rather uninspired and being a mom of two now, I just never have enough time to craft these days.  Rather, I'm running around with snot all over my shirt and pants trying to keep my one year old from diving off the T.V. cabinet and my three year old from trying to ride the little one like a humpback whale.  The author Jenny Doh is a dear friend and fellow craft author who writes a fabulous blog I'm going to share some of my favorite pictures that didn't make it into the book here right now...
Mannequin with floral pins.  Inspiration board in the background.

A close-up of my tools- love this olive oil can holding the big paint brush from Whole Foods.

And at the end of the day, it's nice to sit down and sew a present for a friend.  Here, I'm working on an embroidered onesie or just posing behind my sewing machine.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Starfish Costume

This project I made to be UCLA Family Commons starfish mascot.  It could also be a great big giant pillow for a kids room or a play room if you leave out the hole for the face and don't double the foam.

What You'll Need:

4 ft. x 3 ft. piece of egg crate foam
4 ft. x 3 ft. piece of 1/2 inch flat foam
4 yards velvet
4 yards organza
7 yards fusible interfacing
Embroidery thread and a big needle
Hot glue gun

1.  Measure and cut out your star shape.  I used a ruler to make sure all my points were even.  I also cut out circular pieces of foam to layer on top for height.  Use foam glue or hot glue to stick on.  2. Place all your foam pieces in a position to make the starfish bumpily textured.Use foam glue or hot glue to stick on. 

2.  Sew points around the bumps to keep them in place with embroidery thread.  I sewed three to four, tied them off, then left a couple inches thread loose.

3.  Trim excess velvet around the edges but leave enough to wrap around the sides.

4.  Cover with a layer of organza.  Trim excess.

5.  Sew points to keep the organza in place to the velvet.

6.  Glue gun velvet around face hole if you are making a costume and not a pillow.

7.  Iron fusible interfacing to the back side of the flat foam and inside of the corrugated foam leaving excess around the edges.

8.  Cover back with organza and trim edges.

9.  Sandwich the two stars together, organza out.  Whip stitch edges together turning all the fabric in.

Here is a close up of the inside of the starfish.  Here is a gap for the arms and there is another gap for the body to fit in to the costume. 

The finished costume about to be pounced on.