Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tulle Rosette Tutorial

Let me preface this by saying anyone who knew me a year ago would think this quite funny that I am writing a sewing tutorial!
These rosettes are extrememly easy, and when asked how to do them, I could not find the original instructions that I saw, since I've bookmarked over 100 sewing tutorials. So, here is my version-I do mine a little different than I learned from the original tute. These are free for you to use and create, all I ask is that you become a follower of my blog :) pretty please?

Step 1-Materials: scissors, sewing machine, needle and thread, and a 6 inch by 24 inch strip of tulle

Step 2: Fold the tule in half and then in half again, so that it now measures 1.5 inches by 24 inches

Step 3: Using the longest stitch length on your machine and the shortest width, run a basting stitch down the middle of your folded strip. Be sure to leave plenty of strings at the beginning and end of stitching and DO NOT BACKSTITCH!

Step 4: Separate the threads at one end and start gathering-pull one of the threads carefully and start "scruntching" the fabric down the thread.

Step 5: Once you have gathered and have the material fairly evenly distributed, the length on the tulle should be about half of what you started with, so around 12 inches. Now, tie off both ends with double or triple knots and trim those threads.

Step 6: Start the spiraling! Begin at one end and fold on the stitch you made and start spiraling around an invisible circle, about the size of a dime. Keep spiraling around until you have about a 1 inch tail.

Step 7: Take your tail and push down through the center hole. Now it looks like a poof! Turn it over on the back and hand-stitch to secure the shape and now you're ready to attach to a shirt, hair clip, just about anything!

And here is another version for a tri-colored rosette: Used 3 strips of tulle measuring 2 inch by 24 inches and didn't fold, just ran the stitch down the middle and gathered then shaped.

To attach to a shirt, I put about 5 stitches by hand in each flower. I have washed this shirt 3 times in the past 4 days and no problems using the delicate cycle. I always hang to dry because the tulle can become *ratty* in the dryer. :)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Rainbow Tutu and Rosette Shirt

For dd's b-day, she wanted a Rainbow Magic Fairy party, so I whipped up a tutu and this shirt with matching rosettes. No hairbows or hair anything in this post, just thought it was cute and wanted to share.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Simple Piggies with Bling Bows

Sometimes, just some cute hair accessories can take plain piggies to new heights. I am a big fan of pigtails-great for my active girls. Here, I did a side part and then a high pigtail on both sides of the head. The light pink bows have a touch of marabou feathers and cute rhinestone center. These look really cute for dance class, too! And if it's a REALLY rushed morning, then I can clip the bow to a woven headband and bolt out the door. :)