Tuesday Tutorial: Small Felt Flower Clip

memeI’ve had a couple of customers ask what they can do with our felt circles besides the obvious (using them for backs to attach flowers to things). So, I thought I’d show you a couple of little projects you can use these beauties for. I’ll post one today, and a few more over the next three weeks, so stay tuned!

Let’s get started on this sweet little felt flower clip.

Materials Needed:

IMG_4277 11 Felt Circles (6 of the bottom color, 5 of the top color)

1 Fabric Covered Center Embellishment (you could also use one of our rhinestone, pearl, or crystal embellishments for a different look)

Lined Double Prong Alligator Clip

Glue Gun

Step One:

Cut down all 5 of the hot pink felt circles so they are just slightly smaller than the green ones that will go under them.

IMG_4278Step Two:

Hot glue the hot pink felt piece inside of the green piece so that one edge nearly touches the edge of the green piece (it can actually touch it, mine just didn’t lol). IMG_4279Step Three:

Squeeze a small amount of hot glue onto the center of the hot pink felt circle close to the edge as shown.

IMG_4281Step Four:

Pinch the bottom edge of your felt circles together as shown above. This will make one flower petal.

IMG_4282Step Five:

Make 4 more pieces just like the one you made above for a total of 5 flower petals.

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Place a small dab of hot glue onto the extra green piece of felt circle (remember you had 6 of this color?). Then quickly place one of your flower petals on top of the glue and hold in place for a few seconds to allow it to dry in place.

IMG_4285Step Seven:

Continue adding petals to the green piece of felt until they are all placed as shown:

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This is what the back should look like at this stage:
IMG_4289Step Eight:

Hot glue the fabric covered center to the middle of your flower.

IMG_4290Step Nine:

Hot glue your flower assembly to your lined alligator clip.

And done! This sweet little clip measures just 1-7/8″ L X 1-5/8″ T. It’s just a darling little hair piece.

IMG_4292Isn’t this so super cute?! I just love it. I can’t wait to send it off to one of you lucky winners lol. Just watch for our Facebook post later this week and make a comment!

 

 

Tuesday Tutorial: Shabby Flower Crib Shoes

Shabby Flower Shoes AdI think our baby crib shoes are super cute without any added details. However, I am a crafter, and I’m always getting the urge to jazz things up a bit, you know? Make something mine so to speak. So today I thought I would show you how to jazz those shoes up a bit!

Materials Needed:

Crib Shoes of your choice (I chose red/white dot for this tutorial)

2 Shabby Flowers (I’m using white for this tutuorial)

2 Center Embellishments (I picked red/white dot fabric covered centers)

2 Felt Circles (I’m using white for this tutuorial)

Glue Gun

Shabby Flower Shoes 1Step One:

Using your glue gun, squeeze a small dab of hot glue onto one of your felt circles, then quickly and carefully stick it to the center back of one of your shabby flowers. (Be careful not to burn your fingers.)

Shabby Flower Shoes 2Step Two:

Now squeeze a small dab of hot glue onto your center embellishment and then stick it into the center front of your shabby flower. Don’t try putting the glue onto the flower. It will cause issues with the flowers sticking to itself and make a mess.

Shabby Flower Shoes 3Step Three:

Next, place a bit of hot glue on the back of the felt circle that you glued onto the back of your flower. Then, stick the flower assembly to the shoe like so.

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Isn’t that so super cute? And easy? Don’t you just want to make more? I did! So, I made a few more. I did these all in 0-3 mos size, but we do carry the crib shoes in sizes from 0-12 months. Aren’t they cute?

Psssst…..Watch our Facebook page for a chance to win two pair!

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And, as always, thanks for joining us for this awesome tutorial today. We’d love for you to come back and checkout some of the other great tutorials at Always Under Pay!

 

 

Tuesday Tutorial: Shabby Flower Bookmark

Shabby Flower Bookmark AdI don’t know about you, but around here we usually have a summer reading list for our kids to complete during summer break. Even if you don’t, reading is a great thing for kids to do during the summer. Especially when they’re complaining that they are bored or it’s too hot to go outside. Reading keeps kid’s minds active and helps them retain all that information they worked hard to learn over the school year.

What better way to encourage a young reader than with a sweet little bookmark like this? It’s fun to use, and super easy to make! We’re going to show you how to do just that today.

Materials Needed:

2 Shabby Flowers

2 Fabric Covered Centers or Other Center Embellishments

12″-15″ Length of 3/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon

Glue Gun

1Step One:

Using your glue gun, hot glue one embellishment to the center of each of your shabby flowers as shown below.

2Step Two:

Hot glue one end of the 3/8″ ribbon to the backside of one of your flower embellishments like so.

3Step Three:

Now put a dob of hot glue in the center back of the same flower you’ve been working with like this:

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Then, lay your other flower on top of that dob of glue sandwiching the ribbon between the two flowers.

016Step Four:

The pic didn’t turn out well on this part, but it’s easy. Just trim the ribbon to whatever length you desire, then use a lighter or other heat source to seal the end of the ribbon from fraying.

Voila! Wasn’t that simple? And it’s a cute little token to encourage your young reader this summer!

Thanks for joining us for this awesome tutorial today. We’d love for you to come back and checkout some of the other great tutorials at Always Under Pay!

Tutorial: Simple Summer Burlap Wreath

I thought it would be fun, since burlap is on sale this week, to show you that burlap isn’t just for autumn projects. I know that I sometimes think of it that way. But burlap can be a fun spring or summer material as well.

Don’t you think this wreath has a fun and bright spring/summer feel color to it?

Burlap Wreath Meme

This is actually a fairly easy project to make in less than an hour too. Let’s get started!

Materials Needed:

White Styrofoam Wreath Form (Mine is 12”)

2” Wired Burlap Ribbon in your choice of colors (You’ll need about 7-8 yards of your base color, white in my case. Then you just need about 15”-16” of the other three colors you plan on using.

Shabby Flowers

Embellishments for Flower Centers

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Step One:

Cut a length of one of your wired ribbons to about 15”-16”. Start bending the wire on one side of the ribbon in sort of a zig zag shape. This will ruffle your ribbon slightly.

IMG_5817IMG_5818Step Two:

Scrunch the ruffled piece of ribbon up with your fingers tightly so it forms a sort of rosette shape. I just made mine into a round shape and then pushed all of the folds in toward the middle.

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Step Three:

Squeeze a good size pool of hot glue onto your wreath. Then take your rosette and place the center over your pool of hot glue and press it down for about 20 seconds. Be careful not to burn yourself. I used the end of an old pen to hold mine down lol.

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IMG_5823Step Four:

Continue to do this with the other two colors or lengths of ribbon you are using.

On the red piece, I decided I wanted it to have a more ragged, shabby looking edge. So I cut the wired pieces off of one side of the ribbon and pull some strands out of the weave like this:

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And here are the three completed rosettes after I stuck them to my wreath.

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Step Five:

At this point I am well pleased with how the wreath is turning out, but it’s dangerously close to feeling a bit ‘autumnish’ (cause that’s a word). So I decided to add some spring/summer shades of shabby flowers on top of my burlap rosettes with my handy dandy hot glue gun. Then I added my embellishments to the centers.

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*Note* I apologize for the quality of this photo. It is slightly blurry and I did not realize that until it was too late.

Step Six:

Make a pretty bow from the leftovers of your base color burlap ribbon and hot glue it to the center top of your wreath.

Ta da! A beautiful an inexpensive burlap summer wreath!

And, you can customize it for autumn too if you really feel the need later 😉

Burlap Wreath 3Thanks for joining us for this lovely tutorial today. We’d love for you to come back and checkout some of the other great tutorials at Always Under Pay!