Tuesday Tutorial: Felt Flower on Chevron Print Headband

IMG_4833aThis is our fourth and final post on the “What the heck to do with those felt circles?” series. We know we can use them to attach to the backs of flowers and things, but it’s nice to have more than one use for something, don’t you agree?

Today we’re going to learn how to make this sweet felt flower headband. Let’s get started!

Materials Needed:

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Chevron Print Fold Over Elastic Headband

15 MM Pearlies Center Embellishment

Scrap of Felt Fabric

Glue Gun

Scissors

Step One:

Take your scrap piece of felt and cut a circle roughly 1-1/4″ in diameter (mine is bigger in the photo, but I trimmed it down a bit). It doesn’t need to be a perfect circle. You won’t see it once we’re done.

Set this piece aside for now.

IMG_4821Step Two:

Take one of your felt circles and put a dab of hot glue right near the edge like this:

IMG_4824Quickly, before the glue dries (but careful not to burn your fingers), pinch the felt circle on each side of the glue to create a petal piece. Like this:

IMG_4825You’re going to want to make about 10 of these petals.

Step Three:

Once you have all of your petals made, we’re going to start hot gluing them to the felt circle scrap from step one. I just placed a small bit of hot glue on the back of each petal and quickly placed it on the felt circle so that the pinched end was right about in the center of the circle.

IMG_4826IMG_4827It’s gonna be a bit messy. So just do your best to pick off any strands of hot glue. You can also take a lighter and quickly touch a flame to the hot glue to make it clear and less noticeable. Most of the mess in the center will be covered in the next step.

You can also trim any excess of the scrap felt circle that may be showing at this step too. This is what it will look like from the back.

IMG_4830Step Four:

Place a small dob of hot glue in the center of the felt flower that you’ve just completed. Then quickly place the pearl embellishment on top of the hot glue before it dries.

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Step Five:

Now just hot glue the back of your little felt flower to the loop on your elastic headband.

IMG_4831IMG_4832The end! So easy, right?! And you can make them in a number of different colors. You could even alternate the colors of the petals for a multicolor look. So fun!

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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?

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Throwback Thursday: No Sew Ribbon Tie Tutu

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This is a tutorial that first went up on the old blog back in April of 2012. This is still a super fun project, and my niece still has her tutu! She loves it. So, without further ado, here are the instructions on how to make this gorgeous beast!

Tutorial: How to Make a Ribbon Tie Tulle Tutu

We’ve decided as mentioned in our earlier post that we need to teach people a little something about some of the craft products we carry. There are lots of really cute things you can make relatively easily and inexpensively on your own, and we’d love to share some ideas with you.

So, today I want to show you how to make a simple ribbon tie tutu. Learning how to make a tutu is really very easy.  There are other variations on this, you can even use elastic if you have it. I love this idea because you can use any colors you want, just as puffy as you like, and really personalize your own creations.

You will need:

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6″ X 25 Yd Rolls of Wholesale Tulle (I used 4 rolls–Purple, Lavender, Light Green, and Turquoise–that’s a new color! I didn’t end up using the white pictured.) The amount you need will depend on the size of girl and length of tutu you are making. This was for a 7 year old girl, whose waist was about 24″, and the length is approx. 13”.  You can make just a tutu skirt with a shorter length or a tutu dress with a bit of a longer length.  Just measure against the person you wish to make this for.

Grosgrain Ribbon (I used 7/8″ Solid Purple Grosgrain)

Scissors

Scrap Piece of Cardboard

Directions:

Cut a piece of cardboard about the length that you would like your skirt to be, adding an extra inch for tying and fluff factor.

Wrap your tulle around the cardboard lengthwise. I just used the whole roll, so I’m not really sure how many times. But you can err on the side of caution and just do a few passes of each color at once.

Cut the tulle on one side of the cardboard. This will give you pieces twice the length of your skirt. This is good. Don’t panic. They are supposed to be that long.

Once all of your tulle is cut, you can cut your ribbon.  Use the waist of the girl you are making the tutu for as a measure. Wrap the ribbon around the waist, then add an extra couple of feet so you’ll have what you need plus enough for tying a nice bow at the end.

Measure about about a foot in (or more if you like) to your ribbon and tie a knot. This is to keep the tool from sliding off of your ribbon. This is the start of the waist on your skirt.

7/8" Grosgrain RibbonTake two pieces of tool and fold them in half creating a loop. Put the loop in back of the ribbon as pictured.

How To Tie a TutuNow take the ends of your tulle up over the ribbon and through the loop. Pull tight. The tighter you pull these knots and push them together, the fuller your skirt will be. If you don’t want it too full, pull your knots a bit looser, but tight enough to stay put.

Knotting a TutuContinue to tie knots alternating colors as you wish. I just did a four color alternating pattern, but you can do it however you like.

Tying a TutuWhen you think you have enough tulle tied on your skirt, hold it up to your recipient’s waist and make sure you are done. Then tie another knot in that end of the ribbon to hold the tulle in place.

Now you can just tie a pretty bow in the back, and you are set! Voila, easy peasy inexpensive custom made one of a kind tutu!

I love the colors of this tutu.  I think it turned out so darling, fun and Spring-y! I simply love this fluffy tutu. Making tutus for your boutique would  be much easier than you think.  If you just don’t have time to make tutus, we also carry wholesale tutus that are only $2.99 each!

Also, if you’re just dying to know how to make that matching hair piece, you can find the tutorial for that here.

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Throwback Thursday: Patriotic Firecracker Bow Tutorial

This tutorial was first posted on our old blog back on June 25, 2014. I was, and still am, super in love with this awesome bow!

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Materials Needed:
Grosgrain Ribbon (I used 3 colors in 3/8” solid and 2 colors in 7/8” polka dot)
Wire Garland of Your Choice
Glitter Tulle (or Regular Tulle)
Lined Double Prong Alligator Clip
Crystal Center Rhinestone Embellishment
String (I used crochet thread)
Scissors (not shown)
Needle and Thread (not Shown)
Glue Gun and Glue Stick (Not Shown)
Lighter (Not Shown)

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Step One:
Start cutting your tulle into 5-6 5” strips. Lay them down in a rotating asterisk kind of pattern as shown below. Then, gather them in the middle, wrap your string around the center, and tie it off to make a bow-looking shape. Clip off the extra ends of your string once you have it secured.

Set this piece aside for now. We’ll come back to it.

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Step Two:
Cut your ribbon into 5.5” lengths. Then, shape the ends of them how you want them to look and use the lighter to seal the ends from fraying. Don’t hold the lighter too close or too long. I set one of mine on fire! Lol.

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Step Three:
Stack your ribbons in crisscross patterns on top of one another. Make sure they all intersect in the center. This is important for the next part. I stacked the smaller width ones on top. Otherwise you won’t see them behind the bigger ones.

Once you have them all stacked together, use your needle and thread to sew a tack stitch in the center to hold them together.

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Step Four:
Cut a couple of strands of your wire garland to about the same length of the ribbons. Add them to your ribbon stack and tack stitch them into your bow as well. Once you feel like everything is tacked together securely, tie the stitch off in the back and clip the needle and extra string away.

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Step Five:
Going back to your tied tulle piece. Pull each of your ends around and out and up and down until you have made a shape that pleases you for the bottom of your bow. Then, using your scissors, trim off the excess length and shape it a bit.

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tep Six:
Squeeze a good glob of glue on the center of your tulle piece where your string is, and place your ribbon piece in the center of the glue. Hold it together for about 30 seconds to let it bond a bit. . I didn’t get a picture of this part. Sorry.

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Step Seven:
Hot glue the crystal center embellishment to the center of the bow (this will hide all of the stitching uglies).

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Step Eight:
Hot glue the lined double prong alligator clip to the back center of the tulle piece.

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Voila! A fantastic hair clip for your patriotic princess, and it can be customized in any colors you like!

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Throwback Thursday: Tied Ribbon Tutu Flip Flops Tutorial

This tutorial was first posted on our old blog back on June 12, 2014. These flip flops would make a great little activity for girl’s camp, sleepovers, family reunions, birthday parties, etc. They are easy to make, and there is no hot glue to mess with!

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3 Colors 3/8” Grosgrain Ribbon of Your Choice
3 Colors Tulle of Your Choice
Scissors
Flips Flops

http://blog.alwaysunderpay.com/wp-content/uploads/materials.jpg**Note**On the ribbon and tulle, this is a great way to use up random bits that you don’t have enough of for anything else. I think I only used 6 strips of each color, if that, on each flip flop.

Step One:
Start by cutting about 6 strips of each color in both the ribbon and the tulle. I cut mine to about 6”, but you can cut to whatever length you feel is long enough to tie onto the straps.

Step Two:
Just start tying the strips onto your flip flop. I did my in a pattern, but it is really not necessary. I did red, white, and blue (in that order). And I alternated between red ribbon, white tulle, blue ribbon or red tulle, white ribbon, blue tulle.

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Step Three:
Keep tying ribbons onto your flip flop until you have each strap covered as much as pleases you. Now isn’t that pretty? … Lol it looks a bit of a hot mess right now, right :)?

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Step Four:
Trim all of your ribbons and tulle to a shorter, more tutu looking length. Whatever looks good to you works. This is looking lots better!

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Step Five:
Wear your snazzy new flip flops for school pride, parades, sleepovers, girls camp, whatever! Now weren’t those simple to make and crazy fun?  We have a large selection of cheap and affordable tulle.  You could even make these cute flip flops and make a matching tutu.  Then, your little girl could wear the flip flops to dance class.  How cute is that?

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Tuesday Tutorial: Patriotic Shabby Chic Flower Chevron Headband

Shabby Flower Chevron Headband AnnouncementToday you will learn how to make this super quick and easy shabby chic patriotic headband. I’m loving this sweet headband for the upcoming holiday. Baby’s first 4th of July!

Materials Needed:

Navy Blue Shabby Flower

Red/White Dot Fabric Covered Center

Red Felt Circle

Red Chevron Print Fold Over Elastic Headband

Glue Gun

Shabby Flower Chevron Headband 1Step One:

Squeeze a small dob of hot glue in the center of the red felt circle. Then, place these circle onto the back center of your flower like so. Be careful not to burn yourself with the glue.

Shabby Flower Chevron Headband 2Step Two:

Place another dob of hot glue on the center of the backside on your red/white dot fabric covered center. Then press it into the center front of your shabby flower.

Shabby Flower Chevron Headband 4Step Three:

Using your hot glue gun, glue the felt circle on the back of your shabby flower to the fold over loop on the headband as shown below.

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That’s it! An easy and quick headband for the holiday. You could make this in endless color combinations with the variety of flowers and headbands we sell on our site. One for every outfit in your little diva’s closet!

Shabby Flower Chevron Headband 7Thanks 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: Loopy Ribbon Puff Clip

Isn’t this clip just too cute? I’m loving it! And it is very versatile. Any girl could wear this. Wouldn’t it be too cute as a pom-pom look for a cheerleader? You could even use school colors!

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Materials Needed:

40-50 3″ strips of 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon (I used 45, 15 each in 3 different colors)

Ribbon Lined Alligator Clip (or any other clip/headband of your choosing)

String/Thread and Needle. My string was about 18″ long.

Lighter

Scrap Piece of Felt

Glue Gun

Scissors

Loopy Ribbon Puff ClipStep One:

Using the lighter, seal all of the edges on each end of the strips of ribbon you have cut. This takes a bit of time, but is worth it. It prevents the ribbon from fraying later.

This photo is a little blurry, and I may have burnt the edge a bit, lol, but you won’t see that later.

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Step Two:

Thread your string through the needle, then tie a knot in the opposite end of the thread. Fold one of your ribbon strips in half and slide onto your needle as shown.

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Step Three:

Slide the ribbon off the needle and onto your string. Continue to do this with each loop of ribbon. I slid them to the end of the string every few pieces so they wouldn’t get in my way.

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Step Four:

Once you have all of the ribbon pieces on your string, push them all tight together at the end of the string like so.

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Step Five:

Tie the two ends of your string together, then clip off the excess length of string. Or, you can sew all of the ribbons together by passing the needle and thread back and forth through the ribbons and then tying off. Since we are going to be securing this puff to a felt circle with hot glue, I didn’t feel that was necessary.

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Step Six:

Using your scissors, cut a circle about 2″ in diameter out of your small piece of felt. It doesn’t need to be a perfect circle. No one will see it when anyone is wearing it 🙂

Then, squeeze a thin layer of hot glue over most of the circle.

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Step Seven:

While the glue is still hot, quickly press the bottom of your loopy ribbon puff (the side with the string knot showing) flat onto the glue side of your felt circle. Hold firmly in place for about 15 seconds to be sure it attaches well.,

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Step Eight:

Hot glue your lined alligator clip to the bottom of the felt circle. And your done! Easy Peasy!

Loopy Ribbn Puff Clip 12Do you want to win this clip? Just leave a comment on our Facebook post for this clip, and we’ll pick a winner on the morning of Tuesday, June 9th!

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TBT: Patriotic Triangle Pennant Banner Tutorial

Here is another great tutorial on using some of our burlap product (psssst…..it’s on sale this week!). This is a Throwback Thursday project. We first posted this tutorial last year during this same week. It’s a really great tutorial for Memorial Day, 4th of July, or anytime you’re feeling patriotic!

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Materials Needed:
Burlap Triangle Pennant Banners (this would also work with the Swallowtail Pennant Banners)
Spray Paint (I used the 3 oz Krylon Short Cuts)
Painter’s Tape
3 Cut Out Cardstock Stars
Double Sided Adhesive Tape
Newspaper or Drop Cloth (Not Shown)
A Nice Sunny Day! 🙂

Step One:

Cover all of the ties on each piece with the painter’s tape. Then spray paint all 5 pieces white. I did about two good coats of paint on each piece. You’ll need to let them dry for about 20 minutes between each coat.

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Step Two:
Let the white coat dry until dry to the touch (usually about 20-30 minutes). Use the painter’s tape to mark off some stripes on two of the pennants. Then begin spraying with red spray paint, again about two coats and letting dry 20 minutes or so between each coat.

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Step Three:
Use double sided adhesive to thoroughly cover the back of the cardstock star cut outs. Adhere the stars to the center of the remaining 3 pennants. Then spray paint each of them over with blue paint remembering two coats and 20 minutes dry time between each coat.

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Step Four:
Remove all painter’s tape and the cardstock pieces from all pennants. Tie the pennants together using the attached jute ties. Voila! A beautiful patriotic banner to decorate inside or outside. This would be really cute for summer barbecue and Independence Day décor.

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