Monday, March 1, 2010

Adventures in DIY

I found this tutorial that I just HAD to try for my niece’s upcoming 3rd birthday as part of her present.  Awhile back I gave my sister a bunch of barrettes that I still had hanging around from back in the 80’s (yes, I am THAT big of a pack-rat) so that she could use them for my niece.  Silly me, I figured that they weren’t being used by me any more and they would be cute on my little niece.  Turns out I was wrong, and they are in fact ugly.  The barrettes I passed down looked something like the ones pictured here (below) and found on Etsy.  Personally, I still think they are kind of cute…you know, in a vintage sort of way.


Here are some photos from the Purl Bee tutorial on their website.  They have a lot of other brilliant DIY ideas as well.  In fact, I found a few more that I may have to give a whirl.

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The biggest problem I had was finding embroidery thread for the project.  The felt was easy, and the barrettes too, but I stared at the thread rack at the fabric store for 20 minutes straight and at the crochet aisle for another 20 minutes before just giving up.  After further research (online and via talking to my mom), I decided to purchase a crochet thread in size 10 and it worked perfectly.

Once I got the hang of making these barrettes using the Purl Bee tutorial, each barrette became easier and easier to make.  I was happy that my mom was visiting to help me decipher the instructions.  And I was happy also that I had at least a little experience in sewing.

Here are some photos from my adventure in DIY.  Enjoy!  My dog Madison was even content to model (so content she snoozed through the whole thing)…although on her it looks a bit more like a little hot pink cowboy hat than a flower barrette.

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This is what the pieces of felt look like before they are sewn together to make a flower.


The finished product!!!  Although, they were SO much fun and SO cute that I think I am going to make a few more!


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