DIY Ribbon Flower Headband

 

Floral Headband

This month at Gwen Studios the challenge is "Romancing the Ribbon". I decided to make a flower headband for my princess. DIY flowers are so easy to make too. I used a white grosgrain from Gwen Studios which is available at Wal-Mart. 

Supplies:

Gwen Studios

 

DIY Ribbon Flowers

Start by cutting 4 pieces of ribbon, each 3" long. The process for folding them is easy, it just takes a little practice!  I use the grid on my mats to help me get them even. For the 3" length I line the corner of the ribbon up a shown in the first photo above.  Once I have it lined up, fold the upper cut edge (on the left in the photo) over to line up with the lower cut edge (on the right in the photo). Pick the ribbon up and thread a needle through the bottom as shown. Gather the bottom together, wrap the thread around it a couple of times, then tie the thread off. Repeat 4 more times! (The purple tape is there for the photo only, I don't normally use it!).


Flower assembly

Trim the bottoms of each petal close to the wrapped thread being careful not to cut the thread. Use hot glue to adhere the petals as shown to a small circle of cardstock.  Add a pretty center and you are done!

 

White ribbon

Ta-da! Look how pretty it is! I love how these flowers look. Imagine a rainbow of ribbon flowers on a headband or pillow! I used hot glue to adhere it to the headband and I added a couple of paper leaves to each side to fill it out. 


Ribbon Flower Headband

I can't wait for the next time the princess visits so she can wear it. I think she is going to love it! 

Be sure to check out all the great projects from the Gwen Studios design team over on the blog. There are some fabulous projects! 


 



Ribbon Wrapped Head Band

 

Unicorn Headband

Y'all know I love ribbon - and I think everything needs some! I made this cute ribbon wrapped head band for my princess using Gwen using the new Favor Pack of Gwen Studios and a fabulous Unicorn applique. She LOVES all things unicorn at the moment! Trying to get a clear photo of the head band with her dancing around proved to be almost useless. That kid moves!! 


 Be sure to hop over to the Designer Crafts blog and see all the great projects we made this month using Gwen Studios ribbon. 

Glueing Ribbon

I started by wrapping a pink polka dot grosgrain from the Favor Pack around a headband. I think I picked the band  up on clearance somewhere- I have a few of them! Anyway, it was pretty easy to wrap the ribbon around - I tried not to overlap the ribbon. 

wrapping ribbon

I secured each end using my low temp glue gun then trimmed the end flush with the band. 

Grosgrain ribbon

For the bow on top I cut pieces about 4" long from a variety of colors that matched the unicorn. Be sure to trim the ends neatly. Lay out a longer piece of ribbon on your work surface. Place a pipe cleaner (cut in half) on top cross ways, then layer on the pieces of ribbon - FACE DOWN. Bring the ends of the long piece of ribbon up and tie a knot- be sure to get it as tight as you can. When you flip it over, the pipe cleaner should be on the top with the knot on the bottom.  Secure it to the band using low temp glue. 

Ribbon loops

You can make some loops from the ribbons by putting a small dab of low temp glue near the base of a ribbon, then folding the ribbon end over to the glue. Press in place with the end of a paintbrush. I left some plain so the ends would stick up. 

Unicorn Applique

This is where the pip cleaner comes into play! Add a stripe of low temp glue on each half of the pipe cleaner and press the applique onto it. Allow to cool for a few minutes. (yes, I need to clean my mat - I'm just not there yet! )

Childs hair band

This silly princess loved it! And kept shaking her head all over so getting a sharp photo was hard! Anyway,, she loved it and that's what matters, right? 

Ribbon Favor Packs
You can find the Gwen Studios ribbon Favor Packs and Appliques in the 
craft section of your local Walmart or at Walmart.com 
 

Crafting with Artesprix Sublimation Markers

 

Sublimation Tag

This month at Designer Crafts Connection we are creating with Artesprix Sublimation Markers. I have seen the products demonstrated at shows but I have never worked with them before. I have to say they were fun and easy to use. 

Designer Crafts

Artesprix Blog Hop

I received a great selection of products to work with. I got to work with a variety of classic colors, pastels, and a woodsy set.  I also got two sets of tags and a set of small, zipper top bags to work with. 

Artesprix has lots of products to work with and a ton of tips on how to  use them on their website

Sublimation markers

I stamped my images using the Sublimation Ink Pad and colored in with markers from different sets. I wanted to see if I could "blend" colors with the markers, so I layered colors on the flower petals and the leaves. 

Before and After Sublimation

Here is the tag after sublimation and the design sheet I used. I was pretty surprised the original design didn't change that much during sublimation. I guess I assumed it would disappear since it was moving to the tag! Nope- it stayed put right where it was.

Sublimation Flower

 Here's a close up of the flower. As you can see I was able to blend colors in the design- but I think I need a bit more practice to make it smoother. I was pretty happy with how this turned out though. 

DIY Craft Bag

My second project was a small take along craft bag for the princess. The transfer was not as crisp on this one- but that was probably my fault. I am pretty sure I shifted the bag during pressing. 

Sublimation Ink

To create this design I used small stamps and colored the ink directly to the stamp itself. This was quite the time gobbler! 

Stamping sublimation Ink

My workspace during this process was a mess! 

Stamped background

Here is a look at my design before I pressed it. It is very random and eclectic and I think my princess with love it. She always brings art supplies when we head out somewhere- so this should be a handy place to store them for her. 

Be sure to check out the Designer Crafts Blog to see all the projects made. There are some great ones! 

 

 


DIY Christmas with Kunin Felt

 

Christmas Garland
It's Christmas time so that means new decorations to mix with the old. My sweet princess has a Candy Land themed tree here at our house. I used Kunin Felt to make a super cute Christmas garland for her tree. She loves the color combo of pink and aqua so those are the colors I concentrate on. For this project I added in some white as well. 


Kunin Felt

Kunin felts and fabrics are made in the U.S.A. of Eco-fi® 100% polyester fiber, made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles.

Felt Crafts
 
I started with 3 colors of felt and an older Sizzix die. Like really older. As in for the old red Sizzix machine from the stone age! I love those dies and use them all the time.  Anyway,, Aqua, Pink, and White felt and lots and lots of circles!

Cutting Circles

I cut 20 circles of each size from each color of felt. Which got me 240 circles- so more than enough. I love that I can cut multiple layers at a time with these steel rule dies. It really makes projects like this go quicker. 


Felt Circles

I mixed all the pieces up pretty well. I wanted a truly organic look and did not plan any pattern for the garland. I just grabbed from a pile as I sewed. There were 4 sizes of each color so it ended pretty easy to sew them randomly and still look great. 

 


Sewing it all together was pretty easy too. This is a great project for a beginner sewer. The machine does most of the work and all you have to do is feed the circles in. I had the speed set to pretty slow. I am really trying to spend more time enjoying the process instead of just rushing through. I used my Brother Sewing Machine - I love this thing. It is a workhorse!!

 

Felt Garland

Ta-da! I used a medium stitch length for this garland and a cotton quilting thread on top and bottom. I cut the garland into manageable lengths and headed to the tree. 


Candy Land Decor
Modern Christmas

It looks great with and without lights! I love it. I think I may need a to do a few more feet to get the coverage I want on the tree though. 


 
Be sure to check out all the fun projects made by the Designer Crafts Connection Designers.  We have such a talented crew and I am always blown away by their creativity! 



 
 
 
 
 
 

Dressing up a Layout with Die Cut Ribbon

 

Die Cut Ribbons

Have you seen the new Die Cut Ribbons from Gwen Studios at your local Wal-mart? They are beautiful! I have been looking for just the right embellishments to scrapbook this photo of my princess for a while. I love the Fa-la-la Words ribbon and it was perfect!

 

I have to give a shout out to Persnickety Prints for the amazing 4x8 print I used here.  If you have never had your photos printed with Persnickety you need to give them a try! The use actual lab prints - not inkjet prints. The difference is amazing.

 Die Cut Ribbon

I choose to layer the die cut ribbon on a layer of grosgrain ribbon to make it stand out. I will say it was hard to photograph but it looks great in person!  The blue grosgrain perfectly matched the papers and embellishments from Doodleboug Design that I used. 

 


Best adhesive for ribbon

My go to adhesive for fiddly bits is 1Craft StickyDots by Thermoweb. These little sheets are amazing for getting adhesive on tiny or odd shaped pieces. Be sure to check it out - it's a great product!

 

Die Cut Sticker Embellishments

 I used papers from Doodlebug Designs Milk and Cookies collection. I *LOVE* these colors for Christmas! They are so beautiful.  Those little tiny hearts are also Doodlebug - from the Hey Cupcake line.


Doodlebug Embellishments

Look how cute! These are so tiny I use my tweezers to put them in place. 

 

 

 It's already available in your local Walmart store,