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Pumpkin Time!

Pumpkin Time!

I can no longer resist the call of pumpkins! For a short time at least, I’m seizing the moment to enjoy pumpkin everything! Pumpkin coffee, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin candles, and especially pumpkin decor! (I’ll send any haters a batch of pumpkin scones to console them.) Here are a couple of my favorite pumpkin crafts to help you join the pumpkin party!

I combine my love of both pumpkins AND pom-poms with this first project! You guessed it- I’m making cute lil’ pom-pom pumpkins to add to my fall centerpieces.

You can create these fuzzy little guys using pom-pom makers, different textures of yarn, and green pipe cleaners!  Check out our Pom Pom Pumpkins tutorial for the fun, easy DIY!

While I am very attached to my pom-pom maker, I also have a thing for fabric paint and stamps. I couldn’t pass up an excuse illuminate plain dish towels with fall motifs!

You can find the complete towel stamping tutorial in our post Nifty Gifties: Stamped Dish Towel!

I used foam stamps from the craft store, but you can also make your own! For step-by-step stamp making directions, check out our Funny Bunny Scarf post!

These make such cute fall gifts! I have given them away so fast, that I have yet to make some for me!

Of course, no pumpkin quest could be complete without real pumpkins! We made our yearly visit to a local farm to pick the perfect pumpkin, taste some apples, and snap pictures of the beautiful produce!

I was super excited to finally be able to wear this sweater and vintage wool skirt! To add to the 1940’s vibe, I accessorized with vintage earrings and a homemade snood hair net. You can find all the snood-making details in our DIY 1940’s Snood Hair Net post!

Happy Pumpkin Time, Everyone! Enjoy it while it lasts!

Costume Time: Across the Decades!

Costume Time: Across the Decades!

Halloween is almost here! Today we are showcasing some of our favorite costumes from across the decades! Click on each photo to see the whole post and outfit DIY!

Happy costuming, Everyone!

Costume Time: 1940’s Style

Costume Time: 1940’s Style

With Halloween around the corner, it’s the perfect time to create vintage fashion magic! This month we will feature some of our favorite tutorials for turning thrift store clothes into old-time fashion statements! Wear them to a costume party or wear them everyday! Today’s post highlights dresses that were originally made in the 1980’s but have lots of of 1940’s flair! My first dress needed very little work to give it swingin’ style!

Remember this dress from our “Week of 70’s and 80’s Dresses“? The only alteration it needed was the obligatory removal of the shoulder pads. (Hey, the 1980’s called and wanted them back!) The puffed sleeves, fitted waist, and below-knee length are 1940’s-ready all on their own!

Of course, it’s the accessories that really take this dress back in time! The hat, bag, and belt are vintage finds from a local thrift store called Crossing the Jordan! Coincidentally, that’s also where I found the dress!  

I was so excited to find this vintage enamel jewelry while thrifting, as it’s hard to find! The statement flowers play well with the statement flower print of the dress. Fashion Tip: The 1940’s ladies loved their brooches and clip-on earrings! The shoes are also a thrift store score from years ago, but you can find similar here. 

My next 80’s dress needed a little more love before it could really shine. Check out the tutorial here to witness the full transformation! This dress is now one of my favorite refashions!

My fabulous friend Katherine agreed to dress up for a 40’s-style photo shoot! Believe it or not, her outfit is NOT vintage but has lots of vintage flair! Fashion Tip: 1940’s ladies loved fitted blouses, skirts that reached around knee length, and snazzy belts! And you know what they loved even more? Red Lipstick and lots of it! Check out this fascinating article from vintagedancer.com for historical makeup tips and tricks!

If you can’t find a 1940’s hat or simply want to cover a modern haircut, you can make your own “snood” hair net! Check out my tutorial here for what may be my favorite vintage accessory DIY! Daisies are optional extras.

Ok, Vintage Fashionistas- time to get thrifting! And sewing! And quite possibly dancing…

Here are some 1940’s-inspired accessories to get you started!

Ice Dye: Apartment Edition

Ice Dye: Apartment Edition

Britt and I have a tradition of tye dying almost every year. This summer we decided to attempt it at Britt’s apartment… Instead of doing pots of dye on the stove or in buckets outside, we discovered ice dying, which was a new technique for us. We decided to try it out and see if it was more suitable for apartment-sized crafting than our usual dying method. With our new found inspiration, we set out to see how big of a mess we could make in Brit’s car port.

We found some great istructions from Brit+Co. Check out this bloggers post for more inspiration. https://www.brit.co/how-to-ice-tie-dye/

Supplies

  • Tarp
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paper towel
  • Scissors
  • Tin pans with plastic lids
  • Cookie racks
  • 1 lb. Soda Ash (We bought ours from Amazon via this link. )
  • Rit Dye (We also tried a polyester dye for a poly/cotton blend scarf… it didn’t work as well.)
  • Ice
  • Ruber bands (You only need these if you want to do starbursts or to tie up the fabric to produce a certain pattern).
  • Clothing to dye

Step 1: Soda Ash

We started by dissolving a package of soda ash in a couple of gallons of water. The package of soda ash should say how much to add for water volume. Then for an hour, we soaked the clothing and fabric in soda ash as a fixative for the dye.

Step 2: Stabby stab!

We used scissors to poke holes into the plastic lid that accompanied the tin pans. This allows water to drain into the tin pan as the ice melts.

Step 3 – Optional

I love starbursts so I used tiny hair rubber bands to create them around the bottom of some shirts I was dying.

Step 4: Assemble materials!

We placed the plastic lids on the tin pans. The we put cookie racks over the tin pans that didn’t have lids.

The red package of polyester dye did not work!

Step 6: Arrange fabric and add ice.

We used one bag of store bought ice. When I ice dyed sheets a few weeks later, I needed a lot more. When in doubt, just get more ice!

Step 7: It’s time to dye.

We opened the packages of dye and shook the powder onto the ice. There isn’t really a specific method for this part, have fun!

We ended up leaving the ice to melt over night. When I dyed sheets back at home a few weeks later, I left the dye sitting for 3 hours.

In the morning we collected our ice dyed goodies from the car port and put them in the wash.

Results!

Tote bags

The dye had a harder time melting through and getting both side of thicker material like the tote bags and a pair of shorts. Still turned out pretty cool but it is something to take note of.

We hit the beach rocking our new ice dyed clothing!

We fit right in at Brit’s local market.

Clean Up!

We washed the tin pans and cookie racks in the bathtub so I could take them home and do some ice dying with my friends! (The dye water dyed the soap scum in the tub, but did not dye the actual tub because we scrubbed it clean as soon as possible. Your tub might retain dye if it is old and/or cracked. If in doubt, you can do this step outside.) We used a hose outside to wash the tarp. Relatively easy and quick clean up!

Britt and I have deemed this project appartment friendly! I had so much fun ice dying that when I returned home I ice dyed some sheets to remake into curtains. Check out my post on ice dyed curtains here: https://partnersincraft.com/ice-dyed-curtains/

1950’s “Whimsy” Hat DIY

1950’s “Whimsy” Hat DIY

One week before a friend’s wedding, I discovered a fabulous 1950’s- style dress at the thrift store! While I had the perfect shoes, belt, and necklace to coordinate, I was lacking a hat! Gasp!! Should I devote hours to madly searching antique stores, resign myself to going hatless, or DIY myself a hat? The later option won…

I was inspired by the headband-like “whimsy” hats from the late 1950’s. More hair accessory than hat, these cuties were often built on wire frames and positioned on the head like a headband. Check out this post, “1950’s Womens Hats” from Vintagedancer.com for inspiration! After thoroughly reading that blog post, I gathered my supplies: a headband, vintage scarf, lace, and silk flowers. I also had a needle and thread, glue gun, and felt remnant at the ready.

My goal was to cover the headband with the scarf and then decorate the headband with the lace and flowers. I began by folding the scarf into a thin roll and then tying the scarf to one end of the headband.

Next, I began wrapping the scarf around the headband. In retrospect, I could have wrapped the scarf looser to create more volume around the headband. I knotted the end of the scarf at the other side of the headband.

With help from a needle and thread, I tucked the ends of the scarf around the ends of the headband and stitched them in place. I also made small stitches around the crown of the headband to insure that the scarf didn’t slip.

Next, it was time to decorate! I experimented with placement options for the lace before pinning and stitching that in place.

Time for some flowers!

Before I could create my flower arrangement, I had to dissect the pink carnation. (Insert evil laugh- mwah ha ha!) Silk flowers often have hard plastic bases as well as plastic stems that run up the center of the blooms. These plastic pieces make the flowers too tall and stiff to work with. Time to dissect…

 

After removing the plastic base, I unstacked the petals in size order and removed the center stem. I then glued the petals back together, layer by layer, using hot glue. The resulting flower had shape but much less stiffness.

I cut out an oval-shaped piece of felt that would become the base for my flower arrangement. The width of the oval was slightly less than the width of my wrapped headband. I experimented with placement for the foliage before glueing the pieces down in layers. I loved how the stems of white flowers and the two leaves had wire stems! This allowed me to shape them as needed!

Finally, it was time to stitch the felt base of the flower arrangement onto the headband!

I was pretty pleased with how well my “Whimsey” hat turned out! In fact, I am tempted to make more, after seeing how simple it is to make a hat that perfectly matches an outfit! I would love to try this with other vintage scarves and perhaps brooches and/or feathers!

The hat perfectly coordinated with my mostly-thrifted outfit! I felt fabulous at our friends’ wedding celebration! I couldn’t help taking copious photos in the orchards overlooking Mt Hood in Oregon!

I also couldn’t help taking a twirl.

What day! What a place!!

DIY 1940’s “Snood” Hair Net

DIY 1940’s “Snood” Hair Net

After finishing my 1940’s dress (check out that post here!), I definitely needed a hat! Fashionable 1940’s gals would never consider an outfit complete without one! I found a wealth of inspiration on one of my favorite historical fashion blogs, vintagedancer.com! Their in-depth article on 1940’s hats (found here) gave me the idea of creating a hair net, or snood. Snoods were a chic way for ladies to keep their hair in check while minimizing the need for styling. I was particularly drawn to this idea, because my hair is shorter than most women would have worn in the 1940’s. I also had a cheating way create this snood…

The knitters and crocheters out there can find real, vintage patterns for making snoods! (Check Etsy!) Since I am not skilled in those arts, I turned to a “Knifty Knitter” or “Circle Loom,” such as this set of several looms from Amazon (found here). I gathered some thin, slightly fluffy yarn, my loom, loom hook, and a little over a yard of coordinating ribbon.

I will walk you through the steps for creating the “brim” and body of the snood, closing the snood, and tying off the yarn. Most of these steps are identical to making a hat and should be clearly pictured on the instruction booklet included with your loom! Once the snood is made, we will insert ribbon into the brim to allow the hairnet to be fitted to ones head. Let’s get started by wrapping our yarn around the side peg, leaving a little tail. Then, wrap each peg with yarn one time. (The yarn in the next several pictures looks a bit different, as I had to change yarns mid-project. My first yarn choice ripped easily! The steps are the same, though, regardless of the yarn type!)

Once all the pegs are wrapped once, continue wrapping around the circle until you have two loops on each peg.

You can loop the end of your yarn around the side peg to keep the yarn from un-looping.

It’s time to start “knitting”! Using the loom hook, lift the first loop up over the second loop and right off the peg. This creates your knitted stitch.

That’s how the loom works! Lift the bottom loops over the top loops and off the pegs until you have gone around the whole circle. Wrap the pegs with more yarn and repeat the process. Do this until you have knitted a bit more than twice the width of your ribbon.

This knitted length is now going to become our “brim” for the snood. We will fold it over on itself to create to create a thicker tube, just like the brim of a knitted hat. At the bottom of the knitted section, find the lowest loop. Lift this loop up and slip it over the closest peg. Make this new loop the top loop. Now there are two loops on the peg and the brim is beginning to be folded over on itself.

Continue putting the loops from the bottom edge of the knitted section onto the corresponding pegs until all pegs have two loops. At this point, the knitted section is folded in half and is attached that way to the pegs. You now simply continue knitting as before! The bottom loop is pulled over the top one and off the pegs. The brim will be secured in place as you do this!

With the brim in place, it’s time to add length to your snood! Keep wrapping the pegs with more yarn, lifting the bottom loops up over the top ones, and lifting the loops off the pegs! Keep doing this until you have the length that you want. Since my hair is short, I don’t need a long snood. I knit until I had a length that resembled a slouchy beanie hat.

Now it’s time to tie off the yarn. We are going to put those last loops on the pegs to work! I cut off my yarn, leaving AT LEAST 10 inches of extra. This extra yarn will be threaded through each loop as the loop is lifted off the peg. I did this with my fingers, but you can also use a yarn needle to speed up the process!

Each time I lifted a loop off the peg, I threaded my extra yarn through the loop. You continue with this process until all the loops have been removed from the pegs and strung on the yarn. Now you have what looks like a small cowl scarf.

Pull on that extra yarn that was threaded through the loops and watch as the opening is drawn closed! This creates the back of the snood! Tie off the extra yarn securely before trimming. (I also tied off the little tail left on the brim.)

Time for the finishing touch- threading ribbon into the brim of the snood! The ribbon helps scinch the brim to fit the wearer’s head and will be tied in a cute bow near the hairline. I used about a yard of ribbon, but would allow more for a larger head or bigger bow. Although my ribbon was 5/8 inch wide, wider ribbon can be used if you make a wider brim!

I attached a safety pin at one end of my ribbon. I used the safety pin like a needle, helping me push and pull the ribbon through the brim. I later trimmed the ends of the ribbon and coated the edges with Fray Check.

All that’s left to do is try it on! First, put on the snood just like a hat. (Folks with very long or thick hair may wish to pin up their hair at the base of the neck.) Then, tuck your hair into the snood and align the brim as if it were a headband. Tie the ribbon in a bow, scinching the brim to your head. Secure with bobby pins if needed. Ta-da!

Of course, the addition of vintage jewelry, or possibly a daisy, never hurts!

My fabulous friend Katherine joined me for a fun-fill 1940’s photoshoot! 🙂

You can check out my dress tutorial in our previous post (found here)! I’m loving this look and will definitely create more outfits WITH coordinating snoods! We love the 1940’s!!!

Flower Applique Earrings

Flower Applique Earrings

Here’s a quick tutorial for DIY earrings that are perfect for a summery state of mind! You may even have some of the supplies in your sewing stash! First, find some cute appliques and/or ribbon flowers. You will also need blank earring posts, earring backings, and E6000 craft glue. (Optional: Before you start, you could coat your appliques with a thin layer of Mod Podge glue to add stiffness and/or protect delicate appliques. This gives the flowers a bit of shine as well!)

 

 

 

Next, grab a paper plate or piece of parchment paper to use as a work surface. Turn the flowers face down and put a blob of glue where you want the earring post to be. Nestle the post into the glue, adjusting it’s placement as needed. Let the glue dry for at least several hours or overnight if possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, find a floral outfit in need of some cute earrings! Head outside to enjoy the summery weather and bright blooms!

 

Vintage Earring Remake: Post to Pendant

Vintage Earring Remake: Post to Pendant

Ever find a big, bright pair of 1980’s earrings and wish you had the guts to wear them? You could just woman-up and wearing those earrings as is! Or you could remake them into something a little more modern but just as fun! Enter the post-to-pendant tutorial! Today, we are going to turn some giant post earrings from the ’80’s into pendants that can be hung as earring or on a necklace! Let’s get started!

The first step is to find some big ol’ post earrings, preferably at your local thrift store. Note: The lighter the earrings, the better they are for earrings. If they feel heavy, they are best for necklace pendants. You will be adding additional weight when you create the pendants, and you don’t want to make something too heavy for your ears. To get started, remove the original earring post backings by using pliers or wire cutters if necessary. (I have found that soaking the earrings for a few minutes in soap and water can soften the glue and allow the backings to be pulled off.) Next, assemble your supplies: earring bails, earring posts with loops to hang beads from, supportive earring backings, jump rings, and glue. (I used E6000 Jewelry and Bead.

 

 

 

Now it’s time to glue a jewelry “bail” to each earring. The bail has a flat surface that is glued to the earring and a loop that then allows the earring to be hung as a pendant. Note: The bails that I found at the craft store were bigger and heavier than what I really needed. The addition of these bails made my pendants heavy. I later discovered that you can buy “earring bails” that are smaller and lighter. I found those my local bead store and also online.  (Here is a link to an example I found on Etsy.) When I do this project again, I will use those smaller bails, but this is a picture of the large ones I used.

 

 

 

Next, it’s time to glue the bails to the earrings! The paper plate made a good work surface, while little pieces of foil added support under the earrings while the glue dried.

 

 

 

 

According to the glue directions, I let the glue dry for at least 24 hours before moving to the next step. If you wish to make a necklace, the pendants are now ready to hang from a chain or cord. If you want to make earring, we need to attach the pendants to the earring backings using jump rings.

 

 

 

 

 

Hooray, we now have earrings! I love how beachy these look!

 

 

 

I tried wearing the pendants as earrings and on a necklace!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These will be so fun to wear for summer! I can’t wait to make more! 🙂

 

 

 

Basic to Trendy- Patches!

Basic to Trendy- Patches!

The patch trend has gotten us pretty excited!  We love a good excuse to make our wardrobe basics unique through the addition of small embellishments! Lindee and I discovered, however, that our patching plans required research, shopping, and much stitching. To start with, lots of time went into finding and obtaining the elusive patches. The hunt was made more challenging by our avoidance (where possible) of the expensive patches at craft stores. I found many of my embellishments at a favorite fabric thrift store, called Legacy. ( Check it out here.)  Lindee, on the other hand, discovered the joys of online patch shopping. Army Surplus stores proved to be great places to shop for military and nautical themed patches, while souvenir shops provided travel patches. While on the hunt, we also sourced garments to be embellished. We looked for items with moderate weight fabric and multi-season wearability. Finally, the time for patching arrived! Here are some of the results!

 

One of my first projects was a hoodie sweatshirt that needed a touch of preppiness. I ironed the patches onto the sweatshirt first. I then made tiny stitches around the edges of the patches, securing them to the fabric. The thread I used matched the patches, making the stitches barely visible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comfy sweatshirt + cute details = lots of wardrobe potential!

 

 

 

Next came my denim jacket re-do. Since I had more jacket than patches, I decided to use fabric paint and foam stamps to paint some large background shapes onto the jacket first. I then ironed and stitched patches among the painted shapes to add texture and details! (For instructions on fabric stamping, check out this tutorial from our Nifty Gifties posts!)

 

 

 

Here are some close ups!

 

Denim jackets are my go-to layering piece, and the patches make this one special! (Check out this tutorial for making a coordinating summer necklace!)

 

 

 

Lindee went to town with her projects, adding embellishment to jeans, jackets, and accessories! For her first project, she searched for months for the perfect jacket. Once she found the style she had in mind, she realized that the material posed a unique challenge. The jacket’s nylon material was heat sensitive, which prevented her from ironing the patches to the jacket. Instead, she pinned each patch in place before stitching around the edges.

 

    

 

 

Lindee’s denim projects took lots of time, but turned into showstoppers! Although she was able to iron the patches to the fabric in some cases, she was always careful to stitch down the detailed outlines of the patches. Denim is such a heavy fabric, that delicate patches could easily peel up from the fabric and rip during washing. Note to crafters: Floral patches are beautiful, but each bloom and leaf has to be secured to the garment! Note #2: Floral motifs look super cute mixed with patches from the army surplus store!

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, Lindee turned a simple sweatshirt into an adorable one-of-a-kind! She highlighted the British flag patch by surrounding it with lace appliques. Her finishing touch was a tiny crown patch on one cuff!

 

  

 

No patch post could be complete without accessories! One great travel patch was all Lindee’s cap needed to become unique! She discovered that this was a great way to make her own souvenirs from a favorite trip!  Note to crafters: hats have a curved shape, which makes it difficult to pin and stitch flat patches in place.

 

 

Our quest for patch perfection was quite an adventure! We have yet to run out of patches, however… More patch-tastic projects are sure to be in our futures! Stay tuned!

Nifty Gifties: Mother’s Day Edition

Nifty Gifties: Mother’s Day Edition

Today’s post features some of our favorite gifts to make for Mother’s Day! What’s our mom’s favorite? Although she likes most of our creations, she especially loves the stamped dish towels from our Nifty Gifties series! She says she can ALWAYS use more dish towels, especially cute ones! 🙂 What would the moms in your life appreciate? Click the titles or photos for each project to see step by step instructions!

 

Magnets from Vintage Bling

We LOVE vintage bling! This project is a great way to show off old jewelry or buttons that might otherwise sit in the craft stash. Thrift stores and garage sales are great places to look for low-cost costume jewelry. If you don’t have vintage buttons, you can find fun retro styles at the craft store!

 

 

 

Stamped Dish Towels

Here’s our mom’s favorite nifty gifty! This is an easy stamping project that is super customizable! If you want to make your own stamp, check out the Funny Bunny Scarf tutorial (here) for step by step instructions!

 

 

 

Statement Necklace DIY

Who doesn’t love a new statement necklace for spring?! This project features beading supplies that are easy to find at the craft store. You may, however, get a little over-inspired by the bead choices available! That’s ok- you can always make one for Mom AND one for you!

 

 

 

Stamped Tote Bag

These pictures are making me want to dream up some fun tote or beach bags for spring! As with all of our stamping projects, the options for customization are endless! This process also works really well on T-shirts, so check out our Stamped T’s post (here) !


 

 

Leafy Green Earrings

Here’s another fun way to DIY some spring accessories! You can make the earrings small or larger, bright or subtle, depending on the beads you use! You could even use small buttons, rhinestones, pom poms, and more!

 

 

With all this crafting going on, you may as well make something special for both you AND your mom! Or make something WITH Mom! Have fun, Partners in Craft!