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PomPom Beach Tote

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PomPom Beach Tote – Design by Lorine Mason

Pump up the beach fun by adding rows of pom pom trim and rick rack to a simple canvas bag. Low sew or No sew – the choice is yours to make. Bright bold colors give this PomPom Beach Tote an added pop.  You can stand out from the crowd with this DIY PomPom Beach Tote.  Pick a bag that will hold all your gear or adjust the  supplies needed based on the size of the bag.

Supplies for PomPom Beach Tote:

  • Canvas bag
  • Decorative Trim such as pompom trim and rick rack
  • Fusible lettering
  • Sewing Machine
  • Coordinating thread and pins
  • Fabric marking pen
  • Basic sewing, cutting, measuring and pressing supplies and tools
  • Optional – Fabric Glue

How To make PomPom Beach Tote:

Measure the bag opening and cut a piece of rick rack trim this measurement plus 1 inch. Pin the trim to the inside edge of the bag, turning under one end and overlapping them behind one of the straps. Top stitch in place.

Using a ruler and fabric marking pen and measuring down from the top hemline; mark two lines, one at 1 inch and a second at 3 inches.

Top stitch pompom trim along the marked lines, overlapping the ends for a finished look.  You can use a straight stitch or a zig zag stitch. try to use coordinating thread so your stitches will not be noticeable.

Follow the manufacturer’s directions to fuse letting to the front of the tote bag.  Take caution when working with a hot iron and make sure you are working on a safe surface.

Optionally you may skip the sewing and attach the trims and lettering using fabric glue. Follow the manufacturer’s directions carefully.  Choose a fabric glue that is washable , as you do not want your cool creation coming apart after laundering. 

Children’s Polar Puff DIY Hair Accessories

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DIY Hair Accessories – Polar Puff   Design by Lorine Mason

Children’s Polar Puff DIY Hair Accessories can be expensive and you can make your own with ease.  Make  DIY Hair Accessories that coordinate with the clothing they own.  Many little girls love to dress up.  An easy way to make a plain outfit special is with Hair Accessories.

Supplies for DIY Hair Accessories:

  • Plastic Hair Bands, Hair Elastics, Barrettes
  • Decorative Trimmings – Polar Puff Trim
  • Double Sided Tape – ¼ inch wide
  • Felt
  • Needle & Thread
  • Glue Gun
  • Basic cutting, sewing and measuring tools
  • How to:

Hairbands – DIY Hair Accessories

Starting approximately 1 inch up from the inside edge of the hairband, press double stick tape to the surface of the hairband. Wrap the tape around to the front of the hairband, across the top and down and around the opposite end.

Remove the backing tape from the double stick tape as you work. Press Polar Puff trim into the tape along the inside edge and then turn the trim 45° and wrap around the hairband end continuing wrapping it around the hairband until you have covered approximately two thirds of the hairband. Trim.

Repeat covering the remaining section of the hairband by starting from the opposite end. Trim.

Cut a length of Polar Puff trim and tie a bow over and around the hairband covering the meeting point of two sections of Polar Puff trim. Alternating add a Polar Puff Circle Flower

Hair Elastics & Barrettes – DIY Hair Accessories

Create Polar Puff Flowers following the diagrams provided.  Cut felt circles to cover the back of the flowers.

Glue Polar Puff Flowers to Hair Elastics, and onto hair bands by inserting the elastic/hairband between the felt and the flower. Add glue, press together and let dry.

Glue felt circles to the back of the Polar Puff Flowers then glue to the front of barrettes.

Polar Puff Flowers
Polar Puff Flower Diagram

 

Fashion Makeover

Dress Makeover ideas

Fashion Makeover Design by Lorine Mason

Do you have a favorite dress that needs something a little more. Have you ever thought of adding trim to take that dress to the next level? You can give the article of clothing a  Fashion Makeover

Supplies for Fashion Makeover:

  • Purchased dress
  • Decorative Trims – cotton trimmings 
  • Fabric marking pen
  • Thread
  • Non-fray liquid glue
  • Sewing Machine
  • Basic sewing, cutting, measuring and pressing supplies

How to give clothes a  Fashion Makeover:

Choose a design; in the case of the featured project overlapping circles were used. Using a large serving plate and starting at the center front of the dress, the pattern was marked directly onto the skirt. Note: Only one set of circles were drawn. The second row of trim was added by stitching ½ of an inch out from the first row of the trim.

Before starting to sew on the trim, determine a starting and ending point. Consider whether trim will be overlapped and therefore which area of the trim should be added first. In the case of the featured project, the hemline of the dress is where all trims started and ended as when the hemline trim was added it would cover any raw ends. Note: Avoid having to turn under raw edges whenever possible as you do not want added bulk.

Lay trim over the drawn lines and start stitching. Depending on the width of the trim, you may need to stitch along both edges of the trim to achieve a finished look.

Stitch trim along the hemline of the dress. Hand stitch the two ends together, overlapping and intertwining the elements of the trim for a finished look. A drop of non-fray liquid glue may be helpful.

Stitch trim to the neckline and armholes of the dress. This can be done by placing the trim under the edge of the finished opening and top stitching or by hand stitching the trim to the inner edge of the opening. Be sure to finish all raw edges by overlapping them slightly. Avoid bulk whenever possible.

The belt of the featured project was actually an elastic casing belt with a metal hook and loop buckle. I cut the buckle away from the belt, removed the elastic and cut the belt fabric in half lengthwise, trimming one end at a 60◦ angle. With right sides together and lace inserted along either side, I stitched the belt fabric along both edges. I then turned the belt right side out and added a thrift store buckle.

Baby Boutique Cards

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Baby Boutique Cards – Design by Lorine Mason

Creating one of kind cards is pretty simple. Using a die cut of a baby onesie simply add leftover bits of trim. You can create the Baby Boutique cards to coordinate with the theme and color.

Supplies for Baby Boutique Cards:

  • Die Cut Onesie Card Blank – (two die cuts per card)
  • Decorative TrimmingsRick Rack & Lace
  • Double Stick Tape – 1/8 & 1/4 inch wide
  • Glue
  • Button
  • Scissors
  • Needle & Thread
  • Velcro® Sticky Back Dot

How To make Baby Boutique Cards:

Apply double stick tape to the card front, wrapping it around to the inside edge of the card using the project as a guide to placement. Remove the backing from the tape and apply trim.

If your chosen trim is too narrow to use double stick tape, use small dots of glue applied directly to the back of the trims. Glue only a few inches at a time. Be sure to wrap the trim around to the inside edge of the card for finished look.

To create the ruffled skirt. Turn under the side edge and sew a running stitch along the top edge of a 10 inch section of lace. Repeat turning under the opposite raw edge of the lace. Pull the thread to gather the lace until it fits the width of the card. Stitch into the lace to secure threads. Trim threads. Add skirt to card front using glue or double stick tape.

Cut the second die cut in half along the shoulder seams. Set aside the back half of the onesie cutout and apply double stick tape to the back of the front section. Remove the paper backing from the tape and apply it to the inside front of the card, covering all of the raw edges of the trims applied earlier.

Glue button to card front, if desired.

Cut the Velcro® dot in half and apply the hook side the tab on the back of the card and the loop side to the front. Note: You will be using only one half of the Velcro® dot for each card. 

 

DIY Luggage Tags with lace

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Luggage Tags are a nice way to  customize your luggage to make them easier to spot in baggage claim.  It is also a great way to show off your skills.  Great gift idea!

Luggage Tags

Design by Lorine Mason

Supplies for Luggage Tags:

  • Canvas Fabric
  • Decorative TrimsCotton Trimmings
  • Heavy Weight Fusible Interfacing
  • Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing
  • Buttons
  • Grommets
  • Thread
  • Permanent or Fabric Marker
  • Sewing Machine
  • Basic Sewing, Cutting, Measuring and pressing Tools & Supplies

How To make Luggage Tags:

Cut out two tag shapes from the canvas fabric for each luggage tag. Create your own basic tag shapes or if you would like patterns, leave a comment and we will be happy to send you a copy.

Iron medium weight interfacing to the back of one of the tag pieces. Stitch lace trim to the tag front. Use the project photo as guide to placement. Diagram A

Stitch two additional rows of lace trim to the tag front, overlapping the edges. Diagram B

Stitch braid trim down the center of the tag, covering the edges of the lace trim. Cut trim even with the tag edges. Diagram C

Iron heavyweight interfacing to the back of the remaining tag. Layer the two tags on top of each other, right sides out. Sew an overcast stitch around the outside edges of the tag. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to apply a grommet to the tag. Diagram D

Cut a fabric strip 1 1/2 inches by 10 inches in length. Fold the raw edges towards the center and press. Fold in half and press. Top stitch down the center adding a piece of cotton soutache trim. Diagram E

Fold the strip in half forming a loop, insert the loop through the grommet. Bring both ends through the loop and tighten.
Add name and contact information to the back of the tag with a permanent or fabric marker. Diagram F

Cut a strip 1 1/2 inches by 5 inches in length. Fold the raw edges to meet in the center and press. Diagram G

Stitch two rows of lace trim to the tag front, spacing them 1/2 inches apart. Diagram H

Center the fabric strip on top of the lace trim. Top stitch down either side. Diagram I

Sew three buttons to the tag front. Iron heavyweight interfacing to the back of the remaining tag. Layer the two tags on top of each other, right sides out. Sew an overcast stitch around the outside edges of the tag.  Diagram J

Cut a fabric strip 1 1/2 inches by 10 inches in length. Fold the raw edges towards the center and press. Fold in half and press. Top stitch down the center adding a piece of cotton soutache trim. Diagram K

Follow the manufacturer’s directions to apply a grommet to the tag. Fold the strip in half forming a loop, insert the loop through the grommet. Bring both ends through the loop and tighten.
Add name and contact information to the back of the tag with a permanent or fabric marker. Diagram L

Iron medium weight interfacing to the back of one of the tags. Stitch a row of lace trim to the tag front, attaching it 3/8 inch up from the bottom edge. Diagram M

Stitch additional rows of lace trim, overlapping them as desired.  Diagram N

Stitch a row of braid covering the top edge of the final row of lace trim. Diagram O

Cut a fabric strip 1 1/2 inches by 10 inches in length. Fold the raw edges towards the center and press. Fold in half and press. Top stitch down the center adding a piece of cotton soutache trim. Diagram P

Iron heavyweight interfacing to the back of the remaining tag. Layer the two tags on top of each other, right sides out. Sew an overcast stitch around the outside edges of the tag. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to apply a grommet to the tag. Diagram Q

Follow the manufacturer’s directions to apply a grommet to the tag. Fold the strip in half forming a loop, insert the loop through the grommet. Bring both ends through the loop and tighten.
Add name and contact information to the back of the tag with a permanent or fabric marker. Diagram R

Luggage Tags

 

Luggage Tags

Enjoy your handmade luggage tags.

Happy Birthday Pennants

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Happy Birthday Pennants Design by Lorine Mason

Show off your Birthday wishes in a big way with this fun string of Happy Birthday Pennants. Fast and fun to make and totally reusable again and again. The Happy Birthday Pennants are also called banners.  You can make them for any occasion too.

Supplies for Happy Birthday Pennants:

  • Cotton Canvas – ¼ yard
  • Decorative Trimmings – Cotton Trimmings
  • Printed fabric
  • Fusible web backing
  • Single fold bias tape
  • Thread
  • Assorted Buttons
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Sizzix® alphabet die and die cutting machine
  • Sewing Machine
  • Basic sewing, cutting, pressing tools and supplies
  • Fabric glue – optional

How To make Happy Birthday Pennants:

Using the pattern provided; cut out as many pennants as required to spell out your message. Note: Leave us a comment and we will be happy to send you a full size pattern for the pennants. 

Fold over the top edge of each pennant and press.

Top stitch the trim to the pennants, starting at the top edge, mitering the trim at the point and stitching back up the opposite side.

Press fusible web to the back of the fabric and cut out letters.

Remove paper backing from fusible web and press letters to the center of each pennant.

Open the folds of the bias tape and insert each pennant, spacing them as desired. Top stitch along the length of the bias binding to secure the pennants to the bias binding.

Glue buttons to the point of each pennant.

Optionally: Fabric Glue may be used in place of sewing. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to assure success.

 

Wedding Scape with Decorative Trimmings

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Wedding Scape with Decorative Trimmings

Design by Lorine Mason

Create an elegant wedding scape by combining burlap ribbon and Decorative Trimmings wide assortment of trims. The perfect setting for the new couple to enjoy their first meal together as Mr. & Mrs.

Supplies for Wedding Scape with Decorative Trimmings:

  • Decorative Trimmings Fantasy Trimmings
  • 4 & 6 inch wide burlap ribbon
  • Two 1/2 inch buttons
  • Two small wooden plaques
  • Alphabet stickers
  • Glue gun & glue sticks
  • Hole punch or small drill
  • Sewing machine
  • Basic sewing,  measuring, pressing and cutting tools & supplies

Decorative Trimmings Outdoor Wedding Scape Chair Bow

Mr & Mrs Name Plaque How To:

Apply stickers to the front of the plaques.

Drill two holes along the either side of the top edge of the plaques.

Insert cord trim through the holes and tie the ends together using an overhand knot.

Glue trim around the outside edge of each of the plaques.

Hang plaques from the center of each bow.

Chair Bow How To:

Cut two 2 1/2 yard lengths of 4 inch wide burlap ribbon for each bow.

Stitch trims to the burlap ribbon, starting at the center point and working your way to the edge of the ribbon. The number of trims will be determined by the width of each trim you have chosen.

Tie three loop bows with each length of the ribbon.

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Napkin Ring How To:

Cut one 6 inch length of 4 inch burlap ribbon for each napkin ring.

Stitch trims to the burlap ribbon, starting at the center point and working your way to the edge of the ribbon. The number of trims will be determined by the width of each trim you have chosen.

Fold the burlap ribbon in half, right sides together and stitch using a 1/2 inch seam. Turn right side out.

Create a figure eight loop of trim. Glue the bow, topped with a button to the center top of the napkin ring.

Table Runner How To:

Determine the length of the table runner by measuring the table and adding the drop down each side. Add 2 inches to the measurement and cut a piece of 6 inch wide burlap this length.

In the sample project, trim was stitched 1 inch from either edge down the length of the ribbon. A second row of trim was then stitched along the inside edge of the first rows.

Fold each of the runner ends in half right sides together and stitch using a 1/2 inch seam. Turn right side out and press carefully, forming a point at each end.

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