June 09, 2010

The MJ Challenge

Today's the day!  You can hop on over to the M&J Trimming blog to see what I made (and what 6 other bloggers made) with the package they sent me.  I pasted my tutorials into this post as well, since it's kind of hard to watch the slide show with that many pictures on their blog. 

I was really excited to be a part of this challenge.  When I received my package in the mail I was thrilled.  It was packed tightly with beautiful trims, lace, beads, and thread.  I stared at the box for over a week, trying to figure out what I could make that would use all the gorgeous supplies.  Well, I made a few things.  I couldn't help myself.  Here they are:

Alright.  Let's break it down!  Here's how I made the I'm big in Europe Headband.  I wanted it to be dramatic, but also soft and sweet.

I created a sequin flower by cutting a felt circle base.  Then I put a dab of hot glue on the felt and took a pinch (literally) of stacked sequins.  I pushed the sequins into the glue, trying to let some stay upright.

I left an empty space in the middle for a button, which I glued in.  I cut a couple circles of lace to go behind the flower.

For the next flower, I rolled the bark ribbon, twisting a bit as I went, to create a rosette.  I also glued this to felt.

Lastly, I assembled all three flowers to one piece of felt.  I glued on the elastic headband and sandwiched it between another layer of felt.  (So it goes felt, elastic band, felt.)

Okay, now let's move on to the Little Miss Business Purse.

It's actually a slip-covered notebook dressed as a purse. It's perfect for a little girl who likes to accessorize and nice for a mommy who needs to keep her little one busy while on the go.

I cut two rectangular pieces of muslin to be a little taller than my notebook and almost three times as wide as the notebook. I sewed on two flaps to one of the rectangular pieces, to hold in the notebook. 

Do you remember how you covered your books in middle school? Both the cover of the back and the front need to be able to slip into a flap.

Then I put the original rectangular piece over the top and sewed them together, leaving a small opening to invert it.  See how the notebook slips in?  This way you'll be able to switch it out for a new one when the pages are full.

I sewed the twisted cord onto the inner flap as a strap and added a velrcro closure.  Lastly, I embellished the purse, sewing ruffles onto the front with the bark ribbon.  I also added a simple silk ribbon flower.

Now she's ready to take on the world.

Next up is the Daydreamer Headband.  This one is fast and simple.

I took the amour silk ribbon and gathered it into two pieces, as shown.  I sewed them with a few stitches at the bottom with my machine.  I also used some of the ribbon to cover a button.

I covered a headband with the cameo silk ribbon.  I ran a thin line of hot glue on the outer edges of the inside of the headband and wrapped it tightly.

I glued the two gathered pieces onto the band and then glued the button (with some lace circles behind it) onto the headband.  (Tip: If the ruffles flop a little more than you want them to, you can dab a bit of hot glue between layers to make it a bit firmer.)

Lastly, the Lacy Lucy Broach.

I took a oval-shaped piece of felt and sewed the ivory rigid lace onto it.  I folded the lace as needed to get around the corners with it still laying flat.

Then I cut the cameo silk ribbon in half lengthwise.  I wanted it to be a little thinner for the flowers I was making.  I cut it into shorter strips and wrapped them as shown.  (Like a bow.)

All of the flowers on the corsage were made my just stacking these loops on top of each other (varying the direction of them) and stitching them down.

Then I hand-stitched a few pearl beads into the center of each flower.  I glued pins onto the back so it can be worn on any shirt or cardigan and because the shirt would be dry clean only if I had stitched it directly on.  I have two little boys.  Dry clean only?  Yeah, right :) 

Whew!  Thanks for sticking with me through all of that!  Now be sure to hop on over to see what everyone else made. 

Thanks for stopping in.  Have a great day!


Taylor Swim said...

Wow! That was a lot of work. I loved how the headband turned out. That was my favorite one. My girls would love the purse notebooks. Your hair model was adorable. That was a ton of tutorials for one post. You must have been working your buns off for that one. Very impressive!

Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs said...

These are all so beautiful! And look like they are so easy to make too! Great work! :) Thanks for the tutorials!

Nancy said...

That looks like it was so much fun to be a part of. I love all of your projects and seeing what the other bloggers did too. Bravo!

A'n'G Johnson said...

ooooh. I love the headbands! I can't wait to give this a go! I'm a bridesmaid in a wedding... and I'm thinking a kelly green daydreamer might just be a winner!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

It is ALL beautiful. I really like the headbands.

Those trimmings are fabulous. I will have to check them out!

Kelly O. said...

love the book cover purse! thankyou!

Jo said...

I love your projects, especially the headbands!

Sachiko said...

Hi Cheri-

You did such a amazing job! I love your Daydreamer Headband, so pretty!

2 Giggle Boxes said...

Love them all Cheri! And their names! Great job!

Nette said...

Roaring Momma~ These are amazing. I especially love the Daydreamer Headband and Lacy Lucy Broach - so feminine and delicate.

Maureen said...

Love the headband!!! Hoping I'll have time to make one this weekend, gorgeous work!

. s h e r r y * said...

Gorgeous. I love the 3 flower headband! Just wondering if you already did a tutorial on how to make the pink rose with the pearls? I love that flower <3

ashley @ little miss momma said...

I am so in LOVE with this headband, that I want to marry it, lol!

Love LOVE LOVE it--so crafty!
Would love for you to link up to my Headband Link party over at Little Miss Momma! Here's the link:

Jan said...

LOVE! you are amazing!wondering if you already did a tutorial on how to make the pink rose with the pearls? thanks-

Loló said...

Thanks for this tutorial.
I love it. I'll try to do the headbands for my two daughters.

Si said...

I loved the idea, very creative, congratulations. loved your blog. Si Fuzzies


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