Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hooded Towel Tutorial

Hooded Towels are something that every child should have.
I grew up not having one and I was very jealous of those that did.
With how easy these are to make, there are no excuses. :)

This tutorial takes one large towel and one hand towel and embellishments such as ribbon, fabric, or trims, and all of these you can get from The Ribbon Retreat. You can make it as girly as can be or a simple as you'd like. The possibilities are endless.

Check out the Hooded Towel Tutorial by 
heading over to The Ribbon Retreat Blog.


Thanks for stopping by!

See where I linked up by clicking on my link parties tab. :)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Bow Tie Tutorial

Bow ties are really easy!

Why am I not making one for every week of church?
Seriously, I loved making these and they are adorable on!

The How To Make A Bow Tie tutorial is on The Ribbon Retreat Blog.
Just hop on over to see it!

The tutorial goes over how to change things up if you like them smaller, bigger, chunkier, etc.

If you're not making bow ties, here's your chance! Whip one up for Christmas Day!
Any one else excited Christmas is on a Sunday? Love it! :)

I just had to add this really edited picture of them... is it too edited? I kind of like it! :)

And obviously since I work for The Ribbon Retreat, if you're looking for Christmas fabrics, they have a lot of them! And some cute Christmas bow ties would be so cute for Christmas!

See where I linked up on my Link Parties tab.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Fabric Mod Podge Christmas Star


Have you ever used Fabric Mod Podge?
I am sure you have!

But did you know the best way to stop the fabric from bubbling up?

If not, you'll find out how in my Fabric Mod Podge Christmas Star Tutorial on The Ribbon Retreat Blog.

I admit that I am kind of late jumping on the bandwagon using Fabric Mod Podge, but I'm going to make up for it! I already have another project in store and can't wait to show you!

But for now, here is my star, which makes me smile every time I see it.

Merry Christmas!


See where I linked up by clicking on my Link Parties tab!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Turkey Shirt


I made this super cute Thanksgiving Turkey Shirt last year for my little guy. 

It was an easy project that you can easily do with scraps. 
although, having awesome Fall designer fabric takes it a step up. :) 

If you haven't made anything for your boys yet, this is it! (This would be super cute for a girl too, but let's face it, boys are harder to craft for! :) It's pretty self-explanatory, but if you'd like to see what I did, hop on over to The Ribbon Retreat.

You can see where I linked up under my Link Parties tab. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thanksgiving Turkey Bow

This is Turkey Tom. 

He is the most adorable turkey I have ever seen. 

And you know what's sad? I don't even have a little girl to wear him! 

But I love him so much, I can't give him away. :) 

Thanksgiving is coming up quick,
and this bow is absolutely perfect for girls. 

I have a great How-To on The Ribbon Retreat Blog 
if you want to see how I made cute Turkey Tom. 

Just look at those eyes! 
You know you want to. So hop on over to The Ribbon Retreat! :) 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Check out where I link up on my Link Parties tab!
Making the World Cuter

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Fall Rosette Wreath


I absolutely LOVE this wreath!

The rosettes and gorgeous wired ribbon just say "Welcome" to me. 
I can't wait to have my guests over for Thanksgiving!

I have a tutorial for the "Lollipop" Rosettes 


and if you've ever wondered how to wrap ribbon around a wreath  
and then tie a bow, I go over that as well. :)


Thanks for stopping by!

You can see where I linked up on my Link Parties tab. :)
Making The World Cuter

Monday, November 7, 2011

November Link Party at TRR

We're hosting a Link Party over at The Ribbon Retreat Blog this week! 

Link up your Thanksgiving/Fall bows and crafts! 
The only thing we ask is that the project uses supplies that you can buy at The Ribbon Retreat. 

It's a contest too and the three with the Most Original Thanksgiving Bow or Craft will get a $15 gift certificate to The Ribbon Retreat! 

View the details on the November Link Party post!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

How To Make Animal Ears

Here’s the story:

I found a costume for my 5 month old in a box that someone had given me. It was a dog costume and I thought it would be so cute to be a cat to match Brady. Well, when I was telling my husband about it, he cracked up laughing telling me it wasn’t a dog costume, it was a BEAR costume. Well, what in the heck would I wear to match a bear costume!?

I thought fish, berries, mountain lion, etc., every thing I thought was dumb. Then my mom gave me the idea of being a Mama Bear! Perfect! That solved that. But I still needed bear ears. You can find cat ears everywhere! Of course, when you can’t find it, you MAKE it!! :) 

Hop over to The Ribbon Retreat Blog to learn How To Make Animal Ears.
I have a cute ribbon flower to wear with them.
Tutorial coming soon!

Here is my big little "cub" wearing them. Pictures right before nap time when it's cloudy and I need him to stay still so I can get a non-blurry picture don't usually turn out so good. You should see the other ones! ha! He is still so cute! I love his eyes and his cute little nose! He rocks those bear ears!
Click on my Link Parties tab to see where I am linking up!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Ric Rac Rose

I love these Ric Rac Roses! They are so beautiful!
And you can add them to anything and make a statement!
They are really easy and fast to make too.

I put mine on a ring and I love it! 

Learn how to make a Ric Rac Rose on The Ribbon Retreat Blog.
I'm so glad you stopped by! :)

See where I linked up in my Link Parties tab!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Chic Pumpkins

Pumpkins are anything but chic.

This pumpkin right here was big, dirty, and bright bright ORANGE!

With just a little bit of paint, some Vintage Ribbon, and French Veil Netting, this pumpkin is as chic as you can get!

You've seen a lot of the glitter spray paint around Blog Land. Well I initially was going to use it, but I couldn't find it. The few places that had it were sold out of all the Halloween colors. I had some left over metallic spray paint and used that instead. I am SOOO glad I did! It turned out absolutely perfect!

You can see the Chic Pumpkin tutorial by 
hopping over to The Ribbon Retreat Blog! 
It also includes how to make those 
orange rosettes with the Vintage Ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Making Monday Marvelous Linky Party

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Fabric Pumpkins

 There are so many different tutorials going around in Blog Land on how to do fabric pumpkins. I tried a few and found what I thought looked cutest and was easiest.

I still need to try one more way of tying around the pumpkins, but I didn't have time. Although, I do talk about it in the tutorial.

The thing I love most about fabric pumpkins is how versatile they are. You can make them specifically for fall or Halloween. You can glam them up or keep them simple. You can have them be the big centerpiece or accents in your fall decoration. So many uses!

Another thing I love is it doesn't take a TON of fabric. So that makes this project pretty cheap! And who doesn't love a project on a budget? :)


You can see how I made my Fabric Pumpkins
on The Ribbon Retreat Blog.
It also tells you what fabric I used. I just love designer fabric! :)

Making Monday Marvelous Linky Party

Friday, October 14, 2011

Shirred Skirt


I love shirring!!!

And who knew it was the easiest thing ever!?

It can take a little work to figure out how your machine likes to shir.
I had to go through a bunch of tips before I found what worked for me.

This skirt is way easy and makes for great practice on shirring.
And I love the fabric! So so cute!

If you're looking to learn how to shir, then try out this Shirred Skirt tutorial. 
And let me know if you have any questions! It can be a little confusing at first. :)

So go out and get some super cute designer fabric (from The Ribbon Retreat of course! :))
and make something cute for yourself!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Inside Out Halloween Bow


I have two boys, yet I love making bows. Because of this, I know I will probably never have a girl! LOL

I make one or two bows a month for The Ribbon Retreat Blog. Sometimes I make them for my friends for gifts. My friend just had a baby girl and I made her a bunch of little ones. So sweet.
This was my bow for our Halloween Link Party.

I usually do boutique style, twisted boutique, and regular two loop bows, but I decided to try out the Inside Out technique. This technique is usually found on the bottom of big stacked bows. I threw in some korkers and you have a fun, funky bow for Halloween! :)

You can see more of how I made the Inside Out Halloween Bow by clicking the link.

What type of bows are your favorite??? 
I'd love to hear what you think! :)