Fabric Flower Tutorial

Yes, finally! I meant to do this tutorial a while ago, back when I made this dress for Little Dresses For Africa. And honestly, I forgot about it! After finding all sorts of great flower tutorials online, I just didn’t find the exact one I wanted. So I made my own…

 Fabric Flower Tutorial







Loop Turner, optional.  

Step 1:  Cut out a spiral from the fabric.

Step 2:  Fold the fabric in half, right sides together, and pin.

Step 3:  Sew the two sides together, gathering fabric. Be sure to leave a hole in one end.

Step 4:  Pull the fabric through so that the right sides are out. Iron flat and sew the hole closed.

I use the loop turner, but you can do it many ways. I used to just use a safety pin and push it through. Then one day a friend of mine decided she needed a loop turner and convinced me I needed one too.  I got one two despite the fact I didn’t think I needed all these ‘gadgets’, ‘The safety pin trick works just fine.’ Yep, she was right, it’s very helpful!

Step 5:  Position the outer circle of the flower and pin.

Step 6:  Hand stitch the flower to the dress, or whatever beautiful piece you’re adding it to. Start with the outside petals and work your way around and around and around and…. ‘Til you get to the center.

Step 7:  Sew the button in the middle.

And we’re done!

What are you sewing your flower on?



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Ahhhh… Caught up. Well, kinda.

Well, mostly, still a purse and 2 quilts to do… ok, and a huge list of other things to do. But there have been 3 projects sitting on my ironing board waiting to get finished and ….. They did! This weekend I got three projects off the table!

Project #1- Revise the almost complete sleep sack I found on a shelf!


I started this for my son about a year and half ago.  I guess, when I made this, I didn’t quite get the reversible clothing thing yet. So there were all these stringy seams after I washed it. Instead of figuring it out and making it right, I stashed it. Then the other day I found this is cool fabric sitting on the shelf, pulled it down and realized it was a 95% complete project just sitting on the shelf!

definitely not the most shining example of my handiwork. But can we at least call it a bit creative with the quick fix to make it wearable for someone???

I kinda felt like I was finding the Corduroy bear. The bear that had wanted a friend for so long, but was just stuck on the shelf with the other toys….. All he needed was a button. All my sleep sack needed was some trim. So I added some bias tape around the neck and armholes and it looks pretty cute.

Unfortunately, my son has way outgrown sleep sacks… But he has a pal, Baby O that is going to give it a test run. Finding this made me appreciate how much I’ve learned about sewing ‘clothes’ in just the last year or so!

Project #2- An overdue baby present…

The second project was a repeat, but I love it. Another baby gift package. One of my ‘ghosties’ and a hooded blankie from the Amy Butler book Little Stitches for Little Ones. I love the big floral fabric! From Joann’s… But the white fleecy, minky type stuff. Not such a fan. It got everywhere!

And with that is the handmade gift bag… Had to throw a picture of that in as well. There were a lot of posts in the blogosphere around Christmas for fabric gift bags, but don’t forget them the rest of the year!

Project #3- Monster Spray

And last, but not least… This one was also the quickest and easiest. A bottle of Monster Spray! A while back the ladies over at Prudent Baby posted a great printable for a bottle of Monster Spray. I saved and finally printed it and got it made. I had to alter the image just a bit in order to make it fit my teeny tiny bottle.  Just in time too… My son woke up last night terrified of monster dream.

I came home and tonight from work and my son was very excited. He had been spraying the Monster Spray al around the outside of the house. Hopefully, we’ll sleep peacfully tonight!

And man, what a feeling of relief getting those projects done. I feel like a weight has been lifted! I still have a huge list of things to do, but I think i always will. getting these projects done opens the door to move on to other ones.

Did you get anything crossed off your crafty to do list this weekend?

Buildings of Fabric- Friday Inspiration

A bit link love, a LOT inspiration….

Either way, I found these projects online and haven’t stopped thinking about them! I think I’ve mentioned that by day I”m an architect and work in the field getting buildings built on a daily basis. These are not the kinds I build, but man, do I want to!

This one started my obsession! Slipcover for a Schoolhouse by Judith Hoffman

image by GRAFT LLC; Ricky Ridecos. via specialyfabricsreview

ahhh… New Orleans. Where my architectural journey began! What fun times I had while at school at Tulane. What hard times the city has gone through since. The Pink Project was a collaborative art installation to bring awareness about the devastation of New Orleans 9th Ward and it did! It raised over 12 million dollars to help rebuild this neighborhood. Each pink house marked the spot of where a home once stood and where another one will be rebuilt.

And last, but not least, the work of Do-Ho Suh

Suh is was born in Korea and later moved to the US, studied art here and has exhibited internationally.  There is a great interview with Suh over at designboom.

Insane! (and I mean that in the most magnificent way) Meticulous. The details are amazing! All of his work is amazing, but I am blown away by his fabric architecture pieces. In these pieces he creates architectural space out of translucent fabric. These architectural elements he recreates with his fabric vary from the very personal gateway to the mundane of everyday life, but either way, each piece draws you in to become a part of it, to want to walk right in and make it your place. Exactly what every architect strives for.

This installation, Staircase, is the one that first grabbed my attention and introduced me to Suh’s work.

image via artnet
image courtesy gallery lehmann maupin via designboom

This week I’ve spent way to much time discussing mechanical ducts and pipes and yes, sink carriers (those pesky legs and arms hidden in the walls and sinks that actually hold up the sinks). So I found myself drawn to this sink and toilet in The Perfect Home II!

image courtesy hermes japon co via designboom

Check out the article on this particular piece, Reflection, at designboom.

And this last one, Paratrooper 1, is not about architecture per se, but the stitching is amazing!

image courtesy gallery lehmann maupin via designboom

Process- Quilt #4

I am absolutely horrible with giving baby and wedding presents on time!

So… I’m back to some quilting… I”m not done with Quilt #3, the one for the wedding that was last June. (in my defense, I did decide the weekend of the wedding that was what I wanted to give them… I guess I could have planned a little better. I also could have decided to make an easier design…) But…

I have to move on to Quilt #4. Another baby quilt. For a baby that will be one next month. Ok, so this is another one of those bad planning on my part things! But…  The baby shower took place when she was 4 months old… So, technically I’m only 8 months behind! This is another quit where baby shower guests brought fabric swatches for the quilt.

So the quilt design is going to be green grass along the bottom with a purple sky and dragonflies flitting along. I think I figured out the grass part… Here’s my sample. Imagine the brown part green and the blue part a purple sky.

The colors are from the baby’s room. I just happened upon the polka dot sheet with the exactly right colors so I snatched that up for the back! Then found the green and purple to go with it.

The dragonflies will be from the fabric the guests brought.

I can’t wait to share more!!

Is it horrible that I am so late on these things? Or is it the thought that counts? Or does it make it ok to be so late since it’s a handmade gift of love??

Salad Spinner Art

How exciting! This project is such a great idea. A few months ago, I saw the salad spinner art idea on The Artful Parent’s blog. I was super excited about it then. Almost ran right out to buy a salad spinner. But I didn’t have my Bed Bath and Beyond coupons (and I don’t go there without one) so I just told all my friends about the idea. One of them mentioned that the spinner shown had a flat bottom and the newer ones are roundier, so an older one would work best. Great observation, Jayde!

Then when I didn’t buy one instantaneously, I kinda forgot about it… That is until yesterday… We were on the search for a baseball bat for kiddo and went to Goodwill. I did a quick scan of the house wares and I found the one and only salad spinner. And it was the old flat bottom kind! Perfect! (And kinda dirty looking. My sweet husband didn’t say anything until I mentioned it was for an art project! Then he sighed a deep sigh of relief! He didn’t want a salad out of that spinner.)

We had a great time making spinny art or circle paintings as my son calls them! The 2.5 year old doesn’t really understand the ‘Don’t squeeze too hard’ idea, so we ended up with some thick globs of paint! But hey, that’s ok! My son loved spinning the spinner and opening it to see what had happened.

My favorite part was when he opened the lid, was super excited about the painting and then decided to add more paint. For some reason it hadn’t dawned on me to add more paint once we had already spun one… And he picked out the paint colors for each one. I’m pretty impressed….

My son usually wakes up and asks, ‘Where’s Daddy?’ and then ‘Can I watch TV?’ But this morning the conversation went a little bit differently… ‘Where’s Daddy?’ and then ‘Can we make more circle paintings?’ Then he said, ‘I know! We’ll make one circle painting, eat muffins, go to school, come home and make more circle paintings!’ Ahhh…. So excited that he loves making art!

Did you have any family art projects this weekend???

Since this project cost less than 5 buckaroos, I've linked it to the CSI weekly project link party!

Weekend Projects

I had so much planned to get done during Celebrate the Boy month.

A leather, fleece lined vest, a hat, a scarf, pants, a fishing game….

But…. Those things just didn’t happen. Work, sickness, pre-school searching, studying and my son’s persistent requests for his Island all got in the way…

Well, I did finally get his Island finished. And he loves it!

I’m feeling a bit un-creative this week… I promise that this will be the last blog about Island playmats…

What’s everyone else up to?? Where have you found inspiration this week??

For Japan With Love

Are you following the devastation in Japan??? The images are heart breaking…

Since I started blogging there have been a few disasters and I’ve found that there are awesome people all around us who want to help however they can. Thanks to the ladies at Ever-Ours and Utterly Engaged I have found a way that I can help and spread the word. On Friday I’ll be taking part in the Bloggers Day of Silence:

Not only is it a day of silence for the victims, it is also a fundraiser with all proceeds going towards Shelterbox.

ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. Each large green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. 

I have to admit, I’ve been trying to avoid as many images as possible. I listen on the radio, but it’s really hard for me to look. I figured out why… I’m terrified of earthquakes. I’m terrified of an earthquake happening and I can’t get to my family. I grew up on the Gulf Coast and we had hurricanes. Scary, but you have plenty of warning that it’s coming. Even time to name the storm, pack and retreat to safer areas. Earthquakes. No warning. Now I live in an earthquake zone… And they say that the next one is going to be a big one. I can only imagine the fear and the unknown that these people are going through right now.

Friday Link Love from Celebrate the Boy

Yep, I know, I had a link love from Celebrate the Boy already, but I think I’ll do it this week and maybe next week too. There is just so many cool things being shown! I debated, something different, maybe St Patrick’s Day, but no…

Here are some of my favorites from Celebrate the Boy month:


1. Oh, my! How cool are these dino tails from Running With Scissors? They are too cool!! And wouldn’t they go great with my dragon wings? Well, then they would have to be dragon tails, but I think that would work. And I also just love the picture, don’t you? Yep, must add to the To Do List!

2. I have been thinking about a special outfit for my son for an upcoming event. Thinking maybe some cool, tailored overalls/onesie type thing, but a I really like the idea of a seersucker suit… Then I saw these Dapper Dillinger’s pants done by Made by Rae. I love them and keep imagining them in seersucker with white pockets, a white shirt and a cute little white and blue sweater….  hmmmm…..

3. And the hoodie by I Am Momma Hear Me Roar. This is another thing on my list of things I want to tackle. A hoodie for the kiddo…. I love this one and the tutorial is nice and easy to follow! I love how easy the actual hoodie part is. Great idea!

4. I have been in love with the Fort Kit for ages. I saw it probably a year ago, but forgot where. I might have forgotten where I saw, but never did I forget about it! And then the awesome kit and tutorial from Saltwater Kids was featured as a giveaway this month on CTB and I was like, ‘There you are, my lovely fort kit!’ So glad to have found it again!

There ya go, 4 of my favorite boy things this week!

The Time Has Come for Play Dough

Ever since before my son came along, I”ve always wanted to make home made play dough. But never did. Then yesterday my husband said, ‘We need play dough at the house. Where do we get it?’ I was so excited, I said I’ll make it. Husband wasn’t all that impressed. Came home, and less than a half hour later, home made play dough! That’s less time than it takes to go to the store to buy play dough. (And I won’t go into the whole no chemicals thing, safe to put in your mouth thing)

If you google homemade play dough recipes tons of websites show up. I read a few and decided to go with the recipe from MommyFootprint. How can you not when she titled it ‘The Perfect Home Made Play Dough Recipe.’

Home Made Play Dough

1 cup white flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoon cream of tartar (find it in the spice section)
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup water
food coloring

Mix first 4 ingredients in a pan. Add water and mix well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 3 – 5 minutes. Dough will become difficult to stir and form a “clump”.  Remove from stove and knead for 5 minutes–add food coloring during kneading process. Play dough will keep for a long time stored in a covered plastic container or plastic sandwich bag.


Tip: Don’t make this if you have any important adult meeting the next day…. 


It was a hit! I loved watching his little fingers make leaves for the trees!


I was so excited to make this for him, FINALLY! I feel kinda silly being this excited about making play dough, but it’s the little things, right? What have you been excited to make this week?

Month of Craftiness!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t actually need a month dedicated to craftiness to get me motivated. But in today’s world, every month seems to be designated as something, and this month is ‘National Craft Month.’

National Craft Month is sponsored by the Craft and Hobby Association as a way to celebrate all things crafty and to inspire people to try something new! Which is a good thing. I actually saw this last month and decided I wasn’t going to post about it, but then this weekend I saw the CHA’s list of why crafting is a good thing and wanted to share this list with you.

CHA’s Top Joys of Crafting:

1. Bringing  Families Together

2. Relaxing and De-Stressing

3. Creates Lasting Memories

4. Makes Family Connections

5. A Way to Salvage and Reuse old items  

6. Revive Clothing and Jewelry 

7. Entertain Kids and Pets


And they are all true! When I have a bad day, I come home and make something. The son usually can break the stress of the day, but sometimes I need to just go my place and make something! And then there are the days just sitting on the front porch of the beach house doing a little quilting. How perfect is that??

I find real joy in making something new out of something old.

And bringing families together. My favorite on the list. We’ve had such fun getting our son involved in making projects. He loves helping, painting, cooking, getting sewing projects ready and just sitting down and drawing!

So, to celebrate National Craft Month, I am continuing to work on my to do list. I have got to get 2 quilts finished ASAP and then I also have a vest I want to make Max before summer and I still need to finish his play mat. And and and…

What do you have planned for this month? Any family crafting stories you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them!