Button Bobby Pins


Button PinsI hope everyone had a great Christmas, and I can personally tell you that I’m super sad to see it go.  I don’t like it when the holiday season is over, and I will miss telling everyone I see “Merry Christmas!”  But, if I’m looking on the bright side – one good thing that I can now do, is share with everyone this really cute, easy bobby pin that I made for a friend and my sister.

I’ve got a good friend who is super crafty, and the things she can do with simple pieces of nothing amazes me!  I was struggling with what to get her for Christmas, and I had a genius idea.  I’ve always told a few men in passing, that if he really wanted to open a women’s heart, he should look at her Pinterest and recreate something there.  It is thoughtful, and shows that you really care about her!  Well, I’m not a man, but I did look at her Pinterest to find something I could give her.  I went to her DIY board, and found these really cute Button Bobby Pins and I just happened to have a nice box of buttons that I could use.

What you will need

Buttons
Bobby pins
Black small ribbon
Hot glue gun

material1. This first step can be different everytime, depending on what look you want to go for.  I made some pins with just one button, and then some of them I double or tripled up the buttons.  But, your first step will be to thread your ribbon through your button(s).  When you thread the ribbon through, make sure that your ribbon comes out almost equal on both sides.

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2. Attach the button to the bobby pin.  When doing this, make sure the button is sitting properly on the bobby pin.  The button design should be sitting on top of the bobby pin (the same side as the curves in the bobby pin).  When you are attaching, bring one end of the ribbon through the bobby pin from one direction, and the other piece of ribbon from the opposite direction.

Ribbon

3. Tie the two pieces of ribbon together, really tightly.

Tie before cut4. Cut the ends off of the ribbon, so they won’t be showing.

Tie5. Finish steps 1-4 until you’ve completed all of the Button Bobby Pins you would like.

6. Use your hot glue gun, and glue the bobby pin down to the button.

Hot Glue7. Allow to cool completely.

Hot Glue Multiple

These are really cute, and super easy to make!  I would highly suggest, that if you ever have any trouble finding something to give a woman for her Christmas or any kind of present, check our her Pinterest!  There are tons of ideas waiting to be bought or made!

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How To – No Sew Fleece Blanket


Finished blanketThere isn’t much like the joy one receives, when gifting a homemade gift.  I remember, last Christmas was the first time that I made homemade a No Sew Fleece Blankets and I thought they were the greatest thing ever.  I still, in fact, do think they are one of the greatest things ever.  I was like a little kid on Christmas morning, except I could not wait to see their faces when I gave them the blanket.  I kind of have this weird thing, where I don’t make them for just anyone – they have to be someone I really love and care about.  They are such a comfort, knowing that someone took the time to make it by hand.  Yes, the materials usually end up being more than an actual blanket (unless you get a good sale) but it really is awesome to make something knowing that they will actually use it.  Because, who doesn’t use a blanket?  So, without further ado, here is a How-To on No Sew Fleece Blankets.

If you are looking to make a much larger blanket, check out my tutorial on how to make a No Sew Fleece Quilt.

Materials needed

2 different materials, 2 yards each (or however long you want it)
Measuring tape
Straight pins
Good scissors

1. Decide on what fleece you want to use.  I like to use a solid on one side, and a pattern on the other.  2 yards is a good length for a normal throw blanket and if you are looking to make a no sew blanket big enough to use on a bed, I suggest you follow my How-to on No Sew Fleece Quilts.  I know a lot of people like to make these for baby showers, and you would only need 1 yard for a baby.

material

2. Decide which side of your fleece is the right side (if you have trouble figuring this out, go to this webpage and it has a nice explanation).  Place the solid piece, with the right side down on the space you intend on using.  Now, place the printed piece on top of the solid piece, with the right side up.  The fabrics will never line up completely, but no worries we are going to fix that.  The solid piece is USUALLY bigger than the printed piece, that is why I suggest putting that one on the bottom.

together3. Now put straight pins about 6-8 inches apart and 6 inches into the fabric all around.  This will make sure the material doesn’t shift while you are cutting the pieces or while you take a break.

pins4. Cut the edges of the material in a straight line so they will line up perfectly.  Don’t be too OCD here, it won’t make that big of a deal if your cut isn’t perfect.

lined5. Cut 3×3 square out of one corner using your measuring tape.

3 inches6. Use the square that you previously cut, as a guide for the other three corners.  Much faster than measuring out each corner.

3x3 square7. Begin cutting 1 inch slits, 3 inches tall out of each side.

cuts8. After you’ve cut slits out of all sides, begin to tie the ties.  It will be a double knot, and for my example, you would want to pull the yellow tie towards the brown patterned side.

1st knotYou will tie the first knot horizontally.

2nd knotAnd then you will tie the second knot vertically.

9. After you tie all the knots, remove the straight pins.

Finished blanket1I like to use one of the pieces that I cut from the side, and wrap the blanket up like a present. 🙂

Here is a gallery of the blankets that I’ve made thus far!

– I hope this tutorial makes sense, if it doesn’t – feel free to leave a comment and ask a question!  If you liked the tutorial, like my Facebook page, follow me, subscribe, or pin it to Pinterest! –

this is why we love you


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This gift, is probably the greatest gift I’ve ever given and probably will ever have the pleasure of giving.  It is so special to me, that I have had a hard time deciding whether I want to blog about it.  I ultimately decided, that I should share this idea with others, so maybe someone else can have this type of blessing in their life.  For my dad’s 50th birthday, I gave him a book full of letters written to him.  I entitled the book “this is why we love you” and all of the letters were words of encouragement, appreciation and love.  I ended up gathering over 50 letters, and this project turned into something much more magical than I envisioned.  I originally had intended on taking the letters, printing them off on a Word Document, and putting them in protective sheets in a binder.  I began to discuss this project with a good friend of mine, and she so graciously allowed me to come over and use her scrap-booking supplies.  She helped me create this masterpiece, and I am forever grateful for that!   I created a Facebook group of all of the people that I thought would like to write them, and gave them a little over a month to send them to me.  I then printed them out, and over two 4-hour session, we made our masterpiece.

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On the left side of this picture above, there is an explanation of the book that reads:

Here we are, celebrating 50 years of your life, and you have touched more people than anyone could ever count.  Your blessings, unconditional love and devotion has reached more than you or I could ever imagine.  But, in order to give you a better idea of how much you are appreciated, we have all come together to write a letter to tell you just how much we care for you.

Your kindness, compassion, faithfulness, and spirit has touched family, friends, children, adults, and even a Starbucks employee.  You have forever impacted our lives, and this is all we know how to do; write a letter to tell you how much we appreciate you.  That’s what this is, a book full of letters who have taken the time to let you know they love you.  There are many more than just this, but here is just a small fraction of those who love you.  Whenever you feel down, you will always have this to remind you, you’ve done more than you would ever imagine.  You are our hero.

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I took a video of my dad’s response when receiving this book, but I haven’t brought myself to part with it.  He didn’t even make it through the title page without shedding a tear.  This is really the most awesome gift you could ever give; no money in the world can amount to the words of those who love you.  He will always have this gift to pick him up when he is down, and remind him what a great man that he is, was, and will always be.  I hope one day I can amount to half of the person that he is.

What is the best gift that you have ever given?  If you decide to replicate this idea, please let me know!  I’d love to hear how this idea has reached others.