Saturday, April 27, 2013

Upcycled Khakis: From Worn-Out Work Pants To Chic Wreath

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Turn old clothes into something new and visually appealing! You can use khaki, denim, or a nice print. Raid your closet, or pop some tags at the thrift store. 

For this project, I used my husband’s old work pants, and upcycled them into this gorgeous wreath! 

Here is what you need:
  • A rotary cutter or scissors & mat
  • A ruler
  • 2 pairs of khaki pants (I happened to use the same shade of khaki, but using two different shades would offer a unique look as well.)
  • An 18” metal wire wreath form
  • Embellishments for the wreath (create your own fabric flowers, use ribbon, or purchase something from the craft store)
  • Hot glue gun (for the embellishments)

Start out by cutting the pant legs into 2” strips. Then Cut the strips open, to lay flat. You will need to cut the strips up into 8” pieces.

Tie the strips around the inner two wires on the wire form and repeat around the outer two wires, until the wreath is filled in.

Once the wreath is filled in, add your embellishments to the wreath. For this, I cut up some old work shirts, and made some simple fabric flowers. There are a few ways that I make flowers. Keep reading for how I made the flowers that you see here, or check out this tutorial that I wrote for another technique for making fabric flowers.

For the flowers on this wreath:
I traced various sized circles onto my fabric using a fabric marker and then cut them out. I folded the circles in half and hand stitched along the fold. (This does not need to be neat) I then pulled the string to gather the fabric to make a flower petal. I repeated this 6 or 7 times until there were enough petals to make a nice, full looking, flower. Pulled tightly one last time, I stitched the first petal to the last one, bringing the strung petals together into a circle. I was left with a small opening in the center of my flower, which I stitched closed. I then added a button to my flower, to make it complete.

Using a hot glue gun, I embellished my wreath. And there you have it! 
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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Elegant DIY Coastal Wedding On a Budget: Starfish Boutonnieres

These DIY Starfish Boutonnieres are perfect for a coastal wedding. They offer an elegant, yet simple, nautical beauty. They are a great alternative to traditional floral boutonnieres because they are unique and far less expensive, making them ideal for weddings with a budget.

Using a hot glue gun, glue a pin to the back of the starfish and press firmly until glue cools and hardens. To coordinate with your wedding colors, tie some ribbon around the arm of the starfish. Make a bow if you desire, and you are done. Easy as pie!

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Yikes Stripes, Pink Striped Walls: Our DIY Tutorial on How We Painted The Nursery

When we became pregnant with our daughter, I enjoyed "nesting" by saving inspirational design ideas. I started out searching through books, websites and magazines. I rummaged through home improvement literature at The Home Depot and library. I learned to scavenge local "for sale used" websites, such as Craigslist and Facebook for furniture and accent pieces to complement both the room design and sentimental decor that I had stashed away in the attic.

For the color choice in this room, I wanted pink, but was trying to avoid the average shade of baby-girls'-room. After looking at countless paint ideas, I stumbled upon a Benjamin Moore paint advertisement, it was love! From that moment, my heart was set on a stunning, two tone pink, striped wall. That was when the real fun began. Luckily, my husband was here to help!

We started out by painting the entire room with 2 coats of the lighter shade of pink as our base
color. When we first put it on, it reminded me of  Pepto-bismol. This was not the look I was hoping for, but we kept on truckin!

We then went back and lightly penciled 6 inch wide vertical stripes all the way around the room. This was our outline for painting the darker accent stripes. Because my husband had plans to add wainscoting to the base of the wall and crown molding to the top, I only had to pencil out the stripes for 3/4 of the wall. This was nice because it saved us a lot of time when it came to painting near the floor and ceiling. To help me draw straight lines, I used a meter stick to first mark off where I needed my pencil lines to be. I simply measured every six inches around the room and drew a faint pencil mark on the wall. I did this at 3 heights. I then used the longest level I could find to draw vertical stripes. I put the level up against the wall lining it up with my pencil marks, when I saw that it was level, I used its straight edge to draw a pencil line, connecting my 3 previously measured points. I continued this all the way around the room, making the 6 inch wide stripes. This part was time consuming but very simple to do. I want to suggest using a colored pencil, close in color to your paint, when drawing lines. This will help the pencil lines blend in after the walls are painted because regular pencil lead can show through.

After outlining the stripes, we carefully taped every other stripe using blue painters tape. We marked which stripes that didn't get painted with an "X" on a sticky note. We did this to be sure that we didn't make mistakes while painting the stripes.

Whenever we got to a corner,we just carried the stripe through. It was helpful that we measured the perimeter of the walls first and then crunched some numbers to decide that 6 inch stripes would fit nicely with the length of each wall. This method helped to ensure that we didn't end up with a short stripe somewhere. We also started in the back corner of the room to help us with the symmetry, and to hide any measurement errors.

We then went back and carefully painted the unmarked stripes with the darker shade of pink. We made sure to wait for it to dry, before slowly removing the tape. For this part of the project, I recommend using "Frog" tape instead of painters tape. This is because frog tape contains a special chemical barrier, when mixed with the paint, to help prevent bleeding. This is crucial in keeping the lines crisp. There are other ways to accomplish this, but this is the simplest. Just make sure you run your fingers firmly over the edge of the tape to seal it as best as you can.

We then added the wainscoting and crown molding. By "we", I really mean my amazing and talented husband. At the time, I was 8 months preggers. (Notice his awesome tool belt and serious combat boots!) After some minor touch ups, we added the furniture and decor. As you can see the room really came together. It was better than I could have hoped for!

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

DIY: Tutorial on Simple Embelishments: Fabric Ruffles and Ruffle Flowers

Welcome to Little Once Boutique! Thanks for stoping by to learn how to make your own ruffles and ruffle flower embelishments. If you like what you see on this blog, stop by and see us on Facebook!

These simple touches are great add-ons to whatever you want, they are easy to learn how to do. For this tutorial, you need long strips of fabric. I typically cut my fabric 4 inches wide for ruffles and I make them double the length I need the ruffle to be. For flowers I often use 2 inch strips, but you can play around with the size of your fabric strips to get things the way you like them. I recommend doing some of these as practice so you can see how it works and also for testing out what size ruffles and flowers you like.

You will also need:
  • A sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread & buttons
  • Scissors
  • An iron & ironing board.
Step 1. Measure and cut your fabric into 2" to 4" wide strips (double the length of whatever you want to sew them on to. If for flowers, start with a strip that is 12 inches long.

Step 2. fold the strips in half and press.

Step 3. Keeping the fabric folded in half, zig-zag stitch it lengthwise. Also zig-zag stitch the 2 raw ends so the fabric doesn't become too frayed.

Step 4. Change the settings on your sewing machine so that the thread tension is high and your stitch length is long. Place your fabric under the sewing machine presser foot and straight stitch right down the strip of fabric, this will create ruffles.!

Step 5. Sew your ruffles on where ever you want to add some spunk to your piece!

Take a look at this tutorial to learn how to use this technique to make your own super sweet  Baby Leggings

For flowers:

Step 1. Repeat steps 1-3 above.

Step 2. Stitch the two ends together (picture 1) to form a ring (picture 2). You can do this by hand on on the machine.

Step 3.  Gather the center of the fabric ring and stitch it up. (does not have to be neat, you just want to close the center. (pictures 3 & 4)

Step 4. Then take a button and sew it over top of the center, to cover the hole. Now you have a Ruffle Flower ready to be placed!


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