{From the Archives} DIY Spring Wreath

Here’s one of my favorite DIY projects from the archives….just in time for Spring, which seems to finally be popping up!  A DIY Spring Wreath!

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

I was challenged about a month ago, by my mother, to make a spring wreath. And because I have nothing better to do, it kind of got pushed to the bottom of my To-Do list.  But then, I remembered that I would much rather craft, than wash windows.  So, it got pushed back up to the top!

I saw lots of cute spring wreaths on pinterest, and decided to keep it simple and cheap, with materials I already had.

So, I decided to use some foam (from Lowes) duct-taped together to make my wreath form, and some left over packing paper from our move.  My goal was to use the paper to create some shabby-chic-ish southern inspired (Magnolias, perhaps?) flowers.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

I crinkled up the paper and wrapped it around the wreath form to completely cover the grey color.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

And then I cut the paper into strips.  I folded the strips accordion style width-wise, so I could cut more circles out at a time.  I cut three sizes of circles.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

My circles were a little sloppy and uneven, but it didn’t matter at all in the end. And as I worked, I decided that the wreath needed a little color.  But I still liked the idea of a white base to the wreath.  So I decided to color just the edges of each of the circles purple (perfect for the Lenten Season!).

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

After coloring ALL of those circles, I started crinkling.  I actually got Jayna’s help…she crinkled and reopened my flowers, and then I glued the three layers together.  Then I topped it with a little crinkled scrap of paper in the middle to be the flower’s stigma.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

I used a hot glue gun to glue each flower onto the wreath form, in close proximity to each other, so they kind of all scrunch together.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

And I left a little gap at the top, so that when my mom hangs it, her wreath hanger won’t squish the flowers.  I put a little smiley on the back so it would be easy to find.

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

But then I decided that I needed a bow to make it look a little more complete (and elegant!).  I had a hard time finding ribbon that I liked, so I bought some thick, crocheted lace instead.  I made a bow and tacked it in place with hot glue.  Perfect….shabby chic!

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Spring Wreath Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

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DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial

We’ve been having a crazy February.  Between hubby traveling, sicknesses that just won’t quit, and numerous guests in town, we are just CRAZY around here.  But even though Jayna didn’t get a birthday party this year, didn’t mean we didn’t celebrate all. week. long.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

Ever since seeing it in the theaters, Jayna {like every other little girl in America}, has been bitten by the Frozen bug.  Anything Elsa, she adores.  And that’s all she wanted for her birthday.  An Elsa dress-up dress.  But after scouring Amazon, Disney and Target, I couldn’t find a single Elsa dress-up dress {in our budget, that is!}.  So what choice did I have, but to make one!  So I figured I’d share with you my Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial.

I was amazed at how simple it really was to make.  I’ll tell you how, but pay attention to my asterisks, as there are some changes that I would recommend making {I would, if I made this dress again}.

Materials:

  • a yard of blue fabric for the bodice ****I do not recommend using the sequin fabric like I did….it gummed up my needles and took me forever to sew through.  Any other slightly stretchy fabric should be fine****
  • 6 yards of white tulle
  • 6 yards of blue tulle
  • about 18 inches of a thin elastic for the straps and headband/crown
  • measure around the chest {under armpits} for your 3/4 inch elastic length.  Jayna was 23 inches
  • measure around the waist for your 1 1/2 inch elastic length.  Jayna was 22 inches
  • two packs of glue-on sequins, sparkles or snowflakes
  • a yard of trim {I liked that mine looked like snowballs} or boa material for straps and crown
  • blue/coordinating ribbon in the same length as your child’s waist {mine was about 22 inches}

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

Starting with the bodice.  Measure the length of your child’s torso, from armpits to hips.  Add 3 1/4 inches to account for your elastic.  As for the width, use the entire yard of fabric….it’s going to be bunched on the elastic.  Spread out your fabric and pin and sew your short sides together {right sides together}.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

Then, fold the bottom and the top edges toward the middle of the bodice, leaving about 1/2 or so bigger than  the width of your elastic.  Pin around the entire bodice and sew a “sleeve” that you’ll slide your elastic into.  Be sure to leave an opening for elastic insertion!

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

When you are finished sewing your little tube, attach a safety-pin to one end of the elastic and slowly pull it through to the other side.  When both ends of the elastic are showing, carefully sew them together, and then sew the opening of the fabric around them closed.  The fabric will naturally bunch up, but feel free to work with it a little to make the bunches even.  Do this on both sides of the bodice, to create a tube top.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

****Now that I have seen this outfit on my daughter, she is always tugging at the bodice to keep it down over her belly.  I recommend possibly forgoing the bottom elastic and sewing the boric directly to the tulle skirt to create a dress instead!  No more belly button shows!****

Flip your bodice so that the thicker elastic is at the top.  Figure out where your straps are going to go and pin your strap elastic there.  Jayna’s straps are 9 inches long.  Since this project was a surprise for her, I used one of her tight-fitting pajama shirts to lay under the bodice to serve as a “model” for where the straps should fall on her shoulders.  Sew your straps to the inside of the bodice.  Secure well.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I attached the “snowball” trim to the elastic straps with a wide stitch.  I glued four of the larger snowflake “gems” just under the straps on the bodice, to cover up my stitching there {I was making sure the straps were really secure, so my stitches were pretty obvious on the outside}.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

And viola!  You are done the bodice.  On to the tulle skirt.  First, I took my blue ribbon and sewed it to about 3 inches of thin velcro.  My girls grow out of dress up clothes like it’s their business, so I wanted to make sure this dress fit for a while!

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

Then, I folded the 6 yards of tulle in half, width wise, and used a straight stitch along the raw edges to create the ruffle.  For details on how to make a ruffle, click here.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

I did this to my blue tulle and the white, then made sure they each were “ruffled” to the waist measurement of my child {22 inches}.  Then I pulled just a little of the extra tulle from each of the ends out of the ruffled part.  I layered the two colored tulles on top of each other and pinned it to the ribbon.  The extra tulle that I pulled out of the ruffle got pinned to the middle of the elastic band on the ribbon.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I sewed all the way around the ribbon, making sure to get both layers of tulle in the stitch too. When I got to the elastic, I lengthened my stitch and tension a bit and sewed the thin layer of unruffled tulle to the elastic.  Just enough to provide coverage if the elastic was completely stretched out.  Then I folded both ends of the ribbon over the elastic and tacked.  As Jayna grows, I will be able to undo part of the elastic to give her a little more girth to the skirt.

Then I hot-glued all of the gems and snowflakes to the front of the tulle.

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

I used the leftover snowball trim and a tiny bit of skinny elastic to make the headband/crown.

And done!

Very easy, and a great project for beginner sewers…just don’t buy that sequin fabric.  That honestly made this project about three times longer than it should have taken!!

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

And Jayna loved it!  Wants to wear it everywhere {including to bed!}.  Now Jayna’s best friend AND Millie both want one for themselves…maybe I should see what other princess dresses I can make!

DIY Disney Frozen Elsa Dress Tutorial - Palmettos and Pigtails

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DIY Pajamas: Part 2 {Ruffles and Cuffs}

On Monday, I taught you how to make some general pajama pants, using existing pants as your pattern.  Today, I’m gonna show you how to finish the bottoms of your pajamas with ruffles and cuffs.  My disclaimer is:  I’m a self-taught seamstress who doesn’t have the best technique in the world….but it works for me!  Hopefully, it can work for you too!

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

First up, how to make ruffles.  I wanted big ruffles on my pajamas, so I cut strips of fabric that were 4″ wide and two and a half times the circumference of the bottom of each pant leg.  I folded over one raw seam twice and sewed  the bottom seam.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then, I sewed the two ends of each of my strips together, to form two loops.  I kicked the tension setting on my sewing machine up to 9 {you might want to experiment with this} and lengthened my stitch as much as possible, which created a natural ruffle as I sewed.  Make sure you don’t finish your ends, and leave the tails of your thread long, so you can gently pull more on the threads to tighten your ruffles if needed.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then, slide your ruffle loop over the end of your pants legs {right sides together} and pin.  Sew around the entire cuff, taking care to sew on the inside of your ruffle stitches, so they don’t show.  I used the zigzag stitch to finish the raw edges.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Now, on to the cuffs for little boys.  I used a white flannel fabric to make my cuffs.  Three inches wide, and the same length as the circumference of the bottom of each pants leg hole, plus about an inch and a half.  Use 1/4″ seams throughout the tutorial.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

First, iron your cuff strips in half.  Then, open up the fabric again.  Fold both raw edges into the ironed half-way mark that you just made.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Iron it down {I used steam, just to make sure!}.  You’ll need those iron marks for the rest of the tutorial!!

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Open up and line up one of your raw edges with the raw edge of your pajama pants leg {right sides together}.  Make sure the end of your cuff hangs over the edge of the side of the pants leg.  Pin the raw edges of the cuff and the pants leg together.  Then pin the ends of the cuff together.  Sew the two ends of the cuff together first {fold the pants away from that seam if needed}.  Complete with a zigzag stitch to prevent fraying.  Then sew the cuff to the pants leg.  Zigzag to finish.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Notice the fold mark in the picture above?  You are going to do a couple of tacking stitches from the bottom of your cuff up to the fold line.  {This will keep your cuffs folded nicely at the end}

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Pull the raw edge that you see in the photo above, all the way down, so you can see you finished seam between the cuff and the pants leg.  Now, turn your pajama pants inside out.  You are going to fold the raw edge of your cuff back up {you should be able to follow your original ironed line}, and pin it to your cuff/pants leg seam that you just finished sewing.  Again, use the zigzag stitch to finish your seams to prevent unraveling.

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

When you flip your pants back to the correct side again, you’ll need to adjust the cuffs back to those original ironed lines that you made at the very beginning.  I ironed my cuffs again at the very end, just to be sure they stayed put, but the tacking stitched you made should help the cuffs stay in place too!

Ruffles and Cuffs: DIY Pants tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Want to know how I made the matching appliquéd shirts?  Stay tuned to see my completed project!! =)

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DIY Pajamas: Part 1 {Pants}

This past weekend, our family did something really special.  And it was awesome.  And I’ll tell you all about it next MONDAY! Haha!  But, for this awesome, special treat, the kids needed some new holiday pajamas.  And not just my kids, but our friends’ kids as well! So, I decided I wasn’t going to spend $40 a pop on Etsy for coordinating ones, I would just make my own.  And they were so easy to do!  DIY Pajama Pants!

DIY Pajama Pants Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Materials:

-about a yard of fabric for each pair of pants {I made two size 5T’s and two size 2T’s…the 2T’s needed about 3/4 yard, but it never hurts to have some extra!}
-a pair of pants {like jeans} that are the correct length and leg width that you are looking for
-elastic the same length as your kid’s waist, plus 1″
-scissors/thread/sewing machine, etc.
-a large piece of butcher paper to draw your pattern on
DIY Pajama Pants Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails
 

Lay your pants on top of the butcher paper like above, folding on the seams….make sure that the crotch  seam is popped out all the way {I actually ironed my pants like this, just to make sure they would stay while I traced}.  Trace around the pants, leaving about an inch from the edge of the pants {or more, if you need the legs to be wider}.  Sorry for my crude drawing above, but you get the picture, right?  Just make sure you draw your line straight up from the pants leg through the waistband….you’ll need the extra fabric to be gathered around your elastic waistband.

DIY Pajama Pants Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Once you have your pattern made, cut it out, and trace it onto your fabric.  You’ll need two pieces.  Cut them out.  Leave the right sides together, and sew up each of the straight sides {which will be the outside of the pant legs}.

DIY Pajama Pants Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Be sure to finish all of your straight stitches with a zigzag, so you don’t have any fraying later.

DIY Pajama Pants Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Ok, this is the tricky part to explain.  You’re gonna sew your crotch pieces together now.  So start by turning the pants right-side out.  Put them on top of each other, lining up the seams.  You are going to start by pinning the two middle pieces of fabric together at the waist band {they should be right-sides together}.  Like I said, start up at the top, by the waistband, and slowly pin your way around the entire crotch area.

DIY Pajama Pants Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

This is kind of an awkward photo, but this is what it should look like when you are done pinning.  You can see that I started on the left hand side, at the top of the waist band and pinned all the way down through the crotch, and then back up to waistband again on the right side.  Make sure that  the seam in the crotch all lines up and is pinned very well.

DIY Pajama Pants Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Turn the pants {carefully, because of the pins!} inside out.  Sew along your pins.  I did a double stitch when I got down into the crotch area, and really made sure there was a lot of security down there, since I know that the fabric will pull there every time the kid sits down!  Finish the stitches.

DIY Pajama Pants Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then move up to the waist band.  Fold it over twice and sew about a 1/8″ wider than the elastic that you are going to use.  You basically just need it wide enough to pull the elastic through.  Remember to leave about an inch or so open to put the elastic in.  Then secure one end of your elastic to a giant safety pin, and slowly pull the safety pin and elastic through the waist band opening, all the way through, and back out the opening again.  Sew the elastic to itself securely, and then sew the opening in the waistband shut.

DIY Pajama Pants Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

I was able to make four pairs of these pants in under 2 hours.  I promise that they are so easy once you get the hang of it!  And I realize that I didn’t show you how to finish the bottoms….stay tuned for Wednesday’s tutorial on cuffs and ruffles!

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Reclaimed Wood Project from Pinterest

Are you on Pinterest?  I am, and I have to say, I’m addicted.  I made the {mistake} of putting the Pinterest app on my phone, so now it’s my entertainment in the grocery store line, waiting in the pick-up line, and {ahem} during the inevitable football game playing in our living room.  As much as I love all the holiday pins out there right now, I still gravitate toward DIY projects that I can use in my home.

Inspirational Word Sign from Palmettos and Pigtails

So when I saw this Reclaimed Wood Inspirational Word Sign on Pinterest {Courtesy of Que Linda}, I fell in love.  And, I happened to looking for a craft project for my church small group to do together at one of our social nights.  There is nothing like girls, hammers and cookies for a great social!

Inspirational Word Sign from Palmettos and Pigtails

Now, I used Que Linda’s tutorial {she has great photos, so for more clarification, see her blog!}, but made several changes.  Here’s how I made my sign.  First, I cut out the word {LOVE} that I wanted to create, with a my Silhouette paper-cutter.  Then I positioned it onto my reclaimed wood {courtesy of the many pallets we have had in our garage!}, and used clear tape minimally to tape down the paper.

Inspirational Word Sign from Palmettos and Pigtails

*Sidebar, the nails I used in the photos were black, but after making several of these signs, I decided I liked the white nails better, since I was using white thread.  However, several of the girls who made this project in my small group preferred the contrast of the black nails and the white thread.

Inspirational Word Sign from Palmettos and Pigtails

I started with corners, and carefully hammered nails in around the outline of the letters.  I tried to evenly space the nails, and hammered them in about 1/3 of the way into the wood.  Around loops and curves, I clustered the nails closer together to one another.

Inspirational Word Sign from Palmettos and Pigtails

When you are done hammering, your sign should look something like this.  As you’ll see in the following photos, I made a mistake and forgot to pull up the paper and tape before I started threading.  Let me tell you, it was a real pain to pull all the paper out through each nail!  So, as soon as you are done hammering, pull up the paper and tape, before starting the thread.

Inspirational Word Sign from Palmettos and Pigtails

Inspirational Word Sign from Palmettos and Pigtails I started on one nail, tying a knot around the nail.  Then I carefully outlined the letters, wrapping the string in a full circle around each nail before stringing to the next letter.  After the outline was done, then criss cross the thread from nail to nail, to form a web.

Inspirational Word Sign from Palmettos and Pigtails

If you use the same color nails as your thread, then it will appear that your word is floating.

Inspirational Word Sign from Palmettos and Pigtails

Inspirational Word Sign from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then, it’s just a matter of finding the perfect place to put your sign!

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Kids’ Thanksgiving Project: Place Card and Napkin Ring

I have gotten spoiled with my kids being in school so much this year.  Today is the first day of Thanksgiving break, and so there is no school for the rest of the week.  I have become one of “those” moms who slightly panic at the thought of an entire day of entertaining their children.  AND it’s supposed to rain.

Thanksgiving Play

But luckily, Jayna came home with a Thanksgiving project that they did in school that I thought was so cute, and will be a major project to take up most of this morning.  Plus, we’ll be able to actually use them on the Thanksgiving table on Thursday!

Thanksgiving DIY Napkin Ring and Place Card Holder from Palmettos and Pigtails

Jayna’s class made these cute pilgrim place cards, so I thought I’d give you a quick tutorial on how to make them….plus use the leftover materials from the place cards to make Native American napkin holders.

And, if you are a mom….you have all of these materials on hand.  Yes, that includes the toilet paper rolls.  You knew they’d come in handy, right?  I forgot to include in this picture, that you’ll also need some fall-colored paper and a glue stick or two.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Card Holder and Napkin Ring from Palmettos and Pigtails

I confess, I cut about an inch off one end of the toilet paper roll {the small part will be your napkin ring, so save it!} and painted the big part of the rolls black last night while the kids were in bed.  Although, if you are up to the fun of painting with your kids today, it would kill another 20 minutes or so {not including the self-explanatory bath time to follow!}.  I chose not to venture into painting today.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Card Holder and Napkin Ring from Palmettos and Pigtails

This actually is a great project for your preschooler to work on their cutting skills too.  Below are the shapes that you’ll need to draw and they can cut out.  I added some silly zigzags and squiggles to keep Jayna on her toes!  Beware: If you are slightly OCD like I am, keep in mind that this is a kids’ project and the end product doesn’t have to be perfect!

DIY Thanksgiving Place Card Holder and Napkin Ring from Palmettos and Pigtails

So, once everything is cut out, here are the parts you’ll need for each place card and napkin ring.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Card Holder and Napkin Ring from Palmettos and Pigtails

Wrap the black strip of paper around the base of the toilet paper roll and glue it in place.  Then glue the small yellow square {the buckle} onto the black strip.  Glue the toilet paper roll {with the buckle part down} onto a black circle, centering it as much as possible.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Card Holder and Napkin Ring from Palmettos and Pigtails

Cut two slits into the top of the hat…..write each person’s name on a large yellow rectangle and insert it into the slits.  Then glue three feathers to the inside of the leftover toilet paper roll piece to create the napkin ring.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Card Holder and Napkin Ring from Palmettos and Pigtails

Voila!  A lovely little touch for your Thanksgiving place setting!

DIY Thanksgiving Place Card Holder and Napkin Ring from Palmettos and Pigtails

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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{Halloween} Spider Corkscrew Bow Tutorial

This morning I have a fun Halloween Spider Corkscrew Bow Tutorial for you.  I don’t know about you, but I have been one to fall sucker for the corkscrew bows that they sell at Gymboree.  Granted, I usually buy them on sale, but I still shell out $6 or so for a pair.  Well, my friends….not anymore.  I had NO idea how easy these puppies are to make!

And use all black ribbon and add some eyeballs…viola! Spider Corkscrew Bows!  Just in time for Halloween!

Spider Corkscrew Bow Tutorial

So here is the VERY easy tutorial on how to make these little lovelies.  You’ll need:

Several skinny dowel rods, each cut to 12 inches {2 rods=one bow}
2 clothespins per dowel rod that you have
at least 1 spool of 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon in the color of your choice {black for spiders!}
alligator clips {one for each bow you are going to make}
glue gun
 elastic thread in coordinating color {regular thread will work too, but not as well}
googly eyes {for spiders}
lighter
scissors
oven
Materials to make spider corkscrew bows from Palmettos and Pigtails

Preheat your oven to 325.  Use the lighter to seal the end of your ribbon to prevent fraying.  Using one clothespin to secure the end of your ribbon to one end of the dowel rod.

Tutorial for making spider corkscrew bows from Palmettos and Pigtails

Wrap the ribbon at an angle around the dowel rod, all the way to the end.  Keep your corkscrews tight, but not overlapping.  Use your lighter to seal the other end of your ribbon and secure to the dowel rod with another clothespin.

Tutorial for spider corkscrew bows from Palmettos and Pigtails

Do this several times…for as many dowel rods as you can fit onto your cookie sheet. You will need at least two dowel rod’s worth of ribbon to make one bow.  Stick your cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 30 minutes at 325.  Take out of the oven and cool completely before unraveling.  Try to just slide the corkscrews off of the dowel rods rather than unraveling…this will keep them tight.  Cut each 12 inch corkscrew into 4 equal pieces, sealing each end with the lighter to prevent fraying.

Tutorial for spider corkscrew bows from Palmettos and Pigtails

When you have all eight pieces for your bow {ten or twelve will also work, creating a thicker, bouncier bow}, use your elastic thread to tie a knot around the middle of the corkscrews to gather.

Tutorial for spider corkscrew bows from Palmettos and Pigtails

As you can see above, I originally attempted to make my spiders anatomically correct by just using four corkscrews {to make 8 legs!}, but the bow ended up wimpy looking…so I doubled it to 8 corkscrews.  Much better!  If I weren’t making spiders, and it was just going to be corkscrews, I think I’d up it to 12 to fill out the middle a little more.

Tutorial for spider corkscrew bows from Palmettos and Pigtails

I used a little scrap of ribbon and my gluegun to cover my alligator clips…just to make them a little nicer looking.  Then I glued the clips to the back of the spider.

Tutorial for spider corkscrew bows from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I flipped my spider over, spread out the middle a bit and added two dots of glue and then the eyes.

Tutorial for spider corkscrew bows from Palmettos and Pigtails

So stinkin’ cute, right?  I made a few for some  of the girls’ friends…the rest will be sold at my craft show booth!

Spider Corkscrew Bow Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Spider Corkscrew Bow Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

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DIY Bubble Skirt

Have I told you about our new addition yet?  We have a new God-daughter!  Ok, so I’m already almost two months late with this post, but I just had to brag a little bit!  Baby Rosalie Mae was born in the wee morning hours of July 19th to Betsy and Jason.  Big sister Lulabelle was thrilled, and we were lucky enough to get up to Maryland within a few days to meet her.

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Isn’t she beautiful?!?!  I just love her!  And immediately needed to sew for her.  So amongst the hand-me-downs, little Rosie got some new digs too.  I made her a carseat cushion and burpcloth to match the big girls’ lady bug dresses.

Matching Carseat Carrier Cushion and Burpcloths from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

 And then I decided she needed a little skirt too.  Luckily, I had some scraps on hand and so it only took me about 15 minutes to whip up this little bubble skirt for her.

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

The scrap of fabric I used was 27 inches long and 11 inches wide.  I folded the fabric in half length-wise with right sides together, to create a 27″x5.5″ strip.  I sewed along the long rough edge with a 1/4″ seam. to create a tube.

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I turned the fabric tube right side out.  My pictures get a little tricky from here, because the “right side” of the fabric will also be the inside of the skirt.  I laid the tube down and ironed it flat.  Then, I folded the seam over about  3/4″, wide enough for my elastic to easily slide through.  The photo below is just to demonstrate the fabric/elastic ratio…I didn’t actually thread the elastic through until after I sewed over the flap.
DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I threaded the elastic through, overlapping the ends and tacking.  {By the way, the length of elastic I used was also a scrap, but it was a little over 1/3 of the length of my fabric….I think it was about 10 inches long}. Then I sewed the two short ends of the fabric together, which also held the elastic overlap in place and finished the seam with a zig-zig stitch.

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I flipped the skirt right side out and viola!

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

It turned out so cute!  The only thing is that I wish I had made some bloomers too!  Either that, or we need to teach little Rosie to sit like a lady…

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Bubble Skirt Tutorial from Palmettos and Pigtails

I can’t wait to make more of these simple little skirts!

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How to Dry Your Own Herbs {in about 5 minutes!}

Have you seen our garden?  What started out as a little itty bitty herb garden is now requiring daily pickings to encourage growth.  I’ve even opened up our garden to the neighborhood, inviting anyone who needs them to come get some herbs!  But, still, there are some left.  And I hate to waste!  I was over at Carolina Heartstrings the other day, and found their awesome and so easy way to freeze fresh herbs, so you have fresh whenever you need it.  But what about dried herbs?Dry your Own Herbs in 5 Minutes in the Microwave from PalmettosandPigtails.comWell, after reading about a dozen pinterest recipes on how to dry your own herbs…I decided I liked the microwave idea the best.  So I gathered a bunch from my garden, and experimented with power settings and times on my microwave.  {Disclaimer: your microwave is different than mine, so your times may be different too!}Dry your Own Herbs in 5 Minutes in the Microwave from PalmettosandPigtails.comSo gather to your heart’s content, wash and spread your herbs out on a paper towel to dry.Dry your Own Herbs in 5 Minutes in the Microwave from PalmettosandPigtails.comWhen they are completely dry, place another dry paper towel on top of them, and lay them carefully in the microwave.  Make sure your turntable is OFF! Then, microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Stay close and watch it, in case there is any burning…stop the microwave immediately and remove the burned leaves.

After the initial 30 seconds, take off the top paper towel and gently feel all the leaves to see if there are any that are getting crispy {probably some of the smaller ones}. Continue to microwave in 30 second segments, removing any leaves that are completely crispy in between each interval.Dry your Own Herbs in 5 Minutes in the Microwave from PalmettosandPigtails.comWhen you have removed about half of your original amount of leaves, reduce your time to 15 second intervals.  For a full paper towel, the whole process should take about 5 minutes.  I found it was easiest to dry my herbs while I was cooking dinner, so I could be productive, but also stay close to the microwave.

Sidebar: So, we are potty training, right?  Millie has been going to “sit” every 20 minutes as measured by the microwave timer.  Sooo, every {15-30 seconds} while drying the herbs, the microwave would beep and Millie would say “Potty Time!” and head for the bathroom.  Seriously, for almost the whole 5 minutes.  {You’d think she’d learn, right?}

I found {especially in the basil} that some of the leaves retained their bright green, and some turned a grayish brown.  All got crispy, and all still smelled great!  The mint was also a favorite, as it made my whole kitchen smell minty-wonderful!Dry your Own Herbs in 5 Minutes in the Microwave from PalmettosandPigtails.comWhen all of your herbs are crispy, stick them in your Magic Bullet {like me} and pulse until completely crumbled.  Or, you can use a chopper or even hand crumble them {it just won’t be quite as fine as using a food processor}.Dry your Own Herbs in 5 Minutes in the Microwave from PalmettosandPigtails.comAnd viola! Homemade dried herbs in about 5 minutes!  I put some in baby food jars for storage, and some I just added straight back to my spice rack bottles.  So far, I’ve dried mint, basil, cilantro and oregano.  What herbs are you going to try?

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{Guest Post} Homemade Hair Curlers

Hi, I am Brenna and I share about all things crafty over at Life After Laundry . I am so glad to have met Shara earlier this year at a blog conference. Although I didn’t met her until the end of the conference, we hit it off instantly, and I so enjoyed talking to her about life and blogging. We have very similar blogs, and it was neat swapping stories and comparing notes. Of course, we promised to keep in touch when we left that day, but also made plans to write guest post for each other. So, here I am today, happy to be sharing with you a little about me and a project that was so much fun to do.

Do you ever have the desire to make a project that you had no need for? I don’t know, like maybe you only have one child, a son, but think making homemade hair curlers would be the cutest thing ever. I thought about making them a years ago, but talked myself out of it of it, since I really don’t have a need. But, then I needed a guest post for Shara, who happens to have cute little girls, who I am sure would look adorable in little hair curlers. So, thanks Shara, for giving me an excuse to try these out.

Unfortunately, my niece, who I will send this project to after I am done, doesn’t live close enough for me to show you these little curlers in action. I did test them on my hair and was shocked by the nice, tight curls that resulted.

I have seen a few tutorials for these types of curlers, and they all included hand sewing or sewing a buttonhole, which seemed like a lot of work when you are trying to do 12 of them. I mean, they are hair curlers. This project shouldn’t take days. I also decided to use Velcro instead of tying the curlers. I was afraid that the Velcro might pull at the hair when putting them in and taking out, but I tried it several times and never had that problem. Not only is the Velcro easy to sew on, but it made the curlers stay in a whole lot better.

Homemade Hair Curlers, a Guest Post from Life After Laundry on PalmettosandPigtails.com

What You Will Need:

  • 12- 3 in x 10 in pieces of fabric
  • Fiberfill
  • Velcro
  • Marking tool (chalk, water soluble pen or pencil)
  • Something pointy to help with turning fabric and stuffing
  • Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies

To Make:

  • After you have your fabric cut to 3 in x 10 in, draw a line 3 1/2 inches from the each end. That will leave you a 3 in space in the middle of your fabric between each line.

  • Fold fabric in half long ways. Sew along one short side and the long side. Clip your sewn corner so that there is less bulk when you turn.

  • Turn right side out. Using some kind of pointy object to help push your corners out.

  • Sew along the line closest to the closed end.

  • Stuff with fiberfill until you almost come to the next line. A pointy object will help you again here with getting the stuffing in and push down where you need it to be. I use a pair of hemostats, but a pencil would work too.

  • Sew as close as to the second line as you possibly can.

  • Fold under your unfinished end, and sew in 1/8-inch from the end to close.

  • Sew Velcro to the backside of one flap and the front of the other. The piece on the backside will be sewn about an 1-inch from edge and the piece facing you in the picture will be a 1/2-inch from edge. It really isn’t critical that you line your Velcro up like mine, I just found that worked best for me.

Thank you so much for letting me share this project with you. I hope that you have a little girl in your life that you can try these out on. For more Sewing and Craft tutorials be sure to visit me at Life After Laundry.

Brenna