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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Fourth of July Ribbon Bracelets

 Hi Everyone,

This month, I'm making patriotic bracelets that are so easy you'll want 3 or 4!  I'm using some wonderful faux leather studded trim from Gwen Studios. This ribbon is thicker than most ribbon and works beautifully in bracelets.


Here are the two ribbons I used with the findings you'll need for your bracelets. You need two ribbon ends, about 4 jump rings and a lobster clasp. You'll also need scissors and two pairs of flat pliers.



Slide the ribbon end over the end of the ribbon and squeeze it together with a pair of pliers.


Open jump rings by twisting with two pairs of pliers and attach the clasp on one end of the bracelet.  On the other end, add two or three jump rings or a short length of chain.


Here are the finished bracelets:


You can cut them longer to wrap around your wrist two or three times also.


I attached a charm to the end of the chain on this one.


You can find these Faux Leather Trims at Walmart,




Set up a table at your Fourth of July barbecue or the next children's birthday party for some crafty fun!

Stop by the Designer Crafts Connection for more ribbon crafts!

(As a designer for Gwen Studios, I receive sample of their products. I think you'll be very happy with their quality and variety.)



Friday, May 17, 2024

Ribbon Hatband

 Hi Everyone!

Father's Day is coming up and I have a quick and easy gift that you can make for Dad or Grandpa.  It's a new hatband for his favorite hat.  I've made this one for a cowboy hat but change out the colors and ribbons to suit the hat and the person.  

I started with some great Faux Leather Ribbon from Gwen Studios in animal prints.  


Cut ribbons to wrap around the crown of the hat with an extra inch or so for overlap. The length you need will vary with the size and type of hat.  Center the narrower ribbon on the wider ribbon.  I used 3/8" and 7/8".


Apply glue to the back of the narrow ribbon and glue in the center of the wider ribbon. I used Felt Glue from Beacon. It's great for fabric and felt.

Wrap the ribbons around the hat to check for size, overlap the ends and glue.  Trim any excess ribbon.

I glued a flat-back jewel to a metal medallion and glued it to the ribbon.  Look for an item to glue to the hatband that makes you think of the person who will wear it.



Look for Gwen Studios ribbon at all your favorite craft and hobby stores:  Walmart, Joann's, Michaels and on Amazon.  When looking for these particular Faux Leather ribbons, look on eBay.
This blog post features Gwen Studios ribbon, of which I received samples as a member of the design team.  

Look for more Father's Day ideas featuring Gwen Studios ribbon on the Designer Crafts Connection.


Thursday, April 25, 2024

Easy Ribbon Butterfly

Happy (almost) Mother's Day!

Here's a quick and easy ribbon and bead butterfly that you can make for your Mom, grandmother or for a spring decoration. Hang it in a flower pot, add a pin back or adhere it to a tag or card.



Here are the steps to make your own. You'll need:

Grosgrain ribbon, 6" and 5" pieces from Gwen Studios

Chenille stem, 1/2

Pony beads, 5 for body color, 1 for head

Acrylic beads, 2

Sewing thread and needle or tacky glue

Hot glue and glue gun


Cut two pieces of ribbon, 6" and 5".  Curve the ribbon ends to the back center as shown and glue or tack them together.  Trim ends even.


Overlap top and bottom wings and glue.


Fold 1/2 chenille stem in half.  Slide 5 pony beads onto one side of the stem.  This will be the top of the body.


Slide the butterfly in between the folded chenille stem. Glue if desired (it will stay in place without.)


Slide one more bead over both ends of the folded stem. Twist the stems together above the bead. 


Trim the ends and add a small bead to each end.


More ideas:
Use any colors you wish.  Try it with wider ribbon.
Use craft wire instead of a chenille stem.  If you use craft wire, use beads with smaller holes for the body and head.

Look for all the beautiful colors of Gwen Studios ribbon at Walmart, Michaels, Joann's or Amazon.  Try a pack of mixed colors like this pack from Walmart.


For more ribbon ideas, check out the Designer Crafts Connection!



As a member of the Gwen Studios Design Team, I receive samples of ribbons from them for use in my designs.  As a designer who has used many brands of ribbon, I highly recommend them.  




Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Ribbon Garden Flag

 Happy Spring!

It's Spring and time to start planting flowers and decorating the garden. What better way than to create a ribbon flag to catch the breezes.

Here's the Ribbon Flag I created for my garden.


This is such an easy craft that everyone in the family will have fun making it.


You'll need:

Bamboo dowel - 12"

Cut lengths of ribbon (2 each of 16", 18", 20" and 22" and one 24")

Pony beads in multiple colors

String or twine 

Scissors


Instructions:

Tie the longest ribbon onto the dowel with an overhand knot.  Tie the next lengths on either side of the middle.  Repeat for the remaining ribbons.

Trim the ribbons to points. Slide a pony bead on each ribbon.  Tie a knot under the bead if you like.

Tie a string on either side of the ribbons.

Hang in your garden! 




I used Gwen Studios 3/8" polka dot grosgrain ribbon.  The colors are so bright and cheerful! You can find them at Walmart.


Look for more ribbon crafts for Spring and Easter on the Designer Crafts Connection!

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Ribbon Flower Pin

 Hi Everyone!

It's beginning to look like Spring here. It's lovely after all the rain we've had here in Sonoma County.

In celebration of Spring, I've made a Ribbon Flower Pin. 

 It's quick.  It's easy.  And, you can use any color ribbon or type you like. Of course, I'm using Gwen Studios ribbon.  For color and quality, you can't beat it!



Here's what you'll need to make a flower like mine:

15" of 1 1/2" wide grosgrain ribbon (flower color)

5" of 3/8" wide grosgrain ribbon (center color)

10" of 5/8" wide grosgrain ribbon in green

Tools: scissors, needle and thread, hot glue and glue gun

Instructions:

To start, I've used a wide grosgrain ribbon (1 1/2").  I used 15" of ribbon, but you can make it smaller or larger.

Begin by sewing a running stitch along one edge of the ribbon.


Pull up the thread to gather the ribbon and make a couple of small stitches to hold.


Fold the raw ends of the ribbon to the back and tack with thread or hot glue.  Arrange the flower into circle and glue or tack. 

Fold a 5" piece of 3/8" ribbon into pleats tacking with needle and thread as you go or glue.  This will be the center of the flower.


Glue this into the center of the flower.

For the leaves, cut two 5" pieces of green grosgrain ribbon (5/8").  Cross ends over to create the leaf.



Glue or tack the ends together and glue to underside of flower.  

Glue a circle of felt to the back of the flower and adhere the pin back.




Easy, right?  Of course, you could add this to a headband or hair clip instead of making a pin.  Or, use satin ribbon or organza ribbon.  So many possibilities!  What will you do with this easy flower?

Look for Gwen Studios ribbon at your favorite craft store (like Joann's or Michaels), at Walmart and on Amazon.

Find more great Spring ribbon ideas on the Designer Crafts Connection.



Disclaimer:  I'm a member of the Gwen Studios Design Team and receive samples of ribbon and other items as part of my compensation.  


Saturday, February 24, 2024

Vintage Impressions Jewelry

 Hi everyone!

As I was browsing through some of my jewelry samples from a past book, I decided to search for the book itself.  Surprisingly, it's still out there in a variety of different places - mostly used bookstores.



Here's one that I found interesting at All Free Jewelry:

Vintage Impressions Jewelry | AllFreeJewelryMaking.com

It's a nice review of the book and they are offering a giveaway.  Scroll down to the bottom of the article.  

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Door Hangers for Kids

Hi Everyone!

Herrschners has published a few more of my designs and they are available now on their website. These are cute door hangers for the kids' rooms.

Here's the girls' room set with butterflies in two styles. 



Spread Your Wings Door Hangers


The boys' set has a nautical theme:


Little Man Cave Door Hangers


Look for these on the Herrschners website under the Plastic Canvas kits.