A Touch of Gray (DIY Bridal Shoe Clip)

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By Kristin

The hottest trend it seems lately is that brides are heading towards shades of gray for the new accent color.  They are incorporating into everything ranging from the invites to the wedding dress itself!  I decided to create a simple pair of shoe clips done in this hot new shade to show how versatile it can be. 

 Shoe clips were at their most popular during the Victorian era, they were used to dress up your shoes, but could also be clipped to hats, scarves, and bags.  I’m a huge fan of shoe clips, I usually make my own using mostly buttons and ribbons, but I do have a few vintage pairs too.  Why not try to make a pair today, you’ll quickly see how addictive it is to own a ‘new’ pair of shoes!

 

 

Materials Used:

 

Instructions:

  1. You will need 2 pieces of ribbon measuring 8 inches and two measuring 3 inches.
  2. Fold the ends of the 8″ ribbon towards the middle and glue in place with Unique Stitch Glue, then take the 3″ piece and fold over the ends about ¼” and glue in place.  Wrap the small 3″ piece around the center of the long folded piece to cover the seam, glue in place.
  3. Take your needle and thread and sew the shoe clip to the back of the ribbon.  You can use E6000 as well, but I find that the thread holds up better over time.
  4. Take your rhinestone button and clip off the shank back (the small metal loop on the back).  Clip it as close to the back of the button as you can, a little extra remaining is okay, so long as the button lays flat.
  5. Glue your button to the middle of the front of the ribbon.
  6. Let everything dry overnight. 
  7. Clip on and look gorgeous!

Velvet Ribbon Striped Pillow

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By Eleah

This week I wanted to make an accent pillow with stripes but didn’t have any striped material on hand. What better solution than to make my own stripes! With the cool weather rolling in, I wanted it to be extra soft. I selected some leftover high-pile apoulstery fabric for the body of the pillow. For the stripes I used 22mm velvet ribbon that complimented the color of the fabric. Since I used two different fabrics for each side, I wanted something to break between them with out clashing with the ribbon so I picked out velvet cordedge in a neutral color so the stripes would not disappear.

Materials:

  • Two 13×13 inch squares of fabric
  • 51 inches of 22mm (style# 00856) cordedge
  • 3 ¼ yards of 22mm velvet ribbon in 1 color, or 1.6 yards of 2 different colors.
  • Sewing Machine, needle, thread to match ribbon
  • Stuffing

Instructions:

  1. Pin down ribbon evenly spaced on 1 of your 13×13” squares of fabric
  2. Remove pins as you hem down the ribbon. Try to keep the stitch as close to the edge of the ribbon so as not to interrupt the pile of the velvet.
  3. Refer to one of my earlier blogs for instructions on the rest of the pillow. Begin with step 8 from my textile transformation blog. FYI-you will probably want to pin the cordedge to the side of the fabric that has the ribbon sewn to it. Since that will be the front, you will want more control of a perfect hem.
  4. And you’re done!

Dog-of-Honor (Ribbon Dog Collar)

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By Kristin

In these times we all cherish our furry 4 leg friends as though they were our children.  I have two ‘kids’ of my own at home named Leia and Pippin.  Though only cats, I still spoil them with the best natural food and squeakiest mice I can afford.  It only makes sense then, that couples today are feeling inclined to incorporate their pets into the ceremony and/or reception.  Adam Sandler had his dog, Meatball, as the ring bearer; and Eva Longoria had Jinxie with her at the wedding.  So many people today wouldn’t dream of their big day without their other ‘best friend’.

Some couples will dress their dog up in a tux, but I feel a simple collar can make a huge statement without looking silly or making the pup uncomfortable.  Using many of fantastic ribbons and trims, there are endless possibilities for your pup’s look.  Greek Key is a very simple design that will look good with a lot or even something a little more elegant and floral could work too.  You can add rhinestones, buttons or charms to jazz it up.  Maybe you can leave it plain and undecorated.

The example I made was very easy and took no time at all.  You just need some basic sewing skills, a sewing machine and the materials. 

 

Collar

  • 1″ Metallic Jacquard Greek Key (White/Silver) #38993, 1 Yard
  • 1″ Nickel D-Ring #10418
  • Silver Square Clasp #30160

Leash

  • ½” Metallic Jacquard Greek Key (White/Silver) #28550, 4 yards
  • Nickel Claw Closure #35596

Other Materials

  • Thread, Scissors, Straight Pins

 

How To:

  1. Measure your pooch’s neck, not too tight, but loose enough for comfort.  Add one inch for the seam allowance. 
  2. Thread the clasp onto the ribbon and fold the ribbon in half in the middle.  This will double the ribbon for durability.  Sew a straight line right next to where the bar in the clasp is.
  3. Place the D-Ring on one side of the ribbon (don’t put both through, just one side) with the loop facing out. 
  4. Sew down each edge of the ribbon after the D-Ring (through both layers) and stop 1″ from the unfinished end.  Fold the ends under ½” and loop over the other bar of the clasp, sew shut with several rows of stitching to secure extra.
  5. Viola, you have a custom made collar for your best friend! 

Now, onto the leash…

  1. Thread the ribbon through the bar of the claw clasp until you get to the middle of the ribbon (just like with the collar).  Sew a straight line next to the bar of the clasp to secure.
  2. Just like with the collar, sew down each end of the ribbon (both layers) until you get 1″ from the unfinished end.  Fold in the ends ½” and sew the edges to finish. Take the newly finished end and fold it about 14″ in to create the wrist strap.  Sew a small square to secure, sew over the square two more times. Clip leash onto the collar and your pup can walk down the aisle in style!