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How To Make a Rosie Wrap Head Band

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Rosie wrap, tie up rockabilly headband, dolly bow… whatever you want to call it, this is a super duper easy and quick sewing project. This would be a perfect tutorial to start with if you’re new to sewing.howtorosie1

I made mine in a pretty pink floral print, inspired by the trends featured in the spring crafting inspiration site from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. To celebrate National Sewing and Craft month, Jo-Ann is offering a $5 off coupon on any $25 purchase! Click here for the coupon.

I’ll also show you how to make different widths for a slightly different look. Here’s a wider version, which I think looks a little more like the shape of Rosie the Riveter’s actual wrap:

howtorosiewrap2Heh. Okay, let’s get started. Below is the video version of this tutorial, but after that there’s also a photo/text version so you can go at your own pace.

rosievidPhoto tutorial:

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Craft Book Review – Folklore Crafts: Garden Gnomes and Matryoshka

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It is my craftastic pleasure to be reviewing (and giving away- see the entry instructions below!) two craft books that are chock full of totally cute projects. Folklore Crafts: Garden Gnomes and Folklore Crafts: Matryoshka.

Both books have a bakers dozen of how-tos, and what I love is that the projects are simple and quick. If you’re a beginner, the projects aren’t too intimidating. I’ve never tried needle felting, but these adorable little dolls make me want to try it out:

Project From Folklore Crafts: Matryoshka

 

Likewise, for the crafts I’m more comfortable with, I’m inspired to add my own little twists. For instance, I’m just itching to stitch up a batch of these little cuties, and maybe throw in a lady friend or two:

Project From Folklore Crafts: Garden Gnomes

Better make it 3 so there aren’t any gnome fights!

One of my personal favorites is the Dr. Who nesting dolls project. I love the idea of a non-traditional set of nesting dolls, because it would make the perfect personalized gift for almost anyone… just take some of their favorite things, and paint the dolls to fit!

Project From Folklore Crafts: Matryoshka

So now that I’ve got you whipped into a frenzy over these books, here’s how you can enter to win a copy of your choice!

This is a LIGHTNING ROUND GIVEAWAY… which means it’s a quick one.

Comment here to let me know what FB pages you’ve liked- each page counts as a separate entry, so you can do one, two or all three.
Please included your facebook name in your comment!

The giveaway will close at midnight EST.

Ways to Enter

 

Follow the FolkloreCrafts book tour – check out tomorrow’s review at WeeklyEnthusiast!

 

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Make a pop-up book!

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Fun fact: I graduated from the same high school as pop-up book king, Robert Sabuda! You may have seen some of his books before- he’s done tons of pop-up versions of famous fairytales and other children’s books like The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, etc.

His website, robertsabuda.com, also has a whole bunch of awesome tutorials for making your own pop-ups, including a STAR WARS POP-UP BOOK!!!

The pop-ups make awesome cards for pretty much any occasion. I was in need of a Get Well card, so instead of buying a cheesy Hallmark card, I decided to make a pop-up card using the Bat tutorial here: http://www.robertsabuda.com/popmake/animals/bat/popmake_bat-step1.asp

Not only is it handmade (10 times cooler), but it’s THREE DEE (cool to the third power). So thats like Cool x 1000.

I’d suggest reading through the instructions before starting, and gathering all of the tools you’ll need!

Tools you’ll need:

paper – something heavy like cardstock works well for the base of the card. I used scrapbooking paper to “line” the base, though this step is totally optional. I used black construction paper for the bat.

sharp scissors

scoring/folding tool – I used a knitting needle. You could also use a chopstick, bamboo skewer, and old pen, etc.

glue – I used a quick dry craft glue that’s similar to rubber cement. Glue sticks or double sided tape will also work well. White glue will work if you have the time and patience to let it dry.

printer or markers

extra decorating doo-dads – like googly eyes!


Here’s my finished card!

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