What’s in my bag?

When my friend Gussy asked me to be a part of her “What’s in your bag?” series I was so excited to show off my perfect purse life:

What's in my Gussy Sew's Market Tote via lilblueboo.com

I rock!

Except that……

 

 

Ok, maybe I didn’t really “LIE” but I might have left a few things out. Actually, I did lie about the house key. We don’t have any house keys. We lost them all….so we have combination keypads now. Those were Lisa’s keys in the photo.  Now let me break out the “SAW III” font for this next image……

 

 

What ELSE is in my Gussy Sew's Market Tote via lilblueboo.com

 

*Just a note: Boo’s “fine china” isn’t always itchy. I don’t want her to be embarrassed later in life about this. When it’s 115 degrees here in the desert sometimes she gets a rash.  I carry it with me so I’m not caught without it.

At school for a while she would be itchy at nap and wouldn’t tell the teacher how bad it was…..so I decided to call the school and mention it each afternoon so they’d ask her.

The first time I called, the woman who answers the phone yelled loud enough for the entire desert to pick up on: “WHO has a YEAST infection?”

My first reaction was all gangsta: “ME biaaaatchhh. I’m calling JUST to let you know that I have a yeast infection. What’s UP.”

Oh, I imagined that first reaction….nevermind, what I actually said was:

“Boo does…..could you just discretely check with her to see if I should pick her up? Thanks!”

 

Geez….I can never stay on track. This was supposed to just be a post about my friend Gussy’s awesome market tote.…but of course I had to go on a tangent.  And now this post includes itchy fine china, rubber chickens, the movie SAW III, menopause, leaky pens, and yeast infections.  I’m SO sorry!

 

Oh!  I almost forgot! Until August 30th you can use this 10% off code for a cute summer bag in Gussy’s shop!

WIMB10

 

So, now I’m curious…..what’s in YOUR bag?

 

 

 

 

DIY Nautical Inspired Altered Tote (A Tutorial)

Nautical Inspired Altered Tote DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I saw some large totes made from recycled canvas sails in Tahoe the last time I visited and wanted to make a similar nautical-inspired tote. I used a plain white tote as my starting point. If you don’t have one you can always make one from plain white canvas or even a canvas table cloth. I’ve got a simple pattern in the shop here and you would just leave off the handles.

Other materials:
Large “snap” curtain grommets (you can get these at Micheal’s or Joann’s)
3/4″ “by the yard” rope from the hardware store

Nautical Inspired Altered Tote DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

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The Knit Headband Pattern (Free PDF Download)


How to make a knit headband. Free pattern download. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

These headbands are so easy to make and comfortable too! I’ve attached my PDF pattern at the bottom of this post for you to download if you want to make them for yourself.

How to make a knit headband. Free pattern download. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

How to make a knit headband. Free pattern download. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

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Upcycling Broken China (A Tutorial)

How to make upcycled accessories from broken china via lilblueboo.com

 

Ever break a glass or dish you love? Happens here all the time…..and I can never bring myself to throw the pieces away. I always have big plans to one day make a big mosaic wall or table…..but in the meantime I’ve decided to use the pieces for some smaller projects. This jar holds every single piece of porcelain from a Tiffany vase I broke a few years ago:

 

How to make upcycled accessories from broken china via lilblueboo.com

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Dollar Doily Hair Clip (A Tutorial)

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I picked up a pack of lace doilies from the dollar store (99 cent store) and made this gardenia-inspire hair clip for Boo.

 

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

These doilies came in a pack of three:

 

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I took each doily and folded it in half:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Then created a fan shape by scrunching up the bottom:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Then I sewed the bottom part of the “fan” shape to a small piece of felt:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I took the other 2 doilies and repeated the same steps but placed them on the felt in opposite directions:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

After each doily was sewn to the felt, I trimmed any excess felt off:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I took scissors and cut into the doily to help it fan out more and trimmed pieces that I thought were too large:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I used a needle and thread to add a few stitches in areas I thought needed to be tacked down a little:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Finally I used a glue gun to attach my doily flower to a clip. You could attach it to a head band if you prefer too!

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

So dainty and pretty. You could add a vintage pearl button if you want in the middle but I wanted it plain and pretty:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

A happy Boo!

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial)

I’ve had requests for this tutorial for a while and I finally just made myself finish it this week! Everyone loves these hair accessories and it is a great way to use up those extra knit scraps!

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

This is a photo from last spring with Li’l Miss Elle wearing a pom in her hair….I can’t believe how young she and Boo look!

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Materials needed:
Knit scraps
3 ” or 4″ needle
Nylon thread
Pliers
Glue gun
An alligator clip, head band or pony tail holder
Optional: velvet ribbon for lining clip

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 1: Cut out strips of knit yardage or t-shirt scraps measuring about 5″ x 3/4″ and thread your needle:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 2: Take your first strip and insert the needle about 1/8″ from the middle edge….you will stick the needle back through at another 1/8″ and continue……

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
…..until you’ve created an accordion-type fold onto the needle:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 3: Repeat the last step for your next strip of knit…..

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
…but twist it around once it is on the needle so that it lays across the other piece like a cross:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 4: Continue to add your other strips of knit in the same manner and twist them once they are threaded into a star shape as shown and flatten them all down together to the bottom of the needle:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 5: Once you have added enough strips so that the pom is the fullness that you prefer run your needle back through to secure all the strips.

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Stitch back and forth through all the layers one or two more times to secure them well….you may need a pair of pliers for this step to help pull the needle through!

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 6: Tie a knot to secure your pom…..

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
….and turn the pom over to the other side and tie the top layer in to a little knot as shown:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Step 7: Trim your layers to the length you prefer and making the top poms just a tad shorter than the ones below:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
A finished pom!

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
Use a glue gun to attached an alligator clip to the bottom. You can glue a small velvet strip to the inside of the clip to make it “non-slip.”

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
I love using silk screen scraps….

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
….and upcycled knit:

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
You can add a pom to a headband…..

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
…..and even sew one to a pony tail holder!

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
So many varieties!

Upcycled Knit Pom Pom Hair Accessories (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

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