Vintage style alice band

I just love this alice band. It is my new creative headwear to inspire me as i work.

Here is the simple tutorial

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Choose some cute fabric, a piece of elastic and a button or broach. Cut 1 strip for the band 19″ x 8″, and 2 strips for the bow 8″ x 8″ and 8″ x 11″

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Fold each piece in half long ways right sides together and machine along the lonest side. Turn through and press with the seams down the centre. 

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For the smaller bow sections, fold the ends in by half inch and machine closed. Then lay the 2 pieces on top of each other as above.

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Run a gather stitch through the centre, pull up and add your button or broach.

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Place on the band where you want the bow to be. Sew in place.  Next turn in the ends of the bow by 1″ and stitch to hold. Repeat on all corners of the bow.

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Above is one side done and one side not done to show you 

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Sew both sides

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Add your elastic into the band ends, gather as you go as above, makeing sure it fits you

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Wear and have fun. xxx

Autumn is quickly heading our way and I found myself thinking of Halloween this week. We love halloween in our house. Every year my husband and I have a pumpkin carving competition. Of cause they are always both amaizing and we both have to win. This year will be no differant and I am planning on doing an apple carved lantern tutorial before then. I also found myself quickly reading over a new magazine last night. I dont read many craft mags as they are usually paper craft based and predictable. This one I will be reading over and over. Homemaker is a mix of crafts and homestyle tips. I just love it. I have also been perusing the fabric and ribbon trade sites for beautiful things to stock. Hopefully by early in the new year you will be able to buy all the equipment needed to make my on line projects. New kids applique top tutorial on my facebook page tommorrow. Take a look

I will end with a lovely photo I took of the sunset on tuesday evening.

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Wooly cushions

I am loving my new scrummy snuggly cushions. I made these from one of my dads wool jumpers. Dont worry it had a hole in it. I am also loving my fancy cushions i made too. They are being removed from the sofa when husband and teenage sons are sat there as they wont last 2 minutes otherwise. 

Tommorrow brings yet another show. chatsworth country fair. I shall be eating picnic lunch with dad and mum at their Alvis car and scouring the craft tent for new inspiration, camera at the ready. 

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Pics of vintage clothes

Oh my goodness i cant believe where this week has gone. It has been my last full week on my maternity leave from my other job. I will miss my baby time and my own business time. I am predicting lots of late nights crafting and blogging as i could not live without Winney and Rose. Anyway as promised pics of my latest vintage clothes given from my great aunt. I have started to make patterns and am scouring second hand shops when i go out for fabrics i can use to make new clothes from. I find large skirts and dresses can be great for new tops. I dont believe in these patterns when they use 4metres of fabric for one blouse. Making patterns from clothes you love and recycling old ones is far more fun. And when they have cost very little and no one else has the same it could not be better. There are of course some fab fabrics to buy on the roll and i do have an addiction to fabric shops also. ImageImageImageImageImage