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diy tea dyed tissue paper tassel mobile (13)

in addition to the dip-dyed hanging i made for bear’s room, i also made him a little tea dyed tissue paper tassel mobile (say that 10 times real fast). i wanted to try to make my own tissue paper tassels for a long time now, and this seemed to be the perfect excuse. i just love how it turned out!

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here’s the how-to:

supplies:

- white tissue paper
- dark tea (i used yerba mate)
- cutting mat
- rotarty cutter (or exacto knife)
- ruler (or straight edge)
- jute
- and a pretty branch!

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step 1: begin by unwrapping the tissue paper and steeping your tea. add about 10 tea bags to a large pot of water, bring to a boil and let simmer for 20 minutes.

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step 2: completely submerge the ‘rolled up’ tissue paper into the tea mixture. let sit long enough to become completely soaked, about 5 minutes.

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step 3: set the tissue paper out to drip dry, then (ever so) carefully unravel it and lay it flat to dry. beware, it’s very fragile at this point!

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step 4: once completely dry, stack into sheets.

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step 5: start with one piece of tissue paper and fold in half horizontally. begin cutting the tissue paper into thin 1/4 – 1/2 inch strips, leaving about an 1.5″ margin at the top (where the fold is).

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step 6: continue cutting all the way across.

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step 7: carefully unfold the tissue paper and lay flat.

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step 8: gently begin to roll the tissue paper up, starting at one end and ending at the other. be careful not to get the tassels tangled too much, as they rip easily.  

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step 9: twist the middle part of your tassel together, then create a small loop.

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step 10: secure the loop by tying it off tightly with twine.

step 11: use the loop in order to string your tassels. attach them to the branch by using simple knots.

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reversible apron pattern

October 9, 2013

reversible apron pattern by bonnie christine

hey friends! a few of you may know, i got my start selling aprons and tea towels on etsy about 6 years ago. though i don’t sell aprons any more, they are still one of my most favorite items to make! i just love wearing a pretty apron while i cook, don’t you?

to celebrate my latest fabric line, reminisce, i’m sharing with you the very apron pattern i made to get my start in the handmade industry all those years ago. it’s tried and true, fits beautifully and is easy to make. keep reading for the how-to and downloadable pdf pattern!

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supplies:

- pdf pattern (download here)
- 1 yard each of two coordinating  fabrics (we used timeless rosewood and sweet nostalgia antique)
- scissors
- rotary cutter and ruler (or just scissors if not available)
- sewing machine & thread

directions:

1. cut two apron panels, using the pattern supplied, one from each 1 yard piece of fabric. if your fabric is directional, be sure to cut out the apron with your pattern facing the correct direction.

2. cut four apron strings from the length of each 1 yard piece of fabric 1.5″ wide (8 total).

3. place two apron ties of contrasting colors right sides together and stitch around two long sides and one short end. (leave one end open for turning.) turn right sides out and press well. set aside.

4. place the apron pieces right sides together and pin together. tuck the apron ties inside the apron, with the open, unsewn ends extending in the seam allowance. placement is on both sides, ½” below the cut edge of the apron’s top edges and at the tops of the shoulders (see pattern for placement).

5. stitch around the entire apron, leaving a 4” opening for turning on one of the sides, below the tie. seam allowances are ¼”. turn the apron right side out and press well. tip: using a  point turner in the corners will ensure sharp points.

6. machine or hand stitch the opening on the side closed.

7. cook up a storm and enjoy!

photography by art gallery fabrics. pattern copyright bonnie christine 2013. pictured above laura grosso.

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diy rope changing basket

September 30, 2013

after falling in love with this baby changing basket (and not being able to find one like it anywhere), i decided to just make my own version! using a clothesline and this method, i whipped this guy together in an afternoon. though i’m sure bear will grow out of it eventually, i’m so happy to use it in these early months. it’s soft and cozy and fits him perfectly!

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supplies:

- clothesline (i used 200 feet for this basket)
- sewing machine
- colored polyester thread
- 2″ foam for ‘mattress’ (available at craft stores)
- soft wool for cover (i used one of my husband’s old sweaters!)
- organic sherpa for linings (optional)

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begin by sewing two sides of clothesline rope together with a zig zag stitch into a long oval shape. this defines the entire shape of your basket (i.e. if you were making a round bowl, you’d start this in an exact circle).

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continue sewing around and around (and around and around) adding one layer of rope as you go.

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the most important part of this step is to try to keep the bottom of your basket laying flat as you sew it together. this gets harder and harder the larger it gets, but is an essential step in order to keep you basket laying flat.

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once you’ve made the entire flat bottom and you’re ready to turn up the edges to make the sides, take the entire piece of flat bottom you’ve created and tilt it upwards as you sew. (head on over to this post to see a good picture of this, i’m sorry i couldn’t manage to take one the project was so huge!). continue to sew until you’ve run out of rope, then back stitch thoroughly to secure the end.

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next, simply lay a piece of tissue paper inside the basket and make yourself a ‘pattern’ for the mattress pad. trace it onto the foam and cut around it. here, i’ve used one of my husband’s old wool sweaters to make a cover for it, but you could also use any fabric or wool to make the cover using the same pattern you used to cut out the foam pad. if you like, leave an envelope closure on the back for easy washing.

though this is completely optional, i also made a few mattress liners out of organic sherpa fleece. using the same pattern you made for the mattress, cut out two ovals and serge around the edges.

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and voila! the perfect little nest for your wee one. of course, you can also use this same method for non-baby related items, like large baskets, small bowls, coasters, trivets and more!

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diy wax resist dip dyed onesies

September 23, 2013

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in addition to the dip dyed wall hangings i did a while back, i also dip dyed several onesies using the same wax resist technique! rather than spending loads of money on cute little outfits for bear, i decided to just grab a few plain white organic cotton onesies and decorate them myself (like i did with these stenciled onesies). i love how they turned out!

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supplies:

- plain white onesies (i used gerber’s organics)
- soy wax (or beeswax)
- a paintbrush
- printed templates (download here)
- a hot plate (or way to heat the wax and keep it hot)
- dye (i used cushing’s perfect dyes, but you could use any type, like rit)
- salt
- paper towels
- iron

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step 1: melt your wax. i used soy wax (it’s eco friendly and super easy to clean up after!). i also used a tin container and hot plate, however feel free to get creative. keep it on the stove, or even possibly dip right out of a burning candle (?). just be careful not to burn yourself! the most important thing is to make sure the wax stays hot enough (but below it’s flash point) to soak into the fabric itself. it won’t work if it just lays on top of the fabric (you’ll be able to tell the difference).

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step 2: insert the printed template of choice inside the onesie (behind the first layer of fabric).

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step 3: beging ‘painting’ on your design using the wax and paint brush, tracing over the design. this is the fun part!

step 4: once the wax is dry to the touch, submerge your fabric into cool water to soak it (will make the dye more even). then, dye your fabric according according to package instructions (this probably calls for adding salt to the water). here’s where you can get creative! dip dye, totally submerge, or leave parts in longer than other areas to give it more of an ombre look. important: the most important thing i learned is that you need to dye your fabric in cool-warm water. if the water is too hot, it’ll melt the wax and ruin all your hard work!

step 5: let your hanging completely air dry.

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step 6: to remove the wax: place a paper towel on both the top and bottom of your fabric where the wax is. iron on top of the paper towels until all the wax has heated and lifted from the fabric (the paper towels will absorb it).

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be careful, this can be addicting! and of course, it’s not limited to just onesies. think pillows, tea towels, t-shirts and more!

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diy stenciled onesies

September 18, 2013

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after falling in love with alison’s freezer paper stenciled onesies, i knew i had to make several of my own for bear. to help me accomplish the task, i decided to turn the whole project into a baby shower activity. it was a huge hit! basically, i prepared all the onesies and stencils ahead of time, then we all sat around and painted them together at the shower. it turned out to be really special and super fun!

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for the three above, i used alison’s stencils (you can grab the download on her website). aren’t they adorable? of course, i couldn’t resist the bear. :)

for the rest, i decided to design my own stencils, which i’m so happy to share with you today! just click on the image above to download the multi-page pdf. :) here’s the how to:

supplies:

- exacto knife
- cutting mat
- templates (download here)
- freezer paper (available at the grocery store)
- onesies (i used gerber’s organic onesies)
- paint brushes
- fabric/craft paint (we used martha stewart’s all purpose craft paint)

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step 1: begin by printing out the templates and selecting the ones you’d like to work with.

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step 2: place a piece of freezer paper over the printed template. hint: it helps to tape these in place!

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step 3: using the exacto knife, carefully cut out the pattern. be sure to save the “inside” parts where you don’t want paint. like the insides of this guy’s ears.

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step 4: iron the freezer paper onto the onesie, shiny side down. be sure to also insert a piece of cardboard behind the fabric before you begin painting, to keep the paint from bleeding through.

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step 5: paint your designs! get creative and most importantly, have fun!

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step 7: let the paint completely dry before removing the freezer paper (we waited about 1 hour). you can see that these hanging above look a little ‘messy’ because we haven’t removed the paper yet.

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step 8: remove the paper and see your designs!

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step 9: in order to ‘heat set’, turn all the onesies inside out and place in the dryer on high for 30 minutes. then, wash and wear like normal.

and of course, this diy doesn’t just pertain to onesies! use the same method to make beautiful pillows, t-shirts and more!

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diy wax resist dip dyed wall hangings (8)

after falling in love with this batik dye wall hanging, i decided to try my own hand at a little wax resist dip-dyeing. so far, i’ve made two wall hangings and several onesies (more on those coming soon!), and i absolutely love how they’ve turned out.

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i first wanted to make a little hanging for bear’s nursery door. it was just so bland and white before, and i wanted everyone to know they were about to enter a very special place. :)

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i then decided that the wall behind his crib needed a little somethin’ somethin’. so, i made this giant antler hanging! (i also made his tassel mobile, another diy coming soon!) here’s the how to:

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supplies:

- plain piece of linen or cotton fabric, cut to desired size
- soy wax (or beeswax)
- an old paintbrush
- pencil for marking
- a hot plate (or way to heat the wax and keep it hot)
- dye (i used cushing’s perfect dyes, but you could use any type, like rit)
- salt
- paper towels
- iron

step 1: melt your wax. i used soy wax (it’s eco friendly and super easy to clean up after!). i also used a tin container and hot plate, however feel free to get creative. keep it on the stove, or even possibly dip right out of a burning candle (?). just be careful not to burn yourself! the most important thing is to make sure the wax stays hot enough (but below it’s flash point) to soak into the fabric itself. it won’t work if it just lays on top of the fabric (you’ll be able to tell the difference).

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step 2: next, sketch your design onto the fabric using a pencil.

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step 3: beging ‘painting’ on your design using the wax and paint brush. this is the fun part!

step 4: once the wax is dry to the touch, submerge your fabric into cool water to soak it (will make the dye more even). then, dye your fabric according according to package instructions (this probably calls for adding salt to the water). here’s where you can get creative! dip dye, totally submerge, or leave parts in longer than other areas to give it more of an ombre look. important: the most important thing i learned is that you need to dye your fabric in cool-warm water. if the water is too hot, it’ll melt the wax and ruin all your hard work!

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step 5: let your hanging completely air dry.

step 6: to remove the wax: place a paper towel on both the top and bottom of your fabric where the wax is. iron on top of the paper towels until all the wax has heated and lifted from the fabric (the paper towels will absorb it).

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you can then wash and dry your hanging as usual. i’ve left the edges of mine raw on purpose, but the possibilities are endless. make pillows, tea towels, t-shirts and more!

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diy batik wall hanging

oh my goodness, i cannot wait to try this diy batik dye wall hanging from kelli murray’s blog! the tutorial is beautifully done and the technique is really simple. i’ve been trying to figure out just what i’m going to do for an empty spot in baby roost’s nursery, and this is the perfect solution. i’ll be sure to share with you my finished project, but for now head on over to kelli’s blog to see more beautiful pics and grab the full tutorial!

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3 beautiful diy’s

June 28, 2013

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hello, lovelies! before signing off for the weekend, i wanted to pop in with a few beautiful diy’s i’ve run across this week. they are each perfect for summer in their own way. i hope you enjoy your weekend, and i’ll see you back here on monday! xox, bonnie

diy flower crown

this beautiful flower crown diy comes from eat.live.make. it’s the perfect accessory for warm summer days, photo shoots and soirees!

easy linen lined tote

learn how to make a simple wicker tote come to life by adding an easy linen liner with this diy from decor8. a lovely addition to beach days and farmer’s market trips!

diy painted mugs

turn a drab set of mugs into a beautiful display with this diy for hand painted mugs from this heart of mine. an easy (and affordable) afternoon project!

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