When I first heard of wire head scarves I began plotting how to make my own from things I had lying around our craft room. Here’s a quick do-it-yourself tutorial if you want to make one! It only takes about 20 minutes so they make great last-minute gifts too :)
You will need:
-Fabric at least 32″ long by 4″ wide
-Malleable wire (regular wire cannot withstand the repetitive twisting without snapping!)
-Sewing machine or needle and thread
1// Cut a rectangle 32″ x 4″ from lightweight fabric and trim the ends into points about 2″ deep. 2// Cut a length of malleable wire 34″ long and create loops in each end 3// Fold your fabric in half, and with the right sides of the fabric together use a running stitch to sew around the edges with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 1-2″ opening to turn right side out! 4// Turn the scarf right side out. 5// Thread your wire through the opening and secure at each end with tack stitches through the loops. 6// Top stitch the end shut and enjoy your new hair accessory!
Potholder. Oven mitt. Hot mitt. Hot pad. Trivet? Is that stretching it?
These are all search terms I tried in an attempt to find a decent sewing tutorial for potholders on Pinterest. In the end I winged it – my best work tends to be freehand. Except drawing. I can’t draw, ever.
Dagny’s excellent instructions for making a potholder:
-Cut some squares. For each hot pad, you need two of pretty fabric – I like thicker, home dec. weights for this – and one of insul-brite, which is absolutely amazing and everyone should have some. It’s expensive though, so I waited until I found some in the remnant bin at Joann’s. Remnant size is plenty big enough for more potholders than you will ever need.
-Cut a rectangle for each hot pad in pretty fabric. They should be small – these are your useless little loopy bits. Well, they’re useless unless you’re Sophie the Dog who loves using potholders as tug of war toys.
-Fold your rectangles in half the long way with the right sides of the fabric together and sew ‘em shut, but leave an opening so you can turn it right side out! Then turn it right side out and topstitch around to close the opening.
-Put your pretty fabric right sides together and then lay your insul-brite square on top of that. Cross the ends of your little loopy bit and pin it between the two layers of pretty fabric. Sew around, but leave an opening for turning right side out! Then turn it right side out and topstitch around to close the opening. Done!
We bought 15 strings of cheap plastic globe string lights to decorate and light the yard for the wedding. We left them out all summer and the globes filled with rain, but somehow those $10 lights survived the drowning, and after we removed Every. Single. Globe. from Every. Single. Bulb. and dried them in the sun, we decided to tack them up in our attic suite.
This is what I had hoped for, but feared was impossible – a wedding that was not disposable, cheap or frivolous. A memory I could smile at, think fondly of, and move away from without regret or debt.
In an effort to make room in our small space as well as prioritize and focus more of my energy on photography, I have decided to close my Monstrous Monsters Etsy shop. In celebration of years of happy monster sales, all items in the shop are 40% off. This means I’ve been digging up unfinished monster projects in order to get every single one in the shop and out of my house, so last week I finished up three monster baby bibs and one other super secret monster that I will be listing soon.