Tutorial – Fancy Ruffled Shoe Clips

Shoe clips are a fun little accessory that can add life and bit of fanciness to a pair of plain old shoes.

After seeing all sorts of adorable embellished flats and heels that J. Crew has come out with lately, I wanted to try my hand at it. I hope these instructions are clear enough and you are able to get some use out of it!

Ballet Flats from J. Crew – $185.00

Supplies:

  • Lightweight synthetic fabric (it’s wrinkly because I was tired and lazayyy)
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Needle & thread
  • Ink Pen (use a pencil… I couldn’t find one. I know, who doesn’t have a pencil??)
  • Shoe Clips… I bought a ton from The Creative Seed on Etsy for just a few dollars

Instructions:

Trace 16 circles onto your fabric — 8 for each shoe. I used one of my little Anthro bowls as a guide and they turned out to be a pretty good size, but I’d aim for 3 inches in diameter. You can even get all fancy and precise if you have a compass lying around somewhere. I use bowls. I is science.

Cut out the fabric circles.

Start with one circle. Fold it in half…

…and in half again.

Run your needle through the fabric at the part that comes to a point. You’ll see what I mean when you get here.

Repeat the fold-fold-stitch process with 7 more circles. You should have a stack that looks something like the above photo. Knot the thread a few times to secure the stack, and you will see the fabric form a little ruffled cluster.

Flip the fabric over and glue a shoe clip over the knotted thread. I pinched a bit of felt between the clip and used it as a bit of extra surface for the glue to adhere.

Repeat the last five steps with the remaining 8 fabric circles to create another ruffled bunch. That’s it!

Hmm… I think little red posies would also be quite adorable worn on a pair of black heels.

OH LOOK!

What a coincidence! har har.  I suppose you could even make some sweet little bows or some felt rosettes as well!

Oh Lord. I may never get to sleep tonight.

DIY Billy Buttons

These little flowers are so adorable, it kills me.

I can’t remember where I first saw them, but it’s been quite a while since they’ve been on my GIMME list. The only thing is, I’ve never seen them for sale anywhere in my town and I don’t really feel like spending a crap ton on them online… they’re freaking expensive!

Lucky me, as I was making my weekly craft store run I happened upon some little bags of little yellow ball things that look pretty similar. My sister in law was with me and I’m pretty sure she thought I was a mental case by the way I snatched them from the display, said MINE! and started petting them. (only slightly kidding.)

They didn’t have any stems, so I used some wooden skewers and improvised.

Not bad for $3, right? My night stand is much more cheery now.

You can find them at Joann’s… that is, unless you live here in Fresno where I already bought them all… MINE!

Memo Board Makeover

I’m on a quest to revamp my boring little apartment kitchen. The white walls are incredibly sad and make me want to stab things with my cheap kitchen knives, but since there’s nothing I can do about that I’ve been trying to bring in some color in other ways.

Anyway, I had this magnetic memo board in my craft area/crap pile, but since I usually do my crafting on the floor of my living room anyway, I thought I’d give it a new home in my kitchen.

I don’t personally know the person from the Victorian Era who barfed all over this thing, but if  I did I would give her some Pepto and lock her away so she doesn’t spread her disease any further.

I decided on the fabric with the graey leaves (that’s how I’m going to spell it from now on, because frankly, I give up). It was pretty easy to take off the 30,000 miniscule screws on the back of this thing, surprisingly, and the whole project took me about 10 minutes from start to finish.

Much better, right?

Tutorial: Springy Rings

Supplies

  • 2 colors of coordinating fabric (or not. That’s just what I did.)
  • Ring with glue pad*
  • Beads for embellishing (I used some from a broken necklace)
  • Scissors
  • Needle & Thread
  • A lighter (for singeing the edges of your fabric)
  • Hot glue gun/craft glue/super glue/whatever kind of glue you happen to have

* I ordered a bunch of these little rings from an Etsy shop called The Perfect Bead. I haven’t spent much time looking around town in craft stores because I’m lazy and like to do most of my shopping online, from the comfort of my couch, while consuming some sort of ice cream… but I’m sure you can find them if you venture out into the world.

Instructions

I chose two coordinating fabrics in peachy/pink shades. One was a more matte material while the other was more of an organza type (shimmery and see-through). You can really use whatever color or type of material you like, but I’d suggest it be pretty lightweight.

Cut 5 circles from the first fabric, varying from 1 inch in diameter down to about 3/4 inch. Cut 3 circles from the second fabric in the the same varying sizes. Being exact really doesn’t matter in this step, so don’t stress yourself out trying to make perfect circles.

Use your lighter to singe the edges of each circle. This makes the fabric curl up and look more like flower petals. (I explain how to do this in more detail here.)

Stack your “petals”, alternating between the two types of fabric, with the largest circles on the bottom and the smallest on the top.

Run your needle and thread through the center of the stack to secure. If you’re not comfortable with using a needle and thread, you can use small dabs of glue to hold the petals in place.

Stitch or glue beads, pearls, rhinestones, or anything else you have onto the center of your flower.

Glue the back of the flower to the little pad on the ring and you’re finished!

These little rings make great gifts for birthdays, bridesmaids, or even Mother’s Day. Have fun with it!