How to make a baby bow headband

How to make a baby bow headband by sewmccool.com

It's no secret I love working with ribbon! And with my first book, 50 Ribbon Rosettes & Bows to Make: For Perfectly Wrapped Gifts, Gorgeous Hair Clips, Beautiful Corsages, and Decorative Fun! now on shelves (that's an Amazon affiliate link, meaning I'll get a little commission if you buy the book....my contract was a lump-sum payment with no royalties so I'm not exactly double-dipping here), I thought it would be fun to share a few projects and techniques that didn't make it into the ... [ Read More ]

Sew baby bow headbands – sneak peek!

How to make a baby bow headband by sewmccool.com

Baby girls. We all love them - they're so fun to dress up in pretty clothes and accessories. I especially like to sew baby bow headbands. With just a bit of ribbon (I buy most of my ribbon from my sponsor, The Ribbon Retreat) and some stretch lace, you can create a beautiful headband in no time. These are so perfect for gifts! To see the tutorial, head on over to Mabey She Made It, where I'm a guest poster today. And please be sure to spend some time looking around Lisa's site - ... [ Read More ]

How to make a hair bow holder on a canvas

Hair Clip Holder

Welcome back for another instalment of the ‘Little Girl’s Bedroom Make Over’ Series. It’s so lovely to have you here again. It’s Lauren here from Molly and Mama, and I'm going to teach you how to make a hair bow holder on a canvas. In case you’ve missed it, I’m in the process of revamping my daughter’s bedroom. I’m sharing my ideas on Sew McCool for some sweet projects, including upcoming tutorials for cushion covers, a quilted pillow sham and a bed runner. And we’ve already covered making ... [ Read More ]

Sew a ruched flower from fabric or ribbon

Sew a ruched flower from fabric or ribbon

Ah...flowers. We all love flowers, don't we? But then they fade, and they're gone, and we move on. It doesn't have to be that way.... ...when you learn to sew a ruched flower from fabric or ribbon. This is a great project for your fabric or ribbon scraps, and perfect on headbands, hair clips, or as an accessory on dresses and purses. To learn how to sew a ruched flower, simply download this free PDF tutorial, The Annabelle Flower. I've made these for my daughter for ... [ Read More ]

How to make ribbon firecracker barrettes

Ribbon firecracker hair clip 1

I think the summer holidays are my favorite. Living in Northern Indiana, I’ve always loved the fun and freedom of summer. I remember hot Fourth of July nights as a kid, watching the fireworks, having picnics....and yes, hearing the kids across the street light firecrackers. Boom. Boom. A little scary! But not all firecrackers are loud, or scary for kids! Learn how to make ribbon firecracker barrettes! They're perfect for Independence Day, and your little girls will get lots of ... [ Read More ]

How to make ribbon ice cream cone clips

two ribbon ice cream cone clips by sewmccool.com

The entire time I worked on this tutorial for how to make ribbon ice cream cone clips, I hummed the 1972 Chicago song "Saturday in the Park" because of the line, "People talkin', people laughin', a man selling ice cream...." (Darn earworm. If you don't know the song, Google it and you can share my joy/misery while you work along on this tutorial.) It goes without saying that I love summer. And Independence Day (Fourth of July). And wearing shorts and tank tops and seeing fireflies and ... [ Read More ]

How to make a gift bow from ribbon

Loopy gift bow by sewmccool.com

Everyone loves to see a nicely wrapped gift with a beautiful bow! But package bows can be expensive, and they're rarely exactly what you want for the gift. Learn to make a gift bow from ribbon and you'll never need to buy another again! Of course, there are many types of gift bows. They can be made in one swoop with a single long piece of ribbon - wrapped around pins or small dowels to keep the loops in place while you wrap - or in separate pieces. Here we'll make the bow out of ... [ Read More ]

Ribbon dragonfly sculpture tutorial

how to make a ribbon dragonfly by sewmccool.com

This ribbon dragonfly sculpture tutorial is sponsored by The Ribbon Retreat...but the project/tutorial, as well as any opinions, are all mine. Please check out my disclosure policy at the bottom of my advertising page to learn more. Lazy days on the lake.... ...are meant for watching dragonflies. I love watching them zoom across the water, stopping to hover and then "pouncing" to feast one of my least favorite summer insects.... ...the dreaded mosquito. I wanted to honor the ... [ Read More ]

How to make braided barrettes

Make braided barrettes by sewmccool.com

When I was an elementary and middle school girl... (in the '80s, gasp!) My mom spent time sewing clothes for me. I specifically remember my favorite outfit: A corduroy suit with knickers. Hehe...I know....knickers. And corduroy. But they were "in!" And the blue corduroy was soft and pretty. She made a tailored vest, jacket, and those famous 1980s knickers. But to go with those clothes.... She also made barrettes for me. Specifically, she learned how to make braided barrettes so ... [ Read More ]

How to sew a veil and add to a barrette

sew a veil with sewmccool.com

When my daughter and I went shopping for her dress for First Communion... (I decided not to make her dress, if you remember).... She fell in love with the veils. Price: $175-$300!!! I had always planned to sew a veil for her instead, but I was still shocked at the price. If you don't plan to do any intricate beading (which is lovely....but depends on your love for hand sewing and your time), you can sew a veil in  30 minutes or less. I'm showing how to attach the veil to a ... [ Read More ]