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DIY – Baby Headbands (How to make cute baby headbands)

How to make a cute baby headband

Since giving birth to my beautiful daughter I have been very limited on time. Between carrying for a newborn, maintaining a household and trying to keep up with my blog, its been tough to work on big projects at my Sewing Circle. When I saw these super easy & cute baby headbands, I new I could definitely manage to fit in some project time in my busy schedule.

 

Prudent Baby Blog explains how to make a french pouf headband from a t-shirt. I have done it from different materials left over from other projects.

 

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Manicure Madness – Cool Nail Polish Ideas for the Weekend

Manicure Ideas - Cool Manicure for the Weekend - 2012

Cha-Ching! is a red shimmer with silver glitter.

Cool Nail Polish Colors, Manicure Ideas 2012

Be-jeweled is a purple shimmer polish with pink glitter and a hint of red, blue and yellow glitter.

New Nail Polish Colors - Cool Manicure Ideas 2012

Bling-tastic is a vibrant bright blue shimmer with silver glitter.

Sally Hansen’s Gem Crush Collection

I thought this collection was really fun and so colorful! The application was perfect with no streaks. The colors are perfect for so many occasions. Try out a few for yourself. 🙂

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Sewing Circle – Modern Sewing – Braided Belt Tutorial – DIY

Modern Sewing Projects - Braided Belt Tutorial

Happy Wednesday! I always look forward to this day because thats when my girlfriends and I get together for our Sewing Circle. So, I decided to dedicate Wednesdays to DIY projects that I either find online or create myself.

This one I found on SewMamaSew website!

Check out the tutorial here

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Sewing Circle – DIY – Scarf Tutorial – Braided Scarf

Free DIY Tutorial - Make your own scarf tutorial

Happy New Year Everyone. This year I decided it would be fun to start a new DIY  section to the blog. There are so many great tutorials on the web & I love sharing the things I find with you guys.

This week I found this really great tutorial on a Braided Scarf! Its so chic and easy to make.

Check out the tutorial here.

I will post a picture of the one I made next week.

 

Happy Sewing!

 

Masha

 

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Holiday Gift Guide – Holiday 2011 – Find a the Perfect Gift

Holiday Gift Guide 2011

The Holiday are here! I love the holiday season because it gives us an opportunity to appreciate the people in our lives and tell them how much we love them. I enjoy getting gifts for people that are special to me and I am excited to give you guys some ideas of awesome holiday gifts.

Perfume

Holiday Gift Guide - Find a Gift - Gift Guide 2011

I am obsessed with perfume. I love the way it makes me feel and it also makes the people around me happy. 🙂 These are some of my favorite brands. I love sweet and light smells, that are really young.

Watches

Holiday Gift Guide - Holidays 2011 - Find Gift

The gold boyfriend watch has a been a big trend this year. The Michael Kors Watch is my favorite, but these looks for less are an awesome alternative and still super stylish.

Scarf Style

Holiday Gift Guide - Gift Guide - Holidays 2011

We all know about the Missoni Target Craze this year and I could see why. There is something we all love about the Missoni print. These scarves are a great way to join in the fun without the expense.

Smart Phone Case

Holiday Gift Guide - Gift Guide - Holidays 2011

This would be a perfect gift for the smart phone obsessed fashionista. These cases are so cute and useful at the same time.

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DIY – Your Own Sparkly Boots

DIY SPARKLY BOOTS!

DIY - Weekend DIY Project

If you’ve been sniffing the glitter glue like I have, by now, you’re probably head-over-heels obsessed with sparkly shoewear. Miu Miu’s version might be a little (okay, a lot) out of your price range, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get twinkly-toed, stat. Check out this easy DIY that’ll glitter-ify the back of an old pair of boots. Just be ready to leave a trail of sparkle wherever you go! (Le Fanciulle via This Is Glamorous)

 

How to make your own sparkly boots

Step 1:
Find a pair of ankle boots which are ready to be glittered.  Mine cost me a grand total of $10 thanks to Rubi shoes and a convenient voucher from my birthday – score!  (they are much higher than I wanted, but that’s alright, they can just be another addition to my burgeoning heel collection.)
DIY - Weekend DIY Project
Step 2:
Get yourself some glitter and some craft glue.
I chose two glitter sizes (which I mixed together) – one larger to emulate the big sparkling look of the original photo, and one smaller to fill in the gaps.  The glue that I used is permanent fabric glue, but I reckon you could probably get away with normal craft glue and spray on some more adhesive after the glitter has dried.
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Step 3:
Glue and glitter your boot!
(maybe should have mixed the glitter into the glue?  I have no idea.  At least mine is holding for now…)
DIY - Free DIY Projects - Sparkly Boots
Step 4:
Wait for the glue to dry. Then, neaten up the edges by scratching off dried glitter and glue that’s in the wrong place.
(This took me longer than actually gluing and glittering, as I am a bit anal about neat lines etc.  S can testify to this.)
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Step 5:
Marvel at your creation!  But try not to click your heels together or you’ll lose precious glitter.
DIY - Sparkly Boots

Style them with jeans or coloured trousers rolled up at the hem, or some black leggings and a jumper-dress for a bit of casual glam.

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Sewing Circle Project – Missoni Patterned Pillow – Free Modern Sewing Pattern

Missoni Patterned Pillow - DYI - Free Sewing Tutorial

Did you get the Missoni for Target fever and then find yourself at the store with empty shelves?  Well have no fear, today you will find out how you can make your own Missoni Patterned Pillow. This pattern came from the web-site www.dana-made-it.com/

 What you need:
* appx 3/4 yard of STRIPED fabric – cotton works best (the amount of fabric needed will vary with the size of pillow your making)
* pillow insert (or stuffing)
* rotary cutter, mat, and ruler

Missoni Pattern Pillow Tutorial - Free Modern Sewing Pattern Tutorial

We’ll make a simple pillow cover, fill it with a pillow insert, and sew it closed. You can buy these at most fabric shops (or at IKEA for $2). This one is about 13×13 inches.

Okay….let’s get started.

The hardest part about this pillow is simply cutting the strips. It’s not that it’s hard, you just need to be exact.

First, you need to cut a 45 degree, bias line into your fabric.

So, take your fabric (I’m using orange stripes here because I forgot to take this photo with my yellow fabric)

Missoni Patterner Pillow Tutorial - Free Sewing Project Tutorial

Fold one side down onto the other side, creating a right-angle. This gives you the 45 degree angles needed to cut on the bias. This method is used for making bias tape as well.

Missoni Pattern Pillow Tutorial - Free Modern Sewing Project Tutorial

Use scissors or your rotary cutter and cut all the way down the diagonal side of your triangle, so your fabric has a diagonal bias edge.

Missoni Pattern Pillow Tutorial - Free Modern Sewing Project Tutorial

If you have fabric that’s already cut (making it hard to do a right triangle), you can always cut a 45 degree line by using the markings on your mat.
Lay your fabric down, line up the horizontal stripes of the fabric with the horizontal lines on the mat

Missoni Pattern Pillow Tutorial - Free Modern Sewing Project Tutorial

and place your ruler so that both ends are on the 45 degree line:

Easy Free Modern Sewing Project Tutorial

And Cut:

Missoni Pattern Pillow Tutorial - Free Modern Sewing Project Tutorial

Okay, now that you’ve got a clean 45 degree angle turn the fabric vertical and start cutting strips. Make them as wide or as narrow as you like. I cut my strips 1 1/2-inch wide (though 2 inches would have been better) and made them a few inches longer than my pillow, so about 1 1/2 x 15 inches. 2 or 3 inches wide works too, it really just depends on how wide your stripe pattern is and what look you want. If your stripes are very wide, you’ll want wider strips or the chevrons “V”s will be narrow.

You’ll be cutting 2 different versions of these strips (with the stripes angling in two directions). I know what you’re thinking, “why doesn’t she just cut them all the same direction and then flip half of the strips around vertically?” I thought the same thing too! But it doesn’t work. The stripes will still be facing the same direction. Now if you have double-faced, or reversible fabric, you can cut them all the same direction and then flip half of them over onto the “back” side. That will work.

Okay, back to cutting strips. Do some quick math, accounting for seam allowances, and figure out how many strips you need. For my 13×13 pillow, I used about 12 strips on each side of the pillow. So, 24 strips total (12 of each angle direction). I recommend cutting more strips than you think you need because some of them may end up shorter than you thought or might have a mess-up and it’s a total pain to come back and cut more later.

So cut about 15 vertical strips:

Missoni Pattern Pillow Tutorial - Free Modern Sewing Project Tutorial

Okay, now that you have enough strips for one angle of the chevron, let’s cut strips for the other angle. Turn the fabric so that the stripes are now lined up vertically (before they were lined up horizontally), and cut another 45 degree angle. If you’re into math….you’ll notice that this makes a right angle with the other bias side you were cutting from. Okay, so line it up:

Missoni Pattern Pillow Tutorial - Free Modern Sewing Project Tutorial

And cut. Just like that:

Missoni Pattern Pillow Tutorial - Free Modern Sewing Project Tutorial

Then turn your fabric vertically and cut 15 strips:

Missoni Pattern Pillow Tutorial - Free Modern Sewing Project Tutorial

Before cutting too many, lay the new strip next to the previous strips you cut and make sure they’re going in opposite directions. It would be a real pain to cut everything out and realize they’re going in the same direction. You need them to be opposites!
Verdict, correct!

Missoni Pattern Pillow Tutorial - Free Modern Sewing Project Tutorial

Keep the strips in separate piles so they’re easier to grab when you sew:

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And pat yourself on the back. The hardest part is behind you! Let’s start sewing.
Grab two strips, with stripes going in opposite directions.

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You’ll know that they’re opposites because the stripes actually match up together when the right sides are placed together. So, line the colored stripes up as precisely as you can. This will make your chevrons look exact.

Modern Free Sewing Patterns and Projects

Choose your seam allowance. I recommend 1/4 inch (however, I cut my strips thinner than I’d hoped so I ended up using a 1/8 inch allowance):

Missoni Pattern Pillow Sewing Pattern

Sew all the way down. And when you open it up, look! You have a Missoni Look a Like!

Free sewing patterns

Now, keep doing this over and over, alternating the angles of the stripes until you have a square large enough to cover your pillow.

Free Sewing Patterns

Free Modern Sewing Patterns

When you’re done, iron out the seams so that everything lays flat. You can iron your seams to the side, or opened, whichever you prefer. I found that ironing to the side (since my seams were so small) helped the quilted fabric lay nicer.

Pillow

and….ta-da! It worked!

Pillow

Your squares will be a little jagged since the stripes are not exact. So let’s clean it up. Lay your pillow over the fabric, center it for measuring , and cut your pillow front and back

Pillow

Your rotary cutter and mat work best.

Pillow

Two pillow squares, ready to sew:

Pillow

Before sewing the pillow together, however, do a baste stitch down the bottom sides of the pillow. Do this for the front and back of the pillow. This is the side that will be left open; where the pillow will be inserted. And since you’ve trimmed the edges down with your rotary cutter, this side has a tendency to come apart at the end seams when you stuff the pillow in. The baste stitch (a simple stitch on the top of the fabric, about 1/4 inch in from the edge) will help keep the quilted seams in place.

Pillow

It looks like this:

Pillow

Then with right-sides together, pin the front and back of the pillow together. Make sure the basted sides are together and leave an opening so you can insert the pillow.

Pillow
Pillow

Then sew around the pinned areas:

Pillow

When you’re done, turn the pillow right side out, pushing the corners out and iron down the seams.

Pillow

When you get to the opening, fold the edges in and iron those down too.

Pillow

Pillow

Then, stuff your pillow inside!

Pillow

Pillow

Pin the opening closed:

Pillow

And sew it shut, very close to the edge. The seam will be visible but you can place that side of the pillow down when using it.

Pillow

and there you go!

Free Modern Sewing Pattern - Missoni Style Pattered Pillow

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Birthday Wishes & FavoriteThings

Today is my birthday and these are only a few of the things that make life so fun.

Perfume. Feathers. Dessert. Capuccinos.Cherry Blossoms. Lilacs. Heels. Chandeliers. Bunnies. Chihuahuas. Morning Sunlight.Vintage Dresses. Sewing Circle.

Sewing Circle - April 6th 2011 Ira Osovskaya, Lexi Meyerowitz, Kelly Letourneau. Liliya Osinovskaya, Jennifer Lange & Masha Tal.

 

Russian Napoleon Cake
Perfume Bottles
Cherry Blossoms
Chandalier
Capuccino
My hubby & puppy

 

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Russian Chicken Shish Kabob Recipe – Shashlik

Russian Shashlik - Chicken Shish Kabobs

Growing up in Ukraine, my dad would always make shish kabobs, they are called Shashliky in russian.  My parents would take us on camping trips in the Russian Forest and we would grill these up for dinner. This is an enhanced recipe, done by my brother in law..Avi Tal.

They turned out so tasty, I had to share.

Directions

    • 1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, plus extra for garnish
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat and cut into 1-inch pieces
    • 2 small bell peppers (red and/or yellow), cored, seeded and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
    • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds

Directions

1. Stir together yogurt, parsley, cilantro, lemon juice, oil, garlic, paprika, cumin, salt, pepper and cayenne in a medium bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat well. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, preheat grill or broiler. Blanch bell peppers in boiling salted water for 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and refresh with cold water. Blanch zucchini for 1 minute. Drain and refresh with cold water.

3. Alternate chicken cubes, peppers and zucchini on skewers. Grill or broil the kebabs until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Garnish with a sprinkle of chopped parsley.

When using wooden skewers, wrap the exposed parts with foil to keep them from burning. (Contrary to conventional wisdom, soaking skewers in water doesn’t protect them.)

Great Party Recipe

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Sewing Circle – Matryoshka Rice Heat Bag Tutorial

Matroyshka Rice Heat Bag

This week at Sewing Circle Lexi made this amazing Rice Heat Bag. I am always complaining about my shoulders hurting at work and after I used this little magical bag, I felt so much better. I thought this would be an easy sewing project and I bought this awesome Kokka Pink matryoshka russian dolls  material on Modes.com . You can use any material that you want. I also got some white lining material. This is a really great easy sewing project.

Sewing Supplies Needed

Length 100 cm Width 32 cm piece of material (or any size you choose)
white rice (NOT instant rice!)
sewing machine & matching thread

My Material


 

1. Cut your material to the desired size. Mine was 100cm X 32 cm.

This picture shows the material folded

2. Cut your inside linning material the same size as the one above

3. Lay the matryoshka material face side down and put the lining material on top of it.  Fold the material and sew along the sides. Leave a small opening so you can pour the rice in.

4. When you are done sewing, turn the material right side out

5. Fill the bag with rice – you might need a friend for this. 🙂

6. After you fill the bag with rice, sew along the side with the opening. Now your rice heat bag is done!

7. Heat the bag in the microwave for 2 minutes and enjoy.

Lexi Meyerowitz 2011