See, craft time can be badass, too.
See, craft time can be badass, too.
I have an obsession with paper garlands. Every occasion, every season has its own. Halloween – Garland. New apartment – Garland. Finally stopped raining – Garland. They’re an inexpensive way to personalize your home or decorate for a celebration, and you can whip one up in an hour or less. Basically, garlands are wonderful little creatures and you should make some. Or many.
This particular garland I have dubbed the Bugle. I have to admit, my husband chose the name, and yes, that is indeed a reference to the cone-shaped snack. I’m thinking more of a bugle bead…
The Bugle Garland is made by sewing together long, skinny strips of card stock. Super easy. I wanted saturated summer colors, so I went with a bold but slightly-off rainbow scheme. Simply measure, cut, stack, and sew. The strips were 1/2″ by 6″ and I repeated the color progression twenty-four times. Don’t worry about cutting perfect rectangles, or lining the strips up exactly down the middle. Imperfections add visual interest!
In case you were wondering, I used Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection card stock. It’s my go-to for solid colors. The craft paper tones down the brightness of the garland while also drawing attention to the way it spins.
I’d love to see your take on the Bugle Garland! Email pictures of your version(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll happily post them for all to see. Creativity makes the world go ’round – metaphorically of course.
This tutorial is for the Florence Mini, a slimmer and shorter version of the Florence skirt that I unveiled last week. It’s lightweight, has pockets for stashing small items, and will show off those legs!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
Large safety pin or double-sided knitting needle
Iron and ironing board
1.25 yards of fabric
18″ x 22″ of contrasting fabric for pockets
3/4″ or 1″ non-roll elastic
Seam ripper (just in case)
Today’s skirt is for my little sister – a 5’10” stunning and über-talented Amazon/photographer. She might be 2″ taller, but we have the same waist (26.5″) so I was able to use my own measurements as a guide. The final product was 17.5″ long and 26″ wide (or 52″ around). If you desire a longer and fuller skirt, simply increase the measurements I have provided.
After pre-washing and ironing the fabric, I cut two identical rectangles that were 20.5″ long and 28″ wide. That leaves plenty of room for the seam allowance at the sides, the elastic casing at the top, and the hem at the bottom. Once sewn together, these rectangles will form the front and back of the skirt.
You will also need a pair of pockets, which I cut out after loosely tracing around my hand on contrasting fabric. In total, you will have two matching rectangles and four matching, mitt-shaped pocket pieces. Assemble your other materials, brew some tea, and then you are ready to go!
1. ATTACH POCKETS
Measure 5.5″ from the top of the first rectangle and pin one piece of a pocket. The fabric’s right-side (RS) should face the RS of the skirt. Measure 5.5″ on the other side of the rectangle, and pin another pocket piece. Repeat for the second rectangle. Before proceeding, make sure that the pockets will line-up!
Sew the four pocket sides to the rectangles and press the seams open.
2. SEW SIDE SEAMS
Line-up the two rectangles, RS together, with the pockets pressed to the outside. Pin in place. Your skirt should basically look like a tube with elephant ears.
Sew along the outer edge of the skirt while being careful not to sew the pockets closed. Press the seams open and turn the skirt inside out.
3. CREATE ELASTIC CASING
Beginning at a side seam, fold the top down 1/4″ and iron all the way around. This will create a nice finished edge for the waistband. The height of your casing all depends on the size of your elastic. Mine is 3/4″, so I folded down 1.25″ and pinned, leaving space for my seam and allowing the elastic to lie flat.
Sew the casing along the bottom but leave an opening approximately 2″ long. This is for placing the elastic.
4. MEASURE & PLACE ELASTIC
Measure the elastic by pulling it snuggly, but comfortably around your waist where you would like your skirt to sit. Note how much you need and cut a little extra (1.5″ – 2″ will do).
Anchor one end of the elastic to the skirt, just under the opening at the top. Taking the other end, attach a large safety pin so you can pull the elastic through the casing. I like to use a double-sided knitting needle, which I liberally tape to the free end of the elastic. I find it easier to hold, but to each her/his own!
Pull the elastic through the casing, being careful not to let it twist. Once out the other side, pin both ends together with some overlap. Feel free to try to skirt on at this point.
If it fits, use a zig-zag stitch (it’s stretchy) and sew the elastic. I like to make a rectangle, securing all sides. Switch back to a regular straight stitch and close up the opening at the casing.
5. HEM BOTTOM
Now you are in the home stretch! Hem the skirt to whatever length you desire. I rolled the bottom twice, creating a neat 1/4″ edge all the way around.
Sew and press the hem.
Try on your new Florence Mini and enjoy your creation!
Today’s skirt took a bit of patience, some tea, and a lot of Queens of the Stone Age to complete. Overall, I am very happy with it and I can’t wait to ship it off to Chicago!
As a recently transplanted Chicagoan, I discovered (much to my dismay) that Tennessee springs are hot and humid. There was a week of pleasant weather – think sunny and mid 60s – before it started pushing 80 degrees. In April. My work wardrobe was in desperate need of flexibility and a dash of fun, so I DIYed myself an army of cotton skirts. Some are in kitchy prints, others are in vibrant solids. All of them are comfortable and give me a range of options during the work week and beyond.
The Florence is simply a full skirt with an elastic waistband. Topped off with pockets, this retro-style skirt has a tendency to prompt sartorial imagination and inspire the occasional urge to twirl about. It sits at the natural waist and falls to an inch or two above my knees. So far, I’ve made three skirts in this style and I love them all.
This particular Florence (named for current girl crush, songstress Florence Welch) is a bold floral cotton in my go-to spring/summer hues of blue and green. I wear it often with a chambray button down and ballet flats, or sandals and a simple t-shirt for more casual days. Today, I’ve chosen to pair it with an emerald sleeveless blouse and sandy-toned leather accessories.1. Emerald sleeveless blouse (Joe Fresh, $24)
2. Tan & metallic ankle strap sandals (BC Footwear, $50)
3. Gold leather belt (J. Crew)
4. Tan leather shoulder bag (Coach, vintage)
I will be putting together a DIY tutorial for the Florence sometime this week, so stay tuned! In the meantime, go forth and be fashionable.
3. Red and cream grosgrain ribbon (Etsy, $26)
4. Navy skater shirtdress (Boden, $90)
Ever since my freshman year of college – which was way too long ago for my liking – I have used a corkboard to organize my jewelry. At first, it began as a necessity in my cramped dorm room, but as time passed I began to appreciate the board’s utility. I found that I could add pieces using only a thumbtack or change up the board’s look on a whim.
No longer plastering my walls with unframed posters and concert tickets, I was looking for a more polished way to incorporate my trusty corkboard into my chic (read: adult) apartment. This is what I came up with.
Hang your corkboard only after it is dry. If your board is on the larger side, lean it up against the wall for a more casual look. I chose to make two identical boards and hang them side by side, but let your imagination run wild!