With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I myself will be participating in a 5k! As some of you may know from reading my blog, my beautiful mama was diagnosed this year with Breast Cancer & is still receiving chemotherapy & soon radiation. I really wanted to do something with my family & friends to support my beautiful mama, I’ve walked for causes before in high school & with my dance studio, but this walk is super special. Finding a walk on a Sunday, my one day off, was really tough to find! With luck, my mama found a walk on a local University campus! Making Strides of South Palm Beach. If you live in South Florida & are interested in walking for a purpose, please join us! So there will be tons of people there & I wanted Team Ella to wear something where everyone knew we were walking for Team Ella. As I thought of some ideas, I finally made my mind up & choose to make shirt pins! The main reason was because it was the most inexpensive project to make for a group of 10, so far.
All I needed were a few materials!
- Customizable Pins 2.25in. x 5.7in
- Pink Ribbon 1 1/2 in x 4yds
- Picture of person
I started to plan my trip to the store, I check my Michaels App, Joann App, & Walmart App. If I don’t go to the store without a list, I will be indecisive & look at everything & feel overwhelmed. I searched each app for the pins & ribbon. I wasn’t quit sure which store would have them for sale. Michaels is 0.5 miles away from my home so I decided to go there! The app also told me which isle to go to & there they were! There were just the amount that I needed, So convenient! The ribbon section had just the right size ribbon I was looking for, I personally wanted to use a thick size ribbon so it would be big & resemble the Brest cancer ribbon. The pins came in a package of 4, I bought 3 packs for $2.99 each. The ribbon was $4.99 per roll, just incase I bought 2. Everything else I had in my crafting closet. Yes a whole closet for crafting rather than clothes. I spent $20.09. Its not about the money though, it’s the thought that counts. I know my mama will appreciate whatever I make for her.
Before I even begin to start crafting, I like to clean up my area and make sure the counter top is clean so shmutz does not get on it for some reason. I (meaning my boyfriend Jeremy) first wanted to trace the pin around the picture of my mama. This way it would fit exactly inside the pin.
I cut around the picture exactly where I traced the line.
I printed out the picture too close together so that’s why it’s cut off more on the edges. I popped the picture in and it fit nicely, even though there is space on the sides with the big pink ribbon behind it.
I then attached the back part of the pin by just clicking it in gently. This plastic pins are fragile. I broke 2 while separating the front & back part of the pin. Half of the project is completed! Now it was time for a snack break! I made Jeremy & I PB&J sandwich’s! We have them pretty much everyday. Now to the final part, create the breast cancer ribbon.
The first thing you want to do is measure how long you want the ribbon to hang. I wanted mine pretty long so I measured it at 3 inches.
At this point, you want to fold your ribbon. Very simple right!
Now, carefully fold the ribbon forward. You can fold it in front of the ribbon that’s already there or fold it towards the back. There’s no right or wrong way to do it. But there only 2 ways to do it! You do want the ribbon to hang at the same length. I always cut longer so I’m always able to cut more if necessary.
The final step is so add the pin to the ribbon! The pin will keep the ribbon at the shape you want & it will pin to my shirt. You first want to poke the ribbon as far right as you want to go. As you can see from the picture above, you can see that my pin poked through both ribbons so it will stay together. You can tell cause the ribbon lines from behind the ribbon.
Lastly, I poked the ribbon from the back to the front so the pin would be tight & secure. You don’t want to grab too much ribbon or not enough ribbon. You don’t want the pin to be hanging off & you definitely don’t want to wrinkle the ribbon by taking too much. And now I’m finished!
So easy & fun to make! Now I gotta make 9 more! Thank G-d my boyfriend Jeremy was able to help me cut all the pictures for me. He loves helping me craft which makes me think he is so perfect! I’m so happy how these came out! My mama will love them! Now all the people on our team can wear what they want & wearing thesec pins puts the cherry on top of the cake! Go Team Ella!
As a woman, I learned how to sew starting from an early age. When I needed ballet shoes for dance class, the draw band would be separate. Somebody would have to hand sew the band to the shoes so it fit my feet like a slipper. At one point, at the age of 13 or 14, my mother said it was my turn to sew them! It was a simple stitch in the inseam on both adjacent sides. Very simple. As my ballet level advanced, I started to use pointe shoes. These were more difficult to sew because there was ribbon to replace the draw straps. The ribbon needed to be long enough to wrap around my ankle and tied tight. The ribbon is so thin that it makes it difficult to unstitch and reuse the ribbon. I would have to buy multiple at a time. Eventually I learned just like everything in life. You fail a few times, you pick yourself up and try again and again until you succeed! I eventually learned how to use a sewing machine in the 10th grade in home education class. I don’t think they would have kids today handle any bing with needles, so sad. Our first project was a pillow that had a quilt look to it with different colored patches. It was my biggest accomplishment that year. I loved it and gave it to my family dog. He likes to lay on it to this day. I’ll update with a picture soon! As I reminisce, I was thinking to myself that its been a few years since I’ve touched my sewing machine! So where else would I go to find a DIY craft… Pinterest! There are just so many crafts and ideas out there that I love! Of course putting your own style and personality is the most creative part! I have endless amount of different searing projects on my Things I Wanna Sew. After starting my blog not too long ago, I would love to try other bloggers tutorials and give them feedback! Supporting others is awesome in today’s day and age. It’s always nice to give someone words of encouragement or know someone out there is viewing your projects! I don’t know anyone that knows how to use a sewing machine let alone but a whole project together, so Pinterest is a great way to learn. It’s really easy to learn when there are detailed pictures, which all tutorials have. Some are very specific and some are very basic. I was stalking my Instagram followers and discovered a cute clutch bag! I don’t know if it was a makeup bag or a little under the armpit bag. Either way I wanted to make one! I ended up picking this DIY Open Zipper Pouch. It looked very simple to follow with all the steps and very few materials. I didn’t spend more than $20 for 4 sheets of 18inch x 21inch, 2 9inch zippers.
Sewing can get a little confusing with which fabric goes in what order so it comes out correctly. I’ve learned that patterns need to be placed pretty fabric side, to the other pretty fabric side. I wanted the white fabric to be the outside and the blue fabric to be the inside. So I assembled my fabric according to my plan. With sewing, you eventually turn everything inside out and you won’t see the bad stitching that you may have done. As long as it’s somewhat even at the end. The zipper also has to be sewed onto the fabrics as well. To keep everything even and the machine doesn’t eat your fabric, using sewing puns are a life saver! The more pins the better!
As a sewed the fabric to the zipper, I realized the blue fabric that is for the inside is see through. Not my favorite look. So luckily I also bought black fabric. So I had to unstitch my very nice and tight stitch job from 3 materials. Oy vey! I found a really good trick to use to thread the needle on the machine. As you follow the path on your machine to thread it, at the end you want to pull a little more string so you can thread the little needle. I always lick the end of the thread so there are o sprouts at the end which makes it even harder to pull through. As you push the thread in the needle, you take you me pointer finger from your other hand and pull your find with the thread to the left. And vwalla! You have your needle threaded!
The foot pedal is very important to control, nice and slow so each stitch is properly attached to the thread underneath your fabric. That’s what makes your fabrics stay together and not unravel. That’s just a waste of time when you sew something and see the under thread is not catching with the thread needle. When sewing the fabrics together to close the bag up, you want to open the zipper so you are able to turn it inside out. The corners that I needed to sew straight lines for 3cm didn’t work in my favor. So I just improvised and sewed round corners. a few hours later, I had a cute bag! I had the pink tassel from a previous scrapbooking project and I love it! It’s big enough to put my essential makeup and brushes.
I will definitely be doing this tutorial again and perfect it each time! Maybe the next time I’ll use a silky material and definitely use it as a date night purse! Stay tuned for my future creative creations! Let you creativity run wild! And as usual I have a little kitten helper like I do with all my crafts!
Memories last a lifetime, whether good or bad. But as I get older (I’m 25) the years start to mix together! The only way I can remember the date of a concert I went to or went on a vacation is by the year I went to college 2011, and the year I moved out with Jeremy 2018. I try to take a picture from every family gathering and everyone Jeremy & I go on a date night. Selfies are my favorite, but angles are everything. I have petite features so I have to get the right angle so my cute little nose doesn’t create a shadow to make it look longer. Long story short, the pictures I take don’t immediately end up on social media. Most end up in my phone and I just scroll through them when I want to reminisce. To help me remember all my amazing memories, I scrapbook everything!! I’ve been scrapbooking with my mother since high school. She actually surprised me for my 18th birthday with scrapbook pages made by all my friends and made a big scrapbook of my life. At the end it has plenty of space for more pages to add.
I’ve been adding pages since 2011! Wow does time fly. Whenever I do choose to scrapbook this is my thinking process. I choose my favorite pictures that I tend to favor. From there I decide whether I want to add a quote, just the place and date, or just a single photo with a lot of beautiful embellishments. Most of my pages do have at least the year and where we went. Nowadays, our phones tell us specifically where our photo was taken, time and date so it’s easy to have the exact date. Some phones will even tell you specifically what public beach we went to or a museum we visited. Freaky shit. I upload my photos that are already on my phone to Walgreens Photo and I pick up my prints the same day. I would use a printer of my own, but I like the nice the finish from the laser printer that they use. I think it’s easier to get the photos printed & there is always a coupon for prints. When I upload the photos, I do use the original photo, not a screenshot or a cropped photo. There is a BIG difference. When you use a photo that is a screenshot, most of the time the photo will be pixelated & will print our blurry. The more you crop a photo, you loose the quality of the original photo. When you upload the photos, it will ask you what size to print. I like to print my photos at the size of 4 x 6. Before placing the order, I always make sure there isn’t a red exclamation point on photos that say “may print pixelated”. At that point those pictures are deleted and I don’t waste my money on a picture that I know will come out looking like a blur. In the meantime, while the photos are being printed. I gather up my supplies that I know I will need. I like to keep my scrapbooking inventory all together in one closet because my cats love to play with paper!
Stickers, embellishments, pens, and scissors go in one box. The rest of my inventory is paper and they are already bunched together in books by theme. They are placed in my craft closet, just like books would look in a library. I have an over supply of scrapbook paper and I don’t think I will buy anything new, until I walk in a Michaels by myself without Jeremy. But when I do go with Jeremy, he loves to walk around each aisle with me, & lets me buy whatever I want. I end up buying just a item or two. I never take of advantage of that man, he loves me too much & he works too hard. He is the cutest. I use a 40% coupon so it’s not too bad! The most important item to buy is the right sticky adhesive stickers. They come in different sizes and different depths to make your photos “pop”! I personally use the stickers that I can stick right on the back of the photo, peel off the extra paper, & stick it where it belongs. Make sure to have a little paper plate or a little Tupperware to put all the little papers from the backing. They can get all over the floor, trust me! I enjoy being crafty and there is no right or wrong way to scrapbook so go for it!!
My mother & I have been scrapbooking a lot lately of recent family events because she was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer so she wants to remember all the good time before the years to come become a little rough. Her favorite part is to just spend time with me and make each other smile & forget about the real world for a few hours. I love my mom with all my heart & scrapbooking will always be our thing. Another reason why I want to continue scrapbooking so I can show my daughter and future generations my past, how we dressed, the culture, & etc. A picture is worth 1000 words! Have fun riding memory lane!! As I write this to you all, I am currently scrapbooking & snapped a photo of my kitten scrapbooking with me. Now I’ll remember that little moment!