Video Tutorial: Sew A Button

December 17, 2010

For today’s crafty tutorial, we have Jake O’Donnell showing us the proper way to sew a button onto a garment.

Jake is a Portland artist, designer, and musician. We used to play together in the Jolenes, and in addition to being a percussion whiz, he made our band so many amazing matching outfits! Be sure check out Jake’s current band, The Satin Chaps.


Video Tutorial: Darning

December 16, 2010

For today’s crafty tutorial, we have Theresa Rohrer showing us how to darn socks and sweaters. Theresa is a Portland artist and graphic designer who also has a love affair with vintage Jell-O recipes. You can follow her adventures on her blog, Roaring Design.

Video Tutorial: Chain Stitch Embroidery

December 15, 2010

As promised, I’m delivering some crafty video tutorials this week! I made these as part of my final project for my design studio class this quarter.

First up, we have Stephanie Brachmann showing us how to embroider using a stylish chain stitch. Stephanie is a Portland artist, and she also teaches youth programs for Camp Fire USA. You can follow her adventures on her blog, The Nimble Owl.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothies

September 17, 2010

Vintage Pumpkins

Mmmm! Now that fall is here*, I’m totally jonesin’ for a homemade Pumpkin Spice Smoothie. They’re super simple to make, and incredibly delicious. Check it out:

1 cup of milk (I use unsweetened soymilk)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Dash of ground nutmeg
Dash of ground cloves
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (just regular ol’ pumpkin, not the pumpkin pie filling)

I usually just combine everything in the blender, blend until creamy, and call it good, but if you want to sweeten it up a bit, a tablespoon of maple syrup or honey will do the trick.

When you’re done blending, pour in a glass and enjoy a little taste of autumn spice goodness.

* Well, unofficially, but it’s close enough for me, especially since the weather has been cool and dreary all week.

Cool Stuff: A Link Roundup

August 11, 2010

Here’s a little roundup of awesome stuff awesome people are up to. Enjoy!

Stephanie over at The Crimson Owl shared this tutorial on how to turn shorts into a skirt, which is super handy for turning inexpensive thrift store finds into lovely wardrobe staples.

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Diana of MOSS Handmade showed off some sneak peeks of her fall collection, including this beautiful ruffled necklace. Go check out what else she has been making.

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I spotted this awesome packaging design by Joe Snow on design work life awhile back and had to share. I really dig Snow’s retro style, and this particular project is brilliant.

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I’ve been wanting to make some reusable snack bags for the fam for *ahem* a lot longer than I care to admit, so I was excited when I spotted Amy’s reusable snack bag tutorial. They are so cute and eco-friendly, and I must make some before school starts up next month.

Making A Wholesale Catalog For Your Crafty Business

July 16, 2010

Look Book Catalog Tutorial

Have you ever wanted to make a little catalog or look book for your crafty business? This was one of my goals for the summer, and I’m happy to report that I was able to cross it off my list before leaving for Chicago last week.

What I wanted was a little booklet that had both products and pricing, as well as a bit of info about me and my business. Before I sat down to plan out my catalog, I did a little research and found this tutorial by Jennifer Perkins of Naughty Secretary Club, and this article by Justine Smith. Both gave me very helpful tips to get me started outlining the pages of my catalog.

For the cover, I knew I needed to capture my audience’s attention, but also keep it simple. I decided to use a photo of my most popular item, the Vintage Camera Garland. I made sure that my logo was on the cover as well.

The first page inside the catalog is a little introduction about what Flapper Girl is, followed by my wholesale & consignment policies, and then a quick thank you to the reader for taking the time to look at my catalog.

The second page is dedicated solely to my contact information, so it can be easily found if someone wants to contact me about carrying my line in their boutique. I also included a photo of myself because people like to put a face to a name, and I also wanted to let them know that there is human being behind my business.

On the next spread, I included a list of boutiques that currently carry my line. Oftentimes business owners want to know what other boutiques carry your goods—especially the ones located in the same city they’re in. Plus, listing the places that carry your goods gives you cred! It shows that people want to buy your stuff.

The following page has a few press quotes on it. The press page can be handled so many different ways. You can include covers of the magazines or the logos of blogs you’ve been featured in. You can scan in the actual articles about your business. There are a lot of options. I got sort of stuck here, especially since the size of my booklet is small, and I didn’t have much room for any photos. That’s when my husband suggested I just keep it simple and pull a few of my favorite press quotes. This worked out perfect for me, but you should choose the method that works best for you.

After I made sure all the important info about my business was covered, I began showing off the different goods I make, and including the important facts about each item, including wholesale price, retail price, sizes, colors, patterns, and anything else that is important.

For example, I let my reader know that my ruffle bum knickers are made from mostly reclaimed and vintage materials, making each pair of knickers are one-of-a-kind.

When it came to the layout of my paper garland line, I decided that a quick introduction was in order first, then I could showcase each garland design on its own page.

The most important thing to do when making your own catalog, though, is getting a second pair of eyes! I went through many rounds of edits with this booklet. When you think you are done, print it out and have someone else look at it—someone you trust to help you make the best catalog possible. That means enlist the help of someone who can say, “This part doesn’t make sense to me, ” or “Hey, I think you should include {insert great idea here},” or even, “Dude, your business name is spelled wrong on page three!” Then make those edits, print it out, and look it over with your buddy again. Repeat until you know your catalog is the best it can be.

After all, you want to make sure that a) Everything inside your catalog is clear and the reader knows what he or she is looking at, and b) That your catalog looks professional, so you make a great first impression with your future customers!

Easy Faux Key Lime Pie

June 21, 2010

Lime Pie

I finally made something from my vintage Joys of Jell-O Cookbook. Well, actually two things. A few weeks ago I made Lemon Pudding Squares (delicious), and this weekend I made Light ‘n Fruity Pie (also delicious).

Here is the recipe for the pie:
1 – 3oz pkg. Jell-O in any flavor. I used lime, hence the title “Easy Faux Key Lime Pie.”
2/3 cup boiling water
2 cups ice cubes
1 – 8oz. pkg whipped topping
1 – baked graham cracker crust

Dissolve the Jell-O completely in boiling water, stirring three minutes. Add the ice cubes and stir constantly until the Jell-O is thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove any unmelted ice with a spoon. Blend in the whip topping and whip until smooth and completely blended with the Jell-O. Spoon the mixture into the pie crust and chill for two hours.

That’s it! It’s super quick and easy.

As with any Jell-O dish, the secret is in making sure the gelatin dissolves properly, which means two things: 1. Be sure to use water that is at a full, rapid boil, and 2. Although it’s really boring, be sure to constantly stir when indicated. I remember being a kid and finding those rubbery bits at the bottom of the Jell-O cups my mom made. It still grosses me out just thinking about it, but it makes me a determined, champion Jell-O stirrer.

For more vintage Jell-O recipe fun, be sure to check out my pal Theresa’s blog, The Joys of Jell-O.

How To: Make a Vintage-Inspired Valentine

February 12, 2010

Valentine’s Day is on Sunday, and if you’re looking to make a heart-felt handmade valentine, you’ve come to the right place. I whipped up this tutorial on how to make awesome vintage-inspired valentines.

• An image of your choice, printed on card stock
• A blank piece of card stock
• White school glue
• Glitter
• Crepe paper (party streamer size) or tissue paper (any size)
• X-acto knife & cutting mat
• Ruler
• Round corner paper punch
• Hot glue gun & glue sticks

1. Cut out your image using an x-acto knife and ruler. Then trace the shape of your image onto your piece of blank cardstock and then cut it out, too. You should have two pieces of cardstock that are the same size.

2. Use your paper punch to round the corners of your image and blank cardstock.

3. Take your white school glue, and put a thin line of glue all the way around the outside of your image. Glitterize!

4. Allow the glue to dry. Feel free to do steps 5 & 6 while you wait.

5. Write a message to your sweetie on the blank card stock, if you’d like.

6. If you’re using tissue paper instead of crepe paper, cut enough long strips (approx. 1.5″ wide wide) to be able to make a paper ruffle around the back of your image (we’ll be using an altered accordion fold for this). For my image, I used two strips. I also gently made some wrinkles in the tissue paper to give it an extra dash of that vintage feel.

7. After the glue has dried, use the hot glue gun to glue one end of a paper strip to the back of your image like this:

8. Begin to do an altered accordion fold around the image like so:

9. Hot glue the folded paper down as you go. You want to make the paper ruffle go all the way around your image.

10. Using hot glue, you can either a) glue your other piece of card stock with your note on it (if you wrote one) to the back of the valentine, or b) just glue down the sides and bottom of the card stock to the back of the card, giving the valentine a pocket on the back where you can slip a love note, gift card, or other small gift, like so:

Voila! A simple, pretty, vintage-inspired valentine!

Vintage Inspired Flapper Valentine

Knittn Kitten Free Pattern Series: Week 7

November 3, 2009


This week’s free pattern from the Knittn Kitten is by the uber-talented Lee Meredith of Leethal Designs. Check out how sweet and awesome these Lined Zippered Knit Coin Pouches are! Lee says:

I had fun combining knitting and hand sewing together in this project, and seeing the different pouch types you can get from different gauges. This isn’t exactly a quick project, with all the hand sewing (at least not for me!) but it’s so satisfying when it’s finished and looks all neat, with the bias tape and lining.

Be sure to stop by the Knittn Kitten this week to pick up your free project sheet along with all the materials you’ll need to make your own batch of these cute coin purses.

Knittn Kitten Free Pattern Series: Week 6

October 27, 2009

Week Six

This week’s free pattern from the Knittn Kitten is by Susan Beal of West Coast Crafty fame. These sweet little pin cushions would make perfect Xmas gifts for all your crafty friends and relatives this holiday season. Be sure to stop by the Knittn Kitten this week for the free project sheet, and all the supplies you’ll need to make this cute must-have sewing accessory.