Make: Ribbon Badge

by Cat on November 17, 2009

by Designing Mom “Make” Contributor Dana

I made this #1 ribbon badge for my niece’s first birthday….this Make can be created using either a sewing machine or by hand…I’m thinking of making these for with my nieces and nephew’s initials and using them on their Christmas presents.

Here’s the list of items I used:
cotton fabric (2 different patterns)

felt (I used white wool felt)
ric rac (any color, I used jumbo ric rac in blue)
ribbon or ribbons
air erasable marker
scissors or pinking sheers
circle & number template (optional, templates can be created on your computer and printed out)
stick pins
safety pin for back of ribbon
sewing machine or needle and thread
1. I started by selecting my three different fabrics…two cotton ones and one felt. I chose to use a red & white polka dot fabric for the back, a white wool felt for the middle and a striped fabric for the top.
2. once the fabrics were selected, I figured out how big I wanted to make the bottom circle (the back of the badge). I then traced the biggest circle onto the back of my red and white fabric. I used pinking sheers to cut out my large circle. I then followed this same step for the remaining two smaller circles.
3. after all of the circles were cut out, I added the blue jumbo ric rac to the back of the bottom circle. i first pinned the ric rac onto the back of the circle and then machine sewed the ric rac. I made sure to sew closer to the bottom (or inside) of the ric rac so that the stitches would be hidden by the middle felt layer.

4. after the ric rac was added, I then pinned and sewed the white wool (middle layer) to the top of my red and white circle (bottom layer).

5. I repeated the same step with the top stripe fabric circle (sewn on top of white wool middle layer).

6. after all of the circles were sewn together, the next step was to choose a ribbon or ribbons to hang from the back of my circle stack. I picked the ribbons that I wanted to use and cut two stripes at a desirable length. I placed the two ribbons together making a “v” and then stitched them together at the top. this helped me to keep the ribbons together when placing them on the back of the circle stack. once the ribbons were centered, I pinned them to the back of the circle stack. I used my sewing machine to stitch the ribbons in place. The stitch was a small vertical line at the top of the ribbons. The line was made small so that when I later placed the white felt number on the center of the circles, it would conceal this stitch.

7. after the ribbons were sewn, I used a number template & my disappearing marker to trace a #1 onto my white wool felt. I cut out my #1 using my standard sewing scissors. (tip: if you don’t have a letter/number template you can create one on your computer using Word. print out your desired number or letter onto paper and then cut it out. use this paper template to trace onto your desired felt.)

8. after my number was cut out…I then pinned it to the center of my circle badge and sewed around the perimeter of the number.

9. the last step is to add a pin to the back of the badge. I used a coilless safety pin for mine.

10. I pinned the finished badge ribbon to a special bunny that I made for my niece.


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Our Projects: What’s in My Sketchbook

by Cat on October 29, 2009

If we’re not emptying the contents of our bags for all to see, then we’re peeking into each other’s sketchbooks. But that’s what I love about the Designing Mom group projects…it’s share and share alike! Continuing today with our series of behind-the-scenes-sketchbooks is “Make” contributor Dana. I think her sketches for her Plumtree Studio tees are just as whimsical as the finished products themselves!


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Make: Hair Poufs

by Cat on October 20, 2009

by Make Contributor Dana


Tissue paper (in any color) you can get all kinds of colors at any Michael’s store.
Twisty tie, pip cleaner or small wire (the item has to be able to stay twisted)
Ruler (optional)
I started out with 6 sheets of tissue paper
I stacked them together and then cut the stack of tissue paper into a rectangle that was approx. 8″ x 5″

These can be cut in any sizes you’d like.
Keeping the tissue paper stacked together, I folded in half along the 8″ side (but did not crease).

I then cut a “picket fence” shape on the long side (8″ side) of the tissue paper.

After I was done cutting, i unfolded the stack of paper.

I then folded the short side (5″ side) of the paper using the accordion method.

After the stack was folded, I wrapped my wire around the middle of the folded paper.

I then chose a side (right or left) and started to pull each of the sheets of paper up…fluffing as I pulled.

After I was done with each side, I fluffed and shaped my flower to how I wanted it to look.
Since I was using these for hair props…I made sure to add enough wire to be able to wrap around a pony tail holder.

We didn’t have a whole lot of time to work with them in hair ties like I had envisioned, but I could see adding multiple of these flowers in fun braids, pony tails and other styles. they would be perfect for dress up play…but of course they are paper so they won’t last a long time.


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Make: Covered Button Rings

by Cat on August 31, 2009

You know…it’s so rewarding when I see emails and photos from all of you showing the amazing creations you’ve made either from your own craft noggin’ or from one of the “Make” projects by a Designing Mom. So much so, that I am excited to announce that we will be having regular “Make” contributors to the blog.

The first of our contributors is Dana of Plum Tree Studio. I came across Dana’s wonderful work when I was on the hunt for one of a kind tees and onesies (my favorite is the sailor themed one). When she sent pics of her covered button ring project I was itching to see more and can’t wait to see what she’s got in store for us. Read on about her ring proect and please help me welcome Dana!

by DM Contributor Dana

create button ties for little girls and my niece has a large collection of these button ties. Recently she started to wear some of them on her fingers. Her mother, my sister, noticed that the button ties were cutting off her circulation due to the elastic bands being wrapped around her finger so many times. ;). My sister explained that my niece loves to wear these buttons and wondered if there was any way i could make them into rings. So i researched, found a way and started to make her some “button rings.” When i went home to Indiana, i brought my supplies because i knew my niece would love to learn how to make them or at least love to have more rings to wear. I was right…she wanted to wear all of them at once..one for each finger.


–Button kit: a covered button kit can be purchased at any Hancock fabrics, Hobby Lobby or Joann’s. The maker of the kit is usually Maxant. The kit gives you a couple half-ball buttons, backings for the buttons, a mold and a pusher. it also offers instructions on how to use the mold and pusher in order to cover the button with the fabric of your choice.
Fabrics (I purchased off of Etsy)
–Bond Glue


1. Choose the size of your button and the fabric you would like to cover the button with.

2. Use the button pattern that is provided by the button cover kit to cut out the fabric circle needed.
3. Once you have your fabric cut out, place it wrong side up, inside the mold. Then place the button top right side down in the mold on top of the fabric. Fold the fabric pieces inside the button top. Take the button back by the loop and place it in the mold, so that the button loop is facing you and covering all of the excess fabric. Now use your blue pusher to press the button back into the button top. After this is done, pop the button out of the mold.
4. You should now have a covered button. Next take your pliers and remove the loop on the back of the button. It will take a couple twists and a good pull, but the loop should come off.
5. take your glue and put a dab on the back of the button in the center where the loop used to be. place the flat part of your ring back into the glue and set the button ring facing down on a plate. let the button ring dry for at least one or two hours before wearing.


— Make sure the character or object was centered on the button “cover” before putting the button “back” on.
— Since my niece is only 4 1/2, I did help cut the fabric in the process of putting the button “back” on.

— The glue is pretty strong smelling and it suggests being used in a ventilated area. I went outside on the deck with the glue, a paper plate full of ring backs and new buttons and glued the ring backs to the buttons. I let them sit for a little over an hour (testing them after awhile) and then trimmed any excess glue from the back.

— I would recommend is after the rings are complete, spray them with scotch guard. This will help keep the rings from getting dirty or spotted.
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