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Elastic Headband Tutorial

Elastic Headband Tutorial | blog.mikaelabeth.comA little girl just has to have some pretty hair accessories, and since Olivia doesn’t have much hair yet headbands are the perfect solution ūüôā
I decided to make some simple soft headbands from elastic so they will be easy for her to wear and not too big and extravagant that they take away from her big blue eyes and chubby cheeks.

To make a headband you will need just a few basic supplies
– Elastic (Search for Fold Over Elastic on Etsy and there are lots of suppliers)
– Hot Glue Gun
– Tape Measure
– Scissors

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Here’s a guide on how long to cut your elastic – but always best to¬†measure the childs head first.
Newborn: 13″ (33cm)
3-6 months: 14 ¬Ĺ” (37 cm)
6-12 months: 16″ (40 ¬Ĺ cm)
12 – 24 months: 17 ¬Ĺ” (44 ¬Ĺ cm)

DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 3 DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 4 Put a small dot of glue on one end and glue down the other end to create the headband. DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 5 Cut 3 more pieces of elastic in a contrasting colour or the same colour
– 5″ (glue the ends together to create a circle)
– 3″ (Cut a triangle out of each end)
– 2″DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 6¬†Glue the 5″ Circle and the 3″ strip together to create the bowDIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 7¬†Glue to the headband on top of the join.¬†DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 8¬†Wrap the 2″ strip around the middle of the bow and glue both ends underneath.¬†DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 9¬†The Final Product – a cute bow headband for a stylish little girl.DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions 10Have fun creating as many colour combinations as you want!¬†DIY Baby Elastic Headband Instructions

 

Jewellery Organiser

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It’s been a little quiet around here lately, but I’m back today to let you know that I’ve found a solution to my jewellery storage!
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A while ago I
sorted my jewellery and started the search for the ultimate solution.

The criteria was:
– it had to be pretty to look at but functional
– simple to use and keep tidy
– easy to see at a glance what I’ve got
– a way to keep everything untangled

Finally, after much thought and many Pinterest searches, I found the perfect solution.
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These square frames were leftover from a unfinished project from many years ago. The finishing touches are lacking in the frames as they were originally intended to be covered in fabric, but the odd coloured timber adds a kind of dimension and the staples add to the rustic charm.
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I simply screwed in some hooks evenly spaced along the inside of the top edge and hang my favourite necklaces on them creating a very practical and effective solution and as a bonus has provided some functional art to the blank wall.

Project: Amy Butler Bag

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Necklace from MikaelaBeth

I had this bag all cut out and had started sewing it together the day before Olivia arrived. Needless to say it took me a while to get back and finish it!

The pattern is from Amy Butler’s Style Stitches Book.

I am loving this bag more and more each time I use it. Such a practical size to throw everything in and also as a fun nappy bag to carry all the essentials. Amy Butler Cosmo Bag 5

Flannel Baby Wraps

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My latest sewing project has been to make these flannel baby wraps. They are super soft and snuggly, perfect for a new baby coming into this world at the start of a very cold winter.

I purchased some coordinating flannel fabric in lovely charcoal and cream tones, with a duck print thrown in as I have been known to be a little duck fan in the past.

Often the wraps for sale are around 1 meter square, but from what I have read and heard from others the more generous sized wraps work the best. As the fabric was 110cm wide I went a little longer and got 130cm of each piece. I then placed the front sides together of two coordinating prints and sewed around the edge, leaving a gap to turn them right sides out. I then pressed the seems and sewed another top stitch around the edge to keep it sitting flat and to give it a nice finishing touch.

These are now hanging patiently on the blanket ladder that my talented husband made for the baby room, waiting for the moment that they will be needed.

Valentine’s Day Pretties

 

Valentines Day Pretties

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Have you got any special plans? Date night with your special person? Dinner with friends?
I get to pick up my gorgeous husband from the airport tonight, not the most romantic evening, but I am definitely looking forward to it!

I am loving all the pink, red and love hearts around at the moment. These are a few of my favourites:

1. Love Yarn Letters – Such a pretty DIY to put on display.

2. Leather Heart Pins – A simple way to make your outfit pretty for a date.

3. Leather Conversation Hearts – I love these for personalised gift, I think even a guy wouldn’t mind carrying one of these around.

4. Giant Cross Stitch – How awesome would this be on the wall!

5. Watercolour Cards – What better way to say I love you then with a hand painted card.

 

Baby All-In-One Stitchery Design

Baby All-In-One Stitchery Designs  Free Printable  www.MikaelaBeth.comFor gifts I like to put in a little extra effort and make something pretty and meaningful. I was invited to my friends baby shower so I decided to draw up some design to stitch onto the front of three all-in-one outfits that would make dressing her new baby easy with a stylish edge. Baby All-In-One Stitchery 1 These are the three designs I finally decided to do:Baby All-In-One Stitchery Birds  Free Printable

Baby All-In-One Stitchery Flower  Free Printable Baby All-In-One Stitchery Cloud  Free Printable  I mostly stitched these in backstitch with a little running stitch and lazy dazy thrown in.

I’ve included a pdf download for you to print out and make yourself:
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DIY Wooden Letter Sign

MikaelaBeth DIY Wooden Sign

Over the past 18 months I have been attending the occasional market promoting my¬†business, MikaelaBeth. At first I started with just a laminated sign with my logo pinned to the front of the table, but I wanted something more… and this is what I came up with. ¬†A sign like this would be perfect for so many different purposes – at a wedding, in a kid’s room, for Christmas etc.

Here’s how you can create your own:

MikaelaBeth Maket Stand SignYou’ll need:
Wooden Letter (these are the one’s I used)
Spray Paint in your chosen colour (I used White Knights ‘Magenta’)
Tiny Screw Eyes
Drill
1mm Drill Bit
String

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In a well ventilated area or outside give your letters a coat or two of paint until completely covered, allow drying time between coats and before turning over to paint the other side.

When the stain is completely dry, plug in your drill, hold it like a gun, and rev it a few times (just for fun).

Next grab your 1mm drill bit, and drill holes in the top of each letter. For narrow letters drill one hole in the top center, and for wide letters (like M or K) you’ll want two holes in the top so they hang straight.
After drilling, twist a screw eye into each hole.

Lay the letters out on the floor in the correct order and space them the way you want them to hang. Unwind a length of string long enough to connect all the letters, plus a bit extra on each end.

Thread each letter onto the string one and at a time, knotting them in place. Make sure the letters are spaced evenly as you go along. If a letter hangs crooked, you can twist the screw eye to adjust the angle.

Here it is in place on my market stand and I love how it looks.

MikaelaBeth DIY Wooden Sign