DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder

Okay, please tell me there are other creative mammas out there who may have possibly made too many bows for their sweet little girls….and now are stuck with nowhere to put them?!  Come on raise your hand!!  I know I’m not alone here!!  Emma Grace has really thin hair and this cute side swipe thing going on so she still needs a bow to keep her hair tucked behind her ears.  So, I admit it…I have a problem with hair bows!

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

I quickly became tired of having piles of bows all over the place so I knew I needed to come up with a solution.  You see my daughter is a little vain and likes to check herself out in the mirror in the mornings after she puts her bows in.  So I thought it would be fun to make her a little spot to hold all of those bows and make sure she is looking fabulous!  I think it was a success, what about you?

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

Supplies:

  • Picture Frame
  • Mirror (to match opening of picture frame)
  • Ric Rac or Ribbon
  • Serger, Fray Check or a Lighter {to finish ends of ric rac}
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Staple Gun
  • Picture Hanger (if your frame does not have a hanger)

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

My hubby and I have been playing around with making some cute frames for my daughter’s room and this project was the perfect excuse to use one!  If you are going to be using this style holder for a younger child, you might want to consider using a plastic mirror rather than a glass mirror for safety reasons.  Since my little girl is only two years old, a glass mirror was out of the question for us.  I searched high and low and found that it is really difficult to find not only plastic mirrors to fit photo frames but plastic frames as well without ordering them online.  I was able to find a large piece of plastic replacement mirror for cars that you can find at your local auto parts store or super store in the automotive section.  It was super easy to work with! All you have to do is measure the size of your picture frame opening, cut it and pop it right into place!

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

Now you will need to cut your ribbon or ric rac to the length you would like.  I love this big chunky ric rac for holding hair bows! I have used it in the past to hold my daughter’s bows because the inside curves are a natural place to hold your bows to keep things neat. Plus the thick texture of the ric rac also helps keep the bows in place and prevents them from slipping.

Next, take one of your largest bows as well as one of your average size bows and clip them to your ric rac so you can judge about the distance apart your strips need to be.  If you would like, use a piece of tape to hold the ric rac in place while you decide how far apart you want the ric rac.

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

Flip the frame over and staple the ric rac into place.

TIP: Make sure to finish the ends of the ric rac or they will unravel like CRAZY!  I used my serger to serge the ends, but if you do not have a serger, you could fold the ends up and sew it in place. Or try fabric glue, a lighter, or even fray check to finish the ends.

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

One thing to consider is, some unfinished frames at the craft store do not have hangers on the back. So you may need to add one yourself.  With all of the frames I’ve made lately, I’ve become a pro at this and thought I would share some quick tips with you!

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

First, you will need to mark where your hanger will need to go.  As long as your frame is symmetrical on all sides, you should be able to measure and find the middle of the width and make a mark.  Now measure the height from the opening to the top and find the mid point.  Where these two points meet is where the center of your hanger will need to go.

The hangers I use are super helpful because there is actually a little dot in the middle of the hanger already there to mark the midpoint!

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

Those little nails are tricky tricky to hold in place to hammer. So grab a pair of pliers and they make the job a breeze.  Hold your nails in and hammer away!

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

Now you have a frame that is ready to hang!

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

Now that your frame is ready to hang that means…you’re done!  So quick and easy!!!  What I love about this project is that you can personalize it any way you want to fit your style.  The curvy and funky frame I used matched the style of my daughter’s nursery. But maybe you like classic straight lines?  Go for it and grab a frame that matches your style!

I wanted to hang her mirror right at her height so she can check herself out and since I didn’t want her bows to hit all the way to the floor her ric rac measured right about 22″ long.

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

But then I quickly realized….I still had more bows left over.  Yepp, I told you had a problem!!  So I cut one more strand to add onto my frame.  Once all of the bows are on there I realized it was a little excessive!

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

If you are not going to fill it up completely, it looks nice. But with as many bows as my daughter has, I think I would definitely use a larger 5″x7″ frame so that it didn’t look so small compared to the large mass of bows!

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

I love how it turned out!  It’s fun and funky and let me tell you my daughter was super excited when she woke up from her nap and I hung it up for her!  My favorite part was was finally being able to use the picture frames I’ve been working on for so long.  I started by hand sketching the silhouette and went through a dozen variations before I decided on this exact profile and I LOVE how it turned out.  It is always so satisfying to be able to see all your hard work turn out just like you imagined it!   If you love my frame too feel free to stop by my Etsy shop and request a custom order!

DIY Mirror Hair Bow Holder by jRoxDesigns

How do you organize your sweet little girl’s stash of bows?  Do you have an obsession with making fun new flower bows all the time like me?

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A Modern DIY Nursery Grows Into A Toddler Bedroom!

One of my favorite rooms in the house still has to be Emma Grace’s nursery.  It is simple, colorful, modern, classic and playful all at the same time.  In case you missed the full reveal of her nursery with all the details you can find it here.  Since then I’ve been slowly working on little projects here and there like updating her dresser drawers with a cute gray chevron print, adding a high hanging mobile feature and I even built a bookshelf from scratch!
Modern Toddler Nursery | jRoxDesigns

Overall all the pieces have stayed the same but my favorite addition is this awesome bookshelf that hubby and I built.  I’ve been swooing over the Oeuf Mini Library for years but it would have been way too big for her space and I knew I could DIY one for a tiny fraction of the price.  I LOVE the way it turned out!

Modern Toddler Nursery | jRoxDesigns

All it took was some careful calculations, a couple of sheets of 3/4″ plywood, paint and simple door hardware!  Definitely worth the time for the amazing result.  Emma Grace loves to read books and she will pull up her tiny rocking chair and look all of her books for hours.

Modern Toddler Nursery | jRoxDesigns

She is still sleeping in her crib which I’m crossing my fingers will last for a couple more years.  I have visions in my head of a really fun, oversized upholstered headboard out of her original bumper print when the time comes.  Until then I want to keep my baby little forever.  The bumper came out as soon as she tried to use it as a step stool and the skirt came out when we dropped the mattress down.  I absolutely loved her bedding and to me it was worth all the time I put into it, but I just wish I could have used it longer.  For me it was something to keep my mind positive while I battled through the HG while I was pregnant and in the end it was totally worth it.  Now her bed is filled with all of her stuffed friends, a tiny pillow and tons of snuggly blankets.

Modern Toddler Nursery | jRoxDesigns

Right before Christmas Emma Grace really became interested in potty training so I knew it was time to change the crib into a toddler bed.  That was one of the biggest reasons why I picked out her crib was because I knew it would grow with her and give us the opportunity to get more life out of her crib.

Modern Toddler Nursery | jRoxDesigns

Of course leave it to my daughter to start screaming “I DO!” the second she sees a screwdriver or a hammer.  I got her started, then she meticulously turned all four bolts for the next hour while I took care of the final tightening.  She has enjoyed her “big girl bed” ever since!

Modern Toddler Nursery | jRoxDesigns

One of the other fun additions was a funky twist on a mobile feature I did in the corner above the rocking chair.  I had a ton of different ideas and shared my inspiration with you all here.  It took a long time to collect all the lanterns but that is just because I’m cheap and didn’t want to spend a pretty penny on paper!  They all came from a mixture of clearance bins at craft stores, the Dollar Stop at Target and mark downs from home decor shops and party supply stores.

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When I would rock her to sleep when she was younger she loved to look up at all the lanterns.  She still enjoys looking at them and screaming “Pink ball Mommy!  Pink ball!!!”  Oh how times change!  I hung each lantern by tying white thread from the lantern and then around a small sewing pin  pushed into the ceiling.

Modern Toddler Nursery | jRoxDesigns

I’m still working on little projects for her room here and there but I love how I designed the room to be able to grow up with her.  I know that all the pieces we chose (other than the crib obviously!) will be able to be used for many years to come.  The rocking chair side table will probably turn into a night stand, Pinkalicious and Olivia books will be replaced by tween love novels and the changing topper will come off to make room for picture frames of her and her best friends.  Well, that’s at least the way I see it.  Or probably knowing my opinionated daughter she will hate hot pink and lime green by the age of 7 and be begging me to change it all.  Sigh…I’m not ready to parent a school age girl!!

Ready for another project?  Next up I’ll share with you how I made her a funky bow holder to help organize her insane amount of hair accessories!

   

Glitter Word Art…One Last Post for the Craftaholics Anonymous® Creative Team!

DIY Canvas Glitter Word Art | jRoxDesigns

2013 was full of fun and exciting adventures!  One of the adventures I am so sad is finally coming to a close is my time with the Craftaholics Anonymous Creative Team.  I’ve had 12 months full of exciting posts to share with the CA readers and am so happy to have gained more friends to share my own projects with here at jRoxDesigns.  I had the opportunity to get to know each of the other amazingly talented bloggers on the team over the year in a sort of crafting and business “support group” as we call it over at Craftaholics Anonymous!  Even when life was crazy and I didn’t have a lot of time to craft I was always able to look forward to a big project to share each month.  I feel like I have grown so much by being part of the team and I am forever grateful for opportunity!

DIY Canvas Glitter Word Art | jRoxDesigns

So, even though it is time to say goodbye I still have one more post to share!  Just in time for Valentine’s Day I whipped up some easy glitter word art.  It was fun and you could definitely use the same technique for tons of different projects.

DIY Canvas Glitter Word Art | jRoxDesigns

Check out the full tutorial on Craftaholics Anonymous®!

   

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Simple Laminated Bib Tutorial and Pattern

Toddler Laminated Bib by jRoxDesigns

Bib #2 is here today!  Did you enjoy the reversible bib pattern from last week?  Well you are in for a treat because it is time for another easy bib pattern and tutorial today.  This one is geared more for my snacking age babies and toddlers because trust me they need some love too!  What I love about the laminated bibs is they are so easy to wipe right off and are ready for the next meal.  They are truly a lifesaver because they not only keep all of those adorable clothes nice and clean but that means less laundry for you.  This makes them a perfect gift!

Free Infant Bib Pattern and Tutorial | jRoxDesignsDownload Infant Bib Pattern here.

Free Toddler Bib Pattern and Tutorial | jRoxDesigns

Download Toddler Bib Pattern here.

Supplies

18″x 11″ cut of Laminated or Oilcloth Fabric (You can make two bibs with a 18″x22″ Fat Quarter!)

2″ x 1.5″ Velcro

2 yards of .25″ wide Double Fold Bias Tape (or .5″ wide Double Wide Fold Bias Tape)

Coordinating All Purpose Thread for Top Stitching

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After you have cut our your pocket bib pattern you will need to cut out your bib font and pocket from your fabric.  For this project I chose to use a laminated cotton because they are so easy to wipe right up after messy eaters!  You can also use this pattern with super soft cotton for a droller bib without the pocket if you would like too!  One of the only drawbacks of using laminated fabrics is they tend to crease easily.  So you will notice in the pattern that it indicates to place your pattern on a fold to cut.  Rather than folding my laminated cotton I trace the first side around all the sides except the fold line.  Instead of tracing the fold line I make to small vertical tick marks on the top and bottom of the center line and then flip the pattern over onto the back to complete the pattern.  Or if you would like you can print off two of each pattern and tape the pieces together to make full size pattern pieces of the front and pocket pieces!

Laminated Bib Tutorial | jRoxDesigns

With this pattern you can choose from any type of top closure that you would like.  You can make a Velcro closure, like I will show you here, or you can use a snap or even extend your bias tape at the ends to make a tie closure.  It’s up to you!  I love options!

If you are choosing a Velcro closure I would suggest cutting and gluing your Velcro first.  Then while you are working on the pocket it will give you time for the glue to dry.  Since you are only sewing around two out of the three sides of the Velcro I would highly suggest permanently adhearing the velcro to the fabric.  Velcro actually makes an adheasive glue specifically for their products that you can find at almost any local craft store.  Remember, you want to say away from using anything that requires heat for bonding because it can melt the laminate coating of your fabric.

Laminated Bib Tutorial | jRoxDesigns

When you are cutting your Velcro remember that one side will go on the top of the fabric while the other side goes on the bottom of the fabric.  How you would like to do it is again completely up to your preference.  I personally like to put the loop side on the top of the right side and the hooks on the bottom of the left side.  This means that when I close the bib the left side will be on the top.  Again feel free to do whichever you like best!  (I’m also a firm believer of “Use what you have!” so if you notice I actually only had thin long strips of Velcro on hand so I just cut two pieces and placed them side-by-side to create my closures!)

Laminated Bib Tutorial | jRoxDesigns

We will start off by sewing the pocket by placing the bias tape across the top flat edge of your pocket.  Leave a small amount at the starting edge of your pocket sew straight across with a long top stitich.  When you come to the end of your pocket don’t forget to back stitich and then trip any excess off of each end.  With laminate and oilcloth the fabric is a bit thicker and I have found over time that when I use pins to hold the tape in place it tends to bunch up the fabric so that it doesn’t sit flat.  Then one day after looking around on my desk it hit me….binder clips!  They clip your fabric right in place nice and tight, they don’t bunch up or leave holes behind.  They are quick to take on and quick to take off!

Laminated Bib Tutorial | jRoxDesigns

Just like regular pins make sure to slowly take them out one by one as you sew along.  One quick line of top stitching and your pocket is done!

Laminated Bib Tutorial | jRoxDesigns

So far so easy right?  Next line up your pocket with the main bib piece and clip in place.  I like to start and stop by bias tape on the bottom of the pocket.  If you would like to hide it in a better place start your bias tape on top of the loop side of your closure and then it will be covered when the bib is closed.  I like to do it on the bottom of the bib because it can get a bit tricky to start and stop around sharp corners.  If you take a couple extra minutes you can fold your tape over on top of itself without having to sew the ends together and it can still look really nice.

Laminated Bib Tutorial | jRoxDesigns

When you are top stitching make sure to reinforce the edge where the pocket meets the bib front by backstitching.  This will insure that it can stand up to lots of use over the years!  The trickiest part of this entire project is sewing around the inside of the neck because the curves are so tight.  I like a bib that is a bit snugger around the neck so that it saves any dribbles from going behind the bib and getting all over your little ones cute clothes.  Again just slow down and take your time and it will pay off.  When I make my bibs I usually do one stitch at a time and slowly turn in between each stitch to make sure I’m staying as close to the edge of the tape as possible.  If you don’t get it right the first time…it’s okay!  Just go back and try again!  You can do it!

Laminated Bib Tutorial | jRoxDesigns

Once you get to where you started the bias tape simply fold it over and make sure to backstitch!  Now you are DONE!  Yeah!!  Remember how I was saying that this pattern is great because you can customize it however you would like?  Well think about it.  You can do it

Without a Pocket

Simply add your Velcro and go straight to sewing on your bias tape!

Snap Button Closure

Forget about cutting those Velcro pieces and use the dot at the top of your pattern as a guide as to where to place your snap!

Double Sided

Print off the original patterns for this project and add in your preferred seam allowance around the outside of the entire main front piece.  Cut out two pieces of fabric one for the front and one for the back.  Place the two fronts together and begin sewing them together using the seam allowance you chose at the bottom center of your bib.  Sew all the way around your piece leaving a small hole to turn your fabric right side out.  Turn and press.  Topstitch around the entire bib.  Then choose your closure to finish it off!

Toddler Laminated Bib by jRoxDesigns

Don’t have time to sew?  Check out finished custom bibs in my Etsy shop here!

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Reversible Baby Bib Tutorial and Pattern

Easy Reversible Bib Tutorial | jRoxDesigns
Tis the gift giving season and nothing makes for a more personal gift than something made from the heart!  So I’m here to help you out with a super easy reversible bib pattern and tutorial that you can whip up in no time at all.  It is perfect gift for any baby shower, holiday gift or a way to say congrats to a newly expecting couple!

Free Reversible Infant Bib Pattern and Tutorial | jRoxDesigns

Download Infant Reversible Bib Pattern Here

Free Reversible Toddler Bib Pattern and Tutorial | jRoxDesigns

Download Toddler Reversible Bib Pattern Here

Supplies:

  • (2) 18″x 11″ cuts of your favorite fabrics
  • (1) Snap Fastener (For this tutorial I used a size 15 which is 3/8″ or 9mm)
  • All Purpose Thread
  • Coordinating All Purpose Thread for Top Stitching

Prep Your Pattern and Fabric

First things first, you will want to pick out the fabrics you would like to use for this project.  When I sew infant bibs I tend to use a fun print on the front and then either an absorbent terry cloth or a super soft minky on the reverse side.  For my toddler bibs they aren’t usually as messy so I can get away with doubling up the fun with prints on both sides!  It is all up to you!

After you have downloaded the the pattern of your choice be sure to cut each piece out and tape together where it is noted on the pattern.  Then trace out your bib pattern onto your fabric and cut it out.  Place your face (front) sides together so the backside of your fabrics are what you see on the outside.  Because we are working on what is going to be the inside of the bib we need to leave a gap where we can turn the fabrics right side out.  I usually like to find the straightest stretch of my fabric staying far away from any curves and start there.  By having the opening on a straight edge it makes it is less noticeable when you top stitch the opening closed and makes a smoother seam.

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The pattern we are using has a 1/2″ seam allowance.  I have always hated trying to follow the measuring guides on my sewing machine so I actually adjust my  needle left so that the space between the needle and the edge of my presser foot is 1/2″ which is my seam allowance!  This will not work for everyone since not all sewing machines have a feature where you can slightly adjust your needle position but if yours does it is very helpful! 

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Sew Your Seam

Once you shave sewn almost all the way around stop before you get to your starting point and make sure to backstitch.  For this pattern you can give yourself a 1-2″ gap.  This gap is where you will turn your fabric right side out.

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Trim and Clip Seam Allowance

Before you turn your fabric you will want to remove some of the excess bulk from around your seams.  By doing this your seams will be smooth and lay flat once you have turned your bib right side out.

If you have inner curves, like the neckline in this case, they should be cliped into the seam allowance at even intervals ending about 1/8″ from the stitching.  If your curve is shallow you can clip farther apart while if your curve is deeper you should make your clips closer together.

On this pattern we also have outer curves (mainly the bottom edges) that also need to be clipped.  To clip outer curved seams you will need to cut small “v” like shapes.  Again just like your inner curves they should end about 1/8″  from the stitching and should be clipped farther apart for shallow curves and closer together for deeper curves.

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Turn Bib Right Side Out

Now its time to turn your bib right side out!  Remember that little gap at the bottom you left?  You want to reach inside and pinch one of the layers of fabric and pull it out through your opening.

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Don’t forget while you are pulling everything right side out that you can also reach in and push against your seams to get help them to lay flat.  Now your bib should be all closed up except for the one small opening.  Looking good so far right?

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Iron

Now grab your iron to press out your seams.  I like to start in the middle of the bib and slowly push my way out toward the edges.  This will push the seams out so they are nice and flat.

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Topstitch

Once your bib is pressed its time to topstitch!  A topstitch is a stitch that is sewn parallel to the edge of your fabric.  Depending on your project a topstitch can either be decorative or functional.  In our case it is actually both.  We are functionally closing off the opening at the bottom we used to turn the bib right side out as well as stitching over top of our seam allowance so that the seams don’t “sink” back in when the bib is washed.  Our topstitch is also decorative because it gives your bib a nice polished look!

Set your machine stitch length to a slightly longer length than normal and try to find a nice coordinating color thread to blend in with your fabric.  I actually like to sew with a length slightly less than your longest length setting on your machine.  By doing this I’ve found you have more control over your fabric because the longer your stitch length the more the fabric has to move forward with each stitch.  Because the fabric moves very quickly while you sew it can tend to “jump” if your presser foot does not have the proper tension.  A stitch length that is too long can also make it hard to have smooth stitching around sharp corners.  Try practicing with different stitch lengths on a scrap piece of fabric before you topstitch to see what length you like the best!

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Apply A Snap Closure

Now all you have to do is apply a quick snap and you are done!  I used a standard size 15 snap fastner which is 3/8″ or 9mm for this bib but you can use whatever size you like best.  I bought a kit at my local fabric store that came with a easy attacher tool and two different sizes of snaps for about $6.  No matter what type of snap you end up deciding to use just make sure to read and follow the directions that are included.

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With the tool that I have all you have do do is push the prong side of the snap through the fabric,then turn the fabric over and place the snap side overtop of the prongs that is sticking through the fabric.  After you have them in the proper position place them inside of the easy attacher tool, close the top to secure the snap and hammer the top of the tool.  Hammering will crimp the two pieces together to secure them.  I love this style of snap because they are quick, easy and don’t require any extra sewing.  There is a little bit of a learning curve to make sure you get everything aligned right so don’t get frustrated if you don’t get it right the first time.  Again make sure to refer to the directions included with the snaps you purchase!

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Once you finish the first side of the snap repeat the process for the second side.

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Then give them a good ‘ol snap to make sure they work okay.

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And your done!!!  If you are new to sewing I know that this is a lot to take in but slow down and take your time.  You will be surprised to see that after you finish your first one the second one should be a breeze.  I’ve had so many babies to give gifts for lately that I can whip these bibs out in no time!  If you run into trouble or have any questions just feel free to leave a comment and I’m here to help!  Be sure to share photos of your finished bibs with us too, we want to see your all your hard work!

Don’t have time to sew?  Check out finished custom bibs in my Etsy shop here!

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