Tassel Keychain DIY

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This past weekend I hosted The Crafty Social here in southwest Louisiana. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot and will post all about it soon. There were two projects that I created patterns for specifically for the event, and now I can share them starting with this Tassel Keychain DIY. It takes only a few items to create and would be a great project for a group to do together or to create to give as gifts (Christmas isn’t that far away!). I have mine on my keys and love how it doesn’t add a lot of extra weight but adds bulk so I can find my keys easier in my purse. -As always, make sure to read all the directions before making.-

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What you will need:

  • Roughly 37 yards of size 3 crochet thread
  • Ruler
  • Keychain
  • Two 1″ (25mm) wood round beads
  • Tapestry needle or plastic yarn needle
  • Cardboard/cardstock cut into a 4″x6″ size
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Glue

Tassel Keychain DIY
First you will need to cut two pieces from your thread that will be used later. One piece should be about 36″ long and the other 24″ long.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Leaving a small tail of thread off the cardstock, take the rest of the thread and begin to wrap it around long ways. If your paper isn’t very sturdy, you will have to make sure to keep it flat while wrapping.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Once you have wrapped all the yarn, make sure the two thread ends are on the same side.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Take the 36″ long piece of thread and string through the top loop which is opposite of the thread ends. Center the thread and tie two to three knots as tight as you can.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Cut through the other end loops now.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Use the 24″ piece of thread to tie around all the thread about 1″ down from where the loops are.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Loop thread around two more times and knot off. For extra hold, you can add glue to the knot at the end of the project.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Trim off the bottom of the tassel so all the strands are the same length.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Thread the needle with both pieces of the 36″ thread that you had tied at the top.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Take needle and thread through both wooden beads.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Then take needle and go around the keychain two times.

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Next, take needle back down through the two beads. You will have to pull the top thread a little by little to make sure it is all tight and there isn’t much slack.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Take one piece of thread out of needle and thread the other through the top loops.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Tie the two strands together so the thread will not unravel.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Make sure it is knotted as close and tight to underneath the bead as possible so it won’t show.

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Knot it at least two more times and then trim the excess. You can also add some glue to those knots for extra strength. Now you have a beautiful tassel keychain. Share you pics of ones that you make on social media using hashtag #happytogetherbyjess

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Corbel Wall Lamp DIY

Corbel Wall Lamp DIY | happy together
I love when a project turns out even better than what I was hoping for! That is what happened with this corbel wall lamp diy. Miss E’s room has been mostly done for a while, but she’s needed some type of lighting for reading at night. I was on instagram and saw these wall lamps in someone’s foyer, and I instantly remembered these bookends I had bought at Magnolia last year. I just bought them because I thought they were pretty but then didn’t know where to put them. Lo and behold, they were the perfect thing to make these with! And good news! No electrical knowledge needed ;)

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To make your own you will need:

  • Corbel (I used these corbel bookends)
  • Lampshade that is size appropriate for corbel (I used these lampshades)
  • Mason Jar Lamp Adapter (small mouth/wide mouth…. use the size that would look best on the corbel you use. I used the small mouth ones)
  • Strong Adhesive (I used E6000)
  • Optional: Spray paint and cord cover (you can easily make a diy cord cover like I did too)
  • Hanging hardware of your choice
  • Tools: staple gun and tools necessary to attach hanging hardware you chose

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First do any preparation to the corbel that is needed. If you are using antique ones, you might need to clean it up, repaint, etc. Since these were technically bookends, I had to scrape off the black things, sand it down, and change where the hanging hardware went.

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This next step is optional, but I wanted to spray paint the top of the lamp adapter a bronze color (I used this). To make sure the cord didn’t get any paint on it, I covered it with a plastic bag and taped it in place. I also taped over the on/off switch and put a paper towel in the top to protect the light bulb socket.

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Once the paint dries, glue on the lamp adapter. Make sure to try it in place with the lampshade first though. You want to make sure that the lampshade won’t hit the wall when it’s in on. When the glue has dried, you can use a staple gun and secure the cord down in a few places. If you would like to add a cord cover you can find them already made or you can make your own. I just used burlap ribbon with metal in the edges. I hand sewed it together over the cord and then scrunched it up. The metal edging keeps it in place so it keeps that scrunched up look.

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I am so impressed with the finished product and it didn’t take long at all. Let me know if you make one. I would love to see one of these made with different types of corbels. Share on social media using #happytogetherbyjess Happy creating! -jess

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Football Headband DIY (Free Pattern)

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It’s that time of the year for football and I decided to whip up a football headband and see how it turned out. Fortunately it came out cute! It’s created using my free double sided headband pattern (which is in kid and adult size) with the simple addition of some hand embroidery. It also doesn’t take long to make at all. These would be fun to wear to football games or on game days at home. I made mine simple, but you could add a team fabric or colors for the back part that covers the elastic.

Football Headband DIY | happy together To make a football headband you will need:

  • Free Double Sided Headband Pattern PDF printed out (see here for download)
  • 1/4 yard of brown fabric (or fabrics of your choice)
  • Scissors
  • Elastic (Adult size: 5.5 to 6 inches of 1/2″ or 3/4″ elastic [this can be adjusted if needed], Kid size: 5.5 to 6 inches of 1/2″ or 3/4″ elastic)
  • Iron
  • White Embroidery Thread
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Safety Pin
  • Sewing machine and accessories

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Start by cutting out all of your fabric pieces. You will have two of each part.

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Prepare your needle and thread to sew on the football lines. I like mine thicker, so I loop it and knot the ends together.

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Sew one line straight across. I wanted my “football” to be more on one side, so I made this line 1.75″ from the bottom. If you have enough thread, go to the next step. If not, knot it and trim the excess and rethread your needle.

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Now sew a line in the middle. I made mine 2″ long, but you can make it longer or shorter depending on preference.

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Next, sew the lines that go across that one (I made 6) and then sew on one more straight line across. I made that one the same distance between as the other one. Knot the thread and cut off the excess.

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Now place the two top pieces right sides facing and sew down the sides. Do the same for the elastic cover pieces. Turn both of these right side out.

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Iron both.

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Attach the safety pin to the elastic and pull through the cover. Once the non-safety pin side is right at the fabric edge, hold it in place and sew. Then remove the safety pin and sew that end as well. Just make sure the elastic is even with the fabric edges on that end as well.

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Turn the ends of the headband in just enough so no raw edges show. Iron.

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Place one end of the covered elastic in an opening and sew in place. I just put it in far enough to cover the seam from the step two pictures above. Then push the fabric in on the other end of the elastic and sew that side in the last opening. Pull elastic to even out the fabric cover and you are done!

Football Headband DIY | happy together Football Headband DIY | happy together Feel free to share your happy together creations on the facebook page or on social media using #happytogetherbyjess and tagging me. Happy sewing! -jess

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Free Girls Dress Pattern: The August Dress Pattern Sizes 2-9

Free Girls Dress Pattern: The August Dress Pattern Sizes 2-9 | happy together
Quite a few years ago, I sewed up a cute little dress for miss E to wear at her first birthday (see here). It has been in my head ever since then to create an actual pattern for it so I could sew more for my girls and share with you all. I had fun creating The August Dress pattern, named after miss E’s birth month, and I find it to be simple and cute. I really like how there is no need for button holes, zippers, or other closures since the hand sewn buttons hold the front in place but are far over enough that there is plenty of room to get it on in the neck area.

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I, of course, experimented with all the sizes. I did not do a ton of testing as this is a freebie pattern, so you may find you want to tweek some things. Miss J is wearing the size 8/9 in the above photo. I didn’t have enough of the horse fabric to make a dress, so hers is shorter for a shirt option.

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Miss E is wearing the 5/6 in her dress here. The bottom is the full length and she has room to grow in it. Below, my sweet friend got her cute grand baby to try out the 2/3. This was my first draft and it was a little wide at the the shoulders and a little too far down, so I adjusted. I did make another one with the adjustments, but I haven’t heard on the fit yet. Hopefully it’s all good :)

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Size Chart:

  • Size 2/3: chest measurement 20″-21″
  • Size 4/5: chest measurement 22″-23″
  • Size 6/7: chest measurement 24″-25″
  • Size 8/9: chest measurement 26″-27.5″

Supply list:

  • The August Dress Pattern PDF printed out (*tip: Do not print when opened in “preview.” Open in a program like Adobe Acrobat Reader for the most accurate printing.)
  • 1/2 yard for top main fabric (or less for each piece if you use different fabrics)
  • 1/2 yard for lining
  • For bottom: 1/2 yd for size 2/3, 1 yd for size 4/5, 1.5 yds. for size 6/7, and 2 yds. for size 8/9 (* of course you can make it shorter and make this a top. That would use less fabric if you choose to do this.)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • 2 Safety Pins (optional)
  • Buttons of Choice
  • Sewing Machine and notions/thread needed
  • Needle and Thread for hand sewing
  • Measuring Tape

*All seams are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.

*Always back stitch at beginning and end of sewing unless otherwise stated.

Once you have printed out the pattern, lay it down in order to see where to connect the pieces. It goes in order starting at page one at top left and going across and finishes with page 9 at the bottom right. Then cut out and tape together.

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Free Girls Dress Pattern: The August Dress Pattern Sizes 2-9 | happy together Cut out the following using the pattern and measuring tape:

  • Lining: Cut 1 back, 1 front left, and 1 front right
  • Outer Top: Cut 1 back, 1 front left, and 1 front right
  • Bottom Skirt: Cut 2 of the appropriate size- 14.5″ x 22″ for size 2/3; 17″ x 24″ for size 4/5; 19″ x 26″ for size 6/7; 21″ x 30″ for size 8/9

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Start by sewing the top outer pieces first. Place the back piece down right side facing up. Take the front left piece and match up on the shoulders, right sides facing. Sew together at shoulder.

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Take the outer front right piece and line up on the other side, right sides facing. Sew together at the shoulder. Iron open the seams.

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Next, sew the lining together. This will be similar to the outer, but the sides are sewn on opposite. Place the back lining piece down, right side facing up. Then take the lining right side and match up at the shoulder, right sides facing. Sew together.

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Take the lining left side and match up the shoulder to the back piece, right sides facing. Sew together. Open the seams and iron flat.

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The the outer top down, right side facing up.

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Place the lining on top, wrong side facing up. Match the shoulder seams and edges together. Pin in place. Sew together on each arm hole and around the front sides and neck.

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Once sewn, you will want to make notches on the curved seams so it lays flat once turned right side out. I simply use my pinking shears (scissors with zig zag cutting sides) and trim all the edges close to the seam. This eases the fabric on all the curves.

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Another little thing to do is clip the edges on the top sides of the front pieces. It takes away some of the bulk from this area for when turned right side out.

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Turn right side out and iron flat. *Tip: I use the eraser end of a pencil to push all the seams out for a cleaner finish.

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Now it’s time to sew the sides together. Open the side seams of the left back side and left front side. Match up at the seams, right sides together, and pin in place. Sew together.

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Again, it helps to cut a little notch at that middle seam to reduce the fabric bulk at that point.

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Turn right side out and iron. Repeat these steps for the right sides as well.

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This is also your last chance to sew a tag in place so the back stitching is hidden. You can do this earlier of course, but I usually forget until this step ;) haha

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Place the top down and fold over the front pieces so the side seams are on the sides and the longer side goes over the shorter side. Use a safety pin to keep the front pieces together.

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Sew the bottom skirt next. Place the two bottom pieces right sides together. Sew together down the shorter sides. To have a cleaner edge, you can go over it with a zig zag stitch or use a serger.

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Iron the side seams and then iron the bottom up about 1/4″.

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Fold up the bottom about another 1/4″ again and iron. Sew around the edge.

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Now sew a wide stitch around the top of the skirt leaving a long tail at the beginning and end. This means no back stitching at this part. (My machine goes up to a 5 so I use that size stitch). I usually do a line from one seam to another then start another one on the other side. This helps make it easier to ruffle. Pull on the back threads to ruffle each side until it is the same width as the top piece.

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Make sure the bottom is wrong side out and the top is right side out. Place the skirt over the top and match up skirt side seams to the top side seams.

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Spread out the gathers so they are evened out around and pin in place. Then sew together.

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Finish off the raw edge with a zig zag stitch or a serger. Turn right side out and prepare to sew buttons in place.

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For the buttons, be creative! Use different colors, different sizes, same colors, same sizes…. have fun :) Depending on the size will depend on how many you want to add. You can sew them on as you like, but I want to share real quick how I sew them on. I don’t want them falling off, especially when it’s for a younger child, so I really go overboard with this part. I start by threading the needle and knotting the two ends together.

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I pull the needle through the two front pieces at where I want the first button.

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Then I pull it back through and make a knot again on the end knot that is on the top.

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Then I sew the button on by going through the holes and the front fabrics a bunch of times to make sure it’s strong. Then I pull the thread through from the bottom and make a knot around the button (like above) a ton of times for extra strength.

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Next, I cut the thread and make a few knots this way with the two ends. Then I trim the extra thread off.

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I sew the rest on the same way.

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The buttons keep the top together but allows for room to have it fit over the child’s head when placing it on. It’s a nice way to create a dress or top with no button holes, zippers, or other sort of closures. Nice, huh?

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She is wearing the 4/5 here.

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I love this dress because you can create so many different looks. You can use the same colors or use a variety of fabrics. Use fancy buttons or more whimsical ones. I think it would be even lovely with piping around the top edges too. Make it your own and have fun. I hope you enjoy The August Dress Pattern. Please share your creations on the happy together by jess facebook page or on other social media by tagging me and #happytogetherbyjess Happy sewing! -jess

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Fabric Label DIY

Fabric Label diy | happy together
I have been sewing up some kids clothing lately and needed some  more labels to sew in them. I decided it was time for me to go ahead and share this process with you as I have had such great success with it over the years. There are a few methods I have tried, but this is my favorite fabric label diy hands down and they have lasted for everything I have made so far (through multiple washings!).

how to make fabric labels | happy together What you need:

  • Tightly woven light colored fabric (ex: quilting cotton; and I do nothing to fabric to prep it except iron it)
  • Scissors
  • Piece of paper that fits your printer
  • Printer (I use an HP Deskjet F4280 and use the HP ink for it; I cannot speak for other printers/inks, but if you can please share your results in the comments)
  • Freezer paper (found in the section with aluminum foil/saran wrap/etc)
  • Iron
  • Design to print (I made a simple page of labels in Word, but you can create yours however you like)

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Start by ironing your fabric to get any wrinkles out. Then take the piece of paper and use that to cut out the same size from the freezer paper.

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Place the freezer paper on top of the fabric, shiny side down. Make sure to turn iron to “no steam” and iron the freezer paper to the fabric.

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Cut around the freezer paper and iron edges one more time to make sure the fabric and freezer paper is connected well.

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Place it in your printer with the fabric side facing down (or other way if your printer prints differently). I usually put a regular piece of paper on top as I’m putting it in place just to make sure it goes in where it needs to. Then I take the paper out so only the fabric/freezer paper combo is there. When you go to print labels, make sure to choose the best ink option so it takes its time to print. Now, I have had the printer not catch the fabric properly and it got jammed, but it doesn’t happen often. Just watch and if it seems like it’s starting to not catch properly hit the cancel button on your printer and pull it out. I can’t speak for all printers, but I rarely have problems with this method. Just give it a try and see if it might work for you.

Tip: Be mindful of the colors you are choosing to print with. I have only used darker colors as I feel confident they will show up well.

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Once printed, you can cut your labels out. But if it’s your first time trying this, I suggest putting the fabric in the wash after the first print so you can see how the ink holds up. Mine always has held up wonderfully well so I hope yours does too! Besides that, I leave them attached to the freezer paper until it comes time to use them as it keeps them nice and crisp and it’s easy to store them. Below is an example of them sewn in (and you can get the free skirted sweatshirt pattern here as well). -jess

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