Monday, September 5, 2011

eCraft Sewing Blog Hop

Welcome to the eCRAFT SEWING BLOG HOP! All of the fabulous designers on this hop are showing you a SEWING OR FABRIC THEMED project using the fabulous and versatile eCraft.

If you just arrived here from Debi Tullier’s blog then you are in the right place. If you just happened upon my blog please start at the beginning over at Raven’s Blog. That way you will be able to see all of the amazing projects and you will have more ways to win. And boy do we have a great prize in store for you! More on that later...on with my project!

Now, I have a confession...I am not very good at sewing.  Just ask my 7th grade Home Economics teacher!  I always joke that my sewing inabilities are a source of anguish to my mother, because she is a very talented and accomplished quilter.  In fact, the only reason why I have a sewing machine is because my mother insisted that I needed it.  She is not so thrilled that I use it only on paper...LOL!  When I try to use it on fabric, it ends up looking like a garbled mess, but that did not stop me from tackling this challenge.
Here is my project for the hop!  Oh and please pardon my extremely messy hairdo!  And thank you to my hubby for taking these pictures!

Those flowers that you see where created entirely out of fabric! 

Here is a list of what I used:
  • Cotton fabric (I use either scraps that my mother gave me or the quilting squares that you can get at most fabric stores) I used two coordinating fabrics for each, but you could use more if you like.
  • Heat N Bond Ultrahold
  • eCraft cutting machine of course!
  • Lettering Delights Simple Flower Shapes SVGs (I used Flower #7 and added two more layers using the Shadow Layer feature in MTC)
  • Alligator Hair Clips (purchased at Hobby Lobby)
  • Hair Combs (purchased at Hobby Lobby)
  • White Silk Ribbon (mine is from Papertrey Ink)
  • Copic Markers for coloring ribbon
  • Embroidery Floss in coordinating colors (I used two strands)
  • Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks

The first thing that I did was apply the Heat N Bond Ultrahold to the back of the fabric with my iron.  I then cut out all four of my flowers shapes with my eCraft.  I did NOT remove the paper backing from the Heat N Bond before cutting and this is crucial in the next step.  Once all the pieces are cut, it is now time to start layering the flower.  Remove the paper backing from the top layer and place it on top of the second layer and then press with your iron.  The paper backing should still be on the second layer, otherwise you will have a mess all over your ironing board!  Proceed one layer at a time until you have all the pieces adhered to one another.  You will need to keep your iron in place a little longer with each additional layer.

The next step is to apply any additional embellishments. First off, remove the paper backing off the back of the flower.  For my projects, what I did was punch a 3/16" hole in the middle of the flower.  I then used one of my buttons that has the knob on the back.  I pushed that knob through the hole.  For one of these buttons, I needed to make the hole a little bigger so I just overlapped my hole punch slightly to make it just big enough.  I then threaded some embroidery floss into a needle and inserted that needle into the hole of the knob on the back side of the flower.  I then used my Copic marker to color my silk ribbon, but you could skip this step and just go with a ribbon that is already the color that you want.  I think the thinner the ribbon you use the better for this.  I laid my ribbon on top of the thread and tied the thread in a knot around the ribbon.  I then also tied the ribbon in a knot to insure that it stayed in place.  I purposely made the length of the ribbon on each side uneven as I think it is more interesting for this project.  I also decided to leave the trailing ends of the embroidery floss hanging down.  There are lots of possibilities here on what you can do to embellish the flower so have fun with it!

Now, we are at the point where we need to heat up our hot glue guns.  For the alligator clip (pink) one, I added a few green felt leaves (that I just quickly hand cut) to help cover up the clip.  With that knob button it works best, if you position the knob in the "crook" of the barrette.  I just glued in place and let it cool off.   For the hair comb (black and white) one,  there is a curve to the hair comb, so I glued one side in place, let that cool off, and then wrapped the flower around the opposite side and glued again.  All in all, this project really did not take me long at all.

I think these would be really cute for flower girls at a wedding especially if you made them in the wedding colors!

DON'T STOP YET!!!  We have some amazing prizes in store for you, so make sure that you follow the entire hop and enter to win on everyone's blog!

Here is a list of all the designers in the hop in case you get lost along the way.

·         Raven Baca
Carley Carter 

(Carly's post in going to be late, so please try to visit her later)
Debi Tullier
You are here --> Denise O'Connor
 Go here next --> Erika Valdez
Lyssa Zimmerman
Faith Freeman 
 KimberlyRae Forde
Rosa Ahrens
Zeni Pradel
Don't forget to check out the new eCraft blog and you MUST sign up to follow it to be eligible for the grand prize!!!

Craftwell USA
Okay so you probably want to know what you can win, right? As some of you may have heard from this hop this amazing eCraft machine that we are all using is created by This company is really amazing, their customer service is fabulous and the products are top notch. Well when they heard about our hop they decided to giveaway (1) One eCraft to (1) One lucky winner color may vary. 

Follow the instructions below to be entered in this giveaway, as well as another giveaway that I have planned for you!
1.) Please leave one comment here on my blog (Only one comment will be
qualify per person additional comments will not count.) Your comment must be posted by 9AM EST on September 10th! 
2.) Stop by eCraft’s facebook page to see more awesome projects and tutorials. Don't forget to "Like" their page while you are there!
3.) Become a follower of my's easy just click on the little button over there on the right hand side!
4.) Also make sure that you are following the new eCraft blog!  It looks amazing!

 (1) One lucky winner will be announced on Raven’s blog on in the evening on September 10th. The winner will also be listed on the eCraft Facebook page (see why it’s a good idea to like eCraft's facebook page ;).  I will also post here when the winner has been announced as well as the winner of my other giveaway.

**EDIT:  The grand prize winner of the eCraft will actually be announced on Craftwell's new blog, another good reason to become a follower  Oh and they have a freebie for you today too!**

All are welcome to hop, however the eCraft giveaway is only open to U.S. entries. Thank you so much for your understanding.

In addition, I also have a little giveaway for you!  If you have been following my blog, then you know that I am a mom of two boys.  I know this is hard to believe, but boys don't like putting barrettes and things in their hair!!  I know...shocking!  So I am giving away my project today to one lucky winner!  I am hoping that these find their way to a little girl who will love wearing them as much as I loved making them!

Once you are done leaving your comments here, don't forget to head over to Erika's blog for even more chances to win!  Good luck to everyone!


Shorty Creations said...

What a great project!!! I can't believe how cleanly that fabric cut! Great job =)

Jessica Bashaw said...

Wow! I just love your hairpiece! I wish I had a little girl to make one for! Thanks for sharing with us! I am a new follower! :)Jessica

Darlene said...

Fabric flowers are so beautiful and yours are no exception! TFS!!

Darlene said...

Eek - forgot my contact info!

Kathy's Kreative Spot said...

Great hair accesories, it is amazing everything we can make with this machine.
Katsews at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

your project is adorable. I love the layering.
Its so cool to see how versatile this machine is.

Thanks for sharing!

BobbisTreasure said...

Fun project. I am a new follower, too!
BobbisTreasure at

Katrena said...

Really cute! Great job too! I am also a mom of 2 boys but do have many nieces (thank goodness)

sskcraftshop @ Hooks, Needles and Brushes said...

Wow awesome thanks for tutorial would love to win..follow ecraft too.

Cherie said...

Adorable1 Thank you so much for sharing! I am a new follower!

cherie.goyer at

Teresa Ciarleglio said...

Very pretty hair accessories. It looks like the Ecraft cuts fabric effortlessly. I am a new follower and I have a granddaughter that would look adorable with the hair clips.
Crafty hugs,

Anonymous said...

Fun idea to make hair accessories.

Smiles Sher

Bunnyfreak said...

Very cute hair accessory.

Rebecca Germain said...

What a great idea! My daughters have a wedding to stand up in October - looks like they'll have new headwear!

rgermain at MidwestScrapbook dot com

Marlene said...

Wow. Great looking flowers! I can totally see these for any occassion. Thanks for sharing.

dmgifts said...

How cute are those. Awsome job.

Cindy Sue said...

What a cute project! Thanks for the chance to win the Ecraft!


Sharon said...

I think you are great with fabric, those hair clips are beautiful!

Lynn B said...

Hair pieces are very pretty. Love your ideas and your good explanations. Keep up the great work.

Trisha said...

Denise--your flowers are beautiful and look like fun to make. I am a new follower and also a fan of eCraft and I just followed their blog also. Thanks for the chance to win. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

Jessica Kubit said...

This is seriously so cute! Love it!
creativestamperspot @ gmail dot com

Anita Braddock said...

Fantastic love the hair klips cool Idea never new you could do that. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win this very cool machine.

Scrappin' Sista said...

Love, love, love it! Great job! Yo make it look so simple. TFS!!! Smooches darling!

askscrappinsista (at) hotmail (dot) com

Tiffmc said...

Great job! I'm sure your 7th grade Home Economics teacher would be proud of you!

Really neat you can make these with the eCraft, thanks for the chance to win one!

smyiow said...

These are soo cute! I would rock them! I would probably share with step daughter to be nice though 8)

Alisha said...

Great hair clips, those are really cute. I would love to win.

callyannc said...

My daughter would love these! I love the colors! TFS CallyAnn(follower)

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

love your hair pieces they are so cute! my daughter would love something like that!

Bonnie said...

Love the hair clips.TFS

Sheila said...

My daughter would LOVE these. So cute!
great job.

mitymoos said...


Kris Dietz said...

What a neat project. I see endless possibilities. Thank you for sharing. I'm a new follower too.

dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

Those flowers would look great to embellish a lamp shade too! I made my daughter's curtains for her room and I could see coordinating flowers for her lamp shade and even some throw pillows for her bed.

Thanks for the chance...I'm following the eCraft blog and your blog with GFC and I just liked the eCraft Facebook page (Michelle Hudak)

shel704 at aol dot com

Jenni said...

You are super duper talented!!! Your hair clips are just amazing! Happy to be your newest follower. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
Hugs, Jenni

Tammy said...

You did a super job with fabric!! Keep it up!!! Be blessed!!! bartlettpair4atmsndotcom

Judy said...

Absolutely adorable flower hair clips -- the wedding idea is great!! Thanks for sharing and for the instructions...
judy jaeb

Unknown said...

I so need one of these for grandbaby projects!

Anonymous said...

New Follower to your site!! Love the craft wish I had a girl, she would have a ton of these!!

Ron said...

Fantastic project - so unique and creative!!!

Amy E said...

What adorable flowers! You did a fabulous job! I wish I still had little ones to put barettes in their hair! Mine are all grown!

I'm a happy new follower!

amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

mum2maggie said...

Cute flower--my daughter would LOVE this--making it and wearing it! thanks for the chance to win!

Valarie (vampme3) said...

Love the flower combs and your blog title!

Maria said...

Those are totally adorable and very creative! Great job!

Maria S.
scrapbooknut2002 at yahoo dot com

Nitasha said...

These accessories are adorable!

McLemore's said...

what a quick and fun project. Love it!
wuki15 at

fieldsfamilymom said...

Super Duper Cute...I know a friend of mine who would make a ton of these for her little girl!

Jodi said...

Love it! They are beautiful!

The Dailey's said...

I just stumbled upon your page while doing research on the ecraft. You do some AMAZING things! I would LOVE to be the proud owner of a new machine. I am trying to save up to buy one! I have 2 small kids and I would LOVE to have this amazing machine for their scrapbooks, and babybooks!

Unknown said...

I have 2 boys also and putting something in there hair....NOT MOM!!! Although they have tried...shhhhh don't tell anyone!
Thanks for sharing such a great idea to use for cards...I absolutely love the fabric for cards and scrapping, thanks so much ;+}

Denise said...

I can picture me using these in a scrapbook.Thanks for sharing.

jusaweecatnap said...

Cute and simple!

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful project, very pretty hair pieces. Thank you for sharing them.

Jen said...

Very fun hair accessories! Thanks for sharing.

Jen said...

I've added you to my Google Reader. I hope that counts as following.
THANKS for the opportunity!
jensbrainthings at gmail dot com

Debbie said...

hello I am new fan and follower with you now thanks to this awesome hop going on I really love your projects its amazing how it cut all those small pieces looks so neat and what a great job of cutting this machine was put on my top list of what I want I wish I could be this lucky winner thanks for the chance at winning my fingers are crossed hugs my friend please come over and visit my blog

Allison said...

Do you have an SVG of the flower you used? I'm actually looking for an SVG of an 8 petal flower...

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