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1  Tutorial for bow tie headbands in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sunshine_stitches on: January 21, 2012 12:17:39 PM
By request, here is a step-by-step tutorial for making bow headbands from repurposed men's ties.

So, go ahead and raid your local thrift store, Goodwill, or even someone's closet. To save you multiple trips, I'll go ahead and warn you that, once you try these and see how easy they are, you'll want one to match every outfit. So, make sure to get extras Smiley

1: Choose a tie with a pattern that you like.

2: Cut the point off at the widest end so that you get a straight edge. Measure about 32 cm (once you make one, play around with the size. Go really big or make some cute, smaller bows). and cut again.

3: Depending on the tie, you may have to iron the end where you cut the point off. Some really wide ties will require this. On ties with less variation, the width difference will just get covered up.

If you need to make an adjustment, just gently refold the width of the wide end of the tie and iron.

4: Right sides together, fold the tie piece in half and sew raw edges together. I used the presser foot edge as seam allowance. (Again, if they don't match up perfectly, it's no big deal. If they are still too different, go back and make adjustments in Step 3 again.)

5: Trim seam allowance. I found that some of the ties raveled a little, so use a bit of Fray Check if you have this problem. Flip right sides out so your fabric will be a loop. The main portion of you bow is finished! (That was quick!)

6: From the leftover piece of your tie, cut a section from the wide end about 8 cm. This will become the middle of your bow.

Seam rip at the back seam, and remove stabilizer.

7: Fold length-wise, sew and flip (Without a good tube-turner, I like to use the safety method).

8: Flatten so the seam is in the center on the back side. You may need to iron (although I am bad about skipping pressing things since my ironing board has to be stowed and set up in the dorm). With the back of this middle piece facing out, wrap around the main section pinched into bow shape.

9: Sew middle piece close to the bow. It helps to have the needle aligned to the left.

10: Trim seam allowance. I definitely added Fray Check here since this seam can be subjected to some stress when flipping in the next part.
Flip the middle so the side without the back seam faces out. (I like to do this as it looks nicer. If you have trouble or don't want to bother, this step can be omitted. Just sew the same way with the seamless side already facing out. You will end up with a visible seam on the back of your headband, but this will be covered when worn.)

Your bow is complete! Slip a thin headband through the middle loop on the back side of your bow, add a dab of hot glue between headband and fabric, and you're finished!
Alternately, there are a lot of projects these bows can be used for. Shoe clips, clothing embellishments, on hair elastics, etc. Be creative!

If you make one, share your pics!

This tutorial and more at http://chiffonshifty.blogspot.com/2012/01/bow-tie-headband-tutorial.html
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2  Golf skirt from 90s shorts in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sunshine_stitches on: January 18, 2012 07:58:14 PM
It is extremely difficult to find cute, flattering golf clothes for teenage/young adult women. When my mom was cleaning out her closet recently, she found these shorts from a couple decades ago and thought I would like the pattern. It's actually little golf greens on bright pink!
With the high waist, knee length and pleats, they weren't exactly something I would wear as is, but with a little bit of reconstructing, these shorts

became this skirt!

A close-up of the pattern

For this article and more crafty ideas, http://chiffonshifty.blogspot.com/2012/01/shooting-in-90s.html
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3  "Bow Tie" headbands in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sunshine_stitches on: January 16, 2012 08:07:45 AM
Over the weekend, I saw a New Years themed advertisement that caught my eye. It wasnt the confetti that caught my eye, but the beautiful headband the girl was wearing. It was a giant bow made of tie silk perched on the side of her head.

I love the patterns and shine of tie silk and found some fantastic $1 neckties at Goodwill. The bows were really easy to make, and just had to be hot glued to some headbands I already had lying around.

More about this project and other great DIY ideas at http://chiffonshifty.blogspot.com/2012/01/bow-tie-headbands.html
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4  Soft pretzels and amazing dips in Recipes and Cooking Tips by sunshine_stitches on: January 02, 2012 09:44:31 AM
Although I have made homemade pretzels before, I recently tried the Auntie Annie's boxed mix for soft pretzels. They were delicious and, honestly, looked so much better than the ones I did from scratch because they could keep the classic knot shape.

This pretzel bar was a NYE party hit! We had big pretzels, rods and dipping sticks (which are like the small, thin ones, but sturdier for thick, rich sauces  Smiley).

(As you can see they turned out very...uniquely shaped)

For a pretzel classic, we went with the Deen Brothers' cheesy mustard sauce (http://thedeenbros.com/index.php/recipes/recipe_detail/cheesy_pretzel_dipping_sauce/ - minus the hot pepper sauce, since we just didn't have any).
The mustard was not a really strong flavor, but gave a spicy kick to all the amazing cheesiness. As the recipe says, this is eat-with-a-spoon worthy.

For the dessert lovers, there was a simple caramel praline sauce (http://southernfood.about.com/od/dessertsaucerecipes/r/bl30206g.htm) which was fantasically sugary and rich.
Not homemade, of course, but we set out bowls of cinnamon sugar and marshmallow fluff (For this you need a pretzel with some substance to it - aka not the soft ones) as well.

To accompany, the most amazing punch ever! 2 liiters Ginger Ale, 2 quarts Raspberry Sherbet, 46 ounces Pineapple Juice. Fruity bliss, pure deliciousness.

More about the party at http://www.chiffonshifty.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-year-fatigue.html
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5  T-shirt quilt in progress in Quilting: Completed Projects by sunshine_stitches on: December 30, 2011 12:21:42 PM
Working on a quilt made of my old track, field hockey and swim team shirts. Considering I had two full drawers of t-shirts, it was about time to do something with them!

The front is finished, and I'll be updating when I add the batting and backing.
And visit my blog www.chiffonshifty.blogspot.com to follow the progress!

(Please excuse the crappy picture quality - my next big investment is a DSLR!)

I finished this about three months ago, but realized that I hadn't put up pictures of the finished product. Here ya go!

It's the perfect size for my dorm bed, and a lot cooler than my big comforter.

Or just right for curling up in to read Smiley
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