Thursday, February 25, 2010

Custom Order Show off and Tutorial

If  you did not know, I have an online shop through etsy that I sell children's clothes.  I opened it back in May and it has been an adventure!  I started sewing and selling to feed my crafting habits.  However, with the economy and our budget changing so did my reasons for my business.  I want to thank all who buy handmade -not just from me but from the many.  There is no way I would be able to stay home with my children without that income.  I am able to buy our groceries every month because of it. Soo THANK YOU! I felt I needed to say that before I go on with my little show off and tutorial.

This was a custom order for a friend which I am sure I will introduce later.  She wanted a cupcake onesie with a 1 on top and a matching tutu.  Here is what I came up with. 
She loves everything boutique so she also wanted a bow holder for her daughter using her initial and the colors of pink and purple to match her room- which is pictured at the top. Let me take you through the process so if you decide to make this you can avoid my mistakes!

I started with the letter- i found this letter at hobby lobby along with all my other supplies.  I traced the letter on th back of the scrapbook paper I wanted to glue on  top- do you see how i already screwed up! and i only bought one piece of the perfect pink polka dot paper- don't worry I didn't figure out I screwed up until AFTER I cut it out!!

DANG - IT .... okay I did some thinkin' and I will piece the scraps together to make it work.

I used mod podge to glue it down.  don't be too stingy with this stuff! and look out for air bubbles. Now is the hard part letting it dry. Once it dries you can take your exacto kniff to cut any paper hanging over.- if it tears a little during this process don't worry because now it is time to do some sanding.
I like to sand all the edges and even a little on the top to give a scratched look. For this bow holder I decided to embellish it with some ribbon and a painted crown cut out.  I cut the ribbon to fit, sealed the ends and modpodged it on first.

Then mod podge thest of the letter and WAIT until it dries. Did I mention I hate waiting? I guess while I wait I will get my ribbon ready.  I  wanted a pink and purple ribbon but could not find what I wanted so stitched the pink ribbon on the purple using a wide zig zag stitch.  If you stitch on ribbon, it tends to wrinkle up a bit. just iron it straight.
I used my staple gun to attach to the letter. I used my glue gun to attach my crown and bow to the letter.

Lastly, to hang the letter you can attach some kind of picture hanger, which I did not have on hand so I went with the soda top.

My letter is pretty thin so this was a little difficult- I nailed and glued this sucker on.
If you don't want to make one but would like one of these or another beautiful bow holder check out all the wonderful items and sellers on etsy.


  1. Very cute and creative-who would have thought a pop top for a hanger? I will definately try this project-Thanks for the tips.

  2. love this! very cute! I see one in my girls' futures!

  3. Love this idea! I want to move our hairbows from the hangers on the back of the bathroom door to somewhere visible and this seems like the perfect solution! Thanks for the tutorial!

  4. That is brilliant to use a pop top! Love this idea...I think I might steal it for a baby shower I have coming up!
    Lots of love,

  5. So cute!!

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  6. Another great and fun project! I love it! : )

  7. This is on my 'to-do' list. I hope my daughter's turns out as cute as yours!

  8. THAT is adorable!

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  9. Those are so cute. I love the pink and cupcake theme. Darling

    Thanks for linking it up to my party!!!


  10. What a great idea... Now I just need a little girl to make bows and bow holders (and darling tutus!) for... :)
    If you're interested, we have a friday fun finds party and we'd love for you to link to this! :)

  11. This is super cute...

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  12. Aw, this is adorable! I'm gonna keep this in mind for when I have nieces (hopefully my sisters will get on that soon!)

    Thanks for linking up to A Little Craft Therapy at Life in the Pitts.

  13. Such a pretty and useful idea! I love your custom onsie/tutu too!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day!

  14. that is darling :)
    thanks for linking up to check me out saturdays