DIY 3 Layer Ruffle Skirt

Hello Everyone,

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted a sewing tutorial but, I wanted to put one out. With the current situation of my health, I can only do tutorials especially sewing when I feel good. I hope you like it.

~Nika xoxo

Items needed:

The first steps in making the skirt are cutting the larger rectangle which is the main part of the skirt. You want to measure your waist and then double that and add 1″. Decide how long you want the skirt to be. I made this skirt for my daughter so I measured made my rectangle 47″ x 10″. For the strips, you want to triple the size of the skirt. My bottom strip I made 4″ in length and the other two are 3″ in length. I used a 1″ non-roll elastic measured the size of the waist. In this case, my daughter’s waist is 23″.

Next, you want to finish the raw edges if you are using a fabric that frays like the one I am using above. My sewing machine came with an overcasting foot. I also have a serger which I did not use for this project. If you don’t have either one you can use a zig-zag stitch. Finish all the raw edges of each piece.

If you are not using a ruffler foot or a gathering foot. You want to set your sewing machines tension to the tightest tension (mine is 9) and the longest length (mine is 4).

Next, you will begin feeding only the strips of fabric to create ruffles. If you want your ruffles to be a little more loose decrease the tension and length until it’s to your liking.

To add the bottom layer of the ruffle to the main part of the skirt. You do this by laying out the main rectangle on the right side of the fabric and pin the wrong side of the 4″ strip to the bottom of the main fabric. The image above should be what it looks like once you’ve finished sewing it on.

Now its time to sew the other two layers of ruffles to the skirt. Find where you want to place the second layer. Place this layer above the first layer as shown. Pin and sew. Repeat this step for the third layer of ruffles. Note these layers are placed on top of the skirt and sewn with a topstitch.

FINISHED LAYERS

Next, meet both sides together on the wrong side of the fabric facing up. Make sure to meet the ruffles together (explained in the video above). Sew the fabric together using either a straight stitch, zig-zag stitch, or both.

Sew the elastic together. I over laped mine and used a zig-zag stitch to close.

After that is complete, take the elastic and pin the front, back, and both sides of the skirt to the elastic.

Once you have it pinned you want to pull the elastic as you sew it to the waist of the skirt. This can be very tricky so you want to make sure you have a firm hold on the fabric and the elastic. This may take some time getting use to but make sure you are holding both sides of the fabric as shown while you are pulling the elastic along. Be careful not to pull too tight you don’t want to break the needle on your machine.

For the last step, roll the waistband over as shown and repeat the same steps as the previous. One thing you want to do differently is to make sure the fabric isn’t bunched up before you begin sewing. You may need to take your time in this process.

Now you are all finished.

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DIY Face Mask With Filter Pocket!

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This video is similar to my pleated face mask video and tutorial. The difference is there is less fabric and it’s made to have a pocket or opening for a disposable filter. As always these mask are washable. I make mine with 100% cotton. Have fun & Happy Sewing!

~Nika xoxo

DIY Flower Crown Headband

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This headband is really easy and fun to make. I will be making more of these types of headbands on my blog so look forward to the upcoming hair accessory diys.

~Nika xoxo

What you need:

First, you will connect the 2 ends of the elastic headband.

Then you will begin placing the faux flowers around the headband using the hot glue gun. You can place the flowers all the way around or do as I did and place them on just the front part of the headband.

At this point once you get all the flowers on place any embellishments on the headband and you’re done.

These headbands can be made in many different ways and with different types of flowers and or embellishments. As always if you have any questions or comments please let me know in the comments.

DIY Fitted Face Mask!

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I’ve been making masks all week for family members and others I know who needs them. They are easy to make and completely adjustable to any size you need. Click Here for the pdf pattern for this fitted mask.

What you will need:

Cut 4 pieces of the pattern and 2 pieces of the interfacing. Iron the interfacing on 2 of the pieces of fabric.

Sew the front curve of each set of pieces with wrong sides facing up.

Iron the seam down the center.

Place one end of the first piece of elastic on one edge of the fabric and pin it. Take the other side and pin it down the bottom of that same piece of fabric and pin it. Place the other side of the fabric on top and pin. Make sure the elastic is on the inside of the 2 pieces of fabric and not on the outside. Refer to the video above for visual instructions.

Repeat this step on the other side then pin the rest of the 2 pieces together and sew. Leave a space open on one side so you can turn the fabric right side out.

Before you turn the fabric right side out place the beading wire piece on top of the curve, pin and sew a zig-zag stitch around the wire to keep in place. Turn the fabric right side out. Fold in the fabric with the opening is then iron flat. Continue ironing the rest of the fabric as well

Finally, topstitch around the entire mask making sure when you get around to the beading wire you sew underneath. This not only will create a casing keeping the wire in place. It will also save your sewing needle from breaking.

If you have any questions or comments in regards to the tutorial please leave them in the comment box.

~Nika xoxo

DIY Unicorn Headband!

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Back with another DIY headband tutorial. I absolutely love making these. Not to mention this one is just in time for the Easter Holiday. These days Amazon is my go-to place for supplies due to the pandemic that’s going on. I will list the main items I purchased on Amazon through the link below. As always if you have comments or questions leave them below.

~Nika xoxo

Supplies:

The first thing you want to do is cut the unicorn ears. I made a triangle and curved the sides to give more of an ear effect. Cut 2 for the felt and 2 for the foam sheets.

Make the inner ear slightly smaller than the main earpieces. Once you’ve done that you can place the stabilizer pieces onto the headband then place the ears on top of those and headband as shown below.

Lastly, you will place the flower in front of the ears so that they look like a crown. After that, you’re done. You can make your ears as big or little as you like and change up materials used as well.

My headbands came out Autumn approved so I am happy. Happy DIYing everyone.

DIY Thing 1, Thing 2 Headband!

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These cute headbands are fun and easy to make and the cost is minimal. I know its been some time since I’ve posted here but I am planning our upcoming projects. I hope my posts are helpful to you in some way and please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments as well as your projects with me.

~Nika xoxo

What You Need

In the first step, you will start by tying a piece of tulle around the headband. Then you will tie another not in that same tulle. I dabbed a small amount of hot glue just under the tulle then slid it down on top of the hot glue to hold it in place. This will keep the rest of the tulle from pushing that first piece down and holding the other pieces in place as you go.

You will continue tying the tulle around the headband all the way around the headband until the last piece is even with the other side of the headband. Make sure to add a small dab of hot glue to the last piece of tulle just like we did on the first one. The video posted within this post will give you a better idea of what I am telling you.

Once you have gotten all the tulle added to your headband, you will make a small bow to add to the “Thing” hair for your finishing touches.

Your headband should look similar to this one. Don’t worry if some of the tulles are uneven you can always cut them to your liking. Also, remember these projects are handmade and little imperfections are what make it more unique.

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How To Make A Diamond Style Woven Headband

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I know it’s been a while since I made a post but, I’m happy to be back with something I’ve been working on for my shop. These diamond woven headbands are easy to make and actually slightly therapeutic. They can also be made with different types of ribbon and with multiple colors and patterns. Follow along with my step-by-step video to make these cool headbands yourself.

Nika xoxo

What you need:

You want to first glue the opposite color strands together at the ends. Once that is done you will have 2 long strands of ribbon. Next, you will crisscross the ribbon together.

You will start by crossing over the top right to the top left.
You will then bring the top left (Yellow) over the top right (blue) and cross sit around the back bring it back around to the left.
You will now have 3 strands on the left side and 1 on the right side. With the one blue strand left on the right side, bring that over to the left side. You will now have all strands on the left side of the headband.
Now that you have all strands on the left side you want to bring the top yellow in between the 2 blue strands. Bringing the top left yellow to the right side. After that you will bring the top blue strand in between the blue and yellow strands on the left, bringing the top blue to the right side.
At this point, you will have your first weave and two strands of opposite colors on each side. You will repeat this process all the way to the end of the headband. The above video is more detailed and easy to follow. If you have any questions about this tutorial or any other on my site please feel free to comment.

DIY Heart-Shaped Fairy Wands

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I made these cute little heart-shaped fairy wands. They can honestly be made in any shape and size. With different types of embellishments and decorations. Take my tutorial and make it your own. As well, don’t forget to watch the video so you can watch me make these in real-time. Enjoy!

Nika xoxo

What you will need

you want to start by sewing the two heart-shaped felt pieces together leaving an opening to put the poly-fil in.

Once you have the majority of the shape sewn and a small portion left open. Begin placing stuffing into the shape to your liking. Place the wooden dowel inside then finish sewing the shape closed. The video below also goes over how to make these step-by-step.

The last step would be to add your embellishments to your shape and then you are done. These fairy-wands are fun and easy to make. They can be made in many shapes and sizes, with different embellishments and ribbons.

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