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I recently went to the doctor and they discovered that I have a placenta previa. No big deal at 20 weeks. It can cause problems later, but before then it will probably move and we’ll be able to proceed as normal. If it doesn’t move the plan is that they’ll watch me close and make sure she’s born via c-section at 36 1/2 or 37 weeks. I haven’t had any serious limitations put on me, but to prevent things from getting complicated (read: long-term bed rest), the doctor basically just said, “Do your norm and rest when you can. No heavy lifting, and let your son walk or ride when he can.” So, I have to take it easy until I go back for another series of sonograms at 24 weeks and then we’ll know more. This means nap time is no longer devoted to vacuuming, unpacking boxes (thank heavens for our families, it’s almost completely all done), or anything other than laundry and a little sweeping here and there. For a busy little bee like me, having to be in mandatory “rest when you can” mode has been quite the challenge. Especially considering we just moved, I have a two year old, I had to cancel singing in a few weddings/events planned for this Fall, and I’m eager to get cracking on Mary Chamblee’s nursery. Sigh. The good news is that I am adhering to the recommendations from my doctor and taking care of myself. Hence the epic round of crafting, my emergence back into writing, and diving back into my “I said I’d read that someday” reading list. I figure that if I’m supposed to rest for a period of time every day, I might as well enjoy it by doing things that involve a lot of sitting. Bonus: I’m also getting really good at taking naps. ;)
Many of you asked me for a tutorial on how I made the hair bows for Mary Chamblee that I’ve been sharing on Instagram and Facebook. Great news, friends. The tutorials already exist, so I didn’t have to write one! That being said, I’m happy to share some tips I found helpful in addition to the original articles themselves. I’m also including some photos and links I found that were helpful in deciding on which colors to use, materials to go for, etc. I have given credit where credit is due, and please for heaven’s sake don’t hesitate to purchase bows from the retailers mentioned if that’s easier for you! Again, I made them because I have the time and wanted to try it out. I also know I’m going to save some serious moolah by learning how to make them myself. No time to spare? No sweat. That’s what Etsy and Amazon are for! Order you some and get on with your awesome mama self.
Without further ado, here are the bows I ended up making during all this time I have (shrug) and the tutorials I used for each set:
Style #1- Winter Felt Bows:
(Photo credit: LoveIsHome)
Above are the winter bows I made using CREATE STUDIO's tutorial which you can find by clicking ->here<-. I found this tutorial to be really well-written and super helpful. I actually did not print out the pattern she linked to, but instead I just winged it and fiddled with the felt until I got them the size and shape I wanted. I did find TCM’s tutorial she linked to to be super helpful in terms of showing you how to attach everything correctly when making the bow itself. I also found that there’s a ton of value in pinching the bow into the shape you want it *before* hot glueing the bow piece onto the bottom ribbon piece.
I haven’t attached the bow clips on yet because I’m still waiting for them to arrive from Amazon, but it looks super easy and simple to do. You can find the actual clips I’ve ordered here. (<- and they come with free two-day shipping if you have Amazon Prime, hurray!) It’s taken me a little longer to finish these than it should have because I decided to make the bows first and then order the clips after I knew I could successfully make the bows to attach to them. When making something for the first time off of someone else’s tutorial, I find it’s always better to try first before purchasing ALL THE THINGS you think you want/need to finish the project. There have been several times I was glad I didn’t purchase the stuff for steps 4-10 because steps 1-3 made me change my mind about tackling the entire thing. Luckily, this was not that time.
(Photo credit: A Pinch of Peach)
I am in forever love with everything in A Pinch of Peach's Etsy shop. This photo I used for inspiration in terms of felt weight and color. I bought craft felt from Michaels in the colors you saw. I also had some other felt lying around and will continue to look for the mustard yellow, wheat, and the peach colors pictured here. Michaels didn't have them, but somebody must and I'm on the hunt. I also love how this black bow looked and will be making several in the very near future.
(Photo Credit: Hair Love Shop)
And in case you’re wondering, Hair Love Shop on Etsy has pretty much got every color under the sun. I’m dying over that aqua!
These are some of the others I made this week. The orange bow was made the same way as the others, but the tail is done by adding a longer ribbon piece that you fold under instead of gluing flat. I’m sure there’s a tutorial for that, but I have faith that you can figure it out. If you have trouble, let me know and I’ll be glad to send a link your way!
Style #2, #3, and #4- Roses, Newborn Teenies, and Puffy Flowers
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Style #2: Roses
I love these little roses on the left and can’t wait to sew them onto a headband. They were SO ridiculously easy to make. I used Life After Laundry’s tutorial found ->here<-. I also have found about 23873468734 tutorials on how to make other types of flat little flowers like this on Pinterest. Just search “felt rose headband” and you’ll see what I mean. *It is important to know that the more you vary the “wave” you cut within the circle, the less flat the flower will turn out. I plan on making some more with more variance within the cutting so that they will look more like roses and less like circles in the future. I still love the tiny pink circles though! Also, you totally don’t have to make them in sets of three of the same color. I’ve seen really cute ones in boutiques that are made of everything from one large circle, to several smaller circles in different colors.
Style #3: Newborn Teenies
The Newborn Teenies were pretty simple as well. To make them, I got some 1/4” grosgrain ribbon and used Smart School House’s tutorial found ->here<-. So far I’ve made them in white, pink, and red. Girlfriend is ready for her first Valentine season. I think they’d also be sweet in yellow, mint green, or black and white polka dot!
Style #4: Puffy flowers
For the puffy flower pictured at the far right, I used Shad and Lizzie’s tutorial found ->here<-. It’s really easy to follow and how cute is her little princess pictured?!
Style #5: Fabric Bows
Disclaimer: This tutorial that I used from Fourth and Hazel isn’t the most fancy option out there, but their method was similar to another that I’d used to make bow ties for Wade two years ago so I decided to try it out. Also, my sewing machine is still boxed up so this was preferable before I unpacked the thing to make something so small I wasn’t sure would even work. To my surprise their method worked beautifully! Obviously, instead of using a bobby pin to attach it, you would use a French barrette clip or an alligator clip similar to the ones I listed from Amazon earlier in this post. As you can see, I loved that little black & white one so much that I made another in a graphic yellow pattern and one in a fun pennant banner fabric I had lying around. All of these were scrap fabric from other projects, so they were free. Hurray!
Like I said, it’s much more affordable to make bows yourself. If you a) don’t have the time or b) don’t care to make them, then feel free to check out the following list of adorable Etsy retailers. I haven’t ordered from any of these people so I can’t speak for their customer service, but I am definitely looking at their products and loving them!
Okay, that’s it! I certainly hope you found this helpful. If not, please let me know and I’ll do my best to answer any questions you may have. If you make some of these bows, please share them with me by tagging @thehousewhereloveishome on Instagram. I’d love to see your work!
Happy July 4th from Silver Springs, MD! We are in a precious All-American little town outside of DC enjoying a morning parade in perfect weather. #wallacesdodc
Thought the sizing said Toddler-Age 5. Somehow ordered the age 5-12 size. Whoops! Good news is this precious little (okay, larger than life size) ducky will be dry from head to toe in DC next week!!