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New Year’s Eve Hats – DIY

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

We don’t typically do anything wild and crazy for New Year’s Eve.  We eat something unhealthy, like nachos or more fudge, watch a movie, and nod to each other at midnight…if we’re awake.  Nevertheless, I walked past an end cap at Target with celebratory hats, looked at the discount tinsel in my shopping cart, and decided to make a few New Year’s Eve hats to throw a little extra fun into our quiet festivities.

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

Making these New Year’s Eve hats is quick and easy and probably requires no explanation, but I’ll do a quick walk through just in case.

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

Basically, you

  • print and cut out the template – click here for template
  • trace the template onto cardstock,
  • cut it out,
  • gently wrap into a cone, insert the tabs into the slit, and hot glue for extra security.
  • Add a 15-inch piece of tinsel around the base of the hat with hot glue
  • Add a small fluff of tinsel to the top of the hat with hot glue
  • Cut an elastic cord or ribbon to hold the hat on – 15 inches for children, 18 inches for adult
  • Hot glue each end of the elastic cord on each inner side of the hat.
  • Add glittered letters or signs if you like (I didn’t have glittery letters, so I mod podged some glitter onto other letter stickers)

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

Presto!!  Now you’re ready to party!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

New Year's Eve Hats - free template and easy instructions!

DIY Temporary Tattoos

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I ‘ve just about wrapped up all of my Halloween projects for this year.  It’s time to set down the crafting and do a little more enjoying of the festivities.  Today, I’m off helping my daughter’s class build a scarecrow for their school’s fall festival.  Not sure how I got roped into the scarecrow creation – I’ve never built one in my life, wish us luck.  At least I’m bringing candy popcorn to distract the students from my obvious lack of experience with the scarecrow.  hahaha!

DIY Temporary Tattoos - make your own custom tattoos!!

I did want to share these tattoos that I made with my Silhouette last week.  I cannot get over that you can make custom tattoos – DIY Temporary Tattoos – what??!!  Did you know about this?    You can purchase the tattoo paper and then create your layout using the Silhouette software.  I purchased several designs (for 99cents each) that are ”print and cut”,  and arranged them in an 8 1/2″ x 11″ space.  Then you put the sheet of printable tattoo paper in your home printer and print the designs along with the register marks.

DIY Temporary Tattoos - make your own custom tattoos!!

Once the designs are done printing, you add the included adhesive sheet over the page and place it on the cutting mat.  Once you hit “cut”, the machine scans the sheet to find the register marks so that it knows exactly where to cut out the designs.  I haven’t used this function before and I didn’t think it could possibly work out accurately - but it did!   It cuts around each design perfectly, you peel off the excess paper, and the tattoos are ready to use!

DIY Temporary Tattoos - make your own custom tattoos!!

Sooooo cool!  I was a little eager to try these out and maximize my space and some of the designs ended up kind of small – good to know for next time.

 
DIY Temporary Tattoos - make your own custom tattoos!!
I think it would be so fun to use these as an alternate to candy for trick or treaters or to hand out in goody bags at a party.  My girls love temporary tattoos.  Oh!  And I have a tip for getting off some of those tattoos that last through several baths – rubbing alcohol – takes ‘em right off.

 

The tattoo paper kit is included in the Silhouette October special bundle.  More on the bundle when I shared the Black Cat Treat Boxes.

Knot Headbands DIY

Knot Headbands DIY - EASY tutorial

Making a quick headband to coordinate with an outfit adds just a little extra something.  I whipped out a few of these knit knot headbands the other day to give a little motivation to my straggly haired girls as the new school year approaches.  They are super easy and super quick to sew!

Knot Headbands DIY

Grab some knit fabric – you’re going to cut two pieces into long oval shapes.  With your fabric folded, cut two rectangles 13″ long (along the stretch) and 2 1/2″ wide.  Use a rounded object to trace a half circle on the open end (opposite the fold) of the rectangle and cut.

Knot Headbands DIY

Now, you’ll have two long ovals.  Place them right sides together, press a little with some steam if the knit starts rolling over on itself.  Use a serger or a zigzag stitch to sew all the way around the ovals – you want the knit to maintain its stretch, so don’t use a regular straight stitch.  Leave a 1-2″ opening at the center along one side only for turning the headband right side out.

Knot Headbands DIY

Turn the headband right side out and reshape.  Press.  Now, you’ll need to close up your opening.  You can just zigzag stitch on the outside of the fabric since this spot will be at the nape of the neck and won’t show OR you can slipstitch it closed so it doesn’t show.

Knot Headbands DIY

Now, wrap that headband around your girl’s head and tie into a double knot!  That’s it!

Knot Headbands DIY with knit fabric

Knot Headbands DIY - EASY tutorial

I previously made a similar headband out of quilting cotton to match one of the dresses for Five and Ten Designs.

Knot Headbands - Easy Tutorial

 I used almost the same method, but lengthened the starting rectangle measurement to about 17″ each (on the fold, so 34″ long each).  Then, I followed the same steps to round the edges, sew the two pieces together and turn right side out.  Then, I topstitched around the entire headband, closing the opening in the process.  Since the quilting cotton doesn’t have the stretch that the knit does, I added some elasticity to the center of the headband, which is then worn at the back of the neck.

Knot Headbands DIY

Knot Headbands DIY

To do this, I marked the center of the headband and then marked about 2.5″ to each side of the center.  With elastic thread in my bobbin, I stitched rows back and forth between each marked line, making about a 5″ elasticized chunk at the center of the headband.  Press and steam this area from the top of the fabric to give it all that great stretchiness.

Knot Headbands DIY

Next, I placed the headband around my daughter’s head and pulled it tight, marking where the two sides meet at the center front.  I stitched the two sides together there, forming the headband circle, and then tied it into a knot.

Knot Headbands DIY with quilting cotton

Done!!

Knot Headbands DIY with quilting cotton

The girls were very excited to model the new knit headbands all together.

Knot Headbands DIY

They thought it was hysterical how I was barking out for them to squish together, and stop standing in front of one another, and lay with their heads all together on a blanket.  They thought it was SO hysterical in fact, they couldn’t keep a straight smile for anything!  Enjoy!

Knot Headbands DIY