how to ruffle...with or without a foot.

Here is a quick and simple way to cute up anything...jacket, shirt, skirt, bag...anything.
I did this cute cozy jacket I picked up from Baby Gap for $10.
You can almost use scrap fabric...if your scraps are big enough.
Step 1: Measure the length of where you want to put a ruffle.
You will multiply that length by 2.
Since this is a jacket and I wanted ruffles on each side of the zipper...
I had to cut two of each length. fabric strips were 14in by 2in and 12in by 2in and I had two of each.
(disregard that top piece of fabric in the photo)
Step 2: Make your ruffle.
If you have a ruffling foot...I don't think I need to tell you how.
If you don't have one...I highly recommend getting one.
The photo above shows my ruffle foot fabric strips ready to go.
If you don't have a ruffle foot...set your machine to the longest stitch length...and using a straight all the way down the length of the fabric strip...stay as close to the middle as possible.
When you get to the end of the sure to leave a couple of inches of thread at the end when you trim it off. Ever. SO. Gently pull on either the top or bottom thread and push the fabric that ruffle down the strip and go back to the top...repeat until you get your ruffle down to the size you want it. Your thread may break...this is why a ruffle foot is can pull out the stitches and start again when the thread breaks.
Step 3: Once you have your ruffles them in place where you want them to be.
Step 4: Sew on your ruffles...I stitched down the middle then off to either side about a half inch or so. If you just sew down the middle the ruffles will curl up too much when you wash them.
All done!
You can either give it as is...OR if you are worried that the person you are giving it to will freak out over frayed fabric can wash it first. :)
Be sure to trim the frayed goodness with scissors and never pull it!

Now go ruffle.

I will try to answer questions in comment form on THIS post. :)

Cupcake in a Jar...(repost)

Yes, this is a re-post...but it's one of my most popular...and I thought it would be perfect for the holiday season...for teachers, mailmen, bus drivers...all those folks who you never quite know what to could mix it up with seasonal goodness like peppermint. :)

First you bake cupcakes as some little jars...these are half pints I believe (I found them at Target but you can also get them at most grocery stores). Take the cupcake out of the paper and divide in in jar. Make sure there is a gap between the two sides...these makes a nice place for the goodies to settle. :)

For these I added Oreos broken can add anything you like...peanut butter cups, jelly beans, snickers, chocolate chips, marshmallows...on and on...whatever yummy things you like.

Then add a huge dollop of any kind of frosting the floats your boat. Don't seal off the jar with want the sprinkles you will add next to be able to fall into the jar. Add sprinkles before or/and after this step.

Take another cupcake, de-paper it and smash it into the top. Mush on the lid. Seal tightly.
Goodness in a jar.

You can also dress it up all fancy...make it pretty.


homemade sugar scrub-makes a great gift!

This is so easy that I didn't bother taking photos of the process.
And the end product is delightful...I tried some myself.
All you need:
1 cup sugar
1 cup veggie oil
a few drops of essential oil/fragrance
(found in the soap making section of the craft store)
vitamin E capsule contents (if desired)
16oz jars
Mix everything together and place in jar.
I decorated the tops with pretty papers.
You can also package it with a tiny spoon if you can find them.

Perfect gift for teachers, coworkers....anyone really. :)


easy monogrammed candles.

Here is an easy, fast but cute gift.
You will need:
pillar candle
letter(s) of choice printed
I used 300 font on a six inch candle
Take your regular ol' candle.
Center your letter and tape it onto the candle...
Trace around the letter with your dull pencil...
hard enough to etch into the candle.
If you enlarge this photo you might be able to see the outline...I doubt it.
I suggest working in bright light.
Fill in the outline with paint...
You could even spell out words...
or give in a basket with a candle holder and matches.

One less gift you have to buy. :)


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