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Crate Paper: Felt Bow Headband Tutorial

Felt-Bow-Headband-Tutorial

Looking for a new way to use your Styleboard collection? Today, I have a post up on Crate Paper’s blog about how dies are a great product for versatility. Not only can you use them with paper, but other things, including felt. Since having a baby, I am always searching for new headbands. I got the idea last month to make my own using the bow dies. Here’s how I did it.

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You need the following supplies to make the headbands:

100% wool felt (Papertrey Ink)
fold-over elastic (or other elastic material)
hot glue gun
bow dies (Styleboard Crate Paper)
circle die (optional-7th Inning Papertrey Ink)
die cutting machine (Vagabond)
scissors

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First, I die cut all the felt pieces. Next, I assembled the bows using a hot glue gun. In the alternative, you can use a fabric liquid adhesive too.  Measure and cut the elastic. I cut mine to 13.5″. My baby is five months old and it fits her head, but babies’ heads vary, so measure accordingly. Last, attach the bows to the bands.

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Sending a gift? No worries because the Styleboard patterned paper collection will help you whip together a gift box in no time.

I cut two pieces of cardstock to 7.5″ x 8″ and used Crafter’s Companion tool to score the box lid and box base. I covered the box lid with the polka dotted patterned paper.

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After assembling the box, I added a pink cardstock strip (raspberry fizz) and embellished with a cardstock bow and added the flair button.

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Inside the box, I included the five felt bow headbands.

Here are a few shots of my little one wearing the headbands. Sorry for the over-processed photos below. Lauren’s skin was sensitive to something and had a bit of a reaction, so I cleaned it up as best as I could.

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Black and gold.

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Pink and gold detail.

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Peach and white.

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Teal on teal.

So, when you are in need of a headband for yourself or need a gift, even for a new addition, don’t forget your bow dies. Headbands are an easy gift item for baby showers and new moms.

ChelseaJuly 24, 2014 - 11:14 am

Thank you for the charming bow headband idea! But I have to tell you, your gorgeous daughter is the star of this piece. She is precious!!! What a beautiful smile she has. And she photographs like a pro already. What a blessing for you to have this beautiful girl!

Sandy KayJuly 24, 2014 - 11:18 am

Ok, these are so cute, but I could barely look at the bands – all I want to look at is that precious, gorgeous baby!!

Debbie OlsonJuly 24, 2014 - 11:22 am

Oh, my WORD–Ashley, she is just the CUTEST!!! Her headbands are adorable, of course, but it’s that smile that is the real kicker! :-)

Nadia F.July 24, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Ashley! I was on Pinterest trying to figure out how to make bows for Mailyn. These are adorable. I am absolutely in love with Lauren

AmberJuly 24, 2014 - 2:44 pm

That’s a really cute project but my jaw is on the FLOOR because your daughter is the prettiest baby I have ever seen in my LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good job, mom and dad! She looks really happy – there must be a lotta love in your home :)

reginaJuly 24, 2014 - 3:47 pm

oh my oh my oh my she is a doll. I can’t believe how she has grown so fast…i remember seeing a post that you had your baby….she is a carbon copy of the both of you….so beautiful, what a blessing…love your handbands…hugs

Lynne T.July 24, 2014 - 8:12 pm

Oh my gosh, she is so adorable.

Papertrey Ink July Release in Review

Thanks so much for stopping by today see my remaining projects using Papertrey Ink’s July products. They will be available July 15 at 10pm EST. This release is one of my favorites. There are so many great additions.

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It’s Christmas in July for my first card! I love that Note Niblets gives you a variety of occasions to create cards and such for. I loved the little cluster of berries, so I created a background using that image. I added the sentiments and embellished using the coordinating dies.

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Supplies

Stamps: Note Niblets
Ink: Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, True Black
Cardstock: Rustic Cream, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Sweet Blush
Dies: Note Niblets

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Using Botanical Blocks II paired with Banner Sentiments, I decided to create a one-layer sympathy card. I used gold perfect pearls and a white gel pen to accent the petals.

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Supplies

Stamps: Botanical Blocks II, Banner Sentiments
Cardstock: Winter Wisteria
Ink: True Black, Versamark
Other: gold perfect pearls, white gel pen

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This month’s Phrase Play #6 has a lot of options. I love how you can use the die cut words or negative die cuts to create all sorts of great things. I embellished the die cut with a floral spray from Embellished Elegance.

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Supplies

Stamps: Phrase Play #6, Embellished Elegance
Ink: Limeade Ice, True Black, Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist
Cardstock: Rustic Cream, Hawaiian Shores
Patterned Paper: Hibiscus Burst
Dies: Phrase Play #6, Embellished Elegance

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My last card features Big Ticket Additions and Birthday Classics: August. I added the greeting to the ticket die cut and layered it with another ticket. Of course, I had to use the floral stamp in Birthday Classics: August to create a wallpaper and I love how it reminds me of a polka dotted pattern.

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Supplies

Stamps: Birthday Classics: August, Big Ticket Additions
Ink: True Black, Hibiscus Burst
Cardstock: Rustic Cream, True Black, Hibiscus Burst
Patterned Paper: Hibiscus Burst
Dies: Big Ticket
Other: mini clothespin (Pebbles)

Thanks so much for visiting my blog for the past few days. It means A LOT! I’ve been reading your comments in between taking care of Lauren. I’ve had to juggle a lot during this release. We both caught our first “bug” and she has not been sleeping well. So, I am having to re-train her. I am very tired mom these past few days. I’m shocked I made it through this release, so please know your comments helped keep me going.

Now, go check out what everyone else created because I know it’s awesome!

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Danielle Flanders
Dawn McVey
Erin Lincoln
Heather Nichols
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
Maile Belles
Melissa Phillips
Victoria HJuly 15, 2014 - 7:13 am

seriously you’ve been ill too….you could never tell. Beautiful cards especially sending you loving prayers.

GraceJuly 15, 2014 - 8:02 am

Beautiful cards.

JillJuly 15, 2014 - 8:15 am

Gorgeous cards! Love them all! Hope you are feeling better!

Cindy H.July 15, 2014 - 8:55 am

Beautiful cards! My very favorite is the sympathy card – it has a serene elegance.

Diana KJuly 15, 2014 - 9:28 am

Sorry you haven’t been feeling well, but you sure managed to make some gorgeous projects for this release! You rock big time. I think that your Holly Jolly Christmas card is my absolute favourite.

Laura NorrisJuly 15, 2014 - 11:11 am

WOW! All these are wonderful projects! I really like the Christmas card – so simple yet so cute! Sorry to hear that you and cute little Lauren are under the weather. Heres to a quick recovery and regular sleep!

Susan BeauchaineJuly 15, 2014 - 11:34 am

FABULOUS cards. I LOVE the Botanical Blocks Sympathy card. Right up my alley, no coloring.
Thanks for sharing
Susan

Nancy PenirJuly 15, 2014 - 11:47 am

Good Morning Ashley (hope it’s good!). Lovely projects with the ‘happy Ashley’ touch! There’s always such joy in your cards, colors, layouts, and the most awesome photography! Hope all is better with the little one soon. I pray both of you are quickly back to health!

Pat WhitleyJuly 15, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Well, you may have been under the weather,but it sure did not affect your cards. Beautiful, as usual.

Gentle hugs!

Karen SchroederJuly 15, 2014 - 7:17 pm

Your cards are fantastic! Awesome new release!

NoreenJuly 20, 2014 - 11:33 am

I’m new to your site. Love your work. Love the sympathy card and will try to copy it in some way. Looking forward to seeing more of your lovely work.

Designer Phone Case Inspirations

Hey there! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. Today, I am featuring some cool new dies that will knock your socks off! Erin Lincoln designed dies that allow you to make your own cell phone/iPod phone cases. These are such a great idea for homemade gift options. The best part is that they are super easy to assemble and there are endless design options. Take a look at what I created.

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I paired Keep It Simple: Thinking of You stamp set with the Phone Case Detail dies to create this card. It coordinates with the phone case.

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I used Limitless Layers: Circles as a focal point for the sentiment. On the circle die cut, I used a border from Limitless Layers: Labels.

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Here is the case. I used a chevron die to create this pattern.

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 Lots of stitching on this design, but so worth it!

Supplies

Stamps: Keep It Simple: Thinking of You, Limitless Layers: Labels
Ink: True Black, Harvest Gold
Cardstock: Fine Linen, Rustic White, Sweet Blush
Dies: Phone Case + Phone Case Details, Limitless Layers: Circles
Patterned Paper: Hibiscus Burst
Other: Fine Linen felt, floss (Bazzill)

Check out what the rest of the team created.

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Danielle Flanders
Dawn McVey
Erin Lincoln
Heather Nichols
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
Maile Belles
Melissa Phillips
GraceJuly 14, 2014 - 8:45 am

Love the card. The colors you used are amazing . Adorable cell phone case

Nancy LempinenJuly 14, 2014 - 9:18 am

Absolutely gorgeous stitching on this fabulous new die, great job, love the colors you selected too!

Parker OJuly 14, 2014 - 10:27 am

I LOVE the look of your card and project. The colors you used are superb.

Susan BeauchaineJuly 14, 2014 - 10:51 am

STUNNING stitch-work, Ashley.
The card and the case are fabulous
Thanks for sharing
Susan

Margarita Navarro-RiveraJuly 14, 2014 - 10:59 am

Love the zig zag card and phone case. Love the phone dies!

TereJuly 14, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Beautiful design!

Troy LouiseJuly 14, 2014 - 2:28 pm

This is so fun. Love the colors you used for the zigzags & nice stitching! Fun idea to make the matching card. I’m amazed you can get so much done while taking care of that adorable little one.

BevJuly 14, 2014 - 2:44 pm

Pretty design, Ashley – you’re right, there is a lot of stitching. Love that the card matches the case; perfect as a gift.

Sue ZorzutJuly 14, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Ashley, what a clever way to have a card and gift coordinate. I really like the pattern and color choices that you used to create both projects. You are so creative and talented, thank you for sharing!

Kathy KrugJuly 14, 2014 - 7:07 pm

Love how you matched the card to the case.

Kathie BJuly 14, 2014 - 8:55 pm

I love the color choices and the elegance of your card and the matching phone case. Lucky the one who is gifted with these winners. Thanks for the inspiration…

HappyExpressionsJuly 14, 2014 - 10:07 pm

Lovely card and phone case.

Diana KJuly 15, 2014 - 9:29 am

Both the card and case are seriously sweet. Impeccable design and stitching.