One of the best things about having girls is getting to dress them up and fix their hair. Whether they like it or not. I have two of my own personal babydolls, even if the bigger one is cranky and the little one wipes her snotty nose on my shoulder.
We have a lot of hair bows in our house. A. lot. Poor T probably has nightmares about them. I cleaned out the tupperware bin that was holding most of the bows a few weeks ago and also found several hidden in Natalie's room. She sometimes likes to have impromptu beauty parlor sessions when she's supposed to be napping.
I decided that a little organization was in order, and I remembered that my mom used a hanging ribbon to organize bows for my sister and I when we were growing up.
I gathered my supplies:
~A pretty colored ribbon (I chose a standard pink because I wasn't completely sure that I wouldn't wreck this first-time project, and I didn't want to ruin a nice patterned one)
~ D-rings (can be found in any fabric or craft store with the sewing notions)
~Thread in a color of your choice
I cut a decent length and made a little fold at each end and pressed them both. Please pretend like you don't see the burn marks on my ironing board. Ahem.
Next, I stuck a D ring in one of the folds with the rounded part out and attempted to sew a tiny straight line to close it without crippling myself. This took me two tries because I am pretty new to sewing. Please stop laughing. You're hurting my feelings.
If you mess up, you can just cut the end off and start again. I love projects like that! This is what it looked like when I had it all lined up. You could totally sew that by hand, but I just wanted to practice threading my machine.
After sewing the other end closed (no D ring in that end!), I hunted for some fabric paint to jazz it up a bit.
I was going to paint something neat at the top, but Michaela Byrd started climbing onto the dining room table and attempting to turn the sewing machine on. Maybe she thought I needed another lesson. This is all I had time to do:
Then it was up to Natalie's room to hang it after it dried. I managed to hammer a small nail in the wall without maiming myself or a small child. I hung it behind her bedroom door so it would still be accessible when I'm getting her ready, but out of sight.
It appears I have a happy customer! I like this sytsem much better than stuffing dozens of hair bows into a cramped little drawer.
The sad part of this tutorial? We still have a bunch of bows that need to be hung. I guess it's back to the sewing machine for me!
Maybe next time Michaela Byrd can teach me how to make a duvet cover.
But then she'd want her own blog and I don't like to share my lap top.