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Anthropologie Knock Off
Vintage Yo Yo Bobby Pins
{As seen on the fabulous Kojo Designs}
I originally posted this fun tutorial on Kojo Designs a while back.  During my moving interim, I thought I would revisit it with y’all.
If you’ve ever seen any of my tutorials,
then you know I love me a good knock off.
And naturally, one of my favorite sites to get ideas is Anthropologie.
I stumbled upon these beauties, and knew I wanted to try my own version.
{source: Anthropologie}
And now, for my version:

In my family, we have a Yo Yo quilt that has been passed down for 4 generations.  It is made with vintage fabric, and it makes my heart swoon.  The only problem, it has begun to tatter and fall apart. And the girls in our family have been trying to find alternate uses for the classic yo yo’s.  So I very carefully used a seam ripper to remove a handful of yo yo’s from the outer edge of my blanket–to use on this vintage project.

To make your own yo yo’s, see this tutorial.

  • Fabric Yo Yo’s
  • Bobby Pin blanks {available in jewelry section at Joann’s}
  • Buttons and/or scrap booking embellishments
  • Ribbon, tulle or any other extras you like
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue

Lay out all your Yo Yo’s and start gettin’ creative as you make your button/yo yo combinations.

Grab your bobby pin base and add a drop of hot glue.
Place on the backside of a yo yo. Allow to cool.
Flip over and apply a drop of glue to the center of the front of your yo yo. Then place your button on top. Allow to cool.
Yep, it’s really that easy.

I hope you enjoyed the world’s easiest knock off project!
Happy Crafting!


Remember Prom?
Ahhh, it feels like so long ago.
Making myself all fancy.
Agonizing for days over my hair style.
Finding the perfect shoes.
And then the accessories…
What to wear? What to wear?
Well, a beautiful girl on her way to Prom needs our advice girlies.
Brianna, a gorgeous high school student, emailed me seeking advice.
What necklace do we suggest she wear with this stunning dress?
What do you think?
Feel free to include links.

BTW Brianna, you look like a beautiful princess in this dress!


How to Make a Jewel Bib Necklace
(with a free template download}

I’ve seen these bib necklaces everywhere. J Crew, Anthropologie, Nordstroms.
And I have been meaning to make one of my very own for nearly a year now.
Well, I finally did it.
And let me tell you, it’s easy as pie.
Let’s make one together, mmkay.
  • Download your FREE necklace template HERE.
  • One square foot of black felt
  • Package of gems: I purchased the 1 lb. package from Michael’s and I used my 40% OFF coupon. You will only end up using about 2 ounces of gems for one necklace.
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Glue gun and hot glue
  • 3 feet of ribbon
First, download your FREE template here.
Carefully cut it out and then pin it to the center of your felt.
Use the pattern to cut out the felt in the shape of your bib necklace.

Set aside the felt scraps for later on.

Now, place your gems in the desired layout on your felt backing.
This may be tricky, so take your time until it looks just right.
I made mine symmetrical.

Once you have your layout, begin to glue down each gem–one by one.
I started from the edges and then worked my way in.

Once you have glued all the gems into place, flip over your felt and get ready to add the ribbon.  Keep the ribbon in one long single strand. Apply a dime size drop of glue to the top of the felt backing. Glue the ribbon about 1.5 inches down.  Repeat the step with the other side of the ribbon.

Now, take your set aside felt scraps and cut two 1.5 inch squares.

Apply another dime size drop of glue on top of the ribbon, and put the square felt on top.  This will hide the ribbon backing and give it a clean look.

Find the center of your ribbon and make your cut.

Then tie a bow. I kept the ribbon extra long {3 feet} so that I could have a larger bow. And that’s it!

I am excited to use the template to make some other bib necklaces.
Maybe a pom pom one, a button one, or a lace embellished one.
If you use this template for a necklace, I would love to see how your project turns out! Come back and leave a link in the comments.
Happy Crafting!
I will be linking up to some of these fun parties!
Getting votes makes me smile.
All you have to do is click the link.
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What if I got to be #1 for a day?
I think that might be pure awesome.
Also, we will take a break from I SPY this week.
I have something else planned for us *wink*.


How to Make a Button Bib Necklace
{with pearl and jewel embellishments}
As you can see, this is one of those tutorials where my button hoarding came in handy.

Before I began this project, I gathered my button collection–consisting of every extra button that ever came attached to my clothing purchases, all my grandma’s old/vintage buttons, and some extras from jewelry that I took apart because it was out of style.
So call up your momma, your grandma, your auntie or friend, and see if they have any fun old buttons or out of style jewelry that they don’t mind you destroying up-cycling.
Here is what you need to make your own button bib necklace:

20 inches of necklace chain
fabric scissors
sharpie marker
hot glue gun

Here is a close up of the buttons I selected for this piece.

First, lay out approximately 1 square foot of felt.
Use your sharpie to mark the main edges of your necklace.
I purposely did not make my necklace border perfectly uniform. First of all, I am not talented enough to freehand the shape–and secondly, I kinda prefer the whimsical off balance look.

After you mark the main edges, fill in the space with your buttons.  Just lay them in place for now so you can move them around until you get a design you like.

Once you have them all in place you can start to glue each button into place.
Be careful to not use too much glue, because hot glue shows up on black felt and the random glue gun strings will make it look ugly. Also, if some of your buttons have that little hoop on the back where the string should go, you can use a pair of strong scissors to cut it off so that the button will be flush against the felt.

Once you have glued all your buttons into place, cut out your necklace along the edge of the buttons.

Now take your pearls and glue them down in any gaps or large open spaces you see.

{with pearls added in}

Now, flip over your bib and lay out your 20 inch necklace chain.  You will be gluing down about one inch on each side–so your necklace will end up being 18 inches when you wear it {you can customize this to any length you want, just remember to account for the chain you are gluing down}.

Apply glue to the entire bib, with extra glue over the chain.

Then flip it over and set it on top of the second piece of felt.
Press it firmly into place, then cut out the excess felt along the edges of the bib.
And that’s it!

Happy Crafting!
I will be linking this project up to a handful of these fabulous link parties!
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I Wanna See Your Pom Pom’s
{link up your projects at the end of this post}
I like to party.
You like to party.
Why not party together?
Shall we?!
A Pom Pom Party to be exact!
I want to see what you’ve made using the Pom Pom Necklace tutorial or the Headband tutorial.
The other night I had the girlies from my Church Young Women’s group over to my humble abode, and we had a blast making tons of these little pretties.

We had lots of yummy junk food,

Got creative with our fabric selections,

Made a mess,

And I even came up with a new accessory using the pom pom tutorial,
a mini pom pom ring!
Now it’s your turn, show me your Pom Pom awesomeness!
And be sure to link back to this post so others can join the party!


REPOSTED from a Guest Spot I had on Tatertots & Jello
{one of my favorite bloggy peeps of all times, just so you know}
I think I’ll spare you all the mushy details about the admiration, respect and general happy feelings I have towards Jen and the fabulous Tatertots & Jello  blog.  She is basically pure awesome {but you all know that}, so I’ll skip to the real reason I am was asked to guest post today…

To teach you how to make this super duper, crazy easy, Anthropologie inspired, lace and pearl bib necklace.

And this is me, Little Miss Momma {aka Ashley}, wearing said necklace and taking photos of myself through the bathroom mirror {I kinda do that a lot}.

I have a little blog where I like to write about my life lessons as a Momma-in-training {with some occasional crafting during nap time}.
And now, lets make a necklace together:

Here’s what you need:
Beige felt {about a square foot}
Pretty Trimming/Lace
Necklace chain {mine is 24 inches, but 18 works well too}
Pearls or other embellishments
Glue gun

First, cut out three felt circles in the size you want your lace flowers.
Cut one circle larger than the others–this will be the middle flower.

Apply a circle of hot glue around the border of one of the felt circles.

Apply the edge of the lace to the the glue.

Continue this process until you have glued down the lace spiraled all the way to the center. Cut the extra lace and glue down the end.

Glue down your pearl embellishments into the center of your flowers.
Now, lay out the flowers on top of the felt in the shape of your necklace.
Glue down the middle flower first.

Next, we get the chain ready.
Here is the chain I ended up using {not the same as the one in the supplies picture}.

Cut the necklace in half.

Apply hot glue to the back of the flower and lay about 3/4 inch of the chain in the glue.

Repeat the same step with the other chain piece.

Now turn over the flowers and glue them into place on either side of the center flower. Lastly, trim the remaining felt from around the flowers.
And that’s it!

Here is another necklace I made using a similar tutorial {click here}.

Happy Crafting!



Pom Pom Bib Necklace Tutorial
{totally anthro-esk}
Do you remember my Pom Pom headband tutorial a while back?
It was kinda a big deal {hehe}.
So, after a craft fest with my girl Brittany, I was inspired to turn those Pom’s into an anthropologie inspired necklace.  Brittany used this similar process to create a Pom Pom brooch.
These are crazy easy to make!
Felt {approx 1 sq foot}
Cotton fabric in the color of your choice
Fabric scissors
Necklace chain, pearls, etc. {I ended up using a different chain than the one pictured}
Hot Glue gun 
First, cut out 5 small 1-1.5 inch felt circles.
Now cut out bunches and bunches of fabric circles {same size as the felt circles}.  I use the felt circles as a template for the fabric circles.  And to save time, I stacked my fabric and cut out about 8 circles at a time.  Don’t worry if the circles aren’t perfect–it won’t make a bit of difference.
Now, we are ready to make the pom poms.
Take one of the fabric circles and scrunch it from the center.
Feel free to reference the Pom Pom headband tutorial if you need to.
Apply a drop of glue to the bottom of the scrunched fabric circle and place in the middle of the felt.  Continue this process until you have covered the entire felt circle with scrunched fabric circles.  Then repeat that process on the remaining felt circles until you have 5 mini pom poms.
Place pom pom’s on top of the remaining felt in the arrangement you want your necklace.
Glue down each pom pom {except the top two}.
Here is the chain I ended up using.  I bought it at Michael’s.
Glue the ends of the chain onto the last two pom poms.
I glued the chain about an inch down the pom so that it’s extra sturdy.
Then glue down your last two poms onto the felt. 
Now trim the felt around the pom poms until you’re left with only the necklace. 
I think I will make one in every color.
Happy Crafting!
*I will be linking this project up to these fab link parties*