August 25, 2015

Craft Preppy: Minky Cuddly Bow Pillow DIY Tutorial

  Apparently I love bows so much that I just had to do ANOTHER bow pillow DIY for you guys.  If you missed the first one, you can read it here!  This pillow is perfect for all ages, minky fabric is so soft and cuddly and totally irresistible!  It does shed a little when cut, though, so make sure you're working in an area that can be cleaned up easily!


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Supplies
1 yard of minky fabric
1/2 yard in a coordinating minky color
Fiberfill (Stuffing)

Instructions

Start by cutting out two 20"x18" pieces out of your base color.
 
Now toss those aside and cut one 22"x13" piece out of  the coordinating color.  Also cut a piece out about five inches long and three inches wide.  This will be the center of the bow.


Take the 22"x14"  piece you cut out of the coordinating color and turn the long edges over 1/2" and sew.



Grab one of the base pieces you cut and lay the coordinating color on top of it, pinning in one side.


Fold the bow center piece into thirds, so that it is approximately one inch wide.  Pleat the coordinating color and wrap the center around it.  Pin the bow center at approximately the circumference you want it at, and slip it off the unpinned end of the bow.  Sew the bow center together.



Pinch the center of the coordinating color in the center.  It helps to pin in with two pins: one going upward and one going downward!


Slip the now sewn bow center onto the unpinned end of the coordinating color and center it.  Pin the unpinned end the pillow base.


If the edge of the bow fans out a little bit from the edge that's totally fine!  Just let it do that, and make sure the top and bottom corners of the bow are equal on each side.


Turn the other, unused, pillow base piece and lay it on top of the pillow base with the bow right sides together.  Pin together.  Move the pins holding together the pillow base and the bow to the outside to include the second pillow base piece.



Sew around the whole pillow using a 1/2" seam allowance.  Leave about a five inch opening on one side.



Stuff the pillow with fiberfill through the five inch opening.  To close the pillow, use a blind ladder stitch.


To do a blind ladder stitch, simply take your needle and grab opposite sides of the open fabric, alternating each time.


This picture is sooo blurry and I'm so sorry, but you get the general idea as to why it's called a blind ladder stitch, right? I loosened mine up so you could see the ladder, but make sure you're always pulling yours tight!

You're done!


Love and Stay Preppy,
Eva



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August 24, 2015

Craft Preppy: How to Make Lilly Pulitzer Glitter Letters! Perfect for your dorm or bedroom!

I love this DIY because it combines two of my absolute favorite things: Lilly Pulitzer, and glitter.  This project is so much fun and easily modifiable!  These letters are perfect for jazzing up a dorm or bedroom, and could be done to spell a name, a word, a monogram, or just a single letter, like I did!



Supplies


Lilly print of your choice, printed on normal printer paper (I'm using A Story Written in the Sun!)
Mod Podge
Foam Brush
Wood Letter
Glitter that coordinates (or doesn't) with your print

When choosing a wood letter, it helps to have one that has a hole in the back, much easier for hanging!


Instructions

Lay your letter down on your print face up, making sure the entire letter is on the print.  Trace around the letter.


Carefully cut out the traced letter and lay it on top of the wood letter, to make sure that it fits right!


Here's where the mess begins.


Put a layer of Mod Podge over the front of the letter and place your letter cutout on top of it.


Here's where things get really messy: GLITTER.

Before doing any of this:  Make sure you're working in an area that can be easily cleaned and have a dish or tray under your letter at all times when applying glitter.  I made such a mess and thought that I cleaned it all up until I walked downstairs this morning and found glitter all over the kitchen table, my chair, and the floor.  Whoops.

Apply Mod Podge to the edge of the letter and sprinkle glitter over it.  Shake the letter to get all the excess glitter off.  Repeat on all edges, then go around the entire letter again with a second layer of glitter to ensure that there are no cracks!


After finishing the second layer of glitter, apply another layer of Mod Podge over the glittered edges AND the top of the letter and let dry.  It will try clear and will not dull the sparkle, promise!


Ta-da!  My mom thinks my finished letter looks like my mind.  I can't say she's completely wrong!


Love and Stay Preppy,
Eva
 
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August 10, 2015

Preppy Goes Back to School with Lilly, for the Third Time! Lilly Pulitzer Binder Covers 2015

  Yup, it's that time of year again!  The beginning of August when everyone starts thinking about school again, unfortunately.  I, on the other hand, refuse to think about school again until the morning of the first day.  ;)

  If you want to learn how to monogram your binder covers, click here!

August 6, 2015

How I Monogram my Lilly Pulitzer Binder Covers

It's essential.  Really.  If your binders aren't monogrammed, how will you be able to prove that your notes are even yours? ;)

I monogram online two different ways: the first is using a font, and the second is using Chicfetti. (MUCH EASIER!)

OPTION #1: Doing it by hand (On the computer)

To do this, you're going to need to download my favorite free vine monogram font, Monogram KK.  You can download it from DaFont here. (The website looks sketchy, I promise it's not.)

1) Open Paint.

Yes, I just wanted to prove that Cortana could be one of my favorite things about the new Windows 10 upgrade.

2) Select the text tool, then choose the font size you want.  I used 96 px.

3) Type your center initial (your last initial) as a CAPITAL letter.

4) Type your first initial in the same size font, in a separate text box as a LOWERCASE letter.  Move the first initial around so it overlaps with the center initial.


5) Repeat step four with your middle initial (it will got to the right of your center initial.)



5) Use the "Select" tool to grab the monogram and drag it as close to the upper left corner as possible.

6) Adjust the canvas so that it is a tight as possible around the monogram and save.


Scroll to the bottom for instructions on how to insert the monogram into the binder cover!

OPTION #2: Chicfetti

  For those of you who don't know what Chicfetti, formerly Printable Monogram, is, you're missing out big time.  Chicfetti is this totally awesome sight where you can download tons of free printable monogram and party decoration files for FREE.  All they ask is that you either make an account or connect with them on social media, easy!

1) Go to Chicfetti and select the monogram you want, download it!

2) Open your downloaded file with ADOBE READER.  (This is important!!)

3) Edit the monogram so it has your initials.  Type your first and middle initials in lowercase, and your last initial in uppercase.

Note: If a red line appears under your monogram, highlight the monogram and right click.  A menu should open under your cursor.  Select "Ignore All" under the spelling suggestions.  :)


4) Screenshot the edited monogram, getting as close to the monogram as possible.  (I did this before realizing the red line was there.  I had to redo it after I fixed spell check.)


5) Save the screenshotted monogram as a JPG or PNG.

FINISHING AND INSERTING THE MONOGRAM

1) Download an ever-so-lovely Lilly Pulitzer binder cover from the Preppy Ballerina!  Click here for the 2013 covers, and here for the 2014 covers!  A little secret: The 2015 covers will be released Monday!

2) Open Picmonkey, one of my favorite free photo editing websites!

3) Choose to "Edit" and upload your chosen binder cover.


4) When in the editor, go to the overlays tab (it looks like a butterfly) and choose to upload your own.  Upload either the handbuilt or Chicfetti monogram.


5) Size and center the monogram in the circle so no corners peek out!


6) Save, print, and enjoy!

Love and Stay Preppy,
Eva Phan

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August 3, 2015

Craft Preppy: Felt Bow Pillow Case Cover DIY + Tutorial + Pattern

  I love bows.  I recently bought some (a lot) of pink felt that I originally was going to use for a different DIY project, before deciding that I really didn't want to do it.  So for a few months, I tried to figure out what in the world I was going to do with all this felt, until today, that is, when I had this brilliant idea, combining my love of bows with the never-ending supply of pink felt.