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Ruffled Flower Tote & Headband – Amanda from Serenity Now

"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous." -Coco Chanel

Having two little girls in my house, we sort of live by Coco Chanel’s mantra. When I knew I’d have the opportunity to guest post for The CSI Project today, I decided to work on a project that could be swapped back and forth between mom and daughters. And because I am as easily distracted as a raccoon with something shiny, I got an idea for a second project while I was in the middle preparing for the first one. So you get a two-for-one today. Aren’t you a lucky reader? I started with my supplies, mostly purchased with coupons or hunted down from my craft stash:


-Black canvas bag from Hobby Lobby

-Old Tights (yes, I said "tights!")

-Buttons –

Pink Ruffled Trim (I am aware that you can make your own ruffles, but I tend to err on the side of laziness)

-Matching pink thread

-Bling (every girlie project should have some bling, right?)

-Pink fabric paint (optional…I ended up using my Silhouette instead of stenciling)

I started out by roughly measuring out how large I wanted the design for the center of the bag. I say "roughly" because I tend to eyeball things because Math gives me a headache. After I used my Silhouette machine to print my design onto heat transfer paper (you could totally stencil it yourself with the fabric paint!), I ironed it on and pinned my trim in place. (I did the initial for our last name, so we can share the bag when we go to the library) My sewing machine is a little wonky and persnickety when it comes to thick fabrics, so I hand stitched the ruffle in place while I watched The Nate Berkus Show. Good times. The bag seemed a little plain, so I decided to take some leftover trim and create a little ruffle flower.

I eyeballed about how large a flower I wanted, wrapped the trim around itself and stitched it into place with the pink thread. And because I couldn’t stop with the embellishing, I layered some buttons and added a "diamond."

And Project 1 was complete!

Next, I decided to turn those old tights into a stretchy headband to coordinate with the bag! I took a rotary trimmer and chopped the toes right off of those tights, and made another cut at the top of the tights to form one long tube.

I turned the unfinished seam inside one end of my tights tube and stuffed the other end of the tights tube inside that. Then, I ran the material through my sewing machine to make a headband. (The side with the seam goes at the base of your neck)

Um, kind of plain, huh? I had plenty of trim left, so I gave it the ruffle treatment, and look what I ended up with!

I had to negotiate with my oldest to get her to change clothes and model for me, but she was willing to do it for two bites of ice cream (?!). Some people are such divas.

She insisted that the stickers on her hands added to the ambiance of the shot. I’m not so sure. Thanks for hanging with me through a long tutorial today. I hope it was worth it since you got to see not one, but two projects! I hope you’ll come and visit me at Serenity Now. I blog about everything from my attempts at decorating and crafty things, to recipes, fashion, and stories of the slightly organized chaos that is my life at home! I’d also love to invite you to join my new linky party next Monday, February 21st. "I {Heart} My Crafty Cutter" is going to be a fun monthly blog party for people to share their projects, tips, and tricks for their Cricuts/Silhouette/Sizzix/Cuttlebug, etc. machines. Anything related to die cutting (or even stenciling, if you don’t own a die cutter!) is welcome, and there will be a prize!

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A big, huge, ginormous thank you to my friends at The CSI Project. Your continued support of smaller blogs is refreshing and uplifting. {Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I hope yours is classy AND fabulous!}


  1. Paula says:

    Great projects! I love the idea of using old tights to make a headband. I think you probably saved yourself a lot of aggivation by not making the ruffle. N looks adorable in the photo!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Both of these projects are so neat. I especially love the headband. I love to see how people re-purpose things. What a great use for those old tights!

  3. Chris says:

    I’m so in love with this! I love that you just bought a ruffle–makes it sooo much easier! Great job!

  4. How fun and cute are these!!! 🙂 And made with coupon purchases and items from the stash?! Good work!!!

  5. Yolanda says:

    Love the ribbon ruffled with ribbon idea. Gotta try it!

  6. Amanda says:

    Great idea to use the tights! I never would have thought of that. Super cute!

  7. Veronica says:

    So very cute!!! Love it! And the tights…great idea!

  8. That is so stinkin’ cute! Precious! Precious! Precious! I just found some tights that E never wore. I’m so trying this. So smart! Love it! Thanks for sharing! Cute pictures of Natalie! What a good model she is!

  9. Catherine says:

    Great minds think alike! I just made a tote with a big periwinkle ruffle flower with the same style trim for this week. Time to put on my thinking cap and get working on something different, I guess.

    Thanks for sharing – – what a sweet model!

  10. Holly says:

    So cute, Amanda! And come on, who doesn’t love to bling it up with a sticker now and then?!

    I love that you used tights! Now I know that we are kindred spirits, because back when I used to wear headbands I had a couple that I made from the leg of an old pair of black pantyhose.

  11. Love, love, love this! The flowers are so adorable & the T on the bag looks like perfection! I need one of these, are you taking orders? ;-P

  12. Kelli says:

    That ruffle flower is too cute! Great job Amanda!

  13. L2L says:

    Love it!!! I think I’m going to have to go find some ruffle trim, this is just too cute, thanks for sharing!!!!

  14. Robin says:

    Wow, only 2 bites of ice cream?! What a deal! 😉 Very cute project and model :o) Love the black and pink!

  15. What a cute set of accessories on an adorable little model! I think I could be bribed to take photos with ice cream, too! 🙂

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