Thursday, October 29, 2009

Make Your Own Korker Ribbon!

My wonderful customer, Lynn Petrucci, sent in this tutorial for making your own Korker Ribbon! It looks like so much fun and I can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing this fun craft, Lynn!

Here are the basic korker supplies:

- 1/4 or 1/8" ribbon
- 1/4" wooden dowels, cut 18" or shorter to fit in the oven.
- Wooden clothespins.

Step 1: Wind the ribbon around the dowels close but not overlapping and clip ends with the clothespins.

Step 2: Spray with water bottle or lightly run under the faucet. Let the excess water drip off while the oven is preheating.

Place loaded dowels onto the cookie sheet and bake at 275 degrees for 20 min. Set your timer. After the 20 min. turn the oven off and leave the corker dowels in the oven to cool down approx. 30 min.

Step 4: After the ribbons have cooled down, unwind and see the MAGIC. Now you are ready to korker everything in site. Have fun!

Saturday, October 24, 2009


I haven't posted in a while. And for good reason. We had a major leak in our downstairs bathroom which ruined our hardwood floors in the bathroom, dining room, and foyer. Our house has been a construction zone ever since! We also decided to replace our family room and my sewing room carpets with hardwoods so we had to clear out our entire first floor. My sewing room contents are scattered all over the house. No fun!! My dear husband set up my embroidery machine in his third floor office so I can work but for each new project I have to search the house for just the right supplies. It's chaos but we're making it work somehow.

My lovely sewing room:

My impressive entryway:

My inviting dining room:

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Hair Pretties CONTEST Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered my Hair Pretties Contest! It was hard to pick a winner with all of the fun ideas that were submitted. To thank everyone who entered, you will receive a $10 gift certificate to spend at Pickle Pie Designs!

The Grand Prize Winner is Lynn, who made this super-cute purse for her granddaughter with the Spooky Spider Hair Pretties design! I was so impressed that Lynn makes her own korker ribbon (she even shared the instructions with me and I'm going to be asking her permission to post those on my blog - it looks so fun!) Great job, Lynn! I'll be mailing your prizes out tomorrow. You won our very-soon-to-be-released Monogrammed Santa Hat Hair Pretties design set, a Christmas collection of gorgeous 100% wool felt from "Felt on the Fly" on Etsy, snap clips, ponytail elastics, alligator clips, and a $25 gift certificate for Pickle Pie Designs! Enough to keep you busy making Hair Pretties for a long time!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Christmas Hair Pretties and a Fun Idea!

Oh, the cuteness! I think my new Snowman Hair Pretties design is my favorite one yet! With flirty eyelashes and ric rac arms, this little snowman will melt your heart! I left room on the snowman's belly so a name can be added with your software for a sweet little extra touch! Snowman Hair Pretties are Introductory Priced at only $4! (Look for our matching applique pattern coming soon!)

There are so many fun things you can do with this design. For one, how about stitching a ribbon loop into the top of the Snowman Hair Pretty to make a Christmas ornament?! That's exactly what I did in the photo below (but my Christmas tree is still boxed up in my attic for another few weeks so I tied it onto a gift instead!) I found this sweet red gift bag at a Hallmark store. It had red grosgrain ribbon handles and a little red ribbon loop for hanging a tag - perfect! I threaded a piece of red grosgrain ribbon through the bag's ribbon loop, then threaded on my Snowman and tied the ribbon in a bow. Voila! Notice I added a name to the ornament during the stitching so I have a gift tag as well as an ornament!

I also wrapped a jar with festive tissue paper then tied it with a red grosgrain ribbon, laced with the Snowman Hair Pretties ornament.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hair Pretties Halloween Treat Bags

Turn simple Halloween Treat Bags into spectacular gifts! I used Spooky Spider Hair Pretties designs to transform these boring bags into fun ones that any kid would flip for! I simply tied each treat bag with a ribbon. I made one spider into a hair clip for my daughter, then clipped it onto the ribbon. I made the other spider into a pin for my son and pinned it onto the ribbon. Super fun and super easy! I have to mention that when I set these bags up to photograph, my phone rang. I walked away to answer it and when I returned 10 minutes later, the bags were torn apart and the candy inside was missing. My two small children were nowhere in sight and the house was eerily quiet... I guess the treat bags were just irresistible!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

New Hair Pretties design!

I love candy corn! When I went to photograph my new Candy Corn Hair Pretties design today on the purple felt background, I thought it would look cute with real candy corn surrounding it. And, of course, I have a big bag of candy corn on hand for, um, such needs as this. After scattering them around the hair pretty, I thought it would be a shame to put them back in the bag, so I gobbled them up. (That was a hint for another Hair Pretties design I'm working on...) I hope you enjoy this design as much as I enjoyed the real candy corn!! (Did I mention that it's on sale for half price?!)

Hair Pretties Backpack and Lunch Box Tag

Here's another fun way to use our Hair Pretties designs! I made a quick tag for my daughter's lunch box with our Posy Hair Pretties design. To make the lunch box tag, I simply taped a folded ribbon to the stabilizer after the Posy placement line was stitched, and before I placed the felt on the placement line. After the Posy Hair Pretties design was completed, I threaded a key ring through the loop and had a sweet little tag ready to go!

Monday, October 5, 2009

More Hair Pretties Ideas!

Check out these fun Zipper Pulls made with our Hair Pretties designs! This is a great way to use our Hair Pretties designs for both boys and girls!!

I used the Pumpkin Hair Pretties design to make a fun zipper pull on an orange jacket. I purchased the hardware for the zipper pull on Etsy. You can also find similar findings at craft stores in the jewelry making section. It's easy to remove the zipper pull when the jacket is ready for a wash. To make a zipper pull with hardware, sew the first placement stitch of the Hair Pretties design onto your stabilizer. Take a piece of ribbon and insert the hardware. Fold the ribbon in half, then tape it down to the stabilizer, making sure the ends of the ribbon extend over the placement line, toward the center of the design. Tape the ribbon and hardware down to the stabilizer, then follow the stitching directions for the rest of the Hair Pretties design.

Here's another zipper pull which I made with our Cupcake Hair Pretties design. I simply sewed a length of ribbon into the top of the Cupcake Hair Pretties design by hand, inserted it into the zipper, then tacked the end of the ribbon to the back of the cupcake. I could also have simply sewn two lengths of ribbon into the cupcake then tied it onto the zipper. In hindsight, that's a much better method!

Whichever method you choose, you're sure to love the results! Zipper pulls made with our Hair Pretties designs are a great way to dress up a plain jacket and they're quick to change so you can have a new one for all occasions!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Yet more contest entries

I received more contest entries this week and some really fun ideas for using our Hair Pretties designs! If you would like to join the contest, please e-mail your photos to by October 9 for a chance to win a super prize package! Click here for details on our Hair Pretties Contest!

Lynn used our Spooky Spider Hair Pretties design to make the cutest little Hair Pretty and matching Purse for her granddaughter. What a lucky little girl!! Lynn made her own corker ribbon (wow!) and used it for the spider's legs.

Kirin also sent photos of her adorable Hair Pretties and Applique projects. First she made a fun little Spooky Spider Hair Pretties design with corker ribbon for legs - how cute!!

Then she made this cute little pillowcase dress with our Spooky Spider Applique design. I love the polka dot fabric!

Here is Kirin's adorable little girl with a Pumpkin Hair Pretty. She's a doll - just look at those cheeks!!

Kirin also made a Pumpkin Hair Pretty and used corker ribbon for the stem. How fun!!

The fun pillowcase dress Kirin made is adorned with a Pumpkin Applique.

Thanks, Lynn and Kirin, you did such a fabulous job on your projects!!