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  • How to Sport Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

    DSC_0017_featured_image October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Breast cancer has affected so many of our lives either through our own personal experiences or our loved ones, so let's take the chance to show our support! There are plenty of ways both big and small to show our survivors and fighters that we care about them and keep them in our thoughts, and it can really make someone's day when they see a person walk by sporting their support. Some people love wearing pink clothes and others prefer dyeing a lock of hair; you can get creative with your support! And when in doubt, there's always the tried and true pink ribbon! Small and simple, wearing the classic pink ribbon to show your support is always a genuine symbol and it's iconic for the cause. You can wear it a bunch of different ways, too. We've provided a few ideas below to help you get started!  

    Scarf Brooch

    Add a ribbon to your scarves! Pin it to a loose tail or use it like a brooch to keep your scarf warm and snug around your neck! The simple addition will sit loud and proud to show your support with! DSC_0004

    Hat Pin

    Hats are another autumn accessory that would hold a ribbon well! Whether a bowler, a skull cap, paperboy cap, the ribbon will look cute and fitting where everyone can see it! DSC_0009

    Ribbon Bracelet

    This is one of my favorites. Ribbon bracelets are really cute and elegant, so if you're a fan of this look, show your support this way! Wrapped around just snug and comfortable, people will know who you're rooting for!


    Hair Ribbon

    If you've got hair to dress up, tie it up with a pink ribbon! It's a quick little addition to throw on before stepping out to go to work or class.



    For short or longer hair, tie on a headband or pin a ribbon to a stretch headband to show your support!



    Tried and true, wearing the ribbon over your heart is always a great way to go! Secure your ribbon with a safety pin, and you'll be set to show your support.


    Backpack Pin

    And lastly, if you like to dress up and accessorize your bags, pin a ribbon to them! It's just another little way to make your support clear to all those around you!


    If you're looking for ribbon to make your own Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons or for projects to show support, here are some good options!      
  • Mood DIY: How to Sew a Button Sleeve Shirt

    button up silk blouse

    Simple details are a favorite of mine. When I saw these small, round buttons on moodfabrics.com, I immediately wanted to make something with a vintage feel. Since the buttons would be the focus, I decided to make a basic t-shirt with a lovely sleeve detail.

    button up silk blouse

    Fabrics & materials used:

    button up silk blouse

    This shirt can easily be created without a pattern. All I did was trace one of my t-shirts and angled the sleeves from the bottom of the original shirt's armhole. If you're looking for a more form fitting silhouette, you could add bust darts, but I chose not to include them since this is definitely a shirt that I'll just be tucking into some high-waisted pants or a midi skirt. Also, without the darts, the front and back of the shirt are identical, so you can cut 2 of the same shape!

    button up silk blouse

    After cutting your fabric, sew up the sides of your shirt until you reach the arm holes. This can be done using French seams, if you'd like! From your rattail, cut 22 pieces; each should measure about 2.5" long.

    button up silk blouse

    Pin your ribbon along the entire top of your shirt panels, right sides facing each other. This will eventually be flipped over and sewn to the wrong side of your silk, like you see below. First though, you'll need to sew your rattail loops onto one of your shirt panels. Starting about and inch from the edge of the sleeve, clip a loop between your ribbon and silk every inch. Each sleeve should have 11 loops.

    After sewing down your ribbon facings, you can finish your sleeve edges and shirt hem the same way, or you can finish them off with a simple rolled hem. I chose the latter, which you can see in the image below!


    Your rattail loops should fit right over your buttons, but if you're a little worried about 1 or 2 coming undone while you're wearing it, you could certainly hand sew them into place since they're mostly decorative. And with just a few stitches, you have a beautiful blouse! What kind of buttons are you going to be making yours with?


  • Mood DIY: How to Sew a Ribbon Tie Blouse

     silk ribbon shirt sewing fashion

    September is the month of transition outfits. You'll leave the house in the morning with a hot coffee and a jacket, and then be sweating by lunch. The easiest fix? Lots of light layers. (Say that 5 times fast!) High necklines are trending this season, so I decided to make a silk blouse with a gathered collar. I also added elastic into the seam, so the ribbon is all for decoration!

    silk ribbon shirt sewing fashion

    Fabric & materials used:

    The front and back of the shirt are exactly the same. It's a little loose, since it's meant to be tucked into a skirt or high-waisted pants, so bust darts aren't necessary.

    silk ribbon shirt sewing fashion

    For a sheer shirt like this, a serger is great. However, if you don't have one, French seams are the best way to go. I simply sewed up the sides and at the shoulders, with wrong sides together. Trim your seam allowance to 1/8" and flip wrong-side-out. Sew the sides and shoulders again as you normally would, and now your seam is encased inside itself, like you see below!

    silk ribbon shirt sewing fashion

    Rather than roll the arm holes and risk the sheer fabric bunching up, I decided to bind them in the same ribbon I put around the neck. If you're following along, stitch your ribbon to each arm hole, right sides together.

    silk ribbon shirt sewing fashion

    Flip the ribbon over so it's now inside the shirt. Stitch and iron.

    silk ribbon shirt sewing fashion

    The bottom of the shirt can get a basic rolled hem, like you see below. If you've never done one, or simply don't like doing them, a lot of machines come with a rolled hemmer!

    silk ribbon shirt sewing fashion

    For the ruffle neckline, I folded the top toward the inside of the shirt 1/4" and basted. I then folded it in again, this time and inch and a half. This measurement can be adjusted based on how tall you'd like your collar.

    silk ribbon shirt sewing fashion

    For the elastic, cut a piece that stretches around your head and comfortably fits around your neck. For this blouse, I ended up cutting a piece that was the length of exactly 1/2 the neckline.

    silk ribbon shirt sewing fashion

    This, of course, meant stretching the elastic as I sewed it along the inside, ensuring that it would still stretch after being stitched.

    silk ribbon shirt sewing fashion

    I tacked the ribbon in the center back, as well as on the two sides. Since it's just a decorative detail, it can be as loose or tight as you prefer, which is nice if you don't like constricting collars.

    silk ribbon shirt sewing fashion

    Ta-daa! Easy blouse in under an hour! Are you going to be trying it? Tell us what fabrics you'll be using in the comments!

    silk ribbon shirt sewing fashion

  • Mood DIY: How to Make a Giant Bow


    Mood DIY: How to Make a Giant Bow The big holidays and celebrations are coming up soon and fast, and you know what that means! It's time for bows and ribbons! I love decorating for seasons, and learning new ways to work with ribbon has made me even more enthusiastic for the cause. One of my favorite bows to see are those big, gathered, looping bows that they always show in car commercials. They're a great decorative choice since they always look so full and grand. You can make them any size. And what's great is that, even though this type of bow seems complicated, it actually takes little time to put together. Here’s what you’ll need:


    Materials Wide Ribbon | 2.75” French Green Metallic Gold Wired Edge Ribbon—3 yards (Item #311945) Ribbon or Floral Wire | Gold Metallic Wire Cord—1 yard (Item #17778) Scissors For this bow, I used wired ribbon, but you don't need to use wired ribbon. However, the bigger the bow, the wider the width you'll want to work with. Tutorial Starts Here!


    To begin, hold your ribbon with the wrong side facing towards you and curl the edge of the ribbon towards you. Tuck the edge underneath this loop. This loop is going to be the center of the bow.


    From here, fold and twist the ribbon underneath the loop so that the right side of the ribbon faces towards you. Make sure to hide the twist underneath the first loop.


    Next, fold the ribbon below the first loop to start the second layer. From the picture above, the center loop will rest on that fold, so that it looks like this:


    You will have to twist and fold the ribbon again to make the right side stay visible for the other half of this second layer. It should look like this when you have a full layer completed:

    DSC_0509 Using these steps, repeat until you have 3-5 layers of loops. To ensure that your loops are equal in length, you can hook your finger into each of the loops (on a layer) and press your fingers together. If one is longer or shorter than the other, pull the loops gently until they're even. Make sure not to make the loops too big, though.


    I went with three layers for mine.


    Your bow will be a "straight line" of loops once you have as many layers as you'd like

    It's important that you do not use the entire 3 yards of fabric to make loops for your bow! Leave about a yard of your ribbon hanging from your loops. We will be using this as the two tails for the ribbon, but not right now.


    From here, you'll need to take your ribbon or floral wire and feed it through the center loop. Fold it towards the back, but don't twist it closed just yet.


    Flip your bow over, still pinching the middle to keep the pieces and wire together, and turn and fold the tail end  of your bow so that it's perpendicular to your loop layers and the right side of the fabric faces front with the rest of the bow.


    Now you can go ahead and twist the wire closed, but do not trim it yet!


    Instead, trim the tail end of your bow to length you'd like it to be. This will be the first tail for the bow. I trimmed my bow to where the scissors are laying in the photo. You can cut the ribbon so the edge is squared off or at an angle. I went with an angle.

    Now, with that extra piece of ribbon left from trimming the first tail, slide it through the center loop of your bow, making sure the right side of the bow is facing out and showing.


    Pull the ribbon through until the edge is about as long as loops of your bow.

    From here, you need to take your wire again and feed both ends through the center loop and around to the back again. Flip your bow over and twist the wire closed tightly to help secure this new piece of ribbon we just slid through the center loop.




    Once your wire is tight and secure, trim the ends with your scissors and flatten the trimmed wires against the underside of the bow.


    After, turn your bow back over and adjust the length of the newly added second tail piece to make sure the small tail at the top is the same length as the bow's loops. Then, take your scissors again and trim the end of the second tail to match the length of the first one.

    Lastly, adjust your bow's loops into a circular shape if you'd like and fluff the loops' shapes a bit to look fuller and bigger. I decided that this bow looked nicer with the straight ends instead of the circular shape, but you could do either!


    And now it's done!

    What kinds of things would you like to decorate with these types of bows? There are plenty of holidays and occasions besides Christmas to use a bow for, so experiment and go wild! You could even make strips of fabric to use for making a bow like this, too! Like a dress, a coat maybe? What do you think would look best with it? The options are limitless.

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  • Mood DIY: How to Make a Velvet Ribbon Choker Necklace


    Need a cute and quick idea for a gift? This DIY can help! Choker necklaces are great gifts, and they can be made with any trim. Plus, you can easily add your own touch to them to make them especially unique for yourself or your giftee!

    On the Runway, chokers have made a comeback this season, too.

    Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Oscar de la Renta | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Alexander Wang | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Alexander Wang | Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear
    Designers like Oscar de la Renta and Louis Vuitton sported high-energy styles with bright metals and shining leathers. Chokers are so versatile; they really do look good no matter what they're made with.

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    In addition, choker necklaces are super easy and flexible to make. You can use trims with or without elastic so long as you use a closure for it, and so they can be made for any size wearer.


    The types of trims we decided to use will be listed below. The amount of trim you need should be determined by measuring the circumference of where you want it to sit on your neck.


    Make sure when you measure it that it fits comfortably; do not make it tight! When you breathe, your throat expands a little, and so it’s important to put a little breathing room into your necklace design. The trim should fit snuggly around your neck, but you need to be able to fit at least one finger underneath the trim easily, or two fingers underneath the trim snuggly.

    Once you’ve measured, add an extra inch and cut the trim. You can add any extra things like lace or other embellishments like beading here.

    Next, fold the edges underneath about half an inch so that the ends look smooth, and using a hand sewing needle, sew one half of a hook-and-eye closure onto each end. It’s important to check that the hook-and-eyes line up!

    DSC_0502 (2)

    If you make a thicker necklace like this one, use two hook-and-eye closures to make sure the necklace stays on securely.

    After that, you have the option of using some hot glue to help reinforce the hook-and-eyes and the ends. I used hot glue on the ends I folded over to keep them from rising up.


    And that’s it; you’re all done!

    Here’s a list of the items that we used:

    Hand Sewing Needle Black 250m Gutermann Sew All Thread Black Double Face Velvet Ribbon (0.75 yards) 1.5" Black Single Face Velvet Ribbon (0.75 yards) 0.5" Navy Stretch Velvet with Sheer Gathered Trim (0.75 yards) Wine Velvet and Lace Trimming (0.75 yards) 1.5" Teal Single Face Velvet Ribbon (0.75 yards) 1.5" Black Venise Lace Trim (0.75 yards) Gold Aluminum Metal Chain (0.75 yards) 20 mm Pearl Plastic Pendant Dritz Size 1 Nickel Hook & Eyes

    Have you ever thought about wearing choker necklaces before? What kinds of trims do you think would look nice in a style like this?

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  • Mood DIY: How to Make a Patriotic Fabric Wreath


    With the holiday weekend coming up, everyone is going to be making their yards more festive! Why not make yours stand out with a cute, handmade touch?

    This adorable patriotic wreath takes less than an hour, and virtually no sewing skills! What could be better?

    Items you'll need:


    Begin by marking your 16" foam ring at each quarter, and wrapping one quarter with the dotted ribbon. I pinned all of my ribbon on, but you can easily make your design permanent with a few dots of hot glue. The benefit to pinning would be that you can move things around before you're sure you're happy with their placement!


    The tighter you wrap it here, the less you'll see the ribbon design, and the less space 2 yards will cover, so I wrapped it almost as far apart as I could make it, without styrofoam showing.


    For the remaining 3/4 of your outer circle, cut the combed cotton into 3" strips and wrap the ring the same way you wrapped it with the dotted ribbon. Cut several inches of burgundy jute trimming and wrap it around the areas where the fabric meets the ribbon, to hide any raw edges. The jute comes pre-pleated, which is super cute!


    The inner ring is incredibly easy; simply wrap all 5 yards of your navy grosgrain around the entire thing! Once both rings are covered, the small circle should fit perfectly inside the larger. Hot glue in a few places toward the back keeps it in place perfectly.


    For the ribbon roses, bunch up a few inches, like you see in the first photo below, and then wrap the ribbon around the bunch once. Twist the ribbon like you see in the 4th photo, and wrap it around the bunch again. Repeat until your rose it large enough.

    Wreath Rose

    The jute flowers, if you'd like them to all be unique, take a bit of trial an error. For some, I left the trimming pleated, wrapped them up, and pinned the bottoms. For a few others, I took out the pleat stitching. The creases remained, but they were much looser and easier to manipulate. For those, I was about to make some petals a bit more voluminous, and even added some buttons to the center.


    The flowers were then added the same way the ribbons were - with pins! This is where straight pins are the best, since you can move the flowers around as much as you want to try out different designs.


    To finish, you can simply tack on a few inches of extra satin ribbon up top, so there's a loop to hang your final project! So what do you think of this DIY? Which holidays will you be making a fabric wreath for?



  • Mood DIY: 2 Minute Bridesmaid Necklace


    Wedding season is coming. And for most people it comes with joy, excitement, and often a little anxiety. Flowers, venues, weather; there are simply too many things to worry about. However, the perfect gift for your bridesmaids does not need to be one of them.

    This necklace is both adorable and elegant, perfect for showers, receptions, or for simply dressing up a day look. The best part? It takes less than five minutes to make.

    Things you'll need:


    First, thread about 10" of pearls onto some string or jewelry wire. Connect one end to your clasp. Fold your ribbon in half and tie the other end of your beads to the ribbon, about 7" from the fold. Simply tie a bow with the remainder of the ribbon to hide the knot from the beads, and your necklace is complete! Clip the clasp to the ribbon fold to close.



  • Halloween Contest Entry #68

    Tracy G's Columbia from Rocky Horror Picture Show Costume

    Tracy G's Columbia from Rocky Horror Picture Show Costume

    Tracy G's Columbia from Rocky Horror Picture Show Costume was made with square gold sequin on tulle, round black sequin on tulle, Black Satin, and colored satin ribbon.
    For more information on how to enter the Mood Fabrics 2011 Halloween Costume Contest and complete contest rules for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to MoodFabrics.com please visit www.moodfabrics.com/halloween2011/ Rate your favorite costume below!
  • Halloween Contest Entry #40

    Macey M.'s 3 Fates from Greek Mythology

    Macey M.'s 3 Fates from Greek Mythology

    Macey M.'s made the 3 Fates from Greek Mythology using Muslin for the dress, ribbon for trim and hair, home decor trim for rope belting, satin brocade for belt, liner for pockets, gold rat tail for hair and to hold props.
    For more information on how to enter the Mood Fabrics 2011 Halloween Costume Contest and complete contest rules for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to MoodFabrics.com please visit www.moodfabrics.com/halloween2011/ Rate your favorite costume below!
  • Halloween Contest Entry #39

    Melissa R.'s Salmon Sushi with Wattsabi

    Melissa R.'s Salmon Sushi with Wattsabi

    Here is Melissa R. dog, Watts, in his sushi costume made from felt, velcro & ribbon from Mood! (oh and chopsticks too...not from Mood.) Melissa calls this "Salmon Sushi with Wattsabi."
    For more information on how to enter the Mood Fabrics 2011 Halloween Costume Contest and complete contest rules for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to MoodFabrics.com please visit www.moodfabrics.com/halloween2011/ Rate your favorite costume below!
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