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I heart DIY

15 May

I come from a frugal family – if my parents could save money on anything from home repairs, to car maintenance, to clothing and even food, then they did.  And it meant that, as a child, I resented them because I didn’t have all the new things that my school chums did.  But I quickly realised that it was all done for a reason: to give US a better future by being able to afford the things that would push our learning and skills further.

And now I too am a DIY queen.  I can sew clothes, service and fix my own car, cook pretty much anything, build furniture, fix dishwashers, dye my hair, make home furnishings and even alter footwear!  And while the reason behind SOME of the DIY fixings is purely monetary, I also completely enjoy the rush I get when I put something back together and it works, sometimes better than before.  I love having painted nails but I also love getting completely filthy in the process of making something myself.  Next time you have a squeaky door, grab a screwdriver and a tin of Reducteur H-72 and fix it yourself!  I guarantee you, you’ll feel incredibly empowered.

So this brings me to today’s posting: DIY headgear.  Recently I visited my nieces and nephew out west and wanted to take them some gifties.  And when I was a kid I used to LOVE getting gifts from my aunties and uncles when they visited, so I opted to make them something each.  The decision for the girls was simple – hair bows!  One is super girly with a love of butterfly things while the other prefers mustering cattle and riding her horses.  Enter stage left, the hair bows made from flat fats and .50c bracelet charms from Spotlight.

Both bows in progress - 2 simple pieces of fabric cut to the size you desire.

Both bows in progress – 2 simple pieces of fabric cut to the size you desire.

Completed bows with hair clip sewn in place on back

Completed bows with hair clip sewn in place on back.

Next up came the boy.  Hrmmm….. I pondered this for weeks, with ideas of perhaps a waterproof swimming bag, or a bandana, or a fabric banded watch floating through my mind.  And it was then that I stumbled upon sewing patterns by Oliver + S.  Oh my, what a fab company, where the patterns are all about children.  And the best part is, they have an entire section of FREE patterns!  I used the Reversible Bucket Hat pattern from their free page here: Free Oliver + S Patterns.

Again, thanks to Spotlight, I grabbed some suitable fabrics and got to it.  The pattern was simple enough to understand, and definitely easy enough to grade up should you require.  I did some reading online before beginning as I wanted to make sure it was a sure-fire winner, and I came across quite a few people who struggled getting it to remain un-puckered during the finishing stages.  So if you are going to sew this project yourself, I suggest following some altered instructions from A Little Gray.  I did, and it turned out spot on!

Pattern piece cutting begins

Pattern piece cutting begins

The hat starts to take shape

The hat starts to take shape

Adding some "sporty" details on the brim

Adding some “sporty” details on the brim

All done!  One side cowboys, the other side hard-wearing checks.

All done! One side cowboys, the other side hard-wearing checks.

So there you have it, all in all some super quick projects that certainly brought smiles all ’round the farmhouse.  And if you’re keen to make a gift for a little one anytime soon, I highly recommend either items as quick and CHEAP alternatives to purchased gifts.