Friday, December 30, 2011

New Years Celebrations

Let's Ring in the New Year!

I have created a mini bunting to hang up for new years and available for download!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Vegas, baby!

This is one of my favorite gifts I gave this year! It's been so hard keeping it a surprise!  It's part of a trip to Las Vegas!

It is a trifold card that said "What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas, Cause we're going to Vegas, baby!"  I loved all the glittered letters and Las Vegas stickers I found at Michael's and Hobby Lobby.

Here is the front:

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pretty Packages

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  I sure did!  It's so nice to be able to relax and spend time with my friends and family!  Also, I'm off work (both jobs) for a week so I get to catch up on my rest!

I'm a proud new owner of a DSLR camera and I had to test it out with my Christmas tree!  I love how this photo turned out.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

From Amy Giggles Designs, I would like to wish you a Very Merry Christmas!
I hope you are able to relax and spend some time with all of your loved ones!
Thank you for all of the support on my blog! I am so excited that is growing and I can't wait to share new ideas!

While most people I just give a verbal thank you, this year I wanted to hand out thank you notes. I have created some simple thank you notes that you can use too!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Burlap Christmas Stockings

Burlap Christmas Stockings

I was lucky enough to make these custom stockings for a great family for Christmas this year.  They were super fun to make!

The base is made out of burlap and the band is made with red ticking fabric and muslin.  Each band top was personalized for each family member.  The girls got three small ruffles, the mother has two larger ruffles, and the father got a simple, yet masculine band.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Burlap Christmas Pillows

T-Shirt Burlap Pillow

I had to do some t-shirt extensions this season and I was left with the front of the shirts.  This left the full design, so I knew I could make something cute with these.
Pillows are so simple to make, so this could be an easy and festive gift idea.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Handmade Gift Ideas Day 2

Monogrammed Bucket
I needed a small, but personal gift idea for my helper at dance.  When I saw these buckets at a local craft store (Dee's: my favorite!), I knew it would be perfect!

Supplies Needed:
Small Metal Bucket
Coordinating Ribbons (thin width)
Cricut Machine (optional)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Handmade Gift Ideas Day 1

Personalized Notebooks

I always like to make something for my solos and duet girls for Christmas.  Because I teach so many of them, I wanted something easy but cute.  I found these notebooks at the end of summer in the clearance dollar section at Michael's and knew they were perfect!  The striped notebooks have an anchor on them, but I knew I could hide it once I personalized them!

This is a perfect idea for someone who you need a thoughtful little something to give!

Supplies Needed:
Notebooks (Found at the Dollar Section in Michael's)
Scrapbook Paper
Black Cricut Vinyl
Double Sided Tape or Tape Runner
Paper Trimmer or Scissors
Cricut Machine (optional)

Step 1: Begin by removing the plastic bag from the notebooks.  Keep this for packaging later.

Handmade Gift Ideas Week

This week I will be featuring three easy ideas for last minute gifts for the holidays!
These are perfect for class gifts, teachers, neighbors, friends, etc.

Monday: Personalized Notebooks

Wednesday: Monogrammed Bucket

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Hair Bows Day 5

Fabric Headband Tutorial

These headbands are made with the extra materials from my Fabric Tutu Tutorial.  They are perfect to wear with the tutus!

Supplies Needed:
3"x20" Strip of fabric
6" elastic
Sewing Machine
Serger Machine (optional)
Safety Pin (optional)

Step 1: Fold the fabric in half and in it.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Hair Bows Day 4

Christmas Tree Bow Headband Tutorial

About 12 inches of 1/4" wide Green Grossgrain Ribbon
1 inch of 1/4"wide Red Grossgrain Ribbon
Black Headband
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Wood Burner Tool (optional)

Christmas Tree:
Step 1: Begin by sealing the edge of the green ribbon with the wood burner tool.  If you do not have this tool, you may skip this step.

Step 2: Take your black headband and choose a spot where your tree will be.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Hair Bows Day 3

Ruffle Barrette

Supplies Needed:
7" of 1 1/2" wide Red Polka Dot Grossgrain
3 1/4" of 1/4" wide white ribbon strip
2 3/4" long metal barrette
Hot Glue and Gun
Sewing Machine threaded with red thread
Wood burner tool (optional)

Prepare the Ribbon:
Step 1: The 7" strip of polka dot ribbon should be cut with a straight edge.  Take the wood burner tool and seal the edges.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Hair Bows Day 2

Double Layered Red and Green Bow

Supplies Needed:
22" of 1 1/2" wide Red Grossgrain
22" of 1 1/2" wide Green Grossgrain
3 1/4" of 1/4" wide white ribbon strip
6" of 1/4" wide white ribbon strip
2 3/4" long metal barrette
Hot Glue and Gun
Needle and White Thread
Straight Pin
Wood burner tool (optional)
Stiffen Stuff Spray (optional)

Prepare the Ribbon:
Step 1: To prepare the ribbon, cut the 22" strips of red and green ribbon diagonally on the ends.  Take the wood burner tool to seal the edges.  If you do not have this tool, be sure to cut the ribbon diagonally.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Hair Bows Day 1

Red Stripe Bow Tutorial

Supplies needed:
22" of 1 1/2" wide red stripe ribbon 
3 1/4" of 1/4" wide white ribbon
6" of 1/4" wide black ribbon
2 3/4" long metal barrette
Hot Glue and Gun
Needle and White Thread
Straight Pin
Wood burner tool (optional)
Stiffen Stuff Spray (optional)

Prepare the ribbon:
Step 1: To prepare the ribbon, cut the 22" strip diagonally on the ends.  Take the wood burner tool to seal the edges.  If you do not have this tool, that is okay, it just helps make the bow last longer and look better.

Christmas Hair Bows Week

This week, I have decided to give you a full week of hair bows! I will have a new bow tutorial each day, getting better as they go on! These are super cute and easy to make just in time for the holidays!


Monday, November 28, 2011

Fabric Strip Tutu Tutorial

Okay, I know we have all seen this tutu on Pinterest:

I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it, but was sad that the link took me to Etsy instead of a tutorial.
I wanted to make my own version of the skirt, so I thought it would be a perfect Christmas dance costume idea!  We always keep our Christmas dance costumes simple, so handmade costumes are perfect!  I have 9 5th and 6th grade girls in my class that I teach, but this tutorial can be adjusted for any age and size.

3 yards of fabric total
Pinking Shears
Ruler / Measuring Tape
Sewing Machine

Step 1: Begin by prewashing and ironing your fabric.  Below are my nine coordinating fabrics.  I love these because they are different colors but they still go together.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Amy Giggles Designs!

I hope you have a great day filled with family, friends, and lots of food!  Whether you are watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade or some football, I hope you find time to enjoy the holiday!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Bunting Tutorial

Happy Birthday Bunting Tutorial 

Recently I was asked to make this banner for a special little boy turning one, so I thought that I would create my first tutorial with it.  This Happy Birthday banner was created as two pieces, but the tutorial could easily be customized with any saying and size.

Fabric for triangles: one yard total
Fabric for circles: 1/4" yard
Fabric for letters: 1/4"yard
Matching Thread
Bias Tape
Fusible Interfacing
Scissors or Rotary Cutter

For this bunting, there are four different fabrics used in the triangles.  We got a half of a yard of each triangle fabric.  The teal is used for the circles and we got a forth of a yard of it.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

New Blog

I am so excited to finally begin this craft blog!  Once I discovered how inspiring the online craft world is about a year ago, I knew I needed to be a part of it.  It has taken me a long time designing and preparing this blog so I am excited to be posting.  That's enough about's time to get my first tutorial ready.