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Friday, February 19, 2010

Fun Feature Friday Presents Trendie Treasures and a LadyBug Bow Tutorial

For my very first Fun Feature Friday, I interviewed Remma Matai. She is the mama behind Trendie Treasures, and WOW is she talented! Her designs are fun, bright and beautiful! The fabrics in her designs just scream happy! This is my favorite item in her shop:

Everything in her shop is fabulous, and picking just one item is very difficult! Along with children's clothing, Reema makes gorgeous drapes. This is what she says about the fabric she chose for them: "For my new drapery panels, I’ve used 100% linen with velvet print because I love the look and texture and I appreciate how linen softens and wears over time. Also, flax (the plant which becomes linen) requires fewer pesticides and fertilizers than many other crops." Go and see for yourself! They are LOVELY! Here is her shop. 
Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the interview for a LadyBug Bow Tutorial!

Here is what Reema had to say:

I grew up with fabrics all around me in my mom’s boutique. Now, I’m mother of two kids, love to design kids clothing. This is what I always wanted to do.. have my own line of handcrafted clothing, accessories and all beautiful things I can imagine…Thanks to Etsy, I’ve been able to make it happen.

When I’m not working, I’m usually enjoying with kids, love the outdoors, playing tennis, swimming, sledding, hiking or biking. In summer, we love to go to beaches, parks and farms for day trips. Winters, we go skating, skiing or bowling. 
 My inspiration;

I like designs to capture different moments of life, often inspired by kids themselves and their lively nature, leaving a bit of space for the quality fabric to be admired. 

My Etsy shop http://trendietreasures.etsy.com offers handcrafted children’s clothing and drapes/curtains designed with simplicity and creativity. All children’s clothing is designed for comfort, style and a some fun.
For my new drapery panels, I love the look and texture of linen with velvet print. Also, flax (the plant which becomes linen) requires fewer pesticides and fertilizers than many other crops.

My favorite item from my shop The Ruffled Pink Polka Dots Dress

I’m a member of Etsy Kids Team and Etsy Treasury Team.

Reema was kind enough to share this great tutorial with you! Please leave a comment here for her telling her thanks, and maybe let her know what your favorite item from her shop is!

LadyBug Bow

Making Little Bug Bows as seen in my shop listing

SUPPLIES: The supplies needed – scissors, needle & thread,
lighter, ribbon, glue, etc.

A. How to make antennas –
1. Using 3/8” Grosgrain Ribbon cut your ribbon to the size ONE INCH cut. Notice that on each side of the ribbon there is a “woven” type edge – where it’s a little thicker than the middle part of the ribbon.
2. Using sharp scissors, cut both “edges” off. You can just throw the middle part of the ribbon away – you won’t need it.
4. Hold one end of the antenna with the alligator clip or tweezers. Using your lighter, quickly brush it along the cut edge of the ribbon – sealing it.
PRACTICE THIS over and over until you get it. It shouldn’t take too long.
5. To get a CURVED antenna – just concentrate the lighter’s heat in one spot. The ribbon will naturally curve. PRACTICE this as well.
6. Now repeat with Antenna # 2 and you have a set.

B.MAKING the Ladybug Bows---
1.Using 3/8” Red with Black Swiss Dots - Cut your first piece of ribbon to FOUR inches.
2. Now take one edge of the ribbon and either hold it down on a flat surface – or you can hold it in your hand -- whichever is easiest for you. Take the OTHER end of the ribbon and bring it around – both edges will be flush with each other. Both edges should overlay on the same side of the ribbon to make a loop.
3. Either GLUE or SEW the two edges together. I prefer to SEW the edges because it’s not as bulky as gluing. Plus, I think it holds together better.
4. Now take your second piece of ribbon and cut it to THREE inches. Seal both ends. Repeat STEPS 2 through 4 with this piece of ribbon.
5. Now you have two loops. Turn them over.
6. Place the smaller loop inside of the bigger loop. You can either have the pointed tips FLUSH with each other – or have the smaller loop slightly higher. GLUE or SEW these two loops together.
7. After the two pieces are put together (sewn or glued), then turn the body back over.
8. Cut a piece of black ribbon to approximately ONE inch. Seal the edges.
9. Now place a dab of glue at the tip of the bug body – do not use too much.
Place the black piece of ribbon over the tip of the bug body. Try to make it as even and straight as possible.
10. Turn the bug body over and place another dab of glue at the point. You can put a little glue on the black ribbon as well – just not too much.
11. Now fold both edges of the black ribbon down and press firmly. Turn the bug body back over.
12. Now you will need your antennas, your bug body, and a lined clip – I use a double-prong alligator clip, but you can use whatever kind of clip you want.
13. Place a dab of glue about a quarter inch or so from the top of the alligator clip. Remember not to use too much glue. Now carefully place your antennas onto the glue and position them at your desired angles.
14. Place another dab of glue over the antennas and slightly down the alligator clip – about a half inch.
15. Place your bug body onto the clip and press firmly to secure.


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 Thank you Reema! :)


RaspberryKidz said...

These are absolutely gorgeous! And I love the photos too! : )

Glorious Hats said...

Lovely interview, so enjoyed getting to know Reema. The girls clothing is so joyful and beautiful and at the same time so wearable.

Thanks so much for the how to on the bow. One of my young mom friends and her 7 yo daughter come over to craft with me every so often. This will make a great project.

Hugs, Jane

Audrey said...

Following you back!!
Have a great weekend!

ZaftigDelights ~ KnitzyBlonde said...

Wonderful feature on Trendie Treasures. It is terrific to get to know Reema better! Her children's clothing are just adorable!

Daniela & Andreas said...

The LadyBug Bow is absolutely gorgeous!


Lanie Ree said...

That orange dress is stunning! She is so talented.

Anonymous said...

I love your interview of Reema - she is so talented I love all her designs! Terrific tutorial too!

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Pamela Zimmerman said...

wow, a great bio feature AND tutorial! that is super! i love your dresses, and wish i had a little girl to put them on! (or maybe you make some more big ones for me?) and am wishing i had long hair to put a ladybug in...but thanks for the techniques. I love the lighter tips!

niftyknits said...

I would never have imagined using a flame would seal a ribbon, thanks for that tip! Beautiful clothes, great feature!

devonrose said...

those are so cute, thanks so much for the post and for you sweet comment:) Have a great one!
Emily & Devon