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We Go Together Like … Diapers and Hair Ties! {?}

February 11, 2014
Diaper Pouch and Fold Over Elastic Hair Ties | View From The Fridge

I love ribbon.  Period.  As you may have noticed from my Craft Closet Re-do, I have quite a bit of it, but it never seems to be enough.  Every time I’m at the craft store, I seem to be drawn into the ribbon aisle.

When Hairbow Supplies, Etc sent me some fun chevron ribbon last month, I was thrilled!  So many possibilities … so many potential projects … hmmm (now I just needed about 24 more hours in each day to tackle those projects).

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CHEVRON RIBBON IN ASSORTED COLORS

With my resolution to organize my home (and life, basically) this year, I’ve been wanting to get my purse situation under control for awhile now.  I recently got a new purse that I’m super pumped about, and decided to ‘move into it’ this past weekend.   My old purse was a DISASTER.  I can’t properly describe how bad it was.  I’ll spare you all the dirty details, but basically it had about a million wrappers from various snacks and treats that I’m sure the boys and I consumed, tissues, several pens (none of which actually worked), chapsticks and lipsticks scattered about, uneaten gum that had somehow fallen out of the pack and half unwrapped itself, diapers, wipe case, hand sanitizer, a can opener (because you should always carry one of these around in your purse at all times?!?), crumpled receipts, and a wallet somewhere in there that I never seemed to be able to find when I needed it.  Speaking of being able to find things, if my phone rang while in there … I had about 3.2% chance of finding it before voicemail clicked on.

You could say it needed some organization.

When I made the switch this past weekend to my new {very clean} purse, I was determined to a.  only put back in what I truly needed (or so I thought) and b.  organize it, and keep it that way!!!  So, I put back in my wallet, phone, and chapstick.  That’s it.  Took it to church on Sunday (very proud of my clean handbag for a change), and then … Charlie pooped.  FANTASTIC.   My streamlined, organized purse no longer had any diapers or wipes, or even tissues.  At least in my old purse I would have been sure to find a crumpled diaper (or three) somewhere in there.  We had to make an early exit … new pretty purse – NOT FUNCTIONAL!

Enter my new (as of Sunday afternoon) diaper and wipes case for my purse ….

Ribbon Diaper Pouch Tutorial  |  View From The Fridge

DIAPER AND WIPES CASE

Ribbon Diaper Pouch Tutorial  |  View From The Fridge

RIBBON DIAPER AND WIPES CASE

 

This case solves my two problems … 1.  It allows me to keep needed supplies in my new purse.  And 2.  It will keep my purse organized AND functional.

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I found an awesome tutorial for this zipper pouch online.  Check it out here.  It has a very helpful video in case you are easily confused by written steps (like me).  It was really an easy project in the end (even with the zipper, I promise!).  The only thing I changed was the size of the purse slightly (to ensure it would fit diapers and wipes).  Instead of the 8 ½” x 11” pieces of fabric he uses in the tutorial, I used an 11” x  17” starting size (keeping with the sheet of paper template idea, here).

It’s fully lined (with that fancy blue silky fabric) and just perfect for spring (which can arrive any day … I’m more than ready)!

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DIAPERS AND WIPES ALL TUCKED INSIDE

Pretty cute, huh?  And just think of all the possibilities for a little clutch like this.  Fun gold fabric?  Leather?  Funky trim in place of the ribbon?  Make one for each season!  Heck, why put it IN your purse … just use it AS your purse!

This same company, Hairbow Supplies, Etc  also sells fold over elastic.  Up until it arrived at my door, I really had no idea that such thing existed or what exactly its purpose was.  Now, I’m a little better acquainted with the stuff, and I happen to LOVE it, too.  Mainly because of all the fun colors.

They sent me about a million different colors and patterns of this FOE (that’s the lingo for fold over elastic, I also learned).

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FOLD OVER ELASTIC PACK

One SUPER easy, fun, and also very practical use for FOE happens to be hair ties.  I made one, tested it out in my hair for a day, and loved it so much I made about 20 more.  They take literally 30 seconds to make (maybe 15), and work wonders.  They hold my hair in place without pulling it all out, and they happen to look way cuter than boring ol’ rubber bands.  Check ’em out …

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FOLD OVER ELASTIC HAIR TIES!

{by the way … I won’t be entering any hand/arm modeling competitions anytime soon, don’t worry}!

Let’s take a closer look at these ties (because they’re just oh so pretty!):

My ‘spring’ variety collections …

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PINK AND MINT HAIR TIES

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BRIGHT SPRING COLORS

 

My ‘valentine’ collection …

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VALENTINE HAIR TIES

 

My ‘St. Patrick’s Day’ collection (you know this holiday is just around the corner) …

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ST. PAT’S COLLECTION

 

and the polka dot collection …

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POLKA DOT COLLECTION

 

Want to make your own?  Here are the steps:

  1. Cut length of elastic to about 8.5”.
  2. Hold the two ends together, wrap around finger and tie knot in the end.
  3. Trim edges (if they happened to fray a bit).
  4. Optional – ‘seal’ edges to prevent fraying.  I used a heat gun to gently melt the end.  You could also melt the end by holding close to a candle or simply use anti-fray liquid.

 

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FOLD OVER ELASTIC HAIR TIES  |  VIEW FROM THE FRIDGE

POLKA DOT HAIR TIES

If you want to take these hair ties up a notch, check out this awesome post over on My Crafty Spot.  She walks you through how to add a bit of bling a la Anthropologie (which favorite store ever … especially to copy).

And, if you happen to be a headband wearing gal (which I happen to NOT be, sadly), check out this tutorial to make some adorable headbands out of FOE.

Maybe baby three will surprise us all and turn out to be a girl.  If that happens … headbands, here I come!!!

I had a great time with all the fun ribbon and fold over elastic from Hairbow Supplies, Etc!  Next project … fancy diaper covers using the FOE around the waist and legs.  Wish me luck …

Thanks for stopping in today!  I’d love to hear about any of YOUR ribbon and/or fold over elastic projects.  Send me a link if you’ve got a great idea!

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16 Comments

  • Reply Bette@ Somerset lane February 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Those hairties are so colourful. I love the diaper pouch too!
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  • Reply Angela (Life in Velvet) February 11, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    So, so, so cute!! I love these hair ties! Who knew they are so quick and easy! I just pinned for later…no longer will I be buying these when I can just make my own :)

  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney February 11, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Wow I never thought about making my own hair ties, how cool. I really like how your diaper pouch turned out!!
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  • Reply Sonnet @ SohoSonnet Creative Living February 11, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Katie you are trying to get me hooked on more cool stuff?! I have not used FOE but I sure want some now! I could make Scarlett some really fun hair bows with that stuff!! Very cute and I love the pouch. It turned out amazing.
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  • Reply Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog February 12, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Ooh I am in LOVE with your little diaper bag! So beautiful! I recently picked up some of those hair ties too– so cute and I love how well they stayed in place. I’m going to have to make some of my own soon! Thanks so much for sharing, Miss Katie!

    ~Abby =)
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    • Reply Katie February 12, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      Hi Abby! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the link party last night!! The hair ties are great, aren’t they?!? Hope you’re week is going well!
      ~Katie
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  • Reply Heather {Woods of Bell Trees} February 13, 2014 at 4:13 am

    I have been looking for foldover elastic! YAY! I love that bag it’s so dang cute!
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  • Reply BeBetsy - Smashingly Good Living February 14, 2014 at 11:36 am

    IMPRESSED! what a great assortment – very creative. Schmoozing via #schmoozewithbebetsy!

    Thanks for visiting BeBetsy and hope to see you again soon.

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    • Reply Katie February 14, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      Ha! Thanks, Sharon and Denise!! Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be doing my happy hour schmoozing here in just a bit :) Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Samantha February 17, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Katie,
    You should try oil cloth for your next diaper pouch, it’s waterproof :) I love the hair ties, I will be making them for my daughter!

    • Reply Katie February 17, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Samantha … oooh! Oil cloth, huh? I will give it a try. I think a waterproof diaper pouch AND a waterproof baby bottle pouch would be a great addition to help keep my purse clean! Thanks for the suggestion! Have fun with the hair ties (they’re addicting to make once you get started!!).

  • Reply Sami February 17, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Oh my gosh my purse is so out of control…and it’s small! How I fit all of that stuff in there I’ll never know. These are such great ideas and so practical. Thanks!
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