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Kate Berry, Creative Director, Weddings; and Editor-at-Large, Style
"I learned from my mother early on that details make the difference -- in everything. This wasn’t something she told me or drilled into me, it was something I picked up simply by observing her. My mother is a perfectionist. For me, her example has boiled down to this wisdom: You will spend less time and energy in the long run if you do things thoroughly and with care from the beginning. You’ll also, as it happens, end up with a finished product that is more thoughtful, more aesthetically pleasing, and as close to 'perfect' as the universe allows."
That level of thoughtfulness is evident in everything Kate touches at the office. In honor of that spirit, here is a selection of accessories and trinkets that we think definitely look better when made with love.
Click through for the how-tos and make something stylish -- and utterly perfect -- for your mom this Mother's Day.
Giving fresh flowers for Mother’s Day is always nice -- but so is making fabric flowers that Mom can cherish.
Make her feel extra special with a beautiful flower she can wear on her blouse or in her hair. Simply sew a clip or safety pin to the back of one (or a cluster) of these dainty dahlias.
Give her something she can wear over and over again and she will remember what a great kid you are long after Mother’s Day. You might even want to make yourself a matching piece.
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For something a little different, consider making your baubles out of lace, ribbons, and other trimmings.
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Want to give her something more useful? This is something you can really cater to your mom's style. Start with an easy-to-sew bag in any size you like, then add buckles or grommets. From there, the options for strap materials are endless -- patterned ribbon, nylon rope, and supple leather are all fair game.
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Inspired by a traditional Japanese textile, this versatile accessory is just a length of fabric and a bottle of dye away.
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Add ribbon, suede, or different clasps to make your belt really stand out.
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Turn floral, graphic, or plaid fabric scraps into fun arm candy.
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... or maybe Mom is more a leather cuff kind of lady?
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Three Kinds of Beaded Earrings
If earrings are Mom's accessory of choice, here are three kinds to make:
Dangling Trios Attach jump rings (small metal rings) to a corded button and an antique glass bead to create the earring's dangling pieces. For the third element, cut a piece of thread, and run one end through a seed bead, then push the two thread ends up though a bugle bead. Thread another seed bead over both ends, and tie ends to a jump ring. Slide all three jump rings onto a ball-end earring wire. Punch ball closed with fingers or round-nose pliers. Knot gold embroidery floss around wire.
Square Studs For each, cut a tiny square of linen to fit 4 side-by-side bugle beads. Glue (we used Magna-Tac) the beads in a row, and then glue the linen to a flat-top earring post.
Tiny Tassels Cut a length of gold embroidery floss, and thread it through a needle. Push the needle up through a bead, and then down back through it again to create a loop at the top. Place the loop over the hook of a ball-end earring wire, and adjust floss to tighten. Tie floss ends into a double knot underneath the bead, and trim and fray the remaining floss for a tassel.
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