New DIY Playlists on Youtique Youtube’s Channel

Good Morning & Happy Monday!

I started a few new DIY playlists on Youtique Youtube’s Channel.  These are categories I do not specialize in but thought it would be helpful to the DIY Groom & Bride.  I am in the process of compiling DIY Wedding tutorials for you as well as share the ones I create.  If there is anything else you would like to see or if you know of other tutorials that are helpful, feel free to let me know.  Think of me as your DIY Wedding Consultant:)  Thank you and I hope you enjoy the new added playlists I started below!

*Groom Hairstyles

*Bridal Hair

*Bridal Makeup

*Wedding Cakes

*Wedding Crafts

*Wedding Flowers

The tutorials are from Youtubers like: Slikhaar TV, Cinthia Truong, Sona Gasparian, videojugartscrafts, Happy Cake By Renee, iamlikehearted, and many others

You can also view all playlists available on my Youtique Bridal Youtube Channel by clicking {here}.

Have a wonderful Day!

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DIY Guest : Tina from Newton, Mississippi – {LIAM} Top Hat

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Greetings Everyone!

I remember coming home from Vegas and catching up with work emails.  I received a sweet email from Tina J. who resides in Newton, Mississippi.  It is always nice to receive a message of gratitude from a viewer and to see the creativity that transpired from one of my tutorials — Thank you Tina for watching!  🙂  Well, Tina came across my {LIAM} Top Hat Tutorial after doing a search on Youtube.  She initially used the tutorial to create Top Hats for her daughter and her cousins.  Tina then modified some of the steps to suit her needs.  I thought I would ask a few questions…

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Her daughter’s Valentine Hats. Tina will also be designing some for Saint Patrick’s Day and other special occasions:)

Q. What inspired you to DIY?  I had seen similar things in stores and naturally my daughter liked them.  Unfortunately they were rather expensive for something that was not made very well.  Since I like doing crafts, I figured that I could some how make them myself.

Q. What was the special occasion that you created the hats for your daughter and her cousins? They were Christmas gifts for the cousins. Since I made one for the cousins I made my daughter one as well.  Of course mommy had to have one too, so I made one for myself.

Note: Instead of gluing the headband to the hat, Tina cut out another top hat section.  She cut two slits in the center of it, just enough for the headband to slip on and then glued the top hat portion to the underside of the hat.  It hides the underside as well as makes the hat adjustable to where you want it to sit and it can also be changed out.

Tina concluded her email with Again thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial.  I can’t wait to try out some of your other tutorials.” —- and that made all the hard work that goes into one tutorial worth it:)

Tina has a small shop in Newton, Mississippi called the Renaissance Emporium. You can view it at

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Tina was experimenting with these mini top hats. She used Chuck E Cheese coin cups to create these…great job on upcycling Tina!

Thank you everyone for visiting!  Feel free to view the {LIAM} Top Hat tutorial below (btw, this was a tutorial for a class I was teaching and it was also one of my first “live motion” tutorials where I played with film speed — I have come a long way:)  Thanks for watching and have a wonderful day!



LIAM Cutting Patterns:

{LIAM} Mini Bridal Top hat Pattern Page1/2
{LIAM} Mini Bridal Top Hat Pattern Page2/2

To view other DIY Guest Projects, click {here}.

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Bridal Shoe Refashion Tutorial : Inspiration Board


Finally!  I can’t believe I got this tutorial completed.  I think this is the longest video tutorial I have uploaded thus far.  First, I just want to thank my sister Linda for being my foot model and my daughter “G” for making her presence known at 6:19 in the video.  She was actually running around me while I filmed and almost knocked over my work area — that would not have been good:(  Overall, this tutorial was a good challenge in every way.  Because of the $50.00 budget, I really had to get creative.  And as usual, filming and editing does not come naturally to me but it is something I have grown to enjoy.  Feel free to view it below:

If you are new to my blog, Welcome and thank YOU for visiting!  I am working on the $50.00 Simple Wedding Gown Challenge.  My goal is to stay at or under $50.00 (before taxes) and assuming people have the basic supplies – scissor, sewing machine, thread/needle, glue gun/glue sticks, iron, and a measuring tape.  However, my true goal is to inspire you to get creative.  Below is the tentative budget breakdown:

$10.00 Hair Adornment/Jewelry

$15.00 Shoes

$25.00 Dress (not including undergarments:)

The budget breakdown may change but the goal is to stay at or under $50.00


Here is my inspiration Board

Inspiration Board:
Inspiration Board: (1) Chanel Shoes via Pinterest (2) Chanel Gold Heeled shoes via Pinterest(3) Givenchy Studded Heels via Pinterest (4) Valentino Rock Stud Sandal

And here is the breakdown for the Shoe Refashion

Price – Item (Shop)

$7.79 – Shoes (Kohl’s – additional 25%discount & additional 20% Friends & Family Discount)

Free  – Flower Petals  (left over from Floral Birdcage Headband Tutorial)

$0.97 – Gold Ribbon (Walmart)

$3.77 – Rust-Oleum Gold Metallic Paint (Walmart)

$2.75 –  1/2yard Gold Pyramid Chain (Joann’s, 50% off phone app coupon)

Total $15.28

Went over $0.28 but I’m definitely okay with that, I’ll just take it from the jewelry budget or the dress budget:)  A glue gun/glue sticks were used for adhering the embellishments.  NOTE:  For longterm use, I recommend using a stronger adhering agent like the E6000 glue.


Well, guess what I found at the Walmart near my parents’ home?

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Yes!  $1.00/yard white stretchy fabric…more to come.  The dress will take awhile to complete but please be patient, I promise it will be worth the wait.  In the meantime, I do have few projects I need to complete and a couple of tutorials lined up.  Stay tuned!


If you missed any part of the challenge, please feel free to visit the previous posts:

1)  Hair Adornment Supply Shopping: $4.47

2) Shoe Shopping: $7.79

3) Floral Birdcage Headband Tutorial

4) Presenting the Final Shoe Refashion

Thanks for visiting!


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Make a two-toned Eldredge or Trinity Knot : Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays Everyone!

It has been awhile since I last posted…but it is the Winter Holidays and I have been working hard for Santa:)  I had the opportunity to sew some costumes for the Christmas Program at our church, craft little gifts for the teachers and neighbors (photo below), attend birthday and Holiday Parties, did some online gift shopping, tend to one sick child (who recovered fairly quickly), and caught up with some great friends.  At one point, I wasn’t sure how I was going to survive the busyness, but I took it one day at a time and tried to take in the moment with each person and place.  It was fun!  If there was something I was not able to accomplish…IT WILL BE OKAY:)  My husband was constantly reminding me to “remember the Spirit of Christmas.”

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Holiday Tie for Mr.T

Anyway, to add to the list, I made my husband a holiday tie that turned out pretty cool.  When completed, I thought I would do a tutorial since it was a unique tie for a formal event or for the Groom or Groomsmen to wear.  btw, it would make a great gift for the Tie Lover during this season:)  Well, here it is…a two-toned tie for the Eldredge or Trinity Knot.  You can also tie it the regular way but you will not get the two-design effect.  This is a fun and creative way to give yourself more options to tying a tie.  Well, I hope you enjoy it!

To learn how to tie the Eldredge Knot or the Trinity Knot, Feel free to view it below:)

Happy Holidays and have a Very Merry Christmas!


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p.s. I will be back soon to finish off the $50 Wedding Gown Challenge…thanks in advance for being patient:)

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Crafting for teachers & neighbors. Inspired by Pinterest:)

How to Lengthen a Gentleman’s Tie : DIY Tutorial


Greetings & Happy Saturday!

Gentlemen, I hope this will help you out.  I had a lot of comments regarding the tie being too short when tying the Eldredge Knot.  Because of this, I decided to create a tutorial on how to lengthen the tie by adding fabric to the center.

There are a few things you have to consider when lengthening your tie:

1) Neck or collar measurment

2) Height (this is really good for those of you who have the height of Pro Basketball Players:)

3) and the style of knot you are tying

Since the above factors may differ for each person, when attaching the center fabric, make sure it is hidden under your shirt collar.  So adjust the measurements accordingly.

(Regular ties are usually 58″.  If you are 6’2″ or taller, 63″ ties are standard for extra long ties)

Tip:  you can use an old tie for the center fabric or purchase one from a secondhand shop.  Another option is to purchase fabric and interfacing then cut to match the width.  Since it is hidden under the shirt collar, I was not concerned with the design.

Want to give the Eldredge Knot another try? 🙂 …

To view other Gentlemen Tutorials, please click {here}.

Thank you for visiting!

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Floral Birdcage Headband Tutorial : $50 Simple Wedding Gown Challenge


It is a gorgeous day here in Sugar Land, Texas…hope you are enjoying beautiful weather wherever you are:)  Well, I finally finished the Floral Birdcage Headband tutorial – {TANYA} v.2.  After completing it, I realized it was a merger of two earlier tutorials, {TANYA} – the floral headband & {CHRISTINE} – the birdcage veil.  Well, I hope you enjoy the tutorial and get inspired!  Can you believe that the supplies only cost $4.47?

Also, just a tip…before I finalized the headband design, I wanted to see how it would look as a crown of roses verses if the roses were placed to one side.  I found myself favoring the asymmetrical look.  Get creative and don’t be afraid to experiment….just have fun!  Remember, this is just an inspiration.  You will end up creating something that is an expression of who YOU are:)



Thank you for watching!


I am currently working on a $50.00 Simple Wedding Gown Challenge.  My goal is to stay at or under $50.00 (before taxes) and assuming people have the basic supplies – scissor, sewing machine, thread/needle, glue gun/glue sticks, iron, and a measuring tape.  However, my true goal is to inspire you to get creative.  Below is the tentative budget breakdown:

$10.00 Hair Adornment/Jewelry

$15.00 Shoes

$25.00 Dress (not including undergarments:)

The budget breakdown may change but the goal is to stay at or under $50.00 for the Greek-inspired Wedding Attire.  Here is the total cost for the Birdcage Headband.

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Price – Item (Shop)

$1.09 – Large Roses (Giant $)

$1.09 – Medium Sized Roses  (Giant $)

$1.09 – Headband (Giant $)

$1.20 – Gold Glitter Tulle 1/3yard (Joann Fabrics w/50% off coupon)

Total $4.47

If you missed any part of the challenge, please feel free to visit the previous posts:

1)  2013 New Year’s Plan – The $50.00 Wedding Gown Challenge Announcement

2)  Hair Adornment Supply Shopping: $4.47

3) Shoe Shopping: $7.79

Thank you for visiting and stay tuned!

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{CATHY} Lace Veil Cap : DIY Tutorial

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Greetings Everyone!

Hope you are all doing well:)  My {CATHY} Lace Veil Cap tutorial is finally complete.  In this tutorial, I will show you how to create the veil cap as well as an easy flower fascinator.  If you like the first look, wear the veil cap with the gather facing the back.  I placed it on the side for easy film transitioning into the flower fascinator:)  Well, this tutorial was inspired by the fun 1920’s Bridal Fashion.  To view my Pinterest Inspiration Board, feel free to click “here” for other 1920’s bridal Fashion ideas.  Enjoy!

Well, I am so excited!  The Couture Sewing School with Susan Khalje is coming up in August and I will be attending once again. I am researching and preparing for the couture class so I will not be posting in August.  However,  feel free to follow me on Facebook to see the progress of my project.  If you are a private person, please do not feel the pressure to be my Facebook Friend (I totally respect that:), rather, just click on the option to be a “follower”.  I hope you join me on my adventure as I expand on my sewing experiences.

Thank you for visiting!


To view other fun Bridal and Groom tutorials, visit me on my Youtube Channel at:

{TRINA} Beaded Wedding Headband : DIY Tutorial

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Good Morning Everyone!

The start of the 1920’s Wedding Theme tutorials will now begin for the month of June:)  I have completed the {TRINA} Beaded Wedding Headband which was designed to give you three different looks.  It is a beautiful versatile headband that can take you from a 1920’s Bride to a modern day Bride.  The best part about this tutorial is you can also use this technique and Beaded Trim to create your Bridal Sash — just use your waist measurements:)  Enjoy!

This headband was so fun to create and it wouldn’t have been possible without my sponsor, Rosalind with Sew Much Fabric.  Thank you so much for the beautiful trim Roz!!!!!  Everyone, if you ever have any sewing questions or questions regarding fabric or textiles, she is the lady to call on.  There are many convenient ways to contact her if you have any inquiries.  You can contact Sew Much Fabric at:

SMF Facebook

SMF Pinterest

SMF Blog

SMF Online Store


phone: 832-363-1583

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Stay tuned for more fun tutorials…and thank YOU for visiting!

DIY Cuff Links from Buttons: {EVAN} Cuff Links V.2&3


Greetings Everyone!

Hope you guys are having a wonderful day.  The DIY Cuff Link Tutorial is here to (hopefully) add some inspiration & creativity to your week:)  The tutorial itself is extremely easy but I have to admit, the filming process was a little painful.  You can actually see the button indention and the redness on my index finger from securing the jump ring (1:45sec of the video).  I had to film this step several times…ouch!   As they say…no pain no gain:)  It was a very fun DIY tutorial over all.  I just love the buttons I found…I guess it’s that subtle bling factor:)

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the tutorial and get inspired to just create something unique & EXTRAordinary:)

Thank you for visiting!


Please click on the following to view:

{EVAN} Cuff Link Tutorial V.1 with Modge Podge Dimensional Magic

Photo illustration of the Resin Cuff Link Tutorial

other Gentlemen Tutorials

DIY Guest: Sewer Taryn B. from Houston, TX

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Bow Ties created by Taryn B. of Pixels to Patchwork,  Photo Courtesy of Taryn B.

Greetings Everyone!  Hope you guys are having a wonderful Good Friday:)

I would like to welcome my next DIY guest Taryn B. from Houston, TX.  She found my {JEREMY} Bow Tie Tutorial through, a website where you share what you make.  Taryn had messaged me and left a kind comment…“Thanks so much for your tutorial! I had to make a bow tie for my husband and this was very quick and easy to follow!”  

Taryn ended up making one for his co-worker as well and shared it on her blog.  You can read the post by clicking {here}.  If you visit Taryn’s bright and cheery website, “Pixels to Patchwork,”  you can view a portfolio of all her creative projects.  And if you read more “About Taryn,” you will learn that she loves to work under pressure.  She actually bought her wedding dress during her lunch break the day before her wedding.  Wow!  Now that is working under pressure!

Thank you Taryn for sharing your creation!

Well, this is a great transition into the following months.  I will be dedicating April and May to the gentlemen of the wedding party.  There will be tutorials for new and fun ways to tie your ties and other projects dedicated to the groom and his groomsmen.  Well, make sure you come and visit!  And…I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary from the ordinaries:)

For the {JEREMY} Bow Tie tutorial, feel free to click on the video below:

To view projects from other guests, please visit my Pinterest Board “DIY Brides & Guests” by clicking {here}.

Thank you for visiting!

Guest DIY Bride : Yuet Yu S. from Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

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Yuet Yu & fiance, Lester

Now here is a cute and adorable couple.  The Bride Yuet Yu is a Youtube Friend all the way from Kuala Lampur.  She is very creative and has a soft spot for crafting.  When I saw her work, I knew I had to share:)  A few questions I like to ask the Bride…Enjoy!
Q) What inspired you to diy?  YUET YU: Was doing some research online for wedding ideas… only to find out most wedding stuff can be really expensive. So i got really interested to do some DIY wedding projects so that most of my items are personalized and at the same time i can save on cost and also follow my wedding theme colour.
Q) If you used any of the Youtique Bridal tutorials, which one?  Also, can you give a brief explanation on how you created your accessories? YUET YU: I got really inspired when i saw your you tube videos for the (JOSHUA) Ring bearer pillow and also the (SERENA) flower… I have already made my ring bearer pillow to which i added tassels at all 4 corners of the pillow (1).
When i showed my good friend… she loved my creations so much until i offered to make her personalized ring bearer pillow to suit her theme colour which was tangerine/orange(4). Basically i used the same concept as posted by you but for the ribbon sash… i modified it by adding folds and swarovski crystals and just a diamante brooch as the center piece.  
I have made the {SERENA} flower as my bridal hairpiece (2)… I have just modified it by adding additional satin and tulle to each flower size template.
And the other.. is the hairpiece for my niece (who’s the flower girl)(3). For the flower girl hairpiece, I use two (about 21 inch) wires and twist them up together. Then using my glue gun, I wrap and stick on green ribbon around these 2 twirled wires. Then i make 2 of these green ribbon wrapped wires. I twist these 2 wires together (means 4 wires in total were used)  and loop the small pearl chain in between. Then i glue on the ribbon roses. At the back of the hairpiece, I add about 9 inches of ribbon as decoration.
Yarn wrapped letters(5): 
these are to be placed at the main registration counter where the heart shaped yarn will be attached to the birdcage, while the letters would be arranged as “LK ❤ YY”. The cage would be for the guests to write little notes/ cards and drop them into the cage (6). These yarn wrapped letters are made out of cardboard letters and colored yarn.
Boutonnieres/ Corsages(7):
The roses are all made from ribbons… whereby i follow these 2 tutorials :
The ivory white satin ribbon is 1 and a half inch in width while the peach organza ribbon is 1 inch in width.
I have just glued on pearls at the center of these ribbon roses.
As for the ribbon leave, i follow this link:
These olive green ribbons are 1.5 inch in width.
Then i glue these ribbons flowers and leaves onto metal wires… and i arrange these and tape them up together. Boutonnieres… i add pins at the back of it while the corsages i sew them onto ribbons.

Q) When is your wedding date?  YUET YU: My wedding date is on 31st August this year (2013).
Q) How far in advance did you start diy-ing to insure that you will be complete by your wedding date?  YUET YU: I started doing the DIY wedding items since last year November. So far i have made boutonnieres for the groomsmen, corsages for bridesmaids and family members, ring bearer pillow and yarn wrapped monogram letters for our reception table. Just like you, i am basically in a science stream, working in a healthcare institute… but I have always had a soft spot and huge interest in doing craft work and DIY stuff…. i blame it on me being born a left hander- but now a trained right hander (whom ppl claim to be more artistic 🙂
Q) What is your wedding theme/colors? YUET YU: Our wedding theme colors are of a combination of 2 colors : Peach and Olive green
Q) How did you meet your fiance and what is his name? YUET YU: The first time i met my fiancé, Lester Kong… was when we went white water rafting. We got to know each other through a common friend. It was the first time we met and he sat in the same raft as mine. Our raft was intentionally overturned so that we can all fall off the raft and be washed downstream through the rapids. At that moment… i lost my rubber sandals when i fell off the raft.. and i thought i would have to go home barefooted that day… but to my surprise… he caught both my sandals 🙂  I guess love blossomed from then on ..hehe
What an adorable love story.  Congratulations to Yuet Yu and Lester.  I wish you guys the best of forever!
Everyone, thank YOU for visiting!
To view the Youtique Bridal Tutorials, please click on one of the following:

To view projects from other guests, please visit my Pinterest Board “DIY Brides & Guests” by clicking {here}.

DIY Guest : Event Designer Chris Do from Houston, TX

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Bride Akina wearing the birdcage veil designed by Chris Do
Akina & John Wedding Photos by Steve Lee Weddings 

Today we have a very talented guest, Chris Do, who is an EXTRAordinary Event Designer.  Not only is she someone I know personally, but she also happens to be my God daughter.  I actually named a tutorial after her – the {CHRISTINE} Birdcage veil:).  I have watched this young lady mature and become an adult with a keen eye for fashion and creating amazing spaces.  Because of this, I am not surprised at how beautiful the multicultural New York wedding she coordinated would turn out.  Her work made it into the Weddings In Houston Magazine Blog.  You can read more about the wedding by clicking {here}.

On top of coordinating the wedding in New York, she also created some unique accessories for the Bride Akina.  She used the {CHRISTINE} Birdcage tutorial and was also inspired by the {SERENA} Flower Fascinator.  Here are just a few questions I asked her…

Q) What inspired you to do the DIY?  CHRIS: budget was the main factor, and also something handmade gave it more of a charm. I’ve always liked being hands on and this little project gave me the chance to do that without much fear. 

Q) How long did it take you to create the Birdcage Veil and the Flower Fascinator? CHRIS: about an hour of trial and error 

Q) Who did you create it for? CHRIS:  for my client, a bride from Japan

Here are more photos of her amazing work…

Wedding Photos by Steve Lee Weddings

Photos by Steve Lee Weddings


Photos by Steve Lee Weddings


Photos by Steve Lee Weddings

If you would like to book Chris, you can contact her at:

Chris Do, Design da Capo

Here is a video of the beautiful Bride and Groom.  You can also get a better view of the flower fascinator in the video.  Enjoy!

Akina + John | Wedding in NYC | 3 Cities, 2 Continents, 1 Love from T2Production on Vimeo.

To view the Youtique Bridal tutorials, please click on one of the following:

{CHRISTINE} Birdcage Veil

{SERENA} Flower Fascinator

To view projects from other guests, please visit my Pinterest Board “DIY Brides & Guests” by clicking {here}.

Thank you for visiting!