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No-Sew Duct Tape Zipper Pouch. Rollie Pollie! Looking for hours of entertainment?

Rollie Pollie!

Felt Flowers. How to make a fabric rose. It's the last stiffened fabric project and then I'm moving on!

How to make a fabric rose

I wanted to try an oversized, realistic fabric rose just for fun. Make a template with six petals. I traced around a dinner plate and a small bowl on the back of some ugly wrapping paper. (Tip: if the paper is too curly, iron it flat and your life will be better.) I've included my feet so you can admire my cute socks. Prepare some stiffened fabric. Using the template, cut three flower shapes from the prepared fabric. In the first flower, cut a slit along one of the fold lines to the center. On each flower, overlap the two petals adjacent to the slit and secure with a little glue. Vintage book travel-tech organizer. As you may have figured out from my My Life Scoop posts, I’m a bit of a nut for tech accessories, especially pocket-sized ones.

vintage book travel-tech organizer

I can’t get over how awesomely small our entertainment devices are becoming; it makes traveling with them so much easier. But one issue I keep running into is how to neatly organize everything, especially the power cords and connector cables that accompany my favorite devices. Rather than spend another plane trip rummaging through my catch-all carry-on bag searching for my headphones, bumping my head on the seat in front of me every time, I decided to make a small tech-accessory organizer using elastic ribbon and an old vintage book cover. This project can be sized up or down and customized in many different ways — the best approach is to gather all the tiny tech things you travel with and see how much there is.

After that, it’s just a bit of snipping, sewing and gluing, and you’re on your way to a clean, organized carry-on. Wallet-to-Tote On the Go ~ Tutorial. Lorraine from ikat bag is a favorite around here… She has tons of fun tutorials on her blog and she’s joined us before with this wonderful Back to School Pencil Case tutorial.

Wallet-to-Tote On the Go ~ Tutorial

Today Lorraine shares a tutorial for a new summer essential, the On the Go Wallet-to-Tote! Construction includes three main parts: Assembling the Wallet, Assembling the Outer Bag and Making the Lining. The tote zips into a convenient wallet in this unique and handy design. From Lorraine: Hello, Everyone. Paracord Wrap Bottle. Make a self-zipping coin purse from a ribbon. Look what came in the mail today from my mom.

Make a self-zipping coin purse from a ribbon

Book strap tutorial. Ladies and gentlemen, I'm delighted to share a guest tutorial today from Lorraine (LiEr) Teigland of Ikat Bag.

Book strap tutorial

She's a former physics teacher, which speaks volumes about the smart projects her creative brain concocts. (Her pig and chicken patterns kill me.) Bow tie paper clips from fabric scraps. I had a couple little scraps left over from stiffened fabric projects, and after fiddling with them, I noticed they'd easily make tiny bows.

Bow tie paper clips from fabric scraps

Which I attached to paper clips because... I don't know why. These could work as bookmarks, on wedding invitations, Valentines, etc. Or attach the bows to hair clips for little girls or pencils for bridal shower games. I used fabric scraps, stiffener, large paper clips, a scissors, an iron, twist ties (or wire), and a hot glue gun. Apply stiffener to your scraps (learn more here) and iron them flat. Form the longest strip into a loop, overlapping the ends generously. Pinch the "tail" strip in the center the same way. Then attach the bow to the tails using a piece of wire.

Use the tiny remaining strip of fabric to attach the bow to the paper clip. Trim the tails to the length you like. T-shirt latch hook rug tutorial. I really love flokati rugs. I have two that are safely tucked away in my parents basement awaiting our reunion. When I learned that I would be having a child and building a nursery for him, I wanted a flokati. A gray one. Being a flokati snob though, I knew that I couldn’t afford the price tag ( ), and I knew that I would be too precious about the rug ( ). So I chose the only sensible alternative: I would make a rug.

I’m going to show you how it’s done, but let me warn you- while this rug was super inexpensive to make with the resource of money- it was very costly in the resource of time. And now, this is how to make your very own latch hook rug. Supplies: Latch hook canvas latch hook tool. DIY Solar Lamp: Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Sun Jars. The principle is simple and seductively clever: solar lights that store energy during the day and release light at night.

DIY Solar Lamp: Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Sun Jars

These can be purchased ready-made in a variety of colors (yellow, blue and red) but they can also be built at home. A simple, less-technical approach involves buying a conventional solar-powered yard lamp and then essentially harvesting it for key pieces to put in a jar. This is simply a way of taking an existing solar lamp design and appropriating its parts to make something more attractive for display around a house or home. A more electronically-savvy individual can take the more complex route and built a solar lamp from the ground up using small solar panels – though the aesthetic result may not be as impressive.

Whatever route you choose to go, these are fun and sustainable gadgets that make it easy to go green, automate the process of turning on lights at night and can add some color to your porch, patio, garden or windowsill. Guest blogger - Sasha from The Guilded Bee: Here's another DIY project from our sweet friend, Sasha - from the The Gilded Bee.

guest blogger - Sasha from The Guilded Bee:

Be sure to check out her awesome shop full of handmade packaging lovelies. DIY Market Bag. With Earth Day just around the corner, we’re turning to artist and environmentalist Chris Jordan for inspiration.

DIY Market Bag

In this large-zoom photograph he has captured 1.14 million brown paper supermarket bags, the number used in the US every hour. And did you know that 2.7 billion plastic bags are used every day worldwide? Floored by these staggering numbers we were motivated to do a quick and easy DIY, recycling an old t-shirt into a reusable fringed market bag. We hope that it will also inspire you to use less plastic and paper! Lay the t-shirt on a flat surface. Snip 8 evenly spaced slits along the bottom hem of the t-shirt. DIY Fabric Notepad Cover. Composition book cover. To make this cover you will need:*strips of varying widths with at least 16 inches in length.*2 rectangles of muslin cut out to 5 1/4 by 11inches*one long rectangle with the measurement of 25 by 11 inches*one button*one elastic hair band. first get you a boring looking composition book measure your composition book. mine was 10 in length and when i measured from one end of the cover to the other end, it turned out to be 15 inches in width.

5 Super Crafty Eco Etsy Finds for the Home. It’s not difficult to find page after page of awesome organic, upcycled and otherwise eco-friendly stuff at online handmade goods market Etsy.com . But, some of the gear you’ll find stands out in a crowd because it’s just plan ingenious. Check out these five ultra-crafty, creative home décor items made from old books, glass bottles, light bulbs, license plates and wine barrel staves. Wreath Made of Vintage Book Pages Unusual and exquisitely crafted, this beautiful wreath (above) is made from the pages of a book called The New Phonetic Chardenal, dated 1946. Simple Joys Paperie makes papercraft from old books that are falling apart, have pages missing or otherwise damaged. Recycled Rolling Rock Beer Bottle Coasters Rolling rock beer bottles have been kiln-fired and flattened into bubbly, surprisingly pretty glass coasters with the label still intact.

Pennant rubber stamp roller in Crafts for home stationery and paper for birthdays, anniversaries or dinners. Time capsule in Crafts for decorating and home decor.