Meet, The Rollie Pollie bean bag chair. Felt Flowers. How to make a fabric rose. It's the last stiffened fabric project and then I'm moving on!
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.) 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.
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. 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.
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.
Book strap tutorial. Ladies and gentlemen, I'm delighted to share a guest tutorial today from Lorraine (LiEr) Teigland of Ikat Bag.
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.
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. T-shirt latch hook rug tutorial. I really love flokati rugs. 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.
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.
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.
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. Attach a safety pin to the end of one of the strings. You can trim the strings but we like leaving the fringe as is. DIY Fabric Notepad Cover. I have been working on fabric covers for steno pads for my children’s teachers. They can be made totally reversible. 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. cut strips with at least 16 inches in length and i varied my widths because i wanted it to look a little wonky...you will want to make your strips come out to at least the width of 11 inches total when sewed together. sew your strips and press them flat with an iron.
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.