5-minute skirt* Here's the 5-minute skirt how to I have been meaning to post. Please see the disclaimer at the bottom. And are you annoyed trying to read all this while at your sewing machine? I am! So get the PDF version right here. It's kind of a big file, just so you know. This super easy to sew skirt is 2 pieces, front and back, cut on the bias. Here's what you need: -skirt fabric (I strongly suggest a woven cotton with a wee bit of stretch. -FOE (fold over elastic) you need this for the waistband, so get at least your waist circumference. -A big ol' piece of paper to make your pattern. 1. A=your waist circumference divided by 2 plus 3" (So let's say my waist is 28", ha, that's funny. B=A+22" (So, in my fabricated small waist example B=17"+22" which is 39") C=Your favorite skirt length. 2. 3. 4. 5. *Disclaimer: The 5 minutes only apply if you have a serger, all the supplies at the ready, and are sober.
Flip-Flop Refashion: Part 1 (Braided Straps) Summer is great. And warm. And full of outdoor activities and trips to the pool and random walks around the neighborhood. I love it. And my shoe of choice for these warmer months?? So, I saw a tutorial for this flip-flop makeover (great work Mother Huddle), floating around the web…….and the wheels started turning. I decided to just string all of the ideas together and create a whole series. First up? A quick and easy flip flop…….made with some braided knit fabric scraps, using the 5 strand braiding technique, shown here. These soft braided straps streeeeeetch the perfect amount, right around the back of my heel……..keeping the flip-flop snug and in place. I added little loops of fabric to the sides, to keep the braided straps in place. These little sandals are so light, they’re soft and stretchy, and my favorite part……..they’re inexpensive. ($2.50 to be exact) These flip-flops make me think of the beach……and make me miss GA. I guess I better find a sandy spot at the lake. And that’s it. Enjoy.
The Burlap Bag - High Quality Handmade Goods Shop - Austin Texas March 1, 2012 by Lauren I saw a "trick" online and thought "Weird! I wonder if that really works!" So I tried it. ***EDIT EDIT! We started with the top part of this jacket… look at how clean it is! Enjoy your pill-less life! EDIT— yes… I know you could just buy an electric pill shaver thing.
9 Amazing Lockets from Etsy Lockets are probably the most romantic type of jewelry. It is not only decoration but also storage for photos or other relics. It is believed that the lockets was invented in ancient Rome, it was a round disk, which was the award to the military commander at the time of triumph. Locket is a great gift for Valentine’s Day. Ribbon Flip Flop Diy All right ladies, I hope you have been getting your flops ready. It’s going to be exciting! I have a project for you today with my flip flops, and you will slowly see all of us adding ours over the next couple months. Don’t forget Destri’s flops from last week as inspiration too! Since I just started using the sewing machine of course I had to use it a little for this project. First- I got my supplies ready: I used ribbon, jewels, scissors, sewing machine, glue gun and the flops. Second- I cut my 4 piece of ribbon to about 16 in. and sewed up the middle of the ribbon. Third- I pulled the thread from one end and began to make my ruffle. Fourth- Glue on one side at a time I started from the middle of the flop to the back. Fifth- I cut a smaller piece of ribbon and secured with glue around the end close to the sole of the shoe so the ribbon will not come loose. Last- I glued my jewel in the middle and was done. Can’t wait to see what you guys are coming up with!
9 Cool Things to Do With Old Books » Written Word Bibliophiles and bookworms, English majors and lovers of literature: is it possible to have too many books? They accumulate so quickly! Every member of your family getting you the same three books you requested for Christmas. Seeing Don DeLillo marked half-off, knowing you dumped a half-caff latte on your copy of Underworld, and – even though only the first three pages are illegible – justifying its purchase. 15+ years of required reading lists stored in boxes in your basement, even though you can bet your bippy you will never willingly read the poetry of Robert Burns again. We are up to our waists in books, some of which we hate (really Master Burns? Update: Do to the overwhelming support (HA!) 1. It brings a whole new meaning to “audio book.” Use your old books to showcase your artistic side. Good for hiding passwords and codes, the key to your safe, and family jewels. 2. Your choice of ribbon can transform this wreath so it is suitable for every holiday – or every day! 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Anthro-Inspired Mirror You all know we love a good Anthropologie knockoff around here – so a couple of days ago when I was browsing online I came across this mirror. Oh I definitely need that. Hold the presses – did that say $498??? Huh. We can do better than that. :) So after scouring the thrift shops, cutting myself on mirror glass, and overcoming an unreasonable fear of Mod Podge, here is my version! (Bear with me here – taking a picture of a mirror is a bit tricky. Ready for the tutorial? You’ll need: A MirrorEasy Off Oven CleanerFabric (enough to cover the frame and the back of the mirror)Mod PodgeA Staple Gun or other framing tool I went searching for a method to removing silvering and came across a great tutorial at Mitzi’s Collectibles. I started with a frame that I found at the thrift store. Obviously not clean. We actually had to ask on this one – because it just said 1951. $19.51 seemed way to high – and it was. Start by taking your mirror out of the frame. Lay your mirror down on a protected surface.
shrink plastic ring tutorial Thank you to everyone who requested a shrinkydinks ring tutorial! This tutorial is an experimental method, not an exact science – you should have fun playing with it… UPDATE: Since posting this very popular tutorial in 2008, I’ve answered every question imaginable in the comments of this post. If you have questions, you’re welcome to trawl back through the hundreds of comments to find my answers, or, to make things easier, I’ve compiled a 3-page shrinky rings FAQ, which is available exclusively when you donate $1 or more towards my tutorial (this also entitles you to further help from me by email, should you need it). Please see the end of this post for more details about this policy Please note: if you’ve come here via the lovely bird ‘ring’ picture on Pinterest, read this post to answer your questions. This tutorial is Donationware – the instructions are available for free, but if you like it please consider sending me a donation to show your appreciation: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. That’s it!
How to Make Leaf Skeletons I wanted to share with you a project from one of my readers who shares with us how to make leaf skeletons. I LOVE this! I have several leafs in various forms displayed in my home and knew I needed to make some of her leaf skeletons to add to my decor. I love how a pattern of leaves can enhance the beauty in your home. So I asked Heather if she would mind sharing her project with you. You can find more great projects from Heather at her blog The Other White House. I have spent hours and tried various ways of making these. You need washing soda, not baking soda! Gather your leaves. Washing soda is a strong base so you may want to wear gloves when handling the leaves. You will add 3/4 cup of washing soda and 4 cups of water to your pot of leaves. Keep going, you will need to add more water so your pan doesn’t dry out. When 1.75 hours are up fill a glass baking dish with cool water. I carefully removed them and rinsed with water and added clean water to the pan. 37.1Kstumbleupon
Vogue Even Angel Platform at Free People Clothing Boutique "So a few weeks ago, I got a little case of spring fever when it started to get warm for a few days in PA. I decided this year I needed some new sandals, and decided I wanted something with a little height. FP is usually my go-to site for shoes as they always seem to have at least one or two pairs that I am absolutely in love with. These sandals caught my eye, and I bookmarked them in my browser and for the next few days kept looking at them, wondering if I should go ahead and make the purchase. I ended up purchasing them in orange in a size 6, and when I received them, they were so comfortable. The foot-bed is padded and cushions your foot with every step.
T-Shirt Bracelets | Family Chic SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2011 | Comments: 45 Brightly colored t-shirts that are too small for my daughters now, have found new life as bracelets. For this project you will need some old t-shirts and a bunch of bangle bracelets. Try using old bangles that you already own, check thrift stores or pick up some up for a few dollars at Target, Walmart – or even the sale bins at Old Navy. Cut t-shirt in 1/2" to 1" wide strips. Loosely tie one end of the t-shirt strip to the bangle and start wrapping fabric around bracelet – the tighter the better. Wrap fabric all the way around until you meet the first knot – untie the knot and tie both ends together to close. I found this technique worked well for us – but you could also use a glue gun to secure ends. We made a ton of these bracelets this morning – my daughters really enjoyed it.
Crochet a Gorgeous Mandala Floor Rug In this tutorial we’ll be making a beautiful crochet rug, made from T-shirt yarn. The pattern uses US terms and stitches include slip stitch (sl st); double crochet (dc); chain (ch); increase (inc) and a magic ring. T-shirt yarn (also called Zpagetti) in two colours that complement each other. You'll need about threes cones of yarn in total.A crochet hook in a size suitable for t-shirt yarn. I'm using a 15mm hook.A large darning needle for sewing in the ends.A pair of scissors. Using the main colour yarn, make a magic ring and secure with a stitch. Pull the ring closed. Chain 3 (counting as 1 dc), work another dc in the same stitch, then work 2dc in each stitch around. Chain 3 (counting as 1 dc), work 2dc in the next stitch, then *1dc, 2dc* around. Chain 3 (counting as 1 dc), chain 2, skip a stitch, then *1dc, ch2, sk 1 st* around. Chain 3 (counting as 1 dc), work 2 dc in the ch2 space, work 1dc in the underlying dc, then *inc, 1dc in dc* around. Change colour. Change colour.
pallet reading bed for the nursery UPDATE: For those following a link directly to this post, you can find pictures of the entire nursery HERE UPDATE: I recently found out the owner of the bed that inspired mine, check out her incredible site HERE When we began planning the nursery I really wanted a spot I could read with our kids and snuggle with them. Since I won’t be working as much, I have great hopes that maybe every once and a while I could cuddle down for a nap with one of them. So in working on the nursery, I began working on a ‘reading bed’ for us. Granted this will be a great bed for naps and for kids, but it is not designed to be an adult bed. I was inspired by this picture and then made it my own. Materials: Wood pallets (ours a bit smaller than the standard size) Palm Sander 80 grit, 200 grit sandpaper 5 large caster wheels 4 hinges Thick foam for the ‘mattress’ – mine is from a fabric store then covered in a down comforter and soft bedding The instructions are a simple as can be: Sand the pallets good and smooth.