diy wednesdays: fabric envelopes we’re always making all sorts of stuff out of fabric, but can never bring ourselves to toss any scraps. this project is an easy and smart way to repurpose even the tiniest leftovers. by using one of our favorite sewing materials—fusible webbing—you can whip up a whole set of these no-sew envelopes in a flash. they’re great places to store favorite documents, photos, or business cards, and can even be used as a special gift wrap. have fun!derek & lauren ps: we’re about to embark on a bunch of exciting (and time consuming) projects, which unfortunately means we need to take a brief hiatus from our weekly diy posts here on design*sponge. we plan on contributing fun stuff every now and again, but until then you can keep track of us over at smartsandcrafts.com CLICK HERE for the full project after the jump! here’s what you’ll need: 2. layer your fabrics with fusible webbing in the center, and fuse with a hot iron. 3. trace template onto fabric and cut out.
Tutorial : DIY Nautical Headband How to make a Nautical HeadbandMaterials:-4 yds of rope or ribbon cut into 4 equal strands-1/2 yd 1 inch twill-hair band-sewing needle-thread The following pictures show you step by step how to make the sailor's knot with your first two strands of rope. Pay careful attention to which strand is on top or under the other. Now take your third and fourth strands of rope and snake them side by side into the knot by the first two strands. Slowly pull the knot tighter, keeping it even and the knot flat. Here is a closeup of how the knot should look now. Take your needle and thread and about 1 inch from the knot sew together the four strands of rope to keep them flat on the back.. Repeat on the other side. Here is the front. Trim your ropes so that all of the ends are even and the whole thing is about 19 inches long with the knot at about 7 1/2 inches (so that it is on the side of your head). Cut two pieces of twill at about 3 inches. Fold at about 1/4 inch. Sew this edge down as well. Here it is on.
diy projects: kate’s handy lunch bag this week’s resolution is definitely one i have every year: “cook more and dine out less.” i spend quite a bit of money on lunch at work, mainly because i can’t get my act together to prepare something (the closest i got was bringing an entire loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter-forgot the knife though). so i thought maybe if i prettied up my lunch accessories it would help inspire me. this tote is just a canvas bag slightly doctored so that it opens to become a place setting, complete with snuggled utensils! i added button closures on the sides so it’s easy to open and close, and like all canvas bags it is machine washable. for all you lucky freelancers out there, maybe your kids or office-bound friends could use a present. happy crafting! – kate click here for the step-by-step instructions or just click “read more” below. Kate’s Handy Lunch Bag What You’ll Need: 1. canvas bag 2. extra fabric for lining 3. elastic 4. needle and thread 5. sewing machine 6. scissors 7. buttons 2. 3.
Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!: Zipper Strap Lunch Sack Tutorial The lunch sack tutorial is finally complete! This is a little different from the original Snack Sack that I made for Huck. After some use, I discovered several problems with the original bag and I had to do some experimentation to come up with the solutions. First of all, you’ll notice that this is a bigger/taller lunch sack. I hope you enjoy, and, as always, if you make one for yorself, please post it to my Flickr group! The Fine Print: Please remember that all tutorials, patterns and projects on Hideous!
diy wednesdays: woodgrain oilcloth lunchbag recently, we’ve been making an effort to a) pack ourselves delicious lunches, and b) rid our lives of wasteful, disposable plastic bags. we find it’s much easier to accomplish these things when we’ve got a cute and useful alternative. in honor of this week’s wonderful guest bloggers, we thought it would be both fun and oh-so-appropriate to whip up this faux bois oilcloth lunchbag. brown-baggin’ it has never been so fun! click here for the full project or just click “read more” below. enjoy! -derek & lauren here’s what you’ll need: -1/2 yard woodgrain oilcloth (available here) -scissors -ruler -sewing machine and thread -velcro sticky dots 1. cut the oilcloth into 3 panels. one that measures 28″ x 8″, and two that measure 12″ x 5″. 2. fold down the top and bottom short ends of the long piece and stitch it 1/4″ from the edge to create the hem at the top of the bag. create a matching hem at the top of each side panel. 4. turn bag right side out and topstitch seams.
Table organizer I used: A frame, that i bought at the thrift store for 1 dollar. Fabric, that i had lying around (which frays insanely). Glue. My faithful all around glue. ... and my sewing machine, of course. halligan’s denim cut-offs wine bag When the time comes for your jeans to be reincarnated into your new favorite shorts, the top gets a new life but what about that sturdy bottom fabric going to waste? I have been saving the bottoms of cut off jeans for two years now, knowing that someday I would have a bright idea of how to put them to use. Denim crafts can go wrong in so many ways but my goal in this project was to cure denim crafts from their not so hip past using a little bleach and stitchery! CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! Materials: - jean leg bottom - sturdy fabric of choice (for lining) - bleach (optional) - scissors - ruler - fabric pencil/marker - pins - sewing machine Optional Step: Bleach jean leg bottom to desired color. note: Make sure to wash both your liner fabric and denim before you start sewing because the fabrics may shrink unevenly. 1. and a 14.5″x15″ rectangle of liner fabric. 2. then iron down and create a crease. 3. of seam. 4. For more info on an easy French seam go here To make handle:
Reverse Stencil Dresser | Musings August 18, 2011 I did it!! Remember that craaaaaZZy pants idea I had about reverse stenciling a ship onto a Craigslist-dresser-find? to THIS!! Now…you can stop reading here and just admire the pretty reverse stenciling (pardon my complete lack of modesty…I’m ridiculously proud of this dresser) OR you can read on for the step-by-step process… Step one – take out the drawers and tape out the inside of the dresser Step 2 – remove hardware and tape out the edges of the drawers themselves Step 3 – Insert drawers back into dresser without drawer pulls and pray you will be able to get them back out again (if you weren’t painting the area between drawers, than you could easily just take the drawers out, stack them together, apply the stencil and paint them…but since I wanted the ‘gap’ area included in the painting, I had to paint everything while fully assembled) (smoothing out the decal) (apply the bottom of the decal in the same way as the top) Step 5 – use a knife to cut where the drawers edges are
sewing 101: zippered case It’s back-to-school time, and it’s hard not to have school supplies on the brain even if school days are nowhere in sight for some of us! Inspired by the good old-fashioned pencil case, I thought it would be fun to sew a lined, zippered pouch that you can use for pencils, makeup, electronics or anything else you need to organize and tuck away. The great thing about this bag is that once you understand the basic construction, you can easily make it any size you like. Try a short, long version with a wide base for knitting needles, or a flat bag for electronic cords. You can use oilcloth for the lining to create a waterproof makeup bag, or try stitching a label to the outside to indicate what’s hiding inside. Let’s get started! CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! Materials Instructions 1. Decide how large you want your bag to be and cut two pieces of your exterior fabric and two pieces of lining fabric to this size, plus 1″ in length and width for seam allowance. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Make the most of your drawers When we built our home twelve years ago, wood tiered drawer dividers weren’t exactly in the budget. But one day while strolling around big blue, I happened to come across these: What could be better than that…except for maybe custom wood tiered drawer dividers! I started by removing the drawer from the cabinet and cutting off the top half only of the back side. Next, I mounted one set of the new slides along the inside top edge of both sides of the bottom drawer, as in the picture above. Next, I installed the second half of the new drawer slides onto the outside of the top drawer and slid the top drawer into the drawer slides, so it was nested inside the bottom drawer. The last step was to replace the old set of drawer slides with the second set of heavy duty slides that I bought, to make sure it could handle the weight of not one, but two drawers. Two drawers in the space of one, and not a bit of space is wasted by ill-fitting store-bought drawer dividers! So there you have it!
leather envelope phone case As you may know, I have a weakness for tech accessories — especially ones that you can DIY — so it should come as no surprise that when Aimee of SwellMayde offered to share this tutorial, I immediately said yes. Aimee was even kind of enough to make a leather case in the signature D*S color — bright coral! This DIY is super easy; the combination of basic materials and a printable template means even a novice crafter can produce this chic, simple phone case for themselves or as a gift in no time. Have a DIY project you’d like to share? My favorite ideas usually stem from necessity. Materials leathertopstitching threadscissors stitching awle6000 glueneedletapecell phone case pattern Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. You’re done!