Re-use First things first! Thank you SO MUCH for all the love and well wishes on my Birthday Love List last week. Celebrations and school were keeping me extra busy, but of course I read each comment, and every single one of them made my birthday so much better. So thank you!!! I live in an itsy bitsy cottage, freestanding – a rare point of pride in this ridiculously overpriced paradise – and in many ways falling apart. I generally try to avoid Pinterest. Boy howdy, this project. Glass straws are one of my absolute favorite plastic replacements.
Behind The Seams 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. 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 old t-shirts scissors or rotary cutting tool/mat seam binding masking tape dye (optional) All of these things should be available at your local craft store, with the exception of the old t-shirts. On to the making! Once you’ve gathered all of your shirts, use a rotary cutting tool and mat (you can certainly use scissors but the results are less precise) to cut the shirts into 1 inch strips. Once you have all of the strips cut, it’s time to dye them if you’d like. Now you’re ready to hook! xo elle
Neck tie School Bag Got lots of neck ties lying around? Use them to make this unique bag! What you need Okay, you'll need a bunch of ties. Instructions Let’s start with the gusset/handle: you’ll need four ties: (Figure 1) Lay them out like this. Join each pair side by side with a super-wide triple zigzag stitch. (Figure 2) Just feed the ties through side by side, no “right sides together” or pinning or anything. Stitch each pair together side by side halfway up. (Figure3 ) Now you have have two pairs of ties sewn together. Just do another triple zigzag over the center of each tie following the center seam on the wrong side. (Figure 4) Now place the fat ends of the ties right sides together and stitch across with a regular straight stitch. Your gusset/strap piece is now complete! Now we are going to make the pattern for the front and back of the bag. (Figure 5) Now mark a dot at the inside points between the ties. Remove the ties and connect the dots. (Figure 6) Cut this pattern out. (Figure 7) Unfold paper – Voila!
Tutorial and Pattern: Cloth Napkins 5 Ways Remember that cloth napkin project I've had going on all summer? Well, it's finally done, dammit. I mean, dangit. Done. BUT, I thought you might like to start your own personal cloth napkin project--so I whipped up a little tutorial for you that covers the five styles of napkins I made: The basic, no-frills napkin (see original post here and here)The sweet and simple rick rack variety (original post here)The pretty ruffled one (original post here)The bossy "EAT" applique napkin (original post here)The embroidered vintage happy face napkin (see below)The tutorial includes step-by-step instructions with a few illustrations, and patterns where necessary. And a couple more things I want to point out--like the final two napkin varieties I made to finish up my crazed napkin project...yes, these vintage-inspired happy faces that I embroidered onto the corner of some linen napkins. And finally, remember those yellow ruffled napkins I made earlier?
Slouchy Hobo Bag Every wanted to know how to make a hobo bag? You're in luck! We have got step by step instructions for making a slouchy hobo bag of your own! What you need Fabric Zipper Sewing Machine Pins Instructions (Figure 1) here’s the “pattern” i used. i tend to just cut…i really have no rhyme or reason to my shapes and patterns. this one happens to be 8″ high. you will cut 2 with the interior fabric and 2 with the exterior fabric (Figure 2) here are all the pieces. the ones on the far left are key…they will be attached to the zipper and you will start with those. you then have the body of the purse..interior and exterior…and then you have 2 pieces to create the strap for your shoulder at the bottom of the picture. (Figure 5) his is what it will look like once you finish both sides and both interior and exterior. this picture shows only the interior side. (Figure 7) do this to both interior body sides. (Figure 8) this is what it should look like. this is the inside of your purse. (Figure 23) that’s it!
Rainbow Princess Dress I'm done. I'm done. I'm done, I'm done, I'm done! (Humming to "I'm Late" from Alice in Wonderland.) When I asked my daughter what she wanted to be for Halloween, she was very specific. This dress took 5 days, three different trips to the fabric store and lots of groaning and wailing on my part. Meet the Rainbow Princess: She has 2 tutu's and a petticoat under the dress. I still need to add a hook and eye to the top of the dress. Poor little thing had an accident at pre-school involving a slide and the ground last week. Now I need to spend the rest of the day taking care of all the chores I neglected all week. If you like this project and want to see more, please consider becoming a follower.
Tank Top Dress Then the skirt part. Use stretchy fabric like jersey or like I did, the bottom part of an extra large T shirt. It's important for the top part of the skirt to be a generously measured because the gathering takes up fabric as seen in the gathering step. If you use fabric then just measure how long you want the skirt and sew it together at the sides and then follow the Gathering step. If you use a T shirt like I did, then all you do is cut the shirt where the arms/sleeves start and cut it in half, from sleeve to sleeve and then you have the skirt ready for you! Then onwards to next step: THE GATHERING. This is extremely simple, I'm just giving a very thorough explanation on how this is done if someone hasn't done gathering before.
One of my favorite Etsy shop: Lucky Star Lane Hi there, lovely ladies! How's your day? I hope you are all fine. I have recently discovered an Etsy shop which sells a variety of cute and adorable party decoration items and the stuff. I am sure most of you already know Erin. I was looking at her shop for the nth time tonight and I just can't help sharing with you MY favorites! In case you don't know, we are crazy over owls here! Look at this Diaper Cake! Now, how about this owl centerpiece? Owl corsages!!! Cute centerpiece topper. And this owl corsage for a baby boy shower! She's got other pretty things there, not just owls! So what d'ya say about this rag garland? Oh, and this Ribbon and Lace Chandelier decoration is absolutely lovely! And these flower pins are too cute for words! She's so talented and so creative, you've got to see it for yourself. Hugs,
DIY: Tank Dress with Pockets! : academichic At long last, I present a tutorial for the tank dress I made a few weeks ago before the end of the semester blindsided me. I’ve been seeing these tank+patterned skirt all over the place lately, but frequently they were too short or too short-waisted for my particular proportions. After some googling, and studying the really excellent skirt tutorial and t-shirt dress tutorial at Ruffles and Stuff and the skirt with pockets tutorial at Freshly Picked, I decided that even my fairly rudimentary sewing skills could handle this project. And since I celebrated my height yesterday for Dress Your Best week, it seems appropriate to post a sewing project prompted by my need for a longer-than-in-stores dress. Supplies: a tank top2 yards or so of patterned fabricscraps of a coordinating fabric for pocketsmatching threaddisappearing fabric pen or chalk Steps: 1. 3. 4. Pin and cut out a pair. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. A note of warning. I can imagine so many fun variations on this.
embroidery ***i have a new post here with some updates and announcements, please take time to read!*** here are some embroidery projects that i've been working on over the past little bit. i got the idea for this first one when we saw a tree at the tulip gardens with some initials carved into it. steven told me that when we own our own house, he'll carve our initials in it. so in the meantime, we have this one to hang in our house. i tried a brand new stitch on it, and i think it turned out rather well. i'll need a bit more practice before i'd say it was perfect, but it's not bad! this second project was inspired by a post from twig and thistle. i'd heard of other people embroidering letters before too. but i never got around to it. i've had the idea in my head for a while to embroider some sweet text messages from the first little bit that we were engaged, but i can't find my charger for that phone, so i can't find any. anyway, here's my second project. [[do tell!]] <3katie
SUPER Easy Ironing Board Cover Tutorial If you'd like to see my (license free) Handbag Patterns please look here. Thanks for your ironing board cover (IBC) tutorial requests. Calling this a tutorial might be pushing it slightly as it is outrageously easy, but then, really easy is really good right? This one is for everyone who asked for it (especially Ian, because I love it when fellas drop in for a read). You won't need to make a casing, obtain cord for ties, or even thread a cord for the casing (which is fantastic for lazy busy ol' me) because we are going to use the casing from the old IBC. Of course, in order to follow this tutorial the casing on your old IBC will need to be intact. My old IBC removed from it's frame. 'Well hello there pretty thing, let's slip and slide together...!" Here’s How I put it all together Shopping list (as if you were shopping and not using your own stash fabrics) NB: all seam allowances are 1cm (3/8”) unless otherwise stated. 1. 2. Measure & mark a 1" (2.5cm) margin all around the old IBC. 3.