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Thursday, October 10, 2013

MIlitary jacket to vest, How to

A few weeks ago I went on a thrifting trip with a few friends.  I totally need fashion help so I was lucky to be thrifting with Ashley from Flats to Flip Flops and Meg from Brassy Apple. (check out there blogs...Amazeballs!)
I have been on the hunt for a military styled vest.  But have found nothing. Finally while out shopping I found this Military jacket for just $4.  Yipee!  I was so excited!

Monday, April 8, 2013

How to cover a pillow with a Dishtowel DIY

I love finding  simple everyday things and turning them into something amazing.   Today I am going to share how to make a pillow cover with a Dishtowel.  This project was super easy ,cheap  inexpensive and makes an adorable throw pillow for a bed or chair. Making the pillow took me about 30 minutes, with minimal sewing. Not to mention it cost me less than $5.



Monday, November 26, 2012

Fingerless Gloves DIY



I love finger less gloves.  I think they are cute and stylish.  I was perusing my local thrift store when I found some old sweaters that would be perfect for my project.  I found this sweater vest for $3.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Reusable Pumpkin and other characters


Today's post is one I did for Eighteen 25 and there Spooktacular September.  Enjoy!




Do you ever buy those huge containers of food at Sam's Club or Costco?  Your kids eat the entire container and then you think, can use this for something or is it going to take up all the space in my garbage can.  Well today you can say I have a project for that big old container. Today I am going to show you how to reuse those empty containers into fun decor!

I started with an old cheese ball container.  You know the ones they sell at Sam's club, that your kids just love. Yeah those ones!
Let your kids eat those till they turn orange. Just think they could be Jack-o-lanterns for Halloween! Or you could use them as a treat for school or a party.
Clean out your container and remove the label from the front. If you get the label wet with hot water they will usually peel right off.  Make sure all the glue is off the container.  If not you could use a little adhesive remover (goof off)  to get it off.
Next paint your container.  I used Valspar copper colored paint for the container and green paint for the lid. Give it a good coat. Let dry.  Add one more coat.  Let dry.



While the paint is drying get your vinyl. You can buy vinyl for lots of places.  Joanns and Michaels carry a few colors.  I purchase mine at Vinyl Expressions.  The price is great and there shipping is lighting fast. Use the template here or create your own. Draw your face onto the back of your vinyl. Cut, Peel and stick.


You can add leaves or ribbon to the lid. Then use them to decorate your porch, tables or to put your Trick or Treat candy in.



Monday, June 11, 2012

Womens Tank to Little Girl Maxi





Maxi's are all the rage this season.  I wanted one for my little miss but they are hard to find.  I was shopping at a local mall and found an adorable tank for women.  I am not much of a tank top wearer but it is adorable for my Little Miss. Here is what I started with.... A lacey tank from Down East.


I cut off the bottom of the tank just below the arm pit.  Leaving the most length possible.


Stitch a basting stitch around the top of the skirt.  You may need to gather the skirt a bit  before sewing on the waist band.



For the waistband I had a piece of knit that was a perfect match . I measured my Little Missy's waist and subtracted 1 inch. Knit is really stretchy.  I cut my fabric 19 by 6. Fold your waistband in half lengthwise and right sides together. Short ends together.  Stitch. You should have a circle for a waistband. 


Fold the band in half to make it 3 x 18 round. Pin the band to your skirt. Giving the skirt and even gather if your must gather. Stitch around with a knit stitch. securing the waistband to the skirt.
Here is how my skirt turned out.


I think it turned out so cute.  She loves it! I think it makes her look so grown up.  Fun and easy for the summer.  Great for the beach, church or a day of shopping. Head out and find a tank for your Little Miss.




Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Recycled Bike Basket DIY




My little Miss has a bike, a tricycle and a scooter.  Funny thing is she only likes to ride the scooter and tricycle.  Originally  her tricycle had a little plate cover on the front of the handlebars.  It broke off and left that area vacant. I remember having a fun basket on the front of my bike.  I loved to put my favorite toy in the basket and go for a ride.  I saw my my orange juice container and had an idea.  Who needs to buy a basket when I can make one for free. I started with an empty Orange Juice container.

I cut the top of the orange juice container.  Just below the handle.
(In hind sight I would have punched 2 holes along 1 long side of the container.  I did mine later and it was hard to get the holes cut)


Take your fabric and measure it around the container and measure the height. 


Begin by painting a layer of modge podge onto your container. Start wrapping your fabric around the outside of the container.


Glue the edge of the fabric down.  Paint a layer of modge podge onto your fabric.  Give it a really good coat.

Fold the top fabric down to the inside.  Glue it down.
Let is dry for a while. You may want to do a second coat.


Now for the bottom. I place a lot of glue on the plastic and spread it around.   



Then start and fold it like the end of a package. Fold 2 sides and press down to stick to the glue.  


Lay more glue down and fold your last two sides down.  Cover in modge podge. Let dry

At this point I punched my holes.  I wish I had done it before covering in fabric. Measure your bike handle bars for hole placement. I also stapled around the top to secure the fabric to the plastic.  I used pom fringe to hide the staples.This would go great for a little boy and make it a super hero basket or cowboy or space man.  Whatever your little boy is into.  Fun for everyone!


To hide any graphics from the container I glammed it up.  Pom fringe and some flower cut outs. Red ribbons to tie it onto the bike and your finished.


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