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DIY beach bag

Ok, I told you how I made the kids beach bags instead of cleaning house before our trip to Florida. I told you how super cute they were, right? Well, now I have pictures for you and somewhat of a tutorial. 

I first saw these grocery bags Dana made while she was in the first  So-You-Think-You’re Crafty competition. I loved them. Aren’t they adorable? Well, I didn’t really need reusable grocery bags at the time so I filed the idea into the “projects to do later” part of my brain. Then came our trip to the beach, and I thought how fun if we had beach bags to give to the kids filled with sand toys and stuff. They could tote their little bags down to the water each day. It was the first time the kids were going to be spending time with their cousin, and we wanted to celebrate. The grocery bags came to mind as the perfect material to use for beach bags. They are made out of plastic grocery bags melted together!!!

Here are a few pictures of how they turned out. 

Aren’t they cute? I just love them. 

There is no need for me to rewrite the tutorial, so I will send you to the original tutorial HERE. From what I read (I admit I didn’t read the whole tutorial), the steps were all very clear. I just read long enough to know that she used eight layers of Target bags, you use parchment paper underneath and on top of your bags to melt them, and that she used cotton setting on her iron.

I used seven layers of Wal-Mart bags with the shiny side of a Target bag on the top and bottom. I also used the setting below cotton, maybe wool?, on my iron. I ironed my bags from the middle going out to release the air bubbles. Originally I had wanted the bags to be pretty small so the kids could carry them, but my sister-in-law and I found so many great sand toys and pajamas on sale that we ended up with a lot of stuff that need to fit! So here’s the sizes of the panels I cut:

I was originally going to laminate some fabric to use as handles, but using ribbon cut out MANY steps. Time was precious. Hence no photos of the process of me making them! I also opted to make my handles go all the way to the bottom of the bag to add support. And I did sew my handles on before sewing the bag together.

I really like these bags and have other ideas for things to make using this technique…like wet bags to hold our wet swimsuits after a visit to the pool. I’ll be sure and show you pictures once I make those!

One last thing, I want to say Happy Birthday to my Grandma Mary! Thank you for sewing with me on my summer trips to your house. I love you and wish I could drive down and eat some cake with you. Have a wonderful day.

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Becoming Home

Today I’m guest posting (sounds so fun to say that!) over at Becoming Home. My sweet friend, Diane, asked me to help in a celebration week over at her blog. She’s celebrating 200 posts.  She’s got DIYs, guest bloggers, and a giveaway scheduled this week so make sure you check back with her all week long so you don’t miss anything!

 Go check out my little project and how-to I came up with. I hope you like it! It was fun for me and despite the end project looking like it takes some work, it is really quite easy. Here’s a little sneak peek of the end product:

Mark paid me the high compliment of saying, “If I didn’t know better, I would’ve thought it came from Anthro.” Is that sweet or what? And I’ll take it even if he was just tired of me asking, “Do you like it?”

 

So go see the whole tutorial over at Diane’s. While you’re at Becoming Home be sure to check out Diane’s archives. She’s got some great projects; she’s super creative. I was quite honored and ecstatic when she asked me to guest post (and that may be an understatement). Thanks Diane!

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DIY clip-on earring Place Card Holders

Ok, this is my last entry.

This time I am going to show you how to make Place Card Holders using clip-on earrings.

Supplies:

an assortment of clip on earrings

small wooden blocks

hot glue gun


Step 1:

“Open” the clip on earrings.

Step 2:

Apply hot glue to the back of the back of the earring.

Step 3:

Adhere to a wooden block, making sure the bottom of the earring doesn’t extend too far past the bottom of the block. (So the block can sit up)

Step 4:

Repeat until all the blocks are complete.

Step 5:

Insert Place Cards and set on a beautifully arranged table!

*Another use for clip-on earrings is to use them to close and embellish your attendants gifts. Here they are keeping the bag closed and also holding the ribbon and card in place.

Both projects are super simple, and I think it’s like adding “jewels” to your table and/or bag. Have fun!

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DIY handkerchief garter

Ok, so I entered the contest again. I’m just having so much fun! And she extended the deadline until Saturday night. So if you have an idea or if you did something DIY for your own wedding using something “found,” you should go enter- first prize is $500!

This time I bring you a garter made out of two old handkerchiefs. A super quick project that’s unique and could really have a lot of sentimental value if you used handkerchief belonging to your grandmother or other kin.

So here it is:

Supplies:

2 old handkerchiefs

sewing machine

elastic thread

iron

Step 1:

Cut each handkerchief in half

Step 2:

Sew the pieces together. I wanted to leave the decorative edge of the blue handkerchief showing so I simply sewed one on top of the other (instead of right sides together). Once all four pieces are sewn together creating a long rectangle, sew the end to the beginning to create an oval.

Step 3:

Iron the top edge over twice.

Step 4:

Loosely wind your elastic thread around your bobbin. Insert into your machine as you would with normal thread. Adjust the stitch length to be a little long, and sew around the top edge of your garter. Repeat for as many rows as you want. I sewed three rows. (make sure to backstitch at beginning and end of stitched rows)

Step 5:

Your fabric should already be somewhat gathered from the elastic thread. Now heat up your iron and shoot a burst of steam on your rows of stitches, and it should bunch up even more.

Step 6:

Try on your garter. If it is too big (like mine was), you can just fold the fabric over here and there and put a few stitches in.

Now you have your something old and possibly your something blue too!

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{my entry} DIY Wedding Guest Book

This project is currently a finalist in a contest. Please go to THIS POST and leave a comment voting for #16 The Vintage Wedding Book. Thanks! Voting ends on Thursday, April 8, at 11:59 pm (not sure what time zone).

I stumbled across Ruffled blog a few days ago (I can’t really remember how). A must see for anyone planning a wedding- they have lots of beautiful pictures and inspiration. And while visiting, I found out they had a contest going on. A contest with a prompt of “Found Tucked Away and Used Today.” How fun is that? Using something old and turning it into something new and different to be used at a wedding. And while I am not planning a wedding, I am a romantic, I love repurposing things, and I like a good challenge….so I decided to enter.

Now I just have to tell you how much I love this. I love it so much that it almost makes me want to get married again- TOTALLY just kidding Mark. I guess I’ll just have to use this idea for my sister…..or Kyrie.

What it is:  A wedding guest book made out of an old book.

Why I love it: Guests are able to write little notes to the bride and groom; a quote or piece of advice; a favorite memory of the bride or groom; a childhood story; anything really. But so much more than just a signature. Some pages are saved for photos to be added after the wedding. In the end, you have a book that can sit on a shelf, that captures the wedding activities and who the people getting married really are. I bet you would even learn something new about one another!

So here’s the tutorial:

Supplies:

old hardback book with a cool cover

exacto knife

book binding, linen hanging, or masking tape

paper (for interior pages of book)

one piece of cardstock

paper trimmer

sewing machine

hot glue

paintbrush

mod podge

alphabet stamps or any other embellishments you want

Step 1:

Using your exacto knife, CAREFULLY cut the cover off the interior pages of the book. (After removing my pages I saw that the spine of my book needed to be reinforced. I used linen hanging tape because that is what I had. Book binding tape would also work. Or even masking tape- just something to give the spine a little more support.)

Step 2:

Measure the interior of your book and cut your cardstock slightly smaller.

Step 3:

On your cardstock, make a mark at the center. Then measure the spine from your book cover. Draw where the spine will be on your cardstock.

Step 4:

Measure and divide your spine in equal sections. Draw vertical lines to mark where your signatures (or interior folded pages) will go. I decided to make 4 signatures.

Step 5:

Measure and cut your interior pages slightly smaller than your piece of cardstock. I used 10 pages per signature. My paper was thinner than regular paper, so if I were using regular printer paper I would use no more than 8 sheets per signature. Fold each stack of paper in half to create your signature. It doesn’t matter in the edges are not completely lined up.

Step 6:

Take your first signature (unfolded) and line it up with the first line that you drew on your piece of cardstock. Hold in place with binder clips, paper clips, clothes pins…whatever you have. Now sew SLOWLY down the fold of your signature. Repeat until all signatures are sewn in.

Step 7:

Hot glue the outside spine of the cardstock to the interior spine of your hardback.

Step 8:

Brush Mod Podge onto the back of the cardstock and adhere to the vintage book. Hold in place with clips or pins. Let dry overnight.

Step 9:

Your interior pages will most likely be sticking out of your book. Take a straight edge (I used a ruler) and tear the excess paper off. This will create raw edges which will add to the character of the book.

Step 10:

Take your alphabet stamps and stamp the bride and groom’s name on the first page. Randomly pick pages throughout the book to stamp “save for photo.” This, of course, will be where you will place your pictures after the wedding.

Step 11:

Embellish more if you would like. I chose to leave the cover plain. You could also ink the edges of your pages to “add age” to my pages. The possibilities are endless!

Step 12:

Set out at wedding and let guests write away!

Step 13:

After wedding, print pictures and adhere on the blank pages.

Enjoy a book of your wedding!

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Tuesday’s Order {DIY child’s tool belt}

A couple of Tuesday’s ago, my children’s request of the day was a tool belt. Some of their requests are really big, hard, ginormous, really far out there, could never make it requests. But this one? Easy. So I made them a couple.  I love to make things for them.

Supplies:

-1 rectangle of fabric (mine was 12″ x 10″ and was scrap canvas)

-1 strip of fabric or ribbon 36″ long or adjusted to fit you child’s waist with room to tie in back 

Step 1:

Fold one edge over about 1/4″ and press

Step 2:

Fold over and press again. This is called a roll hem. 

Step 3:

Edge stitch (i.e. stitch as close to the edge as possible.

Step 4:

Line your edge stitch up with the right side of your presser foot. Stitch another line using your edge stitch as a guide. (This step is totally optional. It is just a finishing stitch that simply makes it look….well….more finished!)

Step 5:

Fold your your hemmed edge up towards the top of your fabric leaving about 1.5 inches at the top. It should create a pocket of some sort. Make sure your “wrong” side is facing you. Your “right” sides should be together. 

Step 6:

Sew down each side

Step 7:

Turn right side out. And stitch your desired compartments. I chose to make 3 “spaces” or pockets, and my very precise way of measuring where to stitch was to fold it and use the creases as a guide.

Step 8:

Set your rectangle to the side. Moving on to the tie. Iron your strip of fabric in half. 

Step 9:

Fold the raw edges in to the crease and press. This create a fake bias trim. Since we are making this a quick project we didn’t take the time to measure out 45 degree angles and sew some bias trim. Of course, if you already have some bias trim it would work great here- and make the project even faster.

Step 10:

Line up the center of your tie with the center of your rectangle piece, and sew the tie on. The easiest and fastest thing to use would be ribbon- no folding, ironing, or sewing past the pouches. If you use fabric or bias tape, you will need to continue to sew past the pouches in order to sew your trim itself together. 

And there you have it! A completed tool belt. Or in my case, two completed tool belts. 

Sewn during nap time and then set out for my little builders to find upon wakening. May you build some mighty things Bob and Wendy! Can you build it? Yes you can!

{also perfect for toys or treasures- not just tools}

 

This was a fun quick project. In the future I will probably make the overall pocket a little larger. Let me know if you make your little builder a tool belt!

Karston’s next request: “A shield like Christian has to fight Apollyon.” (from the Pilgrim’s Progress, one of his favorite stories- just like his Daddy)

 

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Fleece blanket

Yesterday our church went to a local nursing home to set up a little Christmas shop for the residents. It was composed of little figurines, scarves, blankets, ornaments, picture frames, journals, tote bags…a whole smorgasbord of things. We then gave the residents monopoly money to pay with. Everything was a dollar. It was so much fun to be able to bring some happiness and a good time to these people. There were some funny old ladies. It was a little depressing just to see these people so close to death and being treated like babies (and I’m not meaning they were being mistreated or treated poorly). Makes you think about life. Anyways, I had made some picture frames for the store which I forgot to take a picture of. They were just those wooden ones that are at Michael’s for $1 that I then covered in scrapbook paper that I already had. I also made two no sew fleece blankets. I’m sure everybody already knows how to make these, but I thought I’d give a tutorial anyways! Now I’ve never read any directions on how to do this so I could have just slaughtered the whole process and done something completely wrong, but they turned out pretty good so it couldn’t be that bad.

1. Get two pieces of coordinating fleece (I used one yard of each print) and lay them wrong sides together. And cut off any bad edges (the selvedge edge).

fleece blanket

2. Cut a rectangle out of the corner (which I already did before I took the above picture). I chose to do a rectangle instead of square which will make the fringe different lengths, but I wanted to keep as much width to the blanket as possible. I folded the blanket over to match up the corners until I had cut all four rectangles out.

corner of blanket

3. Next, pick a side and start cutting! You will be cutting fringe all the way around. I did not measure mine and purposefully made some different widths.  One inch give or take a little is a good measurement.

fringe

4. Keep cutting.

cutting fringe

5. And keep cutting! You’re almost finished.

cutting more fringe

6. Now it is time to knot. Grab the bottom piece of fleece in one hand and top fleece in another and tie a double knot.

knotting fringe

 

knot tying

7. Continue knotting all the way around! A break may be needed, but I actually found the monotony of it nice. 

knotting more fringe

 

8. You’re finished! You now have a completed blanket! And it only took about 30 minutes if you don’t count the time I took to photograph the process.

finished blanket

 

They were tons of fun to make and even more fun to see the people who got them (I wish I could have made more). And Karston and Kyrie loved them also. They have some cute Christmas fleece at Joann’s so I thought I might make them Christmas blankets. Not sure though. You know I had flannel reindeer sheets that my grandma gave me that I put on my bed every winter. I can’t believe my mom let me- looking back they weren’t really the most stylish thing. But it was associated with such a special time of year and made me excited. So I thought an extra blanket for their bed that is only brought out at Christmas time might be fun!

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