Category Archives: Sewing

Birthday Gifts : DIY Infinity Scarves

For my Mom and sister’s birthday I made them scarves.  I wanted to do infinity scarves for them both, however I picked a silky fabric for my Mom and was unable to sew it by hand into a circle.  Instead hers became a silk scarf, but it still looks wonderful!  I was influenced by the lovely Infinity Scarf tutorials by The Crafty Novice, Fabric Mart, and Cotton & Curls.

I apologize for getting this DIY out so late, birthdays were mid-January!  This is the tutorial I hinted about here.  We have been very busy and I just took the finished photos of my sister’s scarf last week.  I always get so excited when I am finished and forget to take the final photo of the finished product!

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1. Gather your materials: pins, straight edge (I use a large non-ruled T-square), cutting mat, rotary cutter or scissors, coordinating thread
2.  Cut your scarf out, I bought 1/2 yard of this Simply Silky Print fabric, actually a little more because it was End of Bolt, I have leftovers, more than enough for a second scarf
3. Sew your scarf wrong sides together on the long edge, this way you can flip it out and the seams will be inside
4.  Now its tricky, I tried to sew it by hand as you see in the top right photo, but this fabric is too slippery for that
5.  I decided, after I was very unsuccessful, that instead I would fold the edges under (twice), and just sew it straight across with the machine instead
6.  and done!  This is not an infinity scarf, it is a long rectangle silk scarf.

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This fabric is so beautiful with colors of light pink, dark pink, black, maroon, a dark brown, and dark purple all together!  I am unsure what I will do with the leftover fabric, but I will decide at some point, or I will ask for advice!

On to the next one, a real Infinity Scarf!

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1.  This was made the exact same way, I eyeballed the width I wanted for the scarf.  I also bought 1 yard of this stretchy knit, though 1/2 yard would have been just fine!  (I have at least 1/2 left now) – Cannot find a link to this fabric, sorry!
2.  This fabric has ruffles and I chose to go the long way with them, it also hid any mistakes I may have made during the cutting/sewing part.
3.  I hand sewed the 2 short ends together, and because this is knit, I pulled a little too much and that’s why it is gather in that spot.
4.  This scarf lays very nicely and is so warm!

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I love the knit and the colors of magenta, light purple, and light grey on white look so good together!  I cannot decide what I will make with it next!!

I have another knit fabric, about 2 yards that I got from the Red Tag bin at JoAnn Fabrics, that I hope to make a Circle Shirt with.  You may have caught the Pinterest links I posted about Circle shirts here.

Disclaimer:  I am an employee of JoAnn Fabrics however I am not being compensated for this post or the mentioning of their fabrics.

I’ve linked this DIY up to these parties:

BWS tips button        Skip To My Lou

Lil’ Mrs. Tori

Not JUST a Housewife Tuesday party

Refashion Fridays: Skirts

I love the idea of making anything into a skirt!  These tutorials make it look easy!

1 shirt and she made this skirt, plus a few more things!

1 shirt and she made this skirt, plus a few more things! by Come On, Ilene!

 

too long too big?  No problem, make it shorter and tighter! by Wobisobi

Too long and too big? No problem, make it shorter and tighter! by Wobisobi

 

A sweater refashion into a skirt by Fashion Blog

A sweater refashion into a skirt by Fashion Blog

 

 

Jeans to stylish skirt by Katie's Secret Blog

Jeans to stylish skirt by Katie’s Secret Blog

Thats it for today’s Refashion Fridays!  I hope I helped spread a little refashion for your weekend 🙂

New Series: Refashion Fridays

A new post series, Refashion Fridays, begins today.  I will search through my Pinterest and favorite blogs, and anywhere I can to find some awesome ideas to share.  And of course make you all crazy to try them yourself!  I know that’s how I get whenever I am on Pinterest or find a really awesome DIY blog!

To start today, we have Refashion Fridays: Jackets!

DIY Studded Jacket

Studded Jacket How-To by Anna Evers

Wool Coat Refashion by Melissa Esplin

Wool Coat Refashion by Melissa Esplin

Pea Coat Refashion by Sewing Our Life Together

Pea Coat Refashion by Sewing Our Life Together

Trench Refashion by MakeBakeSisters

Trench Refashion by MakeBakeSisters

That’s a wrap!  Now go visit these blogs and show some love!

Refashions + Pinterest = Hours of Pinning

I’ve been on a refashion kick for awhile, and by on it I mean searching Pinterest and all the cool blogs I find!  So I’m going to share with you guys some of the ones I hope to accomplish during my Year of Something New: April – Sewing!

I have 1 yard of a cream-yellowy knit with striped “lace” cutouts.  Its very pretty, but whatever I make I will always need to wear a tank underneath it.  I’ve found a few cool tutorials and I hope to make a decision before April!  I might even need to buy another yard to make more than 1 shirt with this fabric!  Here are a few ideas:

Circle Top by The Craft Patch

The Circle Top with 1 yard fabric!

Asymetrical Dress by Sew Petite Gal

Instead of making it a dress, maybe I’ll just make a top. Would be cool to add the coordinating fabric as the sleeve.

Dolman Top DIY by Make It Love It

I’ve been wanting a top like this for awhile. They look so comfy!

Knit Skirt with Yoga Waistband

ok probably not with this fabric, but it looks easy enough, eh?

So there’s a few ideas I am considering.  Mainly the circle top though!

Also, next week I will have a new tutorial for you guys!  I made some gifts this week for my sister and Mom and I have to wait until after I gift them, then I will share!  The gifts are sooo nice!

Make Something 365 or a Year of Something New

I just checked out this book from the library, A Daily Creativity Journal 365: Make Something Everyday and Change Your Life!  The idea of starting a 365 project sounds really exciting and overwhelming to me.  The good news is I can do anything I want, I can pick a theme or just try to express myself in any way.  While reading the prompt suggestions last night I came up with a similar idea that’s not so “hard to reach” perhaps.  What if instead I pick something “new” for every month?  I can focus on one art medium or one idea/action that I really want to explore!

So I will schedule each month to participate in my Year of Something New:

January: Organization– I will work in the house, my room, my art supplies, and organize as much as I possibly can, and maybe even get rid of the excess stuff!  (no promises, but maybe look for craft supply sales soon 🙂
February: Books– let’s try to actually read some of the free novels I’ve been collecting on my Kindle, but nothing how-to or crafty.
March: Babies– My twin sister is pregnant with twins, this month will be focusing on making things for babies and preparing for them to be here!
April: Sewing– There is so much I want to learn to do, I bought a book with simple patterns and instructions, let’s get started!
May: Food: I want to try a bunch of new Gluten-Free recipes, I got a new cookbook for Christmas so this is the month for cooking!
June: Outdoors: This is all about spending time outside, making things or just enjoying the environment in a new way.
July: Polymer Clay– I bought these different colors but haven’t done a thing with them, its time to play!
August: Watercolor Paints – I am anxious to learn to use my pencils and paints and make those beautiful color blends!
September: Acrylic Paints – Time to take my acrylic paintings to a new level!
October: Christmas Gifts – thats right, gotta start early to make handmade gifts, possibly from something I have learned new this year.
November: Family Time – time to slow down and refocus my energy on family and friends, maybe reconnect with long lost pals.
December: Pick Your Fave – time for me to revisit my favorite Something New’s of the year.

What can you look forward to?  Photos and posts about my progress.  I may not take all my “before” photos of my disorganization, its pretty bad.  I may even be able to walk away with a few DIY’s and How-To’s for you guys.  This is coming up to another busy year, I want to get started painting right away, but I know I have other very important things to focus on during the first few months.

Organization is big on the list and will help me fix the clutter when I have the opportunity to get started on my new artsy ambitions.  No worries tho, I will not stop making art or jewelry during these months!  I will continue to create and post items in my Etsy shop.  Also while I explore new mediums, get excited to see those items in my Etsy shop as well!

Is anyone else participating in a 365 Something project for the new year?  If you are, link your blog/project in the comments so everyone can check it out!

Confession: I Don’t Like Burlap

I must be the only one.  I see the burlap obsession everywhere.  Its online at almost every blog I read (which is 50+), everyone is doing some sort of burlap project.

I think that burlap smells bad.  It looks dirty.  I feel like it belongs in a barn.  And if you make it into an accessory, isn’t it itchy?

Yet everyone loves the stuff.  I am confused why it is so trendy.

Is it because of projects like this?  Because I could make that with something else!

 

Burlap Bracelets

Burlap Bracelets from Tatertots and Jello

 

Burlap Wreath

Burlap Wreath from The Roseland Family

Burlap Pillows

Burlap Pillows from Sew Dang Cute Crafts

 

Burlap Curtains

Burlap Curtains from Burlap & Buttons

 

Burlap Rosettes

Burlap Rosettes from the Brassy Apple

So, anyone else totally over burlap?  Or is everyone still loving the look??  What do you make with burlap?

Painted Window

Pinterest Updates!

I love Pinterest.  Recently I have been checking out my Pinterest page and rearranging the boards.  I had a few I completed deleted, who needs a board with less than 10 items?  I consolidated a few and now I am moving around pins to new boards.

I have a HUGE board with about 1800 pins, and its my DIY Projects board.  Instead of pooling everything together, I decided to split it up into boards that make sense, such as DIY Home, DIY Baby, DIY/ART Supplies, DIY – Sewing Accessories, Bags, Etc, DIY – Sewing Clothes, etc.  Still working through everything, but I know sometimes people only want a little information instead of a million ideas.  So this way, you don’t have to follow all my DIY Projects board just to get some ideas!  Hope you enjoy the changes I made!  Check out some of my latest pins below:

DIY Legwarmers

DIY Legwarmers

Lamp Redo

Lamp Redo

DIY Galaxy Tee

DIY Galaxy Tee

Painted Window

Painted Window