Tuesday, July 3, 2012

No-Sew Workout Tank

This pin has been calling my name. It's a no-sew workout tank. If you can cut it, you can make it. That's my kind of project. Here's how:

1. Old comfy T-Shirt
(next time I will use one that has a graphic all over the front... gives it more "pizazz")

2. Cut off the sleeves, neckline and bottom hem.

3. Cut the back into more of a racer-back. Chop a deep V into the back also.

4. Pull a string of t-shirt yarn from the bottom hem.

5. Tie and start wrapping.

6. Wait for it...

At this point it's more of a at-home/outside workout tank. Not sure I've perfected it enough for gym-wear. I'll get there. :)

And then....
I made this adorable cubs tank!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Spit Happens

I've been working on some DIY baby shower gifts idea. This one is so stolen borrowed from my momma. Thanks mom!!

Fancy Burp Rags

I found some prints on sale at Hobby Lobby. I didn't need much fabric (and didn't really want a bunch of leftovers) so I only bought 1/2 a yard of each print.

I would recommend the pre-folded cloth diapers. They seem easier to handle (plus the extras make awesome dust rags!) Bonus: The bottoms aren't really straight so mistakes (or not-so-straight lines) aren't a huge boo-boo.
I thought a three inch band on the bottom of the cloth was a good size so I cut the fabric at about 7 inches. (Room to turn and tuck things!)


This is hard to see but I stitched the top edge 3 inches up on the cloth. (Turn the fabric over and iron down the seam. See below.)

To make a nice corner, fold the bottom of the fabric up (make sure you fold you turn down that edge too.) Sew up the sides of the fabrics. Turn right side out (see below).

Sew unattached side (with edges folded under). There really is no way to hide this (like your first side) so make sure both sides are lined up and sew STRAIGHT! :) Some of mine were a little shakey!

And tada.....

I did a practice run to figure out the issues but after that I could bang these things out in no time! Hope they are handy for all my soon-to-be-mommy friends!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Bathroom Redo

There really isn't much room for us to do a whole lot of "new" things to our itty bitty bathroom but we updated a couple of things.

Painted old vanity black and added new fronts to the drawers and cabinets.

New shower curtain and SOFT towels (wedding gifts!)

Found a clearanced over the pot cabinet etagere for first aid and neccessities. (Thank you target!)

We ripped out (after a failed attempt to paint it) the tiny black medicine cabinet. Who really needs one when you have an over the pot cabinet etagere?!? We swiped the mirror from the guest bathroom (which was replaced with a new one... verdict is still out on that one) and stuck it in our bathroom. It matches my West Elm mercury glass pieces.

 Some would say it needs a splash of color. But who are we kidding? We painted the walls gray (imagine that) and added black, white, silve, and gray accessories. AND WE LOVE IT! Who needs color when you've got mercury glass on your side!

Puffy Pillows

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I really need to learn how to make something else other than pillows. I just keep finding areas that really need a new pillow!

Added buttons to this gray one for the bedroom:

But I think I like it on the chair better. SOO I guess I will just have to make more pillows for the bed. :)

Just a couple more prints to be framed and our master bedroom/bathroom "redo" is just about finished! (Pictures coming soon...)

I know about a MILLION people who are having babies in the next couple months so DIY babshower gifts are next on my list.

And how cute is this guy??

Monday, April 16, 2012

this is SEW easy

I found some cute polka dot fabric on clearance at Hancock Fabrics. The yard of fabric only cost me $2.50!! And with that kind of deal (along with my LIMITED sewing abilities) I decided to check off another "easy" pin from my sewing board on Pinterest.

Seriously, this is "sew" easy. I'm almost embarrassed that I actually took step-by-step pictures.

Pay attention:
1. Pin.

2. Sew.

3. Turn right side out.

4. Voila!
SewFarSewGoodFillmann price: $2.50

Comparable Eternity Scarf:
Urban Outfitters Price: $29

I'll take it!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Done and Done

I'm trying to work through my list of "easy" pins on Pinterest. Here's today's project.
Knotted Headband with T-Shirt Yarn


And then I went t-shirt headband crazy:

Cut, braid, and sew ends together with a little extra material like so:

Oh the things you can do with old t-shirts.

Next up:

I'm stealing this idea from my oober-crafty sister @blissfullykruse  but I'll give credit where credit is due: here is her tutorial!

Saturday, April 14, 2012


It only took me 2 weeks to get my sewing machine in shape to do some work but today I actually MADE something. After finding out that the bobbin winder was broken my mom came to the rescue. She hooked up an old sewing machine to wind the bobbin for the NEW-ish machine. Ugh. What a process.

Check out my first project. (step-by-step directions here)

Now what??