Ahh, autumn. You make me want to light bonfires in my backyard, start drinking cocoa on the daily, and cozy up in anything warm and snuggly. This fall I'm exploring my reignited love of flannel (I'm actually wearing a flannel shirt right now as I write this), and with these local Minnesota temperatures ever on the decline, a DIY flannel throw was in order. I just love blankets - you can never have too many, which makes them a wonderful gift. This one was simple to make too, and ever so comfy.
The moment the temperature outside starts reaching 90º is the same moment I start reaching for my scissors. Not a summer has passed where I haven't cut the sleeves off a tee or turned jeans into jorts (isn't that the best word ever?). With some scissors and a bit of thread, you can turn a boring tee that you may have otherwise thrown out into your new favorite top. There are a million ways to cut up and refashion a t-shirt - here are three of my favorite t-shirt DIY ideas.
Are you ready for a crazy-quick sewing project? I'm calling this the "half hour half apron" because it's one of the fastest sewing projects I think I've ever completed. Honestly, if I busted out a few more of these half aprons, I believe I could get my time down to 15 minutes. No sweat. My point is, this half apron is a breeze to make. This is a perfect project for beginner sewers. Plus, who doesn't need an adorable handmade apron in their kitchen?
Chair makeovers take place daily in my studio. I'm not sure if my students are as excited as I am when I see the transformations. Here, Nikkole is tearing down her sister's chair with the hope that it will turn out. See what you think.
Potholders are a great way to practice your sewing, crocheting and knitting techniques. They take very little fabric/yarn and you can whip one out faster than, say, a scarf or an afghan. The only tough part about making one is choosing which FREE
Don't get me wrong, I'm not one for ripping off someone else's great idea for personal gain. However, taking the essence of this typographically delightful tote and making a unique bag for your own green trips to the market might not ruffle the ethics committee. The Little Factory sells a limited selection of typographical paraphernalia for your writing, blogging, reading and digit doting friends.
Photo Image: Mary Ray
Feeling skiddish about the prospect of sewing leather with your household sewing machine? Well, here's the skinny--If your machine leans more towards old and heavy rather than shaky, lightweight and full of plastic parts, chances are you can do it.
Making kids' costumes never lets me down, especially when they get involved. See more photos posted on Flipt Studio of costumes made for kids, and by kids. Helping the young'uns plan and create their own costumes was a joy I'll not forget.
The students in my beginning upholstery classes never fail to be shocked by how much work is involved in tearing old upholstery off of a deliciously vintage chair. Teardown is bad, no doubt. It is, however,
When you're having so much fun creating, sewing, tearing down chairs you obviously want to bring someone with you. Jenny's daughter Sarah tagged along Monday night with an embroidered tee shirt and went to work spinning straw into gold.
Hot off the press over on ApartmentTherapy is an easy summer ottoman slipcover tutorial. Read step by step
You can't imagine my joy when I read the ApartmentTherapy LA post today informing us that felt showed up as a sure trend at ICFF. For so many reasons, felt is fabulous! It's natural, insulative, easy to sew, easy to mold, comes in various thicknesses and colors and it doesn't fray or ravel.
When a certain big Swedish apparel retailer decided to offer a home collection including a hand drawn looking button pillow, it started my wheels turning. It looked completely DIY-able and the collection isn't available in the United States so, what the heck. Here is a step-by-step
Here are some "why didn't I think of that" handmade envelopes seen on DudeCraft. This money saving how-to shows us exactly how sew custom sized, brown paper mailers. Use either Contractor's paper at Home Depot or Lowe's, or recycle your leftover brown paper grocery bags. See the entire tutorial posted
It seems like a good time to share my Mid-Century-Modern Rocket Chair Reupolstery Project. There are numerous photos that tell the story, so I'll make the instructions brief.
What will ever happen to all of the un-recycled plastic water bottles we thoughtlessly toss with reckless abandon? Crafty McCrafter Michelle, over at Dollar General Store, was inspired by the recycled bottle coin purse project, so she decided to take it to the next level and make an iPod carrier out of 20 oz. water bottle. Grabbing a water bottle in your bag is a whole lot easier than digging around for your iPod in your bag. Michelle gets you started with:
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How many more things can you make out of an old electrical wire spool? We've seen a "lite green" upholstered ottoman constructed out of an old spool, and here we have a rolling Morrocan side table you can make just in time for use in the garden or on the patio.
Wearing a blanket with arms is one thing, but making your very own custom snuggly with pimped out detailing takes this funky monk robe/kaftan/blanket to a new level.
Please forgive the shameless self-promotion, but you've got to see how to make these super easy