Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Recycled Marbles



Bake marbles at 325-350 degrees for 20 minutes (for more cracking-look, bake at 500 degrees for 30 minutes). Remove and carefully drop into pan with ice and water. Glue end caps to finished marble (w/starter rings) to create bracelets, earrings, pendants, ornaments...(unique and great gift idea) 



Monday, April 13, 2015

Wrap your silverware in vintage napkins for a dinner party or reception.

how cute is this for an idea

Flip Flop refashion

Pretty cute huh? And suuuuuper comfy!! I’m kind of all about the comfyness. ;)
So here’s what you’ll need to make your very own pair –
• Flip Flops
• Fusible batting (enough for one layer on shoes)
• Heavyweight interfacing (same as above)
•Floral fabric (probably about a 1/4 yard)
• Linen or something for top of strap (small amount)
• Cotton Cording
• Glue of Choice – I used E-6000
Start by cutting the plastic tops off of your flip-flops.
Cut out your fabrics.
Cut out a piece of fusible batting and heavy weight interfacing, the size of each flip-flop.
Cut out your fabric about 1 1/2″ – 2″ larger than your flip flop.
Cut out two rectangles of print and 2 of linen – about 4″ x 8″. You need enough to go over the top of your foot and wrap under for gluing.
Iron your fusible interfacing onto the back of your printed fabric pieces.
Place the heavy-weight interfacing on the wrong side and press your fabrics tightly around the interfacing, so it is pulled snug but not so tight that the interfacing isn’t flat anymore.
Sew one linen rectangle to a printed rectangle – wrong sides together.
(If you don’t like raw edges, sew them right sides together and turn inside out).
Cut a strip of linen about 2″ wide and 3″ long.. Fold over each side and wrap around the center of the rectangle to make a bow.
Sew the center of the bow down on the underside.
Put the padded base on your flip flop and put your foot on it. Place the top section where you’d like it over your foot and tuck the ends between the padded base and the flip-flop base.
Pin the rectangle in place. You want it snug over your foot but not super tight. You don’t want blue toes after an hour or two.
Glue down the ends of the rectangle.
Add glue all over the flip-flop base. Make sure you get the edges well.
Place the padded base over the flip-flop base – clamp or set a heavy book on it so that the pieces stay together while drying.
I let mine dry overnight.
In the morning you’ll have cute new shoes – but they need something more.
There is a small space between the padded base and the foam.
Run some glue along the edge and add cotton cording into the space, all the way around the flip-flop.
Tuck the ends between the padding and the foam so they don’t show.
Make some little fabric flowers to add to the top. I layered the linen and print and topped it with a little circle of cording.
Glue those to the center of the top section and you’re all done!!
Painting your toenails to match your new shoes is optional. But preferred. ;)
UPDATE – I’ve worn them and they’re still super comfy. I’m not having any problems with the glue.
I wouldn’t wear them in the rain or anything – though I wouldn’t wear flip flops in the rain either. ;)
I hope you like them!!

Something from nothing

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Turn One Old Jumper Into Two New Accessories

  I actually used a men’s sweater that I bought , you could buy one at a secondhand store or use an old one you already have. Otherwise, all you’ll need is: thread that matches your fabric, a needle or sewing machine, and pins.

Boot Cuffs


 Cut off the jumper sleeves. First cut the sleeves off along the seam, then cut straight across the top of each sleeve.

Hem the cut edge. This is just your most basic hemming. Fold the cut sleeve in toward the center about 1/4” or as closely as you can, then fold it again. Stitch along the folded edge. You can do this by hand, but a sewing machine will go much more quickly.


 Repeat for the second sleeve. And you’re done! These cuffs are great for wearing with leggings and high boots since they’ll cover your knees and aren’t bunchy over your calves


 Hint: The sweater I used was a men’s small and the sleeves happened to be the right size to fit snuggly. But if they’re too loose, before you hem cut off a strip of fabric along the length of the sleeve and resew so the leg warmer is narrower

 Cut off the torso of the sweater. Simply cut straight across from armpit to armpit.


 Size it. I wanted my cowl to fit a bit more closely so I turned inside out and pinned a few inches in from the fold. I then stitched along the pinned line, cutting off the excess fabric to make for a narrower cowl.


 Hem the cut end. This is exactly what you did for the leg warmers. Fold in the edges twice, then stitch along the fold.


 And you’re done! If your sweater is a bright hue like this one, this will last you through the cool beginnings of spring.



double needle thread hack

I don’t have a lot of experience with a double needle. If you do, you probably know how great they can be when it comes to making double...