My husband walked by me with a pair of old jeans recently and said they were done. In a ninja move, I grabbed them as he was tossing them into the trash. Ordinarily that would just be me just saving them for some undetermined future project, but I knew immediately what I would do with these. In spite of the fact that they were mostly stained, holey and falling apart, there was a good section just waiting to be hoop art...Read More
After a crummy week of trying to deal with the pain of an injured shoulder, I have something to celebrate today. It's exactly one month until we leave to go visit our son in Italy! We last saw him nearly a year ago, so we're over-the-moon excited for this trip. I'll apologize in advance, but it might be all I can talk about until we go!
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Denim is back in a big way this year, and not just in a two-legged kind of way. I've seen LOTS of home decor items and accessories sporting the blue. The Unfashionista shares a way to bring it into a different part of your wardrobe, and rehab a pair of old shoes in the process.
Why is something that's outside its normal size so compelling? Tiny, huge, it's just different from what we're used to. As a book lover I'm especially drawn to these big free printables from The Painted Hive.
I know the photo looks a little holiday-ish, but I just bought a bottle of pear vodka made by a local distillery, and while I was looking for ways to use it I came across this tasty drink from Growing Up Gable. What I like about this recipe is that there aren't a ton of other ingredients, so that pear flavor gets to shine.
I've bought pre-marinaded chicken and popped it into the freezer for another day, so why have I never thought to make my own? These recipes from Sweet Peas and Saffron all sound delicious. She also gives some marinating advice, and serving ideas for each flavor.
The candle shown here is from Define Design 11 at Handmade at Amazon. This happens to be the Oregon version (from an Oregon seller), but they seem to have most, if not all, the other states as well. Each candle has a scent reminiscent of it's region, and is a perfect gift for someone who's missing home.
You can find these, and my previous Friday Favorites, on my Crafty Staci’s Friday Favorites Pinterest board!
Do you remember a time when denim wasn’t in everyone’s closet? Since their rise to popularity in the 50’s, the styles and colors of jeans, jackets and skirts have varied, but they never disappear. I’m personally trying to work a few non-denim items into my wardrobe to break up my daily jeans routine, but I’ve noticed an upsurge in denim for decorating lately as well. I thought I’d go ahead and embrace it and introduce you to a few projects that celebrate the blue in our red, white and blue.
I’ve seen lots of these denim pocket organizers, but what I really like about this one from Sisters of the Wild West is the use of both big and small pockets.
I know these cute cutoffs from Make It and Love It are meant for little girls, but I think with the right fabric I could pull it off.
Don’t miss the first two words in the title of this project from I Love to Create: No Sew Denim Mini Bag.
This denim wedding dress from Bella Vittoria on Etsy is a bold choice, but perfect for a country wedding.
When you cut up old jeans for a project, sometimes it’s difficult to find a good use for the seams. Start saving them up for this Flat Felled Seam Denim Bag from Penny Rugs and More.
I love all of these denim pillows from Ashbee Design, but that ampersand might be my favorite.
Get the little ones sporting some denim early with these adorable bibs from Thimbly Things.
There’s not an actual tutorial for this top from Of Dreams and Seams, but I thought it was just to impressive not to share.
I don’t think you’d guess it from the photo, but this quilt from I Quilt for Fun is made from recycled jeans. The sashing really makes it beautiful!
You can even work a little denim into your jewelry, like this necklace from Bubbly Nature Creations.
I love curating my Friday Favorites each week, and I want to make sure that the talented people who have created these projects are fully acknowledged for their work. Before you pin or share, please click through the link or photo to the originating website. You can also find all the projects each week on my Friday Favorites Pinterest board. Thank you!
I’m back from my camping trip in the wilderness. It was relaxing, if for no other reason than there’s no internet or phone there. My husband is usually the camp cook and dishwasher, so for two days I did almost nothing. It was weird.
In anticipation of all that free time, I bought a couple of magazines to bring along. Between my daughter and I, we had one home decorating magazine, two fashion magazines and two puzzle books. In reading through them all, I learned two things. One, I suck at Sudoku. Two, denim is hot right now.
The first quilt I ever made was recycled denim. I just cut up big squares, but I love the strips It’s Always Autumn used in her modern take on this upcycling classic. The gold binding that suggests the thread often used on jeans is also a nice touch.
These denim cubes made by Style Diaries from old jeans are nice all by themselves, but even better when you find out they’re filled with lavender.
Everything is cuter when it’s made baby-sized, including these Denim Skull Baby Shoes from Ecouterre.
I loved this art piece before I even knew it was made from denim. Belrossa made this Denim Sunburst Textile Art using small pieces of recycled denim. Time consuming, but so worth it.
The use, or reuse, of the pockets on this Denim Pencil Cube from Crafts ‘N Coffee were well-planned, but the grommets to hold the pencils are a stroke of genius.
This adorable Denim Whale from Valaan Villapaita would make a great gift for an ocean-loving kid.
I love the different colored layers in this hairband by Meijo’s Joy, and the reused button is just the right touch.
This sweet little tree by Michele Made Me was created by rolling strips of denim.
And, because I said I would report back, I want you to know I tried roasting Starburst over the campfire. Maybe I don’t understand how to do it correctly, but I couldn’t keep it on the stick long enough to cook it all the way through. The part that did tasted like a warm Starburst. Sigh. It was the most work I did during the entire trip.
I love bracelets. That’s probably obvious, considering I’ve covered paracord, recycled T-shirt and braided leather versions and included a couple of them in my Quick and Easy Gifts on Friday Favorites . I don’t usually wear them much this time of year because I’m completely cold-blooded and can’t even think about short sleeves until at least May. But there are so many cute ones out there, and we need time to get them made, right?
I love the simplicity of this Button Bracelet from Little Miss Momma. I could make this without even going to the store. That’s always a good thing.
I keep trying to get my daughter to make one of these Soda Can Tab Bracelets like the one shown here from CraftyPanda. Another user on the message board suggests a product for painting the tabs. Go look…they did red, my favorite!
I have to try these Yarn Bangles from Keely’s Korner. A few basic bangles and some cute yarn and I could have them to match everything I own, including a few scarves. My kind of jewelry.
How about a gift of money and jewelry at the same time? Sounds extravagant, doesn’t it? This Money Bracelet from Under the Table and Dreaming makes the idea a little more accessible.
This is cute. It just is. Find the instructions for this Fun Circles Wrist Cuff at Crochet Spot.
I love these Fabric Cuff Bracelets from Etsy seller Ponder and Stitch. Check out the ones with embroidery. So pretty.
I’m sure this zipper fad is winding down, but I still like them. I’ve had my eye on this Zipper Bracelet from Cut Out and Keep for way too long.
I have a new tutorial I’m excited to share with you next week. This post might give you a hint as to what it is!
I'm back from my vacation. We spent a couple of days in San Francisco, which was a great, low-key way to start our adventure. Last time we were there I didn't realize you don't just get tickets to Alcatraz the day you arrive, you get them at least two weeks BEFORE. I was ready this trip, and had tickets in hand over a month ago. If you've never been, nothing will make you appreciate your freedom more. Just stepping into one of those creepy cells made me claustrophobic.
We had a great time on our excursions into Mexico. We spent time driving dune buggies, horseback riding, zip-lining and shopping. Oh, the shopping.
We had never been on a cruise before and I see why people always refer to it as your "first" cruise. It could definitely be addicting. They do an excellent job of helping you forget about the outside world and all of your responsibilities in it. It's an ugly sight when you pull into port and everyone realizes they're about to disembark back to reality.
But school has started, it's raining and vacation is over. It's time to admit no one is going to cook for me or keep me entertained. No more stateroom ninjas, making our bed and changing our towels in the two seconds we were out of the room.
I just found out that September is National Sewing Month, so that almost makes me feel a little better. I did a simple sewing project for my daughter before we left, so it seems like a good time to share it. I did this with a pair of shorts, but it could just as easily be done with a pair of jeans. For the shorts I used ordinary cotton fabric, but if I were going to do it on long pants I think I'd go with some home dec or denim, as there would be a little more strain on them.
The shorts I used already had holes in them, but you could certainly cut your own.
Besides the shorts, you'll need some iron-on adhesive, patch fabric, embroidery floss and a sewing machine.
Cut a piece from the fabric that's about 1/2" bigger than the hole in all directions. Fold the edges in toward the right side of the fabric 1/4" and press. Cut strips of the iron-on adhesive 3/8" wide and as long as each side. Attach the adhesive to the fabric on the right side, overlapping the edges.
Peel off the paper backing and iron onto the wrong side of the shorts, the right side of the patch facing the hole.
Stitch around the patch on the sewing machine close to the edge of the hole, with thread to match the shorts.
Hand-stitch around the hole with embroidery floss, about 1/4" away from the hole.
These shorts went on vacation with us, but thanks to the lovely weather we came home to they probably won't see the light of day until next June.
I'm okay with that. We had an amazing time and have some priceless memories with our kids. I think what I'll miss most is the towel creature on my bed every night.
I have loads of bags. Big, small, bright, dark, simple, complex, straps, no straps. But I almost never have the exact bag I need or want for any given occasion. I have a similar issue with jackets, but that's another story. You know from my Passport Wallet that I'm heading out of town on an adventure soon. I needed a small backpack that would hold a waterproof case I have. I wanted something with one cross-body strap so it couldn't fall off (or be pulled off) easily. To the drawing board...
This is more of an intermediate skill level project than some of my previous tutorials. The supplies you'll need are:
Cross-Body Backpack Pattern (printed and pieced together)
sturdy fabric (I used ballistic nylon, but denim would work too)
softer, but still fairly heavy fabric, such as denim or twill
12" two-slider, closed bottom purse zipper (I used this style so I could pin the two sliders together for security)
Parachute buckle for 1" strap
21" of nylon webbing
Cut one body piece on fold of ballistic nylon. Cut one each of remaining pieces. Cut one pocket flap and one strap lining from denim.
Cut a piece of nylon webbing 5" long. Lightly burn ends to prevent fraying. Feed through female end of buckle. Pull top 1/4" longer than bottom, then fold under 1/4" to cover bottom edge.
Stitch securely onto nylon strap piece with bottom edge of buckle even with raw edge of strap.
Fold buckle up out of seam allowance. Pin if necessary. Pin strap and strap lining pieces right sides together. Stitch together, leaving short straight edge open. Turn. Press. Topstitch around edge. Stitch across raw edge.
Stitch one side of Velcro to the right side of pocket flap facing, 1" from sides and 1" from bottom edge.
Pin flap and flap lining right sides together. Stitch sides and bottom edge. Trim seams and clip corners. Turn and press. Topstitch. Zigzag raw edge.
Fold top edge of pocket under 1/2", then fold toward right side 1". Stitch each side 1/2" away from edge.
Clip corners and turn. Stitch near fold on inside.
Sew Velcro to front of pocket, about 1/4" from top edge. Fold remaining raw edges under 1/2" and press.
Position pocket with bottom edge 3" from fold at the bottom of the body piece. Pin and stitch sides and bottom.
Attach flap to pocket by sticking Velcro together. Turn the upper edge of the flap under 1/4" and stitch close to fold. Stitch again 1/4" from fold.
Fold body right sides together. Mark 1" from bottom edge and 2 1/2" from top on side you want the zipper. Stitch that side 1/2" away from edge, switching to a basting stitch between the marks.
Press the seam open. Center the zipper over the seam on wrong side, with ends of zipper at marks. Stitch around zipper on the right side. Maybe a little straighter and less wonky than the photo below. Remove basting stitches from the seam over the zipper.
Unzip the zipper.
Position strap with the lining facing the back of the bag, raw edges even and left edge next to the side seam. Lay the front side of the bag over the top. Pin in place.
Cut a piece of the nylon webbing 16". Lay that in the lower corner of the bag to the inside, so the end will be stitched into the seam.
Stitch top and side. Finish edges with a zigzag stitch.
Turn bag right side out through zipper. Add male end of buckle and trim webbing as needed.
This bag turned out to be perfect for my needs...this time.
Earth Day is this week. According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, this year will mark its 40th anniversary. The thing is, I don't recall hearing a peep about Earth Day until the last couple of years or so. I understand the concept of appreciating and protecting our planet, but I don't know what the official way to celebrate is. I feel like I've been missing something all these years. In light of this, I decided to focus on my personal crusade to use fewer plastic bags. I would like to say I don't use them at all, but I only remember to bring my own about every third time I shop. Sometimes I try to catch the cashier and tell them I don't need a bag at all, but if they've already started the bagging process it goes in the trash, totally defeating the purpose.
I carry reusable shopping bags in my car that I've bought various places, but they're not cute. I realized if I had bags I loved, it might make me remember them more often. Lacking a pattern, as I often am, I measured one of my store bags and made my own.
You'll need strong fabric, like denim or home decor fabric. Got a set of old drapes? I had some leftover home dec fabric from my daughter's pink/green/brown period.
Cut one piece 21" x 38" for the body. You'll need a piece 3" x 106" for the handles. Rather than try to find a continuous piece of fabric that long, you can sew together several pieces. Lay them together as shown in the picture, stitch diagonally, trim and press.
My handles happen to be about 2" short, because I ran out of fabric. They're pretty flexible that way. Fold each edge of the handle in 1/2" and press. Fold the entire handle in half and press again. Unfold one end, fold raw edge in 1/4". Lay the other end across, forming a giant loop, making sure there are no twists.
Fold it back up and stitch through. I seriously need to put "New Ironing Board Cover" on the list of projects. Ugh.
On the bag fabric, fold each short end under 2" and press. Fold raw edge in 1/2", press again and stitch close to inner fold. Lay the bag fabric out, right side up. Find the center on each long side. Find the center of the handle, opposite your connecting seam. Lay the handle over the bag, matching centers, and pin down 7" from long raw edge, facing open side of handle toward the center of the bag.
Halfway through pinning the handle down, I decided an outside pocket to hold receipts, coupons, shopping lists or change would be handy. Cut a piece of fabric 6" x 9". Fold the bottom edge up 1", then under 1/2" and press. Fold the top up 2", then under 1" and press. Stitch across the top, close to the inner fold. Don't stitch the bottom yet. Lay pocket on the bag with the top 3" from the upper edge of the bag and edges under the handle. Pin.
Stitch close to both edges of the handle, all the way around, starting with the open side. Stitch an X shape at the top edge of the bag over each handle for reinforcement. Stitch across the bottom of the pocket.
I made one of these, overcomplicated the side seams, slapped my forehead and said "French seams, duh!" With wrong sides together, stitch a scant 1/4" seam down each side. Turn with right sides together and stitch again with a generous 1/2" seam. Simple.
Flatten the corner with the seam in the middle. Measure 4" from corner and draw a line across. Pin in place.
Stitch along line, then again 1/8" away, closer to the corner.
Turn and press. You can lay something in the bottom if you'd like. I used plastic canvas for one of mine. You can also use cardboard, either covered in fabric or not. Fill with groceries and save a plastic bag!
Tomorrow is National Skirt Day. Based on the snow in my front yard this morning and the track meet I will be attending tomorrow afternoon, I will not be celebrating this particular holiday by wearing a skirt. However, I am going to celebrate by telling you about another skirt I made out of a pair of jeans. I know it must seem, at this point, like this is something I do all the time. Nope, this is the second one ever. I love how it turned out though, so I'm sharing. Start with a pair of not-too-stretchy jeans (learned my lesson on the last skirt). Pin pockets up so they don't get cut. Fold one leg over the other and cut off about 1 to 1 1/2 inches below the bottom of the zipper, an equal distance from waistband. I made the mistake of measuring from the bottom of the legs and had to adjust.
The skirt I made is adult-sized. I used one yard of 44" wide shirting cotton. Cut the fabric in half, so you're left with two pieces 44" by 18". Cut edges straight, if needed.
Lay pieces flat, one on top of the other, right sides together. Pin short sides. Sew down both short sides with a 5/8" seam. Finish seams. Press open or to one side.
Serge (I'm so jealous) or zigzag one edge of the big loop of fabric you've just created. Fold in half and mark the center point between seams on both sides. Ignore the fact that I hemmed the upper edge - it was too bulky and I don't recommend it.
On upper edge, stitch 2 rows of long basting stitches, starting and stopping 1/4" before and after each seam. Stitch first row 5/8" from upper edge and second row 1/2" from upper edge, leaving long tails of thread.
Mark 5/8" from lower edge of jeans with pins or a pen.
Pull strings at one seam up to center pin until fabric is gathered enough to lay flat. Knot tails at each seam. Pull gathers apart until fairly evenly spaced and pin in place to wrong side of jeans with edge even with marking pins.
You almost can't use too many pins here, just make sure you take them out as you sew. Otherwise my mom might show up at your door. Repeat gathering and pinning around entire skirt.
I'm not usually a fan of basting, but I did here. I also avoid pins whenever possible, but sometimes you want stuff to stay in place while you sew it. Funny. Make sure you take out the pins you used to mark on the jeans before you start sewing, because they're a bear to take out after you've started.
After basting, stitch from right side of jeans 3/8" away from edge of denim. You can stitch again 1/4" away if you'd like, but it isn't necessary if you don't want that look. Kinda wish I hadn't - it looked a little sloppy here, but after the edge frayed it helped hide it a little.
Remove all the basting stitches. I did mine in a different color of thread, so they were easier to identify. Try it on (or demand whoever you're making it for try it on - you are MAKING them something after all) and mark the length you'd like it to be. Add an extra 5/8" for hem. Cut off excess. Take it off first.
Fold edge under 5/8" and press. Turn edge inside fold, so you have a 1/4" hem. Stitch.
Wash and trim extra threads from frayed edge, if necessary. Now, will you sign my "Can We PLEASE Change National Skirt Day to June?" petition? Thank you.
I was finishing up the skirt from yesterday, glanced at the remaining denim scraps, and they said "Purse." So I went and ate lunch, because if the fabric is talking to you it's time for a break. I wanted to keep the look of the jeans, so I decided to keep the shape of one leg and cut everything else to match that. You'll need two matching denim leg-bottoms and a piece of lining fabric cut double on the fold…Read More
The jeans I used for this project were passed down to me from my daughter. She was 14 at the time and I was pretty thrilled I could wear her jeans. They should probably have been placed in a shrine somewhere so I could look at them any time my confidence needed a boost but when I went to my closet to find a pair to turn into a skirt, they volunteered.
You will probably want to use a sewing machine for this , although if you don't have one it could be stitched by hand using some strong thread. I think my camera ate some of my photos, so there are portions of this that aren't as illustrated as I intended.
To get started, you'll need a pair of jeans. A little stretch is fine, but try not to go too stretchy. It will affect the shape of your skirt. Try the jeans on and decide how long you want your skirt. Add a few inches, about 4 to 6, and mark it. You can always shorten, but good luck making it longer. Cut off the legs parallel to the bottom hem.
Using a seam ripper or small, sharp scissors, rip out entire inner seam.
Now rip out the front center seam up to the bottom of the zipper.
Rip out the back seam up to a corresponding point to the bottom of the zipper. This isn't an exact science - you're looking for it to lay flat when you overlap the two sides. If it doesn't, go a little higher. It can always be stitched up later.
Find the widest side of the leg pieces you cut off in the first step. Most likely, it will be the back. Cut along just inside both seams so you end up with two raw edges.
Lay the skirt flat. Starting with the front, overlap one side over the other. Pin it together with safety pins. Repeat on the back. Slide one leg piece underneath the overlapped pieces. Pin this piece in place and try the skirt on. Make sure it hangs the way you want it to. If not, adjust overlaps and pieces until it does.
I like to use a product called Wonder Under to hold everything in place until I can sew it. Here's the company's website, with a little more detail: http://www.pellonideas.com/content/view/21/27/. There are other products that do the same thing, such as Heat 'N Bond and Steam-A-Seam, but they are all basically iron-on glue. You cut a strip of Wonder Under to fit inside where the stitching will be and following the instructions on the package, iron it in place. Trim the excess fabric from the leg piece at the bottom edge and inside.
Next you'll need to trim the bottom edge of your skirt evenly. Don't trim straight across. I made that mistake and the sides of the skirt looked longer than the front and back when I put it on. You'll want to trim in a slight curve up at each side.
Sew along the seams as shown. You can trim away the remaining excess fabric on the wrong side. Sew a row of stitching along the bottom edge, about 1/2 inch in. This will stop the fabric from unraveling too far.
Wash and dry your skirt. You can trim the unraveled edge to the amount of strings you want. I did a lot of trimming on this one because I wanted a more even look. You'll probably have to repeat the process the first few times its washed.
Finished! Tune in tomorrow for another project using the remaining leg fabric!