DIY Outdoor Pillows

With all of the free fabric samples I get from Interior Design studios, and things I pick up at Goodwill, and at garage sales, I’ve got a surplus of crafting supplies. I decided to take some indoor/outdoor fabric and some pillows I got free from a church and make some great outdoor pillows for my new outdoor chair.

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The free pillows I wanted to use for my new pillows.

I used THIS awesome tutorial to make the pillows. I won’t bother replicating it since it’s such a great tutorial with pictures and everything. I didn’t use any of the glue stick though like she mentions for the zipper. I just started to sew.

The pillows measure 17″ x 17″ and I had some colorful invisible zippers I ordered on accident and wanted to use them up. They were only about 9″ so the whole pillow didn’t fit into the hole. I had to cut apart the pillows and take out the stuffing. Hence the lumpy pillows. But I don’t care!

The samples also have grommets in them like almost in the middle. That’s what fabric companies do when they send large samples to design studios so they can’t use them. Guess what? I used them! I avoided the grommets by 1″ and used grommet free pieces. I used 4 different pieces that were all in the same color family.

My new pillows!

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And… My new hanging chair!

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This chair was at Fleet Farm, or Farm and Fleet (wherever you live, it’s different) for only $40! And the pillows were… free! Ok, I may have paid 50 cents for the zippers. But almost free! A good book, some lavender lemonade, and I’m in for a good afternoon…

Happy DIY-ing!

DIY Snap Cowl

For a while now I have loved these snap scarves from System63 on Etsy  and wanted to make one for myself. Recently a friend gave me some of her old leather scraps and another person gave me some soft wool and I finally had what I needed!

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System63 Has some amazing stuff. Perfect for fall.

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The inspiration!

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My scarf!

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I liked it so much I made 3 different ones. I would love to sell these on Etsy since I wanted to share my items, but don’t know if I should sell a mock up of someone else’s creation.

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Here’s one made with soft wool and cotton lining. All of the fabrics were given to me from friends, and the leather trim is actually a sleeve from a suede jacket.

I hope you can find inspiration from Etsy, or Pinterest and make your own creations! Happy Sewing!

 

DIY Chicken Wire Picture Frame

DIY this display picture frame in an afternoon!

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This project literally cost me $0 and came about when the fiancée offered me a scrap of chicken wire, or it was going in the trash. I had saved a picture frame from my Dad’s old thrift store and planned to one day make it into a chalkboard. But hey, chicken wire works too!

Chicken Wire and frame before and after

Here’s the old frame

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And the chicken wire.

Black satin paint for frame project

I love this paint. I painted my kitchen cabinets with this paint. (It’s from True Value hardware store.) So durable!

Stapling the chicken wire to frame

I used a staple gun to staple the chicken wire to the back of the frame. The chicken wire was the same size, there was one side I cut a little off of with some tin snips.

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I moved the eyelet screws from the long across the frame to the short way.

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Hang it up and you’re ready to go! All you need is some clothespins!

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You can display anything for sale in a frame like this, or you can display projects and ideas too.

Chicken wire in frame after!

It’s a great way to get inspired with fabrics, colors, and pictures.

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I love it! Especially for a free little project I did in an hour!

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Play around with the items you want to hang till you find what works for you.

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Display projects in a wire frame

Display anything in a Chicken wire Frame

Happy DIY!

My First Craft Fair

I’ve been sewing since I was old enough to hold a needle (safely) and always thought of it as a fun hobby. I liked to hand stitch doll clothes, then clothes for myself, (which got me made fun of in High School, but I didn’t care.) I made pants for a local vintage resale shop with fabric sewn into the sides of jeans at $5 a pair. I made simple circle skirts out of plaid fabric to wear with my vintage t-shirts in High School. I upgraded to using patterns by the time I was 19 making shirts and quilts. I made stuffed animals for relatives children, and wine bottle holders out of felt and hot glue. Then I started to make handbags and found my real sewing passion. These are not only fun, but you don’t have to sell them to fit one and only one person at a time. You can create what you want, use any fabrics you see fit and market your creations online. (Hello Etsy!)

So this 4th of July weekend will be the first time I take my hobby large scale, and do a Craft Fair. I went from having 20 or so bags on Etsy (as a hobby for extra money here and there,) to having close to 200 total bags, stuffed animals, leather cuffs and keychains, pillows, and framed art pieces. I talked to a friend a few months ago about a craft market in Door County, Wisconsin that she does with her and her husband’s garden supply and plant business. She said it’s so busy at this craft market / farmer’s market that her tent sells out completely. Tell you the truth, I saw dollar signs more than a good time, but I wanted to take my craft and share it with people. I love to take fabrics from thrift stores, like linens and curtains, as well as fabric samples from Interior Design and Upholsters and make something awesome from materials that would have otherwise been tossed. I like to create while lowering my carbon footprint.

So for months I’ve been reading articles on how to set up a craft booth, pictures on what makes a booth enticing, and what to bring with you for success. So much to do! Here’s my Pinterest board if anyone else is interested in this info.

For now, here’s a sneak peek at my inventory.

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The whales were fun to make, and were made with vintage  button eyes, and leftover materials from local interior design studios.

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With wedding season coming up, I thought I would do a collection of bridesmaid and bride clutches. The only thing purchased for this set was the zippers.

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Tagging everything was fun, plus I got to see how many things I really made. I didn’t realize the amount in inventory till I started putting price tags on it all.

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The little beanbag chickens were the fiancee’s idea. I think they are fun.

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These ricepacks are stuffed with rice (duh) and home grown and dried lavender and lemon verbena. When you heat them they will smell heavenly.

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Clutch inventory!

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More bags

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I’m using business cards as price tags. I got 500 from Vistaprints for like $10.

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I made a ton of large bags for farmer’s markets, the beach, or the gym. I love digging through the materials I got for free and finding ones that match and creating something from nothing. The one here is made from 100% repurposed materials from Interior Designers or yard sales.

I’ll post again with the results! Happy Holiday Weekend!

DIY Bag made with Shorts

Last year I was looking for a shortcut to not have to make pockets for insides of a bag. What has a lot of pockets that are already assembled? Shorts! Men’s bermuda shorts (or ladies) have 4-5 pockets and a lot of material to work with. They are usually neutral in color, or have subtle stripes. So I decided to buy a pair really cheaply, and get to work. First I needed to come up with a plan…

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I opted for a shoulder bag, big enough for a magazine or two, maybe a tablet, some pens, and whatever else. I wanted the back pockets to be the inside, which left me with the front pockets and extra fabric for the inside flap and sides.

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My measurements were 11″ tall x 8″ wide. I cut two pieces with the back side for the insides of the bag. I made the depth 4″, wide enough to put a cell phone in the sides of the outside.

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I also undid the hems to give myself more fabric.

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I got so caught up in making a bag I neglected to take too many pictures, but I didn’t intend to make a tutorial, just show the readers what you can do with re-purposing!

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I used the front pocket to make some storage in the front of the bag. Perfect for pens, toiletries, or anything really.

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I used a piece from the bottom for a side pocket, and the tiny pocket from the front on the other side. I even found a matching belt for the strap!

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The finished messenger! I had the blue canvas as a gift from a friend, and the leather was a scrap piece. The only thing I bought was the buckle. The button even came off of the shorts! The finished product is on my Etsy store. Think of all YOU can do with a pair of shorts or an men’s shirt?

Happy re-purposing!