Sew Summery: DIY Dresses & Skirts

I’ve never been a huge fan of shorts, when summer hits I’m all about the dresses and skirts. You can never have enough in my book!  Here are some that are on my sewing to-do list for me and Lola.

Summer Chevron Dress
chevron dress
Via One Little Minute

Yoked Knit Sundress
Yoked knit sundress modelled
Via Kitchy Koo

Summer Dress from 2 T-shirts Could make one for me, too!
Via PolkaDot Chair

The Perfect Summer Swing Dress I think I’d wear this one every day!
summer swing dress
Via Merracks Art

Bandana Skirt
bandana skirt
Via V and Co.

Kimono Sundress
kimono sundress
Via Freckles in April

10 Minute Maxi Skirt
maxi skirt
Via Sew Caroline

And a little something to wear with the skirts:The Perfect Tank Top
Via Simple Simon and Company

What are you sewing this summer? Please share pics and your favorite tutorials! We could all use a little diy boost to our summer wardrobes, right?

DIY Chalk Paint & Bedside Table Makeover

bedside table makeover with diy chalk paint and wrapping paper

We found this table that someone maybe attempted to makeover on a walk around the neighborhood recently. I wish I had pics of the kids and I dragging it back, well it and two chairs. Some people bring home stray animals, I bring home stray furniture! It’s a problem. Really.

trash table before 1

I really didn’t have a use place for the table at the time. But I shuffled some things around and decided it should get a little makeover for my bedroom.

And because everyone is nuts about chalk paint these days I thought I’d give it a try. Nearly every furniture DIY lately seems to feature chalk paint, doesn’t it? And more specifically a certain pricey chalk paint. But as most of my furniture makeovers feature curbside finds, I have a hard time paying $35/quart. So, I tested a few DIY chalk paint recipes and wanted to pass along what I learned.

Wood or Laminate furniture piece(s)
Unsanded Grout or Plaster of Paris (I prefer the grout)
Semi-gloss or Flat interior paint
Paint brush
Wrapping paper or fabric (for drawer accent)
Mod Podge
Foam Brush (if decoupaging)

To make your paint:

  1. Pour 1/3 cup of unsanded grout into a container and slowly stir in 2 tablespoons of water. You’re going for a fluffy, cake frosting texture.
  2. Add mixture to 2 cups of semi-gloss or flat paint. A little goes a long way!
  3. Stir the paint frequently when painting. It’ll be a chalky, thick mixture.

DIY chalk paint is pretty forgiving and furniture doesn’t usually require sanding before using it — even laminate like this table.

While store-bought chalk paint says it has one coat coverage, I had to use two to get the look I wanted with my diy chalk paint recipe.

chalkpaint table diy

I wanted to add a little color to the room, so I used a roll of “vintage” wrapping paper that I picked up for a $1 at the thrift store a few months ago. The paper is beautiful and reversible! It’s a gorgeous orange, pink, and gold on one side and gold and sage on the reverse. [You could easily use scrap fabric for this, too.]

reversible wrapping paper description

decoupage with wrapping paper

First, I used the drawer front to trace the right size and shape onto the paper. And then cut it out.

decoupage with mod podge and wrapping paper

Next, I applied one thin coat of Mod Podge directly to the drawer. This was great to do inside while the table was drying outside!

decoupaged drawer front

I positioned my paper and smoothed it out. Then I applied two thin coats of Mod Podge over the paper, letting it dry for about 10 minutes in between. And then gently pushed the screws for the drawer pull through the back.

spray paint in box for less mess

I used gold spray paint for the handle to bring out the gold in the paper and give it a little glam. I always use a box from Costco or Aldi’s for a spray tent, they work wonders to keep the mess down.

I love the way this little table came out. It’s so cute that it really makes me want to repaint my dresser and armoire to match!

bedside table diy

I decided against waxing or distressing my table. But you could lightly sand the piece after it’s completely dry to distress. Or use Vaseline. For a distressed look with less effort, apply some Vaseline to the edges and areas you want to distress before painting. The paint won’t adhere to those areas and you’ll instantly have that aged, distressed look. Easy!

Spray Paint Instead? You can also use spray paint in place of chalk paint to get a similar look. Rub a little candle wax on the detailing and edges before spray painting to give your wood that worn hand-painted look.

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Beautiful Wedding DIYs using Fabric & Scraps

Via CMHandmade on Etsy

Via CMHandmade on Etsy

Wedding season is upon us! I completely love weddings — the happy couple, the dancing, the cake! What’s not to love!? I especially love all of the DIY trends and personal touches that are becoming the norm. Creating the perfect day has gotten a lot easier with blogs and Pinterest, hasn’t it?

We’re all about making things easier for you, so here’s a round of up beautiful and affordable wedding DIYs using fabric and fabric scraps!

Wedding Quilt Guest Book :: Guests sign a quilt with advice and good wishes instead of a traditional guest book. What a wonderful keepsake! Here are two of our favorite variations!

jenny_darren_664_wedding quilt
Via Beautied Affair

Via Belle Amour

Fabric Rosette Wedding Bouquet :: How incredibly gorgeous are these fabric rosette bridal bouquets? We are in awe. We could see so many uses for this simple, but beautiful, fabric flowers.

Via My Wedding Reception Ideas

DIY Veil :: From classic to modern, many brides are creating their own bridal veils. Here are a few that make us swoon! With fabric, paper, and more.

bird cage veil
Via Wedding Chicks

DIY Fabric Table Numbers :: Create custom table numbers with this simple tutorial!

Via Wedding Chicks

Fabric Streamers for Ceiling or Tenting :: Grab those jelly rolls to create this amazing fabric ceiling for a barn, reception hall, or outdoor wedding.

Via Style Me Pretty

Weave Fabric on Rental Chairs :: Create an expensive look with muslin or thrifted linens woven through party chairs. We also really love the chalkboards! We showed you how to make your own chalkboard paint here.

chalkboards at a wedding
Via The Wedding Chicks

Fabric Napkin Wedding Favors :: We adore these fabric napkin favors for a small wedding!

fabric napkin favors 1
Via 100 Layer Cake

fabric napkin favors
Via Pinterest, No original source found

Fabric Seating Chart There are countless options to create a fabric seating chart that matches your weddings theme and style. Check these out!

Via Rustic Wedding Chic

fabric seating chart_scraps
Via Le Fru Fru

fabric swatch escort card
Via Pinterest, No original source found

Fabric Boutonniere & Bow Ties :: No need to leave the fellas out of the DIY mix!

fabric buttoner
Via One Wed

mens fabric
Via Etsy

bow ties
Via Inspired By This

If you are a bride-to-be or helping one to keep her sanity, we hope you’ll consider some of these lovely fabric DIYs for the big day!

Stay tuned for DIY wedding gifts that the happy couple will adore!

xo, Jennifer

Upcycled Garden Tool Box with Vintage Seed Packet Printables

upcycled Garden Tool Box

We moved into our home late last summer and we’ve little grass or landscaping, so we’re starting from scratch this year. And I’m so excited! I’m great with potted plants and giving the yard a go this year. I bought a few new plants (purple phlox for the beds, two blue hydrangea bushes, and working on taming the climbers that we inherited) and tools for myself for Mother’s Day.

thrifted box for garden tools

My mom thrifted this little green box and suggested I use it for garden tool storage. Perfect! It originally came from Hobby Lobby and it looks like they still have them for about $8. She’s a great gardener and has a huge collection of vintage seed packets, so I thought I’d find a few online to give this a little update.

You can find some really beautiful seed packet printables for free from the Smithsonian Library. I loved this patriotic one and thought it was perfect for Memorial Day.

Iowa Flag Seed Packet

Flat box with lid
Seed Packet Printables
Mod Podge (made my own)
Liner (I used some padding & oil cloth)

I was out of Mod Podge so I made some quickly (and really inexpensively!) with 1 part water to two parts white Elmers school glue. Mix it up with a foam brush and that’s it!

mod podge vintage seed packets to box

I printed a seed packet print for the front and one for the inside. I used my homemade Mod Podge and painted the back of the print and place it where I wanted. Then I painted over the front being sure to get all the edges and corners, smoothing the wrinkles as I went. I did the same for the inside print. I had to turn it sideways to fit my box, but I loved it so much that I didn’t care.

garden box liner

I used some foam scraps that mom had to line the box and covered it with a piece of oil cloth to make it 1) pretty and 2) cleanable! I didn’t glue them in because I wanted to be able to wash and/or replace if necessary.

diy garden tool box

I love the way it turned out and fits my tools perfectly! I think I’m going to add some legs to make it a little side table to keep on the porch. We’ve had lots and lots of rain over the long weekend, and  I can’t wait for my plants to start needing a little trimming and care!

Happy Memorial Day everyone! And a special thank you to all of the service men and women. We are so grateful.

Video: No Sew Super Hero Capes

Learn to make your own DIY Super Hero capes from upcycled T’s! Great for kids, pets, or for a super hero themed birthday party! All you need is a large t-shirt, scissors, and either fabric or markers to decorate!

This is the perfect craft for the long holiday weekend! Have a great one, super heroes!