DIY Fabric Statement Necklaces

diy fabric necklace video tutorial

I’m loving all of the big statement necklaces for spring and summer, and thought it would be fun to make my own from my favorite fabrics. Learn how to use scrap fabric or a pattern from one you love to create a custom statement necklace in this weeks video!

Vintage, traditional, modern, hippie, boho…you can create a custom necklace to fit your style just by choosing a different fabric. That’s what I love most about these! Anything goes.

fabric necklace close up

fabric necklace charms

vintage fabric necklace

I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! I’ll be working on another with gerbera daisy fabric this weekend!

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Looking for a weekend project? Check out this Sewing Room Wreath DIY!

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DIYs for Summer Feet, Hair & Skin

how to have a beach body

Summers here and we couldn’t be more excited! Let’s whip up a few beauty DIYs for super soft feet, beachy waves, and ultra-protected skin. Here’s a round up of some of our favorites from around the web!

DIY Happy Strawberry Toes (Foot) Scrub

happy strawberry toes diy foot scrub

Strawberries are more than delicious. They are also full of all sorts of antioxidants and vitamins that are great for yourskin. Use this DIY foot scrub for happy toes! These tasty berries help to remove dead skin cells and lighten dark spots.  Via Patchwork Cactus.

Protect your beautiful skin with DIY Sunblock

10 oils with natural spf

Click through for a fantastic recipe for natural sunscreen from Style Me Green. Made this one last year when we ran out of sunscreen and I won’t be going back to store bought anytime soon!

Perfect beach hair — beach optional

diy beach hair spray

Give homemade waves a try when you’re relaxing or on the go this summer! Really want to try this, but I think my hair might be a little too short still. Via The Beauty Department.

Relax and kick back with fizzy foot soak!

diy fizzy foot soak

Shoes without socks in the summer heat. Enough said! Making this one for sure. Thanks, Elle Sees!

Get the perfect low maintenance face with this natural, tinted lip balm

diy natural tinted lip balm

Bet this lip balm smells great, too! Can’t wait to try it. How ’bout you? Via Bloom Doula.

THE recipe for the smoothest legs ever. Ever.

diy shaving cream for smooth legs

I don’t know the original source for this graphic, but this is how I’ve shaved for the last few years. Gotta love coconut oil!

And here’s a beach towel DIY that unfolds to include a pillow for good measure!

diy beach towel with pillow

These are great for the whole family. Perfect for Lola’s summer camp! Which means I’ve about a week to hurry up and make it.

I can’t wait to try all of these summer DIYs! And all of this beach talk makes me wish I wasn’t in the Midwest. Oh well, we’ll find some sand somewhere!

Happy (almost) summer everyone!

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Want more tips? Check these out! Pinterest Fail: Apron Edition / Sewing Room Wreath DIY / DIY Chalkboard Paint + Projects

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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

Supplies:
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!

Sewing Room Wreath

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While my “sewing room” tends to be the dining room table or the living room floor, I am lucky enough to have a space designated for sewing. But I kind of hate to be in there. So I’ve decided to embark on a little makeover over the upcoming holiday weekend. I want to make it a room that I can not wait to escape to, rather than an upcoming episode of Hoarders. It’s bad, people. Really bad.

So I decided to use a few of my grandmother’s sewing notions and the Sewing Box jelly roll to make this adorable little wreath. I love it “sew” much that I thought you’d like to make one, too!

sewing room wreath supplies

Supplies:
Foam Wreath Form
Jelly Roll Strips
Straight Pins
Miscellaneous Sewing Stuff
Ric Rack or Ribbon

First I secured one jelly roll strip with a pin. Then I wrapped it around the wreath form, pulling it taut and removing wrinkles as I went. Keep wrapping the fabric around the form until you come to the end of the jelly roll strip. Use another pin to hold it in place until you add the next strip.

sewing room wreath step 1

Continue wrapping jelly roll strips around the wreath form until you’ve covered the entire form. You’ll want to overlap each pattern, and if you are going light over dark you might want to wrap that section twice before continuing around the form.

wrapping jelly roll around wreath form

After the entire form is covered with fabric, you can start to embellish with ric rack, buttons, etc. This is the fun part!

embellish sewing room wreath

I affixed all of my sewing notions with straight pins or tied them onto the form. I didn’t attached them permanently to be able to change it up and to use the supplies if I wanted to.

wreath accessories

I used empty metal bobbins filled with baker’s twine and attached them to the back of wreath with small pins.  I attached the classic red tomato pin cushion with quilting pins. And made a fabric flower from a piece of scrap fabric, a button, and four pins. [Instructions below.]

What’s great about using the foam wreath form is that you can pin things and then move ’em around if you don’t like the placement.

Making those little fabric flowers couldn’t be easier. Here’s how.
fabric flowers
Cut four (4) same size fabric circles for each flower. I used a drinking glass to trace the size I wanted. Then fold each circle in half and then in half again, until you have a little triangle shape. Either glue the four triangles together on a piece of felt with the points facing each other , or use use pins to hold the sections on your wreath. I finished with a button and used a pin in each of the button holes to secure my flower.

Then I used a broken tape measure as a ribbon hanger. I love the way this little wreath turned out!

diy wreath sewing theme

tomato pin cushion on wreath

Now to tackle the rest of the room! Or maybe make another project…