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Five Minute Repurposed Infinity Scarf

This past fall I bought an infinity scarf, my first. Let me tell you, I LOVE scarves, especially when it’s chilly. I instantly fell in love with it! The greatest thing about an infinity scarf is that it stays put. You can easily make an infinity scarf with fleece or cozy fabric. I decided to upcycle some of my old scarves and turn them into infinity scarves.

Here’s What You Need:

*Fabric that is at least 8″x65″ or old scarves

*Sewing Machine

*Thread

*Scissors

Instructions:

If you are using a scarf and your scarf has fringe on the bottom carefully snip it off. Overlap the ends of the scarf one end on top of the other to make a continuous loop. Overlap about 1/2 to 1″ and pin. Top stitch down on the top of the scarf close to the edge, backstitching at the beginning and end. Snip excess threads. Now flip the scarf inside out. Topstitch the other side down close to the edge. Clip excess threads. Now turn right side out again. Enjoy!

Both of these scarves only took me about 15-20 minutes to complete from start to finish. I love them! Now I can wear the scarves that were always slipping off of my neck and making me cold. If you don’t have old scarves you wish to sew, you can always purchase fleece or sweater knit material and stitch it up the same way. It’s a fun and easy sewing project. So next time you have a cold rainy afternoon, pull out your sewing machine and revamp your old scarves. Your neck will thank you!

Happy Crafting!

The Wonderful World of Pinterest- February 2013

Hello Everyone! I meant to put this post up yesterday, but I just didn’t get the time. Hey, at least it’s still technically February! Pinterest still continues to be one of my favorite things! It’s a constant source of inspiration and loveliness! Here are some of my favorite pins from February:

From my board Pets and Animals:

So true!

From my board Tattoos:

From my board DIY Ideas I Love:

I love this lace!

This fabric is gorgeous!

These printable letters are fantastic!

From my board For the Home:

How cute is that fridge!

My dream chair!

 

I also added two new boards this month on vintage dishes!

From my new board Vintage Glassware:

This is one of the most beautiful glasses I have ever seen!

From my new board Vintage Pyrex:

Hazel Atlas and Pyrex! Perfect!

Aren’t they all just fantastic! I just love Pinterest! To see more from these boards and more follow me on Pinterest Here. I’ll be back again next month with more fabulous pins.

Happy Pinning!

Sweet Repurposed Vintage Tablecloth Clutch

Anyone who knows me can tell you, I am head over heels for vintage tablecloths! I collect them, but I also love to sew with them! I never pass up a tablecloth that has stains or holes because often there is still some good usable space that I can cut out and use as fabric. Vintage tablecloth fabric is usually a really nice thick cotton, so they are a perfect weight for bags. The pleather accents really give this little pouch an extra pop and style! The best thing about this clutch is that it can be done in less than an hour!

Here’s What You Need:

*Pattern (below)

*Cutter Tablecloth or remnant of at least 3/8 yard

*3/8 yard lining fabric such as quilting weight cotton

*Pleather or leather 1/8 yard

*Zipper

*Sewing Machine and Thread

*Sewing awl and scissors or marking paper and tracing wheel

*Marking pen

Here’s The Pattern- Print out to 8.5×11

 

Instructions:

First, you need to cut out your pattern. Lay out your fabric and trace your pattern onto the fabric with a marking pen or pencil. To mark the darts you can use marking paper and a tracing wheel. I use an awl and mark down 1/2 an inch from the peak of the dart and then I clip into the edge of the pattern 1/4 inch on each end of the dart line. Now, line up the darts and edges on the outside pieces and the leather accents. Top stitch all the way around the edge of the leather accent stitching it down to the tablecloth fabric. Once your four leather pieces are stitched down to the front and back pieces you are ready to sew the darts. Fold your dart in half and stitch your dart. If you used the awl method you would match the two clip lines at the bottom and then stitch up 1/2″ past the awl hole to make the dart. Once you stitch all of the darts in the main and lining fabric pieces, press all darts in towards the middle.

For the zipper: With the zipper right side up, lay a main fabric piece wrong side up on top of the right of the zipper. On the bottom of the zipper place one of the lining pieces face up onto the bottom right of the zipper. So you should have a main piece and a lining piece with right sides together with the zipper right side facing the right side of the main piece sandwiched in between the two. Pin the layers and then stitch down with your zipper foot. When you get to the slider of the zipper, turn your needle into your fabric, lift the presser foot, and shimmy the slider down past the presser foot into the area already stitched. Continue stitching the zipper to the end. Now do the same thing with the other side of the zipper, and stitch down. Now top stitch around your zipper.

Now, open up your zipper about half way. Match the main fabric pieces right sides together, and the lining right sides together. Pin all the way around. Now, stitch around your bag starting at the bottom seam of the lining fabric. Stitch up the lining, around the main fabric and back down the lining leaving a few inches at the bottom for turning. Clip around corners. Pull your bag right side out through the hole in the lining. Press bag. You can stitch the hole in the bottom closed by hand or by machine. Push the lining into the outer bag. Zip up your bag and you are done.

I LOVE this bag! This little clutch can be used as a light little purse to hold your essentials when you go out. You could also use it to organize and hold your make up, jewelry, craft supplies, etc. This diy is so fast and it’s quite fun! So next time you are at your local flea market, grab that ragged tablecloth and repurpose it into this cute clutch!

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- February 25th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! Vintage wallpaper is one of my absolute favorite things ever! I love the patterns and textures! So, this week I am going to share with you ten of my favorite vintage wallpapers for sale in Etsy’s fabulous vintage shops. You can see more wonderful wallpapers on my pinterest board Vintage Finds I Love. Here are just a few of my faves:

Check out this fantastic Vintage 1941 Sears Roebuck Wallpaper Book from Beca Runs Here

Check out this gorgeous 1970′s Vintage Floral Wallpaper from Kitschy Koo Collage Here

Check out this adorable Vintage Children’s Wallpaper Scrap Pack from Fondue Here

Check out this amazing 1920s Vintage French Pochoir Guashe Printed Technique Wallpaper from Lemon Woods Here

Check out this fabulous Vintage Wallpaper Scrap Pack from Fondly Vintage Here

Check out this sweet 1940′s Trimz Tulip Wall Boarder from Rarrar Vintage Here

Check out this adorable Vintage European Chicken 1960′s-70′s Wallpaper from RicoBell Here

Check out this fantastic 1940′s Cute Country Houses Vintage Wallpaper from Hannah’s Treasures Here

Check out this lovely Vintage Pastel Parasols Wallpaper from Pumpkin Truck Here

Check out this awesome Vintage Pink Clematis Wallpaper from Ollie Bollen Here

Don’t you just love them all! I certainly do! Most of the vintage wallpapers on Etsy you can buy by the yard, or you can purchase scrap packs for paper crafting. One day I hope to wallpaper one wall in my bedroom with vintage paper. I hope you all enjoy these fantastic shops as much as I do! Until next week…

Happy Shopping!

I Heart Etsy Fridays- Dancing Seeds Mobiles

Happy Friday everyone! As many of you know, Etsy is home to some of the coolest artists around the world! One of my new favorite shops, Dancing Seeds Mobiles, comes to us from across the sea in Israel. Noa Sadeh is the fantastic artist behind the shop. She creates the most fabulous Waldorf inspired mobiles made from items found in nature. Not only are they eco friendly, they are so lovely! Each mobile is one of a kind and you can even get a custom mobile made for your home. I am just fascinated by each one, and how Noa can take a little collection of natures fallen elements and with a little string turn them into the most adorably sweet characters. I just adore them! Here are some of my favorites:

Aren’t they all just so lovely! To see more of Noa’s work visit her shop on Etsy Here. You can also find her on Facebook Here. Noa has one of the most fantastically put together etsy shop pages I have seen, lots of cool info. You can read more about Noa and her design process Here. I’ll be back next friday with another fun shop. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

 

 

Recycled Album Cover Padded Gadget Sleeve

Some of my best memories of being a teenager were afternoons spent with my grandfather searching through the boxes of records at Goodwill. I love to craft with vintage records that won’t play anymore, or fun and unusual record covers, and thanks to my Papa Ben I have quite a collection. A few weeks back I had posted about a design challenge on the fantastic website Earth911. The challenge was to create a case or sleeve for a tablet or phone that was made of mostly recycled items.
So, I decided to create a cool sleeve to carry my ipad. I knew my album covers were going to be perfect. These recycled covers are funky and best of all sturdy and protective.

Here is my DIY:

What You Need:

*Old Record Album Covers

*Bubble Mailer

*Scissors or a paper cutter

*Awl

*Hammer

*Needle and embroidery floss

*Buttons

Instructions:

The first thing you want to do is find a bubble mailer that will fit your gadget. Luckily I had a small stash at home for shipping. You can buy them at Walmart or the post office.  Once you have your mailer you are ready to cut your album. Cut the tab off of your envelope top so you have an open even sleeve. Measure your padded envelope. The width should be a 1/4″ larger than your envelope. For example is your envelope is 9″ wide, you would cut your album to 9.25″ wide. You will have two lengths. The front of the case will be the height of the envelope. The back of the case will be the height of the envelope plus a few inches to fold it over. I added 2.5″ to the top of my back piece. So the finished cover front should be the width + .25″ by height + .25″ of your envelope. The cover back should be width + .25″ by height +.2.5″. So if your envelope was 7×9, your front would be 7.25″x9.25″ and your back would be 7.25″x11.5″ . You can cut two separate pieces, or you can keep the fold in the bottom of the record in tact , trim it to the width and then trim the top to the front and back height measurements. Measure and mark your dimensions on your album, and cut it out with scissors or a paper cutter. The next thing you need to do is punch your stitch holes. Put your album pieces on top of your envelope sandwiching it in. With your awl and hammer punch a hole every 1/2″ a little bit in from the edge all around both sides and the bottom. Now decide where you want your buttons, mark the center and punch a small hole for the top and bottom button. Stich your buttons on the top flap and the front top of your album pieces where you marked.  Now start at one side and blanket stitch all the way around to the other side, leaving the top open. To make the closure, tie a strand of floss around one of the buttons. Clip the thread so it has a long tail of about 4-5″, and then wrap the thread in a figure 8 around the buttons to close the sleeve. And there you have it, and fun and repurposed sleeve to hold your gadget.

I love my little sleeve for my ipad! I even made my mom one for her kindle. It was really easy and whipped up really fast! This would be a great gift for a friend or any music lover. These are really inexpensive to make too. You can find records at the thrift store for around a dollar a piece. A bubble mailer will usually set you back a little less than a dollar as well. So for around $2-3 you can make a fun sleeve. Pretty cool, huh! I hope I have inspired some of you to try crafting with old album covers. The designs you can find are so fun!

Happy Crafting!

Mod Podge Image Transfer Folios and Necklaces

 

Ever since I can remember we have always had a jar of Mod Podge around the house. It is such a versatile and fantastic craft product, and should be a staple in any craft room! I recently tried some of Mod Podge’s newer products including their image transfer medium and podgable shapes. Today I am going to share with you a couple of mini tutorials and some helpful tips and examples to help you when using the fabric transfer medium.

Let’s start with the transfer medium:

I love the concept of this transfer medium. Essentially you can take any image and photocopy it, then transfer it to just about any surface with this medium. I did a few tests before I used the product on my hanky project(which you can see Here.) The finished product is similar to an iron on transfer. It has a slightly rubbery feel on fabric but does not seem to crease and crack as easily as the iron on paper you can print on. Another pro when choosing to use this transfer medium is that the colors are bright and maintained on light and dark objects. The biggest advantage with this product is that you can use it on materials like wood, metal, glass, plastic, and of course fabric. So it is very versatile.

Here is what I learned doing tests of the Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium:

This image of the little birds was my first. I made the mistake of smudging extra medium on the back of the paper, and I pushed down too much in certain areas causing extra medium to goop out beyond my picture which you can see by the white outline areas around the birds.

This image of the strong man I did to see how much the whites would show up on a white fabric. Where ever there is white space on your image, it will stay white on the transfer. If you do not want this white space you need to trim your images so they are cut out completely and there is not white spaces. Even if you are transferring to a white object you can still see the outline of the white image areas.

The image of my mom when she was little I did with a lot less medium. You can plainly see that if you do not put adequate medium on your image it will not transfer properly. You want to make sure that you coat the image in a layer thick enough that the image cannot be seen through the medium. You also want to make sure not to rub too hard when removing the paper.

The image of my aunt on the sofa was my fourth attempt. I did not rub enough in some areas, and in others I rubbed too much and ended up making it too distressed.

Here is an image from my first trial batch on a colored tea towel

I tried some transfers with the transfer medium on some leather folios I had bought a while back to hold pictures. I used photo copies of vintage children’s playing cards. It’s really pretty easy. You cut out your image. Then you brush a thick layer of medium onto the face up image, and then position it face down on your object. Let the medium dry 24 hours. Once dry, dab it with a damp sponge until fully moistened. Wait two minutes then rub the paper off gently in circular motions. Let dry. I added some of Mod Podge’s rub on words on the front. I love rub ons, don’t you! To finish I added my pictures to the inside. The b on one of my rub ons didn’t take well, but other than that I am really happy with these folios! Cute aren’t they!

So this Mod Podge photo transfer medium does take a little bit of practice. However, it is a great and pretty darn easy way to customize all kinds of things with your images. I think it is pretty fun!

Now on to the Podgable Shapes:

May I just say, these are so flippin’ fantastic I almost can’t stand it! I have used glass tiles and cabachons in the past to make jewelry with vintage images. The glass can have a funky sheen where the image is glued on, and they don’t come with a loop so you have to add a bail. These podgable shapes from Mod Podge are the perfect alternative! They are light weight and plastic. They seem pretty durable. I didn’t have any trouble with sheen when adding the image, and some of them come with holes to be able to add them to a necklace, key chain , etc. They come in a great array of sizes too!

What You Need:
*Vintage Images reduced down to fit shapes
*Scissors
*Mod Podge
*Podgable Papers
*Jump Rings and Chain
*Mod Podge Foam Brush

The first thing you want to do is print out your images. Trace the shapes onto your image and cut inside the lines a little to best fit the shapes. Brush a thin layer of mod podge onto the back of a clear shape. Now lightly press the image face up onto the clear shape and lightly tap out any air bubbles. Let it dry. Now cut out the podgable papers to fit the back side of the shapes. Brush a layer of mod podge onto the back of the image you glued to the shape. Now press the paper face up onto the shape. Finish off with a thin layer of mod podge. Now all you need to do is add a jump rings and string on your choice of chain or ribbon. Easy right!

I LOVE these! They are really simple and fun to wear on a daily basis. You could dress these up and make them really funky with some cool beads and charms. They would make great gifts too! I know I will definitely be grabbing some more of these! They have different shapes and sizes that would be perfect for jewelry and tags, and anything else you could imagine!

Be sure to check out the selection of Mod Podge products at your local Michael’s craft store. They have so many fun products!

Happy Crafting!

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Framed Vintage Hanky Art Using Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium

One of my most treasured possessions in the entire world is the collection of old family slides my grandfather gave me shortly before he passed away. I spent hours scanning them in a little at a time, and actually still haven’t scanned them all to my computer. There are a ton of pictures of my mom and Aunt Jamie growing up, as well as some pics of my grandparents when they were a young couple. I am captivated with each one, and have several of them displayed around my home. Not only do these images have a special meaning for me because they are of my family, but they are also cool, soft old images that are fantastic to decorate with too! One of my favorite slides that I scanned is of my aunt when she was a toddler. How flippin’ cute is that scarf, really! I recently had the opportunity to try out Mod Podge’s photo transfer medium and immediately knew I’d be using this image for sure. I decided to transfer this sweet little pic to one of my vintage handkerchiefs and frame it to go in my living room. I had a blast making it too!

Here’s What You Need:

*Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium( It comes with a foam brush and you can find it at Michael’s stores)

*Vintage Hanky with white center area

*Image printed with dry toner ( I used a color copier)

*Scissors

*Tin foil, wax paper, or something similar

*Sponge

*Water

*Record Album Frame or other frame to fit hanky( I painted my frame blue to match my hanky)

*Matboard cut to size of frame

Instructions:

First you need to copy your image. I used a color copier at my local office supply store. I used a regular 4×6 print to copy and then cut the copy down to size to fit in the white space of the middle of my hanky. If you are using an image that has words or you want the image to remain in the exact orientation you will need to reverse copy the image.

Now prepare your hanky by ironing it really well. Lay your hanky face up on top of some wax paper. I was out of wax paper so I used tin foil at first.

Lay your image face up on a piece of tin foil or wax paper. Squirt a generous amount of the photo medium on top of your image.

Use the foam brush to spread and brush evenly on the image. You want a nice thick coat you do not want the image to be clearly seen through the medium.

Carefully raise the image off of the tin foil or wax paper and place face down( transfer medium side down) onto the middle of your hanky. Be careful not to smudge or touch the image when you pick it up and transfer it to your fabric. Lightly tap the image and smooth out any air bubbles. Wipe off any excess medium off of the edges with your finger or towelette. Now you need to let your transfer dry for 24 hours.

Once you have let your transfer dry for a day, you are ready to remove the paper. First wet a sponge and ring it out a little so it is moist but not soaking wet. Dab the wet sponge over your transfer making sure to dampen the whole image. You should be able to see the image lightly appear when moistened correctly. Let the dampened transfer sit for two minutes.

Now, rub the sponge in a circular motion on the wet transfer. You need to put a little pressure into it, but don’t rub too hard or you’ll rub off your image. As you rub the paper should start to come off in bits. Rub all of the paper off of the surface. Let dry. If there is some filmy areas you can gently rub those off with a damp sponge.

Once the paper is rubbed off you are done and ready to frame your mount your hanky. Take your mat board that is cut to the size of your frame. Place a length of double stick tape on the top edge. Line up your hanky and tape it down to the board at the top.

Now tape the sides and stretch your hanky smooth to tape down on both the left and right side of your board. Then tape the bottom and stretch your hanky smooth onto the bottom tape. Now your hanky is mounted to your board and you can assemble it into your frame. Hang and enjoy!

I love how my hanky art turned out! It is so sweet! This was a pretty easy project to make thanks to the Mod Podge photo transfer medium! You can use this stuff for all kinds of surfaces too like wood, metal, etc. You can easily personalize just about anything! I hope I have inspired some of you to give this project a try! It is a great way to add a little heartfelt and vintage sweetness to your favorite space! Until next time…

Happy Crafting!

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Upcycled Record Earring Organizer

Thrifting is something I have enjoyed for over half of my life now! One of my favorite items that I’m always picking up is old records. I started collecting them with my grandfather when I was a teenager. I have a small collection of records from some of my favorite artists like the Beatles and old hollywood musicals like Funny Face that I absolutely treasure. Some of them have been handed down to me from my mom, and some have been found sifting through the dollar record bins at the local thrift stores. Every time I’m at my local Goodwill I always come home with some more records. I LOVE to craft with the scratched and funny ones! I have made bowls, and coasters. Most recently I decided to make a jewelry organizer for my baby sister(who just turned 18 this week) for her growing collection of lovely earrings. It was really easy and fun to make!

What You Need:

*Record Bowl ( you can find a great tutorial here)

*Small 45 record

*Drill with a small drill bit 1/16 or slightly larger

*Plastic wine glass

*Little figurines (I bought mine from this shop)

*Single poker chip

*Pipe cleaner, yarn, ribbon, etc…

*Glue

Instructions:

 

The first thing you want to do is make your record bowl. Check out this tutorial. Drill holes as close to the edge of your 45, about a 1/2 inch apart all the way around the record. In the picture my hubby is using his drill press, you can also use a drill and put your record on a surface you can drill through to like a block of scrap wood. Once you have your holes drilled you are ready to assemble. First glue one of your figures down onto the center of the bowl piece. Now, run a bead of glue around your rim of your wine glass. Glue the wine glass upside down onto the middle of your bowl, encasing the figure inside the glass. Now run a bead of glue onto the edge of the bottom of the glass and glue down your 45 to the bottom stem of the glass making sure to keep the record centered and even. Glue the poker chip on top of the hole in your 45. Now glue the second figure onto the poker chip in the middle of the 45. You can add embellishments if you like. I added a sparkly pipe cleaner to the bottom of the glass where it met the bowl. Once you are done glueing and embellishing, you are ready to hang your earrings and enjoy!

My sister was so thrilled to get this fun little organizer this week as one of her bday gifts! She is a BIG music fan, and has a growing obsession with earrings! I do believe they are her favorite fashion accessory. The great thing is that since the bottom is a bowl it can serve as a catch all for other jewels as well as your earrings. This little organizer was so easy to make! I just loved making it, it was sooo much fun! I hope I have inspired some of you all to give this one a try, you’ll have a blast! Until next time…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- February 19th

Hey Everyone! It’s been kind of a crazy start of the week. I am presenting this weeks finds in Etsy treasury form since I’m a bit crunched for time. This week I have some fantastic mint and pink vintage finds for you all to browse through. Mint green and soft pink is a fantastic combination! It’s so fresh and sweet!  I LOVE all of these amazing vintage finds of course! To see an item you can just click on the thumbnail pic and it will take you to the item listing. Definitely be sure to check out some of these fabulous Etsy vintage shops! Until next week….
Happy Shopping!

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