Recently I came across a couple of lots of adorable vintage cloth baby books. They were well loved and a few of them had crayon marks in them, but I knew they would be perfect to upcycle! I have wanted to make a bunting for my screen porch for a while now, and when I saw these books I knew they were just what I was looking for! Buntings are really easy to make and they are a great way to add a little fun to your decor!
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Cloth Books
*Paper (Cardstock or chipboard works nicely) and Pencil
*Bias Tape (I bought mine Here)
The first thing you need to do is measure and make your template. Measure the width and height of the book. Draw the width and height of the book pages onto your paper or cardstock. You should have a rectangular shape to match your page. Then, mark the center point on the width at the top and bottom. Measure up from the bottom about a third of the way up on each side of the length. Draw a line across. Mark the center on that line. Then draw a line from the center of the third line to the bottom right corner and then from the center to the bottom left corner. You should now have your flag bunting shape. Cut out the cardstock. This is now your template to cut your flags.
Now, use the template you just made and trace the flag onto one side of each page in the book. Cut out your flag pieces.
Lay out your pieces and decide how you want to assemble the bunting. Stack the flags in order.
Now you are ready to sew your bunting. Sandwich the first bunting flag about 5 or 6″ in from the end of your bias tape. If you are new to sewing, you may want to sandwich and pin all your flags to your bias tape before you sew. I sandwich and sew as I go, but that’s the fast and lazy way, not necessarily the proper way. Edge stitch about 1/8″ in down your bias tape. Sew a little in between flags. I will sandwich a flag, and then when I get close to the end of that flag, sandwich the next flag in leaving a little gap between the two, then continue stitching. Sandwich and stitch down all the flags in your bunting. When you are done stitching your bunting closed, clip the excess threads.
I absolutely LOVE my new buntings! They are going to look so fantastic on my porch! I may keep the kitty book for my craft room though as that one is my favorite and I spend the most time in there, so I’d get to see it everyday. You can use this simple process to make your own bunting out of any kind of material you fancy. If you have some old cloth books, upcycle them. Or, give it a try with your favorite fabrics. You’ll love it! You can make several of them in under an hour, and they are simple and fun to sew. They really add a lot of charm and fun to a space too! Definitely one of my favorite things to make! I’ll be back next week with another retro DIY. Until then…
Hey guys! I know mason jar crafts have become such a popular craft item these days! I believe there are several pins on my diy pinterest board that are all about decking out those fantastic little jars. I have been wanting to make a piece for the kitchen for a while now. I had some left over pallet wood from some backdrops I have been working on, so I thought I’d go ahead and give it a go. I was inspired by these tutorials here, here, and here. This project was entirely repurposed as everything I used I had on hand. I really had such a blast, I ended up making two. Here’s how I made mine:
Here’s What You Need:
*Wide Pallet Wood Scraps or Reclaimed Wood
*Drill and Drill Bits
*Screw for your Clamp
*Ruler and Pencil
*Table Saw or Circular Saw or even a hand saw
*Dremmel with a cutting wheel attachment
*Brad Nailer and brads or a hammer and nails
The first thing you need to do is gather your supplies. If you want to paint your jars first, you can easily paint them with craft paint and a sealer. Once they are good and dry, you are ready to use them. I bought a flower frog from the craft store to use one of my hangings as a vase.
So you’ll want to start by making your base. Take a strip of wide pallet wood or other wood that you like and lay the jar and your knob on it to see your spacing and how long you want to make it. Mark where you want to cut and then cut the wood to size using a table saw or circular saw, or even a handsaw. You will also need to cut two back cleats for support on the back if you want it to stand off the wall a little bit. If you want it to have a slimmer profile, you can add an ample sawtooth hanger to the back.
Now you need to prepare your hose clamp that will hold your jar. Wrap the metal around the middle of your jar test fitting the jar inside the clamp. Mark the center back with a pen, and then mark where you want to cut the excess off at the screw area. Remove the jar and set aside. Grab your screw and find a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the screw. Drill a hole in the metal at the center back line you marked. Clip off the excess length with wire shears.
Now, mark where you want to hang your jar on your wood. Make a mark in the center. Drill a pilot hole with your drill bit. Now, insert your screw through the hole in the clamp and screw it into the pilot hole you made in the wood.
Insert your jar into the wire hose clamp and tighten the wire around the jar by tightening the screw on the clamp with a flat head screw driver or a bit.
Now you need to mark and drill the hole for your knob. First, decide where you want your knob and mark it making sure to center it up. Find a drill bit that is the same size as your knobs bolt. Drill a hole where you marked on your wood for the knob.
Next, insert your knob. Tighten the knob on the wood with the nut from the knob. Now you need to cut off the excess. Grab your dremmel fitted with a cutting wheel and cut off the excess bolt off of the back. Now your piece is ready to hang.
Aren’t they so cute! I absolutely love them! I think they would make wonderful gifts! The best thing is that they are really pretty fast and easy to whip up! You can make them as fancy or plain as you like. Change up the look by using plain or painted jars, awesome knobs, or even paint the pallet wood. You can really make it your own and have fun with it! I hope you all will give it a try sometime! I think you’ll have a blast! I will be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…
One of my favorite things to do in summer is projects for my garden! I have not really done too many outdoor projects this year. My mom was cleaning out the hall closet the other day at her house and found a set of pink flamingos we had used for my dad’s birthday party a couple of years ago. She was going to toss them, but I decided to take them home for my yard. They looked a bit plain to me, and you all know how I have to mess with everything, so I decided to give these two a style revamp with some paint. Now they totally fit in with the rest of my funky garden!
Here’s What You Need:
*Martha Stewart Gold and Black Craft Paint
*Painter’s Tape or Washi Tape
*Ballet Pink Spray Paint (Rustoleum Brand)
*Aqua Paint for the dots (I used an interior behr brand sample I had in the color Aqua Spray)
*Small Foam Dabber
*String and Beads (optional)
The first thing you need to do is spray paint your flamingos. Push the legs of each into the ground a little and spray paint them. I used a little tin foil on the ground to keep from getting too much paint everywhere. You will probably need two to three light coats. Let them dry thoroughly.
Bring the birds back inside and lay them on their side. Put some of the aqua paint on a paper plate or a bit of foil. Lightly dip your foam dabber into the paint and then push the dabber down onto your flamingo and then off to make a dot shape. Repeat this process making polka dots where you like on the one side of your flamingo. Let the paint dry thoroughly and then flip over the piece and polka dot the other side. Let dry.
Tape around the beak where it is black and paint the tip of the beak aqua. Remove the tape and let the aqua dry tip dry thoroughly. You can then paint the black part of the beak gold. You will need several coats of the gold. Let the gold dry. Paint in a black dot in the eye with a small paint brush.
Next, tape every half inch or so from the top of the legs to near the bottom. Make sure the tape is nice a smooth and there is no space for paint to seep in. I was not so careful and ended up with messy lines on my legs. Once taped, paint the legs with your aqua paint. Set aside to dry.
To finish off your flamingo you can make them a little necklace. Knot a long piece of string with a long tail. String on several beads, I used around 13 10mm beads for each necklace. Knot the other side and then tie the necklace around the neck of the flamingo.
I have to say, I absolutely love my revamped flamingoes! They are probably a little too quirky or tacky for some people, but they are just kitschy enough for me! So next time you see an old plastic flamingo at the thrift store or at a yard sale, pick it up to funkify your own space! It’s a fun summer project that is easy and fast too! I’ll be back next week with another cool DIY project. Until then…
As some of you all know by now, vintage tablecloths are one of my absolute favorite things to upcycle! I am head over heels in love with the prints from the beautiful florals to the fun novelty prints. There is just nothing like the hand of a vintage tablecloth whether it be a sweet drapey linen or a wonderfully thick cotton. I use cutter tablecloths to make all kinds of items for the blog and the shop, so I have quite a few scraps lying around. I’ve been wanting to find a way to use some of my favorite scraps. I love wearing my vintage aprons for shows, but needed one with more pockets, so I thought I’d make my own with some upcycled tablecloth pockets.
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Tablecloth Scraps- Four pieces cut at 10″ wide x 11″ tall
*Cotton Fabric for Main Apron- 42″ Wide x 14″ Tall
*1 Package of Double Fold Bias Tape
*42″ or so of Ric Rack Trim
*3/8 yard of coordinating fabric for band and ties- Cut 2 pieces at 3″x22″ and one piece at 3″x25″
The first thing you need to do is cut your fabric pieces. I gave measurements for mine in the material list above. I am a size 18. What you basically want to do is measure the front of your waist plus a couple of inches. The width of your apron will be 1.5-2 times the width of that measurement for you are going to gather the fabric at the waist. To figure out the pocket size, divide the width of the apron by four(the number of pockets.) Add 1/2 inch to each side for seam allowance. Cut the waist band at 3″ by the width of your apron plus 1/2 inch seam allowance on each side. And also cut two pieces for your ties at 3″x22″.
Next, take your four pockets and sew the first pocket to the second with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Then stitch the second to the third and the third to the fourth, so you have one long strip. Iron open the seam allowances.
Now, fold over the top of each pocket by 1/4″ to the back side and press. Then fold over again by 1/2″ or so and press. Stitch down close to the open end. Now the top edge of your pockets should have a nice finish. Sew the ric rack trim to the top inside edge of the pocket.
Next, lay the long pocket piece over the top of the main apron fabric piece which should also be face up. Line up the bottom of the pockets and sides to the bottom of the apron fabric and sides. Pin in place. Stitch the pocket down to the main fabric around the edges but leaving the top of the pocket open with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Now you need to add your bias tape. Sandwich the apron fabric edges between the fold of your bias tape. Pin in place. When you get to the corners, fold and mitre the corners with your fingers then pin in place. Stitch the bias tape all the way around the apron except for the top, stitching close to the open edge of the tape. You should now have an apron piece with pockets at the bottom and bias tape concealing the raw edges on both sides and the bottom. The top edge of your apron should be raw edges.
Next you can go ahead and make your ties. Fold the tie pieces over in half with right sides facing. Clip one end of the halved tie at an angle. Stitch the folded tie closed with a half inch seam allowance starting at the square end leaving that end open, and ending at the tip of the angled edge. Push the tie right side out and press it flat. Repeat with the other tie. Set aside.
Now you are ready to baste and gather your apron. Adjust your stitch length to a basting stitch. Stich a basting stitch at about an 1/8 inch away from the edge of your raw edge, then another basting stitch right below that one a little less than a half inch away from the top.
Now, line up the edge of your apron about a half inch in from each side of the waist band and pin. To gather the fabric, pull the top and bottom basting threads gently making sure you pull only the basting strings on one side of your fabric. Distribute your gathers along the width of the fabric. Pull the basting strings from each side and adjust the gathers until your gathered apron fabric fits into the width of the waist band where pinned. Loop the basting threads around the end pins in figure eight motions. Then pin the rest of the gathered apron to the waist band. Make sure your waist band and apron fabric are right sides together. Stitch the apron to the waist band with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Clip all excess threads.
Now you are ready to make the waist band. Fold over the top edge of the waist band to the back side by about a half inch and press down. Also press the sides of the waist band in by 1/2″ and press. Pin in place. Stitch the waist band down close to the bottom leaving the sides open.
To finish off your apron, you need to add your ties. Insert your ties on each side opening of your waist band. Pin in place. Stitch the sides closed. Clip excess threads. Now it is ready to wear!
I absolutely LOVE my apron! I am a larger gal and this one is made perfectly for my size! It is so much fun to wear and I can’t wait to use it at my next show or market! Upcycling vintage linens is seriously my favorite thing to do! I love to use my vintage scraps, but you can change it up and use any fabric you have on hand. You can play around with the proportions as well to fit your body. I think this would make a great gift for the holidays as well! Everyone loves aprons, right! So next time you find you need a new apron, give this one a try. It’s fast and simple! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…
I have been on a bit of a patchwork kick lately. I love being able to take scraps that have been sitting around and find another purpose for them. I am such a vintage fabric lover, and I hate to waste any of my vintage fabrics, so I always keep my vintage scraps. I felt like doing a bit of patchwork the other day, so I thought I would make some patchy fabric coasters with some of my favorite vintage feedsack and sheet scraps. Fabric coasters are really easy and fast to whip up! They are a great weeknight sewing project!
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Fabric Scraps
*Rotary Cutter and Ruler
*Self Healing Matt
*Sewing Machine and Thread
The first thing you need to do is cut your squares. Cut eight 2.5″ squares for each coaster. I used two coordinating fabrics for my coasters, so I had four of both of my fabrics for each coaster. Also cut a 4×4″ square of your fusible fleece for each coaster.
Lay out your fabric squares. Stitch the top two squares with right sides together at the side seam with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Do the same for the bottom two squares. Press open seams.
Now stitch the top sewn pieces and the bottom sewn pieces right sides together. Make sure the bottom of the top squares matches up with the top of the bottom squares. Stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press open seam. You should now have a piece that is four patchwork squares sewn together with two on top and two on the bottom.
Repeat for the back side of the coaster. Once you have two pieces for the front and back of your coaster, lay them right sides together. Stitch all the way around the coaster with a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a space open for turning.
Clip your corners off close to the stitching. Take your fusible fleece square and line it up inside the stitching line of the coaster. Iron the fleece onto the fabric.
Turn the coaster right side out. Push the corners out with a stick or your scissors. Iron the coaster flat tucking in the seam allowance where the opening is in towards the inside. Top stitch all the way around the coaster. Clip excess threads. Repeat with as many coasters as you’d like to make…
I have made fabric coasters for gifts for family and friends before, but have never made patchwork ones. I have to say, I love them! I may just have to make a bunch more! These coasters are a fast and easy project, and they make fantastic gifts! I love to use vintage fabrics, but of course you can use any kind of fabric that suits your fancy! You can easily change-up the look or style. Make them all the same, or make a bunch of them in your favorite prints. Smaller prints work best. Give them a go some time, you’ll love them I bet! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…
Last week I shared this diy pallet wood star with you all. I had made the star for my porch. When I went to hang it, it looked a little plain for my taste, so I decided to paint it. I love the look of painted old wood. Typically I am not a fan of distressing wood. I like the crispness of clean painted furniture. However sometimes there is a piece that is just perfect distressed. There are a lot of ways to distress wood. A friend told me about the vaseline method, so I thought I’d give that one a try since it seemed the easiest to me. I had a great time painting my star! It’s so easy and fast to give it a little update with paint and vaseline too!
Here’s What You Need:
*White Paint (I used regular latex interior paint for this project)
*Paint in the colors you like best
The first thing you need to do is apply a thin layer of vaseline in the areas you want the natural wood to show through. I used my finger to apply the vaseline. Be careful because you can get splinters. I think a paint brush or pallet knife would work to apply it too.
Next, Paint your whole star with your white paint. You may need a few coats of white to completely cover. I think I used three coats of the white paint. Let the white paint dry.
Now, apply the vaseline again over the areas where you would like the white to show through the colored paint.
Next paint the different planks in your colored paints. I used red and aqua to go with the color scheme on my porch. Paint a couple of coats of paint and set your piece aside to dry.
Once your paint is thoroughly dry, lightly sand the wood. The areas where the vaseline is, the paint will come off easily. I have also found that if you blast the piece with water from your hose the paint will flake off in the areas where the vaseline is as well. It’s a little less work, but then you have to let the piece dry out for a day or so. Enjoy your distressed pallet art!
I liked my star before, but now I am totally in love with it! It is going to look so fantastic on my porch! Pallet wood is so much fun to distress! I hope you all will give this method a try some time. It was both easy and fun! I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then…
Like a lot of gals I know, I am a shoe hoarder. However, while most of my friends go crazy for a lovely pair of heels, I am more of a sneaker and sandal collector. I practically live in sandals most of the year. Most days I sport my favorite brand of flippies (aka Sanuk yoga’s or yoga spree’s), but some days I like to wear something a little cuter and will throw on something a little more fancy. I have a pair of bronze metallic sandals where the straps were starting to crack, as well as a pair of plain t-straps that I’ve only worn once. I thought they both needed an update. They were a little too plain for my taste, so I decided to add some sweet floral embellishments. Turns out it was so easy and fun!
Here’s What You Need:
*Chiffon or Other Fabric Flowers( I bought mine Here)
The first thing you need to do is decide what kind of look you want for your sandals. I knew I wanted to do three flowers that were about 2″ each for my t-strap sandals and one larger flower with a few smaller flowers for my thong sandals. For the t straps, I bought a 1/2 yard strip of chiffon flowers that were 2.5″ wide. They come on a netting and you can cut them apart from each other. For the thongs, I bought a half yard of 1.5″ chiffon flowers and two 2.5″ fabric flowers. My shoe size is a 10. You may need less if your shoe size is smaller.
Once you have all your supplies gathered, cut your flowers apart on your netting strips. Decide how many flowers fit best on your shoes. Grab your felt and cut circles of felt a little smaller than the width of each of your flowers for your thong style sandals. For the t-straps, cut a strip that is a little smaller than the width of your flowers by a little longer than the length of your t strap piece.
Open your fabritac. For the thongs, run a little glue onto the top of your left strap on the left shoe and right strap on the right shoe, and then a little glue onto the other strap. For the t-strap run a bead of glue down the t-strap piece. For your thong sandals, press your large flower onto the left strap on the left shoe so it sits right before the middle of the thong part that sits between your toes. Press a couple of the smaller flowers next to the large flower on the left strap of the left sandal and right strap of the right sandal. Then press another smaller flower onto the other strap next to the larger flower so it sits right before the split. For the t-straps, trim up your middle flower and then press your three flowers onto the t-strap piece starting with the one over the end where your toes go.
Now you need to glue the felt pieces onto the back sides of your flowers. Run glue onto the felt circles for your thong sandals. Press each circle onto the back side of each of the flowers it corresponds with. You will be sandwiching the strap in between the felt circle and the flower. Be sure to press them together very well. Repeat with all the other flowers on your thongs. For the t-straps, run glue onto the felt strips. Press the glue side of the strips onto the back side of the flowers sandwiching the strap in between. Make sure to press the strip firmly in place paying careful attention to the area where the toes sit.
Set your sandals aside to dry. Once the glue is fully cured they are ready to wear!
I absolutely LOVE my sandals now! This revamp was so fast and simple! The best part is that it cost me less than ten dollars to embellish both pairs! I love how versatile this project can be too! You can easily change-up the look to suit your style and taste, just by the flowers you use. I hope you all will give this one a try sometime with your own plain sandals. You’ll love it too! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…
I am so excited to share the news that a couple of my projects are featured in July’s issue of ReLoved Magazine! If you are not familiar with Reloved, it is a British mag dedicated to all things upcycled! This magazine is fabulous! There are so many amazing projects to decorate your home and yourself in the July issue! I especially love the sewing projects! To snag a copy of your own, get the digital version from itunes or straight through the Reloved app, or find one at your local book store or craft store. Also, check out the magazine’s website Here, where you can subscribe so you never miss an issue, and check out their awesome blog! And a very big Thank You to Reloved for featuring my projects! I am completely honored to be a part of such a fantastic publication!
Upcycling pallets has become very popular over the last year or so. Pallets have become one of my favorite materials to work with, so I can totally see the charm. They are free and the wood is nice and old looking. They are also fun to work with! I had a bunch of scrap pieces from the pallet art I have been making for the Flea Market. I thought it would be fun to use the scraps to make large shape that I can use for an art piece for the back porch. We decided to make a large star shape. This DIY was really pretty easy! I had a blast making it with the hubby this past weekend!
Here’s What You Need:
*Reclaimed Wood (Scrap wood, Pallet wood, etc…)
*Pencil and/ a marker
*Band saw or circular saw
*Brad Nailer and Nails
The first thing you need to do is arrange your scrap pieces on a flat surface face down forming a canvas. Free hand your shape on the back side of your scrap wood carefully. Draw over the final shape with a marker.
Starting with the bottom pieces, cut the wood where it was marked with your saw. After you cut each piece, lay it back where it was so you can keep your pieces straight and together. Cut all of the marked areas and lay the pieces out so they make up your shape, in my case, a star.
Take a few of the scraps from the wood you cut and lay them out on the back side of your shape so that you will have a surface for all the pieces to be nailed to so nothing comes apart. Once you have plenty of backing wood, you are ready to nail it.
Nail the backing wood to the back of your wood shape. Put several nails in each piece. To finish off the pallet art, attach a saw tooth hanger to the back of the star support pieces. Now it is ready to hang.
I absolutely LOVE my star! It is going to look fabulous on the back porch wall! I think I may try a few more sometime soon. Maybe a peace sign next time though. If any of you guys decide to make one of your own, let me know. I love it when you all try my projects, and I love seeing how you put your spin on it! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…
Hey everyone! Are you all getting ready for the Independence Day holiday tomorrow? One of my favorite memories of the fourth of July is from when we were living in Los Angeles. The apartment building we lived in let people up on the roof and we got to see a 360 degree view of every fireworks show the city was having. It was magical! I’m afraid nothing has ever been able to compare since. This year we are planning on shooting off some small fireworks at my mom’s house. I’m sure we will be grilling something yummy, and there will be lots of sparklers! Hannah and I love sparklers! Before the holiday commences, I thought I’d share this easy DIY for my Fabric Star Hair Combs that I will be wearing for the holiday. They are so easy and really fast to whip up!
Here’s What You Need:
*Fabric Scraps in Reds and Blues
*Sewing Machine and Thread
*Plastic Hair Combs or Hair Pins of your choice
*Paper, pen and scissors
The first thing you need to do is cut out your stars. Draw a star onto a piece of paper and cut it out. Use it as a template. Double up your fabric scraps with wrong sides together. Trace your star onto the fabric with a marking pen and cut them out. You should have two stars for every comb or hair pin.Spray one of your stars with basting spray on it’s wrong side. Then smooth the star to it’s match with wrong sides together. Stitch around the edges of your stars and clip excess threads. Run a bead of glue onto the top of the hair comb. Press the comb onto the star shape back. Smooth and glue it down well. Set aside and let them dry.
These hair combs are a lot of fun to wear! Wear a couple, or go all out and put a bunch in your hair. You can really change the style up just by the fabrics you use. You can even make them in other shapes. You can choose to sew your shapes or you can just glue them together for an even easier diy. I’ll be back next week with a fun summer project! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend and a safe Independence Day!
Hi! I'm Ashlee, and I love to create all kinds of lovely things! I spend my days creating and thrifting with my amazing hubby, three crazy cats, one very spoiled dog, and eight adorable chickens. Follow along with me for a heap of DIY projects, everything I just adore, and a healthy dose of vintage goodness.