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Easy DIY Vintage Hanky Pocket Tee

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I am a hanky hoarder! I have tons of them and although I need another hanky like I need a hole in my head, I cannot resist snagging them up when I come across some! I was looking for something to do to embellish some of plain every day tees. I thought I’d add a fun pocket to some of them. Most of my favorite flour sack scraps are too small for pockets, so I decided to try makng a pocket out of a vintage hanky. As it turns out, hankies make wonderful pockets and are just what I was looking for! Now I want to make one for each day of the week!

Here’s What You Need:

*Plain Tee Shirt

*Hanky

*Interfacing

*Marking Pen and Ruler

*Scissors and Iron

*Sewing machine and thread

*Straight Pins

Instructions:

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To start with cut one quarter out of your hanky. You should end up with a squarish shape.

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Cut interfacing and iron onto the wrong side of the hanky.

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Fold the hanky in half on the diagonal so you have a triangle.

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Decide about where you want to fold your sides to make your pocket. Fold your triangle in half and measure out the same distance on each side and gently mark your fold line.

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Cut the sides off of your triangle a little past your fold line. Fold your hanky on your fold line and iron the raw edges towards the wrong side. You should now have your pocket shape.

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Decide where you want your pocket to go on your tee. Measure and mark the placement, then pin the pocket to the front of the tee with straight pins.

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Top stitch around the pocket stitching close to the edges and leaving the top open. Make sure to backstitch well at the beginning and end of your stitching. Clip excess threads and there you have it!

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My hanky pocket tees are definitely my go to every day tee! I love wearing them, and they are so easy to make I will definitely be making more. If you don’t have any hankies of your own, you can find them fairly cheap at vintage stores, antique malls, flea markets, etc. You could always substitute a hanky with a fun bandana too. So if you have some plain tees you are itching to do something with, give this one a try! I think you’ll love it too! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Vintage Cocktail Napkin Pillow

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A little while ago I snagged a couple of vintage cocktail napkins from one of my favorite shops, NeatoKeen, on Etsy. I have kind of a chicken theme in my kitchen and thought the Les Enfants napkins would be perfect to frame and hang in my kitchen. I do love chickens, and french chickens, well, I couldn’t resist! I was in need for a gift for my momma for Mother’s Day, and knowing she loves chickens and all things Francaise, I decided to make her a pillow with one of my napkins. Cocktail napkins being rather small, I decided to piece it into a frame block of other fabric. The result was super cute, and the process is easy!

Here’s What You Need:

*Cocktail Napkin

*Scrap Fabric

*Fabric for Backing

*Pillow Form

*Trim

*Zipper, or velcro

*Sewing Machine and Thread

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is measure your napkin and pillow form and decide how to make your strips. The napkin I had was roughly nine inches and my pillow form was a 14″. So I took the napkin and took out the seam allowance, so that mad it 8″ for a half inch on each side. So 14 minus 8 was 6″. Divide that in half and add your seam allowances back in. So, 6/2 is 3″ plus seam allowance on each side would be 4″. You want to make two bands the width of your napkin. In my case 4×9, and the other two to be the length of the pillow plus allowance, in my case 4×15. Cut a backing piece to be 15×15.

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Start by laying the bottom band to the bottom of the napkin with right sides together and stitch together. Do the same thing with the top band and top of the napkin.

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You should end up with a long piece with a fabric band, the napkin, then a bottom fabric band. Press the seams to the side of the band so it doesn’t show through your napkin.

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Now you need to stitch up the sides. Lay the right side band to the pieced napkin and band right side with right sides facing. Stitch up the seam. Do the same thing with the left side. Press seams to the bands. You should end up with a napkin framed in by your four bands and a total piece that measures 15×15.

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Top stitch around the napkin on the bands close to the seam, stitching down the seam allowance as you go.

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Stitch the trim if you have any to the right side of the backing fabric close to the edge. I have to appologize but my other process photos are lost at the moment. So you need to now stitch up your pillow, but you need to add your closure first. In my case I had a zipper. I stitched the right side of the zipper on one side to the right side of the front pillow piece. Then I stitched the other half of the zipper to the right side of the back pillow piece. You can follow the directions on the zipper packaging too which can be very helpful if you are not familiar with zippers. Once your zipper is stitched in you need to finish sewing up your pillow. Stitch all the way around the pillow starting and ending where your zipper starts and stops. Clip your corners and turn the pillow case right side out, then insert your pillow form.

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Isn’t it cute! My mom flipped over it, and it now sits on the little chair in her red sunroom, just as I photographed it. You can find vintage cocktail napkins online at places like Etsy or Ebay, or you can sometimes find them at flea markets and antique malls. I think they make great pieced pillows. It gives a whole new meaning to the term “Happy Hour!” I hope you all will give it a go sometime yourselves.  It’s such a fun project and can be made in under an hour too! I will be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then….

Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Flour Sack Fabric Hat Band

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04 DSC 3420 899x1024 DIY Vintage Flour Sack Fabric Hat BandAs many of you all know by now, I love to make patchwork projects with my vintage flour sack scraps! The prints on these fabrics are divine! They are so fun to piece together in patchwork too! I had snagged this straw hat in the cheapie section at Target a few weeks ago and liked the fit of it, but thought it needed something a little more than the thin elastic band it donned. So, I thought I would spruce it up with a fabric band, or even better yet, a vintage patchwork band! 

Here’s What You Need:

*Straw Hat- I bought mine at Target in their dollar section

*Vintage Flour Sack Scraps, or scrap fabric of your choice

*Rotary Cutter and Self Healing Mat

*Sewing Machine and Thread

*Flower Clip, brooch, pin or decorative hair flower, etc…

Instructions:

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Measure your hat circumference to see how many pieces you need. Divide the measurement by the length of your sewn rectangles which are roughly 2.5″ wide. So, 25″ divided by 2.5 would be ten pieces. I added a piece for good measure so I cut eleven rectangles with seam allowance of a quarter inch so my pieces were cut to 3″ wide each and I made them to be 2.25 tall so I could turn under the top and bottom by a half inch and still have a band that was 1.25″ tall. Cut all your scrap pieces with your quilting ruler and rotary cutter on your mat.

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Lay out your scraps in the order that you like. Play around with it until you have a design you like.

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Start by stitching your first piece to your second piece right sides facing at right side seam. Then stitch the third piece to the second at the right side seam. Continue stitching each piece to the previous until you have a long strip of patchwork.

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Iron open all the seam allowances. Fold the top and bottom raw edges under towards the wrong side by 1/2″ each and iron down flat. You can either leave it like that or you can top stitch close to the top and bottom to keep everything in place and the edges nicely concealed. Fit your band around your hat and overlap the ends, then fasten them together with a pin or a clip. I added a big daisy clip to mine.

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I just adore my hat now that I have added the band to it! I wear it all the time and have gotten so many compliments on it. I used some of my favorite feed sack scraps to make my hat band, but you could easily use any kind of scraps you have on hand, or you could make a solid strip just as easily. I love the versatility of this project and how easy it is to make! I also love that the band is removable, so if I want to wear a scarf around my hat or possibly make a different band or even add a different clip to it, I can. I hope some of my fellow hat lovers will give this one a try this summer. I think you all will love it too! Can’t wait to see what you clever guys and gals come up with! I’ll be back next week with another fun upcycled DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Upcycled Vintage Apron Back Tee

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01 DSC 3413 658x1024 Upcycled Vintage Apron Back TeeSome of you may already know this, but I am a vintage apron collector. I love vintage aprons, and have bunches of them in my cabinet in the kitchen. The full aprons I use when I cook. Some of my half aprons that have deep pockets get used at shows or the flea market, but a lot of them just sit there and look pretty. Occasionally I might slip one on with a pair of jeans and a plain tee. I have been wanting to find another way to style them into something wearable. I thought I might try to add one to a back of a tee for a fun look. I was so happy with the tee that I made, I ended up adding one to a tank too! This is a really easy way to funk up a plain shirt, and a great way to show off some of your favorite old aprons outside of the kitchen!

Here’s What You Need:

*Tee Shirt or Tank

*Vintage Half Apron

*Scissors

*Ruler and Marking Pen

*Straight Pins

*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread

Instructions:

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For the tee and the tank you will start out the same way. Lay out where you think the top of the apron should start. I wanted to start it near the top where the band of the apron would go across my back on the tee and meet up with the yoke on the tank. Measure and mark your placement and then pin your apron band on top of your mark line. Top stitch the band to the tee and then turn at the ends and stitch down the sides of the band. For the tank stop your top stitching at the end of the yoke in the back.

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For the tank you will need to fold over the excess band to the wrong side of the tee where the yoke meets the curve in the back. Pin it in place and then top stitch over it.

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To finish off the tee I cut a line from the end of the apron band to the end of the bottom of the side seam on both sides. Then I cut the fabric off of the underside of the band, so I cut away the whole chunk of tee where the apron was going to hang. Then I pinned the apron sides to the side seams and stitched all the way down. Then I trimmed and hemmed the front hem of the tee.

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The tank I finished a little differently. I pinned the apron sides on top of the back of the tee at an angle from where the band ended to the bottom of the side seam on each side. Then I top stitched the apron down as close to the edge as I could manage. Once I had stitched the apron sides to the tee, I went back and cut out the back of the tee where the apron hung at the side seams and the top leaving a little seam allowance. To finish off the tank, I stitched top stitched the pocket that was on the apron onto the front of the tank.

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07 DSC 3390 680x1024 Upcycled Vintage Apron Back TeeI absolutely LOVE both of my new tops! They are super comfortable to wear, especially on those days you feel a little bleh! I love how easy they are to whip up and how you can customize them to coordinate with the apron. The tank I bought at target on sale and it ended up being perfect with my aqua apron. The stripe tee was a Walmart cheapie I had lying around for a while. The only thing I was not happy with on the walmart shirt was that the knit was ribbed like a thin interlock so the hem got all wonky when I was trimming and stitching it up. A regular hanes jersey tee would have been better. So, if you are an apron hoarder like me, or just have a few tucked away in the closet, give this simple diy a go. I think you’ll love it! I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Upcycled Vintage Quilt Crossbody Tote Bag with Leather Handles

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Hey everyone! A while back I scored a super sweet vintage quilt in super shabby condition at the thrift store for a few dollars. I knew the quilt was kind of beyond repair to remake it into a quilt, but the fabrics were so lovely I thought I would use it as a cutter for some sewing projects. I thought I would make a simple tote to share with you all. This particular tote has added tabs on the side for an adjustable strap, but you could make it just as easily with just the top handles for a simpler tote. It is easy to customize it to your own style.

Here’s What You Need:

*Shabby Quilt

*Lining Fabric (I used an old thrifted bed sheet)

*Leather Scraps

*Leather for handles or premade handles or a belt

*Pom Pom Trim (about 1/2 yard)

*Ruler

*Marking Pen

*Extra Cotton Fabric and interfacing for the long strap or webbing

*Bag hardware- (I bought mine Here)

*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread

*Leather Needle

*Zipper Foot

*Fabric Glue (optional)

Instructions:

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The first thing you want to do is cut out all of your pieces. Cut two pieces of your quilt to be 15″ wide by 17″ tall. Then cut two lining pieces to be 15″ wide by 17″ tall. If you want to add a pocket you can cut one out for that too. I cut a piece to span the bottom so it was about 15″ wide by 8″ tall. Also cut your leather strips to 2.5 wide by about 14″ for each strap. Cut two pieces of leather for your tabs to be 1.25″ by about 3″. If you are making a fabric strap cut the fabric to be 3″ wide by about 52″ long. Cut interfacing for the strap too. If you are using webbing, cut your webbing to about 52″ long.

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Start your tote by sewing your trim to the bottom of your font quilt piece using your zipper foot. Then place the back quilt piece to the front with right sides together and pin around the sides and the bottom. Stitch around the sides and the bottom with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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Stitch your pocket to your lining piece if you have one. I folded my pocket piece under and stitched the top hem. Then I stitched the pocket to the lining at the bottom and side seams and then added a seam up the middle for a divided pocket. Put your back and front lining pieces together right sides touching and pin. Then stitch all around the sides and the bottom. You can go back to using your regular foot for the lining pieces as you will not be stitching around any trim. Clip the corners of both the lining and outer bag.

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Turn the lining and the outer bag right side out and press.

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Now you need to stitch the tabs to the sides of your tote. Decide where you want to place your tabs. I places mine so the top of the tab hit at 5.5″ from the top of the bag on the side seam. Mark with a marking pen the spot on both side seams of the bag. Insert the top of the tab into the metal ring. Fold it over so it overlaps the metal by about an inch. Then use a little dab of fabric glue to glue it in place on the side seam. Repeat with the other tab. Then top stitch the tabs onto the side seams, stitching in a square and making sure to stitch as close to the ring as you can get. A zipper foot will help with this too.

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If you are making your own handles, fold the leather strips in half with the wrong sides together. Stitch down the open side as close to the edge as you can. Then stitch up the other side close to the edge. You can use premade handles or even a belt if you do not want to sew your own. Mark where you want your handles to go on the top of your bag. I made mine to be about 4″ in from each side seam. Place your handles with the ends flat against the top of the bag and the handle down towards the middle. Stay stitch the front and back handles to the front and back of the bag.

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Turn the lining inside out and insert the outer bag into the lining. Match up the side seams and then pin all the way around the top.

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Stitch all the way around the top of the bag leaving a few inches open for turning right side out. Use a half inch seam allowance. Pull the bag through the hole you left and pull the lining through then stuff the lining back into the bag.

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Iron down the top seam of the bag. Place a pin or two to hold the opening closed smoothly.

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Top stitch the hole closed close to the top. You can then top stitch around the bag if you like. I top stitched 1/2″ away from the top of mine.

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Now you are ready to make the strap. Apply your interfacing and fold the piece in half with right sides together. Iron flat. Stitch down the side of the strap with a quarter inch seam allowance. Then turn your fabric right side out with either a turning tool or a chopstick, etc.

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Iron the strap again. Fold the raw ends to the inside and iron flat.

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Insert your strap through one of your rings so that the end comes up the back side. Fold the end over and stitch across the strap a few times.

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Take the other end of the strap and insert it through the adjuster, then loop it through the other ring and back up to the wrong side of the adjuster. Loop it back through the bar and then stitch it down to the strap close to the bar.  You can do the same steps with a strap for webbing, just omit the stitching of the strap step.

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02 DSC 3252 740x1024 DIY Upcycled Vintage Quilt Crossbody Tote Bag with Leather HandlesI am super happy with my little tote! I love all the fabrics in this quilt, they have a homey feel! It was really simple to put together. I want to say it took me around an hour to make, so it’s pretty quick to whip up. I always love to use reclaimed fabrics, but you could certainly use any fabric you like. If you decide on using thin fabric, you may want to use an interfacing to keep it from being too floppy. I hope you guys will give this bag a try sometime! I think it is a great tote for spring and summer! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy Letter and Vintage Wallpaper Art

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05 DSC 3146 Easy Letter and Vintage Wallpaper ArtHey everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your week! I recently picked up a partial roll of some gorgeous vintage wallpaper. There was not enough to do an accent wall anywhere in my house, so I am using it for several projects I have planned. The first project I wanted to tackle was a piece of wall art. Some scrap wood and a galvanized letter paired with my wallpaper and I ended up with a sweet piece of art perfect for my craft room!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Wallpaper

*Scrap Wood (I used a plywood scrap that was about 12×12)

*Galvanized Letter ( I got mine at Michaels)

*Decoupage Medium in Matte

*E6000

*Rolling pin or Roller

*Sawtooth Hanger

Instructions:

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First you need to cut a piece of wallpaper to use. Lay your wood on top of your wallpaper and cut out a piece that is a few inches larger on all sides than your wood.

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Spread a thin layer of decoupage medium to your wood front.

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Lay your wood wet side down onto the back side of the wallpaper, making sure it is centered and straight. Flip over and smooth out. I used a rolling pin to smooth out the bubbles and excess medium. Wipe away any excess medium that squeezes out the side.

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Brush a little medium onto the back of the edges then fold over to the back side of the wood and smooth out. Fold the corners in and over the edges.

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Let the piece dry thoroughly.

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Now you are ready to add your letter. Measure your letter and subtract it from the overall width of the wood. Divide that width in half and that should be your border. Put a ruler on the side laying it the width of the border. Place glue on the back of your letter and glue down to the front of your wallpaper using the ruler to line up the letter so it is even and straight and centered. Let the glue dry. Finish off your piece with a sawtooth hanger on the back for hanging.

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08 DSC 3139 Easy Letter and Vintage Wallpaper ArtI absolutely love how my letter art turned out! I used a P for Park, our last name. It was really quick to whip up and was so easy! I think I might have to make some more sometime with other wallpaper. You can find some amazing wallpapers on Etsy! I hope some of you will give this easy project a try sometime for your own favorite space. I think you’ll love it too! I’ll be back soon with more DIY’s. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Dying Whites with Procion Dyes

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Whenever I have a white piece of clothing that gets a little dingy, instead of bleaching it, I like to dye them in pretty colors. I’ve never been really into tie dye, but I have been dying natural fiber clothing and accessories with procion dyes for about ten years now. I love the colors you can get with the procion dyes, and they are so easy to use! I had a couple of tees and some white cut offs that I decided to dye recently. So, I thought I’d share the how to with you all.

Here’s What You Need:

*Natural Fiber Clothing like cottons, silk, even woods

*Procion Dyes ( I get mine Here, the colors I used were sea-foam Green, Wisteria, and Jade Green)

*Salt

*Soda Ash Fixer

*Bucket or Large Rubbermaid

*Plastic spoon

*Measuring cup and spoons

*Plastic cup for mixing

Instructions:

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Dharma Trading has excellent instructions on dying fabrics with procion dyes which you can find here. This is how I learned to use the dyes. If you want to do a solid color tie dye, twist and bind your clothing with rubber bands.

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Add the right amount of salt for your weight of fabric to your container, and then add the water you need. I use a five gallon bucket for small batches.

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The next thing you need to do is make up your dye solution. Add a little water to your dye to make a paste. Mix up the urea, and then add your dye paste to the urea solution, Mix well. If your dye isn’t dissolved completely it can cause spots.

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Add your dye to your salted water. Mix well.

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Add your fabric to your dye bath and stir frequently for about 20 minutes.

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Mix up your soda ash fixer, making sure it dissolves completely. Gradually add your soda ash solution to your dye bath. Continue to stir frequently for thirty minutes to an hour. My colors turned out really light, which I was pretty happy with. I did thirty minutes, but probably should have done an hour.

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Once the time is up dump your dye bath and rinse your items. Rinse thoroughly under cool water.

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Once they have been rinsed, ring them out and then wash them in the washer machine with detergent. Dry as you would as usual and then enjoy wearing your new duds!

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I love to dye clothing! I dye them solids a lot, but occasionally I will tie dye a piece in a single color. The henley is one of my favorite new shirts! When I first decided to try dying clothing, I was a little nervous using procion dyes because I thought it would be hard. I found out very quickly that it was easy and oh so much fun! I hope you all will give them a try sometime! It’ll make you want to dye everything! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy DIY Felt Easter Egg Cozies

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One thing I have never made, but always wanted to try my hand at is an egg cozy. So, I thought I would give it a try for easter. I decided to make a bunny and a chick for my eggs out of felt. Turns out it was really fun, and they were so fast to whip up, I could’ve made a whole dozen in just a few hours!

Here’s What You Need:

*Felt (White, Pink, Yellow, and Orange)

*Pattern (see below)

*Marking Pen

*Embroidery Floss in black and needle

*Fabric glue

*Sewing Machine and thread

*Straight Pins

Pattern:

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Instructions:

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First you need to cut out all your piece. Draw in your face for your bunny and the eyes for your chick with a marking pen. Stitch the faces with embroidery floss. I always just use a simple back stitch. Glue your nose on the chick with your fabric glue.

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Glue the pink lining onto each ear for your bunny. Then place a drop of glue in the bottom center and fold the sides in to the middle and glue down. Let dry.

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Place your ears onto the front bunny piece with the ears face down and pointing towards the middle of the body. Cover with the back piece. Pin in place so the ears don’t shift when stitching, or you can stay stitch them before hand. Place the wings of the chick face down on the chick body at the sides and cover with the back. Pin.

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Stitch all the way around the cozy leaving the body open at the bottom. Clip seam allowances and turn right side out. Slip onto an egg and enjoy the cuteness…

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05 DSC 1870 Easy DIY Felt Easter Egg Cozies  Aren’t they fun! I want to make a whole zoo now! I think these would be fun to top some special eggs in a basket, or simply to keep your breakfast eggs nice and toasty. How cute would they be on a tray for breakfast in bed! I hope some of you will give this a try sometime. They are a lot of fun to make! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Easy Upcycled Painted Easter Baskets

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11 DSC 1827 DIY Easy Upcycled Painted Easter BasketsHey everyone! As I mentioned yesterday, this week on the blog I am going to be sharing Easter things all this week! Today I am going to share some easy DIY Easter Baskets with you all. These two baskets I picked up at the thrift store for a dollar. I liked the shape of them and decided they’d be cute painted and embellished. A little paint, some fabric scraps, a handmade medallion, and shredded scrapbook paper later, I ended up with some seriously cute boutique baskets!

Here’s What You Need:
*Thrift Store Baskets
*Paint (I used regular latex, but spray paint would be great too)
*Hot Glue
*Fabric Scraps cut into 1″ strips
*Embellishments such as medallions, bows, doilies, etc…
*Scrapbook paper
*Paper Shredder
Instructions:

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First paint your basket. I used materials that I had laying around the house. So, I painted my baskets with regular latex paint. I love being able to choose my favorite colors, but it did take a few coats and took a lot longer than spray painting them would have. You can decide how you want to paint your basket.

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Once your basket is painted and then dried you can ad embellishments with hot glue. I made this medallion with ribbon, a doily, and a vintage milk cap a while ago and thought it would be cute on my basket.

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To make the fabric handle basket, cut one inch strips of fabric. I used scraps from an old fat quarter of a vintage bed sheet. Glue the end of the first strip down tot he inside of the basket before the handle starts. Wrap and glue your fabric around the handle. When you run out of a strip, glue another down where the last one ended. Stop at the top. If you have a short piece trim it and then glue on another strip, or if your piece is still long, leave it. Do the other side the same way. Tie the excess fabric strips at the top into a bow and trim neatly.

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To make the grass filler, I shredded scrapbook paper in my paper shredder and then crumpled it up a bit. It’s so easy!

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Aren’t they cute! My favorite is the mint basket, which I shall be using to hold napkins after Easter. These baskets were super simple to make and pretty fast to whip up, faster if you spray paint them. I love how customizable they are too! I had everything but the baskets and scrapbook paper on hand, so this craft only cost me a couple of dollars to make. If you had to purchase the paint and embellishments it could cost around ten dollars for both. So if you all are looking for a fun DIY to do for Easter, give this basket a go! I’ll be back tomorrow with another DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Hanky Bunny Plushie

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5 DSC 1740 DIY Vintage Hanky Bunny PlushieHey everybody! Are you all so excited that spring is finally here? It’s still a little cool weather wise here, but I am starting to see some of my plants getting little buds. Soon everything will be green and pretty! Easter is also coming up very soon. So, this week I am sharing a bunch of Eastery springy things with you all to get an early start on the celebrations. Today I am going to show you how to make an upcycled stuffed easter bunny out of a vintage hanky and an old tee shirt. It’s pretty easy to whip up and full of personality!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Hanky

*Striped Tee Shirt or Knit Fabric

*Interfacing, Medium Weight (a 1/4 yard should do)

*Coordinating Fabric Scraps

*Marking Pen

*Ruler

*Embroidery Floss and Needle

*Plastic Animal Nose (I got mine at JoAnns)

*Sewing Machine , thread and pins

*Stuffing (Polyfill)

*Ear Pattern

Pattern for the Ears:

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Instructions:

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First, iron your hanky and then cut and iron interfacing to the wrong side of the hanky. Fold it in half.

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Cut a rounded or egg shape at the top of the hanky, and trim the sides so they are straight and even.

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Cut one ear, interfacing for the ear, and ear lining piece for each ear from your fabric scraps. Also, cut two to two and a half inch strips for the legs and arms from your tee shirt. I made mine very long. I cut them all from the sleeves of a long sleeved tee shirt. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of your ear lining pieces.

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Pin your ear and ear lining pieces together. Stitch all the way around leaving the bottom open. Clip the seam allowance at the top and turn right side out. Iron flat.

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Take a long knit strip and fold it in half lengthwise and so the right sides are facing each other. Stitch close to the edge all the way down. When you get about an inch away from the bottom curve the seam across the bottom for the ends. Do the same thing for all the other arms and leg.

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Using a chopstick or turner turn your leg and arm pieces right side out.

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Carefully iron all your leg and arm pieces. This is also a good time to trim them up to make sure the arms are the same length as well as the legs. You can also decide how long you want to make the arms and legs if you have not already and trim to your liking. You also need to embroider the bunny’s face. Draw in the eyes and mouth with a marking pen and then embroider over the lines with a simple back stitch. To add the nose clip a tiny hoe and insert the nose in at the top of the mouth then fasten the back to the front of the nose from the wrong side.

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Pin the arms and legs to the body where you like. I pinned my arms about half way down the sides and the legs about 3/4 of an inch from the corners at the bottom. Pin so that the limbs are pointed in toward the middle of the body.

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Stay stitch limbs in place. Stay stitch the ears too. Fold the ends of the bottom on each ear in toward the middle. Pin in place to the head where the lining fabric is facing the right side of the hanky. Ears should point toward the center. Pin in place and stitch.

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Once the limbs and ears are stitched in place, carefully fold everything in towards the middle of the bunny body.

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Lay the other body piece right side down on top and pin all the way around. Stitch all the way around the body leaving couple of inches open in the bottom for turning.

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Now,  clip corners and allowance where needed, and turn your bunny right side out. Stuff the bunny with fiber fill.

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To finish off your bunny, stitch the opening closed by hand with a whip stitch or ladder stitch.

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6 DSC 1738 DIY Vintage Hanky Bunny PlushieI just adore my little bunny! This was one of my favorite hankies, and now I like it even better. She is so sweet! I think such a sweet bunny would be a perfect addition to an Easter basket for your little ones! You can customize it too with how you stitch the face or the length and thickness of the legs and arms. I hope some of you guys will give it a try sometime! I think my bunny took me a little over an hour, and she was super fun to make! I’ll be back very soon with another fun Easter DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!