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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!

DIY Upcycled Vintage Fabric and Leather Half Chain Martingale Collar

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11 DSC 1584 DIY Upcycled Vintage Fabric and Leather Half Chain Martingale CollarHey everyone! A while back I shared how to make a martingale collar with you all. A martingale collar is a lot of times used as a training collar. We use them for our italian greyhounds since they are the one collar they can’t back out of. I’ve made several martingales for Beau in the past. They are super easy and totally customized to your dog’s neck. Today I am going to show you how to make a martingale with a half chain out of a belt and some fabric. Here’s my how-to:

What You Need:

*Half Martingale Chain (I bought mine Here)

*Old Leather Belt

*Vintage Fabric

*Basting Spray

*Sewing Machine and Heavy Duty Thread

*Leather Punch

*Rivets

*Hammer

*Measuring Tape

Instructions:

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First you need to measure your dogs neck. Measure around the neck behind the ears. Add two inches to that measurement. Cut your fabric to the same measurement as the neck measurement and add an inch for turning under for the length. Make the measurement for the width a little under the width of the belt plus a little for turning under. So if my belt is 2″ wide, I would make my fabric 1 and 1/4″ wide plus 1″ for turning under, so 2 and 1/4″.

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Iron the top and bottom under towards the backside of the fabric by 1/2″ on each side. Then, turn under the sides by 1/2″.

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Spray the back side of your fabric with basting spray. Center the fabric on top of the leather and smooth down.

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Stitch the fabric down to the leather all the way around by machine close to the edge as possible. Clip excess threads.

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Cut the leather at the ends to fit the width of your chain rings. I had to trim mine down to 3/4″

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Punch a hole in the center of the end of your end about 3/8″ from the edge. Fit the end around the ring. Mark the hole where it needs to go on the center of the thick part.

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Wrap the leather end around the ring on one side. Load a rivet through the hole you punched and hammer the rivet down completely. Wrap the other end around the other side ring on the chain and load a rivet on. Hammer down the other rivet. And that’s it, you’ve got a new collar for your pooch!

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02 DSC 1660 DIY Upcycled Vintage Fabric and Leather Half Chain Martingale CollarI totally love the new leather collars I made for Beau and Sadie! I was able to make two out of the same belt with plenty left over. It was even easier than the ones I usually make with webbing. So far they have held up nicely. If you want to make them extra strong you can add extra rivets or stitching. You can keep them even simpler by just using the belt without stitching the fabric to them. I always like adding fabric to mine, especially when it’s vintage feedsack cowboys! I hope all you dog lovers out there will give this one a try sometime. I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then….

Happy Crafting!

*Photographs by Kim Crenshaw Photography

Vintage Crafts- DIY Vintage Breakfast Coozy from Everywoman Magazine

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One of my favorite things in the whole world is my collection of vintage magazines! Recently I shared a recipe with you all for a citrus butter cake that was delicious. Today I am going to share a craft. I love all the DIYs they have in the craft sections of my old decorating and home magazines! I have been wanting to try some of them out for ages. So, I thought I’d share one or two of them with you all each month. My first craft review is for a DIY breakfast coozy from Everywoman’s November 1957 issue.

Here is the how to from the magazine:

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I followed the instructions with the exception of hand embroidering the wording on the outside with a simple back stitch and using a cotton quilting fabric on the inside under the vinyl. I’m not sure what buckram is. Anyone ever heard of it? It was pretty easy to sew and it turned out very cute! It was a little smaller than I expected, however, I think you could easily change the size of it by adjusting the measurements. This little coozy is meant to keep your breakfast warm until you are ready to eat.

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I think my little breakfast coozy is adorable! I used it the other morning to keep my hot tea warm while I was stitching up a project. This would be a great little accessory for a breakfast in bed. I think it would be a great handmade gift for Mother’s Day or for a couple. It was pretty simple to make and it took me about an hour from start to finish. I hope you all have enjoyed my first vintage craft review! I hope to share lots more with you all! Until next time…

Happy Crafting!

Craft Book Review and Tutorial- Cut Out + Keep: Around The USA In 50 Craft Projects!!!

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Hi guys! Today I am really excited because I have something super cool to share with you! My friends from the fabulous UK site Cut out and Keep have just published their first craft book! I was so dang excited for them first off, and secondly, totally thrilled to be able to get the chance to review their book. I knew I would love it just from the title,  Cut Out + Keep: Around The USA In 50 Craft Projects. This book is brimming with tons of craft tutorials, recipes, and fun little excerpts and snapshots from their ultimate state side road trip!

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7 Craft Book Review and Tutorial   Cut Out + Keep: Around The USA In 50 Craft Projects!!!This lovely book is laid out like a map with regions, which I think is wonderful. There is a project for each of our fifty states, all themed to pay homage to that state’s essence! Some of my favorites are the Paper Airplane Earrings for North Carolina, the Food Truck Napkin Holder for Ohio, the Hollywood Lampshade for California, and the UFO Cake Pops for New Mexico! Those are just a few of my favorites. There are so many great ideas in here! I love the crafts, but I love all the little stories and photos just as much if not even more. It’s a great little crafty journey!

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This is not just your typical book review. I also get to share a complete tutorial with you from the book too! This tutorial is for the Missouri Bottle Cap Ring. Check it out:

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Isn’t that just fantastic! I haven’t gotten the chance to make any projects yet, but I have several of them on my to do list! If you guys would like to order your very own copy of Cut Out and Keep’s Around The USA In 50 Craft Projects you can order the book through Amazon Here or through the publisher Laurence King Here. It is available in the UK now and will be released in the US on March 17th. I would definitely recommend it! I really loved the book and I know it will be one of my favorite go to craft books in my collection!

Simple Vintage Fabric Applique Nickname Tee

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04 DSC 1725 Simple Vintage Fabric Applique Nickname TeeMy little sister came into the world when I was thirteen years old. Over the years our relationship changed from where I went from being like a second mommy to us being super close friends. She’s still one of my favorite people in the whole world! There have been lots of nicknames throughout the years. The one that has stuck to this day is Pooka. I started calling her that when she was around three and had a total love for the cartoon film Anastasia who had a precious little dog named Pooka. Hannah just celebrated her 20th birthday last month. I always make her a gift, and this year I wanted to do something fun for her. So I decided I would make her an embellished tee with her nick name. 

Here’s What You Need:

*Tee Shirt

*Vintage Fabric Scrap

*Steam a Seam Double sided interfacing

*Computer and word or editing program

*Pencil, Scissors, Ruler

*Sewing Machine and Thread

*Iron

*Fabric Stabilizer

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is open up your editing software. Write out your word in the font you like. Play around with the size of the font until it fills the screen to the size you like. You can measure it with a ruler to be exact if you like. Mine was around nine inches wide. Take your steam a seam and hod it up to the screen and trace the word onto your paper.

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Take the top sheet off of your steam a seam. Iron your fabric and place it on the sticky side of the steam a seam sheet. Cover with the top paper that has the writing on it. Cut out your word. Remove the backing and take away the top sheet. Lay it out on your tee shirt. When you have it centered and where you like it, iron the fabric down to the tee. I did not have any fabric stabilizer, but I would recommend using it on the inside of your tee to help keep your fabric from stretching while stitching.

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Now you are ready to top stitch. Set your machine to a zigzag stitch. I made my stitch length at 1 and my zigzag at 3. Stitch along the outside of the word, outlining it. When you have stitched along the outside, you can back stitch and then clip your threads. Then stitch around any other areas that need outlining like the loops. Clip your excess threads give a quick iron and then you are ready to wear.

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Hannah loves her Pooka tee and it looks super cute on her! I thought even if she was too embarrassed to wear it out she could wear it with her favorite pj bottoms. Of course I should’ve known, she does wear it out, like a boss! This tee was super simple to make! It took me less than an hour and I only had to use a large scrap of fabric. I was thinking I may have to make one for myself with Posh on it. Hannah used to call me Posh when the Spice Girls were popular. She of course was Baby spice and my best friend Katie was Sporty spice. We would dance to their music all the time. I hope you all will give this easy tee a try sometime. I think you’ll love it! I’ll be back soon with more projects. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Fabulous Handmade Bags and Totes Round Up

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One of my favorite things to make in the whole world is a new tote or purse! I am always looking for ideas and patterns that are unique and fun. So, this month I thought I’d share ten of my favorite DIY bag tutorials I love with you all!

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Retro Messenger Bag By The Stitching Scientist 

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For Pleat’s Sake Tote by U Handbag

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The Urban Jungle Bag by Sew Sweetness

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Reversible Patchwork Bag by Pink Penguin

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Little Betty Bag by The Mother Huddle

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Too Much Woman for Just a Purse Tutorial by Sew a Straight Line

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The Madeline Bag by Imagine Gnats

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The Grandview Bag by The Boy Trifecta 

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Denim and Leather Tote by Between the Lines

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I want to make them all! It is my goal to make each one of them some day. Do you have a favorite? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these lovely blogs and websites as much as I did. There are so many beautiful things to be found! I’ll be back next month with another craft round up. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Vintage Wallpaper Covered Easy Marquee Arrow

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A few weeks ago I was at Michel’s and I saw these fantastic marquee letters from Heidi Swapp. I thought they were so cute, and when I saw the one shaped like an arrow I just had to get it. These come as a kit with the chipboard letter, a template, a strand of battery-powered lights, and some clear bulb covers. They come in white so you get to decorate them however you like. There are all kinds of embellishments and tapes, papers, etc. in the line. I just bought the kit and some aqua bulb covers. This is what I used for mine:

Supplies:

*1 Heidi Swapp Arrow Marquee

*1 Package of Aqua Bulb Covers

*Vintage Wallpaper Scrap

*Martha Stewart Metallic Craft Paint- Gold

*Xacto Knife and Self Healing Mat

*Mod Podge or Glue of your choice

*2 Triple A Batteries

Here’s how I made mine:

First, I painted my arrow with my gold paint and let it dry thoroughly. I used the template that came with the kit and traced it on the wrong side of my wall paper. I then cut out my arrow with my knife. For the holes, I cut each hole as an “x” so the bulb cover could push through. I am not very neat with a knife so I did not even attempt to cut the circles out normally. Cutting them in an x worked fine for me. Then I glued my wallpaper to the inside of my arrow by painting a layer of mod podge on the back side of the wallpaper and smoothing the wallpaper onto the board. I made sure it was nice and smooth and let it dry. Then I pushed the aqua bulb covers into the holes in the arrow. I then pushed the lights up into the bulb covers and added the batteries.

06 DSC 1519 Vintage Wallpaper Covered Easy Marquee Arrow

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05 DSC 1526 Vintage Wallpaper Covered Easy Marquee Arrow

I really love my little arrow! It is a great addition to my craft room, and a good reminder to keep moving forward! This was such an easy and fun weeknight craft! I would definitely recommend picking one of these fun marquees up next time you are at Michael’s and giving one a try too! Have any of you guys made one of these yourself yet? I’d love to see yours too! I’ll be back a little later this week to share another fun diy with you all. Until then…

Happy Crafting!