Saturday, March 31, 2012

DIY Under $5 Features

Fun colors are here! I am loving the array appearing in the party! I love how you guys come up with things I never would have thought of. Here are some of my favorite pops of color...

Mint Mallow Knock Offs from c.w.frosting
Chalk paint on shoes!


Spring Centerpiece from Southern Lovely
Yarn on vases, too cute!


Striped Ruffle Skirt from Mama Says Sew
So fabulous in stripes!


Paint Chip Eggs from a little something in the meantime
Built-in ombre!

Paint Chip Eggs No Banner

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

DIY Under $5





This week I featured two more no cost projects as part of the De-stash Bash. I made a swim suit cover from a 5XL shirt and a bow tank top to go with my swim skirt from my husbands old baseball style t-shirt.



What have you been up to? Let's Party!

I enjoy your $5 projects so much that I decided to add an addition link section for anything under $15! That's right. It will open up a place to show additional projects that can't be purchased with an Abe Lincoln, but are still totally affordable! I can't wait to see more from you!

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DIY Swim Suit Covers

I am that girl who buys the 5XL t-shirt from the dollar store because she likes the color. You know, you figure what the heck it's $1, you'll do something with it someday. Well my friends, today I am vindicated. Not only did I use that 5XL shirt from my stash, but I used a sewing machine without breaking something. 


For some reason the only swim suit covers I could find last month for our trip either didn't cover much of anything, or they were long sleeved (which I honestly don't understand). Those of you who are fair skinned and farmer tanned know that it doesn't take long for our shoulders to completely sizzle, thus began (and ended) my search for cute swim suit covers that had sleeves, but also covered enough that when I bend down with my kids I'm not embarrassing myself.


How to Make Your Own Swim Suit Covers

Supplies:
5XL (or very large) shirt
Pins
Scissors
Sewing Machine
Thread

1. Turn the 5XL shirt inside out and lay your fitted t-shirt on top of it.


OPTIONAL: pin out about 3/4-1 inch on each side using safety pins. This makes it so you can turn it right side out and try it on to make sure it will fit right. Remember if you did not pre-wash the shirt it will probably shrink a bit.


2. Once you know where you want the seam pin with straight pins. I continued the flare of the fitted shirt all the way to the bottom so the skirt would be a short A line.
3. Trim off the excess material from the sides. 


4. My seams lined up with the shoulder seams on the large shirt so if I cut it off right on the seam it would have been a cap sleeve. I wanted the sleeves a tad longer so I just left about an inch outside the seam.


5. Sew along the pins and stop when you get to the sleeve seams to finish the sides for a plain t-shirt dress.


6. Use strips of the excess material to form your ruffle. I had 4 strips about 3 1/2-4 inches wide and 13 inches long. You can sew all four strips together for one long strip or do two at a time to make it easier. 
7. Sew a loose stitch all along one edge of the strip about 1/2 inch from the edge leaving strings on each end. Pull one of the strings, holding the other in place to gather the fabric. 
8. Pin the gathered strips on to the skirt. I ended up with seams on the right and left sides and in the middle of the front and the back, but they are not visible because of the gathering.


9. Sew a straight stitch right down the line where you gathered to attach the ruffle.


Congrats you made your very own swim suit cover! 

I wore this all day on the dive boat in Maui and it was so comfortable! I borrowed my mom's sewing machine  (cause well I killed mine after 3 uses) and when I told her what I was doing she gave me the courtesy smile and nod like "this should be interesting." When I told her in Maui that this was the one I made, couldn't believe it.



I also made the matching ruffly headband from the shirt material, but this post was getting massive, so we'll save that for another day.

I hope your having as much fun with the De-stash Bash as I am!


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Monday, March 26, 2012

DIY Shirt

Spring is here which means swim suit season is around the corner. My new swimming suit came with a skirt cover up, but I wanted a cute tank to pair with it. The hubs had lost some weight and I guess you could say his loss was my gain because I found the perfect shirt for this project in the donate pile. I do not claim to be a seamstress, but seriously this DIY shirt is easy enough for even the most beginner.


DIY shirt supplies:
Old shirt (really light jersey so it flows nicely)
Scissors
Pins
Sewing Machine
Ribbon

1. Start by cutting off the sleeves and the neckline at a diagonal.


2. Fold over diagonal sleeve area and pin. Sew to have a finished edge on your arm hole.
3. Cut the neckline straight across on the front and the back of the shirt. Fold over about 2 inches (far enough that you leave a place for the ribbon to go through), pin in place and sew.
4. Attach a safety pin to the end of your ribbon and thread it through the front and back of the shirt. 
5. Put it on and tie a bow to gather the fabric to your liking.

 

Mine also has the back higher than the front which I love because I can switch it around and wear it higher in the front or the back based on where I am getting too much sun. Freckles/fair skin + sun = burn.

I would love to see if you give this DIY shirt a whirl!

Hope you are enjoying the De-stash Bash!



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Saturday, March 24, 2012

DIY Under $5 Features

Spring is in the air and it shows in this weeks party! Love all the color popping up in projects! Thanks to all who linked up and now on to this week's features.

Kindle & Notebook Holder from Organize and Decorate Everything
So fun to house them in a book cover!


Ginormous scissors from Tales of a Trophy Wife
Love her version of the pottery barn scissors!



Paper Punched Easter Eggs from Alderberry Hill
So colorful and cute hanging on a branch.



Easter Egg Speciman Art from Every Creative Endeavor
I am feeling the bright Easter colors and chunky frame!

Easter Egg Specimen Art (12) copy

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Reusable Swiffer Pad from Moments with the Montanos


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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

DIY Under $5

To continue with the de-stash, this week I decided to paint a rug. It is a dollar store number that I had sitting around for such an occasion. I had everything on hand, so it was free except for the two hours on my knees stenciling. I am quite pleased with how it turned out!



What have you been up to?


I enjoy your $5 projects so much that I decided to add an addition link section for anything under $15! That's right. It will open up a place to show additional projects that can't be purchased with an Abe Lincoln, but are still totally affordable! I can't wait to see more from you!

Please remember:

  • Only link to your own projects that cost you $5 or less (price does not have to include items you had on hand) or $15 or less in the 2nd section.
  • You can link past projects that fit the dollar limit, but please only link each project one time to one DIY Under $5 party. Do not link the same project week after week.
  • No linking giveaways or items for sale
  • Please link back so others can join the party and so you have the opportunity to be featured on Saturday!




DIY under $5



Projects under $5






Projects under $15 





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Paint a Rug

I am loving de-stash month! Not only is it a good form of spring cleaning craft style, but I am surprised at what can come from existing items. I can feel spring in the air and wanted a little something bright on my doorstep so this week I decided to paint a rug.


Wanna see what I started with? 


Sad, isn't it. I found this at the dollar store a few months ago and thought it would come in handy at some future moment. Well, that future moment is now! 

Supplies to paint a rug:

Rug
Martha Stewart stencil
Martha Stewart High Gloss Acrylic Paint
Sponge brush
Scotchguard


1. Place stencil on one side of the rug and paint the rug dabbing directly up and down with your sponge brush. 
2. Continue aligning and moving the stencil down until you have that whole side done.  


3. Continue aligning the stencil and moving across your rug. The bigger your stencil, the easier it will be since you won't have to align and move it as much. 
4. Let the paint dry.
5. Spray with a couple coats of Scotchguard to protect.

All in all it took me just over 2 hours. Longer than I anticipated for such a small rug, but I did have to move my stencil A LOT! Really I think it was worth it to put the poor rug out of its bland taupe misery.




 

A fun little springy doorstep for the first day of spring!

 

Are you enjoying The Great De-stash Bash? We have more coming up! I have two refashions: one from my hubs shirt and one from a 5XL shirt, so stay tuned! We'll also have the guests from our de-stash giveaway with what they made with their prizes.



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Monday, March 19, 2012

Chalkboard Refrigerator

My poor sweet refrigerator has been around the block. It was a hand me down from grandma and has worn the eye sore title in my kitchen for far too long. Don't tell her, but I even went out looking for a new one. But, to my dismay found that they don't even make those french doored beauties to fit my space. I didn't realize how freakishly small my fridge space is. Alas, I decided that until I get the motivation to move two sets of cabinets to fit my dream fridge I may as well make the best of old Gerta and give her a makeover of sorts. Had I known how easy it would be I would have done this long ago! I present the chalkboard refrigerator.

 

I had seen a lot of refrigerator makeovers using epoxy or paint, etc. But, knowing that poor Gerta is on her last leg I did not want to spend hours moving her outside, doing multiple coats, and letting her dry for days. I needed something quick and this took me about 30 minutes. The secret ingredient? Vinyl.

Chalkboard Refrigerator

 

Here she is in her original almond colored glory. 

I used the 12 inch Silhouette Chalkboard Vinyl. It was the perfect size to go on the front and wrap around the side of my refrigerator door.

1. Measure how big your vinyl pieces need to be. Cut your vinyl accordingly leaving a little wiggle room. It's better to trim a bit than have it be  too small.
2. Align the vinyl so it will reach the top and bottom, but also be flush to the door handle. Press it down by the handle first and work your way out smoothing out bubbles as you go. Wrap the vinyl around the side of the door by the hinges and trim off any excess.

At this point Gerta was a little reminiscent of Cruella, wouldn't you say?


3. Grab a piece of patterned cardstock that will tie your two colors together. Cut it to the size of the ice panel, cover with clear contact paper to protect it and place with double sided sticky tape.

Ah, she's already looking better!

 

4. Now finish it off priming the chalkboard by rubbing it all over with the side of a piece of chalk and erasing the excess. That way your first message won't be everlasting. Now you're ready to add your menu, message board, or whatever you want to say!

 

It's amazing what you can do with 30 minutes and some vinyl!

Disclosure: Silhouette provided the vinyl for this post.

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