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Saturday, March 31, 2012

TUTORIAL: Water Bottle Sling Holders

We are going to Disney next week and since we will be walking around all day in the Florida heat I figured it was a good idea to have water bottles with us. But I don't want to be taking the bottles out of our backpack every five minutes when the kids want them, so I made each of them their own water bottle sling thing.
First I laid my fabric out on the ironing board and then wrapped it around the water bottle. I added about 3/4" for seams and cut. My final piece was about 8" x 11". The 11" was a bit too tall but I will explain how I fixed that later, without cutting.

You want two of these pieces, one for the lining and one for the outside.
Fold your fabric in half the long way, right sides together, so that your two 8" sides are together. Sew a seam up the 8" end. You now have a tube of fabric. Repeat for the lining.

Next, I cut two circles for the bottom of the sling. I have a small ironing board thing with circles already on it and I used that. This wound up making my circles too big when it came time to sew, so I suggest tracing around the bottom of your water bottle, adding a seam to the outer edge of the circle and then cutting.
Sew your bottoms onto your tubes. One each. You can pin, I didn't, I hate pinning so I avoid it when I can. If you do what I did, using the ironing board as the template for your circle you won't end up using the entire circle and your bottom will look slightly bunched. Oops.

Turn one of your tubes right side out and slide your bottle in. Fold the edge toward the inside of the sling and adjust it to the height you want it. Now take the other tube, which is wrong side out and slip it inside the outer tube.

Fold the edge down toward the outside of the sling, and then fold in half back under itself. It should look something like this, your lining will be nice and neat on the outside of your sling:
Stitch around the top of that to secure.

Next cut two strips of fabric, cording, ribbon, whatever you like as the strap. For two of mine I cut two strips of fabric about 1 1/2" wide, sewed those right sides together, flipped right side out and attached. For my son's I used a piece of parachute cording. Attach the straps making them the length you'd like.

A note, learn from my mistakes: If I'd been smarter I would have used some d-rings so that the straps would be adjustable and grow with the kids.

As it is, I think they turned out pretty nice and I'll be glad we have them when we're walking around the parks.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Easy updated flip flops. From boring to fabulous!

Okay, maybe not fabulous! Haha. My daughter's friend has a pair of flip flops with ribbons galore and Hannah saw these and wanted a pair. I am not one to buy my kids something if they already have it. She already has flip flops, she doesn't need a second pair.

So I simply cut strips of ribbon and double knotted them around the outside strap of the flip flop. Super easy and super fun!
She was so excited. Easy to please, that one! And I think me too, this is the shortest, simplest tutorial ever written I think!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Tee to Tank. Genius.

I have no idea who originally came up with this idea, but I saw a picture on Pinterest and clicked over to the site where there is a tutorial and I had to make my own.

I started with an over-sized t-shirt that I won as a blog candy once upon a time:
I love it because it says "Scrappers are acid free". Get it? I'm a scrapbooker and I get it. Haha. But I never wear it because it's just too big!

Only now it fits!
It was ridiculously easy and I loved it so much I went and did it to my over-sized Beatles t-shirt. If you made one I wanna see yours! I love them and will be buying t-shirts at second hand stores just so I can make more of these!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Pretty purple skirt.

A friend once gave me this gorgeous purple fabric. Back before I knew how to sew, I knew I wanted this fabric to be a skirt so I just wrapped it around my waist and tied it. That never worked well on windy days because the skirt would blow open. Now that I know how to sew I decided it was time to take that fabric and make myself a real skirt.

Please forgive the cell phone photos, I will have my daughter take better photos of me when the weather is nicer.


I did not use a pattern and I didn't measure much, but I'll share how I made mine with you!

First I wrapped the fabric around my waist twice and cut, then I folded that in half and cut. Then I held one piece against me and cut just below where I wanted the length to be and used that as a template for the second piece.

If you do it the normal way instead of my half-assed way you would measure your waist and cut two pieces of fabric (one for the front, one for the back) using the following for the length measurements:
Then fold each skirt panel in half and cut like this:
Then sew up the sides and hem the bottom.
Next, fold the top of your skirt over about 1/4" toward the wrong side and iron. Now fold again just slightly more than the width of your elastic and iron. Take that to the machine and stitch close to the edge, all the way around, leaving an opening slightly wider than the width of your elastic.
Now wrap the elastic around your waist and mark it on both ends where it meets. You're going to thread this thru the waistband of your skirt, then stitch the elastic an inch or two smaller than your marks. Here is the part where I use a safety pin to hold the elastic and then slip the skirt on and adjust the elastic to where it is comfortable for me, then repin and sew.

Slide your elastic under the band and stitch the opening on the band closed. I like to also stitch through all layers in one spot (side seam) to make sure my elastic isn't going to be moving around, I don't know if this is necessary, this is just how I do it.

And that's it! Super easy, wasn't it!? I've made the one and I can't wait to make more.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Attempting to garden. In a container.

I have always wanted to try to grow my own vegetables. Before we moved here I never had a yard, and now that we do have a yard... well we live on post and we're not allowed to just dig into it and plant stuff. Out in the front we have a designated garden area but we cannot plant vegetables in it.

So my only option is to container garden. So this is what I have decided to do.

A few days ago I planted some seeds in one of those greenhouse seed starter things:
This morning I was super surprised to see that the cucumbers, lettuce and green beans are already starting to sprout! That was so exciting to see, nothing I ever plant grows. Last year I tried planting daisies in the front garden, they never grew, the year before that I tried planting wildflowers, which are wild and should grow anywhere, but they never grew, so seeing those little sprouts this morning was extra exciting for me!

This is the vegetable side of my little greenhouse:
And on the other side, I'm again attempting to grow some daisies:
And if you're wondering what I decided to use as my container, I choose a clear Rubbermaid bin:
I have found some incredible container gardens on Pinterest. I realize mine is definitely not going to look like those. I figured since this is my first time gardening at all I better start simple.

I also realize that not all my vegetables will fit in that bin and I might have to buy a second bin. I'll wait and see if I need another or not before I buy one.

I also am going to grow potatoes too, as an after thought! ha.

Are you a gardener? Got any tips for me? Because I am totally clueless to be honest.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Pin-spiration Challenge: Travel Toothbrush Keeper

With just a washcloth and some ribbon, make a travel toothbrush keeper! It's sew easy!

My Pin-spiration on Pinterest

I made a total of five of these today and each took roughly five minutes. Yes, they are that easy to make!

Fold up the bottom part of your washcloth, using your toothbrush as a guide, you want to make sure your toothbrush doesn't stick out over the top. Each of mine were different because we all have different sizes and shapes of toothbrushes.

Sew from the fold up to create pockets. I have pockets for: toothbrush, toothpaste & floss.

Take some ribbon and attach it to the back of your washcloth, in the middle. You don't want to sew it all the way across, only sew it half-way like this:
** edit: gah my drawing is backwards... haha. sew your ribbon on the left side, not the right, although I suppose it doesn't really matter, depends on which side you prefer to start your roll from **

That is pretty much it. I told you it was easy!
I had to make these travel toothbrush keepers because we are going to Disney in April, and whenever we take a trip the toothbrushes become such a mess in ziplock bags. I thought these were so genius because they will absorb some of the water, keep the mess contained, everything can go together, everybody gets their own and you can throw them in the washing machine when you get home!

Instead of just "ooooh I want to make that", I'm actually challenging myself to make the pins I find inspiring on Pinterest.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

My daughter's pin-spiration challenge.

My daughter is 11 years old. She loves crafty stuff. I've been trying to teach her to use my old sewing machine. She has fabric, patterns, etc.

She also loves to sit with me while I'm browsing Pinterest. The other day she saw these a few pins she liked.

She spent a couple hours at her machine and she kept getting up and getting crayons... getting mad at her little sister for taking the crayons... and I wondered what the heck was she doing that she needed crayons at her machine?

Here is what she made {I am so proud of her and totally impressed} she made this with just the memory of the photo in her head, she was not actively viewing a photo, she did not print the photo, she didn't read any directions.... impressive, no?
I like how she put the strip across like that to hold the paper in place.