Tutus for every occasion

Tutu’s are amazingly easy to make and once you know how it’s kind of hard to stop yourself from making them for every occasion and for no reason at all.  I have pick my two favorite how to’s and posted … Continue reading

Library “Books” Basket

This summer my family has been going to the library a lot.  Sometimes 3 times a week.  It’s amazing what they have there.  But with a family of four borrowing library books, videos and games.  It is hard to keep track of them all.  The basket is placed next to the door so it is easy to grab on our way out.

I found a basket laying around the house unused.  It was the perfect size.  Only the color was red and reminded me of Valentine’s Day or Christmas.  I wanted to make a new cover for the basket.  I used the old lining that came with the basket for the pattern.  I decided I wanted to make the lining reversible for when I no longer want to use it for books or to put it in another room.  I also made an extra pattern because I wanted to make more than one liner for the holidays.  Just change the linings.

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With right sides together, sew the sides.

Next, sew the bottom.
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My girls picked out the lettering that they wanted on the liner.  I did it the old school way.  Printed up the word then used transfer paper and traced the letters onto the fabric.  I used embroidery thread and stitched  over the letters. I was originally going to use a 3 mm satin ribbon for the words but was worried it would be to thick.
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Make sure to sew the letters upside down so that when you fold the liner over the basket the letters will be facing the right direction.DSC_0058 copy

I used ribbon for the strings, you can pin or pre-sew the stings to the fabric. Match the 2 fabrics right sides together and sew together expect for an opening so that you can turn the fabric inside out when done.DSC_0060 DSC_0061 copy DSC_0062

I used a Blind Stitch to close up the hole.blind stitch copy white side basket

Also, with a white board and some extra fabric I hanged the board over the basket.  This is used to write down the books that they have checked out and the date that they are due.  This was actually my daughters idea.  So smart of her.white side basket with board books basket inside books basket with board

Circle Skirt

I got this fabric for my birthday and I thought of Fireworks and 4th of July.  I wanted to make a skirt out of it but I wasn’t sure what kind of skirt I wanted to make.  When I came across Made Circle skirt tutorial I thought that is perfect!  She shows how to make it for kids and adults.

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Upcycle Tank Top to Fringe Swimsuit Cover up

I saw in a Victoria Secret’s magazine a simple tank cover up for bathing suits.  I headed over to my local thrift shop in search of a long tank top to turn into the cover up.

All I did was measure how high to take the fringe and then cut about ½” strips up to that line all around the bottom.  It took about 5 minutes to do it and cost $1 compared to $40.

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Origami Purse

I saw a tutorial on how to make an Origami Raglan Sleeves at Straightgrain.  I loved the idea and got inspired to make a purse. I used an old t-shirt for the material.  I made it for my daughter but I got to … Continue reading