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

Upcycled Computer Chairs

In the process of upcycling the Craft room/homework room for my girls and I.  One thing I dislike about computer chairs is how itchy they are.  I don’t know if it is just me but I don’t like it.  We have had these for a little while and I finally decided to upcycle the computer chairs for the girls.  I found this really cute print in the outdoor fabric area.

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The first one was fairly easy.  There are a few screws to take off the backing and it comes apart.  This one had plastic to cover the back and underneath part of the computer chair.  I used a staple gun t upholster the fabric.

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This second chair I had to use almost a full yard because there was no plastic covering underneath or in the back.  I had a really hard time trying to take off the back of the chair.  In the end I had to make it like a slip cover and hand sewed the bottom part of the back rest.  I still came out beautiful.

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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

Turning Baking Soda into Washing Soda

The best tutorial I found was making my own washing soda.  I didn’t even know it was possible, but because I had the hardest time finding Washing Soda I started searching for ways to get washing soda.  After I made this I found washing soda.  Go figure.

What is the difference between Baking Soda and Washing Soda?

The difference between baking soda and washing soda is water and carbon dioxide. Seriously. Baking soda’s chemical makeup is NaHCO3 (1 sodium, 1 hydrogen, one carbon, and 3 oxygen molecules). Washing soda’s chemical makeup is Na2CO3 (2 sodium, 1 carbon, and 3 oxygen molecules). When baking soda is heated up to high temperatures, it breaks down to become washing soda, water steam, and carbon dioxide.  So, the steam and carbon dioxide are released during the cooking process, leaving you with… washing soda! Penniless Parenting

What you need for this:

  • Baking Soda
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Spoon

How to make it:

  1. Heat oven to 400 F (200 C)
  2. Pour Baking soda on the cookie sheet. Flatten it out as best you can.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, stir occasionally.

When do you know the Baking soda has changed to washing soda?

Baking Soda is a powdery, crystallized like salt and clumps together.

Washing Soda is a grainy, dull and opaque, grains separate (kind of like salt).

What cleaning recipes use Washing Soda? Here are a few.

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What products did I end up liking and making into the booklet?

I also put pages about essential oils, where to buy the products and about the cost of them and the tutorials from the original websites.

cleaning recipe booklet and labels

Homemade Liquid Dish Soap

This is for Liquid Dish Soap made to hand wash your dishes and not for a dishwasher.  If you would like a Dishwasher Detergent Soap see Homemade Powder Dishwasher Detergent & Rinse Aid.liquid dish soap

You don’t normal use zote soap so my apologize for having it in the picture. You do how ever used Castile, Ivory or homemade soap in the mix.

What you need to make you own Homemade Liquid Dish soap:

  • 1 3/4 cup Boiling water
  • 1 TBSP Borax
  • 1 TBSP of grated bar soap (ivory, castile bar soap or homemade bar soap
  • ½ cup of water
  • optional: 15-20 drops of essential oil

How to make Liquid Dish Soap:

  1. Boil water.
  2. Mix borax and soap together in a medium bowl.
  3. Pour Hot water in the mix.
  4. Whisk until soap is completely melted.
  5. Allow to cool for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally.
  6. Transfer into a squirt bottle.
  7. Option: add essential oil.
  8. Shake before use.

DIY Natural has a video tutorial on this recipe.

If you want to make more Homemade Household Cleaning Products look below for links to other cleaning products.

finished products

What products did I end up liking and making into the booklet?

I also put pages about essential oils, where to buy the products and about the cost of them and the tutorials from the original websites.

cleaning recipe booklet and labels