DIY decorative pillow cases

If you love working on fabric projects and want to create custom pieces to accent your home, you can make a decorative sequin pillow. Here are the supplies you will need for this project:

  • Pillow forms
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Beads, sequins, trimming, or embellishments of your choice
  • Beading thread
  • Scissors
  • Head Pins
  • Sewing machine

Once you have everything together, follow these 3 easy steps:

Step 1: Cut fabric

Measure and cut your fabric according to the size of your pillow form. Cut a piece to cover the front of your pillow form, and one for the back. If you want to make a case that can be removed later for washing, remember to cut your back piece into 2 pieces which will allow for an opening. If you do so, also remember to make each of your back pieces 2 inches wider so you can hem down the middle on each side so your pillow won’t have any open threads sticking out.

Step 2: Decorate

While you can use any thread you wish, beading thread is more study for adding beads, sequins, or any other embellishments. You can create your own designs by beading your decorations together and sewing them on the fabric. After they are sewed down, use a your scissors, to cut your thread neatly. In order to achieve a cleaner cut, you may want to use a Gingher scissor thread nipper as it is made to cut beading thread.

Step 3: Prep and sew

Once you are done decorating your pillow, it’s time to sew it together. If you are making a removeable pillow case, place the pieces inside-out over your pillow form, and use your head pins to pin the fabric together on one of the edges. You can then remove your pillow form and sew that side of your pillow case using your sewing machine, removing the pins as you go along and continuing around the rest of the edges, sealing the sides together.

If you are not making a removable cover, place your fabric pieces decorative side up over your pillow form. Pin them together on each side with head pins, and sew them together, removing the pins as you go along. If you want to hide any rogue threads and create neat edges, you can also attach trimming to add a more decorative touch.

You now have a beautiful decorative pillow that you can use to liven up that bare sofa, or boring bedspread! Let us know how you use your decorative pillows in the comments section below.

DIY crib sheet

Have a baby on the way?  What theme are you going to go with for the nursery?  If you really want to make that room something special, the sooner you get started on it the better – particularly if you are interested in using some DIY decoration.

That’s right, a great place to exercise your crafting skills is your soon-to-be child’s nursery.  For example, if you want your kid to grow up on a farm, make some him or her farm themed nursery bedding for the crib.  Making your own nursery bedding is not too difficult for an experienced crafter.  The first thing you have to make is the fitted crib sheet.  Here’s how to do that:

Materials needed-

  • Fabric
  • Elastic
  • Sewing machine

1.  Fabric

Are you still on board with the farm theme?  Or do you want to go with the monkey themed baby bedding that I made using these steps?  Either way, choose a 70” x 45” piece that looks nice and pre-wash it in order to avoid any future complications.

2.  Corners

Cut a nine-inch by nine-inch square out of a corner.  You now have two corners where there used to be only one – sew those two together.  Repeat this process with each corner.

3.  Edges

Fold the edges up and sew a zigzag stitch around the entire sheet.  Don’t worry too much if this doesn’t look perfect because it will be under the mattress.

4.  Elastic

Place the center of the elastic on the center of the corner seam and sew it there.  Stretch the elastic along the edge, sewing as you go.

It’s as simple as that.  You have now made a fitted crib sheet for your baby’s bed.  Get some blankets and pillows in there along with a mobile and the entire crib will be waiting patiently to keep your baby cozy when he or she arrives.

How to make your own cell phone wallet with shoulder strap

Most women carry a large tote bag with them when they are heading out. The advantage of carrying a large purse is that you can fit almost all your items but the disadvantage is that you never find the item when you need it. How many times have you heard your cell phone ring and not been able to pick it up as you cannot locate it in your bag? A solution to this problem is creating a cell phone wallet with shoulder strap that you have easy access to. You can also utilize it as a passport holder when you are travelling.

Here are the things you will need-

  • Cotton fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Velcro

Here are the steps to make your own cell phone wallet with shoulder strap-

  • Measure your cell phone dimensions and add a few inches to both – length and breadth, as you will want to keep some money along with your cell phone. So if your phone measures 6 inches by 4 inches then take it as 8 inches by 6 inches to add some room. Accordingly, chalk the dimension out on a piece of cotton fabric. Cut out 2 pieces of fabric of the size measured.
  • Place the two fabrics facing each other and hold them in place with straight pins.
  • Sew the two fabrics together in a straight seam and leave one-quarter inch from the fabric edge on the three sides.
  • Now turn the pouch right side out to see the fruit of your hard work. Align and attach the piece of Velcro to the fourth side of the pouch to make sure you can close the pouch.
  • To create shoulder strap, choose a fabric that you used for the pouch or some other bold colored fabric to add some spunk to your cell phone wallet. The breadth of the fabric should be 1.5 to 2 inches while the length should be according to your preference.
  • Fold the long fabric and sew the lengths together and turn it over to the right side.
  • Finally, sew the ends of the strap to the inner corner of the pouch.

You can create this even for your little girl who begs for a ‘big girl purse’. Make it fun and sparkly for her by placing some adhesive stars on the pouch.

Beginner’s sewing kit

 

Being a beginner is fun, isn’t it?  Regardless of what it is that you are beginning, it is a time when you are excited by all the interesting things that you have to learn and discover.

This is no different for someone who is just starting to learn how to sew.  It is the beginning of a long, patterned, colorful, and creative journey that never quite ends.  And, why would you want it to?  After all, every time you sew, you learn something new about the craft.

Before you get started, you want to have all the tools you’ll need in your sewing kit.  Here’s a pretty solid list of exactly what those are:

Sewing basket

Sewing baskets come in various shapes and sizes and are great for holding everything else mentioned on this list and keeping them organized.

Thread

Cotton thread is perhaps the most essential material needed by anyone who sews.

Fabric

If thread is the most important material for a beginning sewer, then fabric is certainly the runner up.

Scissors

It is best to have scissors that are made specifically to cut fabric and to try not to use them on anything else.

Pins

Glass head pins will almost certainly come in handy on any project that you may find yourself working on.

Tape Measurer

With most of your projects, you will find that you have to be precise and eyeballing it will just not do.  A clear ruler is also a good tool to have for this purpose.

Seam Ripper

This is an excellent tool to help fix things when you make a mistake, which you inevitably will – not because you are a beginner, but because everyone messes up at some point or another.

The more advanced you get, the more your horizons will broaden, allowing room for more techniques and tools in your sewing basket.  For now, this list ought to serve you right.

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How to make your own t-shirts

How to make your own t-shirts ? this is a very common question.

A fun craft that is rarely explored is the idea of making your own t-shirts. While it’s common practice for those trying to sell their own merchandise, it’s a lot more fun when you make a shirt design yourself and wear it proudly. There’s so many amazing iron-on shirt designs that you can put almost about anything you want on them. And the best part is they’re very easy to make. Here’s ‘a quick how-to on what you’ll need and how you can make your very own t-shirt.

What you’ll need:

-plain t-shirts

iron on flower jewel designs for t-shirts

-regular iron-ons

-an iron (may also need ironing board)

What to do

  1. Pick out the design you want to have on your shirt. Perhaps you’re going to a football game and you’d like to decorate your shirt corresponding to the team you’re rooting for, or you’re giving to a friend and want to have their name on it, either way, choose what you want the most
  2. Once you have your design picked out, lay out all your tools that you’ll need, perhaps on an ironing board so you can multi-task
  3. Have your iron ready to set the patterns on your shirt
  4. Place them however you want everything to look
  5. Use your iron to adhere the designs you picked out onto your shirt

After you’ve applied the iron onto the design that you want most, then you’re all set! You could even choose a design that goes with a movie release that’s coming out, or make your own shirts for a Spirit Week while you’re in school. There are a plethora of ideas out there that you can choose from, all you have to do is decide what you want most.

 

Make your own sequined one shoulder dress

 

Now that spring is here there will be plenty of outdoor get together and parties. You can take up making a fun party dress from a simple one shoulder dress for your daughter or yourself as a spring project. By making a few alterations, you will make a whole new dress that you will love to wear. The key to making your plain one shoulder dress more glamorous and interesting is by adding sequins to the shoulder and other decorative items to increase its style quotient.

What you need:

  • One shoulder dress
  • Sequins
  • Decorative chains for clothes
  • Thread and needle (that will fit the hole of the sequin)

How to do it:

  1. Take the shoulder of the dress and decide the kind of pattern you want on it. You can even take a piece of chalk and lightly mark the pattern. Make sure you do not overdo it and the pattern is within 4 inches from your shoulder.
  2. Now put the thread into the needle and knot the ends to get a double thread stitch. This will help to hold the sequin in its place.
  3. Now sew the sequins in the pattern you designed while making sure that the knot is at the back of the dress. Once you are done with the sequins, you can attach the decorative chain.
  4. You should stitch the ends of the chain on the shoulder in such a way, that it forms a u-shape on your arm when you put on the dress.

This style also makes great juniors dresses and you can surprise your kid sister or friend with this thoughtful but stylish dress.

Easy ways to create your own ankle wrap shoes

It is the perfect weather to slip into your flip flops or your favorite sandals to wear with your summer dress. In order to give your entire outfit a notch up you can add ankle wrap around your shoes which will add extra flair and glamour. This is an easy to do project which require little time and effort. Here is a couple of ways you can make your very own ankle wrap shoes.

For all of the below ways, you will need a pair of heeled shoes that either has a strap or back around the ankle. You will also need ribbons or any light weight fabric whose color is very close to the color of your heels.

Flip flops makeover

You will be surprised to see your regular flip flops looking chic after adding the ankle wrap around it. You will need colorful and patterned chiffon that is cut in 1.5-2 inches wide. The length of the chiffon depends on how big and grand you want the bow to be at the end. Now comes the easy part where you just cover the straps of your flip flop entirely without missing any spot. Make sure to leave enough length on both the ends to help you wrap it around your ankle and tie a neat bow.

Add glamour to your heels

Another simple way to dress up your heels is by creating ankle wrap shoes for your heels. Take a light fabric that is at least 3 feet long and that also matches your shoe color. After you slip into your shoes start wrapping the fabric around your foot, starting from the bottom of your foot. Criss-cross it around your foot to give it a unique style and when the fabric reaches at its ends tie a pretty bow on the sides of the ankle. This is a quick and easy way to decorate your shoes without ruining them with hot glue or pinning holes in them. You can also use ribbon in a color different from your shoes to create your very own color block ribbon ankle wrap shoes.

Pair these shoes with your favorite summer dress and wrap around watch to look fashionable and trendy.

How to knit a Gryffindor scarf

Knitting a scarf is perfect first step for beginning knitters. You can make a scarf of any width, length and color. It is a great idea to use different colors in the scarf to make it a versatile winter wear option. Everyone loves Harry Potter, so why not make your first hand knitted scarf a Gryffindor scarf?

You can wear your scarf with an overcoat, sweater or other clothing items. Knitting a scarf yourself is an inexpensive and useful way to stay warm and stylish. Here are some steps to help you knit a Gryffindor scarf for yourself:

  • Collecting Important Stuff – Start off by collecting stuff you will require for knitting a scarf. You can pick compression gloves for knitting along with the basic stuff like scissor and needles. These gloves can keep you warm and comfortable while knitting. They also protect your hands from stiffness, pain and rashes.
  • Choosing a Yarn – There are many colors of yarn to choose from, but to make a Gryffindor scarf, you will want a burgundy and gold colored yarn. Take about six ounces of yarn as this will help you make a six inches wide and five feet long scarf. A scarf of this length and width can look perfect!
  • Knitting the Scarf – Wear your arthritis compression gloves and start by casting 24 stitches. Make a simple garter stitch and go all the way across the row. Keep repeating this process until your scarf gets the length you want. Don’t forget to tie the ends off in the end.

Using the right kind of gloves can help you make a great scarf. Compression gloves put a light compression on your fingers to soothe arthritis, pain and swelling. These versatile gloves are great for knitting and typing as they are warm. All of your friends are going to love your Gryffindor scarf when you have completed it, and they’ll want you to start making scarves for them too!!

DIY luggage tags

 

As winter draws to an end, the travel season will soon begin. With luggage looking more alike than ever, it is often hard to distinguish your bags from others and vice versa. For those in the crafty mood there is a simple solution to making your bag stand out: DIY luggage tags. Quick and easy to make, custom clear plastic luggage tags are a fun and decorative way to put your own spin on your bags, while allowing you to swiftly find your bags amongst the sea of luggage at the baggage claim.

The items you’ll need:

  • two 4”x4” of a medium to heavy fabric
  • two 4”x4” fusible interfacing
  • one 3”x3” clear vinyl
  • 8” to 10” cord of your choosing
  • iron
  • scissors
  • sewing machine

How to put it together:

1. Iron the interfacing on the “wrong side” of the fabric and sew them together leaving on side open. The interfacing gives the fabric structure and strength, which is important for a luggage tag that may experience rough handling.

2. Insert the cords ends into the open side and sew shut.

3. Place the clear vinyl on the fabric square and sew three of the sides leaving the side wear the cord is attached open. If your sewing machine cannot glide over the vinyl simply place some tissue over it when sewing.

4. Create a card with your address and information, slide it into the vinyl pocket, and your new luggage tag is ready for use!

Make it fun and create a customized tag for each piece of luggage you have!

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