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!

Making personalized baby boy quilts

If you have a friend who has a baby boy on the way, do you know what you are going to give her at the baby shower?  You want to give something that is meaningful and comes from the heart, but that will also come in handy for a mom.  So, what is it going to be?

Well, if you are handy with a sewing machine, there are a few good options available for you.  Personalized baby boy quilts are a wonderful DIY gift that you can take to your friend at her baby shower.  You can do it in just a few easy steps, which are listed below:

1.  Decide on fabric and a pattern.

Plenty of ideas can be found online.

2.  Cut out the pattern.

This is one of the more delicate steps in the process.  It has to be done precisely or the quilt won’t come out right.

3.  Sew blocks together.

Create the pattern of your choice by sewing the blocks together.  Do so with a ¼” seam allowance.

4.  Put a border around the quilt.

This is an optional step, but if you don’t have enough blocks to make the quilt as big as you had planned, the border can help.

5.  Choose batting.

High loft batting makes for a thicker and warmer quilt, but low loft batting is easier to put together.

6.  Choose backing material.

Backing material has to be a few inches bigger than the quilt from every side.

7.  Baste the three layers to one another.

Sew them together with a thread.  Remove the thread afterward.

8.  Sew everything together.

Use your sewing machine for this part.

9.  Finish the edges of the quilt.

You may have to remove the basting here.

10.  Personalize the quilt.

You can write the boy’s name (if the mother has decided on one yet) or a short inspirational message.

Now that you’re your friend’s resident expert of sewing personalized baby items, you already know what do when her son’s baptism is coming up – personalized baptism bibs!

Make your own round tablecloth


How to make a round tablecloth? With summer get-togethers on the rise, you may be looking for extra ways to dress up your round outdoor tables. The perfect solution for this is to make a round tablecloth, using a stunning print or bright colored fabric, which will instantly give your outdoor furniture a fresh update.

What you’ll need:

  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Water soluble pen

To start, you’ll want to take your tape measure and lay it across the table, having the tape measure hang down the sides at the length that you want your fabric to hang. Once you have the total measurement from one side of the table and over to the next side, you will turn that measurement into a perfect square. For example, if you measure 65 inches, you’ll want to cut out a square of fabric that measures 65 X 65 inches.

Once you have the square piece of fabric, fold the fabric in half, corner to corner, and then in half again. Take your tape measure and string it from one corner and then to the corner directly across, creating an arc. You’ll want to trace that arc with your water soluble pen, and then cut along the line.

Once you’ve finished cutting out the fabric, you’ll find your fabric is now in a perfect circle. To finish the raw edges you can either pin the edge of fabric underneath, using your sewing machine to create a hem, or for a quick finish, you can just serge the edges.

And now you have a brand new round tablecloth to help accent those bright summer days on the patio.

 

Extra tip: If you don’t want to spend money on fabric, you could always reuse a king size bed sheet to make a new tablecloth.

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