Daily Doable 11/19/13

November 19, 2013 in Daily Doable

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Blog Post:  DIY UpCycle Old Greeting Cards into New!

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Repurposing Greeting Cards

November 18, 2013 in Creating

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I don’t know about you but I hate tossing those sweet and beautiful cards I get from friends and loved ones.  I’m no pack rat, but these cards are so personal and sweet and when it comes to putting them in the trash I feel like a jerk wrapped in ungrateful.  Sooooooooo, I keep them.  I put them in a shoe box and they just pile up…staring at me asking “why are we here?”

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One day between cooking, cleaning, and wiping noses while at the same time clinging to my sanity with white knuckles it hit me…why not use those cards to make new ones?  WHY, I ASK YOU?!  Because it’s hard, complicated, long, expensive?  No, no, no, and NO!  It seriously couldn’t be more simple.

What You’ll Need:

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  • Old Cards
  • 8 1/2 x 11 Neutral colored card stock
  • Adhesive
  • Paper cutter
  • Ink Pad (optional)

Yes, you guessed it, I love Die Cut Machines, Supplies and More at Joann.com for everything I needed for this project.

The Method:

First things first you need to cut the front off of the cards you have.  I love this part!  It is so sweet as I cut to re-read all of the messages inside.

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Now you need to prepare the new inside.  This is simple using the 8 1/2 x 11 card sock.  All you gotta do is cut it in half width wise so you have two pieces of 8 1/2 x 5 1/5 pieces.  You know what that means…two cards per paper.  Nice.  Then fold each half in half (things just got complicated…actually no, they didn’t).

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Before you stick the front of the card on it might be nice to give it a little pop.  This is quick and easy if you brush the edges of the front card along an ink pad.  Stick with brown or something neutral.  Then glue the front onto the folded piece.

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And there ya go, one card down.  You have to admit, that’s freaking easy!

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Be a friend and provide a new envelope.  This makes a standard sized greeting card and you can purchase a box of neutral colored envelopes from any office supply store.  Provide on envelope per card, place them all in a lovely box and there you have it.  An inexpensive and beautiful box of cards that you can selfishly keep and use (like I would) or give away as a thoughtful gift.  So stop getting rid of those cards and spread some cheer!

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<3, Sharla

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Daily Doable 10/28/13

October 28, 2013 in Daily Doable

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Series: Getting the Most Out of You Dead or Dried Roses!

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Up-Cycle Old Egg Crate into Floor Pillows

August 13, 2013 in Sewing, Sewing for Fun

Up-Cycle Old Egg Crate into Floor Pillows

Up-cycle Egg Crate into Floor Pillows

Today, we are going to go from this…

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Into this..

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(I know, the kids are holding the pillows crooked, jeez!  I ask my kids to do ONE thing…)

You’re excited, I can tell!  Everyone has the old, stained, gross egg crate mattress laying around, junking things up, and you don’t want to get rid of it because there is something wrong with you (by you I mean me).  Well, here is why you kept it…you knew one day some inspired soul would find a way to make it all better. My friends, that day has arrived.  Enough talk, let’s sew.

You will need:

-1 egg crate or foam padding (my egg crate was a twin size and, like super thin.  Just about as cheap as they come).  Now this tutorial is for the twin size, you may have to fudge your own numbers if you have a different size. I was able to get 4 pillows out of my padding.

-2 1/2 yards white cotton fabric (that is at least 54″ wide).  So many options for getting your materials, if you like to get junk online I like Stitch Craft Create.  Click this link to check out discounts of fabric.

-2 1/2 yards outer fabric (I used fleece I had laying around, just make sure your fabric is durable, washable and cute!)

-16″ of velcro

Sewing machine and thread

That’s it!  That is all you need.  Not bad, right?

Let’s Get Started:

1. First we need to prepare the egg crate.  I folded mine in half long ways like this…

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Now we need to cut it into 4 equal portions.  Don’t over think this part.  With the egg crate folded long ways now fold it in half and cut on the fold.

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 Now fold each of the halves in half and cut those as well.  So you have 4 equally sized pieces.  No need to make yourself crazy being exact and measuring the crap out of it.  On this blog, if you can eyeball it, do so!

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 2.  Let’s prepare a perminent casing for the foam.  I don’t know, I just felt like I needed to make a sealed pillow before I made the outer case.  I did this with just plain white cotton.  Why plain white cotton?  Because I had enough of it left over from a previous project.  Doesn’t have to be beautiful.

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 I simply kept the fabric folded on the fold line it comes in (bias sides together), laid the padding in it and trimmed off the extra.  Again, no measuring just eyeball it.  I sewed the sides together, leaving one open to put the pillow in.  No need to hide seams, this is just the under layer.  Now stuff the pillow in, and sew the last side shut.  Have some extra fabric?  Just trim it off.

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3.  Make the outer pillow case.  I wanted to make my outer case removable so I could pull it off and wash it because, well, kids are gross.  So we are going to make the outer case the same as the inner, we just aren’t going to seal it shut.  Lay your fabric out with the fold again.  Once again fit the covered padding inside the folded fabric and trim.  

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Now sew the fabric together so only one side is still open.  

Let’s finish the opening.  With the pillow case inside out fold the opening back 1″ and sew a straight line to secure it, like a hem.

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4.  Add the Velcro.  I did two 2″ strips right on the hemmed part of the opening.  Remember, you want to put one side of the velcro on the outside of the pillow case and the matching piece on the inside.

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Simply sew around the rectangle to secure it and YOU’RE DONE!

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<3, Sharla

Alter Old Pants into Skinny Jeans

August 4, 2013 in Sewing, Sewing for Fun

Turn your flared pants into skinny pants
 
In 30 minutes or less!
 
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How to alter pants into skinny pants
 
I loved these old school pair of colored Dickies, but they are totally 
out of style.  Flares just aren’t “in” right now.  But I couldn’t 
stand seeing some of my cute pants sit in the closet waiting for 
trends to come back around.  So I figured out a simple, fast way to 
alter flared pants into skinny pants.  Seriously, if you have a 
sewing machine and can sew a straight line, you can alter your 
pants!  This is so fast and easy that I altered 5 pairs of flared 
pants into skinny pants in just a couple of hours one afternoon.  Let’s get started…
 
Start by turning your pants inside out.  Have a pair of skinny 
pants already?  Perfect, use those as your guide for where you’re 
going to sew and cut your flared pants.  Fold both pairs of pants 
in half, so both sides match perfectly, straightening the seams so 
they lay flat.  Lay your flared pants out and then the skinny 
pants on top just like this…
 
  Next use chalk or pins to mark where you are going to start 
sewing at the cuff and where you are going to stop sewing up the 
leg on your thigh.  You only have to sew one side of each pant leg, 
so choose the side that doesn’t have a decorative seam on the 
outside.  In my case I chose to sew the outside seam, but I’ve also 
done the inside seam.  
 
***If you don’t have a pair of skinny pants to use as a pattern put 
your flared pants on inside out and mark them the old fashion 
way.  You only have to sew one side, so choose the side that has a 
seam that isn’t decorative on the outside.  Use pins and pin them 
where you want to sew, starting at the cuff and working your way 
up the leg until you reach the point the pants fit snug on your 
thigh.
 
Ready to sew?  The answer is yes!
 
Start at the cuff and sew a 
straight line up the leg, gradually working your way out to the 
point on the leg where you’re going to stop.  Do the other leg the 
same way.  I just eyeballed it, but if you’re using skinny pants as 
a pattern you can chalk exactly where you want to sew.  As long 
as you start at the same point on the cuff and end on the same 
point up the thigh, the pants will look even on both sides.  
 
After you’ve done the straight line, do a zigzag stitch to avoid 
fraying (if you have a serger that would also be perfect).  Before 
you cut the excess fabric away try the pants on to make sure they 
fit the way you want.  You can always pic out a seam, but cutting 
is permanent.  :)  If you’re happy with the way they fit, cut away 
the extra fabric and…
 
 go strut your stuff!
 
<3, Sharla
 
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