Maxi Refashion

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Remember this printed dress I found for $5? it was cute, but I have an over abundance of maxi dresses/skirts and it was about 20 sizes too big..

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So I chopped the skirt portion off and created a pattern from one of my favorite tank tops. After I made the top part of my new dress, I used the rest of the bottom of the skirt to create the bottom portion of the dress. As I’ve said before, I pretty much make everything up as I go so here is how it turned out.

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My first dress completely from scratch, and no pattern. I still have a lot to learn but it’s not a bad start!

And this photo was all the motivation I needed to get on the treadmill, and get some SUN! :)

 

20 Minute Pillow Case Tutorial

So I have to apologize for my little blogging hiatus. I really have no excuse except that life is busy! Although I’ve been MIA these past few weeks, the up side is that I’ve completed some fun little projects and stock piled all my photos so that eventually I could share them all with you.

As you may know, one way to spruce up a room in a pinch is to add a few pillows that pop. Accent pillows can be pretty pricy if you buy them in a department store, so my advice is to create your own (it’s much more rewarding that way right?) I’m still learning the best ways to explain how I make the things I do, because mostly I just make it up as I go. So I’ve put together this quick tutorial to hopefully get you started, or at least inspired, to add a bit of style to any room with some fun pillows. Here goes..2014-03-10 10.13.24First- measure the height and width of your pillow. Add 1 inch to the height for seam allowance and 5 or 6 inches to the width for seam allowance and for the overlap part of the pillow case where you will insert your pillow (hopefully the pictures will help you out, like I said, I’m new to this explaining how I do things.. thing) My pillow was a perfect square so it was 21 inches tall and 42 inches all the way around.

measurementsOnce you’ve cut your fabric, fold the two short ends to make your hem, and sew.

2014-02-28 12.21.18Once your ends are hemmed, fold the two sides inward with the right sides of the fabric facing each other, with one side overlapping the other by several inches until the width of your fabric is the right width of your pillow. (If this is confusing I’m sorry!) It took a bit of playing around with it to get the overlap part just right, and in the middle where it should be. Once you’ve got it, pin it in place and sew the top and bottom seams.

2014-02-28 12.25.48Flip it right side out and use your fingers to poke out the corners and VOILA! A brand new pillow case!

2014-03-05 15.16.36Isn’t she lovely? And thrifty at that, I got this fabric for $3.

And pssst.. this is one of my finished dining chairs I’ve been slaving over for much longer than I’d anticipated. I’m hoping to have them finished soon so I can share the before and after transformation.

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Hope you liked my tutorial. Happy Monday Y’all.

Scriptures on Sunday: DIY Daily Verse

DIY Daily Bible Verse Board

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I love meditating on a verse that stands out to me from my morning reading. This simple ‘dry erase board’ makes it easy for me to change the text daily and stay focused on His word.

The options are endless with this project.. you can leave the glass by itself as I did, or you can put some pretty paper behind it. Get creative with different verses and fonts, too.

Everyone has heard this Psalm before, but I tried to put a little twist on it by emphasizing certain words. If you look at only the larger bold words it reads ‘The Lord desires your heart’ which is an underlying message hidden in the verse. Pretty cool right?

Happy Sunday. God Bless!

stitches & studs

It has been 2 years since I received one of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten – a sewing machine. When I set it on the table for the first time I was giddy with excitement, and also clueless about how to use it. I’m happy to say I’ve come a long way in the sewing world since then, and my favorite projects are thrift store refashions like this one.

studs4 Ok so I know it’s huge and wrinkled, but in life you always have to look at the positives: cashmere, a studded collar, and 1 dollar.  Holler!!!

I wish I had taken photos of how I resized this beautiful sweater but I was so excited I about it that I just pinned snipped and stitched – and boom! It was gorgeous..

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It came out exactly how I wanted.. high-low hem and a more fitted look all around. Thanks for stopping by to check out my sweet sweater refashion, and I promise to do step by step refashion posts in the future so you can follow along with your thrifty finds.

Happy Friday!

diy paper heart garland

lately I’ve been wondering what else I could be doing with all of the newspapers I’ve acquired because of my coupon addiction. after trying (and failing) at a few different ideas, I ended up making a single paper heart out of newspaper strips of various lengths.

the first heart

after that, I decided to make a bajillion more of these in various sizes. see how I did it

I grouped them together on the floor until I came up with this.

I also thought they would make a cute bouquet.

keep checking my blog for other diy valentine’s day ideas