DIY – Eyeglass Case Sewing Kit

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Sachiko has a wonderful detailed tutorial over on her blog on how to make this gorgeous sewing kit. Love that you can make a beautiful sewing kit by recycling or even buy a eyeglass case at the dollar store. Please click HERE to visit Sachiko for her full tutorial.
~ Sarah

You will need
Eyeglasse case
Fabric of your choice for outside and inside the case
Mod Podge
Sponge Brush
Ribbon to hide the hinge area
Fabric glue (or glue gun)

1. Cut fabric for the inside and outside of the case. For outer fabric, make sure that you have enough to cover the whole thing and tuck inside the case. For inner fabric, cut the edges with pinking shears to prevent fraying.

2. It is helpful to use a small dish and such to trace the curve and cut the corners.
Also, fold the fabric horizontally in the middle, cut into about an inch or so from both sides to make it easier to hold the fabric in around the hinges.

3. Spread the mod podge onto the case evenly and carefully place the fabric. Make sure there are no air bubbles. Then attach the inner fabric in the same manner too.

4. I pasted small ribbons around the hinges area to hide the “ugly” part that I couldn’t get quite right. If you don’t need it, you can skip this part.

5. Make a small pincushion. All you need to do is measure the inside of the case and decide how big you want the pincushion to be. Don’t forget to add an inch or so to the measurement, when you stuff it, the length and width will “shrink” (because it gets puffy). Glue the pincushion inside of the case.
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DIY – Cushion Covers

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Hi Ya, Here is a reblog from the Farmers Nest. Click the above SOURCE button for her full tutorial. I am so going to find a carzillion jumpers/sweaters and make a carzillion cushions! Don’t ya just love clever people like the Farmers Nest folk!? Enjoy.
~ Sarah xxx

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DIY – Infinity Scarf

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What’s needed:
– an old t-shirt (a sweater might do as well)
– scissors
– pins
– thread in contrasting color (I used a contrasting yellowish green thread to offset the brownish/grey faded color of the T-shirt.
– sewing machine or needle

Instructions:
1. Lay down your T-shirt on a flat surface and cut off the bottom hem part. Snip-Snip. (pic.2) Do the same at the sleeve insert level, cutting from one side to the other (pic.3)
2. Fold in half and cut again along the fold – snip snip – to obtain two identically sized tunnels. (pic.4)
3. Cut away the side seams (4 times) – snip-snip – to obtain 4 identically sized rectangles. (pic.5.)
4. Lay one rectangle on top of another rectangle, right sides facing up, and with a 1/2 inch overlap. Pin together – pins-pins (which happens to be the palindrome of snip snip, by the way, how cute is that!). Repeat for the remaining pieces and close the circle by placing the first rectangle on top of the last one (pic.6).
5. Sew together by hand or on your sewing machine with a jersey stitch. And done!

You have now obtained a wonderful light weight infinity scarf and no cost. So, now you can start experimenting with it – wear it twisted around your neck a couple of times, or just once and knotted… You probably could wear it as a head band as well… or as why not, as a belt (as a maternity belt even).

I hope you enjoy this as much as I have. Simply click this SOURCE button for the Infinity Scarf Full Tutorial!

~ Sarah xxx

DIY – Felt Car Play House Mat

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This is the cutest toy. No matter what stage of life you are in, you can appreciate and make this beautiful gift for your children, niece, nephews, friends kids or perhaps grand babies! I haven’t made it yet but, I just had to pop it on my blog so I wouldn’t forget to. When I make it I will try to use some organic felt type fabric. I haven’t got all the instructions on here because I would love you to visit the original creator HERE Narelle is so clever and she has all the measurements and a fab tutorial that you will love!
Enjoy ~ Sarah xxx

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How to make a tank top totes

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How clever is this idea? If you click HERE you will go directly to craftynest tutorial. They have all the instructions you will need to complete your project. Enjoy! ~ Sarah xxx

Supplies and toolse:
tank top
straight pins
water-erasable fabric marker
sewing machine and thread
fabric scissors
seam ripper
sewing gauge or ruler

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DIY – How to transfer ink onto fabric

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Love this reblog from “mademoisellechoas” How clever is she!? Enjoy.
~ Sarah xxx

I can say that this is fairly permanent on fabric, I’ve been mercilessly washing my printed shirt, and though slightly faded, it still is undeniably present. That’s why I wouldn’t recommend it for the use with delicate embroidery, but if you’re going to cover all of it with (dark) thread, it could as well work.

It’s really quite simple, but I have to inform you: we will be dealing with potentially dangerous chemicals, that means: no smoking, no inhaling, eating & drinking of the paint thinner, and no kids left unattended! Really! I don’t want anybody to be harmed in this process, so open your windows for fresh air and pay attention that nothing spills!

What you need:
a computer
a laser printer (more specifically, something printed on a laser printer πŸ˜‰ copyshop will also work!) EDIT: It recall it working with newspaper/some magazines, too!!
paint thinner
(EDIT: as some people have pointed out, the proper stuff to use would be lacquer thinner β€” mine contains xylene and benzine, just so you can re-check an see if the problems might have to do with the chemicals you use)
q-tips
a solid, flat, smooth thingy (letter opener or so…)
a surface to transfer the motif onto (fabric, paper, cardboard, wood, metal,… it works with a lot of stuff)

First, prepare your picture (size, resultion etc is pretty much irrelevant, this technique also transfers fine details!) with a graphics program so it is b/w or grayscale. There have been rumors it works with color, too, as long as it’s laser printed, but I myself only work monochrome. Then β€” and I can’t stress enough how important this is, even more so with actual lettering in the design β€” FLIP it horizontally. It should be mirrored, because we will put it on the surface with the printed side down!

Next: print! Check double if it’s really mirrored (stand in front of a mirror and if you can read your text, you’ve done well :D).

Cut out your design with a generous border (for easier orientation etc.) and pin/tape it down (with the printed side DOWN) to the surface if necessary. Be careful not to cover/prick any of the picture area, but only the border. Small pictures also work without fixation, you can just hold it down with your fingers.

Dip your q-tip in paint thinner and rub it on the back of your printout β€” it will become translucent! Unlike me, you should hold it down while rubbing, but I didn’t have a third hand for handling the cam πŸ˜€

Then, take a solid, smooth anything (I used a letter opener made of bone) and carefully but firmly rub all over the picture, so the ink transfers well to the surface. Larger pictures may need step-by-step action, as the thinner quickly evaporates (hence the open windows and no inhaling rule… otherwise you would feel dizzy soon).

Peel away and adore πŸ˜€

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CREATIVITY

There are some folk who want to be creative but give up because there first attempt isn’t perfect. So they never paint that painting they have always wanted to paint. Or they never try baking or cooking that certain tricky dish. Or perhaps they never finish that article or book they have always wanted to complete. Or never plant the garden they want. I started creating when I was quite young out of necessity. I couldn’t afford to buy curtains for my oldest sons bedroom so I made them out of duvet or quilt covers and by chance they matched his bedding. At the time it was cheaper to make curtains out of bed linen. My friends all wanted to know where I got such beautiful linen. My daughter loved to follow in her brothers footsteps but her clothing didn’t so I made her a bunch of long pants with matching trim on her sweatshirts to play rough and tumble. My friends would ask where I bought her clothes as they wanted to buy some for their girls. I couldn’t afford to buy woolen jumper for my oldest son so I learn’t how to knit as it was cheaper to buy balls of wool than a pre made jersey for him. This was when we lived in the cold south Island of New Zealand. A friends mum use to buy second hand woolen adult jerseys and cut them down with her overlocker and make woolen trousers and jumpers for her Granddaughter. You use the sleeves as legs and you put elastic in for a waistband. So simple. When I was given a secondhand overlocker and did the same for my children when they were small. It mean’t that when it was cold they could still play outside and it didn’t matter if their clothes got dirty. The first house I bought was a run down cottage. I barely scraped together enough money for a down payment and couldn’t afford art work. So I painted a couple of huge sunflowers on calico fabric and framed my art. It was by no means perfect but it brightened the space in our first home. To this day the kids wouldn’t let me throw out the sunflower painting and it proudly hangs in my daughters flat/house. God is creative and He made us creative too, don’t give up when your art is not perfect. It takes time and practice to get good at doing your thing. Or time to accept that type of art isn’t your “cup of tea”. Or time to accept when your art is as good as it ever will be and learn to love the imperfections. Hope you have a wonderful and creative day!

All credit due to Ira Glass who is the voice of the video.