Friday, May 31, 2013

Tutorial: Door Silencer

Do you have a young child (or maybe even an old child) that tends to slam doors? There is a simple fix and it saves a headache. Why don't you make your very own door stopper? 
 

All you need is some cotton and elastic!

First Measure the distance from handle to handle... Mine was 5 inches, now subtract 1 inch. 


So our 2 pieces of fabric are going to be 4"x3". You will also need 2 pieces of elastic that is about 3". (EXPERIMENT WITH YOUR OWN HANDLES! IT HAS TO FIT AROUND!)



Now fold in half like so.... and put the loop in the middle of the two pieces of fabric on the shorter edge. Repeat on other side and sew around leaving a tiny opening to flip inside out!






Now flip inside out and you have the loops on the outside! Now top stitch in a zig-zag stitch all the way around to close the hole that you have left. I used white thread as a contrast!




You are FINISHED! Easy huh?


Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

My New Toy...

Ever heard of a Nook? I have been wanting one for the longest time. And yesterday My boyfriend surprised me with one! I was ecstatic because I can keep all my patterns on it for easy access and don't have to tote around my laptop or print them out. 




The cool thing is it looks like you are actually reading a book! It doesn't have a glare in the sun AND it was only $59.00! What a deal! You should definitely invest in one if you haven't already! 

Happy Nooking!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Tutorial: Reusable Snack Bags!

I don't know about you but I go through about 30 plastic sandwich bags per week. Whether it be for snacks, makeup, or whatever I use them like crazy. I feel awful because I throw them away afterwards and they really add up! So here I am making REUSABLE! Your world is about to be shaken I can assure you. 
I am going to have 2 different versions of this, this one is the "5 Minute" Version, we will have another one in a bit that is a little bit cleaner and takes a little longer, I am just waiting to get my hands on the materials!

Okay enough talking here we go!

Materials:


  • Walmart bags....oh you know the type. The ones that you get from EVERY store in huge quantities. I call them Walmart bags, maybe you would call them plastic bags? I used 6 but you can use up to 10! The more you use the more durable!
  • Iron
  • Wax Paper
  • Fabric
First we are going to fuse together some bags to make the inner portion washable!

Just take plastic bags and cut off the bottom and the handles! Now take each bag on top of each other on top of a piece of wax paper, once you have come to your desired thickness place another piece of wax paper on top. 






Start ironing quickly over the wax paper, your paper will start to wrinkle a bit but that is a good sign! In between the wax paper the bags are fusing to create thick plastic!




Flip over and repeat!  Pull the 2 edges of wax paper apart and check to see if your plastic is fusing! I usually go over my corners a few times. Once it is all fused you can pull the wax paper off and you have a thick, durable piece of fabric! Your corners may look like this....but all you have to do is trim them off! The rest of the plastic should look good!




Okay now get your piece of fabric! Lay the plastic and cut the fabric to the same size as the plastic!


Sew all the way around all the edges with a zig zag stitch!


  
Now fold up like sew until you have enough for the flap left...


Flip over, (keep folded!) and flip down the flap to the back!


Sew up both sides, holding the parts we just folded and sewing them down!


You are DONE! You can flip the flap inside out to close your little snack bag!


And here is the inside!
To wash just rinse off the inside off with cold water and soap!


Like I said this is the quick and messy version! The clean and "15 minute" version is coming soon!

Happy Sewcycling!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Twin Needle?!

As you know I haven't been sewing long....But I have done a lot of research on the best sewing materials to buy and fun things to try out. So something I have seen a lot is a twin needle. Right away I was interested in purchasing one but I waited. Eventually I couldn't sustain myself any longer and I purchased this one! For only four bucks you can't go wrong in my opinion. 


Let me tell you...I think I am addicted. If you are cool you have 2 bobbin holders on your sewing machine. Clearly I am not cool. So I just taped a wooden dowel on my machine. 


Don't Judge me. 

This is what it looks like... Again, ignore the spray paint.


The front I forgot to take a picture of but it just looks lie a regular line.....except 2. But I love the back. 


I used a tan and black thread hoping you could see it better....clearly not. 

But it is a cool zig zaggy look.

I am in love. And will use this in a tutorial very soon I promise. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tutorial: Hair Curlers Out of Scraps!

I know you have seen these curlers.


 I have seen them oh too many times. When I was little my mother rolled my hair in the tiny blue ones every single night. So I ended up looking a bit like this....


All in all these curlers weren't that bad. Just painful to sleep on all night. But hey lets give our hair a break from the heat shall we? Today I am going to show you how to make these homemade curlers that are HEAVEN to sleep on and result in beautiful curls! A bonus is they can be made out of whatever size scraps you have! I have bags and bags of scraps. Why not use them for something?!

First you are going to take a scrap piece of fabric and cut it to 12x5. The fold down one of the shorted edges and hem it....Ignore the spray paint all over my hands...


Then take a small piece of thin elastic, mine was 3 inches...ish. Fold it in half like so and pinch the bottom.


Fold the fabric in half length wise and place the elastic in the middle on the 2 layers of fabric, loop down. Make sense?


Now sew across, the elastic is now secure inside! Now sew down the length of the open sides and flip it inside out!


You now have this loop on the outside and a little tube attached to it!


Now find the middle of the tube (I did this by folding it in half crosswise) and sew across that line.


That is the divider between the stuffed part and the other part. Now take some poly-fil stuffing and stuff the open half until you have about half an inch left...


Now fold in the raw edges and sew across. 


Now sew a button on the middle of that line you just sewed...


And you are done!!! Now just make 14 more and you should have enough to cover your whole head!




To use just take dry hair and spritz it with water, DO NOT SOAK IT! Take a 1-3 inch section and roll it up the stuffed section of the roller, now flip over the flat side and push the button through the elastic! Sleep on these and you will have beautiful curls in the morning!

To make smaller curls cut the fabric skinnier! And to make looser curls make the fabric fatter! You can also put a button hole instead of elastic! 

Happy Sewing!