Sunday, August 25, 2013

Tutorial: Wrap Watch

Hello all! Today I am going to show you how to recycle your old watch into a new wrap watch! These are super convenient because you look like you have major arm candy when it is really all one piece!


First take a watch, cut off the band and you have just a face left!


Now attach one end of a toggle to one end with a jump ring, and a chain length to the other side!



You can attach different chains for a "multiple bracelets" look!


The longer your chain the more bracelets you will look like you have on! I attach a small length of chain to the first end because I didn't want the toggle to show from the front!


Now wrap around and make sure it meets around your wrist, if it does then go ahead and attach the other end of your toggle to the chain!


Voila! Your very own wrap watch!



Happy Upcycling!


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Tutorial: Sewing Machine Pin Cushion + Where did she go?

I have been absent for what feels like forever. I have worked everyday for the past 2 weeks including weekends and I am starting back to school. Needless to say I have been SUPER busy. So bare with me. Tutorials are coming I promise. 

So to get back in the game I have a super simple tutorial for you that is ADORABLE!


This adorable pin cushion wraps around your sewing machine so you can always have a pin cushion near by!


So today you will need:

Elastic
A scrap of Fabric

Pretty simple huh? The best kind of elastic is 1/4 inch. The super thin kind. 

First measure around your sewing machine and cut your elastic about an inch shorter than this length.


The cut a rectangle of fabric twice as wide as you want it. To get this length I measured the front of my sewing machine and multiplied by 2. 


Then take your Elastic and place it 1/4 of the length from the bottom. You will be folding the fabric in half so this will put the elastic in the middle.


Fold the fabric in half squishing the elastic in between 2 layers of fabric and pin down.


Start sewing the short side that your elastic is pinned in, turn and sew the long side and STOP. 


Your elastic should be sticking out the other side, pull to turn the tube inside out. 


Use scissors to poke the corners out and now you have this!


Now stuff!


Fold the edges of the short side in and put the loose end of elastic in!


Now sew across the short side securing the elastic.


That is it! 


Happy Sewing!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Tutorial: Bias Tape without Iron or Tool

Before I had Bias Tape Makers or Bias Tape I had to make it myself. Without an iron or a tool.

Take your fabric of any size and fold it in a triangle like so, this works for squares and rectangles!


Cut off the excess!


Now measure how long you want your strips to be, mine are 2" so I end up with 1/2" bias tape!


Now just make lines in the direction shown.


Cut out your strips!



Now lay 2 of your strips together like this and sew across the top.



If you did it right you should come out with this!


Continue until you have no more strips and now you have this long strip!


Fold your strip in half and start using a hair straightening iron to iron it down!

Now once you are done open the strip and fold both of the edges into the middle, now fold it in half again and start ironing again.





Now you have bias tape! I used about 1 yard and got about 3-4 yards of bias tape!


I will have a tutorial with a bias tape maker VERY soon! 

Happy Biasing!

Friday, August 2, 2013

What's in My Sewing Box?

I don't have a sewing box per se. I just have a drawer or 2 in my craft drawer set. 

But still I am showing you the mess I call my tools. 

Tape Measures. 
Scissors.
Hole punchers.
Bias Tape.
Rulers.
Eyelets. 
Thread.
Marking tools.
Needles. Machine and Hand. 
Wax. 
Elastic.
Velcro.
Zippers.
Pins.
Bias Tape Makers.
Tape.


My tools of trade.

Happy Tool Collecting!