D.I.Y. Pencil Case

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In addition to crafting I also enjoy drawing and painting. I recently started a weekly sketch account on Instagram where I choose a different theme each week and then I create a piece of art to fit that theme. Being busy with my art Instagram account I have been (sadly) neglecting my craft Blog. With the holidays coming up though I have started getting the crafting craze again and the first thing I wanted to do was clean up and clear out some of my scrap fabrics just to get an idea of what I have to work with and make room for more stuff of course! So I think I am going to do a little mini series of scrap fabric projects.

Currently my colored pencils and paint brushes are contained in a jumble of chaos so I decided I needed to make a few cases to separate and organize the mess! I found this video on YouTube and I thought this would be the perfect segue between my art Instagram and my craft Blog. So, let’s get started!

Supplies:

  • Empty paper towel roll
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Ruler
  • Pencil/pen
  • Scrap Fabric
  • Scrap cardboard (I used an empty granola bar box)

Directions: 

  1. Remember there is a video tutorial for this on YouTube so if you learn better from videos please check it out because it is really well done. I added one extra step to the process that I will illustrate now.
    1. Trace circles on your spare cardboard using your empty paper towel roll as a stencil. Repeat this process on the inside your scrap fabric.
    2. Cut the circles out of the spare cardboard along your traced line but MAKE SURE you cut about a half-inch around the traced lines on your fabric.
    3. Once you have cut out your scrap fabric cut lines around the circles up to the traced circle. Please see pictures.                                                                                                 pencil case2 pencil case3
  2. Using your ruler trace and cut a straight line down the center of your paper towel roll. pencil case9 pencil case10
  3. Now you are going to want to cut down your paper towel roll as it is quite a bit longer than the zipper and honestly the extra length is unnecessary (insert penis joke here.) The zipper is 7″ in length so I cute my paper towel roll down to about 7.5″.pencil case11
  4. Leaving the zipper zipped up you will want to trim off the excess fabric at the top and bottom of the zipper. Now place a strip of hot glue along one side of your zipper fabric and attach this to one side of your paper towel roll. Then glue down the other side. pencil case12 pencil case1
  5. Grab the cardboard and fabric circles we cut earlier. Glue the cardboard pieces down to the fabric so that the cardboard is inside the traced circle on the fabric. If you are using a cardboard piece with advertisement on the front you will want to make sure you glue the plain piece to the fabric so the advertisement in facing up. Otherwise you might see the advertisement peeking through your fabric on the finished product. pencil case13
  6. Carefully add hot glue around the rim of your paper towel roll and glue your round fabric piece with the cardboard facing in onto your paper towel roll. pencil case14
  7. Glue the overhanging fabric down to the paper towel roll using the pre-cut strips to make it smooth.                                                                                                                                        pencil case4
  8. Grab the rest of your spare fabric. Cut out a piece that is 8″ x 6.5″. Fold down and glue one 6.5″ side about .25″ in. Now repeat the process on one of the 8″ sides. When you fold down and glue the other 8″ side you want to make sure that the fabric is now the exact length of your paper towel roll. So if you cut the paper towel roll according to direction #3 your fabric should now by 7.5″ in length and you should have 3 sides of your fabric glued down.  pencil case17
  9. Using your glue gun add a strip of glue to the folded down (now) 7.5″ side of the fabric. Attach this to the top of your paper towel roll on top of the zipper fabric right next to the actual zipper part.
  10. Now you “measure” your fourth side of fabric so that you can fold it down and glue it so that once it is wrapped around the paper towel roll this side of the fabric comes to the same point as the opposite side. You should now have all 4 sides of your fabric folded and glued down on itself.
  11. Add glue a little bit at a time on both sides of the roll starting from already glued fabric and slowly glue the fabric around the roll.                    pencil case18
  12. Once it has been rolled around the roll and glued to both ends you can glue down the opposite  7.5″ side.                                                                                                                      pencil case5

And you are done! I hope this tutorial made sense and was helpful! What a cute little case with so many possibilities! A pencil case, a make-up case, a brush case, goodness the list goes on and on!           pencil case7

Baby Headband

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Hi. I’m Tiffany, and I am obsessed with baby headbands. My daughter owns WAY more headbands than is at all reasonable. I will say this, if it was up to me she would wear a headband every single day. However, my babysitter thinks they are silly, so I know the second I drop her off with a headband on the babysitter is going to take it off. That’s assuming, of course, that she hasn’t already pulled it off herself and gnawed on it until it looks like it has been regurgitated from a dog’s stomach. So, why bother? BECAUSE THEY ARE F*&!ING ADORABLE THAT’S WHY!

Unfortunately these headbands aren’t generally all that cheap. You can find some for around $8 apiece but some range up to $15! You can see how that can start to add up. Then there is the fact that they grow out of them so fast (Especially my big head baby who has been in the 93rd percentile in head circumference since she was born!) So I finally decided it had reached the point that if I was going to continue to feed my headband addiction, I was going to have to start making them myself!

For my first headband I decided to use felt and make a little flower headband. As I’m sure you all know there are a ton of different kinds of headbands made from a plethora of different materials but I wanted to make this headband for my daughter’s 1-year pictures to match her 1-year outfit (pictured below). This tutorial is for that specific headband, but it can easily be edited to fit your individual needs.

Supplies:
Colored Felt of your choice
Fabric-Tac
Colored Elastic
Pen or Pencil
Scissors
Flower Pattern
Jewel Accent – Optional

Instructions:

1. Follow the link for the flower pattern in the supplies list. You can also search the interwebs for a different flower if you do not like the designs pictured. I did not create the flower patterns included above. I googled “felt flower patterns” and found a flower that best fit my needs and followed the link to this website. She has a TON of felt patterns to choose from. The blog is in spanish but the pictures are universal. 😉

2. Print the flower pattern and cut out the patterns in the sizes you need. For this particular headband I took a screenshot of the flower in the bottom right-hand corner, pasted the image to word three times and resized the images. I ended up with a small, medium and large flower pattern.

3. Trace the pattern(s) onto your felt. Use a light colored pencil if possible as markers and pens can bleed through the felt.

4. Cut out felt flowers. (You will need an extra piece of felt at the end of the project so don’t throw away your scraps.)

5. I would recommend arranging the flowers first before you glue them to make sure you like the arrangement. I had to cut out a flower in each size from all three colors of felt I had before I could decide on the arrangement I liked best. Just FYI.

6. Use your Fabri-Tac to glue the pieces together. You can use another form of adhesive such as hot glue or superglue, etc. but the Fabri-Tac really is great for anything fabric related and I highly recommend it. Once your flower is completed to your liking set this piece aside.

7. Grab your elastic. Just FYI, the elastic can be frustrating to find. I finally found this shop on Etsy that has an excellent selection of elastic at really great prices, as well as other headband supplies such as pre-made flowers. I highly recommend them! Anyways, you can google “average headband sizes” if you are not sure what length to cut your elastic but, as aforementioned, my daughter has a… above average sized noggin so I actually cut her headband at 18″. Here is a guideline that I found for average headband sizes:

{ Premie} 11-12″
{ Newborn } 13″
{ 0-1 Year } 14″
{ 1-6 Years} 15″
{Child-teen} 16.5″
{ Adults } 17.5″

8. Use your Fabri-Tac to attach the two ends of the elastic. Make Sure the elastic is NOT twisted before you attach the ends.

9. Attach your Flower to the elastic using the Fabri-Tac. If you place the fabric over the spot where you connected the elastic it creates a seamless headband.

10. Now to finish the headband! Go ahead and grab your felt scraps that you saved from earlier. You will need to cut a circle from your felt. You want the circle to be just smaller than your flower as you are going to glue this piece behind your flower so that the elastic is sandwiched between the two and you don’t want to be able to see this piece from the front.

ALL DONE! Now you have an adorable little custom headband for your baby’s special (or, ya know, Monday) outfit! I forgot to get step-by-step pictures for this tutorial so if you have any questions please feel free to message me!

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GIVE AWAY OPPORTUNITY

Turns out the rhinestone #1 that I ordered for this headband came in a set of five. As my baby only needs one headband for her 1-year pictures I now have four extra rhinestone #1s. Maybe one of these days I will get down to making an Etsy shop but for now I am just going to keep doing my crafting as a hobby and call it good. Having said that, I am doing a give-away to the first 4 people who meet one of these requirements:

1. Like AND Share my Facebook post and comment that you would like a 1-year headband
2. Like AND Share this blog post and comment that you would like a 1-year headband

I will send a message to the first 4 people who meet one of the above requirements to get your specifications for your child’s custom 1-year headband!
(As this is free give-away and I will be paying for any necessary shipping charges you must be in the United States to qualify for this giveaway. Also please allow at least a month to receive the headband. I appreciate your understanding.)

Bean Bag Chair

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OMG I am SO excited to share this with you guys! I found this idea on Pinterest (of course) a few years ago and made a couple for my niece and nephew for their first Christmas and I have been obsessed ever since! I have made a total of 5 of these little beauties and I am working on number 6.

Now before you tell yourself you can’t do this, or this looks WAY too difficult, etc. I just want you to know that this project really isn’t that hard at all! It does have a LOT of steps to it, so it is pretty time-consuming, but the end result is so darling, I just can’t stop making them!

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The file above includes the instructions and supplies for this project. It is SO well created that I feel like making a tutorial myself would simply be redundant. So I am just going to share a few pieces of advice from my experiences.

I think the hardest part of this project is finding 3 coordinating fabrics for the chairs. I can always find the first two SO easily but then it takes forever to find the third fabric choice. Once you do though, seriously, this project is not bad at all. The hardest parts to the actual assembling of the chairs is attaching the hook and loop closure and the appliques on the top and bottom and honestly, as long as you read and follow the instructions carefully, you’ll do great! I know you can do this!

BTW, the bean bag filler, the Popped Polystyrene Bean Bag Refill, can be rather difficult to find. I have purchased all of mine from Walmart.com, but you will want to give yourself enough time to find and order the filler if you are giving your chair as a gift.

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A big thanks to my beautiful and handsome models, my daughter, cousin, niece and nephew! Now get to craftin’!

Edythe’s Nursery

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Well, here I am, back from a – what, 2 month long – hiatus. Edythe is now almost 5 weeks old and her nursery is finally complete, including the long promised collage wall! I apologize for my long absence. Who knew having a baby would be this hard?

Seriously though, this collage wall was made up of a variety of DIY projects including the Yarn Wrapped Letter, the Nursery Wall Art and the LOVE Wall Art. My husband also created a custom subway art birth announcement print and Sugar and Spice print to occupy the wall. All that was left was to get her newborn pictures back and wa-la!

To see the complete nursery please follow this link to check it out! If you like the finished product please be sure to rate the project on ProjectNursery.com!

Hello!

I hope this blog will be a place where I can share all the little craft projects I am always dabbling in, and hopefully create some tutorials and inspire some of you with my crafts as well. I love finding new and useful tutorials on line so I will do my best to share all the useful links I find and create my own as often as I can! I also LOVE to bake, so I might occasionally share any super yummy and/or useful recipes I find.

I have been thinking about starting a blog for years now, but since I really have no idea what I’m doing, I was too embarrassed and yes, scared to do it before now. I finally decided to go for it and just forget all the reasons and silly excuses I had built up as to why I shouldn’t. So for anyone who checks my little blog out I hope you will be patient with me, I am trying something new and learning as I go!