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Category: Sewing

Easy DIY Boho Headbands

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If you’re like me and you hate spending a lot of time doing your hair, these are for you. Super easy headbands from any ribbon or trim you want.

You’ll need:
β€’ hair ties
β€’ length of ribbon
β€’ sewing machine or thread and needle

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First, use a measuring tape an measure the diameter around your head. Add an inch or two for your sewing and cut that length of ribbon. Think about if you want them tighter or looser and account for that. For example, if you want to wear it hippie style, with your hair down, maybe add a little more length.

I used embroidered ribbon from the clearance section of a fabric store, but you can use any length of satin ribbon, or even fabric. If you don’t want to hem the fabric, just roll or fold it and then sew the hair tie in.

Next, slide your hair tie through a fold at the end of the ribbon and stitch the ends closed like this:
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Make sure you sew back and forth over the ends a few times so it won’t come unraveled.

Measure again (with the ribbon and hair tie that’s already sewn in) around your head and decide where you want the other end of the ribbon to fold. I like mine fairly tight so they don’t fall off. Mark that spot fold it around the tie and sew.

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That’s it! Super easy. Yay!

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Sorry for my lack of posts lately; life’s been crazy!

Keep on keepin’ on!
Sarah

DIY Puppy Booties

If you’re a human being and you live in the Midwest you know what I mean when I say it’s so cold outside right now that you literally get an instant brain freeze just from breathing.

It’s no different for my pup. But she’s gotta walk in it without boots. And today, she’d finally had enough. She picks up her tiny little paws and starts to cry because it’s so cold! I tried everything, putting a cloth outside, putting a potty pad inside, until my hubs just said- why don’t we make her boots of some sort! We’d looked at dog boots in the past, but they are so expensive! And it wasn’t this cold then.

So in dire need, I’ll show you how I made these little puppy boots.

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First, find the most water-resistant fabric you have. I used a scrap of old yellow wool blend. Since it wasn’t very thick, I lined them with fleece.

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To line boots, take your two pieces of fabric and fold in half; the fold along the bottom will be the base. Sew with your liner fabric on the outside, and your outside fabric facing the inside. Leave enough room for a seam. After I measured my dogs paws, I figured I’d need about four inches of fabric. I cut 4.5″ wide and about 8″ long. If your dog has bigger feet, you can make these as big as you need.

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I stitched the two pieces together to create the little bag shape. I rounded the bottom a little bit to better fit her paw.

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I decided to just leave the tops raw, but if you wanted you could hem them or fold them over and hem them down.

Then I flipped the booties inside out so the wool was on the outside and the fleece was inside. For sake of time, and lack of a better idea at the time, I used four hair-rubber-bands to cinch the tops around her legs. Not too tight, but enough so that she couldn’t shake them off right away.

It was quite a sight to see her try to walk… She looked a little like a new duckling with the yellow flappy feet! But I was glad to see that the boots stayed on long enough for her to not freeze her toes while she did her business. They did fall off as she ran back to the door- but she didn’t freeze!

Now she just wants to chew them up, but I think we’ll definitely use them again!

Stay warm!
Sarah

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Some DIY’s of 2013.

So while I was thinking over starting this blog, I wondered what I might do with all my old posts on Instagram about my projects… What would I do with them? So I decided to add just a few here. These are some of my faves πŸ™‚

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These earrings were fun. The fabric ones fell apart, but the leather ones stayed together just fine. They look cooler than they are, because its just leather cord mushed together in a mess all put together with glue. It’s not a cool fancy celtic knot or anything … but that does give me an idea!

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I got the board from a friend who found it in her garage. And I tried what I saw from a picture on pinterest. The “o” was hard, and it turned out a little sideways. I had it hanging up for a while, but it didn’t make it in the move (as in I just didn’t bring it). Maybe I’ll make another one? I think my favorite part was hammering something… Such a good stress reliever!

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You might have seen these on Etsy before. I got the idea from some shops I found there. One of my hubs and my friends owns a bike shop in town and he had a ton of these laying around. I asked him if I could have some and he gave me a whole handful! The tubes already have a line down one part, so making feathers and leaves was my favorite. Although I did try some other shapes. Since I wasn’t planning on selling these, I just gave them away to friends. One of my friends still wears them and claims they’re her favorite earrings (she boosts my self esteem πŸ˜‰ ). They were definitely very easy to make. I punched a whole for the earring hardware through the rubber with a thumbtack, and used normal scissors to cut my shapes.

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So here is an example of how I take process photos. I know, not great. But hey, I tried. This project was fun because it was 100% free! I got a piece of (really nice, I might add, it was from Ikea) cardboard and cut it like a shape of a donut. Then I poked holes in it with a box knife. I collected some of the prettier dried hydrangeas from around the house and poked their stems through the holes. Then I just bent them and packing taped them all to the cardboard. It stayed together surprisingly well! It was light though, and the wind knocked it down a few times. But when Winter came, it was no big deal just throwing it away because I can look forward to making another one next year– for free!

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This was one of the first things I sewed from scratch- by myself! Grams taught me well I guess. I was pretty proud of this. I know I chose a bold color, but this was back when it was summer so wearing bright green all over was acceptable (I guess πŸ˜‰ ). It was very easy to make, and I think I used about 3 yards of fabric, and I had leftovers. I got the tutorial hereΒ at Sweet Verbena. There are also a lot of different tutorials for similar dresses if you check out my board on Pinterest, DIY | Sewing.

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I got the idea for these little guys from Pinterest (of course) and I just love them. I get a lot of compliments on them when guests come over too! I found all the little animals in the toy bin at Goodwill, and took a hacksaw and went to town. It felt gruesome at first, but once they were mounted on the (super strong) magnets they looked cute! But then I had all these little plastic booties laying around… So I made them into magnets too! I love how the dino ones turned out. A word of caution, I spray painted them after they were mounted on the magnets, and a bit of silver paint got not he backs of the magnets. Occasionally I see silver streaks on my fridge from them, but they wipe off with cleaner. I’m not sure how to avoid that problem in the future.

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I liked this pillow project because it came out looking so finished! I actually pride myself on how quickly I can put a zipper in a pillow cover… I know- big talents. With this remnant wool fabric, I wanted to do something cooler than a pillow but I just couldn’t think of anything that I wouldn’t mess up. So I found this patch from an old pillow case and stitched it on. Then I added a green zipper just for fun and it came out looking like something from Anthropologie πŸ™‚

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This scarf is one of my faves. It’s giant. Like literally giant. I saw it from a picture on pinterest (link is to an Etsy shop, item sold but you can still view it) here. And I definitely don’t think I did it right, but thats the beauty in some projects is that if you mess up- one, you won’t know and two, it turns out cool anyway! For this what I did was take two sweaters from the thrift store, cut across under the arms and up one seam on one side. I sewed the two cut sides together to make a giant loop infinity scarf. This thing wraps around my neck three times, but I love it because its so warm and cozy. It feels like a giant (socially acceptable) Linus blanket.

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This last one is in honor of Christmas. Last year, my mom and I saw these adorable snow globes at Anthro for like over $50. Seriously? It’s a stinkin’ jar! We thought, “we can SO totally do that,” and we did! We got some jars, fake snow from the Dollar Store, and little trinkets. My trees were made from trimming the ends off a piece of garland. I just trimmed about 2 inches (enough you can still see the tree when theres snow inside, but not too big otherwise they look to tall and skinny). and super glued them to the inside lid of the jar. My mom got little Mr. Penguin from the toy bin at Goodwill and mounted him on a little glued ball of paper towels so he stood up a little higher on a mound of “snow.” Then we dumped a little bit of the faux-snow in the jar and mixed. This one did make the cut when I moved, and I put it out again this year! I love it and I also love the memories it has from when I made it with my mom.

More to come soon!

Sarah