I'll lend a helping hand with your costumes & accessories!
| |Fairy Princess
What little girl (or big girl!) doesn't dream of being a fairy princess?
You don't need to be an expert at sewing to pull this together. Tulle gathered at the top and stitched to elastic for the skirt; the wings can be made from sheer fabric (old curtains found at a thrift shop) and wire. Speaking of thrift shops, most carry tule and other wedding accessories that turn into lovely princess costumes! A final note, here is a link to make some very pretty wings from paper plates
. It's not a green idea, but definitely something the kids can help with!
This is just cute, quirky and comfortable! A weather balloon - how fun is this? If you look closely, it's easy to make:
- Cardboard box covered in burlap (it doesn't need to be burlap; try other mediums on hand)
- The "balloon" is actually a large ball (found at most dollar stores) on a dowel. No dowel handy? Look hard around your yard, apartment or garage - something will come to you!
- A pair of toy binoculars, clipboard and thermometer.
- An oversized white shirt (or blue) works great for lab coats!
- The "sky" is the limit on the creative meter for this costume!
DIY homemade rollercoaster costume. photo by krossbow on Flickr
| |Kitchen Witch
Admit it - you cook up some fantastic and spellbinding food in your kitchen! Show your talents with this cute, quirky and comfortable costume.It's McCall's Pattern M6623
but here's how you can DIY:
- Apron trimmed at the waist with tulle (or a bit of lace?)
- Arm cuffs - make from fingerless gloves, sweaters, sweatshirts, etc.
- Hat decorated with flowers (this is definitely a find at the local thrift shop)
- Black shirt and tights or leggings.
- Boots or shoes - your choice
| |Roller Coaster
I have to go with quirky and comfortable on this one! What you'll need are things you probably have around your home already:
- Cardboard box
- Dowel & Tennis Ball
- Duct Tape
- Extra pants, shoes
- A filler for pants (stuff them with other t-shirts, socks, etc.)
- A very large smile!
This idea stopped me dead with laughter! You know you've had this message before: Error 404. File Not Found.
Try this for comfortable and quirky! I'm not seeing a whole lot of needs to make this costume; just a great sense of IT humor :)
This is definitely creepy, quirky, comical and creative! The how-to for this is found at Makezine
. All it takes is a fitted ball cap, non-silicone caulking, red paint and the usual messy art making supplies.
What will you be for Halloween this year? Share your pictures and ideas with us, or your inspirational know-how!
No matter what cute, quirky or comfortable costume you wear this year, I wish you success and inspiration with the Halloween fun!
There are times ideas for gifts have come from something I find myself in need of. I was wanting (not really needing) a new bag or something to hold the few items I do carry with me when I leave the house.
Pairing a need with a want, has produced three quick and easy patterns for gifts
and the new little bag I wanted. The best part? You guessed right - it's all made from scrap materials and/or upcycled, right down to the zipper and buttons. A few unique features of these patterns:
- The shoulder bag works best with heavy fabrics (denim, upholstery, duck, canvas);
- The zippered pouch works into a perfect size for travel, purses, bookbags, desks, or simply to carry;
- The sewing pouch is a terrific little bag to place your traveling sewing needs in - perfect for those on the go!
Stay with me the next few months for more quick and simple gifts to make for your family and friends this holiday season.
To download your free gift patterns, click the pictures below for the sewing travel pouch, zippered bag and shoulder bag. Wishing you success and much inspiration with your projects, today and always,
Sewing Pouch - Travel
Play With Plarn,
June 2012, featured making and using Plarn. If you are unfamiliar with Plarn (Plastic Yarn) it's simply yarn made cut into strips and crocheted or woven together and used like yarn. While there are many reasons to use Plarn, there are just as many reasons to make good use of the plastic containers we send to the landfill daily.
Did you know between 20-25% of the plastics consumed in the United States lands in the dump? Only a small percentage is biodegradable leaving 11.3 million tons of containers and packaging in the landfills. Alright, I know...you hear alot about reuse and recycle, but it's shocking to know since 1960 we have increased the amount of plastics in our landfills ten fold.
What does all this have to do with Day Dreams? It's about sharing and using ideas, then extending thier use outside of our comfort zone. How do you feel when you have reused a container instead tossing in the trash? It's a good feeling knowing it was the right thing to do and there is always the bonus of the money saved by reusing and repurposing items. Good Feelings + Money Saved = ?? (Fill in your answer)
25 Ways to Use Plastic Containers
*click pictures to get to how-to make...
1. Spindle from DVD Container for thread (spool) holder or a terrarium;
2. Trash cans – Home, car, office;
3. Display stands for craft shows;
4. Plant stands;
5. Plant containers;
6. Grass Seed Shakers;
7. Toys - Make into a drum, or noise maker;
8. Craft Uses – Mix paints, fabric glues, hold brushes, etc.
9. Fabric or paper covered baskets;
11. Scoops for ice melt, dog food, live stock feed, etc.;
13. Fill with cookies and/or treats then decorate for a gift;
14. Bird feeders;
15. Travel bowls for pets;
16. Boning for sewing (cut apart);
17. Left Over containers;
18. Camping! All kinds of things to use for camping…
19. Butt can (fill w/sand or water and keep butts off ground);
20. Yarn Bowl;
21. Mixer for garden sprays or lawn equipment;
22. Store seed pods and bulbs for next spring;
23. Handy car wash buckets;
24. Use to help with dog bath;
25. Cover plants during starter time and for frost in fall.
Scraps dipped in glue cover this ice cream bucket for a small waste can.
Of course, there are more than 25 uses for plastic containers but I didn't want to go on and on. What uses have you come up with for containers that are not shared here? Post a picture, link or tell us about yours!
Until next time, I wish you all success and inspiration in all you do today and always,
Here I am with yet another easy to do, but potentially failed project.
When I saw this picture on Pinterest it struck me this would be the perfect gift for anyone to make
and give. Right? No. First all the good things about this project.
Click pic for PDF and Pattern - FREE
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"See how the cute birds above sit upright so nicely? No, they don't. Not unless you attach them together and to the wire somehow. "
"I had to laugh at myself when the bird flopped over upside down. It looked sort of dead; similar to what we would see in old Looney Tunes cartoons."
Now, the down side.
- You need a large sized jar, wide enough to fit 2 birds.
- The jar has to be clear and free of any seams or marks (Mason jars do NOT work).
- Using wire (as shown above) is difficult as you have to poke it through the lid of the jar. The only other option is to poke it through the fabric on top. Not pretty.
- See how the cute birds above sit upright so nicely? No, they don't. Not unless you attach them together and to the wire somehow.
- Have you tried to cut a dowel that small?
- The wire does not swing - perhaps that's how they stay upright on the dowel?
- The above is not a kid friendly project.
While I was making the pattern and putting it all together, I knew it was not an extreme fail, but it did prove to me once more what you see in pictures is not always what you get. I had to laugh at myself when the bird flopped over upside down. It looked sort of dead; similar to what we would see in old Looney Tunes cartoons.
It will be fantastic to see your Tweety Birds and what you come up with! Please, feel free to share or send me photos and I'll get them posted. I wish you much success and inspiration with this project/craft. It's one that definitely inspires the imagination!
We love them. No matter how much they have torn up, chewed up, dug up, or stained - we love them as unconditionally as they love us. Chances are if your beloved dog or cat has been with you for sometime, you have some terrific stories of the brutal thrashing it gave to your home. My husband and I have those same stories, including a $2,000.00 vet bill (long paid off) caused by LuLu eating an oversized crocheted hat (wall decor), shredded two cell phones and a TV remote chewed into unrecognizable pieces (I figured from the pieces of numbers and the fact there was no remote what she had done).
How do you repair these items? Forget the electronics, they have to be replaced; however, there are some quick and long term fixes for the once high dollar chair, couch and carpet.
So, no more burying your head in the sand! Read on for tips and tricks for those extreme repairs!
The first obvious answer to most furniture repairs or "upgrades" is to cover. Blankets, couch covers and even decorator fabric have all been steady standbyes for wear spots or places where paws have worn fabric thin. Repairs to the fabric before a cover is tossed on are important to save the furniture from increased damage before proper reupholstering.
Tears in the fabric (not leather or vinyl) can be hand sewn closed; however, there are those areas *pictured right* where your beloved pet has repeatedly dug their nails into the fabric when jumping up to the couch, or racing off the couch when Mommy and Daddy come home! This is a little trickier and requires some ingenuity. A few things to try:
- There are always good sized pieces of the fabric stapled in the frame (the excess that was not cut). You may be able to salvage a piece(s) large enough to make a patch for this area. Using quality button thread (matching in color if possible) hand sew the patch in place. If your sewing skills do not provide you the confidence the repair will stay, try double sided fusible bond and iron the patch in place.
- If you cannot patch the fabric with the same material there is a second creative way with a flair to try; a patchwork cover or apply patches randomly to your damaged furniture. While this method is interesting and can add a lot of pop of color to a room, it is not for those with weak motivation.
Image from Apartment Therapy http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/shared-space-patchwork-sofa-by-53984
In the case of the shredded couch cushion (and fabric along with it), there are a few options.
- Salvage what you can of the foam pieces to be glued back to the larger cushion;
- Restuff the repaired (sewn) cushion with the foam pieces and a little extra. (Your local hardware or building store should have foam padding or stuffing on hand);
- Use a circular needle to hand sew the fabric where it is possible, patching elsewhere.
- A cover will be needed until you can reupholster the couch. I would stick with the covers; you can change designs for new looks!
is different ball park. Here are a couple of useful sources online for this task: http://www.diyleathersolutions.com/petdamage.htmlhttp://homeguides.sfgate.com/mend-leather-couch-20509.html
Need to remove ink
from your leather couch or chair? "...try removing ink from your leather couch with the following methods, at your own risk.
It's important to clean up the ink stain as quickly as possible. The longer stains have to set in, the harder they are to get out.
- Wipe up the ink with a dry paper towel, trying not to spread the stain. Use a small amount of moisturizing soap and water to clean what doesn't come off with the dry paper towel.
- Apply a commercial grade leather care product to the spot. Choose one that is made for removing ink stains. This is the safest way to go when you have expensive leather furniture. Then apply leather cleaner on the stain. Follow up with some leather protector to restore the leather's finish.
- Dip a q-tip or cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and rub it over the spot. Dry the area with a blow dryer so the alcohol evaporates before eating away at more of the leather. Only try this if you don't have access to leather care products.
- Saturate the stained area with hairspray. Immediately wipe up the hairspray, and then apply a small amount of moisturizing soap and water. As with the alcohol, this should only be done if you don't have access to leather care products. " ~ How Stuff Works
| |Extreme StainsUrine has to be the worst stain and odor I have ever come across trying to rid a home of. I am currently working to rid two entire rooms of the foul odor, caused by bacteria from urine in a carpet that was not cleaned properly. Some can afford to replace the carpets or pay for expensive cleaning. We cannot. So, I am left with the task of extreme cleaning, by hand and with surprising little cost.
To the left is the method I used to clean one room so far with terrific results!You may notice a slight vinegar scent, however it does not linger.
I have also found Hydrogen Peroxide 3% solution to be an excellent stain cleaner. It cleans blood, oil, and most dye stains. Check out this LINK for the How-To on this wonder cleaner!
Vinegar is a natural all purpose cleaner, used for years in homes. Read HERE for the How-To.
Urine Odor & Stain Remover
Vinegar (2 oz.)
Dawn Liquid Dish Soap (2-3 Tbs)
*Mix together with about 16 oz. of water in a spray bottle.
1. Spray areas of odor until carpet or fabric feels damp to touch. Do not saturate to the point of wet.
2. Let stand for approximately 15 minutes.
3. Using a heavy scrub brush, work sprayed solution into area.
4. Repeat this process until stain and/or odor is removed. * In a heavily stained and high concentrate odor room, this process was performed twice on separate days and no odor remains.
This is by no means an all inclusive list of what has been repaired or rescued from the damages of pets over the years. It is intended to spark a few ideas of where to begin when faced with the thrashing a puppy or kitten gives to a favorite couch or chair!
Until next time, I wish you success with your extreme repairs and inspiration for all you do!
Finally settled in after several months of arranging, rearranging, changing, cleaning and all that goes with a move to a new home. Normally I like a few open spaces and areas around my home, but there are times when a little color will do just the trick to give the illusion of filling space that really needs it!Take a short walk with me while I show you a few of my home accessories you can do on a shoestring budget.
It's a small but comfortable home with big spaces that begged to be filled. It was sort of like coloring outside the lines of a picture. Before you leave today, be sure to check out easy to make pillows to color in big spaces!
Decorating doesn't have to be stuffy, stiff, or even high dollar. What is important is comfort and does it reflect your style and tastes?
The next important question is will decorating or redecorating break your budget? I will leave you with a few tips and tricks I've discovered over the years about home decor:
Experiment, be successful and most of all, I wish you inspiration while you color in big spaces!
- Keep it simple. Consider children and guests - are they going to be tripping over that expensive tiger fabric foot stool?
- Keep it inexpensive. Ever been to an auction? You can find stunning home accessories, furniture and more, packed with alot of excitement and fun!
- Keep it neat. I've never met anyone who "likes" to dust. The more nic-nacs you have to move the longer it will take to dust and polish the furniture.
- Keep it colorful! Beige is a good contrast color, but don't forget the old bolds! Greens, Oranges, rich Cherry...you get the idea. If you like a lot of white, be brave and throw in a splash of Turquoise (It's the color of 2013!), mix in some yellow and orange.
It's not every day a person has access to a stack of mouse pads, but it happens. I received an email the other day asking if I could do something with the mouse pads. My reply was, "Of course, how many can I have?". Answer, "As many as you want." The upcycling gears began to turn.
I imagine upcycling a mouse pad had not crossed your mind. Don't worry, it's never crossed my mind. They don't wear out and you can always use them under a plant, or something useful, right? I will leave you with a quote from one of my favorite handy-men, "...and men, remember, if the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." ~ Red Green
You Did That With What?
1. Cut out small pieces of the mouse pad and glue the smooth side - not the rough/sticky side - to the bottom of baby's plate and bowl. This solves the problem of the plate or bowl sliding off the table when they are learning to use their utentsils. It will not solve the issue of throwing the plate or bowl.
2. Sew the smooth side to the bottoms of your crochet or knit slippers. No more skid or stickers! You can eye-ball or trace the sole and heel of your slipper, cut out and whip stitch in place. Glue? I haven't found one that stays in the wash.
Make a drink wrap from a scrap of the mouse pad. This was a small scrap left from making the slipper grips (above). For easy to use instructions to place snaps or grommets, see HERE.
4. Glue (Fabric glue works well) a small piece on the bottom of your fabric (in this case, Hemp) coasters. Moisture is prevented from seeping through and leaving rings on your furniture.
5. Skid/scratch proof the bottom of coffee mugs.
6. Glue a piece on the bottom of pet food dishes.
7. Skid proof your crochet or knit coffee cozie.
8. Use as a holding pad for nuts, bolts, screws and other tiny items you are working with. Keeps them handy and won't roll off (well, easily anyway!)
9. They make a great desk pad for your cell phone or iPod.
10. Use velcro and attach a piece to your sewing area to keep scissors and pin cushions from sliding off the table. It makes a handy holder for bobbins, threaders, etc.
That's my 10 useful ways to use a mouse pad. What ways can you think of? Don't be shy; I bet you can come up with more uses. I invite you to leave your ideas in the comments box below. Until next time, I wish you success and inspiration with all your summer projects!
It's becoming quite tiresome to hear the little voice inside my head reminding me of the long list of home projects stacking up. There is fabric for a quilt I've planned to make for several years, fabrics I found and saved for my grand children (now it's too young for them), scraps that I saved to make (what was I going to do with those scraps?). When I finally remember what I had planned - oh - that's why I 'm waiting. It's not in the budget.
While those of us who sew for others may not have as much time or money to spend sewing for ourselves or our homes, there are a few little items we can make in-between the custom orders and other projects on our tables. With no-sew patterns, upcycling and recycling gaining in popularity I find there is time to begin some of the projects I have wanted to do for several years. Let's take a look at five frugal home decor projects with little to no sewing involved.
1) Table settings
can be as fussy or simple as your tastes desire. A simple no-sew method is "frayed edges". Most woven fabrics are suitable for fraying the edges. To make your piece (placemat, napkin, runner, etc.), simply cut the shape desired and with a tapestry needle, begin pulling the edges row by row until you have the amount of fray desired. A PDF guide can be found HERE.
If you are concerned about excess fraying, use clear nail polish applied to the (back) edges or Fray Stop (sold in craft stores). Are there any other no-sew ways you have used to stop fraying? More ideas on this are found at Serendipity Refined
. http://www.serendipityrefined.com/ Bonus: Have you ever wondered how to fold napkins in amazing ways? PDF HERE on Napkin Folding
2) Custom made curtains
are terrific when you have the time to make them. If you are short on time, check out these fun ideas from Better Homes & Gardens
! Some curtains are simple sheer fabrics draped, as shown in the picture (left). McCall's Patterns
have a nice selection of simple curtains to make - #M5872 is a simple, quick and fabric saving pattern with 4 designs provided.
3) Bedding, blankets and/or pillows
are a quick and simple way to add "welcome" to your home. Download the PDF instructions for the no-sew blanket/pillow set HERE.
Are there stacks of old t-shirts you have saved for a quilt or other project? Pillows made of t-shirts are a sure hit for gifts to young adults, teens and children. Check out this fun pattern
(requires some straight stitch sewing) from Fiskars.
5) Furniture can use a lift now and then and you don't need upholstery skills or have talent as a seamstress to do this. Be creative in your coverings (or recovering) with your thrift shop finds!
Of course these projects could always be used for house warming gifts, grads or newlyweds, but that defeats the point of sharing the post today, right?
If you have no-sew or frugal home decorating projects you have tried with success (or without), I invite you to share them with us!
Wishing you much success and inspiration today and always,
Vogue V8869 Men's Fedora
What thoughts come to mind for Father's Day gift giving? Do you send or give only cards? Perhaps you shop for the perfect gift and still come away with less than what you wished to give him. Want to know a secret? Men adore handmade gifts from the heart.
Ask a few male friends or family members and they will most likely tell you given the choice heartfelt and handmade trumps store bought signs and mugs that read, "Greatest Dad". Maybe your little ones want to give that sign or mug to send the message they love their Dad and, they still can with a handmade gift from the heart.
A great example is the Men's Fedora Hat by Vogue (left). Toss out the thoughts that you could never sew this hat pattern! With only three pieces, lining and interfacing this is one gift idea to make in a few short hours. My husband gave me a great idea for the fabric with the suggestion of wool shirts and coats from the thrift store! Is there an old coat, tweed jacket, or wool shirt (make sure it's not in use anymore!) that could use new life? Upcycle into this amazingly easy to sew Fedora for Father's Day.
| |From Your Hands and Heart . . .Bring his new Fedora together with a hand knit tie! Knit ties seem to never go out of fashion and many men like to wear them for the versatility provided. I made the Black Wool Knit Tie (Right) based on a favorite tie of my husband. It takes minimal yarn and is perfect for learning decrease and increase in knitting. Knit Picks offers a free pattern or Custom Order a Knit Tie from Day Dreams. | |
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A clever idea is the useful tool belt or apron.
Patterns are not actually a necessity to make a tool belt/apron, but they are handy for beginners in upcycle sewing. An old pair of jeans or two, a little time and you have a terrific gift that will keep giving!* Place your Special Gift Orders Today!
| MacGyverisms - Book Planters |
For the Dad who loves his gardening, this is a great gift idea that your little ones can help make!
Planters can be found in just about any form. Step out of the box and into the creative lanes. Look around your garage, basement, thrift shops and backyard for unique planter ideas. It's upcycling at it's finest!
Grampa deserves time too!
Personally, I am a huge fan of the gift of time. Hold off on the "Honey Do" list for a day and let Dad and his little ones choose how they spend the day together.
The internet holds thousands of craft ideas for making gifts, including the page at Red Ted Art
. With more than 40 links to handmade gift tutorials,
there is bound to be something you and the kids can create for Dad that is sure to fill his heart with love and pride.
Dads adore handmade from the heart; they're kind of cool like that. As you plan, search and create the gift for the perfect man in your life, I wish each of you success, joy and inspiration today and always!
This was a challenge.
In all my years of sewing and DIY projects, I imagine I have enough experience to qualify as a professional "Handy Woman". I adore sewing; however, while alterations are good work with terrific outcomes there is a strong sense of satisfaction and pride from DIY or sewing repairs. Recently, I received a fun compliment when a loyal customer stated,"You are so talented you could make #@#$% look good!"
If I would have taken pictures over the past 30 odd years of all the last minute repairs of melted lace and beads on wedding gowns, torn suits, zippers, torn or shredded upholstery, broken and/or burned furniture, and recently a bathtub (the rust and lyme were so thick it took more than 20 hours of chipping and scrubbing to clean) there would be enough to publish a coffee table best seller! Extreme Repairs include that mess of fabric pictured above. The hood was burned in a welding accident. Metal pieces were melted into parts of the fabric and the poly fibers melted so much it turned to a plastic like material. Ahh yes, well...repairs that are extreme in nature seem to be how I roll!
Challenge: "See what you can do?"
The young man handed me his coat with the, "I can't believe I did this."
sort of look and asked me, "See what you can do with this?"
He bought it recently and was shocked at how fast the fabric melted (Good word of caution there - check the fabrics in your child's coats). First step:
Cut away burned areas and see what's left. I carefully seam ripped the hood off, having to actually cut away some. Once the hood was off, it looked quite repairable.
Second Step: Hood or Collar? I decided on collar since the owner told me he burned the second hooded jacket that same day. Ouch!
Starting to shape up, isn't it?
Cut 3" on the fold for the collar and matched the trapezoid for the burned panel.
I found suitable sport fleece in dark brown to make a collar. Measuring inside and outside the jacket from point to point of neckline, I cut the fabric for the repair. There was another issue; the trapezoid shaped panel (Grey) would need more than patching. It could not be removed as it had melted to the lining, fusing it like plastic in some places. I cut out a soft sport fleece (so not to irritate his neck area) to cover the burned canvas area shown.
Third Step: Home free at this point! The longest part, honestly, was picking out the burned fabric, pieces of metal and preparing the coat to receive a new collar. Once that was finished, attaching the collar was a cakewalk.
Following are a few more shots of the steps I took with some things you may want to watch out for if you have a repair such as this.
That's about it! It's how I roll on a day to day basis around here. There is always a new project waiting on the side lines for those days when I am not crocheting, designing, sewing, etc. Future challeges? Bring 'em on!
Wishing you all success and inspiration today and always,