DIY T-shirt Scarf

diy tshirt scarf

It’s getting colder and I’m unhappy about it. In lovely Pennsylvania, it stays cold from about Sep-Mar, give or take a month. That means you have to layer up if you want to be comfortable.

Personally, I like scarves and probably have too many of them. But they’re great for fall and winter weather so I stock up. Recently, I started make some of my own. However, I’m not a big fan of sewing, as most of you know, so I like the no-sew method.

Want to make one? It’s SUPER easy. Keep reading.

 

tshirt scarf supplies

T-shirt scarf supplies

  • scissors
  • soft t-shirt

Use an old t-shirt or check out Goodwill for cheap options. I recommend size Larger or bigger. I chose Large for this one. You should also consider a neutral color so that scarf matches more of your clothing. White, black, brown, gray and beige are all good options.

 

tshirt

Step 1: flatten your tshirt

Lay the tshirt flat on a table or flat surface.

Don’t worry about ironing. The scarf looks better without it.

 

t-shirt scarf making

Step 2: cut out the bottom of the shirt

Cut across the shirt right below the arms.

Then, cut off the bottom section of the shirt above the hem.

 

diy tshirt scarf

Now, you’ll have a scarf that’s ready to wear! I like to keep the sewn sections at the back of my neck and bottom of the scarf.

There’s also an option to make two of these t-shirt scarves and link them together for  nice infinity scarf, but that’s a tutorial for another day.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments.

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Farmhouse Wood Sign

diy farmhouse home sign

As some of you might know, my husband and I are now homeowners, so I’ve been more compelled to decorate. There’s no one to tell me I can’t put holes in my walls or paint them fun colors. Why not, then?

One of my latest projects is this cute farmhouse style home sign. This is a multi-season one. Every spring, fall, winter and summer I can swap out the bow for a different one, making it just as festive as the previous season. I like those kinds of decorations because I don’t have to find storage space for them.

Want to make your own? Follow the tutorial below.

 

farmhouse home sign supplies

Farmhouse sign decor supplies

I also got the small home wood piece at Michael’s but couldn’t find the link for it. You can find it in the wood section.

 

home wood sign

Step 1: paint wooden home piece

Choose a multi-seasonal color, like yellow, and paint your wooden home piece.

Yellow is great because it works with spring, summer and fall. I might have to stretch it a bit for winter but I’m sure I can make it work.

 

home sweet home wood sign

Step 2: glue home onto your sign

Now, hot glue home onto the palette sign.

 

home sign craft project

Step 2: tie the bow

I tied four bows and glued them together to make the bow in the picture above. I also used two different colors of ribbon to spice it up a bit.

Choose a corner and hot glue your ribbon onto your sign.

 

diy farmhouse home sign

Hang it and you’re done! Home sweet home 🙂

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave them in the comments

Happy crafting!

DIY Table Top Fire Bowl

sterno fire bowl

It has been waaaay too long. I apologize for my absence. It’s been an interesting few months, but I’ll spare you the details. I’m getting back into my crafting and I have a schedule ready to go! You’ll be hearing from me a lot more often.

First up, this lovely table top fire bowl. I happen to live in the borough of my neighborhood and the rule is that you can’t have a fire unless it’s contained. My workaround is a table top option since I can’t have a fire pit.

You don’t need much to make one and, depending on the size of bowl you get, you’ll likely spend less that $25 to make your own.

 

fire bowl supplies

Fire bowl supplies

  • pea gravel (get it from Lowe’s)
  • large ceramic bowl (I got mine from Ollie’s)
  • Sterno burning gel (Grocery Store)
  • Long-Stemmed lighter

 

fill bowl with pea gravel

Step 1: Add the pea gravel to the bowl

Fill the bowl with pea gravel and even it out.

 

sterno fire bowl

Step 2: Add the burning gel

Make space in the middle for the Sterno burning gel and fill in the space around it with pea gravel.

Light the gel when ready! Be sure to use a long stemmed match or lighter. Enjoy the outdoors a little more this fall with the warmth from your new fire bowl.

Tip: get the food safe Sterno gel and make s’mores!

 

DIY Cookie Mason Jar Gift

diy cookie mason jar gift

It’s been so long since I’ve posted a Make Something Mondays project. I’m sorry 😦 I’m really trying to get back into it. This week, my project reflects my busy lifestyle.

I’ve seen cookie jar gifts like these on Pinterest for a few years now and I really like the idea. Rather than baking cookies for someone, you just put the dry ingredients in a Mason Jar and gift it with a little card that includes directions for making the cookies. Easy peasy.

Want to try it? Keep reading.

 

cookie mason jar materials

Cookie Jar Supplies

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 quart size mason jar

You will also want to print this card to attach to your cookie jar.

smores cookies recipe

 

cookie jar dry ingredients

Step 1: Combine white dry ingredients

Combine the following ingredients into a bowl:

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda

Mix well and pour it into your jar. Pack it down with the back of a spoon.

 

layered ingredients cookie jar

Step 2: Layer on the sugars

On top of that mixture, layer on the brown sugar, followed by the white sugar.

Pack it down.

 

cookie jar ingredients in jar

Step 3: Add the chocolate chips and/or marshmallows

This is the last ingredient step. I prefer to put all of the chocolate chips into the jar and add some marshmallows at the very top. If you prefer to just use chocolate chips, fill it up to the top of the jar.

 

cookie jar gift

Step 4: make it pretty

Place a square piece of fabric on the top of the jar and tie it with a ribbon.

 

diy cookie mason jar gift

You’re ready to gift your cookie jar!

Tip: when you roll the cookies onto the cookie sheet, stuff marshmallows into the cookie dough. It makes them look much more appetizing.

Happy crafting… errr gifting?

DIY No Sew Pillow

diy no sew pillow

A few weeks ago, I was inspired by Emma’s T-shirt Cushion blog post on Puddleside Musings. She turned a t-shirt with a cute sloth into a pillow and I really enjoyed the spunk.

I found an old shirt and set out to make my own. Unfortunately, I’m not into to measuring if I don’t have to and I don’t have a sewing machine so it would take me quite a while longer to make something like that. My solution? Press-on fabric bond. It’s kind of like Stitch Witchery, except you don’t have to heat it. You just press down and the fabric sticks together.

My dog seemed particularly fond of of it. For weeks now, I’ve been convinced that my dog needs something plushy that doesn’t squeak (sqeakers drive me nuts), so I gave him the pillow and he seems pretty happy with it.

Want to make your own? Follow the tutorial below.

 

diy no sew pillow supplies

No-sew pillow supplies

  • scissors
  • t-shirt
  • Poly-fil fiber fill
  • No heat fabric bond

The Poly-fil isn’t pictured, but you can find it at a craft store, JoAnn’s, and probably Walmart. I also used it last week to give my old couch some life, if you want to see what it looks like.

 

pillow fabric pattern

Step 1: cut out your pillow design

Cut the sides of the t-shirt to outline the design in the middle. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but give yourself an inch or so on each side.

 

press bond fabric adhesive

Step 2: flip the pillow inside out and bond the edges

Flip the pieces inside out so the design is on the inside.

Line the fabric bond along one edge at a time and adhere the edges. I find it helpful to match up the corners and pull them to stretch the rest into a straight line.

Important: be sure to leave a small opening on one side. We’ll use this space to fill the pillow.

 

stuffing pillow

Step 3: fill the pillow

Stuff the pillow with Poly-fil and seal the small hole with fabric bond.

 

diy no sew pillow

Now give it to your dog and test it out! Or put it on the couch, bed, or office chair… whatever you want.

Hope you enjoyed. Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Happy crafting!

How to Fix Saggy Couch Cushions

I’ve had this couch for nearly a decade and the cushions are super saggy, as you can see in the photo on the left. The structure of the couch is pretty good though, so I wanted to try to find a way to salvage it. There’s no use in spending a few hundred dollars on a new couch when this one just needs some love, right?

It was easy to fix it. All you need is some stuffing, cushion wraps and 20 minutes. I should warn you though, if you have sensitive skin like me, you might want to wear pants and a long-sleeved shirt. I get rashes after touching anything scratchy, cushion wraps were no exception.

 

poly-fil and cushion wraps

Supplies to Fix Your Cushions

  • 10-20lb bag of Poly-fil
  • Cushion wraps

If you have a sectional, you’ll probably need 20lbs of Poly-fil. My couch probably used less than half of the 10lb box. but now I have left overs, so When my couch gets saggy again, I can fix it quickly.

You can get the materials from JoAnn Fabrics. I advise waiting for a coupon. I got 20% and was able to fix my couch cushions for $70. Much more appealing than buying a new couch.

 

couch stuffing

Step 1: fill the back cushions first

Starting with the cushions against the back of the couch, pull off the cover and begin filling it with Poly-fil. Stuff it until it’s full, but don’t overdo it. You still have to get the cover back on.

 

Step 2: fill the seat cushions

The seat cushions are much harder to stuff. My advice? Don’t take the whole cover off. Cut the cushion wrap to the size you need and push the edges to the front of the cushion. Try to smooth it out as much as you can.

 

When you’re finished, you’ll have a couch that looks like it’s brand new. Look at the difference! It’s crazy!

re-stuffed couch finished

Add some pillows and you’re good to go.

Happy… crafting? Is that considered crafting? Happy home improvement? We’ll go with that.

DIY Side Tables From Wood Crates

side table from wood crates

Happy Monday! I feel like every time I post now I say it’s been a while. This case is no different. I’m working on getting back to a regular posting schedule. As most of you know, I just moved so it’s been time consuming to get my house it order.

Anyway, along with the move, we donated our old side tables and needed new ones. I thought it would be a fun Make Something Mondays craft to make my own. The whole project took 2 days and cost about $40. Not too shabby for two end tables, right?

These crate side tables are super cute and really easy to make. They’re time consuming though because of drying time. As long as you have something to do between spray paint coats, you should have no issues.

Keep reading to make your own!

 

Side Table Supplies

  • wood feet
  • spray paint
  • wood crate(s)
  • super glue

Supply Notes:

  1. Choose a spray paint that will stick to wood. I chose Design Mater brand in Blue Sky for mine.
  2. I attempted wood glue for the feet before moving to super glue. Wood glue works, but I was nervous that it might not hold.
  3. I got the wood feet at Lowe’s for $1.50 a foot.
  4. Buy crates and spray paint from Michael’s if you can. If you wait for the 20% off entire purchase coupons you can get 2 crates and 2 cans of spray paint for a little less than $30. Win!

 

Step 1: paint the crates and feet

Spray a few light coats leaving time between each for the paint to dry.

I added 3 coats.

 

glue feet onto wood crate side table

Step 2: glue the feet to the crate

Very carefully glue the feet to the bottom of your crate. Let the glue dry over night.

 

When you’re finished, you’ll have a lovely new side table for your living room, bedroom or wherever you need one. I’m a big fan of mine!

Please ignore the crap wallpaper in the background. Along with the new house came horrid wallpaper that we plan to remove this year. I’m very excited to have solid colored walls. Also, if you have any tips for removing wallpaper, I’d love to hear them.

Hope you enjoyed my side table project and try making your own. Happy crafting!