Cut Off Jean Shorts


The secret to perfect cut-offs? Sandpaper!

The only jeans I wanted to cut up were maternity jeans haha ;-).

Supplies:

  • Jeans
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Thread
  • 80 and 220 Grit Sandpaper

Cut your jeans. It's better to cut them too long than too short! Much easier to cut off a little more off than try to add some more on ...


Lay out your shorts so that the waist lays the way it would on your body - the front usually sits further down than the back.

Fold your shorts, front sides together. Snip the excess at the bottom so that the front isn't longer than the back:


Cut the threads up about 1 - 1 1/2 inches up the side seam.


Sew across the seam to keep it from unraveling further. Pull the unraveled side seams slightly inward, creating a small gap, and blind stitch down.



Round out the cut corners with a scissors.

Use sandpaper to distress as desired. I used 80 grit on areas to get down to the white threads. I also used 80 on the cut bottom to make the denim fringe out a little easier. I used 220 for slight distressing and to smooth out the areas where I used the 80 grit.

When you're sanding/distressing, make sure you have some kind of barrier between the front and back of the shorts - scrap wood works well.


Trim off the extra thread. Done!



Upcycled Pocket Phone Storage!


I needed a little bed pocket to store my phone. The pockets of an old sport coat worked perfectly! The top flap sits right between the mattress and box spring. No velcro needed. Easy 10 minutes (or less) project.

Supplies:

  • Old Sport Coat or other jacket. Tip: Go to Goodwill on Tuesdays - certain colors are 70% off! They always seem to have a surplus of old suit jackets in interesting patterns ;-).
  • Cotton fabric for backing
  • Sewing machine/thread
  • Scissors

Cut out the pocket. Make sure to leave a few inches on the bottom and sides and about  10-12 inches on the top. Pull away any jacket lining or interfacing.


Cut the cotton backing fabric to the same size.


Pin around, right sides together.


With a 1/2 inch hem allowance, start sewing on the top, a couple of inches away from the right top corner. Backstitch and sew around, leaving enough unstitched so that you can turn the pocket inside out.

Turn inside out and sew the top closed with a 1/4 inch hem allowance. Or topstitch the entire pocket. Up to you :-).


Tuck the top flap between your mattress and box spring.


Add phone.


Done! It's so cute. I love it! Time to make another one for the other side of the bed :-).

This might make a good project for craft fairs? Relatively cheap, fast and usable.

Need Crib Sheets or Baby Bedding? Get thee to Target NOW


I know, I know. I've been slacking on the crafting lately. Sorry. But I have been buying!

Today I needed to do a Target run to grab a present for my sister (hopefully she gets it in time? or within her bday week? :-/ ). And I took a detour through the baby aisles. Most of the bedding aisle was on 30-50% clearance!  A lot of these deals are online, too - link here. PLUS 20% off Circo bedding with Target Cartwheel through 5/6/2017. Happy Shopping!

Aden by aden + anais 4 muslin swaddles originally $34,99 marked down to $17.48:


Some fitted crib sheets are marked 50% off to $4.96:


White/gray animal mobile originally $24.99 marked down to $12.48 and knit crib sheets marked down to $6.98:


Mesh breathable bumpers originally $28.99 marked down to $14.98,


I missed the Bonanza.

Did you miss Spring 2017 Junk Bonanza? Me, too :-(.

They were nice enough to make a pretty long video showing a wonderland of junk! Great source of inspiration. You can find it on their Facebook Page. Here's a direct link -


The next bonanza in Shakopee will be held September 21-23. Hope to see you there!

Color-Switched Easter Eggs


Quick tip - When you're stuffing eggs for Easter baskets or the egg hunt, pull the tops and bottoms apart. Switch up the colors!


I  found these angry birds toys at Target on clearance for $1.96 each! They had some empty space around the figurines so I filled up the space with filled eggs, stickers, clementines, fun sized candy and a hidden dollar coin :-). Easy mini Easter baskets!


Mike and I are staying home for Easter. That way this pregnant lady can avoid food smells, motion sickness and the inevitable hunt for a bathroom! We went to Wicked last night (great traveling cast this year) and I literally burst out crying when I saw the line for the ladies restroom during intermission - easily a hundred ladies long :-(. It's not fun being at the mercy of your hormones and bladder hahaha.

Hope you have a fun holiday weekend! Catch you on the flip side.

Turn Galvanized Metal Caddies Into Unique Stacking Storage


These metal caddies can be found in the Target Dollar Spot. Only $3 each! They come in different colors but the plain ones seem less warped.

What a great shape for bathroom or decor storage!

* I bought these myself. I was not compensated in any way to advertise! *


They're already slightly stackable. I just used a little trick to make them more stable since they're balancing on a pretty thin edge.

These are self-stick chair floor protector pads. I sticked and stacked two felt pads and placed them against the bottom edge of the caddies.

I made four stacks - you  may need six. Try stacking the caddies before the glue bonds - you made need to slightly reposition the stacks if the caddies are bent/warped.


How cute is this?


And how cute is this dish towel I received from the Easter Bunny (aka Bonus Mom)?


Hope Every Bunny is enjoying spring!

How to Hem Jeans


How to hem your jeans while keeping the original, distressed hem.
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Back when I was in high school, I sent my new jeans to the tailor to get hemmed. They literally cut off the bottom and hemmed at the desired height. They looked awful. NEVER AGAIN.
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Try on your jeans and see how (too) long they are with your desired shoes. Use a ruler to measure. Mine were 4 1/2 inches too long! Yes, I am a shorty.


To keep the original hem, divide the too-long length by two. 

For me, that would be 4 1/2 divided by 2 = 2 1/4 inches. 

Fold over the hem and measure from the inside edge of the hem. Pin and sew right at the edge of the hem.


Turn the hem inside the pant leg. Iron the hem down. Try on your pants to make sure the length is where you want it.


If the length is correct, cut away the excess fabric. Leave 1/4" to 1/3" of excess fabric.


Blind stitch the unfinished edge to the main leg of the jeans. You can use foot "R" with your brother sewing machine or do it by hand. I lost my "R" foot so ... I did it by hand. Only took a few minutes.


These jeans are 4/12 inches shorter but still lookin' good!




Bean-Speckled Easter Eggs


Navy beans and food coloring combine to make beautiful speckled Easter eggs.

Edit 3/27/2017: So ... these don't ever end up completely dry. They seemed dry to to the touch the next day but when I tried to peel one, I ended up with coloring all over my hands (easily washed off). These do look really pretty but I'd consider it a "look but don't touch situation". 

Supplies:

  • One Pint or Two Pint Sized Disposable Containers with Lids
  • Gel Food Coloring
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Egg Carton
  • Extra-Long Toothpicks
  • Dried Navy Beans
  • Disposable gloves

Hard boil your eggs.

Directions:

  • Cover eggs with cold water, add a splash of vinegar and bring the pot to a boil. 
  • Take the eggs off the burner and cover for 15 minutes. 
  • Put the eggs in a cold water/ice bath until fully cooled.
  • Dry with a soft cloth

Measure 1/3 to 1/2 cup dried navy beans. Place beans in a disposable container. Add your first color.


Mix with a long toothpick.


Place your egg in the container, cover the container and lightly shake the egg in the beans. You may need to turn the container upside down or sideways to cover the egg.

Put on a disposable glove, remove egg from beans and set to dry in an egg carton.

Repeat for as many eggs as you'd like. You may need to add more food coloring.

Add your second color.


Mix slightly, so that some of the original color remains.


Speckle more eggs. Put in fridge overnight to dry.

I particularly like the blue and the blue/red combo!



DIY T-Shirt Towel for Perfectly Smooth Hair


The friction from regular terry-cloth towels can make your hair frizzy! Smooth your tresses dry with a t-shirt towel.

This is a cowl, tube style towel. It allows the user to choose single or dual layers.

This is a great. quick starter project for those who want to practice sewing with knits. Remember to trade out your regular needle for a ball-point needle.

Supplies:

  • 2 Men's Large or XL T-shirts
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors or Rotary Cutter

Pick two soft, knit t-shirts. Try to find two that are the same width armpit-to-armpit.


Cut across each t-shirt right at the armpit. Keep remainder for painting/cleaning rags or DIY bibs.


Place one tube inside the other, right sides together. Pin raw edges. Make sure you're only pinning the two layers together, not all four straight across the top.


If one t-shirt is a little bigger, fold over the excess and make  pleat.


Sew raw edges together. Make sure not to "stretch" the fabric as you're sewing and use a ball-point needle. Keep everything as even as possible. Otherwise it will buckle like this haha.


Turn top layer inside out. Iron seam down if you'd like.


Hang it in your bathroom and smooth your hair dry :-).