Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY

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Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together You know how there are “cat ladies” out there? I think I might become a “plant lady” one of these days. I have fallen in love with plants and almost always buy one when I go to a store with a garden center. I especially love buying the “hanging in there” plants on clearance and loving them back to health. I get a good deal and feel great that I could nurture it back into its beautiful self. That being said, I needed a place to start holding some of my plants. The upcycled drawer plant stand has fixed that problem.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together It all started with these three dresser drawers from roadside trash I salvaged. I really  wanted to turn them into something. After thinking of what I could make using my very limited wood working/power tooling skills, I knew that a plant stand would the perfect project.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together So to make this stand you will need a dresser drawer. Make sure it is sturdy. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you want it to hold up.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together You will need some Americana Chalky Finish paint and the ultra-matte varnish. I chose that varnish to be the finish because I plan on having this outside one day and it’s designed for indoor and outdoor use. I hope to try the wax one day though. I used carbon and everlasting for the paint colors, but check out all the colors and see the ways you can mix them to get all kinds of pretty shades. Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is available in Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, A.C. Moore and other stores. Visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration.

Grab a paint or foam brush too.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together Clean up your drawer and remove any hardware from it. Sand if there are any uneven spots you don’t want splintering, but other than that NO SANDING NEEDED. Amazing. No sanding. My favorite part. Once all clean and dry, start painting. I used a regular brush and it went on so nice. Instructions say to do more lighter coats as opposed to doing fewer heavy coats. So I started with a very thin coat of paint. I painted the inside carbon and the outside everlasting. I only needed two coats to get the coverage I liked even with it being light coats. This was actually my first time ever using a chalky finish paint and I fell in love. I will no longer paint furniture with any other type of paint. It was just too easy. It went on great, dried so fast, and feels so smooth once dry. And remember that no sanding part? Yeah. That’s a big bonus too. Then, when all your paint is dry, paint on a thin coat of the varnish. I did one more coat after just to have extra coverage. It went on great as well and it says it can also be applied over acrylic paints too fyi.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together For the bottom of the stand, I went the super simple way and bought a folding tray table for $8.99 (from Target). You can find these at many places though. If you can’t find one in the color you want, paint this as well. I lucked out finding it in black, but after having a failed attempt at trying to make legs for this stand with some scraps we had in the garage, I didn’t mind taking a short cut.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together
I first used some wood glue to attach the stand to the drawer bottom. I placed weights on top to help add pressure while it dried. Then I used our drill and added a few screws here and there. Make sure to use a screw that isn’t too long so it won’t come out through the top of the drawer. The drawer I used had this wood area in the middle that I put the screws through, but if yours doesn’t you can always drill them in from the top (meaning go through the drawer into the stand as opposed to going through the stand into the drawer).

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together Put back on the hardware if you like or add new ones. If you didn’t want any hardware at all, I would suggest using a wood filler or wood plugs/wood filler before you paint the drawer.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together Place in a sunny spot and fill with plants. I even plan on using this for other things, like holding products at craft shows and such. I think it will come in quite handy.

-Jess

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How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
I recently finished making this super soft and fluffy crocheted blanket and want to share how I did it. I made it so fast and was so pleased with the end result. I have seen afghans with pom-poms on them and had been wanting to create one that would fit in with my living room.

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
It currently resides on this amazing chair I purchased while in visiting Virginia. And yes. I stuffed it (along with 4 other chairs) into our van to make the trek back to Louisiana. It was a good deal and I had been looking for a chair like this forever with no luck. What can I say?

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
This how to is a bit general, as you can make it any size you want and all. I ended up using around 16 skeins of Loops & Threads Cozy Wool Yarn from Michaels. No matter what yarn you use, pick a thick and chunky kind. There are many brands that make this type of yarn. I also used my really big plastic crochet hook. It doesn’t have the size on it, but I would say it’s around the size P. You will also need scissors, a yarn needle, and a sewing machine.

To make the blanket, you start by making the first row of chain (ch) stitches. Make this length the approximate size you desire the blanket to be. Note: The yarn will have some stretch, so pull on it to see if it will stretch much further than your desired width. If it does, make the row shorter. Then start the second row one ch away from the hook. Do double crochet stitches (dc) across. At the end of the second row, {ch 2 and turn. DC on the front loop only of the second stitch in. Continue to dc in the front loop only across.} Then repeat from { to } until it is the length you want it.

After the final row, single stitch (sc) around the edges on the blanket 3 to 4 times. This helps keep the blanket from stretching a lot on the edges. Tip: When stitching around edge, do 3 sc on the corners for a smoother edge. Knot loose ends together where you started/stopped yarn  and weave in using your yarn needle. Weave beginning and ending yarn ends in as well (I also knot them around some of the yarn in the stitches for extra hold).

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
For the pom-poms, I made them the good old fashion way. On my hand. I just wrapped the yarn around my open/flat hand until it was the thickness I desired. Then I tied a piece of yarn around the middle. To keep these from coming apart, I sewed down the middle using a sewing machine. I was scared to sew them on the sewing machine, but it went well. I took my time and used a sewing needle for jeans as well as put the machine stitch setting on a large stitch. I kind of had to flatten the pom out a bit to fit it under the sewing foot, but they still turned out puffy. After the poms are sewn, cut off the ends and trim to achieve desired look.

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
I ended up making 18 poms, 9 for each side. Make as many as you like. You could do this on all four sides, but all the blankets I looked at online just had them on two sides. I kind of spaced them out to my liking and then cut a piece of yarn and sewed them each in place using the yarn needle. I made sure they were really secure and then triple knotted the ends. Trim any excess strings.

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
My girls have already gotten their hands on this blanket many times and it’s holding up really well. I plan to wash it as needed, according to the yarns instructions. I will probably even hand wash it to be on the safe side. I love the extra detail it adds to our living area and it will also be a great photo prop. Now we wait for it to actually cool down so we can snuggle under it and drink hot chocolate. Come on fall!

-Jess

Add Some Glitter to Your Hat

Add Glitter Words to Hat | happy together
This is my second project for this months Cricut Design Space Star challenge.  Our team chose to go with fashion and picked “pop of color” for the theme. I have noticed that hats have become very popular lately and while I don’t really wear this style, I still think it’s cute and I knew it would look good on my girls. So I decided to find one I could glitter up a bit. And how else should I do that but with some glitter iron on vinyl cut into a word or phrase. Two trends in one project!

Add Glitter Words to Hat | happy together
This was a really quick project and you can take this idea in so many directions. I used my Cricut Explore™ to get the “hello darling” cutout. I searched a lot of what they had and felt this fit the best for my girls hat. It is actually a graphic with a wreath around it. To get rid of the extra drawing part, I hit the contour button in the box where you see graphics you have on your project page. Then I chose the parts I didn’t want and clicked off to the side to exit. I sized it to fit this kids hat and made sure to choose the “mirror image” option before cutting. A tip on cutting glitter vinyl: I have found this vinyl a little harder to cut than regular vinyl. I put it a notch or two past the iron on vinyl choice to make sure it cuts through. You will also need to use a tool to help get out the little tiny pieces.

Add Glitter Words to Hat | happy together
Add Glitter Words to Hat | happy together
I cut the words apart so I could iron on one at a time. That made it easier since it’s a bit more difficult to iron onto a curved hat.

Add Glitter Words to Hat | happy together
Add Glitter Words to Hat | happy together
I like how the glitter adds a little specialness to the hat. I really want to try to find a hat with floral on the front to do another one. Let me know if you see one somewhere, okay? :)

-Jess

 

Check out what my teammates made too!

Cricut Design Space Star Team 8 | happy together sew woodsy / brassy apple / maddycakes muse / michelle edgemont / kori clark / our thrifty ideas / no. 2 pencil / cloudy day gray / artsy-fartsy mama

Disclosure: I am part of the Cricut Blogger Network and have used affiliate links. I received a complimentary machine to facilitate my crafts and though I am not being paid for this post, I am submitting it for a chance to win some fun prizes.

 

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
The next round of the Cricut Design Space Star is on! After making it into the top ten last time, I was really excited to try and enter some fun projects for this month. My team chose to go with the option of “fashion” and then our specific theme was “pops of color.” Our team is so diverse we wanted it to be broad enough for everyone to do something unique to who they are. The first project that came to my mind was this clutch. I had wanted to do something similar with an actual vintage doily, but thought i might be neat in a felt version. I like being able to add special things to my sewing projects I can’t find in other places.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
I used three different “doily” shapes found in the Design Space for the Cricut Explore™. I simply searched “doily” and picked three that I would work.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
I really like the pop of color and the bohemian feel they have. It is an inexpensive project with the use of such simple materials, many of which you might already have in your stash. To make your own felt clutch with tassel you will need:

  • Cricut Explore™
  • 2 pieces 9″ x 12″ acrylic felt  (one for clutch and one for doily)
  • scrap felt to cover zipper ends
  • iron on adhesive
  • a zipper that is longer than 10″ (mine were different sizes and cut shorter to fit)
  • small amounts of yarn for tassel
  • embroidery thread and needle
  • pressing cloth (I just use a piece of fabric)
  • glue
  • iron
  • sewing machine, etc. for sewing

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
First I took the felt I wanted to use for the doily and ironed on the adhesive according to instructions. This makes the cutting of felt a lot easier and then you can just iron it in place at the proper time instead of sewing. Use a press cloth when ironing with felt as the heat can damage the material. Then I went into Design Space and chose the doily I wanted (doily 2 was the blue, summer doily was the yellow, and doily 8 was the pink). I had to stretch them some to work. I made the measurements on each come to as close to 10″ x 7.5″ as possible. Then I placed the felt onto the light grip mat and had the machine cut out the image. I had no problem cutting out the image, just know that the paper backing you remove from the iron on adhesive was a bit of a pain to get off of the mat. I think it might have been because it was the first time I used this mat so it was super sticky. It all came off, but I had to use the scraper to help.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
Next I cut the felt piece for the clutch in half so each piece was 4.5″ x 12″.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
Now it’s time to sew the clutch together. *Always make sure to back stitch when beginning and ending sewing for this project. 1. I sewed the top end of the zipper together to keep it in place and 2. then pinned on two small pieces (zipper inbetween) of felt to cover the end. Then I sewed them in place. 3. Then about 10 inches down from the top of the zipper I did this again. Cut off any extra zipper that might be left. 4. Center and pin one piece of felt so the 12″ edge hits the middle of the zipper. 5. Keep on regular sewing foot, but make sure needle is moved to as close to the side of the zipper as possible. Line up foot so the edge is butted right up to the zipper. Sew in place. 6. Repeat for the other side. 7. It will look like this at this point. 8. Open zipper half way and turn clutch in half so right sides are facing and pin together. Sew around the three sides. Take your time when sewing over the zippers (I also backstitched and went back over the zippers a few times for an extra strong hold). 9. Clip the two bottom corners.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
Turn clutch right side out through zipper opening.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
Take doily, fold in half, and position on clutch.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
Make sure to use a pressing cloth and iron on the doily. Do one side at a time.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
Grab some yarn. I had found this package of small yarns a while back and knew it would be perfect to use for tassels.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
I paired up two colors for each clutch, but you can just use one or more colors if you like.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
1. Start by cutting two 6″ pieces of yarn. 2. Place the yarn you are using over your hand so the end is at the bottom of your palm. 3. Wrap around hand a few times until desired fullness is reached. 4. Take one of the 6″ pieces of yarn and knot through the top of the yarn loop. 5. Take the other 6″ piece and tie around yarn a little further down. Wrap around a few times and knot again. 6. Even out ends and 7. cut across bottom. 8. Using the top thread, loop through the zipper pull and tie in place. Trim loose ends and 9. put a little glue on knots to help keep it from unraveling.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
Have fun adding some simple embroidery. I used only straight lines on all of these and was amazed at how fast I was able to embroider them. It was fun to add a little more character to them.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together
These would be a great party favor, wedding party gift, or to use on a night out on the town. My girls have each already claimed one, so it’s a good thing I made three. Thank you to my friend who modeled for me!

Disclosure: I am part of the Cricut Blogger Network and have used affiliate links. I received a complimentary machine to facilitate my crafts and though I am not being paid for this post, I am submitting it for a chance to win some fun prizes.

DIY Felt Clutch with Tassel | happy together Also, here are my teammates! You can check out their blogs to see what they created.

Cricut Design Space Star Team 8 | happy together sew woodsy / brassy apple / maddycakes muse / michelle edgemont / kori clark / our thrifty ideas / no. 2 pencil / cloudy day gray / artsy-fartsy mama

Michaels Makers: Teacher’s Bracelets DIY

Teacher's Bracelets DIY | by happy together
It’s back to school time this time of year, so the Michaels Makers Challenge was to create something with that in mind. I first thought of some kind of jewelry for kids or teachers and then narrowed it down to bracelets for teachers (or students even). I thought a ruler bracelet would be cool. Then when I went walking around the store I saw the alphabet beads and the inspire charm and knew they needed to be bracelets as well.

Teacher's Bracelets DIY|by Happy Together
With there being such a difference in wrist sizes, I decided to stick with bracelets that could work on many sizes. Elastic, wrap around, and resizable.

Teacher's Bracelets DIY|by Happy Together
Teacher's Bracelets DIY|by Happy Together
The above picture is all the supplies you need for all three of these bracelets. They are fairly simple and would be great to have kids help to make. All of the items pictures can be found in the jewelry section (or Shop Beading and Jewelry Making Supplies at Michaels online), except the measuring tape. That along with the eyelets and scissors can be found in the sewing section. Glue can be found in a few areas, depending on which kind you want to use. I used fabric glue, but any kind of glue is fine (except hot glue, as it might melt the elastic).

Teacher's Bracelets DIY|by Happy Together
The alphabet bracelet is really easy. Line up your beads in alphabetical order. I just did a-z, but you could start the alphabet over to make it a little bigger. The bracelet will stretch, but some more beads wouldn’t hurt at all. Pre-stretch a 15 inch piece of the stretch magic clear elastic. Then place the beads on. Once all on, knot the ends together three times. Add a dab of glue to the knot. Lastly, once the glue is dry, trim off the excess elastic. I really liked using the gold alphabet beads because it seemed a bit more grown up and refined.

Teacher's Bracelets DIY|by Happy Together
The inspire bracelet is another easy one. You need the inspire charm and wrap around ribbon bracelet. This was originally silver, so I painted the top gold to match the gold alphabet beads. I used just a little amount of paint and made sure it didn’t pool in the letters. Then I wiped my brush clean and went over the paint again in a few spots so the silver underneath ever so slightly shown through. Once dry, I simply laced the ribbon through and tied a knot at the end. The recipient can retie the knot if needed for it to fit better. This simply wraps around ones wrist until it’s tight enough.

Teacher's Bracelets DIY|by Happy Together
Lastly, the measuring tape bracelet requires a little bit more work but is still an easy bracelet. I initially didn’t use the eyelets, but discovered the stress from the straps pulling in the holes would warp and possible tear the measuring tape. So I made another and added the eyelets. It’s much more secure. Cut a piece of measuring tape 6″ long. Then make really small holes on both ends to stick the eyelet in. 1. Place the taller piece through the front of the tape. Then place the smaller piece on top of it on the backside. 2. Next place your eyelet tool on top  of the back and hammer together. You won’t need to be too hard, but hard enough to close the two pieces together. 3. Cut a 12″ and a 16″ piece of cording. Loop the 12″ piece through the eyelets. 4. Cross the ends of the cording over each other and hold in place. 5. Loop the 16″ piece of cording in half and place the folded center on top of the 12″ crossed cording. 6. Take one end of 16″ piece and wrap around all cording pieces 4 times. You want to do it loose enough to fit the cording through, kind of like making a tunnel for it. Then take the same end of the piece you wrapped around and pull through the four loops. 7. Pull both ends of the 16″ piece until tight but not too tight that you can’t pull the 12″ pieces through to change the length. 8. Lastly, knot both ends of the 12″ cording. Knot the 16″ ends as well, but as close to the loops as possible. Trim the ends of that piece only. Now the two 12″ ends can be pulled to make adjustments in the sizing as needed.

Teacher's Bracelets DIY|by Happy Together
Teachers are so amazing. They do so much for so many children. Any time you can do something to show them you appreciate them, do so. Even if it’s the littlest thing. You never know what one small act of kindness can mean to someone. Check out what everyone else made below and  Michaels’ Back to School Pinterest Board to find more fun and creative project ideas to kick the school year off right!


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Driftwood Sailboat DIY

Driftwood Sailboat DIY | by Happy Together This simple diy is the first of a few projects you will see me blog about for the Cricut Design Space Star Contest that has begun this month. A bunch of us bloggers are on different teams and have a different challenge each month. We get to create using our Cricut Explore and share as many projects as we want for a chance to win prizes. This month we had to choose between paper or home decor and then pick a unique theme for it. My team went with home decor and we chose beach as our theme. Guess what? During this time, they are also giving away a Cricut Explore machine every day until the end of July!!! I will share more details at the end of the post about that, but here is the quick how to for this little driftwood sailboat with quote.

Driftwood Sailboat DIY | by Happy Together You will need a few things: a piece of dried out driftwood, fabric for the sail, a stick to hold up the sail, glue (I used a hot glue gun), ribbon, iron on vinyl of your choice, iron, scissors, and of course an Explore machine. I started by cutting out a 90 degree triangle for the sail. I used a vintage linen so it had this pretty edging on the side.

Driftwood Sailboat DIY | by Happy Together Then I went and created the quote in Design Space. I used one of my favorite fonts, Channel, and then searched the image library for “flourish” and found that little squiggly at the bottom. I measured my fabric triangle to determine how to place my words. Then I got my Explore all set up, put the vinyl on the mat, and started the cutting process. Since this is an iron on, make sure to choose the “mirror image” option before cutting.

Driftwood Sailboat DIY | by Happy Together Then I pulled off the vinyl, leaving the words behind. I placed the quote where I wanted and placed a thin cloth on top. Then I ironed it in place according to directions.

Driftwood Sailboat DIY | by Happy Together Next I glued on three pieces of ribbon to be glued onto the stick. I wrapped them around the stick and glued them in place.

Driftwood Sailboat DIY | by Happy Together Then I glued the stick on the large piece of driftwood. I used hot glue, but I would really suggest something stronger or even drilling a hole and gluing it into that. But, this is decoration for my house and will be high on a shelf, so the hot glue is good enough for me. After the glue dried, I glued down the outer corner of the sail onto the driftwood. And that is it.

Driftwood Sailboat DIY | by Happy Together imadeit

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See what my teammates created :)

Cricut Design Space Star Team 8 | happy together sew woodsy / brassy apple / maddycakes muse / michelle edgemont / kori clark / our thrifty ideas / no. 2 pencil / cloudy day gray / artsy-fartsy mama

Disclosure: I am part of the Cricut Blogger Network and have used affiliate links. I received a complimentary machine to facilitate my crafts and though I am not being paid for this post, I am submitting it for a chance to win some fun prizes.

Stamped Wood Magnets DIY

Stamped Wood Magnets DIY | Happy Together Ever walk around the craft store and randomly buy supplies and then come up with something to make from those supplies? That was this project. I have always wanted to make something with wood discs and then I fell in love with these mini stamps I found. Put them together and add a magnet and you get these! This is a fast and easy craft and would be good to do with older children or even make these as a party/wedding favor.

Stamped Wood Magnets DIY | Happy Together You will need wood discs (you could even cut some up from branches in your back yard), mini stamps small enough to fit on discs, an ink pad, magnets, and a strong glue (like E600).

Stamped Wood Magnets DIY | Happy Together Simply stamp on the wood. I did find that I like the bigger type stamps better as they showed a lot nicer on the wood. But if you make some you don’t really like, flip it over and use the other side or paint over it and stamp again. That would make for a more colorful magnet.

Stamped Wood Magnets DIY | Happy Together Glue on the magnets once ink is dry (which is really quick). If using the E600 glue, make sure to use it in a well ventilated area.

Stamped Wood Magnets DIY | Happy Together Then let the glue dry. The magnets I used were really strong, so I had to make sure not to place them too close together while they dried or they would attract each other and stick together.

Stamped Wood Magnets DIY | Happy Together Then use them on your fridge or wrap up really cute and hand out a fun little gift for your friends and family.

Happy crafting!

Jess

Lace Letters Statement Tee DIY – Michaels Makers

Lace Letters Statement Tee DIY for Michaels Makers | Happy Together

Today begins the first challenge for the Michaels Makers Bloggers. I am very honored to be one of the 30 bloggers to participate. You can see all the other bloggers participating here. Throughout the year, Michaels will send a monthly challenge our way and we get to put our own spin on it. This month we got to pick a project that they have listed online, order our supplies for it (yes, Michaels has online shopping now!), and make it our own.

Lace Letters Statement Tee DIY for Michaels Makers | Happy Together

I chose to make a project based on the Heart Lace T-Shirt. To get my supplies, I ordered all the products, c/o Michaels, listed with the project except the shirt because I needed to order a child’s size. It was easy to navigate and find the kid shirts though. I went with a dark color to help the white lace pop.

Lace Letters Statement Tee DIY for Michaels Makers | Happy Together

Lace Letters Statement Tee DIY for Michaels Makers | Happy Together

My supplies came in the mail fast and I got to work on this shirt. I first printed out the letters I needed. I wanted to use a chunky font, so I used the “Impact” font that is found in Word. I did some measuring and determined that I wanted the letters to be four inches tall. This would allow for three rows of letters to fit on this shirt. I chose a nine letter word (celebrate) to make an even three rows. I figured this would be a fun birthday shirt since her birthday is soon. The font size ended up having to be size 420 to get it that big. Once I printed out the letters, I traced them on the iron on adhesive. Since I didn’t mirror the letters, I made sure I traced on the adhesive of the paper. Otherwise they would be backwards. I retraced over a few on the paper side for the picture above. The best thing would be to mirror your letters before printing so you trace on the paper side, but I wasn’t on a computer that had a program to do this. I then ironed on the letters to the lace. It adheres very quickly, do just follow the directions and press the iron down for 2 seconds at a time. Since the lace has holes, the adhesive can stick to what you are ironing on. So pick it up quickly after it has adhered. Next, I cut out all the letters and peeled off the paper backing.

I folded the shirt in half and ironed it to help with the letter placement. I started with the middle top row letter. Then did the next two rows middle letters. It made it easier to line up the rest after that. Again, when ironing on though, do it quickly so it doesn’t stick to your iron.

Lace Letters Statement Tee DIY for Michaels Makers | Happy Together

It was a really quick project and would be an inexpensive one to do, especially as a group (like for camp or something). Here are a few other positive nine letter words that could be used: Fabulous, Fantastic, Beautiful, Brilliant, and Wonderful. I haven’t washed it yet, but I have used this brand of iron on adhesive before without any issues. If you think it needs some extra holding strength, you could always do a small zig zag or a straight line stitch around the letters edges. What would you make your own from their online projects offered?

-jess

Lace Letters Statement Tee DIY for Michaels Makers | Happy Together


Peeps Chapstick Holder DIY

Peeps Chapstick Holder DIY

Happy Easter! Today was a full day for us and it began bright and early when my youngest discovered her Easter basket in my room. I had totally meant to hide it and give it to them later in the day, but that didn’t happen. They quickly went through their baskets to see what they had gotten. I like to keep their gifts simple, but I did make a special little chapstick holder to go in miss J’s basket.

I found these cute peeps chapsticks in the dollar bin at Target and got to thinking of making a holder for them to go in. I decided to use this as an opportunity to try cutting felt and iron on vinyl with my Cricut Explore. It went very well.

Peeps Chapstick Holder DIY

Peeps Chapstick Holder DIY To make this you don’t need the Cricut Explore to cut the felt, but I would suggest it for cutting out the teeny tiny words. Here are the supplies you need:

  • Yellow Felt
  • Iron on vinyl
  • 10″ of Ribbon
  • Key chain of some sort (you could even use just a simple round one)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or hot glue gun
  • Chapstick

Peeps Chapstick Holder DIY Start by cutting out two peep shapes from felt. I did a search in the Design Space and found this shape. I enlarged it until is was a width of 3.49″ and height of 3.4″. I could have simply cut this out myself, but I really wanted to see how the machine would do. I didn’t see the specific settings for felt, so I did a quick look at some of the ready to make projects in Design Space. I found one that used felt and changed my settings. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the proper mat (the strong grip), but it worked on my standard grip one. The felt did pop off the mat a little bit at one point, but the machine stopped for a bit as if to correct itself. I quickly pushed down the part that popped up and it kept cutting fine. I did read a tip that suggests if the felt does pop off like that to then tape the edges down.

Then you will need to cut the words out of the iron on vinyl. I used the font Nate’s ABC’s and it was size 39.68. Look at how tiny the letters the are! They cut out perfectly.

Peeps Chapstick Holder DIY Iron on your words according to the instructions.

Peeps Chapstick Holder DIY

Peeps Chapstick Holder DIY Fold a piece of ribbon through the key chain. I made mine a little on the longer side to be able to trim it. Sew (or glue) the ribbon together a little below the key chain.

Peeps Chapstick Holder DIY See where you want to put the ribbon inside the peep and trim the ribbon accordingly. Pin the felt pieces with the ribbon in the middle. Sew (or glue) around the edges and leave an opening at the top of the body for the chapstick to go into.

Peeps Chapstick Holder DIY And that is it. You could do this with all kinds of shapes and wordings. It would be a good older kid project too and could be personalized to their taste. My little favorite peep (miss J) likes hers and wants to make one herself now. I will let you know how that goes (if it goes at all lol).

Happy crafting! -Jess

Crochet Banner DIY

I always have the best ideas when inspired to create a special gift. This time it happened to be for my new niece. I had made her a quilt and wanted a little something extra to go with it.

It took me a while to think of something, but then a banner idea popped into my mind. After that the whole crocheting a banner came to be. I have been seeing people create large banners with this type of shape lately so I figured it would translate well with crocheting. (adoption printable in pic below is from here)

Supplies:

  • Yarn (I used the Lily Sugar n’ Cream brand)
  • Crochet hook (I used size H)
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • String or Yarn to hang them on

Ch. 13 [pic 1]

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, sc across. (12sc) [pic 2]

Row 2: Ch. 1, turn. Sc across. (12 sc)

Row 3-10: Repeat row 2. [pic 3]

Row 11: Ch. 1, turn. Sc in next 6 stitches. (6 sc) [pic 4]

Row 12: Ch. 1, turn. Decrease in first two stitches. Sc in next 4 stitches. (4 sc)

[pic 5 - 8 illustrate a decrease stitch. 5- pull yarn through first stitch 6- pull yarn through second stitch 7- loop yarn over hook 8- pull top loop through the other 3 loops on the hook]

Row 13: Ch. 1, turn. Sc in next 3 stitches. Decrease in next two. (3 sc) [pic 9]

Row 14: Ch. 1, turn. Decrease in first two stitches. Sc in next 2 stitches. (2 sc) [pic 10]

Row 15: Ch. 1, turn. Sc in next stitch. Decrease in next two stitches. (1 sc) [pic 11]

Row 16: Ch. 1, turn. Decrease in the two stitches. [pic 12]

[pic 13] Finish tip off with a sl st and fasten off leaving a 6 inch tail for sewing.

You will now repeat rows 11- 16 for the other side. Start with it right side up and by pulling yarn through the outer loop [pic 14].

Then make the very first sc in that same stitch [pic 15]. Continue to sc across that first row. (6 sc) [pic 16]

Once at the end of the second tip [pic 17], sc around the edges by beginning towards the middle of the two points.

Tip: You will want to do 2 sc in the edges at the bottom points and 3 sc in the top corners to make for nice smooth corners.

Once the edging is done, fasten off and leave a 6 inch tail for sewing. [pic 18]

Sew in all the yarn tails with yarn needle and trim any ends. Make sure to weave the tails in the back of the banner.

The final measurements on mine were roughly 4.75″ wide and 5.5″ at the longest point.

To create a more pointed tip, simply wet the bottom ends and shapen into a point. Try to keep the outer edges straight. [pic 19]

Finish up by threading your yarn needle with some type of string or yarn. Go through the top backs of each bunting piece.

And there you have it! Enjoy.

-Jess