Fabric Label DIY

Fabric Label diy | happy together
I have been sewing up some kids clothing lately and needed some  more labels to sew in them. I decided it was time for me to go ahead and share this process with you as I have had such great success with it over the years. There are a few methods I have tried, but this is my favorite fabric label diy hands down and they have lasted for everything I have made so far (through multiple washings!).

how to make fabric labels | happy together What you need:

  • Tightly woven light colored fabric (ex: quilting cotton; and I do nothing to fabric to prep it except iron it)
  • Scissors
  • Piece of paper that fits your printer
  • Printer (I use an HP Deskjet F4280 and use the HP ink for it; I cannot speak for other printers/inks, but if you can please share your results in the comments)
  • Freezer paper (found in the section with aluminum foil/saran wrap/etc)
  • Iron
  • Design to print (I made a simple page of labels in Word, but you can create yours however you like)

Fabric Label diy | happy together
Start by ironing your fabric to get any wrinkles out. Then take the piece of paper and use that to cut out the same size from the freezer paper.

Fabric Label diy | happy together
Place the freezer paper on top of the fabric, shiny side down. Make sure to turn iron to “no steam” and iron the freezer paper to the fabric.

Fabric Label diy | happy together
Cut around the freezer paper and iron edges one more time to make sure the fabric and freezer paper is connected well.

Fabric Label diy | happy together
Place it in your printer with the fabric side facing down (or other way if your printer prints differently). I usually put a regular piece of paper on top as I’m putting it in place just to make sure it goes in where it needs to. Then I take the paper out so only the fabric/freezer paper combo is there. When you go to print labels, make sure to choose the best ink option so it takes its time to print. Now, I have had the printer not catch the fabric properly and it got jammed, but it doesn’t happen often. Just watch and if it seems like it’s starting to not catch properly hit the cancel button on your printer and pull it out. I can’t speak for all printers, but I rarely have problems with this method. Just give it a try and see if it might work for you.

Tip: Be mindful of the colors you are choosing to print with. I have only used darker colors as I feel confident they will show up well.

Fabric Label diy | happy together
Once printed, you can cut your labels out. But if it’s your first time trying this, I suggest putting the fabric in the wash after the first print so you can see how the ink holds up. Mine always has held up wonderfully well so I hope yours does too! Besides that, I leave them attached to the freezer paper until it comes time to use them as it keeps them nice and crisp and it’s easy to store them. Below is an example of them sewn in (and you can get the free skirted sweatshirt pattern here as well). -jess

Skirted Sweatshirt Pattern and fabric label diy | happy together

 

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
I love having a wreath on our front door. It adds so much! Especially for us since our front yard has no landscaping yet ;) I had bought a gorgeous dried floral wreath and sadly it did not do well with the few hours of sun it gets before night time. I thought maybe it might make it since it’s not in direct sun for too long but I was wrong. I learned my lesson. I’m sticking with faux wreaths for now since they will last quite a bit longer before they fade away. To rectify the situation, I went to the store and decided to make a magnolia wreath diy.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess To make your own you will need:

  • Magnolia leave stems (I bought five at Michaels and ended up using only four; I happened to get them on sale for 50% off!)
  • Grapevine wreath (I reused one that I had torn everything off of already, but you can find these for less at thrift stores or at local craft stores)
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue gun and glue

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
Start by breaking down the stems into smaller bunches.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
To create a more natural look, you can turn some of the leaves around so you can see the back as well. I have seen faux magnolia stems be all green, so you might not need or want to do this. I liked the look and felt it added more visual interest to the wreath.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
Start by placing one stem in the grapevine wreath. Glue the bottom in place and at other spots where the stem is lying flat on the wreath so it will stay in place.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
Continue adding more stems on top of the previous ones. Glue one in place at a time. I also found I had to bend the stems at times to make them more curved to fit the wreath’s direction.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
Your last stem will be tucked underneath the very first one. From the front, flat on the ground, I liked how the wreath looked, but once I held it up there were some spaces I wanted to fill in.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
If you feel the same way, take some individual leaves and glue them in the bare spots.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
I also decided to glue down more leaves because we get a ton of very strong winds out here and I didn’t want the leaves blowing off. It made for a flatter wreath, but I wanted that security.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess It now lives on my front door and I’m hoping it will make it through the summer. This is truly a simple and easy project and would be fun to make together on a craft night with friends. -jess

Wood Vase Holder DIY

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
I love sewing, crocheting, and all, but you all know how I like to create with all kinds of things so today I’m sharing this wood vase holder diy. A few weeks ago I saw something kind of like this but it was made from metal. I really liked how it looked but also figured I could make something with that same concept but for a lot less money. I was right! I made this out of wood and since I had almost all the supplies already it didn’t cost anywhere near the amount of the metal one. I liked how simple this was to make using minimal tools.

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You can see two different types of vases I had on hand that fit in it. It’s a generous size but you could always change the sizes of the wood pieces to suit a specific vase you want whether it be smaller, larger, wider, or not so wide. Here is your supply list to create your own wood vase holder diy:

  • 2 pieces of 3/4 x 36 poplar square for the legs and top joining pieces
  • Wood for the base (I used a 1×8 scrap piece I had. just make sure it is at least 3/4″ thick and 5.5″ wide)
  • Four 3/4″ x 1/2″ corner braces with screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Pre-stain wood conditioner
  • Paint brush
  • Wood stain
  • Polycrylic finish
  • Lint free cloth
  • Ruler
  • Saw (I used a chop saw but also used a hand saw to cut off the ends of two smaller pieces I cut too long)
  • Drill and bit that the screws you use will need

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
First make your wood cuts. From the two pieces of poplar cut the following lengths: four that are 12″ long, two that are 5.5″ long, and two that are 4″ long. From your wood for your base cut a 5.5″ x 5.5″ piece. Sand all of the pieces, especially focusing on any rough spots.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Next, grab your corner braces and prepare to put them on.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Take your 12″ pieces of poplar and screw on each brace so that the top is 4″ from the bottom. Repeat for all four pieces.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Now take a leg with the brace and place on the corner of the base. Screw in place. Repeat for all four sides making sure that the legs are in the correct place on each end.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
It was a little difficult to get the last leg on, so if you leave the leg screws a little loose on the base you can turn them to make more room for your drill if necessary. Then go back and tighten them once they are all in place. You might also find it best not to screw the screws in too tightly as it can make the legs warp a little bit at the top.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Now take the smaller pieces and place them on the appropriate sides. I put a little bit of wood glue on the ends of the piece and then clamped them in place one at a time. I would put one in place and go about my day and the next time I got in the car I would switch and do another piece. The wood glue holds these in place super good so no need for screws or nails on these unless you want to do that.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Some people skip doing this but I like to use a pre-stain wood conditioner. It helps the wood soak up the stain more evenly. I applied it with a paint brush and then wiped off the extra with an old t-shirt. (Make sure to wash your brush after.)

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
After the conditioner has set for the amount allotted on the can, apply your stain of choice. I used this Early American color stain. I applied one coat using a paint brush, let it sit for fifteen minutes, and then wiped off any excess. (Make sure to wash your brush after.)

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Once the stain is completely dry you can apply a polycrylic finish. I applied one coat with a paint brush. (Make sure to wash your brush after.) This will protect the wood from any water that might spill onto it.

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Let it dry and then it’s ready to hold a vase full of flowers. A great mother’s day gift idea since that is very soon ;). Make sure to share your happy together projects on social media using #happytogetherbyjess and tag me too :)  Have fun creating! -jess

Bunny Bags DIY

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together Spring time brings to mind all the cute adorable animals that are being born. You know, bunnies, lambs, etc. We are getting ready to add some little bunnies to our family soon so my girls are all about the little furry guys right now. With their love for rabbits and it being spring time and Easter soon, I whipped up some cute bunny bags and want to share them with you. They are really easy to make and would make a cute little way to share small gifts. Enjoy this bunny bags diy!

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together You will need:

  • Small burlap or fabric bags (I found these in the dollar section at Target)
  • Felt or leather for the ears
  • Optional: Fabric to go on ears
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Yarn
  • Optional: Sewing machine/supplies

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Start by making ears from your felt or leather. Since each bag will be different, make the ears the size you like. I suggest making a pattern with paper and using that as a template.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
If you like, cut out a smaller piece of fabric and put it on the middle of the ears. You can glue this part on if you like or sew it on like I did.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Then take your hot glue gun and glue the ears on the inside of one side of the bag.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Create little fuzz ball tails by making yarn pom poms. Simply start by wrapping the yarn around a few fingers.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Keep wrapping until you have a pretty good amount. The more yarn you use the tighter the tail will look.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Cut a piece of yarn about 12″ long. Gently take the yarn bundle off of your fingers being careful to keep it intact. Wrap the extra piece of yarn around the center and tie together.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Next, take your scissors and cut through each loop of yarn on the sides. Then trim around the yarn ends until it is all even and fluffy looking.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Glue the little tails on and you are done.

Can’t wait to share with you the real bunnies we will get soon! Happy crafting! -jess

 

Vintage Tin Recipe Box DIY

Vintage Tin Recipe Box DIY | happy together
Any vintage tin collectors out there? I admit I love to snag them up when I see them at thrift or antique stores with the hope to make them into a candle, a planter for succulents, or something like that. But the other day I decided this one should turn into a recipe box! So here is a vintage tin recipe box diy in case you might be interested in making one as well.

Vintage Tin Recipe Box DIY | happy together
{Having a hard time finding a cool old tin? Search around online at Etsy for some great choices of vintage tins.} I would suggest using a size tin that is similar to that of a regular recipe box.  That way it’s easy to find ready made recipe cards and such to fit into it. If not, you can always make your own like I did. Start by gathering your tin, a strong glue (I used e600 which is a super strong kind), and a metal label holder with bards. I found these label holders in the scrapbook section but also saw some in the wood section at a local craft store.

Vintage Tin Recipe Box DIY | happy together
Put glue on the label holder just on the bottom and side edges.

Vintage Tin Recipe Box DIY | happy together
Place it on the tin where you would like it to be. I ended up using a clamp and clothespin for extra help holding it in place while it dried.

Vintage Tin Recipe Box DIY | happy together
Cut the prongs off of the bards and glue them in the holes of the label maker.

Vintage Tin Recipe Box DIY | happy together
To create the front label I simply cut a small piece of cardstock that would fit and used small letter rubber stamps to create the word “recipes”.

Vintage Tin Recipe Box DIY | happy together
You can find these stamp sets at craft stores and even in the dollar section at Target. I love having them on hand as they add a little extra character to different projects.

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Now my tin was a little too small for the pre-made recipe cards I found at a store. I could have tried to find a customizable type online and printed them, but I simply used 3×5 note cards as they fit perfectly. I found these stickers in the clearance section at Hobby Lobby. They fold over to create a tab on top of the cards.

Vintage Tin Recipe Box DIY | happy together
I used my stamps again to create the words on the tabs. You can make as many different sections as you like.

Vintage Tin Recipe Box DIY | happy together
This vintage tin recipe box diy is a simple project and takes very little time to create. I think it came out really cute and think it would be a cute little house warming gift too. Share if you make one :) #happytogetherbyjess

-jess