DIY Drawstring Bag

I know, I know. Sewing projects make me cringe, too. But you should know by now that I don’t put any sewing projects on here that a trained monkey couldn’t…

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I know, I know. Sewing projects make me cringe, too. But you should know by now that I don’t put any sewing projects on here that a trained monkey couldn’t do. If your machine is all set up, this should literally take you 10 minutes. And these things have so many uses! I’m giving a couple to my niece with her birthday present because we’re giving her Lincoln Logs and my sister doesn’t want tiny logs floating all over her house. Boom. Drawstring bag saves the day. (Note: I adapted this bag from this tutorial at The Mother Huddle, which is a little more fancy — it’s got a squared-off bottom. If you have a little more time and want a few extra steps, check that one out! I pared this one down for simplicity and ease.)

Materials

  • fabric swatch, 18″ x 22″
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • iron
  • cotton cord
  • safety pin

Make Time: 10 minutes

On the top 22″ edge of your fabric, fold over and iron the edge of the fabric toward the center. Make the fold about 2 1/2″ long and about 1/2″ wide. Yes, it’ll be kind of awkward and at an angle but it’s cool. Sew this with a straight stitch, reinforcing a few times. This will be the edge of your drawstring and keep it from fraying.

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On the same top edge, fold and iron a 1/4″ hem. Fold and iron the same edge over, hiding the previous fold in a 3/4″ hem.

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Sew this down with a straight stitch.

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Fold in half so that right sides are facing. Sew a straight stitch along the two open, non-drawstring edges. Start at the area just under the drawstring opening and reinforce a few times.

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Flip the bag right side out. String your cord through, pushing along with a safety pin if necessary. Tie the ends of the cord together.

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See? Simple, right? Told ya. Oh and by the way, I used some vintage fabric from my grandmother, but any sturdy cotton will do. And just so you know, fat quarters usually come in the exact right size for this project. So just go to the fabric store, get a few fat quarters, and you don’t even have to do any cutting. (That’s my kinda sewing project). Have fun! xoxo

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diy mason jar sewing kit

You know those moments when you’re in a store and you see something insanely cute and insanely expensive and you think to yourself, I could make that?  This is one…

You know those moments when you’re in a store and you see something insanely cute and insanely expensive and you think to yourself, I could make that?  This is one of those moments.

I was in one of my favorite stores recently and saw a gorgeous little mason jar sewing kit.  It cost more money than it had any right to, so I came home and made one.  The only thing that I was missing were the beautiful little scissors, which I picked up at my local craft store.  So let’s make a mason jar sewing kit.

Gather your materials.

  • mason jar
  • fabric
  • pen
  • scissors
  • glue gun
  • cardboard
  • cotton batting
  • supplies for the sewing kit (thread, needles, pins, measuring tape, mini scissors, etc.)

Use the flat lid of your mason jar to trace a circle onto the cardboard.  Cut out the circle.  Use the ring from the lid of the jar to trace a circle onto the wrong side of your fabric; add an approximate half inch all around the circle and cut it out.

Discard the flat portion of the lid.  On the inside of the ring portion, glue the edges of the fabric circle to lip of the ring using your glue gun.

Stuff a small amount of batting into the lid.  Hot glue the cardboard circle down on the lip of the lid, securing the batting underneath.

Now stuff the jar chock full of pretty sewing goodies and keep it for yourself or give it to your favorite seamstress.  These would be amazing as favors at a shower or party, or sweet as a gift to a crafty bride-to-be!  xoxo

giveaway: diy shortie ruffle apron!

Remember this DIY post from a while ago on how to sew your own shortie ruffle apron?  Well dolls, in a spasm of generosity (huh?), I’m giving away that very…

Remember this DIY post from a while ago on how to sew your own shortie ruffle apron?  Well dolls, in a spasm of generosity (huh?), I’m giving away that very apron here on Lovely Indeed!  It’s freshly sewn by yours truly, and completely unused — I’m just all stocked up on aprons and would rather have one of you lovelies own it and put it to good use.  Here she is, in all her glory!

Keep it for yourself, or give it to someone you love (you could cross one person off your holiday shopping list)!  Wanna win it?  It’s beyond simple.

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is…

leave a comment below and let us know what you’d do with this little beauty

OR

-“like” Lovely Indeed on Facebook and post a comment on our wall.

{Want a double entry?  Do both!}

The winner will be chosen at random and announced Monday December 12.  And that’s it!  Happy entering, lovelies!  xoxo

diy ampersand throw pillow

I’m not sure why ampersands are so hot right now, but I’m on board for sure!  We have an old throw pillow on our bed that was looking pretty tired,…

I’m not sure why ampersands are so hot right now, but I’m on board for sure!  We have an old throw pillow on our bed that was looking pretty tired, so I decided to dress it up a bit.  Read on for the full tutorial.

Cut two pieces of fabric slightly larger than the size of your pillow.  Cut an ampersand shape out of freezer paper to use as a stencil and iron it (shiny side down) onto the center of one piece of fabric (1).  Using gold paint and a sponge brush, stencil the design onto the fabric (2).  Once your stencil is complete (3), peel away the freezer paper and let it dry (4).

Pin and sew right sides of your fabric together (5).  Leave 2/3 of the bottom edge of your fabric unsewn, and stuff the fabric with the pillow (6).  Use a hidden stitch to close the open section on the bottom of your pillow (7).

Bam!  You’re done.  Isn’t that a chic little update?  You can tell all of your friends you got it at some expensive home boutique.  Orrrr, you could tell them you made it and watch their jaws drop.  Either way.  xoxo

diy “heart attack” garland

My sister recently had a birthday.  I gave her a heart attack.  I mean, not literally a heart attack — it’s more like I attacked her with hearts.  Keep reading…

My sister recently had a birthday.  I gave her a heart attack.  I mean, not literally a heart attack — it’s more like I attacked her with hearts.  Keep reading if you wanna know how to give a heart attack to someone you love.

Cut out a bunch of hearts, in different sizes and colors.  I used scrapbooking paper, but cardstock or plain paper works also.

Fire up your sewing machine and put it on the zigzag stitch setting.  Feed the first heart through, backstitching slightly to lock the end.  Let the heart feed all the way under the sewing machine’s foot, then keep sewing after the heart feeds through, to create a chain of stitches before the next heart.  After about 10 “blank” stitches, begin to feed the next heart through.

Continue creating your garland in this way – one heart, 10 stitches worth of chain before the next heart – until the garland reaches your desired length.  On your final heart, be sure to backstitch a bit to lock this end, just like you did the other.

That’s it!  Hang it up as a surprise for someone you love on a birthday, holiday, or…  well, just any old day would do!  Give ’em a heart attack — the good kind.  xoxo

diy fabric pouch on the sweetest occasion

DIY Week wraps up today over at The Sweetest Occasion with a quick and easy little sewing project, perfect for a beginner (or a “straight-lines-only-please” seamstress like me!).  Grab some…

DIY Week wraps up today over at The Sweetest Occasion with a quick and easy little sewing project, perfect for a beginner (or a “straight-lines-only-please” seamstress like me!).  Grab some fabric, fire up your sewing machine, and click here for a full breakdown.  Here’s what we’re making.  Go see!  xoxo

diy first tooth doll

My most perfect niece cut her first tooth recently, and it got me inspired to commemorate the occasion with a little DIY for her. I got some felt and cut…

My most perfect niece cut her first tooth recently, and it got me inspired to commemorate the occasion with a little DIY for her.

I got some felt and cut out two tooth shapes, about 8 inches tall.

I stitched around with black embroidery thread, sewing in braided embroidery thread arms along the way (the arms were also secured with a little hot glue).

Just before I finished the outer stitching, I stuffed the tooth with upcycled shopping bags (so they’d crunch a little and make a cool sound).

I cut out little felt circles for the tooth’s right hand, then a “foam finger” for the left.  I glued on the #1, some eyes, and some lips.  The final touch was a little rouge from my makeup bag to make the cheeks.  (A special note:  If you decide to make this for a little one, be sure that you always monitor them while they play with it — there are lots of little glued-on parts that tiny hands might love to tear at!)  xoxo

semi-diy embellished tea towels

I love to give kitchen towels as gifts — I think you can never have too many, and they’re almost as fun as jewelry, because they’re kind of like accessories…

I love to give kitchen towels as gifts — I think you can never have too many, and they’re almost as fun as jewelry, because they’re kind of like accessories for your kitchen.  (Weird?  Maybe.)  But!  Anybody can just buy some towels, wrap ’em up and put a gift tag on them — this year, I decided to personalize some store-bought towels, in order to make them a little more homey.

I found some cute little kitchen towels at Target (Shh!  Don’t tell!) and pulled together some kooky trimmings that I had laying around.  This summer, I acquired some vintage rickrack at an estate sale, and decided to use that as well — a vintage touch is always cool, right?

Some of the towels were plain, bright colors — rickrack went on those.  The others had cute little patterns of birds and teacups printed on them.  I decided to embellish them with a little embroidery (thus knocking out another 30 by 30 goal!), so I picked up some embroidery thread in matching colors and used a split stitch to outline some of the designs.

Then, pompom trim went on the bottom of the patterned towels, and I paired them up in complimentary colors.  Ta-daaa!  xoxo

diy christmas stocking

My sister and I have had the same Christmas stockings our entire lives — they were made for us on our first Christmases.  Hers is needlepoint, and mine is yarn…

My sister and I have had the same Christmas stockings our entire lives — they were made for us on our first Christmases.  Hers is needlepoint, and mine is yarn hooked.  I absolutely love them and the fact that they are handmade, so I wanted to give that gift to my niece, Paige, this Christmas.  I did a little research to gather some stocking ideas, and came up with a layered scallop design that involves a bunch of different textures.

I found some Christmas-y red terry cloth fabric and used that as the base of the stocking.  From the dollar store, I got a cheapie little stocking to use as a pattern and I stole the lining out of the inside to line Paige’s stocking with.  Then I started making the scalloped top:  I used pieces of red and white fabric from my stash to cut out the scalloped strips freehand (it ended up being a little swiss dot, some ribbed knit, and a red suede).  Those got sewn onto a backing layer by layer.  Then the whole thing got stitched onto the terry cloth stocking form.

I decided to add a little detachable pompom detailing with some red yarn I had left over from an old scarf.  (Super simple:  just wrap yarn around two fingers until you have enough for a full pompom, slip off fingers, tie off in the center, and snip the ends of the loops.)

Obviously, a stocking needs a name on it, so I used my new needlepoint skills to put Paige’s name on the toe.

The final touch was just a little loop at the top so that the stocking could be hung by the chimney with care.  And here’s the finished product.  Merry Christmas, Paigie!  xoxo

diy fingerless gloves

After having seen this tutorial from Disney over at Ruffles and Stuff, I was totally inspired to make some fingerless gloves for a Christmas gift.  (If you haven’t peeked at…

After having seen this tutorial from Disney over at Ruffles and Stuff, I was totally inspired to make some fingerless gloves for a Christmas gift.  (If you haven’t peeked at Ruffles and Stuff yet, you’ve got to go check it out!  Inspiration overload, in a totally good way.)  So I popped into my friendly neighborhood dollar store and got three big fat pairs of cozy men’s socks for $2.  Score.

They had a gray stripe around the ankle that I didn’t want, so I cut it and hemmed the edges.  Then, I sliced off the toes of the socks and sewed a zigzag stitch all around that edge to keep it from fraying.

Using some scrap fabric I had laying around, I cut out little hearts and hand-stitched them on the gloves.  Then, I sewed finger holes by using a straight stitch on the machine, sewing perpendicular to the zigzag stitch that finished the edge I had previously cut off.  Just half an inch of stitching per finger did the trick.

Then, I slipped my hand inside and marked a place for a thumb hole.  I cut a slit about an inch long and sewed around the edge with another zigzag stitch to finish it.  And that’s all she wrote!  Cozy, comfy, DIY goodness.

Also, don’t forget to enter to win the Hello I Love you tee from The Wedding Chicks!  I’ve had so much fun meeting some new folks through our super-mega-December giveaways.  Hope you’re all enjoying the festivities!  xoxo

diy ruffle shower curtain

Around the time that I was making my 30 by 30 list, I was totally enamored of this shower curtain.  I must have been feeling ambitious, because I put it…

Around the time that I was making my 30 by 30 list, I was totally enamored of this shower curtain.  I must have been feeling ambitious, because I put it on my list to make myself one (instead of marching out to Anthropologie and buying one like all the sane people).  I kept putting it off and completing other things on the list first, mostly because I didn’t really know how to approach it, being pretty much a novice seamstress.  But it couldn’t wait any longer (I was tired of showering behind a sad shower liner with no curtain), so off I blindly went into the world of ruffles.

I originally had thought I was going to hand-dye the fabric to create the gradient color, but I let go of that idea real fast when I found this fabric from eQuilter.  It was already striped with a pretty awesome color spectrum, ranging from a pale lime color, to deep avocado.

I got some raw muslin in a neutral shade to use as a backing, and started going to town.  Each ruffle needed about twice the width of the curtain (which is six feet wide) to create the fullness I wanted, and I ended up using eleven ruffles.  You do the math — it was a lot of sewing and ruffling.  True story:  I was sewing one day and got into a total groove — I just kept going and going and going.  I didn’t realize it, but my sewing machine was vibrating a shelf on which there were a couple of picture frames.  All of a sudden, the frames came crashing down on my head.  I was fine, just surprised.  Until I looked out the window and realized that my neighbor had witnessed the whole thing.  Then I was surprised and embarrassed.

Anyhoo, after lots of trial and tribulation and ripping out of stitches, I did it!  I’m sort of shocked that it actually happened, to be honest!  It was certainly a labor of love — so much so that I almost see it as more of an art piece than a shower curtain…  Is that weird?

And there she is, in all her glory!  I think it looks like seaweed, so I’m taking the bathroom in a mermaid direction and hoping Mr. Lovely either doesn’t notice or doesn’t mind.  😉

And, hey!  Don’t forget that the Keep Calm Print Giveaway ends TODAY!  Make sure to get your entries in, as we’ll be announcing the winner tomorrow.  I’m so excited!  Have a great week, lovelies.  xoxo