DIY Tissue Box for TP

I don’t buy tissue unless someone in the family has a bad runny nose, and then I get them the nice ones with lotion! The rest of the time we go without tissues in the house, until I saw this tutorial on how to use toilet paper as a tissue refill.

It’s been awhile since I bought tissues so I didn’t have a tissue box. I did however have a box that used to hold cornmeal and it fit a small roll of toilet paper. It’s been sitting on our counter looking like we are using some special cornmeal tissue for a few weeks now. I finally got around to making it cute!

The top of the lid was easy, I just took a box cutter and slit a large “X” into it. It works perfectly.

I mod-podged some cute fall paper onto it, because our kitchen and living room are always fall colors and I can’t wait to start decorating for fall soon!

Once it dried I was able to put the toilet paper back in it and put the lid back on. I love that it’s easy to change when needed as well.

Check out these other “Almost Free” fall crafts!
Turkey Pumpkin
Stuffed Pumpkin Baskets
3 Boo-ing Ideas

Decorated T-Shirt Crafts

Remember this skirt? I failed to mention that I burnt the iron-ons when I put them on it last time, so they fell off after the first wash (and the pictures!). Recently I added a piece of another t-shirt I had but didn’t like to wear as a top. I’m all set for any future patriotic holidays now. Or maybe a homecoming in the near future?

For the shorts I made here I decided to paint a little mustache on them. I had to cut out a few stencils until I got one that I liked. I taped it on and dabbed on the fabric paint and let them dry.

I think my sister will love these, she came up with the idea, but she doesn’t get them until her birthday!

The dress that I made a different sister was dressed up with this flower pin. The tutorial and better pictures are here.

See Also:
Make Your Own Iron Ons
Iron-On Embellished Skirt
T-Shirt Dress Tutorial

Cherry Dr. Pepper Can Bracelets

Last year I made these Coca-Cola Can bracelets. Every month it is still my most popular post. I hadn’t made any in quite awhile but a friend was disappointed that she never got one, so I had to pull my stuff out again to make some. This time I was a little bit more creative and we decided to bling them out a little bit more.

Go check out the first tutorial before you try to follow this tutorial, it will make everything easier!

Differences

Make the shape of the bracelet a little different, in the past I made them mostly square but the edges would catch on stuff and they would poke you or could rip.

You can choose to turn the edges back or forth. You will get a silver lining if they are turned out, but if they are turned under they will be less noticeable. It’s all about what you think looks best. I sometimes like the silver lining and sometimes want a cleaner edge. If you turn the edges under they shouldn’t scrape you as long as they are pressed very flat.

Instead of big holes for the ribbon, make very small holes with a pin and add jump rings. We also added metal clasps instead of ribbon for some of them. Or you can skip the holes all together if you roll the edges, and thread a small ribbon or elastic through.

Add more decoration to them by adding flowers or bows with hot glue.

Add fabric lining to give the bracelet a little more structure as well as comfort. I used t-shirt scraps because they don’t fray and just hot glued them in.

More Coca-Cola:
Coke Can Necklace
Decorating with Coca-Cola
Wallet with Charms from Coke Can
The Day I Wore a Coca-Cola T-shirt

Toddler Army Uniform Costume from Daddy's ACU's

I hate calling my baby a toddler- how did he get so big??

I’m not going to give a tutorial because I messed it up quite a bit, and didn’t have a very good way of doing it. (I was so frustrated it sat on the floor for almost a month!) The pants we’re super easy though, I made them just like pajama pants, and from the very bottom of the legs on daddy’s ACU’s.

So just enjoy the pictures of my cute little man- they make me cry- and just know that making this is do-able but finding a tutorial elsewhere would be a good idea!

I also want to try putting together a rucksack for him to use as a goody bag and maybe a tan t-shirt for under his jacket. (He was wearing a standard-issue blue’s Clues shirt for some of the pictures:)

Edited: I have gotten tons questions about making this outfit, it was something I made without a pattern (or taking enough pictures) but I did take some pictures of the outfit just laid out so that you can see it better so that maybe they can help more than I can! I do try to take the time to respond to any questions so feel free to leave a comment or email me and I will try to help!
ACU Top
ACU Top Open
ACU Bottoms

Cute Altered Trench Coat

I recently posted a teaser about a trench coat I found at goodwill. You can see it and my before picture here.

And here’s my finished product! (See Also: Newer Picture of my Trench Coat)

Materials:
10″ of Black Material that matches your coat
32″ of scallopped black lace
10 3/4″ D-rings
Ribbon
Buttons

Directions:

{Taking in the Armpits}
First try your jacket on and see how much the sleeves need to be brought in. Mark it however is best for you, in the armpit, where it would be the most to take in.

Pull your lining away from your jacket, and have your jacket inside out. You may have to cut some of the ties from the jacket and lining. I only cut the ones from the armpit, and you can replace them later. If it’s easy enough I would recommend taking out the whole lining, but for mine I didn’t want to have to re-sew the cuffs. (I know, I’m just lazy!)

Once you figure out how to pull the lining out of the way and have your jacket inside out, you can press your sleeve flat so that you can cut it down to size. Pin where you have marked on your sleeve, and place pins where you want to sew. Also be sure to pin the jacket side as well. In my picture it wasn’t pinned so I drew a red line on where you would pin it. (Think: tapering the sleeve so that it matches the pin in the armpit.)

Also, pin on a ribbon that you can use to sew the lining back to the jacket, like how it was originally.

Sew along where you have it pinned. (I cut out the excess fabric first, but I would recommend doing that last, just in case you mess it up!) After it is sewn you can cut out the excess fabric.

Follow this same process for the lining as well, but as you are sewing the armpit, grab the ribbon from the armpit of your outside and include that into your stitch.

UPDATE: When I first did this I didn’t take in it enough- a year later I finally fixed it and it has more of a dressy look. This is when I should have done it right the first time! (See the post with the new pictures of the trench coat here)

{Sewing on the Corset}
First, cut 10 short pieces of ribbon to about an inch and a half. Light a candle, and singe all of the edges.

Also cut two inches off of your black fabric (the same direction they would at the fabric store, you will need the rest for the ruffles)

Decide how long you want you corset section to be. When it is sewn on, you don’t want it to go much lower than your waist. Mine was about 8 inches long, and each of my d-rings had about an inch between them.

Cut your black fabric to be the height that you just decided on. Fold in the edges and press them. Pin your ribbons holding the D-rings to the strips of black fabric and when you have them lined up the way you want them, pin them to the jacket. I found the easiest way to pin them to the jacket was to slide the jacket onto my ironing board, so that the lining was underneath the ironing board and out of the way.

When you have everything pinned down, you can take it to the sewing machine, and sew the edges of the black fabric. Sew as close to the edge as you can. You can pin the lining out of the way, or just try to be careful that you don’t catch it underneath where you are sewing.

You can string the ribbon in to see how it looks, but I would remove it while you sewed on your ruffles just so that it doesn’t get in the way.

{Adding Ruffles}
Put your jacket back on the ironing board. Create a fold going from the inner edge of the corset piece to the bottom of the coat. This is going to be the edge of your ruffles. Press it on both sides so that you have something visual to help you place the ruffles.

Cut the rest of your black fabric in half (You should have something about 8×32 inches by now). One of the pieces can have about 6 inches trimmed off as well, but leave the other one long.

Hem the edges of each piece so that they won’t fall apart if you ever go to wash the coat. Using a long, loose stitch, sew the gathering stitch on the top of each piece.

Pull one of the strings on your gathering stitch to create the ruffles. Fold the two outside edges over and pin them to the jacket. Pin the top edge to the jacket as well. The top edge may be messy looking but it will be covered by the next row of ruffles. (The very top one will be under the corset’s ribbon and not very noticeable as well)

Sew on both sides and the bottom. (Sorry my picture is after the whole thing was finished because when I was making it I was too excited about finishing to remember to take pictures 🙂

Next cut your lace, it should be about 32 inches long by 8 inches high, with the scallopped edge at the bottom. Pin the lace in place, so that it covers a few inches of the lower ruffle. Sew the three edges just as before. Follow the same idea for the next black piece and the final lace piece.

{Adding Buttons}
The buttons on the front are purely decorative, and are hand sewn onto the front, over where the existing/useful buttons are.

I hope this gave you some ideas to be able to make a cheap coat seem like your perfect $80+ coat! Make sure if you haven’t already to click here and go look at the updated pictures of this trench coat. I took it in a little bit more, and it looks fantastic- and a little bit more dress-like.

For other clothing alteration projects check out these links:
Straps Added to Strapless Dress
Repurposing a Onsie into a Cute Burp Cloth
T-shirt to Un-Tucked Onsie
T-Shirt Embellishment

Patchwork Tablet / Laptop Case from Army Pants (ACU's)

I made a laptop case awhile ago but I didn’t have much time to make it so it came out a little crooked and I didn’t take pictures for a full tutorial. Since then my husband and I purchased new tablets and while they were in the process of shipping to us I used the dimensions online to make our cases. The first one I made needed a bigger seam allowance and space to allow for the padding. Hopefully my husband can find a use for the case– if not I will be giving it away to someone with a smaller tablet.

I have used the same pair of ACU bottoms (Don’t ask me what it stands for! It’s code for army uniform, but not the dress uniform because those are called Class A’s) for a few different projects so all I have left are scraps. I patched them together to get the sizes I needed. If you are going to do this, sew everything together before cutting it down to the final size. It saves you from heart ache in case your seam allowances were just a tiny bit off.

Also, at a recent Business Expo I talked to a lady selling cloth diapers and covers and she told me that fleece was completely waterproof. I think I might have heard that before, but it never had really sunk in. I used a double layer of fleece for the padding so that it would also help protect the tablet from any water too.

My dimensions are for a 10.1 inch tablet. They measured it 10.4 inches x 0.4 inches x 7.1 inches. If doing a different size, be sure to give yourself plenty of extra room. It can always be made smaller later. Also, a bigger pocket can fit on this case, feel free to make it wider but not too much taller.

Materials:
Outer Fabric- 2 10×14 Pieces
Lining Fabric- 2 10×14 Pieces
Padding (Fleece)- 4 10×14
Pocket Pieces- 1 8×9, 1 3×9
Pocket Pieces Liner- 1 8×9, 1 3×9
Velcro- 8 inches
Zipper- 16 inches (I used a 22 inch one and trimmed it later)
Secret Note (optional)

Directions:
Pocket
Once you have everything cut to size as listed above, it’s time to sew the pockets. Because the pocket pieces were patched together there are open seams on the back that need to be covered. Pin your front sides together of your pocket piece and your pocket liner, and sew the outsides. For the larger piece leave the bottom open. For the smaller piece only leave a small opening on one of the longer sides. The opening can be ironed down to match the rest of the seams, and they will be sewn shut when they are sewn to the bag or when the velcro is sewn on.

When they both are finished being sewn and ironed, the velcro can be added. The hook side should go on the smaller piece.

Now the pocket can be sewn to one of the pieces of outer fabric. Make sure to use plenty of pins so that it doesn’t shift at the last minute or you’ll have a crooked pocket. Sew the three outsides of the pocket, and the one top side of the flap.

Secret Note
I wrote a note for my husband on fabric with a sharpie and zig-zag stitched it to the lining to keep it from fraying. It looks like it is written sideways so that it can be seen just on the inside of the zipper. If you do this, it needs to be done before everything is sewn together.

Sewing Everything Together
Now that all the pieces are ready (unless you are going to embellish them more than I did) it is time to sew your case.

Lay down one of the padding pieces. On top of that (make sure the top sides of everything match) lay down a lining piece (face up) and then the zipper (face up). Next lay down one of the outer pieces (face down) and another padding piece. Pin them together. Use your zipper foot and go down the entire length of your fabric.

Of what you have just sewn, pull pack everything so that the zipper is showing. You can iron everything down so that its out of the way. You are going to put the rest of your pieces together just like you did for the first. Reminder: Padding, Liner(Face Up),Zipper (Face Up), Outer (Face Down), Padding. Sew these ones just like you did for the first side.

Now it’s going to get a little trickier. (It’s tricky, it’s tricky…) Your outsides (and the padding with them) will be together and the lining (plus padding) will be together. You will sew a big rectangle around them, leaving an open space about the size of you hand in the lining side. Wait! Make sure your zipper is halfway open before you start, or you may regret trying to save money on a store bought case. If it’s halfway open it’s all good, you can save money in peace.

Before you pull it inside out, clip off each of the corners, and cut at notch at the zipper. It will make your final product look a bit more professional. (I love when people question me if I made something because it looks so “store-bought” that they can’t tell. Like my messenger bag)

Pull it inside out and poke out the corners of the outside with a stuffing stick or a skewer. They are pretty much the same thing. To sew the lining shut you can either hand stitch it with a whip stitch (this is the best looking) or you can be lazy like me and do a quick sewing machine stitch to keep it closed. It’s up to you.

Once your lining is stitched closed you can play with the zipper, and let your tablet try it on. Also, check out my girly Ruffled Tablet Case that has a couple things done differently on it.

Want more sewing projects?
Remote Control Holder Pillowcase
Camping Foam Mattress Pad and Case
Ruffled Curtains
Dog Bed

Free Dog Brush

This may cost a bit more than free to some of you, especially if you don’t buy ammo very often and find a random ammo holder lying around your room. For me, I was cleaning up and found the plastic piece from a box of ammo and noticed it looked just like a dog brush that I haven’t let myself buy. I bought the stupid glove thing, and I don’t like it very much. Anyway, because I’m a nerd, I tried out the ammo holder to brush the dog, and he seemed to love it. For good measure I also tried brushing my hair with it too, and it worked just fine.

I would like to thank *cough* someone for leaving trash around the room so that I have a new dog brush, it saved us about seven bucks. Thanks, honey!

Also, don’t mind the awkward picture of me trying to show it being used, he wasn’t being cooperative, just like the drooling headless baby in the background.

Decorations for the Very Hungry Caterpillar Party

I found inspiration on Pinterest to paint cardboard to make party props. My idea was to have a huge caterpillar hanging on the wall, but I went a little smaller scale this time.

My first price of art I was too excited about and I showed it off before it was finished, see it here.

This big fat caterpillar was done by my sister. She drew it out and painted it all herself. She tried to make each color match the book by mixing them.

These ones I did myself. I really liked the way they turned out, I’m stalling at throwing them out.
Another sister of mine came over the day of the party to help decorate. She put streamers up everywhere for me. Everything looked great around the house!

Ugly Clown Pajama Shorts from T-Shirts

So sometime I make really ugly projects. This only happens when I make mistakes or if it is really useful. This time I made something ugly and useful. I’ve been needing pajama shorts for bed but I really don’t want to buy any.

These could have been cute if they were the same color, but I was using the scraps of t-shirt left from my t-shirt quilt, so I only had the backs of the shirts and none were the same. (I do have other t-shirts in my stash, but I’m saving those to make more skirts.)

Materials:
Large T-shirts
Elastic
A Pair of Shorts to use as a pattern

Directions:
First, fold your shorts so that you can use them as a pattern. The need to be turned inside out, and then pull one leg inside of the other.

Another first is to cut out your t-shirt, cut off the sleeves and other seams. I had already done it from when I was making the t-shirt quilt.

I am a small person, so two halves of a large t-shirt was enough to make me some shorts, if you are larger using two whole t-shirts would be a good option, just don’t cut off the side seams before-hand so you can save yourself a little work. Also, the shorts I used as a pattern were small booty-shorts so I made sure to make them longer so that they would be more comfortable. (They’re ugly so they better be comfy!!)

After you cut out your pattern on both shirts, it’s time to sew them up. The first seam to sew is the leg on each side. Once you do both of those, you can place your sides together and sew the crotch of the shorts.

Lastly, is the top seam where you will put in the elastic. I just fold it over once when I am using t-shirts because they won’t fray. Leave a small section un-sewn so that you can slide your elastic in. I like to use a large safety pin to help me get the elastic through.

Sew your elastic together and if you want you can sew the top seam closed and you’re done.

If you have done pajama pants before it is super easy to recreate. I know that was alot of people’s first projects, and if you haven’t done it yet buy a real pattern, and do it with t-shirts. It’s easy I promise! Especially if you know from the beginning that they are going to be ugly no matter what you do. Thanks for stopping by!

Finished! The Very Hungry Caterpillar Art

I am getting into full on birthday planning mode, for my son’s 1st birthday. We chose the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle for the theme. So far I made a couple of invitations, and a party hat proto-type.

I saw these neat party decorations on Pinterest, and it sparked the idea that I could paint anything on cardboard to make awesome and cheap party decor. See the ideas at Pam’s Party Planning.

Anyway, I was able to get the cute little girl I watch to help me paint (it was an amazing distraction for her!) a couple of scenes from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We are going to add the words from the book that go with each page (In the light of the moon, a little egg…. yes I just wrote that down from heart! and On Sunday, out of the egg…). We are also going to add an ultrasound picture to the left side and a newborn picture to the right side. This will be put up on one of the tables at the party for decoration and so we can all be amazed that he has grown so much in a year!

I plan on making more cardboard decorations, we just did this one today and I was too excited about it to wait to share! Thanks for looking, and I’ll be updating it when it’s finished.

UPDATE: I finally put the pictures on, it looks great!