345. upcycled gift wrap.


We had some test sheets laying around at work that were pretty big, so I took them home and decided to try them out as gift wrap. Some are printed only on one side – so it makes for a nice clean canvas. I tied some yarn around it and used one of my pom poms leftover from my mantel garland. I used rubber stamps to put the name on the front of the box….Just like that I have a super cute christmas present to give!

153. bird feeder.

Milo and I made these simple bird feeders to hang in our tree out back.

We took some old toilet paper tubes, smeared peanut butter all over them, rolled them in bird seed and tied ribbon through them to hang from the tree. We have some hungry birds out back, so hopefully they will enjoy this special treat.

113. thrift store pillow.

I found this knitted square at the thrift store today for 95 cents. I saw it and thought it would make a cute pillow, especially because earlier in the day I had been eyeing up something similar at CB2 for $40….I found some yellow fabric at the thrift store as well, stopped at the needle shop on my way home to buy a pillow form and threw this together. This probably would have taken me 15 minutes tops if my sewing machine wasnt being such a jerk. I spent a good deal of time wrestling with the top thread, only to give up and finish sewing the pillow by hand. It has a back flap, which I have never sewn before, but was super easy! I love it!

98. messenger bag.

Earlier this week I came across this tutorial on how to make a 32 minute messenger bag. Looked easy, and I thought it would be good to make something like this for when we run out to the park or need to just bring a few things. I’m really happy with how it turned out and it was incredibly easy. I used some heavier plaid fabric I got at a garage sale last year and lined it with a pillowcase I got at the thrift store. This purse probably cost me under $2 to make! I wanna make some kid sized ones!

71. plastic bag keeper.

I checked out the book, Meet me at Mike’s, this week from the library and there are all kinds of great projects I want to make in there. This morning I was looking through it and deciding what to make this week and I started cutting the pieces for this plastic bag storage thing, just because it looked kind of easy. And it was! It is hard to see but it has a fold in the center where you stuff the bags in. I used a vintage sheet I got at the thrift store, but I think next time I will use something heavier. I had to do a little trial and error for one of the parts, but once I got that figured out, this came together rather quickly.

Also I think im going to order that book for myself, since there are so many things I actually want to make from there! The projects seem realistic and most of them are for beginners/advanced beginners, so I think I can do them too!

15. chewbacca.

A few months ago I saw this pattern for an adorable chewbacca plushie doll. I saved the pant legs that I cut off my pants from my halloween costume just for this. The instructions looked pretty easy for a beginner like me, so I knew one day I could try to make this happen. I needed pinking shears to give the face that cute effect, which I finally got for christmas. Milo helped me cut all pieces (well he just dumped out my pins and kept picking them up with my magnetic pin cushion thing and kept talking about how I was going to make a chewbacca for him). It was a pretty fast project to complete. I had a hard time figuring out what to do with the step about the face and pondered on this for probably longer than necessary.  I read and re-read that part over and over and just figured out something on my own. I also didn’t hand sew the arms and legs on like the pattern says to do; instead just sewed them on with the machine and then tucked them in the body like I would do for tote bag straps, then sewed the seams shut and turned it right side out. This way was definitely possible, however, the arms and legs are bulky, so I probably should have been more careful and strategic when I did this. It made for a really messy outcome, but now I know if I ever make one again. Overall I’m pretty happy with the way this turned out. And you know who’s even happier? Milo. He loves his chewbacca. He kept calling him his buddy. And he has brought him to school with him every day this week. He goes to bed with milo at night and when milo makes his way into our bed in the middle of the night, chewbacca usually comes along too.

This project was especially great because it didn’t require a trip to the fabric store….I bought the pants at the thrift store for my halloween costume and then used the remnants to make this happen. So in the end it only cost me about around $1 or so to make. Yay!

01. bunting.

I started the new year finishing up this bunting project for my friends baby shower. This was my first-ever bunting project.  I went to the thrift store and picked out some men’s shirts to use for the fabric. The baby’s nursery is orange, brown and creme, so I chose shirts in this pallete, with the hopes that she will hang them in there after the shower. I cut out some felt letters that read “oh boy!” and sewed them on as well; I put a little moustache on the “o.” I sewed it together with some bias tape. It is far from perfect, but i think it turned out pretty good. Here’s to hoping she likes it too!