DIY T-shirt skirt for girls

So, I saw this super cute pin on Pinterest the other day..I know, I know big shock! Well take a look it is ADORABLE, especially if you have little girls in your world.. I just loved the idea of reusing another t-shirt and with the t-shirt scarfs being such a hit I thought hmmm t-shirt skirts could be just as big.. The one in the pin says LOVE and was suggested for Valentines Day, well I wanted a skirt for my Miss E that she can wear any day all year round. Not that the one in the pin couldn’t be I just did a different play on it.. So lets gets started, I’d say start to finish without my many breaks in between it took me all of 30mins to make.

Supplies I used a mans sized med tshirt, rotary cutter and scissors, felt scraps, needle and thread, elastic and sewing machine..

Step 1 Measure elastic on the your girl..

Love that lil budha belly

Step 2.. cut your t-shirt to the length you want the skirt to fall on your girl, remember to allow about an inch for the casing..

cut straight across

Step 3.. draw out your letters in chalk on the felt for cutting, you could always free hand cut this part..

E.L.I.Y.A. chalked

Step 4..lay out the letters on the bottom of your t-shirt next to the hem line..I doubled my thread to sew on the letters but wish I had, had embroidery thread but it gives them same effect..No need to be perfect with your straight stitch its for a little bit it is suppose to look fun!

Straight stitch

My L is sick and didn’t want to be to far away from his Mama so he was my helper for this project, so I thought we’d pause for cuteness!

My Helpers

Step 5.. Time for the casing.. I didn’t take any pics of me doing the casing since its pretty easy.. I turned the shirt inside out and folded it down about an inch and then sewed a zig zag stitch all the way around leaving a bit of an opening to feed my elastic thru..man I hate feeding elastic it is such a royal pain..Remember t-shirts don’t unravel so I just did 1 turn down for the casing.. Here is an easy Tutorial if you need one.. Once the elastic is fed tru the casing overlap it a bit and sew together and then close up your opening..FLIP skirt right side out and…….

A new t-shirt skirt for Miss E

TaaDaa!! A new skirt for your the lil ones in your world..So many possibilities!

Easy Peasy DIY

Here is a quick and simple super cute easy peasy DIY for you..A braided headband, you could use any materials you have laying around the house.. I saw this pin on Pinterest and thought hmm looks easy enough and I have those things, lets do this..

So step 1..supplies, ribbon, leather cord, ball chain, needle, thread and hair elastic

Supplies

Step 2, cut your ribbon, cord and leather about 2.5 ft long, gather together at the end and sew onto the elastic to secure them together..as you can see I didn’t try and sew it “pretty” just securely you’ll never see it when you’re wearing it

Sew to secure

Step 3..Start braiding, I kept checking length along my own head like a head band till I got the desired length I needed..

A Foot makes a great anchor

Step 4..once you get to your desired length, sew and secure the other end opposite the first end you sewed on to the hair elastic, so you end up with a shape like this

All Done

Step 5, try out your new head band and wear it proudly…

one of a kind headband

I’d love to see if any of you make one and your thoughts…Enjoy!

Sweet Peas & Nest

So I have a new obsession thanks to my awesome friends who pin things at me on Pinterest and say “Can you make this??” or someone will comment on a pin and say “ask Hope bet she could make that” I love my peeps!! So what do sweet peas and nest have to do with making things?? Jewelry!!!

I’m waiting for cooper wire to be restocked so I can play with it as well. So far my nest are just silver and gold with random stones and pearls I have laying around.. Here a few of my nest and one added to a necklace for a Mama to be..

Birds Nest

Mama to Be Necklace

Baby Haynes

Now with the sweet peas.. I had an old wool sweater laying around and decided to cut the arm off and felt the material to make the pea pod..Felting is super simple, all you have to is wash an old wool sweater in hot water and agitate it to get the fibers to shrink and then throw it in the dryer and WhaLa FELT! I then cut it down to size for a pod, strung my green stones on a 20 gage silver wire and sewed the felt around the wire to create the sweet pea necklace..Had some scrape silver laying around cut out a leaf and wham a one of a kind new necklace…

Sweet Pea

Every time I look at it, it makes me sing ” Sweet Pea, Apple of my Eye

Sweet Pea Pod

So now you all are privy to my newest obsession, If you see something on pinterest that you think might catch my eye or your eye and want me to take a stab at it let me know!! You all keep my juices rolling and Night Owlness going!

T-shirt Flower

I got asked to blog how to make the t-shirt flowers I add to my t-shirt scarfs..Then when I went back and looked at my t-shirt scarf blog I realized I promised this DIY a month or so ago..So I apologize for being the typical slacker I am and here it goes….

Step one..1 loop of t-shirt not stretched cut at one end..

loop cut

step 2.. start wrapping the t-shirt around your hand like so..

all wrapped up

step 3.. slide the wrap off your hand and tie in the middle with a stretched piece of t-shirt about a foot long..

tied up tight

step 4..cut the ends of the wrap so there are no more loops..

snip snip

Step 5.. fluff your flower all out, looks like a pompom of sorts and then add to your scarf just like the brain or wraps, just wrap that baby together.. I added another one in yellow to the white and put them on the dyed purple scarf…

Sweet E

Slacker, Yep me!! Photos 6&7

Ugh, I’m such a slacker, or better yet Queen on the Procrastinators, each of the past 2 nights at around 11pm, I think ohhhh I need to go add my photo..Then, SQUIRREL!! And I totally forget till the next night and repeat scenario.. So here are photos 6 & 7 and a link to a really cool DIY of my inner geekiness!

Yoda

An another Star Wars Snowflake..

Make sure you have an xacto knife, you really need it for the hard to get to spots, If you are going to have little ones try and do this I suggest doing the Clone Trooper since it isn’t as much with the xacto knife..It’s winter so snowflakes should be abundant so get your geek on and create!!

http://mattersofgrey.com/diy-star-wars-snowflakes/

Baked Marbles..so very pretty

Baked marbles? Yep just that baked marbles..What does that mean exactly?? It means baking standard playing marbles in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes and dropping them in an ice bath for a cracked look. Why would anyone want to do such a thing?? Well why not! I saw them first on Pinterest and thought hmm what are these things and can it really be that simple and what would I do with them once done..Well here is my DIY and what I did with these sparkly little beauties..

Bought these for $2 and picked thru for all the clear ones..

Regular Marbles

Placed them in a mini muffin tin in the oven at 350 for 20mins..

Marble Tin

Dropped the hot marbles in an ice bath and heard snap crackle pop..

Chillin

Left them in the ice bath for 10mins, pulled them out and although cracked I wanted MORE crackle, so I repeated the baking an icing process one more time and got these lovely little beauties..

All cracked on the inside and sparkly

Now I decided to make these little beauties into necklaces..I epoxied a crystal finding onto the marble and let dry..

Little Crystal Balls

The final outcome, I epoxied a jump ring to the Crystal finding attached a chain and WhaLa!

Baked Marble Necklace

We have quite a few of these to play with and decided other ideas for them, My Deider asked that I make one for his teacher since as he says “she would so love a blue one, she likes to sparkle” It was a fun little DIY and super easy and cheap to make..

Melted Crayons..Right Up My Alley

So if any of you are like me you have crayons EVERYWHERE..With 4 kiddos running around this place I find crayons in every room, drawer, even the dryer at times, ugh! As a kid my mom would melt our crayons down in muffin tins to make those cool crayons that would color all sorts of different shades when you colored with them.I always thought that was such a genius idea an I’ve even done that with our broken ones at times. Well when I saw the pins all over Pinterest with melted crayon art I had to jump on making this.

Here is my take on just one of the many Melted Crayon Art like this one on Pinterest..

http://homemadeserenity.blogspot.com/2011/

So to start off I just have a blank 3 for $8 standard canvas from Wally World, I believe it’s a 16×20..(note will do smaller for the next go at this)

Step 1 I decided I wanted more that just melted crayons..I thought why not add a design under the crayons with tape that I can pull off when done melting the crayons for a picture…(note I used scotch tape, next time will use masking or even duck tape)

Tape Owl

Step 2, find all these broken crayons, crayon boxes etc, & an x-acto knife to slice the paper off the crayons for easy peeling…

crayons

Step 3…Time to line up crayons on the bottom of the canvas in the pattern you like..I wish I had done a smaller canvas so that way I could have lined the crayons touching each other instead of the spacing like it is… I used all the broken crayons here an I used an epoxy I have for jewelry making to stick these lil puppies into place…

lined up for melting

Step 4 grab your hair dryer and get ready to melt these colorful pieces of little wax..I held the canvas to get the right drip I was trying to go for..It was a but of a learning process of which crayons heated up first and started melting quicker that others, just play with it..

dryer

let the melting begin

Step 5..PAUSE for the cuteness you see across from you devouring his soup while Mama plays with her crayons..

cuteness

Step 6…Line up your crayons on top of the canvas now, I left these whole crayons as I liked the idea of seeing some of the paper left on the crayons and for hopes of longer drips of melted beautifulness..I also only positioned them in the middle of the canvas since I wanted to try drawing on the canvas and melting it to see if it would add a watercolored type effect..which I can note it did..proceed to melt..

top crayons

moon & stars

Step 7.. start peeling that tape off, the x-acto knife comes in handy again here to get under some of the wax..again I really think masking or even duck tape would have come off a lot easier..

all melted

Step 8.. all done!! Marvel at the idea of what else could become a possibility of melted crayons.. oh man all the possibilities..

Melted Owl

In the end I like the out come, but what I like even more than the out come is my 9 year old asking if he can make these for gifts for Christmas presents or if I would come into his class and make them with fellow classmates! That right there made this project well WORTH it!!

T-Shirt Scarf 5 minutes TOPS…..

Okay, here is my first “Want to Make” from Pinterest. I have looked at this idea over and over and thought hmmm can it really be that easy…Answer YES! It took me a bit longer because I decided to hand dye and add a flower to it.. But here goes!

http://www.ettestudios.com/2011/03/diy-recycled-tshirt-scarf-roundup.html

T-shirt scarf and flower

There is my sweet E with her finished product! She helped take photos of the process and even helped in the making!

Step 1 any old t-shirt or one from Wally for $2 like we had plain old white for our dying pleasure..Cut off bottom hem and discard..

Step 2 cut 1 inch strips up to seam of arms…

Cutting Strips

Step 3, the fun part align all your strips into one big circle..AND PULL!!!

Strips ready to be aligned and Stretched!

Pull Sweet E

Step 4..now I decided to dye ours..BUT if you have a color you like no need to do this step..I dyed ours with Wilton cake colors because that is all the dye I had on hand..little bit of water and a tub laid strip in for an ombre effect

Dying to meet you...

Step 5..dry, or continue from step 3…Align all your loops together into 1 big circle and get ready to add embellishments..

Step 6. I took one of the loops that seemed a bit bigger than the rest and cut to make a long strand, grabbed the bottom of the loops and started lassoing that baby together.. I tucked the ends into the loops to hide them.. I took another loop and cut it into 3 long stands..

Step 7…I proceeded to braid…

braid

Step 8..I did bust out the machine for a mater of 2 secs to secure the ends and cut off the knot but HONESTLY no need if you don’t have a machine, made one for my Mom today to prove it takes 5 minutes with no dying and just tucked the ends…

2 sec stitch

So to add braid follow step 6 AND WaaaLaaaa a new scarf in 5 minutes minus the dying!! I’ll add the flower tutorial hopefully tomorrow when this kitten stops trying to swat every letter on the screen as I type…

T-Shirt Scarf

5 minutes to DONE

wearing it long..

New to this…

So I’m new to this blogging world, I’ve been reading friends of mines for years and love looking around the web for all different types of DIY’s and interesting people. So I figured with my obsession with DIY’s and my mass amount of pins in my “want  to make” album on Pinterest it is time I start accomplishing these things and sharing my experiences doing them….With 4 kiddos running all over this house and 2 spunky kittens who get in the way of making things this should be interesting..I do the majority of my “projects” at night when everyone is sleeping, but the occasional paw or baby hand makes its way into my stations and it becomes a game of who is quicker and can outwit the other…So bare with me and my newness and lets begin…..