Arm guards for Lounge chairs

Every summer I get a vacation away from my family thanks to my Aunt. When she goes away I get to house sit and take care of her cats. One problem…. when I sit outside on the lawn chair… the arm rest is metal, so I end up getting burned.

Now you know the inspiration for this project, and I wish there were a way that i could record the whole process for you, but it took me a few nights in total to work on this as I do everything ALL by hand, no sewing machine.

 

Supplies

Fabric

Thread(s)  in the color of your fabric

Sheet of  flat ‘stuffing’

Ribbon, string but pref. the tie from your old running pants.

(bra) hooks, buttons, or velcro

Steps

I can’t tell you what size piece of fabric I used, I just grabbed the one you see below, put some of it over the arm of my lawn chair (the arm is wider then my aunt’s chair) and

I did fold it in half and sew the side,

put in my cut piece of vatting (or is it batting)

sewed the ‘ribbon’ on the sides in front and back

sewed metal hooks  (the bra looking hooks) on one side (though I may add velcro or another hook to the other side)

now just to be sure that the stuffing in it doesn’t move around if I ever have to wash them… I was going to sew a line in the middle.

 

You can also make them without sewing as well…

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part ways with your Favorite denim Easier with these clever projects

Have I got some projects for you this year! I cam across this and started to drool.

Instead of getting rid of those old jeans put them away to use for these darling if not daring projects!

What are they, one is a bib, a basket bucket and even a place mat with pocket for napkin and utensils. Let’s not forget the Denim Whale, I wasn’t aware blue whales came from denim! I also like the jeans with the British flag on it

Up the ottoman project to be storage! Use a pail of your liking to store your kids toys or anything that you may need to quick clean when pressed for time when company is coming.

I ‘sew’ want to make those place mats for cookouts!

clever-projects-thatll-make-you-part-ways-with-your-old-denim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fabric tags

Good idea and at the same time I saw this it made me think, why ‘dress up’ the gift pouch when I could just make one with the fabric itself?

Or at least cover it to make a reusable little pouch.  Not to mention that last part in the instructions having the card stock tag Wrapping: (I forget the name of them) over the fabric to me is a waste of time. If you are going to do that, the tag should not fully cover the fabric it should be 1/4 – 1/2  the size

Instead of making a separate paper tag, I’d just use the fabric I used to make a tag and include the person’s name so they can use it as a bookmark or something else. Or use a different pattern/color of fabric.

My idea for fabric tags is highly different than what is here. Why not make a tag you can maybe even put a few candies in (like how some hang a candy cane from a gift) You can even include a couple of dollars in it or instant lotto tickets. Also why not include the person’s name on the tag which in turn if they have a christmas tree they can hang it on as an ornament, or use as a bookmark, and if you include a magnet in it can be used to find messages on the fridge or on a hook and be used on a daily or weekly calendar they are only limited by their imagination.

Most of my ‘scraps’ are used for my Patchwork, but I have used it to make other things for family or friends like the gift bag I made last year for my friend Alisa… she likes horses  and it had some on there with other western accent designs (she lives in Arizona). She just loved it I told her I made the bag for her gift but so she can reuse it for whatever she would need it for.

I got a whole heap of fabric items from my aunt Mary (I think I might be able to open my own store!!)  it was like I think 4 big shopping bags FULL!!!  but one of them was a Horse with Horseshoe design, maybe I’ll use some of it for a ‘tag’ or envelope or make something else with it when I get an idea.

Another great idea for this is why not make your own Halloween treat bags? (or for the kids you know best in the neighborhood or just use them as prizes for a party etc.)

The trick or treat bags are usually 3×6 inches in size and usually have 2 or more pieces of candy or other items in them, unless they are the birthday party LOOT bag size and therefore

The Party bag size should be bigger, prizes should be larger and have some sort of candy, and other item in them (small toys etc)  Besides, they can reuse them for whatever they want and this way its part of the treat!

Make them with holiday designs or if there’s a birthday use a balloon or happy birthday design. Or find the kid’s favorite cartoon or game design on some fabric. and so on. These work for Host gifts for wine bottles (but you may have to pad it a bit)  It’s like 2 gifts in one! They not only get the gift but can use the gift bag you make for them to throw things in for road trips to keep the kids entertained or can be used for a way to organize a purse, back pack, suit case etc. (Depending on the size you make it)  or reuse for another gift.

Make it as a back back, handled or drawstring  design 

 

I make the ‘Utility’ tags for $5 for one   (that’s with their name, and are the sort that can be used as a bookmark, magnet, ornament etc)

Standard without Names  is $10 for 20

Bags are $5 per bag.  you can contact me here

 

 

 

Travel writing and art kits

Travel Art Kits. ...maybe put a flap over the top of the pencil holder so that they won't fall out. i love this idea though!

 

This is great for those that go on weekend road trips or long vacations. Why not (if you do not already) get a journal lined or a blank page (sketchbook) and write (and or) draw your adventures. This will help keep all the tools you need with you and right at hand! Pen, Pencil, eraser, glue stick or tape, some colored pens, pencils or markers to color in your doodles. Even a pocket for an extra memory card for your phone or camera as well as USB drive.

 

I have and usually use a Vaults locking Pencil box like this one

my problem is…I don’t have the room for the book (unless maybe its one of the smallest moleskine ones

Vaultz Pencil Box

Here’s a larger sized one  they call a medicine case which oddly enough I believe was cheaper than the pencil case!  Here’s a locking Clipboard which may be of some help if you want to draw or write when there’s nothing to lean on There’s also a ‘wooden’ sketch box I came across but sadly they don’t show what the inside is like this is where the idea came.

There are other more tecno based journals and pens called smart pens and books… Like Fly fusion , Livescribe and now Moleskine has them as well

from… http://sketchbookblog.tumblr.com/post/936932032/dressing-up-your-sketchbook

Make This Lovely Pillow Sham Without Using A Needle Or Thread…

Spring Cleaning? add a new look to your throw pillows with just some fabric

She Makes This Lovely Pillow Sham Without Needle Or Thread  http://www.viralvo.com/lovely-pillow/

This is like origami for fabrics called furoshiki and you can find more techniques on the site.

 

 

upcycle old jeans-BBQ Organizer

I posted this mainly for the BBQ Organizer as I know its close to that time of year, so any jeans on their way out… cut out those pockets  and save the legs.. (you can use those as part of the organizer.. say to keep the Grilling fork, spatula, & Tongs in!

ask friends and family for any jeans they are getting rid of (and if you have a good reasonable thrift store… you could always buy some jeans even children’s size pockets would come in handy for the straws, etc/

The pocket organizer gives a festive look to the decor of the party, and likely best placed on a main  table (where you will have all the supplies & snacks or as I call it the Supply Buffet!

Save those Pockets, save those legs…  or just cut the legs off and make a purse/tote!  DIY ideas for old jeans - Upcycling Projects with Denim | Cute Crafts and Creative Home Decor by DIY JOY http://diyjoy.com/16-upcycled-projects-from-old-jeans

Headband

I came across this in my travels, I forget where it came from but take no credit for it

I thought a headband would dress up (at least a little) an outfit with a sport jacket   or something with shorts. you can keep your hair off your face and you may be able if you practice by putting it on with your hair in a bun . another way of doing it is by cutting the elastic and sewing it or just using regular elastic like hey use in sweatpants. However this is definitely an easier faster way

So easyIf you normally use material in sewing projects why not upcycle some of the longer pieces  to use for a colorful version