Pallet Chair Tutorial

*Pallet Chair Tutorial made by Amber at Craft Me Perfect for the season 15 Wild Card challenge*

This chair is the perfect cozy spot when you just want to relax. So your question is, “How in the world did she make that?” Well, I’m gonna tell you.
You start off with 2 pallets and some extra old boards you might have laying around or you could go buy them. I obviously took this picture after I was finished, so the other pallets are used [Read more…]

Old Suit: New Bag {a tutorial}


Repurposing a suit coat is a fun way to create a one of a kind handbag.  I chose to make a messenger bag as my laptop has been homeless for quite some time.  If you are new to sewing, I suggest a tote bag.  This is a much more straight forward design, yet has all the elements of the coat.
I saw the bag on the left on the Today Show a while ago.  I think it is gorgeous, and thought it would be a perfect Sunday bag for all my “stuff”.  As I tend to be cheap frugal , I filed it away under project to someday make.
There are many generous souls who have created tutorials for your use. Look around, you will be amazed.  I would encourage you to chose a simple pattern, as too many design elements will detract from the suit coat.
Here are a few well written tutorials (there are many more to choose from)
purse:  U Shaped Handle Purse {lgb studio}
tote: Pleated Tote Tutorial the long thread
messenger: Messenger Bag Tutorial crazy little projects
Today, I’d like to focus on suit coat elements (as well as a few tips and hard learned lessons).



First, start with quality.  Check the fiber content of the suit coat your are browsing.  I preferred to use wool, but corduroy, linen, seersucker… all would work. I would shy away from cheap polyester as I don’t trust it, but use your best judgement.


 Next, Inspect coat for usable elements.  Is there a pocket you love?  Sleeve detailing?
Dissect suit and lining. Remove interfacing and shoulder pads.  (saving chosen details)
It is unlikely that you can cut all your patterns pieces on a straight grain without piecing.   Originally I planned on using one front pocket for the front flap and having a rounded size.  After I cut the piece, I realized that there were many seams on the bias and the fabric layed wonky.  Pin multiple pieces together to get the look you want.  This way you can create your own fabric. (This etsy shop does a neat job of incorporating many design elements).

Make sure pattern pieces are on a transparent/semi transparent paper.  This way you can see the placing of details before you cut.

Assemble bag according to pattern.

Tips & Tricks:

-Use a very heavy single side fusible interfacing fused to the suit coat.

-If using for a laptop – invest in quality padding.  I used automotive headliner (the stuff in the roof of your car).  It is fairly thin but cushy and sewed like a breeze.

-Repurpose hardware from another bag.  I almost purchased swivel hooks from the fabric store, but they cost $10 a piece.  No thanks.  Instead I took the clips off a Salvation Army bag.  ($2 total).

-I also repurposed the vinyl strap from the same thrifted bag for these photos because I ran out of time for my project submission.  The bag now has a grey wool strap which I like much better.

-I used an old vinyl belt for a closure.  It was easier to sew through than I thought.  I made the mistake of assembling the back of the bag before securing the belt.  On the back and bottom of the bag  the belt is glued using Eileen’s OK to Wash Fabric Glue.  Once dry it worked like a champ.

– I always encourage adding an unique label.  These labels I made on my home printer, but  you could stamp, embroider, fabric marker, etc to create your own seal.

And last, have your six year old model your new bag while wearing a suit coat you have already begun to dissect for another project.  (Can you see what’s missing?)
Have fun!


Hand Stamped Seed Sacks {tutorial}

*Tutorial by Jess @ Spool & Spoon for her win of the Kids Can Do challenge of season 15*

I have always been a big fan of Earth Day so I was delighted to create a kid-friendly and planet-friendly project this past week.

To make your own set of hand stamped seed sacks you only need a few supplies: a foam sheet, wood blocks, linen bags, double-sided tape, paint/ink pads, and scissors.

1. Let the kids loose on the foam sheet. Instruct them to draw small blossoms and stems all over:

2. If they are old enough, let the little ones cut them out. If they are not, use a small pair of scissors (or even an xacto knife) to cut them out yourself

3. Gather an assortment of small wooden blocks that  are just the right size for the cut shapes (mine ranged in size from 1 to 2.5″ cubes)

4. Attach a piece of permanent double-sided tape to one side of the cutouts.

5. Take the shape and put the tape side down on the center of a wooden block. Push down on the foam shape to adhere it securely to the block.

6. Repeat steps four and five on all of the remaining foam shapes

7. Before letting the kids go crazy with the stamps, stick a piece of scrap paper inside the sacks to prevent colors from bleeding through.

8. Now it’s time for the kids to go wild. Using thin layers of paint or pigment ink pads, the stamps work either way. I like the mix and match aspect most of all since your little ones have the freedom of expression — they can use a variety of colors and combinations that is only limited by their imagination.

Let the paint dry completely and pack the sacks full of wildflower seeds or whatever plants you adore.

And just think, those stamps can be made into any shape your babes can dream up! Think mix and match monsters, faces, weather patterns, etc. I hope you and your little munchkins have a blast with this simple springtime project.

Upcycle {week 5}

Wow.  What a week last week guys.  Thank you for all the emails and messages of concern for our family.  We’re all doing well.  I woke up Monday morning with the plan to have a day out and about Boston with Abi.  It was beautiful outside, a holiday and the marathon was going on so I thought there would be plenty of awesome things to do.  Thankfully, it was a bit of a slow morning so we never made it, thank goodness. It was all very surreal to see our favorite and most frequented places under attack like that.  Very glad it’s all over now, that’s for sure.  We’re still prying for those that were injured or more affected by the tragedies of last week.

But now onto happier things (and sorry I didn’t get these results posted Friday – I was a bit distracted to say the least.).


And the crafter/project match up –

#1 – Awesome Alien Robots – Veronica @ Adventures of D & V
#2 – Cardboard Bed – Amber R. @ Craft Me Perfect
#3 – Melted Crayon Heart – Amber C @ The Craft Project
#4 – Hand Stamped Seed Sacks – Jess @ Spool & Spoon
#5 – Play & Pretend – Heidi @ greendoodle
#6 – The Party Bracelet – Malory @ Snips & Spice
#7 – Clothespin Artwork Hanger – Charlie @ Attempting Aloha
That makes Jess @ Spool & Spoon our winner!
hand stamped seed sacks -jess
I love the idea to use foam stickers to make stamps!  I’m going to have to try that with Abi.  There will be a more detailed tutorial coming up in the next few days so watch for that.
But we have to say goodbye to Charlie @ Attempting Aloha this week.
Kids Artwork clothespin hangers - Charlie
I’ve been trying to think of a good way to display all the artwork Abi brings home from preschool (and won’t let me throw away) and I think this is a great solution. But i’m still so sad to see her go!  You better believe that I’ll be following her blog to see all the other great stuff sh’ell be coming up with.
This week is another fan favorite theme – upcycling.  I’m always fascinated to see what great stuff you all come up with from things that other people would just be throwing away.

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Remember, voting is open until Friday morning so get your vote in and make it count! [Read more…]

Wall Mounted TV Case {tutorial}

*Tutorial by Catherine @ CathGrace for her win of the Upcycle challenge of season 14*

I am so excited to be here to share my wall mounted TV cabinet tutorial!
Since the theme was Upcycle, I began with 2 barn-wood frames that I bought at Hobby Lobby (I was pleasantly surprised by the speed at which they shipped them to Korea, as I got them in less then 2 weeks.)
The frames I chose were for a 14″ x 18″ picture, with an outside frame dimension of 16.75″ x 20.75″, I was pretty much looking for anything that would be bigger than my TV when the 2 frames were put together.
For the body of the case, I used 2 pallets that were given to me by a friend, (Thanks Susan!) I didn’t use all the wood in both pallets, but I needed both because the wide pieces that I needed were only on the ends of the pallet. (and both had some split pieces.) [Read more…]

Lace Front Blouse from Men’s Dress Shirt {Tutorial}

*Tutorial by Autumn @ It’s Always Autumn for the Refashion Challenge of season 13*

Hi! It’s Autumn here, from It’s Always Autumn, with a tutorial for the lace front blouse I made out of a men’s button down shirt. (Check my blog for the slacks to skirt tutorial.) In the photo above you can see the finished refashion, and below you can see the before:

Just a fairly normal, cream colored men’s dress shirt. It wasn’t huge, just a little roomy on me, so I ended up using just about every scrap of fabric in my refashion. I started by [Read more…]

Refashioned Project Results

*Don’t forget to enter the Whimsy Couture pattern giveaway announced this morning!*

Hey guys!  Where you able to check out the projects linked up to the crafty party last week?  I had a hard time deciding which one to feature today, but I finally decided on this awesome Remember Provence Apron by Sew Country Chick.  I’m totally digging ticking strips right now, so I think this grain sack inspired fabric treatment is awesome.


And now for the poll results for the Refashioned Challenge…


And here is the crafter/project match up…


#1 – DIY Wooded Mirror – Hannah @ Young & Crafty
#2 – Hobo Bag – Jessica @ The Domestic Fruit Loop
#3 – French Quarter Inspired Entertainment Unit – Lauren @ Lucy Baby Designs
#4 – Boring Menswear to Sophisticated Skirt and Top – Autumn @ It’s Always Autumn
#5 – Painted Lattice Tank – Ann Marie @ White House Black Shutters
#6  – Chalkboard & Paint Swatches Wall – Kataryna @ Sew Chibi
#7 – Fit to be Tied Skirt – Jamie @ Three Scoops of Love

And those results give us a first here on SYTYC…two ties!

For first place was Lauren with her French Quarter Inspired Entertainment Center tied with Autumn’s Boring Menswear to Sophisticated Skirt and Top.

Be looking for their tutorials early next week.

And for last place were Hannah with her DIY Wooded Mirror tied with Kat and her Chalkboard & Paint Swatches Wall.

Since I didn’t want to send them both home this week, the crafters and I decided the most fair way to decide who goes and who stays is to add lasts weeks votes to their current votes.  Oh my gosh you guys.  That still only puts them one vote apart!  How crazy is that?

But the crafter that pulled ahead is Hannah @ Young and Crafty.  Congrats Hannah!

I’m sad to see Kat go & hope that we’ll see more of her during another season.  Her style is so fun and colorful.  It just makes me so happy!!

Be sure to check back next week for some pretty fantastic Halloween projects.