Crossbody Beach Bag – Sewing Pattern

Coming soon!

These amazing bags I made for my recent beach vacation.  Completely reversible and fits over the shoulder or cross body. I used fun colours and matching thread to make these easy casual bags that held everything I needed while spending a day at the beach (sunscreen, dress, snacks, books, trashy magazine, lip balm, kleenex, wet wipes etc.)

I’ll be posting the FREE pattern and instructions soon enough 🙂

Beach Bag

Handmade Reversible Apron – DIY

I came across this great pattern years ago and made one (see post from 2012) and figured recently it would make a great gift as well! Luckily, I was on the ball this time and made sure to snap some pics along the way!

Start off with printing, taping and cutting the pattern. Iron fabric and pin the pattern to the fabric (on the fold where necessary)IMG_0125IMG_0126Cut out two of each fabric of the pocket pieces. Iron flat and lay so that each of the “right” sides are facing each other:

IMG_0128IMG_0129Stitch together (leaving the necessary seam allowance), leaving space to turn the pocket right side out. (I like to leave an inch or so, cause it makes it a lot easier).  Clip notches in the corners. (helps it lay flat later)IMG_0130IMG_0131

Turn each pocket ride side out, iron flat, and finish with a top stitch each pocket in corresponding thread along JUST the top edge so you’re left with one pocket in each of the different fabrics.

Pin the pocket to the opposite fabric apron front (twice).  I like to hold the fabric on myself as if it was done, then pin the pocket where I’d like it.  The first time I just pinned it on, and they ended up being a little crooked… alas. Then sew it on! Being sure not to get too carried away and sew the top of the pocket shut (Yes, I almost did that once…no judgement)

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After doing that to both pieces of apron fabrics place both large pieces together with the “right” sides facing each other.  Pin together making sure to line up the scallops along the bottom edge. Sew edges and bottom together with a 1/2″ seam allowance leaving the top open for now.  I tend to really make the scallops a lot more dramatic than the pattern shows, so don’t be afford to make the seam further in on each scallop around the skirt.

IMG_0137 IMG_0138 IMG_0139 Clip notches where each scallop is, turn and press (this will take a long time, and try and really take care in the scallops as it will pay off later!).  Top stitch in corresponding colours the sides and bottom of the skirt, leaving the top open.

IMG_0142Do a gathering stitch across the top (one or two rows on a really really loose tension stitch), then take ends and pull slightly to “gather” the top of the skirt. Be sure not to pull too much.  TIP: I find it helps too if you have the waist band and ties already cut to try and measure against. 🙂

Cut your band and ties (two bands, one in each colour and same with the ties.) NOTE: I ended up using a different purple fabric for the ties because I wanted to add a bit more flare to it.

Lay both waist band pieces together (“right” sides together), and sew along the top only. Place one edge along the top of the now gathered skirt (making sure your skirt isn’t gathered too much or too little), again “right” sides together and sew along one edge of the skirt. See photo:IMG_0143

Next make your two ties.  Cut from fabric, either all in one colour, or you can continue making it the opposite/corresponding colours.  Totally up to you.

So, cut the ties, lay “right” sides together and sew along side, top and side, leaving the base of the tie open. Turn right side out, and iron flat. (DON’T top stitch yet…)

IMG_0144IMG_0147 The last step is the trickiest, and I won’t lie, it took me a couple minutes just staring at the fabric to try and figure it out.  So don’t worry if it takes you a minute or ten. 🙂

OKAY, place place skirt and the one sided attached waist band in front of you with the right side of the waist band opened and facing upwards.  Place ONE of the ties alongside the right side of the waist band with the long end of the tie facing into the middle of the skirt. (this was the complicated part…see Photo). Sew the raw edges together. Repeat the same thing on the other side and then turn the ties out, and fold the waist band back.  Its a bit of a flipping action. Like turning it right side out.

IMG_0148 IMG_0149 Final step is press the edge into the other side of the waist band that isn’t sewn in yet (using same seam allowance and pinning). Then top stitching along the ENTIRE top of the completed apron (waist band and ties). So starting near where the waist band meets one of the ties, go all the way around the tie, back to the waist band and then all the way across the to the other tie etc.  Being sure to watch that last seam on the waist band to make sure it doesn’t get wonky.

ALAS, you’re done!!!

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DIY Crayon Canvas Art

I was feeling inspired by the move into fall awhile ago, and started trolling Google images for new ideas.  I came across something similar to what I’ve created here, and decided to give it a whirl.

I’ve been collecting crayons anytime they were on sale for the past six or so months knowing full well that I wanted to melt me some more crayons!  (I’ve done it before with a hair dryer).  That being said, I found a NEW method using a hot glue gun!  Made life much easier, and I found it less messy.

The finished product worked out just the way I wanted it to on my first try!  Needless to say I’m pretty pleased with myself

To create this crayon wonder, you’ll need:

  1. Canvas
  2. An inexpensive glue gun (mine’s from the dollar store, and totally does the trick)
  3. A whole whack of crayons
  4. Markers (sharpies)
  5. Some idea of what you’d like to create!

I started by trolling Google images for silhouette images I liked. Once I found one I liked it was time to start.  I painted the canvas white to give it an overall finish look.  After that dried, I freehanded the silhouette I wanted to use (but you could totally print it out and trace it too to make it easier). I used a black sharpie marker to colour my silhouette and a red sharpie for my umbrella. After that was done, the real fun started….

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Start by peeling a whole whack of crayons, essentially prepping them for the glue gun so you can work more quickly. I used all blues, whites, teals and a couple greys to even our the colour spectrum. Heat up the glue gun and push the crayon slowly through.  With your canvas on an slight angle start at the top and let it drip towards the bottom. Unlike glue sticks, the crayon will have to be pushes through the glue gun.  I used the next crayon to push the previous one through 🙂 Repeat this process over and over and over and over under you have the desired amount of colour coverage on the canvas.  Layering colours and mixing shades really worked for me.

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Only downside, I no longer have any blue crayons in my boxes…its all the yucky browns left! But well worth it!

DIY Large Canvas Newspaper Art

I blame pinterest for some of my recent art projects…and I found a great large canvas idea what seems like forever ago and finally got up the courage to just do it.

I bought a HUGE canvas on sale at Michael’s like three years ago (yes, three years ago). It sat in an apartment for awhile, in a storage unit for a summer, then in my condo for another two years. There is something intimidating about such a large canvas space that makes one shy away from ever doing anything with it.

So, I had this canvas in my house, and knowing myself to not be the completely art-type (I would classify myself as more of an abstract artist) I knew I would have to do something easy enough to not scare me away.

Alas, Pinterest and all of its glory saved me.  I found a great idea from CraftedLove.com and was good to go.  From start to finish was a few weeks cause I could only ever do a little at a time, but alas I finished it two nights ago and am so proud of myself.

Project:

  • Canvas
  • Newspaper
  • ModgePodge
  • Sponge brush
  • Small disposable pie plate
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Small/medium paint brush

Don’t worry about instructions, its pretty straight forward.

  1. Find a bunch of newspapers and rip them up.  I chose to use only black and white print (no colours), and I actually went through and made sure I had no sad/depressing stories making their way onto my canvas. No one wants to look at that…
  2. Put some modge podge in the pie plate and paint on sections of your canvas, cover with ripped newsprint and then spread some more modge podge over top.  I did it in sections and left the bottle of modge podge closed so it wouldn’t dry out. When its dry it’ll be glossy and smooth. Just make sure to wrap newspaper all the way around the edges of the canvas to give it a more completed look.
  3. I cut all the overhanging edges of newspaper so it would hang easier on the wall.
  4. Then the scary part came….painting.  I’ll be honest, this took me awhile cause I didn’t want to mess up. Then I just told myself to go for it and freehanded most of it!  I’ll say I was pretty impressed, but it definitely helped that I had a picture I was trying to replicate.
  5. Volia, you’re done.
  6. Hang and enjoy!IMG_0027 IMG_0028 photo

New York Wall Art

Want to make some easy art to help cover wall space in your home? Well I’ve got a solution for you! And for a grand total of spending of maybe $25. Everything I bought I got on sale, so a word to the wise, always wait for a sale. It will happen eventually? 🙂 20120505-121621.jpg

To complete this easy project you’ll need the following:
A calendar with larger pictures (I chose a New York City black and white calendar. I thought it had great photos and each page was a perfect size!)

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You’ll also need a whole whack of frames. Ikea had a sweet sale awhile ago and I bought a million different sizes and in varying colours (ok, most were black and white…) 20120505-122449.jpg

Super easy steps:
Gently remove staples from the calendar
Pick which photos you want to use
Carefully cut them and position in the frames
I like borders, so I left the mats that were in the frames.
Framing some of the photos was fun cause the frames were small, so I ha to pick which part of the larger photo I wanted to capture and have hanging on my wall!
Once you’ve picked and framed all the photos you want out of your calendar, then comes the more difficult part of figuring out how to hang them. I spent quite a bit of time doing this, and it may have been smart to do this first… Alas every project is a learning experience!
I hung them on the wall with those amazing 3M Velcro strips. Especially great if you are a renter and don’t want to make too many holes in the walls 😉20120505-123504.jpg
Seriously. They are amazing!

Hang the frames up and admire the easy and cheap wall art!

Homemade Apron Fun!

I finished making a cute reversible apron today. It’s the same on each side just with different fabric. And it has pockets! Fun!
Of course I forgot to take pictures during this project…. But you can find the step by step instructions I used here. Thanks to whomever posted the pattern! If I make it again, and I probably will as a gift for someone, and I promise I’ll take my own step-by-step photos!

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DIY Canvas Wall Art

NOTE: January 2015 – want to thank everyone for continuing to check this post. Hope you’re able to be creative and do this yourself.  Feel free to share photos of your own creations! Thanks!

I found this idea in a store and decided that instead of spending lot of money on them I would make it myself! Easy right?

Necessary Supplies:

3 – 12″x12″ blank back stapled canvases (I buy them in bulk at Michael’s when they have awesome coupons) – $6.00

1 – white acrylic paint (dollar store is great for easy colours) – $1.00

1 or 2 – background colour(s) of your choosing (I used a robin’s egg blue & purple, from Michael’s with coupon) – $1.50 each

1 – wide acrylic paint brush – $4.00

1 – roll of painters tape (I had some lying around, its usually pretty cheap though)

Total cost for this project: $14.00

Steps:

  1. Lay out some old newspaper to create your super easy masterpieces
  2. Paint each canvas with the white paint, let dry and paint again (make sure to paint the outer edges of the canvas)
  3. Let them all dry and just create your art work using the painters tape. (I doubled up a few of the pieces of tape to make wider lines, and I also cut some of the tape pieces in half to make thinner lines.)
  4. Paint over the edges of ALL of the painters tape (this will help prevent any of the coloured paint seeping underneath the tape later, I promise). Let dry and run over the same lines again
  5. Once dry, paint over the whole canvas again in the colour of your choosing (making sure to get all the edges too!)
  6. Let dry, and paint again with the coloured paint
  7. Let the canvas dry COMPLETELY
  8. Gently peel the painters tape off the canvas to reveal the easy, simple, yet beautiful art you’ve created!

Seems easy enough right?

This could also be done on larger canvases, smaller canvases, or even multiple sizes to hang together.

Mine hang in my office at work. My grey walls needed some colour, and these fit the bill perfectly!