Tuesday, December 18, 2012

30 Days For 30 Dollars: Day 13


Day 13:  Gift Tags


Easy recycled gift tags made from . . . 


. . . an empty cereal box and a thrifted paper tablecloth (99 cents).
You could use any pretty paper that you want for this project - scrapbooking paper, wrapping paper, book pages, etc.

How to:
1.  Draw and cut out a tag template.
2.  Trace and cut out tags from the empty cereal box.
3.  Glue decorative paper to the print side of the cut-out tags.  I cut my decorate paper slightly bigger than the tags and then trim excess
4.  Punch a hole
5.  Add string


Total spent:  99 cents




Day 1:  Pretty Hair Ties 1.00
Day 2:  Pin Cushion 1.00
Day 3:  Cowl 1.50
Day 4:  Apron 1.00
Day 5:  Baby Hat .75
Day 6:  Wine Charms 1.00
Day 7:  Pot Holders 0.00
Day 8:  Easy Tote  1.00
Day 9:  Lunch Sack 2.00
Day 10:  Peter Pan Collar Necklace 0.00
Day 11:  Patchwork Ornaments 1.00
Day 12:  DIY Cookie Tray 2.00
Day 13:  Recycled Gift Tags 1.00
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13.25

Monday, December 17, 2012

30 Days For 30 Dollars: Day 12


Day 12:  A Hostess Gift



Made from:

one thrifted candle holder ($1) and one thrifted plate ($1)
attach using E-6000
This is really just a larger version of the DIY Cupcake Stands that I made last summer.
If you can find a larger plate, you could even make a cake stand.  My plate was a little small for that though.


Total spent:  $2


Day 1:  Pretty Hair Ties 1.00
Day 2:  Pin Cushion 1.00
Day 3:  Cowl 1.50
Day 4:  Apron 1.00
Day 5:  Baby Hat .75
Day 6:  Wine Charms 1.00
Day 7:  Pot Holders 0.00
Day 8:  Easy Tote  1.00
Day 9:  Lunch Sack 2.00
Day 10:  Peter Pan Collar Necklace 0.00
Day 11:  Patchwork Ornaments 1.00
Day 12:  DIY Cookie Tray 2.00
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12.25

Friday, December 14, 2012

Crocheted Christmas Tree Skirt



Our Christmas tree skirt got ruined last year (it was wool, I tried to wash it, it did not turn out well).  So I made a new one this year.




Inspired by this one that Anthropologie carried last year . . . 


. . . using this pattern . . . 


Note:  I did place a really cheap felt tree skirt under mine so you wouldn't see the ugly tree stand in the gaps in the granny squares.

Monday, December 10, 2012

30 Days For 30 Dollars: Day 11


Day 11:  Christmas Ornaments


These would make a quick inexpensive gift for friends, neighbors, teachers, or coaches.

Supplies Needed:

glass Christmas ornaments (thrifted $1), scrap fabric, decoupage medium, craft varnish (optional)


Total Spent:  $1.00

Day 1:  Pretty Hair Ties 1.00
Day 2:  Pin Cushion 1.00
Day 3:  Cowl 1.50
Day 4:  Apron 1.00
Day 5:  Baby Hat .75
Day 6:  Wine Charms 1.00
Day 7:  Pot Holders 0.00
Day 8:  Easy Tote  1.00
Day 9:  Lunch Sack 2.00
Day 10:  Peter Pan Collar Necklace 0.00
Day 11:  Patchwork Ornaments 1.00
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10.25

Saturday, December 8, 2012

30 Days For 30 Dollars: Day 10


Day 10:  Gifts For Girls



This one is pretty easy and made entirely from items I had on hand:  scrap fabric, a tiny bit of narrow ribbon, a button, and a chain that I stole from a necklace that I no longer wore.

1.  Draw out a pattern, adding a 1/4 inch seam allowance
2 .  Cut out fabric - 4 pieces (a front and a back for each side).  For one side you will have to flip your pattern over to the back and use it in order to get 2 pieces facing the right direction.  Pin right sides together
3.  Slip a small piece of narrow ribbon around a jump ring and pin it to the inside of 2 pieces, in between layers, at each point.
4.  Stitch around, using 1/4" seam, leaving an opening for turning.
5.  Turn right side out, press, and top stitch as close to the edge as you can get.
6.  Stitch the 2 finished pieces together, adding a button.
7.  Attach a chain to the jump rings.

Total spent:  Zero dollars

Day 1:  Pretty Hair Ties 1.00
Day 2:  Pin Cushion 1.00
Day 3:  Cowl 1.50
Day 4:  Apron 1.00
Day 5:  Baby Hat .75
Day 6:  Wine Charms 1.00
Day 7:  Pot Holders 0.00
Day 8:  Easy Tote  1.00
Day 9:  Lunch Sack 2.00
Day 10:  Peter Pan Collar Necklace 0.00
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9.25

Friday, December 7, 2012

30 Days For 30 Dollars: Day 9


Day 9:  For Anyone Who Eats Lunch


This can be made pretty easily with just a few adjustments to the Easy Tote Bag Tutorial  (I'm using this tutorial as a jumping off point so check it out of none of this makes sense)  using thrift store jeans ($2) - 

you want a pair that's pretty big (these were a 2 XL) and have wide legs


Step 1:  Cut bottom hem off of jeans.  Then cut a section of leg 15" long.
Measure the top width of this section (mine was 11 inches) and cut  2 pieces of lining fabric 15 inches by your width + 1"  - so I cut my lining pieces 15" X 12".


Step 2:  Use a 1/2" seam and sew lining pieces together around 3 sides (right sides together) and jean leg around the bottom (right sides together).

Now we're going to deviate from the easy tote bag and box the corners of this bag:

Step 3:  Fold the bag in at the corners, lining up the side seams.  Measure up 2 inches from the point and draw a straight line across.  Pin and sew on the line.  Trim excess.
Do this to both corners on the outer piece of bag and both corners of the lining piece.

Step 4:  Turn lining right side out and insert into the outer piece.  Line up and pin raw edges.  Instead of inserting handles here though, insert a loop of elastic cording.

Step 5:  Use a 1/2" stitch and sew around the top edge, leaving an opening for turning.
Turn everything right side out through the opening.  Push lining down into the outer piece.  Iron the edge and top stitch around.

Optional Step:   My top opening seemed a bit wide so I added a couple of small pleats.


Step 6:  Decide where the button should be and stitch in place.


Total spent:  $2 (and I could make another one of these with the other leg)

Note:  My lunch sack was inspired by this lunch sack from Between the Lines  (which is pretty awesome)  but I had to alter it a bit since leather ties were not in my budget.


Day 1:  Pretty Hair Ties 1.00
Day 2:  Pin Cushion 1.00
Day 3:  Cowl 1.50
Day 4:  Apron 1.00
Day 5:  Baby Hat .75
Day 6:  Wine Charms 1.00
Day 7:  Pot Holders 0.00
Day 8:  Easy Tote  1.00
Day 9:  Lunch Sack 2.00
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9.25

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

30 Days For 30 Dollars: Day 8


Day 8:  For Anyone Really


These easy tote bags can be made for anyone really by varying the type of fabric used.  I've even made small kid-sized bags in the past for little ones.


For this one, I'm using a thrifted pillow cover (99 cents) but you can use a wide variety of different types of fabrics:  sheets, pillowcases, tableclothes, quilting fabric, decorator fabric, or, in other words, pretty much anything you can get your hands on that has a design that you like.

You will also need lining fabric and fabric for the straps (all stuff I pulled out that I already had).

Cut (2) pieces from outer fabric 16" X 17",  (2) pieces from lining fabric 16" X 17", and (2 )pieces from handle fabric 6" X 20"

Pin outer fabrics, right sides together, and stitch around 3 sides, leaving the top opening of the bag open.
Do the same for the lining fabric.  
Turn lining fabric right side out, leave outer fabric with wrong side out.

Make 2 straps using the same strap method as here, only you don't need to finish any of the short edges.

Insert lining into outer piece of bag, and start pinning raw edges together.  Insert handles and pin in place, one on each side of bag, being careful not to twist them between the layers.

Use a 1/2 inch stitch and sew around the top edge, leaving a large opening between 2 straps for turning.

Turn everything right side out through the opening that you left.  Now you can stuff the lining down into the bag.  Iron the top edge so you have a nice, neat edge.  Pin opening closed.  Top stitch around the top edge.

Total spent: $1.00

Day 1:  Pretty Hair Ties 1.00
Day 2:  Pin Cushion 1.00
Day 3:  Cowl 1.50
Day 4:  Apron 1.00
Day 5:  Baby Hat .75
Day 6:  Wine Charms 1.00
Day 7:  Pot Holders 0.00
Day 8:  Easy Tote  1.00
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7.25

Monday, December 3, 2012

Pinterest Inspired Lace Cake


Lay lace or a doily over cake, dust with powdered sugar and carefully remove the lace.

My cake was inspired by this Pinterest pin:


What an easy way to achieve a pretty & unique cake decoration!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

30 Days For 30 Dollars: Day 7


Day 7:  Gifts For Cooks


How to:

1.)  Gather scrap fabric.  You can either use a single large piece, or sew together smaller pieces to create designs.  

2.)  Trim top fabric to 8 inches square.  Backing fabric should be just slightly larger (at least an inch around)

3.)  Layer backing fabric (right side down), batting, and top fabric (right side up)

This is my batting.  It's an old felted wool blazer.  Insulbrite is another option.  It is a  product made specifically for pot holders.  It is heat resistant unlike polyester batting (which won't work).  But, Insulbrite was not in my $1 budget so I had to use what I had on hand - felted wool.

I had to piece several scraps together.

Sandwiched and pinned.

4.)  Use a walking foot to quilt a design.  If you're piecing batting together, be sure to quilt enough to keep all of the batting pieces from shifting.

5.)  Trim and square up.

I also added a little rick rack to this one.

6.)  Bind as you would a quilt or using this method if you want a loop for hanging (also uses store bought bias tape).

Total spent:  Zero dollars- made entirely from scrap fabric


Day 1:  Pretty Hair Ties 1.00
Day 2:  Pin Cushion 1.00
Day 3:  Cowl 1.50
Day 4:  Apron 1.00
Day 5:  Baby Hat .75
Day 6:  Wine Charms 1.00
Day 7:  Pot Holders 0.00
______________
6.25