Jul 26, 2011

Pencil Holder Project - a true story!

I went on vacation and I bought this...


and while reading I saw this ....


and I loved it so I showed her...


And it made her happy.

And she thought it would be great for her art pencils so we showed him...

 my awesome brother.

And then we roasted marshmallows and forgot all about it until our last night of our vacation when he gave us these....


And we were happy!  

He had remembered when we had forgotten because that's how he is
... he's a good guy!  

And when we got home from vacation we had fun doing this ....


We measured and marked our paper.  Then we cut it out along the line and found this in our craft bin....


And when they dried they looked like this ....


And then we filled them up ...


and now we have two really cute pencil holders ....


And we are VERY HAPPY! 








Jul 8, 2011

Pant leg bag

Ok, please tell me my kids aren't the only kids that go through jeans at race car speed.  I swear, we just bought new jeans and already the knees are warn out and they are too short for them to wear.  The positive side to all of this is that I have healthy growing kids and jeans I can up-cycle.  Oh ya!  Bring on the craft project, right?  Here's my latest.... a little pant leg bag to hold our roasting sticks.


I needed a bag to hold our roasting sticks when we go camping.  I even went and looked at fabric but just didn't want to pay for cute fabric that would just get dirty camping.  Instead, I whipped out the old jeans and set off to work.  Here's what I did...

1- Start with a pair of old jeans.  They need to be in good enough shape that you can salvage the fabric.
2- Place your roasting stick on the leg of the pant.   Leave enough space above the stick to be able to sew a 1 inch rolled hem.  Then cut.
3- Next, sew the bottom of your pant leg closed.  You could turn the thing inside out and all that but I didn't.  I liked the hem of the jean showing.  Also, you should know, I'm not a sewer.  I can do basic things.  Usually I just do straight stitches but I was feeling fancy so I went for the zig-zag.  If you want instructions on how to really sew, you might want to look elsewhere.  :)
4- Once the bottom is sewn closed, turn the pant leg inside out and pin the other side of the leg.  Normally you'd do a rolled hem, folding it twice, ironing, the whole schabang - I was lazy, I folded it once.  It fit my needs.  Then I sewed all the way around the opening.  This left me with about an inch of a top hem for my ribbon.


5- Next, carefully cut a slit on each side of the bag.  You want each slit to be in-between the edge of the opening and the hem.  Don't cut through the hem though.  Then thread your ribbon through.  I cut two piece of ribbon and threaded them through each side of the hem.  Then I tied the edges together with a simple knot.

6-When you are done, you'll have something that looks like the photo above.

7- Technically, I could have stopped there.  The bag is done and could be used but I thought it looked a little boring.  So, I pulled out my paints and foam stamps and stamped on a label.  

8- Now my little pant leg bag is finally complete.  I just need to put all the roasting sticks inside and throw the bag in with the camping gear and I'm set to go!  

Easy + no cost = the perfect little bag!
Enjoy!