Wall Tapestry DIY

Wall Hanging Finished

I spent a good bit of time online looking for something to hang on the blank wall above our bed.  Because I needed something quite large, I decided on a tapestry.  The only issue is that when searching for wall hangings or tapestries, the only search results were hangings of the hippy/India/mandala style. I rather like the hippy style personally but I was wanting something with a bit more flowers and a lot less tie dye.  Also, I was looking for something that didn’t just look like a square blanket hanging on a wall.  I wanted something with some shape to it.  So, as per the usual, when I can’t find what is envisioned in my head, I set out to make it myself. Below are the steps to recreate.

Materials:

2-3 yards of fabric (I got the extra wide type from the home fabric section)
Iron
Measuring tape
Fabric pencil (or a pink colored pencil)
Straight pins
Sewing macine
Adjustable curtain rod

Instructions (see pics below):

  1. Cut fabric to be evenly square or rectangle (size of your choosing – my finished product is 6′ x 4′)
  2. Find the middle of the fabric and measure 18″ from the bottom (or measurement of your choosing). Make a mark in this spot.
  3. Lay a long ruler or your measuring tape from the mark made diagonally to the corner of the fabric and make a line with your pin pencil.  Repeat on the other side as well.
  4. Cut out your triangle from the bottom middle of the fabric.
  5. Flip the fabric over and iron all edges over except for the top.  I did about 3/4 of an inch.
  6. Sew all your edges.
  7. Make a 2″ loop at the top of your fabric and pin in place.
  8. Sew the loop.
  9. Hang and enjoy

Wall Hanging Material BeforeWall Hanging Cut TriangleWall Hanging Ironing EdgesWall Hanging Pinned Top

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Mid-Length Skirt DIY

Skirt Side Laughing
Skirt Hemmed Edge Skirt Elastic Pinned Seperate from Material Skirt Material Pinned to Elastic Skirt Sewn Finish Outside Skirt Sewn Finish Inside Skirt Looking Down Skirt Side View Looking Down

This past weekend was a full on craft fest.  I hadn’t dedicated any time recently to sewing, projects or crafts, so it was past due.  This skirt project cost a whopping $4.50 to make!  Below are the steps to make this easy flowy mid-length skirt.  Enjoy!

Materials:

1 yard of fabric (your choice)
Elastic to match your fabric
Straight pins
Thread ripper
Sewing machine and thread
Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Double fold one long end of your 1 yard of fabric and sew.
  2. Cut the elastic just long enough to fit around your waist, slightly stretched.
  3. Fold the elastic in half and mark the center with a pin. Then fold each half in half and mark each quarter point with a pin. Fold each segment in half again and pin for each 1/8 point.
  4. Repeat the same process along the top edge of your fabric.
  5. Match up the pins on the elastic to the fabric, gathering the excess fabric between each pin.
  6. Sew the elastic to the fabric stretching the elastic as you go.  The stretching will create a natural “gather”.
  7. Sew the two edges together.
  8. Double fold bottom of skirt and sew hem.
  9. Optional: Use thread ripper to remove pocket from a men’s button-up shirt and sew onto the front of the skirt.

Laptop Shoulder Bag DIY

Laptop Shouder Bag On Laptop Should Bag with Supplies

I don’t know about you, but I get tired of juggling my laptop in hand back and forth from the office along with the ten other things that I tend to carry to and from work as well.  Basically, I have a crap load of stuff to carry so I decided to make a cross body laptop bag to carry my most important commodity.  Here are the materials and step by step instructions.  Enjoy!

Materials:

1 yard of canvas material
1 yard of standard material (for liner)
leather belt
quilting thread
large sewing needle
button

Instructions:

  1. Measure 4 rectangle panels; 1 canvas and 1 standard material should be 6-8 inches longer than the other two (for the flap).
  2. Sew canvas on three sides.
  3. Sew liner material on three sides.
  4. Turn material on the correct sides and sew the liner into the canvas at the top edges.
  5. Fold together a 4-5 inch slender strip of material, sew together and then sew into the middle top of the flap to make a loop.
  6. Buckle belt and cut in half.
  7. Thread large sewing needle with quilting thread and sew belt on each side of the bag.
  8. Sew button on the front in the spot where the loop falls.

DIY Outdoor Lighting

Rolling out the LightsHanging Lights on Pole Hanging Lights on Ladder at House
Backyard Lights at Night

Our backyard is completely shaded by two massive oak trees.  No grass will grow whatsoever which results in a yard of dirt, sand, rocks and weeds.  Honestly, it’s just not all that appealing to hang out in. So, in an effort to make our backyard not only attractive, but (as my husband says) an oasis, we completed phase 2 of our backyard remodel. {You can see phase 1, DIY fire pit, here) We cemented two poles strategically in order to string outdoor lights around the fire pit and landscaping. The two poles will be the beginning of phase 3 of the backyard remodel, which will be a full gazebo. More to come on this soon (hopefully).

Here are the step-by-step instructions along with links to the supplies.

Supplies:
2 – 8 foot pre-treated wooden posts
2 long nails
2 bags of quick dry cement
Outdoor string lights
Level

Instructions:

  1. Measure spots for both poles each from the back of the house as well as the distance from each other.
  2. Mark the two spots.
  3. Dig a hole about 18″ in circumference and 2 feet deep.
  4. Fill the hole half way with water.
  5. Pour in one bag of the quick dry cement.
  6. Use a level to even out the pole all directions (top and sides).
  7. Hold in place for a few minutes. It will fully dry in about a couple of hours.
  8. Repeat #’s 3 -7 for the second post.
  9. Once completely dry, put a nail in the top of each post.
  10. String lights from the house, then to first post, then to second post and finally back to the house.

*My apologies for the fuzzy photos.  It was near dark or completely dark and they were taken with my phone.

DIY Firepit

BootsFirePit Firepit with Chairs Gloves Backyard in progress Backyard complete

I have been wanting a fire pit in our backyard for a while now and with the cooler weather, I thought this would be a great time to build one.  Honestly, the fire pit is super easy to build, but you will definitely want some extra muscle to help carry these stones.  They are super heavy.  Here are the step-by-step instructions along with links to the supplies.

Supplies:
36 Retaining Wall Stones12″ x 4″
Bag of sand
2 bags of pea gravel or river rocks

Instructions:

  1. Mark off the area where the fire pit will be placed.
  2. Kill (with weed and grass killer) and/or pull all grass and weeds in the marked off area.
  3. Using a rake, shovel or your hands, level off the marked area.
  4. Place 12 stones (first layer) in a circle putting the stones flush against each other.
  5. Place the next 12 stones (second layer) staggering the placement.
  6. Place the last 12 stones (third layer) staggering the placement.
  7. Pour the bag of sand inside the circle of stones and level with hands.
  8. Pour both bags of rocks into the pit and level with hands.
  9. Do any other landscaping you’d like to give it a finishing touch.
  10. Put chairs around the fire pit.
  11. Grab a drink and enjoy.

DIY Half Apron

Apron On Apron Hanging 2 Apron Side View

I own only one apron and I find myself always folding it and using it as a half apron.  I had a good bit of light weight denim and canvas fabric so I thought I would use it to make a true half apron.  It turned out even cuter than I expected. Here are step by step instructions. Enjoy!

Materials:
30″ x 36″ base material (I used denim)
5″ x 72″ contrasting material (I used canvas)
Pocket from old pair of jeans
Heavy weight white thread (if you’re sewing with denim or canvas)
Size 18 needle

Instructions:

  1. Cut your base material and contrasting material to the measurements above.
  2. Do a double fold and iron one long side and the two short sides of the base fabric.
  3. Sew the three ironed sides.
  4. Double fold the other long side to create a 3″ fold.
  5. Sew the long side.
  6. Fold the contrasting material in half long ways and iron.
  7. Sew the material along the cut edge.
  8. Attach a safety pin to one end of contrasting material (tie) and pull through to turn right side out.
  9. Double fold, iron and sew each end of the tie.
  10. Feed the tie through the 3″ sew long edge of your apron.
  11. Pick a spot of the pocket and pin into place.
  12. Sew the pocket on all three edges.

The Bag Sewing Project

White and Brown Canvas Bags Hanging 800Brown and Black bag hanging rack 800 White Canvas Bag hanging wall 800 Brown and Black Bag On 800 White Canvas Bag on 800White Canvas Bag hanging wall full 800
I have had so much fun making these heavy duty canvas bags. Each bag is created using a heavy-weight canvas material. The bags are completely lined with a nice, thick cotton material. I created each bag with a leather shoulder strap. The off-white bag is designed so that it can be grabbed by your side by the two small canvas handles or used as an across body style bag with the leather strap. The brown bag fits a laptop along with other items very nice and is carried by a double leather strap. These bags are durable, large and fun. All the bags are made and designed by myself and handmade with care.

I had so much fun making these bags that I decided to add them as made to order options in my Etsy store. Click here to check them out… {mamanellie designs}. I would love to know what you think. Enjoy!

Upcycled Bag

Denim & Leather Holding in Front Denim & Leather Purse Hanging Denim & Leather Purse Hold Out Denim & Leather Purse On
Here is another fun upcycled item I made this past weekend.  Once again I made this upcycle from mens/boys clothing.  I cut the leg off an old pair of my husbands pants to make the bag, used some left-over black fabric for the inside lining, and the leather straps are made from a boys belt.  The only tricky part (and time consuming) was sewing the leather straps onto the bag.  Because the belt is made of thick leather, I had to hand sew the straps on.  This was such a fun project and turned out really cute. I like how deep the bag is because it fits a ton of my junk.

DIY Crochet and Denim Purse

Camo & Denim Purse On Camo & Denim Purse Hanging Camo & Denim Side View
I like trying new things. I thought it would be fun to make an item using two very different materials.  I decided to mix a crochet piece with denim.  To make this bag you simply need crochet thread, a crochet needle (size G), a button and a strip of denim (I used an old pair of my sons jeans). Here are the simple steps below.  Enjoy!

Instructions:

  1. Crochet the back panel – chain 60 then double crochet 12 rows.
  2. Crochet the front panel – chain 40 then double crochet 12 rows.
  3. Lay the front panel on top of the back panel and double crochet around two sides and bottom and turn right side out.
  4. Sew your denim strip closed then attach to each side of the purse sewing on by hand.
  5. Make the loop closure by crocheting a chain stitch to the center/top of the back panel.
  6. Hand sew button to the front panel

Upcycled Skirt

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I love taking old clothes and making something new.  My husband cleaned out his closet not long ago and was getting rid of this old denim shirt.  Because my husband is 6’2″ and I’m only 4’11”, I thought there would be enough material to turn it into a skirt.  I used the bottom of the shirt for the skirt cutting the shirt beneath the arms and used the sleeves for the waist band.  I was pleasantly surprised.  The skirt turned out perfectly!