Mid-Length Skirt DIY

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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.
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DIY Half Apron

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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

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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

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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.

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!

What I Wore

Since there will be many tropical pictures to come later this week (hint, hint don’t forget to check back), I thought I would skip Tropical Tuesday and do a posting of my outfit today. I finally bought a pair of TOMS red wedges, which I’ve wanted for over a year. I’m pretty excited about it. Check it out below.

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Dress: Express brand purchased at a local thrift store for $8.
Belt: Old Navy brand purchased on sale for $5.
Shoes: TOMS red corduroy wedges purchased at a local surf shop for half price; $35.

Ode to High Heels

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Oh, how I love the way a cute pair of heels look and make me feel just a little prettier than usual. Even though I own only a couple of pair of the most comfortable heels imaginable, they do not agree with my feet. I ran marathons for many years and now I suffer from bunions as well as general misshaped and achy feet. I put the heels on in the morning feeling all good about myself, but by the time the afternoon rolls around, I’m hating myself for even considering them as an option. Oh, well. At least I look pretty, right? 😉

What I Wore

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Headband: Crafted using a black plastic headband, felt and crocheted flowers.
Necklace: Claires necklace purchased many years ago.
Shirt: Thrifted Aeorpostale shirt for $5
Jeans: Thrifted Papaya stretch jeans for $5
Shoes: Thrifted ballet flats for $3

Long Hair :: Don’t Care

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My hair grows really fast; actually an average of one inch per month. I made up my mind about a year ago that I really wanted to grow my hair down to my waist. Now, I’ve “decided” this many times in the past but have never been successful since 4th grade at least (my hair was literally down to my knees in elementary school). I think I managed to grow my hair down to my bra line a couple of times in the past before I totally got sick of it and chopped it off. I love change and typically get tired of everything fairly quickly.

This week, I happened to walk by the large glass doors in my house and stopped dead in my tracks. Luckily I was by myself because I spent a ridiculous amount of time checking myself out. I couldn’t believe it; my hair was actually down to my waist. I did it! And the surprising part is that I’m not sick of it, I have no desire to chop it off and I actually still really like it.

What I Wore :: A Beachy Look at Work

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Dress: Shell dress from Target on sale – $12
Shoes: Black suede ballet flats from Old Navy on sale – $5
Watch: Nikon teal and black watch – $75
Bracelet: Shell Lay from Hawaii wrapped as a bracelet – free from luau