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!

Just a Weekend :: Happiness

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Sometimes you read something online and it really sticks with you.  This happened to me recently.  I read something on Instagram posted by the lovely @kaehope and it has stuck with me everyday since.

“Happiness – is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like & celebrating it for everything that it IS. A new goal I’ve set: to be contagiously happy. ”

This is so true and since I read this on Instagram, I’ve heard the same message in other ways…Bloom where you are planted.  We are only given today so LIVE, I mean truly live for today.  Enjoy your life right where you are. Celebrate your life for everything that it is.

These are pics from my weekend, just everyday life truly enjoying the moment; sewing, hanging with the hubs and kids, redecorating the house, crocheting, enjoying new shoes, loving our fat cat.  Happy weekend, happy life.

DIY Baggy Leggings

Leggings are great to wear but I always feel a bit self conscious wearing them because they reveal everything (if you know what I mean).  I thought I’d try to make some baggy leggings that were bigger at the top and in the legs but tapered down tight at the calves.  I didn’t have a pattern to go by so they didn’t come out quite as baggy as I’d hoped but all in all it was a success.  They are baggy enough and oh so comfy.  It costs $4 to make them using two clearance 4xl mens knit muscle shirts (I couldn’t find any knit fabric).  Check out the pic below and step by step instructions.  Enjoy!

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  1. Take your measurements according to the “pattern” below and cut out 4 individual pieces.
  2. Sew together 2 of letter C then sew the remaining 2 together likewise.
  3. Open the pants with the sewn seam on the outside, lay one piece on the other and sew the entire inseam.
  4. Sew each side of the pants.
  5. Tuck each bottom of the leggings under (iron to keep in place) and sew the hem.
  6. Fold the waist under(iron to keep in place) and sew all the way around (make sure there is enough width for the elastic) leaving a 2 inch gap.
  7. Feed the elastic through the waist by attaching a safety pin to one end of the elastic.
  8. Sew the elastic together.
  9. Sew the 2 inch gap closed on the waist.Baggy Leggings Pattern

DIY Kimono {Cardigan}

I’ve seen the kimono (cardigan) all over the internet and love the look coupled with the lightweight feel especially for hot summer days. So I decided to make one for myself. It came out perfectly. It took 30 minutes to make and cost only $2.  That’s pretty darn good compared to the prices online of $50 or $60. See the pics below and step by step instructions.  Make one of your own. Enjoy!

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Instructions:

  1. Fold your material in half length-wise with the hard edge/fringe of material at the bottom and folded edge at the top.
  2. Measure and cut material according to the diagram below. Obviously, you can adjust the measurements to fit your size and desire.
  3. Fold inside out and sew beneath the arms (6″ pieces) and along the sides (16-18″ pieces).
  4. Fold, iron and sew front opening all the way around the neck and back down.

Kimono Diagram

DIY $5 Maxi Skirt

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I have seen these very cute and quite comfortable looking maxi skirts all over Pinterest.  With my love to craft and sew, I figured I would find a good tutorial online and give it a shot.  To my surprise, I found a very easy to follow tutorial and made the skirt in about an hour.  The best part is that it only cost $5 to make!  The tutorial I followed below is from Do It Yourself Divas.  Check it out.

http://www.doityourselfdivas.com/2013/10/diy-maxi-skirt-with-yoga-waist-band.html

DIY :: Cloth Napkins

DIY Cloth Napkins
How great does it feel to use cloth napkins when you go to a nice restaurant?  I know it makes me feel special.  Also, we waste so many paper towels in our kitchens.  Here is a simple and cheap way to stock your kitchen with cloth napkins that you can use for any meal (not just the fancy ones).

1. Go through your craft drawer & find scrap material in your favorite patterns.
2. Cut each napkin 18″ x 18″ in size.
3. Fold each edge over slightly and iron.
4. Sew along the fold.

Cleaning the napkins can be very easy and not add to the tons of laundry you already have to do.  Once the kitchen in clean, pour a small amount of laundry detergent into the sink with a bit of warm water.  I throw the napkins in to soak til bedtime.  Before you go to bed, rinse them off and clip them to a clothes hanger in your laundry to dry.