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Simple DIY Key Fob Wristlet

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Simple key fob wristlet anyone can make

Simple key fob wristlet anyone can make

Simple DIY Key Fob Wristlet – At least 3-4 times a year I get to work, and go to open my office door only to look down to see that I’m holding my husband’s keys in my hand instead of my own. After a few choice words come out of my mouth, I turn around, go back to my car and drive back home (thankfully, I live close to my work). Neither of us can get into our offices without our office keys. Our keys look almost exactly the same since we both have identical key fobs and keys for our cars, house, trailer, etc. There are some minor differences but not enough that you’d notice if you just quickly grabbed the keys on the way out the door. So I’ve decided it’s time to put a stop to this frustrating mistake I keep making time and time again (seriously, this has been going on for years and yes, it’s taken me this long to decide to do something about it).

Now that I’m starting to find my way around the sewing machine, I decided to make some really cute key fob wristlets.  Sometimes, like when I’m just popping in to pick up my daughter at school, I don’t want to carry my purse with me so I just grab my keys and go. So a key fob wristlet it is. This is ridiculously easy to make, even for novice sewers. Just get some pretty ribbon, cotton webbing, key fob hardware and you’re ready to go.

Materials:

  • ¾” ribbon ($1/roll at Michael’s)
  • 1.25″ Cotton webbing (bought from Etsy)
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors
  • 1.25″ Key fob hardware (bought from Etsy)
  • Pliers (I wrapped a piece of masking tape around the ends so it didn’t scratch the key fob hardware)
  • Sewing machine and thread

Instructions:

    1. Cut a strip of cotton webbing as well as a strip of ribbon exactly 11” long (I have small hands and didn’t want the key fob too large so adjust the length if you think you’d want it larger).
    2. Put a moderate amount of glue on the back of the ribbon and then place it onto the cotton webbing so that it’s exactly in the middle.  Allow to dry until it’s securely in place.
    3. Take the cotton webbing with the ribbon glued on to your sewing machine and sew a straight  line approximately ¼” in from the edge of the ribbon from one end to the other. Repeat on the other side of the ribbon. Trim off any long pieces of thread.
    4. Fold in half so that raw ends of the cotton webbing/ribbon are even. Sew the two ends together about ¼” from the edge.
    5. Place the sewn end inside the opening of the key fob hardware making sure that neither side is sticking out the sides of the hardware. Take your pliers and gently squeeze the sides of the hardware together until it clamps firmly over the material.  Give the webbing a tug to make sure it’s securely in place. Add a jumper ring to the hardware and you’re done.
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Felt Flower Design iPhone Case Tutorial & Template

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Felt Flower Design iPhone Case

Felt Flower Design iPhone Case

Felt Flower Design iPhone Case Tutorial – A few weeks back I came across this gorgeous pin of Felt Flower Sachets by The Purl Bee. I totally fell in love with the design but to be completely honest, I’m not really a sachet kind of gal.  It did however, get me thinking – I had been trying to come up with a design for a iPhone case and preferably something out of felt… bingo, the felt flower design but on a phone case.  I went into my Adobe Illustrator program and started drafting a template for the design. In less than an hour, I had completed my beautiful new iPhone case and I just love it! I used a gorgeous charcoal grey for the body of the case because I don’t think it will show dirt easily but use any colour you prefer. I’ve also made a couple variations with pockets but you can add any extra’s on that you’d like – a button for a closure or the middle of the flower would look cute too.

Materials:

Directions:

  1. Download template above. I’ve also included a variation to add a pocket if you’re so inclined.
  2. Cut out template, trace design with fabric pen onto felt and cut out.
  3. Take your long, outer piece of felt, fold in half (pin the outside edges into place) and use a ruler to find the middle.  Lay out your larger petals from that mid point towards the outside so that there’s about .25″ left between the tip of the petal and the outside edge of the case.  Lay out the other 3 petals in the same manner.
  4. Take your glue and put a thin strip along the middle of one petal from tip to tip.  Place back onto case into position.  Repeat with the rest and then do the same with the smaller petals on top.  Really, I just eyeball it to make sure it looks even. Let the glue dry.
  5. Remove pins, unfold felt and sew the petals from the outside tip of one petal across to the second petal.  Repeat with the other two petals so that essentially, you’ve just sewn an X in the middle of your case. *If you’re making the case with the added pocket this is when you’d pin then sew the top edge (closest to the flower design) of the 2 long felt pieces together with a 1/8″ seam.
  6. Fold in half so that the short side (which will become the top opening) are perfectly even and pin edges of case, sew with edges from the top downwards with a 1/8″ seam.
  7. Trim off any stray threads, grab your iPhone and insert into case and admire! (please note that if you already have a protective case around on your iPhone that’s quite thick you may not be able to fit your phone in this case – you’d have to make the template slightly wider to accommodate for the added case thickness ).
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Easy To Sew Skirt – Great For Newbies!

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Easy to sew skirt - great for newbie sewers.

Easy to sew skirt – great for newbie sewers.

Easy To Sew Skirt – Who knew a sewing machine could be so great (well, lots of people obviously – it just took me longer to figure it out).  After I got over my initial fear of sewing, I actually managed to create a few cute projects.  My second project was a super easy skirt for my daughter.  It turned out pretty well and I thought I’d give it another go with some beautiful new fabric and document the process this time – why not help out a few newbies who may be nervous about sewing too. If I can do it, anyone can. This skirt can be made in child or adult sizes.

I originally found this wonderful sewing tutorial on YouTube by craftyamy93 – what a great job she did explaining everything. To watch this fabulous video tutorial go here.

Materials:

  • Sewing machine with corresponding coloured thread
  • Fabric
  • Elastic (thick width)
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Clothing iron
  • Pins
  • Chalk or Fabric Pen/Pencil

Instructions:

  1. To get the size for the elastic, measure the elastic around your waist so that it’s a little snug, cut to size, pin the elastic right sides together and sew – double stitch and finally top stitch.
  2. Measure the length that you want your skirt to be and then add 2″ for seam allowance.
  3. To figure out the measurement for the width of fabric you’ll need, stretch the stitched elastic as far as you can, measure and then double that measurement.
  4. Cut the fabric to the correct measurements.
  5. Turn fabric inside out so that the good sides face each other, pin two edges together and sew with a 1/2″ seam. Iron seam flat. Using a zig-zag stitch, finish the edge of fabric that will be sewn onto the elastic to keep it from fraying.
  6. Create the skirt hem by folding over edge 1/2″, iron and then fold over again, iron, pin and sew.
  7. Take the elastic and mark with 4 pins evenly space out around the elastic (fold in half to find the 4 spots). Do the same for the skirt. Now match up the 4 pins on the elastic to the pins on the skirt and then pin the fabric to the elastic in those 4 spots (fabric about half way down the width of the elastic).
  8. Starting at the first pin, sew using a zig-zag stitch, pulling the elastic taut as you go. Sew all the way around the elastic in this manner. You can also do it a second time around about a 1/2″ down if you choose.
  9. Snip off any stray threads and you’re done.

If you’re up for it, you can add a zipper like craftyamy93 did in her video (I’m just not quite that brave yet although she makes it look super easy).

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DIY Frosted Glass Window Tutorial

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Before and after frosted glass effect.

Before and after frosted glass effect.

DIY Frosted Glass Window Tutorial – It had to be a man (or a very secure and tolerant woman) who had the bright idea of putting a leaded glass door into the en suite BATHROOM.   Yes, I said it… a door with windows in a bathroom.  Seriously, what were they thinking – a gorgeous view of the bathtub, shower and toilet? We didn’t noticed this strange anomaly in our house until after we’d purchased it and spent our first night living here.  I was the one to discover this design disaster and was in complete shock.  My husband thought it was great of course, as most men would.  Now after living here for over a year I’m done with it… I want privacy!

This week, my husband’s away on a business trip so I thought it would be a great opportunity to fix this problem and surprise him when he comes home.  I went to our local Home Depot and bought a 36 x 72″ piece of Artscape Window Film.  There were about 20 designs to chose from but I wanted something simple so I picked the Etched Glass design. This film is just a static cling, it’s not sticky so it’s ridiculously easy to remove if and when you need to do so. Here’s how I created the frosted glass effect (it took about an hour or so to complete this project and yes, I was too lazy to install the film in every single pane, hence the clear glass on the top and bottom):

How to install window film.

How to install window film.

 

  1. Measure the window pane in the bathroom and then cut out the rectangles.  I had a friend who recommended that it’s best to cut a bit larger than the finished size and then just trim it when it’s in place.
  2. I cleaned the glass where I was going to be installing the window film.
  3. Fill a spray bottle with a little water and a few drops of soap.  Spray the window pane with water from the bottle.  Make sure all the window is covered with the spray.
  4. Peel off the paper backing and carefully place the film on the glass and shimmy it around until you’re happy with the placement.
  5. At this point you can use your box knife to trim it down to the exact size. *NOTE: I actually found this really hard to do because the film would shift around and move so I decided instead to measure each window pane and then cut the film to exact dimensions – this made things much easier.  I also found that if you ever so slightly rounded the corners then the film fit better on the glass.
  6. Use a squeegee or credit card to smooth out all the water and bubbles from between the film and glass.
  7. Wipe off any excess water
  8. Stand back and admire your newly frosted glass window.
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