Monthly Archives: June 2014

DIY Bathroom Mat

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Now that you are all experts at making t-shirt yarn, here is an easy DIY bathroom mat you can make.

You need t-shirt yarn in your desired color, and knitting needles.  The ones I use for t-shirt yarn are 15mm.  I started with the center section of my bathmat.  I used a sweater stitch.  You can find many videos on youtube if you are unfamiliar with this stitch.  Essentially, the stweater stitch is a row of knit stitch and a row ofpurl stitch and simply repeat this pattern until it is the desired length. The white section of mine is 78 rows long and 20 wide.  After I conpleted the white, I knitted the blue sections.  They are 10 rows wide.   Once you have your three sections, you can use a yarn needle to sew them together.  I used the white yarn and purposely made my stitches visible in the blue because I liked how it looked.  I am including pictures below help you along.  The great thing about t-shirt yarn is when you need to, you can simply throw it in the washing machice.

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To join tie the yarn to the end of one corner of the mat.

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Sew through the next section to join them.

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Then stitch up the seam threading through the existing holes.

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Then, tie togeher the loose ends and tuck them in through the front to the back.

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Now you have a comfortable, easy to wash, place to stand while getting ready in the morning.

Category: Create

DIY T-shirt Yarn

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This week I am going to do a quick tutorial on DIY t-shirt yarn, but let me explain how I arrived at this project.

I am always impressed by people who can knit seemingly impossible projects.  My biggest feat was a scarf, not a lot of challenge there, cast on, knit, cast off.  However, while I was online the other day, I came across a website called Wool and the Gang.  They can be accessed here.  This a great website for any beginner or the more advanced.  They have great free tutorials, and you can purchase the patterns for the projects they make.  They also sell their projects or the yarn to create them yourself.  I decided to give it a wirl and bought the pattern and yarn for the Zigzag shopper.  This is how it turned out!

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Actually, truth be told, this was my second attempt.  I completed it the first time, but made a few mistakes and somehow added a bunch of stitches, so it ended up too wide…So, I unraveled it and started over.  I won’t give the pattern away, since that belongs to Wool and the Gang, but the little tassle is my addition.  What I am going to do is show you how easy it is to make t-shirt yarn to make his project or any of the other really cool things that are being made with t-shirt yarn these days.

First, you need to collect some t-shirts.  AC Moore typically has them on sale for $2.99.  Be careful to purchase 100% cotton t-shirts instead of a cotton poly blend.  Also, the thicker the t-shirt, the thicker your yarn will be. 

You can use a rotary cutter and a straight edge for this project, but it honestly doesn’t have to be that precise.  I started with a rotary cutter, but it was becoming more trouble than it was worth, so I switched to fabric scissors.

Lay out the t-shirt on a flat surface with the bottom hem matched up.

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Then, cut off the bottom hem.

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Next, cut straight across under the sleeves.

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This should be what you have remaining to create your yarn from.

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Now, fold the side up so you have a one inch overlay, the cut edges should remain on the sides.

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Then, simply cut one inch strips up the length if the t-shirt.  You will stop when you cut through the folded up layer, but not through the one inch extension.

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Now it should look like this when it is unfolded.

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Now for the tricky part.  Manipulate the t-shirt until you have the uncut edge flat on your cutting surface.

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Then, you will cut the starting strip.

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Now, you will be cutting the rest of the rows at an angle, bottom up.

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When you finish, it should be one long strip.

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All that is left to do is stretch the fabric to create yarn.

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Finally, roll it into a ball and create whatever your heart desires.

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Category: Create

DIY Recovered Outdoor Pillow

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Recovering an old outdoor pillow is very simple.  I finished two of them in thirty minutes last night.  I have had these outdoor pillows on my porch for a few years now, but when I took them out this year I noticed how faded they were! 

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I purchased outdoor fabric at JoAnn’s.  Regular price is $19.99, but it is often on sale for $9.99, or you could use a coupon.  My pillows were only 16 inches across and the fabric is 54 inches wide, so you will need less than a yard of fabric.

These are the tools I used, but you can make due with a ruler and a pair of scissors.
                  1.  Cutting Mat
                  2.  Fabric
                  3.  Rotary Cutter
                  4.  Plastic Yard Stick

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Step one, measure your pillow.  I smooshed mine down with the yard stick to get it as flat as possible for measuring.  The pillow measured 16 inches across.  I added an inch in each direction to allow for the 1/2 inch seams.

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I folded my fabric in half so I would only have three open sides instead of four, then cut it into a 17 inch square.  I used the rotary cutter with my straight edge to get a nice even line.

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I pinned the fabric (finished side in) and sewed the side seams (1/2 inch wide).  I also sewed about three inches in on each side of the top opening so that I would have less hand sewing to do.  You just have to be careful that you leave enough room to shove the pillow in.

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Once it is machine sewn, you can insert the pillow and hand stitch the seam closed.

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I fold in the raw edges and pin the seam closed.  Then,  I use a simple overhand stitch to close the seam.

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And you are done! Now you can relax after all that hard work, with a cool drink on your front porch, with your new pillow!

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Category: Create

DIY inexpensive wall art

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It doesn`t have to cost a fortune to update the look of a room.  You can make inexpensive wall art in a few minutes usng frames you already have, or you can pick some up at a garage sale or at any craft store, don`t forget your coupons though!

These are the supplies I purchased to update three frames I have hanging over my couch.

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If you haven`t ventured down the scrapbook aisle lately, you will be shocked by the varieties of paper that are available.  These are 12 by 12 sheets of paper and they start at 33 cents a piece.  The paint was 3.99 and I used a coupon.  I also used a coupon for the stencil.

Find a clean well ventilated area to set up your project.  I usually use the garage when I am working with spraypaint.  I laid my paper and stencil how I wanted it on my workspace and taped it down using painters tape.  I was carefull not to tape the paper itself, just the stencil.  Spraypaint creates a breeze when you use it, and has a tendency to shift what you are working on if it is not secure.

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When you use praypaint for a stencil, you need to be sure that you hold the can about twelve inches above the project and hold the can parallel to your project so you are spraying directly down.  This will prevent the paint from leaking under the stencil.  Also, spray in short bursts.

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Once your project has dried, you can remove the stencil and set up your second paper.

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I set up my other papers off center so the pictures would have some variety.  I had to add some paper to protect the edges of the srapbook paper.      This is what they looked like when they dried.

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Then, add the inexpensive wall art that you created to some frames and hang it up!

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If you want something even easier, take architectural photos from a book.  I got these pictures out of a book that I bought for a few dollars at a library book sale.

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You can even use scraps of fabric that you really like.  Art doesn`t have to cost you a lot to look fabulous.

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