Posts Tagged ‘Crafts’

DIY Yarn Container

In Creative Fun, Crochet, Momma Must Have on December 29, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Paint Can Turned Yarn Container

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to sit down and post something. Life with three children is crazier than I imagined and I have not had the time to post. I have been working on some awesome projects and recipes and I can’t wait to share to them with you.

Today I was at Hobby Lobby checking out their 80% off Christmas items. I saw some see through decorative paint cans and instantly realized that I could turn those into yarn containers. No more having the baby play in the yarn and create terrible knots. No more creating tangles because I wasn’t paying attention and the yarn got snagged under my chair. The pictures are not going to be great because I was in a big hurray to try it out. You know how us crafters are! I think any paint can would do. I choose these because they are fairly see through and they were only $1.40 a piece!

So pretty

So pretty

1. Take your paint can, any clean crafty can will do. The clear ones would be ideal so you can see how much yarn you have left.

Paint Can Top Paint Can Top Close-up

2. Drill a hole in the center of the top. I used a 5.5 drill bit.

Paint Can Top Inside

3. The inside of the lid is going to be rough, as the metal is going to be jagged and pointed. Take a hammer and strike flat against the hole on either side. This will flatten out the metal and make it smooth to the touch.

Paint Can Filled

4. Insert yarn and enjoy!

See how easy that was! Now you can keep your yarn safe and sound. I hope you all benefit from this as much as I am going to. Now that Christmas is over I  can start on projects just for the fun of it. As little man gets older and I get a handle on my new crazy life I hope to be able to share more tips, tricks, projects and recipes in the year to come.

Happy New Year and Happy Crafting!


Fall Poncho

In Birthday Party, Clothing, Crochet, For a Kiddo on September 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Fall is not quite here yet but I am really itchin’ to get out my fall gear; with that in mind I thought I’d share something I was able to make last year.

My sister had been looking for posing ideas for their family pictures and came across this one on facebook.



She loved the poncho on the little girl and asked if I would be able to make one. I jumped at the chance!  I decided to do blooming granny squares because I wanted to give the poncho a little more of a girly flair to it.  I am also horribly particular when it comes to visual spacing and patterns so the poncho was not made of random squares.

Noel's Poncho

I ended up making the poncho too big. I wanted to make sure that she could grow into it but I don’t even think it will fit her this year. 😦 The poncho is made up from 16 granny squares and are joined with a basic single crochet stitch inbetween the squares. I added a basic picot trim to give it a little more oomph as well.


Noel's Poncho Side

The poncho was big on Charlotte but hey, there’s nothing wrong with wearing something you got on your first birthday when you’re three or four is there?


Noel's Poncho back

I’m going to try it again one day and just do smaller squares. I used an 8/H crochet hook without thinking about how big it would make my end product. It’s not worth doing if you don’t learn something from your mistake right?


Happy Crafting!

Men’s Shirt Refashion Part Three (Putting it Together)

In Clothing, Creative Fun, Crochet, DIY on June 17, 2013 at 10:47 am

So by this point everything is looking good and just needs some final steps!

Attached Lace

I sewed the top of the lace to the base of the collar on the inside of the shirt. Very important. You want the lace on the outside to have a clean nice line and this is the easiest way to hide any bumps.

Cut neckline

After the lace is attached, cut the the shirt at the base of the collar. Be careful not to cut the lace! Do not cut past the lace; in fact cut a little shy of it. You’ll avoid possible fraying from the opening being too large.

Lace Pulled through Neckline

Pull the lace through the opening. And start sewing! Sew along the side edges to be sure that the lace is properly attached to the shirt. I used my zig zag stitch to make life easier.

Lace Sewn on

This is what your shirt should look like. I mentioned in part one that my lace ended up being to long.

Lace Too Long

If your is too don’t worry! Just pull at the base of the lace until your rows match the bottom of the shirt.

Lace Trimmed Down

If you do this after you’ve sewn on the lace it will be easier because it will stop unraveling where the seam is.

Back of Shirt cut

After you’ve corrected the lace (if needed) cut the shirt behind the lace. The seam you created when sewing on the lace will keep the shirt from fraying too much. Just be sure to cut as close as possible!

Shirt back

Ta-da! Isn’t it pretty? I’m sure yours looks even better.

Sleeve Cuff with Lace

Now if you’re wanting to add the lace to the sleeves as well, that parts even easier. Line up the lace with the sleeve based on where you’d like and sew it on! I placed my lace on the underside of the seam so it was inside the shirt just as I did with top of the back lace.

Sleeve Close-up

See? Easy.

Men's Dress Shirt Refashion

The shirt is now finished! Hooray!!

The lace turned out awesome and the shirt did as well. I think I need to make another swatch of this lace in another color to add to another shirt. It really was a fun project! I can’t wait to see what you guys are able to create.

Happy Crafting!


Men’s Shirt Refashion Part One (The Lace)

Men’s Shirt Refashion Part Two (The Shirt)


Charlotte’s New “Tutu”

In Clothing, For a Kiddo on May 29, 2013 at 7:12 am

To Charlotte all skirts that are made of lace, tulle, or see-through fabric are tutus. She wears one nearly every day. She had been telling me that she needed a new tutu for her birthday because her other ones were “too tight!”. Here’s the first one that I was able to make for her. The sheer fabric I was able to get for free compliments of Rachel at The Scrap Basket.

I snapped a few pictures along the way so that you can make one for your little girl! This skirt was super easy and came together in well under an hour.

Purple fabric cutCharlotte’s waist is 19″, hips are 21″ and her waist to knee length is 11″. I cut the solid fabric 20″ wide and 11″ long on a fold.

Sheer Fabric for Skirt

The sheer fabric was also cut on a fold, 20″ wide and 10″ long and, two pieces 20″ wide and 4″ long.


I started by sewing around the base of the purple in a zig-zag to help keep it from fraying then added a 1/2″ hem.

Sheer pieces Gathered

I sewed the two smaller pieces of sheer on one side (1/4″ seem) and then gathered the almost 40″ piece. This piece was then sewn to the main sheer piece. From there I sewed up the sides.

Sheer and Solid Sewn Together

I then pinned the sheer and the purple sides together, front to back, and sewed a zig-zag to again help with fraying.

Sheer Seam

Looking at the piece put together I didn’t like how the two sheer pieces looked once they had been sewn together. I knew that you would be able to see the seem, it just didn’t look nice. Sheer pieces sewn in place

I decided to sew along the seam so that the skirt would lay correctly and the seam would show above the ruffle. I then cut the excess fabric close to the seam line so that it would have a cleaner look.

Sheer Seam Trimmed

Much better.


The elastic I have on hand is 1/2″ thick which is perfect for a waistband for Charlotte so I cut a 20″ long strip and made an inch wide hem at the top leaving an opening to feed my elastic through.

**Attach a saftey pin to your elastic end before you feed it through. It is a huge time saver and makes threading your elastic a snap**

Once the elastic was all the way through I sewed the ends of the elastic together (I like the lay one side on top of the other and do a tight zig-zag to keep it flat). Then sewed up the opening to the waistband.


The bottom piece of the sheer has no fray on it so that I didn’t have to do a second seam. Or at least it would have no fray on it if I could find it. Instead I used Elmer’s blue gel glue.

Charlotte's Tutu Skirt

I love the finished product. I’m hoping she does as well! We’ll find out tomorrow when she opens her presents from us.

Happy Crafting!