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Old Jeans into Skinny Jeans!

4 Dec

Welcome to my pile of jeans that need a little TLC! They may have gotten into this pile for various reasons – they don’t fit, they aren’t in style anymore, they got taken in to get hemmed and the lady made them too short and they are now high waters (frustrated voice there), or I haven’t worn them in a few years.

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Why did I hang onto them? Honestly – because I don’t know how to get rid of things and thought I could make SOMETHING out of it one day..

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Welcome to that day! My sister sent me a pin from pinterest about how this girl made her not so cool jeans into skinny jeans. It took me about two seconds to try on all of the jeans that were in my “I don’t know what the heck to do with these” pile 🙂

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Then the magic happened! First I put them on inside out, pulled the sides tight and pinned them so that they would be form fitting. If you’d rather not pin yourself in your jeans you can try using chalk to mark the line.

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Then I took them off and ran them through the sewing machine. Be sure that you have a thick needle for this (mine is an 8 for jeans) or your sewing machine is going to take a toll and you might bend or break your needle.

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Before you do anything else, be sure to flip them right side out and try them on. It’s going to feel weird having that extra flap of fabric but this is the only way that you’ll know if it fits you right before you finish them off and can’t undo it!

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If it’s not how you wanted, rip out the seams and try again! If it is take really nice sharp scissors and cut along the link of your seam without hitting your stitching.

Then you can iron the edges down or let it wash and dry into shape. I like to wear mine around and break them in for the day 😉

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What do you think? Actually – it’s probably best you don’t tell me what you think – because after doing this whole thing I realized I hate the way I look in skinny jeans.. oh well!

Love Always,

J

Oh Hello Studio <3

17 Nov

Most of you know that I’ve been doing a lot of crocheting lately instead of sewing. Well this weekend is the first weekend in the past few months that I’ll actually have time to be in my studio!! It’s going to be so refreshing to be back in that room with loads of time and a list of things I want to make! Plus Brian will be distracted playing COD with the guys so he won’t even miss me 😉

Here’s a little sneak peak at what I hope to get done this weekend:

I’m going to be sewing buttons on the new cozies. I’m always hand sewn them so I’m going to give my sewing machine a run for it’s money! When these are finished they’ll be up in my shop for purchase.

After my sister’s wedding, we packed up the burlap squares and they’ve been sitting in this pretty box waiting for me. Well, I’ve finally found a project for them! I’ll be making placemats out of these!

I also have a pile of clothes that need some TLC. Since I’m under 5′ it’s really hard to find clothes that fit appropriately without looking like a teenager, so I have collected a pile of clothes that don’t really fit right. There are some jeans I want to turn into skinny jeans, some pants that need hemming, some t-shirts that need to be taken in, and some sweaters that weren’t getting any attention that will be turned into decorative pillows!

I’m going to have some serious fun this weekend. What are you doing this weekend?

 

Love Always,

J

Sing It Out Loud! Or At Least Write It.

22 Sep

I’ve always been a girl who loves to personalize things. Well – I did it again! I’ve been seeing people personalize their pillows with song lyrics they love – so I set out to find the perfect lyrics for my pillows 🙂 It took a while and a lot of no that’s not it between Brian and I. I wanted him to be as attached to these pillows as I want to be so he had a say in what we chose.

All you need is fabric, a fabric marker (or two), a pillow, a sewing machine (or you can hand stitch with a needle & thread), and some lyrics of course!

Brian and I chose to use the lyrics from Coldplay – Yellow. We are big Coldplay fans and some of our favorite songs as much as we liked them – really didn’t work out for pillow lyrics. So if you do this project you may realize that half of them don’t really work. I like songs with a little bit of  a repetition in it, but enough words to keep you reading.

If you don’t have consistent handwriting or are afraid you want write in a straight line – try not to worry. Mine isn’t either if you look closely enough you’ll realize I write like a third grader – but if you look back up at the picture above it doesn’t look so bad! Plus it gives it a little character 🙂

The rest of this how to will be posted later on. I’m excited to get the pillow sewn so you can all see the finished look of it!

What song would you love on a pillow for your room?

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Scrap Fabric Baby Blocks

14 Sep

So I’ve been trying to find ways to use up some of my scraps and I saw some a cute idea for scrap fabric blocks on pinterest and decided I would try it out. Since there wasn’t a tutorial with it – I was going blind by trial but I am pretty darn proud at how they turned out!!

 

I drew out a plan and cut out my squares from my fabric pile.

 

I then began to sew each piece together the way I had it laid out.

Next came the two pieces on the side to start creating the box form.

Then I took the bottom and wrapped it around the sides.

I left an inch open in order to flip it right side out and stuff it.

Then it was stuffed!! I will say I need a little more practice with stuffing but overall – I am happy with the project!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Love Always,

J

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The Pocket Pillow

23 Aug

After doing my zipper mess up pillow last week I decided to show off how I make my pocket pillows. I also wanted to show everyone what it was in case they didn’t understand. I’m not really sure what these pillows are really called – so pocket pillow is my name for it!

First I cut out the fabric in three pieces. The two back pieces I ironed down a half an inch to make it a finished edge.

After sewing down the half inch edges I pinned the pillow all the way around in preparation to sew!

That zig zag triangle stitch is obviously my favorite 😉 I feel like it makes everything so sturdy!

Once it was done I flipped it inside out!

Put the pillow in through the pocket in the back and it’s ready to go! Pocket pillows are my favorite because they are easy to sew, easy to get the pillow in and out for washing (I do have a messy toddler in my house), and you never have to worry about laying on an uncomfortable zipper when you are taking a nap 🙂

The one negative to a pocket pillow is because it has the opening in the back it doesn’t hug the pillow extremely tight. I don’t mind that so it’s not a problem for me.

What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

 

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A Wow Moment – Pillow and All.

15 Aug

On my to do list the past Saturday I had:

Make a pillow out of my new favorite material!

and last Saturday – I did just that! So I thought I’d share with you all exactly how I did it. Now you’ll notice in this preview that I didn’t have the right size zipper so I just used a small one. When it came time to put the pillow in the case I bought cried! It took a lot of shoving, a little biting my tongue, and a lot of UGHHHHH’s.

 

I  cut the fabric 14×14. Even though this pillow is a 10×10 you have to account for the depth of the pillow as well as the amount you’ll be taking off when sewing it. I always leave myself a good half inch for sewing.

 

Now for all you “know how to sew pillows or zippers in general people” I know this isn’t the best way to sew a zipper.. now. After a long discussion with my mom on how she sews zippers I will be trying this differently. So what I did is I folded the two edges over a half an inch or less, pinned the zipper, and stitched it.

Note to self: I am either sticking to pocket pillows (which I’m good at) or attempting this again with the right length zipper and the right way to sew it!

Okay! Then I laid it inside out so both of the outer pieces were facing each other, pinned, and stitched all the way around.

 

I flipped it inside out and attempted to shove that huge pillow in a 6 inch zipper opening 😛 I wish I had taken pictures during the process but I was too busy UGHHHHing to stop and take a picture 😉

 

and TADA! Here’s the finished pillow which if I do say so myself turned out pretty spanking awesome except for the bottom zipper which we won’t ever speak of again 😀

What do you think?

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

Living in Fabric

13 Jul

I’ve stored fabric in so many different ways I can’t even begin to explain it! But what I can explain is that if you can’t see it – you’ll forget you have it if you have as much fabric as I do.

This was my previous way of storing fabric. Which was actually working out quite well for me until I moved into my studio and didn’t take this handy cabinet with me..

What happened to that fabric? It got stuffed in under the bed bins like this:

Under both tables you can see boxes and boxes stacked with fabric. One thing that I can’t stand – not being able to see fabric or having to search through, under, and around a pile just to find what I’m looking for. So what was my solution?

Since that old cabinet is filled now with yarn and stock grocery items I had to come up with a better plan. I cleaned off this old shelves we had in storage that were holding paint cans. My dad is building a shelf to put all the cans on so I went ahead and snatched them up, cleaned them, and hauled them to the studio space.

Welcome to my new way of knowing what fabrics I have and where the heck they are! Now if only find a way to stash scraps that are easier to find.. that will be my next thing to tackle 😛

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

Welcome to the Studio Life <3

30 Mar

I promised pictures of the new studio – so here it is! A bedroom turned studio just for my work! ❤ I am so excited to have my own space to  get work done 🙂

I’m not exactly sure how much the square footage it is but it’s more than enough for what I need! I absolutely LOVE the big bright windows so I made sure to put my sewing machine right next to all that natural light! I’ve got everything set up and ready to work this weekend and plenty of material to make so much inventory I won’t need to go shopping for months 😛

Under and beside the bed is all my inventory and shipping needs. I’m going to use the bed as my packing table so it’s always set and ready for orders!

And here it is! My favorite part of having my own studio – not having to set up and break down an ironing board!! It seems pathetic but BOY am I so happy to not have to do this again 🙂

What do you think of my new space? Have you recently gotten your own work space? Tell me all about it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Tuesday Tutorial: Fabric Beach Balls!

13 Mar

Welcome to Tuesday Tutorials – where I find awesome easy tutorials for you – now go get crafty 😉

This crafty tutorial comes from: ThePurlBee

Fabric Beach Balls

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

Tuesday Tutorials: Striped Canvas

14 Feb

Welcome to Tuesday Tutorials – where I find awesome easy tutorials for you – now go get crafty 😉

This crafty tutorial comes from: sayyestohoboken

DIY PURPLE STRIPED MARKET TOTE

Thanks for stopping by!
Love Always,

J

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