DIY Fabric Storage Bucket

DIY Fabric Storage Bucket What you will Need: 1/2 yd. Heavy weight canvass fabric 1/2 yd. Lining fabric 1/2 yd. Medium weight interfacing 28″ Length of leather strapping 4 Rivets Standard sewing supplies Step 1: DIY Fabric Storage Basket Cut a length of fabric as large as you want your bucket to be.  I cut mine 31.5″ x 10.5″.  Cut a lining piece and a piece of interfacing the same size.  You can make these buckets any size you want. {Read More}

Washi tape mini wood pallet DIY coasters

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DIY Ice Pack and Heating pad

DIY Ice Pack and Heating Pad For those of us with injuries or chronic pain, I have found easy DIY solutions for ice packs and a microwavable heating pad.  I have used both myself and find them to be reliable and inexpensive hacks to create your own reusable DIY ice pack and heating pad. DIY ICE PACK: What you will need: 2 gallon sized or smaller freezer zip lock bags 4 Cups of water 2 Cups of rubbing alcohol Blue {Read More}

Antiqued Picture Frame Blackboard

Antiqued Picture Frame Blackboard I purchased two identical picture frames that were on clearance for $1 each with the idea that I would up-cycle them into something else.  I decided to make a matching pair of antiqued picture frame blackboard and pin boards to match the decor in my sewing room.  I always need places to write and keep notes to myself so I thought it was time to use the two frames and this simple process to create my {Read More}

The Perfect Traditional Irish Soda Bread

The Perfect Traditional Irish Soda Bread The perfect Traditional Irish Soda Bread is a quick bread that has 5 ingredients and nothing else.  Traditionally, it was not even made in an oven but made in a bastible which is a cast iron pot with a lid that was set over a turf fire because most Irish people did not have an oven.  It was easy and inexpensive when baking soda was invented and inexpensive to buy.  The rest of the {Read More}

Valentine Cake Pops

Valentine Cake Pops I recently took Craftsy’s free online mini class on how to make cake pops and thought to share some of what I learned with you.  Of course you can click the link and on head over to Craftsy and take the free class yourself but I thought creating some Valentine Cake Pops would be a great way for all of us to get started on this fun and decorative project. What you will Need 1 Box cake mix {Read More}

Easy Sew Reversible Chair Pad

Easy Sew Reversible Chair Pad I finally decided to make a chair cushion for the chair I use to sit in while I am sewing.  Until now I was sitting on two old pillows.  It was not very comfortable but now I am sitting on a plush easy sew reversible chair pad that only took a short time to make.  Here is how I did it: What you will Need: 1/2 yd. Primary fabric 1/2 yd. Secondary Fabric 8 Covered {Read More}

Reversible Padded Chair Back Covers

Reversible Padded Chair Back Covers I was asked to make some reversible padded chair back covers to fit four country style chairs so I thought I would make a short tutorial out of this project.  It was super easy to do and solved the problem of chairs scraping against a wall. Perhaps it will solve a similar problem for you. What you will Need: Pattern or make your own to fit your specific chairs 1/2 yd. Exterior fabric per chair {Read More}

Christmas Tree Upcycling

Christmas Tree Upcycling Christmas Tree Upcycling.  Is it enough to put your tree on the side of the road for the trash collectors to toss it away?  Maybe not. Here are a few ideas for reusing your Christmas tree after the season has ended.  The folks at This Old House got me to thinking so here are eight suggestions on things you can do with your Christmas tree this season. 1: Chopped Fire Wood The most obvious example is chopping it, letting {Read More}

Wrap-N-Zap Vegetable Zapper

Wrap-N-Zap Vegetable Zapper Wow this wrap-n-zap vegetable zapper is an easy way to make baked potatoes and steamed vegetables in the microwave in just minutes using Pellon Wrap-N-Zap Cotton Quilt Batting. The beauty of using wrap-n-zap is that it helps the bag to retain moisture while microwaving your vegetables.  You can make a variety of bags in different sizes and shapes using whatever fabrics you love.  Pellon provides a terrific pattern on its website that I am going to use as a tutorial here. {Read More}

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