Sunday, February 8, 2015

DIY Wedding: Save the Date





As I mentioned in an earlier post I'm engaged! And of course it wouldn't be a craftynovice wedding without a few DIYs.  Over the next few months I'll be sharing some hand mades for my big day. The first I'll share are my Save the Dates.  These were insanely easy and extremely affordable!
 
The very first thing I had to do was get a great picture. My fiancé and I have some great pictures traveling but nothing that really had that professional feel I was looking for. Not wanting to go overboard on budget we didn't think hiring a wedding photographer for engagement photos was necessary. As an alternative I asked my good friend who has a nice camera to take a few shots of Ed and I. She pleasantly surprised us with some amazing pics, I don't mean to brag, but don't these look professional?


 
After uploading the pictures and settling on one, I downloaded these fonts from dafont.com: Jenna Sue, Admiration Pains, Everything Holiday, and Moon Flower
 
Using photoshop I typed Save the Date in white using the Admiration Pains font.
 
Then I opened a new file to create the text that would go on the back of the postcard and saved the file as an image.
 
The last step was uploading the photos onto vistaprint (as a postcard) and ordering. If you have any questions be sure to call the customer service line as they are extremely helpful.
And that's it, wait a week or two for your shipment to come in, address and stamp, send, and then you're done!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DIY Sew: Leather Tote Bag

 
Materials:
Leather
polyester thread
double sided tape
Teflon foot
leather needle
sewing machine
craft paper
scissors or a rotary cutter
 
Step 1: Create a bag pattern on craft paper. See below for the measurements I used.
 

 
Step 2: adjust your stitch length to 3.5, and tension to 1.1 (will vary by machine)
Step 3: Using double sided tape, tape the right edge of the bag together (good sides touching), then do the same to the left. Sew up the right and left sides (be sure to sew in the same direction on both sides).
 
 
Step 4: Sew each corner
 
 
Step 5: Using double sided tape, tape the wrong sides of two straps together. Do the same to the other two. Sew up both the right and left sides of the strap (make sure to sew
up the right and left sides in the same direction).
Step 6: Sew straps onto bag. Measure 3.5" in and 1.5" down on each side. Working from the right stitch 3 lines .5'' apart.
 
 
Done!
 
 

Monday, January 19, 2015

DIY: Cards



I'm currently planning my wedding for this July. In the process my fiancé and I have decided to design our own wedding invitations. As we've been working in photoshop elements 10, I realized that along with making our own wedding invites, I should design all types of cards, birthday, anniversary, baby shower, etc.
 
I whipped up this card in a few short minutes.
Materials:
Card Stock
Little B tape
printer
 
Step 1: Design your text in photoshop or paint. If you want more pretty and interesting fonts than are currently on your computer, you can go to dafont.com and download your choice of font. For this card I used Everything Holiday. To download fonts create a folder on your computer and save the font to that folder, unzip the folder, and move the unzipped folder to the fonts folder which can be found within the control panel --> appearance and personalization--> fonts
 
Step 2: Print, make sure to change the size of your paper to 5"by 7"
 
Step 3: Add a small pop of sophistication by decorating with little b tape


Sunday, January 11, 2015

DIY Sew: Iphone Case

 
Materials:
1/4 yard of fabric
1/4 yard of interfacing
1 magnetic snap
plastic iphone case
embroidery floss
 
Step 1: Cut two pieces of interfacing: 4.25" x 2.5" and 8.5" x 5"
Cut two pieces of fabric: 8.5" x 2.5" and 8.5" x 10"
 
 
Step 2: Install snaps: use fabric chalk and draw a vertical line at 2.75" about an 1.5" in from there place a washer. Use a pen and mark both slits of the washer. Use scissors to cut slits where the marks are. Placing the interfacing under the fabric install the snap.
 




Step 3: With Good sides of fabric touching pin and sew three sides of the fabric

 

Step 4: Fold in fabric on side you did not yet sew, and sew
 

 
Step 5: Fold in fabric 2.5", pin and sew only the top and bottom



 
Step 6: Take your smaller piece of fabric and interfacing and install the opposite side of the snap. Mark slits, cut, install snap.


Step 7: Fold fabric over, pin and sew (top, bottom, and left side only)
 


 
Step 8: Turn fabric right side out, fold in remaining fabric and sew up right side only
 

Step 9: Sew the smaller piece of fabric onto the larger piece


Step 10: Cut out a hole for your phone's camera


Step 11: Use embroidery floss and sew around the edges of the camera hole


Step 12: Super glue a plastic iphone case into the inside back portion of your fabric, let dry, and pop in phone



 
Done!!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

DIY: Yarn Wrapped Bottle

Happy New Year! Here's a really easy craft to start the year off on a productive foot.
 

Materials:
Hot Glue Gun
Yarn (2 colors)
Empty wine bottle
 
Step 1: Peel the label off the wine bottle by soaking the bottle in soapy water
Step 2: Start from the top of the bottle, apply hot glue and wrap yarn around the bottle
 





 
Decorate with Michael's crafts fake flowers and you're done!


Sunday, November 30, 2014

DIY: Makeup Holder

 

 
Get ready for a quick, cute, cheap 30 minute DIY project...
Step 1: find an old dip/salsa container or mason jar
 

Step 2: Wash out the jar, and soak in soap in water. After about a half hour you should be able to easily pull off the label

 
Step 3: Using twine and a glue gun, glue and wrap twine around the lip of the jar

 
Step 4: Use tape to wrap jar (I went around 3 times). I used Little B: Gold Foil Moroccan Window; found here; for sale at A.C Moore.
 
 
Done!!
 
 
 



Sunday, November 23, 2014

DIY: Custom Cross Stitch Pillow



Materials:
1/2 yard of Burlap
Cross stitch ring
embroidery floss
1 20"x 20" pillow form (purchased here)
 
Step 1: Cross Stitch eagles onto burlap
Step 2: Sew along the edges of the fabric (to prevent fraying)
 

Step 3: Sew pillow using this tutorial