DIY Projects

DIY: Handwritten Tea Towel

As I mentioned on in my last post, sometimes, in order to hit the reset button I deep clean a room of my house. It not only makes me feels like I’ve accomplished something, but it’s one less mess I have to worry about. This last week, I’ve been focusing on the kitchen. When I was cleaning, I noticed I was missing some crucial items,  for example, hand towels. I have a drawer with one ripped up Halloween towel and some pretty in tact Christmas ones. Then I went about trying to buy new ones, ended up with a packet of wash cloths. Not to mention I was being incredibly picky and saw nothing that I liked enough to buy. So I went about making my own.

I liked this project a lot because it was easy, quick and I didn’t have to make a mess. The end result turned out awesome, considering how quickly it was made. I’ve seen some tutorials online where they make insanely beautiful designs with sharpies, but I am not that talented. So I stuck with simple.

I started with a three pack of Aunt Martha’s Flour Sack Tea Towels. Then printed out what I wanted it to say in a bold black font (I used Franchise). You can also use the one I created here. Slide the piece of paper underneath your towel, center it and use a water soluble fabric marker to outline your letters.

It should look like this when finished.

Then take your Sharpie and fill in your outlines.

Almost seems too simple.

DIY: Emerald Bow Bracelet

So, I’m a copy cat. I’m one of those people that will walk around a store and refuse to buy something if I think I can make it. 99% of the time, I don’t, but this is one of the few times I have attempted to make something I wanted. I saw this amazing emerald suede bow bracelet via Pantone and I wanted it. Although, suede really isn’t my thing, so I opted for an emerald velvet ribbon.

What you’ll need: Ribbon/ Hook and eye/ Glue Gun

Step One: Cut your ribbon into four pieces. Cut one length the size of your wrist. Then a 4″ strip, a 3″ strip and a 1.5″ strip.

Step Two: Glue the ends of the 4″ strip together. making sure they are centered and press down in the middle. Do the same for the 3″ strip.

Step Three: Glue the 3″ strip on top of the 4″ and press together.

Step Four: Wrap the smallest piece around the center and glue down. Now you have your bow.

Step Five: Secure the hook between the center of the bow and the wrist piece. Glue down.

Step Six: Glue the hook to the other end of the wrist piece. You might have to remeasure to give allowance for the hook, depending on how tight you want the bracelet.

When you hook them together, you have a neat little velvet bow bracelet. I love it. Although, I am a little biased, because I made it. And it falls perfectly on my Snow White tattoo, so it looks like a cute little frame. Love!

DIY: Frosted Type Mirror

After years of haphazardly hanging random frames all over my walls, I have finally committed to a gallery wall. I assumed before I started this project I had enough art to cover the entire wall, but when it came down to it, I don’t have nearly enough odd sized art for my liking. I did have this mirror that had been hiding in my closet for years and it was the prefect size. I did a similar tutorial last November for Frangelico and I thought I’d utilized materials I already had at home.

What you’ll need: Old mirror/ Frosted glass paint/ Xacto knife/ Self-adhesive vinyl/ paint (optional)

Step One: I started by painting the mirror black. and scarping off all the excess paint.

Step Two: While waiting for the frame to dry I printed out what I wanted my piece to say. I chose to use the font Silverfake.

Step Three: Slide your print under the self adhesive vinyl, cut out the letters using your Xacto knife.

Step Four: Peel off the top layer of adhesive and adhere to mirror.

Step Five: Paint over adhesive with frosted paint. Let dry and repeat.

Step Six: Slowly peel the vinyl off the mirror. Use Xacto knife to clean up edges. Using a paper towel and bit of Windex, clean off paint chips.

I’m kind of in love with this project. It didn’t take me long and it really add dimension to my gallery wall.

Upcycled Bar Stools

I’ve had these hideous bar stools for years. I’m pretty sure I got them on sale for $12 a piece, and at the time, I thought the best solution was to spray paint everything black. Five years, a move, and two dogs later, they didn’t hold up very well. But, instead of buying new ones, I figured I’d give upcycling them a shot. It still feels a little weird to look over and not see crappy black stools, but I’m slowly getting used to it.

I started by sanding the entire stool. In retrospect, I could have gotten away with sanding the top and then lightly sanding the legs. Why do I make things harder on myself?

I then painted the legs with 2 coats of silver and one coat of Martha Stewart’s Satin Peashoot. After the paint dried I lightly sanded, trying to focus on exposing the silver underneath rather than the wood.

I then stained the top of the stool with two coats of Miniwax Wood Finish on Golden Oak. I also ran a coat of stain over the legs to give it a more vintage look. Then finished it off with a satin varnish.

I have one more stool to do, but my hands are sore from sanding. I’m hoping it won’t take another five years!

DIY: Cross Stitch Pillow

Cross Stitch Pillow/ Let's Go Sunning

It’s 2013! And what better way to start off the new year, than with a new project! I’ve had my eye on the Mima Pillow from BluDot , but unfortunately they don’t have any colors that really work with my living room. So I figured I’d make my own, since I wasn’t really excited about buying one for $80. Mine cost about $25, mainly, because I used Liberty of London fabric for the back, which it’s really expensive but SO pretty. I also wanted it to match my new Shapes & Colors pillow, so I chose neutral colors for the front. I love the way they look together.

Cross Stitch Pillow/  Let's Go Sunning

What You’ll Need: 1 Yard Osnaburg Natural Fabric/ Martha Stewart Roving Wool Yarn in Snowdrift/ 1/2 yard Liberty of London Tana Lawn Fabric/

Tapestry Hand Needle/


Washable Pen or Pencil/

Needle and Thread/ 

18×18 Pillow Insert

Step One: Fold the front piece of fabric (in this case, the Osnaburg) in half. Cut into a 19″x19″ square.

Step Two: Using a ruler and your washable pen or pencil crate a 1″ grid over your fabric. This will be the back side of your front piece.

Cross Stitch Pillow/  Let's Go Sunning

Step Three: Thread the yarn through a tapestry needle. Decide how you want your stitches to look on the outside. I wanted wide, but short stitches, so I decided to make them 2″ wide and 1″ tall.

Cross Stitch Pillow/  Let's Go Sunning

To get the wide, but short look, I used the pattern above. I then eyeballed the vertical stitch, using the grid.

Step Four: Press both pieces of fabric. Taking care to not burn the yarn ir pull too much in any one direction.

Cross Stitch Pillow/  Let's Go Sunning

Step Five: Pin the finished front piece together with the backing fabric, right sides facing each other.

Cross Stitch Pillow/  Let's Go Sunning

Step Six: Sew three sides together, leaving a half inch seam allowance. In addition sew the outer 2″ of the bottom corners to give all four corners consistency.

Cross Stitch Pillow/  Let's Go Sunning

Step Seven: Turn the pillow right side out. Insert pillow, by folding in half to fit through the sewed edges smooth out once placed.

Step Eight: Slip stitch the remaining side shut. Michelle Patterns has a great visual tutorial.

Admire your work and enjoy!

Cross Stitch Pillow/  Let's Go Sunning

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