DIY: Velvet Sleep Mask

DIY: Velvet Sleep Mask/ Let's Go Sunning

If you read my last post, you might remember, I mentioned I am a full blown nightmare if I don’t get enough sleep. And enough sleep is 8 hours. None of this 7.5 hour bullshit. It’s pure crankiness, I inherited it from my Nana.

Tom really likes to watch movies or play games on the iPad before bed so I made this mask a few months ago to keep out the light. Best idea ever! I made mine in a pinch, thinking, it would do for a few weeks and then I could go buy one, but it’s worked so great, I have had no desire to go spend the money. This works really well if you scraps laying around your house!

DIY: Velvet Sleep Mask/ Let's Go Sunning

You’ll need:

16in x 10in velvet

16in x 10in fabric

16in x 10in batting


Needle and thread

DIY: Velvet Sleep Mask/ Let's Go Sunning

1. Find a template, I used one from here, but you can find them all over the place! You can even create your own! Cut out your template.

2. Stack your velvet, fabric and batting. With your template pinned to the top, cut along the edge.

DIY: Velvet Sleep Mask/ Let's Go Sunning

3. Organize your layers with the batting on the bottom, the velvet facing right side up and then the fabric facing right side down. Similar to above but the fabric would be reversed. Sew along the edges leaving room on either side for the elastic and enough room on one end to turn inside out.

4. When you have finished sewing, turn the mask inside out. You should now see the batting is in the middle and fabric and velvet are both facing the right direction.

5. Using a whipstitch, close your gaps, still leaving room for your elastic.

6. Measure the elastic against your head to fin a comfortable length. Then sew either end into the mask. Make sure it’s very secure.

DIY Sawhorse Entry Table

sawhorse table

As you know, I’ve been trying to spruce up my sad little entryway. I had decided to try to recreate this West Elm entry table, but in all honesty, it looked exhausting to try to make. I don’t have a yard, or a saw, or a place to hammer wood without someone wanting to kill me, so it was a no-go! After an unsuccessful trip to Salvation Army, I decided to wander around Home Depot and keep an open mind. When I found this yellow sawhorse, there was no way it wasn’t going to end up in my house. It was oddly enough, the only one of it’s kind and the label was all janky (woohoo 10% off). It also was the exact measurements of my little entry nook.

sawhorse table

DIY Sawhorse Table

Step 1: Treat your surface. I treated my pine board with Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner (if you don’t have it around the house it is a MUST!). I considered staining the wood, but I decided to keep it simple.

Step 2: Placing the sawhorse on the wrong side of the wood I measured to make sure everything was evenly placed. Then using a pencil I marked where the screws should be placed (this was more for reference)

Step 3: Using short screws (a little shorter than the thickness of my board I secured the top surface to the sawhorse.

sawhorse table

Once I flipped it over I had an great little entry table. Of course, this was a complete departure from what I had originally planned, but with some rearranging of kitch and wall art I made myself an awesome entryway. It’s so bright down there now! It’s still a work in progress, but other than a few framed photos I want to add. It’s almost done and only slightly over my budgeted $30. My total came out to $33.89. Not to shabby.

DIY: J. Crew Toothpick Jeans Hack

toothpick jeans

I have had little time for DIY projects. This one came out of necessity and might not be the most professional job, but I am so glad I made time for it. I have had my eye on J.Crew’s Toothpick jeans for a while now, but they just don’t fit me right. I’ve tried similar jeans and they look worse. It’s super irritating. So I improvised.

I like to clear out my closet on a regular basis. I like getting rid of thing I don’t wear so it’s easier to get dressed in the morning. My Gap Curvy Bootcut jeans didn’t make the cut this round, because I just never wear bootcut anymore. BUT they fit so well! I figured if I was going to get rid of them, I might as well see if I can make them into the pants I wanted.

Toothpick Jeans

I first found this amazing tutorial on how to tailor jeans from The Vault Files. I followed this very closely. The Toothpick jeans have a 26″ inseam and a 12″ leg opening so I kept that in mind when pinning and sewing. This I took the length up 7″ by doing something very similar to this tutorial by Sew Much Ado.

toothpick jeans

I am so glad I did this one! Not, only did I get the jeans with the fit I wanted, but I didn’t spend a dime, which is always pretty awesome. I was a little paranoid to wear them out, because my sewing capabilities aren’t at a crazy great level of awesomeness, but no one noticed and I even got compliments! Super excited!

toothpick jeans

DIY: West Elm Inspired Tree Clip

I was perusing West Elm earlier and the year and saw these tree clips. They are super cute and not very expensive, but I had a whole bunch of felt at home so I figured I’d make my own. I spent about 30 minutes and $3 and made five. Not too shabby. The only think I would do differently is get fancier buttons, but that’s something I can change later. I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out. I feel like my tree is too sparse this year, so this was the perfect solution to fill in some holes in a pretty way.

What you’ll need:


Hot glue gun



Clips (I used little hair clips, whatever works, right?)

Step One: Cut out a five point flower shape. This is going to be covered by other leaves, so don’t worry about it being perfect. In addition cut out five petals, all the same size.

Step Two: Glue the edges of the petals together, creating a lip (and please excuse my insanely chipped nail polish). Continue this all until all the petals are glues together. Make sure the petal layer is glues to the base layer.

Step Three: Glue on your button in the middle and your clip into the back. Make sure you cover the bottom part of your clip with felt, so you don’t glue your clip shut.

Step Four: Clip to your tree and enjoy!

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