Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Quick and Easy Pillow Slip Cover

Show of hands...who has ever tossed a pillow because it had a stain or because it just didn't match your decor anymore?  Well, what if I told you that there was a way that you could EASILY recover those pillows and make them match any decor?  There is a way and I'm going to show you how.  Let me reiterate - these are easy to make.  If you know me, you know sewing isn't a ton of fun for me and if I have to sew more than a few straight lines I won't even attempt it.  So without further ado....

I made my slip cover out of jeans that I picked up at a thrift store.  But you could use any piece of fabric that matches your decor.  Try using thrift store finds like sheets, curtains and clothing for a unique look on your pillows.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Easy Peasy Tie Cuff Bracelet

I love easy jewelry making projects!  Today I'll show you how to make a cuff bracelet from a thrift store tie and an old button with little more than a glue gun.  Yep, that's jewelry tools are required.  Here are a few that I've made:

You'll need a few supplies that you're likely to have in your crafting arsenal already:

- Glue; both hot glue and E6000®
- Small scrap of felt
- A button, piece of broken jewelry or some other embellishment of your choosing
- A cuff bracelet blank
- Several binder clips (AKA: alligator clips)
- And....a tie, silk or otherwise

Of course there is a video tutorial for this one that you'll want to watch for all the little tips and tricks.  But in a nutshell, here's how I made these bracelets:

1. Cut your tie so the it completely covers the front of your bracelet blank with enough extra to fold over the edges.  It is best if it does not completely cover the back.
2. Use a bit of hot glue along the edges on the back to tack your tie into place.
3. Cut a piece of felt big enough to cover all of the rough edges that you just hot glued into place but small enough that it's not visible from the front of the bracelet.  Use E-6000 to glue it into place.
4.  Use your binder clips to hold the felt in place while it dries.
5.  Glue your embellishment (with E-6000) into place on the front of the bracelet and clip it into place with another binder clip.
6.  Let everything dry for an hour and remove your clips.  And, viola! Your cuff tie bracelet is done!

Monday, August 11, 2014

DIY Paper Bead Stretch Bracelet

I'm officially sick of the rain.  It's bad enough that it's chased me back inside to work on jewelry rather than playing in the garden or with power tools.  But, rather than be blue, I thought I'd whip up a little video tutorial to show you how to make your very own stretchy paper bead bracelet.

There are no jewelry tools required for this bracelet and it's as easy to make as it is to wear! All you'll need is:

  • Paper beads
  • A few store bought beads or smaller paper beads if you prefer
  • Stretch Magic beading cord
  • A dab of Krazy Glue
  • A pair of scissors 
Don't forget I have lots of paper bead making tutorials over on my YouTube channel.  So if you need some help making your paper beads, be sure to check out some of my other video tutorials.
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