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My Second Clutch/Wristlet

Ok, second time around. Made a few alterations from the first one.

My second clutch

My second clutch

The first change I made was to add interfacing to it to add body to the fabric. Here’s what I used.

Interfacing

Interfacing body

I put it between the pieces of fabric to add body. I also used it in the credit card second.

Inside peek

Inside peek

Look at all that junk!

Look at all that junk!

Man, I carry a lot of stuff! One of the best things about this clutch is my epi pen easily fits in it. I could fit it in my first one, but I had to work at it and it took up so much room. I made this one a little bigger specifically for my epi pen. Bonus – If it is big enough for my epi pen, it will also hold my glasses!

It is about 10x6

It is about 10×6

10x6

10×6

I used Velcro it close it and the same kind of elastic on the wrist hold as the first one.

Velcro close

Velcro close

So pretty

So pretty

I like the contrast of the dark fabric outside and the red fabric inside.
I used fat quarters from a novelty pack I got a Joann.
I used one whole fat quarter to make the inside of the clutch and half a fat quarter on the outside fabric.

Coconut Salt Scrub

I made my own salt scrub and then made extra to give away as gifts along with some of my homemade lip balm.  It was super simple.  I don’t know why I’ve been buying it for so long!

Ingredients:

Coconut Oil

Olive Oil

Salt

Essential oil (optional)

There are numerous variations of this.  Find some oils you are happy with and use those.  Right now I am in love with coconut oil and I always have olive oil on hand.  Since coconut oil becomes a solid at room temperature, I thought I’d blend in and equal amount of olive oil to keep it from totally solidifying.  Then I mixed in a bunch of salt and a few drops of essential oil (my choice was grapefruit oil).

Start with the coconut oil.  Since it is a solid you’ll want to break it up.  Put it in the your mixer and whip it.  At first, you’ll be doubting me, but keep at it, it will whip.  Once it has whipped, add some olive oil and mix the two.

Olive and coconut oils

Olive and coconut oils

Whip the coconut and olive oils

Whip the coconut and olive oils

Mixed oils

Mixed oils

Once the two are mixed, add some essential oil (optional) Add as little or as much as you like.  I find it best to only use a little, but you aren’t making it for me.  Then add salt.  Lots of salt.  You want it to look grainy and thick.  The salt is what is going to scrub all that dead skin off you!

Add salt, lots of salt

Add salt, lots of salt

Add essential oil

Add essential oil

Mix it all together with a spatula.  Then transfer it to jars for gifts or some other storage container for yourself.  I used a 1/4 measure scoop to fill the jars I purchased.

Stored mine in a bowl by the sink.

Stored mine in a bowl by the sink.

Jars

Jars

Filled jars

Filled jars

Apply liberally to hands and scrub over the sink.

Scoop up some out of the container.

Scoop up some out of the container.

Rinse with warm water.  If you hands feel too oily, then use soap to wash them.  If you use soap to wash, you will want to moisturize your hands afterwards so you don’t dry out your newly exfoliated skin.

My before hand

My before hand

My after hand

My after hand

His before hand

His before hand

His after hand

His after hand

Kiss My Lips

Lip Balm

Lip Balm

I made lip balm!  I purchased some lip balm base at my local Sunflower Shoppe and added some goodies to it.

Lip Balm Ingredients

Lip Balm Ingredients

I purchased the Vitamin E oil and the Sweet Almond oil at the Sunflower Shoppe as well.  I purchased the grapefruit oil at Central Market some time ago for another project.  The coconut oil was purchased at Costco and has been used in several projects and much of my cooking.  Man, I love that stuff!

I purchased some lip balm tubes and a filling tray and spatula at SKS Bottle & Packaging Inc for a great price.

I put my tubes into the filling tray then set the whole thing on a piece of parchment paper (to catch any spills).

Ok, so I did this the easy way.  I microwaved it.  If you know me, then you know what a big deal that is.  I hardly use my microwave for anything except heating some water for a cup of tea.  Even then, I prefer to boil water on the stove.  For some reason it tastes better.  I think its in my head, but that’s what I do…. Anyway… getting out of my head now.  (scary place to be!)

I used my 4 cup glass Pyrex measuring cup.  I emptied the lip balm base into my measuring cup and put in some coconut oil (maybe 1.5 tbsp) and microwaved it for one minute on high.  I watched it to make sure it wasn’t going to get too hot.  It didn’t.  It wasn’t completely melted.  I took it out and stirred it with a spoon until it was completely melted.  Then I added about 10 drops of grapefruit oil, 5 drops of vitamin E oil and 5 squirts of sweet almond oil.

I stirred it until I felt like it was all mixed then poured it into my lip balm tubes.  I had a little bit left over so I poured it back into the lip balm base container and will add it to the next batch.

Filled tubes in tray

Filled tubes in tray

 

This is the hard part… Now you wait.  I had to walk away and go sew.  I tried going into the other room and messing around, but I kept coming back.  I needed a real distraction so I sewed myself a maxi skirt.  I took my time deciding which material to use and pulled up an old episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Netflix and started sewing.  I managed to distract myself for 35 minutes (didn’t finish the episode). I went and checked and it looked good.  However I was worried it wouldn’t be completely set so I went back and sewed some things for my nieces’ dolls and managed to kill another 45 minutes.

That did the trick.  It was ready!  I immediately slathered some on my lips and it felt wonderful!  A little more slick than I expected, so I think I will cut back on the coconut oil a bit next time.  The smell is amazing and my lips are so soft. Kiss-ably soft.  Now all I need to do is come up with a clever name and label them to give away as Christmas gifts.

Lip Balm

Lip Balm

 

 

Captain America Shield

I made my nephew a Captain America Shield for Christmas with one important modification.  I made as a pillow covering.  I don’t know about your boys or nephews, but I fully expect to get smacked with this shield.  I can see him running around deflecting all kinds of imaginary objects or people and smacking me or my sister in the face with it.  Yes, a pillow is best.

Captain America Pillow front

Captain America Pillow front

I started with cutting out a white star and appliqueing it to a blue circle, then appliqueing that to red circle, then that to a white circle, then a red circle.  You get the idea…  Then I sewed a small white band to the last red piece.

For the back I…

Cut a big blue circle (2 inches wider than the pillow) then cut it in half.  I hemmed each half (on the slice, not the edges) and sewed velcro to each seam.  I want the pillowcase to be removable and washed.

I sewed a “handle” for his little arm to wear the shield on one half and embroidered his name on the other half.

back of sheild

back of shield

Insert small arm

Insert small arm

Then I sewed the blue circle to the rest of the pillow (inside out, of course). Flipped it right side out, put in the pillow and voila, one Captain America shield that hopefully will deflect all the dangers a six year old boy can imagine!  Best of all, it is soft so when we get smacked with it, no harm will befall us!

Captain America Shield Pillow

Captain America Shield Pillow

Flannel Lounging Pants

I made my first pair of lounging pants.  It was so easy! I could not believe how easy it was!  Seriously, it took me less than an hour to make my first ones and even less time the second time around.

Here’s what you’ll need:

flannel fabric – the amount will depend on what size you are making.  I’d venture to say an adult pair will require at least three yards.  Mine took less, but my legs are short. 🙂 You want to make sure you have the prints all running in the same direction.

Scissors or rotary cutter and cutting mat

coordinating thread

a pair of pants that fit you (I used a pair of old sweatpants)

no roll elastic (enough for your waistband)

sewing machine

serger (optional)

about 45 minutes

A camera to take pictures of your work.  You’ll be so proud of what you made you’ll want to take lots of pictures to show off.

Directions:

Fold your fabric with the selvage ends together.

Fold your pants (the ones that fit you) in half so the crotch pokes out – I can’t think of another way to describe it (see pic below).

Lay your folded pants on the folded fabric with the crotch toward the open side not the folded side.

Folded pants on folded fabric

Folded pants on folded fabric

Cut around your pants with at least an inch on seam allowance around.  If you are unsure, give yourself two inches.  It is always easier to take them in later.

You will do this twice so you’ll have two identical cuts of fabric.

Cut two identical pieces

Cut two identical pieces

Take your two pieces of fabric and lay them pretty sides together and pin.  You’ll be sewing up the crotch area up to the waist.  I used my serger to do it.  You do not have to, a regular sewing machine will work just fine.

Sew the crotch area

Sew the crotch area

Next you will refold them with the two new seams facing each other.  Still with the pretty sides together.  Presto-Chango!  Magically legs will appear. You will pin them.

Pin legs

Pin legs

Sew up one leg and down the other.  Again, a serger is not necessary.

Sew up one leg and down the other

Sew up one leg and down the other

Now comes the hemming.  Figure out how long you want your pants to be and hem up the legs.  That isn’t a bottle of pills there on the table.  I use an old prescription bottle to hold safety pins.  The stress ball (star) is for another project.

Hem up the legs

Hem up the legs

I couldn’t find my hem ruler so I made myself a little hem guide out of some cardboard that came with something (I forget what).  I found the ruler after I finished both pair of pants.  Isn’t that always the case. Oh and to top it off, it was right where it was supposed to be.  The same place I looked (apparently not with my eyes) three times before giving up and making one. Sheesh!

My Fancy Hem Guide

My Fancy Hem Guide

Next comes the waistband.  Roll your fabric to make a tunnel for the elastic.  Sew up the tunnel leaving enough room for your elastic.  Do not sew it up completely.  Leave yourself a couple of inches to put the elastic in.

Sew the waistband

Sew the waistband leaving a gap to put in the elastic

I put a safety pin on one end of the elastic and another one through the other end and pin that end to the fabric.  If you’ve ever pulled a piece of elastic all the way into the tunnel, you’ll remember to pin the other end.  Man was that frustrating!

Pin the elastic

Pin the elastic

Pull the elastic through the tunnel and then sew the two ends together in a couple of places to make sure it doesn’t come apart.  Now sew the tunnel shut. Try to line up with the previous stitches.  And… you’re finished! Bust out that camera and let the model shoot begin!  Work it…

Completed Flannel Lounging Pants

His Completed Flannel Lounging Pants

Her Completed Flannel Lounging Pants

Her Completed Flannel Lounging Pants

Ha! I just noticed my flat iron in the pic.  That’s a old one that I use on fabric for quick jobs (like the leg cuff hem) so I don’t have to break out the iron and ironing board.  Shhhhh.  Don’t tell anyone my secret!

Oh and apparently I got super lucky with the flannel I chose for my pants.  Elisa (fellow blogger) wanted some and it was no longer available anywhere. Hopefully Joann will get more in, it is so cute!  The name of the print is Cherry Blossom Girl.  It is in the Snuggle Flannel line.

Ninjago Pillowcase

I’ve been trying to make a lot of my Christmas gifts this year.  What in the world does a six year old boy want that I can make?  Finally figured it out. Ok. I had some help, but ultimately the decision was mine. LOL

He loves Ninjago (I hate to feel old, but I have no idea what that is) so I need to make him something Ninjago.  Ok what? Well I found this blog where someone has figured it out for me.  Thankfully!  I followed her instructions and feel like I was successful.  I guess we’ll find out at Christmas…

Templates and cut pieces

Templates and cut pieces

Cut Pieces

Cut Pieces

Ninjago Pillow case over my sewing machine

Ninjago Pillowcase over my sewing machine

Ninjago flat

Ninjago flat

As you can see it is not perfect, but looks pretty good. I appliqued each piece then the whole thing to the pillowcase.  I have to say it took much longer than I thought, but it was well worth the effort.

Custom Remote Control Holder

All the remotes for various pieces of electronics sit on the coffee table.  They interfere with things like me putting my feet on the table while watching a movie.  I mean, come on, what’s more important, really?  I suppose that depends on if you ask me or John…

I decided the remotes needed a home.  I whipped up this handy little remote holder.

Remote Control Holder

Remote Control Holder

I made it so it would velcro over the chair arm.

Remote Control Holder

Remote Control Holder

I first tried it on my chair, but… It didn’t seem right to leave it there.

Remote Control Holder

Remote Control Holder

There it is in its rightful place. on John’s chair.  Oh and there’s the footstool I recovered for him too.  I’ll have to do another post on that.

Anyway back to the remote control holder.  I used batting to give it some body and used velcro to secure it to the chair arm.  I think I did a decent enough job.  If I had it to do over I might think it through and perhaps give it a couple more pockets for stuff, but overall I think it turned out lovely.  I do know one thing, it got the remotes off the table and out of my way and we know that is what is most important!