Creative Crafting

Dream Catcher {DIY}

Did anyone else make dream catchers in middle school, or was that just a Wisconsin / mid-western thing? I know I went through an obsession much like I did with friendship bracelets, and to be honest, the skill sets overlap quite a bit.

I recently made this sweet dream catcher for Charlotte’s room, in hopes of warding off any bad dreams. Maybe it’s the fact that I hung it over her crib, or the fact that I know sprinkle multiple pacifiers in her bed each night, but either way – she’s been sleeping better lately, I swear!

What you’ll need to make your own:

Instructions:

1. Wrap your hoop with your ribbon or leather of choice, leaving enough at the end to hang your finished product from.

2. Tie one end of your sinew to a starting point on the hoop. It is a little difficult to describe in words, but you need to loop your sinew around the hoop to make your initial knots. If you made friendship bracelets, you may remember making a “4” shape – this is similar. (If you are a perfectionist (I am not… sorry!), you may want to measure the spacing between each new knot to ensure even spacing of your webbing. You can also just eyeball it.)

3. Once your first round is complete, you repeat the process by tying your sinew to the center of each previous section. You continue to work your way around, keeping each section as tight as possible. Along the way, you can add pearls or any other decorations.

4. When you get to the end, you just make a tiny knot and cut the end off. the beauty of using sinew is that it is slightly sticky and makes good, strong knots.

5. Finally, tie on ribbons, feathers, flowers…anything you want to make it your own!

There are so many examples of gorgeous dreamcatchers out there. Click around in Pinterest and get inspired!

Creative Crafting, Daily Notes

Drawstring Bag {tutorial}

Well, I made a sewing project last week, but whipped it up SO FAST that I didn’t take pictures of it…sorry!!!

However, I’m going to attempt to give you a little tutorial for an easy drawstring backpack (probably, for kids, unless you are into that sort of thing). I made it for my little sis with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and she thought it was pretty cool. So here’s the drill.

1. Cut a piece of fabric 16 inches wide and 36 inches long. This will later be in half to make a bag that is 16 inches wide and 18 inches high.

2. Get out your iron. With the right side facing down, fold over about a quarter inch along the two 36-inch sides, and iron them down so they stay put.

3. On each end of the fabric, with the right side still down, fold a quarter inch down and iron (keep your long sides folded in throughout this process as well). Then fold once more, about a half inch, and iron. Basically, this gives you nice finished edges, and creates a long tube on each end where your draw strings will eventually go through.

4. Now, for some sewing. First, you will sew a straight line across the bottom part of each “tube” so it’s in place. Do this on both ends, then fold your creation in half, right sides together. Starting at the bottom of the tube on one side, sew along the entire side of the bag. Leave about a quarter inch at the bottom, where you will later put your string through. Do this on each side of the bag, then flip inside out.

5. Your sewing is done! Now, you will cut 2 pieces of cord, each about 2 yards in length. To string your bag, start with one piece of cord. I tied it to a paper clip to make it easier to pass through. Push it all the way through one of your tubs, and then right back through the other. You’ll end up with both ends on the same side of your bag. Now, with the other piece, do the same thing from the other side. Each of the piece of cord will basically be making a “U” inside the tubes.

6. Last, make sure the cords are even. On each side, push the ends of the cord through the little hole you left at the bottom corner of your bag. You might need to use the paper clip again. From the inside of the bag, tie your cord end in a double knot so it won’t slip out of the bag.

You’re done! If you are a visual person, this tutorial may not be the best for you, and I apologize. I may need to make another one just to take pictures… Good luck!

Creative Crafting, Daily Notes

Crafting Monday: Recycled T-shirt Necklace

This was a craft I’ve been hoping to do for a while. I’ve even had a t-shirt sitting in a clump on my floor that I intended to use. It took me about 15 minutes on Sunday night–easy! However, It is not nearly as pretty as the ones in this tutorial. So I’m not sure if I’ll actually wear it, but I want to share it with you all anyway!

First, you need a t-shirt you are willing to sacrifice.

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Next, you need to fold it in half lengthwise, cut of the hem, and then cut 1/2-3/4 inch strips horizontally, creating several fabric loops.

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Finally, you gather the loops together and tug on them a little to stretch them out. Since my shirt had seams, I gathered them together at the seams. Then, tie scrap fabric around the loops to secure them together. I tried covering up the seams. I think part of my problem here was that I didn’t use a ruler, so the thinner loops stretched out more easily than the thicker ones, creating loops that were slightly different lengths. Oh well.

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And here it is on my jewelry rack. It looks alright I think, but I just don’t know if I can pull it off. Maybe sometime I’ll just DO IT! πŸ™‚

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