Category: less than an hour

D.I.Y Cupid’s Arrow Felt Change Purse

Hey Guys!

For those of you who don’t know me, I play pinball…a bunch! I am always on the look out for a cute change purse to store my quarters. After I competed in the woman’s league last spring, I saw a lot of cute change purses. In my pursuit to find one, I came across this image on Pinterest that inspired me to make my own!

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Here is what supplies you will need:
Felt of a Variety of Colors
8″ Zipper
Freezer Paper
Thread

Equipment:
Sewing Machine
Iron and Ironing Board
Scissors
Needle for Hand Sewing

Project time: 1 hour
Project difficulty: Easy/Moderate (zippers can be tricky)

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First, draw the image of the full sized finished product on the freezer paper. I made a mistake and drew my arrow the wrong way. That’s okay because you’ll end up tracing each piece to be cut out in a different color.

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After cutting out the freezer paper pieces, iron them on  to the corresponding colors you have chosen for each piece. If you have never used freezer paper, I posted a tutorial here on a different project.

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Cut out the pieces and remove the freezer paper. The freezer paper can be used multiple times, so feel free to save it if you want to make more than one!

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Next, assemble! First sew the arrow body to the main purse. Then, sew the bow on to the the main body. Here is where it gets a little tricky. Unfortunately, I did not take any photos of this stage.

Sew each half on of the main purse to the zipper. Here is a real good tutorial on how to sew a zipper. After each half is attached, use a zig-zag stitch to around the edge of the purse.

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Now the main purse is complete! Time for the details. First, in corresponding colors, add the stitch detail to the heart and fletching (had to look up the name of that part!). Finally, hand sew the details to the purse.

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And you’re done! I am really happy with the way this first one turned out. However, I forget to sew on the wristlet!

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It makes it a little hard to hold, but it won’t stop me from using it! I guess I’ll just have to make another one!

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I hope this inspires you! I would love to see your finished product! Tag me on Instagram (@jay_rupe) or leave a comment below with a link!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Recycled Soup Cans! (Five Different Ways)

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Hey! Hi! Howdy!

I hope you’re having a good weekend!

I know it’s totally not soup season, but I still enjoy a good can of soup every now and then! I feel guilty wasting a perfectly good can. The DIY-instinct in me says “recycle!” Here are five different ways to recycle your soup cans

Make a Weave!

DIY Do It Yourself Recycled Soup Cans Home Made Home Decor_2Try making a woven textile out of yarn the size of the can. Wrap is around and use hot glue to adhere in place!

Pipe Cleaners!

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Alternate colored pipe cleaner to make a colorful pattern! Use hot glue to adhere!

Macrame Cord!

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Wrap some macrame cord around the can! Also use hot glue to adhere in place.

Crochet!

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“Yarn bomb” around the can, alternating color until you reach the top. Weave in your ends.

Fabric Covered!

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Cut a piece of fabric the size of the can. Use fabric glue or modge podge to adhere them onto the can!

What ways do you recycle your soup cans??

Talk soon,
Jennifer

 

Make Your Own Photo Backdrop!

One of the challenges I have while blogging is my limited space to take photos. I rent a decent sized two bedroom apartment, but space is still very limited. I have to get creative when I’m taking photos of the projects I share. Here is one of my secrets to mixing up the backgrounds to my photos (well not really a secret, you can find it all over Pinterest).

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Here is what you will need:
Rolled Poster Paper
Paint and Paint Brushes
Scotch Tape

Project Time: less than an hour
Project Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Project budget: around $10

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Roll out two long sheets of the poster paper and use washi tape to adhere the seam together (you can use scotch tape if you want). I suggest hanging the paper where you intent to take the photos because it could easily ripe if you try and transport it (trust me…).

Next, just paint whatever pattern you want! I just used Xs, Os and hearts to decorate mine.

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Once the paint is dry, have fun taking your photos! Like I said. I used this as a backdrop for my project photos, but you can also make one for a photo booth at a party!

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What do you like to use for a backdrop for your photos?

Talk soon,
Jennifer