Fabric Knotted Wood Bead Necklaces – DIY

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A few years ago I purchased some unfinished wood beads on etsy with the intentions of making myself a teething necklace for Max.  Fast forward six years and I can officially check the project off my list!  My kids are past the age for teething necklaces, but I still love the look of knotted fabric and bead necklaces so I made me and Mollie a matching set.  It was a quick project with a high forgiveness factor.

For this project you will need:

  • some long (24-36 inch) scraps of fabric (I used old blouses that don’t fit anymore)
  • wood beads
  • ribbon
  • scissors
  • threat and sewing machine
  • a break-away clasp if the necklace is for a child

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Easy DIY Pillowcase

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I’m in love with everything that the artist Sarah Jane creates.  I love the vintage style of the children she illustrates and I am especially in love with her line of fabric.  I splurged and purchase six yards of her coordinating fabrics on fabric.com.  I see two good things that will come from this purchase: 1) I will be forced to learn to sew (at least beginner projects) and 2) Each yard is was about $10 and I figure I can make two items from each yard, so at $5 a pop, I should end up with some inexpensive and (hopefully) adorable summer skirts and dresses for Mollie.

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DIY Pom Pom Curtains

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One of the biggest thrills of moving out of our tiny apartment (think under 1000 sq ft) last year, and into our first house was finally being able to paint our walls, buy furniture from some place other than Ikea, and spend time focusing on the smaller details of decorating a home.  I always loved these adorable pom pom curtains from Pottery Barn Teen and knew I wanted to try to integrate them into one of the kid’s rooms.  But at $100 a pop (times 2!), I knew these particular curtains would serve as inspiration and weren’t going to be coming home with me.  I managed to recreate the look for just $27 per panel.

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Heart Garland Tutorial

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I have a sewing machine, however, I don’t really know how to sew.  I use it all the time though!  I mostly use it for craft projects and repairing the occasional pair of torn pants.  One of my favorite uses is sewing paper.  For around $100, my sewing machine is one of my most used crafting tools.  I have a really basic model, like this one.  Simple is perfect for my needs.

A few years ago, I decided I wanted to try to make a paper heart garland, so I purchased a heart paper punch (this is the one I have).  The garland turned out great and I have found a million uses for the heart punch since that time (card making, gift wrap decorating, gift tags, etc).  The Continue reading