Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

how to make a reusable shopping bag from t-shirts

I live in Oregon, a state which recently implemented a ban on single use plastic bags at check out.

You can still get a paper bag of course, but be prepared to pay $0.05 for each paper bag you need.

But you know what's still free?

Bringing your own reusable bags!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Declutter for the new year by finding a fresh use for old jeans and decorate for Valentine's Day at the same time with this clever heart garland!

This denim upcycling project took me about 1.5 hours to make (photographing in the middle slows things down a little). If you are already good at sewing, it might take you an hour.

This is an easy to moderate craft and could certainly be done all by hand if you do not have a sewing machine.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

How to turn jeans to a skirt. Easy DIY skirt tutorial from jeans.

Have you ever wondered how to make a DIY jean skirt out of a pair of jeans? I can help!

This step-by-step tutorial will show you exactly how to make an easy denim skirt for girls or women of any age or size from a pair of jeans.

Turning jeans into a skirt is easier than you might think. This even works with jeans where the knees have blown out and lets you salvage the rest of the usable fabric.

All you need is a pair of jeans, a seam ripper, scissors and a sewing machine.

Once you make one, you will love how easy it is to upgrade the jeans you decided didn't bring you joy into cute DIY jean skirt that you'll want to do this a few more times!


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Paint denim patches with dimensional paint to create fun flair for a backpack.

Hi creative friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft here to teach you how to make patches from denim scraps!  

This is a fun upcycled craft that you can make from an old pair of jeans. You don't even need a whole pair! 

It's a great way to use up any scraps leftover from a project you made with recycled jeans like Carissa's really popular Farm Girl Apron from old jeans project or this upcycled denim crown project.

It's really easy to make denim patches using Dimensional Fabric paint (some might call it puffy paint).  

These colorful patches are perfect for adding embellishments to a tote or backpack. They are a fun craft to do with older kids or even as a summer camp craft.  

I have rainbows, unicorns, diamonds, flowers and narwhal patches featured here, but get as creative as you like--the sky is the limit!


Saturday, December 15, 2018

Goose applique on a blanket with a ruffle - easy farmhouse style upcycled blanket project

Have you ever wondered what the true cost of all the gifts from the 12 Days of Christmas would be?

Today I am partnering with PNC to bring you this post and the 2018 PNC Christmas Price Index® to help you find out!

This year, PNC is also partnering with bloggers to bring you modern takes on the classic 12 Days of Christmas gifts.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

How to make a unicorn horn sleep mask with free printable pattern

Unicorns are the best, most magical creatures in the world. They are beautiful because they get so much sleep at night. Make a darling DIY unicorn sleep mask to help aid in a good night sleep. This would be a great unicorn party favor or summer craft for tweens and teens!

The sleep mask features a DIY unicorn horn and unicorn ears. Of course we give you a free pattern to cut out the unicorn horn, unicorn ears, decorative flowers and pretty unicorn eyes so that your mask is magical perfection. 

The part of the sleep mask that goes against your face is made from a recycled t-shirt so that it is nice and soft. It's a great way to give new life to an old t-shirt with holes or that you don't want to wear anymore.


Monday, May 21, 2018

How to turn an upcycled t-shirt into a pillow. Hot pink heart shaped pillow with gold wonder woman symbol centered on it.
Hi friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing a fun upcycled clothing craft with you. Do you have stacks of worn out t-shirts with fun graphics? Maybe some old band shirts, sentimental shirts from a loved one or some shirts that just don't fit anymore?

Let me teach you how to turn that old t-shirt into a pillow! This upcycled t-shirt pillow craft is a great beginning sewing project for older children or teens.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

how to make a DIY unicorn headband with free pattern

If you love unicorns, you will love this pattern for a DIY unicorn horn headband. Unicorn headbands are the perfect unicorn party accessory, or for playing make believe. This unicorn headband is built on a plastic headband with a felt unicorn horn and two-colored unicorn ears. 

For Valentine's Day last year I made a whole collection of unicorn headbands for all the first graders at my son's school and they loved them! If you can cut out felt and use a glue gun, you can make these headbands! I've got a free download for a printable unicorn horn and ears pattern as well - just read through the tutorial and you can click over to grab it!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Don't you love going to the stores this time of year and seeing the aisles bristling with school supplies?  I do.  I love new pencils, cheap pens and all the accessories to go with them.  This year instead of just buying everything new, take a minute and make a recycled candy wrapper pencil pouch.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia (blog no longer active) and it's the mooooost wonderful tiiiiiime of the yeeeeeear! I've been clocking a lot of time making gifts and getting the house all gussied up before we host our families later in the month. One thing I've become more aware of over the last couple of years is how many paper goods (napkins, gift bags, tissue paper, etc.) one family can burn through during the holidays. Instead of getting disposable everything because it's "easy," which we all do sometimes, I'm switching to fabric. I whipped up some pretty cloth napkins for a party last year and they were a big hit--not to mention quick to make and machine-washable--so I'm here with the tutorial. Even if you're a beginner, all you need to do today is use an iron and sew in a straight line. You got this.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

#creativegreenliving #DIYcraft #upcycleteapot

Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia (blog no longer active) and I bet I'm not the only one who has a pile of weirdly-sized fabric scraps sitting in my office, waiting for me to do something with them. I'm great about using MOST of the fabric I buy, but then I get to the end of a project and the reject pieces just... stay there. My bad. I did figure out how to use one of them, though, so that's progress! Today I have an easy tutorial for making a teacup pin cushion out of that pesky extra material. (Bonus points for also using the orphan teacup I found in my china cabinet. #multitasking)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia (blog no longer active)  and I'm back with another easy sewing project. And I define easy as "if you can sew in a straight line, you can do this." Now that the weather is (mostly) cooperating and we're starting to spend a lot of time outside, I like to have a summery tote bag I can grab for snacks, water, sunscreen, etc. I wasn't finding anything at the store that made my heart sing, so I thought, heck, I'll just do it myself. You can grab t-shirts from the back of your closet or hit up a thrift store to find a cute pattern.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Aprons made from fat quarters pattern

Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia (blog no longer active) and I suffer from a devastating condition known as Food On My Clothes Syndrome. It strikes when I'm making dinner, minding my own business, and suddenly I look down and there are mystery splatters all over my pants. Again.

Because this is a chronic condition that will seemingly never go away, I have a collection of aprons. They're perfect for a beginner to whip up, and all you need are a couple of fat quarters and some sturdy cotton trim. I like to make seasonal varieties so that I look festive while hiding the fact that I'm impressively clumsy. (Heck, even if you're not the Splatter Queen that I am, a washable cotton apron is still handy to have around.) Let's jump into the tutorial, shall we?


  • Two matching fat quarters (18" x 22")
  • One coordinating fat quarter
  • Cotton trim
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Ironing board and iron

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia (blog no longer active), and I'm here today to tell you about the easiest sewing project ever. Infinity scarves are my siren song and as far as I'm concerned, one can never have too many. (Overflowing closet, what?) Since buying every scarf that catches my eye isn't too great on the wallet, I learned how to whip them up myself and save a little dough. Here's how you can DIY your own, too.


  • Jersey fabric
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Looking for a creative way to upcycle your old jeans? How about a Denim Play Crown! I'm Stephanie from and I love handmade toys & upcycling so this project makes me so happy. This is an easy sewing project for a beginner and the pattern can easily be adapted for anyone with any size head. 

If you're using thick denim, make sure to use a sewing needle specifically made for denim so it's strong enough. If you're using thin, jegging-style denim, you can add fusible interfacing to the back of one layer to make it stand up better. Use your creativity and scraps up with the embellishments - or let your child arrange and sew them on!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I'm sure I'm not the only crafter out there that has a huge stash of t-shirts for crafting. At one point, I was in a t-shirt yarn crafting phase and collected every spare t-shirt I could get my hands on. Of course, the phase moved on but I still have close to 50 t-shirts in my craft supply closet! I think this project from Do Small Things with Love would be a perfect way to use them up. I love the colorful effect and I'm sure it has a pleasant squish factor, too!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Do you run into the same problem I do every year regarding what gift to give your mom? I'm stuck in an interesting spot because my mom's love language is gifts (mine, too!) but she also rarely needs anything. So even when you can't figure out what Mom needs or wants, handmade gifts make a great option because moms love things their kids made just for them.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Back in April I published a tutorial for how to make an apron from old jeans and it took off like wild fire! It is not only one of my most popular posts this year - but one of my most popular posts EVER. Have you seen it yet?

If not, be sure to check it out here. I tried to make the tutorial super beginner-friendly. It's a great, inexpensive gift idea for the holidays!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

I've been going Halloween Costume Crazy! Most of my costumes are for boys but when I found out one of my friends wanted help coming up with a mermaid costume for her little girl I was delighted to get involved! We made the tail with pants instead of a skirt to make it easier for an active girl to do her thing without worrying about tripping or wardrobe malfunctions.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Are you freaking out because your mom's birthday (or Mother's Day? or Christmas?) is just a few days away and you STILL don't know what to get for the woman who raised you? The good news is that it's not too late to whip up a crafty gift for your mom. Here are 15 ideas to get you started
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