• Crafts,  Sewing

    Upcycle a Canvas Tote and Tablecloth into a Pillow

    Why don’t you upcycle a canvas tote (or two) into a pillow? If you’re like me, you have a few canvas totes tucked away in a closet or drawer. If you don’t have a tote to upcycle, upcycle a tablecloth that has a pattern you like. I’ve re-purposed a tote and tablecloth for this pillow project. My pillow form was 18×18 inches wide. After cutting the tote, I was left with a 14×14 inches wide image; therefore, I had to widen the sides to match the width of the pillow (plus 1-inch extra for 1/2-inch seams). I followed a great tutorial for adding sides to a square and mitering corners (picture-frame style).…

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  • Crafts,  Sewing

    DIY Rice Heat Therapy Bags

    I was inspired by Little Birdie Secrets to sew rice heat therapy bags; however, I made some modifications to the instructions. I made the rice bag out of cotton muslin which does well in the microwave. My rice mixture (brown rice) includes a few drops of lavender essential oil. I found this oil in the soap making section of Michaels. It is likely available at other craft stores. It may also be available at health food stores like Whole Foods. I poured the amount of rice needed for the bag into a bowl and then I added a few drops of oil and stirred it well. Don’t overdo the oil. I made…

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    Fleece Beanie – Easy Sewing Makes a Quick Gift

    I’ve whipped up a fleece beanie to give as a Christmas gift. I used a pattern from The Green Pepper (Polar Beanies). I’ll make more than one. Those that I plan to give the gals in the family, I’ll decorate with fancy buttons (like that above). I did add extra length to the bottom of all of the beanies because I wanted a clean interior edge (the extra length allowed me to create a hem). The pattern is for all sizes. I created copies of each size by recycling large paper grocery bags. The nice thing about paper bags is they’re more durable than pattern paper. This beanie is snuggy…

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