Jan 26, 2010

New threads and Contest Announcement!

Oh the crafty goodness that thrifting brings! This photo does not do the colors justice but I just had to share my latest, and best thrift store find.

Neon Threads!

All the threads you see here for only 2.49! at the old VV (Value Village)
I just can't wait to use these threads to embellish some of my work!

Now to get down to business.
I really would love to receive some feedback from my readers so I decided it's time for a
I personally LOVE to shop at thrift stores and receiving people's "hand-me-downs".
When I was young I used to think that people who shopped at thrift stores had to be poor and desperate people and was ashamed that that's often where my parent's took me to shop.
As I've grown, I've learned how great thrift stores actually are.
Thrift shops and second hand stores usually donate profits to local charity's or not-for-profit organizations and offer a chance for you to support your local community and keep a TON of unwanted goods from spending the rest of eternity in a landfill.
Not only that, but nowadays second hand stores and thrift stores are filled to the brim with real designer labels and clothing that has almost never been worn.

You never know what treasures you'll find when you are thrifting and that's exactly what this contest is about!

Contest Details:

Post a comment with your best, latest thrift store find and
February 14th, 2010 at 12pm I will randomly select the best comment.

The person with the best thrift store find will win a brand new limited edition

BonesInspired T-shirt!

All right, if this won't get you posting I'm not sure what will...contest countdown starts....NOW!
Happy thrifting everyone!

P.S Over the next week I will most likely be changing the look of my blog again so don't panic if it looks different or you can't recognize it.
I want the blog to look the best it can :)

Jan 19, 2010

Beer Cozy Tutorial

This cozy is made with reclaimed purple suede from a vintage high waisted skirt.
Using the bottom hem of the skirt as the top of the cozy,
I managed to save the original lining to use as the lining for the cozy. No fuss no muss!

The Om symbol is an iron on transfer that I printed out. Around it I stitched on a crochet chain.

I would rate this project a 2 out of 5 in terms of difficulty.

-Favorite canned drink
(to work a pattern off of.)
-Measuring tape
-sewing gauge
-tailor's chalk
-sewing pins
-iron on transfer
-crochet hook
-sewing machine

1. Measure the circumference of the can and the height of the can.

Measurements for my Cozy
8.25"(Circumference)x 6.75"

2. Add your seam allowance of .5" with your sewing gauge and chalk

new measurements:

3. Cut a rectangle out of the desired fabric with these measurements.
This will be the body of the cozy.

4. trace around the bottom of your can.

5. draw your seam allowance (half-inch) around the circumference with your sewing gauge.

6. Find the image that you want online or in photo albums

7. Reverse the image in a simple online photo editing website,
(My favorite for that would have to be

8. Print onto iron-on transfer paper.

9. Iron the transfer image onto a piece of scrap t-shirt material.
and cut a small border around the transfer image.
Next, sew the image onto the body of the cozy.

10. Sew up the two sides (right sides together!) to make the cylindrical shape.
11. Flip the fabric tube inside out.

12. Sew around the bottom, right sides together with a half-inch seam allowance. Don't forget to take your time!

13. Take whatever thread, string or yarn you want to use and crochet a chain the length around your image.

14. Sew it on with matching thread and you're done!

C&C always welcome!

Jan 8, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy new year everyone!

I hope that the cold weather hasn't been getting you down!
If it has though,

Don't pout! Let's craft away our winter blues!

Upcoming Tutorials

Recycled Crayons
Upcycled Notebooks and Notepads
Beer Cozy's!

Did you make any of the holiday crafts from my favorites list?
Did you make any crafty new years resolutions?
If so post a comment! I'd love to hear from you.

Until next time Crafters,
Don't run with Scissors!