Easy Ugly Pillow Makeover

I love the clearance aisle. That’s no secret here. When I’m buying decorations for our house, they are usually from the clearance aisle. I appreciate things more when I know that I didn’t over-pay for them. Also, if tragedy strikes and something is ruined, it’s not a big deal.

As I’ve stated here many times before, I especially love to scope out the clearance aisle at Lowe’s. We’ve gotten many a steal there. Like a few monthes ago, as I rounded the corner I saw this towering box of four ugly, fringey, not-at-all-my-style brown throw pillows.

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DIY Ruffled Camera Strap

I am a documenter.

I save movie tickets. I have saved nearly every greeting card I have received in my lifetime. I scrapbook. Everything. From important things like weddings and births, to random life, like going to see Harry Potter with an eyeliner lightening bolts drawn on my face with a friend. (Don’t act surprised.)

I’m the “the picture-taker”. As soon as I had enough babysitting money I would ker-plunk down my $7.99 for one of those wind-up 35mm film camera and click away with my friends. I love the anticipation of how my photos would turn out when I picked them up from the store. The day I got a digital camera and I was no longer limited by those precious 24 shots… life was good.

Yep. I’m that friend. The one who makes you pose in front of funny road signs or with the parking lot attendant. My husband has learned to grin and bear it. Literally.

That being said, when I saw lots of people with tricked out camera straps, I knew I needed to make one!

When I am using my SLR camera for an extended period of time, I like to keep the strap around my neck as a safety precaution. Many of these swanky camera strap covers have extra padding in them for extra comfort. Sign. Me. Up.

This is NOT a tutorial. My goal is to become a better sewer this year, and I’m learning! I melded some basic principles from this tutorial at Tidy Mom and this one at Midwestern Sewing Girl for my finished product.

I didn’t have any interfacing on hand and I was too lazy to go to the store, so I used felt. And I like it. I think it adds even more cushion than interfacing would have.

This was my first ruffle! I don’t care to say how long it took me to attach it to the strap, but I did it. And that’s all that matters. :  )

I used a gray seeksucker fabric for the front and remnants of my dining room curtains for the backside.

Since seersucker is an inherently thinner fabric I doubled it over, so there are two layers.

This is why I can’t write tutorials yet. I’m usually a do-it-as-I-go kinda gal.

It can make for really messy instructions. : )

Now I can keep on snappin’ to my heart’s delight!

Check out more a step-by-step process at Tidy Mom or Midwestern Sewing Girl (for the ruffle).

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On another note:

I recently saw this video and wanted to share. I wish I had seen this when I was 16. Love your skin! Say no to tanning beds and hello to sunscreen!

Sewing Project: Grocery Bag Holder

My quest to become my sewing machine’s friend continues!

I saw this tutorial on Make it and Love it and my eye instantly wandered to that horrid corner in the pantry where I stuff all my plastic bags into.

I had some extra fabric leftover from our bathroom curtains, so I thought I should give it a go for round #2 of Kat vs. Sewing Machine

And I have to say… I did alright. I followed the tutorial fairly closely except for a few small things. Instead of a large handle I added a small little ribbon hook. I also made my elastic pieces much smaller to get a smaller opening.

I think I’m getting ready to try something more complicated. 😀

My DIY Sewing Machine Cover

I have a secret. I have been procrastinating in a major way.

For Christmas I received a sewing machine. I was, and still am, pumped! I have always wanted to learn how to sew. I took quilting lessons the summer before college and made a t-shirt quilt. I really enjoyed it and ever since I’ve just done my sewing by hand.

My sewing machine has been sitting in our guest room since Christmas calling out my name. I have been looking at it longingly and even gave it a caress here and there. I was so intimidating that I kept putting it off. Yes, I have a whole file of patterns and projects I’d like to tackle, but I was far from starting.

Until today!

I forced myself to sit down and read through the instruction manual. I was identifying the bobbin, the feed dog, the foot, the needle plate, so on. Five YouTube videos later, I finally discovered where the bobbin went. I may or may not have called my husband in several times proclaiming “look what I did!! with each step”

Let’s just say it was a slow start.   : )

I’m sure there will be lots of posts about my sewing escapades in the future. You can learn with me or tell me how to do it better! My friend Audrey is also learning to sew and has been filling my inbox with links to fun sewing projects online so I will finally be able to join her. (I’m doin’ in Audge!! I’m finally learning!)

So here it is… *drumroll* My first project!

A cover for my sewing machine!! While the white plastic one that came with it was quite functional, it was lacking in feng shui. I love this fabric. It’s leftover remains from some chairs that I DIYed and it was the perfect size piece.

I have been saving this link from Martha Stewart for a while because it looked like a very easy beginners projects. And it was!

It’s not perfect, but it’s a start.

Hoorah! I feel better now. Now that I’ve started I feel like I can learn. The worst is over! I sewed something without breaking anything! Now bring on the projects!

Anybody out there a sewer? What should I do next?