Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sew Your Own Sash Tutorial

My sister's coworker birthday was yesterday and she had asked me to help her make a birthday sash.  She wanted to add some lace to glam it up so I decided that I was going to sew a double layered sash.  I started looking on Pintrest for some tutorials on how to sew a sash, but it seemed like everyone was posting No-sew Sash tutorials and sew tutorials for dress sashes.  So I decided to make my own Sew Your Own Sash Tutorial.

What you'll need:
  • 1 yard of fabric (36-38 inches wide) in their favorite color
  • 4 yards of ribbon*
  • Iron-On Alphabet*
  • Sewing (Machines, needles, scissors etc.)
*An alternative for the ribbon is to get just 1 yards to cover the front sides of the sash only.  No need to cover the whole sash if you don't want to purchase 4 yards of ribbon.  I was lucky enough to buy a whole bag full of ribbon at SCRAP-SF for 50 cents! :)

*If you don't want to purchase Iron-On Alphabets, an alternative is to use fabric glue and glitter or fabric puff paint.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Homemade Campfire Starter

Pin Rating: 5
Cost: $0
Original Pin Here

I'm super excited that summer is here! Okay, maybe it's not officially summer yet, but it definitely feels like it.  My boyfriend and I went camping a couple of weeks ago, and it was such a wonderful trip to kick off the summer.  I looked up a few items on Pintrest that might come in handy during our camping trip and this TP + Lint firestarted caught my eye. It was easy enough to make, especially since I've started hoarding toilet paper rolls for my TP art. So I just  stuffed a couple of rolls with dryer lint before heading out and hoped for the best! I also convinced my boyfriend to grab some free firewood from craigslist since I didn't want to buy any. (However, we also decided to buy some duraflame in case our natural log block did not catch on fire.)

So the TP Roll stuffed with lint worked wonderfully.  It burned right away and we were able to throw it into the pit and have it go blazing for a good chunk of time.

Unfortunately our wood block was too big it didn't catch fire.  We definitely failed at being scouts and lighting a camp fire properly.  Next time we'll go with smaller wood blocks instead of the huge one.  :)  But I highly recommend using the TP + Lint rolls as your fire starters.  No lighter fluid required since the lint is highly flammable.