Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Stray Sock Catcher

I recently "repurposed" a small box to hold socks with no mates. I just covered it in cute scrapbook paper, and now it cheers me up every time I pull a sock out of the dryer and can't find it's mate.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Stroller Cup Holder

We've started using Cadence's umbrella stroller instead of the one her carseat hooks onto. It's great, but it doesn't have any cupholders or storage places. Instead I had to make something that would hang from the handles (without falling on Cadence's head like the diaper bag does when I try to hook it there). This is what I cam up with. It works great, and was super easy. I plan to make a couple more, one for my water bottle, etc. I also slid a clip onto the loop of ribbon for my cell phone and keys.

To make your own, cut a rectangle of fabric that will wrap around your cup or water bottle, going most of the way up the side so it will be properly balanced. Fold the top seam down a little wider than a piece of elastic and stitch. Fold the fabric in half right sides together and stitch along the bottom and sides, leaving the folded over part unstitched. Turn right side out and thread elastic through the folded part. Stitch the ends of the elastic together, at the same time stitching in a loop of ribbon so it is connected firmly to the elastic. That's it! I didn't mess with trying to close up the opening where I threaded the elastic through, and you can't even tell.

Not the fanciest project ever, but easy and very useful!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Laundry Apron

This was a Christmas present for Kristina last year. She was going to make one for herself and I thought, "Hey, that sounds easy and cheap! *Ahem* I mean, um, that sounds fun and cute and meaningful!" It was all of the above :) I found the tutorial at "My Byrd House."

It is all two pieces, and the whole front is one big pocket, making it easy access for things like clothespins.

A lovely and completely random picture of my dearly beloved pretending to choke himself on the apron strings...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Puzzle Case

I was getting rather tired of trying to keep up with all the pieces to Cadence's puzzles, so I designed a puzzle case. It was fairly quick and easy to make. If you would like a full tutorial with step by step instructions and pictures, you can click on the link below to download or print.

Puzzle Case Tutorial