1.21.2016

Wedding Dress Upcycle: DIY Wedding Dress Clutch


This is part 2 of a series, if you missed part 1, Wedding Dress Upcycle: Knockoff Anthropologie Rosette Pillow, <------ click that link.

If you are looking for even more ideas, see my post from a couple weeks ago, 25+ Ways to Reuse that Wedding Dress.

There is SO MUCH fabric in a wedding dress, why not use it?

To start, decide how wide and tall you want the clutch, then cut a 3 story house shape (first & second floor are the clutch, and the "attic" is the flap). I chose the hem because of the embellishment and it was already a finished edge. I should have removed the beading, once it was sewn over it didn't lay flat. I'm OK with that.

My clutch is 8"x4" so 8" across, then 8" tall not including the "attic" portion. Here is a helpful chart from the blog that I got this idea from:


Little Red Window, check it out. She is a seamstress, I am not haha. I slid my sewing scissors under  the embellishments to remove them from the dress.



I took the bead work off the dress and used fabric glue to line the outer and inner edge. And also to cover my sewing sins haha.
 
Happy sewing,
Crystal

1.19.2016

Wedding Dress Upcycle: Knockoff Anthropologie Rosette Pillow

Remember the teaser post from awhile ago (Sorry! heehee) where I said I cut up my wedding dress?? Well, here is what I've been up to!

 Here's a couple pics of my dress:


So there was a LOT of satin and some bead work. The beads were so delicately sewn on that I just ran my fabric scissors underneath and they were a breeze to remove. Raise your right hand and repeat after me, "I will never use my fabric scissors on anything except for fabric." OK, promise?

READERS BEWARE: I am a self-taught seamstress. I don't know technical terms. I am super stubborn and really determined, that's how I completed this project. Also, my secret weapon is YouTube...

Supplies:
fabric
matching thread
stuffing for the inside of the pillow

Cut list:

18" circle (this is the back)
1 long strip, 4" wide x 54" (length = double the circumference) (this is the middle strip)
9"x40" (this is the front piece)
4" circle (this is the front poof)

Approx. time to sew: 3 hours, but I am a complete newbie.

Sewing a ruffle was the hardest part. Watch YouTube on how to do it the quick way. Basically, you lay down a contrasting thread and sew a zig zag line over it. Then you pull that contrasting thread down and it ruffles it. Careful not to snap the thread, because you have to start over. Ask me how I know this...


Attach the middle strip that has been ruffled (only need to do one side) to the large circle. Pin them inside out so when you turn it right side out, the nice part is showing. This pic should help it make sense. The strip needs sewn in a circle. Don't worry about the seam, it will be hidden in the ruffle.

Yes. I do work on the floor. I have no craft room or table. Why do you ask?

Next, ruffle the front section. Except my black tread snapped and I had to hand ruffle it. Boo.


Secure the front very well. Hand tack if needed. Don't forget to stuff it!

I used 2 old lumpy pillows for the stuffing. Not my brightest move. I took quite some time fluffing and making sure it was filled enough and looked just right.

Use the 4" circle to make the middle poof. Shape it in your hand, insert, and hand tack. That's it! So easy, right??



Happy sewing!
Crystal

If you have any questions, just shoot me an email or message me on Instagram. I'll try my best to help! XOXO

1.12.2016

DIY Mid Century Minimalist Wall Clock


You know that expression, "All that glitters is not gold"? This is what we have here.

PROGRESS! Living room progress y'all. I heart this corner of the living room so, so much.

Happy Dance.

So, honesty time, I got this tutorial from Sugar & Cloth so I'm not going to reinvent the wheel here, but I do want to add some clarification because there aren't a ton of instructions on her site. Also, I gained a few pounds over Christmas. We are being honest here.

Please check out Sugar & Cloth for a supply list and instructions. 


As a typical blogger, I had every thing on hand (so frustrating, right?). My cost was wood round + clock kit = $32.91 But if you aren't a blogger and had almost none of the items on hand, then your cost would be more around $45 which is still amazing. I looked for MONTHS for a cool clock and nothing. Well, nothing that really worked. And fit my budget.


You know that expression, "All that glitters is not gold"? This is what we have here. The clock kit is super cheap plastic that breaks and bends easily. And it's a pain in the butt to put together because you slide the clock hands onto the center and there is nothing to secure it. They just fall off when you hang the clock on the wall. So you put them back on. Cool, huh?


There are no instructions with the clock kit on how to space out the wood dowel caps. See that itty bitty mark I made on the right side of the wood round? I googled how to find circumference, and measured around the clock.

Here's a info-graphic that was way too fun to make (nerd alert).

It way easier to make the chart then make complicated instructions.


Happy Clock Makin'
Crystal
XOXO

1.07.2016

Thriftscore Thursday 94


I'm pumped to be co-costing #thriftscorethursday with some talented bloggers who I've been following for a long time. This group of ladies got me into Instagram and sharing my thrifty scores on the regular. The feeling of community and togetherness is like no other.

Here are some of the things I didn't buy while out thrifting:

How cute is this dresser? I have no idea where I would put it. And it wouldn't flow with my bedroom. And my hubby would say, "Why are you buying furniture right before we move?" haha...

Hello, my name is Crystal and I have a thing for pottery/ceramics/dishes. I love this 48 piece collection.



I scored super chunky candle holders. I needed something simple for the dining table and this was perfect. That brassy looking one in the back could seriously take someone out. It weighs about 4 pounds. And it is the wrong kind of brassy for me. So I painted them all after a bath and scrub-a-dub with Dawn soap.

Maybe I should rename this post "Paint All the Things Gold".

I wanted them to look aged, so I painted them gold, but then layered a light dusting of black paint underneath so it didn't look too new. Then I ran out of paint...but I liked how it looked on the one I did get done (back left). I think I'm going to play with layering paint. It's such a release to paint.

I'm drooling over this mirror casacavaliere found:


I'm such a sucker for brass from doug_fritock:


And this green chair from thriftedriches?? Amazing, it's perfect. Can you be friends with a chair? Heart eyes All. Day. Long.


This mirror needs to be in my living room stat. Anyone know where reposhture (for her blog click here) lives so I can steal it??


If you need to live vicariously though this hashtag, please check out these lovely hosts and scroll though all the droll-worthy pics on Instagram.

http://www.thegatheredhome.com/thrift-score-thursday-94/

I love everything about her style. Mid-century, glam, moody colors, brass animals, what's not to love?

 http://www.adesignerathome.com/vintage-family-jewels/

Her bathroom reno has me on the edge of my seat! Can't wait for the reveal!

 http://primitiveandproper.com/?p=7122

This lady is classy. And her master bedroom is jaw-dropping. Must click now. 

I think I need to go thrifting again...

Happy thrifting,
Crystal

1.05.2016

10+ Ways to Reuse that Wedding Dress

Has your wedding dress been sitting in your closet for 5 or 10 years, collecting dust? Have you ever thought about what you could do with it? My poofy dress was taking tons of valuable space and I needed a solution.

I decided to hit Pinterest to see what others are doing and...the answer is not much. It seems like women are a little hesitant to take scissors to the symbol of moving from childhood into maturity and adulthood. And a time when the waistline was smaller, just to be honest!


You can check out my Pinterest board here to see all my inspiration on what to do with the dress in the back of your closet.

Here are some of my favorites:







Leaving Pinterest, I checked out the interwebs and found this article. It lists plenty of ideas that I love!

Dye it a different color
Play trash the dress
Have it sewn into a Christening gown
Donate it to a bride in need
Have it sewn into a pillow
Have a wedding dress party with all your friends
Have it sewn into a hi-low dress
Make a princess dress for your daughter
Make a tulle skirt
Make a Halloween costume
Make it into a tablecloth and/or napkins
Make a satin clutch
Sew a pretty cover for your wedding photo album
Decorate the baby bassinet with the skirt of the dress
Save a scrap of lace for a pendant necklace
Decoupage the lace onto a vase (or anything, really!)
Make a scarf
Turn the lace into an earring holder
Place a scrap of fabric into a clear, glass ornament
Make a tree skirt
Use the fabric to make bunting
Make a wreath
Make a drawstring purse
Add a satin edge to a baby blanket
Embellish a headband
Have a quilt made from scraps!

Check back soon to see what I've been up to. I'm pretty inspired and some of this seems so easy!

Happy sewing,
Crystal