Have I ever mentioned that I love Pinterest. I get lots of ideas and inspiration from wasting massive amounts of time conscientiously scrolling through the delightful pins on Pinterest. Honestly this is how I find trends. One of the big trends for home and party decor is Bunting/Banners. Triangles of fabric chained together with ribbon, bias tape etc. Most of what I found was large 7″ to 9″ triangles. Some are stitched on two sides (right sides together) and then turned and ironed flat before chaining together. Others are stitch right sides out and trimmed with pinking shears. I decided I wanted a smaller bunting for the table decoration at the 4th of July Party and that is how the Fourth of July Mini Bunting Tutorial began. I hope you like it and let me know what you think. Continue reading →
The Mouthwatering Monday Recipe this week is Pineapple Raspberry Lemonade Freeze. This is the kind of drink that works for everyone in the family. It can be made as alcoholic or non alcoholic and the fruit and liquid used can me adjusted to taste. My 6 year old niece helped me make this batch. This is a great drink to serve on a hot summer day and perfect for the fourth of July. Trade out the pineapple for blackberries or blueberries to have red and blue drinks for the holiday. Continue reading →
The Stars and Stripes Banner and Printable is a quick and simple way to add a little detail to a gathering. This craft is also a fun way to get the kinds involved in decorating for a party. Supervise the kids with scissors or cut out the banner flags prior to having them put the banner together. I recommend having the kids glue the ribbon in place and not use a stapler. Watch the YouTube video at the end of the tutorial for a project walk-through. Continue reading →
I enjoy making decorations for the different holidays. When those decorations are inexpensive and simple I enjoy decoration even more. The Paper Star Wreath is one of those decorations. There are many different ways to make paper bag stars and this is my Fourth of July version. Continue reading →
As yo all know I love a good seasonal door decoration and My 4th of July Stars and Stripes Door Hanger is one of the best. I made this one for my dad as a father’s Day gift and He plans to keep it on their front door through out the summer. The beauty of this project is that you can change the design by changing the size of the letter, the colors or the stencil to match your decor. Continue reading →
I love the new wrap dresses/swimsuit wraps. The kiddo really loves them too. I’m not a fan of kids in wraps that look like backless dresses so we compromised with a wrap towel for the pool. It was super easy and took less than an hour to make. The Beach Towel Wrap Tutorial is born.
1 beach towel
Step 1 – Measure the towel
The best way to measure the towel is to hold one corner in one hand and stretch the towel along the length of your arms. Where your hand holds the opposite side is where you mark length.
Mark the point where the excess fabric starts.
Step 2 – Cut the straps
Cut the excess fabric. I used a ruler and rotary cutter to make sure I cut a straight line. This fabric will be your straps.
Cut the excess fabric in half lengthwise. (I chose to braid my straps. If you want you could stop here hem or zig zag the edges and have straps ready.)
If you choose Braided straps here you go. Cut two straight lines leaving an inch or two connected at the top. Try to make the strips evenly spaced. I think mine are 3/4″ strips.
Braid each section crossing over the center strip. (On a side note: Cutting this terry cloth is a mess. You can see some of the mess in the picture. I had already cleaned the table off once.)
I used my serger to stitch and trim the edges of each strap. You can use a sewing machine. (An elastic band works great to just temporarily hold the braided end together.)
Step 3 – Arm openings
Fold the towel in half and place a plate in the top corner opposite from the fold. I matched up the corner point just past the middle of the plate. (I serged the rough end of the towel. It’s not necessary but it looks better and it helps with the shedding. A good tip is to use the same method on the edge as you do with the arm openings.)
Cut around the plate to form arm openings.
Step 4 – Edging/hem arm opening
Hem the arm openings. I serged but you could use bias tape, a basic hem, or a zig zag stitch.
The arm holes are ready for the straps.
Step 5 – Straps
Stitch the back side of the straps in place first.
Measure the placement of the straps. Wrap the towel around the body the same way it will be worn. (I did not do this and the straps were a little tight) Fold the straps over the shoulder and comfortable pin them in place.
Sew in place. I zig zag stitched forward and back a few times. Then trim the excess strap away. (Make sure you try it on before you trim the excess away. I trimmed first and it ended up a little tight.)
Ready to Wear
Put your arm through the first strap; with the towel coming across your body. Wrap the towel around to the back. Then cross it across the front and slide your other arm in.
As you can see the arms are a little tight. Of course she is also wearing her t-shirt and shorts and not a swimsuit which makes a difference.
The Kiddo liked it best as an over one shoulder wrap.
Here is a tutorial perfect for summer. A Beach Towel to Beach Bag Tutorial. I used a new towel but this would be a great way to re-purpose your old beach towels. (As long as they are still sturdy. No holes or tears.)
Basic Sewing Supplies
I was going to make rope handles, but decided to use towel for the handles too.
Fold the towel in half and decide on the depth of the bag.
Add 4″ for the turnover of the edge and to make a box bottom to the bag.
I cut away 10″ from the top of the folded towel.
Make sure the towel is right sides together
With right sides together stitch both sides. I used a straight stitch and then a 3 point zig zag because I want to make sure the seams are strong enough to hold all the beach/pool goodies.
Box corners are not necessary but I love them on a bag. (Tip: cut a piece of cardboard or plastic the size of the bottom of the bag and fit it in the bag.)
Pinch the bag corner so that the seam line and the bottom center line of the bag line up. (Strudel decided to help.)
I mark in 2″ from the corner and stitch. Straight and 3 point zig zag just like the sides.
Trim away the excess fabric. I have seen some people who stitch the corner down to the bottom of the bag once turned right side out, but I like to trim the corners off instead.
There are two ways to do this you could trim the top with bias tape or ribbon.
Roll the hem under and stitch down.
Or you can do it the way I did. I folded the top down around 2″.
Roll under the raw edge and 3 point zig zaged the edge down.
This leaves a casing for if I decide to thread the rope around the bag to make a pull closure. (I decided in the end not to use the rope at all.) I also like the wide top hem for when I place the handles.
I wanted to add a little detail to the bottom of the bag. I fold the bottom of the bag to create a seam line from corner to corner along the front and back of the bag.
Pin the seam line/fold in place.
Straight stitch 1/8″ to 1/4″ from the edge.
Now the bottom of the bag is more defined and structured. (If you do the trick with the cardboard or plastic; it will fit perfectly and not move around in the bag.)
I wanted wide shorter handles so I did not cut the 10″ wide strips down. If you want longer less thick handles cut each strip in half. Stitch the strips together along the 5″ sides to make 2 long straps.
Fold the straps in half lengthwise right sides together.
Sew the strap together to make a long tube.
Turn the tube right sides out and position the seam. I like the seam to run along the center and some like the seam along the bottom of the handle. The choice is yours.
Position the handles. I placed mine and inch from the corner. (Remember if you made box corners on the bottom follow that corner up and measure from there. best way is to fold the short sides in.) Pin the handles to the bottom of the hem.
Flip the bag over and pin the other strap. I use the first strap as a placement guide.
Stitch the bottom seam first removing the pins as you go.
Then stitch the strap to the top edge. You want your straps to be as secure as possible to handle the weight of your beach/pool stuff. (You could stitch an X between the two seams; If you are not threading rope through the hem; for added strength.)
You bag is ready to go.
Just ignore the recycling in the background. 🙂
We took the bag with us to the park this weekend and it worked like a charm.
Wishing you Luck and Love,
Update on the puppy (She is 10 but I still consider her my puppy). Snickers is resting and feels a little better. She was given fluids and ate a little. She even took a little water :).