Last year I made one of these for Cooper before his first day of school.
So, this year I wanted to do one better. I grabbed up his school supply list and headed
out to the store for super cheap finds to go inside. I found tons of good stuff and
some special extras I think he'll love. Here's the step by step instructions for making these. You can click on images to see larger views.
Using poster board, a string and pencil, draw out a curve from corner to corner, trace
the template out onto some fun wrapping paper, then take your template and roll it over
the edge of a table to create a curl, follow the line of the curves.
You'll then glue the template into the shape of a cone and cover it with the wrapping paper.
Cut strips of tissue paper, glue them together and then glue the long strip
around the inside of your cone.
Now get all the goodies for back to school and feel up your cone.
Tie with a pretty ribbon and give to your new back to schooler!
Use this idea to give other great gifts through the year and get your little one
involved in making them.
Organize your money saving strategy
and teach your kids a great value.
Make these for you children and they can be pretty enough
to leave out anywhere in your home.
Make saving money fun!
I've had this office chair for about 6 years and it has really been through it. I've put it in a yard sale twice and the sucker just kept sticking around. I probably priced it to high because of it's potential. When I started putting my new sewing room together, I grabbed it out of the garage, heaved the heavy thing up the steps and into my work room. I've been using it like it is with stains and scribbles for long enough. It's really embarrassing when someone comes to your sewing room and that's what is looming at them. A big hideous chair..so what's a girl on a super tight budge to do? Recover the blasted thing! That's what!
This is kind of a slow project and it takes about a day to complete if you are like me and have to start and stop constantly...so I have to get up early to finish one of these babies.
Start buy pinning your fabric right side down in the positions you want and make sure you leave 1/2" seam allowance. I started with the front, using the natural lines and seams I grabbed my tailors chalk and started marking the seams underneath by feeling them with my fingers and marking. I did this in large sections, two sections on the front (I added a panel), the seat, the top of the chair and sides and the back.
The hardest part was the arms, the key is to take your time, pin and iron and fit and re-fit before sewing. Pin ALOT!
Oh and I had to add my initials on a piece of bone color ultra-suede.
This is my chair almost finished. As you can see, I sewed the front, back, seat and sides together. I then added the arm by doing a strip down the top and around, then the outside panel. The inside panel was the trickiest but I didn't pin it right side down, I pinned it right side out like this.
Making a tight seam line and refitting the arm again a little, it's easy to make adjustments, if you cut it a little big. Oh and anytime you are doing arms where the pieces are opposite but identical, make a pattern for one side and use it to cut the other.
Here is my finished product...isn't she a beauty???
I'm going to give it a few days to see if I need to make more adjustments, there are a few spots I'll loosen the seams to relax it a bit, it's pulling oddly in a few places after adding the last panels. The side panels and back are a few inches longer to hide the handles underneath and are hemmed by turning them under twice. Easy Peasy! Makes me want to attempt my bonus room sofa!
If you have any kind of antique jello molds you can use them or use small tart-let molds.
Here's the recipe.
1. Lightly coat 16 tartlet molds, jello molds or mini-muffin tins with oil.
2. Place 1/4 cup of the juice in a medium bowl and sprinkle in the gelatin. Let sit for 1 minute. (food coloring can be added for fun colors)
3. Meanwhile, in a small pan, bring the remaining juice to a boil. Add it to the gelatin mixture, stirring until the gelatin is dissolved.
4. Spoon the mixture into the molds. Chill in the refrigerator until set, 2 hours.
5. Pop the tartlets out. Serve them cold or at room temperature within 2 hours, or store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Tip You can buy plastic or metal tartlet molds ($1.50 and up each, surlatable.com). An 8-by-8-inch baking dish also works-once the whole thing is set, just cut it into squares with a knife, or into shapes with a cookie cutter.
I'm also obsessed with making these...
I wonder if they would work as gummies....hmmm
now my gears ARE turning!
Dress up all your ugly wire hangers that are always getting tangled in the laundry room closet so they'll look pretty and presentable for guests or to give with gifts.
1. Using craft paper, trace your hanger, add 1/2 inch to the sides and 1 inch to the bottom
2. Use the template to cut 2 pieces of fabric.
3. With right sides together, pin and sew the sides, slightly less than 1/2 "or 1/4" in at the seam.
4. Stop 1/2" short of the center at the top to leave space for the hook to slip through.
5. Hem at the bottom all the way around.
6. To make the hanger cover non-slip, add to small buttons to the end of each hanger directly on the seam line. (shown is 1" away from the curve of the hanger at the end.)