Crafts & DIY · Tutorial

SNOW DYEING: Winter Time Fun

Where has this been my whole Frigid-Wisconsin Life?

I am not sure how I have never heard of or done this method of tie dying before…..but I will tell you what: this is a new WINTER STAPLE in our family! We all loved it!

I stumbled upon this idea the night before my kiddos had off of school….so I didn’t have a ton of time to gather supplies. So, we used what I could grab at Walmart at 6:15am on my way home from night shift.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

White clothing (cotton) : because it’s winter…I wanted long sleeves….now I know I totally could have done long-sleeved t-shirts…but I saw some gray hoodies and I snatched them up …I did, however find a white one for me.

Fabric Dye: now many tutorials I read highly recommended powdered dye….I grab a few colors of that…but I also grabbed the 10 pack of liquid Tie Dye in the squirt bottles…because who doesn’t want more options and want to squirt?

Soda Ash: they did have this in the craft section at Walmart! Yay! Soaked our hoodies for 20 minutes or so before dyeing

SNOW: We have plenty of that

Wire racks & Bins: I used a mix of cookie cooling racks and wire bins that we had around the house…had to get creative and then use both bathtubs

THE PROCESS: I looked up 4-5 different blog tutorials and videos…Google it, I promise you’ll find a ton. But the quick recap is:

1. Soak the hoodies in Soda Ash for 20 minutes.

2. Bunch up the hoodie on the rack….I wasn’t sure how well this would work….so I told the kiddos to have it more front facing and then just mess it up a bit….now I know it works REALLY WELL….and you could bunch it however you want, the dye will seep through the entire garment

3. Cover with SNOW!!!!

4. DYE IT! We used a miss of liquid and powder…the powder is much darker/stronger….but it all looks great!

5. Very carefully transfer it indoors to a tub/shower….I guess looking back we could have done this in the tub….but where’s the WINTER FUN IN THAT??? (ignore my hard water stains…needed to scrub that this week anyway…so what’s a little dye?)

6. WAIT. ……and Wait…..and WAIT FOREVER!!!! (Or 24 hours in real time) The snow will melt much faster than that…but the longer you wait, the brighter your colors should be

7. Rinse in cold water…and wash in warm water… (I also threw in some Color Catcher Sheets…and kept the like-colors together as much as I could)

8. WEAR YOUR CREATIONS!!!

We are All sporting our Hoodies today!

(Daddy has already requested one of his own….and the kids also did “normal” tie dye with the extra dye on tshirts…..I’ll hold off on those to reveal later 😏)

Crafts & DIY · Tutorial

Fabric Cross Decor Tutorial

This past weekend as I was changing out St. Patty’s Day decor with Easter….I realized I needed a new art piece to hang above our mantle.

Thing was, purchasing one wasn’t in the budget….so I went on a treasure hunt in the house.

I found some old frames: one for me & one for Georgia.

We each picked out the fabric we wanted and cut strips out leaving just a few inches on each side of the open frames.

Next up: STAPLE GUN!

I tried getting Georgia to use it, but it packs too much of a punch for her (little scary 😧 to me too, to be honest…you could totally hot glue too) Since we had one, I stapled the strips to the back of the frame to hold in place.

Now to make the cross….flip the frame over and use wire to tie at the place the fabric intersects. Don’t have wire? Got any old bread twist-ties? Those will work too! Or, I suppose string would work as well….wire just makes the next step easier.

And the finishing touch: COMPLETELY up to you! Use some Ribbon and tie a bow, use the wire to add a flower, glue a BIG BUTTON…or like we did: add a broach or pin.

Ours are a little extra special to us because they were our Grandmas’

The Pearl one from my Grandma Flo…

And Georgia’s pin was her grandma’s (my mom’s)

I’m super happy how these turned out. Plus they put an added smile on my heart when I see a part of my family in them.

Crafts & DIY · Sewing Studio

It’s Fabric….it’s Wallpaper….it’s Art.

During the week one challenge, when I cleaned and organized my sewing space studio….it amazed me at how much my cutting table was lacking.

About five years ago or so my husband and I constructed this beast…

I had a vision of the height I wanted for a cutting table so that it would be comfortable as I stood…(I know there are lots of options out there. IKEA and all that. trust me I’ve seen all the Pinterest photos, blogs and suggestions from others sewists.

Here’s the thing.

I’m cheap.

Most of all of the furniture in my sewing studio is either clearance items, thrifted pieces or hand me downs.

So we went to the ReStore and found a an old bathroom vanity… And this creation came to life. My husband took it apart and added a little bit of height, shelves, a particleboard top, and casters so that it rolls. This thing is HEAVY!

Like I said, this was five or six years ago now, and since my sewing studio has been a complete and utter mess I’ve been able to ignore the fact that it’s ugly as sin. Well, no longer.

When I swivel my sewing chair around I saw this blank ugly piece of….of….Furniture. 🙂

So the past couple weeks I went to work on making it something I’d like to look at.

and what makes me happier than colorful beautiful fabric?

Not much

I sectioned it off and went to work Mod-Podging in pieces of my favorite stash to make it an art piece.

I still have room and things to add to the collage… But it is complete at least for now