...Cleaver that is... and I'm okay with that! With all of her glorious motherly ways.
I want to be the mom who bakes, sews and knits.
The only issue is... I don't really do any of those things well, so here's me sharing with you all my 101's.
Laugh with me or at me, I don't care. I just hope I can evolve during this process!

Sunday, 26 February 2012

DIY Sunday

Once in a while my husband (technically fiance but I'll call him anything I darn well want!)
(Sometimes 'boyfriend' too for fun) but anyway... my husband took the kids up to his parents place for the day and I had the house all to myself. What to do? What to do? Well, I knew before he even finished making the offer what my day would be filled with.
Nothing crazy, no sewing machine stuff, but a few different projects that I just haven't had time for. The DIY's that usually happen around here involve my 3 year old son. And then he destroys them within an hour of making them. Not always intentionally. But mostly out of curiosity of how strong the glue is... I think.

They were out the door by 11:00am. And I knew they'd be back by 5:00pm. Seems like a good chunk of time but I knew it'd fly by fast.

First things first.
It'd last me for the afternoon so that I could plow through til dinner.

That done I wanted to get the easiest DIY off my plate. I have no idea why its taken a year but it has. I got a hole at the elbow of one of my fave shirts. It fits so well and haven't found a replacement. So I shoved the shirt in a corner until I remembered to buy patches. I had this grand idea of silk screening the patches first, but heck, who has time? I need to get on with things.
 Uhm, its really not as warn as this makes it look.

This is an easy DIY. You don't need a tutorial but my finding the right oval shape will amuse you. Because, I don't free hand anything. But really, what in our house is oval? I quickly scavenged around. And this is what I found. Quite seriously. 
The oval puzzle piece and the cookie were too small. But until I found the mouse I considered using them and just upsizing.

 The cookie went well with my tea.
 So in the end the computer mouse won as a template.
And there we go. Done and done.


Inspired by Pinterest and a pin I found from the blog entry DIY: Recycled Tshirt Scarf Necklace Roundup at etté studios, I wanted to make use of some tired t-shirts. And since I found 3 t-shirts quite quickly I decided I needed to try three different styles.

Design One 
Tutorial found on etté studios.
Cut tshirt into 1" lengths. I don't do freehand as previously mentioned. I'm more of a technical artist. Drafting, Blueprint drawing, Graphic Design... See what I mean? I need rulers. But you can do it how ever you like! Next pull the pieces at each seam to give it a stretched effect.

I had an idea to throw some butter yellow in there with the grey. I even had some UpCycled non-selling shirts from my silkscreen line. But apparently this shirt was not meant to stretch because when I did... it just frayed. So I scrapped the yellow. Sad.

I gathered the pieces in my hand making sure the seams were all flat on my palm. Wrapped the last piece (that I cut in half) around the first end to hide the seams. I tied both ends to a scarf loop then hid them with a crochet hook by pulling it back under the wrap. I didn't like the look of it showing. I wanted this scarf to look clean. And I had to wrap both ends of the loops as this shirt had seams.

And meet my model. Have you met her before? She's a bit of a hussy. I apologize for that. But she hates bras, she's a bit 70's like that. But she's better looking than me on a DIY Sunday, that's for sure!

Design Two
I also found this next one via etté studios.
Full tutorial found here: Recycled Tee Scarf at Schwin&Schwin

Design Three
Scarfy/necklace thing on Crafster by Skaborsk
The original tutorial that she followed on Instructables was apparently ordered to be taken down. By who? I don't know. As she says, how can you patten a cut up tshirt? I have my money on... well, lets just say it rhymes with Banthropology. They like to patten indie ideas as their own.
Did I go too far?

Moving on. As the tutorial says, cut your strips, stretch them, cut the seams (if there are any) then knot all of the lengths together into one very large loop! I wanted to take a photo of it laid out because it was comical but meh, so little time.

Then wrap it wrap it wrap it. And you've got another funkadelic upcycled scarf!


Again. Pinterest. Oh I have a few gems pinned. I just need more time! But bit by bit I will get through them. And in case you care to see what I've pinned go HERE.

I first found this pin at Juicy Bits and was so inspired to do them for my kids' bedroom.

But after reading some comments on the tutorial I wondered if yarn dipped in glue would, in fact, work.

So I looked around some more and who other than Martha Stewart herself (or her creative team) had also written a tutorial on it. Hers said to wrap the balloon first and then brush glue over the yarn.

I tried one of each. To see which worked best. And the results... are not yet in. They're drying silly!

But what I will tell you is that I realize now that I already made a mistake. But what's new.
I didn't water down the glue. Could explain why I went through an entire bottle with the two of them!
Oh well. I'll report back later on how they came out.
Ready to brush it with glue.
 I will say this. IT IS MESSY. Be prepared to get gluey. Very very gluey. I don't suggest this as an activity for children under... hmmm... 18 years of age. Seriously. I might have thrown the balloon across the room except that it was stuck to my fingers.

Here's them drying. The colour scheme will match their room. Again, the reveal will happen another day.

So that's my DIY Sunday. Maybe I'll get a couple more in over the month of March. My mat leave is over as of April 16th so I need to make the most of it!

And now tell me, what did you do this weekend?


  1. More power to your hussy of a model! ;D
    Wow. A whole 6 hours! Hmmm...need this.
    I have been wanting to make a necklace like that first one FOREVER! Love how yours turned out. Love how all of them turned out.
    I'm booking myself a DIY day tomorrow!!
    That first year goes by quick eh? I think we should have a coffee mid-day meet-up before you return to work!

  2. I've got a tee scarf tutorial as well. It works a bit differently in that you don't cut all the way to the edge on one side, so that keeps it all together. I like the wrap idea though (for scarf #1). You could use that to cover the bit you don't cut in the DIY I have. I have not yet decided which shirt to sacrifice s this has not gotten done. Lol.

  3. Great job! Thanks for all your kind comments today...xoxoxox

  4. Oh my your a wiz! I love the patches on the sleeves, cool idea and one that I will lock in my brain for future use .) The T-shirt necklaces are terrific and wonderful variations on them. The balloon ornaments are SO fun!


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