DIY: Reusable Fabric Makeup Remover Pads and How a Random Link to a Sewing Pattern Changed My Life

How did I miss this?

As I was reading through some old comments, (which I do for fun, it always rolls my socks up and down to read your thoughts about what I do) I came across a comment from Laura Neiman in 2015. She wrote, “This story made my night!”, and included this link called:

How a random link to a sewing pattern changed my life.

Wait! What? Wow!?!!?? Seriously? It’s exactly what I dream of.

You see, each time I finish an article, right before I push the publish button, I take a few minutes, close my eyes and imagine that this piece, somewhere, somehow will be a blessing or an inspiration on someone in someway.

Like when you change locations on Google Earth and out it zooms and you feel as though you’re being hurtled into space, all the while watching everything get farther away and then just as fast, you’re zipping back down to earth to your new location.

Yah, it’s like that.

I picture my article speeding up above the earth, hovering about until it sees someone who happens to need it, then diving back down (doing a backflip or two on the way just for fun) until it lands on that person who happens to need it.

Who knew that one of my first articles about making Smittens from February 2012 would change someone’s life? Who knew that making mittens would help someone overcome depression and anxiety and start their own company.

As Laura said, it’s the greatest feedback ever, to know that you, even indirectly, helped change somebody’s life.

So cool! Thank you Laura for sharing it.

Well, here’s to hoping that this article might be just as inspiring to someone, somewhere.

Even your skincare routine can join the zero waste movement with these cute and cheerful reusable makeup remover pads. Instead of making them with a plain old towel, find a decorative one with terry cloth on one side, and a delightful design to match your bathroom decor on the other side. When you’re finished using them, just throw them in the wash with your regular towels and use them over and over again.

Click here for the complete step-by-step directions.

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Happy Sewing!

Beth

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6 Beautiful Ways to Get Rid of Plastic Waste

Are you ready to join the zero-waste movement? Have plastic grocery and produce bags been trying to take over your home? Have you been shoving these plastic bags into closets and cupboards for years now so they fall at your feet each time you open up your pantry? Do you feel guilty throwing away those sandwich bags after only one use?

Sounds like it’s time to make the switch to reusable bags and covers.

Not only can you make these eco-friendly bags and covers from fabric you already have, but thrift shops are filled with material, curtains, or dish towels just waiting for a new lease on life.

1. How to Make Washable Fabric Bowl Covers

Summer is the perfect time to head to the lake, the park or the mountains and share a meal with people you love. The last thing you want though, is a swarm of bugs getting to your salads before you do. You can bring some environmentally friendly style to your picnic by ditching the plastic wrap and creating some reusable fabric bowl covers instead. Make them for any size bowl to coordinate with your picnic ware. Just find some fun fabric, a little elastic and you’re on your way to creating these cute washable fabric bowl covers.

Click here for the tutorial.

2. How to Make a Reusable Snack Bag

Snack time is a special time of day — after all, the break could include the likes of cookiesenergy bars or good ol’ fashioned fruit — but the plastic bags that usually hold your treats are far from exciting. Swap them out with these DIY, reusable snack bags instead. The iron-on vinyl makes them wipe-and-go ready, so you can “eat it all” while on the move, too. Now snack time will be a feast for your eyes, as well as your mouth, with these cute bags.

Click here for the tutorial.

3. How to Sew an Insulated Lunch Bag

Who doesn’t look forward to a lunch break? You get to relax, visit with friends and recharge with great food: it’s exactly what we all need in the middle of the day. But, sometimes a crumpled brown paper bag or a sorry canvas sack can put a damper on our slice of afternoon freedom. Ditch those boring excuses for containers and bring some cheer to your noon-time meal with a colorful, insulated lunch bag that you made yourself. Fill it with equally adorable snack bags — which you also created, of course — and totally on-trend eats, and you’ll be the talk of the break room.

Click here for the tutorial.

4. DIY Reusable Produce Bags

This reusable bag was made from a thrifted dishtowel which I fell in love with the moment I saw it and all of it’s orange goodness.

Click here for the tutorial.

5. How to Make Reusable Beeswax Food Wraps

If you want to bee the life of your next party, show up carrying your salad in a bowl covered by a homemade beeswax cover. Everyone will be asking for the name of the hip new marketplace selling them. You will definitely create a buzz when you tell them you made them yourself. It’s a beautiful way to reduce daily plastic waste and be more eco-friendly. These reusable covers are washable so they’ll last up to a year and then all you have to do is re-wax them. Sounds like you’ll get a double re-use score when you make and use your own beeswax food wraps.

Click here for the tutorial.

6. Reusable Microwave Popcorn Bag

Popcorn—not only does it tastes great, it also connects us to people we love and good times. From snuggling up together on a couch watching movies to cheering on our favorite team, popcorn plays a big part. But, if you’ve been trying to create less waste and eat a bit healthier, you can ditch those greasy, chemical-laden, store-bought microwave popcorn bags and make an earth-friendly, reusable, healthy alternative. These reusable microwave popcorn bags are a snap to make and are even a great learn-to-sew project.

Click here for the tutorial.

Happy eco-friendly sewing!

Beth

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DIY Bubble Station for Kids: A New One Minute Video

There’s just something magical about bubbles. The mesmerizing beauty of them has been inspiring artists, winemakers and children for centuries. Whether they are floating gracefully through the air or popping as soon as they fall onto a blade of summer grass, they are fascinating. You can give your kids the gift of endless bubbles (and reduce waste!) by transforming an empty detergent bottle with a pour spout into a bubble station for kids.

You can view the Facebook video here:

Or view the Youtube version here:

Click here for the full step by step tutorial.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Beth

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DIY Fabric Jar Openers: A New One Minute Video

I’m not much of a gardener, no green thumb for this girl.

But, give me a canner, some beautiful jars, a few lids and I will put some serious food by.

I can make jam like nobody’s business. Pickled asparagus or zucchini relish? Bring it on! Got a tree full of cherries you want to get rid of? Give me a call. Your box full of tomatoes doesn’t scare me, I smell some salsa in your future. Peaches, pears, or plums, I’ll happily can them all.

But, sometimes one of those beauties will be hard to open. That’s where my love of sewing comes in. Who knew a little piece of rubber shelf liner and a scrap of your favorite fabric could help open a jar?

Click here for the complete fabric jar opener how-to.

Or check out the videos here:

Personally, I think these would be a great gift. Plus it’s a perfect way to use up some fabric scraps.

For more sewing inspiration and tutorials, click here.

Happy sewing, canning and easy jar opening!

Beth

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DIY Reusable Grocery & Produce Bag From a Dishtowel: New Video and I’d Love Your Opinion

Are you ready to join the zero-waste movement? Have plastic grocery and produce bags been trying to take over your home? Have you been shoving these plastic bags into closets and cupboards for years now so they fall at your feet each time you open up your pantry?

Sounds like it’s time to make the switch to reusable, cloth grocery bags. Not only can these eco-friendly bags can be made from fabric you already have, but check out your local thrift shop for dishtowels, or even curtain panels to make them double earth-friendly.

This reusable bag was made from a thrifted dishtowel which I fell in love with the moment I saw it and all of it’s orange goodness. 🙂

For the complete step-by-step directions, click here.

In addition to sewing, one of my favorite things about blogging is the photography and creating images for you. I’m just curious, if you were to pin an image from this post, which image would you most likely pin on Pinterest? Thanks for your input, I can always count on you guys for your good ideas to help me improve!

Happy Sewing!

Beth

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Happy Mother’s Day!!!

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 My beautiful mom!

Each time I look in the mirror, your eyes smile back at me.

Each time I sew, your hands guide me along.

Each time I fall, your arms lift me up.

Each time I pray, your voice whispers in my ear.

Each time I laugh, your joy surrounds me.

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Mother's Day

I am one of the fortunate ones.

My mom gave me the biggest gifts a Mother could give. I was safe, warm, protected, cared for, loved, enjoyed and part of an amazing family.

Here’s she is at sixteen. I wish I had her dress!

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My mom came from a long line of wonderful women.

Here’s my Grandmother!

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And my Great Grandmother!

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And here’s my beautiful daughter, Katie. Her grandmothers would be so proud of the wonderful woman, wife, mom and daughter she is. I know I am!!!!

Happy Mother’s Day to all these beautiful women.

I’m proud to say I’m part of this line of amazing women!

Love,

Beth

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DIY Reusable Tea Bags: New One Minute Video

Tea has long been a part of daily life and rituals all over the world. Many people are embracing this herbal goodness again as a way of slowing down and becoming more mindful.

You can even be a mix-master and create your own signature tea blend. But why stop there? Especially if sewing is your cup of tea. Make that special blend even better by creating your own custom, reusable tea bags.

Ok, now let’s get this sewing par-tea started.

DIY Reusable Tea Bags

View the video:

Click here for the complete step-by-step directions.

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Happy Sewing!

Beth

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Accessorize Your Car with a DIY Fabric Steering Wheel Cover: New One Minute Video

Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize: It’s not just for clothes and homes anymore. Nope, even cars want to get in on the accessory action. Why not adorn the interior of your car with a colorful, handmade steering wheel cover?

Not only will it bring a bit more style to an otherwise boring space, but your hands will thank you. No more grabbing a hot steering wheel in the summer and freezing your hands in the winter. Plus, it’s super quick and easy to make. So, if you’ve been telling yourself you want to learn how to sew, then this would be a perfect first project. Triple bonus!

You can watch the YouTube video here:

Or, you can watch the Facebook version here: (As usual, be sure to click on the bottom right hand corner so you can hear the music. It’s much more fun to watch. 🙂 )

Click here for the complete step-by-step photo tutorial.

For more sewing and refashioning inspiration and tutorials, click here.

Happy Sewing!

Beth

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DIY Reusable Microwave Popcorn Bags: New One Minute Video

Popcorn—not only does it tastes great, it also connects us to people we love and good times. From snuggling up together on a couch watching movies to cheering on our favorite team, popcorn plays a big part.

But, if you’ve been trying to create less waste and eat a bit healthier, you can ditch those greasy, chemical-laden, store-bought microwave popcorn bags and make an earth-friendly, reusable, healthy alternative. These reusable microwave popcorn bags are a snap to make and are even a great learn-to-sew project.

Scroll down to view the videos. Click here for the full step-by-step directions.

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You can view the You tube video here:

You can enjoy the Facebook video here:

Enjoy!

Beth

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Throwback Saturday: Polka Dot Shirt Redesign Tutorial

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“Life is trying things to see if they work.”

-Ray Bradbury

This shirt and post are the perfect examples of Ray Bradbury’s quote. When I started out redesigning this huge shirt,

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I wasn’t really sure where I was going with it. I knew it needed to be smaller. But other than that, it was just trying things to see if they worked.

I love how the sleeves turned out, but that only happened after several different attempts at sleeve treatments.

Not to mention, I tried an animated GIF to see if it would work.

It did.

SAH-WHEAT!!!!

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If you’re interested in learning how to make an animated GIF, go to gickr.com. My funny blogging friend Rarasaur turned me on to it. It’s SUPER fun and easy to do.

Now on to redesigning this huge polka dot shirt.

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

 polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

Right sides together, pin and sew the sleeves back into the armhole.

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

polka dot shirt redesign tutorial

Now, excuse me while I go find that ruggedly handsome contractor husband of mine. He needs to take me out to dinner in my new shirt.

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