Re-purposed Jacket to Card Holder (My First Tutorial!)

When my Mother’s Father passed away last year, we had the opportunity to go through his old clothes. I am not kidding when I say opportunity, this dude was hipster before hipster was hipster. We used a lot of his old plaid flannels to create pillows, bracelets, scarves and I am sure other things I am unaware of.

So when my Father’s Mother Passed away this year, my Mother saw the opportunity to create something for each of the women in the family to have of Hers. Actually, my Mother saw the opportunity for me to create something.

So here is what I came up with. This is my first attempt at documenting a project. As you may know, or as you will soon find out, I make stuff up as I go. I am not a professional anything (yet) and I am not always as classy as this blazer. In fact, I have been known to be downright ignorant and offensive. Take this information, go forth and hopefully learn a new project. Hopefully you can have some fun with it too.
Let me know what you think!

Re-Purposed Jacket to Gift Card Holder

A old peice of clothing or a scrap of wool/flannel/fleece cut to 4.5″ x 6″ 
Button or snap
Optional – fabric for an applique on the back
*I used a serger to connect the seams, a sewing machine to make the button hole and embroidery thread to attach applique and button. This can all be done by hand sewing techniques or with a sewing machine. 
My Grandmother was classy. I have no doubt that she is in Heaven with a blazer and pearls, sitting by a large pool, sipping a martini. 
This was one of her favorite staple blazers…
Starbucks Gift Card Holder- Back

Every year for Valentines Day, the women of the family go to Florida and they usually exchange a small gift during their trip.  My Mother decided she wanted to try to re-purpose the blazer into eight gift card holders like the one from Starbucks. So, naturally, hand it over to her daughter who is always willing to drop everything to craft for her. Here is what I did.

The trim of the blazer is nice and thick and the buttons are awesome vintagey (look it up haters) gold, perfect.

I cut out a template from a scrap piece of fabric. Because the material of the blazer is flexible and has a bit of give to it, I wanted it to be almost the same size as a gift card. So I made it 4.5″ x 6″

Allow me to interject something, like you really have a choice. I was talking to my Husband about how to describe the texture of this fabric. We were throwing out options and ‘supple’ was thrown in.  I now realize that word is not okay. I can not stop thinking of the word ‘nipple’ now. Making this project a bit more classy.

After finishing, I had plenty of room for several cards. I lined up the template so one of the short ends goes along the nice thick, trim.

I added a felt heart to the back of mine, you can add anything. It would be super hipster if you added a bird.
Do yourself a favor and follow that link. You will never be the same.

After applying the applique, lined up the button and the buttonhole. I did not take pictures of this process.

For this one, I was able to use one of the button holes that was on the blazer, so I just added the button. Pretty simple. For the seven others, I had to actually add the buttonhole and place the button. As I said earlier, this can all be done with a buttonhole embroidery stitch (this stitch can be used for both the buttonhole and the seam). Wondering how many more times I can say buttonhole? 

Then I serged the top seam, and serged the sides together (spellcheck does not recognize serged. Nor does it recognize spellcheck. Thought you should know). 

I did not set my tension correctly, looks sloppy.

As you can see, the tails that are left over from the serger are obnoxious. But, you do not want to just cut them, they will unravel over time. Like two minutes. The following pictures show what to do with those…

 I usually add some Frey Check on the place I cut, just to make sure it doesn’t poke through.



Let me know if you have any questions. Pretty simple project. Enjoy!


Back to school

this is what 2 weeks of no school and husband home from work looks like. Be warned.
My big girls are in preschool for 2.5 hours, 5 days a week. After 2 weeks off, I am ready for them to return. It may not seem like a lot, but it is surprising how 2 hours can wear 4 year olds out. By the time they get home, nap time isn’t a quite as much of a war. Still a war, but not as bad. Now the living room is picked up, I’m watching General Hospital and potentially finishing a project, 2 weeks late.

First Crochet ‘n Stuff

So. I am a nerd. Big time. And I am pretty sure once I find something to crack out on, I do it until my eyes bleed. 
On that note, I finished my first crochet project! Yep, learned how to last week, got back from vacation, bought yarn on Sunday, finished project while waiting to get my tooth fixed (broke it on a Sugar Daddy…go ahead, I have about 5 comebacks). Here it is. I kinda love it. 
I followed this tutorial by the super rad Julie at Gleeful Things. Might be in love.
I also want you to see my new tooth. This picture makes them look fake. And that smile is just not at all how I smile…
And I love my neighborhood. Enjoyed everything about it. Even the bag of candy we brought home. How many points is a box (not bag) of Sour Patch Kids? I am going to say one. We, in an effort to block the consumption of sugar in our home, we baked a cake. A double chocolate cake with butter-cream frosting. Girls wanted it pink with blue letters. Done. 

Enjoy your neighborhood! If you don’t love it, the house across the street for me is for sale. Just saying.

I need a new craft like I need another hole in my head…

But, hell, I learned a new one anyway. Every year we spend a week at a Resort in Northern Minnesota. It is the best week of the year. We, meaning my Mother’s Family, rent out all seven cabins and then add about 4 tents (have I told you I come from a big family?). Food, lake, food, crafts, campfire, food and more laughs then should be allowed. Oh, and trashy magazines. A lot of trashy magazines. I really did not want to spend my time knitting, embroidering or sewing, rather with my kids and my hands full of food and magazines. Well. that lasted about a day.   

New addiction. Oops. Maybe next year.
Here are some more pics. Can not wait until next year.


Paper Making Fiasco

We got a super rad Christmas card from my friend, The Green Art Girl. She used all of her junk mail and made new paper! She then stamped them with cute Holiday images.  
In the days after Christmas, when there is a metric shit ton of excess crap in the house, J went through the house, got all our random papers and cleaned ’em out. He shredded it all, soaked it and let the girls loose!

 The next day, still drying. And there is still a huge vat of the sludge in the dining room. But it is super cute! I can not wait to see it dry. I am thinking about cutting them and using them as Valentine Cards for the girls’ school. I’ll keep ya posted.

 Meanwhile, H ate another graham cracker…