Sewing, Homeschooling and Craziness

DIY Cute Storage Box – No Sew!!!

This is a fast and EASY way to turn a plain cardboard box into a cute storage box!!

There are tons of tutorials about sewing a cover for boxes BUT they require complicated math formulas. BLECK!!! I get enough of those homeschooling the kids! With this one, you just need to measure and know how to multiply by 2.

WHAT I USED -

1 fabric remnant – toile

1 scrap piece of burlap

1 leftover piece of denim bias tape

smallish cardboard box – 8″ deep, 12″ sides

hot glue gun

I cut 2 pieces 18 x 26 (2x + 2″) and one piece to cover the bottom (can’t remember the dimensions). You want the bottom piece to be able to go up the sides by 1″.

Start by hot gluing the bottom piece, making sure to glue it up the sides as well.

Now for the sides. Draping the fabric over the sides, you want to leave 1″ at the bottom and both sides and slide the top down inside the box.

Gently lift the fabric to glue in place making sure of placement.

On the inside, put hot glue in the corners and on the bottom edge. Press the fabric into place and smooth (obviously not shown! LOL).

Now for the other 2 sides.

Fold the edge of the fabric over 1″ and glue into place on one side.

Now glue 1″ to the bottom of the box.

Drape the fabric over the sides and inside the box and start gluing in place.

When you come to the last side, fold over another 1″ and glue in place.

Then do the inside of the last sides.

This is what you will have.

I then glued a strip of burlap all around the sides and added the denim bias tape on top of that.

Lastly, I added the burlap bow!

EASY PEASY and super fast!

If the inside bottom of the box is going to show, cut a piece and glue it inside.

HAVE FUN CRAFTING!!!!

Making Notebooks Pretty

Oh. my goodness! I have been SOOOOOO busy!!!! Between Wednesday and Friday, I printed out 500 pages for the first few weeks of school!!! GOOD GRIEF!!! I have been running around getting all the books and supplements and activities and and and together! LOL I’m exhausted and we haven’t even started yet! LOL Someone remind me to get all the planning and etc. done at least a month before we start!

ANYWAY, I have been making some of their notebooks prettified for them! LOL

Here is the no sew cover tutorial that I did a few days ago.

And here is the sewing cover tutorial that I did a while back.

And here are the finished products that I did this week.

This one is just like the no sew cover except that I cut 2 pieces and left the spiral part exposed. Then I tied ribbons up and down the spiral.

This one is just like the above. I cut and hot glued 2 pieces. Then I hot glued a patch from one of Joshua’s Resident Evil games to the front.

This is one of the sewing covers. I did it just like the book covers I did last year. Then I hot glued a big D on the front for Deanna.

There you have it! Very simple ways to personalize the very cheap notebooks! LOL The kids LOVE them!!!!

I have a couple of projects in mind. Hopefully I will soon be showing you a no sew box cover. FINGERS CROSSED!!!

HAVE FUN CRAFTING, SEWING and SCHOOLING!

Sew or No Sew Stockings

Christmas is in a few days… HELP!!!!!!  If you are looking for a last minute idea, here you go! These are super fast and super easy. I did 4 of them in an afternoon.

You can sew them or glue them or both. I did both.

What I used to make 4 -

1 1/4 yards of burlap

2 different spools of red, wire ribbon

1 partial spool of shiny, red rickrack

1 spool of gold cording

2 plastic snowflake ornaments

1 tiny bottle of Tulip Puffy Paint

hot glue gun

First I drew out a pattern.  You can trace an existing stocking or free hand it.

Yes, I know this looks NOTHING like the stockings I made… I’ll get to that.

Place your pattern on the burlap, making sure the burlap is folded so you cut the front and back at the same time.

Yes, still looks different. I’m getting there. LOL

Sew or glue the front to the back.

Then hack off the curly toes when you realize that burlap is just too thick to turn right side out with that narrow of a space…. LOL

Now, that being said…. If you want to leave the stockings inside out, it DOES look really cute. The curly toes don’t show up as well as expected but still very cute.

Too bad I didn’t think about that BEFORE I got frustrated and hacked them off…..

Now, turn right side out and press. Use a cool iron if you’ve used hot glue. Or leave it inside out.

Turn the top in about 1/2 inch and press. Again, using a cool iron if you’ve used hot glue.

Now, cut a small piece of the rickrack and pin in place OR hot glue in place.

Then either sew the top under and the rickrack in place or glue the top under.

This one I did with the sewing machine. The other 3 I just glued.  Either way works just as well as the other.

Cut your ribbons to make as big a bow as you like. Cut a smaller piece, about 3 “, to use for the middle. Wrap it around the center of your bow and glue or sew it in place.

Measure out the rickrack to go around the toes, cut and glue in place.

Now do the same for the heel!

Then write the name with the puffy paint!

It takes about 4 hrs for the paint to dry so I would suggest putting it up somewhere that the cats can’t get to……

This is the first one I did.

Colin informed me that boys don’t like big, red bows so I went with little gold bows and snowflakes for theirs.

I hope you like the tutorial! Please let me know if you have any questions. You can leave a comment or use the Contact Me button at the top to email me!