Broke Girl DIY: Fabric-Covered Canvas

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I really enjoy crafting. That being said, don’t take that to mean that I’m good at crafting… The two really are different.IMG_1201

I’m a drive-by crafter. My inner perfectionist gets a kick out of small projects that are easy to do. It helps me relax and feel like I’ve accomplished something.

Dealing with fabrics happens less frequently. This is because I’m a novice sewer with a mild phobia of sewing machines–those stitchers look like they could really take a few fingers off!

But I can do this fabric craft. Seen on Pinterest, accomplished in my own study, no sewing involved, and fingers remaining in tact.

What you need:IMG_1202

An old canvas (or new if there’s nothing hideous you want to cover)

Enough fabric to cover that canvas and it’s edges, plus a little extra

Flat push pins

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An iron

The ability to fold

Directions:

Lay out your fabric on the ground or a large flat surface. Place canvas on top. Cut around this leaving about 3-4 inches extra fabric around the edges for folding.

Iron the fabric so it’s nice and smooth and will lay flat. Place the canvas evenly in the center and beginning folding your corners, wrapping as you would the edges of a present with gift wrap.

Pin down each corner lightly but not all the way. Why? you may need to make adjustments if the fabric pattern appears crooked or is laying too loosely over the canvas.IMG_1204

When you’ve gotten the fabric to lay as you like, push your pins down.

Hang and bask in your craftiness. Or folding abilities. Or just your abilities to choose aesthetically-pleasing fabric patterns that add to your interiors.

And if you’re feeling crazy–or need a visual change next month–do it all over again with another fabric pattern! 

 

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Broke Girl DIY: Baby Headbands

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I have this adorable niece. Her name is Lydia.SAM_5060

Okay, I actually don’t have a biological niece, but this one may as well be my own. I’ve talked about her before (remember Lydia & Zydia??) and I’ve gone on about my best friend Sareena, her super sweet momma.

I could go on forever about all of the nice, completely unnecessary, but appreciated beyond words, things Sareena has done for me. She is the most thoughtful person I know, always picking up something for me because it made her think of me. I know no one kinder.

So when I saw a bunch of adorable plain headbands and Hobby Lobby, I thought: “I want to make a headband for Lydia and Sareena. It’s perfect.” Can’t be that hard, right?SAM_5053

It certainly wasn’t. I’m no sewing expert, but I can pull together a solid stitch. So armed with my headband, sewing kit, flowers of choice, and a few buttons, I attempted to reciprocate my friend’s kindness.

If you can make a stitch, you can do this. And if you can’t, I promise you can. Just YouTube or Google some simple instructions.SAM_5071

I went with a bright purple-orange combo for the coming summer months and because I knew Sareena would love those colors. I stitched the flowers on with a clean white button holding them in place, somewhat lopsided for effect.

I didn’t remember to pick up an equally cute gift bag, but I did make one quickly with a brown paper bag I had lying around and some ribbon.

Simple, easy, and thoughtful. Isn’t that the way all things should be?