House For Six


Easy Homemade Gift Idea: Pocket Handwarmers

Deme Crinion1 Comment
If my daughter had her way we would be making every single gift from scratch and writing the book on a hand-made Christmas.  Not. happening.  At 8 months pregnant I just did not have it in me to go all out with sewing and crafting this year, but....I also didn't want to disappoint my mini-maker.  She's been asking to learn how to use the sewing machine, so we picked an easy gift idea that we could make without a lot of fuss or dollars. 

It turned out to be a super simple project....and also perfect for those "Shoot, I forgot to grab a gift for____!"

super easy rice filled pocket handwarmers

If you have pieces of scrap fabric and rice, you can bust out this project in just a few minutes. I started by laying a piece of fabric on my daughter's hand to get an idea of size.  They do "puff up" once filled with the rice, so we found a 2"x2" square template worked well (especially since you'll lose a bit to seam allowance).

I used the same 2 inch square as my template for all cutting and cut out no short of a billion squares from various fabrics.  Then.....

...we placed two fabric squares together with right sides facing in.

...we sewed three of the four sides together, making sure to reinforce the corners, then flipped it right side out.

...we filled the bag just over halfway full of rice.

Make sure you leave enough space to fold in the unfinished edges and sew it shut.

Since we were making a large number of these, I didn't take the time to hand sew them closed, but that would look the most finished.  Lazy-pants here just folded in the unfinished sides and ran it through the sewing machine to close up the bag.

Then tie them up by two's, add a tag if you like, and call it done! 
super easy rice filled pocket handwarmers

To use, simply pop in the microwave for 10-15 seconds and toss into your jacket pockets to keep your hands nice and toasty on a cold day.  You could also throw these in the freezer as a mini cold pack for minor boo-boos.

These would be a fun addition to a package full of warm and tasty treats or perfect as part of a teacher gift idea.
super easy rice filled pocket handwarmers

Had I thought about it sooner I would have added some cinnamon or spices to give it a festive aroma.  Lavender, vanilla, and other scents would be great for other occasions too!

What simple homemade gifts do you have up your sleeve?

Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!
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DIY Tooth Fairy Pillow

Deme Crinion6 Comments
We've had a wiggly tooth in this house for several weeks.  And last night, with help of a very patient dad and a very brave little girl, it finally came out!  This was Mia's first lost tooth and you can be sure there was a whole lot of celebrating when that tooth finally popped out!  "I lost my tooth" dances, lots of squeeling/jumping, and of course, talk of the Tooth Fairy.  It's a good thing I had whipped up this little Tooth Fairy pillow back when we thought that tooth might come out a couple weeks ago.

Tooth Fairy Pillow by Fresh Coat Of Paint

It was a totally free little project using scraps of fabric and ribbon.  Here's what I used.

- 1 scrap of fabric, cut into two equal squares (whatever size pillow you desire)
- 1 piece of felt
- 1 piece of ribbon

I did this at night and didn't take the best pics with my phone, but I'll try to walk you through the easy steps.

The first thing I did after cutting out my two square pieces of fabric, was to cut out the tooth.  I did a practice sketch of a tooth on a piece of paper...then I showed it to my friend sitting next to me and asked her what it was.   When she said, "tooth", and not "white cloud" I felt ok to move to the felt.  I free handed a tooth on the white felt and cut it out.

Then, I stitched it right onto the center of one of the fabric squares, being sure to leave the top open/unstitched so that you can easily slide in a tooth or note to the tooth fairy.

 Next, I cut a piece of ribbon to size and stitched it down on the inside of one of the squares.  I left myself enough room to fold over the unfinished top edge when I closed it up...but it probably would have been easier to just fold over that top edge and stitch it down before adding the ribbon.

Next, step was to place the two right sides together and sew the pieces together along three edges, leaving the top open.
 In this picture I also trimmed the excess edges after I had stitched the pieces together.  I especially like to trim the extra fabric on the corners, so that when I flip it right-side-out the corners are nice and sharp.

I flipped it right-side-out and stuffed it almost full with some poly-fil.  I filled up to about 1-inch shy of the top.

I couldn't get a picture of this last part because I need both my hand to hold it closed, but I folded the top edges in about 1/2 inch and then sewed them shut with my sewing machine (or you could do it by hand).

I forgot that Mia's bed didn't have an open post to hang the pillow on, so I cut the ribbon loop at the center so that we could tie it to her bed frame.

Someone was super excited and couldn't wait for the Tooth Fairy to come! 
At the last minute she decided to write the Tooth Fairy a note asking if she could keep her tooth.  The Tooth Fairy left her a note back along with a monetary prize.....after she ran to the ATM at 9:30pm because she had no cash on hand.

By the way, what are the going rates for teeth these days??  The two kids that have lost teeth in Mia's class both got $5.00 for their teeth!  This Tooth Fairy is not quite that loaded.  But we did leave her $5.00 for this first tooth (especially since it was a bit of a struggle to get it out), and think we'll be doing $1.00 coins for the rest of her teeth.  Am I a cheap-skate Tooth Fairy?!  Teach me your Tooth Fairy ways, oh wise ones!

DIY Hooded Bath Towels For Kids

Deme Crinion4 Comments
A few weeks ago I met up with a couple girlfriends for a sewing night.  These days, it seems the only time I can actually be productive at the machine and knock out a few projects is when I meet up with the girls after the kids are in bed.  This time I left the home dec projects for another night and focused on a couple of super simple things for the kids.

Jack is 2 now and those sweet hooded towels for baby just weren't giving the big guy much coverage.  Even the toddler ones seemed rather short.  My friend Katie showed us how to make our own hooded towels using just a washcloth and a towel.
kids bath towel from a towel and washcloth

I'm sure you've heard that if you can sew a straight line, you can sew most things.  Well my lines are rarely straight, but these towels are a great project for those of us just getting acquainted with a sewing machine!

*And as a side note, I would say if you are making these for kids ages 2-4 go with a washcloth hood.  For ages 4+ I would use a hand towel [turned horizontal] to create a larger hood.  Mia is 5 and this hood is a little small for her. I'll probably replace it with a hand towel hood this summer.  Then again, my kids have ginormous melons.

Here we go!  

Take your washcloth and fold it in half with the inside out, and with the large bands overlapping.

 Stitch them together with a straight line just under the edge.

With the washcloth still inside out, lay the open end over the center of the top edge of the towel.

Sew these pieces together

And seriously...that's it. 5-10 minutes per towel and done!  Flip that hood right side out and you are ready for bath time! 

Now here's the other reason I decided to tackle this project.  Our previous towel situation...
We had this great over-the-door towel hanger, but you couldn't close the door when it was in place.  So we've been living it up ghetto style with the door rack hanging over a towel bar.

We also had a complete hodge-podge of towels (none really designated as "kids' bath towels) that drug along the floor.

So I took down the old towel bar, patched the holes, and mounted a three hook wall mount in it's place.

A perfect spot for three sweet towels. 

I mounted the hooks a little lower so that the kids could put up their own towels after a bath/shower, but still high enough to keep the towels off the ground.

They are pretty happy with them and so am I!

 So...who's ready to bust out some hooded towels?!  For anyone wondering, I grabbed all my towels and washcloths from Target.  Where else! ;)

DIY Pom Pom Trimmed Curtains...From A Tablecloth

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Otherwise known new closet doors!

I knew I wanted to make some sort of curtain to act as doors for my newly organized office closet.

I wanted something pretty subdued that wouldn't compete with the bold print of my black and white curtains that hang by my desk.

A clean white seemed to work best but I still wanted to dress them up.  I've been dying to use a little pom pom trim somewhere in the house and this seemed the perfect spot.  A little hint at the fun hidden behind the "doors".

I love finding unconventional fabrics and textiles to use for curtains.  Shower curtains, drop cloths, duvet covers....all give you a ton of fabric bang for your buck, and are often cheaper than a standard curtain/drape panel.  For this project I used a standard 70x84" oblong tablecloth - same length as a curtain panel but wider.  I grabbed this one for $14.99 at Target and some snazzy teal pom pom trim from Joann's.

One shower curtain was enough to give me two panels that would cover the opening of my closet.  I followed the same method I used for my duvet curtains.  Here's what I did....

I started by folding the table cloth in half length wise.  Then, I lined up the folded edge flush with the edge of our area rug.

I unfolded the panel and my center line was now lined up with the edge of the rug.

I cut right along the edge of the rug, using it as my guide.

When I was done I had two identical panels.

The next step was to iron.  I took one panel over to the ironing board, folded over the raw/cut edge about 3/4" and ironed it down.  I also ironed the rest of the panel smooth.

I took this panel over to my sewing machine and just sewed a straight stitch all the way down. The other three edges were already finished.  Now, if you don't have the lazy gene like I do and want this to look professional (or just done correctly), you can fold over and iron the edge 1/2" and then over again so that no raw edges are showing (like the other sides). Then sew.  (You could easily make this a no-sew project altogether and just use Heat n Bond instead of sewing).

I did the same thing with the other panel and then it was time to play with pom poms!  Too bad I didn't have a cheer leading uniform to don for this whole shenanigan.

I started by pinning one end of my 3 yard long pom trim piece to the top of one panel.

Then I laid it out along the side of the curtain.

I left myself a little extra and cut the trim about an inch below the bottom edge of the panel. Turns out I would need it!

Again, my laziness kicked in and I opted to wield my hot glue gun over sewing.  I hate dealing with pins when sewing and in my online search, saw several people that used hot glue for their trim with no issues.  Hallelujah!

I started at the top and worked my way down in 4-6 inch sections.  I ended up with just enough to hit the top of the bottom hem.

 For the second panel, I did the same but didn't cut the bottom end of the trim until I had finished gluing. I cut the bottom edge of the trim even with the first panel's trim.

A cheap cafe rod and few ring clips later, and this closet had herself a new dress!

 I wanted to be able to hold back the panels somehow, and since whatever I used wouldn't be seen from the outside, I just mounted two large robe hooks that I had in the garage sideways on either side of the closet opening.

I just eyeballed the placement of the first one.  Then I measured the distance from the ground up to the first hook to get an even placement measurement for the second hook.  

They make free and totally functional tie backs!

I really love the way the round poms play off the gold dots of the closet walls and how well the color ties in to the other teal accents in the my fav desk pillow.

So, office closet - officially DONE!  Now just a couple more little projects to wrap up my workspace.  It's already functioning so much better and is starting to transform into an inspiring place to work!

Anyone else pom pom obsessed?  What have you pommed around your house?  Yes, 'pommed' is totally a word.  Don't bother looking it up ;)

*Linked up at Bowl Full Of Lemons and The 36th Avenue!