DIY Friday: Denim Rug

I saw an idea for a DIY denim rug a couple weeks ago! And I knew it was going to be perfect for me, because I had so many freecycled pairs of jeans, that I knew were waiting for their moment! And it finally came! Unfortunately it didn’t use up as many pairs, as I was hoping (only 1 1/2 or 3 pant legs πŸ™‚ )

Here is what you are going to need:

– Old jeans

– Scissors

– Fabric

– Sewing Machine

Then simply follow my easy instructions and enjoy!

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I hope this was nice and easy, let me know how your rug turns out!

Xo,

Z

Have a great weekend everyone πŸ˜‰

PS. Linking up with Domestic Superhero

Easy Sewing: Pastel Lace Dress

Happy Monday everyone! Today’s post is all about sewing! And lace! What can be better than that? It was all a result of me having too much coffee and not blogging for a while.

All of the fabrics that were used in this project came from Steeple People Thrift Store on Lyndale and Franklin! Yay for reusing πŸ™‚

1. I started off by laying the lace out on the floor.

2. To determine how much fabric to cut off I took one of my maxi skirts out of the closet, and laid it out on top of the fabric. Then I cut off about 2 1/2 widths of the skirt off, and kept the length of the fabric.

3. I also went for a light off white fabric as lining.

4. Then I pinned and sewed the lining to the lace, folding it over, so that I had where to run the elastic through.

5. And that’s that. I apologize again, I really need to bring up my game and post some outfits and how I style my clothes. I am going to work on it in the next couple of weeks!

I hope you all had a great weekend πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to share more of the easy DIYs and other fun Zhenya projects with you this week!

xo,

Z

DIY Crochet Color Block Tote: Part 1

Why a 2 parter? Well, I just can’t crochet fast enough.

Why a color block tote? Because it’s perfect for people like me who get their yarn off of freecycle.org or at thrift store (YES ALL YARN/FABRIC I USE IN MY PROJECTS IS RECYCLED – THATS HOW I KEEP MY HOBBIES AT A LOW PRICE) Β and there is never enough of it to make something a solid one color. So since color blocking is a huge hit this year, I thought why not make a tote. Plus I had the handles for it too (bought them back in February πŸ˜‰ – I know it takes me a while)

So when color blocking when crocheting it’s important to decide on your colors first. I went with some that coordinated with my sweaters from Old Navy. Remember this post? Yup, those sweaters πŸ™‚ Also ignore the fact that it looks like I’ve already made something out of red yarn, I didn’t, that all was going to become undone. Back in December I crocheted some Christmas stockings and this was a trial one, turned out to be too big, and is now being turned into a bag πŸ™‚

Once you’ve decided on your colors, you are going to decide on the pattern. I simply drew mine, and since both sides were going to have a different pattern, it ended up looking like this:

You can also tell I totally misspelt SIDE πŸ™‚ hehe – English is not my first language after all πŸ™‚ But no worries, I corrected it later. So I hope my drawing is pretty self explanatory, the numbers on the sides are the numbers of rows, and the colors are written in each section.

Now this is how far I’ve got. I really hope to be done this week, so I don’t have to make you wait to see the finished product until next week.

 

I promis that very very soon this baby will be completed with it’s own lining, an inside pocket or two and handles. Stay tuned for Part 2, especially if you want to see what the other side looks like πŸ˜‰

xo,

Z

Four are better than two! DIY place mats tutorial

So here is what I do when my husband is not around:

1. Find a DIY project.

2. Turn on some TV show (preferably some comedy)

3. Focus on the project and finish it in one sitting, taking the step-by-step photos for my blog πŸ˜‰

Friday night we had some friends over for dinner, and my girlfriend Kara said that I need more place mats, because I only had two, so that’s what I decided to work on!

I took one of the place mats that I had (it came from a thrift store, I think I only paid $1 for 2) and traced it:

Then I cut it out, and repeated the process 3 more times. I ended with 4 rectangles:

Hemming was up next:

That’s the long boring part, because you need to do that on all 16 sides of all 4 rectangles, and I actually went with a running stitch after pinning. I just wanted to be real thorough, and not mess up the lines!

Then I ironed everything, paying special attention to the hem.

Then I put the two and two together:

And sewed the sides together:

As you can see I did a double row of stitches, just because the other place mats have them, and I wanted to make the two new ones match, even a little bit πŸ™‚

And TA-DA – the final product!

The place mats that I made are not as stiff as the other ones, but they are hand-made and I am extremely proud of them. My latest DIY problem has been starting something, and not finishing it, so this is a great mile stone for me – accomplishing something in a matter of hours! I am sure all of you DIYers out there will understand me!

Let me know what you think about my little project! Have a fabulous day you all!

xo,

Z