DIY Triangle Potato Stamp Scarf

DIY Triangle Potato Stamp Scarf | Revamperate
DIY Triangle Potato Stamp Scarf | Revamperate
Do you remember stamping with potatoes as a kid? It’s a pretty classic craft that most people have some experience with. And it’s actually really fun. You can do a lot with potato stamps. Carve different shapes and stamp fabric, paper or even wood.

I used potatoes to jazz up a plain white infinity scarf with colorful triangles. To make this personalized potato stamp scarf, you only need a couple supplies, most of which are very inexpensive.

DIY Triangle Potato Stamp Scarf | Revamperate
Supplies:

  • White scarf (found mine for $5 at Charlotte Russe, similar here)
  • 1 potato
  • Kitchen knife
  • Craft cutting tool (similar here)
  • Fabric-safe paint
  • Cardboard (not pictured)
  • Sharpie (optional)

First, cut the potato in half. You don’t need to worry about washing it since you won’t be eating it. Carve a triangle or other shape into the inside of each potato half with the craft cutter. To make it easier, you can use a Sharpie to outline your design and cut around it. With potato stamps, you generally want to stick to a pretty easy design, such as a triangle, square, heart, etc. unless, of course, you’ve got mad carving skills. Then I’d suggest washing off the potato – this will help eliminate any leftover little pieces from your carving.

DIY Triangle Potato Stamp Scarf | Revamperate
Lay out the scarf on a table and place large pieces of cardboard underneath the fabric (between the two layers in the case of an infinity scarf). Squeeze some paint out onto a foil surface and begin stamping! Stamp the designs several inches apart and in varying colors and let dry completely.

DIY Triangle Potato Stamp Scarf | Revamperate
If you’re stamping an infinity scarf like mine, turn over the dry side and repeat the stamping on the other side. Once completely dry, remove the cardboard, and it’s ready to wear. Pair with just about anything for a pretty homemade outfit that everyone will ask you about. Potato stamp scarves also make nice gifts. Enjoy!

DIY Travel Laundry Bag

DSC_0231DSC_0217 I’m traveling this week, making stops in Omaha and Chicago for work. Knowing that I’d  be living out of a suitcase for a few days, I thought I’d take a shot at creating a travel bag for my lingerie. Ladies (and gentlemen), you know how it is. When traveling, you have to consciously sort the underwear you’ve worn and haven’t worn on separate sides of your suitcase or in plastic bags to make sure you can keep track. Same goes for socks.

Instead, here’s a solution to, what I shall dub, the “panty problem.” You can create this little zipper pouch with separate compartments for your worn and unworn items. Of course, you could make this on a larger scale for more clothing, but I think the small size is part of its appeal.

DSC_0204You’ll need:

  • Light canvas fabric (approx. one yard)
  • 2 zippers, 7 inches each
  • Matching thread
  • Pins
  • Fabric paint (2 colors)
  • Small paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Iron
  • Seam ripper (if you have one)

First, you may need some basic sewing knowledge for this project, something that I have little of. I enlisted my mom’s help for the sewing portion. She’s the expert. Cut two pieces of your canvas, about 8 inches by 16 inches.

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Run a very wide stitch on the long side of your fabric, leaving about a half inch seam. Then iron the seam open and pin your two zippers side-by-side, zipper sides facing down into your fabric and zipper heads facing inward towards each other. You will use a small stitch to sew them into place, going around the ends in a square, pulling the pins out at you go. I know it seems weird – sewing your zipper down into stitched fabric, but once the zippers are sewn, use a seam ripper or small scissors to cut and remove the original, wide stitch. This will give your zipper the proper look. At this point, open both zippers.

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Then, stitch down the sides and bottom, going around the corners in a square. Once done, pull the bag right-side-out through one of the open zippers. Your seams should now be hidden inside of the bag. Run one more stitch down the middle of the bag, between the two zippers, and then iron out any leftover wrinkles. Not too bad, right?

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The sewing portion of your bag is now complete! Use your pencil to draw what you would like to have on your bag, such as “wash” and “wear” with small pictures like I did. Carefully trace over or fill in with a small paintbrush and let dry, and then you have a travel laundry bag to take with you wherever you go.

I’ve only been traveling for a day, but I love it already! As I’m sitting here in my Omaha hotel, I’m thankful I made it when I did. Plus, it’s washable (assuming you’ve used fabric-safe paint), so you can clean it with your laundry when you get home.

Happy crafting!

DIY Crate Cat Bed

IMG_4854IMG_4723Can we all agree that pet projects are the best projects? As soon as we knew we’d be adopting Oliver, I immediately knew he needed a bed (even though he’d probably prefer a cardboard box). I also took this as a great opportunity to try my hand at sewing with my new sewing machine!

My grandma passed her old sewing machine on to me a while back, but until recently I never had room for it. Now that I have an actual office space, I have room to sew – something I haven’t done since I was a kid. That’s how you know this is an easy project. Sewing the pillow for Oliver’s bed was the first time I’ve used a sewing machine since I was probably ten years old, so I promise anyone can do this.

I painted a crate, adding his name and sewed an envelop pillow case to add the pillow inside of his bed. Overall, this project can take as little as an hour.

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To make this crate cat bed (or small dog bed), you’ll need:

  • A crate (mine is x x x from Michael’s)
  • At least two different colors of paint
  • Small chipboard letters
  • Clear acrylic spray paint
  • Fabric
  • Pillow insert (mine is 16 x 20 in from IKEA)

Other supplies:

  • A sewing machine
  • Thread that matches your fabric
  • Fabric measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil

First, stand your crate right side up, with handles on each side. Using your hands, a crowbar or a hammer, pry off the top two slats of the crate. This lowers the front of the crate so your pet can step inside easier.

Then paint the entire crate one color – I chose grey for a mellow but still “manly” look that will blend in well with the apartment. A second coat made a huge difference because the first coat left it a bit streaky.

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Once dry, lay down chipboard letters on the front, top slate of the crate, spelling out your pet’s name. You could glue down chipboard letters instead of painting them, but I preferred the look of paint and decided to forgo the glittery letters because I was concerned they’d fall off too quickly and wouldn’t suit the boyish look I was going for. Use a pencil to trace the letters, and fill them in with your second paint color – I chose light blue. Then take it outside to spray it with a light coat of clear acrylic spray paint to give it a nice, finished shine.

Then go into that pile of scrap fabric we all have and dig out a large pieces of fabric to match your bed – I chose light yellow. For my 16 x 20 inch pillow insert, which I pulled out of one of my old IKEA pillows, I cut one piece that was 17 x 21 inches, leaving an extra inch around for the seam. Then, cut two more pieces that will create the envelope. Mine were 17 x 11 inches and 17 x 13 inches, allowing for a few inches of overlap. If using a different size pillow, make sure to allow for at least 2-4 inches of overlap, and one of your pieces will be smaller than the other.

Then iron them out as best you can. Take the edges of your envelop pieces that will be the envelop and fold over about 1/4 inch, then fold another 1/4 of an inch. Iron in place to hold the fold together.

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Place the full piece on the bottom, outside facing up. Place your smallest piece, outside facing down, on top of the larger pieces. Then place your medium-sized piece, outside facing down, on top of the other.

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First, sew across the folded area of your envelop pieces, reversing along the ends to hold your stitch. Lay them back down and pin around your pieces to hold them in place. Sew a 1/2 inch seam around the length of the pillow, reversing your seam at each end to hold. As you go around, turn your fabric, so you have a consistent seam going all the way around, pulling the pins out as your go. Once done, cut the corners off and trim your extra strings.

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Then pull the pillow outisde-out and iron down the edges. Put your pillow insert inside and ta-da! Then squeeze it inside the crate. It should be a somewhat tight fit.

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Now you have a comfy little bed for your little sidekick!