DIY Craft – Denim Love Affair

Turn Yoour old jeans into a cool denim vest
Turn Yoour old jeans into a cool denim vest

Hi GirlMoguls  – it’s Daisy here, with another cool craft from our friend Ruby over at www.makeitruby.com.  Be sure to check out her site for plenty of cool craft ideas that are cool and under 5 bucks!  But now check out our Denim Love Affair:

“Denim Love Affair”

Ruby’s Tool Kit: jean jacket, ribbon, decorative pins, seam ripper, scissors, fabric glue, needle & thread

1. Renew a comfy jean jacket and turn it into a fun deconstructed jean vest. Remove the sleeves with a seam ripper starting from the inside.

2. Glue decorative trim on with fabric glue and use needle and thread to secure in place.

3. Add your favorite flower power pins and show off the love.

Make a T-Shirt Memory Quilt

Make a memory t-shirt quilt
Make a memory t-shirt quilt

Hey GirlMoguls, it’s Daisy here with some more great craft ideas. Maybe you saw the cool t-shirt quilt Bella’s mom made her in Eclipse and were wondering how to do that yourself.  Well, I went through my closet and came up with a simple way for you make that quilt.  It’s a great craft for tweens, though you might need a little help from a parent with the sewing – but you definitely don’t need a sewing machine for this one.

Many little kids enjoy playing dress up with old clothes, but once they hit the tween stage, what can you do with all those old clothes?  Here are d few fun clothing crafts for tweens that will help you reuse and repurpose all of those old clothes.

The Old T-Shirt Quilt

  1. Start by taking a a large piece of soft fabric as your base – this will be the size of the blanket.
  2. Then take all those favorite t-shirts and cut out the front logos in large squares. (If you don’t have enough, maybe you can work on this with a friend, your sister or even your mom.
  3. Next, sew the t-shirt rectangles together to match the size of your quilt base.
  4. Then take cotton batting, which you can get at any fabric store, between the layers and sew the two layers together.
  5. Then you can complete the quilt by sewing along the t-shirt squares to keep the batting in place.
  6. Add some pretty edging and you have a cool memory t-shirt quilt.

Til next time – have fun creating

Posted by GirlMogul Daisy
Posted by GirlMogul Daisy

Five Flower Craft Ideas

Summer is in full swing and flowers are in full bloom. If you remember back to when you were a child, you probably can remember using flowers for more than bouquets for Mom. Here are five flower craft ideas you may remember and can use with your own children.

1) Dandelion chains are something that children all over the country have made through the years. They’re almost the epitome of summer fun, especially for small children. And, because they don’t need many components, they’re easy enough for small children to master. Here’s how to make them:

Pick dandelions – the longer the stem, the better. Tie one dandelion onto another, close to the flower, with a double knot. Continue until the chain has reached the desired link, then tie the two ends together.

You can also split the stem part of the way down and then insert the stem of another dandelion until the flower reaches the stem. Continue by splitting the stem of that dandelion and then repeating until the chain reaches the desired length.

Make rings, bracelets, and necklaces for your children to enjoy.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-sachets-image100549332) Pick summer’s fragrant flowers and flowering herbs. Pull the petals from the flowers and allow them to dry. While the petals are drying, make a small bag out of a light, airy fabric. Include a draw string to create a potpourri bag that can be closed. Fill the bag and then pull the bag’s strings to keep the potpourri inside the bag.

3) You can also decorate fabric by hammering summer’s flowers to make a natural design. Cover a wooden chopping board with two to three layers of paper towel and then place a piece of fabric on top. Place the flowers or herbs you’ve chosen in a design you’d like; place another piece of paper towel on top of the design. Thoroughly, but gently, hammer the entire area where the plant matter is located. Remove the paper towel and plants. Use an iron, set to the fabric being used, for approximately 45 to 60 seconds to set the design on the fabric.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-flower-press-leaves-image168355314) Pressing flowers is an age-old craft that your grandmother may have enjoyed. Gather a bouquet of flowers you’d like to press along with cardboard about the size of a book, newspaper, tissue paper, and heavy objects (large phone books and bricks work well). Layer the cardboard with newspaper and tissue paper. Place the flowers onto the tissue paper but don’t allow them to touch or hang off of the paper. After you have the flowers situated, place tissue paper, newspaper, and then cardboard on top followed by heavy books. Leave the stack for 2-4 weeks and then remove the layers to see how well your flowers have pressed.

5) Drying flowers is another craft from days gone by. The easiest way to dry flowers is to pick a bouquet, tie it together, and then hang it upside down in a warm, dry, dark place. The air must be dry so the flowers won’t rot, and dark so the flowers don’t fade. You’ll want to check the flowers every couple of days to see if they are dry to the touch. This process could take several weeks. When they are dry, you can store the flowers in a dark, sealed container until you’re ready to use them.

You know that summer’s flowers are temporary. To enjoy their beauty after summer is over, use one of these five flower craft ideas. Enlist your children’s help to make these crafts and they’ll be able to share them with their own children.