Monday, January 28, 2013

Make Hershey's Kiss Hearts

Make Hershey's Kiss Hearts

Make those cute Hershey's© Kisses cuter by transforming them into chocolate hearts.  It's so simple, with no molds or materials required.

All you will need is some Hershey's© Kisses, a baking pan or aluminum foil, a popsicle stick or a thin object for shaping the chocolate (skewers, toothpick, etc.).

Make Hershey's Kiss Hearts

Take your Hershey's© Kisses and freeze them.  Why we need to do this will become clear later on.  Once you have frozen or relatively cold kisses, heat up a baking tray or foil so that it is warm enough to melt chocolate, slightly hot to touch.  I placed my tray in the toaster oven and turned on the oven as if I was toasting a slice of bread.  Place one kiss on the heated material, right side up.

Make Hershey's Kiss Hearts

Allow the bottom part of the chocolate to soften.  This takes a few seconds to a minute, depending on how warm your foil or tray is.  It is important that only the bottom quarter inch of the piece is softened and the top remains solid.  Having the chocolate frozen will help with this step.

Once your kiss is soft enough, form a teardrop shape using you fingers.  (This is also a good time to place the next kiss on the warming tray.)

Make Hershey's Kiss Hearts

Using a skewer, Popsicle stick, or your fingers, pinch the center of the teardrop end to create a dimple.

Make Hershey's Kiss Hearts

Your Hershey's© Kiss is now a heart.  Sweet...

Make Hershey's Kiss Hearts

Monday, January 21, 2013

Layered Skirt Extension with Flower

Add another layer to a layered skirt and tie the two fabrics together with a flower.

My daughter has a layered cotton skirt that still fits her width-wise but is just too short by my measurements.  To give it longer length and life, I added another layer to the skirt.  Since the additional layer was a different color, I used fabric remnants from the new layer and created a flower and attached it to the finished skirt for a cohesive look. 

layered skirt with flower

This is the original skirt that I started out with.

layered skirt

Gather and pin the new layer to the bottom layer of the skirt and sew right side of new layer to wrong side of existing layer.

extending layered skirt

To make the flower, take a strip of fabric remnant and stitch down one end, with approximately quarter inch seam.

how to make fabric flower

Gather and turn the fabric to form concentric circles.

Stitch the circle closed.

The flower is done and ready to be stitched to skirt.

how to make fabric flower

Thursday, January 17, 2013

T-Shirt Dual Color Infinity Scarf

Do you have t-shirts that have been sitting in your closet?  Pull out two t-shirts for this project and upcycle them into a fun dual color infinity scarf.  The cotton material is soft and light enough to wear in spring, fall or indoors during winter season.  This versatile scarf can be worn low hanging, layered, or wrapped closely around your neck.

This project will require some sewing so take out that sewing machine.  If you don't have one, sewing is minimal so you can try doing it the old fashioned way using your hands.  You will need the usual sewing supplies.

1. threads for sewing
2. scissors for cutting t-shirts
3. ruler, straight edge, or measuring tape
4. fabric pencil
5. two t-shirts - recommended contrasting hues or colors.

I used two t-shirts of approximately the same widths so that the two colors would be balanced on the finished scarf.

T-Shirt Dual Color Infinity Scarf

Start with the t-shirt that is shorter, in my case, that would be the black t-shirt.  Cut across the shorter t-shirt immediately below the sleeves.  This does not need to be precisely measured, however, try to keep a straight line across.  Use the cut piece as a template to measure the cut for the second t-shirt.  Lay the cut piece on top of the second t-shirt, lining up the bottom edge.  Cut the second t-shirt to produce another piece of similar size.

T-Shirt Dual Color Infinity Scarf

Cut along the edge of each piece to open up the t-shirt, creating two long strips of fabric.  Line up each piece one on tip of the other and pin edges.

T-Shirt Dual Color Infinity Scarf

Trim off the bottom seam and any excess fabric along all edges.

Sew one end together on the short end (not lengthwise).  

T-Shirt Dual Color Infinity Scarf

Once one end is sewn, unpin the fabric and twist one fabric once.  Re-pin and sew other end.

Your infinity scarf is ready for wearing.  Wear is well!

Monday, January 14, 2013

UpCycle Sweatshirt to No Sew Bottle Holder

Here's a great way to make use long-sleeve clothes your kids have outgrown.  I used a sweatshirt but I'm sure this will work on other materials such as wool or fleece.  This project also makes use of as much material from the shirt as possible.  I came up with this idea to get my kids to drink more water, especially when they are playing outside for hours.

recycled shirt water bottle holder

For this project, you will need the following materials:

1. small sweatshirt or other long-sleeve top
2. scissors
3. cord or yarn to tie one end
4. cord lock (optional)

What's great about this project is that there is no sewing required but you will be doing a lot of cutting.  See below for details of cut marks. 

Cut one sleeve off the sweatshirt.  This will be used as the main part of the bottle holder.  Cut notches along the side of the sleeve which will be for tying the strap in place at the end of the project.  Turn the cut end of the sleeve down about half inch as shown and cut holes along the end of the sleeve.  These holes will be used for the cord that will hold the bottle in place.  

sweathsirt cut sleeve

Set the sleeve aside and start cutting the main area of the sweatshirt to make a long strand of yarn.  This process is the same as making a t-shirt yarn.  The difference is the way the material will behave.  When making t-shirt yarn, the material will curl and produce a round yarn strand.  Sweatshirt material will remain flat so cut a narrow strip of approximately half and inch wide.  Start by cutting strips crosswise but do not cut all the way through.

making sweatshirt or t-shirt yarn

Turn the sweatshirt so that the uncut side is flat and facing upwards.  Start cutting the top of the lowest strip to the bottom of the next strip on the opposite side.

making sweatshirt or t-shirt yarn

As you cut along, you will start to see the yarn growing.

making sweatshirt or t-shirt yarn

Keep going until complete.  Divide the yarn into three approximately equal lengths and tie the three pieces together into a knot at one end.  Braid the yarn to the desired length of your bottle holder strap.  Tie the strap to the four notches on each side of the sleeve.  String a yarn or cord around the bottle end of the sleeve and add a cord lock if you have one.  If you do not have a cord lock, you can double knot the end and put a bottle through the top end of the holder instead.

Here is the finished bottle holder.

recycled upcycled shirt water bottle holder - no sew