Category Archives: Crafts

I Sewed A Skirt!

GUYS. After a year of frustration with my sewing machine, I finally did it.

I sewed my first piece of clothing!

I’m not a huge skirt person, however, so I don’t think I’ll wear it out anywhere. It’s not totally seamless anyways, and I’d hate to go out and ruin it. The area where I tried to sew over the elastic band is a mess. But other than that, I’m super happy with it. I hemmed it pretty well, too! (At least I think I did…!)

I ordered some new fabric, and I’m super excited to get to work on my next project. Hopefully by the end of the summer I have at least one garment that is pretty seamless so I can wear it!

Sewing has been an on-and-off struggle for me. Like all crafts, it’s fun once you get going, but if you don’t have the right materials and skills, it can be soooo frustrating. Once I start something new, I either a) get bored and never try it again or b) keep doing it until I get better! For sewing, I can tell it’s b.

I’m so happy I finally decided to just start sewing again last weekend. I’m pretty proud of this skirt! If you have any beginner sewing tips I should know, please tell me!

Happy Wednesday!

Josie

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Valentine’s Day mini felt garland

Happy Saturday! Last night I was in a particularly crafty mood. This project wasn’t always destined to be a blog post, but it just sorta happened. So today instead of links (which I do all the time and I am sure you’re bored of) here’s a super easy DIY project!

If you have done any art project before I am sure you have most of these materials. Maybe not felt, but that’s a quick trip to Target. (Ok, I’m lying. No trips to Target have ever been “quick.” You’ll probably end up buying 30+ items. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

Target has got this AMAZING felt set in the craft section I got for Christmas. I also bought another one on my own because I am so obsessed/have been using felt a lot lately.

Anyways, whether you’re looking for a decorative item for your Valentine’s Day party or are simply wanting to spruce up your room, this no-sew felt garland is super cute and simple.

Here are the materials you’ll need:

Felt. You could do this in whatever color combo you’d like, but since Valentine’s Day is around the corner I thought I’d be festive and do a pink/red assortment.
Scissors and/or a rotary cutter. I got a rotary cutter for Christmas and I can’t help but use it every time I need to cut something.
Yarn. Or twine. Or string. Anything that you could hang/resembles something string-like.
Hot glue gun. These things are my best friend/worst enemy. I’ve accidentally burned myself so many times, but they’re soooo helpful.

THAT’S IT!

Step One. Cut a long diamond shape piece of felt. It can be any size you want, but it kind of depends on how much felt you have. I made mine mini cause I like mini things (nice alliteration, huh?) but if you want a bigger one, go for it. I just folded one square of felt in half and cut a triangle. Kind of like how you’d make a snowflake with paper. Ohhhh! That’s a good idea. Felt snowflakes!

Step Two. Use your first diamond to trace out other diamonds with. I love using the rotary cutter because it makes the lines super clean, but scissors work well too.

Step Three. Continue cutting as many diamonds as you want to fill up your garland. I only did six because I wanted to hang it above my desk.

Step Four. Use your hot glue gun and glue a line down the middle of the diamond. Press the yarn down and make sure it is secure. Then, trace around the top of the diamond with more hot glue and fold it over to make the banner shape.

Step Five. Ta daaaa! Look how cute. Continue that last step as many times as you’d like to meet your desired length.

Step Six. Make sure the pieces are secure and glued together. Once you’re done, turn off your glue gun (!!!!!) and hang it up wherever your heart desires. (Get it? Heart? Cause it’s almost Valentine’s Day? 😉 I’m sorry.)

Congrats! You did it! As you can tell, this is super customizable. I understand that a lot of people like strict rules, but I don’t LOVE following rules when it comes to crafting because I feel like my best ideas come from accidents. I do get frustrated when I don’t have the necessary tools to make something, so I tried to make this as simple as possible.

My computer is making noises now, so I should go. Tag me on Instagram if you make this!

Have a great weekend.

Easiest Christmas Cards EVER!

Hey guys! Happy Saturday! As I write this I am knitting a Christmas gift for my friend (not at the same time, of course) and listening to the new Hamilton mixtape! (Jimmy Fallon, I LOVE YOU!!)

Today I am sharing literally the EASIEST Christmas card DIY. It’s extremely customizable, which I always love. I think customizable DIYs are awesome cause you can make them suit your style, and use what you already have at your house!

What I Used:
-christmas construction paper (I got mine in the $1 section @ Target!)
-glue
-scissors
-washi tape
-star gems
-pencil

Yep. THAT’S IT! If you’re a crafter or you’ve got a ton of craft supplies, I’m sure you’ve got all of this in your drawers.

I did two different types of cards, but as I said above, you can change everything to make it suit your style. I just figured I would share the ones I made this year! There are a ton of great ideas on Pinterest.

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^^Love ya, Target.^^
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^^ The final products…^^

I am one of those people who likes making their cards opposed to buying them. Sometimes I get so proud of my cards that I’m more excited for people to see them than the actual present haha! I hope you guys enjoyed this and maybe try to make them yourself, cause they were super fun to make!

Can you believe there are only, like, 15 days til Christmas?!?!?!? AHHH!!!

DIY Branch Jewelry Holder

Last night, I was reorganizing my room a bit. I came across a box of jewelry and some necklaces were tangled together, and I decided to organize them. I looked up jewelry holder DIY’s on Pinterest and they were all pretty complicated and/or had materials I don’t have. I have been into doing weaving with sticks lately, and I had some unused ones in my room. (Weird, I know!)

Here are the materials you’ll need:
-Drywall screws (or whatever kind of screws you have, it really doesn’t matter)
-screwdriver
-branch (preferably a sturdy one that will be able to hold your jewelry.)
-jewelry

Here’s how I made it:

Step 1:
Take the branch and place the screw where you want it.

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Step 2:
Take the screwdriver and twist the screw into the branch. You will need to push it in with a lot of force. You’ll know when it’s secure. I don’t like mine super close together and perfect. I mean… it IS a stick, after all, and sticks aren’t perfect! 🙂 I placed them all down the branch until it was pretty full, but you can do as many as you want.

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Step 3:
Figure out where you want it on your wall. Depending what kind of wall you have, you may have to use a different kind of screw, but since mine are drywall, I used the same kind that I used in the branch. So if your walls aren’t drywall, check before you put in the screws!!

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Step 4:
Place the branch on the wall, and add your jewelry! This is the fun part! 🙂 If your stick has little tiny branches sticking out of it, like mine does, you can add rings to it! I also hung some earrings from it, too.

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This was a super fun craft, and it looks so good in my room! I think it will inspire me to wear more jewelry! If you try this, be sure to tag me in a photo on Instagram or Twitter!

Hope you enjoyed this #StudioJosieDIY!

Happy Sunday!

 

Valentine’s Day Doily Garland DIY! 

Happy Friday! I have the day off today because of the SNOW! First snow day of the year! Whoo hoo! This morning I made hot chocolate pancakes. They were delicious! I’m not going to post the recipe, but you can click on the link to check them out.


So good!!

So anyways, since I’m trapped in for the day, why not do a fun craft? Valentine’s Day is only a week from Sunday! I found some doilies in my room, and I had some twine too. I love love loooooove garlands and I think they’re so pretty and fun. So, without further ado, here’s the FIRST Studio Josie craft!

Materials:

  • Doilies (whatever color, I used silver, white, and red. You can probably find them at a craft store)
  • Twine
  • Scissors (forgot to include them in the picture – oops!)
  • Tape

Instructions:

Turn the doily around so that you can’t see the color. (If it’s white it won’t matter which side) Thread the twine through one of the holes in the doily.


Then, thread it through the other side.

  

Continue doing that with all of the other doilies.

I tied a little knot on the first and last one to keep them secure.


Find the spot you want to put them. I put them on the ceiling over my bed! Tape them, and then cut the extra twine off the end so it doesn’t hang down. Here’s the final product!

  

Hope you guys enjoyed the first craft on my blog! If you happen to try this out, post a picture and use the hashtag #StudioJosieDIY and tag me!

Have a great day!