Joy's Life http://joyslife.com Silhouette, Cricut, Sizzix Eclips, KnK Zing, Home Decor, Food, Vinyl & Crafting Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:11:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Upcycle an Old T-Shirt Into a Useful Bag http://joyslife.com/upcycle-an-old-t-shirt-into-a-useful-bag/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=upcycle-an-old-t-shirt-into-a-useful-bag http://joyslife.com/upcycle-an-old-t-shirt-into-a-useful-bag/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:22:48 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=34881 [...] ]]> Make a T-Shirt Bag #Upcycle #tshirt #diy

I’m super excited about one thing.  I lost enough weight from exercising that this shirt is too big! YAY!  That made it a perfect candidate for turning it into something I really did need.  A bag to hold my kickboxing gloves.  This is definitely not my original idea, though I added in a few changes.  I saw so many tutorials on Pinterest for making awesome things out of t-shirts, I just had to try it.  (I followed this one.)

Make a T-Shirt Bag #Upcycle #tshirt #diy

What?!  I rocked the straight stitch twice in one week!  Alert the media!  LOL!  I’m trying to sew a little bit more.  Here, I’m sewing the bottom of the shirt closed.  By the way, I pinned that wrong.  I’m reading this sewing book and you’re supposed to pin vertically not horizontally.  I’m a beginner. ;)  I’m using a 20 year old Brother sewing machine that I bought from WalMart but I bought this machine last year…and have yet to do anything with it except turn it on.  Bad me.

Make a T-Shirt Bag #Upcycle #tshirt #diy

After you sew the bottom closed you can cut off the bottom of the shirt.  I saved it and cut it to a size that I liked to create some bows for the handles.  (Also because my finished bag looked hideous without them.  Just sayin’.)

Make a T-Shirt Bag #Upcycle #tshirt #diy

Honestly, the bag is finished at this point.  However, I turned mine inside out and it was so ugly that I just had to do more surgery on it.  I decided to taper the sides of it some, so I just pinned it again and sewed those areas.

Make a T-Shirt Bag #Upcycle #tshirt #diy

Then I cut them off, just like with the bottom of the shirt.  Those changes really helped the overall look!  I’m using a Fiskars Rotary Cutter to make my cuts and I’m cutting on a self healing mat.

Make a T-Shirt Bag #Upcycle #tshirt #diy

See?!  I told you!  Save that leftover bottom of the shirt piece and turn it into bows.  Cute, huh?  Plus, you reused almost the whole shirt.  Almost. ;)

Make a T-Shirt Bag #Upcycle #tshirt #diy

Alright…I made the shirt bag and it was fun.  Really!  I had a nice time putting it together, adding some of my own changes and working with my sewing machine.

Make a T-Shirt Bag #Upcycle #tshirt #diy

However, this shirt with my kickboxing gloves in it looked HIDEOUS when it was actually being toted around!  (On the table here I think it looks fine.)  I DID take this to the gym with all my stuff in it…and it fit.  So, that’s a yay.  Then I came home and ordered myself a proper gym bag (gym sack) that fit my needs and didn’t look like I was carrying a shirt full of fighting kittens in it.  The awful look probably came from the stretchy fabric of this shirt, which might just be stretchy due to time and wear.  I still think this is a fabulous DIY idea and it’s incredibly resourceful and useful.  Two thumbs up to the original creator.  So, my suggestion?  Maybe tie a knot in the bottom of the shirt you’re thinking about using and see if the items you want it to hold look good in it.  Smart!  Want a no-sew option?  This one is great.

Happy Crafting!

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It’s true.  My bunny has no face.  I just couldn’t decide how I wanted it to look, soooo…it has ears and we’re just going to consider it a strict rabbit silhouette…aka: “The Faceless Bunny”.  LOL!  I dig it like this but you can add whatever you like to make your bunny uniquely yours!

Felt Bunny Treat Bag #Easter #Bunny #DIY #SilhouetteCameo

I used this Silhouette file as a template to create my bunny.  Instead of using my Silhouette to cut this out in fabric, I decided to use some of the massive amount of craft store felt that I have on hand.

Felt Bunny Treat Bag #Easter #Bunny #DIY #SilhouetteCameo

I like to use chalk to outline the template directly onto the felt.  I did that in these projects too: Felt Ornaments & Owl Wall Hanging.  After chalking it, I cut the bunny out.  I cut both pieces of felt (front and back) at the same time.

Felt Bunny Treat Bag #Easter #Bunny #DIY #SilhouetteCameo

I pinned around the felt to keep it from moving all over the place.

Felt Bunny Treat Bag #Easter #Bunny #DIY #SilhouetteCameo

I rarely ever sew but I can rock the straight stitch. ;)  Use that to go around the edges but DON’T sew the inside of the ears.  If you leave it open you’ll have space to shove in some candy (aka: add some lovely treats).

Felt Bunny Treat Bag #Easter #Bunny #DIY #SilhouetteCameo

I LOVE keeping this candy on hand.  You can eat it while you’re trying to brainstorm a new craft and it looks pretty when it’s part of a gift.  Plus, you can dress it up like this and this!  Display it simply in this!  My suggestion?  Get some.  By the way, I glued on the white felt using Fabri-Tac.  You could also use Felt Glue.  When I was sewing the bag, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to add anything or not.  Fabric glue is a great way to add things later.  I heart it!

Felt Bunny Treat Bag #Easter #Bunny #DIY #SilhouetteCameo

Candy + felt and a simple template = a rockin’ faceless bunny bag.  Make one!

Have a sweet day…eat candy.

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3D Pop Up Flower Card with Silhouette Cameo and SEI http://joyslife.com/3d-pop-up-flower-card-with-silhouette-cameo-and-sei/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=3d-pop-up-flower-card-with-silhouette-cameo-and-sei http://joyslife.com/3d-pop-up-flower-card-with-silhouette-cameo-and-sei/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:24:51 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=34494 [...] ]]> 3D Pop Up Flower Card #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #LoriWhitlock #SVG #JoysLifeStamps

You know what I like about this project?  It’s a way to enjoy spring whether it has come to your part of the world yet or not.  Thumbs up to that!  The other thing about it that just BLOWS MY MIND is that this little pop up card FOLDS UP into an A2 (standard size) envelope!  Say what?!  Yeah, I know.  Mind blowing.  It really does work though.  Amazing!

3D Pop Up Flower Card #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #LoriWhitlock #SVG #JoysLifeStamps

I’m using paper from the Athenaeum 12×12 Creative Pack by SEI.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  I love double sided paper packs.  Why?  They make me look like I’m good at coordinating because everything already goes together.  Thank you to the paper gods on that one.

3D Pop Up Flower Card #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #LoriWhitlock #SVG #JoysLifeStamps

There are ways to create a 3D pop up card like this without using a machine.  I’ve never done it so I went the easy route and used this svg file by Lori Whitlock. ;) You can find it in the Silhouette store.

3D Pop Up Flower Card #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #LoriWhitlock #SVG #JoysLifeStamps

These papers are so pretty!  By the way, if you have trouble putting this together…and honestly, you might…I did…watch this video by Lori.  She shows you how to put it together.  I definitely watched it…paused…went back…watched it again.  True story.

3D Pop Up Flower Card #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #LoriWhitlock #SVG #JoysLifeStamps

One of the flower tabs gets glued in facing forward, the other one faces backward.  It’s part of what helps the whole card fold flat.

3D Pop Up Flower Card #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #LoriWhitlock #SVG #JoysLifeStamps

Here’s a shameless plug for Joy’s Life stamps.  Prepare yourself.  <Que announcer voice…>Joy’s Life stamps are awesome…made in the USA and…yer gonna luv ‘em.  Get yer stamp on in the Joy’s Life store!  Don’t miss the bundle deals for extra savings.<end commercial>  This stamp comes from the Tag You’re It Two stamp set.

3D Pop Up Flower Card #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #LoriWhitlock #SVG #JoysLifeStamps

From the side.

3D Pop Up Flower Card #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #LoriWhitlock #SVG #JoysLifeStamps

I wrote this post while participating on the SEI Design Team.

SEI Design Team Member #SEI

Stay Crafty, My Friends!

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The Perfect Gift for All Occasions AND Keurig K65 Special Edition Giveaway http://joyslife.com/the-perfect-gift-for-all-occasions-and-keurig-k65-special-edition-giveaway/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-perfect-gift-for-all-occasions-and-keurig-k65-special-edition-giveaway http://joyslife.com/the-perfect-gift-for-all-occasions-and-keurig-k65-special-edition-giveaway/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:52:18 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=34801 [...] ]]> This post has been compensated as part of a campaign for One2One Network and Keurig. All opinions stated are my own.

Keurig Giveaway #coffee #Keurig #JustBrewIt #giveaway

If you come to my house you’ll find a Keurig in my kitchen and in my craft room.  It’s a gift I give to others and to myself!  You know what I love about it?  First, it’s super easy to make a single cup of coffee, tea and other drinks.  I like that because when I want it…I want it now!  The Keurig makes it in under one minute with the touch of a button.  Awesome.

Keurig Giveaway #coffee #Keurig #JustBrewIt #giveaway

 I also don’t want old coffee or cold coffee.  So, if DH got up early and made a pot of coffee and I get up later it might be yucky by then! Ugh!  Plus, what if he makes a coffee I don’t want?  For example, he might make a pot of French  Roast but I want Vermont Country Blend or Sumatra.  What then?  The world comes crashing down, right?  Another option?  I make a single cup or cups of the flavor I want, right then.  Hot.  Perfect.  Just for me.  Ahhhh.

Keurig Giveaway #coffee #Keurig #JustBrewIt #giveaway

So, what makes a Keurig the perfect gift for a wedding, housewarming or to welcome a new baby to the home?  Let me tell ya.  I’m thinking about my cousin who is having her first baby…a girl!!  This is a great gift for a new mom because she can quickly offer a fresh cup of coffee, tea, etc. to her visitors without having to go to any trouble.  She can easily make herself some decaf, cocoas or a variety of teas.  So nice!  Perfect for when you’re up at 3pm or 3am.

Keurig Giveaway #coffee #Keurig #JustBrewIt #giveaway

This is the Kcup shelf for our Keurig in my pantry.  We’re serious about our Kcups.  We keep a variety of coffees and teas plus cider and hot cocoa.  A Keurig was the first gift I bought for my daughter for her dorm room.  She LOVES it.

Keurig Giveaway #coffee #Keurig #JustBrewIt #giveaway

Would you like a cup?  How about a whole Keurig® Special Edition brewing system for yourself?  Just enter the giveaway below for your chance to win!

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Owl Treat Box with Silhouette Cameo and SEI http://joyslife.com/owl-treat-box-with-silhouette-cameo-and-sei/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=owl-treat-box-with-silhouette-cameo-and-sei http://joyslife.com/owl-treat-box-with-silhouette-cameo-and-sei/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 08:24:15 +0000 http://joyslife.com/?p=34202 [...] ]]> Owl Treat Box with Silhouette Cameo and SEI #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #Owl #3D #LoriWhitlock

Hooo’s super cute?  This adorable owl made using SEI’s Pembroke paper!

Owl Treat Box with Silhouette Cameo and SEI #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #Owl #3D #LoriWhitlock

If you like using die cut machines in your creating you’re going to love using paper by SEI.  It cuts perfectly.  I like that each pack is coordinated so I don’t have to be a color genius to figure out if this goes with that.  Whew!

Owl Treat Box with Silhouette Cameo and SEI #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #Owl #3D #LoriWhitlock

I’m using an owl tote box svg file by Lori Whitlock.  This exact one is no longer available but this one is a close match and is totally adorable too!  All of Lori’s svg’s are easy to put together.  I highly recommend them.  If you’d like to see more things I’ve made using her svg files click here.  I used Zip Dry paper glue to adhere the sides of the owl and Craft Glue Dots for the rest of the owl.

Owl Treat Box with Silhouette Cameo and SEI #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #Owl #3D #LoriWhitlock

I used blue satin ribbon from the SEI Catalina Satin & Lace Trim Pack to make a cute bow for the top of the owl.  I LOVE SEI’s embellishments they’re very high quality and oh…so…lovely.

Owl Treat Box with Silhouette Cameo and SEI #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #Owl #3D #LoriWhitlock

Hey, need some cute animal stamps for your crafting?  Check out the Joy’s Life stamp collections!

Owl Treat Box with Silhouette Cameo and SEI #SEI #SilhouetteCameo #Owl #3D #LoriWhitlock

Happy Crafting!

I created this while on the SEI Design Team.

SEI Design Team Member #SEI

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