DIY — Hoop Fabric Pocket

I came across this tutorial while browsing Pinterest yesterday. It seemed cheap, easy, and useful so I gave it a try this morning.

I decided that I wanted to make these to use by my bed in my apartment next year. We are lacking on space and pretty and practical ways to store things are always nice. I can put my glasses, reading light, zombie sleep mask, etc. in these little pockets. Also- earrings. I hate to sleep in earrings, but I always forget to take them out before I get in bed. Who wants to get out of bed just to take out earrings? Not this girl.

Here are a few pictures of my process. If you have questions on the size hoop or amount of fabric I used just ask!  Head over to Abernathy Crafts to find the tutorial.

Thanks, Yvette for the inspiration and tutorial!

DIY — Lace Necklace

It has been way too long since I have been able to make something to share.

I found a couple of place mats at a thrift store over the weekend and decided to use the lace from one end to make a necklace.  Here’s how I did it.  It was quite easy.

First cut out the lace.

I cut out the whole piece and then trimmed it down from there.  I then sprayed it with a little heavy starch and ironed it before continuing with the process.

Thread a jump ring in to the lace on each side.  (This was taken before I decided I wanted the lace turned the other way)

Next, add a piece of chain.  Any length that you choose will work.

Add another jump ring to the other end of the chain.  This is where you will attach half of your clasp.

Secure your clasp and it’s ready to where!

Let me know if you have any questions!  I would love to see pictures if you make one.  I’m sure this concept would work well with any kind of heavier lace or fabric!

Ross wants to say hello too:

I started moving things out of my apartment yesterday and snapped a couple of pictures of him as I was leaving.

Thanks for reading!

DIY — Clock Hand Earrings

I am so excited to share this jewelry tutorial with you today!  I have been wanting to make these earrings for a couple of weeks now and I finally got to do it.

I have a thing for long earrings.  I have been wanting a more plain pair and decided to just make my own.  It occurred to me a couple of weeks ago while looking around my office that clock hands would make just what I was wanting!

Off to Goodwill I went.

This is the clock that I picked out at Goodwill.  It is marked $4, but I got it half off.  It was pretty scratched and broken.

I started by taking the back off the clock.  This loosened the clock hands so that I could get them out of the clock.

Next, I flipped the clock over.  The plastic cover easily popped off with the help of a knife.

Once the clock hands were out I opened up the earring hooks so that I could attach them to the hands.  This is seen in the hook on the left.

Since the top of the clock hands was thicker than the opening on the earring hook, I used some of the thin beadalon wire and crimps seen in my previous earring tutorial. This allows the clock hands to move a little and the earring hooks attached easily.

Then I attached the earring hooks and that was it!  All done.

These are very simple and I will be able to wear them with lots of outfits.  Since they were pretty easy to make I plan to look for other clocks with different kinds of clock hands and make a couple more pairs!  These would also make a wonderful gift.

What do you think?