DIY iPhone Cases!

If anyone is like us, we hate having the same thing over and over again – ESPECIALLY when it comes to iPhone cases. Why use what everyone else is using when you can create one of your very own!? kikamarie88 offers YouTube a fun, fast, and creative way to solve all of our iPhone case woes. Utilizing this method, the possibilities are endless!

principessa3x offers her viewers a unique way of using the ever-popular galaxy theme to customize your iPhone and make it as one of a kind as the stars in the sky. That was corny, we’ll admit, but just take a look and see how exciting playing with paint can be :).

DIY Watercolor … Scarf?!

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Looking for something that you can pair with nearly every outfit, can keep you nice and warm during those chilly summer nights, and still look like you’re walking off the Parisian runway? We recommend going here for a fun, quick and easy tutorial that’ll have people stopping you on the street and asking “Hey, where’d you get that scarf?!”

The steps are as painless as  clicking “like” on that status of a friend of a friend you met awkwardly at a cocktail party.

DIY: OMBRE BLEACHED SHIRT!

As many of you have probably seen, ombre has taken a strangehold on the fashion world – ranging from hair to nails to lip balm to maxi dresses! We’ve found a video done by YouTube’s CustomizeFashion. All you need is a little bit of bleach and voila! However, we do caution that you do this in a well ventilated area and to cover any and all surfaces that you may be doing this on. You don’t need ombre rugs in your bedroom …

 

… Unless you’re into that.

DIY: Favorite Summer Drink, Sun Tea!

This is the easiest drink to make on a really hot summer day.  It’s also refreshing and tastes so good!

What you need:

  • Water
  • A glass pitcher or jar (plastic might get too hot)
  • Tea bags, 4-5 (any flavor of your choice)
  • Lemon or orange slices (optional)
  • Fresh mint (also optional, can be found growing wild or bought at a store)
  • A hot summer day

Recipe:

  1. Fill a glass pitcher, or jar if you want just a little, with water.
  2. Place your tea bags in the container
  3. Add lemon or orange slices (or both) and mint to your glass.
  4. Place in the sun and wait a few hours for the tea to steep.  It might be a good idea to cover your container to keep the bugs out.
  5. Have it iced or warm, it tastes great both ways!  Add a little honey or sugar if you like your tea sweet.  Enjoy!

DIY: Easy Breezy Vintage Inspired Floral and Lace Vest

We’ve got a new DIY project for you this week.  There is a lot of sewing but it’s totally worth it!  You’ll want to lightweight vest with every outfit all summer!  Inspired by the vintage fabric and lace, we created this vest so check it out!

What you’ll need:
Fabric: the lace came from the back of a shirt and the floral fabric came from a skirt. At least have 1/4 yd of lace and 3/4 yd of other fabric in your choice of print.
Tools: scissors and a sewing machine (this could be done by hand but it would take much longer).

First, cut out the back of the lace shirt. You can shape the arm pit area a bit more.

Fold the lace part in half and trace the shape onto the wrong side of the floral fabric. This will help you get the shape for the front.  Make the front of the vest a little more rounded to give it some shape.  Make 4 pieces.

Once you have traced and cut out 4 pieces, pin them together leaving the side and shoulder seam open.

Once you have sewn up the two front pieces (leaving the side and shoulder seam open) turn them back right side out. To get the lacy back into the side seams, pin the the sides together so that the right sides are facing each other. Sew up one side.

Tucking the sewn part in, fold over the other side and pin it. You don’t want any seams showing so you will be tucking the seams into the floral front.

Do the same with the shoulder seams.

This step is optional but it adds a nice touch. Take the lace back and pinch it together. Take a small rectangular piece of lace and sew it around the pinched lace. Cut off the excess and turn the rectangle right side out.

Now you have a great vest!

Enjoy!

 

DIY “South American Summer” Bohemian Messenger Bag

Check out our latest DIY project!  From Free People to Forever 21, everyone is getting into the South American patterning and bohemian styling.  Now you can too but without the high cost!  This bag is super easy to make and it’s the perfect little on-the-go bag.  With it’s lightweight quality, comfortable braided strap, and chic fringe texture, you’ll want to bring this bag everywhere!

All you need for this project is:

  1. fabric of your choice (preferably a little heavier).  This fabric was bought at a thrift store for $3
  2. a pair of scissors
  3. a ruler
  4. pins
  5. and a sewing machine or needle/thread

First, you want to cut out your bag shape. Cut a piece that is 30in x 13in. You can make it bigger if you'd like.

Now fold your fabric over (right sides facing each other) and pin the sides. Make sure your front flap will be smaller than your bag size.

Now sew up your sides. I did two different stitches so that the fabric would not come undone.

To give the bag more of a shape, you can square off the bottom. With the bag still inside out, fold the bottom of the bag so that the side seam matches the middle of the bottom of the bag (where a seam might be). This makes a triangle. Measure 1 1/4 in down and mark it.

Sew across the triangle and cut the excess fabric off. Continue to do this on the other side.

Turning the bag right side out, you can see that the bottom of the bag is now squared off.

To make the straps, cut 6 strips of fabric. Make two braids, each from 3 strips of fabric. Now tie the braids together in a knot. Sew each side of the strap into the sides of the bag.

Now you have a really awesome bag!

DIY: “Naut Up Your Heartstrings” For This Adorable Peep-Hole DressN

Looking for a Valentine’s Day Dress?  Why not pump up the volume on a dress, or a shirt, that you already have?!  Check out our latest DIY for some heart-full inspiration 🙂

This vintage nautical style dress was purchased from the Bethlehem location. It was nearly floor length so I decided to shorten it. The belt was included and was not made during this project.

First, you'll need a dress or a shirt. You may want to use a sewing machine for this project, if only to keep your edges clean. Then you'll just need some pins, paper, something to mark your fabric, scissors, and needle/thread.

Step 1. Fold your paper in half and cut out a heart shape. To figure out how big you would like the heart to be, measure the area in which the shape will be cut out. Then draw half that area onto the folded paper.

Step 2. Turn your dress or shirt inside out and trace the heart shape in the middle of the back. Don't worry about the zipper (if you have one) for now.

Step 3. You're going to end up cutting out part of the zipper so you'll want to add a stopper. To do this, take your needle and thread and sew around the teeth of the zipper until it is secure enough.

Step 4. Cut out the zipper from the top of the dress.

Step 5. Now you can make button holes and sew your buttons on.

Step 6. Fold back the edges around the heart and pin them.

Step 7. Sew around the edges. To give the edge texture, I used a jaggedy stitch. Now turn your dress right side out and it's ready to wear!

Try this project with a non zipper dress or even a shirt.  Add some flair to it by sewing in some lace behind the heart shape.  If you try this project, send us your pics!

DIY: 1920’s flapper Warm Woven Headband

We’ve got a new DIY this week!  We know the weather is getting colder but that is no reason not to look fashionable this winter.  Check out this modern headband inspired by the “roaring 20’s.”

All you need for this project is some stretchy fabric, like knit jersey, and a pair of scissors.  This was made out of an old dress but you can use an old tee shirt or anything lying around.  Make sure there is enough fabric to fit around your head plus extra.

1. Begin by cutting 6 strips from the fabric. If there are seams in the material, don't worry about it. You can tuck seams in later but make sure they are sturdy enough not to come apart.

2. Next, tie the strips in a knot around a sturdy object like a chair.

3. Now here comes the weaving. To make it easier, I numbered each strip. Take strip 1 and go over strip 2.

4. Now weave strip 1 under strip 3.

5. Now weave strip 1 over strip 4.

6. Now weave strip 1 under strip 5.

7. Lastly, weave strip 1 over strip 6. This is what the pattern will begin to look like.

Just to reiterate, you will take strip 1 and go over and under to the last strip.  Make sure that you go over strip 6 and that they do not get mixed up.  It helps to keep the first 5 strips to the left and once you have finished with the first one, put it to the right.  Once you have finished, strip 2 will now become strip one and you will repeat the pattern.

8. Repeat this pattern until the piece is long enough to fit around your head. Cut off any excess fabric.

9. Now you can fold each end together. Split one end so there are three strips on each side and place the other end between them.

10. To finish it off, take a piece of excess fabric and wrap it around the middle. Tie in the back and tuck in. See above on how to wear.

 

DIY: Delicious Gluten Free Pancakes

This post was written by our Kutztown Employee, Maddy.  Thanks Maddy, these look great!

About six months ago, my mom and I found out we can’t eat gluten. Since then we have been trying out different recipes for gluten free foods. Here is our favorite recipe for gluten free pancakes. (Based on a recipe from AllRecipes.com)


Ingredients:
1 cup Brown Rice Flour
3 tbsp. Tapioca Flour
1/3 cup Potato or Cornstarch
2 tbsp. Ground Flax Seed (optional, makes pancakes even more fluffy)
1 tbsp. Sugar
1 ½ tsp. Baking Powder
½ tsp. Baking Soda
½ tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Xanthan Gum
2 Eggs
3 tbsp. Canola Oil or Butter
1 ½ to 2 cups Buttermilk (depends on your preferred thickness of batter)

Directions:

 

  1. In a large bowl, mix or sift together the flours, starch, flax seed, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and xanthan gum.
  2. In another bowl, mix eggs, buttermilk, and oil.
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Stir until a few lumps remain
  4. Heat a pan, skillet, or griddle over medium heat. Put some oil or butter in the pan to keep the pancakes from sticking.
  5. Spoon batter onto pan and cook until bubble start to form.
  6. Flip over and cook the other side until golden brown.
  7. Take out of pan and eat!

You can put syrup on your pancakes or I like to put jelly on mine. Also, you can put cut up fruit or chocolate chips in the pancakes during step 5. Enjoy!