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Tutorial | Quick & Easy Summer Themed Button Bobby Pins

Reported by Maria del Pinto

Summer Themed Button Bobby Pins

This summer themed button bobby pins tutorial is a quick and easy project that shows how easy it is to incorporate all those cute buttons in your collection into fun decorative bobby pins.

Hair Button Bobby Pin Project Supplies

Supplies:

Step 1:

Using the wire cutter cut the shanks off the back of the buttons. Try to cut it as flush to the base as possible. I used a piece of sand paper to make my surface flat and ready to accept adhesive.

Removing the button shank.
Removing the button shank.

Safety Note: I recommend wearing protective goggles or lenses because the shank pieces can fly all over when they are cut off.

Step 2:

Add a small amount of the E6000 glue to the bobby pin blank. Then press the back of the button onto the glued surface.

 Step 3:

Set aside to dry. Wait 24 hours before using; this gives the adhesive a chance to cure.

Total Spent on Project:

All that I spent on this project was a total of $3, because I already had the wire cutters, the glue and the sand paper. If you have some fun buttons, then all you need are the bobby pins, which can be found online on Amazon or at your local craft store.

Upcycle a Skirt for Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is a great day to think about how to reduce, reuse, and recycle in our lives – and maybe save some money in the process, too!

I decided, in preparation for Earth Day here on Craft Critique, to head out to my local thrift store and see what I could find that could be repurposed or updated to be more useful.

The key to this kind of thrifting is to look at pieces not for what they are, but for what they could be. You’re not looking for pieces that are perfect. You’re looking for pieces that are perfect in their imperfection – meaning that they have solid bones that you can work with.

Thrift Store Skirt

I lucked out finding the skirt above! For $4.49, it’s a Sag Harbor Polyester/Rayon blend that is a black and blue school girl plaid. Being dark and almost floor length, it’s definitely more suited to winter up north than life here in Florida – which is probably how it ended up at the thrift store in a town full of snowbird retirees.

The solid A line of the skirt and plaid immediately brought to mind the current fad for schoolgirl mini skirts. With a vision, I headed to the checkout!

Marking on Skirt

Once home I used a tape measure to figure out a length to use to hem the skirt up shorter. Then I added about an inch to that and started marking the point to cut off the length with my marking pencil. I measured at intervals from the waistband.

Creating Cut Line

Once I had enough measurement spots, I used my marking pencil to fill in between them to create the entire cut line. Then, it was the moment of truth – time to cut!

This skirt had lining, so after cutting the main part of the skirt shorter, I traced the new bottom of the skirt onto the lining with my marking pencil and then cut along that line as well. To ensure the lining was not visible beneath the bottom of the skirt, I turned it up 5/8″ and pressed, and then turned it up again before stitching the hem. This turned under a total of 1 1/4″.

Shortened Skirt Hem

The only additional item I purchased was a $3 roll of Offray lace at Walmart, and applying the lace to the hem was easy! I just pinned it to the outside of the skirt, with the scalloped edge facing up towards the waistband. The straight edge of it I lined up just a smidge below the line of where I wanted to turn the hem. Then I stitched right along that straight edge.

After taking my pinking shears to the bottom edge, I turned my hem right at the edge of the attached lace and pinned it in place. Hand stitching right along the edge secured it. (At a later date I can use Heat n’ Bond tape to secure the edge of the hem a bit more if I decide it needs it.)

lace skirt hem

The lace hangs beautifully from the finished hem!

The finished piece is pretty, more climate appropriate, and certainly more current with trends. I can’t wait to get a chance to wear it!

Upcycled Skirt

To see how far this skirt has come, check out a side-by side comparison of the before and after:

Upcycled Skirt before after

A few simple changes can make a huge difference when you upcycle a skirt! And it is an affordable project too – the total budget was only a total of $7.50 for the skirt and the lace!

Do you thrift clothing for upcycling? What kind of things have you updated or rescued with your sewing and crafting skills?

$5 Holiday Gift Ideas | DIY “12 Days of Christmas” Advent Calendar Tutorial

Reported by Maria del Pinto

12 Days of Christmas

My fourth project for the $5 Holiday Gift Ideas Challenge was a gift for a friend’s son, who is a great fan of the “12 Days of Christmas Advent” calendars. I know he already has three chocolate ones, so I thought I would make one that was a little different. This Advent Calendar project for kids is so quick and easy to create that it can be done in just a few hours!

I went to the 99¢ Store and purchased the following:

Frame: $1.50
1/2 of a Package of two bows: $.50
Package of Christmas Sticker Boxes: $.99
Package of Novelty Holiday Eraser Shapes: $.99
Package of Party M&Ms: $.99

Total Cost: $4.97 (before tax)

I needed a few additional supplies from my stash as well:

Glue Dots
Wrapping Paper
Pen

Instructions:

Cut a piece of last year’s leftover wrapping paper to fit in the frame, and put it into the frame.

Next, take twelve of the sticker boxes and add either candy or an eraser to each.

Attach the boxes to the frame using glue dots (glue dots are pretty strong and work well for this type of project).

Using a pen, number the boxes from 1 to 12.

To finish the project, use one of the bows in the bow package and attach it to the top of the frame.

There’s more to come in the $5 gift challenge! Maria will have one more idea for you tomorrow so don’t miss it!