How to Make Your Own DIY Pillow Case

DIY homemade crafts are becoming more and more popular. However, some people stray away from these crafts due to having uncertainties if they have the skills to even make these crafts. If you follow the simplified instructions below, you will be able to make your own DIY pillow case in a matter of 30 minutes!

After a while, your old pillow covers will need an upgraded touch of style, which can be easily completed without having to do any tedious sewing at all!
Materials Needed for Your DIY Pillow Case. All products can be found in stores as well on online, such as Amazon where you can find all these items at reasonable prices.

• Any fabric of your choosing (60” preferably)
• Iron on tape (I recommend using Heat’n Bond)
• Scissors
• An iron
• Burlap (1.5 yards – For extra security with the burlap, it is recommended that you use a liquid seam sealant, like Fray Check )

Step 1: Preparing Your Fabric

Firstly, you should lay the pillow you intend on using flat on your selected fabric. You should be using your pillow as a template for the pillowcase. The rule of thumb is to leave enough fabric, so it will easily be able to combine with the burlap. Furthermore, you should leave an extra inch so that you will have enough space for the seams. Once you have everything measured, you can finally cut the fabric and burlap and start on step 2.

Step 2: Pick up The Iron on Tape

We know sewing is not everyone’s forte, which is why iron on tape will be the sturdiest substitute for your own DIY pillowcase. Before using the iron on tape, we have one key tip to ensure that tape will stick and be durable.

• Pre-wash the fabric in cold water and dry it using a normal dryer setting. Please avoid using any fabric softeners
When using the iron on tape, please be sure to:
• Avoid overheating the tape with the iron
• Avoid ironing over the plastic instruction sheet
• Do not try to add additional sewing; it won’t make the iron on tape any stronger. It might have the opposite effect
• Remember that it is machine washable, but only wash on the delicate washing setting

Step 3: Start Warming up Your Iron

Double check and ensure that the correct sides of the fabrics are facing together (the side that has the designs) and place the iron on tape around the edges of the fabrics. Then, press the iron against the tape and hold until the tape becomes gooey. Once this is finished, wait around 5 minutes before pulling on the seams to check if its properly stuck together.

Remember, never iron directly on the tape, instead, just iron over the fabric to heat it up. Once the two pieces are joined, you will have a perfect seam – just without the extra sewing!

Step 4: Have an Opening

While it might be obvious, make sure that you leave an opening so that you can slide your pillow into the pillowcase! The best way to di this is by slowly squeezing and pushing your pillow into the DIY case to avoid any mishaps or breakage.

Step 5: Finally Seal the Pillow Up

Once you have the pillow set in the pillowcase, you should seal up the opening to avoid the pillow from slipping out. To do this: use the iron on tape on the opening and follow the same instructions as listed in step 3. Then gently pull on the pillowcase to make sure it has been properly sealed.

And voila! You have a DIY pillowcase that can be properly used! Remember, this DIY project can be fun to do by yourself, or with family! It’s a fun way to spice up your pillows at home without having to constantly search store after store for a pillowcase you enjoy. It’s safe, easy, simple, and fun – plus you won’t have to worry about sewing correctly or anything. So, we recommend that you give our DIY pillowcase a try.

Tips for Mending Your Clothes

When you have some clothes that need mending the job is not a hard one and you can do it yourself. Some of the things you will need are a nice selection of needles, different coloured threads, scissors for sewing, pins, a pin cushion, and a tape measure. You should have other materials and accessories and if you need to replace something you can do so. Some of these things can include buttons and zippers.

When you have some clothes that need mending and you want to do it yourself here are some easy tips to follow:

1. Check out the garment you are looking to mend and see how to best match things such as the stitch pattern, thread, and buttons. Make sure you can match these things before starting by already having what you need to mend the garment.

2. You want to get good at threading the needle to do the job faster. An easy way to do this is to make the end of the thread stiffer by moistening the end of it after a clean cut. Then roll it back and forth using your thumb and your forefinger. What this will do is make it much easier to get that pesky thread end into the needle’s eye.

3. You have to know the difference between buttons that you will sew through and ones that are shank buttons.

4. You will have to match the stitches to the design of the stitches on the other buttons. You want the garment to look as good as new and it will look a little off if the stitching on the buttons are not matched.

5. You should not sew the buttons on too tight, as you want to have the opportunity to overlap the layer of the garment that has the buttonholes. You also have to make sure that you wrap the thread around the shank in a tight manner. The shank has been made between the button and the fabric to not only keep it strong but tight as well making it look nice and sharp.

6. For every buttonhole stitch through them 3-8 times. The number of times that you stitch through the buttonholes will depend on how big the holes are, but the more you stitch through them to stronger the hold will be on the garment.

7. You should let the garment hang for about a day before you start to cut and hem it. This allows for the fabric to settle making it much easier to cut and hem.

• You want to make the straightest cuts possible and you can do this with some chalk. Draw on the garment with the chalk, which comes off easily with water, and by doing the hem job is much easier.

8. When you iron rather than sliding it back and forth on the ironing board lift it up and down on the garment, as this will not only keep the folds flat, but they will stay in place as well.

9. If there is any excess thread under the knots trim it away for a cleaner look.

How to Make a Collage Picture Frame

A collage picture frame is a fun and unique idea to frame pictures or photos and making one can be fun for you and your kids. One of the nice things about this arts and crafts project is that it is very inexpensive to make and you can often complete the project with things you already have in your home. You can create a unique piece of art making the frame how you want, and as a project, it is a great one for kids. When doing the project with children make sure to have some cleaning products handy, especially since you will be using glue.

Things needed to make a Collage Picture Frame

• A pencil
• Thick cardboard
• A picture to frame
• String (wool string works well)
• Paint and materials for the collage such as beads or buttons
• A Stapler

Putting the Material Together

Now that you have got the materials you are ready to go! First cut the cardboard to the size you want the frame and then draw around the picture that you want to frame. Once you have the size, you will need a frame and to make the outline simply turn the cardboard over, cut some string making a loop then staple the string to the upper middle part of the cardboard in order to hang on the wall. Make sure the string is attached firmly to avoid it falling off the wall, and it can be a good idea to use stronger tape to reinforce the string.

Turn the cardboard back over and decorate the border and you can use many things such as beads, buttons, magazine clippings, small pebbles, and glitter. The possibilities are endless in decorating the outside of the frame. While glue works well for things such as beads, buttons, and pebbles while for things such as magazine clippings or other paper items, stick glue can be a better option. Before gluing anything on, you can also paint the border of the frame any colour you want. Now simply place the picture in the frame, and it is ready to go up on the wall.

Creating a Collage is a Fun Family Activity

Creating a collage picture frame is not only fun for adults, but a great arts and craft activity for kids as well. Fir younger children one very popular to decorate a frame is to use pasta. Even toddlers can do this, and it can be fun for them as well as the adults. You have to closely supervise the use of the glue while the kids are working, but allowing them to do this on their own helps to improve their motor skills with gluing the pasta on the frame in whatever decoration they want. For older children, the use of mosaic techniques can be a popular choice. No matter how old the child is making a collage picture frame, it is a great craft idea, and they can make great gifts as well as look nice in a kid’s room. There are so many different options when making a collage picture frame, as the sky is the limit in what you want it to look like and the things you can use to decorate the frame.

Tips to Follow for Making Your Own Clothes

When you want to create your own fashion and make your own clothing, there are a few tips that you should follow to make the process easier. The inspiration and design may be there, but making clothing is not easy, and you need to do it the right way, so that get exactly what you want. Following these simple tips can help you do that.

Your Sewing Machine

It is likely that the most important thing you will use when making your own clothing is your sewing machine. Because of this it makes sense to have your sewing machine be in tip-top shape. You are making clothing for yourself and need your tools to be the best they can be and treat your sewing machine right and have it ready for the job.

A few things you can do to ensure this is to give it some oil, make sure the needles you will use are sharp ones, and remove the bobbin case to get out all of the fluff from the previous fabric. A “well-oiled machine”, pardon the pun, when it comes to your sewing machine is key when making your own clothes.

Stay Sharp

You will need a solid pair of fabric scissors, and while there are a lot out there the ole-adage goes, you get what you pay for. Have a nice pair and, just like your sewing machine, take care of them. Before you start any craft job that involves fabric, take time to sharpen your fabric scissors with a sharpening tool as it will make your cuts closer and your measurements easier.

Use a Good Thread

When making clothing, you have tons of options when it comes to thread. The best one to use is a very strong one in one that will not break just by using your fingers. The better the thread, the less likely it is that your clothes will not fall apart with the rigours of wear and washing them. If you plan on sewing your clothes by hand than it is a good idea to use waxed thread. A wax thread will not only make it stronger but also will also decrease the chance of knotting. You can use tailors wax for this and also plain candle wax.

Use the Iron Often

You have to iron the clothing you are making often to make sure of the right fit. You need to press your garment accurately and by doing this, the sewing process will be easier. Make sure that the iron that you use has a decent steam function to aid in getting the clothing more pressed, which will, again, make the sewing process easier.

Try It On!

When you are making your own clothing, you are your own mannequin. Try on the clothing often when creating it to make sure the size will be just right for you. You need to do this at every step of the process, and by doing so, you will have more of a chance that the finished product will fit. On the other side of the coin not doing this can make refitting very difficult.

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