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Tool Roll Up

kit9I’m pulling this one out of the archives, as I originally posted this Tool Roll Up back in 2010! I happened to see that my dad was carrying all of the tools for his motorcycle in a FANNY PACK! I mean I suppose it was useable and I’m all about recycling, but I just couldn’t let this happen. What better time to bring this DIY back, then in time for Fathers Day gift giving.

rollup1Grab some left over fabric that you have around, you won’t need too much for this project. I ended up using 3 coordinating fabrics. I chose to use a plaid for the inside of the case, a grey linen for the outside and a faux leather for the inside pocket. I swapped the grey and plaid fabric around for the second roll up to tell them apart. I used half of a shoelace for the tie as added durability, and a pop of colour. The measurements I used apply to the amount and size of tools my dad had available. You can increase of decrease the size depending on what you might be using.

Supplies:

Plaid and Grey fabric – 11×15 inches
Black Faux Leather Pocket – 10×15 inches (folded in half)
Tie – 16 inches (you can use a fabric scrap, I used the shoelace)

Once your pieces are cut lay your outside fabric (grey) good side up. Then take your pocket piece and fold it in half (leather). Place on top of your grey fabric along the bottom. Place the inside fabric (Plaid) on top good side down. Pin around all of the outside edges, and sew around your entire rectangle. Make sure to leave a 2-3 inch space along the right or left side right in the middle. This is so you can turn your fabric right side out, and leave a spot for the tie.

rollup2Once sewn pull your fabric through the hole right side out, and make sure all of your corners are pushed out. You can use the pencil to really get all of the fabric out and straight. Since this is going to be used for tools rather than something light like pencils, I’m going to re sew around the edge again when it’s right side up. Place your string in between the open fabric, and under the pocket. Pin this hole closed and again sew around the outside to reinforce.

Now to designate your pocket,  I used the actual tools themselves to determine the size of each space. I marked each space with a pencil line and sewed up and down twice, again for extra durability. You can pin down every other space to make sure it doesn’t move while sewing, I chose not to as I didn’t want to puncture the leather.

From this!Isn’t that so much better? Jump to 2015 and this Roll Up is still holding all the important tools to keep my dad safe on the road!

kit12Happy Crafting (& Fathers Day!) xo. Kyla

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Candlestick Cupcake Stand

stand3Dessert stands are basically taking over my kitchen, and I’m not even mad about it. This one is up there with my favourites. I caught a lucky break while thrifting and found these beautiful glass candlesticks, and this random bowl that happened to be the same colour. The plates are just a simple rounded square in varying sizes from Ikea.

Supplies:

2 Large/Medium sized Plates
1 Small sized Plate
2 Vintage Candle Sticks
1 Glass Bowl (this piece is optional as a base)
1 Tube of Glass bonding glue.

This base piece that I found was the perfect addition. However it’s not necessary, I’ve seen many completed with just the plate as the bottom of the stand. Nothing like being a little different, right?

stand5Add a good amount of glue to the base of each piece and press together. Grab a heavy item to place on top to add pressure and create a solid bond. Let each portion dry before adding the next level from bottom to top. Also this glue is pungent, so head outside if you can!

cupcakestand1cupcakestand2When you place the candlesticks make sure the smallest end is facing down. As this is where you will be resting your desserts, it allows for the most space. Leaving the base end up creates a larger surface area for the next level to be positioned on.

If you craft your own stand, try to find some pieces that reflect your own style and personality. There is no need to match everything together, I just happened to go with it. Those candlesticks were my weakness.

stand1cupcakestand3Happy Crafting! xo. Kyla

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Spring Wreath DIY

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I decided to make some simple and pretty Spring Wreaths as an Easter gift for some of the lovely ladies in my family. Most of the goodies were from Michaels (don’t forget your coupons) or things I already had on hand. Fake flowers are some of my favourite things to use in a project. If you handle them right, or pick blooms that are more realistic they can be used over and over again. Stick around and I’ll be showcasing some other projects using various blooms.

Supplies:

Twig Wreath (Michaels)
Fake Flowers (Michaels & Dollar Store)
Speckled Eggs (DIY Here)
Hot Glue Gun

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You may notice that nestled among the flowers are some eggs from this previous project. Simply cut and bend the stems of your flowers and insert into the twig wreath. I followed the natural curve of the circle, and did some of the larger statement flowers together then tapered off. Add dots of hot glue where needed.  Layer until you are satisfied.

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See you soon! xo. Kyla

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Speckled Plastic Eggs DIY

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This super easy DIY helps you turn inexpensive plastic eggs into adorable speckled beauties that any mama bird would love. Make sure to check out how I incorporated these eggs on the Spring Wreath DIY here.

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Lay out a cardboard box or newspaper and place the separated tops and bottoms of each egg in rows. I chose to keep the top and bottom pair together, as I wanted some of the colour to peek through so the eggs needed to match. Truth be told the most tedious part of this process was putting the eggs back together again after they had dried.

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I chose to spray paint a combination cream and white. Several light bursts allowed the base colour of the eggs to appear though in a new muted tone.
Once the eggs were dry, I used four different acrylic paint colours in brown, cream, yellow and grey. Simply ran my thumb across the brush top to create the speckled effect. Add as much speckling until they look more realistic.

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Happy creating!

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