I've been experimenting with various ways to do this, and I discovered that the best way is also the easiest! It's just a rectangle of fabric hemmed all around with ribbon ties on two sides. My husband and I primarily give each other books and DVDs, so that's the size I made, but they can be any size you want.
Here's how I wrap a movie with it: Center the box with the long sides pointing to the sides with the ribbon.
Fold up sides.
Fold corners to points.
Cross the ribbons.
Flip over and tie on the top, and you're done!
These are some other ones I've done so far:
(I apologize if this has been posted before. I seem to recall seeing a similar project to this on craftster maybe last year or so, but a quick search didn't find it. If this was your original idea, please let me know so I can credit you!)
I bought a lined wool coat at a thrift store and it's a little too long in the sleeves. Is this something I can alter myself without ruining the coat, or am I better off waiting until I can get it altered professionally? I consider my sewing skill to be intermediate. Thank you!
I'm trying to find a place in the Chicago area that will do firing, since my landlord would frown on my using a kiln in my living room. I've been to Great Lakes Clay before they moved, but Elgin is a little far for me to go, since I'd have to drop things off and pick them up again in a few days. Does anyone know of a place anywhere near the La Grange/Westchester/North Riverside area that rents kiln space? Thank you!
I have a huge window in my shower, and in the winter it is freezing. It's made worse because I'm in a basement level apartment, so the snow piles up against the window. I want to put something on the window to insulate it a little, but I'm not sure what. I'd thought about putting a towel on a tension rod, but I'm worried that will mildew. I'd thought about that stick on plastic stuff, but I need to be able to open it to let moisture out because we don't have a fan. I'd be satisfied with just covering the lower part. Will contact paper do anything? I need something water resistant, and non permanent. Any thoughts? Thank you!
Long ago in a galaxy far away, when my husband was away with the military, and I acutally had money and not a lot to do, I entertained myself by fabric shopping. This was when Joanns first started carrying polyester brocade, and I bought several yards of several different designs. Now I have all this material and I'm not sure what to do with it. I've used a little to make a vest, but that's it so far. I don't wear straight skirts and it's too heavy for a flared skirt. Pants I'm afraid would get ruined. I'm not sure what else to do. I'm planning on making a couple more vests, but that won't use up anywhere near all of it. Ideas?
I have no idea what I'm doing for Christmas presents this year. Usually I make everything for the extended family, but I'm not really feeling doing that this year. They're nice enough when I give them homemade gifts, but I know they never use them. My hours have been drastically cut back at work, and even though they'll start to go back up in December (I work retail), I think they're just going to go up to normal, instead of crazy holiday hours. In addition to that, my in-laws won't be able to visit this year because my MIL can't get the time off work. I'm not sure what my husband wants to do for them.
So, what can I do here? I'm getting down to the wire, and I'm still hoping I'm wrong and my hours will get crazy again, which will leave me minimal crafting time. Do I throw in the towel and give everyone $5 Starbucks cards?
I'm trying to make some curtains for my living room, and I've decided the best way to keep the heat out, since I'm not allowed to use window film, is to line some curtains with mylar blankets. I bought some online, and they're extremely thin. Thin like, single layer and see through. I'm trying to think what would be the best way to attach them to the curtains. Sewing would most likely be a pain and possibly wreck the material. So, what would work then? Stick on velcro? Snaps? Some other idea I haven't thought of? I need to figure out something soon, it's already 95 today! Thanks in advance.
I'm trying to make some window shades for my new apartment. My goal is to keep the place cooler in the summer, since we have a giant south facing window, and it is already 10 degrees warmer inside than it is outside. I'm not looking to do anything expensive, since part of the plan is to save money on air conditioning costs.
The window is recessed fairly deeply, but it goes all the way to the ceiling. It's 105 inches wide, and about 60 inches tall. I'm not sure how to make anything that wide, and I'm not sure how to make it in panels, since there's no wall above the window to attach anything to. Any ideas? Thanks!