DIY

$10 DIY Refrigerator Command Center

Well school is right around the corner not only for the kids but this gal too! I’ll be back to school for the fall semester and I’m looking forward to it. It’s one of my favorite times of the year because I know fall will be here soon along with all my favorite holidays!

Last week I updated my planner and as I was making my inserts, I noticed I don’t have a calendar in my home. I used the calendar on my computer to finish the planner inserts and I realized,  I really need to get a calendar! We’re always checking our phones or asking each other what the date is. So I decided I’m going to make a command center on the refrigerator wall. It’s the perfect spot for all the family to see.

I started thinking about how I wanted to make the calendar and decided on a dry erase board. That would be easiest and we can wipe everything off each month and start over.  I started shopping online and I found a few I liked at Wal-Mart.com and Target.com.  They were priced at about $15.00 to $20.00 for a medium-sized board. We were out school supply shopping on Monday at Wal-Mart and look what I found…

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Right in the school supply aisles were these dry erase calendars for $6.88! They are a good size too. I thought this is perfect. It comes with a dry erase marker and holder on top. The bottom note part is magnetic and you can use the little square cork magnet for small notes, etc. I picked one up and headed to the craft aisle to look for some magnets or magnetic strips for the back to hold it to the refrigerator. I found this 18 pack of magnetic tape strips for $.97. Any magnets will do just make sure they have an adhesive side so you can add it to the back of your board.

 

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When I got home I took the calendar out of the packaging and added some magnetic strips to the back like so.

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I flipped it over and added my dates and it was ready to go on the refrigerator.

For fun, I added a dry erase menu for weekly dinner planning. Here’s how you can make one for yourself.

Supplies:

black picture frame (I picked up one from the Dollar Tree)

leftover magnetic strips

Menu Template

 

Instructions:

If you have any metal hangers on the back you’ll want to remove those so you don’t scratch your refrigerator. These metal hangers were tapped to the inside so I just removed the tape and the metal pieces slid right out.

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Next, remove the back and clean your glass inside and out if you have smudges or dirt. Once you’re done cleaning, put your glass back in and add your menu insert. You can now add the back and close your frame. Add one magnetic strip to the top and the bottom like so and your dry erase menu is ready to hang.

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Be sure to check out your Wal-Mart for these dry-erase calendars if you’re needing one. Great price point and great for family organization! I hope you enjoyed my organizational diy and thanks for reading.

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

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I’m a Planner Newbie!

I’ve been loving the planner craze that’s taking over. I’ve seen so many creative ideas on Instagram and Pinterest from designing the inserts, to all the fun dashboards for decor and supplies. I myself love having an agenda/planner. I can write all my appointments, class work due dates, etc. down and not forget where they are. It just makes my day run smoothly being organized.

My current agenda is plain and about to end at the end of this month so I thought what a perfect time for me to get into this planner craze and get something fun. I was organizing one of my craft table drawers  the other day and tucked away at the back was my Amy Brown Art agenda! I remember receiving this as a gift when I was a late teen. I’m a little obsessed with fairies and if you know of Amy Brown Art, you know what I’m talking about! Anyways, I thought…this is so pretty. I must have tucked this away a long time ago because I didn’t even know I still had it.

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I mean hello, gorgeous! This is perfect. It has an agenda, notes, and phone list section. I watched a few newbie planner tutorials to cover the basics and I was ready to go. First I created my inserts (agenda pages) in Microsoft Word. Did you know if you’re a student you can create a free online account? Check it out at microsoftoffice.com. All you need is a student email address to start.

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After doing some research, I found out this is a personal size planner. The pages measure at 3.75 x 6.75. I recommend if you have never created an insert to definitely do your research so you can understand how they print and the layout, etc. It’s not too complicated but it took me a couple of tries before I got them printing correctly. After they printed, I cut them to size and put them in my agenda.

Next, I wanted to create a fun little shaker dashboard insert but I didn’t have a fuse tool. I got to thinking how could I make one without having to go out and buy this tool and then I decided to make one with needle and thread.

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Here’s some instructions on how to make your own.

Supplies:

hand sewing needle

thread of your choice

clear page protector

whatever you want to put inside for decor (paper, sticker, scrapbook decals, picture, etc.)

filler (sequins, small buttons, seed beads, confetti, etc.)

scissors, rotary cutter, or paper-cutter

Directions:

First, insert a sheet of paper into your protector (it makes it easier to cut). Cut the page down to the size you want your shaker to be leaving the hole punched side attached. I made my 4 x 4, with the actual insert area being 3.25in.

 

Next, take about an arm’s length of thread and thread it thru your needle. Leave about a 4-5in over hang so that when your sewing your thread doesn’t slip off the needle. Knot the opposite end. (This will stop your thread from coming thru). Start at the top left corner and make a running stitch all the way around leaving an opening at the top. When you get to the top right corner, don’t cut your thread. Hold it off to the side so when your done filling your shaker you can close it off.

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*If you’ve never done this, start at the top left corner. Hold your needle on the under side and push it thru the plastic and then pull up all the way until your knot touches the plastic. You will move over just a little from where the needle came up and you then push your needle down thru the plastic. Pull the needle down thru the plastic and that is one stitch. Continue to do the same thing all the way around. When you come to a corner, you will come up close to your last stitch like an “L” shape and continue the same steps of weaving in and out. When you get to the top right corner, don’t cut your thread. Hold it off to the side so when your done filling your shaker you can close it off.

 

Now the fun part! Fill your shaker with whatever you desire. Be sure to add all your goodies and then add your filler to the front of the shaker. I used a piece of gold glittered scrapbook paper cut down to 3.25 x 3.50, a butterfly die cut that I colored, some blue sequins, and some confetti from a clearance out confetti popper I found at Michaels.

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When your finished filling your shaker, take your needle and thread and continue making stitches until you reach your starting point. Here you will want to finish on the underside and knot off your thread. You can put a dot of craft glue here if you like.

*Newbie-stitch to the end and on your last stitch your needle and thread will need to be on the underside. Your going to loop your thread under the last stitch on the underside. Take the needle and put it thru the loop and pull snugly to create your knot. You can do this twice to secure.

 

 

Now you can hole punch your shaker and add to your planner. If you don’t like the plain white side with the hole punches, add a strip of decorative washi tape to the front and back here to  create a nice area to add your punches.

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Next, I made some fun little embellished paper clips to use for my pages and bills, paperwork, etc.

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All you need is some paperclips, stickers/embellishments, ribbon, and hot glue. You can really get creative and personalize your paperclips with spray paint also. Just spray paint them first and let them dry before you add your embellishment. Then add a dab of hot glue or E6000 to your embellishment, lay your paper clip on top and let dry. I ended up using the bottom right jeweled one for my planner.

The planner came with a plastic card divider but I just added some sticky notes and a flat paper clip and placed it at the front so I don’t have to dig for them. I backed it with some decorative paper with a pull tab to I can access them more easily.

 

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It also came with a zippered pouch so I put a click top highlighter in here to mark my important dates.

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If you’re thinking about jumping on the planner craze, go for it! A lot of craft stores sell planner kits with everything you need to get started. They can become pricey depending on what you get so be careful…it’s addicting! I know the dollar spot at Target always has cute planner inserts, binders, sticky notes, etc. for planning that are more budget friendly.

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions just leave me a message or comment. If you decide to make a shaker, I want to see! You can find me on Instagram at dimestoregypsygal.

Thanks for reading,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY Patriotic Table Runner

Hello and welcome back!  Thanks for all the love and support! I was looking forward to posting this past week but time got away from me and I wasn’t able to. I am happy to finally be able to share this project with you.

So this week  I designed a patriotic table runner for you. It’s got a vintage, country western vibe. You could also use some more traditional colored fabric if you like and it would be just as nice. This is an advanced project because it requires some applique/quilting experience. You can complete your project by having it quilted or quilting it yourself.

To get started here’s  few supplies you’ll need:

red fabric-1 fat quarter

white fabric-1 fat quarter

blue border/stars/binding-1 yd. (I always like to included extra)

backing fabric-1 yd.

star_template

double-sided fusible web for star applique (I buy the Heat n Bond roll from Hobby Lobby)

basic sewing/quilting supplies (scissors, rotary cutter, cutting mat, sewing machine, etc.)

iron for pressing seams

 

Sewing Instructions:

First you’ll need to cut your red and white strips.

red-cut 7 strips at 2.5W x 10L

white-cut 6 strips at 2.5W x 10L

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Next, you’ll sew your strips alternating red and white. Start with a red strip and align your edges wrong sides together. Pin in place and sew a 1/4 in seam.

 

 

 

You should have something like this when finished. (I like to sew my strips in pairs and then sew the pairs into larger groupings instead of adding on one strip at a time.) Take this to your iron and press your seam. (When pressing you’ll want to lay both pieces of the seam to one side and press.)

 

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Continue alternating your strips (wrong sides together, edges matching) sewing a 1/4 in seam. Your set of stripes should start with a red strip and end with a red strip. Don’t forget to press your seams as you go.

 

 

Now you will cut your borders from the blue fabric. Cut 2 strips at 2.5W x 24.5L. (Cut your strips at 2.5W x the length of the fabric 1st, and then cut your strips down to your length of 24.5.)

Align 1 of your border strips to the top of your center piece wrong sides together and pin in place. Sew a 1/4 in seam.*In the photo my border has been pieced so don’t mind the seam. Yours will not have this middle seam.

 

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Take your 2nd border strip and align it to the bottom of your center piece wrong sides together and pin in place. Sew a 1/4 in seam. Iron and press both of those seams down. When your finished you’ll having something like this

 

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For your side borders you’ll need to cut 2 pieces at 5.5W x 13.75L. Take one of those border pieces and align it to the side of your centerpiece  wrong sides together and pin in place. Sew a 1/4 in seam. Repeat this step for the other side.

 

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Now you will need your fusible web and the star template. Take your template and lay it under the rough side of your fusible web. You’re going to trace three stars. Do not cut these out yet, but be sure to leave room in between the stars to cut them out. After you have traced your stars, lay the fusible web sheet you just traced on top of your fabric. Trim your fabric around the sheet of fusible web leaving about 1/2 in extra of fabric all around, this way you won’t get any glue on your iron or ironing board. Take your fabric to your ironing board and lay it down with the wrong side up. Now you will lay your fusible web rough side down on top of your fabric. Press the fusible web until all of the web has adhered to the fabric. Now you can cut out your three star pieces. *(I was a little short on fusible web so I just pieced the fusible web on my last star.)

 

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After cutting, remove the white protective paper. Arrange the stars on your center stripes with the shiny side down. Now you can press these into place until the star and points are adhered. You are now ready to applique them down. My machine doesn’t have a button stitch so I just used a small zigzag all the way around the star.

 

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Here’s the completed top! You’re now ready for quilting and binding. I’ve been practicing free motion quilting on my sewing machine so I decided to try it out myself. I’m happy with the result and it was fun trying it out!

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I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did and I’ll be posting again soon! Feel free to message me with any questions and don’t forget you can find me at #dimestoregypsygal on Instagram. Thanks for reading!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY American Flag Rag Quilt

 

I love decorating my home each holiday, but when I checked my storage I realized I didn’t have any decor for Memorial Day/Independence Day! So, this month I’ll be sharing some DIY and décor ideas just in time for July 4th.

This is called a rag quilt because the seams are sewn wrong sides together so the raw edges are showing. After several washes and tumbles in the dryer, the edges begin to fray or get “ragged” out. I found some leftover red, white, and blue fabric in my stash and I thought it would be perfect for this project. However, you can use what ever color/tone of fabric you like. It’s quit simple and easy to make and requires some basic sewing/quilting skills.20160608_150654.jpg

 

 

Here is a mini flag that I made just for the purpose of explaining how to sew the seams. To get started you’ll need a few supplies.

1/2 yd. red fabric

1/2 yd. white fabric

1 fat quarter of blue fabric

3/4 yd. backing fabric

rotary cutter/cutting mat

quilting ruler

basic sewing supplies (scissors, pins, sewing machine)

*(the fabric measurements include a few extra inches in case you mess up and I would suggest washing your fabrics separately in cool water so they don’t bleed into each other after construction)

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Here I have all my strips laid out. You’ll need to cut the following:

red fabric-1st cut 5 strips at 39L x 2.5W, then cut 2 of those  strips in half to get 4 pieces at 19.5L x 2.5W.

white fabric-1st cut 5 strips at 39L x 2.5W, then cut 2 of those strips in half to get 3 pieces at 19.5L x 2.5W. (You can stash the leftover rectangle.)

blue fabric-cut your fat quarter down to 20.5L x 13.5W.

backing-cut your backing down to 39L x 24.5W and set it aside for later.

 

Instructions:

  1. Take one of your small red strips and pin it to one of your small white strips with wrong sides facing each other, edges lining up and sew a 1/4 in seam.

 

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You should now have 2 pieces with a seam going down the middle. The red will be your top and the white will be your bottom.

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2. Now pin a small red strip to the bottom of the white strip wrong sides together, edges lining up and sew a 1/4 in seam.

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3. Continue alternating your strips (adding to the bottom, sewing 1/4 in seam) until you have used all 4 red small strips and all 3 small white strips. (Here’s a photo of the larger size just to give you a visual).

 

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4. Your going to pin this set of strips to the smaller side of your blue piece wrong sides together, edges lining up and sew a 1/4 in seam. Set this piece aside.

 

 

 

You should end up with something like this. (you will have more stripes than I do)

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5. Now back to those long strips. Starting with a white strip, pin one of your red strips to the bottom wrong sides together, edges matching and sew a 1/4 in seam.

 

6. Just like before, continue alternating your strips (adding to the bottom, sewing 1/4 in seam) until you have used all 3 white strips and all 3 red strips. (photo of larger size)

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7. Now your going to pin this set of strips wrong sides together to the piece you put aside earlier. (remember you will have more stripes than shown in this photo so be sure when pinning these two pieces that your stripes are correctly alternating) Sew a 1/4 in seam.

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Here’s the finished top!

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8. To finish this flag up, just pin your top to your backing wrong sides together, edges matching and sew a 1/4 in seam all the way around.

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Now you can throw your quilt in the washer on cool water and dry a few times to get your top frayed and “ragged” out. The more washes, the better!

 

I hope you enjoyed this project and if you decide to try it out, leave me a comment or tag me on Instagram @dimestoregypsygal. I’d love to see your flags! Thanks for stopping by!

~The Dimestore Gypsy