Tag: handmade

DIY Maternity Jeans

My growing belly has been a source of contention when it comes to finding comfortable pants…I have been using the rubber band method but I was constantly tugging to pull my jeans up & always tugging my shirts down, to make sure that the un-zipped zipper was hidden. I tried the belly bands but was never a huge fan, it just added one more thing for me to tug on. SO, as to not delay the inevitable anymore I decided to just sew myself a quick pair of maternity jeans to see if they were any more comfortable (they are!! hooray!).

There are tons of similar diy’s on the web but I thought I would share how I did mine as well. They were super simple & didn’t take me long at all. Here’s how I did it:

I just used one of the belly bands I had gotten from Target (because I knew I wouldn’t use it by itself again) & a pair of stretchy jeans, also from Target, that I didn’t mind cutting up.

DIY Maternity Jeans

DIY Maternity Jeans

I removed the zipper & sewed down the fly. Then, I cut around the waistband – a little deeper in the front to leave room for the belly & then put right sides together of the band & jeans, pinned a few spots to hold it in place & then sewed them together. This part was a little tricky because of the stretch in the band, I just pulled both sides taut as the machine feed through.

DIY Maternity Jeans

Flip the band up & voila! I think they turned out great!! They are super comfortable. The band can be pulled all the way up (will be perfect when my bump gets even bigger) or it can be folded over for a half band. Definitely worth the effort & SOOOO much more affordable than any of the maternity jeans I have seen in the stores!

DIY Maternity Jeans

You can’t even tell the difference when your shirt is pulled down! I plan on finding a cheap darker wash & using an old stretchy tank top to make another pair. They kind of feel like wearing pajamas & I just can’t argue with that!!

DIY Maternity Jeans

handmade halloween

This year I decided to make my costume. Most of the time, I wait until the last minute & my costume consists of just throwing things together. This year I wanted to really get in there & sew/make it. So in my free time this week, I’ve been busy working on my costume! You can probably guess what I am going to be from the progress photos but I can’t wait to share the finished product!!!

handmade halloween

It’s really been such a fun process! I’m currently waiting for my paper mache mask to dry so I can paint it & then I will be all done! I’ll be sure to take lots of photos to share!

I’d love to hear what everyone else’s costume is going to be, so please share! We are going to a costume party on Saturday night, I’m so excited! hugs & cheek pecks, Meghan

cheap & easy bedroom wall art

bedroom-diy

My bedroom walls were looking a little plain & sad so I decided to make some simple pieces to bring in some fun & color to our bedroom this past weekend. My first instinct would be to paint the walls but because we are renting I have to think of other ways to brighten up the boring tannish walls. I am on a pretty non-existent decorating budget so here are some simple, inexpensive ideas to jazz up your walls.

bedroom-diy

bedroom-diy

1. Fabric Fringe Garland – I posted this fringe garland diy (by Prudent Baby) on my recent Fringe Frenzy post. It is a super simple no-sew diy. I chose 4 cotton solid fabrics from Hobby Lobby & got 1 yard of each (I think they were only a couple of dollars per yard). I cut my fabric 18 x 22 inches to get exactly 4 tassels from each yard.

bedroom-diy

2. Framed Photo Booth Photos – I cheated & used the IncrediBooth iphone app to take these photobooth strips (real photobooth photos would be even better!). I printed them out on my home printer & cut them out. I attached them with double stick tape to a white mat board & used an 8 x 10 frame I had on hand to display them. I love that it will be easy to change them out with new photo strips as time goes on.

bedroom-diy

3. & 4. Hanging Camera & Print – It’s no surprise that I use my large camera collection to add fun & dimension to a few rooms in my house. (ex. my vintage camera display & my other camera display) I love the size of the mini Diana & it’s one of my favorite cameras to shoot film with. I used my toy camera strap diy to make this yellow braided strap & I thought the colors fit perfectly with my new bedroom decor. The Polaroid Print by Handz was a birthday gift from my sweet brother & sister-in-law & I used a .99 cent Pants Hanger from Ikea to hang it. (much cheaper than a frame & just as pretty)

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5. Written Word Wall Canvas – I bought this blank canvas from the craft store (for 50% off) awhile back with a few different projects in mind. I originally saw this idea on pinterest & thought it would be perfect for this grouping. I used a black paint pen that I had in my craft supplies. I chose some of the lyrics from the song “More Than Words” by Extreme, we danced to this song at our wedding & now it serves as a permanent reminder over our bed that actions mean so much more than words. Showing we love each other is just as important as saying it.

bedroom-diy

6. Painted Letters – Ridiculously simple – I just got the cardboard letters from the craft store & painted them with blue acrylic paint. I cut out a small hole in the back to attach them to the wall with a push pin.

bedroom-diy

7. Metal Photo Clips – I had these small metal clips on hand, found in an office supply store or the office section of Target. I hung them on a small nail. I love changing out photos & little notes so I thought these would be perfect! The photos were taken with the Hipstamatic app & printed out on our home printer.

bedroom-diy

Voila!! Simple & inexpensive wall decor! It’s made such a difference to our bedroom & we are loving it! hugs & cheek pecks, Meghan