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DIY Popsicle Holder with a FREE Printable

July 14, 2017

Make an easy DIY popsicle holder and save yourself a headache and a huge mess. These ABC, Always Be Chillin’ Free Printables are
perfect to add to your Summer treat.
Create your own summer DIY popsicle holders using scrap fabric This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

These homemade popsicle holders are so easy and quick to make. These popsicle holders will catch all your drips and keep your hands from being a complete mess. They’re reusable popsicle holders that a quick straight-line stitch is all there really needs to be done.

You can personalize these popsicle holders however you like. Using some Iron-On Vinyl that you’ve cut with your Cricut or Silhouette would be perfect for a project like this.

How to make your own Popsicle Holder

Begin by cutting your coordinating fabrics and Pellon into 2.5″ x 12″ pieces. Then take your Pellon and sandwich it in between the fabrics. Sew both sides and if you’d like, sew the top and bottom.Create your own summer DIY popsicle holders using scrap fabric Next, you’ll want to create your hole for your tag. You can use a Crop-a-Dile Big Bite but this step is totally optional. I just pierced the hole and then put a brad in the middle and pressed. Create your own summer DIY popsicle holders using scrap fabricNext, line up the edges and sew again. I left a 1″ tab on the top just for a contrast in the fabrics. Cut the edges using pinking sheers or you can use standard scissors, just be wary of fraying.

If you don’t have pinking shears for your Popsicle Holder, just use some hem glue and it’ll keep your edges nice and solid.

Create your own summer DIY popsicle holders using scrap fabric

After you’ve sewn up the sides, add your popsicle and your gift tag. Pass them out, wash them when they’re dirty and reuse them. Such a good alternative to a paper towel and great for our environment.

Supplies for your DIY Popsicle Sleeve

Create your own summer DIY popsicle holders using scrap fabricI just pretty much did whatever the fabric would let me do with this project, be creative and do whatever you’d like for your own custom DIY popsicle holder. Happy Summer and Happy Sewing!Create your own summer DIY popsicle holders using scrap fabric

Let’s also settle a debate, what do you call them? I call them otter pops and my husband has always called them ice blocks. The ice block is rubbing off on my kids and I don’t know if I can handle that 😉

Popsicle Koozies are the perfect addition to a mess-free Summer, but let’s be real, we all like to get a little messy.

sensational Summer Snacks in the Summer Fun Series from Life Sew Savory

DIY Popsicle holder with free printable from See Lindsay

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade from Atta Girl Says

The cutest Hummas Veggie Snails from Chef Sarah Elizabeth

Frozen Pineapple from Life Sew Savory

You can also check out all the other craft, sewing and food posts from the Summer Fun Series HERE on Life Sew Savory.

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Make your own Yoga Mat carrier and how to deal with Fibromyalgia

March 9, 2017

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. All opinions are mine alone. #StopPainNow #CollectiveBias

Fibromyalgia is a rough disease to deal with. Find out how I help combat my symptoms and learn how to make this DIY Yoga Mat Carrier.DIY Yoga Mat Carrier for effective ExerciseThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.The best exercise for fibromyalgia

I’ve had Fibromyalgia for six years now. It first occurred when I was pregnant with my daughter and we flew home from a visit to Tonga in 2009. I just kept having this terrible back pain that would not go away no matter what I did. When I was first diagnosed I had no idea how to react or how to even deal with this disease. There have been things over the years that have helped ease the symptoms but nothing has been more effective than exercising.exercise and fibromyalgiaPain relief is not an easy thing to come by with Fibromyalgia but with the right kind of medications and the right kind of exercise, life can be made a little easier. The hardest part for me to deal with is that I look 100% on the outside but on the inside it feels like my body is on fire. The smallest thing can set my body into a full flare and the weather is usually what does it. Living in Utah has had many ups but the ever-changing weather pattern is not one of them.

One of the best things I’ve found that helps me with my Fibromyalgia is yoga. It’s a light exercise and doesn’t use all my energy for the day. For me, when I exercise, I cannot do a vigorous workout. I have to slowly move and slowly add time to my workouts. I can’t just go all in at full speed for an hour. For me it’s been about a gradual pace and being able to feel successful rather than throw all my eggs into one basket and feel crummy later. DIY Yoga MatWith yoga, you need a mat – and with a mat, you need a carrier. I’m going to show you how to make your own yoga mat carrier.

Supplies:

  • 2 coordinating fabrics at 1/4 yd each
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • pins or sewing clips

Yoga Mat Carrier DIYI already had this fabric on hand and they were already cut to 2.5″ width so I just sewed them together to make longer strips and then sewed them again down the middle to create a 5″ wide strip. I just used the length of the fabric as a starter and then later cut it down to what length I wanted my yoga mat carrier to be. The length of your yoga mat carrier is completely up to you. The loops will be around 8″ round so just take that into consideration.How to press seams when sewingI like to press my seams to one side when ironing my fabric. I don’t like to have them open because I think it leaves a noticeable gap so I try to keep all my seams facing one direction.DIY Yoga Mat CarrierNext you’ll pin or clip the ends of the fabric to they meet in the middle, give it a good press and sandwich them together again to create one long strip. Pin or clip on one side so that you can start sewing on the opposite side to hold together your yoga mat carrier.How to use sewing clipsSew along both edges to secure them in place.How to make your own yoga mat carrierNext is the tricky part. I’m going to do my best to explain but it can be a little complicated. Go ahead and lay out your strip of fabric in one long piece. Take one end and begin pulling it up and then go down placing the end piece below the longer strip. It’ll and up looking like a sideways 4. Take the end of the piece and fold over a hem and clip your fabric above the strip. This ends up forming a loop that the yoga mat can slide in and out of.how to sew cottonhow to make your own yoga matSew a reinforced square over the area that you clipped and repeat these steps for the next side. Once both sides are sewn, your ready to place your yoga mat in there and head off to the gym.yoga mat carrierI’ve talked a lot about finding the balance in Fibromyalgia with exercise and medicine. An effective medicine that I have found is Curamin® Stop Pain Now and is available at fine health food stores nationwide. Check out the store locator to find a retailer near you or purchase it here. It is safe, effective and non-addictive which is important in finding a medication that’ll help you combat chronic pain. Chronic pain isn’t something that is solved overnight and it’s not something most people can understand unless they’ve been experiencing the same thing. Curamin® doesn’t just mask pain, it gets to the source and stops it.For me, finding balance was the hardest part of Fibromyalgia. There are so many great resources to help you find what helps others but it’s also important to find out what works for you. I’m able to exercise continually because I have learned when my body has had enough and I’ve had a lot of trial and error with multiple medications. Natural is always best in my book but you know your body best and you know what it needs. Find a great doctor that will listen to your concerns and if you feel like you’re not being heard – chances are, you’re not.

I’d love to help you more in your chronic pain. What are some questions you have for me?

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Fancy Shoe Clips That You Can Easily Make

August 6, 2015

Hazel and Ruby Crafternoon Fancy Shoe ClipsI’m so excited to be apart of the new projects that Hazel and Ruby are doing. It’s called Crafternoon and it’s available NOW at your locals Jo-Ann stores or online. There are so many great bloggers who have come together to create their own individual projects for you to make at home. Everything is included except basic tools like scissors and glue guns, but you have the ability to make whatever your favorite blogger has made in an afternoon or two!

Hazel and Ruby Crafternoon Fancy Shoe ClipsMy project is Fancy Shoe Clips and they were a lot of fun to create. I worked with Hazel and Ruby to make their vision come to life and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

Hazel and Ruby Crafternoon Fancy Shoe ClipsAll you’ll need is a glue gun, scissors and your Fancy Shoe Clips Crafternoon kit. I also wanted to make the ribbons neutral so that you could take some Rit Dye or even some water based dye to them and so it’ll add a pop of color permanently or temporary.

Hazel and Ruby Crafternoon Fancy Shoe ClipsThe process is really easy and you can find all that you need to know here. It includes a short video of how I put mine together and shaped my Fancy Shoe Clips. If you’re interested in the shoes, I grabbed them from Cents of Style here.

Hazel and Ruby Crafternoon Fancy Shoe ClipsThis is an easy project and it adds just a bit of fun to any outfit. I hope you love!!

Fancy Shoe Clips Step 10

Head on over to The Crafting Chicks to see the adorable scarf that Becky put together!

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DIY Kitten Ear Barrettes

February 20, 2015

kitten accessories

I am super excited to announce that I am going to be a contributor for Made by Pinterest! I’m super excited to be over there with those three wonderfully talented sisters. I’ve followed their site for a while and love that they have such a loyal following  I was really excited to have these Kitten Ear Barrettes as my first tutorial. These were a little tricky for me because I used what I had on hand but I’m going to redo them when I have a chance and do it a better way. We all learn from our mistakes. I’ll let you know what those are but for now, you better be all ears!

Cat Ear BarrettesI started with some leather in black and mauve. My black leather is actually pig skin, super light and flimsy. The mauve is upholstery leather, very stiff. You can easily use felt or some stiff fabric that you have on hand or run to the store. You really only need about 4-5″ of each color. I used the snap barrettes but I’m telling you now – DO NOT USE THOSE – use the alligator clips that have teeth. These will really give you a grip and will help your ears stay in place much longer.

girl hair accessoriesSo start with cutting out your shapes. I used a shape on my electronic cutter but you don’t need one of those by any means. Just eyeball it but make sure that your base width is as wide or wider than your clip, just like the picture and about 1″-1 1/14″ long.  I cut mine before I looked at my clips – dumb mistake. Cut another piece that is going to go into the center and glue. I suggest hot glue or E6000 with a fine tip. Make it the exact same shape but a 1/4″ smaller all the way around.

Kitten BarettesYou’ll now want to adhere them onto your clip with the hot glue. I just adhered the black part and I recommend that if your felt or fabric is extremely thick, either sew a small stitch or glue it so that it will stay folded upwards. This is why it was good to have the thicker leather, to help it stand. I especially think these are cute on little girls but they are definitely hip to wear with someone in their 20’s. Definitely a hipster accessory.

little girl hair accessoriesI hope that if you have questions, you’ll ask. When I do the update, I’ll be sure to point you in that direction. I think these would be darling also for a cat Halloween costume for moms or girls, too.

XOXO, Lindsay

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The Ansley Pattern

November 7, 2014

Ansley top and dress patternI’m so glad to be apart of the Ansley Pattern Tour. This pattern is insanely easy and has the best feature I’ve ever seen in a pdf pattern. When I received the pattern from Blaverry, there were options on the left side that she walked you through to choose the side you need. You check them, press print and it prints all the pages that you need in the size that you need. No need to figure out what pages of the 80-page pattern you need, she’s done all the hard work for you!

Ansley top and dress patternAll of her patterns are adorable and stylish, that is a big reason why I was so drawn to this pattern. Customize it any which way you want it with the sleeves, the hem on the bottom and the collar.

Ansley top and dress patternWith this shirt, I decided to use a light stretch denim and some extra leather I had lying around the house. With the collar, she recommended that we cut two but since the leather is so thick, I didn’t think it was necessary. I love how the hem has the high/low going on.

Ansley top and dress patternLeila was very excited to get a new ‘dress’! Who wouldn’t be excited to get something as fabulous as this? The best part is, is that it’s stylish enough that it doesn’t look like it’d be homemade. She’s offering everyone 10% off in her shop with the code ILOVEBLAVERRY10 so be sure and see what she has to offer. This pattern was really easy to follow and I’m not a very good pattern follower.

Ansley top and dress patternMake sure to check out the other ladies blogs and see how they created their Ansley patterns! XOXO.

*I received this pattern free to review but all opinions are 100% mine
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How to Cut Applique with your Cricut Explore

October 23, 2014

Cutting appliques for your quilt using the Cricut Explore on seelindsay.comDid you read my post where I created the wreath with the My Minds Eye, Lost and Found Christmas paper? I linked it up to here and it was the only link I could find on Amazon as to where to buy it, it was almost $100. I know. There was a reason as to why I wanted to use that paper and it was all because of this quilt. This quilt is made with Riley Blake’s fabric using My Minds Eye Lost and Found Christmas Collection. Of course it was designed by my favorite lady, The Project Girl. Have I mentioned how much I love her?

Cutting appliques for your quilt using the Cricut Expllore on seelindsay.comI used the free pattern from See Kate Sew that she has available on her blog. I followed the instructions exactly except for the fact that I shortened the width by 4 triangles. I used her pattern laying guide and everything and it was such a quick quilt to whip up.

Cutting appliques for your quilt using the Cricut Expllore on seelindsay.comFor the applique, I used the Santa shape that was in a frame by Teresa Collins’ December 25th and I removed the frame. I sized my square of fabric to be 12X12″ and ironed a piece of Heat N’ Bond Ultrahold. It’ll give you a nice sturdy hold on the fabric with no peeling up on the edges. I cut it on my Cricut Explore and then positioned to where I wanted it on my quilt. I then took the decrative stitching on my BabyLock Elizabeth and sewed Snowflakes around the edge. I ideally wanted red but I’m still working out the kinks of decortative stitching and I’m glad it’s not as bold as I was intending.

Cutting appliques for your quilt using the Cricut Expllore on seelindsay.comI love how it ties in with the wreath and the way that it all looks together. Again, don’t forget to enter the giveaway! It’ll be one of your last chances from this challenge from our group and the other groups involved in this challenge. Love you all and thank you all for the support!

XOXO, Lindsay

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DIY NFL Shirts and an Expressions Vinyl Giveaway

September 30, 2014

DIY NFL Shirts with Expressions Vinyl and $100 giveaway on seelindsay.com #VinylNFLWhat’s better than saving a good $40 on a shirt that you can do yourself and still make your kids’ dreams come true? Using Vinyl Heat Transfer from Expressions Vinyl is some of my favorite product ever. It cuts so smooth, irons on with ease and while sometimes you may get some peeling after washing, it can always be remedied and you won’t have that spot be a concern again.

DIY NFL Shirts with Expressions Vinyl and $100 giveaway on seelindsay.com #VinylNFLWhen we were first assigned this topic of NFL, I asked my son what teams he wanted. He literally named 10 teams. I’m not going to DIY 10 NFL shirts. It hit me that my nephews in Phoenix are getting into their first year of football and they are loving it. I called my sister to find out their teams and she told me the 49ers and Steelers.

DIY NFL Shirts with Expressions Vinyl and $100 giveaway on seelindsay.com #VinylNFLMy nephews have always been solid boys so I grabbed some XL shirts at Michael’s and Expressions Vinyl sent me the VHT in the colors that I had requested. I found some .svg files online of both teams and was able to upload it to my Cricut software so easily. If you’d like to see the process of cutting an ironing, click here. I layered the colors just as they would be on each logo. It really looks professional.

DIY NFL Shirts with Expressions Vinyl and $100 giveaway on seelindsay.com #VinylNFLAll told, these shirts cost me $35. I got the shirts on sale for $2.50 a piece and the VHT was a total of $30 for everything I needed and I still have some leftover. I used the 24″ sheets of white, black and red and then used the 12″ sheets of gold, blue and yellow.

DIY NFL Shirts with Expressions Vinyl and $100 giveaway on seelindsay.com #VinylNFLThanks so much to Expressions Vinyl for providing the VHT for these shirts. I know my nephews are going to love them! If you guys haven’t used them before, I highly recommend them. They have great customer service, sassy shipping and just about every color under the rainbow. I’ve also contributed to their blog last month and I love the outcome. Make sure you check it out!

XOXO, Lindsay

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“Totes” Crazy about a Beach Bag!

July 8, 2014

Frenchie for Todays Creative BlogI had the opportunity a few weeks ago to guest post on Todays Creative Blog showcasing this super easy beach bag diy. I’ve always said the word ‘totes’ to my best friends and they think I’m a little strange about it but I don’t care! That’s why I decided to embrace it and make this beach bag. I brought it to church Sunday and would you believe it, my husband wouldn’t carry it. LOL. I guess I know that it’s mine. By now you should know my love of Hazel and Ruby and the ease of use with their products. You can now find them at Michaels all over and that to me is totes AWESOME!

Make a customizable beach tote with Frenchie on Todays Creative Blog

Materials needed:

  • Any size desired of plain tote, mine was the larger of the two sizes offered at Michaels for $2.99
  • Color Shine spray from Heidi Swapp, retails for $5.99 at Michael’s
  • Desired font stencils from Hazel and Ruby

Hazel and Ruby have so many styles to choose from, the possibilities are endless with how you can customize this bag. The stencils I have here are the Chalk Art Alpha and the Broad Side Alpha. Their stencils retail from $9.99 to $24.99 but they are reusable. It works as if they are the vinyl stencils. You just apply, paint over them, take it off and wipe it down with a baby wipe. If your paint has dried, that is ok, it will still work but your lines may not be as crisp.

Make a customizable beach tote with Frenchie on Todays Creative BlogYou’re going to need a barrier so the paint doesn’t bleed though to the other end. It just so happens that a half sheet pan fit perfect and gave me some stability.Make a customizable beach tote with Frenchie on Todays Creative BlogWhat you’ll want to do before you work with any type of spray or ink is decide if you want this to be permanent. I don’t intend to use this bag a lot so I went with a water based spray which all of Heidi Swapp’s color shines are. You can do this with an acrylic paint or fabric paint and pounce it on with a sponge brush. However, if you use the spray, you’ll want to make sure that your nozzle is clean. Get a wet paper towel and really get in there and get all the dried ink off. Even if you clean it after you use it, it tends to still have a bit come out. Also, shake it really well. See at the bottom how it is sticking? That is all the shine pigment. You want to really get that mixed well so pay attention to that and give it a couple swirls so that the ball can pick that up.Make a customizable beach tote with Frenchie on Todays Creative BlogNow it’s time to start spraying! You’ll want to keep your hand moving in a sweeping motion whichever direction is comfortable. If you stay in one spot you’ll get a really dark circle and the color won’t be fluid. I wanted to have the pink in the middle and have gold around the outside. I started in the middle and worked out softer towards the middle and then grabbed my gold and just sprayed softly around the edges. You can work on a mat but again, this is water based so it will come out with windex or water. Super easy clean up.

Make a customizable beach tote with Frenchie on Todays Creative BlogYou’ll notice as well that the ink has pooled on the letters, go ahead and blot that so the paper towels can soak it up so you don’t get drips on your tote. Place the letters back on the plastic film and wipe off. Seriously, so easy. You can see for me that I didn’t press hard enough on the first e. You can tell it says ‘awesome’ but it bugs me as a perfectionist. This is where it being a water based ink comes in real handy. If it bothered me just enough, I could wash it and redo the whole thing. Use a different saying, different color, whatever I choose. This was a really fun project to make. I loved guest posting for another blog, this was my first time and she was really nice cause I couldn’t figure anything out. It was a shot in the dark and she totally helped me through it. Her blog is really awesome too. Can’t wait to work with her again!Make a customizable beach tote with Frenchie on Todays Creative Blog