DIY Colorblock Threaded Belt

While wandering aimlessly through Urban Outfitters one Saturday morning, I eventually came across the rack of belts and was drawn to the embroidered belt of pink, coral, and yellow (shown below in blue/teal/white/black).  Immediately a light bulb turned on inside my head as I realized I could easily recreate this look in colors I preferred while saving twenty bucks.  Digging through my unorganized craft bin, I found two boxes of embroidered thread from a previous project and chose a black Forever 21 belt that was sold with a dress I had previously purchased.  Now, I am a numbers person, but for those of you who aren’t let me add that up for you:

Free Embroidery Thread + Free Belt = Free DIY Belt Project =
A Happy Megan (and Justin)

Free DIY projects are the best since you get to re-purpose old craft items into something you can be proud to say you made without a hefty project budget.  I am extremely happy with how this threaded colorblocked skinny belt turned out, follows the summer trends (skinny belt, neon, embroidered) and love how it adds interest to my basic tees and denim.  What do you think of this colorblocked homemade embroidered belt?  Have you DIY-ed one of your own?  

The Inspiration:

              
J.Crew Factory Belt $54                             Urban Outfitters $20

What You Need:

belt, thread, scissors, and gluebelt, assorted colors of embroidery thread, scissors, glue

What To Do:

Choose a spot on your belt to begin wrapping the thread.  I started at the hole next to the hole I actually use to buckle the belt.  Wrap the thread around the belt a couple times and tie a few knots on the backside of the belt making sure to leave extra thread in case you need to tighten the knots later.

Knot the first string to the beltStart tightly wrapping the thread around the belt.  I found it easier to hold the string in my left hand and use my right hand to turn the belt as opposed to turning the string.  I also would push the thread tighter together with my fingernail.

Tightly wrap the thread around the beltContinue tightly wrapping the thread until you are ready to change colors.

Continue wrapping the threadWhen you are ready to change colors, slip the string underneath the previously already wrapped string and tie two tight knots.  Follow by tying on the next color.  Cut off any excess string, however I left enough so I could tighten the knots later.

Switching ColorsSwitching thread colorsContinue the same process until the entire belt is covered (create a color pattern or choose a random sequence, alter the width of the colored thread, etc).  I choose to wrap the first color for two inches followed by the next two colors for one inch and then the fourth color for two inches (2 inches, 1 inch, 1 inch, 2 inches, etc). 

Continue with the threadContinue with the threadWhen you are finished, retie any knots that need tightening then cut off the excess string.

Retie knots and cut off excessPlace a small dot of Elmer’s glue on each knot and allow to dry completely.

Place drop of glue on each knotBrag about your homemade belt every time someone compliments you on it!

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Zip It, Zip It Good

Hey everyone, Megan asked me to do a little guest post here at the Thread Affect and I couldn’t be more honored. I’m Lisha from One House One Couple, and my husband and I are documenting our house flip on our blog. You can swing by any time to take a look. You are always welcome at our “house”.

Today I wanted to give you a little sneak peak into my little life.

I ride my bike a lot, whether it be for fun, or to go to the store or whatever. Well, I realized I didn’t have anything to carry a key and some money in while I rode my bike, and I don’t like to lug my whole purse. Also, I was constantly worried my house key would fall out of my pocket while pedaling, and sometimes I wouldn’t even have a pocket to put it in! So I finally got around to making myself a little zipper pouch for that exact purpose.

I knew I wanted the inside and outside to be different fabrics. I actually went shopping at my friend’s “fabric store”. She buys fabric all the time and is always making stuff, so she has a ton of leftover fabric remnants from things she’s already made. I’m not super crafty, and this was the first time I ever made a zipper pouch (or anything with a zipper for that matter) so I didn’t know how it was going to turn out. So it was nice to just “borrow” some of her leftover fabric pieces instead of buying a whole piece, especially since this project is really small.

Here are the fabric selections I chose:

A fun vibrant orange pattern with hints of blues, and yellows, and then a plain bright green color for the other side.

First I decided about how big I wanted the pouch to be. I figured I would want to be able to fit my phone (which is smaller than an iPhone), some money, and a key inside it.

I cut 4 rectangles a half inch longer on each side than the size I wanted the finished product to be.

Then I sewed the pieces together, along with the zipper. (I forgot to take pics of the process, lame me). I ended up with the wrong color on the outside, lol! I wanted the colorful fabric on the outside, and the plain green on the outside, but I sewed the zipper the opposite way, so I ended up with it this way:

Take a look at the inside:

Overall, I was happy with what I ended up with. Not too shabby for not knowing how to deal with a zipper.

In the end, I decided to tie a piece of twine to the zipper and slide it around my wrist when I go for a bike ride. It works really well as a coin pouch too!

Let me know what you think about my first zipper pouch and leave a comment below 🙂

Thanks Megan for allowing me to do a guest post here at the Thread Affect!

Pinspiration: DIY Plastic Bag Organization

Oh hey. I’m Kate. You may know me from my blog thetwentysixthyear or more specifically as one of Megan’s best friends: proof of friendship. I am honored to be guest blogging today and thought I should kick off with a fun fact:

I love cleaning and organizing.

Rewind. Yes, it’s true. I actually enjoy cleaning and organizing. I find it cathartic.

What do I love more than cleaning? Travel. In fact, how awesome would it be to be traveling the Irish countryside right now??! But since we couldn’t fit into Megan’s suitcase, we’ll stick to organizing.

Have you ever found yourself in this situation:

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Too many bags. Piling up in the cupboard. So annoying.

However, they can be useful – packing lunches, trashcan liners, etc.

The solution? Storing for reuse!!

Materials:

  • Plastic bags
  • Clear packing tape

Step 1: Flatten out bags, removing all air.

Step 2: Fold bags in half and line bags up so handles overlap the previous bag.

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Step 3: Fold the handle of the first bag (furthest to the left). This will be your center bag – the first bag you’ll pull out.

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Step 4: Tightly roll the bags tucking in the handles of the next bag as you roll.

Step 5: Once you’ve rolled up the final bag, I used clear packing tape around the outside of the final bag which created it’s own canister.

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VOILA!! Organization and peace of mind.

Another option? Tatortots & Jello used an old Lysol wipes container instead of packing tape (how clever!).  What organization tricks do you have up your sleeve?

**Idea courtesy of Tatortots & Jello**

DIY Chalkboard Platter

Since I am unfortunately unable to create the ultra coveted chalkboard wall in my rental apartment, I settled for this much smaller DIY chalkboard platter inspired by Wit & Whistle and perfect for multiple entertaining purposes (think cheese and cookies!).

First a quick note about this particular porcelain paint I used through the recommendation of Wit & Whistle: the company states they do not recommend using this specific paint for surfaces that come in contact with food. However, it is water based, non-toxic, and Dick Blick suggests using it to paint a dinner plate so I don’t see the harm in simply placing cookies or cheese on it but just wanted to divulge all the important information. 🙂
 

Materials Needed:

porcelain platter (mine is from CB2, find it here)
Pebeo Porcelaine chalkboard paint (from Amazon or in 10 different colors at Dick Blick)
painter’s tape
soft bristle paintbrush
kitchen oven

Steps to Take:

1. Make sure your platter is completely clean and dry.  If desired, use painter’s tape to mask off the edges of the platter for clean, crisp lines, otherwise skip this step and freehand it.

2. Using a soft bristle brush, apply the paint in thin, even horizontal strokes. Allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the second coat.  Immediately remove the painter’s tape carefully before the paint from the second coat dries to ensure the edges don’t peel up when removing.  Let the second coat dry for 24 hours.

3. When the paint has dried for a full 24 hours, bake your platter following the instructions printed on the back of the paint bottle. If using the Pebeo Porcelaine Chalkboard Paint, preheat the oven to 300 degrees, bake 35 minutes, turn off the oven, leave the platter inside, and allow to cool to room temperature before removing.  After baking, the platter will be dishwasher and microwavable safe!

Have you ever chalked something? I would love to see all your chalkboard paint projects! Upload a picture or link to my Facebook Page to share!

Pinspiration from Wit & Whistle

Pinspiration: DIY Hex Nut Bracelet

Watches have easily become my daily go-to wrist accessory but when I saw this DIY Braided Hex Nut Bracelet (here) from Honestly..WTF I thought it would be the perfect trendy, masculine/rough addition to my sometimes boring wrist candy.

Materials You Need:  3 Strands Butcher’s Twine cut into 1 yard pieces and 18 Hex Nuts, you may need more or less depending on your wrist size!

Gather the three strands of butcher twine and tie into a knot leaving about two inches of slack for tying the bracelet onto your wrist.  Braid normally for about an inch.  Before you cross the far left strand over to the middle, thread on a hex nut tightly to the top of the thread, and crossover.  Keep the hex nut tight by placing your thumb at the base.  Before crossing over the far right strand, thread on a hex nut, push it to the base of the braid, and crossover.  Thread another hex nut onto the far left strand and crossover.  Repeat these steps by threading a hex nut onto each outer strand before crossing it to the middle (thread, cross, thread, cross).  This definitely takes some patience and all your fingers working together, believe me it will look normal as you thread additional hex nuts!  Finish off the bracelet with another inch of braid, tie into a knot, trim to your liking, and layer it with all your bracelets and watches to create a fun eye-catching wrist party!