DIY 4th of July Shirt with Bias Tape

The 4th of July is on of my favorite holidays. I remember every year my mom bought USA themed t-shirts and we would wear them to the festivities which was usually a parade celebration and barbecue. I looked forward to the matching t-shirts we all wore and the bows my mom put in our hair. I've been wanting to create a 4th of July project but wasn't sure what to make until I was testing my Dritz Bias Tape Maker. Bias tape is typically used as binding or facing for projects but as I created these strips with fun prints and colors I thought of so many ideas they could be used for. For my first project I wanted to use them as an embellishment on a t-shirt so I came up with this woven American flag. Get the details below to make your own. 



DIY: Mini Embroidery Hoops

Growing up my mom had this shadow box filled with "tiny treasures" from her life. I always loved the little items that filled each box and the stories she had about each one. When I saw this "Tiny Treasure" Collection from OESD it brought me back to this shadow box and how fun it would be to add mini embroidered hoops. These are also cute to make into key chains, brooches, and necklaces. Get the details below and make your own. 


DIY Zip Tee

I love sewing and wearing basics with a twist. For example, a t-shirt that has an extra detail like this Coats & Clark Fashion zipper sewn on the shoulder seam. You can wear it with the zipper open or closed.  Either way it adds a bit of edge to your average t-shirt and simple to do. You can add this to a t-shirt or make one. I wanted make a one using a soft, drapey rayon jersey from Stylish Fabric. They have just about every color so have your pick! Get the details below and make your own. 



DIY Boho Top

Summer is almost here and if you live in the South like me then it already feels like it. To tolerate the heat I prefer wearing breezy looks with light materials like this Gauze fabric from StylishFabric.com. The Woven Jacquard Elastic from Dritz adds a nice detail to an off-the-shoulder neckline and bonus points for being comfortable. This boho top is simple to make and a trendy Summer staple. Get the details and make your own. 



DIY Embroidered Garden Apron

The days are getting longer and warmer which means getting outside more. This also include doing more yard work to enjoy the yard. I don't have much of a green thumb but I love a pretty garden. Many of my neighbors have large gardens that grow all sorts of produce and plants. They inspire me to try my hand at it and also inspired me to make this "Garden Apron." I thought it would be a lovely Mother's Day gift as well, since many of my mom friends garden. I have a feeling it can be similar to sewing. You put down the gloves/shovels and then you spend half the time look for where you put your tools...much like us sewists and our scissors. This would even make a great sewing apron too if you really struggle with losing those notions. Get the details below and make your own.



DIY Knotted headband

I've always been a fan of a good headband. My hair is long and thick and sometimes just throwing on a headband is all I have time for.  I've really been loving the knotted headband trend. It's a good way to add some glamour to an otherwise dull hair day...even with a pony tail or bun. I've found some great ones I like but with the prices they can go for I just thought why not make them. It doesn't require much materials and everything I already had in my scrap stash. The key to a quality headband is using a nice medium weight fabric and pellon's fusible interfacing to give the fabric the puff it needs. Get the details and make your own. 


DIY Burlap Market Bag

One of my favorite weekend activities to do when the weather warms up is head to our local Farmers Market and shop for fresh produce and goodies. We love picking out fruit and vegetables for dinner that night. I, of course like to bring my handmade reusable bags like this denim one we did here. I wanted to add a new one to my collection with a bit of a spin using wooden handles and embroidery. I like the look of Burlap right now and since I had some in my stash I went with it. Get the details on the Brother Sews blog to make your own here.