Notebook DIY

I’m kind of crazy when it comes to notebooks.  I love buying beautifully crafted letterpress journals or hand-bound recycled notebooks but those are used ONLY as journals that can be kept forever and ever.  My day-to-day notebook has to be far more functional than beautiful.  I like to be able to tear pages out of it without feeling guilty and I just can’t do that with such a beautiful notebook.  So… I buy ugly ones.  This little guy was $3 at Office Max and is the perfect size for all of my purses.  And with my SUPER easy DIY I was able to turn it into some cute and functional.  And now I won’t feel guilty about tearing pages out of it.

What you’ll need:

  • a notebook
  • a scrap piece of fabric
  • a pair of fabric scissors
  • mod-podge (god bless!)

How to:
Notebook DIY

    1. Cut your fabric to the size of your journal cover.  You can also tear it to give your edges a cute frayed look like mine!

Notebook DIY

    1. Apply a coat of modpodge to your journal.  Spread it out so that it reaches the edges then stick your fabric scrap to your cover.  Be sure to smooth it from the center towards the edges for a great finish.

Notebook DIY

  1. That’s all kids.  Use your new notebook to sketch, dream, make grocery lists, and cross items off your to-do lists.  Use it all up then throw it away!

I’m a pinning fool!!

Okay so I totally got sucked in to Pintrest. I thought it would fun to share some great DIY’s that I’ve pinned recently because maybe some of you have more spare time than me and can actually try them out!

This is the necklace edition of Pintrest DIY projects. Enjoy!!

Do you all use pintrest? Feel free to follow me right here!

xoxo
Mal

Making Throw Pillows

For my apartment renovation, I did (and am still doing) a ton of DIY one projects. For one of those projects, I threw together a few throw pillows for my couch. I’m a big pillow gal (I have like seven of them on my bed) but I wanted the pillows on my couch to be a little more grown-up.
Cropped Living Room
I used the throw pillow project as an excuse to check out The Needle Shop. I am SO glad I finally made it over there. It’s a serious hike from my apartment (think 30-40 minutes on the train and about a 15 minute walk) but totally worth it.

The store has a ton of beautifully patterned fabrics and a GREAT selection of home decor fabric. I ended up buying two remnant pieces and then a yard each of two fabrics I simply couldn’t leave without. I spent way more money than I wanted to spend but that’s okay. Sometimes you have to indulge a little, right?
DIY Throw Pillows
Anyways, making the throw pillows turned out to be about a hundred times easier than I thought it would be. I had purchased two pillow forms from Ikea ($6 each) and my futon came with two pillows so let’s say those were free. My fabric cost about $35 so for four pillows I spent around $50. Considering the cost of pillows, I think I did pretty well!
DIY Throw Pillows
Plus, look at how cute my pillows turned out? There’s no way I could have found the exact fabrics I wanted if I had just bought my pillows and now they are so much more personal to me because I put so much love into their construction. I also found some fabric that I am DYING to turn into a comforter for my bed but I really can’t afford it right now… A girl can dream :)
DIY Throw Pillows
If you wanted to try making some pillow covers of your own, I’d suggest using the following tutorial. By far the easiest method for putting in zippers EVER.

Sewing in a Straight Line by Brett Bara – How to Sew the Easiest Zippered Throw Pillow from Rarebit Productions on Vimeo.

This is really just a sneak peek of what I’ve been up to in my apartment. I’ll be back with more apartment photos and DIYs, plus a full tour when everything is in place. As of right now, this area by the couch is one of my favorites in my home. I love all of the different patterns with the black and white! I hope you’re all loving this as much as I am!

xoxo
Mal

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DIY No-Sew Jersey Bolero

This DIY started off as something completely different (which I’ll show you in a different tutorial!) and ended up in something super cute and SO EASY.
DIY Bolero
I really love wearing tank tops. I have them in every color of the rainbow from Forever 21 ($2 each woo!) but sometimes I want to dress them up a little bit. I don’t have many cardigans because I’m really picky about the way they fit so I’m always trying to find other ways to add a little bit of interest to them. This is PERFECT and so so easy to make.
DIY Bolero
What you’ll need:
-Jersey fabric (I’d get a yard just to be on the safe side)
-scissors
DIY Bolero
How to do it:
1) Fold your fabric in half and cut it into a half circle. I put pins in mine before I cut it so it would be more even.
No Sew Bolero
2) While the fabric is still folded in half, cut another smaller half circle out of the middle of the fabric.
No Sew Bolero
3) Take the pins out (if you used them) and put your arms through the cutout in the center (like you’re putting on a backpack). THAT’S IT! You could cut two arm holes if you’d prefer but you’ll get a little bit of a different look for the finished product.

Have fun you DIYers.
xoxo
Mal

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