Low-Poly Portraits

A couple weeks ago, I downloaded Adobe Illustrator on my computer. My friend showed me how she was making a polygonal portrait in her graphic design class, so I decided I would make one too. The first one I made was of Alessia Cara, one of my favorite singers. (Look up “Wild Things” by her…you won’t regret it. Okay, fine, I’ll make it easy for you. Click this link: https://youtu.be/De30ET0dQpQ) This one I made completely using triangles. I would draw the triangles and fill it with a color from the inside of the shape using the eyedropper tool.

Next I decided to experiment using different shapes other than triangles and used a picture of myself. I like how it turned out, but it doesn’t have the same depth as the one using only triangles.

The last one I made for my mom for mother’s day. Happy Mother’s Day to my momma! Love you lots. ❤️

Herringbone Quilt

Since last July, I’ve been working on this quilt on-and-off, and I finally finished sewing it at the beginning of this month. I seriously underestimated the amount of work that goes into making a quilt. To begin, I looked through Pinterest for inspiration. I knew I wanted mine to be unique but not too complicated to make because I’ve never made anything like this. I decided to make a quilt using half-square triangles. The great thing about this method is that you can arrange your quilt in so many different ways and make different patterns just by rotating the square. Not only can it make a herringbone pattern, but it can also make the popular chevron pattern.

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I don’t remember how much fabric I bought, but to make a queen size quilt, I cut 196 total 7.5″ squares. There will be one extra square after you make all of the half-square triangles. For mine, I cut 98 gray squares, 83 black floral squares, and 15 purple floral squares. If I made another one of these quilts, I would probably start with bigger squares to save some time.

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After cutting out all the squares and turning them into half-square triangles, I laid out all the pieces so it looked how I wanted. I sewed columns together (1/4 inch seams) and pressed the seams. Then, I pinned the columns together so the corners lined up and sewed all of them together. I pressed the seams as I went. After the quilt top was done, I layered the top, batting, and backing fabric and basted the quilt with safety pins. For my quilt backing, I used a queen size sheet. I sewed the layers together and along the columns and zig zags. After sewing the layers and doing the actual quilting part, I attached the binding. I bought premade 1/2 inch double fold bias tape, but I also could have made my own to bind the quilt. I handstitched the binding so the stitching can’t be seen. I’m so glad to finally have my quilt done, and I love how it adds a personal touch to my room.

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Paper Map Garland

 
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I made this adorable garland out of a map I got for free at a rest area. I cut out one heart and used it as a template to cut out all the other hearts. The map I used made 84 hearts. 
  
You could also try using an old book, sheet music, colored paper, construction paper, paint chips, and so on… Instead of cutting out the shapes yourself, you could get a cute paper hole punch in the scrapbook section of your local craft store. 

  
To put the garland together, I sewed the hearts using a sewing machine. I used this tutorial (https://www.evermine.com/blog/how-to-easy-sewn-paper-garlands/) for an idea of how to make it. I’ve also seen this tutorial (http://shoes-off-please.com/diy-no-sew-triangle-garland-and-circle-and-square/) that does not require a sewing machine. 

  
This project is a simple way to decorate. I put mine around my door frame. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! 

  
  

DIY Tutorial: Pocket Tees (No Sewing Required!)

This morning, I was looking through my Facebook memories page and stumbled upon a picture I posted three years ago today. It was this pocket sweatshirt I made for my sister.

I remember seeing pocket t-shirts on Pinterest all the time. I used the pocket template from Oh the Lovely Things. You can add your own pocket with or without sewing.

Materials:

  • Fabric
  • T-Shirt or Sweatshirt
  • Pocket Template
  • Sew: Coordinating Thread
  • No Sew: Stitch Witchery (You can use this to iron the pocket and hold it in place.)

How-to:

  1. Print and cut out the template for the pocket. The link above includes a template for a traditional pocket and a square pocket. I enlarged the pocket to be the size I wanted.
  2. To avoid shrinking, make sure you have washed the fabric and shirt you are going to use before adding the pocket.
  3. Use the template to cut out a pocket.
  4. Fold and iron the top, bottom, and sides of the pocket so the pocket size matches the size of the inside template. The tutorial I used recommended cutting out the inside template to use as a guide when you iron, but you can reuse the same template if you don’t cut it out.
  5. To complete your pocket shirt, follow directions based on if you are sewing or not sewing.
    • Sew: Pin your pocket in place on the shirt. You can hold the shirt up to see if it’s where you want it. Sew around the sides and bottom of the pocket right along the edge and 1/4″ from the edge.
    • No Sew: Cut pieces of Stitch Witchery as long as the sides and bottom of the pocket. Lay pocket where you want it on the shirt and lay the Stitch Witchery underneath the pocket and iron the pocket in place.

Sewing the pockets in place will lead to better end results, but the stitch witchery is a good option for those who don’t want to sew the pocket. The three shirts on the left are ones I made as Christmas presents, and the gray sweatshirt is one I made three years ago. My gray pocket sweatshirt has become my favorite sweatshirt, and it’s lasted quite a while. I used fabric from pajama shorts that didn’t fit me anymore. This project is usually pretty cheap because t-shirts at Michael’s or JoAnn are usually on sale, or you can use one of their coupons if it isn’t on sale. For fabric, you can buy fat quarters or remnants, or you can even upcycle something that doesn’t fit anymore.

 

St. Louis Rams T-Shirt Quilt

I just finished this St. Louis Rams t-shirt quilt for my dad! He’s been a lifelong Rams fan, so he had tons of shirts in his collection. I went to the Rams’ training camp over the summer and got it autographed by the quarterbacks (except Nick Foles because he signed my dad’s jersey instead) and receivers.

I used a navy blue knit fabric for the back of the quilt. This time, when I made my quilt I used a rotary cutter and mat to cut out t-shirt squares…what a time saver!

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I started working on this quilt in the middle of July but didn’t work on it again until recently. I decided I was too cool to use pins the first time around, so it didn’t turn out right and needed to take out stitches. It was difficult to do because of the knit fabric I used. Once I finally took out the stitches, I quilted other rows and used tons of pins, just to be safe.

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If you have 15 shirts laying around and are interested in making a t-shirt quilt of your own, you can check out a tutorial I wrote here.

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Extreme Makeover: Dorm Room Edition

After almost two months of living on campus, my dorm room is finally done being decorated and arranged! My roommate and I tried three different layouts and were able to decide on one that would benefit both of us.

Layout 1: Separate sides of the room

In the first layout, we had separate sides of the room. We put the beds as high as possible to maximize storage underneath the bed. The layout is very symmetrical, but having the beds like this takes up a lot of space. In the picture frame is art I made from paint chips. I got a paint sample of the blue in it and used it for the canvas painting on my wall. (It makes me really happy that the color matches exactly…craft stores didn’t carry a similar enough shade which bothered me.)

Christmas lights! A dorm room just isn’t the same without them…
Layout 2: Bunk beds

In our second layout, we bunked our beds. It was really nice to have all the extra space, but it wasn’t the most convenient arrangement. It stayed like this for a week or two. I know quite a few people with bunk beds and have switched them around or are thinking about switching them. It was around the time that we switched to this layout that I made these gray pillow cases for my throw pillows.

Layout 3: L-shape

Our third and final layout is the L-shape with our beds. I think it’s the best of both worlds. There’s more space in the room, and there is still storage space under the beds. We have the tv on top of our dressers near the corner of the room for the cable channels to work, so our desks are on different sides of the room. It works out well because it’s nice to have separate study spaces. Risers are an option to add extra room under the bed, but we decided we didn’t need to use them. I would definitely recommend this layout to maximize both space and comfort in your room.

A rare sighting: my desk is clean!

DIY Tutorial: Phases of the Moon T-Shirt (with a FREE Template!)

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About: I was looking on Pinterest for something interesting to do and stumbled upon a picture of a hases of the moon t-shirt. I used to see these all the time all over the internet and figured it would be relatively easy to make. My materials cost under $10, and the project took under an hour to complete.

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Materials:

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How-to:

  1. Print out the circle template, and cut out the circles.
  2. Lightly paint inside the circle. Use pictures as your guide on how to shade them.
  3. Make four rows (or as many as desired) to show all the phases of the moon.
  4. Check the label of your paint to see how long you need to wait for the paint to dry and how long before you wash the shirt.
  5. Once you wash the shirt, it’s ready to wear!

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Would I make this again? How would I rate this project? I really like how it turned out and would definitely make more! It would look really cute with other colors too. I liked the paint I used, and it would be great for other projects. I give it 5/5.

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