Washable oversize market tote bag

Washable oversize market tote bag

I have always had an affinity for minimalist things that are crafted from beautiful fabrics.  If you have ever taken a gander at my etsy shop you would know this basically sums up my entire aesthetic. 

When it comes to bags I usually go for a mid size cross body made of worn leather. Bucket bags are my ultimate weakness. But sometimes life calls for a bag that is more function than form. Something practical for toting groceries, beach stuff, travel necessities or diaper bag contents. Nothing fancy or flashy, just big basic and beautiful.

Lately, I have been seeing these perfect oversize linen totes all over Pinterest and am loving how simple and clean they look.  They are a great size for hauling all your things and have the added bonus of being washable…a definite plus in covid times.

Working with linen a lot in my shop, I always have odd size pieces left over that wont quite work for a garment and decided to create my own linen tote.  It turned out perfect and now I have Christmas presents planned for some of the ladies in my life. 

This is a super easy beginner sewing project.  If you’re just dipping your toes in the waters of sewing, this one’s for you!  You can grab some oatmeal linen like I used at a great price here. Or if you’re a thrifty person, check out your local thrift shop for fabric. I have made many a successful project out of old cotton bed sheets!

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Let me know if you tried this and if you love your new tote, or even better, take a pic and tag me @home-made-mom on IG or pin it on pinterest!

Easy DIY succulent garden

Easy DIY succulent garden

I was recently part of a gift exchange with a $20 limit.  Being someone who hates excessive waste, the though of buying someone a crap gift just for the sake of buying it felt yucky. In this day there is not much, (aside from books) for $20 or less that isn’t objectively garbage.   I needed something that would not end up in the donation bin in a week.  Coupled with the fact that the exchange would be of a Yankee swap variety, my gift had to be something that would appeal to any member of the group. I was stumped. 

I started at the thrift store…just to get ideas, lol. I ended up leaving with a huge bag of new finds for the shop but I also came across a super interesting wood and glass bowl and the ideas started flowing.  Using a 3.99 thrift store vessel and a few $3 succulents I was able to create a gorgeous gift with mass appeal that everyone wanted to swap for!   

This is a fun easy DIY that is super giftable, gram-able and pinterest worthy.  Succulents are an amazingly easy way to add green to almost any living space.  All they need is a little sun and occasional watering.  You do not need a green thumb to pull this together or keep it alive. 

Just head to your thrift store to find a home for your plants and then to your local plant nursery for a handful of interesting succulents…the rest is easy.  Succulents don’t have a deep root system so a wide shallow container is the perfect vessel for showing them off.  A container with drainage at the bottom is optimal but if you can’t find such a container a thick of layer of pebbles on the bottom of your planter will give those roots some room to breathe.

Succulents prefer soil that is a bit dry and sandy.  You can purchase a bag of succulent soil at your plant nursery or just mix a bit of gravely sand in with whatever potting soil you use at a ratio of about 1:2 in favor of the soil.

You will need:

One pot/ vessel for your garden, thrift shops are the best place to find unique quality items for low prices.

5-6 small assorted succulents

A few cups of small pebbles (I grabbed some from a local park and washed them well)

Soil for succulents

 

Directions:

Fill the bottom of your succulent garden with a thick layer of pebbles an inch or two deep.

Add your succulent soil to the planter so it is about ¾ full.

Arrange your succulents while still in their plastic potting until you settle on an arrangement that you love.

Gently plant your succulents in the soil and fill the rest of the vessel with soil so that it is lightly packed and all the roots are covered.

Top with another fine layer of pebbles if desired.

Put it in a sunny spot and enjoy the view. Water infrequently…about twice a month is just fine

If you enjoyed this simple tutorial please pin and share and let me know in the comments if this inspired you to make your own succulent garden!

Zero waste DIY pant hem scrunchies

Zero waste DIY pant hem scrunchies

Scrunchies seem to be all the rage these days. They can be found plastered all over my pinterest feed, atop the coifs of IG models and on the shelves at my own salon. From a fashion perspective they can make a messy mom bun look romantic and pulled together in an instant, and from a hairstylist perspective they are much more hair friendly than a typical old elastic. There’s no denying scrunchies are having a major moment, but paying some of the scrunchie prices Ive seen makes me want to shave my head.

Scrunchies are not hard to make even for the most novice sewer. And if you would prefer to skip the fabric store lineup and have a pair of pants that needs hemming you can whip up a couple of zero waste scrunchies in no time.

Wide leg flood pants are also having a moment. I personally love a pair of ankle grazers, so when I picked up these awkwardly long linen pants at the thrift store for the shop, I knew I was getting a two for one.

To make your scrunchies:

Chop the bottoms off your pants and cut the seam off of one side so you have a long rectangle rather than a circle. I also suggest trimming off any existing hem so that all four sides are raw. Whether you are working with flat fabric or a pant hem your rectangle should be a width of at least 4″ and a length of at least 18″ The wider the width the more voluminous your scrunchie, and the longer the length the more scrunch it will have.

Fold your rectangle in half length wise with the right sides together and sew along the joined edges.

Turn your tube right side out using a seam turner, or attaching a safety pin to one end and slowly feeding it through.

Cut an eight inch long piece of elastic attach a safety pin to the end of the elastic and slowly feed it through the tube. It helps to pin the other end to the opposite edge of the fabric tube so you don’t end up losing the elastic inside of it. The idea is you want to be able to tie or sew the two ends of the elastic together inside of the fabric tube….like so.

Once your elastic has been secured into a circle, fold the raw ends of the tube in on themselves and tuck one end into the other.

Sew in a straight line as close to the edge as you can to seal the elastic within the scrunchie.

Pop that three-days-with-no-shampoo-mom-hair into a messy bun and go about your biz looking look chic a f.

If you make yourself some scrunchies let me know how they turn out and please feel free to pin this tutorial if you found it helpful!

Easy eco friendly plastic free reusable produce bags

Easy eco friendly plastic free reusable produce bags

The other day I was in my natural health food store feeling like Ariana Grande.  I was rolling down the isles, tossing all the things into my cart like it weren’t-no-thing.  I want it I got it, I want it I got it. When I went to reach for a package of reusable produce bags, it hit me.  I literally sew clothes for money, like intricate fully functional clothing items that people pay money for and wear.  What was I doing about to pay 19.99 for three simple rectangular pouches.  I had gotten carried away.

But that day I left the store unable to get those pouches out of my mind.  How could I, miss, I work at an eco friendly salon and run an eco friendly clothing business, not yet have sewn my own produce bags? It was lunacy!

That evening I went home and scoured through my fabric collection for something that would be up to the task.  Something, strong, yet light weight, washable and easy to work with.  I settled on some sheer natural linen remnants that were too small to make garments with.

Having spent the past year developing my own collection, let me tell ya, I could have made these things in my sleep.  I’m confident even the most novice sewer will have absolutely no problem pulling off this project.  It took me about 10 minutes to make two bags start to finish.

Not only are these a must for anyone hoping to live greener, but they make a wonderfully thoughtful gift.  

If you are planning to make your own I highly reccomend sourcing fabric from your local thrift shop. Keep in mind that the weight of your bag will contribute to the weight of your produce so you want something super light weight and washable. When in doubt you can always grab a flat cotton bed sheet in a thin weave. It fits all of the above critera and will leave you with leftover fabric for future DIY sewing projects. For the drawstring a peice of hemp thread or even kitchen twine will suffice.

You will need:

Light weight, natural fabric

Twine

A saftey pin

A sewing maching

Directions:

Cut out a long rectangle that is about twice as long as it is wide. I made a larger bag for produce 22″ * 11″ and a smaller one for bulk nuts 12″ * 6″

Fold the rectangle in half and sew up the sides of the rectangle to form a pouch. I used a serger and also serged the top seam but this is an optional step.

Working with the pouch inside out fold over about 1/2″ of fabric, press with an iron and sew it down so there is essentially a hem around the opening of the bag. Leave about 1cm on one side of the hem un-sewn so that you can thread your twine through.

Cut your twine to a length that is about 3 times the length of the opening of the bag. Secure a saftey pin to one end of the twine and feed it through the hem.

Tie a knot in the end of the twine so it wont unravel. You can now cinch your bag, fill it with produce and wash it as needed!

Reusable eco friendly linen produce bags

If you found this tutorial useful shoot me a comment or pin it!

Effective natural home made bug spray

Effective natural home made bug spray

It’s that time of the year again, all I want to do is be outside.  Lovely days spent in my garden under the hot sun often inevitably turn into peaceful nights around a fire.  It’s all so blissfully wonderful, until the evil vampires come out.

They creep out of shadows, they stalk me ruthlessly, and then they pounce, leaving mountainous wounds all over my arms and legs that keep me up at night with itchiness.  Yes, I’m talking about mosquitoes.

 Mosquitoes and I have always had a love hate relationship.  I hate them and they LOVE me.  Maybe it’s my O blood type.  Maybe it’s just all that dark chocolate running through my veins, but alas, those suckers torment me all through the month of June and into early July. 

Being the type of hippie dippy granola cruncher that would rather have full blown B.O. than wear conventional deodorant, I have in the past, forgone bug spray and just suffered in silence.  I’m not going to spray some deet filled poison that burns my eyes and tasted like toxic waste all over my bod, not to mention my kiddos.  But this year I decided it would be wonderful to actually wear shorts without looking like I have fully blown leprosy come august and keep my kids safe from blood sucking pests.

I’ve noticed a lot of online recipes call for a vast and intricate combination of essential oils. Because I am just building my essential oil collection I wanted to use what I have rather than spend $50 on oils for a $5 spray if-you-know-what-Im-sayin. And because I don’t use an emulsifier in my recipe I recommend giving it a good quick spray prior to each use.

This spray is:

Gentle on the skin

Pleasant smelling, at least to my hippie self and my kids also love it

Very effective. I don’t want to jinx it but I walk my dog though a field near a pond daily and have yet to receive a single bite, even though I know those suckers are out in full swing.

Also effective on other pests like gnats, flies and ticks

Directions:

Add 1.5 tbsp vodka to your glass spray bottle.

Add 25 drops citronella essentail oil and 25 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil.

Put the top on and give it a super good shake to combine.

Fill the rest of the bottle with witch hazel. If you are using a particularly large bottle you can add 1/2 cup withc hazel and fill the rest with water.

Put the top on and give it another good shake to combine.

Use liberally anytime you plan to be outside during mosquito season, particularly in the evenings and cooler, windless days.