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.