Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Sewing Table Finally!

It's been a super crazy week or so moving in and getting settled and getting stuff out of my apartment! I finally got my sewing table set up, I ended up making it smaller because the original was to big for the room it was going into!  The blog I originally found this on doesn't exist anymore and a lot of people ask how to do it, so I thought I'd put up how I did it. It's very easy and cheap!

What you will need:
- 2 short bookshelves, 4 if you want a large table (mine are from Walmart for 16 they seem to be the cheapest)
-1 hollow door from Lowes or Home depot, 2 if you want a large table

Additional, but not necessary
- primer and paint
- polyacrylic
- 4 large L-brackets and screws

If you are painting your door (which you will probably want to otherwise it's scratchy and unfinished) you will want to do that first. ( I'm waiting on this because I think I'd like to paint a design or do something interesting with the top, I haven't decided what yet!)

Put the shelves together and set them where the table will be.

When the door (or doors) are done drying just set them on top! You can then attach an L-bracket underneath to the back of the shelf and the bottom of the door. I forgot to buy some but it's pretty sturdy without them. 

...and here it is in action! Although the room is far from done... it still needs a lot of decorating!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Lavender Laundry Bags

Last year moving into my first apartment I wanted to be frugal where ever I could be and ended up making my own laundry detergent soap. There's tons of recipes out there but here's one similar to mine except I use a different soap. I refilled my small jar only twice during the whole school year.

I've also been using felted dryer balls I made, so I never had to buy dryer sheets. Similar to these on etsy. In an effort to try something new and to put more scent in my laundry I made some Lavender dryer bags. They took maybe 20 minutes total this afternoon to make- super quick and easy.

They are made out of linen so the scent can really come through easily. I made little bags but they're so easy to make they could be made in pretty much anyway you can imagine. Here's a basic tutorial that requires no sewing, just a drawstring bag.