WhatIWore: Now that I have a good idea for the color palette and overall feel for our baby’s nursery, I’m excited to start in on DIY projects for the room. The starting point for it all was the rainbow triangle quilt I recently made as the main focal point and pop of color.
I plan on doing some wall art, making a pillow to match the quilt and today, I’m updating a very inexpensive little wastepaper bin to match the colors and triangles of my quilt. I have a kind of bad habit of just hanging plastic bags on the back of my upstairs doors (nursery, closet, master bedroom) and using them to collect the recycling instead of proper trash cans. This leads to the two bins I do have (in the bathroom and my office) being over filled (and thus resorting back to the plastic bags). If there was ever a time to work on organization and getting this house in gear, it’s now!
So! Let’s get moving with this cute little craft!! Here’s what I’m using:
WhatIWore: My shopping list of fall must haves is a mile long, but I’ll be attempting to sew and DIY a lot of them! One of my favorite pieces this season was from J.Crew, which is the inspiration for this project. I spent under $20 in beads (and used a sweatshirt I already had, turned inside out). Here’s how!
Scoop Neck Sweatshirt (mine is from Old Navy)
Scissors, Beading Needle & Thread
Fusible Interfacing (1/2 yd or less)
Start by chopping the sleeves off of your sweatshirt. You’ll want them long enough to roll up twice (in one inch bands). Cut one side, then lay the scrap onto the other sleeve as a guide so that you have exactly the same length.
Now we want to stabilize the knit fabric where we’ll be sewing our jewels because they can get a bit heavy. I used a medium weight fusible interfacing on the RIGHT side (outside) of the garment for the sleeves (because they are rolled) and on the WRONG side (inside) of the neckline. Initially I faced both the front and back necklines but later decided to omit the beading from the back and thus, removed the facing.
TIP: To get a perfect curve for your neckline, lay facing on top and trace right onto it!
Next we’ll lay out our beads to get an idea of where we’ll sew them and the placement. It’s helpful to take a quick photo with your iPhone at this stage so you can reference it as you sew.
With a long, thin beading needle, start sewing your beads to the garment. I started at the center front and worked my way to either side and sewed through each bead TWICE to give it more stability.
And that’s it! How much or little beading you use is up to you.