DIY Holiday Gifts Ideas Part 2

Ah, it’s that time of the year again! Jack Frost nipping at your nose, glimmering snowflakes floating atop a fluffy cast of snow, twinkly lights as far as the eye can see!

We’ve been busy enjoying the holidays lately, and it recently reminded us of something we needed to do—bring back another installment of Holiday Gift ideas! If you’re like us, you know that thoughtful gifts are best ones. If you want to wow with diy holiday gifts under the tree, we have some fun (and affordable!) ideas for you.

If you missed part 1 of this series, you can check it out here –> Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas: Part I

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater

If you’re sick of cozying up next to the tree in your ugly Christmas sweater alone, why not gift someone the chance to join you? These are fun to give as a gag gift, or a fast and easy solution for your Ugly Christmas Sweater Party dress code!

All you need to do is start with a clean sweatshirt or sweater in whatever style or color you prefer (use one you have already, or buy one from Amazon or Walmart). Then, just go crazy with your fabrics and decoration.

If you want to get creative with your fabrics, here are a few we recommend:
Metallic foil – Make a shiny Rudolf nose or fashion some Christmas lights or shiny present bow.
Flannel – A staple cold-weather fabric! Can’t go wrong with this one.
Terrycloth – A fun way to add texture to your sweater. Cute for making animals like polar bears, penguins and reindeer.

Need some inspiration for your ugly design? Here are a few of our faves: 15 Do It Yourself Ugly Christmas Sweaters

DIY Flannel Scarf

Flannel is such a cozy fabric, and it’s perfect for this time of the year. Who doesn’t need another scarf to cozy up to this Winter? And when you add that extra dash of love by actually making it yourself, whoever is lucky enough to receive it will surely appreciate it so much more.

There are a lot of tutorials out there on how to make a flannel scarf, some more embellished than others. We’d like to share a tutorial so simple, even a newbie could master it!

https://www.ehow.com/ehow-crafts/blog/make-a-handmade-plaid-flannel-and-fringe-scarf/?utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=blog&utm_campaign=fanpage&crlt.pid=camp.PKng22CB71DW&crlt.pid=camp.AVnCoVx4WE1d&crlt.pid=camp.Tpol5AbHEwTj

Image Source: Ehow.com

Here are the materials you’ll need to grab:

• 2 yards flannel fabric
• Sewing Machine
• Measuring tape
• Seam ripper
• Scissors
• Pins

For the full tutorial from eHow, click here.

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DIY Fleece Blanket

Blankets are always a great gift. You can always find use for one. And when it’s cold outside, it’s always nice to pull out a gift that was made just for you. You can really get personal with the design on a blanket. And using fleece to make it? You can’t go wrong with the ultimate cozy fabric!

Image Source: Agirlandagluegun.com

Here’s a wonderful tutorial from agirlandagluegun.com that shows you how to make a fleece blanket in 4 ways:
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Making Fleece Blankets

Here are some of the materials you may need:
• 1 ½ yards of fleece fabric
• Sharp scissors
• Crochet hook
• Fabric pins
• Yarn

Bonus: DIY Dog Toys

Four-legged friends should get presents, too! We understand that most don’t want to break the bank when it comes to spoiling their pups. But you can always use fabric remnants to craft something special that your dog will surely love. And any dog owner can vouch for this fact—it doesn’t take much to make a dog happy. They’ll play with anything!

Here are some cute tutorials we recommend for making dog toys from fabric scraps:

http://www.lovepetsdiy.com/diy-dog-toys-from-fabric-scraps/
http://www.sheknows.com/pets-and-animals/articles/1052991/diy-dog-toy-video
http://www.diynetwork.com/made-and-remade/make-it/fleece-tug-and-fetch-dog-toy


We hope you enjoyed these handmade holiday gift ideas! They’ll be sure to spread some holiday cheer. If you happen to try any, tell us about it in the comments below! Be sure to share your pictures 😊

~ Happy Holidays from the Chicago Canvas & Supply Team ~

Ultimate List of Fabric Scrap Projects

Anyone that works with fabric knows there are always a LOT of scraps. Why throw them away? Instead, save them, store them and take them out on a rainy day for some fun projects. This ultimate list of fabric scrap projects has a bunch of ideas to get your imagination going. Have something to add to the list? Leave it in the comments below! Be sure to bookmark this page for later and check back for updates.

Note: If you’d like to learn how to turn scraps to yardage before you start your fabric scrap project, see The Sewing Loft Blog for a complete tutorial.

60 Fabric Scrap Ideas

Décor

  1. Bows
  2. Wreath
  3. Fabric banner
  4. Picture frame
  5. Christmas ornaments

Pets

  1. Toys
  2. Bows
  3. Collar
  4. Pillows
  5. Blankets

Home

  1. Pillows
  2. Coaster
  3. Lanyard
  4. Curtains
  5. Floor rug
  6. Drink sleeve
  7. Table runner
  8. Quilt/Blanket
  9. Coffee/tea cozy
  10. Seat/floor cushions
  11. Embellish towels or blankets

Baby

  1. Bib
  2. Fabric baby mobile
  3. Toys (blocks, animals, etc.)

Fashion

  1. Scarf
  2. Brooch
  3. Hair bow
  4. Headband
  5. Fabric Jewelry
  6. Embellish clothes

Fun

  1. Ribbons
  2. Flowers
  3. Magnets
  4. Bean bags
  5. Cake flags
  6. Bookmarks
  7. Patch collage
  8. DIY bobby pins
  9. Fabric feathers
  10. Animal figurines
  11. Fortune cookies

Useful

  1. Belt
  2. Baskets
  3. Hangers
  4. Pouches
  5. Keychain
  6. Cord wrap
  7. Bags/Totes
  8. Pencil case
  9. Pot holder
  10. Book cover
  11. Glasses case
  12. Scissor cover
  13. Heating pad
  14. Earbud holder
  15. Pincushion
  16. iPad/Kindle case
  17. Sew-in interfacing
  18. Water bottle carrier
  19. Duster/Swiffer cover
Summer DIY Party Banner Via blog.chickabug.com
Summer DIY Party Banner Via Blog.Chickabug.com/2013/06/summery-diyparty-banner.html
Dog Toy via http://www.marymarthamama.com/crafty-cat/diy-fleece-dog-toy-tutorial/
Dog Toy via http://www.marymarthamama.com/crafty-cat/diy-fleece-dog-toy-tutorial/

Learn How to Upholster with Dropcloth

Dog Toy via http://www.marymarthamama.com/crafty-cat/diy-fleece-dog-toy-tutorial/
Dog Toy via http://www.marymarthamama.com/crafty-cat/diy-fleece-dog-toy-tutorial/
Fabric Flowers via http://snowybliss.blogspot.com/2010/06/long-stemmed-fabric-flowers.html
Fabric Flowers via http://snowybliss.blogspot.com/2010/06/long-stemmed-fabric-flowers.html
DIY Cord Keeper via http://leafytreetopspot.blogspot.com/2013/05/tutorial-diy-cord-keeper-from-fabric.html

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40 Tarpaulin Uses

One of the reasons we love tarps is because they’re so versatile. If you buy one for your home, we’re sure you’ll be bringing it out time and time again. Check out some of the creative uses for tarps!

Creative Tarpaulin Uses

Camping

DIY Tarp Tent

  1. You can pitch a tent from your tarp.
  2. Protect the bottom of your tent.
  3. Use as a windbreaker.
  4. Make privacy dividers.
  5. Create shower/restroom area.

Shelter

  1. Keep wood dry.
  2. Animal shelter.
  3. Keep your fire in the rain.
  4. Shade yourself, or your supplies from the sun.
  5. Sleep or protect yourself from weather under DIY shelter.

Activities

  1. Cover supplies.
  2. Make a hammock.
  3. Hunting and fishing gear.
  4. Carry/transport supplies (firewood, food, etc.) around.

Hiking

  1. Create a make-shift picnic or rest area during breaks.
  2. Make a rain poncho.

Survival

  1. Gather water.
  2. Make a floatation device.
  3. Camouflage (with the right color, like olive drab).
  4. Use as a gurney to transport injured individuals.

Home

  1. Use to treat roof leaks.
  2. Use as a ground cover for simple clean-up.
  3. Protect floor while painting.
  4. Warm plants on cold nights.
  5. Use as temporary covers for renovation, construction, and unfinished projects.
  6. Make temporary room divider curtains.
  7. Cover and protect storage.
  8. Protect your carpet while moving.
  9. Cover patio furniture during rain/snow or shade from sun.
  10. Protect bikes from snow/rain/sun.
  11. Equipment and supply cover (sports, construction, garden, wood etc.).
  12. Use instead of a painters drop cloth.
  13. Play space for kids.

Vehicles

  1. Car/truck covers (inside and outside the vehicle).
  2. Boat/yacht covers.
  3. Boat windows.
  4. Boat sail.

Fun

  1. Use on a hot day as a slip-n-slide.
  2. Make your own waterproof bags.
  3. Use for the kid’s fort.

Find Tarps for Every Occasion

Waterproof - Water-resistant - Light- to Heavy-Duty

Drop Cloth Upholstery 101

Drop cloth is a versatile fabric that can be used for countless home and DIY projects. But did you know that painter’s drop cloth is also an ideal fabric for upholstery? We’ll show you why drop cloth upholstery has been so popular over the past few years, plus offer a few ways to upholster your furniture at home.

Why Use Drop Cloth for Upholstery?

So, with all the fabric choices out there, why use a drop cloth for your upholstery project? There are a ton of reasons why drop cloth is a great fabric, but here are just a few:

  • Very affordable
  • Durable cotton material
  • Good for beginners and for practice
  • Fabric comes with selvage edge (saving time on hemming)
  • Neutral color will fit many styles of room décor
  • Fabric can be painted on or dyed to desired shade
DIY Drop Cloth Upholstery - Customer Photo
Customer photo via Sandy Welsh

Convinced? Great! If you’re ready to purchase quality fabric for drop cloth upholstery, we recommend our 8-oz. cotton canvas drop cloths.

How to Prepare Drop Cloth for Upholstery

You can prepare your drop cloth for upholstery in 3 steps:

1. Soak fabric in a mixture of bleach + hot water + hydrogen peroxide for a few hours.
The hydrogen peroxide helps neutralize the bleach so it doesn’t ruin the fabric. Thecruxdesign.com recommends a 1:10 hydrogen peroxide and water ratio. About 2 cups of bleach should do it.

2. Wash in washer with hot water + laundry detergent, then dry.
Washing with laundry detergent helps soften the fabric. Plus, because canvas drop cloths are 100% cotton, you need to wash/dry to preshrink the material prior to cutting.

3. Iron the fabric.
This prevents wrinkling and helps for a neat-and-tidy end result.

 

DIY Drop Cloth Upholstery

There are several different methods of using drop cloth to “make over” furniture. You could either upholster your furniture or make a slipcover for it.

Tools to Upholster Furniture

Here’s what you’ll need for your drop cloth upholstery project (via HH&TW blog):

  • 8 oz. canvas drop cloth
  • Cardboard
  • Double-sided tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pliers
  • Staple gun with staples
  • Scissors
  • Screwdriver (flathead)
  • Upholstery tacks
  • Upholstery needles and thread
Chicago Canvas Drop Cloth Upholstery
Chicago Canvas Drop Cloths

Let us know how your projects go in the comments below. Have tips on drop cloth upholstery, or your own tried-and-true tutorial you’d like to share? We’d love to know! Email us your tutorials for a chance to be featured on our blog: email@chicagocanvas.com

Happy DIY!