Simple gift idea: bath cookies

Written by contributor Stacy Karen of A Delightful Home.

Want to treat yourself to cookies without gaining a pound?

Try the following bath cookies!

Just mix the ingredients and bake like regular cookies, then let one or two melt in the tub, get in and relax.

No calories consumed.

Bath cookies are made with salt, eggs, and baking soda, which are wonderful for your skin.
They also contain a small amount of essential oil which releases a lovely aroma, making them a fragrant treat that will help the tired among us unwind and relax.

Very quick and easy to prepare, bath cookies would be an excellent gift. Not to mention, unique. When was the last time your received cookies for the tub?

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Day 30: Repurposing sweaters

Today is Day 30 of Sewing School.

Now you”ve seen a couple of different types of refashions– one with curtains, changing the style, and one as a means to embellish an otherwise plain garment. Today we”re going to continue to talk about refashioning, particularly repurposing sweaters. I love doing this because I”m actually not much of a sweater-wearer myself.

Sweaters are a really fun material to work with. They are so versatile in what you can create with them– their coziness lends itself well to many other types of garments and even home decor or accessories. It”s always easy to find old sweaters, either in your own closet collecting dust or via handmedown from a friend, or cheap at a thrift store or garage sale.

Creating with things that are already in circulation is one of our favorite ways to get craft here at Simple Homemade.

Let”s look at a few fun ways to give old sweaters new life .

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How to Host a Refashion-Your-Clothes Party

Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from Melissa Camara Wilkins while I take a little writing & publishing break.

When I read Nicole’s post on hosting a clothing exchange, I was inspired. Yes! I thought. I will host a clothing exchange! Right on! When I started looking through my own closet, though, I realized the pickings were slim. It’s the end of the season, my summer things are all worn out–not great for exchanging.

But I loved the gathering with friends idea. And all my tee shirts are nearly at the end of their tee shirty life, so… what about hosting a clothing refashioning party? This could work!

Refashion your clothes

Here’s how I’d do it:

1. Pull together a few easy refashioning casino jameshallison ideas. If your friends aren’t experienced sewists, skip any that require a sewing machine.

2. Assemble supplies: shears, pins, needles and thread for hand sewing, a hot glue gun. (I don’t know exactly what you’ll use the hot glue gun for, but it couldn’t hurt to have it around just in case.) Bleach pens and paint pens could come in handy. Freezer paper is another good idea.

3. Invite friends, and tell them to bring their old clothes to refashion together!

Cut, sew, make: refashioning clothes

A few project ideas to get you started:

Long-sleeved tee to cardigan (or convert a short-sleeved shirt to a bolero…)
Bleach pen designs
Tee shirt to halter top
Tee shirt to braided bracelet
Tee shirt to summery fringed scarf
Tee shirt to twisted scarf or necklace
Add leaf prints (this could also be a great way to disguise minor stains!)
Sweater to scarflette (hand sewing would work with this one)

What do you think? Would you host a clothing refashioning party? What other refashions would you suggest?

Summer art: paper bowl jellyfish

Hot weather and a bunch of kids… if it”s not a pool or beach day it must be time for a friendly sumer craft!

We had friends over this week and decided to put our kids to work on a little ocean-themed project that I”ve been wanting to do for a while.

All it took was a few leftover paper bowls and a few other random supplies. Read on for the details and a link to the tutorial.

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Leaf print t-shirts

Summer is the perfect time for picking leaves and creating one-of-a-kind, nature-inspired t-shirts.

The past few days I’ve had a delightful time doing just that. Besides allowing me a little creative expression, it’s also provided my kids with frugal clothing that is unique and fun.

I hope this tutorial will demonstrate how simple it is to create your own works of art and inspire you to make some leaf print t-shirts, too!

You will need:

  • T-shirt
  • Fabric paint (not the 3-D kind)
  • Paint brush
  • Paper towels
  • Paper plate or other dish for mixing paint
  • Jar of water for washing paint brush
  • Cardboard or paper sack

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