DIY Herbal Neck Wrap with Lavender and Chamomile

Homemade herbal neck wraps are great because all you have to do is microwave them for a couple of minutes and place them on your neck for soothing, relaxing remedy for your aches and pains.

To make this neck wrap, you’ll need 1/2 yard of flannel fabric, thread, scissors, measuring tape, straight pins, a sewing machine, white rice, flax seeds, dried lavender, peppermint tea, chamomile tea, a large bowl,  a spoon, and a measuring cup.

Make a pattern by drawing a curved shape (like the one below) on an 8″ by 14.5″ piece of paper.

After you cut out the pattern, cut two pieces of flannel by placing the pattern on the fold.

After you’ve cut out your pieces, pin them right sides together.

Sew all the way around, leaving a 4″ gap at the top for turning.

This is what your gap should look like.

Then grab your scissors and clip the curves just 1/4″ apart, but be careful to not cut through the thread.

Turn it inside out and lay flat.

Place pins in the middle of your wrap, following the curve. Leave 2.5″ from the ends, and leave a gap in the middle.

After you pin, sew a row of stitches in the center in the center on both sides, creating two channels. Leave a 3″ gap at the top so the rice mixture can enter the bottom channel.

In a large bowl, mix 3 1/3 cups white rice, 3 cups flax seed, and 1 cup dried lavender. Cut open 6 tea bags each of peppermint tea and chamomile tea and mix those into the bowl as well. The flax seed helps hold in heat longer than rice alone.

Then make a funnel out of a piece of paper and start pouring your wrap with the rice mixture.

After you’re done filling the wrap, pin the opening closed.

Now sew the opening closed using a ladder stitch.

And that’s it — you’re all done! Now you have an herbal wrap that can comfortably flex to the contours of your neck. And it smells heavenly!

Whenever you’re feeling aches and pains, all you have to do is pop this wrap in the microwave for two minutes and place it on your neck.

What are your favorite sewing projects? Let us know in the comments!

DIY hedgehog pin cushion

Hedgehogs are adorable, aren’t they? There these cute, smiling creatures that can fit in the palm of your hand. I thought I’d make a pin cushion resembling the little critters. Here’s a tutorial on how to DIY your own hedgehog pin cushion.

To make one of your own, you’ll need two different colors of felt, matching thread, scissors, a needle, a little bit of stuffing, the (poorly hand-drawn) pattern below and some pins of course.

You’ll need to cut out four ear pieces, two head pieces, two body pieces and one belly piece. I chose to make the body pieces a different color than the rest of the pieces, but that’s a choice you can make yourself.

First, take two of the ear pieces, place them together and sew (using a tiny, tiny blanket stitch) around the edges, leaving the bottom open. Turn inside out.

Squeeze the sides together and sew back and forth a few times so it resembles a little hedgehog ear.

Place the right sides of the body and the head together, sandwiching the ear in between. Sew using a tiny, tiny blanket stitch.

You should have two hedgehog sides, mirror-image of each other.

Place right sides together and sew using, once again, an incredibly tiny blanket stitch. Leave the bottom open.

Grab the bottom/belly piece and sew it to the sides of the hedgehog. Make sure you leave a little of the back open.

Turn inside out. Stuff with a little poly-fil stuffing until you reach the desired puffiness. Then sew closed using a ladder stitch.

At this point, it will resemble a mouse until you start putting the pins in it. Then it should look like a hedgehog.

Place a couple of pins in the head for eyes.

And that’s all it takes to have a little sewing buddy that resembles a cute hedgehog. Happy sewing!

DIY Adjustable Apron

Most apron tutorials I see online are for aprons with lots of frills and ruffles. But I’m messy, so I’m not really a frills and ruffles kind of person. I literally always spill food on myself every time I eat, so you can imagine how my kitchen and myself get when I’m cooking or baking. Another reason I love this apron is that it’s adjustable.

If you want to make one for yourself, you’ll need 1 1/4 yards of fabric for the apron, 1/2 yard of fabric for the pocket and the strap, a sewing machine, scissors, measuring tape and some sewing pins. I also used a rotary cutter and a cutting mat, but those are optional.

Cut your fabric 39″ x 26″ and fold where it’s 39″ x 13″.

Now you’re going to cut your fabric at an angle, with 6.5″ at its most narrow and 20″ at its most wide. You’ll also want a 2″ straight line down from the top. It sounds a little confusing, so follow the lines and measurements below:

Open up the fold and hem the sides, the top and the bottom by folding over the edges twice, pinning and sewing. Leave the angled sides be.

Now we’re going to start on the pocket. Cut a 12″ x 8″ rectangle.

Fold over one of the 12″ sides twice, pin and sew.

Fold over the other three sides and pin to the middle of the apron. Use an iron to hold the folds if needed.

If you want multiple pockets, pin straight lines where you want the pockets to be and sew.

Now lie your apron on a flat space, right side down. Fold the angled edges over half an inch and then an inch and a quarter. Pin and sew.

Now cut a long 90″ x 2 1/2″ piece of fabric. But if you can’t do that, attach several smaller pieces together by sewing them, like I did.

Fold the long strip in half and sew, leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance. I also cut the seam allowance afterward with a pair of pinking shears.

Using a pointy stick, knitting needle or a safety pin, turn the tube inside out.

Feed the strip of fabric through the tube you had created when you sewed the angled side down. Make sure the strip is even on both sides.

You could also use some kind of 1″ webbing if you had some, but since I already had this white fabric, I wasn’t going to buy anything that wasn’t needed.
Isn’t the apron super cute? I love it!

Happy sewing!

DIY Tea Bag Cozy

If you’re ever looking for a simple and quick gift idea, think about making this cute tea bag cozy! Not only is it the perfect size to hold a couple of tea bags; it’s also the perfect size for a gift card or cash. I think it’s the perfect little handmade gift for a friend in need of some tea.

You’ll need a sheet of felt, a pair of scissors, some embroidery thread, a needle and a tea bag.

Cut out a 3.5″ square of felt. This will be your basic cup shape.

Fold the square in half and use scissors to round out the bottom corners.

Make an exact copy of your cup shape.

Take one of them and embroider simple shapes. You could also use your sewing machine to do this if its capable of making fancy stitches. I did this on a couple of my tea bag cozies, towards the top of the cup.

You’ll need to cut out two handles. They can either be backwards C-shaped or almost ear-like similar to mine below.

You can either machine or hand sew the two handles together. For this cozy, I used a blanket stitch with matching orange embroidery thread. I used my sewing machine for the other two I made, just by pinning the two pieces together and sewing a straight-line border around the perimeter.

Sandwich your handle between the two cup pieces and pin.

Then sew a U-shape, making sure your stitches catch the handle.

And that’s pretty much it. You can stick a tea bag inside and give it to a friend.

DIY Potato-Stamped Print Fabric Pillow

One of the most fun crafts I’ve done involves a potato. It’s a really simple craft that can either be used to replicate trends at a fraction of the cost, or easily create your own unique pattern. You can alter this tutorial to make patterns on tapestries, tea towels, linens, and more, and you can make it as simple or as complex as your pattern-loving heart desires.

You’ll need a pillow form, a rectangle of fabric (size dependent upon your pillow), large potato, a knife, fabric paint, a foam paint brush, a sewing machine, and some basic sewing skills. Alternatively, you could use an pre-fabricated pillowcase.

Cut your potato in half and draw a design in pencil or marker. The design could be anything from a dinosaur to a flower; an anchor to a peace sign. In the spirit of Curious Disposition and our logo, I chose a light bulb.

Use a foam brush to evenly spread some paint onto your new stamp and start stampin’. I chose to do mine in a diagonal-line pattern. It wasn’t perfect, but I wasn’t going for perfect.

I got a smaller paintbrush and some gold paint and added some details to some of the light bulbs. Wait for your fabric to dry completely. Since I live in a house with a cat and a dog, I hung mine up for 45 minutes or so.

After your fabric is done drying, hem the two short sides. Just fold under twice and sew with a straight line. I needed, you’ll need to cut your fabric to the correct size. My pillow form was a 15″ square, so I needed my fabric to be 17″ x 37″. (The way I got those measurements: 15″ plus 2″ for seam allowance = 17″; 15″ x 2 = 30″ plus 5″ for an overlap plus 2″ seam allowance = 37″.)

Fold into thirds, and then overlap the two a little bit more, as much as you can to make a square. Sew down the sides, leaving a 1″ seam allowance.

Turn right side out and put your pillow inside its new case.

And you’re done! The next time I do this, I think I’ll make a wall hanging with crescent moon shapes, or maybe unique (and inexpensive) gift wrapping using brown paper bags.

DIY Denim Pouf

Old jeans are pretty much the perfect reusable material when you feel like upcycling something for basically no cost. I had a few pairs of jeans sitting in my drawers that were either falling apart or no longer fit and I thought I could recycle them into this chic pouf.

You’ll need lots of denim in contrasting blues. I used three pairs of jeans and an old denim jacket.

First, I cut my jeans into four 5″ x 18″ strips, placed them right sides together and sewed, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Then I did the same thing to six 4.5″ x 9″ strips.

I was going for an abstract-looking pattern, so I sewed my two rectangles together right sides together with the four-strip rectangle perpendicular to the six-strip rectangle.

I cut the strip rectangle into a 17″ circle. This circle will be the top of your pouf.

Then, I cut more strips of jeans, this time there were nine of them and they were 15″ x 8″.

I sewed all of the 15″ x 8″ strips into a long rectangle similar to the first step of rectangular strips. Then I sewed the first and last 15″ x 8″ strips right sides together to form a large tube. Remember to use a one inch seam allowance. I pinned that onto the top of the pouf, right sides together. This will be the sides of your pouf.

During this time, I also made a 17″ circle for the bottom of the pouf out of random denim scraps from a jean jacket.

After you’ve sewn the top pouf circle to the striped sides, get your scissors and clip the seam allowance perpendicular to the seam, but don’t cut too close. This will allow for a more professional-looking appearance when the pouf is turned right side out.

Grab the 17″ bottom circle of your pouf and pin it, right sides together, to the sides of the pouf. Sew, leaving a 1″ seam allowance, as well as a 5″ opening so you can turn the pouf right side out.

Turn it right side out and start stuffing with some poly-fil. I used some old pillows to truly make this upcycle-friendly.

Pin the 5″ opening you had left before, and sew it closed using a ladder stitch.

Optionally, you could add a button to the top, but you would need to add it before you stitch your opening closed. I found an extra-large button wandering around in my craft bin and I thought it would be the perfect final touch for the pouf. I just threaded a needle with some thick thread (think embroidery thread) and pulled it down through all of the stuffing so I knew it would stay in place.

I just love the way it turned out. The contrasting hues of denim blue are great.