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Mystical and Marvelous Aprons {With a Giveaway!}

If you’ve been following the Sew Thrifty blog for a while, you now I love a good deal. But over the past year I’ve been more convicted on not just saving money and finding things as cheap as possible, but also making sure my money is going to a good cause and that what I’m buying is ethically made. While I can’t always know everything about a product, I strive to. And today, I’m so excited to share with you a new fabric line by Lewis & Irene that donates to the Act for Wildlife.  Since the fabric is Chinese-inspired, the proceeds go towards helping Giant and Red Pandas. And it just so happened we checked out a whole bunch of panda books at the library last week! Ok, enough rambling about how awesome this whole thing is and on to what I made!

Minshan Apron fabric from Phat Quarters {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

(I received 1 yard of fabric from Phat Quarters for this post. All opinions are my own.)

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I’ve been meaning to make my kiddos aprons for a while. **cough cough** maybe since last Valentine’s Day. Oh well, a year later and here we are. So, once I looked at all the gorgeous options in this fabric line, I knew I was going to make aprons for my little chefs. It couldn’t have been more perfect – Carpenter LOVES dragons and River has a thing for pandas right now. I’m sure she’ll change, but hey, for now I’ll take it!

Minshan Apron fabric from Phat Quarters {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} Minshan Apron fabric from Phat Quarters {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I used Aesthetic Nest’s tutorial and pattern, which uses 1 fat quarter for the front and 1 fat quarter for the back of the apron. (I used another fat quarter I had in my stash for the back). There is one tiny pattern piece that you cut out and then use for the pocket on the front. It really couldn’t be any easier. I did have to add a few inches to the panda fabric because I didn’t think about the direction of the print when deciding to do this project. But, I love the black band on the bottom.

Also, to make this more sew thrifty style, see those neck ribbons?! Yea, I used the ribbon that ties around Target sheets. I just so happened to have a pink one and a white one. It already had velcro attached to it, so I just did some moving around, attaching one velcro piece to the apron and viola! Free ribbon to use for the top part of the apron.

Minshan Apron fabric from Phat Quarters {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

To bring the two aprons together, I used the panda fabric as the pocket on the dragon apron and vice versa.

Minshan Apron fabric from Phat Quarters {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

And now, let’s get cookin’!

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And you have to go check out what everyone else made with this beautiful fabric!

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What’s great is that these aprons only took me 1 fat quarter each. And so now I have 1 fat quarter each to give away to YOU! Enter below for your chance to win 1 fat quarter of red dragons and 1 fat quarter of pandas.

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Giveaway recipient receives 1 unwashed fat quarter of Lucky Dragon on Red and 1 unwashed fat quarter of Panda Temple on Light Gray. Offer available only to U.S. residents. Giveaway ends February 14, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Homemade Face Wash

This blog will be dedicated mostly to sewing, but here lately I’ve been dabbling in making other homemade goodies as well: frappuccinos, loaf bread, coffee creamer, yogurt, granola, and most recently… homemade face wash!

The motivation behind making my own is that I have a better idea about how the product is made with the hopes of reducing my slavery footprint. Lately, I have been doing a lot of research on where and how products are made, and the results are not something that I can live with comfortably. So, while I am extremely overwhelmed with what to do, I am slowly making more things at home. Making my own clothes comes naturally for me, but homemade food and household products are a whole other beast.

Well, the other day I was running out of face wash. So, instead of rushing to the store and buy another $8 bottle, I researched and found several recipes online.  This is the one I ended up with since I wanted to use oatmeal and didn’t want to use more than 2-3 ingredients. I’m lazy.

Want to give it a try? It’s super simple.

Ingredients
~1/2 cup of oats
1 package powdered (dry) milk

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Directions
Step 1: Grind up oats to a fine consistency

Step 2: Mix 1/2 c of the ground oats with 1 package of powdered milk. You can add more oats if you’d like depending on how much scrub you want. Since this will be my main cleanser, I wanted it to be more milky and less scrub-y.

Done!

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My kids wanted to watch me the first time I washed my face with it, so that was amusing. And it felt great! I just put some water in my hands and mixed in about 2 tablespoons of the powder. Washed and dried. Afterwards my face felt amazingly soft and very clean.  {I tend to have dry skin, so what works for me may not work for you}.

Here’s the breakdown:

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Have you ever made face wash or another household product? I’m excited to try something else next!

Shopkins Pillow

Now that the big 6 year old has her birthday present, I can share what I made for her…are you ready!?

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Yep, that’s a Shopkins Pillow!  Zappy Microwave! (I think…I’m learning all about these little guys from a 6 year old and her mom, so I really have no idea)

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I have been convicted to not buy any plastic-y toys or clothes lately (reasoning needs to be it’s own full post), so I resorted to Etsy and my own craftiness for my niece’s birthday. I was informed that she loved Shopkins, so I had to be creative on what to make her. As I was brainstorming a shirt design, her mom made a joke about a pillow! Well, she might have been joking, but I thought that was brilliant, so it stuck. I couldn’t even think about making her a t-shirt now with an awesome microwave pillow stuck in my head. 🙂

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The majority of the pillow was made from Target jersey sheets, the yellow being part of a pillowcase. The full pillow measured about 15″ wide by 9.5″ tall. Once I had the form of the pillow measured out, I appliqued on the pink and black sections. You can see in the photo above that I stitched in yellow accent stitching to make the keypad.

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I was a bit nervous about painting on the “12:00.” I just don’t have a skinny brush like I should, but a toothpick came to the rescue! I just dabbed a bit in the paint and gently (slowly, carefully…) wrote out the numbers. It helped that I had marked them in chalk prior to painting. 🙂

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The eyes, mouth, nose, and legs were also free-hand painted on using toothpicks and brushes.

And here’s the breakdown:

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