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Struggling to create a basic fabric Passport cover

Basic Fabric passport cover -- a DIY

Basic Fabric passport cover -- a DIY

Does anyone else have crafting materials that they absolutely love and can’t seem to use? Sometimes I buy things because they’re just perfect, and then I never can convince myself to just use the stuff for a craft project.

Anna Maria Horner fabric

One of those items for me is a set of Anna Maria Horner fabrics. Originally I intended to make a quilt top, but that’s so unlikely at this point. Now I’m trying to persuade myself to use the small swatches of fabric for other projects so I can actually enjoy it.

DIY Painted Yes Banner

DIY Painted Yes Banner by The Thrifty Ginger

DIY Painted Yes Banner by The Thrifty Ginger

I am big on affirmations and inspirational quotes. I try not to force them on others, but they totally work for me – refocusing my energy and calming me down. Recently there is all this bad news swirling around me, including my own layoff, and I just want to be positive and keep trudging forward. To keep a positive reminder in my life, I made a “yes” banner.

It’s modeled after the awesome banners made by Secret Holiday & Co. I feel bad copying their idea, but I couldn’t purchase one from them anyway—it’s sold out! (I’ll also note that theirs are completely sewn of fabric by a professional, and mine is the quick and dirty painted version by a beginner sewer)

Easy Denim Roads for Toy Cars

Easy denim roads for toy cars

Easy denim roads for toy cars

Toy cars are a lot of fun. They are most fun when you can plain out interesting places for your cars to drive to. This is why you need today’s project– roads for your cars– so they can get where they need to go. I would claim that this craft is specifically for little guys, but I had a blast creating tracks and driving my vehicles around.

Pair of old denim Lacoste jeans to cut up

DIY: Matching “Applique” Shirts

Matching DIY applique t-shirts // On The Thrifty Ginger

Matching DIY applique t-shirts // On The Thrifty Ginger

I am completely enamored with my toddler niece and doting on her makes me very happy. It makes me even happier to report that she claims me as her best friend, even when we haven’t seen each other for weeks at a time.

Knowing that we would be spending time together at Christmas, I wanted to make a special token of our “best friendship.” She’s still too little to reliably wear jewelry, so I decided to make matching tee shirts. Since the design had to be appropriate for both a toddler and a 20-something, I went with a double heart applique design.

Matching pink tee shirts

No-Sew Ruffle Tree Skirt

No sew ruffled tree skirt // on The Thrifty Ginger

No sew ruffled tree skirt // on The Thrifty Ginger

This ruffled tree skirt is a project that I have seen all over Pinterest and the Blogosphere. With Christmas quickly approaching, I just had to try it for myself!

White and tan fabric for tree skirt

For my version, I headed to Joann’s to pick up some inexpensive fabric. I wanted my tree skirt to have alternating colors, so I selected unbleached muslin and white broadcloth. I honestly was just looking for the cheapest fabric, and spent under $11 for both four yards of the white and 3 yards of the muslin. Ultimately, I might have over bought by about a yard of each color.