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Thrift Store Refashion into Little Girl’s Dress

One of my top tips when on the hunt for a thrift store find, is to keep your eyes open for patterns and prints that you love. That was the case with this oversized women’s button up shirt.

As my sister and I walked through the aisles of clothing at our last thrift store hunt, this bright print caught my eye. I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do with it, but the print yelled “spring” at me. So for $3, I snatched it up!

Easy way to take your thrift store find and refashion into a new girl's dress. Easy DIY sewing project to makeover your thrift store find. Continue Reading →

3 Ways to Refashion Your Wardrobe for Summer

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The feeling you get when the warm sunrays shine down on your face trickles through your entire body. Summer is almost here and you might be wondering where you are going to find the money to replenish the sad remains of a winter wardrobe lingering in your closet.

Not all of us can afford to go out and buy brand new clothes with each season. Or maybe you can? If that’s not you, then you are in the right place!

My mind is telling me that I really need an entire new closet full of clothes but my wallet is telling me that I am only allowed to go pick out one item from the clearance rack.

With these three ideas on how to refashion your winter wardrobe into summer, I think we will be able to satisfy both our minds and wallets!

3 Easy and cheap ways to refashion for $0! FREE refashion ideas. Summer Refashion Tips to transform your winter wardrobe into summers favorite outfits. Continue Reading →


$2 DIY Infinity Scarf Tutorial in 10 Minutes

Making your own DIY infinity scarf is so simple and really fast...it seriously did only take me 10 minutes!  I love this easy to follow infinity scarf tutorial!  It was super simple and fun to make with my kids!  This infinity scarf also makes such a perfect homemade inexpensive gift!

What is super cute? Super fashionable. Can freshen up your winter wardrobe in seconds and can be created in less than 10 minutes?

You don’t even need to be a professional seamstress! If you have a sewing machine handy and are able to sew a straight line, then you are in business!

What if I told you, all it would cost you is about $2? Doesn’t this little DIY project just keep sounding better and better! Are you ready to get started yet?

If the thought of sewing makes you a little anxious don’t worry! I am by no means anything near resembling a seamstress. I can use a sewing machine for a straight line and that about it and the good news is that’s about all you need to know for this DIY infinity scarf project!

Here is the easiest way how to make an infinity scarf in only 10 minutes! VIDEO Tutorial easily teaches you how to make your own $2 DIY infinity scarf with simple step-by-step VIDEO instructions. Perfect beginner sewing project!
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How to Make Fabric Pumpkins

Where you able to jump in on my LIVE craft party we had last week? It was SO much fun! If you don’t already then you will definitely want to follow me on Periscope so you don’t miss out next time!

You can do that by going here periscope.tv/penniestopearls and clicking the follow button. It is a free app that you can get on your phone, so don’t worry about that! Not only do I do monthly LIVE craft parties on there but I share daily frugal fabulous tips and we all get to chat while I’m doing it. Super fun!

So on last weeks broadcast craft party we I shared with you how to make fabric pumpkins just like these ones. They are super super easy to make and don’t take a lot of time at all!

How to Make Fabric Pumpkins. Step by step tutorial on how to make fabric pumpkins in less than 10 minutes. Continue Reading →

Darling DIY Pencil Case Tutorial

Get ready for a super cute and super easy sewing project brought to you from Charlene over at Thinking Outside the Pot. Not only is this tutorial super easy to follow along and you end up with a really cute DIY pencil case at the end but she has even more great ideas on her blog! So make sure to check it out once you get all these tips. 

Thanks again Charlene for sharing your super cute craft with us! 

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Brittany contacted me at the beginning of the summer to see if I wanted to do this post. I was so excited to do a back-to-school post for her. I love Pennies into Pearls. It is such a fun site, and I love how much you can learn from Brittany.

Her motto of making pennies into pearls is just so clever. Sometimes it is just easier to go buy something rather than make it. Is it really saving you any money though? I think not! I love that so many things can be made yourself easier and cheaper rather than buying them.

If you visit my blog Thinking Outside the Pot you will see how much I love Diy projects. I have several different diy projects that I hope you all will love.

I am so in love with this new diy back-to-school pencil case I made! It’s so easy and I made it in about an hour. I am sure the next one I make I will be able to make it quicker though. They are just that easy. This would be a great project for your kids to do during those last weeks before school starts. Crazy that summer has flown by so fast, and school is about to start. Lets start out a great year with a pretty rad pencil bag. Enjoy!

How to Make Your Own DIY Pencil Case

Things you need:

1 fat quarter fabric for the lining

1 fat quarter fabric for the outside piece

1- 9 inch zipper


sewing machine

measuring tape


1st step: Cut both fabrics to be 9.5 x 5.5. You will need two of each fabric.

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2nd step: Place one of your outer pieces right-side up, and place the zipper face down along the long edge. Place the lining piece on top of the zipper, right-side down. Pin in place. With a zipper foot, sew all three layers together along the top edge.

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3rd step: Fold the sewn pieces out of the way, and sandwich the other half of the zipper between the other two pieces of fabric. Outer fabric right-side up, zipper right-side down, lining fabric right-side down. Pin in place, then sew this edge.

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4th step: Pull the fabric layers away from the zipper, and press with an iron.

5th step: Pin the lining fabrics together and the outer fabrics together, folding the seam allowance and zipper toward the lining. Make sure to leave your zipper halfway open. Also I always put two pins right where I am leaving an opening. This way you don’t forget to leave it open.

4th step bag

6th step: Sew around the edges of the lining and outer fabrics, leaving an opening of about 2 inches on the bottom of the lining.

7th step: Snip the corners and excess zipper tape, and turn the bag right-side-out by pulling the outer fabric through the gap in the lining. After you do this, you may need to fiddle with it to get the corners all straight. I pulled the lining out a little and used my sewing machine and sewed the opening up with a zig zag stitch.

pencil bag

Tip: if it bugs you that the lining is not attached to the outer fabric you can sew fusible lining between the fabrics then iron it. This will keep it in place. I just thought it worked great with out. 

Don’t forget to check out my blog Thinking Outside The Pot!

What do you think?
So don’t you just love this super easy and cheap idea from Charlene!? Have you ever made something like this before? Are you motivated to try it out? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear about your back to school projects! 


Cheap and Chic Bow Ties – How to Make a Bow Tie Tutorial

I knew I was going to need to know how to make a bow tie as soon as I found out I was pregnant with my son. What I didn’t know was how much I was going to fall in love with the cute little things (the bot ties and my baby boy) and want to put them on everything!

They are so simple to make and they don’t have to be just for boys! Add the bow tie onto a cute little hair clip and it’s all ready to dress up any outfit for your little girl or even yourself!

DIY Bow Ties - penniesintopearls.com - How to make a cute bow tie for your little girl, your little man, or for yourself! Quick VIDEO tutorial to show you how to make one yourself in less than 5 minutes! Continue Reading →


Last Years Pants Into This Years DIY Shorts

Do you have a hard time finding the perfect pair of shorts? I hope I am not the only one. Either I finally find a size that fits just right and the style has a lot lacking or I find a pair that is beyond cute and they do not fit me right. I can’t be the only one with this problem!

Adding lace to any piece of denim is super fabulous! Don’t you love how the dainty design of lace compliments the rustic feel of denim? If you walk into any clothing store right now, you are sure to see this style floating around.

DIY shorts - penniesintopearls.com - DIY lace shorts are a easy way to update your closet from winter to warm. Spring fashion 2015 and summer fashion 2015
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How to Make $2 Pillow Covers in 10 Minutes

Have you ever stopped yourself from buying something because you just knew that your kids would destroy it in a matter of minutes? That is the first thing I think about when buying anything for our house. “How durable is this?” “How fast is this going to look dirty?”

These pillow slipcovers are going to make your life so much easier! You can choose any fabric that matches your home décor. The best thing, since these are slipcovers they can be taken off and washed! No need to worry about little fingers destroying them.

How to Make $2 Pillow Covers in 10 minutes - penniesintopearls.com - these pillow covers are super easy and quick to make with this tutorial Continue Reading →


$2 DIY Chef Hat Tutorial

My first baby (I will always call all my kids my babies!) turned 4 this last week! She is no longer a toddler and is growing into a little girl! I am having a hard time with the whole growing up thing already and she is only 4!

I was talking with my sweet girl trying to decide what kind of party she wanted to have? She doesn’t watch a whole lot of TV so there wasn’t anything like that that appieled to her. We looked around Pinterest together and she pretty muched liked everything! Just like her mama! Then it hit me, she LOVES to help me in the kitchen. So what better theme for her party then a Chef Party?!

She loved the idea! And that was that! Decision made! Continue Reading →