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Lavender Neck Roll

When I was a kid, my mother had a lavender neck roll: a long skinny pillow filled with rice and lavender. When you had a headache, she would put it in the microwave then wrap it around your neck. It was perfect for soothing tense muscles and the smell was heavenly. It was also fantastic for keeping you warm on a chilly winter’s evening, so one of my brothers and I would fake headaches to be able to use it. Since I’m prone to headaches, I decided to buy one for myself. However, everything I found online was at least $20, which thought was a bit much. So, I decided to dig through my stash of fabric and come up with my own version. Fortunately I have a ton of lavender from my garden this summer. Don’t have access to lavender or don’t like it? Use another herb, like chamomile or mint, or infuse your rice with the essential oil of your choice.


  • 30 in by 9 in strip of fabric (flannel would be fabulous here)
  • 2x 9 inch piece of cotton webbing
  • 7 cups of rice or rice/herb mixture
  • needle, thread and straight pins

Start with a 30 in by 9 in piece of fabric.

Fold long ways so good side faces inward, pin long raw edges together, and mark 1/4 in.

Sew along that edge, then turn right side out and fold the edges of one of the short ends inward.

Tuck in the ends of one piece of webbing and sew them down while closing the end of the tube. You could probably leave the webbing off, but I like it because this thing gets really hot.

Next fill the tube with your rice mixture. I went with almost half and half rice and lavender, and it’s pretty powerful, which I love. You don’t want to completely stuff the pillow, because you want it to be able to curve around your neck.

Close the other short end by repeating the steps above.

Now that your neck roll is done, simply pop it in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes and enjoy. These things make great presents. I actually made two and sent one to my sister for her birthday and she loves it!




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Jersey Shrug

Being somewhat cold blooded and often finding myself needing to cover up a little, I’m a big fan of light weight cardigans and shrugs. However, I resent spending $20 (or more!) on something so basic. So, when I was on my t-shirt craft binge, I pinned this to one of my Pinterest boards. I’d agree that it would count as a more intermediate project, but I finished it by handsewing in about an hour, with a break or two for wine and cookies.

This time, grab a women’s fitted tee in a size that fits you. Cut a straight line down the middle of the front of the shirt. Then cut off the collar. If you were a smart blogger, now would be a good time to take a picture. If you’re not a blogger or get distracted by wine and cookies, fold the raw edges under by about an inch and pin down. The corner where the neck hits the front of the shirt might be a bit awkward, so feel free to trim it into a curved shape. Sew the edge down, leaving one continuous tube going up one side around the neck and down the other.

Cut a length of coordinating or matching ribbon (mine was 1/2 in diameter) the length of that entire tube. Thread through tube (a safety pin attached to one end of the ribbon is helpful for this step) then start to scrunch up ends.

Feel so exhausted by your efforts take a picture in your downstairs bathroom rather than walk all the way upstairs to the mirror without a toilet in the background.

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T-Shirt Tote

As I mentioned last week, a friend has challenged me to tackle some of the numerous t-shirt crafts I’ve added to my Pinterest boards. This week, I’ll show you my version of a t-shirt tote bag. It’s a great way to use that shirt that has that awesome graphic on it that you never wear or just doesn’t look quite right on you.

First, find a men’s or kids’ t-shirt with a graphic you like. Cut off the sleeves, then cut out the neckline in a wide U. This will form the handles of your bag.

I would recommend making those handles wider than I did: I neglected to factor in how much un-hemmed jersey rolls in on itself.  Next, flip the t-shirt inside out and sew a straight seam just above the bottom hem. If you want to be fancy, take the corners, spread the sides out from the hem seam to form points, and sew across to create boxed sides to your bag.

Curse yourself for using a black t-shirt since it photographs so poorly and wish you had a better command of English for describing such techniques. Finally, turn your creation inside out.

Ta-dah! You have an adorable, washable tote bag that squishes up small to fit in another bag. Take a final picture and be glad the hair your white dog decided to rub on your finished product doesn’t show up.


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Simple Jersey Skirt

Like many of you, I get a little obsessed with Pinterest sometimes. Lately one girlfriend and I have been passing back and forth pins for t-shirt crafts. Finally she challenged the two of us to actually start making some! With the pressure off from my giant test, I thought I’d share some of the crafts I’ve been doing. This one requires absolutely no sewing, which was awesome. I picked up the tee for this craft from the thrift store for a whopping $0.50 and had the ribbon in my stash.

Simply cut a t-shirt in a straight line beneath the armpits. Discard the top half. Snip vertical slits in the hem.

Feed a ribbon into one hole, through the hem and out the other slit. To make this easier, attach a safety pin to the end of the ribbon and tug that through the fabric. Once you’re done, tie knots on the end of the ribbon.

Spill a few drops of water on the skirt, flip it over and wonder what the heck you’ve made. Then put it on, admire your handiwork and take a poorly lit photo of it.

Simple Jersey Skirt

  • 1 men’s t-shirt that fits over your widest part
  • 1 ribbon that’s 6 inches longer than the circumference of your shirt
  • scissors
  1. Cut the shirt in a straight line underneath the arm pits.
  2. Snip 2 small vertical slits in the center of the hem.
  3. Thread ribbon into one hole, through hem, and out the other hole.
  4. Tie knots in the end of the ribbons.
  5. Put on and enjoy!


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DIY Scarf Hanger

In the past year or so, I’ve noticed more light weight scarves infiltrating my wardrobe. They’re an easy way to add a bit of color pattern to an outfit, cover up cleavage (something I’ve got to spare), and protect myself from drafty classrooms. But, they’re somewhat awkward to store and my dresser is already overflowing. A while back on Pinterest I saw an idea for a homemade scarf hanger that even I couldn’t mess up.

All you need is a plastic hanger, a set of shower curtain rings (available at the Dollar Store) and 12 pieces of ribbon or string, each at least 6 to 8 inches long (longer if you want bows instead of knots).

Knot the ribbon once around the skinny part of each ring. Then double knot the ribbon around the bottom part of the hanger.

Then simply feed your scarves through and take a slightly out of focus picture of it to show the internet that you have awesome craft and photography skills.


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