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How to Make a No Sew T-Shirt Scarf

DIY tshirt scarf

How to Make a No Sew T-Shirt Scarf: Fall is upon us and that means scarf season is here. We found an easy to make t-shirt scarf that didn’t require a sewing machine, so we decided to give it a try.

This really was super easy, and only took about 15 minutes from start to finish. Check out our how-to video. We also have the directions below.

Supplies: All you need is an extra-large t-shirt (we used 3XL), fabric scissors, 8 inch paper plate and some fabric glue.

Lay out your t-shirt on a flat surface and cut just above the seam on the bottom of the shirt and just below the arms all the way across.

Take your plate and trace as many circles as you can on the shirt. We were able to get 5 circles on our 3XL shirt. Cut out all the circles, keeping the front and back pieces together.

Weve Tried It Infinity Scarf sm

Easy How to Crochet Infinity Scarf

Weve Tried It Infinity ScarfEasy Infinity Scarf Pattern

Easy How to Crochet Infinity Scarf: I will admit that I am challenged at times when it comes to DIY projects. When my daughter asked me to make her an infinity scarf I searched out the easiest pattern I could find.

Some patterns I checked out were misleading (their idea of easy and mine differ.) One that I found was how to make an infinity scarf in 30 minutes with your hands. It took me twenty minutes just to figure out step 1. Moving on…

This YouTube video ‘Easy Crochet Infinity Scarf’ was just what I was looking for. In the video she said that it would take one to two hours to make. I finished my first one right at the 2 hour mark. The second scarf I made went way faster.

Infinity Scarf Yarn

I used a P hook 11.5 mm and 142 gram yarn. Bulky yarn works best. It took 3 skeins of yarn to make one scarf. Check out the video.

If you decide to make an infinity scarf using this pattern we want to know how it went for you. Be sure to come back and let us know or post a picture on our Facebook page.


How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

Tissue Paper Flowers

DIY Giant Tissue Paper Flowers: We saw these great flowers decorating the wall at a local antique shop and thought they would look great in our girls rooms.

10 Sheets tissue paper per flower
String, yarn or zip tie

Lay the tissue paper out in front of you with the shorter side towards you. Accordion fold the tissue paper making each fold about 1 inch all the way to the end.

Tie the center mark of the paper, making sure it is good and secure. If you are using string or yarn use a double knot. We used zip ties.


How to Turn a Scarf Into a Vest

How to turn a scarf into a vest

How to Turn a Scarf Into a Vest: Our good friends Jacque and Jenni checked out a video we had posted a while back on how to turn a scarf into a vest in under a minute and they decided to give it a try.

We asked Jacque if it was easy to do and how long it took, “OMG, yes! It took under 30 seconds.” They sent us many pictures of Jenni modeling her new vest. We think it looks great!

How to make a vest from a scarf

You can check out the original video below.

If you decide to try it out, send us a comment and let us know what you think! Be sure to follow Jenni and Jacque and Team Howard on Facebook.

crochete crown

Crochet Baby Crown Pattern Free

Baby Crown

Crochet Baby Crown Pattern Free: While scrolling through my Facebook feed I saw a photo of a baby girl with a crocheted crown on her head and almost died from the cuteness! Seriously! I can’t remember who posted the picture otherwise I would have asked for permission to share it.

On a mission to have a few made for an upcoming baby shower, we commissioned Shirley’s mother Tresa. She not only made one, but made 3 in one day! Starting off with a 0-3 months, she moved on to making a bigger one for the big sister to wear too!

MJ Crocheted Crown

The first one Tresa made she did not make the tail long enough and it took about an hour to complete going step by step. The other 2 only took about 15 minutes each.

DIY crochet baby crown

Tresa is excited to make more of these adorable crowns to donate to a local fundraiser. She did not have Simply Soft yarn, but used the baby yarn she had available, which is a little thinner.

Instead of posting the pattern on our site, we thought we should give credit where credit is due and send you right over to Stitch11.com.

Crochet Baby Crown


Homemade toothpaste

How to Make Toothpaste Using Coconut Oil

Homemade Toothpaste Recipe Weve Tried It

How to Make Toothpaste using Coconut Oil: Our plan has always been to try and make each and every beauty product that we use daily.  In the wake of recent headlines accusing Colgate Toothpaste of using cancer causing ingredient triclosan, we thought this may be the perfect time for some homemade toothpaste.

DIY health and beauty products have many benefits; budget friendly and free of most harmful chemicals.  The toothpaste recipe we found on Family Sponge was very simple and took less than 5 minutes to make.

6 tbsp coconut oil
6 tbsp baking soda
25 drops essential oil (whatever you prefer— I used Peppermint)


Mix all ingredients together thoroughly in a bowl. Pour into a mason jar and seal it up until ready to use.

Using a popsicle stick to get it out of the jar and onto your toothbrush works well. Do not dip your brush directly into the jar, you will be spreading the germs from your brush into the unused toothpaste.

The recipe we found online called for 1 tsp stevia (or more if you like it sweeter.) Since we did not have any on hand, we made ours without. The baking soda taste comes through pretty strong without the stevia, so next time we are at the store we will pick some up and add it in.

My teeth definitely feel clean after brushing with homemade recipe.

Do you make your own toothpaste? Comment below and tells us what you do different.

Dish soap diy

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe

Homemade Dishwashing Detergent

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Recipe: We have made the change to many different homemade cleaning products and figured it was high time we try out a homemade dishwasher detergent.

After looking around the internet it seemed almost all recipes were basically the same. We ended up going with a recipe on FromFaye.com.

2 c Borax
2 c Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
2 c Citric Acid or Lemi Shine (we used Lemi Shine)
1 c Kosher Salt

Directions: Mix all ingredient in a medium size bowl and leave out for a couple of days to dry. Be sure to stir often. Keep stored in an airtight container.

Dishwashing Detergent

Use 1 tbsp per load.

We had read several complaints about the detergent getting clumpy and hard, so we left ours out on the kitchen counter and every time I walked through I gave it a good stir. After 2 days of doing this we haven’t had any problems with clumping.

After purchasing all these items we were questioning whether this was actually a money-saving tip. We compared the prices and amounts used, calculated that the price per batch is around $4.50. 80 loads per batch when you use 1 tbsp. which comes out to 6 cents per load. The cost for our regular brand Cascade Complete is $7.25 for 155 ounces which comes out to 13 cents per load when following the guidelines. That really is quite a savings for just a couple of minutes of work.

Do you have a great homemade cleaning product you love? Comment below we would love to hear about it.

If you missed our post on how to make laundry detergent you can find that here.

Foaming hand soap

How to Make Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Foaming Soap

How to Make Foaming Hand Soap: Want to save a bunch of money on hand soap? This is so easy and as long as you are making yourself some you might as well make a bottle for a friend too.

If you were to buy foaming hand soap in the store it would run you anywhere from $2.50 – $3.50 per bottle. Never throw away empty foaming bottles, save them and make your own.

Simply pour 2 tbs of regular hand soap into your foaming hand soap container and fill the rest with water. Shake gently and it is ready to use.

Foaming Soap

I tried this about a month ago and was worried that the mixture would separate while sitting, but it didn’t.  My DIY foaming soap has worked great every time.

My Earth Friendly hand soap was $3.49 for 17 oz. I will be able to make 8 bottles of foaming hand soap from this one bottle. That is a savings of between $17.00-$20.00 just using the one bottle of hand soap.

You can also add a few drops of essential oils to your soap to add a pleasant fragrance. Don’t want a plastic bottle sitting next to your beautiful sink? Go for a fancier look and purchase a reusable foaming bottle.

Do you have any great money saving tips? Comment below we would love to hear from you.

DIY iron on

How to Make Iron On Sandpaper Art T-Shirt

Sandpaper T Shirt Iron On

How to Make Iron On Sandpaper Art T-Shirt: Summer vacation can get a bit long when you’re at home with kids. I’m always searching for easy craft projects to keep my daughter busy and came upon sandpaper iron-on’s. I decided to give it a try on my own before we try it together.

Supplies needed: 1 piece of sandpaper (maybe keep a few extra around in-case you make a mistake), a t-shirt, crayons, wax paper and an iron. Lucky for me I was able to find my iron hidden in the back of the laundry area looking brand new!

Sandpaper art

Have your kids color a picture on the sandpaper. Keep in mind that the picture will be reversed so, if they are doing letters they need to be written backwards. (I just wrote the letters and turned over the paper for reference.)

Make sure to color the picture heavy on the paper to get a lot of wax on the sandpaper. Then put a piece of wax paper inside the shirt to avoid bleeding of the image onto the back of the shirt as well.

Iron on decal

Place the sandpaper artwork face down onto front of shirt. Lay a sheet of wax or parchment paper on top of sandpaper. Iron the back of sandpaper for a good 30 seconds or so to melt the crayon wax and allow it to release onto the shirt.

Place the shirt in the dryer for about 20 minutes, this will help the wax to set into the shirt.

WTI Shirt

To my surprise the transfer worked very well. You can definitely tell that the original drawing was done with crayon, but I like how that really shows off the original drawing. This is a great way to keep a souvenir of your children’s artistic abilities.

Do you have some fun projects that you have done with your kids this summer? Comment below and let us know, we are always looking for ideas.

How to shirt

DIY Fashion: Turn a T-Shirt Into a Tank Top

Turn a tshirt into a tank top

DIY Fashion: Turn a T-shirt Into a Tank Top. We are excited to feature Claire Courtney as our feature teenage DIY guest. We think you will agree that she is pretty crafty!

Claire found a tutorial on crafterhours.com to turn a t-shirt into a tank top and she did a great job.

Step 1: Pick out a t-shirt and make five cuts. Each sleeve just inside the seam, and one straight across just underneath the collar. Then make a cut that trims the bottom hem off and one that creates a drawstring just above where the hem is removed.

Tshirt 2

The rest of the process is pretty straightforward. Here’s an illustration of your two lines of stitching in the straps.  After stitching you may decide to trim away excess fabric.

Tshirt 3

You can switch up the straps any way you want, knots, bows, tie them on one side or two. You could give your shirt more color by cutting fabric from a different color shirt for the straps. Check out Claire’s finished project – We can’t wait to see what she works on next! Be sure to show her some love and pin this to your DIY Fashion board on Pinterest.

Tshirt 4

What a great way to keep busy on summer break! We would love to feature your project on Weve Tried It. Leave us a comment below and we will let you know how to submit your picture tutorial and story.

Did you see our post on turning a t-shirt into a skirt? Check that story out here.