DIY Style Fun: Adding Kantha Fabric to a Denim Jacket

I’d previously mentioned that I was on a bit of a denim jacket kick. I love to wear them as a more casual topper with work dresses and skirts, and also as the normal lightweight jacket option for commuting. When I was working on a previous embroidered jacket project (you can find it here), I came across a photo of a denim jacket with scraps of fabric integrated into it’s design… and that image lived in my head for awhile.

One day while out-and-about thrifting, I found a super soft denim jacket with a fun interior fabric for just $15.

It reminded me of my inspiration image, so I scooped it up and continued thinking about what I wanted to do to personalize it. Well, I had purchased a Kantha quilt in May 2021 and suddenly had the thought of how great Katha fabric would look on the back of the jacket!

There was no way I was cutting apart my beautiful quilt, so I started checking Poshmark for Kantha fabric options. I ended up finding a couple Kantha vintage scarves and bought them for about $30 total.

Each scarf had different fabrics involved in the design, so I played with them for awhile to determine the perfect combo for my jacket.

Once I decided on a final design, I pinned the fabric strips to the jacket and used the sewing machine to sew each strip down around the boarder. Then, I went in by hand with white thread and followed along with the existing Kantha stitching to better secure the fabric.

Last, I picked a couple elements to trace the stitching with embroidery thread – the flower and a small heart.

Here’s the finished project:

I’m so happy with how it all turned out and it’s a super fun addition to my denim jacket collection!

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DIY Jungle Animal Baby Shower Favors

It is a baby boom up in here with first my brother and wife’s baby (now 1), then my sister Katie and her husband’s baby (born over the summer) and now my sister Kelsey and her husband’s baby (December due date). I shared the Adorable Personalized M&M Favors I did for Katie’s baby shower back in June. Well, now it’s baby shower favor time for Kelsey’s jungle animal themed shower!

I’m pretty sure Kelsey isn’t a regular blog reader, but if so… LOOK AWAY from this post!

I wanted to do something edible and also tie in the jungle animal theme, which brought me to animal crackers. I mean, they’re perfect! I got a gigantic tub of animal crackers at Costco and also ordered cellphone baggies and some animal themed stickers off Amazon.

I made about 30 baggies of crackers and also mixed in a box of Zebra cakes, just for funsies. I mean, LOOK how cute they turned out:

I was going to use the same basket that I had thrifted for Katie’s shower favors, but needed a bit more space. So, I repurposed this green rope basket that I bought when Jack was a little baby to hold all the treats. The fun green colors also tie in well with the jungle theme.

And with that, I think I’m DONE on baby showers for a while. However, I’m just getting started with all the baby snuggling!

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DIY Bathroom: Before & After with Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Our downstairs bathroom has seemed like one of those that will always be a work in progress. It is super tiny, but it is the only bathroom on the first floor of our house, so it gets lots of use.

In January, we ended up tearing out the pedestal sink that took up a ton of space with NO storage, and replacing it with a small 18” vanity. I also painted the existing wood mirror/light combo white to match the new sink base and called it a day.

And yes, I know the sink and mirror are white but the toilet is almond colored. I thought it would bother me a lot more, but when your sink is ripped out of your wall and Home Depot only has a white sink option, you get over it real quick!

Lately, I’ve been thinking about changing the color of the bathroom. The turquoise was just seeming too aggressive lately and I was thinking of switching it to something a bit more muted. A few months ago, I brought home paint chips, stuck them to the wall, stared at them awhile and then pulled them all down because they were all pretty much the same color as what we had. Then, a couple weekends ago, I brought home another stack of paint chips and started all over again. I had narrowed it down to two ‘maybe’ colors when Jack and I needed to run out to Target.

And in Target, I somehow ended up in the wallpaper aisle. And then, my cart suddenly filled with a roll of wallpaper, a turquoise towel with tassels, and a wooden sign.

Oops.

NONE of that was planned.

I decided it would be a fun afternoon project though, so when I got home I grabbed my wallpaper supplies from my office wallpaper project and got to work.

Here’s what I had for this project:

Here is the before:

Here is the after!

I have to say, the Opalhouse wallpaper was absolute junk compared to the wallpaper I used for my office project. It was thinner, kept sticking to itself, and you can see everywhere that there is a seam. If I had started using this wallpaper, I probably would not have done another wallpaper project until the memory faded in like 10 years. It. Was. Awful.

However, with that being said… I’m so in love with my updated bathroom. I even made a cute little video for Instagram that I watched probably 20 times:

Also, the letter sign makes me laugh every time I walk by that room.

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