If you've got 5 minutes, you'll love this quick and easy solution to remove pilling from your favorite outfit. This smart DIY hack will save you big bucks!

Yes, this photo below is what a pair of my leggings used looked like. And I wore them. Alot. They’re maternity pants that were NOT cheap, but felt cheap after a couple wears. Pilling started almost immediately. But I continued to wear them … because well working from home every day, I’ve been known to wear a lot worse.

I told Joe, my husband, how frustrated I was that these expensive maternity pants were pilling after wearing them a handful of times and he laughed saying ‘I thought that was how they were supposed to look.’ #wardrobefail

If you've got 5 minutes, you'll love this quick and easy solution to remove pilling from your favorite outfit. This smart DIY hack will save you big bucks!

Happy to tell you that I was able to find a solution that didn’t involve throwing good money down the drain. Yes, it’s possible to remove pilling on your own! But as I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy, I’m kicking myself for wearing these overpriced pilled ridden pants for so long without fixing them sooner. Especially considering the fix took me all of 5 minutes. #liveandlearn

Supplies 

  • Cheap razor (the cheaper the better …. like this one)
  • Paper towel
  • Lint roller 
  • Your pilled clothing!

If you've got 5 minutes, you'll love this quick and easy solution to remove pilling from your favorite outfit. This smart DIY hack will save you big bucks!

Remove Pilling

The first thing I did was iron my pants. Although it’s not essential, I was a little nervous that shaving my pants would rip the fabric. Well, this ended up not being an issue at all, but I’m a ‘better safe than sorry’ type of gal.

Save your good razors for your legs. Seriously. Skip the fancy ones that have the moisture strips or soap bars on the side (it will actually cause more pilling than it will remove). A cheap no frills razor will be most effective. Just make sure it’s a sharp new one.

Pull the fabric taut with one hand and lightly shave one section at a time. This will prevent you from cutting through the garment.

If you've got 5 minutes, you'll love this quick and easy solution to remove pilling from your favorite outfit. This smart DIY hack will save you big bucks!

As the razor gets full (and it will quickly!), wipe it off with a paper towel. This mound of pilling was just the beginning!

If you've got 5 minutes, you'll love this quick and easy solution to remove pilling from your favorite outfit. This smart DIY hack will save you big bucks!

I found it easier to place my garmet on a hard surface whiling shaving it instead of carpet.

Now not all the pilling stuck onto the razor so I also rolled a lint roller over the paints to collect the remains.

If you've got 5 minutes, you'll love this quick and easy solution to remove pilling from your favorite outfit. This smart DIY hack will save you big bucks!

Depending on how much pilling there is, it make take you a quick minute or a little longer to get your garmet back to it’s original state. Do as I say and not as I do …. don’t wait too long to tackle this project after you see pilling on your clothes!

If you've got 5 minutes, you'll love this quick and easy solution to remove pilling from your favorite outfit. This smart DIY hack will save you big bucks!

Prevent Pilling

Even though this was a pretty simple little project, it’s always best to try to prevent pilling from starting in the first place:

  • Turn your garments inside out before washing and drying.
  • Liquid laundry detergent is more gentle on clothing, as is using the gentle cycle (duh)!
  • When possible, hang dry your clothes instead of using the dryer. The dryer is the big pilling culperate.
  • Make sure not to overload your washer. Cramming too many garmets in prevents the from moving around and causes damage to the surface.

May your expensive clothes continue to look EXPENSIVE and hopefully pilling never goes in style!

If you've got 5 minutes, you'll love this quick and easy solution to remove pilling from your favorite outfit. This smart DIY hack will save you big bucks!

 

 

 

 

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Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Awkwardly short pants make me cringe. So much so that I can barely look at this photo above. I was cringing the entire time I put on these pants and took the photo. Being tall (5’10”), I’ve forever had a paranoia about my pants being too short. I even started doing my laundry in elementary school just to ensure my parents didn’t accidentally shrink my pants in the wash. (Now that I’m older I’m realizing that was one of the best parenting tricks EVER.)

Being a gal that loves to get good deals on her clothes, I’ve always struggled with finding size long on sale. Apparently all the tall girls buy their pants full price during the current season leaving no availability on the last season clearance rack. Ugh. Not willing to pay full price on anything, I’ve had to come up with a solution that didn’t involve the photo above: ALTERATIONS.

Now if I won’t buy my pants full price, you better believe I won’t pay to get a hem taken out.

Now put your sewing machines away because this alteration solution is SEW FREE!

Supplies to Hem Pants

  • Scissor
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Seam ripper 
  • Measuring tape
  • Hemming tape (I strongly recommend Wonder Tape 1/4 inch. Regardless which one you buy, make sure the width is under 1 inch so that you can use it on a variety of projects)

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Instructions 

Before you jump in and do anything to your pants,  flip them inside out and see how much extra hem (aka – extra fabric sewn inside) is available. It feels like Christmas morning when I discover a pair of pants has at least an 1 1/2 inch of hem. Seriously. Now decide how much of that extra hem you want to use to lengthen your pants. Or if you’re looking to shorten your pants, you don’t have to worry about available hem. Just decide how much you want to take in!

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Using your seam ripper, slowly rip the thread holding your bottom pant seam together. Once you’ve ripped the thread all the way around the leg bottom, pull the loose thread out to clean it up.

Roll your pants down a little so that you see the inside of the pants (photo below). Even though I’m extending the length of the pants, I need to make a SMALL fold at the very end of my pants (typically about 1/2 inch). I iron this fold so that it’s even, ensuring its the same height around the pant. This fold is to ‘hold’ my sewing tape. This is another reason why I really like my 1/4 inch sewing tape!

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Flip the pant leg over and repeat with your 2nd strip of fabric tape. Then repeat for the other pant leg. Unfold your pants and iron again to remove any additional creases.

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Ahhhh … so much better!

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Hem pants without sewing ... step by step guide for the easiest alterations EVER!

Learning to hem pants has never been so easy (and quick)!

 

 

 

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Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

I recently got tired of our guest bedroom decor and decided to spruce it up in more of a ‘mid century modern’ style. I was looking for pillows to add a touch of color and texture, but couldn’t find anything reasonably priced. (Since when have pillows gotten so expensive?!?!)

Realizing that I already have many pillows from past room designs, my most economical option was to create my own pillow covers. The fabric that I bought was under $10/pillow at Joann’s Fabric.

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

Now my sewing skills are on par with my cooking skills, which means my capabilities with a sewing machine are equivalent to mastering the crock-pot. But don’t worry, I have mastered a mean BBQ in the crockpot as well as these easy sewing envelope pillows!

This tutorial will show you how to whip out an envelope pillow case cover in under 15 minutes!

What you need:

  • 1 pillow or pillow insert
  • Fabric (I opt for one yard per pillow and always end up with more than enough. Better safe than sorry.)
  • Tape measure
  • Sewing scissors (I prefer Fiskars)
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine (I’ve had my Singer for over a decade!)
  • Thread (with a color that matches your fabric)
  • Iron
  • Iron-on adhesive tape (optional)

1. Always iron your fabric before you dig in to any sewing project! Measuring and cutting wrinkled fabric can get you in to trouble later within the project.

2. If you don’t already know the width and length of your pillow, measure it with a fabric measuring tape. Mine was 18 x 18.

3. You’ll need to cut 3 pieces of fabric. I use the Fiskar Rotary Cutting Set to help measure and cut my fabric. If you’re a rookie sewer and don’t plan to do more than these pillows, it likely isn’t worth it. But if you do sew somewhat often, I HIGHLY recommend it. Well worth the purchase. It makes cutting and measuring WAY easier.

  • First piece should be 1 inch longer than your pillow on each side (so mine was 19 x 19).
  • The second and third pieces should be 1 inch longer than your pillow on one side and 5 inches shorter (so mine was 19 x 13). These pieces will be the ‘envelope’.

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

4. On EACH of the smaller envelope pieces you’ll create a nice finished seam on ONE of the longer sides. Instead of sewing I prefer to use the iron-on adhesive tape, but you can definitely opt to sew. Regardless of which option you choose, first fold & iron down about 1/2 an inch. Then either tape/iron or pin/sew the seem.

5. Now you’re ready to compile your fabric and sew. Lay down the larger first piece of fabric right side facing up. Then put one of the smaller pieces on top, right side down (finished seem in the middle). Finally place the last small piece on top of that, again right side down & finished seem in the middle. Your two smaller pieces should overlap in the middle as this will be the ‘envelop’.

6. Now pin along all the edges about 1 inch in. You won’t pin the middle at all since that’s the envelope.

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

7. Dust off that sewing machine, because step 7 is all about the sewing! Make sure to use a thread that is either the same color as your solid fabric or a predominant color within a patterned fabric. If either white or black is largely predominant, I prefer to use thread that’s either of those colors. Sew at a 1/2 inch around the edges.

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

8. Turn your pillow case right side out.

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

9. Now my favorite part: stuff your pillow inside and you’re done!

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

This is an easy way to completely transform an out-dated pillow. Even if you’re not planning on doing a room make-over it can be fun to swap out your pillows during different times of the year!

I hope your pillows are as good as my crock-pot meals!

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

 

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Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

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