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Eyeglass Case from an old Tie

Old Tie, New Trick! Upcycle into a Case for your Glasses

Cut the tieI got the sewing bug yesterday! After going through our clothes and creating a donation pile, I sat there staring at all that beautiful fabric that was about to leave my house. I couldn’t handle it.

Surely I could use some of it for something

I grabbed the prettiest tie in the pile and got to work. I only had a little bit of time until the littlest one woke up from his nap, so this is what I came up with. It’s super easy, and very quick, and I think it’s just really darn cute! I took pictures after the fact but it should be easy to follow.

Grab a tie, some scissors, velcro, a needle and thread!

1. Cut the tie. Helps to have your glasses handy to measure

Cut the tie

Cut the tie

2. Unfold the tie and reverse it so it is inside out, and sew across the bottom. I used a machine for this but you can do it by hand!

Unfold, Flip, Sew Across the bottom

Unfold, Flip, Sew Across the bottom

3. Flip it back so it is right side out and sew on your velcro pieces (I did this by hand). There is a gap where the seam of the tie meets that is not sewn together, so I made sure to sew that velcro piece on to both sides to help keep the tie closed.

Sew on Velcro Pieces

Sew on Velcro Pieces

4. Put your glasses in and close that baby up!

Your New Case

Your New Case

Now you never have a reason to get rid of a beautiful tie again! This would make a great gift for Father’s Day, just make sure you have Daddy’s permission to use one of his ties.  🙂


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Christmas in February?

Don’t put away those Christmas decorations just yet….

I wasn’t going to share my Valentine’s Day mantle this year, because honestly it hasn’t changed much from last year. I’ve been pretty busy… and lazy at the same time (it’s totally possible), so it hasn’t been a priority.

HOWEVER – I had what I thought was a brilliant idea and I decided to play around and give it a try.

The other day I started thinking about the decorations I use throughout the year and how I often re-purpose the generic things if they are the right color. Take red, for example – red is a primary color for several holidays, so it helps to have some red staples, like vases, dishes, frames, etc., that you can use throughout the year in your holiday decor.mantle_main


Some things that you might think are specific to just one holiday might be used for other holidays as well if you get creative about it.  I wanted to pull out the red tinsel and my red Christmas ball ornaments from my storage bins in the garage, but they were too high up and Hubbo was out of town. Bummer!

But then I noticed my giant yard candy canes hanging in the garage right in front of me, and at arms reach, too. Hmmmmm… I thought it might be a bit of a stretch, but then I realized that candy canes are PERFECT for Valentine’s Day, too! Yes! Seriously! Because, did you know, if you face two of them together, they make, like, the perfect HEART!?!? mantle_side

Yeah, they totally do. Aren’t I a genius?

No, I’m not, I totally stole the idea from my neighbor who did this on her lawn at Christmas time… but she doesn’t have them up now!  🙂


You would be surprised at how many things can be used to decorate throughout the year, even if they seem like they are specific to one holiday. Patience Brewster makes the most adorable and unique ornaments and decorations that are great for Christmas, but they are just so dang cute, you could use them year round. In fact I wish I had these little guys right here for my Valentine’s Day mantle – they are perfect!


So don’t be afraid to think outside of your holiday box or plastic storage bin – start mixing it up!

In the meantime, I’m going to save my pennies for this guy for St. Pattie’s Day!


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