diy project: a tea towel tote via the curiosity shoppe at target

The smart folks at Target continue to give some of our favorite independent design brands a guest platform in their stores. Starting September 9th, they are unveiling The Shops at Target, and you’ll have access to one of the most creative stories in San Francisco, The Curiosity Shoppe. The spirit of The Curiosity Shoppe is to encourage your own DIY projects with other beautiful goods, so Lauren Smith and Derek Fagerstrom, the clever team behind the brand, put together this awesome craft project — the “Tea Towel Tote Bag.” Here’s what you need to make this cute carry-all: 1 tea towel from The Curiosity Shoppe at Target (set of 3 is $10). 1.5 yards of 1” cotton webbing. 1 pair of scissors. Some pins. Thread. And, a sewing machine.

Here are the super-easy step by steps:

Fold tea towel in half, right sides together

Using a half-inch seam allowance, stitch up the sides of the towel, back-stitching at the beginning and end of each seam. Turn bag right side out. Cut the webbing in half to make the 2 straps.

Pin the ends of each strap 1” down from the top of the bag and 3” in from sides, making sure they’re not twisted.

5. Attach the ends of each strap by stitching a square around the edges of the 1” tail of webbing, removing the pins as you go.

Carry your new tote bag!
(And don’t forget to look for The Curiosity Shoppe in Target, starting September 9th!)

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steal this idea: table made from vintage suitcases

The other day I was visiting the HQ of Warby Parker, the hip online eyeglass retailer, and fell in love with this welcoming table by its entrance. It’s made up of a collection of vintage suitcases. Held together by a discreet strap, the cases vary in size and small, color-coordinated books fill in the gaps. The counter top is a simple white lacquer, and the whole thing felt surprisingly sturdy. This one was most likely custom-made for the space, but I’d bet you could craft a similar one at home. I’d fill the suitcases with some things — like all those old tax files and magazine’s I’m saving! — to help weight it down and give it some heft. A stretchy pull cord with a Carabiner hook should work keeping it in place. Here’s a similar idea that Apartment Therapy spotted at the Oakland’s Waterfont Hotel. Click here to see vintage suitcases for sale right now at eBay. Let me know if you have any bright ideas on how to tackle this project.

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weekend diy: ombre stairs

Earlier this month, I moved into my new apartment and am finally not living out of boxes anymore. I’ve promised myself that this will be my Big Girl apartment. This will be the apartment where I buy furniture that isn’t made of particle wood, where I finally put paint on the walls, and put some effort into my nest.

That isn’t to say that it will be boring. I want my Big Girl apartment to be fun and colorful. Case in point: I recently came across a set of pink ombre stairs from Design Sponge on Pinterest and fell in love. A roll of masking tape, six Benjamin Moore paint samples, and a little elbow grease later and I had my very own set of cool, ombre stairs. The whole DIY took a few hours and less than $25!

The next step is touching up the top and sides of the stairs. I’m planning on changing that anemic, yellowish color into a soft dove gray.

To recreate Katie’s blue ombre stairs, use the Benjamin Moore colors (from top to bottom):

  • Light Blue
  • Blue Bayou
  • Costa Rica Blue
  • Utah Sky
  • Santa Monica Blue
  • Blueberry
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pretty crafty: todd oldham’s kids craft projects at target

I had been reading about Todd Oldham’s new craft kits at Target on some of my favorite moms’ blogs, and finally decided to pick one up the other day for Isadora and me to try. They’re by his new line, called Kid Made Modern, and I think I’m in love. True, you could hit up Michael’s and piece these kits together on your own, but the Kid Made Modern ones save you time, come with cool ideas, and are packaged so smartly you’ll want to save the box to make something else. We picked up a DIY board book kit, and even though the age on the front said six years and up, our four year old had no problem getting the hang of it. I stayed close to assist in any scissoring that needed to be done, but we quickly created two books on our own. Inside the kit is fun sticky paper in sparkly and photo patterns. You can cut out a night sky, clouds, crazy, woodland creatures… anything that floats your boat. It also as a set of markers and three blank board books. The price was $15, and the fun lasted a couple of days. I’m definitely going to make this our go-to kids birthday gift now. What’s not to love about them!

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steal this idea: driftwood and shell mobiles

We’re getting ready for summertime pilgrimage to Maine. Every time we camp out near the ocean, Isadora comes back home with a new collection of stones, shells and wood. This year we are heading off with a mission in mind: this lovely driftwood and shell mobile from Taking a close look, it seems simple enough. Drill holes in drift wood and tie shells on. I imagine a tiny drill is needed to make a hole in a shell. I think we can handle it! A few other ideas from Etsy that are great:

A simple vertical driftwood and shell mobile.

A clever driftwood coat rack.

Now, all we need is to find that driftwood. Wish us luck!

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