This past weekend my boyfriend and I had a successful two-day yard sale in our front yard. It was hot and sweaty and I am still suffering from my grass allergies but I am glad we did it. We had all kinds of help from my parents on the the first day, my mom was recruited and was gently forced to stay and keep me safe. The second day Ben’s Mom and brother came and helped us out all day .
This yard sale was a little bittersweet because I sold/donated ALL of the inventory from my now shuttered online thrift store: Notnu. It was a little sad to see my carefully curated store selection go in a fire sale but it was also nice to move forward and free up all that space.
She’s a terrible negotiator.
All the unsold clothes are being donated to Goodwill, Dress For Success, and My Freind’s Place, check them out to see the good work they are doing. Also, consider doing some research about what kind of donations your local shelters and non-profits need instead of just dumping your good stuff off at a for profit thrift store or one of those Dare bins that usually just send the stuff to rag, the landfill or overseas.
Here in Southern California we are experiencing “Sinter”, spring going by the name of winter. The weather doesn’t know what it is doing half of the time, one days it’s cold the next its almost hot…now I’m not complaining because I’d rather this than snow any day (sorry everyone else in the country) but regardless I want to wear my cute boots because the calendar says February and it is my right to wear cute boots in “winter” (even is it is too warm).
The idea for this DIY was sparked by my boots spooning each other in my closet, now spooning may be appropriate in some situations but never when it comes to my boots.
I have been scoping out boot shapers for some time now and I have been unable to bring myself to spend $10 (or more) on things that I knew I could make. Today inspiration came to me while I was pondering my spooning boots, I could use the packing pillows from all of my amazon purchases which I just didn’t have the hear to throw out!
With that spark this DIY was born, enjoy!
You will need:
A Sewing Machine
Side note about the fabric: It was on sale at Ikea for $25 for an ENTIRE bolt of fabric…so now I will probably use this fabric for every functional sewing DIY I make (my kitchen curtains are already made from it).
Steps 1 and 2: Fold your packing pillows in half (if you have the individual perforated kind) and duct tape one end.
Steps 3 and 4: Put the untaped ends together and tape around the middle.
Your stuffers are done, you can stop here if you don’t feel like sewing…but it will be quick I promise.
Step 5: Cut 2 strips of fabric about 28 inches long and 6 inches across.
I kind of guesstimated these measurements based on the size of my stuffers…it’s not exact but it works.
Step 6: Sew up the two long ends of your covers.
Now you may be thinking that you are making long skinny pillows…and you would be right.
Steps 7 and 8: Admire your freshly sewn covers and flip them right side out.
Steps 9 and 10: Put your stuffers into the cover and sew the ends.
Now your boots won’t be caught spooning in your closet!
I got these Tory Burch Boots for $20 at a Yard Sale.
Shirt: Buffalo Exchange, Leggings: Tuesday Morning, Shoes: H&M, Necklace: Thrifted.