Archive for December, 2010

“I Survived An Indiana Earthquake” T-shirt

December 31, 2010

On December 30, 2010, Central Indiana felt an earthquake that registered 3.8 on the Richter scale.  I posted on Facebook “Be sure to get your ‘I Survived An Indiana Earthquake’ t-shirts while they last.”  I got a lot of comments on it, so that evening I decided to actually make this t-shirt.  This t-shirt however was one of my biggest blunders.  Not only did the t-shirt not turn out like I thought it would but I got the Richter scale wrong.  On the day of the quake, the news reported 4.2.  My brother even warned me to check the news to get an update, but I told him to shove it.  I went with 4.2 and it turned out to be a 3.8.  Sigh.  Anyway, here is the creation.  It simply a red, long-sleeved t-shirt, with some writing from a black sharpie and a Clorox bleach pen.  I let the bleach pen soak for about three minutes and I should have let it soak for probably 15 minutes.  It just didn’t fade like I wanted it to.


Coffee Cup Cozy

December 16, 2010

Here is a little insulator for coffee cups I made last year.  It looks great!  I think that a small button on the front would just set it off.  I simply crocheted it out of left over Red Heart yarn.  I would post the pattern to this but this cozy is a little impractical.  I thought that if I put a collar of the “shirt” it would protect my hand from any spillage I may have.  The only problem is that the cozy itself is so fat that it is actually really hard to hold comfortably.  So I never saved wrote down the pattern.  I can tell you though that the ribs come from a simple combination of front-post double crochet and back-post double crochet stitches.  If you would like me to post a pattern I can probably come up with something for you.  Just send me a message.  Enjoy!

Embroidered Honda Patch

December 15, 2010

Alright!  So I finally finished my patch that I was making.  I decided to try embroidery because my brother had showed me a couple of patches that he had made.  I chose to make a Honda patch because I used to own a 2006 burnt orange Honda VTX 1300 C.  It was an awesome bike and I miss it.  Fortunately my younger brother bought the exact same bike only in charcoal grey.  So, I thought to myself that if I didn’t want the patch I could give it to him if it turned out okay.  I think he would appreciate it.  Anyway, I chose the Honda motorcycle emblem.  This patch was embroidered with brown floss onto a canvas background.  I actually used one of those environmentally-friendly bags you buy at the grocery store when you don’t want to use the paper or plastic bags.  Here we go!

First I traced the image onto the canvas.  I actually just pulled the picture up on my computer screen and traced it.  The canvas was transparent enough to do so.

Next I just simply used a Satin stich to basically fill in all the areas that I wanted to be the color brown.  I tried to make the lines as straight as possible but I found it really hard to do.  Plus I also found that you can’t fret over every little stitch; otherwise, you will be working forever to finish.  Unless you are an over-perfectionist, you don’t need to worry about it because it will turn out pretty good and everyone you show will be impressed.

I was going to finish there but I thought it definitely needed more.


At this point it looked really good as is…if it were just embroidery work, but I wanted a patch.  So, I added a border.  You can’t see it in the picture (below) but I put a piece of red cloth behind the patch while I embroidered the border so it had a nice backing.  Lastly, I simply cut the patch out.  I intentionally left about 1/8″ around.  I felt it made the patch look a little more rugged, lending itself to the bad embroidery.  I like the way it turned out.

Well, there you have it.  I hope you give this a try.  I think anyone can do it as long as you have patience (this piece took about 10 hours to make).  I am sure that you can get faster the more you do it.  Nonetheless, your friends will be very impressed when you show them the finished product.  I would like to experiment with doing more colorful work in the future and I will surely post it. 

If you would like to read more about embroidering patches, follow this link INSTRUCTABLES.  I have this site bookmarked.  I draw a lot of inspiration as well as help tips on how to do just about anything.  Thank you for reading.

Graham Cracker Houses

December 11, 2010

Today, my wife and I decorated a couple of graham cracker houses.  They are so much fun and you don’t have to go to all the hassle of making the gingerbread either.  We had taken a small group to a cooking class for her work and we got to participate.  So here you go they don’t need much explanation.

Chair Reupholstery

December 7, 2010

I have here a set of chairs that I reupholtered.  They were pretty drab and I don’t have the money to get new ones.  I was in my local Hobby Lobby and found a yard of fabric in the remnants bin for about $1.49.  Knowing what I know now, I would have gotten a piece that was little bigger because I was cutting it pretty close.  You need about an inch of fabric left so that you can staple it down without it unravelling.  On the flip side they seem to be holding up just fine.  It’s pretty easy to do.  Here’s how I did it.


  • About 1.25 yards of fabric
  • Staples


  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver

Est. work time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Step 1: Lay out your fabric and cut out a basic pattern. 

First thing you want to remove the old cushion.  On this particular chair, the cushion is simply held on by four screws from underneath.  Next, You may remove the old covering here and use it as a template for the fabric, but since this is such a basic pattern I just laid the cushion down on top of the pattern and cut a basic shape out. This is also where I wish I had a little extra fabric.  It was really close.  I only had one yard and I had to put the covering on pretty tight to get it to fit right. 

Step 2: Start applying the fabric.

You want to start stapling the centers and work your way to the corners..  Leave about 2 inches from the corners.  Pull the fabric tight leaving no slack.  Also remember that you don’t want to pull it too tight or you will end up with waves in the top of the cushion.  Plus you don’t want it pop loose when you sit on it the first time. 


Now you are ready to staple the corners.  If there is a tricky part to this project this is it.  You want to fold the corners in an accordian fashion so that the top looks seamless.  I folded it in three parts.  I applied a staple for every fold just to make sure it stayed in place.  Don’t worry though.  This part isn’t rocket science.  You will be able to figure it out when you get there.  Finally, I used a small hammer to nail those pesky staples that didn’t go all the way in.  Also, if you have a lot of excess fabric then use your scissors to trim that part down.

And this is how the top should look when you are done.

 Step 3: Reattach the cushions and enjoy your work!

Simply reattach the cushions the same way you took them off.  Four screws later and I am finished!


This was an easy little project.  For under $2.00, I gave my kitchen chairs a little more flair, and hopefully will get a little more life out of them in the process.

About Me

December 6, 2010


My name is John V.

I like to make a lot of things.  There is not really anything that I don’t like to make.  If it is hand-made or home-made, then I will make it John-made.  From crochet to paper mache, from cooking to scrapbooking, no matter the way, I’ll try anyway.  I like things made from scratch.  I like things made from a batch.  I like to recycle, and I love to upcycle.  I like making things for myself but I love making things for other selves.  If it is made and fun, count me in; I’m done.  I don’t know how else to put it.  I like to make a lot of things.

Shaping, making, sculpting, building, cooking, baking, icing, filling, photo-shooting, designing, creating, arranging, gluing, pottery painting, filming, hooking, looping, molding, twisting, cutting, paper-folding.  These are things I like to do.  Maybe I can make something for YOU.  If you see something that you want me to make, then send me a message for heaven’s sake. 

I hope that you enjoy this site.  Send me a comment if you think it’s alright.

Again I say my name is John V.  Have a good day, to you from me.


John V.