Friday, January 23, 2015

~how to sew a simple pillow~

If you can sew a straight line, than you can make this pillow case.

First, cut your piece of fabric 1" bigger than your insert.
My insert is 26" x 26", so I cut it 27" x 27"
Iron it flat. Also, it's a good idea to pre wash your fabric in case the material shrinks.

Next you want to cut 2 pieces for the back flaps.
My first piece measures 27" x 20" and my second piece measures 27" x 14"

Fold over one edge and iron flat for the hem. 
Fold over again and iron that.

Repeat with the other smaller piece.

Once everything is ironed, take the two smaller pieces to the sewing machine and sew the hem.

Place your largest piece right side up on the ground or table.
Lay one back flap on top,right side down, hemmed edge towards the center.
Lay the other piece right side down, hem towards the center and then pin all the way around.
On these larger pillows I also like to put a pin in the center so nothing shifts while sewing.

Sew all four edges, rounding the corners slightly.

Once you have sewn all 4 sides, cut each corner and then turn the whole thing right side out.

I like using feather/down inserts.
For reference, I got my material here.
{you can buy the inserts there too}
Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

~thrifty Thursday~{designer placemats}

I have been wanting to do this project for a while.
I had leftover wallpaper from our kitchen nook and hallway, and I just couldn't let it go to waste.

This project is really simple.
All you need is some plastic placemats from the dollar store, wallpaper, scissors, and spray adhesive.

I picked up these placemats at the Dollar Tree.
Pretty huh? :)

Then I rolled out a section of wallpaper….

I flipped it over and traced each placemat onto the back with pencil.
Cut one out.

If you craft a lot, this is a must have product.
I use it for a lot of things.

Outdoors and in a protected area,
{this sprays everywhere}
spray the top of your ugly placemat covering the whole area and paying special attention to the edges.
Set aside and then do the same to the back of your wallpaper.
Set aside and let sit for about a minute.
While this is sitting, go ahead and cut your next wallpaper piece out.
The carefully working from one end to the other, smoothing as you go, adhere the two together.

That's it!
These only take a few minutes to make.
You can literally make them while dinner is cooking and have them ready by the time you sit down to eat.

The wallpaper I used is Schumacher Chenonceau
 and the beaded plates are from the Dollar Tree as well. The rest is thrifted ironstone.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

~free Valentine printables~

I have created these 2 little printables for you.
Just simply right click the image and copy it to a word document, and make whatever size you need.
Print out on card stock, frame, or give to a loved one!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

~industrial pipe closet system~

Our master closet was recently in need of some serious overhauling.
I wanted something super custom and a little out of the ordinary.
I've had fun lately with pipe, building little things here and there, so we decided to try our hands at a pipe closet system.
Let me tell you, it's way harder than it looks. It requires at least 543 trips to the home improvement store to get new pipe and return pieces you thought you needed.
You may be a bit more organized than I am though.

Since we were completely starting from scratch,
{literally ripped out the drywall in the old closet}
we decided to line the whole thing with cedar, ceiling and all.
There is many benefits to cedar in a closet, not just aesthetics.
Cedar removes any moisture from the air, and it deters bugs that like to eat clothes.
We just happen to like the look of it too, so it was a win win.

We used black plumbing pipe. I did seal it so it won't rust.
For shelving we used old scaffolding planks. 
I love the rustic quality of them and the lettering on them is kinda cool.

For socks and other small misc. items, I have a set of old locker baskets that I purchased from a garage sale for $5 each.

Once the whole thing was done, I went to Ikea and bought all matching wood hangers.
I love how the whole thing turned out. It is super functional for us, and even though the process was a headache, I am glad we did it.
This will definitely stand up over time.

Are you ready to see?
It was a tricky place to get photos of, but I did my best.

These shelves are all for shoes. They take up almost the entire wall on the side with the entry door.
There is 7 shelves and we left the bottom one with extra space for tall boots.

This is the side opposite the shoe racks.
A his and her side on either side of the locker baskets.

Here you can see shoe racks on the left and lockers on the right.

And some misc. photos…

Have you used pipe in any unconventional ways?
I'd love to hear about it!


Monday, January 19, 2015

~Monday must haves~

Here are a few things I am loving right now!
{click on individual pictures to enlarge, or click on the bold words to take you to their page}

This charcoal knitted pouf from World Market:

These barstools are almost identical to the ones I have in my kitchen:

I just got this candle and it smells divine and will turn your whole house into spring instantly!
Love, love, love the scent of gardenia.

I just finished this book.
It's about a girls struggle to lose over 100 pounds and how she did it.
Even if you don't need to lose that much weight, it's a must read, I found it fascinating.

This shower curtain is on sale!

Hope you all are having a great Monday!


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