Category Archives: Sewing

PomPom Curtains for a Nursery

 

February of last year, I started to style a little girl’s nursery, and in October of the same year, that little girl stole my heart. G1 and I were so excited to be adding a G3 to our clan and wanted to give her a bright energy filled room to encourage her creativity! We chose a yellow IKEA rug as our base. It has just the amount of movement and color that we needed. Everything else sort of revolved around that rug.

We had quite a few IKEA Vivian curtains on hand. These are a go-to curtain and work wonderfully in any room. I love to use what I have so we mounted the curtains and loved (like always) the light filtering through. Even as a novice parent, I knew I would have to eventually line them with blackout fabric, but more on that another time. Let’s just enjoy the light.

White IKEA Curtains

White IKEA CurtainsArcher even approves. I am always a little concerned when he smiles with his teeth showing- who taught him that?

Always a helpy-helperton!

Always a helpy-helperton!

 

I used one of my favorite sources, ETSY, to find some pom-pom trim. I was so happy with MODERN CLOTH’S Etsy shop and it turned out she’s located here in Washington, too. BONUS! She was great to work with, even digging in her own personal stash and making a custom order from the supplier. She has a great selection of fabric and notions. Long story short, I ended up with 25 yards of baby pom-poms in tangerine. They were perfect!

Easy peasy to apply. Line the trim on the side of your curtain and sew on top.

Orange Pom-Pom Trim Curtain

 

Orange Pom-Pom Trim Curtain

Orange Pom-Pom Trim CurtainThanks for looking!

 

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DIY Skirt {Easy To Make Skirt on the Fly}

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It’s too easy for me to take home a floral skirt from Goodwill. And if it’s not flowers, it’s stripes. Why not put them together and mix it up a bit?

This tutorial is very easy! If you sew by hand, it’s definitely doable and if you have a sewing machine, it’s necessary. The floral skirt came from Goodwill and the striped fabric is from Ikea.

I’ll walk you through it.

I ironed my skirt and striped fabric.
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I decided to cut the floral skirt about an inch below the pockets, as I wanted my new skirt to have pockets but mostly, I didn’t want to mess with the pockets in general. When you’re cutting near the pockets, make sure they aren’t in the way, or your Chapstick and kleenex will fall through when you wear your new skirt!

I marked where I wanted to cut my skirt.

SkirtBefore1I pinned back the pockets from getting in the way, and cut the skirt.

CutSkirtNext, I added the striped fabric.

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If you wanted, you could measure out your fabric: measure around the bottom of the skirt. In my case, I would measure the circumference of the floral skirt that I cut. Take that measurement and cut your fabric to the same. Example? My skirt was 30 inches around  where I cut it, so I needed 30 inches of the striped fabric. Add an extra inch for seam allowance. BUT, if you’re like me, I just began to pin the fabric without measuring it and cut it at the end. Both methods work!

You will have a rectangle of fabric. I would advice sewing the ends together to make a circle. This will make it easier. If you don’t decide to do it now, then you will need to be prepared for a bit of maneuvering at the end to close the seam.

Line up the two fabrics with right sides together, pin them, and then sew the entire distance around.

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As I mentioned earlier, you will need to sew the striped material together. I don’t have a picture of this, but if you’ve added the striped fabric, you’ll notice that there will be a seam that isn’t  sewn. For my skirt, it was in the middle back and I simply pinned the pieces right sides together and sewed.

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I folded the bottom hem up a couple times and sewed the hem.

Voila.

Final Skirt

I love this skirt. It wasn’t too challenging and it really packs a punch!

Hemming Your Man’s Pants

HemmingYourMan'sPantsI say it all the time: “I’ll fix that for you.”

And what I meant by “I’ll fix that for you” is more along the lines of  “I’ll store those with my other sewing projects so you don’t attempt to wear them with the cuff rolled up.”

And on a rare occasion, the sun burst through the cloud cover in Seattle and it was nice enough to mow the lawn. This would be the inaugural mow of our new lawn and it was just the occasion for G1 to pull out a pair of jeans he never wears (because they are too long) and roll up the cuffs nearly as tall as the grass. After a successful mow and an evening of admiring it every time we passed in front of a window, the pants came off and dropped into the laundry basket. When I pulled them from the baket and unrolled the cuffs, the lawn clippings dropped into the washing machine. So I decided it was time to follow through with my original offer of hemming the jeans.

I used a pair of his favorite jeans as a guide.

P1040677I placed the model jeans on top of the jeans to be hemmed.

P1040680I lined up the crotches to make sure that the inseams would be the same length.

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I used a chalk pen to mark the length of the top jeans onto the longer jeans on the bottom.

P1040689I then measured the height of the bottom seam which was a half inch (.5″) and then made a second mark on the longer jeans a half inch (.5″) lower.

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Somewhere in between measuring the hem and finding the scissors my wonderful loving puppy used my chalk pen as a chew toy and disabled its ability to chalk in a straight line.

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Now that I had a (ahem) line drawn a half inch longer than the model jeans, I was ready to cut. Using my sharpest scissors, I cut the jeans on the line closest to the original hem. I then took the scrap and used it as a pattern for the second leg. I placed it on the other leg, marked the jeans, and then cut again, as I did on the first leg.

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I turned them inside out.

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I flipped the hem up a half inch (.5″) and pinned it.

P1040708I ran them through the machine with a simple stitch.

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After sewing both legs up, I turned them right side out, and stacked the model jeans on top again to check the length.

P1040718G1 tried them on and they were a perfect fit! He’ll have to find a new pair of pants to mow the lawn in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Bed Fit For a French Australian Shepherd {DIY Dog Bed}

Cute puppy warning!

Those puppy eyes are why I needed to make a dog bed.

My husband has been holding onto a spare set of couch cushions for 2 years. They were given to him by a former boss who also had an antique shop. I’m not quite sure how the couch cushions ended up in an antique shop or who would even go there to look for them, but none the less, we had a spare set. They are always in the way – ALWAYS! Until the one time we needed them for a dog bed. And since I was using half the antique couch cushion set, I was able to goodwill the other half and now they are no longer in the way!

First, I gathered my supplies:

Cushion or stuffing  (I chose the back cushions as opposed to the bottom cushions because they were smaller)

Fabric (I used an old curtain and a small piece of accent fabric) – enough to wrap around the cushions

Sewing machine

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I figured out how I wanted my antique couch cushions to fit inside the case I would make. I wrapped my material around my cushions and included an overlap (so I didn’t have to install a zipper) to make sure I had enough to make the bed. My curtain wasn’t quite long enough, so I added the extra accent fabric. I asked for my pup’s approval.

Quality control.

Everyone, this is Archer, our Australian Shepherd from France which makes him a French Australian Shepherd. Oui Oui.

It’s not Egyptian Cotton, but it will do.

This is where I should have taken more photos. I added extra fabric to the curtain making it longer so it would wrap all the way around the two antique couch cushions. Imagine a curtain hanging from the window and then adding material to the bottom to make it longer. I placed right sides together and sewed.

Sewing extra fabric to the bottom of the curtain to make it longer.

Since I added extra fabric, I needed to hem the new bottom edge. I rolled it under, ironed it down and then sewed it.

Hemming the end of the fabric.

Now it was time to sew up the sides. I folded the fabric with the new panel attached in half so one end of the fabric met the other end. Before sewing up the case, I made sure that I had an overlap, so I would be able to insert the antique couch cushions without installing a zipper. To do this, you need to fold the fabric in half  and then have one side cover the other. You will still have a rectangle, but the two ends won’t meet up. Instead, they overlap each other. Then, with the right sides facing, I sewed up the sides.

I turned it inside out, added my antique couch cushions and sicked  the pup on it.

Reviews? 2 paws up! He loved it!

“I wuff it!” Notice his drool marks moments after completion.

Because I used two cushions, I created a small valley where the two cushions met and he loves laying in it.

Dog beds can be costly and often the dogs end up shredding them. This was a great way to avoid that expense and to get rid of our antique couch cushions (phewfta!)
~cg