DIY Zippered Pillow Covers

Hello there! I have finally been able to get back into the groove of working on DIY projects and they’ve kept me pretty busy. Working on them is only part of the fun, the other part is being able to share them with you!

Today I wanted to share the zippered pillow covers I made for my living room. I decided that I wanted to replace my existing envelope pillow covers. They were a good first attempt at sewing pillow covers and learning how to mix and match colors/patterns. But I was never completely satisfied. So you try again, right?

Before Pillow Covers

This time I decided to go with simpler patterns and change up the accent colors. I used this opportunity to learn and practice sewing with invisible zippers.  The zippers make the covers look more finished, durable and store-bought. And that’s exactly what I wanted. Here’s how they turned out.

After Pillow Covers

My cat decided to jump in on the photo action that was going on this morning 🙂

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My favorite one is the mint green ‘Love’ pillow I made. I love the mixture of textures and stitching. I want to make more of these!!

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Have a Happy Sunday! =)

Preview: DIY 3D Dining Room Art

Hi there! It has been way too long since my last post. Sadly, this summer went by too fast and there was not much time for DIY projects. But fear not, I’m slowly getting back on track. So here’s a preview of one of the art pieces I just finished for my dining room. I can’t wait to hang it up! Still have to finish the other pieces…will share when it’s all put together 🙂
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DIY Peplum-Style Dress Shirt

My husband’s dress shirts always rip at the elbow first without fail. In the past when that happened, the dress shirt became useless to him, and in the trash it went. So sad. Now that I have my sewing machine, I save them to practice my sewing. It’s free fabric for me to mess around with. If I screw up, oh well.

Lately, I had been pinning quite a bit of clothing-related sewing ideas, one of which was a tutorial to transform a men’s dress shirt to a woman’s dress shirt from Cotton&Curls. Considering I had never sewn a single article of clothing before, I thought this project was perfect to try because it only involved deconstructing the shirt, cutting the pieces down to size, and putting it back together. No pattern needed! So here’s the my husband’s dress shirt that was to be my guinea pig. You can see the tear on the left sleeve.

 

Before Picture

The tutorial was pretty easy to follow concept-wise. My lack of experience in sewing clothing is what made this project difficult. But you have to start somewhere, right? There was definitely a learning curve that I had to overcome. I studied the construction of my own dress shirts to understand how the seams were supposed to look on both the inside and outside.  I didn’t take pictures of the process this time around because I just wanted to focus on making it look right. To be honest, I went through several iterations of sewing certain portions of the shirt  at times. To add my own twist, I chose to make the shirt sleeveless since warm weather has finally arrived. I added mini ruffle sleeves as a finishing touch. Here is the finished product!

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I love it, it’s simple and clean. This is a great addition to my spring/summer wardrobe!

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I feel inspired now to make other clothing pieces. My husband better beware,  his shirts might start to go “missing”. =P

DIY Accordian File Organizer

How do you store all the Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Birthday, Anniversary, Thank You cards, etc. that you’ve received? If you’re like me, they usually have gone into a shoe box that gets tucked away up into the closet. I like to display my keepsake cards around the house year round, especially the ones with cute and fun designs. They’re like mini pieces of art. It has always been a hassle digging out those boxes and sorting through them to find what I need. So enough was enough. I looked on Pinterest for DIY organization solutions that were pretty enough to display but still functional.  This time, I came across this accordian file on Pinterest.  I love the bow detail!

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I  found a tutorial from Damask Love that gave me a basic idea of how to construct the accordian file organizer. Overall, the steps are pretty straightforward and easy to follow. Like any DIY project, the beauty is that you can take that basic concept and modify it to fit your needs.

So first, I assessed the dimensions and the number of file compartments I needed for my accordian file organizers. I chose my dimensions based off the largest cards I had. I also added a spine piece to give the bottom added support.

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Luckily I had most of the materials already on hand, with the exception of the bookboard/chipboard.  As a substitute, I used cardboard from the boxes that our nerf guns had come in. Yes, side fact, we are adults that still play with nerf guns 🙂 The nerf gun boxes were perfect because the cardboard was thin.  I cutout and glued two pieces of cardboard for each outer piece required. Glueing together the multiple layers of thin cardboard made the outer pieces pretty sturdy rather than just using one layer of thick cardboard. They don’t bend that easily.  I love it when I can upcycle cardboard!

I chose to cover the outside of the organizers with fabric instead of paper. I find it as an easier material to work with and more forgiving if you need to shift/adjust as you glue. The first one I made, I covered with a postard/airmail-themed fabric. But I couldn’t just make one.  So I made a second one with a custom modern diamond pattern. For this second one, I used plain fabric and painted on the design myself.

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As you can see, the cards fit perfectly in there!  I’ll probably be making more of these in the future to organize and store my other stationary/paper goods.

DIY Fabric Covered Magazine Holders

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Now that the holidays are over, I’ve been doing de-cluttering and purging around the house. One of the things that’s needed attention was my ever-growing stash of magazines.

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There was no way that I needed to keep all of them. I picked through which ones to keep and which to recycle.  With the magazines that were left in my ‘keep’ pile, I wanted to make some custom storage to display them in, instead of just leaving them stacked in a corner.

I ended up making a few simple fabric-covered magazine holders, and you can, too. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

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1. Cardstock
2. Glue, tape, and a cutting tool (rotary cutter or scissors)
3. pencil (or marker) and ruler
4. cardboard box
5. fabric

I chose to use a few Amazon shipping boxes I had saved. They’re sturdier than using cereal boxes. The 1A3 size is perfect as it measures out to 3.5 ” x 9.5 x 12.5″ and will accommodate most magazine sizes.

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1. Outline your desired shape for the magazine holder. I chose a simple straight line, with the short side measuring  5″ tall.

2. Cut along the outline and remove the top portion of the box.

3. On each side, glue the inside flap to the outer two flaps.

4. Similarly, on each side, secure the outer two flaps together with tape. It’s just like taping up a box.

5. Cut off the rectangle flaps from the unused upper portion of the box. They will be used to reinforce the upper insides of the magazine holder.

6. Trace and cut out pieces for (a) and (b). Glue down on the inside of each side.

I chose to use fabric to cover the magazine holders because I felt that it would be more durable than wrapping paper or cardstock with use. Plus, I liked the texture of fabric.

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To make the cover I went with a concept of wrapping a present. First, I traced the outline of the magazine holder on the fabric. Next, I marked off flaps where I would fold over edges and corners. The cutout as shown above is the end result. It literally was like wrapping a present, using glue adhere the fabric to the magazine holder. Lastly, I cutout cardstock to line the inside and to nicely conceal the edges of the fabric. Here’s how they turned out.

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I love the way they look. They are a great new addition to my bookshelf! Have a Happy Monday!

Merry Christmas 2013

Christmas is here and all the decorations are up! Actually they have been up all put together for about a couple of weeks now. I finished the last Christmas project for this season two weeks ago. However, it’s been pretty hectic since then.  So yesterday, on a sunny Christmas Eve morning, I was finally able to take it all in, while sipping my coffee and enjoy my efforts over the past few weeks.

Made || Christmas Stockings | Mesh Ribbon Wreath
Bought || Christmas Stocking Holders (Bed Bath & Beyond) | Warm White Mini LED Lights (Walmart) | Evergreen Garland, Pine Cones & Berries (Michael’s Craft Store)

Made || Felt Christmas Tree Skirt | Ribbon Snowflake Ornaments | Glitter Ornaments| White Ikea Snofint Tablecloth Curtains | Snowmen Lightbulb Ornaments (from 2011) | Sheet Music Star Tree Topper (from 2011)

Made || Glitter Reindeer Silhouette | Winter Tree (Isaiah 9:6) Canvas Painting
Bought|| Ikea Ekby Wall Shelves

 

Made || Bauble Ornament Wreath
Bought|| Ikea Hemnes Mirror

All of the decorations were inspired by findings on Pinterest, but created with my own twist. For some of the decorations there were tutorials that I found helpful, for others I just figured it out on my own. That’s what I love about DIY projects.

Of all the decorations, the painting has to be the most favorite of them all. To be honest, the design was inspired by a print from Lay Baby Lay. I love it more for what is written on there, a reminder this Christmas that the greatest gift in the form of a baby was born on this day to save all of mankind.

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Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas!