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Slipper Chair Upholstery Makeover

Sometimes with DIY, I pretend like I know what I’m doing. For example, check out this chair in the corner of our living room. I mentioned on Instagram that it needed a little help. However, I’m not a seamstress, upholsterer, or a person who really knows anything about sewing/upholstery. But I definitely faked it to look like I do with this slipper chair upholstery makeover.

Slipper Chair Upholstery Makeover

Here you can see how bad the chair was damaged.

Yeah. All of that was done by our sweet kitty, Rowan.

Beige Slipper Chair

I’m not sure if it was the weave of the fabric that attracted him (it wasn’t very tight) or the sleek style of the chair *wink*.

Cat Clawed Chair Furniture Corner

The chair was also rocking some pretty creepy looking stains. Once or twice, our son had spilled a drink on the chair and even though I soaked up the liquid and cleaned the fabric, it remained stained.

Trying to clean it possibly stained it more!

Stained Chair Seat

This chair is pretty comfy and we wanted to keep it, so obviously, it needed some help. I started by un-velcroing the fabric on the bottom of the chair and removed the back and legs to dismantle the chair into pieces. Our pup, Harper, helped out too.

Golden Retriever Helps Projects

I hope not to offend those who do upholstery (am I using that word correctly?), but honestly, this project with pretty much just tucking, folding, pulling, and stapling the fabric (canvas drop cloth) around the base and back pieces.

Staples Upholstery

And I must say that it looks a lot better!

Drop Cloth Covered Chair

Because I’m not the best with a sewing machine, I opted to just fold all of the edges under to make a straight line down the corners.

Upholster Chair Corners

The back piece was another story. Even though I still folded everything, I had to sew the pieces together with a few quick knots of thread every few inches. I’m not really sure what this is called or if it is even a real technique that people use, but it worked for me.

Upholstered Drop Cloth Chair

This chair is by no means perfect, but I think it turned out pretty good for a girl with no upholstery skills whatsoever. The best part thus far is that the cat has left the chair alone!

Drop Cloth Chair Swiss Cross Pillow

What do you think of this chair’s new look? Did I totally ruin the good name of upholsterers everywhere by botching this up more? Or did it turn out reasonably enough to pass the test?

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Painted Rain Boots

Have you ever painted rain boots? I have. I’m sure you are wondering what would bring a person to do something so silly, especially since you can buy rain boots in pretty much every color and pattern under the sun. Lucky for you, I’m going to explain.

Painted Rain Boots

A week or so ago, my kids were getting their snow gear on to go play outside when we realized that our growing 3 year old no longer fit in his snow boots. That’s not cool. Especially because the weather in the Midwest this time of year is a crap shoot and you never know what kind of shoes/boots you will need from day to day.

So I set out to find some new boots for him. Since the weather will hopefully be warming up soon (fingers crossed), I decided to go the rain boots route. Kid’s grow quickly and snow boots in his current size wouldn’t get much use before his feet grew out of those too. I found a cheap pair at Walmart and brought them home. Unfortunately, there was a problem.

Simple Work Boots

My son did not like the colors. He said he “needed” black rain boots like Mama’s and these were not all black. You know how three year olds can be. Normally, I would have just told him to pipe down, but I decided to indulge him and my need to DIY. After a little research, I found that people have painted rain boots before. I grabbed a few supplies and got to work taping up his boots.

Boots Paint Tape

Even though I was going to use black paint, I didn’t want to paint the main part of the boot and risk ruining the whole thing if the paint peeled or scratched. I knew I could live with a botched up sole, so I used frog tape and a garbage bag to cover all of the areas that I did not want to get paint on.

Boots Ready To Paint

The paint I chose was Rustoleum Flexidip Removable Rubber Coating in Black, which I hoped would work well with the movement of the boots, since it was also rubber. I sprayed on 2 light coats.

Spray Paint Boots

While those were drying, I also decided to make some boot liners to keep my little guy’s feet warm if he needed something to wear in the snow.

I used an old black sweater, cut off the sleeves, sewed along one end of each, and that the sweater boot liners were ready to go.

Make Boot Liners

Here are the finished boots with liners next to mine. Adorable! I think it is so cute that my son wants to be a mini me. Or maybe he just likes black boots, but let’s pretend it is the former.

Matching Boots Big Little

Of course, we had to get outside and take the boots for a test drive. My little guy scuffed and stomped and jumped. He showed those muddy puddles who was boss.

Rain Boots Splash

And after all of that work, some of that paint wore off the bottoms of the boots. But from the top they still looked pretty good and not red, so this dude was happy.

Rain Boots Wear

Even though I’m a little disappointed that some of the paint came off, I’m not surprised. It is removable paint and says so right there on the can. Plus, the soles of everyone’s shoes taking a beating. If at some point more of the paint wears off, I guess there is still plenty left in the spray paint can to give them a few more coats.

DIY Reversible Tote Bag

I had decided it was time to ditch the diaper bag and prepare for summer with a new tote bag. The traditional size was a bit big for what I was looking for, so I went with making a smaller sized one.

DIY Tote Bag 3

If you would like to make your own, I invite you to follow along with me and I hope to not lose you along the way. I love to sew, but I am not an expert. Just a girl with a sewing machine, trying to make things happen.

Materials:
1 yard of fabric for the outside
1 yard of fabric for the lining and pocket
1 yard of pleather belting for the handles
1 7-inch zipper
Sewing machine
Rotary cutter
Cutting mat
Fabric ruler
Straight pins

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First, I wanted my bag to be more wide that tall, so I used my rotary cutter to make two 12″ x 9″ sections of fabric for the outside, two 12″ x 9″ sections for the liner, and one 9″ x 14″ section of lining fabric for a pocket. (These dimensions can be changed if you are looking for a different size bag.)

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Next, for the inside of the bag, I added a pocket with a zipper. (I referred to this tutorial for installation and used one of the 12″ x 9″ lining pieces along with the 9″ x 14″ pocket piece to do so.)

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Then, with right sides facing each other, I sewed three edges of the two outer fabric pieces together. I did the same with the pocket section and second liner piece.

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To give the bottom of the bag a squared shape, with the pieces still wrong side out, I made a stitch that went across the seams in the bottom corners of the outside and liner sections. (This is really simple but sounds confusing, so please refer to pictures below.)

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For the handles of the bag, I cut two 16″ long pieces of 1 1/2″ wide gold metallic pleather belting. I folded them in half width wise and sewed using 1/4 seam allowance down both edges. This created two flat thin straps.

DIY Tote Bag 2

After that, I put the liner section in the outside section with right sides facing each other, making sure to line up the seams. I took one handle and tucked it in between fabric pieces where the right sides touch. Making sure it wasn’t twisted, I pinned the ends of the straps 2″ from where the seams lines meet up. I did the same on the opposite side too and pinned around the whole top edge of the bag.

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DIY Tote Bag 1

Then, I sewed all the way around the top leaving a small area open. I turned the bag right side out through the opening. I learned that pulling the handles out first, made this process easier.

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To finish off the bag, I closed up the hole by top stitching around the bag 1/4 inch from the top edge. This made it lay flatter and be less bulky.

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This bag is pretty awesome! It can also be reversible, which puts the pocket on the outside.

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Click on the edge of the next photo to see what’s in the bag and how we are preparing for summer outings with toddlers.

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We would love to see what is in your bag! We invite you to take a photo and share it on Instagram with the tag #ejdmybag.

Mama’s Got A Brand New Bag

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Before becoming a mom, I always carried little purses. I loved having just the “necessities” with me. But once I started to hear the pitter patter of little feet, (well, actually before that, but you know what I mean,) my days of tiny clutches were over and the years of lugging around a giant diaper bag were here. It is completely true that the bigger bag you have, the more stuff you will carry.

My little men are now two and four and I have decided it is time to lose the big ol’ diaper bag and move on to something a little cuter. Because of my DIY nature, I decided to make my own bag. Plus, this way, it could be just the size I want it. (Tutorial on the blog tomorrow!)

Once I had my new bag, it was time to stock it with everything this mama needs to be prepared for summer.

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1. Sunscreen- My boys inherited my extremely fair skin. So, sunscreen is a must have for all of us!

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2. 1 Diaper – I still have one kid in diapers so, I like to keep one with me at all times in just in case.

3. U by Kotex Cleanwear Pads- Perfect product to keep me covered no matter what and I love the packaging! If my little ones dump out my bag, the pretty colors are not so in your face about what’s inside. It makes the situation less embarrassing, when my two year old son is running away with it.

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(If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I can’t pass up a great deal. Right now you can buy 2 U by K products and save $3 instantly at Kmart with their “Shop Your Way Rewards” program. If you are not a member yet, you can sign up here.)

4. Mini pack of Wipes – Obviously, wipes would be needed in the case of a messy diaper, but they are also wonderful for messy faces and fingers.

5. Bandages- You know, for the boo boos. I have two boys. What more is there to say?

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6. 2 toy cars- These babies are life savers! They make the perfect entertainment for waiting rooms, restaurants or even the car.

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