• Crafts,  Home Decor,  Sew

    The Look for Less: Embroidered X Pattern Throw Pillow

    Have you guys seen the new Hearth & Hand home decor collection by Magnolia at Target? Woah. It is pretty amazing!!! There are so many cute pieces and the prices are pretty reasonable. I especially love this cute, little, embroidered x pattern throw pillow!

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    If you haven’t checked out the collection yet, you have to see it. I think I need one (or two) of everything. Like this doormat, these striped napkins, this wreath, etc. It is like Joanna Gaines crawled into my brain and stole all of my neutral lovin’ home decor ideas. And then made a home decor line with them. *wink*

    X Pattern Throw Pillow

    Check out how I turned a Hearth & Hand placemat into a cute embroidered x pattern throw pillow.

    Hearth & Hand Placemat

    I’m always on the lookout for a good deal. So, when I found a placemat from the same line that was the exact pattern of the pillow for only a quarter of the price, I scooped up the opportunity to get the look for less.

    Placemat Price Comparison

    If you come across a cute fabric placemat that you love, chances are you can make it into a throw pillow. (I’ve done this before and it is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get a stylish pillow for your space.)

    Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

    double sided fabric placemat | seam ripper | cotton batting | needle & thread

    To start, take a seam ripper and pull out the stitching on one side of the placemat, about 4 inches long. (Or just big enough to slip your hand into.)

    Using a Seam Ripper

    Next, stuff the pillow! (I decided to go the cheap route and just pulled apart an old bed pillow to use as stuffing.) Fill that puppy up until it is sufficient to your liking.

    Pillow Stuffing

    Finally, it is time for a little sewing. Using a needle and thread matching the pillow color, hand stitch the opening closed.

    Hand Stitch Pillow

    Voila!  That’s it!

    Hearth and Hand Placemat Pillow

    These placemat pillows are so easy to make and you can whip up several of them in no time.

    Upcycle Placemat Into Pillow

    I just love the neutral style of these embroidered x pattern throw pillows. They are the exact look of the Hearth and Hand version for only a fraction of the cost!

    DIY Lumbar Throw Pillow

    Although, I probably didn’t need any more pillows, I’m so happy that I found this little inexpensive hack. My husband may not be quite as thrilled, since he considers me a pillow hoarder, but I’m sure he appreciates the fact that I saved some money in the pillow acquiring process!

    Not feeling crafty?

    Buy the original embroidered x pattern throw pillow here!

  • Furniture Makeovers,  Home Decor,  Sew

    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?


    Looking for more? Check out these posts!

    Adventures in Reupholstery

    Chair Reupholstery 16

    Painting Upholstery

    Painting Upholstery 6

    New Laminate Wood Flooring

    New Wood Laminate Flooring

  • Home Decor,  Organization & Storage,  Sew

    How to Make a Custom Basket Liner

    Since re-sharing our Boxes into Baskets post, we have had many requests for a tutorial on how to make a custom basket liner. I have put together a step by step guide for you. (Yes there a lot of steps, but don’t be intimidated. It should only take about 30 minutes to make.) Without further ado, here are instructions and tips so you may create your own.

    How to Make a Custom Basket Liner
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    Basket/Container – Anything you would like to line.
    Tape Measure– I personally like a fabric one for projects like this.
    Fabric– This can really be anything you want to make your liner made out of. I usually use inexpensive muslin to keep the cost down, but today I am using different colors of fabric to make it easier to follow along.
    Rotary Cutter – Scissors work too!
    Cutting Mat – This is optional. You may not need one if you are using scissors.
    Straight Pins– In my opinion, an absolute must.
    Sewing machine– Hand stitching is also acceptable, but may take a little longer.

    * If you don’t sew and still want to make a custom basket liner, exchange the sewing machine for Thermoweb Heat’n Bond Hem Iron-On Adhesive-3/8″X10 Yards, a clothes iron, and ironing board. (Check the Thermoweb Heat’n Bond packaging to make sure your fabric choice is conducive to working with this product. Cotton is usually a safe bet.)

    1. Use your tape measure to grab the height and width of all four sides and the bottom of the box.

    Measure For Liner
    2. To me the trickiest part is the math. I first added one inch to all of the original measurements to assume a 1/2″ seam allowance. Then, I added 2″ to the height of the sides, so the finished liner will be able to hang over the top of the box/basket. (FYI: I only added 1″ when I made the white muslin liner. This is so you can see the difference in lengths between the two and choose what works best for you.)

    Fabric Measurements
    * For this project, if you decided not to sew, I suggest using Thermoweb Heat’n Bond Hem Iron-On Adhesive-3/8″X10 Yards. This way you will not have to alter the math equation to fit the width of the adhesive.

    3. Use the rotary cutter or scissors to cut the fabric to the final measurements. (My finals are typed in green on the chart.)

    For tutorial purposes, these are the fabrics I used for each section.

    Fabric Collage copy
    4. With front sides of fabric facing each other, pin section 1 to section 2 together down left hand edge. Sew along pinned edge assuming 1/2″ seam allowance.

    * For the non-sewers out there, every-time you see the word “sew” in this tutorial, place and pin the Thermoweb Heat’n Bond Hem Iron-On Adhesive-3/8″X10 Yards along the edge and press with iron to adhere. Be sure to follow the instructions on the packaging as different brands may vary.

    Custom Liner Sewing
    5. Open up your newly sewn piece, lay section 3 face down on section 2, and pin together down right hand edge. Sew along pinned edge again.

    Custom Liner Pinning
    6. Repeat step 5, but this time lay section 4 on section 3 and pin together on right side.

    Custom Basket Liner Pinning
    Sewing a Custom Liner

    7. Fold top edge of fabric strip.

    Fold Fabric
    8. Then, fold again to hide rough edge and pin.

    Pinning Fabric Edging
    9. Sew along edge.

    Sewn Fabric Edge
    10. Fold fabric strip in half so that the print side of section 1 is on top of the print side of section 4. Pin along edge and sew.

    DIY Custom Liner Sides
    11. At this point, it should look something like this.

    DIY Basket Liner Sides
    12. Now it is time to add the bottom piece. Pin bottom fabric section with front side of fabric facing upward to the sides piece.

    Liner Bottom
    Custom Liner Bottom
    13. Finally, sew along all four sides. Make sure the corners are secure so you don’t end up with any holes in your liner.

    Sew DIY Liner for Basket
    Congratulations! You have now finished making your own custom liner. Yay!

    DIY Liner for Basket_edited-2
    Now that wasn’t so bad, was it?

    Here is how mine turned out using the muslin fabric.

    Make a Custom Basket Liner
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  • Family, Kids, Pets,  Sew

    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.