Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Halloween Subway art

We are 3 days away from October and you know what that means.... Halloween is on its way. I have been working all week on a Halloween crochet project that I will feature in a couple of days. 
In the mean time enjoy this Halloween subway art I came up with while avoiding the dirty dishes in the sink and the messy bathroom. What Halloween projects are you working on?

If you would like a copy I'd be happy to send you one.  Leave a comment telling me the size you want and your email.

Monday, September 19, 2011

super easy envelope pillow

I am not in school right now and because of that I have a ton of free time on my hand. Last week I made the mistake of going to the wonderful home fabrics store in Idaho Falls... a great place to get home decor fabric for WAY cheap... like $5-7 dollars a yard for 75 in fabric. I am amazed how they can sell such wonderful fabric for so cheap. Even a poor married college student like me can afford the fabric in this store.

I went to just look, but a found a print I fell in love with for only $6 a yard and if you are a student you get another 10% off. So for a total of $5.50 I got a yard of wonderful fabric to add some color into my very brown living room. The pillow filling was made out of a regular sized pillow from IKEA only $1 and re-sized it to be a throw pillow size. For a total of $8 I made two throw pillows! A steal if you ask me. I love them and they are so comfy compared to the pillows we got free with our free couch.

I decided to go way simple, but they are perfect. I used this pattern for a very simple envelope pillow. Check it out... More crafts to come ( I got a new job and my husband is going to give me a craft budget!)



I love the way my couch turned out. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Today I love you becasue...

I don't think I can explain it enough 
so that is why you put it into 
a frame and write it each day
with a dry erase on the glass.

(if you would like a copy of this email me at I can also change the color and size.)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

owl always love you

Just practicing some more designing. 
What do you think?

Monday, September 12, 2011

My favorite bag sewing project

My junior year of high school I bought a bag. This bag has been the best bag I have ever purchased... well except for my little backpacks... but other than that I have loved this bag.  This bag has been anything from a book bag, scripture back, swimming bag, picnic bag, party bag, and a purse. I loved this bag so much I even bought one for my best friend at the time. 

Unfortunately this bag has seen better days and after 4 years of use it needs to be retired.  Because I loved the bag design so much I had a brilliant idea to create a new bag after my favorite bag. So I created a pattern all by myself  and made this bag using 4 fat quarters I purchased during a sale and a lining I inherited from my grandma.  I love the bag. I think it turned out so cute! I decided to make it an across the shoulder for those winter months wearing the big coats. It will mostly be my new scripture bag.

I am so proud of my new bag and I am excited to share it with all of you!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Tufted Headboard- tutorial

Winter I took a home decor sewing class.  For our final project we had to make something for the bedroom.  Most of the girls in the class made a quit of some kind.  Due to the fact that I have about 15 blankets at the foot of our bed I decided I don't need another quilt or blanket or anything like it.  So I pulled out my creative skills did a little googling and decided I would make a tufted head board.  I quilted mine for the sake of my sewing class, but you can use a single fabric, sheet or quilt.  I love the way mine turned out.

A piece of ply-wood the width of your bed and I did 4ft high. 
Fabric, quilt, or blanket of your choice about 6 inches wider than the board.
(if you go to Home Depot you can buy a larger piece of wood and they can cut it there for free)
enough foam to cover the wood 1-2 inches thick
(foam is expensive. The cheapest place I could find it was from Wal Mart, but you can get nicer stuff at a fabric or craft store)
Because I use a 1in thick foam I had some extra batting I put over the foam to add more cushion
spray glue
a staple gun
buttons of your choice. I used 13, but you can do more or less depending on the look you want
button/ upholstery thread ( doesn't matter the color. You won't see it.)
upholstery needle the longer the better.
Cut the foam to fit the wood. 
Tip: a bread knife works well... and electric bread knife works even better.
We had to piece the foam together... this is where the glue comes in.

Spray the wood with the spray glue. Then place the foam on the glue.

Put the quilt batting on the board and foam.

Then turn it over and staple it to the board. 
Make sure you pull it nice and tight, but don't rip the batting

We had to make sure the staples were further down because the fabric fits quite perfect...

Place your fabric, quilt, or blanket on the board now covered with foam and batting. 
Decide where you would like to put your buttons

Mark clearly where you will be drilling the holes for the buttons. 

When drilling be careful because the batting will get stuck in the drill bit... I am not sure what size we used, but the larger the easier it is the find the hole when you are putting on the buttons. 

Once you have drilled your holes turn the board over fabric side down and staple the fabric to the board. make sure to pull it tight. (sorry no picture for this step, but it is the same as putting on the batting.)
Trim the excess batting.

All finished (without the buttons)

Putting the buttons on was the hardest part for me partly because I was not using a long needle. That would have helped a TON! 
The best way I found to do the buttons was to figure out where the hole is on the back and then go around to the front with the needle with the thread through the button and then through the needle. 
Pulling it through is kind of a trial and error thing. Its a bunch of guessing. 
Once you have the tread through the whole pull the button as tight as you can. 
The tighter the buttons the more "tufted" it looks.
Then staple the thread down and pull it up the opposite direction and staple it again. 
If you are like me you will add two or three more staples just to make sure it does not move.

All done...
Simple and fairly inexpensive (about $50). 
 It can really bring personality to a bed your and give a nice cushion on the wall. 

disclaimer: I am not sure how my husband put it on the wall, but there are several different ways you can do it.

If you have any other questions leave a comment and I'd be happy to answer them!
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