Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Easy Throw Pillow Zipper Enclosures

Monday, January 20th, 2014

It was as if a veil had been lifted from my eyes, as if the clouds parted and the sun shined down upon me . . .  that’s how I felt when I finally mastered how to sew a zipper enclosure for throw pillows.

In the past I’ve chosen the envelope pillow enclosure for its ease and because truth be told perfect zippers intimidated me, but now that I’ve learned how to do it, I don’t know if I’ll ever go back! Over the weekend I stitched up ten pillow covers and all of them with zippers, each one faster than the next. I figured out how to do it by studying pillow covers I’ve purchased from retailers, and in my excitement, I just had to share.

simple sew pillow cover

I use a zipper that is slightly smaller than my pillow cover. For example, I use a 18” zipper for a 20” pillow insert and a 22” zipper for a 24” pillow insert, etc. and I always sew my covers 1 inch smaller than the insert (the seams for a 20” pillow insert are actually 19” for the pillow cover) so a zipper that is two inches smaller than the size of the insert works best.

Here’s the easy peasy technique! Cut your two sides of fabric and pin the fabrics inside out like you would if you were sewing an envelope cover, with the right side of the fabrics facing each other. Pin the zipper to the edge of the fabric with the front of the zipper facing down allowing for ¾” inseam.

pin fabric together

 

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DIY Spiderweb Treat Bowl

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Sometimes I surprise myself, especially when it comes to crafting. This little Halloween project started as an idea in my head and I questioned its success during the execution, but it turned out so great, I just had to share.

diy spiderweb halloween treat bowl

I attempted a similar bowl with yarn and wire last year but it was a total #craftfail. I approached it again with a different attitude turning to the tried and true glue plus water plus string formula that others have used in the past. Great news, the method worked and as a result I constructed a clever yet creepy Halloween treat bowl inspired by one of our favorite Halloween motifs: the spiderweb.

diy halloween treat bowl

Remember all those DIY string ball pendant fixtures we were so wild about a few years ago? The ones that required you mix glue and water and dip your string and wrap it around a large plastic ball and then insert a pendant kit inside? This is basically the same idea. Without the lightbulb. Want to create one of these spiderweb bowls? It’s pretty cheap and remarkably easy.  

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Spray Painting Furniture (Revisited)

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Every DIYer knows paint has the power to transform anything. Spray paint happens to be one of my favorite tools especially on small pieces of decor, but it can work really well on furniture too. A few years ago I wrote about spray painting furniture, and most of my tips are there, and today I wanted to share two pieces I recently finished, the first is a set of chests spray painted gloss black and the second is a console table spray painted white with gold detail.

spray painted black chests

spray painted white console table

 

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