Posts Tagged ‘simple sew’

Splatter Pattern + Zippered iPad Cover

Monday, March 30th, 2015

A week off is so very nice, it makes me feel normal again to not spend my hours sitting behind a computer all day and instead soaking up the sunshine. I enjoyed a very relaxing spring break, thanks for indulging me in that time off, but that said it’s good to be back!

This week I’m so very excited to be sharing my newest fabric patterns with you! Whenever I pull together a new collection it’s always a labor of love from the start of the digital design process to the finished result which includes the styling and photography. Fabric design is the most fun thing ever for me because I get to conceptualize the print, design it, colorize it, then play with it!

I’ll be revealing the new prints throughout the week with DIY projects to go along with several of the designs and I’ll share the full Lookbook with all ten patterns on Thursday. The Spring Collection was inspired by painterly patterns and brushstrokes, you’ll see a lot of those elements in the newest designs.

I’m kicking off the reveal of the Spring Collection with a classic splatter pattern which I love so much because it’s random in its painterly repeat but also reminds me a bit of dalmatian spots from afar and you know I love me some spots! The pattern makes the best backdrop for bookcases and the most fun accent pillows too.

splatter bookcases kate riley designs

 

I lined the above Billy bookcases with 2 ½ rolls of two tone indigo splatter wrapping paper to achieve that statement backdrop. My Splatter Print is available as fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap in four colors: ebony, sunshine, aqua, and indigo.

splatter pattern fabric kate riley

 

I love that you can order only a fat quarter instead of a full yard, I used one fat quarter of the ebony version in the linen/cotton canvas blend to sew this zippered padded iPad cover, follow the step by step below!

sew ipad cover splatter pattern

 

Supplies you’ll need: 1 fat quarter of fabric (this splatter pattern is available in the linen/cotton blend in the 27 x 18” size), cotton quilt batting, fat quarter of plain white fabric for inside liner, one 18” zipper, scissors, thread, and sewing machine.

 

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DIY Lined Shower Curtain

Monday, January 27th, 2014

I love having a cat, ours is a keeper with a great personality but the one thing I wish we didn’t have to deal with is a litter box. Ugh. So I’ve hidden it in the hall bathroom shower for over a year and I just can’t take it anymore. Besides, we needed to reclaim that shower for the kids turning 8 and 10 who have been showering in our bathroom for too long, and for guests that come stay with us.

I wanted to make a shower curtain for the space that was taller than standard 72 x 72” curtains using my new Dewdrop fabric – now a new one it hangs at 86” tall on a new higher rod in the hall bathroom.

lined shower curtain

 

This is a view of a space I’ve never shared before mostly because it wasn’t that exciting, just a toilet and shower and old curtain rod but I do love the little glass tiles set into the floor – a project we completed before I even started blogging. There’s that pesky litter box…

bathroom before

 

The process of sewing your own shower curtain is like sewing one giant pillow cover, but with a seam down the middle. I used two 88” lengths of basic lightweight cotton to line the curtain and my dewdrop fabric for the outside pattern. The first thing you do is sew together the length of the liner.

sew liner together

Repeat the same process with your pretty fabric, if it has a pattern, align the repeat and pin together for a less visible seam. Since the curtain remains gathered when not in use it’s not noticeable. 

 

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