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DIY Mid Century Modern Inspired Wood Floor Lamp

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10 DSC 0079 5 DIY Mid Century Modern Inspired Wood Floor LampI have been a fan of mid-century modern style since I was little! I love the furniture and styling! Last year I made a fun mid-century inspired lamp shade with Martha Stewart decoupage materials. You can see that post Here. I have had it sitting on an old floor lamp in our living room. This floor lamp was an old cheapie we bought when we had our first apartment over ten years ago. Needless to say, it was in need of a makeover. I had seen a spiral wooden lamp in an antique mall years ago. So, we thought we would give it a try. It took up our saturday, but it was totally worth the time! We had a great time making it together as well!

Here’s What You Need:

*One old floor lamp

*Wood-Poplar (We used 3/4″ x4″x11′)

*PVC Pipe (We used a 3′ piece)

*Paint

*Stain

*Paint Brushes

*Sandpaper

*Drill with a bit, or a drill press

*Wire Cutter

*Bottle Stopper Piece from a Bottle Lamp Kit

*Nuts

*Tablesaw

*Mitre Saw

Instructions:

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First you need to figure out how much wood you need and pvc pipe. Decide how long you want your wood pieces. We made our pieces to be roughly 3.5″x3.5″. Measure your lamp height(area you are covering). Ours measured about 54″ tall. Take the measurement of what you are covering and divide that by the thickness of your wood (in our case 3/4″) and then divide that by two and that’s how many pieces of each material you need(in our case 54″ tall divided by .75″ would be 72 pieces all together divide that by two and that will give you 36 pieces of wood and 36 pieces of pvc pipe.) To decide how much wood you need take your desired size which is 3.5″x3.5″ and add the kerf of the saw blade (in our case 1/8″) multiply that number (3.625) by how many pieces you’ve calculated (36×3.625=130.5″ =10’10.5″, so an 11 foot piece worked for us.) For the pipe take the kerf of your blade plus the thickness of your pvc pieces( in our case 3/4″) and multiply that by the number of pieces you calculated( 36) to get the length of pipe you need. You will also need to disassemble the top wiring of your lamp. Mark which wire is on each screw so you can keep track of it.

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Once you have all your materials, you are ready to cut your pieces. Start with your wood. Make sure to add for the kerf (width of the blade) when you mark your cuts. Carefully cut all of your wood pieces on your table saw. I had 36 3.5×3.5 squares once cut.

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Lightly sand each block with a light 220 and 320 grit.

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Now you are ready to cut your holes. Measure the circumference of the metal pipe that is the shaft of your floor lamp. Find a drill bit slightly larger than that width. Mark the centers of each block with a ruler or center finder and pencil. Drill each block and set aside.

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Lightly sand any rough areas where the holes were drilled.

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Now you are ready to cut your pipe. Use a blade on your mitre saw that is a veneer/plywood/plastic blade, or a really fine tooth blade.

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Making sure you mark your pipe pieces for the width of the blade cut your pipe pieces on your mitre saw. You can see in the photo, my husband clamped a block the exact width out from the blade we needed our pieces so he didn’t have to measure and mark after each cut.

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Once you have all your pipe pieces cut you are ready to paint them. I painted mine a creamy white.

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Also paint your base the same color as your pipe pieces.

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Stain all your pieces with a soft cloth, rubbing the stain with the grain of the wood. Set aside to dry.

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Now you are ready to assemble your lamp. Slide a wood piece onto your lamp pole and scoot it all the way to the bottom. Then slide on a pvc piece.

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Then repeat all the way to the top alternating wood and pvc pieces.

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Now you need something to hold down everything tight. We used a bottle stopper insert from a bottle lamp kit.

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Squish the bottle stopper coupler into the top wood piece.

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Then screw the top wood piece onto the threaded rod at the top of the lamp.

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Next, slide on another pvc piece, a large washer and a nut. Screw it all on tight to the threaded rod.

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Next add your harp if you have one and your bottom socket holder base.

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Trim the wires and strip the ends with your wire cutters and strippers.

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Take your marked wires and twist them around each screw that they coordinate with. Assemble the rest of the light socket. Add your light bulb and your harp if you have one and finish off with a fun lamp shade.

 

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06 DSC 0081 DIY Mid Century Modern Inspired Wood Floor LampI just love how my lamp turned out! It really looks so much better in my living room than that old shabby metal! As much as I love my handmade lampshade, I would eventually like to get a vintage fiberglass stitched lampshade. But we shall see. So, i you have an old shabby floor lamp sitting around, give this diy a try. It’s a lot of fun! I’ll be back next week with another project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kid’s Room

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06 DSC 0086 4 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomHey guys! Today I am going to share an easy decorating diy with you all. I have a serious love for vintage tin toys! I usually don’t indulge myself since I am drowning in all my other vintage collections. However, a while back I was getting some vintage minis from HeyYoyo.com, and saw these mini tin vintage cars from Japan. I couldn’t resist. They have since sat in my closet for months. A few weeks ago I picked up some shadowbox frames from the craft store on sale, and I thought my little cars would be so cute framed. 

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage tin Cars or vintage toys (I bought mine Here and Here)

*Shadowbox frame

*Matteboard or Thick Acid Free Paper( I used watercolor paper since I like the texture)

*E6000

*Ruler

Instructions:

09 photo 1 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomThe first thing you need to do is cut your backing or paper to fit your frame. My frame was 8×8″ so I cut my paper to be 8×8. Lay out your cars to test fit. Once you have them like you like them, measure out to the side and the top. I decided they would fit best to be 2.25″ from the top and side.

10 photo 2 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomTake a scrap of paper and lay it to your top mark which in my case is 2.25″ from the top, then lay your ruler 2.25″ from the side to form a right angle in which to line up your first car. Place a generous amount of your E6000 on your first car then press it onto the paper lining it up with the ruler and paper to fit inside that corner you made.

11 photo 3 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomNow repeat with the other side of the paper forming the right corner, then glue the car down into that corner. Glue the middle car inside so that it lines up with the top guide and is centered in between the other two cars.

12 photo 4 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomRepeat the steps you did with the first row of cars to make the second. This time measuring and laying your ruler and paper as a guide 2.25″ up from the bottom and sides of the paper backing. Let your glue dry overnight, then insert your paper into your shadow box frame and close up the back.

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02 DSC 0096 4 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomDon’t you just love it! This was so simple to put together and it took hardly any time at all. This is a really universal idea, and you could use the same idea to display other collections such as bottle caps, kewpie dolls, or cowboy badges. I think this would be fantastic in a kid’s room! I don’t have any little ones yet, so this one will be going in my hubby’s office. I hope you guys will give this easy diy a try with one of your favorite mini collections! I’ll be back next week with another fun craft! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Leather Pencil Holder

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44 DIY Leather Pencil HolderI collect zip up pencil cases and cosmetic bags to keep certain craft supplies in. I have a ton of them! I have had some plum colored leather scraps for a while now in my scrap drawer that I have been wanting to use. So, when I was given some fun wooden colored pencils I thought I would try my hand at making a leather pencil case. This is a great project for a weeknight or even an experienced beginner who has worked with zippers before. The best part of this project is that you can use scraps, so you shouldn’t have to buy anything but a zipper.

Here’s What You Need:

*9″ Zipper

*Leather Scraps

*Fabric Scraps

*Ruler and Pencil or Marking Pen

*Scissors

*Sewing Machine and Thread

*Zipper Foot for your Sewing Machine

*Non Slip foot, walking foot, or Foot for sewing leather (not an absolute necessity, but recommended)

*Leather Needle for your machine

Instructions:

First let me say, this is the way I made my pencil case for using leather. There may be a better way to sew it, but this is how I made mine….

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Gather your supplies. You can add a little patch to the front of your pencil case. I used a scrap from a tablecloth and cut out a flower. You will also want a small scrap for a zipper pull. Cut two pieces of leather to be 4″x8.5. Then cut two fabric pieces to be a little under 4.5″x8.25″. If you want to add a patch to your pencil case, stitch that on first.

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Now you are ready to sew in your zipper. Open your zipper part of the way. Stitch the long edge of your leather front piece to the left side of the zipper tape. Then sew the right side of your back leather piece to the right side of the zipper tape. You will need to use your zipper foot when sewing your zipper. Also, when you are stitching and you get to the zipper pull, put the needle down, put the presser foot up, and pull the zipper closed past the presser foot. Then put the foot back down and continue sewing.

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The next thing you will need to do is stitch the lining to your zipper. Fold the long edge under 1/2″ to the back side of the fabric. Press in place. Line up the folded edge of the fabric onto the wrong side of the zipper. Make sure you center the fabric inside the leather pieces as the fabric pieces will be a tad smaller. Stitch the left and right inside lining pieces to the left and right wrong sides of the zipper. Your fabric and leather will have wrong sides touching too. Stitch the folded edge of the fabric to the wrong side of the zipper on each side like you did the leather.

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Now, fold everything in half, so the lining pieces match up and the leather pieces match up with your zipper folded in half length wise. Put on your regular presser foot, or specialty foot if you have one. Stitch all the way around the sides and bottom of the leather sandwiching the fabric in the seam. Back stitch at the ends. Clip excess threads. Now you should have a nice pencil case. To make the pull, take a strip of fabric that is about 1″x5, fold it in half, and thread the ends through the opening in the zipper pull. Then pull your ends through the bottom loop of the strip and pull to knot the fabric on the pull. Snip ends at an angle.

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82 DIY Leather Pencil HolderI think it is pretty darn cute! I did not have a non slip or leather foot, and I did have a bit of a hard time stitching around my case, and the seam was not straight and perfect because of this. If you are a perfectionist, you should invest in a foot that will work with leather since it is supposed to make it easier. I still love my pencil case, and it holds all my pencils in one cute compact place. You can make your own pencil case in about an hour or less, and if you are a stitcher, you will probably have everything you need already on hand. I think they would make excellent gifts too! I hope you all will give this one a try sometime! Have any of you all sewn with leather before? Any tips you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you! I’ll be back next week with more DIY fun. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book Buntings

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diy cloth book kids bunting DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book BuntingsRecently I came across a couple of lots of adorable vintage cloth baby books. They were well loved and a few of them had crayon marks in them, but I knew they would be perfect to upcycle! I have wanted to make a bunting for my screen porch for a while now, and when I saw these books I knew they were just what I was looking for! Buntings are really easy to make and they are a great way to add a little fun to your decor!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Cloth Books

*Paper (Cardstock or chipboard works nicely) and Pencil

*Ruler

*Scissors

*Bias Tape (I bought mine Here)

Instructions:

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22 DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book BuntingsThe first thing you need to do is measure and make your template. Measure the width and height of the book. Draw the width and height of the book pages onto your paper or cardstock. You should have a rectangular shape to match your page. Then, mark the center point on the width at the top and bottom. Measure up from the bottom about a third of the way up on each side of the length. Draw a line across. Mark the center on that line. Then draw a line from the center of the third line to the bottom right corner and then from the center to the bottom left corner. You should now have your flag bunting shape. Cut out the cardstock. This is now your template to cut your flags.

32 DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book BuntingsNow, use the template you just made and trace the flag onto one side of each page in the book. Cut out your flag pieces.

42 DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book BuntingsLay out your pieces and decide how you want to assemble the bunting. Stack the flags in order.

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72 DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book BuntingsNow you are ready to sew your bunting. Sandwich the first bunting flag about 5 or 6″ in from the end of your bias tape. If you are new to sewing, you may want to sandwich and pin all your flags to your bias tape before you sew. I sandwich and sew as I go, but that’s the fast and lazy way, not necessarily the proper way. Edge stitch about 1/8″ in down your bias tape. Sew a little in between flags. I will sandwich a flag, and then when I get close to the end of that flag, sandwich the next flag in leaving a little gap between the two, then continue stitching. Sandwich and stitch down all the flags in your bunting. When you are done stitching your bunting closed, clip the excess threads.

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diy book buntings DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book BuntingsI absolutely LOVE my new buntings! They are going to look so fantastic on my porch! I may keep the kitty book for my craft room though as that one is my favorite and I spend the most time in there, so I’d get to see it everyday. You can use this simple process to make your own bunting out of any kind of material you fancy. If you have some old cloth books, upcycle them. Or, give it a try with your favorite fabrics. You’ll love it! You can make several of them in under an hour, and they are simple and fun to sew. They really add a lot of charm and fun to a space too! Definitely one of my favorite things to make! I’ll be back next week with another retro DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Mason Jar Reclaimed Wood Wall Hanging

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diy mason jar wall sconce DIY Mason Jar Reclaimed Wood Wall HangingHey guys! I know mason jar crafts have become such a popular craft item these days! I believe there are several pins on my diy pinterest board that are all about decking out those fantastic little jars. I have been wanting to make a piece for the kitchen for a while now. I had some left over pallet wood from some backdrops I have been working on, so I thought I’d go ahead and give it a go. I was inspired by these tutorials here, here, and here. This project was entirely repurposed as everything I used I had on hand. I really had such a blast, I ended up making two. Here’s how I made mine:

Here’s What You Need:

*Wide Pallet Wood Scraps or Reclaimed Wood

*Paint (optional)

*Mason Jars

*Hose Clamps

*Drawer Knob

*Drill and Drill Bits

*Screw for your Clamp

*Ruler and Pencil

*Table Saw or Circular Saw or even a hand saw

*Dremmel with a cutting wheel attachment

*Brad Nailer and brads or a hammer and nails

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is gather your supplies. If you want to paint your jars first, you can easily paint them with craft paint and a sealer. Once they are good and dry, you are ready to use them. I bought a flower frog from the craft store to use one of my hangings as a vase.

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So you’ll want to start by making your base. Take a strip of wide pallet wood or other wood that you like and lay the jar and your knob on it to see your spacing and how long you want to make it. Mark where you want to cut and then cut the wood to size using a table saw or circular saw, or even a handsaw. You will also need to cut two back cleats for support on the back if you want it to stand off the wall a little bit. If you want it to have a slimmer profile, you can add an ample sawtooth hanger to the back.

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Now you need to prepare your hose clamp that will hold your jar. Wrap the metal around the middle of your jar test fitting the jar inside the clamp. Mark the center back with a pen, and then mark where you want to cut the excess off at the screw area. Remove the jar and set aside. Grab your screw and find a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the screw. Drill a hole in the metal at the center back line you marked. Clip off the excess length with wire shears.

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Now, mark where you want to hang your jar on your wood. Make a mark in the center. Drill a pilot hole with your drill bit. Now, insert your screw through the hole in the clamp and screw it into the pilot hole you made in the wood.

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Insert your jar into the wire hose clamp and tighten the wire around the jar by tightening the screw on the clamp with a flat head screw driver or a bit.

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Now you need to mark and drill the hole for your knob. First, decide where you want your knob and mark it making sure to center it up. Find a drill bit that is the same size as your knobs bolt. Drill a hole where you marked on your wood for the knob.

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Next, insert your knob. Tighten the knob on the wood with the nut from the knob. Now you need to cut off the excess. Grab your dremmel fitted with a cutting wheel and cut off the excess bolt off of the back. Now your piece is ready to hang.

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mason jar wall holder DIY Mason Jar Reclaimed Wood Wall HangingAren’t they so cute! I absolutely love them! I think they would make wonderful gifts! The best thing is that they are really pretty fast and easy to whip up! You can make them as fancy or plain as you like. Change up the look by using plain or painted jars, awesome knobs, or even paint the pallet wood. You can really make it your own and have fun with it! I hope you all will give it a try sometime! I think you’ll have a blast! I will be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy Upcycled Retro Yard Flamingo Revamp

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One of my favorite things to do in summer is projects for my garden! I have not really done too many outdoor projects this year. My mom was cleaning out the hall closet the other day at her house and found a set of pink flamingos we had used for my dad’s birthday party a couple of years ago. She was going to toss them, but I decided to take them home for my yard. They looked a bit plain to me, and you all know how I have to mess with everything, so I decided to give these two a style revamp with some paint. Now they totally fit in with the rest of my funky garden!

Here’s What You Need:

*Yard Flamingos

*Martha Stewart Gold and Black Craft Paint

*Painter’s Tape or Washi Tape

*Ballet Pink Spray Paint (Rustoleum Brand)

*Aqua Paint for the dots (I used an interior behr brand sample I had in the color Aqua Spray)

*Small Foam Dabber

*String and Beads (optional)

Instructions:

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2 Easy Upcycled Retro Yard Flamingo RevampThe first thing you need to do is spray paint your flamingos. Push the legs of each into the ground a little and spray paint them. I used a little tin foil on the ground to keep from getting too much paint everywhere. You will probably need two to three light coats. Let them dry thoroughly.

3 Easy Upcycled Retro Yard Flamingo RevampBring the birds back inside and lay them on their side. Put some of the aqua paint on a paper plate or a bit of foil. Lightly dip your foam dabber into the paint and then push the dabber down onto your flamingo and then off to make a dot shape. Repeat this process making polka dots where you like on the one side of your flamingo. Let the paint dry thoroughly and then flip over the piece and polka dot the other side. Let dry.

4 Easy Upcycled Retro Yard Flamingo RevampTape around the beak where it is black and paint the tip of the beak aqua. Remove the tape and let the aqua dry tip dry thoroughly. You can then paint the black part of the beak gold. You will need several coats of the gold. Let the gold dry. Paint in a black dot in the eye with a small paint brush.

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6 Easy Upcycled Retro Yard Flamingo RevampNext, tape every half inch or so from the top of the legs to near the bottom. Make sure the tape is nice a smooth and there is no space for paint to seep in. I was not so careful and ended up with messy lines on my legs. Once taped, paint the legs with your aqua paint. Set aside to dry.

7 Easy Upcycled Retro Yard Flamingo RevampTo finish off your flamingo you can make them a little necklace. Knot a long piece of string with a long tail. String on several beads, I used around 13 10mm beads for each necklace. Knot the other side and then tie the necklace around the neck of the flamingo.

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I have to say, I absolutely love my revamped flamingoes! They are probably a little too quirky or tacky for some people, but they are just kitschy enough for me! So next time you see an old plastic flamingo at the thrift store or at a yard sale, pick it up to funkify your own space! It’s a fun summer project that is easy and fast too! I’ll be back next week with another cool DIY project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Upcycled Vintage Tablecloth Apron

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vintage tablecloth crafts DIY Upcycled Vintage Tablecloth ApronAs some of you all know by now, vintage tablecloths are one of my absolute favorite things to upcycle! I am head over heels in love with the prints from the beautiful florals to the fun novelty prints. There is just nothing like the hand of a vintage tablecloth whether it be a sweet drapey linen or a wonderfully thick cotton. I use cutter tablecloths to make all kinds of items for the blog and the shop, so I have quite a few scraps lying around. I’ve been wanting to find a way to use some of my favorite scraps. I love wearing my vintage aprons for shows, but needed one with more pockets, so I thought I’d make my own with some upcycled tablecloth pockets.

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Tablecloth Scraps- Four pieces cut at 10″ wide x 11″ tall

*Cotton Fabric for Main Apron- 42″ Wide x 14″ Tall

*1 Package of Double Fold Bias Tape

*42″ or so of Ric Rack Trim

*3/8 yard of coordinating fabric for band and ties- Cut 2 pieces at 3″x22″ and one piece at 3″x25″

*Scissors

*Coordinating Thread

*Straight Pins

*Iron

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is cut your fabric pieces. I gave measurements for mine in the material list above. I am a size 18. What you basically want to do is measure the front of your waist plus a couple of inches. The width of your apron will be 1.5-2 times the width of that measurement for you are going to gather the fabric at the waist. To figure out the pocket size, divide the width of the apron by four(the number of pockets.) Add 1/2 inch to each side for seam allowance.  Cut the waist band at 3″ by the width of your apron plus 1/2 inch seam allowance on each side. And also cut two pieces for your ties at 3″x22″.

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Next, take your four pockets and sew the first pocket to the second with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Then stitch the second to the third and the third to the fourth, so you have one long strip. Iron open the seam allowances.

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Now, fold over the top of each pocket by 1/4″ to the back side and press. Then fold over again by 1/2″ or so and press. Stitch down close to the open end. Now the top edge of your pockets should have a nice finish. Sew the ric rack trim to the top inside edge of the pocket.

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Next, lay the long pocket piece over the top of the main apron fabric piece which should also be face up. Line up the bottom of the pockets and sides to the bottom of the apron fabric and sides. Pin in place. Stitch the pocket down to the main fabric around the edges but leaving the top of the pocket open with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Now you need to add your bias tape. Sandwich the apron fabric edges between the fold of your bias tape. Pin in place. When you get to the corners, fold and mitre the corners with your fingers then pin in place. Stitch the bias tape all the way around the apron except for the top, stitching close to the open edge of the tape. You should now have an apron piece with pockets at the bottom and bias tape concealing the raw edges on both sides and the bottom. The top edge of your apron should be raw edges.

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Next you can go ahead and make your ties. Fold the tie pieces over in half with right sides facing. Clip one end of the halved tie at an angle. Stitch the folded tie closed with a half inch seam allowance starting at the square end leaving that end open, and ending at the tip of the angled edge. Push the tie right side out and press it flat. Repeat with the other tie. Set aside.

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Now you are ready to baste and gather your apron. Adjust your stitch length to a basting stitch. Stich a basting stitch at about an 1/8 inch away from the edge of your raw edge, then another basting stitch right below that one a little less than a half inch away from the top.

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Now, line up the edge of your apron about a half inch in from each side of the waist band and pin. To gather the fabric, pull the top and bottom basting threads gently making sure you pull only the basting strings on one side of your fabric. Distribute your gathers along the width of the fabric. Pull the basting strings from each side and adjust the gathers until your gathered apron fabric fits into the width of the waist band where pinned. Loop the basting threads around the end pins in figure eight motions. Then pin the rest of the gathered apron to the waist band. Make sure your waist band and apron fabric are right sides together. Stitch the apron to the waist band with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Clip all excess threads.

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Now you are ready to make the waist band. Fold over the top edge of the waist band to the back side by about a half inch and press down. Also press the sides of the waist band in by 1/2″ and press. Pin in place. Stitch the waist band down close to the bottom leaving the sides open.

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To finish off your apron, you need to add your ties. Insert your ties on each side opening of your waist band. Pin in place. Stitch the sides closed. Clip excess threads. Now it is ready to wear!

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retro apron DIY Upcycled Vintage Tablecloth ApronI absolutely LOVE my apron! I am a larger gal and this one is made perfectly for my size! It is so much fun to wear and I can’t wait to use it at my next show or market! Upcycling vintage linens is seriously my favorite thing to do! I love to use my vintage scraps, but you can change it up and use any fabric you have on hand. You can play around with the proportions as well to fit your body. I think this would make a great gift for the holidays as well! Everyone loves aprons, right! So next time you find you need a new apron, give this one a try. It’s fast and simple! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric Coasters

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diy fabric coasters scrappy DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersI have been on a bit of a patchwork kick lately. I love being able to take scraps that have been sitting around and find another purpose for them. I am such a vintage fabric lover, and I hate to waste any of my vintage fabrics, so I always keep my vintage scraps. I felt like doing a bit of patchwork the other day, so I thought I would make some patchy fabric coasters with some of my favorite vintage feedsack and sheet scraps. Fabric coasters are really easy and fast to whip up! They are a great weeknight sewing project!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Fabric Scraps

*Fusible Fleece

*Rotary Cutter and Ruler

*Self Healing Matt

*Sewing Machine and Thread

*Iron

Instructions:

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210 DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersThe first thing you need to do is cut your squares. Cut eight 2.5″ squares for each coaster. I used two coordinating fabrics for my coasters, so I had four of both of my fabrics for each coaster. Also cut a 4×4″ square of your fusible fleece for each coaster.

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41 DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersLay out your fabric squares. Stitch the top two squares with right sides together at the side seam with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Do the same for the bottom two squares. Press open seams.

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71 DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersNow stitch the top sewn pieces and the bottom sewn pieces right sides together. Make sure the bottom of the top squares matches up with the top of the bottom squares. Stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press open seam. You should now have a piece that is four patchwork squares sewn together with two on top and two on the bottom.

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101 DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersRepeat for the back side of the coaster. Once you have two pieces for the front and back of your coaster, lay them right sides together. Stitch all the way around the coaster with a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a space open for turning.

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121 DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersClip your corners off close to the stitching. Take your fusible fleece square and line it up inside the stitching line of the coaster. Iron the fleece onto the fabric.

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161 DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersTurn the coaster right side out. Push the corners out with a stick or your scissors. Iron the coaster flat tucking in the seam allowance where the opening is in towards the inside. Top stitch all the way around the coaster. Clip excess threads. Repeat with as many coasters as you’d like to make…

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feed sack patchwork coasters DIY Vintage Scrappy Patchwork Fabric CoastersI have made fabric coasters for gifts for family and friends before, but have never made patchwork ones. I have to say, I love them! I may just have to make a bunch more! These coasters are a fast and easy project, and they make fantastic gifts! I love to use vintage fabrics, but of course you can use any kind of fabric that suits your fancy! You can easily change-up the look or style. Make them all the same, or make a bunch of them in your favorite prints. Smaller prints work best. Give them a go some time, you’ll love them I bet! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Shabby Painted Pallet Wood Art

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boat wood star Shabby Painted Pallet Wood ArtLast week I shared this diy pallet wood star with you all. I had made the star for my porch. When I went to hang it, it looked a little plain for my taste, so I decided to paint it. I love the look of painted old wood. Typically I am not a fan of distressing wood. I like the crispness of clean painted furniture. However sometimes there is a piece that is just perfect distressed. There are a lot of ways to distress wood. A friend told me about the vaseline method, so I thought I’d give that one a try since it seemed the easiest to me. I had a great time painting my star! It’s so easy and fast to give it a little update with paint and vaseline too!

Here’s What You Need:

*White Paint (I used regular latex interior paint for this project)

*Paint in the colors you like best

*Vaseline

*Paint Brush

*Sandpaper

The first thing you need to do is apply a thin layer of vaseline in the areas you want the natural wood to show through. I used my finger to apply the vaseline. Be careful because you can get splinters. I think a paint brush or pallet knife would work to apply it too.

Next, Paint your whole star with your white paint. You may need a few coats of white to completely cover. I think I used three coats of the white paint. Let the white paint dry.

Now, apply the vaseline again over the areas where you would like the white to show through the colored paint.

Next paint the different planks in your colored paints. I used red and aqua to go with the color scheme on my porch. Paint a couple of coats of paint and set your piece aside to dry.

Once your paint is thoroughly dry, lightly sand the wood. The areas where the vaseline is, the paint will come off easily. I have also found that if you blast the piece with water from your hose the paint will flake off in the areas where the vaseline is as well. It’s a little less work, but then you have to let the piece dry out for a day or so. Enjoy your distressed pallet art!

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distressed wood Shabby Painted Pallet Wood ArtI liked my star before, but now I am totally in love with it! It is going to look so fantastic on my porch! Pallet wood is so much fun to distress! I hope you all will give this method a try some time. It was both easy and fun! I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy DIY Floral Summer Sandals

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06 DSC 0026 4 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsLike a lot of gals I know, I am a shoe hoarder. However, while most of my friends go crazy for a lovely pair of heels, I am more of a sneaker and sandal collector. I practically live in sandals most of the year. Most days I sport my favorite brand of flippies (aka Sanuk yoga’s or yoga spree’s), but some days I like to wear something a little cuter and will throw on something a little more fancy. I have a pair of bronze metallic sandals where the straps were starting to crack, as well as a pair of plain t-straps that I’ve only worn once. I thought they both needed an update. They were a little too plain for my taste, so I decided to add some sweet floral embellishments. Turns out it was so easy and fun!

Here’s What You Need:

*Sandals

*Chiffon or Other Fabric Flowers( I bought mine Here)

*Felt

*Scissors

*Fabritac Glue

Instructions:

The first thing you need to do is decide what kind of look you want for your sandals. I knew I wanted to do three flowers that were about 2″ each for my t-strap sandals and one larger flower with a few smaller flowers for my thong sandals. For the t straps, I bought a 1/2 yard strip of chiffon flowers that were 2.5″ wide. They come on a netting and you can cut them apart from each other. For the thongs, I bought a half yard of 1.5″ chiffon flowers and two 2.5″ fabric flowers. My shoe size is a 10. You may need less if your shoe size is smaller.

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18 DSC 0089 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsOnce you have all your supplies gathered, cut your flowers apart on your netting strips. Decide how many flowers fit best on your shoes. Grab your felt and cut circles of felt a little smaller than the width of each of your flowers for your thong style sandals. For the t-straps, cut a strip that is a little smaller than the width of your flowers by a little longer than the length of your t strap piece.

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12 photo 3 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsOpen your fabritac. For the thongs, run a little glue onto the top of your left strap on the left shoe and right strap on the right shoe, and then a little glue onto the other strap. For the t-strap run a bead of glue down the t-strap piece. For your thong sandals, press your large flower onto the left strap on the left shoe so it sits right before the middle of the thong part that sits between your toes. Press a couple of the smaller flowers next to the large flower on the left strap of the left sandal and right strap of the right sandal. Then press another smaller flower onto the other strap next to the larger flower so it sits right before the split. For the t-straps, trim up your middle flower and then press your three flowers onto the t-strap piece starting with the one over the end where your toes go.

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15 photo 1 2 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsNow you need to glue the felt pieces onto the back sides of your flowers. Run glue onto the felt circles for your thong sandals. Press each circle onto the back side of each of the flowers it corresponds with. You will be sandwiching the strap in between the felt circle and the flower. Be sure to press them together very well. Repeat with all the other flowers on your thongs. For the t-straps, run glue onto the felt strips. Press the glue side of the strips onto the back side of the flowers sandwiching the strap in between. Make sure to press the strip firmly in place paying careful attention to the area where the toes sit.

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09 DSC 0033 4 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsI absolutely LOVE my sandals now! This revamp was so fast and simple! The best part is that it cost me less than ten dollars to embellish both pairs! I love how versatile this project can be too! You can easily change-up the look to suit your style and taste, just by the flowers you use. I hope you all will give this one a try sometime with your own plain sandals. You’ll love it too! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!