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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!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- July 28th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! The weather was a little rainy this weekend for us, but for some reason it had me thinking of outdoor fun. When I was little, my cousins and I would play outside all summer. I thought today I would share some of my favorite vintage summer finds for outdoor fun with you all from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage shops. Here are just a few of my favorites this week:

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Retro Wooden BackYard Croquet Equipment Ensemble – Vintage OutDoor Sports 16 Piece Set – Repurpose Gameroom Decor from Devine Orders

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Vintage Paddle Ball Paddles, Franklin Paddle Ball Paddle, Sportcraft Paddle Ball Paddle from Paper Wood Vintage

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Vintage MV Flyer Junior Roller Skates from Jets Desiderium

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Outdoor Fun Games Everyone Can Play Vintage Childrens Book Illustrated Einson Freeman Co 1935 from Vickie’s Vintage Books

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Woven Metal Basket 1950s Hand Painted Vintage Sweetheart Basket from Coconut Road

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Vintage, hand painted, mid century BBQ set – 6 piece barbecue set with stand from Second Sparrow Vintage

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Vintage 1950′s Metal 7up Cooler from Eagle Wing Vintage

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SALE FREE SHIP vintage slat wood folding chairs pair / yellow outdoor furniture from 86 Home

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Vintage Outdoor Entertaining Booklet, 1960′s How To Entertain Pamphlets, Summer Barbecue Recipes from Thirsty Owl Vintage

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Grab this sleek set of 8 vintage butterscotch bakelite corn cob holders in time for prime barbeque season from Two Swans Swimming

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1950s Freezheat Vacuum Thermos Flask Atomic Blue Black Picnic Party BBQ Hot Cold Drinks Retro Geometric Pattern from Time’s Turned Back

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Vintage Plate Mates Paper Plate Holders/Fun Scan Colors/Kiddo Dinnerware/Camping Outdoor Picnic/Mid Mod Dining/Retro Party Plastic from Euro Fair

Aren’t they all wonderful! I just love the fish paper plate holders! The outdoor entertaining book is too fun as well! Heck I just adore them all! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these awesome Etsy vintage stores as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

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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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!

The Wonderful World of Pinterest- July 2014

I swear this month has just flown by! It’s going to be fall before you know. I have not been pinning a whole lot over the past month since it has been a little crazy and my sister is home for the summer, so I have been trying to squeeze in as much time with her as I can before she goes back to school. I have added some pins to a few of my favorite boards and added a fun new vintage summery board dedicated to swimsuits. Check out what I’ve been pinning this month:

From my board Words to Live By:

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From my board Pets and Animals:

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From my board My Style:

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From my board For the Home:

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From my board Gluten Free Goodies:

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From my board DIY Ideas I Love:

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From my board Vintage Paint by Number Love:

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And from my new board Bathing Beauties:

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33 The Wonderful World of Pinterest  July 2014I just adore Pinterest! Don’t you! It’s an endless supply of beauty and inspiration! What have you all been pinning lately? You can see the sources of all these pins and see many many more by following along with my boards on PinterestHere. I’ll be back next month with more pinspiration. Until then…

Happy Pinning!

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!

DIY Reclaimed Wood Star

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02 DSC 0021 3 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarUpcycling pallets has become very popular over the last year or so. Pallets have become one of my favorite materials to work with, so I can totally see the charm. They are free and the wood is nice and old looking. They are also fun to work with! I had a bunch of scrap pieces from the pallet art I have been making for the Flea Market. I thought it would be fun to use the scraps to make large shape that I can use for an art piece for the back porch. We decided to make a large star shape. This DIY was really pretty easy! I had a blast making it with the hubby this past weekend!

Here’s What You Need:

*Reclaimed Wood (Scrap wood, Pallet wood, etc…)

*Pencil and/ a marker

*Band saw or circular saw

*Brad Nailer and Nails

*Sawtooth Hanger

Instructions:

08 photo 1 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarThe first thing you need to do is arrange your scrap pieces on a flat surface face down forming a canvas. Free hand your shape on the back side of your scrap wood carefully. Draw over the final shape with a marker.

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10 photo 3 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarStarting with the bottom pieces, cut the wood where it was marked with your saw. After you cut each piece, lay it back where it was so you can keep your pieces straight and together. Cut all of the marked areas and lay the pieces out so they make up your shape, in my case, a star.

11 photo 4 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarTake a few of the scraps from the wood you cut and lay them out on the back side of your shape so that you will have a surface for all the pieces to be nailed to so nothing comes apart. Once you have plenty of backing wood, you are ready to nail it.

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14 photo 3 2 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarNail the backing wood to the back of your wood shape. Put several nails in each piece. To finish off the pallet art, attach a saw tooth hanger to the back of the star support pieces. Now it is ready to hang.

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01 DSC 0024 3 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarI absolutely LOVE my star! It is going to look fabulous on the back porch wall! I think I may try a few more sometime soon. Maybe a peace sign next time though. If any of you guys decide to make one of your own, let me know. I love it when you all try my projects, and I love seeing how you put your spin on it! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Easy Star Hair Combs

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02 DSC 0109 DIY Easy Star Hair CombsHey everyone! Are you all getting ready for the Independence Day holiday tomorrow? One of my favorite memories of the fourth of July is from when we were living in Los Angeles. The apartment building we lived in let people up on the roof and we got to see a 360 degree view of every fireworks show the city was having. It was magical! I’m afraid nothing has ever been able to compare since. This year we are planning on shooting off some small fireworks at my mom’s house. I’m sure we will be grilling something yummy, and there will be lots of sparklers! Hannah and I love sparklers! Before the holiday commences, I thought I’d share this easy DIY for my Fabric Star Hair Combs that I will be wearing for the holiday. They are so easy and really fast to whip up!

Here’s What You Need:

*Fabric Scraps in Reds and Blues

*Marking Pen

*Scissors

*Basting Spray

*Sewing Machine and Thread

*Plastic Hair Combs or Hair Pins of your choice

*Fabri-Tac Glue

*Paper, pen and scissors

Instructions:

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06 DSC 0100 DIY Easy Star Hair CombsThe first thing you need to do is cut out your stars. Draw a star onto a piece of paper and cut it out. Use it as a template. Double up your fabric scraps with wrong sides together. Trace your star onto the fabric with a marking pen and cut them out. You should have two stars for every comb or hair pin.Spray one of your stars with basting spray on it’s wrong side. Then smooth the star to it’s match with wrong sides together. Stitch around the edges of your stars and clip excess threads. Run a bead of glue onto the top of the hair comb. Press the comb onto the star shape back. Smooth and glue it down well. Set aside and let them dry.

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04 DSC 0106 DIY Easy Star Hair CombsThese hair combs are a lot of fun to wear! Wear a couple, or go all out and put a bunch in your hair. You can really change the style up just by the fabrics you use. You can even make them in other shapes. You can choose to sew your shapes or you can just glue them together for an even easier diy. I’ll be back next week with a fun summer project! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend and a safe Independence Day!

The Wonderful World of Pinterest- June 2014

Over the past few weeks I have added a few new boards to my Pinterest account that I am really happy to share with all you guys! Yes, they are mostly vintage boards, what can I say. I am a sucker for vintage, and of course, anything cute! Here’s what I’ve been pinning this month:

From my board Words To Live By:

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From my board Vintage Hanky Love:

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32 The Wonderful World of Pinterest  June 2014I just love Pinterest! And I know I must say that every month, but I really do love it! I get my fix of vintage inspiration and motivation. I also get a good reminder of just how beautiful and sweet life is. What have you been pinning this month? This month for me, my brain was definitely in vintage mode icon smile The Wonderful World of Pinterest  June 2014 I’ll be back next month with more pinspiration! Until then…

Happy Pinning!

Easy DIY Vintage Bark Cloth Covered Stool

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vintage ceramic deer Easy DIY Vintage Bark Cloth Covered StoolVintage bark cloth is one of my favorite types of vintage fabric, and as many of you know, vintage fabric is my favorite thing ever! I was so happy to have found this wonderful curtain piece at the antiques festival in Liberty last year! I have been hoarding it until I found something that was worth me cutting into it. I found a stool last year at Target that I have been using quite a lot in the house. Daryl sits on it and plays his guitar, I use it for my laptop when I am on the floor working sometimes, and the Roux has made it his favorite sitting spot. I love the functionality of the stool, but wasn’t loving the style of it. It was a little boring for my taste, so I decided it needed covering with a fabulous fabric, and lucky for me I had the perfect thing!

Here’s What You Need:

*Upholstered Stool or Ottoman

*Vintage Bark Cloth Remnant

*Ruler

*Marking Pen

*Scissors

*Nailer or Stapler

*1/4-3/8 size Staples

*Screwdriver

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is measure your upholstered stool. Measure, mark, and cut a piece of bark cloth that is the length and width of your stool plus four to six inches to be able to wrap it around to the bottom. My stool was about 14″ square, so I cut my fabric to be at 18×18. It is always better to have a little excess fabric than not enough.

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The next thing you need to do is disassemble the upholstered top of your stool from the legs. You can usually remove the top with a screwdriver. Set aside your screws and your legs or base.

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Lay your fabric face down on a clean surface. Then lay your stool cushion top face down onto the center of the fabric. Take one edge of your fabric and staple it to the back side of your stool into the wood. Staple down the fabric a few inches away on either side of the first staple. Then pull the fabric on the opposite side taut and staple a few in the center and over towards the corners. Do the same thing with the other two sides, stapling in the center and over towards the sides, leaving the corners un-stapled.

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If you have a rounded stool, you can just pull and staple your fabric around the corners, gathering it nice and tight. If you have a square corner like I did, you can wrap it like a present. Smooth the fabric on the side facing you straight down. This will form a triangular shape out to the side. Take that triangular area and wrap it around to the flat side overlapping it. Then, pull the fabric to the back of the stool and staple down. Do this on all four corners. Now you should have totally covered the stool top.

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To finish off your stool, cut any excess fabric hanging loose off of the back side of the stool. Then screw the stool top back onto the base or legs.

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awesome vintage barkcloth Easy DIY Vintage Bark Cloth Covered StoolI loved my stool before, but now I am head over heels for it! I adore the print of the vintage bark cloth! It looks fantastic anywhere we put it in the house. This project is so incredibly easy! It took me maybe a total of twenty minutes from start to finish to cover this stool. I love my bark cloth of course, but you can use any kind of upholstery weight fabric for this project. So, if you have an old or boring upholstered stool, give it a new life with some great fabric! It’s easy as pie! I’ll be back next week with another fun diy project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Fun Ideas for a Backyard Summer Bash

Daryl and I have been thinking of having an outdoor fiesta this summer with family and friends. We are busy working on the yard at the moment, but once everything is looking great, we’ll be celebrating with a party. In the mean time, I thought I would share a fun article with you all from Quinn at Healthy Living With Quinn( see her blog Here.) She’s got some great tips on how to plan the perfect summer gathering! Check it out!

Fun Ideas for a Summer Backyard Bash

 Fun Ideas for a Backyard Summer Bash

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I love summer – bright sun, green grass, and blue skies. My husband and I have a tradition of throwing an outdoor party every year when the weather warms up. It’s a great way to gather our family and friends to enjoy the change in season. Over the years, I’ve picked up a lot of tricks for transforming my backyard into a festive paradise.

Fresh Refreshments

On a warm day, there’s nothing quite like sipping a cool drink in the backyard. For my outdoor parties, I offer the standard wine and beer, but I also like to mix it up with some unique summer beverages. There are a lot of delicious cocktail recipes out there, and many of them don’t require the skill of an expert mixologist. This citrus pineapple sangria is one of my new favorites. It’s the perfect combination of light and flavorful, and it’s remarkably easy for a party setting. I love serving them in glasses my husband and I got from this site. No matter the recipe, distinctive drinks will definitely get your guests talking as they try something new!

Fun and Games

 Fun Ideas for a Backyard Summer Bash
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Lawn games are a must for a backyard shindig. A little competition is sure to bring out laughter and the joy of inner childhood. Activities can range from silly (three-legged race) to sophisticated (croquet). Old staples like badminton, bocce or horseshoes are easy to setup and play. But don’t be afraid to try something a little different. I came across this fantastic outdoor Scrabble project, which was a huge hit with my guests last year. It also doesn’t hurt to award the winners with prizes, such as a bottle of wine or movie tickets. I’ll warn you, though – the competition can get fierce!

Fab Décor

Nothing sets the mood for an outdoor party like the decorations. This kind of festivity is easy to decorate, since nature has its own beauty. Simply set up a few tables and cover with summery tablecloths (tip: tape down the tablecloths in case of a breeze). I like to embellish the casual, natural environment with outdoorsy things. Red clay flowerpots make great vessels for centerpieces, which you can fill with fruits, flowers, or fresh vegetables. And don’t forget the music! Bust out the summer tunes, and the atmosphere will be perfect.

Fine Dining

 Fun Ideas for a Backyard Summer Bash
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Of course, the party isn’t complete without the good eats. A backyard party is a marvelous opportunity for a good old cookout. Fire up the grill and serve delicious burgers and hotdogs. Or embrace the barbecue and present your guests with ribs and pulled pork. I love experimenting with different types of barbecue sauce, and my friends fell in love with this coffee-molasses variety last year. Mix it up and try something new – you’ll be amazed by the results! And when it comes to dessert, serve something fun and easy, like ice cream or fresh fruit. That way, you’ll finish off the party with sweet, summer simplicity.

The best part of an outdoor party is the breezy, casual fun. Remember to keep things simple and enjoy yourself. Before you know it, you’ll be having a blast with friends and family, right in your own backyard.

*Article by Quinn McAdams- http://healthylivingbyquinn.blogspot.com/