Pillow Cover

It’s Monday and man do I have a busy week ahead of me! Actually the next few weeks are going to be pretty crazy but I’ll definitely try to make some time and post a few fun projects I’ve been working on! Here’s one that will spruce up your living room and save you some money by doing- it- yourself!

Before:

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Step One: Choose pillow

Head to your local fabric store and pick up a few pillows you want to use for this project. They come in several different sizes and are priced according to comfort. If you want to save some money like I did, you can use some throw pillows you already have.

Step Two: Select fabric

The fabric I used for my pillows was leftover from the DIY Door Panel Curtain which you can read about here:

https://happilybeforeandafter.com/2013/08/26/door-panel-curtain/

It’s a cotton blend fabric which is super easy to wash and requires no ironing. The amount of fabric you need will depend on the size of the pillows you choose. Take the width of the pillow and add 1″. Then take the height of the pillow double it and add 6″.

Step Three: Measure & Cut

Lay the fabric down and measure it out. As listed above you will need┬áthe width of the pillow plus 1″ and the height of the pillow doubled plus 6″.

Step Four: Hem sides

Hem the shorter sides or width of the fabric. Lay down the fabric with the pattern side facing up. Place the pillow on top of the fabric and fold the hemmed sides towards each other. Continue folding the pillow with the fabric until it is tightly wrapped. The fabric will overlap each other which will create an opening to get the pillow in and out of.

Step Five: Pin

Once the pillow is tightly wrapped make sure the fabric matches up and pin it. You want an evenly matched line down the center of the pillow. This will end up being the back of the pillow, so don’t worry too much about getting the fabric to line up perfectly. Carefully slide out the pillow and continue pinning down the long side or length of the fabric. When pinning you will want to come in about a 1/2″ from the top and bottom.

Step Five: Sew

Sew a straight line where you have placed your pins, taking them out as you go. Once your done sewing both sides, flip the fabric inside out so that the pattern side is facing out. ┬áStuff the pillow inside the cover and it’s ready to use!

After:

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Happy D.I.Y.ing!

Door Panel Curtain

This DIY project is centered around finding a window treatment solution for those tricky doors in your house. In my kitchen I have a door with a large single window in it, which made it difficult to find something to cover it. Not only did I want to block out the light and people seeing in my kitchen, I also wanted something to match the theme I had going on. In order to accomplish both of these things I only had one option, which was to make it myself. With that said I did enlist sewing help from my younger sister Kaycee. The only thing I can sew by myself is a button, so if your anything like me it’s best to ask for a little help with this project!

Here’s the step by step instructions to make your very own…

Before:

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Step One: Measure window

Grab a tape measure and measure the part of the door you want covered. Write down those measurements on a piece of paper and then add six inches. These extra inches are to allow enough room to create an opening on the top and bottom of the curtain for the rod to slide through. For my door I used 60 inches for height and 35 inches for width.

Step Two: Select fabric

Take your measurements and make a trip to the local craft/fabric store to purchase some fabric. Use these measurements to find out how many yards of fabric you will need. For my curtain I chose to use one and a half yards of a cotton blend fabric that’s easy to wash and blocks most of the light from coming in. You will also need to pick up matching thread to sew your curtain with.

Step Three: Find hardware

Finding the proper hardware for your curtain may require a little trial and error. Take home a few different options you think might work to save yourself multiple trips. I found that using a rod with mounting hardware rather than a tension rod worked the best.

Step Four: Prep fabric

Lay your fabric down facing backside up on a table and grab a ruler. Take the ruler and mark three inches from the top and bottom on the fabric. Fold it down to meet the mark and place pins every two inches or so to hold the fabric in place. You should now have a row of pins on the top and bottom of the fabric which gives you a template to follow.

Step Five: Sew together

Now thread the sewing machine and begin sewing in a straight line all the way down the width of the fabric. Once you reach the end of the fabric cut your thread and repeat this process to reinforce the seam.

Step Six: Hang up

Attach the brackets for the curtain rod to the door. Slide your curtain onto the curtain rod and hook it to the brackets. You can repeat this process on the bottom section of the door as well, depending on how you want the curtain displayed. As you can see below, I chose to go with a single curtain rod and cinched the curtain together in the middle with a piece of fabric. As a finishing touch I added a clip-on flower to tie everything together!

After:

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Happy D.I.Y.ing!