How did my remodeled bedroom lead to a new tablecloth for my dining room? Well, let me tell you. I mentioned last week that one of my contributions to the room was a rather spectacular curtain fail. I should have … Continue reading
My house is old. I probably shouldn’t say that, because it’s actually a couple of years younger than I am, but I’m not still wearing stuff from the 70’s. We bought it because it has a phenomenal view and good … Continue reading
Spending most of my days sewing, I tend to have a lot of fabric scraps. I have a box of them that will eventually be cut into 2” squares and made into some sort of amazing quilt. If they’d just take care of that square thing on their own it would go a lot faster, but they seem to be waiting for me. This batch of scraps didn’t make it into the box though, and instead became this springy table runner.
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In the meantime, I’m going to show you how to make this easy table runner. It’s a great way to use up small pieces of fabric, and they don’t even need to be uniform in size. In face, I think it’s better if they aren’t.
To make this, you’ll need to cut a piece of cotton fabric for your backing in the approximate size you’d like your runner. You may find it shrinks a bit as you sew it together. You’ll also need a piece of thin batting in the same size. I went with 12 by 30”. Cut strips for the front that are slightly longer than the back (14”) and in varying widths. You’ll need to account for seam allowances, so you’ll probably need more strips than you think.
Lay the backing face down. Add the batting on top, then pin the two layers together with safety pins. And pin some more.
You don’t want those two layers shifting while you complete the remaining steps. Another option would be to use fusible fleece, and just iron it onto your backing.
Lay one fabric strip, right side up, in the center of the runner. Add a second strip on top, right side down, lining up the raw edges on the right. Pin in place and stitch down the right side with a 1/4” seam.
Fold out strip on right and press the seam.
Add another strip, face down, even with the edge of the first strip. Do the same with the second strip.
Stitch both sides with a 1/4” seam. Flip them out and press, just like the first two strips. Continue, adding one strip to each side and removing the safety pins as needed.
Stop when the batting is completely covered. Trim the edges so they are even with the backing and batting.
To finish the edge, I cut binding strips from one of the fabrics. Because of the direction I had to cut them, based on the fabric I had available, if I stitched them into one long strip the diagonal lines were going to go in two different directions. Instead, I bound one edge at a time, starting with the long edges and folding the ends of the binding in 1/4”.
After those sides were finished I added binding on the short edges so the lines would all run in the same direction.
That’s it. No additional quilting is necessary, because all the layers are bound together between each strip, as you can see on the also-usable back.
I have to admit, I really loved how this little runner brightened up the table, and it’s going to be tough to give it up. That’s how much I appreciate you guys!
I don’t think winter gets its due. It gets all lumped in with Christmas, when really it’s only just getting started by the time the holidays are over. If we’re going to get freezing weather where I live it’s much more likely to happen in January than before. Dashing through the snow doesn’t involve reindeer or Santa. So, I’m here to give winter the moment in the spotlight that it deserves.
I don’t know if I’m brave enough to let anyone actually use this Indoor Snowball Fight from Sew Can Do inside the house, but it’s so cute and fun I think I could be won over.
You could certainly use this Reading and Knitting Pillow from Sew Happy Geek any time of the year, but am I the only one that gets more reading and hand-crafts done when it’s too cold to go outside?
Evenings find me under a blanket this time of year. If I had this Family Blanket from Rae Gun Ramblings I could let someone under there with me.
Has your family been struck down by The Bug yet? My husband and I were both knocked flat by it before Thanksgiving and we’re still waiting for the cough to completely disappear. I’m thinking these Homemade Vaporizing Shower Cubes from Smart School House would still be a good idea, even months later.
This Get Well Soon Tissue Box Cover from So Sew Easy would be a great gift to take to a sick friend. There’s a little pocket on the side to add some tea and cough drops.
I love soup in the winter. And I love pickles. I’m intrigued by this Dill Pickle Soup from Noble Pig. I’m going to have to make a small batch and try it out.
I feel about hot apple cider the way some people feel about coffee. I love the smell, but the taste – nope. However, this Apple Cider Hot Toddy from Cookie and Kate has me wanting to give it another chance.
When I was a kid one of my cousins got married in the winter and the girls had faux fur muffs instead of bouquets. I thought it was so pretty. Apparently it’s a trend that has returned and Etsy seller sewudesigns has many to choose from.
Nothing is worse than trying to keep warm in January with a bitter chill blowing under your door. Well, nothing except flattened Mickey. This Wonderful World Draft Stopper from caitlinsdad on Instructables definitely requires a good sense of humor.
One of my favorite things about winter is boots, but you can get tired of looking at the same pairs over and over all season. Dress them up with these DIY Faux Fur Boot Sweaters from The Renegade Seamstress on eHow.
I intended to share this with you on Monday, but I got knocked flat by a nasty bug that my husband tried REALLY hard not to share with me. I’m finally vertical again, but the sooner this cough goes away the better. Enough of my sickly whining, I want to show you a quick way to cover round chair cushions.
With the holidays upon us, doesn’t it seem like you’re always looking for an extra chair for company? You can easily recover round patio chair cushions to fit in better with your indoor Thanksgiving or Christmas décor!
To create your pattern, measure the diameter of your cushion, add the height, then add 1”. Cut a piece of string 3 or 4 inches longer than the number you just came up with. Tie one end of the string around a pencil. I found it helpful to use a pencil with a cushion on it so the string wouldn’t slide around. Tie a knot in the other end at the distance from the pencil that matches your number. Fold a large piece of paper in quarters. Stick a pin through the knot on the string into the tip of the folds.
Draw a curved line with the pencil by stretching the string as far as it will go. Cut along that line.
Unfold your pattern and pin it to the fabric. I was making two, so I doubled my fabric to cut them both at once.
Sew a buttonhole starting 1 1/8” from the edge. Fold the fabric in 1” and stitch near the edge. I didn’t fold the edge under because it will be on the inside, but if you’re worried about it fraying you can fold the edge under 1/4” before stitching. Tie a knot in a piece of cord and attach a safety pin. Feed it through the buttonhole, around the circle through the casing and back out the buttonhole.
I cut a smaller circle and laid it in the center so none of the bare cushion would show. You don’t necessarily need to do this, especially if your cover is temporary. Lay the cushion in the center of the cover.
Pull the cord to gather, then tie a bow. You can either tuck the extra cord inside or cut it off. I’d recommend tucking it so it can be reused.
Wouldn’t it be cute to make these with holiday fabrics?
This set lives on my daughter’s apartment deck now – maybe she needs Christmas chairs!
Almost three years ago (which I only know because I looked it up) I bought some really cute postcards from an artist named Kathy Jeffords with an Etsy shop called The Dreamy Giraffe. I fell in love with her style and chose the postcards so I’d have several of the prints. After they arrived, I didn’t know what to do with them and I put them somewhere for safekeeping. I’d come across them once in a while, marvel at how adorable they are, and put them back. I finally decided enough is enough – these need to be displayed.
I started this project with an ordinary 12 x 12” frame. I wanted to use a button print fabric as the background but didn’t want it to be too thin or floppy, so I ironed a piece of heavy craft interfacing onto the back.
By cutting the interfacing to fit the frame, it also gave me a good outline for cutting the fabric.
To hold the postcards in place I used some stick-on glue dots on the back. I only used one dot on each card – just enough they wouldn’t slip around.
I thought something with a little dimension would be fun in the middle, so I cut wool circles to match the fabric and added a little craft floss stitching to the center to make them look like buttons.
I attached those with glue dots as well.
After that it was just a matter of putting it into the frame. I love how it turned out, and I’m happy I can actually look at these prints every day. Every day I decide a different girl is my favorite!
I don’t think The Dreamy Giraffe has the postcard sets in stock any more, but the crafty girls are still available as prints. I could find a place in my house for just about everything in her shop!
We have two October birthdays in our house, so if I’m going to decorate for Halloween I try to hold off until those have passed. My husband’s was yesterday (Happy birthday honey!), so I think it’s time. Since my kids are grown and we don’t get trick-or-treaters I don’t often do much, but I’m feeling it this year. I think it might be nostalgia, since my oldest is completely out of the nest. That’s okay, because there is no shortage of good ideas out there – I had a hard time narrowing it to ten this week!
I noticed after I was done collecting this week’s favorites that almost all of them involve repurposing. One of the most impressive transformations is this pink and purple Little Tikes playhouse that became a spooky haunted mansion, thanks to the talents of Saki.Girl on Halloween Forums.
Thanks to so many charities using “flocking” as a fundraiser, you can buy pink flamingos lots of places year round. Pick up a few and make these Painted Skeleton Flamingos with Craftbits.
I think these Rock Jack-O-Lanterns from No Time for Flashcards might be my kind of pumpkin carving.
I think these Halloween Spiders from Crafts ‘N Coffee are adorable, and not even a little scary.
These DIY Halloween Lanterns from The Australian Baby Blog would be a fun craft to make with the kids. All the glow, without all the fire hazard.
These Coffee Filter Spiderwebs from The Artful Parent remind me a little of snowflakes – until you add the spiders.
I might need to start saving up shopping bags to make this skeleton from Curious Tangles on Instructables.
I love a craft that can transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving, like these Reclaimed Wood Pumpkins from The Summery Umbrella.
These Toilet Paper Roll Bats from Practically Functional are easy, just the right amount of spooky, and use something everyone has around.
These Barbie Zombies from Crafts by Amanda are at the top of my want-to-make list. It probably helps that we’re big Walking Dead fans.
When my daughter and son-in-law announced their engagement, and decided they wanted to hold the wedding at our home, my husband and I entered into what would be one of the biggest projects of our lives. I don’t know about you, but it isn’t every day we invite 200 people to our house for a little get-together. There were many things to be considered, not the least of which was the bathroom situation.
Without going into all the details of how our house is arranged, we have three bathrooms inside, none of which were going to be easily accessible for the ceremony and reception. We started looking at something we could rent, but the ugly ones were, well, ugly and the pretty ones would break the budget. Finally, my husband decided he would build a bathroom behind the barn. If you know my husband, you just nodded and said “Of course he did.”
My husband is the guy everyone calls when they need something fixed, so I can tell you the barn has absolutely nothing to do with animals. Tools, wood and left-over home improvement supplies don’t require feeding though. Pretty much everything he needed was inside that barn, and the entire thing ended up costing around $300. We could barely rent an ugly one for that and ours flushed.
For some perspective on how this was set up, this is what the area looked like where the ceremony and reception were both held.
Because the bathroom wouldn’t be obvious, I made this sign using my new wood burning tool. I need to find another excuse to use that thing – it’s fun.
We staked the sign near the back of the barn, and no one seemed to have any trouble finding it.
The first thing they would see as the stepped around the corner was a small wood deck, to the left of the white barn door.
The next thing our guests would find was a little hand washing area under an overhang.
The mirror was from Ikea, as well as the hanging bulb that my husband turned into a mason jar pendant light.
The sink and faucet, which I showed you how he made last week, were plumbed through a piece of rustic cedar. The day of the wedding we added a bouquet of flowers inside the watering can, some soap I chose strictly because it was the right color, and hand towels.
Beneath the counter were a couple of tin pails for trash.
Next to the hand washing station was a stall to house the toilet itself, complete with locking door. I love the red exterior barn wall serving as a background for all of this.
I already showed you the sign and rug I made, but I thought this extended toilet roll holder my husband added was genius. We slide several rolls on before the ceremony and no one ever had to refill it.
I think the reason I love this little bathroom so much is because it really captured the whole DIY, rustic, country feel my daughter wanted for the event. And I’m pretty sure no one has ever had one just like it.
Besides, when you have something so cute going on in front of the barn, you’ve gotta have something special in the back.
My thanks to Heather Fitch Photography for allowing me to share some of her photos here!
Are you all tired of hearing about wedding stuff yet? I hope not, because we just got the photos from the photographer last week, along with her okay to share them here, so I have lots more to tell you about!
I have one more bathroom-related project I’d like to share with you before I reveal the whole thing next week. I know it’s weird to be so focused on the restroom, but it was just adorable, and this project was the biggest focal point.
We found the tub and watering can at Ikea last spring, so this wasn’t an expensive project at all.
It was important to my husband to have a unique handle for the faucet, so we visited a local antique hardware store and found the one on the left for about $5. He also needed a piece of 1/2” copper pipe and a drain, found at Home Depot.
Replacing the faucet handle with the older one was as simple as unscrewing the nut, removing the one it came with, putting on the antique and screwing the nut back on.
He pushed the copper pipe into the spout on the watering can just hard enough to make a small indent in the bottom.
After that, he drilled a hole at the point of the dent…
…large enough for the pipe to fit through.
He put a piece of wood under the tub and pounded lightly on the bottom in the center to create a recessed area for the drain.
He drilled a hole in the bottom that was slightly bigger than the diameter of the pipe. After the hole was drilled, he hit it a few more times with the hammer to flatten the rough edges.
He removed the rubber gasket and nut from the bottom of the drain. He pushed the drain into the drilled hole, adding some sealant to the underside. Then he threaded the gasket and nut back on, tightening it with a wrench.
With the drain securely in place, installing it involved some plumbing skills I won’t get into here.
It turned out even cuter than I pictured when my husband suggested it. And it worked!
Next Wednesday – the big bathroom reveal!
It’s been a pretty great week here at Crafty Staci. I’m leaving today to attend the Schoolhouse Craft Conference in Seattle, which I’ve been wanting to do for years. I’m hoping to come back better, smarter and faster than before, but I’ll settle for a fun weekend. I also found out I’m going to be one of the curators for Sew Mama Sew’s Handmade Holidays series! In the past I’ve provided one of the giveaways and had my projects featured, so it will be fun to complete the circle.
Last, but not least, meet my new toy:
My Etsy shop stays hopping, so I’ve been working with a second machine for a while now, but it was missing my favorite feature: the built-in walking foot. I love my old Pfaff, and found out I could buy a brand-new one that has everything I want and need, and nothing I don’t. Now they can sit side-by-side with white thread in one and black in the other, while I glide smoothly back and forth. Or dive frantically, depending on the day.
Another great thing about this week was the start of autumn. I love the sun, but after an exceptionally warm summer, I’m ready for my boots and scarves.
We had a pretty good wind storm here recently, and the pinecones rained down like we were under attack. I’ve got plenty of supplies to make these Homemade Pine Cone Bird Feeders from Freebie Finding Mom.
We also have a few leaves hitting the ground already. From what I read elsewhere, you want to press and dry them before making something like this Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder from Spark and Chemistry.
One thing we don’t have around here is acorns but I’d love to find some to make these Acorn Owls from Bloesem Kids.
This Fall Tree “Snow Globe” from Frugal Fun for Boys is a fun take on a winter tradition. The author mentioned the water turning brown from the twig, but I think that could be remedied by using an artificial branch.
I can imagine so many ways to use these Happy Autumn Leaves from Moogly.
We can’t talk about autumn without bringing out the big, orange pumpkins, can we? These Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches from Sewlicious Home Décor are a great transition from warm weather into fall.
I’ve seen pumpkins made from just about everything in the craft world. I particularly like the simplicity but unique quality of these Framed Pumpkins from Country Design Style.
My son loves fritters, so I’m almost afraid to show him these Apple Fritters from Greek Food and Greek Life. On the other hand, he’s becoming a good cook himself…hmm.
Need a quick, simple but cute little something sweet? Check out these Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorns from Tikkido. There are so many flavors of Hershey Kisses, you could really get creative.
I used to be really into cross-stitch. I still do it once in a while, and love the look of it. This Wood Plank Cross Stitch Fall Décor from Make It and Love It puts a fun spin on it.
Now, I’ve got some sewing to do!