I was home over Spring Break, basking in the glory of our fully stocked craft room and thought that making some pillow covers would be harmless in prepping for our new home this summer. I spent time on Pinterest looking for inspiration - I wanted neutral but interesting.
Gathered Pillow - I cut apart a soft pillowcase and marked 5 lines down the square. Then I zig-zag stitched crochet cord through, and pulled to gather the fabric. These gathers didn't stay very well though and ended up uneven. I ended up gathering the fabric as I sewed it with straight stitch. You don't want to make gathers and push it through because the sewing foot will straighten the fabric. Make a gather and pinch it together as it goes through the sewing. If a row comes out not gathered enough, just go back through! For the back, I did an envelope so that it looks nice but can be interchanged. Let me know if you need help with that!
Woven Pillow - Using the same fabric as my curtains, I cut 3" strips that were very long lengthwise, and then hemmed each side. Using my pillow form as a size guide, I laid strips diagonally, cutting them as I needed. Then I wove them, pinned, and stitched around the edges. Flipping the piece over, I did long running stitches to further secure the woven pieces. Then I attached it to an envelope back. This pillow form is much flatter than the gathered pillow form, which is why the latter looks a bit fuller.
Do you use pillows to add a splash of texture or color to your rooms?
Do you see those clean lines with the twist of character in those wheel spokes? It was the large front wheels that spoke to me at the fairground flea market this Saturday morning. It was a beautiful day - the sun had finally broken through the clouds and cold and the air smelled like cinnamon pretzels and cigars (I don't know if that last part was so pleasant...)
I had been looking at IKEA utility carts and DIY projects to transform them with gold spray paint. These carts run around $35, and then the hassle of taping them off, painting them, and finding inserts for the shelves makes me feel like the overall worth would be more around $50-60.
Guess what I got this cart for? $35. (Haggled down from $45, go Bailey!)
The finish is a brassy gold, which goes perfectly with the 11 x 14 mirrors I found at the Dollar Tree (3 of them) that have brassy gold frames. The push handle has the finish worn from it - someone really used this thing!
The shelves are a strong plastic or metal with a "wood" finish on it. There are some spots of sticky grime I'll work on otherwise I don't see putting any other elbow grease into it.
Do you have any suggestions for removing dust spots on the metal, or adding protective coatings? What flea market finds have you brought home recently?
I tried making regular sized granny squares to add to my giant granny square blanket - and I didn't really like it. With large granny square blankets they have this great drape and weight at a baby blanket size, but as they get bigger, they are stretchier and adding granny squares didn't help.
So I undid all of the granny squares. Which left me with a lot of little mini yarn balls. What to do? First I used some to practice knitting. I just knitted until the ball ran out, and loved the color combinations. I have been really into neutrals lately with a little yellow.
What colors or combinations have been catching your eye?
I have always seen these flower and yo-yo crochet blankets on Pinterest and thought I would finally try it. I made some yo-yos, but made them a bit bigger than the pattern called for and had trouble joining them. Here are some in progress photos but you guessed it...I undid it all.
All of those little yarn balls are stored in a drawer, waiting for inspiration to strike again.
Have you seen this charming sampler on Pinterest? I did awhile ago, and recently discovered KG Chart cross-stitch software. Going off the grainy image, I charted it out. This is for personal use only, as the original link goes to an old eBay bid, without information on the designer. Further searches also did not reveal any other information - comment if you know something!
I did the best I could with the smaller words - some were hard to make out. Also feel free to add backstitching - it was tedious in the software to do so on the border designs. I just love how it looks like an heirloom quilt.