DIY Ruffle Collar Shirt

Posted on: Friday, April 30, 2010

I was really excited to try and make my very own ruffle collar. I started with a t-shirt just in case I totally blew it! But I really like the way it turned out and the entire project was super cheap! White t-shirt, $4.00, and 1/4 yard of fabric for $1.00.
First I cut 3"x 3" squares
Then I trimmed the edges.
Next I gathered the fabric in a flower by pinching it at the bottom.
Then I sewed. Layering two squares together gives you a flower that is full.
Last step is to arrange the little ruffles on your shirt then sew them on by hand.

Medallion DIY Throw Pillows

Posted on: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My fabric came in over the weekend so I was able to finish my throw pillows! I followed the same steps that I posted on previously.
The front square measures 19"x 19" to fit the 18"x 18" pillow inserts.
We had to be careful with our cutting and be sure to center the medallion.
The first piece for the envelope (solid blue fabric) measures 19" x 10" before the hem was added. Don't forget to hem the exposed edge!
In the above picture I half hazardly laid the piece down. The edge with the hem should be in the middle of the pillow not at the bottom as pictured.
Here the second side of the envelope has been laid down. It measures 19"x 14"(before the hem was added)
Using a pencil we are adding the 1/2" marks on each side so that 19"x 19" fabric becomes 18"x 18" and will fit the pillow insert. After our pencil marks we pinned all of the fabric together, then sewed!
All finished and the envelope worked out perfectly!
Above and below: The final look!
For more information on the fabric refer to this previous post.
Time to celebrate with our favorite beverage from ACK
Cheers to AEB!
I'm so lucky to have her to help me with all of my little projects! Again, It could not have been done without her!

Bold Stripes

Posted on: Monday, April 26, 2010

My obsession with stripes in home decor continues. Ever since I created my feature wall with bold stripes I am especially attuned to spaces that use them. Below are a few images where stripes take center stage.
Nate Berkus's home via Elle Decor
livingetc. 2007
Julie Richards via Shelter
via we heart it

Jenna Lyons Dressing Room

Posted on: Friday, April 23, 2010

Pure Bliss.
Can you imagine?

DIY Lilly Quilt

I previously posted on the idea of saving all of your daughters Lilly dresses as she grows out of them in hopes of creating a quilt from the iconic fabric. Well, my friend did just that and made the most amazing keepsake for her daughter. By cutting all of her Lilly dresses into squares she was able to make this incredible quilt. Can you believe it?!

My Fabric Arrived!

Posted on: Thursday, April 22, 2010

It is so amazing in person. The small swatch from before simply did not do it justice! I'm planning to make two throw pillows for my living room. One with each of the two different medallions as the front. Now I'm just waiting for the fabric that I will use for the back of the pillows to arrive. I can not wait!

I found this fabric at Calico Corners but I can not find it on their website? The style is Tribal thread and the color is Azure. It retails for 52.99 a yard. I did a bit of searching and found it in another color here for much less. It also appears to be made by Waverly, which surprises me?

DIY Throw Pillow

Posted on: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A VERY productive Sunday...with the help of AEB.
I have been hemming and hawing over the perfect throw pillows for my living room. Finally, I decided on making my own. I am using pillow inserts that I already own and have purchased fabric to recover the inserts. Total cost of this project was $15.99 for one yard of fabric from Calico Corners.
I wanted to keep this as simple as possible so I decided to make an envelope pillow. I needed to cut three separate pieces to create the envelope.
My pillow insert is 18"x 18".
The first piece we cut was a 19"x 19" square for the front of the pillow
(19"x 19" creates room for a 1/2 inch seam on each side)
The back side of the pillow is made up of two separate pieces that overlap.

First we needed to hem the exposed edges on the two pieces of fabric that will overlap and create the envelope opening.
We chose a funky little stitch .

Now we have our three separate pieces and are ready to sew it all together.
All of the fabric needs to face inwards. In the above picture you see the solid piece of the front of the pillow. On top of that is the second piece (the white side on the left) facing towards the front.
Now we have added the third and final piece to the pillow. We have pinned all around the edges and are ready to sew. Remember to mark off a 1/2 inch on each side as to create the desired 18"x18" pillow cover. We marked it off using a pencil.
After we have finished it is time to flip the fabric right-side-out.
Insert the pillow and you are finished.
So thrilled! I am anxiously awaiting the delivery of my other fabric for the remaining living room throw pillows.
So many different options, what's a girl to do?
A special thanks to AEB, my crafting guru and a fabulous friend! I could not have done this without her help. AEB is ridiculously talented and makes any project she takes on seem effortless. She is the one who taught me how to needlepoint. I will be posting on her amazing DIY Lilly quilt later in the week!

New necklace

Posted on: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

"The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize" -Steel Magnolias

Loving my new medallion bib necklace by Zad
I found it here at South Moon Under for only $49.95
It comes in orange as well as turquoise
Happy Tuesday

Jonathan Adler Needlpoint Pillows

Posted on: Monday, April 19, 2010

OK seriously, does JA read my blog? I think so because my pillow arrived on Friday! I custom ordered the colors when I visited his store on Newbury, and am really happy with my choice.
I love that the colors are inversed on the two sides.

Shop the pillows here.

Tax Season

Posted on: Thursday, April 15, 2010

Taxes are finished, however the process has left me feeling like this.
Anyone agree?

A Must-Have!

1. I love Jonathan Adler
2. The title is hysterical!
3. This reminds me I am still waiting for my needlepoint pillow to arrive! I hope it comes soon.
Order the book here

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