Category Archives: Sewing

Another room turns Boring Beige!

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Another room in our house becomes boring beige, but I am so excited! So much better than just white!  (We only have one more white room in our house – yay!  When we bought the house my mom and I spent painstaking hours removing layers and layers of wallpaper – evil stuff – and painted everything white…or beige! LOL!)

Our playroom is becoming a playroom/nursery as we get ready for baby #4.  We seriously downsized toys  – and let me tell you what a great feeling!!  Painted the walls beige (of course).  Made new curtains and valances and wallah – a complete transformation!

I have one child who always has clothes hanging out of her dresser…

The armoires used to take up the far wall in this picture.

 

This room has two doors. Weird.  (Don’t mind the messy closet…)

Every wall in this room has a closet, door, or window so there isn’t much open wall space.  I am not totally loving the arrangement, but it is so much better than before…and seriously our only option!  (and do you totally love our “retro” carpet…ah, maybe some day we will change all the ugly carpet…but it works for now!  And seriously…does orange, brown, and green ever really go out of style??!!  LOL…yes, yes it does!)

We absolutely love our cube storage things from Target –but didn’t envision the white being next to the wood armoires. But oh well!

A close up of a valance and curtain! So loving these!

My dad made the older two girls armoires and they are much too heavy and large to move up the stairs so they reside in the playroom.  Heck, they are difficult to move across the room.  Good thing my hubby has big muscles!

I still had the curtains up that came with the room so this was a drastic change!  I am totally addicted to valances – in other rooms of our house we have valances with shades but no curtains and I love them.  So we decided valances with curtains in this room and WOW what a difference!  My very talented hubby made the valances and I covered them with batting and fabric so he could hang them.  A new ironing board and a zillion yards of fabric later I totally love the new curtains!  I would advise not being intimidated by making curtains – they are really so easy!  I tried to stay away from stripes, actually thought I had, because I didn’t want to have to mess with lining them all up…well, guess what…my dot like shapes were actually in striped lines…duh!  Although, I have to say it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be to make sure they were lined up!  If I can do it, you can for sure do it! 😉

So, baby #4 has a place to stay when she comes home from the hospital…well, as soon as we get a crib up that is!

And yikes, if it’s not a girl – we have a lot of non-boy window treatments to redo!

Have a great day!

Jaimi

(We don’t know if we make valances right or wrong, we just made it up…before the days of pinterest!! But…if you would like to know how we do it I would love to tell you…just let me know…with pinterest these days I wasn’t for sure if you needed my input!) 🙂

Old Ugly Buffet turned AMAZING!

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While summer went by in a flash I missed out on posting…so I have to start with not summer memories, which would make more sense, but this project I’ve been wanting to share!

Inspired by none other than pinterest – check out what we did with our old buffet!  My handy dandy hubby cut the legs off, took the top molding off, and gave it a coat of much needed paint.

I tried my hand at making a cushion!  I know it looks extremely stuffed – but I wanted to give it room to break down a little.  I was cheap and stuffed it with batting instead of buying a cushion mold thing – and using a cushion would mean I would have had to do a terrific job sewing….hmmmm….

The cushion has already broke down to a normal size and we have filled the bottom part of the bench with all sorts of larger toys that needed a new place to hide!

For ten years on that wall hung a quilt made for us for our wedding.  It is beautiful and sentimental, but time for a change!  After taking down the quilt it seems the wall is amazingly huge!

I still am deciding what to do with the wall above our new ultra awesome bench…I am thinking different large sizes of favorite pictures with a “family rules” subway print in the middle.  Maybe black and white?  What do you think of that idea?  My hold up is – number one – time!  Number two – energy!  Number three – baby #4 will be here in a little over a month, so should we just wait until we have some pics of the new one??!!

Easy Peasy Super Functional Seat Covers!

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Has life gotten as hectic for you as it is us right now??!!

I have to share these super functional seat covers we made for our dining room chairs.  I am so excited to be protecting our chairs!  Yeah, dorky, I know.

My aunt and uncle gave us their super well cared for table and chairs.  The chairs are beautifully upholstered…and can you guess what these are going to look like if I don’t cover them soon??!!  And let me tell you—I SO wish I had had these babies before the marshmallow gun war…not pretty on my chairs…

See, nice right?!

We put towels over the seats for quite a while…but it was just a hassle and knew we had to do something more permanent.

So…. We made super easy seat covers.  I thought this project would take me an afternoon…until my help showed up…

My super cute helper!

She loves my sewing machine…loves to take the spool of thread off while I am sewing, likes to unwind the thread, likes to grab at the spinning wheel on the side, likes to unplug the machine, you get the idea…pretty much super helpful! lol!

How can you get upset with a face like that??!!

Back to the seat covers…  We took a cheapo towel, the cheapest vinyl flannel backed table cloth we could find, some bias tape (could totally make your own-I was just being lazy) or ribbon, and thread. (I can’t take all the credit for this idea…my mom figured out all the particulars.)

Half a towel covered the chair seat.  So, we cut each towel in half then cut out notches where the back of the chair meets the seat.

The first cover I made I cursed a lot sewed the bias tape around the edge of each opening and hemmed the cut side of the towel.  The second cover I made I just zig zagged around all the raw edges and sewed the bias tape on so it would tie around the legs of the chair.

Added a piece of vinyl tablecloth to the underside of the part of the towel covering the top of the seat.  I didn’t think of it initially, but we sewed ties underneath for the front legs to help hold the cover in place.

Can you see everything? This is the bottom side of the finished seat cover. The ties at the notches are for the back legs and the ties towards the front of the towel are for the front legs of the chair.

And now we have more "boring beige" in our house!! LOL!

I hope I explained this well enough.  It really was super easy.  Especially because my mom took pity on me and finished mine for me!  😉

Happy sewing!!

Jaimi

For those super heroes in your life!

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Super Hero Cape and Mask!

*I apologize for the orange chair background!  I finished up way after midnight and just wanted a picture!  Didn’t think it through…sorry!

I am excited to be linking to the Pinterest Partayy on one of my favorite blogs, Mrs Priss.  She challenged us to quit just spending millions of hours on Pinterest and actually make something we have pinned!

We have a couple little boys who are very special to us and for Christmas I whipped up these super hero capes and masks!  Even my super hero husband tried them out for size and I think secretly wants one for himself! 🙂

I had pinned the idea from http://mineforthemaking.blogspot.com/2010/07/super-cool-cape-tutorial.html

I pretty much did exactly what she suggested on her tutorial, just made the capes a little wider, made the eye holes bigger and used fold over elastic which is softer.

I delighted in making these and really can’t wait to make more!

Have you been making things you have pinned??  Meals, hair-do’s, organization, cleaning tips, crafts, etc?

Jaimi