Upholstery Made Easy

Once your fabric is traced and cut, you can begin stapling. Make sure you have placed your foam as you want it in the center of the board. You will want the pieces in this order: 1. Fabric face down on the table, 2. foam, 3. board. You will be stapling from the top. Always a good idea to make sure you work on a surface you don’t mind getting “antiqued” – I have stapled into my table inadvertently more times than I would like to admit!

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Favorite Crafting Tools

Favorite Crafting Tools

We asked our Facebook fans “What crafting tool can you not live without?” Here are some of the responses: – thread!! – I am not sure if this is really considered a crafting tool but I got a bobbin winder called the SideWinder. This thing is so cool and cute-it winds the bobbins for my sewing machine without me having to completely undo the sewing machine. – Rotary Cutter! – glue gun! – I like…

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Creating A Creative Space

Creating A Creative Space

Don’t wait on your dreams just because you are lacking square footage! An inspiring space for crafts doesn’t need to have it’s own room. Sometimes just setting up an area to be creative is as simple as setting up a desk with smart storage (and plugging in your headphones or earplugs if you have boisterous, energetic kids like I do!) Here are some ways to maximize space and create a craft area with style that inspires you!

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My Kitchen Table

My Kitchen Table

We had a stage in our garage. My Mom hired some neighborhood teenagers to build the wooden platform in exchange for a little extra spending money. This was the big time. Broadway on Meadow Rd… complete with working stage lights. At one point, we had a trapeze swing in our living room overlooking the gravel and grass covered back yard. I suppose it made complete sense for wild monkeys, which we girls certainly were at times, to have a trapeze in the house.

It was fun, and when you really think about it there is simply no real reason NOT to have a trapeze in your house just because no one else does.

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Making it Modern: Slipcovers and Pillows

The artwork and accessories she sells in her store are unique and exploding with story… like things you’d discover traveling the world. The furniture was also amazing. As I explored the textures, fabrics I got a sense for what makes these pieces feel so much more luxurious than the pillows and slipcovers I make at home.
These pieces seem to take notes from fashion…particularly from the world of high-end denim. If you have ever seen the painstaking careful “destruction and deconstruction” that happens with every pair of expensive jeans you know what I’m talking about. The fabric is wrinkled and pressed with a blazing hot iron, worn with sandpaper, ripped, torn, and otherwise abused to look like it has been around forever. I wondered, how can I use these methods to make my home sewing projects look more like these gorgeous things? Let’s talk about how to use these principles to make home made pillow covers that have high end style.

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The Cobbler

The Cobbler

On our way back from lunch one day my lovely friend G mentioned she needed to stop by the cobbler before heading back to the office. “Ok..um, what?” I said, thinking how funny it was that such a modern girl would be shuffling off to what I picture as a rusty blacksmith shop from the turn of the century. “It’s AWESOME” she said.

“Sweet – see you back at the office!” I yelled as I headed in the other direction. Clearly this was a topic requiring major amounts of explanation. The kind of issue we would have to discuss some other time when I wasn’t almost late for an afternoon meeting. I walked back and forgot about the whole thing. That was until about a week later when I noticed that all this lunching on the city streets of Durham was doing a number on my favorite high heels. My fiance’s leather coat had a few tiny rips that needed to be mended as well, so I took that along too as I have heard “cobblers” can fix things like that.

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The DIY Headboard Tutorial You’ve Been Searching For!

The DIY Headboard Tutorial You’ve Been Searching For!

About a year ago, I was looking for a new bed and realize that I wanted something that was cushy stylish and customizable. After searching and shopping for a while and looking at the construction of a lot of the available headboards and beds, I decided to make my own. Most of them seem to be constructed in a similar way they had three elements: a wood frame, foam padding from various thicknesses, and a fabric cover. Easy right? Actually it’s not that hard and not too expensive either!

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Make A Painted Glass Water Bottle

Reusable water bottles are wonderful. There are lots of options, however most of the options and I have seen we’re not quite what I wanted. Some had a coating inside that I wasn’t so sure was a good thing, and the ones without coating seem to leave my water with a metallic taste. I decided to make one of my own of a glass bottle –reusable, sustainable , healthy, and after painted… Also really cute and unique.

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