Posts Categorized: DIY

DIY + laura ashley + Projects / Monday, 23 Sep 2013

How to make an envelope pillowcase in 5 minutes

Photography by Meta Coleman of One More Mushroom 
Blogging hiatus. Check! Just in time to reveal another episode of the Laura Ashley blog. Last time I made a camera strap from one of their scarves, and this time I did an envelope pillowcase from one of their anniversary fabrics, Emma, which is basically the easiest and fastest thing in the world. Laura Ashley is celebrating 60 years this year and they are doing a giveaway every day until September 30th, and you could potentially win a trip to England. Please and thank you! Enter here.
Supplies: fabric (I used the lovely Laura Ashley Emma pattern in camomile, my favorite), pillow insert, sewing machine, scissors, thread
To measure the fabric: Wrap the fabric around the pillow.  Then extend the fabric a quarter of the length of one side of the pillow more. Make sure you like how the pattern is positioned on the front side of the pillow and adjust as necessary. Cut the fabric length. To determine the width, measure the width of the cushion and add ½” on both sides.  You want the pillow cover to be snug. You will sew the width at 1/4″ in from the edge of the fabric.
  1. Fold and iron both the short edges (width) ¼” down and then ¼” down again. Sew a straight line across.
  2. You will now determine where you want the placement of your insert by placing the pillow insert on the fabric. Bring one side of the fabric over the insert. I set my edge about three quarters of the way down the pillow.
  3. Bring the other side of the fabric over the insert covering about three quarters of the insert. Note where you make these folds by ironing the fabric flat once you have removed the insert.
  4. Turn the case inside out and fold along the creased lines. Sew straight along the edge of both sides  1/4″ in from the edge of the fabric.

Head on over to Laura Ashley to check it all out.

And thank you Meta for working with me on this! And a fun fact: she designed and manufactures this bed, called the Henrik bed! The coolest, right? It comes in natural, natural with dip dyed legs, and white. It’s such a lovely, minimal bed that is SO easy to put together. It literally takes 30 seconds or less. Check it out here.

DIY + downloads + Projects / Friday, 16 Aug 2013

Back to school stickers

Apparently it’s that time of year. SHUDDER. Though I refuse to acknowledge anything besides spring and summer, my friends with kids on Facebook are telling me that it’s back-to-school time. It’s also about time that Michele Brummer-Everett came back with one of her awesome projects. Remember the St. Patrick’s popper and Oscar ribbon pins? She’s the best. She was showing me some of her work last week and I practically begged her to do something for Lars. She might be the most gracious person I know (and I might be the most shameless–our friendship works well) and kindly obliged. She came up with these little scholastic illustrations that you can print off and use as stickers. Aren’t they adorable? 
Download the illustrations here.

Also, Michele has a brand new website and it’s so so so beautiful. I mean look at that cover image! Plus, she does adorable textile design. Just check out the whole site, would ya? 
photography by Daniel Everett 
download the stickers here

DIY + Projects / Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013

4 things to do with my 2013 calendar

So, I came out with a butterfly calendar for 2013 based on the story of Thumbelina. And THEN, I accidentally reordered not once, not twice, but 3 times. Yes, I’m that slow. So, I have an abundance of butterfly calendars sitting here in my studio. I don’t want them to go to waste, so I cam up with a few ideas that you can do with them. The printing on them is just lovely and it’s printed on a wonderful cotton paper so it’s nice and thick. Because of this, you can do so many wonderful things with them like…

I tend to get a little crazy with my wrapping in general so this isn’t uncommon. Wouldn’t you want to receive a butterfly tower on your gift? Right?! 
OR, butterflies in your hair. Gah, the idea could be so 1997 (remember?!), but this approach is a bit different. Just stick them in your hair with some bobby pins. They’re especially great for little girl’s hair.

 OR, stick them on some skewers to top your cake or cupcake. Just add a little washi tape to the back.

Want to know how to do it? Here’s how to make the wrapped gift:
Materials: scissors, my Thumbelina butterfly calendar (on clearance on The House That Lars Built Etsy shop), glue gun, wire, wrapped gift, glue gun
Step 1: Cut out the butterflies.
Step 2: Using the curve of the wire, glue gun the wire to the top of the gift. I used three different strands of wire at different lengths to build it up.
Step 3: Glue the butterflies to the wire.
Step 4: Add some moss to the top to cover the wire and glue spots. Glue it down.
DONZO. Pretty spectacular with very little skill required. Also, I sprayed a bit of gold to the gift for a little va va va voom.

Again, find the calendar here.

DIY + Projects / Monday, 5 Aug 2013

DIY vintage ribbon camera strap

I know, I know…”But you just did a camera strap DIY!” I can hear it now. Last month I made a camera strap from a Laura Ashley scarf and it was a hit. I gave the strap to Maurine as a thank you and so I needed one of my own. I have a little thing for ribbon and most of my vintage ribbon is just sitting rolled up on my shelves. I have NO idea what to do with beautiful ribbon. Seriously. Anyone? AND THEN, like lightening, I thought…camera strap! It’s the perfect size, it will get seen and used, and it adds so much to a black hunk of plastic. I bought a few yards of this beautiful ribbon from the Brooklyn Flea when I was there for the Today Show in May, and I’m so glad I found something to do with it.

DIY + furniture + furniture makeover + Projects / Monday, 29 Jul 2013

Furniture makeover: trash can

Chronicle Books sent over a copy of the brand spankin new Furniture Makeovers by Barb Blair and it couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I’ve been doing lots of furniture makeovers of my own, but completely winging it. Meaning, I have no idea what I’m doing, I just kind of go for it. I’ve been devouring it ever since so I can learn the proper techniques. There’s nothing worse than finding a beautiful piece of furniture and then not knowing how to fit it into your decor so you just pass it up. (Ok, there are FAR worse things–just petty first world problems I like bringing to your attention.)
While I was at my parent’s house in California the last two weeks, I noticed that the hordes of crepe paper rolls that my mom had on hand for the millions of flowers she made for my sister’s wedding, sat in the box they came in. Wouldn’t they fit snuggly in a plain-o trash can? And look a bit better and out of our way? So, I made it over. And then added some pom poms for extra good measure. Because who doesn’t care for a little pom?
Materials: super cheap aluminum trash, spray paint for metal, yarn to decorate, pom pom maker if you’re the type, spray paint primer for metal
Step 1: Prep your trash can by giving it a good scrubbing.
Step 2: Prime your trash can. I used one whole can.
Step 3: After waiting for the primer to dry (I waited 1/2 hour), spray it with your color choice. I chose a lovely faded mint that looks a lot better in real life. Blast my amateur photography skills.
Step 4: Add another layer.
Donzo.
To add pom poms: Surprisingly, this was my FIRST TIME EVER making pom poms. Are you shocked? Ok, not my first time. It’s my first successful time. And only because my mom had some pom pom makers on hand. I made a variety of sizes and then added a braid around the bin with some yarn that had pom pom garlands built in (from Michael’s). 

I left this one in California, but I’m going to do the same for myself here for my studio because if you saw my studio you would be horrified. I need a professional organizer in my life! The crepe paper rolls and wrapping paper are spewing out of the room.

Have you ever made over a piece of furniture? What are your tips? Help a girl out!