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Fast and Easy Pleated Ruffle Ottoman Slipcover {tutorial}!!

27 Jun
Fast and Easy Pleated Ottoman Slipcover!
Chevron Slipcover Tutorial

I recently ordered this pretty blue chevron material fabric.com. 
I love the color because it can go in almost any room in my house.
chevron ottoman and pillows
I bought this ottoman at a discount store about 15 years ago and for the past 5 years it’s been sitting in my basement, waiting for a makeover. So I decided to give it a little facelift with my new fabric.
ottoman before
This was my first slipcover project, and I kind of made it up as I went along. 


Here’s what I did:

  • The first thing I did was I measure the top of the ottoman and added 1 inch to the width and the height.

  • Then I measured the width of the sides of the ottoman and left about 2 inches for the pleated ruffle.
  • I drew the picture on a piece of paper with the measurements. I am a visual person and this is the best way I could figure this project out.
  • Then I cut out the top of the ottoman and all four sides.
top and sides inside out
  • I sewed the sides of the ottoman onto the top of the ottoman cover.
sew on the top and sides of the slipcover
  • And then I sewed the sides up. I made the seam allowances as small as I could because I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough room to fit the cover over the ottoman.
sew up the sides
  • Luckily the cover turned out to be the perfect size once it was sewn. 
 

  • Now I turned my attention to the pleated ruffle.

sew the ruffle
  • I measured the circumference of the ottoman and added 150% to the total. Then I measured 5 inches high and folded the material so that the ruffle was 2.5 inches high. I sewed the ruffle and then ironed it so it was flat.
pin in 6 sections
  • Now the next step is how you get the ruffles to be even. Take your huge circle of ruffle fabric and pin one section to one end of the ottoman cover. Then take the opposite side of the ruffle material and pin it to the opposite side of the ottoman cover. Do this on all four corners. Then do it again in between each section — so you have eight sections pinned.
     Now you have an even amount of material in between each section so when you make your pleats, all of the pleats and the number of pleats should be the same.  Now take the ruffle fabric and make 1 inch pleats every inch or so. And this part of the slipcover is tedious, but so worth it once you are done!
pin in 1 inch sections
  • Once the ruffle was pinned, I sewed it onto the inside of the slipcover.
pin in 1 inch pleats
 And then I was done!!

I just love my new slipcover. It totally transforms the look of the ottoman – totally updating it!!

chvron ottoman cover
And, just for fun – I made a couple of matching pillow covers.
They look so good in my living room. And, they would also fit in perfectly in my bedroom too!!
chevron ottoman

xoxox

PS — We made it home this morning. 22 hours on planes and in airports and we’re home sweet home!!

Have a Happy Day!! 

 PS — I am linking up to these fun parties – check them out!

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Fast and Easy Pleated Ruffle Ottoman Slipcover {tutorial}!!

27 Jun
Fast and Easy Pleated Ottoman Slipcover!
Chevron Slipcover Tutorial

I recently ordered this pretty blue chevron material fabric.com. 
I love the color because it can go in almost any room in my house.
chevron ottoman and pillows
I bought this ottoman at a discount store about 15 years ago and for the past 5 years it’s been sitting in my basement, waiting for a makeover. So I decided to give it a little facelift with my new fabric.
ottoman before
This was my first slipcover project, and I kind of made it up as I went along. 


Here’s what I did:

  • The first thing I did was I measure the top of the ottoman and added 1 inch to the width and the height.

  • Then I measured the width of the sides of the ottoman and left about 2 inches for the pleated ruffle.
  • I drew the picture on a piece of paper with the measurements. I am a visual person and this is the best way I could figure this project out.
  • Then I cut out the top of the ottoman and all four sides.
top and sides inside out
  • I sewed the sides of the ottoman onto the top of the ottoman cover.
sew on the top and sides of the slipcover
  • And then I sewed the sides up. I made the seam allowances as small as I could because I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough room to fit the cover over the ottoman.
sew up the sides
  • Luckily the cover turned out to be the perfect size once it was sewn. 
 

  • Now I turned my attention to the pleated ruffle.

sew the ruffle
  • I measured the circumference of the ottoman and added 150% to the total. Then I measured 5 inches high and folded the material so that the ruffle was 2.5 inches high. I sewed the ruffle and then ironed it so it was flat.
pin in 6 sections
  • Now the next step is how you get the ruffles to be even. Take your huge circle of ruffle fabric and pin one section to one end of the ottoman cover. Then take the opposite side of the ruffle material and pin it to the opposite side of the ottoman cover. Do this on all four corners. Then do it again in between each section — so you have eight sections pinned.
     Now you have an even amount of material in between each section so when you make your pleats, all of the pleats and the number of pleats should be the same.  Now take the ruffle fabric and make 1 inch pleats every inch or so. And this part of the slipcover is tedious, but so worth it once you are done!
pin in 1 inch sections
  • Once the ruffle was pinned, I sewed it onto the inside of the slipcover.
pin in 1 inch pleats
 And then I was done!!

I just love my new slipcover. It totally transforms the look of the ottoman – totally updating it!!

chvron ottoman cover
And, just for fun – I made a couple of matching pillow covers.
They look so good in my living room. And, they would also fit in perfectly in my bedroom too!!
chevron ottoman

xoxox

PS — We made it home this morning. 22 hours on planes and in airports and we’re home sweet home!!

Have a Happy Day!! 

 PS — I am linking up to these fun parties – check them out!

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Make a Washi Tape Clock {tutorial}!!

25 May

One of my favorite Washi Tape projects I have made so far is this fun and whimsical Washi Tape Clock that I made for my craft room. I used a bunch of different Washi Tapes for each of the clock numbers.

Washi Tape Clock Tutorial
 


Materials:
Cheap Clock {mine is from Target — $4}
Wax paper
Scrapbook paper (I used Lifestyle Craft’s Hello Goodbye paper for the face)
Maker and pencil
Glue dots or hot glue
Scrabble tiles (you can buy an old scrabble game from a thrift store or a “lot” of tiles on etsy)
Resin or Dimensional Magic
Washi Tape (you can also buy Washi Tape through etsy)

Here’s what I did:

  • I took the cover off the clock. 
  • Then I was hoping I would be able to remove the paper face, but it was glued down. So I used a compass and made a template of the face. 
  • Then I traced the template onto my scrapbook paper and cut it out.
  • I laid the wax paper over the face and copied the numbers on the wax paper with marker and then poked holes in the wax paper and marked the paper underneath with pencil. This is how I knew where to put the tiles. 
  • Take the scrabble tiles and trace the tile shape onto each Washi Tape pattern. Cut it out and stick it onto the tile. 
  • Apply epoxy or Dimensional Magic over the top of the tile and let it dry.( I was in a rush, so I cheated and used these self-adhesive tops that I had left over from a different project. You can use these if you are in a rush or don’t feel comfortable using resin.)
  • Then apply the tiles to the clock face with hot glue.
  • The hands on my clock were too long to get over the tiles, so I had to trim them. I used nail clippers to trim the hands (they were plastic – lol). 
 
 
 

I had such a fun time going on our local tv morning show — Studio 5 on
Monday. I made about 15 Washi Tape projects. I just can’t get enough of
the stuff. It’s addicting!!

More Washi Tape projects coming up. 
Here’s a little clip if you want to check it out:

xoxox
Have a wonderful day!!!

Candy Party: Part 1 — The Cupcake Tower, Candy Bar and Invitations

10 May
It was Hannah’s 12th birthday last week and she really wanted to have a “Candy Party” with a couple of her good friends.
Her favorite color is yellow, so we decided to go with a yellow and turquoise color scheme. 
So bright and happy!!
And what better way to anchor a “Sweet Candy Bar” than a pretty cupcake tower??
There are so many different ways to make a cupcake tower. But Canvas Corp makes a really fun Cupcake Tree cardboard kit that comes all ready to assemble. All you need to do is decorate the tower with whatever embellishments you want!
We used different scrapbook papers and fabrics to decorate ours. And I thought it would be fun to make a little mini-pennant that went around the bottom layer and matched a pennant that I would make to go over the top of the candy bar.

I cut out the pennant shapes with a banner die cut from LifeStyle Crafts.
It was the perfect size! And then I made the banner that went over the top of the candy bar with the same die cut set, only using the largest size die.
Basically, I took the round cardboard tops and traced their shapes on some pretty paper.
 The bottom later is bigger than a 12 x 12 sheet of scrapbook paper, so I traced the shape on fabric and cut that out for the bottom layer.
I also used fabric to wrap around the cardboard supports in between each layer. I found that fabric was much easy to maneuver into those spaces. I attached the paper and fabric to the cardboard with my handy dandy glue gun.
To cover up the edges of the exposed cardboard I used ribbon to attach the pennants with my glue gun. Then the first and second tier I used different Washi Tapes and they worked great covering up those exposed edges. I also lined the bottom of the supports with Washi Tape to cover up the seams.

{my favorite place to buy Washi Tape is etsy, I have bought a bunch through this seller. }

We made party invitations with the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress, using the Splendor Printing Plates. And then we poked a lollipop through the middle of the invitation. {we printed off a sheet with information about the party on the back of the invitation and taped it to the back, covering up the lollipop stick}.
And then we made Candy Bar labels using the Letterpress and the Bubbly Printing Plates.
The Candy Bar was a success with this bunch of candy-crazed 12 year olds!
Coming up next — Candy Party: Part 2 —  Embellished Lanterns, Dimensional Magic Necklaces and Party Favors.
xoxo

 
PS — Check out the SNAP Conference giveaway. Win a pass to something that is going to be absolutely amazing!!

Candy Party: Part 1 — The Cupcake Tower, Candy Bar and Invitations

10 May
It was Hannah’s 12th birthday last week and she really wanted to have a “Candy Party” with a couple of her good friends.
Her favorite color is yellow, so we decided to go with a yellow and turquoise color scheme. 
So bright and happy!!
And what better way to anchor a “Sweet Candy Bar” than a pretty cupcake tower??
There are so many different ways to make a cupcake tower. But Canvas Corp makes a really fun Cupcake Tree cardboard kit that comes all ready to assemble. All you need to do is decorate the tower with whatever embellishments you want!
We used different scrapbook papers and fabrics to decorate ours. And I thought it would be fun to make a little mini-pennant that went around the bottom layer and matched a pennant that I would make to go over the top of the candy bar.

I cut out the pennant shapes with a banner die cut from LifeStyle Crafts.
It was the perfect size! And then I made the banner that went over the top of the candy bar with the same die cut set, only using the largest size die.
Basically, I took the round cardboard tops and traced their shapes on some pretty paper.
 The bottom later is bigger than a 12 x 12 sheet of scrapbook paper, so I traced the shape on fabric and cut that out for the bottom layer.
I also used fabric to wrap around the cardboard supports in between each layer. I found that fabric was much easy to maneuver into those spaces. I attached the paper and fabric to the cardboard with my handy dandy glue gun.
To cover up the edges of the exposed cardboard I used ribbon to attach the pennants with my glue gun. Then the first and second tier I used different Washi Tapes and they worked great covering up those exposed edges. I also lined the bottom of the supports with Washi Tape to cover up the seams.

{my favorite place to buy Washi Tape is etsy, I have bought a bunch through this seller. }

We made party invitations with the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress, using the Splendor Printing Plates. And then we poked a lollipop through the middle of the invitation. {we printed off a sheet with information about the party on the back of the invitation and taped it to the back, covering up the lollipop stick}.
And then we made Candy Bar labels using the Letterpress and the Bubbly Printing Plates.
The Candy Bar was a success with this bunch of candy-crazed 12 year olds!
Coming up next — Candy Party: Part 2 —  Embellished Lanterns, Dimensional Magic Necklaces and Party Favors.
xoxo

 
PS — Check out the SNAP Conference giveaway. Win a pass to something that is going to be absolutely amazing!!

Kids Project — make an easy Summertime Chevron (zig zag)Tote!

5 May
 
Last week I had the opportunity of participating in the I Love to Create Live event.
{My segment begins at about 1:30 into the show}


It was so much fun! 
There were a few guest designers that were sent the same I Love To Create products, and then we each made something with those products. 

Here is a picture of the cool products that they sent me: 

Since it was my daughter Hannah’s birthday the day of the show, I decided to make her a Summertime tote for her birthday. Her favorite color is yellow. I stenciled a Chevron pattern on a Hobby Lobby $2 tote and then I also stenciled her name on the tote.
I Love To Create also sent me some beautiful gold glitter paint so I painted the Chevrons in yellow and added some gold glitter over the top.
{This is the same stencil that I used on my Chevron Rug}
Then I used Mr. Tacky Glue to glue on the gems for a little sun at the top. 
And I also used Mr. tacky to glue on some hot pink ric rack to the top of the bag. 
 Now Hannah has a bag she can take to the pool or to the library this summer and tote around her summertime items. She really loved it!! 

I think I’m going to make a different tote for each of my kids to use this summer, with each of their favorite colors! 


This is a quick and easy project — you can do it in about 20 minutes (plus drying time). 
Your kids would probably love to design and paint their own totes for the summer!!

Thank you to the I Love To Create team for letting me be a part of such a fun day. I loved seeing all of the different things that the designers made with the same products!!! 
Be sure to check out the I Love To Create site for great giveaways all the time!! 
xoxo

Kids Project — make an easy Summertime Chevron (zig zag)Tote!

5 May
 
Last week I had the opportunity of participating in the I Love to Create Live event.
{My segment begins at about 1:30 into the show}


It was so much fun! 
There were a few guest designers that were sent the same I Love To Create products, and then we each made something with those products. 

Here is a picture of the cool products that they sent me: 

Since it was my daughter Hannah’s birthday the day of the show, I decided to make her a Summertime tote for her birthday. Her favorite color is yellow. I stenciled a Chevron pattern on a Hobby Lobby $2 tote and then I also stenciled her name on the tote.
I Love To Create also sent me some beautiful gold glitter paint so I painted the Chevrons in yellow and added some gold glitter over the top.
{This is the same stencil that I used on my Chevron Rug}
Then I used Mr. Tacky Glue to glue on the gems for a little sun at the top. 
And I also used Mr. tacky to glue on some hot pink ric rack to the top of the bag. 
 Now Hannah has a bag she can take to the pool or to the library this summer and tote around her summertime items. She really loved it!! 

I think I’m going to make a different tote for each of my kids to use this summer, with each of their favorite colors! 


This is a quick and easy project — you can do it in about 20 minutes (plus drying time). 
Your kids would probably love to design and paint their own totes for the summer!!

Thank you to the I Love To Create team for letting me be a part of such a fun day. I loved seeing all of the different things that the designers made with the same products!!! 
Be sure to check out the I Love To Create site for great giveaways all the time!! 
xoxo

Porch Makeover Part 2 — make a 10 minute pillow cover out of cloth napkins!

28 Apr
The sun is out and I love looking at my freshened up front porch. Yesterday I showed you my Chevron Frame Door Hanging {with Washi Tape}:
And today I want to show you a 10 minute pillow you can make out of napkins!

Take two cloth napkins. I found mine at Target.
If you can find a pillow form that’s the same size as the pillow, all you do is sew around the edges of the napkins, with the napkin outside facing toward each other. Then turn it right side out. Leave one seam open so you can insert your pillow form. Or, you can also stuff it with cotton batting material.
I cut out some Heat Transfer material letters that spell HELLO and ironed them on the pillow cover. Another fun idea would be to print out your HOUSE NUMBER!
I also took a 6 foot length of ribbon and sewed a big running stitch down one end of the ribbon and gathered it. 
Then I wrapped it around until it made a flower and then I sewed it onto the front of the pillow cover. Then I took a scrapbooking fabric brad and used some fabric glue to glue that in the middle of the flower.
Then insert the pillow form or stuff it with cotton batten. Once the pillow is stuffed, then pin the seam together with the edges
folded under. You can sew the seam shut or use hot glue. And if you want
to wash the pillow cover, you can use velcro strips to close the seam
and that way you can open it up and take the pillow cover or batting out
and wash the cover.
I love how my new pillow brightens up my bench!

I took another matching napkin and put it on top of my little side table and then I also took a little striped gray Ikea platter and attached a doily and another brad to the center and added that too.  I love the yellow and gray/black theme on my porch!

And I have a fun surprise for you tomorrow.
Something to help YOU makeover YOUR front door or outdoor space!!
xoxo
PS — Have you heard about the NEW Creative Conference — SNAP? It’s going to be held next year 2012 and I am so excited about it!! 

Porch Makeover Part 2 — make a 10 minute pillow cover out of cloth napkins!

28 Apr
The sun is out and I love looking at my freshened up front porch. Yesterday I showed you my Chevron Frame Door Hanging {with Washi Tape}:
And today I want to show you a 10 minute pillow you can make out of napkins!

Take two cloth napkins. I found mine at Target.
If you can find a pillow form that’s the same size as the pillow, all you do is sew around the edges of the napkins, with the napkin outside facing toward each other. Then turn it right side out. Leave one seam open so you can insert your pillow form. Or, you can also stuff it with cotton batting material.
I cut out some Heat Transfer material letters that spell HELLO and ironed them on the pillow cover. Another fun idea would be to print out your HOUSE NUMBER!
I also took a 6 foot length of ribbon and sewed a big running stitch down one end of the ribbon and gathered it. 
Then I wrapped it around until it made a flower and then I sewed it onto the front of the pillow cover. Then I took a scrapbooking fabric brad and used some fabric glue to glue that in the middle of the flower.
Then insert the pillow form or stuff it with cotton batten. Once the pillow is stuffed, then pin the seam together with the edges
folded under. You can sew the seam shut or use hot glue. And if you want
to wash the pillow cover, you can use velcro strips to close the seam
and that way you can open it up and take the pillow cover or batting out
and wash the cover.
I love how my new pillow brightens up my bench!

I took another matching napkin and put it on top of my little side table and then I also took a little striped gray Ikea platter and attached a doily and another brad to the center and added that too.  I love the yellow and gray/black theme on my porch!

And I have a fun surprise for you tomorrow.
Something to help YOU makeover YOUR front door or outdoor space!!
xoxo
PS — Have you heard about the NEW Creative Conference — SNAP? It’s going to be held next year 2012 and I am so excited about it!! 

Porch Makeover Part 1 — Chevron Door Hanging {tutorial}

27 Apr
chevron door hanging straight on
It snowed here yesterday, but that didn’t stop me from trying to Spring-ify my front porch. 
I am so ready for some warm weather!!  
I started off with my front door.
wood frame
I had a unfinished wood frame in my garage, so I pulled that out. My inspiration for this door hanging is this beautiful chevron fabric I found on Fabric.com – I’m a little obsessed with it right now.
premier prints yellow chevron fabric
I used the same stencil that I also used for my Spring Chevron Subway Art.
chevron stencil
First I painted the frame white and then I stenciled the chevron pattern on the wood. 

rosettes close up
Super easy. Then I made a few fabric rosettes – I have a tutorial for those if you want to make some. And then I thought it would be fun to make a part in the middle of the frame where I can spell out different things.
beautiful chevron paper
 chevron paper with a sheen
So I printed off some words using this beautiful new paper from LifestyleCrafts (they are the people that also make the Epic LetterPress – more on that at the bottom). I love this paper. It has a sheen to it. So pretty!
 (and it’s on sale this week)
chevron paper
I also added some pretty Washi Paper to the outside of the frame: 
I printed off a few different sayings that I can switch out.  Hello.
chevron hello wall hanging
And Welcome.
chevron welcome door hanging
I attached a piece of ribbon to the inside of the frame with hot glue. And then I used these cute teeny tiny clothespins from Canvas Corp. The last thing I did was added some ribbon at the top to hang it on my door.
the hello canvas
I love how my door hanging goes along with the little canvas pennant I made a few weeks ago. I put on a little table by my front door.
And coming up tomorrow afternoon – Part 2 of my porch!!
xoxo

PS — I am linking up to these fun parties – check them out!

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PPS – Here is the winner of the LifeStyle Crafts Letterpress package: 
#35 — Simply AJ @ Queen of My Nest
And if you didn’t win —
**Lifestyle Crafts is also offering YOU  20% off ANYTHING at  lifestylecrafts.com, through the end of April (including the Epic Letterpress)!! Just type in TATERTOTS at checkout to get the discount! 
Yippee!!!