Saturday, November 14, 2015

DIY Holiday Napkins and Cutlery Holder

Hi All,

I love a super easy DIY such as the one below.  Completed in less than an hour and completely unique and quality made. Make these sweet and thoughtful napkins as gifts this year!

Informal place setting for the Holidays

Below are the measurements for the napkins and holder:

1.  Place your fabric pieces wrong side to together, Pin and Sew.  Leave a small opening to be slip        stitched closed once finished.

2.  Turn your fabrics right-side out and finsh your napkins (Cutlery Holder) with a pretty detailed                                                                            sewing stitch on your machine.

Happy Sewing Friends!

Thanks for Reading and Please Follow along on Facebook or Pinterest.


Friday, November 6, 2015

Tutorial for a London Shade


Hi Everyone,

   Well, we are all moved into our home, barring for a few small projects we are feeling relatively settled.  The kiddos are adjusting well to their new home and surroundings, thankfully!  Building a home certainly has its challenges, but seeing the  girls happy and comfortable makes it all worth it.

 In a few of the rooms I called a professional to install blinds, but for the most part I would like to tackle each room slowly, by adding roman shade or something similar to dress the windows.  My first project was the London Shade.  It provides privacy and light control, however we will not be lifting the shade too much, which  allows for an easy application, which I will share below.
   Below are the supplies I used for my Project

Now to measure the window and fabric requirements for My project,  Yours will look different depending on your size window, but the hem allowance, ruffle allowance, and pleating will look the same.  Hopefully that is clear.

1.) Now we have determined the length and width.  Cut your fabric and lining to size and turn in        your bottom hem 6"(I recommend double turning your hems) and your side hem 2".

Double hem all sides for a total of 6" on the bottom and 2" on the sides.

2.) Measuring for the 2 pleats on each side of the london shade can be tricky and time consuming, but      once you get the hang it, it's simple and so pretty.  I think it give the shade a custom feel and helps       with the folding after its hang correctly.
              a. measure 6" from one width side to the other.  Also making sure to mark 6" 
                 throughout the length of  the panel. This will eliminate or reduce error when pleating.          
              b. fold from third 6"mark to the 5th

            c.  This is how the shade will look from the back once all the pleats are pinned into place.

3.)  Optional step: I added pre-made piping for a custom look.  Pin into place, then sew.

Premade Piping pinned into place making sure the pleats stay in place and folded evenly.  In this picture the pleats on the right-side are fused together. I made sure to keep the pleat from overlapping.

Stitch the Austrian Tape down the middle of the two pleats. Making sure to stitch from the top of the bottom hem line about 3/4 up the length of the fabric, or about 10 inches from the top.

Now screw in the 2 x 4 to the window frame (either outside or inside mount). Pictured, I stapled the rough edge of the velcro to the 2 x 4.

Add  two screw eyes  12 inches from the edge and 1 additional screw eye 2 inches from the right edge.

At the bottom of the shade pull the cords of the Austrian Tape (pictured) to ruffle the fabric. Evenly pull the cords on both sides. Now  firmly tie the cord to the bottom ring (pictured)  and thread through the all  plastic rings.  We are almost done!

3.) Pull the Roman Shade Cord through the screw eyes attached to the 2 x 4 and feed all the the cords through the screws. Do not leave any cords loose, all the cords should be pulled through the screw eyes.  Please make sure your cords are long enough before cutting.

4.) Add the cord condenser to the bottom of the cords to prevent fraying and wrap the cord around a        cleat.

It might take  a little time to adjust the folds and get the look you would want for your London Shade. My shades are pulled up about half way up the window to allow light to come in, but also create the look I wanted to achieve.  

Enjoy making your London Shade and Thanks for Reading this Tutorial!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Family Room Mood Board and Pricing

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday I shared with you all our decision to build instead of renovate and some of our kitchen and exterior decisions, HERE. We started building in the winter in Chicago, so progress has been slow; however, over the past few weeks, with the melting we have made tremendous progress.  Sheetrock installation is not too far away, so once that is put up I will share pictures of the layout.  The builders estimate we will in the home at the end of June.  I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for a mild Spring, as the cold weather seems to slow things down just a tad.
Naturally, I have spent a fair amount of time mulling over the layout of the family room and thinking of the general aesthetic.  Our current furniture is looking dull and overused so will be put in the basement soon after we move.  I suppose I might need to continue to use the  current furniture for awhile to assess the budget after the home is built:)
By putting together this wishlist, at least I am able to get an idea of expense and the dollar amount to put aside.  Outlined below are my choices with current expense.

                                 Sources and Pricing

1. Pressed Botanical Prints                         $300.00                  3. Pillows             $25.00 (DIY project)
2.Belgian Track Arm Slipcovered Sofa       $2500.00                   4.Accent table       $149.00
5.Indoor/outdoor Rug                                  $80.00                  6.Ottoman             Currently Own
7.Bamboo Shades                                        $200.00                 8.Linen Window Treatments   DIY
9.Console Table                                          $500.00                10.Leather chair       $1015

Grand Total ~ $5000.00

The design and elements of the mood board will fit our home perfectly,both aesthetically and functionally. I did splurge on my seating choices since I do feel that quality seating is a must. Now that I have penned the price and brought together all the elements in one post, hopefully I can get my husband on board:)

Thanks for reading along today.  Enjoy the rest of your day!


Monday, March 23, 2015

Building Our Home

Hi Everyone,

Several months ago we sold our home in Omaha and moved our family to Chicago.  For months we scoured the area looking for a home that was in close proximity to work, schools, markets and such.  We must have seen at least 50 homes, not quite meeting the criteria, so we opted to build, knowing we could get all that we needed as a family within our budget. So far the process has been mostly fun, although admittedly the options from hardware to cabinetry to color choices can be daunting and confusing.  Hopefully, when its all said and done our choices will make sense and we will have no regrets.

Below are some of the choices so far.

What do you all think?  Do you have any building suggestions and tips?

Thanks for reading:)


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mitered Corner Placemats for an Easter Gathering

Hi Everyone,

Difficult to believe Easter is just around the corner and a time for family gatherings and new beginnings. Thankfully the days are a little warmer...I now just can't wait to see the first buds and a little more greenery. The fabric for the below project reminded me of spring, pretty pastel colors and a opportunity for me to put away those warm winter fabric colors. So let's sew these super easy placemats for your kitchen table or dining room and welcome Spring to your family and friends gatherings.

Step 1-  

For measurement purposes I used an old placement previously purchased.  According  to those measurements my rectangular piece measured 12.5 inches X 22 inches.  Two of the  mitered corner trim pieces are 18 inches long and 2 inches wide  and the other two pieces are 26 inches long X 2 inches wide.  All excess fabric will be trimmed so I made sure to have plenty of fabric to work.

Step 2-

Press and steam the raw edge of the trim 5/8 of an inch as pictured below.

Step 3-
Open up one of the raw edges of the trim and carefully line up with the rectangular piece.  Pin in place.  Sew accurately along the pressed edge leaving 2 inches unstitched on all sides of the placemat.

Step 3-   Pictured below are my placemats with  stitching 2 inches away from the corners and also a penciled diagonal line from the point where the two trim pieces meet to the corner of the cream rectangular piece. Pin the 2 trim pieces together. It is important to be as accurate as possible so your mitered corner looks neat and professional.

  Step 4- Stitch along the pencil line.

Step 5-  Now snip away the excess fabric

Step 6 - Now stitch the 2 inch opening closed as close to the trim edge as possible.

Step 7-  Unfold the trim and press and steam to the right side of fabric.

Step 8-  Top stitch around the edge.  Viola` completed placemat for those Spring Gatherings:)

Happy April my friends and thanks for reading today.  I hope you all find inspiration.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Pretty Pillowcase Tutorial

Hi Everyone,

I finished up this week by completing  my linen pillowcase tutorial to share with you all.  Certainly an easy project, but definitely does require accurate cutting measurements.  So make sure to double check measurements before cutting and press, steam regularly thought out your project. I think these pillows look adorable in my daughter's room and add that special touch to complete the whimsical, soft feel of the room.

Here are the supplies needed for this project. Make sure to wash in warm water and tumble dry followed by a good press and steam.  Cut the frayed edges and lay out  about 2 yds of fabric for 2 standard pillowcases with envelope enclosure.

Pictured below is the measurements for each piece.  Remember to include the enclosure piece {not pictured} 6"X 20"

My first step was to ruffle each side of the length.  Pictured is my ruffler foot, but simple gathering by pulling the thread works wonderfully as well. { See this link for a great tutorial}

Now attach your ruffled piece to the front, right-side together.  You might need to adjust the gathers to fit the 20" width.

Pin the top piece for the enclosure {6"X 20"} right side together, as in this picture then press.  Make sure to double hem this piece before attaching to the front.

At this point pin the lace to the seams.  Make sure to pin adequately so there is no movement.  Now
I used lace to conceal the edges, but really the sky is the limit.  Use a coordinating piping, tape or just leave as is...

Sew the lace to the linen fabric.  I sewed the lace trim on both sides with a zigzag, with pink thread on top and the cream on the bottom for a professional touch.

Now pin the front to the back, pressing the enclosure piece first{ right sides together}.  Trim all the  fabric around the edges, zig zag or serge the edges and you are done! Easy Peasy, Really!

Have fun creating these pillows and please let me know if you have any questions.

Til Next time:)

Linking up with~ Savvy Southern Style

Monday, February 3, 2014

Romantic Linens for the Bedroom

Hi Everyone,

Recently I purchased from Pottery Barn Pure Linen pillowcases for our guest bedroom.  They are a beautiful soft gray color and  equally beautiful to the touch.  I don't mind that they crease easily, I think it just adds to that romantic, charming sense that a French shabby chic bedroom swathed in softness lends to a room.   My new purchase inspired me to create a few linens of my own that are not only made from 100% washable linen, velvet and lace but are crafted with a few sewing techniques I use regularly.  There is plenty of fabulous inspiration online as well which is pictured below.  Oh my goodness, isn't this bed absolutely dreamy? It is layered in soft velvets, linens and cottons, impeccably crafted as well and the color is gorgeous.

 So taking inspiration from this high-end retailer I created my own linens with some pretty details.  Below is a few of my sewing crafts this past week.
The Euro sham pictured below is made of a creamy linen with brown velvet trim.  It was a little rough to the touch initially, but after several washes the linen is so much softer.  The pillowcase was an after thought, since I had extra fabric leftover from my daughter's panels.  I ruched the sides and added lace to edge. It lends a nice touch to Jordan's room and looks interesting paired with her trendy bolster. {tutorial}

The gray cotton pillowcase turned out nicely so I used off-white linen in my next pillowcase with hot pink lace trim {pictured above}  I will be sharing the tutorial next time, but wanted to give you all a sneak peek.

Sewing pillowcases and euroshams is such an easy project for novice sewers and can be rewarding since we can add all those special touches to make a room unique and interesting all on a tight budget.

Thanks for reading along today! Enjoy the rest of your week!