Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Faves: June in Review

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These are a few of our favorite things from June:

Bench Makeover

Cake Batter Popcorn

Wine Bottle Candle

Side Table Reveal

House of Hepworths featured these side tables yesterday!!   We are so honored that this amazing blog featured us...made us smile all day long!!  

Single Bias Welt Cording

Zebra Striped Pillows

I can't believe it's almost July - where has the summer gone!!!  I hope everyone has a great weekend!  I'l be staying inside for most of's suppose to be 104 degrees in Nashville!



Thursday, June 28, 2012

DIY Zebra Stripe Pillows

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Happy Thursday!  The weekend is near! 

The Peachtree Road Race is less than 1 week away, eek!!!  I have not been running nearly as much as I should.  I still need to pick up some fun costumes for the BF and I - 4th of July sunglasses, hats, temporary tattoos - the cheesier the better!

Today I am going to share with you the 2nd part to the single bias welt cording.  I am reusing my existing couch pillows.  So to start, I took the pillows apart with my seam ripper.

I used my old pillow as a template for the new pillows.  I ironed the fabric and layed it out so that the right sides were facing each other.

Once the fabric was cut out it was time to pin in the cording.

For the corners, cut the fabric of the cording so that it easily wraps around the corner.  Use plenty of pins around the corner to attach the cording securely. 

Overlap the ends of the cording and let the hang off the fabric.

You can either sew the cording on to this one side and later sew on the other side.  Or  you can pin on the other side (right sides facing each other).  Be sure to leave an opening for your stuffing or pillow insert.

Flip right side out and stuff the pillow.  Then sew the opening shut.

And there you go!  Lime green zebra pillows with orange cording.


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Single Bias Welt Cording

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How's everyone's day going? 
Is it bad that sometimes I would rather be at home working on craft projects than at work??!  When can I make this crafting/blogging thing a fulltime job ;-)

Remember when I was looking for orange inspiration?  Well, I found it!

I chose a lime green zebra fabric and a graphic orange fabric to make pillows out of.  I have 9 pillows total, so I am doing 6 green and 3 orange.  The first step for these pillows was learning how to make single bias welt cording.  I found a terrific tutorial on Living Savvy.

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I decided to do a contrasting color for my cording.  So for the green pillows I did orange cording and the orange pillows I did green cording.

I am going to show you how I did the orange cording.  I needed a lot of it - 110 inches for each pillow or 660 inches for 6 pillows.  So these measurements create a lot.  You can easily scale down the size for a smaller project.

Start by cutting a 44 by 44 inch square.

Fold the square into a triangle and cut down the fold (your bias).

Now you have 2 triangles.  Lay them right side to each other and sew them together.

Lay the fabric out.  Now you will need to draw your cutting lines.  I did 2 inch strips. 

Fold the ends back in so that the lines match up.  You will have a "tail" on either end.  Now sew the ends together.

You will now have a loop of fabric.

With one of the tails, start cutting.  You will cut a continuous piece of fabric that is 2 inches wide.

Cut the large strip of fabric down into usuable pieces.  For me, I did 110 inches for the size of my pillow - leave a little extra for over hang.

Fold the fabric in half and iron.

Press the cording into the crease and pin.

Use your zipper foot to sew the cording and fabric together.

And there you go - you have single bias welt cording.

Stop back on Thursday and I'll show you the completed pillows!!

Tonight is book club - we will be discussing 50 Shades of Grey.  I can't wait to hear what everyone thought of the book!


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