background preloader

Sewing 101: making a duvet cover

Sewing 101: making a duvet cover
I don’t know about you, but I never cease to be shocked at the price of bedding. And nothing sets off my “I could make that myself so much cheaper and better” instincts like duvet covers. It’s just a big flat case of fabric, yet even the simplest options easily soar into the three digits—but all it takes to make your own is a bunch of fabric, a few straight seams, and a spare afternoon. Not only will going DIY with your duvet cover save you some cash, it’ll also allow you to custom-make exactly what you are looking for. *if you missed any of brett’s sewing 101 columns this month, check out her archives: curtains, zippered throw pillows, ottoman slip cover CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! What You’ll Need Approximately 10 yards fabric (see below to calculate exact amount; I suggest buying extra just in case) Yard stick, long quilter’s ruler or tape measure Sharp scissors Straight pins Sewing machine Iron and ironing board Selecting and Preparing Fabric Fabric Tips Planning and Cutting Related:  Sewing

Picture 208 « Sewing Tutorial: Piggy Pillow As promised, I have completed the tutorial and the pattern for the “Be My Valentine – Piggy Pillow”, which was published 3 weeks ago. This time I made a pair for my kids, they love it. You may not be able to do it in time for this valentine but as I said, if you have love in you, everyday is valentine. Besides as a pillow, you can use this pattern to make into other things, for example, pin cushion, smaller softy as gift, or a piggy back pack for little children. Material you need:1. Print out the PDF pattern of the piggy pillow. Use a pencil and trace the pattern onto the cotton fabric. Sandwich the towels in between 2 fabrics. Sew it up on the sewing line, it can be from sewing machine or hand stitching. Turn body, ear and tail inside out. Tie a knot at the tip of the tail as shown, mark a length of 4″ from the tip. Turn the body outside in and position the tail on the top part of the body. Embellish the body with a heart. Stuff the piggy with poly-fill to the fullness you prefer.

Concert-Tee Pillows Do-it-yourself decorating allows you to customize your home, apartment, condo, or room with DIY accents that transform your space on a budget without completing a full-scale remodel. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, we guide you with instructions, tutorials, and step-by-step photos for indoor and outdoor projects and room makeovers. We have tips, techniques, and tools to get you started on paint projects, the easiest way to freshen up a space or decor item. But it doesn't stop there! DIY Wildfox Couture Inspired Sweatshirt « Tulle and Trinkets If you saw my Santa wish list the other day, you know that I have my eyes on the Wildfox Couture heart jumper. After hours of ogling their website, I had an epiphany: I can make my own! [SIDENOTE: Since making my wish list just last week, the heart jumper is no longer available on their website...I think this DIY project is FATE :)] A white crew neck sweatshirt. Update: I spilled coffee on my heart sweatshirt (clumsy!).

sewing 101: zippered throw pillows Next up in our learn-to-sew series: throw pillows! Throw pillows are another fantastic way to incorporate cute textiles and DIY flair into your home without a great investment of time or money. If you’ve ever gone into a fabric store and wanted to buy everything because it’s just all so gorgeous, then pillows are a great way to put those fabrics to work in your decor. Bold or loud prints that would be too much used in large scale (like in curtains) can be just right for a little pillow pop on a sofa or bed. I’m going to show you how to make a zippered pillow cover, which is easier than it sounds, I promise. The best part? CLICK HERE for the full zippered throw pillow how-to after the jump! A Word on Zippers Ok, I know you’re not going to believe me when I say this, but installing a zipper is REALLY EASY. What You’ll Need ½ yard fabric (if your pillow is larger than 16”, you’ll need more fabric) 1 pillow form (buy this at a craft store or upholstery shop) Thread to match your fabric Seam ripper

Colored Cellophane Mosaic Window Whattya need? ScissorsColored cellophane from craft or party storeClear tape How do I make the mosaic window? Step 1: Cut cellophane into various shapes. Step 2: Apply shapes to window with tape. Step 3: Enjoy your view. Created by Dane Holweger How to sew a fagoted seam A fagoted seam is a decorative seam that joins two pieces of fabric together with a space between them and a row of hand stitching. It’s a very pretty detail seen most often in vintage clothing. It’s easy to incorporate this kind of seam into any patterns you make that have a yoke, or any other simple seam. In this case, I’m making a silk blouse with a V-shaped yoke. So the two pieces fit together, forming a V-shaped seam. For the hand stitches, I used some perle cotton that matched my fabric, but you could use embroidery floss, heavy silk thread, maybe even very narrow silk embroidery ribbon. Here’s what you’ll need: two pieces you’d like to join togetherheavy thread or embroidery floss for hand stitcheshand sewing embroidery needlea piece of paper large enough to lay your pieces ona pencila ruler The first step is to turn the seam allowance under on each side of the seam. Now use your ruler and pencil to draw your seam on the paper. And a bonus shot of the back.

Colorblock Slub T-Shirt by J.C. Rags brought to you by Gilt Short sleeve cotton u-neck colorblock slub t-shirt. Stitched collar, cuffs and hem.Front patch pocket with unfinished opening and exposed corner stitching.Graphic printed logo at chest and upper back with logo tag at hem.Model is wearing a size M. Model's measurements: Height: 6'1", Waist: 32", Shirt: 15.5, Suit: 40. Material: 100% Cotton Brand: J.C. Origin: Imported Young, stylish guys the world over have coveted J.C. BACK TO THE FUTURE 2 (2011) : Irina Werning - Photographer Now its time for KOREA, TAIWAN AND TOKYO. If you live here and want to participate in my project, email me amazing old pictures to : backtothefuturepics@gmail.com Riff Raff 1976 & 2011 London Andy 1967 & 2011 Los Angeles Johanes 1994 & 2011 Hamburg Maarje 1990 & 2011 Amsterdam Lea B 1980 & 2011 Paris Carli 1990 & 2011 Buenos Aires Alexandra 1970 & 2011 Paris Carol 1960 & 2011 New York Christoph 1990 & 2011 Berlin Wall Daphne 1986 & 2011 Paris Devoto 1990 & 2011 Buenos Aires Diego 1970 & 2011 Buenos Aires Evan 1957 & 2011 New York Giorgio 1982 & 2011 Paris Jackie 1994 & 2011 Buenos Aires Juan Carlos 1982 & 2011 Bs Aires Lea T 1995 & 2011 Paris Majo 1983 & 2011 Buenos Aires Marcela 1973 & 2011 Buenos Aires May 1985 & 2011 Buenos Aires Patrick 1968 & 2011 Paris Patrick B 1982 & 2011 Berlin Fer F 1981 & 2011 Buenos Aires Puna 2003 & 2011 Buenos Aires Sander 1983 & 2011 Rotterdam Sarah and Jim 1988 & 2011 Boston Seba 1986 & 2011 Patagonia Sole 1988 & 2011 Buenos Aires Sonia y Lauri 1988 & 2011 Bs Aires

Related:  blogsCrafts