DIY | From Blanket to Fleece Sweater There is one thing that annoys me the most while preparing for traveling or dressing for a long walk, and that is the look of fleece sweaters. They are oh so practical being lightweight and warm, but it seems like there are not many designers that bothered to update the look of them (at least not in Dutch stores), leaving the well known sweaters to still look shapeless, colorless and most of all just dull. (but that's just my opinion;) It was time to take control and stop wining every time I needed one and ended up spending money on something I didn't even like, just because it was "practical". And on a budget of course! Where to find cheap fleece fabric? Here's how: Supplies: Fleece Blanket | Fabric for the outside | Long Zipper | Scissors | Sewing Machine | Pins | Sweater In Your Size 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Sew along the side and shoulder lines, with a 1cm border. Wow! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Place 1 piece of fleece and one piece of outside fabric on top of each other and fold it once. 7.
DIY Jewelry Display As a chronic renter I'm always reinventing ways to display my favorite things. This jewelry display idea is an easy way to show off your baubles and pretties without adding a million holes to your walls or tangling all of your chains in the process. One trip to the hardware store and you're in business. Step 1: You'll need 1 panel of pine measuring 3/4" x 20" x 48", a drill, a pen, primer, spray paint or latex paint in your favorite color, 1/2" screw hooks for jewelry, 1" screw hooks for handbags, sand paper. Step 2: Place your panel of wood on the floor and arrange your jewelry as you'd like it to hang. The great thing about this is you can change it up as your tastes or space needs change. Note: After her cross-country move, Rachel has returned and will be sharing her interior design magic here on A Beautiful Mess!
How-To: Make a Nebula Pillow using Ink Effects from DecoArt | Whimseybox This month’s Whimseybox included samples of a new product, called Ink Effects, from our friends at DecoArt. Ink Effects is a fabric transfer ink that allows you to paint an image on ordinary printer paper and then iron it on to a textile. Rather than sitting on top of the fabric like a stiff iron-on transfer, the Ink Effects ink settles in smoothly to the fabric with little distortion of the feel of the fabric. Ink Effects colors blend nicely together, and when I saw my collection of colors, I instantly knew what I wanted to try my hand at. I needed a project for my inner space geek, and Ink Effects was the perfect way to pull it off. Read on to see how you can create a nebula pillow of your own to add some geek chic to your home decor. Materials:From your September Whimseybox: - Ink Effects Fabric Transfer Ink (colors can vary, based on what kind of nebula you want to make. Other Materials: - Printer/Copier paper - Spongebrush - Toothpicks - Old Toothbrush - White acrylic paint
West Elm Origami Throw Pillow Knock-off Hey everyone! You're getting two posts today cause I think you're extra super special. :)A few weeks ago my honey and I found ourselves with some time in our local (ha!) metropolitan area. So here's the original: And here's my version! Pretty close, huh? West Elm Origami Throw Pillow Knock Off Tutorial Materials Needed: *3/4 yd premium felt in choice of color (Mine was 72" wide. *Thread in closest color match possible *Invisible zipper in matching color *18" pillow form *Basic sewing supplies (pins, scissors, sewing machine, etc) Cutting dimensions: * 2- 19" squares *49- 2 1/2" squares (That's not a typo. Step 1: Carefully cut out your fabric pieces keeping them as square as possible. (Here's all my squares stacked and ready to go!) Step 2: Take one square and fold it in half to make a triangle with right sides together (see picture). (How to fold your squares) (Stitch as close to the edge as you can. (This is what it should look like when you're done. (These kind of remind me of cannoli shells!
River Rock Choker Necklace Guest post tutorial by Jenny Hoople of Authentic Arts. All you need to make a river rock choker necklace like this one is a package of 16 gauge copper wire from the hardware store, a small pair of needle nose pliers (with built in wire cutter), a pen and some pre-drilled stones. (My favorite stone supplier is Rhonda from stonestudiostoo on Etsy, but if you’re feeling adventurous you can check out my other papernstitch tutorial on how to drill your own stones). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Even though these river rocks choker necklaces are easy to make and don’t require a lot of expensive materials, they carry a big “Wow!” About Jenny: Jenny Hoople makes natural stone jewelry and beaded gemstone jewelrythat is as natural, colorful and authentic as the people it’s given to.
DIY Laced Cement Votive By Claire of Fellow Fellow Hi there, it’s Claire from Fellow Fellow here! I’ve got a really cute DIY for you today! A laced cement votive, perfect for summer nights spent outdoors. Keep reading to see the full tutorial after the jump! Step 5. Faire les froncés Let's explore some ways to make gorgeous gathers! Always pretty, ruffles look terrific whether gathered into a seam such as a skirt or apron; sleeves, pockets, bags, etc., or applied as ruffled embellishments at necklines, across a pillow, quilt, bag, shirt - here, there and everywhere! Course Instructor: Deonn Stott @ Quiltscapes Course Supplies: *1 Fat Quarter, cut into four or five 9" x 7" rectangles, and four or five 4-1/2" x 3" rectangles. Here's how I learned to gather: The "Two-Strand" technique. Separate the top threads from the bobbin threads, and pull together, sliding fabric toward the center of the piece, bunching the fabric together as you go. TIP: Once the piece is gathered to the correct width, give a little tug on the bobbin threads to lock the ends so the gathers don't slide out. Distribute the gathers evenly, then pin well and stitch to a base fabric. Stitch using a 5/8" seam allowance, keeping edges as even as possible. Result: ?? ?? ?? ?? Mmmm. Front: Yep. Front side.
Hot Air Balloon Wall Decal Paper Wall Art Wall by goshandgolly Homemade Cat Treats from Your Kitchen I was scouring the internet wanting to find some healthy tasty cat treats I can make at home for my two pet felines. I thought it would also be great to give these homemade yummy treats to my friends as gifts for their cats. I found the first three recipes I’ve listed below at FreeCatHealthTips. com. They seem pretty easy to make, and not very expensive. They actually sound tasty. 6 ounces of un-drained tuna 1 cup cornmeal 1 cup flour 1/3 cup water Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. HAM It Up Cat TREATS (makes 2 1/2 to 3 dozen) 1 jar (2-1/2 ounces) strained ham baby food 5/8 cup wheat germ 5/8 cup non-fat milk powder 1 egg, beaten Preheat oven to 350 degrees. NOTE: Beef or chicken baby food may be substituted for ham baby food. 1-1/2 cups rolled oats 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup tuna oil, chicken or beef bouillon Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. I also found a site that offer natural cat treat recipes. Cheese Treats au Naturel (makes about two dozen) Chicken Cookies (makes about 18)