20 minute table runner

With the holidays gearing up, I am trying to decorate my apartment on a budget. I found this table runner on display at a local sewing store and it was so simple to make, I created places to put runners. I made one for my table and one for my coffee bar.

Materials needed;
-1/3 yard of festive fabric
-1/2 yard of complimentary fabric
-scissors/cutting wheel
-pins
-sewing machine
-iron

1. Square up your fabric. Ultimately you want 12 inch width of patterned fabric and 18 inch width of complimentary fabric. As you can see below after I squared my fabric I lost about ¾ of an inch… I wasn’t happy. If anyone that works at a craft store reads this, ALWAYS give a few extra inches with fabric. Trust me, no one is cutting straight and after everything evens up that’s about what you lose.

(Look at all that! Arrgghh!)

2. After you have the correct width of fabric, place right sides together and pin the length of the fabric.

3. Sew ¼ 0r ½ inch seam, whatever floats your boat.

4. Pin the other sides of the fabric together and sew the same width seam as in step 2 and 3.

5. Press seams out away from patterned fabric.

6. You should have a big long tube, flip tube right side out.

7. Press creases into the complimentary fabric so it evenly borders the patterned fabric on each side. I found folding the patterned fabric in half then folding the complimentary fabric over it helped me get pretty even borders.

8. Fold tube in half the hot dog bun way with the patterned fabric is facing out. Line up the short end and pin. Sew 1/4 inch seam.

9. Snip ends of seam and flip inside out creating a point.

10. Center the seam and press fabric to keep in place. You can also sew a button or pom pom on to help keep the seams centered.

And that’s it!

This is on my coffee Bar

This is on my dining table, I just loved the leaf print (even though it doesn’t match anything!)

Tips:

-Buy a little extra fabric so you can square it up.

-If you want it to be wider, adjust the widths of the fabric. However, make sure you adjust for the size of the border.

-If you want it to be longer buy fabric that’s 60 inches long instead of 42. Or you can buy the 2 yards (or what whatever length you need). then cut the fabric to the length and width but that takes more time.

-Make sure your ends are even when you sew the short ends, other wise your triangle will be a little off.

I hope you like it, and as always, thank you for stopping by!

L&L,

Missy

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Boo!

Just in time for Halloween I’m presenting a quick but adorable costume for little girls. My niece adds to the cuteness, but it takes an evening to make, it’s cheap, and it can be adapted for weather. Those of us living in an area where it snows every Halloween can appreciate that! I found it on pinterest and when I followed the link (http://www.etsy.com/listing/96087036/custom-order-for-theresa) of course it was on Etsy to buy with no instructions, so I figured it out for myself.

Here’s what you need:
-Blank white t-shirt or onesie. You can find toddler sized blank shirts at Hobby Lobby for a couple bucks. I bought and 12 month and an 18 month because I was unsure exactly what my niece wore. (She’s in 12-18 so that doesn’t help)
– Fabric paint. I kept my design simple black and white but you could use colors if you wanted.

– Tulle. I used a roll of it from Hobby Lobby. It was an 8 inch roll which meant less cuts I had to make

-Ribbon, black and white. I used a shear white ribbon because I put it through out the skirt

-Elastic. I used a thicker piece for comfort, I believe inch thick is what I purchased

-Hair clip. I bought this from hobby lobby for a few dollars. It came in a pack of 6. They had a few different options and I went for a smooth clip so it didn’t pull out my niece’s hair.

-Hot glue gun

-Sewing machine

-Computer

-Paint brush

-Pen

-Scissors

-Google Eyes

And here we go:

1. I started with the shirt because I knew it would need to dry. I went on my computer and created a design. I used word because I knew I would use very simple shapes.

2. In word I used the shapes loaded in the program. I made an oval for the eyes then two crescents for the eye lashes. I wanted to make the ghost face more cute and girly. Then I grouped the pictures and copied it, pasted it and flipped it horizontally to create a mirror image.

3. Next, I did the mouth. One large crescent for the mouth and two little ones for the dimples. I centered all of shaped and grouped them then adjusted the size.

4. I measured the shirts and printed out a face to fit each shirt.

5. I put the shirt around a book to keep it flat and straight. (my old NCLEX book was but to good use!)

6. I cut out the face and centered it on the shirt then traced the face with a pen. I ended up using the 18 month shirt because I made it two months early and she is growing like a weed!

7. Next, I used the fabric paint and squirted some on the shirt then used the paint brush to spread it. I bought regular but in the future I think I would use matte paint. Once the face was all painted, I move on to the skirt.

8. For the skirt I did a few different experiments but I ended up sewing it. My niece’s waist is about 19 in around. I wanted a one inch lay over so I cut the elastic to 20 inches. I pinned the elastic and sewed it to make the waist band

9. Then I cut tulle strips about 20 inches long. I made them longer then planned to trim them as needed.

10. I tried the no sew method and looped the strips around the elastic and honestly I thought it looked terrible. Maybe with thinner elastic it would look better, but I was not a fan. I played around a little more and found that folding the tulle in half over the elastic and then sewing right below the band looked the best. I did two strips at a time and sewed them together. Then the next two strips I would over lap slightly on the last two. Be careful here, you can make a really full skirt. When I started it was very full and I evened it out as I went. Don’t sew the tulle to the elastic so it can stretch freely.

11. After the tulle was around the entire skirt I randomly placed lengths of ribbon in the skirt. I folded it in half over the skirt like the tulle to give a little shimmer from the inside and out.

12. Next I made little bows from the black ribbon and placed them around the band of the skirt. Mike helped me with the bows because he is such a good sport about this blog. I placed the bows over the white ribbon I added to the skirt to hide some of the stitching.

13. Next a made a small bow out of both ribbons to sew on the shirt. I placed the bow once the shirt was dry.

14. Then I made a bigger bow out of both ribbons for the hair clip

15. I hot glued the bow to the hair clip and made sure it was secure.

16. Then my niece tried on the skirt and it was trimmed.

Put her in some black leggings and… Volia! A cute and quick Halloween Costume for your little girl!

No tips for this one, it’s straightforward and easy. Just be careful on the skirt you can make it as poofy as you want but on little girls too much poof isn’t always a good thing. I skipped the google eyes because I thought it looked cuter with out them, but you can add them easily.

Thanks everyone!

L&L,

Missy

Anchors Aweigh!

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I made this a bit ago, but it was a gift for my friend for her birthday so I couldn’t post it until after she received it. I saw a similar design on Pinterest, but I decided to change it a bit and make it my own.

Materials needed:
-cord, I used a black leather cord from hobby lobby for $2
-Anchors charms, I ordered mine from etsy
-lobster claw
-two links
-four cinch close ends, I found these at Hobby Lobby for $2
-jewelry pliers. I used all four pictured, the needle nose, round nose, wire cutters, and regular flat pliers.
– measuring tape

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Aweigh!
1. Measure your wrist. Seeing as I made mine for my friend, I made it about the size of my wrist with a little extra room. I have about a 6 inch wrist so I wanted my final bracelet to be about 6 3/4 inches.

2. Cut two pieces of cord the size of your wrist, I added a little extra for fool proofing purposes.

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3. I distressed the leather cords a bit by squeezing it with the pliers and twisting it a few times. I wanted the leather to lay correctly and right out of the package it is too stiff. Your cord may not need this.

4. You may be able to buy ends that you can cinch closed without rings on the end but I didn’t search that hard. Instead I bought the ends with loops and cut the loops off of two of them with the wire cutters.

5. I sanded smooth the edges that felt rough or sharp. At this point there should be two ends with loops and two without.

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6. Fold the cord in half and wrapped it around the anchor shank and under the arms.

7. Pull both ends of the cord tight and keep them ends together.

8. Place one of the ends without a loop on the cord a few millimeters away from the crown of the anchor. Make sure both cords fit into the end and squeeze the end closed around the cords. You may and to squeeze the end a few different ways to make sure it closes properly and doesn’t sit funny.

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9. The loop created should allow some movement but the anchor should not be able to slip out of it.

10. Now fold the other cord in half and slip it through the loop.

11. Pull the cord ends tight and place the metal end without a loop on. Again there should be a little play.

12. Cinch the end closed, but do this a little differently. Above you wanted the cords to lay side by side, but if you do that with the top of the anchor, it won’t lay correctly. Cinch the end closed with the top cord up and the bottom cord under it. This will be a little harder to close (depending on the size of your cord and ends).

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13. Lay the bracelet aside and work on the connectors. Open a connecting ring enough to slip on an end with a loop and a lobster claw. I open my rings by slipping it on the round nosed pliers and pressing it down. This keeps the ring round and reduces the chance it becomes misshapen when closed.

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14. Open the second connector ring and slip on the last end with a loop.

15. Connect the claw and the loop and measure the end of the loop to the end of the loop.

16. For me everything together a a half inch. I measured the bracelet ends and trimmed them to the correct length. This is how I worked this in my head. I wanted my bracelet to be about 6 1/2 inches with a little room, so my bracelet cords would be 6 1/4 inches each and the space for the anchor would be the amount of play. So, if my connectors were 1/2 inch in length, I would want to cut 1/4 inch of the length of each side so I made each length of cord 6 inches. Make sense? Maybe?

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17. Once the cords are cut to the right length, place then metal end on the ends of the cords and cinch them closed. Try to keep the ends hidden in the end and not hanging out, they will be hard to clip once the end is closed.

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18. Try it on! If its too big, clip one of the ends and make a new end and redo it. If it’s too small, give it to some one and start over!

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I have decided to give away a bracelet and matching earrings. No big deal just tell me you want one. Your name will be entered an then if you refer a friend their name and yours will be added. So every friend you refer you get another chance and your friend gets a chance too. You can comment here or on my Facebook page. This will be open until January 7th when I’ll draw the name. As always thank you for stopping by!
L&L,
Missy

This is what you’ll win!

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Mirrored Wall

I have been out for a while due to moving  and a lot of family stuff.  But! My move has given me opportunity to do a lot of crafts which I will add as the time allows. Today, I want to talk about my mirrored wall.  I don’t have step by step pictures due to placing these mirrors required me sitting on a ledge over a staircase.  I decided to focus on getting the project done than risk tumbling down the stairs and laying there until someone found me. I digress, I needed pizazz along my blue wall. I wanted my living room/dining room to be gray with navy blue accents. Even though home designers say accent walls are “out”. I could care less and painted the wall above my stair well navy blue. I needed something to brighten the wall but not cover the blue. Years ago I went to Ikea and bought some 12×12 mirrors. I bought 3 packs of 4 for a different use, but back at that time I went in a different direction. The packs were only about $5 each so this whole project will cost you $15.

Here is what you need
– a wall
– for my design 3 packs of 12×12 mirrors
– a tape measure
– a level (use with caution)
– a writing implement

1. First, I decided on a pattern.  I laid the mirrors out on the floor and arranged them until I found my desired pattern.  Initially I liked the mirrors turned to a diamond shape and four across three down.

Note: mine changed part way through and I’ll explain why later
2. I measured the patterns length and width to determine the center.
3. I measured my wall and determined the center.
4. I marked the center of my wall with chalk, I knew I wouldn’t see pen on my dark wall.  Whatever you use, make sure it’ll come off the wall.
5. From there I used my tape measure and level to mark each of corners of the mirrors.
6. Then I placed the center mirrors on the wall. The way Ikea has their mirrors stick to the wall is with these four double sided sticky foam pads.
7. I placed the mirror on the wall before removing the paper from the pads to make sure everything lined up.  I worked from the center out.
8. When I got to the top mirror farthest to the right I lined the mirror up and it fit, but when I put the pads on, it lifted the mirror away from the wall just enough to hit a low spot of the textured ceiling. So, when I went to place the mirror and adhere it to the wall the corner chipped, creating a crack. Here’s where you need to be careful… This mirror is refusing to come off my wall at the moment.  These suckers stick once you place them so make sure you want them there. I will replaced it when I get back to Ikea and have the energy to pry it off my wall.

9. When I tried to put the last mirror on I the top row I made a horrible discovery that the wall in my 100 year old apartment is not square. Crazy huh? So I changed my design and made a step pattern instead and I just threw it on the bottom row. In retrospect I’m lucky it looks purposeful because, at the time I was pretty pissed about my broken mirror that refused to lift and my trapezoid of a wall.
10. After all the mirrors were hung, I cleaned them about 4 times each. I really have become fond of Invisible Glass. It cleans very well and leaves the glass streak free. These mirrors were pretty dirty and it did a nice job.
11. And you’re done! In my picture you can see vases and candles, I put the five vases in front of each mirror and a flameless candle in between each vase. Once Hobby Lobby puts all their floral on sale I’ll be filling the vases!

Just as an FYI: the blue vases are from Ikea ($5 each) and the candles were bought from HomeWoot.

I’m really happy with how this turned out, despite the broken one.  It did exactly what I needed it to do.  My apartment has very small windows and the mirrors reflect the little light they let in, and it looks great with the glow of the candles at night.  It also flows into the living room.  It points you in the right direction!

Thanks for stopping by again, I’m glad to be back!

 

L&L,

Missy