DIY Wood Scrap Arrow

I have a quick and easy project for you today!  I have so been loving the arrow craze in home decor.  It’s just so versatile and goes with just about any style.  I have been wanting some for myself for a while, and finally just decided to get to it.


I went out to my garage to see what I could find in the form of wood that would work and this is what I ended up with.


Yes, an old fence post we had lying around and some paint stir sticks. (why do they give you so many??)  

I cut the post to the length that I wanted and then I gave it a white-wash effect by going over the piece with an almost dry paint brush.


Then I determined the sizes I needed for the tip and the back of the arrow, and cut those from the stir sticks using my miter box.


(I used three sizes to create the look that I made – mine were 5″, 4″, and 3″).


These pieces got a solid coat of the same white paint I used on the base.

Next I found the center of the base piece.


Then I assembled the tip and the back of the arrow.


I loved how it looked, but I really wanted to add a little something to it so….


I reached for my beloved Rub’NBuff to accent the edges of the tip and back of the arrow.


Just the right detail that it needed!!  


Free people – decor for free is the best way to go in my book :).

I have special plans for this little guy that I will share with you soon.  For now I’m off to do some summer!!

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Detailed Drapes DIY

Oh my!!  You guys!!  Thanks so much for all the sweet comments about my drapes!!  Yes, they were DIY, and yes they are made from a drop cloth.  They took a little bit of time, but really were not that difficult.  I made the drapes the same way as I made the drapes for our dining area.  The only change would be the width of the drapes.  Using a 6×9 drop cloth, I simply folded the drop cloth in half making 2 pieces that were 3×9.  

After the drapes were constructed, I grabbed more of the grosgrain ribbon that I used on the bed skirt.  (You could easily do this same treatment with purchased drapes.)  My inspiration came from the drapes in this Sarah Richardson room.

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I loved her design, but I thought maybe it might be a little too labor intensive.  So, I made a couple of mock-ups.  


Even though I knew that the zig-zag would take less time and possibly less ribbon, I just could not let go of my inspiration.  
So, I dove in.  Mine does not look exactly like hers, but it is pretty close ;).  Basically, when I did the mock-up, I just started placing, folding, and pinning the ribbon in a way that looked pleasing to my eye.  Then I pulled out my little ruler and used it as a guide to keep things as symmetrical as possible.
  


I measured the distance from the top of the design to the edge of the curtain, and kept that consistent.  


Then I measure the distance between the points at the top and bottom “u’s”.  


By keeping these three spots measured and uniform, everything else will be uniform.  I feel like I’m pretty good at eye-balling a straight line, so I did not worry about using a level on the straight parts.  Also, I’m not that concerned about it being perfect!!  

After I got it all pinned down I pondered how I was going to hold to design in place.  Originally I planned on using the iron-on hem tape I used before to apply the ribbon.  But, as I was folding the ribbon for the design, I realized that would not work since both sides of the ribbon were exposed.  I toyed with sewing it down, for about two seconds, and then I decided glue would be the best bet.  Yes, I said glue!!


I shopped my local fabric store for just the right option.  I had considered hot glue, but I knew I would probably want to throw these in the wash at some point.  So, I went with this, and I am very happy with the outcome.  (not sponsored – just sharing :))  It dried clear, was not crunchy, held well, and of course I can wash it!!  The other bonus of this over a couple of other products I looked at was drying time.  Some needed to be left alone for several hours, this one was dry enough for me to move the piece around after about 30 minutes, which made the project go a little quicker.  All-in-all the ribbon detail took an afternoon including drying time.  Well worth the look in the end if you ask me!!


Thanks again for your encouraging words throughout my master bedroom redo!!  Lots of little things to finish up in the next couple of days and cleaning everything up (if you could only see the sides of the room not in the pictures!!). I can’t wait to show you the finished product on Thursday!!

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Tailored Bedskirt

Sorry for the absence.  We have been deep in senior mode at our house, not to mention everything other end-of-the-year activity that the other three kids have!!  I know you know what I mean, right!  It’s all good though. 🙂

Creating a master bedroom design that is enjoyed by both husband and wife can sometimes be difficult.  I have found over the years that adding tailored pieces to the mix makes it blend pretty seamlessly.

Last week I showed you my new bed skirt for our master bedroom redo.  


I also shared that I used a standard drop cloth for this project.  


The weight was perfect and it pressed nicely for the pleats and I am certain those pleats will hold.  I didn’t take pictures of the basic construction, but it was not hard.  I simply measured from the top of the box spring to the floor and added about 6 or 7″ to that measurement and cut three strips that width from the drop cloth.  It took nearly the whole thing so if you have a deeper box spring or a super high bed you might need a larger drop cloth.  (I used a 6×9 that you can get most places for around $10.) 

The other plus in using the drop cloth is all the outside edges are already hemmed.  So, I left those as-is and simply added a rolled hem to the raw edges. 

Next for the details.  First, I knew I wanted to dress it up a bit, so I decided to do that with some navy grosgrain ribbon.  Who doesn’t love grosgrain ribbon??  Rather than sew it on (I was going for simple here), I used iron-on hem tape to attach it.  


I recommend for this type of project that you used the kind with the paper backing.  This allows you to iron the tape onto the ribbon, then remove the paper backing and iron it onto the fabric.  

I determined how far I wanted the ribbon from the bottom and started ironing.  Easy peasy!!  For the ends, I just wrapped them around the edge of the fabric about 1/2″.


Then the pleats.  Pleats are not as hard as you might think – it’s just making sure you have enough fabric to do what you want.  I knew from measuring that I really only had enough fabric to do one pleat on each side in order to have enough fabric to deal with the corners. 

So, I first found the middle of each strip, simply by folding the strip in half and pressing the fold.


Then, I determined the size of my pleat.  Placed the ruler on the fold.  Then, folded the fabric in towards the middle using the ruler as a guide.  


Then, repeat this at the bottom and press along the entire edge. 


Next we do the other side of the pleat in like manner.


And, then repeat at the bottom.


And press all along the fold.  When you are finished you should have something that looks like this.


Isn’t she lovely???
The best thing about this bed skirt is that I did not try to attach it to a top piece – you know that piece that never holds the bed skirt where it’s supposed to!!  Ya, no.  Instead I used these little jobbies (actually called upholstery twist pins – I found mine in the fabric department at Hobby Lobby) to attach it directly to the box springs.  
I have seen it several times around the blog world over the past year or so, and it just made so much sense to me.  If you have ever sewed a traditional bed skirt before you will understand how freeing this is!!  You can check out some simple tutorials on how to attach the skirt that my sweet friends Lisa and Jennifer shared on their blogs. (Jennifer also has a tutorial for pleats on the same page if mine is not making sense – they really are easy!!

Back to work I go – only a little over a week to go before the big reveal!!  EEEK!!

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Hidden Tab Top Curtains How-To

I just realized that when I showed you my dining area reveal, I mentioned that I would come back with a tutorial on the drapes.  Oops!!  I got excited with my One Room Challenge and totally forgot!!  So, I’m back :).


This post is loaded with pics – I don’t know about you, but I learn much better with pictures!

I started by laying out my fabric and measuring for two panels.


I used the width of the fabric for the width of each panel for two reasons – I like full drapes, and the window is large.  Once I measured and cut the length for one panel, I simply laid that piece on top and used it for a guide to cut the second panel.  

The next step was to hem the sides.  I did a simple roll hem, a little larger than I normally make them to accommodate for the salvage edge (the frayed-looking part).


1. Measure, fold over, and press an inch. 
2 & 3. Fold the edge into the fold.
4 & 5. Then fold over again on the pressed edge.
6. After you get the fold started, it’s easy to just roll the fold and tuck in the edge.
7. Stitch down the middle of the fold.

The next step is to create the top hem.  This starts with folding down the raw edge about 1/4″ and sewing it in place.

Then you will want to determine how big you want your top hem to be.  It will need to be large enough to accommodate your tabs.  I made mine 3″. Measure, fold over and press.
Then you need to determine how many, and how far apart you want your tabs to be.  I did this by folding the panel in half, and then half again several times until I reached what I thought looked like an appropriate number of tabs.  Use pins to mark your folds.


I decided to use grosgrain ribbon for my tabs, you could use fabric, but that would take a little bit more work, and the ribbon worked great!! Determine how long each tab needs to be – making sure to leave room for the rod, and room to fold over the edges on the end.  Each one of my tabs were about 4″. Then pin your tabs in place, using the pins that you used to mark your folds from before.


The secret here is that you will need to unfold your hem first. Then pin the tabs in place, just slightly below the pressed fold on the panel. Next stitch down the top of the ribbon tab, just along the top fold of the ribbon.


After you have stitched down the top of all the tabs, you are then ready to stitch down the top hem as well as secure the bottom of your tabs. Which, you can do all at once.  Fold down your hem, pin your tabs in place along the 1/4″ hem line, and then stitch everything together along that same hem line.


When you are finished you will have something that looks like this.


I wanted to add a little personality to my curtains, so I stitched on some pom-pom trim down the insides of each panel.

The last step before hanging the drapes is the bottom hem.  To do that you simply follow the same directions as for the top hem – minus the tabs of course. 


These tab-top drapes were the easiest to make and the easiest to hang!!  And, no I did not line these.  I’m not much for lining drapes, unless you are really trying to block light.  I’m not too picky as to what they look like from the outside.

I hope this tutorial is easy to follow!!  Sewing tutorials are tough :).  Please email me with any questions you might have, or feel free to ask in the comments!!  

Things are coming together in my Master Bedroom!!  Can’t wait to share more with you this Thursday!!

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