DIY Faux Roman Shade

Hey there friends! Are you surviving May and all that comes with the school year ending?? Today is our kiddos last. day. of. school!! Surprised that I’m excited?? Allow me to explain – I get to sleep in. Yep, one of the benefits of having teenagers is that they appreciate sleep as much as I do! WooHOO! I’m still gonna try to get some projects done through the summer. They may be a little more spread out, but I’d like to be a little productive! 😆  Today, I’m sharing a project I have been wanting to do for a looonnnnggg time. Not sure why I put it off. But, it’s done now!
DIY Faux Roman Shade
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The Making of a T-Shirt Quilt

I’m not sure when or where (I’m sure somewhere on the internet), but I saw the idea of taking old t-shirts from over the years and making a quilt out of it. A way to preserve the memories that would be useful. I loved it so much that I started saving my kids t-shirts. Man oh man do they have a lot of t-shirts! Every activity comes with a shirt, school activities, extra-curricular activities, church activities – all with a shirt. I even keep jerseys! Where do you store all those? you might ask – I keep a plastic tub in the corner of each of their closets. As they outgrow shirts, they go in the tub. It’s a good idea for you, the mom, to make the decisions on which ones are tub-worthy or not, or you might end up with wayyy more than you can use. (speaking from experience).

I have now completed two of these – one for each of my now college kids. Many of the techniques I used with the first one I used with the second one, but I also made a few changes that made my life a little bit easier.

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There are soooo many different ways you could approach the piecing together of the quilt, but there are some basics that are going to be the same. I’ll walk you through how I put mine together and give you some alternatives along the way.

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Tips For Adding Piping Trim To Pillows

Last week I shared with you how I created my own custom piping for our patio pillows. Easy right?? So, today I’m going to share some tips on how to add it to your pillows.  

If you’ve ever added trim to pillows, you know it’s pretty basic. But, there are a few tricky spots that can be a headache – how to begin and end, and how to handle corners. So, I’ll address those issues today.

To start, hang the end of the trim off the edge of one pillow panel. Then, you will sew OVER the trim and continue on the sewn edge of the trim. It should look like this. 

I usually match up the edge of the trim with the edge of the pillow panel, regardless of the size, I don’t worry about seam allowance too much. 🙂

For the corners – stop about a seam allowance (whatever that might be for the trim you are using) away from the corner, cut a slit in the trim – up to, but not through, the sewn edge. 

This will allow you to turn the trim on the corner cleanly. Continue sewing!
To finish, hang trim over the edge and stitch through. Matching up the beginning and the end. It should look like this. 

You’ll want to trim off the excess before sewing the panels together.
After you have the trim attached, pin the pillow panels right sides together and use the seam made by attaching the trim as a guide for sewing the pillows together. 

When making our patio pillows, I chose to not make removable pillow covers so I just left an opening for stuffing the pillow in. 

I hand stitched the opening closed, and ta-da! You’re bottom edge should look like this

Barely detectable, right?? Obviously this method is for those permanent pillows you might want to make and not pillow covers. You could use this method if you were making a envelope pillow cover. If you are adding a zipper however that’s a bit trickier. Here is what my zippered pillow covers with piping look like.

There are other methods out there for sure, but this works best for me!!  Happy sewing friends!!

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How To Make Custom Piping Trim For Pillows

Hi there! I’m so happy to be back to blogging!! My posts might seem a little all over the place for the next few weeks. I have a lot of things to share from the summer! Today I would like to start with how to make custom piping trim. The title says “for pillows” but you can use this for anything you would like to add piping to. As far as the level of difficulty, I would say it’s pretty easy. If you can sew a straight line, you can do this! 

I think sewing tutorials are really hard to write, but I’m going to do the best I can and hope that the pictures will fill in the gaps.

This is what you need to start with. Cording of your desired size – This is sold at most fabric stores in various diameters. I picked a little thicker one this time, I think it was 3/4″ maybe, because I wanted a little more chunky piping. And the fabric of your choice cut into strips. 

I have always heard it said that you need to cut your fabric on the bias (or on the diagonal), but I don’t think this is necessary. I have made piping using straight strips of fabric several times and it works just fine.

I like a fairly good size seam allowance so I made the strips 2″ wide. 

After you have all your strips cut, you’ll need to sew them together to make one long strip. A 1/4″ seam will work just fine, I made mine a little bigger, it really doesn’t matter. 🙂 Make sure you press open these seams! 

Then, place your cording in the center of your strip, fold the strip in half over the cording, matching up the edges of the fabric. 

Next, using a zipper foot, stitch as close to the edge of the cording as possible without sewing into the cording. 

As you can see from the picture, a zipper foot attachment allows the needle to be to the side of the foot (why do they call it a foot?? I guess it kind of looks like one) instead of in the middle.

When you are finished you should have a long strip of piping that looks like this.

Now you are ready to trim out any project you would like!! Easy-peasy right?? Please feel free to ask questions if something is not clear.

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Patio Sectional Update

Hey there! We spent a few days last week in Texas visiting my brother-in-law and sis-in-law. It was HOT but we had a great time! Here are a few highlights from Instagram.

Now that we are back home, I am in full “let’s-finish-things-up-and-get-things-in-order-for-school-to-start” mode. Not that I’m excited for the kids to be gone, but I am looking forward to some order in my life again. This is what happens to my house in the summer.  Anyone relate?? Ya whatever we are living and having fun and the last thing I want to do is pick-up and clean the house constantly. 🙂

Gotta keep it real sometimes folks. Anywho, about a month ago, I was chatting with a friend. We were chatting about patio furniture. They just moved into a new house and she shared how the sectional they had didn’t really work on their new patio, and she would prefer a table. My eyes widened and I quickly said, “I’ll be happy to take the sectional off your hands”. She said she would send me pictures and a price, and in a day the deal was done. 

Maybe you remember seeing this spot empty in this post. Really just screaming for comfy seating!I was beyond thrilled. It needed some TLC (chipped paint on legs, a couple a ripped cushions) but even with the cost of fixing those things it was still cheaper than even the DIY project I had in mind!! {and way less work} WooHoo!!  God is in the details people and He is good.
I knew I had some outdoor fabric that my mom had gifted me with years ago, and my plan was to use that, however I quickly realized I didn’t have near enough. So, I swallowed hard and headed to the fabric store to spend more on fabric than I have in a long time. (still cheaper than a new or DIY sectional) 

I used the fabric I had to make pillows and added another fun print to the mix to pull it altogether. I love the happy result! And my family loves this new spot!!

I will be sharing more of the how-tos and details over the next few weeks. And, a post on the whole patio space is coming soon!!  

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