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No sew interchangeable window valance

Hey yall! Hope you had a fabulous weekend. I have had this project finished for awhile now….but I realized that I never share it with you! I was looking to add a bit of color to the kitchen window and this simple no sew valance popped into my mind. I wanted something that I could change out from time to time…maybe swapping the fabric out during different seasons. This is an easy project that you can pull together in about an hour.

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

No sew Pillow cover from a Sweater

I’ll be back next week some some #clevermoving updates…today…a fun craft! Hope you had a beautiful weekend!

 

I can promise you ….I am not the first person to think of this project. If you search out new use for an old sweater…you are sure to come up with a ton of inspiration. But when I stumbled across these sweet “beachy” sweaters at Old Navy…that happened to be on clearance…we are talkin $4.99 clearance people….I thought that they would make a really sweet addition to our couches. So I was off to figure out the easiest way to make that happen…here is how it went down;)

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So when I say “no sew”….I mean no sewing machine;) You do need to know how to use a needle and thread…but I think you should know that anyway:) File this under “Things to teach your kids this summer” ;) But other than a needle and thread…that is about all your going to need to create these pillow covers.

Upholstery extra strong thread (in color that matches sweater)

Old sweater, clearance sweater, dads old sweater…you get the point. (Mine was a size small sweater for a 18inch square pillow)

Pillow form (I used a couple of worn out pillows from my couch)

needle

 

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How to:

Dress your pillow;) Smooth out and arrange the pillow in the center of the sweater.

Tie the arms behind the back (try not to think to much about how horrible it would be to be stuck in a straight jacket…and then how do magicians get out of those??…and then I could use a hershey kiss…and then my butt hurts…I should have sat in a chair… #randombloggerthoughts)

Ok, moving on…Place the neck flaps over each other

Thread your needle and sew a basic long straight stitch to incase your pillow.

Do the same thing on the bottom of the sweater.

 

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Flip the sweater over and place a little knot on the tied arms to secure them from unknotting (hope that makes sense;)

 

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Ahoy mates! So stinkin cute….for $5!!!

 

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Go find yourself some pillows and go for it!

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xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Skirt from a shirt (repurpose men’s shirt)

Say that 5 times fast….hey….stop swearing at me….ok moving on….I recently cleaned out a few things in our closet. A couple of my hubs shirts were still in great condition….they were just a bit over sized for him. I made a few into my fancy camera strap…and my daughter wanted to use the another shirt to make a skirt. It turned out really cute so we wanted to share it with yall….

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Supplies:

  • men’s button down (ours was Large)
  • elastic (1/4 inch)
  • sewing machine
  • safety pin
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • iron

Steps

  1. Lay the shirt flat and cut under the armpits straight across.
  2. Fold top of skirt down 1 inch and iron. This will be your top seam. Pin your seam.
  3. Sew a straight stitch all around…leaving a 2 inch opening for your elastic to be threaded through.
  4. Attach elastic to safety pin and push through the seam. (ours was measured 2 inches longer than waist measurement)
  5. When elastic meets…sew together then stitch up the seam.
  6. Ta Da! You made a skirt from a shirt!

A fun little project to try this week!
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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY Necklace Travel Case

This idea is kind of genius. It isn’t mine….so I am not calling myself genius. When I went to Haven last summer…one of my roommates Chelsea pulled out this rolled up placement. As she unrolled it…all of her long necklaces were just laying there…all untangled..and perfect. I thought…now that is a great idea. It took me this long to make one for myself….here is how I made my DIY necklace travel case…

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Supplies:

  • 2 pieces of fabric cut 15 by 17.
  • 1 piece fusible fleece 14 by 17.
  • 2 small pieces of sew on velcro (about 3 inches)
  • sewing machine
  • scissors

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Steps:

  • Iron the fusible fleece to the wrong side of your outside fabric.
  • Place both fabric squares, right sides together and sew straight stitch around the whole square. Leaving an opening to allow to turn right side out.
  • Turn right side out and sew seam shut. Iron flat.
  • Roll up gently and mark with a pin where your velcro will be sewn (mine is about 6 inches on the outside fabric).
  • Sew one velcro piece to the inside fabric on the edge (see picture above)
  • Sew the other piece of velcro to the outside fabric. I sewed mine in opposite directions to allow for more wiggle room.

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Thanks for such a great idea Chelsea!!

 

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Simple no sew drapery panels

Hey all! Happy Friday! And Happy Derby weekend. Don’t forget to cheer on the horses on Saturday:)

I told you a few weeks back about our solution for hanging the drapery panels…but I wanted to show you just how easy these were to make. I loved this fabric by Waverly (Williamsburg collection) It was the perfect color and style for this craft space.

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The fabric is sold on a bolt that is 54 inches wide. The plan was to cut the fabric down the center, fold in all the sides and iron very flat (high heat and steam is best). I secured the “hems” with a fabric glue. Just a small bead of glue is all you need. I used pinking shears to cut the fabric and prevent frays. So 6 yards of fabric for $60 ( I used a coupon at Joann to buy the fabric) $30 per panel is not bad for decorator fabric. I didn’t want the panels to be too wide….so this worked great. Total width was 24 inches by 95 inches long.

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To attach to the piece of trim, simply use a staple gun. I folded mine in on two spots to have a bit of a pleat.

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I used a coordinating gray fabric to “gather” the panel at the top.

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It is a really easy way to dress up a large window without impeding the light.

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What do you think? Any questions?? :)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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