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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.

A year of good….

I kept seeing this idea pop up on Facebook this past week and I loved the idea. A year full of good. It can be done many different ways…a jar, a basket, a pocket… a journal…I thought something hanging on the wall is best for our house. A place of it’s own…to not be moved or shoved into a drawer…and it would remind us to use it.

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The idea is to remember…and be thankful for the good things that happen throughout the year…and then on New Years Eve you take all the notes out and read them. A fun way to recall an entire year of good things. They can be small things like a good deed that you don’t want to forget…or maybe a good grade on a test…or something as big as a new member added to the family or a  big family vacation.

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To make the sign I used printable iron on paper. I made a word document (my font is AR Bonnie, 72 point). Make sure you print settings are set for “mirror” so that the saying will come out of the printer in a mirror image (can be found on the properties tab of your print screen.) That way when you iron it—it will be the correct way. Iron the printed image to a piece of white cotton (I used an old pillowcase). Cut to size and sew onto your burlap.You can find printable iron on paper at most craft and office supply stores.

I made ours by cutting a piece of scrap burlap (feel free to use fabric)….mine is 14 by 8. Make a seam at the edges to hold a small rod or roping. Fold sides together and sew a stitch on both sides.(be sure to leave tops open for the rod or roping) Yes…that is a pipe cleaner…used it to thread the rope through the top ;)

Like I mentioned…you could easily make this project with a jar, a folder…a can…whatever you wish…just so you have something to hold all the goodness that will come this year:)

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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.

How to sew a simple cape

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I’m not kidding when I tell you I made this last winter….and I am just now getting to tell you about it. I waited too long to write the post …and then it was past the season— so I thought I would wait until this fall. This project is a fabulous beginner sewing project. Straight stitch…nothing too fancy…and it can be made to fit anyone. I made this one for me…but the peanut uses it too. Here is how you can sew your own simple cape…..

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The fabric I choose was 54 wide ( my finished arm length is 19.5 inches)….so when you go into JoAnn or where ever you go to get your fabric…look for the longer bolts of fabric. This is a “suiting” fabric….tweeds work great too…just pick something that isn’t too heavy….and not too bulky…because you will be lining it and you want to fit it into your machine. You do NOT pre wash this fabric…if something gets on this….just have it dry-cleaned—as you would a suit.

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Lay the fabric flat on a large work surface.(pic1) Fold the fabric into 4ths….meaning fold it in half and then in half again. Be sure that all edges are even and the corner is square. Measure from the corner out to the “arm” length (pic2). Mine is the entire length of the fabric. Hold the measure tape at the corner and trace with chalk the radius from that point (pic 3). This will give you your cutting line. Pin all layers and cut. From the corner….mark with chalk 2.5 inches for the “neck”…pin and then cut the corner out with shears. (pic4) . Spread fabric into the circle shape and choose a place to cut from the outer edge to the neck. This will be the front of your cape.

Repeat with your lining fabric (mine is a lightweight satin)

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Pin the right sides together matching edges and pinning. A large work surface is key to having it all line up. Leave a 4-5 inch opening on the outer edge to be able to turn fabric inside out.

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Sew a straight stitch around the entire circle…leaving your opening. Trim your material and turn right side out and iron your edges. Fold in the opening and iron…then straight stitch to close the seam. You can choose to do a closure of some sort….I sewed on a small snap in the front to prevent it from slipping off when I am wearing it. This is more of an “accessory” like a scarf…so you don’t need the closure if you don’t want to fool with it.

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Dude…you just sewed a cape!! Stand up and do the happy dance!!!

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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.

New clutches in the shop…20% off for my readers

Hi all!! I have had the sewing itch lately and I created some new clutches for my etsy shop! I shared them yesterday on Facebook and Twitter…but with some of the FB changes I am not sure how many of you all are seeing my updates. Apparently you may have to “like” my page again and click “show in newsfeed” if you want to see my facebook post.

Here are the new clutches….I am going to offer my readers a 20% off discount for the next week or so.

 

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Madras lined with a blue dot

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Vintage floral lined with a red dot

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Amy Butler floral lined with an aqua dot

Here is a link to

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For your 20% discount…enter the code “Reader” in the coupon box when you check out!

Back tomorrow with a One Sentence interview with Marian from “Miss Mustard Seed”! !!

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.

Update: How to sew a clutch and finish it

Hi all!! Hope you are having a relaxing Memorial Day weekend. I wanted to pop in and share a little update on a past post I did about making your own clutch purse….

A long while back I made a Youtube about how to sew a clutch purse. It has been viewed over 25,000 times. Y’all like the clutch purse…a lot. I have also had many questions about it…and so here is an update to answer some of those questions…I hope this helps yall ;)

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1. What size are the clasp for this clutch and where did you buy them?

The only place I have found that carries this size and style is a buyer on etsy . She is fabulous and can help answer any questions you may have too:)

2. How do you finish the purse?

Yes…an important step that I completely failed to leave out of the video. I am so sorry about this!! Here is my attempt to make it up to you….A photo tutorial…on how to finish your clutch purse….

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If you haven’t viewed the original video…and would now like to make your own clutch purse…here is the link for the video. Please excuse my cheesiness….;)

 

 

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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