Isn’t so nice to dry your laundry on a clothesline in the summer months? I feel like it’s saving us money and extends the life of your garments. I made this clothes peg bag from those promotional canvas tote bag that people always seem to giving away. (I turned my tote inside out so that the promotional images are on the inside.) My tote is about 12.5″ wide and about 17″ tall. I think a smallish tote works well for making a clothes pegs bag. You can always trim a large tote to a smaller size.
You will need a canvas tote bag, some contrasting fabric (1m x 1.5″) for the edging and some velcro.
1. Cut your tote and a piece like a half oval for the top closure. You can use the leftover scraps from the tote or your contrasting fabric for the top closure piece.
2. Sew & use – Attach the top closure to the bag and sew 2 strips of velcro. Finish off with some contrasting fabric for the edging.
My idea behind making a “pouf” was to make a bean bag-like chair/cushion that would function as a fun piece of furniture for my toddler.
My final cushion size was about 28″x28″x13″. I think you will need to consider the size of your space to determine the size of your cushion. Here’s the how-to (without specific measurements) so that you can make a cushion with any leftover or scrap fabric you have. Use a durable fabric like a twill or denim.
1. Cut the pieces. For a large cushion like mine, you’ll need about 1.5 m of fabric (less, if there are no matching patterns) and about .25m of contrasting fabric for the piping.
2. Attach the zipper. Here’s some instructions for how to sew a zipper. Sew the cushion sides together to form a tube.
3. Sew the piping. Sew the piping together to form a tube. Fold the piping in half and sew to the edge of the cushion top + bottom. I used a soft velour fabric for the piping.
4. Sew the pouf together. With insides together, attach the sides to the cushion top and bottom and sew together. I stuffed my cushion with extra pillows and a duvet. Have fun!
There are so many great quilting fabrics available at the fabric store with nice patterns and colours. It’s a great way to add some detail to a simple bedsheet set without spending much.
Over the years, we’ve found that a smaller pillow was much more comfortable to sleep on. You can wrap your arm comfortably around the pillow if you tend to sleep on your side. Also a smaller sized pillow is good for children. I resized our (deflated) feather pillows to 11×15 by sewing a smaller case and stuffing the pillow in it.
Here’s some instructions for a simple pillowcase.
1. Cut the pieces Cut length of pillow twice the length + 6 inches
2. Fold & sew Finish the short fabric edges by folding over the seams. With good fabric sides together, fold the width of the pillow and then fold the 6 inch flap over layers. Sew together and serge the seams.
There are so many great ways to decorate your walls with the alphabet.
I loved the idea of the alphabet as a graphic on a wall and also thought it would as a learning tool for my son. Our living room could sure use an update … these are painting stretchers covered with some vintage wallpaper.
1. Print and cut your alphabet I used Swiss as my typeface and printed the letters on my printer. The letters measured about 4.75″ tall. I had two stretcher frames hung side by side each measuring 40″x24″ (total: 80″x24″).The letters were cut out on a sturdy but lightweight fabric. Use a non-fraying fabric for a clean look. My letters are more on the handmade look. I used a demin material as the background fabric.
2. Baste, appliqué and mount fabric on your stretcher Arrange and baste all your letters on your fabric and sew using the zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine. Watch for the letters shifting as you sewing and reposition. Stretch the fabric over your stretcher bars and staple in place starting in the center and work your way to the edge of frame.
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