If you're like me, I'm sure you have a few sweaters lying in your closet collecting dust. You know, the ones you threw into the dryer by accident but can't seem to part with because it cost you a pretty penny. Or maybe you just love the pattern and have stored it away in the hopes that one day you'll find an amazing project to use it for. Well, I found the perfect reincarnation for this old wool sweater of mine. I found it at a thrift store last year but have never worn it because it was way too big and very unflattering. Honestly, I just loved the pattern. †I spotted it from afar and knew it had to be mine.The tag read Ralph Lauren, 100% lambswool and it was $3.00. †The wool is extremely thick and I knew I could transform it into something fun. It was much too thick to sew into mittens so I thought, why not a laptop sleeve? I would have loved to have used a bright fabric for the inside lining but because the wool was already so thick, it would have been impossible to sew on my machine. Something to keep in mind if you decide to tackle this yourself and want to add more colour! Project by AMY DEL ROSARIO
I have to admit I always feel a little better when the front of my house is looking its best. It doesn't take much. A seasonal plant in the urn (ferns in the summer, mums in the fall, evergreens in the winter and pussy willows in the spring) and every now and then a little something extra. Maybe it's a few pumpkins or pretty summer flowers. I love the idea of putting a wreath up on my door outside of the holiday season. Something like this...
A cute way to feather you nest!
I just had to share this pretty leaf garland that my friend and Hello! Neighbor photographer Kristin made the other day. She says she isn't much of a crafter but I beg to differ! Isn't it delightful and just seasonally awesome! Kristin has full instructions and links to sites where you can buy the supplies (including that great vintage wallpaper) on her blog, With You Still.
Anyone else hosting family or friends? Trying out new recipes or decorations? Would love to hear.Images: Kristin Sjaarda
If you ask me you can never have enough floor pillows or poufs. They're perfect for a living room where you need a little extra seating every now and then. Personally there is nothing I like better than flopping down on the floor. It keeps things casual and intimate.
I keep seeing these great graphic printed floor poufs in stores everywhere but I haven't been able to bring myself to spend the $200-$500 price tag they often come with. I thought how hard could it be to make my own! The first thing I started with was some inspiration. I've had this photo of Spanish tile steps on my mind and thought the pattern would translate well.
Here's How You Do It:
- Using a utility knife cut a zig zag pattern into as many layers of ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape as you can.
- Tape out the pattern on your cotton canvas.
- Paint each square
- Carefully remove the ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape
- Cut your fabric into two identical pieces. Each piece will have one center and two sides. (My center piece measured 20 x 20 inches. My side pieces measured 12 x 20 inches. Therefore my overall cut fabric measured 44 inches x 20 inches plus a bit extra for seams.)
- Lay out your two pieces of cut fabric so they form a letter "T".
- Sew the two pieces together starting with a long side and then continuing with the smaller sides building the box as you go. Invert the fabric so that your seams are completely invisible.
- On the last seam, sew in a 18 inch zipper.
- Stuff with polyfill and zip closed!
I'm so happy with the way my pattern turned out. I can't believe how much it looks like my inspiration photo.
I'm not the only person in the family who seems to like it. The moment I placed it on the floor in our living room my little toddler just couldn't help herself.
This project takes a bit of time but it can easily be achieved over a weekend. If sewing isn't your thing you could also take the fabric to a seamstress or upholsterer who would probably do the work fairly cheaply. In total I spent less than $100 to make this floor pouf. Not bad! I'm thinking the next one I make will be for my daughter's bedroom.