Saturday, September 26, 2009

More posts coming soon...

I know it'd been forever since I've posted, but moving is crazy and I haven't even set up my sewing machine yet! Keep checking though-more is coming soon, I promise!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Upcycled Dresser using decorative paper - Tutorial!

I got this dresser at a garage sale for 5$. It was completely raw wood, and very dirty! I wanted to find a way to spruce it up without spending a fortune, and managed to do it for FREE, using just the supplies I had on hand. For the paper, I had a piece of scrapbook paper that I loved but didn't know if they sold anymore. So, I scanned it in and printed off copies of it. You can either do that or use scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or anything else you like!
What you need:
- 1 crappy dresser
- interior (latex) house paint
- paper of your choosing- enough to cover your drawers
- mod podge
- brushes: one for paint, one foam one for the mod podge
- optional: contrasting paint for the knobs, new decorative knobs, etc.

Step 1: Prep the dresser. If the dresser already has paint on it or a varnish, you will want to sand it down so the paint will stick. Wipe the dresser down after sanding it.

Step 2: Take the drawers out, and paint the dresser. You’ll want to do several light coats, depending on the color of your paint. If it’s dark, you’ll need less; light you’ll need more.

Step 3: Now’s the fun part. Take the knobs out of the dressers (you might need a power screw driver for this). Cut the paper to size—you can use several sheets to cover one drawer, just try to line the paper up so it matches. Paint a quick layer of mod podge on the wood and press the paper on.

Step 4: Poke holes in the paper where the knobs will screw back in. Paint another layer of mod podge over the paper on the drawers. Next, paint the knobs if necessary, then screw them back in.

Depending on your dresser style, you may need to paint the sides of the drawers where the paper doesn’t cover. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Etsy Shop and Teacup Pincushions

I finally set up my etsy shop! I'm still not done, but it's getting there :). I have some pincushions I made with vintage china that I'm putting up for sale. I really wish I could keep them, but I simply don't have the room or the money to keep making stuff and keeping it!
Check it out at
Here's a picture of the ones that will be going up in the next couple days, curtesy of the Photographer:

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Ruffle Pillow Tutorial

These are really easy to make, and really cute!

What you'll need:
-2 pieces of cotton in the desired color a little bigger than the size you want your pillow to be
-poly fill/stuffing/batting
-strips of jersey or knit (you can use a t shirt for this!), enough to cover the length of the pillow with them slightly overlapping. The length of the strips should be the width of the pillow plus another half.

Step 1: Sew a gathering stitch down each strip, then gather to the width of the pillow.

Step 2: I forgot to take a picture at this step, but it's pretty straightforward. Sew each of the ruffles to the cotton, slightly overlapping. This works best if you start at the bottom, then sew the next one so the bottom of it slightly overlaps and hides the seam of the first ruffle. I left a slight gap on the top because I didn't want the ruffles to go all the way to the top, then stitched a ribbon along the top ruffle.

Step 3: Sew the two cotton pieces together, making sure to catch the ruffles in the pillow at the right place. Then, stuff the pillow and sew up the opening. You're done!


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