I thought I would share with y’all my tutorial on how to sew cafe style curtains. I revealed these curtains last week in my rustic farmhouse kitchen post. I really love cafe style curtains in here because they block more light to protect our wood floors while still allowing us to see out at all times. The kitchen faces the back of the house and I love the light streaming in at all times of the day. However they really don’t make these style curtains for big windows. Well y’all can make custom sized cafe style curtains for yourself easily!
Welcome to day 4 of Dr. Seuss crafts week. Today I am sharing my mini Seuss hat pattern and the instructions for making your own. These are perfect to top a mason jar which you can then fill with goodies for a teacher gift. The tutorial is pretty long but I promise it is a 15 minute sewing project. There are also more quick and easy Seuss crafts at the bottom of this post so don’t miss those. You can also catch up with day 1, day 2, and day 3 as well. Also be sure to follow our Dr. Seuss Pinterest board for all of these crafts and many more.
After completing our bathroom upstairs, I thought the downstairs bathroom could use a little love as well. Just a little facelift and some new accessories. I started with making an extra long shower curtain then I added in some fun metal baskets. Plus I found an amazing chevron Listerine bottle that just had to be added to this bathroom as well.
If you can sew a straight line then you can learn how to sew curtains. They really are that simple. I have already showed you how to sew a simple valance and now it is time for some full length drapes. I am continuing on in the upstairs bathroom and I hope to have a reveal for y’all soon. For now lets learn how to sew curtains the easy way!
I am off to SNAP! Conference this weekend but I have scheduled a few fun posts for you while I am gone. The first is my DIY business card holder. This will make my cards look great while giving them away this weekend. Don’t fret I will be back next week with a recap of my fun times at SNAP! plus some more projects that are related to the trip.
I thought I would add a chevron stripe pillow cover to my craft room. Yes a chevron stripe pillow. Just a few stripes not the entire pillow. How do you get just a few chevron stripes on fabric? FrogTape® Shape Tape™ of course! You can see more in this FrogTape how-to about the amazing FrogTape® Shape Tape™. Now lets make one great chevron stripe pillow cover.
Can you believe that graduation time is approaching once again? I have a handmade gift card holder for graduates today that you can whip up quickly. The perfect gift for any loved one that is taking the big walk this spring. Personalize the front of this gift card holder depending on your recipient. Plus what graduate does not want a gift card for a gift? They all do right? This tutorial was originally posted over at Buttons Galore and More last year but the idea is great for this year as well.
Cut out your tractor into pattern pieces. I removed the window from the tractor and the centers of the wheels for patterns as well.
Pin the pattern pieces to the interfacing and cut out. NOTE: Be sure not to get your pieces backwards. Remember the “front ” of the interfacing will be pressed to the backside of your fabric.
Fuse the interfacing to your fabric according to the instructions on the interfacing. Be sure to use steam, a damp pressing cloth, and press for the recommended time.
Cut out the pattern pieces from the fabric and layout on your gray fabric. Pin into place. You can see I used the red chevron for the tractor body, black for the wheels, and white for the window/inside of the wheels.
Use your black and red thread to go around your appliques. I went slowly and got right on the edge of the fabric. I used a very short zig zag stitch on my machine and actually went around each piece twice.
Cut the gray appliqued fabric and the red chevron to about 1 inch larger then your pillow. Place right sides together and sew around three sides. Complete your corners on the fourth side but leave the majority of the pillow open (as shown below).
Turn the pillow right side out and push the corners out with your finger.
Insert your pillow form or old pillow.
Turn under the seam allowance and pin across the bottom. Sew closed on your sewing machine or by hand.
Give your pillow to your little guy to enjoy!
I know my little guy is thrilled with his new “tractor”. What other appliques would you apply for the little boy in your life?
This great handmade gift is perfect for anyone on your list. Stay tuned as the next two weeks I am going to share lots of handmade gift tutorials and ideas with you. Give handmade this holiday season with this series on The Country Chic Cottage. For all of my handmade gift ideas, visit our handmade gift gallery page.
- Tractor Applique Pillow
- DIY Modern Tree Art
- 8 Hoop Ornament Gift Ideas
- Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix in a Jar
- Over 60 Handmade Gifts for Kids (a gift guide)
- Burlap Print Giveaway (in case you want to WIN handmade)
- Custom Photo Charm Bracelet
- DIY Stenciled Dish Towel
- Family Tree Ornaments
- Banana Dark Chocolate Mix in a Jar
- also don’t miss our Handmade Gift Gallery Page
I then dyed the areas one at a time. First I did some research on the RIT website and came up with the following recipe for the dye (WEAR GLOVES WHEN WORKING WITH DYE!!):
- Add 1/2 cup salt to the bucket.
- Pour in 1 gallon plus 2 cups of VERY hot water and stir to dissolve salt.
- Add one drop of liquid dish detergent and stir.
- Add 1/4 cup dye and stir.
- Put in your item for 15 minutes. (In this case, put the item in until you are almost touching the rubber bands and stop. Make sure the entire dipped area stays under the water. ONLY put in the area from one rubber band to another. The remainder of the curtain should stay out of the dye.)
- Remove after 15 minutes and rinse under cold water until the water runs clear.
- Allow to dry before moving onto the next color.
Once all four sections were dyed and dried, I removed my rubber bands and allowed the entire piece to fully dry. The areas between colors are the coolest part in my opinion as some is left white while there are areas where the colors blended as well. Overall these are the perfect curtains for a teen room.
I then used the curtains to determine the height of the curtain rod. I wanted them to barely grace the floor. We did not go all the way to the ceiling on purpose as we wanted to include the “R” collection above the window. Y’all stay tuned for the teen room reveal next week. You don’t want to miss the rest of this room. In the meantime, enjoy my DIY tie dye curtain tutorial.
I also picked up a wood tray for $2 and painted it with Americana Gloss Enamels in yellow. Nice and shiny! I cut that flourish from vinyl on my silhouette. The flourish image comes from The Graphics Fairy (who else??). I just put that directly on the tray. It can easily be changed out if the girls tire of the flourish. Yellow was the accent color in the living room while the teal is the main color.
I am so pleased with how my project turned out and the girls loved it. These are perfect for any home as they provide extra seating if you don’t need the room to set things. Plus they open up for great storage. Perfect for a small college apartment don’t you think? So anyone else move a college bound child lately? Tell me I am not the only one! Oh and be sure to stalk your second hand stores and make your own DIY upholstered coffee table.