Make an Extra Long Shower Curtain #listerinedesign

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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.  

How to Make an Extra Long Shower Curtain -- add length to your shower curtain so it goes all the way from floor to ceiling.  A great project to fix those curtains that are too short.

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How to Sew Curtains

 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!
 How to Sew Curtains -- a tutorial for sewing long straight line drapes for your home.

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DIY Business Card Holder

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.  

DIY Business Card Holder -- make your own business card holder with fun fabrics and a button.

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Chevron Stripe Pillow Cover

 This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape Brand Painter’s Tape for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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.

   Chevron Stripe Pillow -- use special shaped tape to make chevron stripes on a fun pillow cover.

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Gift Card Holder for Graduates

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.  

Gift card holder for Graduates -- make this personalized handmade gift card holder for the graduate in your life.

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Handmade Gift — Tractor Applique Pillow

I am here with two weeks of handmade gifts and we are kicking things off with a great tractor applique pillow.  This one was originally posted at The Ribbon Retreat but I thought it would make a fabulous Christmas gift.  My little boy loves it that is for sure.  You can use this same method to applique anything you can imagine for a handmade gift for anyone in the family. 

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

 To make an applique pillow you will need:
  • Tractor silhouette image (or any other image you wish to use)
  • Red Chevron Fabric (cause my boy believes real tractors are red!)
  • Black Fabric
  • White Fabric
  • Grey Fabric
  • Fusible Interfacing
  • Black Thread
  • Red Thread 
Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Cut out your tractor into pattern pieces.  I removed the window from the tractor and the centers of the wheels for patterns as well.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

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.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

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.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

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.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

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.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

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).

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Turn the pillow right side out and push the corners out with your finger.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Insert your pillow form or old pillow.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Turn under the seam allowance and pin across the bottom.  Sew closed on your sewing machine or by hand.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Give your pillow to your little guy to enjoy!

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

I know my little guy is thrilled with his new “tractor”.  What other appliques would you apply for the little boy in your life?

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

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.

Have you missed any of our handmade gift series?  Visit all of the links so far:

 

Stay tuned for even more handmade gifts!
 

DIY Tie Dye Curtains

I am working right along in the teen room and next up is our DIY tie dye curtains.  I am actually going to reveal the entire room next week so y’all stay tuned.  The room is going to be really colorful and fun so the curtains needed to reflect that.  We searched Pinterest for inspiration and came up with wanting to tie dye our own curtains.  We settled on a pattern that was a little different however….stripes!  Grab your dye and lets get started.

DIY Tie Dye Curtains -- learn how to make your own striped tie dye curtains in any color of the rainbow.

I used RIT liquid dye for my project in four different colors (as shown below).  My instructions below will all be based on using the liquid dye.  If you choose powder or another method, research on the dye manufacturer’s website to find the best method for using the dye you have purchased.  

 

DIY Tie Dye Curtains -- learn how to make your own striped tie dye curtains in any color of the rainbow.

I used one queen sized sheet for the curtains.  I cut the sheet in half length wise to get two curtains.  I then held it up on the window and approximated a length.  I cut both halves to the same length.  NOTE:  I did not hang my curtain rod until after my curtains were complete to get the exact fit.  I then sewed around the two raw edges I had just created by making cuts including making a rod pocket.  See how Gina folds her hem in twice in this tutorial?  You will want to do that to eliminate raw edges.  Just fold over about 5 inches at the top using that same method and use a portion of my tutorial to see how to sew a rod pocket.  That means when you are cutting your curtain to length you need to take into account all of the extra you will need to make this rod pocket.  Now once the sewing was complete and since I had four dye colors, I divided my curtains into four equal areas and put a rubber band around them to separate the areas.    

DIY Tie Dye Curtains -- learn how to make your own striped tie dye curtains in any color of the rainbow.

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.
You will also see some clothespins in the water below because I was experimenting with some other pieces since I had the dye out.  More on that in another post if things work out.  
It is very critical to allow each section to dry before moving onto another color so the colors will not bleed as badly.  Each section took me 30 – 45 minutes between mixing, dying, and rinsing.  So be prepared to not leave your work.  Overall this is an easy process and I would encourage you NOT to be afraid of dye.  It is a very fun medium to experiment with and the possibilities will blow your mind.  Always wear gloves, old clothes, and use an old bucket.  Be careful where you get the dye as it WILL STAIN.  Oh…and have fun!
DIY Tie Dye Curtains -- learn how to make your own striped tie dye curtains in any color of the rainbow.

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.  

DIY Tie Dye Curtains -- learn how to make your own striped tie dye curtains in any color of the rainbow.

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.

DIY Tie Dye Curtains -- learn how to make your own striped tie dye curtains in any color of the rainbow.

 

DIY Upholstered Coffee Table

Today I am sharing another project for my college daughter’s new apartment.  I made her a DIY upholstered coffee table from some thrift store cast offs.  I love how this one turned out and wanted to share it here.  If you missed it yesterday, I also shared my renter friendly picture hanging tips.  All you need for this one is some thrift store ottomans and tray.  Then throw in some patience and time.  You too can have a unique coffee table that is all you. 

DIY Upholstered Coffee Table -- use reupholstered ottomans and a tray as a coffee table.  Easy to do it yourself from thrift store finds!

I purchased the ottomans at Good Will for $5.99 each.  I loved the shape and they are in great condition.  The fabric…not so much.  I purchased them both with big plans for the future.  I took them apart and used the fabric I removed as a template for the new upholstery.  The first one went really slow but I found a groove and got them both done.  Below is a “before and after” picture of my upholstery job.  Not bad huh?  
 

DIY Upholstered Coffee Table -- use reupholstered ottomans and a tray as a coffee table.  Easy to do it yourself from thrift store finds!

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.

DIY Upholstered Coffee Table -- use reupholstered ottomans and a tray as a coffee table.  Easy to do it yourself from thrift store finds!

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.

DIY Upholstered Coffee Table -- use reupholstered ottomans and a tray as a coffee table.  Easy to do it yourself from thrift store finds!

Patriotic Burlap Yo-yo Candle Wraps

Today we are playing with yo-yos for the 4th of July.  Nope not those kind of yo-yos.  Some great fabric yo-yos that are easy to make and make great embellishments for home decor and more.  This tutorial was originally posted on Crafts Unleashed but here is the full version in case you missed it.  Lets get started on some yo-yos and then I will show you how to add them to some great patriotic candle wraps.  

Burlap Yoyo Candle Wraps -- perfect for 4th of July, summer, or change up the colors for any season.  Click to get a full tutorial on how to make these great home decor accessories.

Supplies needed to make your own yo-yo burlap candle wraps:
When you remove the yo-yo maker from the package, it will have a set of instructions.  They are super simple to follow and you will be making fabric yo-yos in no time.

 

Burlap Yoyo Candle Wraps -- perfect for 4th of July, summer, or change up the colors for any season.  Click to get a full tutorial on how to make these great home decor accessories.

Put the yo-yo maker onto your fabric (pinching the fabric in between).  Make sure the back of the fabric is facing correctly. 

Burlap Yoyo Candle Wraps -- perfect for 4th of July, summer, or change up the colors for any season.  Click to get a full tutorial on how to make these great home decor accessories.

Next, cut around your fabric leaving a seam allowance.  See those lines on the yo-yo maker?  They have to line up with the “bumps” on the back piece.  This is listed as a common mistake on the instructions, so it even gives you tips on what typically goes wrong when making yo-yos.

Burlap Yoyo Candle Wraps -- perfect for 4th of July, summer, or change up the colors for any season.  Click to get a full tutorial on how to make these great home decor accessories.

Begin sewing according to the package directions.  The stitch is simple and you go all the way around the yo-yo maker.

Burlap Yoyo Candle Wraps -- perfect for 4th of July, summer, or change up the colors for any season.  Click to get a full tutorial on how to make these great home decor accessories.

This is the opposite side and you can see my stitches if you look closely in each of those holes.  As you stitch, you should always be inside of one of those holes.

Burlap Yoyo Candle Wraps -- perfect for 4th of July, summer, or change up the colors for any season.  Click to get a full tutorial on how to make these great home decor accessories.

Then, just unsnap the two pieces of the yo-yo maker and pull your string taught.  A couple of knots later, you have a yo-yo.  Simple right?  Just to give you an idea of the sizes, here’s all three sizes placed next to a ruler.

Burlap Yoyo Candle Wraps -- perfect for 4th of July, summer, or change up the colors for any season.  Click to get a full tutorial on how to make these great home decor accessories.

Now for the candle wrap itself – I used this great burlap ribbon.  The edges are finished so no need to worry about fray.

Burlap Yoyo Candle Wraps -- perfect for 4th of July, summer, or change up the colors for any season.  Click to get a full tutorial on how to make these great home decor accessories.

Wrap your ribbon around your candle sleeves and hot glue to secure in the back.  Add yo-yos to the front of the wrap, again with hot glue.  I used bandannas for a lot of my yo-yos, but I had some fabric scraps as well.  Get creative when making yo-yos, as each one does not require much fabric.

Burlap Yoyo Candle Wraps -- perfect for 4th of July, summer, or change up the colors for any season.  Click to get a full tutorial on how to make these great home decor accessories.

These cuties were added to my patriotic mantle for the summer.  I am already thinking of ways to change this idea up with different fabrics and colors.  What would you do with yo-yos?  Grab those yo-yo makers and get busy y’all.  Make these patriotic burlap yo-yo candle wraps or some other crafts.

Burlap Yoyo Candle Wraps -- perfect for 4th of July, summer, or change up the colors for any season.  Click to get a full tutorial on how to make these great home decor accessories.

 

How to Make Curtains: A super simple straight line sewing tutorial

I thought I would show y’all today a super simple how to make curtains tutorial.  If you can sew a few straight lines you can make a valance that looks just like the one pictured.  This quick and easy tutorial is for the beginner to the more accomplished seamstress that just wants new curtains.  Come see how I make these fully lined curtains for the windows in my bathroom.  

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!

Start with a pattern fabric you love and lining fabric in white.  (ALWAYS wash your fabric before beginning any sewing of these curtains!)  I used the width of my fabric as the width of my curtain.  The pattern fabric was not as wide as the white so I cut the white fabric to the same width.  I then needed the height of my curtain.  I wanted the final valance to be about 16 1/2 inches from the very top to the bottom.  In order to do that you cut 16 1/2 inches of your white material and add 2 inches to your pattern material (or 18 1/2 inches in this case).  
NOTE:  What if you need a curtain for a wide window that is wider than your fabric?  You can make a series of these smaller curtains and hang them all on one rod.  In my final picture at the bottom of this post I used two of these smaller curtains on one set of windows.  

 

 

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!

Begin with the right sides together and sew across the top and bottom.  Yes you will have those 2 inches of excess pattern material but we will be ironing that in just a second.  Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance when sewing.  What does that mean?  Run your material along the edge of your foot and your needle in the center of the foot.  

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!

The ironing is a very important step in any sewing tutorial and especially this one.  You will need to press your bottom seam flat and then pull up into that top seam to get your excess to fold over the top.  I have given you a brief ironing demo in the video below.  Why have the excess?  I have made curtains before and not cut my fabric exactly right or sewn completely straight.  Then you are left with a portion of the liner peeking out on the front of your curtain.  This method is fool proof.  No matter if you make a minor mistake on sewing — this curtain will look great from the front….trust me!

Now that you have ironed along with my demo above you have this excess folded over to the back and a nice crisp folded pressed edge…right?

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!
It is time to sew up those sides.  Turn your sides in about 1/2 an inch all along the edge.  Use straight pins to hold in the edge until we sew it closed.  
How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!

Note how my pins are placed.  This is a fancy trick to make removing your pins easier when you sew so remember to place them horizontally.  Second tip place one pin about 1 inch down from the top and another pin about 2 1/4 inches down from the top.  I will show you what those are for in just a second.  Remember the top is where you folded over all of that excess material when ironing.

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!
 
Now begin sewing at the top and stop at the first pin that is 1 inch down from the top.  Start sewing again at that second pin that is 2 1/4 inches from the top.  Why did we just leave a gap in the seam?  That is where our rod pocket will be in just a minute.  Again I am sewing about 1/4 inch from the edge by allowing my material to run along the edge of my machine foot.  
How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!

After you have finished sewing both sides, go back to that unfinished pocket and open it up.  Sew both sides a bit just to keep it from turning out when you put the finished product on the curtain rod.

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!
 
We are now going to finish that rod pocket and I have a super quick and easy trick for you.  Take tape and measure 1 inch from your needle.  Lay your tape down so that the left edge is on that 1 inch mark.  Do the same for a 2 1/4 inch mark.  These will be your guides for sewing your rod pocket.  This is a lifesaver especially when sewing more than one curtain.  
How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!
 
Run the top edge of your curtain through your machine running that top edge along your 1 inch tape edge.  Then do the same while running the edge along your 2 1/4 inch tape.  You have now made a rod pocket to hang your curtain.  
How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!

The best part?   You are done with one curtain!  Hang it up and admire your handy work.  Then if you are anything like me….get started on more for even more windows.  Stay tuned as tomorrow I am showing of my entire home in a home tour that you won’t want to miss!  In the meantime get started on some super simple curtains today.

How to Make Curtains:  Try this super simple sewing technique.  Make an entire curtain with only sewing straight lines.  Great tutorial with a video!