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DIY Faux Fur Sleeping Bag Sneak Peak – The Ultimate Pottery Barn Teen Knock-off

Posted in DIY, SEWING
on December 12, 2013

Bless me readers, for I have been absent – it’s been two weeks since my last blog post. I have been very chaotically frantic and unfocused busy. First, I had to un-decorate from Thanksgiving. Then, I had to start decorating for Christmas – which, by the way, I’m still doing – I’m determined to be finished by the end of the week. We’ve been homeschooling – ever crazy since I’ve becoming unorganized. And, I’ve been going to the gym to work off the 10 lbs I ate between Halloween and Thanksgiving. I’ve also been sewing. Alot. So, now you’re all caught up and we can move on to what I’ve been sewing, which is really what I wanted to talk about!

Have you seen these?

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Love them, don’t you? I mean, really, what’s not to love, besides the crazy price? Soft, sweet, and warm and totally stinkin’ cute. They are slumber party luxury, with ears.  Our girls loved them on sight while browsing through the catalog – so much that I almost went ahead and ordered them as a splurgy Christmas gift. Almost. I do have a few wits about me on occasion – even during shopping season.

Instead, I came up with another solution which would allow me the kids to get just a few more gifts this year. While walking through JC Penney one day, I came across an absolute steal on faux fur, animal print blankets. An absolute steal as in a thick faux fur throw, in King size no less, for $24. Sadly, they didn’t have any King size left, but after taking a look, I was able to find 2 Queen size – at $19 each – with which a hair-brained idea was hatched. Well, it was hatched after I was able to quickly look up the dimensions of the actual sleeping bag on PBTeen, and knew I would indeed have enough fabric..  I could make the sleeping bags. I mean, I could.. right?

Let’s explore all the reasons there were to NOT make them. First, I’ve not exactly ever made a sleeping bag. A few duvets – yes. Sleeping bag, with zipper.. no. I didn’t have a pattern – almost nothing exists online either.  Definitely high on the important list..  I’m not a super-great seamstress. Although I am skilled enough to be a great seamstress – or should be, given the number of years I’ve been feeding fabric through a machine, while trying to sew successfully – I’m really a very lazy seamstress, which automatically makes me a poor seamstress, I think. I’m impatient, and I prefer projects that can be completed in at most, one day. If it isn’t completed in a day I either cut corners, or I lose interest. I didn’t want that to be the case here. I don’t have a fancy machine –  I wasn’t even sure that my machine would be up to the task of sewing a sleeping bag – it was close. Lastly, there were the fundamentals that would probably be required on a project such as this, all of which I’m not too fond of doing. I hate edging, I hate trimming seams, I’m not crazy about pressing, I don’t have a serger, and sometimes I don’t even feel like trimming threads or using pins to hold things together. I’m a lazy seamstress, as I said.

The only reason to make them is that I thought I could not only accomplish it, but could probably do it for around $60 as opposed to $179. I mean, how hard could it be? It’s a bag, which is essentially a really long rectangle. With a zipper. Okay, maybe it might be a little harder.. this is the  quite possibly out loud internal conversation I was having with myself in JC Penney as I was handing over my debit card.  At the same time, the cashier was calling security about the crazy woman talking to herself  noticing my extreme trepidation over purchasing anything, and giving me an additional 15% off – yes, that makes two Queen size throws at 90 x 90 for $16 each. This essentially was the end of the conversation of whether or not I was actually going to tackle the job. It was done. I was going to make them. At which point I then took on a new level of trepidation – the pre-sewing project kind. You know, when you feel like you might have bitten off more than you can chew? Which goes without saying.. because I really do feel that if I put my mind to it, I could have built Rome in a day.

So, now I’ve made them, along with matching bags, and vacuumed for three days straight to remove the ridiculous amount of fuzz on my carpet, I’m so happy! They were kind of time consuming – definitely more than I would usually take on, but they are soft, and sweet and luxurious and all kinds of stinkin’ cute. So much so, that I think we are going to have to have a slumber party to show them off! Maybe next weekend! Or.. Hmm.. probably after Christmas. Or, next year some time. Yeah. Definitely next year. Or.. not. We’ll see. Still! So stinkin’ cute!

If you’d like to learn more about the wild and winding road I went down to make them, stay tuned, as I’ll be posting a tutorial soon and will update the link from here!

PB Teen inspired Pom-Pom Duvet and Pom-pom Tutorial

Posted in BEDROOMS, DECOR, DIY, SEWING
on June 4, 2013

 When we were decorating Kyla’s room in the Paris theme, I wanted to give the room a more grown-up look, but I still wanted to include fun elements that reflected her and her age. Pottery Barn Teen never fails to disappoint in this area. They offer fun, funky and unique products that always catch the eye.
Often, in a project such as this, the reason for attempting a knock off is due to cost. Although the cost was a little higher than I normally like to spend, more importantly, the PB Teen version only came in a quilt, where as, I wanted a similar look in a duvet. Out came the sewing machine!

For this project I used:

  • 2 twin size white flat sheets
  • Rit Dye in Aquamarine and Kelly Green
  • 2 skeins of Lions Brand Baby’s First Yarn
  • 1 Down alternative insert

What I did:
Dying the fabric:
1. I decided to dye my own fabric because I could not find a sheet in the color I wanted. I used the Colorit color formula guide (my target color was a lighter version of green 1 #586) on the Rit Dye website to determine the colors I needed and the ratios of dye. I then dyed both sheets in a large wash tub, literally dipping the fabric, stirring to ensure I had complete and even coverage and removing it within just a few minutes. I then rinsed and washed. I wanted only a hint of color – this process gave me what I wanted.

Making the pom-poms:
1. Out of the two skeins of yarn, I was able to make 28 pom-poms following this method:

       a. Cut a piece of yarn approximately 6″ long – this piece will be used to both secure the pom-pom
           and also to attach the pom-pom to the duvet. Lay this piece out parallel to the fork.
       b. Begin wrapping the yarn around the piece in step 1 and the fork, looping over – I had 45 loops.
       c. Pull the ends from step one together and tie tightly in a double knot to secure.
       d. Remove the loops from the fork carefully, being sure to separate the tie strings from the loops.
       e. Carefully cut loops
       f. Trim pom-pom to even out and give a uniform shape
       g. Voila!

Attaching the pom-poms and sewing the duvet:
1. The length of the sheets should be longer by the length of the wide hem normally found at the top of the sheet. Measure to be sure – and either remove this hem, or remove the excess minus 2″ for seam allowance. Put the removed pieces aside.

2. Using a measuring tape, determine and pin the placement of the pom-poms on to one of the two sheets, being sure not to pin too close to the edges. In my case, my duvet was to be used on a day bed, and therefore, I did not put pom-poms on the back overhang.

4. Begin attaching the pom-poms using a large eye needle and a yarn threader, and threading each end of the pom-pom through the fabric and tying off at each designated pin.

        

5. With sheets right sides together(the pom pom strings will be on the wrong side), align the two sheets, corners together. Pin sides and top together. The top will be the rough cut edge, the bottom, the hemmed edge of the sheet. On bottom, pin out 12″ from the corner, leaving a gap for the comforter to be inserted. Using the original seam of the sheet as your guide (this hides the original seam inside the duvet), stitch the top, long sides and 12″ in on either side of the bottom, creating a pocket with an open end.

6. Create and attach ties – There are many methods of closure for a duvet – I like using ties rather than buttons. For the ties, cut 16 10″ lengths out of the remaining fabric from step 1. Create ties by stitching two lengths together, leaving one end open, turning through this end. You will create 8 ties in total – 4 for each side.

7. Turn duvet right side and lay flat on the floor. Position ties, one on each side evenly spaced along bottom opening. Stitch to the duvet, attaching securely.

8. Insert the comforter of your choice, and enjoy!

If you are interested in seeing how the throw pillows were made, please go here!

Pottery Barn Inspired Vase

Posted in CRAFTS, DECOR, DIY
on April 17, 2013

A few weeks ago I developed a slight obsession mad crush on these Sloane Ceramic Vases from Pottery Barn. I don’t even know what it was about them that I loved so much, it was just an unexplainable and immediate attraction – that happens sometimes.

Around the same time, I came across this little gem in the clearance section at Joann’s – it was marked down to $9.99 – how could I not? 
  
Since I was still obsessing dreaming of the Sloane Ceramic Vase, this looked a bit incomplete to me – and entirely the wrong color, and I took it upon myself to make it right.
Because I like to tell you about my mishaps as well as my successes, I started off with some spray paint, some bright orange utility rope and a glue gun. My plan was to wrap the rope around the vase and to then paint the rope white – only, rope, especially utility rope, has a waterproof  coating on it that makes it impossible to paint. The one positive is that it very clearly shows step by step how I wrapped the rope, which is actually good! It’s always so much nicer when you haven’t completely wasted your time.
My first step was to paint the vase in winter white. I used Krylon Spray Paint and only applied one coat – as well, I used crumpled newspaper to dab the vase in random areas to give it some “age”.

I used about 10 lengths of rope twice the length of my vase, and 2 lengths of rope to wrap around the top and bottom. Next, I began wrapping my rope. I started at the top, by gluing a short piece of rope around the neck of the vase on one end only. I then looped all 10 pieces of rope, folded in half,  over this. I then glued the rope around the neck securely.

Next, I began wrapping the rope in a netting pattern, always going left over right and around once, before securing with glue. I continued this pattern down around the entire vase and finished the bottom using a piece of rope to surround the bottom. Then, I painted it – and the orange would not cover. Ah well, you live and learn. I kind of liked the orange, and it gave the vase a bit of a funky look, but that wasn’t what I was going for – I was going for Sloane, baby! 
So, I tried again.. this time, I used jute, and basically followed the same steps as above, but eliminated the neck band and glued each strand directly to the vase – I liked this better.
As you can see, pulling off the orange rope had given the vase even a little more “aging”, which I was fine with.
Once the netting was on, I gave the whole thing a coat of winter white – as you can see, it still didn’t cover, but I liked the look anyway, which makes this an “inspiration”, not a “knock-off”.

Tell me what you think! Any ideas on what I could have used for complete coverage?
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