Our Living Room Curtain Makeover (Part 2)

By: Alicia Dec 08, 2011

Living Room Curtain Makeover (before)

This fall, FabricDirect.com is sponsoring a series of fabric-based DIY projects on Curbly!

Ok, so yesterday I showed you the unfavorable conditions of our previous living room curtains. When the folks folks at FabricDirect.com kindly offered to supply us with some new drapery fabric, we jumped at the chance (click here to see all the other FabricDirect projects we've done this fall).

After checking out samples (we looked at patterns, different textures, and several different materials) we decided on a white cotton duck. This is a medium-weight, sturdy cotton fabric often used for drapery, canvases, and even sneakers. Although we were tempted to go with a bolder pattern, we feared we'd miss the airy feel of our old curtains. But since we like to think of ourselves as living on the drapery-edge, we also feared that plain white might be a little ho-hum. So we made a… Continue Reading

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Our Living Room Curtain Makeover (Part 1)

By: Alicia Dec 07, 2011

Our DIY curtains before

Several years ago when we first moved in our house, the "back room" (as it was not-so-fondly called) was the most problematic room in our house. It had shipboard linoleum floors, dark wooden walls that blended into equally dark and heavy built-in shelving, fluorescent-lit window valances (yep, you read that correctly), and the heaviest, most-allergy provoking drapes you have ever encountered. The day we removed the drapes and valance, the… Continue Reading

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Roundup: How to Make 15+ Christmas Stockings for the Holidays

By: Diy maven Dec 07, 2011

created at: 12/06/2011

Young, old, cat, dog, everybody enjoys a discovering a filled stocking on Christmas morning. The BEST stockings have always been and will ever be homemade. From machine sewn to no-sew, from knit to crochet, in this round up, we've amassed hundreds--yes hundreds--of stocking tutorials to help you make this Christmas joyful and bright!

To ease ourselves into things, we're going to start with a super-simple  stocking-makingContinue Reading

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How to Turn a Pair of Jeans into a Bowl

By: Diy maven Dec 02, 2011

created at: 12/02/2011
 
As soon as I'm done with my Christmas gift knitting, I'm definitely going to do this project. It starts with a pair of jeans or some other sturdy, denim-like pants like the ones pictured above. A few fancy moves with a… Continue Reading
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Make It: Colorful Double-Sided Felt Snowflake Ornaments!

By: Capreek Dec 01, 2011

created at: 12/01/2011

Those kids over at The Purl Bee never cease to get my creative juices flowing!  This DIY project is a super easy and super awesome and involves everyone's favorite material:… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Felted Ball Window Curtains

By: Diy maven Nov 29, 2011
 
Felted balls never looked so modern! Pickles made the balls, but after doing so suggests that we buy pre-made balls, as the process… Continue Reading
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How To: Make Felt Holiday Trees!

By: Capreek Nov 21, 2011

created at: 11/21/2011

These felt trees are crafty, kitschy, quirky, and fun.  Also?  They're easy as pie--you'll have your own mini forest in no… Continue Reading

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Make It: Candy Cane Wreath

By: Craftmel Nov 17, 2011

created at: 11/16/2011
I've never actually had a wreath on my door, for any season or occasion.  Ever.  I'll probably be voted out of the craft community for admitting such a thing, but it is true.  Still, I love looking at what other people come up with for their doors, like this candy cane-inspired wreath.  … Continue Reading

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Make It: Pottery Barn Felt Wreath Pillow Knockoff

By: Diy maven Nov 08, 2011

Felt Wreath Pillow

There's knock offs and then there's knock ons, (as in 'right ons'), like Brandi's interpretation of Pottery Barn's new Jeweled Wreath Embroidered PIllow ($45), which couldn't get much more 'on'. To make it easier on herself, she… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Fall Leaf Table Runner for Thanksgiving

By: Craftmel Nov 02, 2011

This fall, FabricDirect.com is sponsoring a series of fabric-based DIY projects on Curbly!

I've been a fan of the whole leaves-on-the-table decor for Fall decorating, and have wanted to incorporate it in my home for a while.  Unfortuately, just collecting leaves outside isn't an option, since all we've got are cacti and Mesquite trees 'round these parts.  This is where some deliciously soft faux leather came into my life, and now I've got exactly what I wanted.  Want to make one too?  Read on to find out how, and get a 20% discount on the fabrics used in… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Faux Leather Autumn Napkin Rings

By: Craftmel Nov 01, 2011

created at: 10/31/2011

I know that the time to host family and friends for cozy dinners and parties is upon us, so I thought it would be a good idea to make some napkin rings to make place settings a little more festive.  Read on to make this VERY easy… Continue Reading

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Make It: A Cozy DIY Felted Patchwork Throw!

By: Capreek Oct 31, 2011

created at: 10/31/2011

A spectrum of soft, felted wool offers up a quick, easy, and absolutely stunning patchwork… Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Tree Stump Coasters

By: Capreek Oct 27, 2011

created at: 10/27/2011

Sure, we've shown you how to make actual tree stump coasters, but isn't everything better in cozy cutesy felt form??  At the very least, this won't require a saw or have any potential for serious bodily injuries (unless accidentally poking your finger with a fat embroidery needle counts).  So, ready to get the faux tree stump party started?  Read… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a Vintage-y Button Pillow

By: Diy maven Oct 27, 2011

created at: 10/26/2011

This fall, FabricDirect.com is sponsoring a series of fabric-based DIY projects on Curbly!

This summer, while my boo and I were exploring one of our state's many charming and historic little towns, we happened to stop in at an antique and consignment shop. My 'pass' radar went up fairly quickly, but I did the cursory scan just to be polite. I was just about to turn tail and head out the door when my very observant boo said, "Look at this." He pointed to something I hadn't seen before and can only describe as a sack-like, vintage-y button pillow. I replied in a whisper--because that's what you do when you discuss knocking something off you see in a store--"I can totally make that!" Thus, the seed for this project was planted. I didn't have any specific fabrics in mind...until I scanned the selection at Fabric Direct. It was within their inventory that I found the perfect textiles for the job. So, how do we make one of these babies, and how can you get a 20% discount on the supplies?… Continue Reading

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How To: A Bistro Chair Makeover Makeover

By: Diy maven Oct 25, 2011

created at: 10/24/2011

This fall, FabricDirect.com is sponsoring a series of fabric-based DIY projects on Curbly!

Eons* ago in design time, I gave this charity sale bistro chair a makeover. I painted the frame and re-upholstered the seat. I liked it for a while, and then I didn't. The colors in the fabric were those that always look dirty. In this case, a dull yellow and green. The more I looked at them, the more they reminded me of...well,… Continue Reading

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