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Make This: The Half Hour Half Apron

by M.E. Gray

Easy half apron tutorial (no pattern needed!)

Are you ready for a crazy-quick sewing project? I'm calling this the "half hour half apron" because it's one of the fastest sewing projects I think I've ever completed. Honestly, if I busted out a few more of these half aprons, I believe I could get my time down to 15 minutes. No sweat. My point is, this half apron is a breeze to make. This is a perfect project for beginner sewers. Plus, who doesn't need an adorable handmade apron in their kitchen?   

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99 Ways You Can Use Fabric To Decorate Every Room of Your Home

by M.E. Gray
99 ways to use fabric to decorate your home
Source: One Kings Lane

September is National Sewing Month, and in honor of the occasion, we're taking a deep look at one of the most versatile materials out there: fabric! From sewing pillows to creating statement wall pieces, there's no limit to the way you can use fabric in the world of interior design. Here are 99 of our favorite tips on how to use fabric to decorate every room of your home. You don't have to be a tailor to use textiles in your space. From no-sew curtains to fabric as wallpaper, there's a project out there for everybody!          

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How To: Make a Paint By Numbers Cactus Pillow

by DIY Maven
Paint by Numbers Succulent Pillow
Photo: Shrimp Salad Circus

To recap--it's unauthorized succulent week here at Curbly. Monday: Cactus Watercolor. Tuesday: Gumball Machine Turned Succulent Planter. Wednesday: A Cactus Pincushion in its own DIY Geometric Planter. Today: A Paint by Numbers Succulent Pillow. To be honest, I vacillated over highlighting this project. That's because the original maker, Lindsay, used a service that provided

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How to: Make These Simple + Stylish DIY Geometric Pillows

by Jeran McConnel
How to: Make These Simple + Stylish DIY Geometric Pillows
Photo: Jeran McConnel

I can't get enough of graphic grid patterns.  It's a clean, less busy version of plaid. Add a grid pattern to a space, and it instantly seems modern and current. I few months ago I hand drew an entire wall in a grid pattern. Ever since, I've been on the hunt for all for more grid patterns to add to my home. These bold pillows in a classic black and white grid are sure to stand out in any space.

             

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IKEA Hack: How to Dye Faux Fur ... and Make It Into This Totally Stylish Lampshade

by Marwa Hayat
How To: Dye Faux Fur Pink and Make a Lampshade

Lately, I've been loving all the colorful furs I've been seeing in magazines, Pinterest, and my favorite interior decor sites. But when I saw how expensive it was to buy a few ... I knew the only way I'd be able to incorporate them into my home was to make them myself. So, I figured out this super simple technique to add some color and character to the common faux fur ... without creating a whole mess and spending a ton of money

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How to: Purrfectly Simple DIY Cat Bed

by M.E. Gray

Make It! DIY Cat Bed

I love my cat. I'm not shy about admitting that (I even mention it in my bio). I'm also not ashamed to say I think she's the best cat in the world. Her name is Donut, but I also refer to her as "Angel Face" or "Precious Baby Kitty" (which drives my fiancé crazy, I'm sure). The cat drinks filtered water and has a basket full of toys. She's one of the more spoiled cats out there, and leads a pretty cushy life (as evidenced by this plushy DIY cat bed I made especially for her).          

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Forget What You Know About Nautical Decor: The Complete Guide to Coastal Design

by Amber Dickson
Nautical Decor Design Guide
Photo: Chipper Hatter for CM Natural Design

The widespread appeal of nautical and coastal decor makes a lot of sense when you consider the primal and ancient connection humans have to the sea. Being attracted to the water is hardwired into our very cells. Scientific studies have proven what we already know anecdotally: spending time near, on, or in lakes and oceans make us happier and healthier. It's no wonder that so many of us respond to the colors, clean lines, and natural elements of coastal, beach, and nautical decor. It makes us feel good to be reminded of the sea.

If your initial reaction to the term "coastal decor" is negative, it's probably from witnessing too many cutesy and heavy-handed thematic rooms.  We are not advocating buying and displaying any and all items that have a sailboat or seahorse on them. Good decorating never grows out of an overly simplistic theme, and, "Put an anchor on it" is not a valid design philosophy!           

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How to Make a Leather Monogram Stocking

by Marlene Sauer
DIY Leather Monogram Stocking
Images by Marlene Sauer

Ahh, the stocking -- a staple of Christmas celebrations! Have your stockings been hung yet? If not, we've got a great modern idea for you today that you will love: DIY leather monogram stockings! They are simple to make and totally in keeping with a minimal holiday decor style

If you've never embroidered, don't worry -- you only need to one stitch, the blanket stitch. Keep reading to see how to make your own!       

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50+ Frightful and Delightful DIY Ways to Decorate Your Home for Halloween

by M.E. Gray
DIY Halloween Decorations Mega Roundup
Source: Country Living

BOO! Did I scare you? If not, this might give you a fright: it's almost October, which means it's almost time for Halloween! Now that's truly terrifying. Halloween is one of the most fun holidays to decorate for, and there are so many ways you can celebrate. Whether you prefer creepy crawlies, or more glitz and glam, there's no end to the DIY Halloween decorations you can make to adorn you home - inside and out! Here are a few of our favorites. Prepare to be spooked!       

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How to Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume

by Faith Provencher
Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Last year I made a sushi costume for my dog Charlie, and this year I thought I'd stick with the same food theme... so he'll be going to our local Halloween "Yappy Hour" as Taco Tuesday! Click through to check out the tutorial.      

 

Materials

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

 

  • Felt in red, green, yellow and cream
  • Hot glue gun and extra glue
  • 12x12 inch piece of burlap (or a few inches larger for a big dog)
  • 1 inch piece of velcro
  • Marker that matches your dog's fur color
  • Black Sharpie
  • Cardboard
  • Gold and yellow acrylic craft paint
  • Foam brush
  • Scissors
  • 2 feet of white elastic, 3/8 inch wide

Step

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Begin by cutting two half circles out of cardboard. These will be the taco shells. Measure from your dog's front legs to his or her hind legs and use this measurement as the length of your semicircle. 

 

Step

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Use a foam brush to paint both taco shells. Use yellow and gold together without mixing them to get this textured look. Let them dry and do the back sides also.

 

Step

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Next, cut out your "toppings" from felt. Cheese, tomatoes and lettuce are my favorites!

 

Step

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Glue them down randomly using a hot glue gun, overlapping different colors. Leave the sides empty as shown above... this is where you will eventually attach the toppings piece to the taco shells.

 

Step

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Next, cut a piece of yellow felt in half and glue the two pieces together end to end so you have a long strip that's 24x4 inches. Then glue the edges together lengthwise as shown above to create a long tube that the collar will slip into. 

  

Step

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Trim it so that it is just a touch shorter than your dog's collar. Flatten it out and write "Taco Tuesday" on the area without a seam using a black Sharpie.

 

Step

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Flip the collar cover over and glue two 6 inch pieces of elastic to the back - one almost at the end, and one about halfway over. Use a marker to color the elastic the same color as your dog so it blends in with his or her fur.

 

Step

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Next, glue one end of the toppings piece to the inside of one taco shell as shown here, about 3 inches from the top. Repeat this process with the other side of the toppings piece and the other shell.

  

Step

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Try it on your dog at this point and measure how far the collar should be from the taco shells and then glue the elastic pieces at that point. Add one more piece of elastic about 1/3 of the way down the bottom edge of one shell and glue the soft side of the velcro to the other shell as shown above. Measure on your dog one more time, and then glue the corresponding piece of velcro onto the elastic at that measurement.

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Clip the collar around your pooch's neck, attach the velcro underneath and you're ready for Halloween! 

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

It's really pretty adorable, and he got used to it once he had it on for a few minutes. Plus, your friends will get a kick out of it. Happy Halloween! 

Halloween DIY: Make a Taco Tuesday Dog Costume
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Make This! Crafter's Tool Belt With Detachable Apron

by Faith Provencher
Make This! Crafter's Tool Belt With Detachable Apron | Curbly #diy #sewing
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

As a serious crafter, I always have two recurring problems: I ruin my clothing (thanks to paint/stain/glue splatters), and I'm also always running around the house looking for tools as I'm trying to finish my project. So I made a crafting tool belt with detachable apron, and it solved both of these problems! Now I can gather all my tools at the start of the project and literally keep them on me as I work. I don't know why I didn't make one of these ten years ago! Click through to check out the sewing tutorial.      

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Fall Style Guide: The Cutest and Coziest Fingerless Gloves

by Amber Dickson
Fingerless Gloves
Source: Martha Stewart

When the air starts to crisp up, wearing layers is key to being comfortable.  Fingerless gloves can be a fun and practical addition to your fall wardrobe.  They add warmth, style, and keep your fingers free for devices and other dexterous tasks.  Read on for a roundup of DIY, buy, and up-cycled options.  You will want to get this kind of cozy into your life.       

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Amazing Fall Decor Ideas for Every Style, Budget, and Room

A cozy fall scene with a plaid blanket, hot chocolate, and fall leaves on a wood tray

It may or may not feel like it yet where you live, but I'm sure you don't need to be told that summer is nearing its last days. After a long, hot season, many of us are ready for cooler weather, colorful leaves, hay mazes, and apple picking. It can be fun to bring some of that fall flair into your home decor, too. So whether you want just a touch of fall decor, or want to kick summer to the curb and go all in with your fall decorations, we have tons of ideas for ways to turn your home into a celebration of autumn.          

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