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How to: DIY Bohemian Macrame Throw Pillow

DIY Boho Macrame Throw Pillow
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

I've always loved macrame, ever since my mom taught me how to do it as a kid (she was a hippy in the 70's, and a beatnik before that). And while it looks pretty as a wall hanging, I started thinking that maybe it could have other applications as well. So I decided to make a macrame pillow and share it with all of you! Click through to check out the tutorial.   

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How to Make a Dress from Scratch in 15 Minutes!

by Faith Provencher

Today I'm going to teach you how to make a dress that's stylish and convertible, in just fifteen minutes. Really. It requires only four seams, and looks deceptively simple before you put it on; the success of the dress lies in the way you wrap the ribbon around your body. This project is easy enough for almost anyone to do - all you need to know is how to sew in a straight line.  

How to make a dress from scratch - sewing tutorial

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5 Quick Costumes You Can Put Together Using Cat Ears

by M.E. Gray

5 Last Minute Costumes You Can Make Using Cat Ears

There are a handful of Halloween costumes are never going to go out of style. Year after year they make their appearances: witches, ghosts, Disney princesses, cats... Chances are if you've celebrated Halloween, you have some old props and costume pieces lying around. We're recycling the old and making something new with these five last minute costumes for cat lovers. Dig your old cat ears out from the bottom of your dresser drawer, and let's...

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DIY Sushi Halloween Costume For Your Dog

DIY Sushi Halloween Costume For Your Dog
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Halloween is right around the corner, which means that it's time to start thinking about costumes. And if you're like me, you probably like to subject your pets to ridiculous costumes too. And a sushi roll certainly fits that description. But it's seriously the cutest thing ever. Click through to check out my puggle modeling his new costume, and find out how to make your own version!     

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10 Sophisticated Leather DIYs For Fall

10 Sophisticated Leather DIYs For Fall
Photo: The Merry Thought

Leather is one of those materials that seems intimidating... but once you start working with it, you'll realize that it's not. I promise. So in honor of this sophisticated material, today I'm sharing ten of my favorite leather DIYs for your home. (And if you're not into using the real stuff, you can substitute vegan leather for any of these pieces!).   

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How to Turn a Placemat into a Clutch

by Holly Wade

How to Turn a Placemat into a Clutch

Sometimes when I scan the aisles of Target, things catch my eye that I don't have an actual use for...like placemats. I use placemats for just about anything other than their intended purpose. (I am millennial after all, and we probably killed placemats like we did everything else, ha!) In this case, I turned a placemat into a clutch by adding a zipper and a tassel zipper pull. Even the beginner sewist should be able to conquer this project in less than 30 minutes.

 Many placemats you buy may have a back lining (as mine did), and it's up to you whether or not to remove it or keep it. Personally, I removed it because of how thick it made the fabric, and it was an extra layer to worry about. Don't have a placemat? That's OK too! You can follow this general tutorial for regular cut fabric as well. This is a great beginner tutorial because you don't necessarily have to follow traditional sewing rules to create this style of clutch - forget things like turning the fabric inside out to create clean seams. 

Materials:

  • Fabric placemat
  • Matching zipper, about 9 inches
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Embroidery floss (optional)

Step

Remove tags from placemat. Cut down to desired size if needed so that the width of the clutch is approximately the same as the zipper. If desired, remove lining in the process. 

For example, I cut the placemat to about 10 in x 15 in, so it was about 10 x 7.5 once sewn.

Step

Fold in half (with right sides facing out) and position the zipper in the middle of the placemat, where the two ends meet. Pin the zipper along one side, positioned in the middle of the fabric. For the cleanest look, fold the edge of fabric before pinning to the zipper if the placemat does not have a finished edge. 

Step

Sew as you remove the pins, securing the zipper in place. Back stitch at each end and trim loose threads. 

Step

Pin the other side of the zipper to the other side of the fabric, folding a seam the same way as the other side. Open the zipper and remove the extension plate of your sewing machine so that you can sew only one side of the clutch (see above photo). Sew along the zipper as you remove the pins to secure the zipper in place. Back stitch at each end and trim loose threads. 

Step

Zip up the zipper. Sew a thin seam up each side of the clutch, squaring over to meet the zipper if needed to sew up all sides of the clutch. Back stitch at each end and trim loose threads. Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect!

Step

This step is optional. If you wish to create a tassel for the zipper pull, wrap the string around a small piece of cardboard until thick. Tie another piece of string around the top, threading under the string. Cut bottom to create tassel and remove from cardboard. Tie a string around the mid-top of the tassel and trim strings so they appear even. Lastly, tie the loose top securely to the zipper pull and trim excess string. 

Now your placemat clutch is ready to fill up! You can customize this tutorial however you see fit and add even more embellishments to make a clutch that is completely unique. I bet no one will believe your new clutch is actually made from a placemat! 

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Simple, Minimal Felt Placemats You Can DIY

by M.E. Gray

DIY These: Simple Felt Placemats

Around the middle of September every year, my interest in food (and eating said food) spikes by like 110%. I start saving new recipes on my phone, researching different restaurants, and expanding my shopping horizons at the grocery store. I imagine it relates to some ancient hardwiring in my body as winter approaches - at least that's what I'm tell myself as I'm stuffing my face. I'm already thinking about the hot meals I'm going to be preparing in the cold of winter, and wanted some simple felt placemats to pair those meals with.       

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Make This: Hanging Fabric Planter

by M.E. Gray

DIY hanging fabric planter to organize your indoor greenery

I was recently reading an article on how millennials are especially attracted to houseplants as it gives them something to care for since they can't really afford to care for anything else (the article is here if you're interested). As a millennial, you can count me in as slightly offended but also totally in agreement. My home is slowly being filled with all things leafy and green - I just can't help myself. With all these plants comes the need for somewhere to put them, so let's take to the walls with this DIY hanging fabric planter.         

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Make an Embroidered Scarf for Fall

by Holly Wade

Make an Embroidered Scarf for Fall

I can feel the fall weather approaching, which means it's almost time for scarves, blankets and all things pumpkin spiced! Rather than buying new clothing I don't need this season, I've been looking for ways to revamp the clothes I already have to make them feel like new. I've had a light green scarf for years, and it turned out to be the perfect piece for making this DIY embroidered scarf with a hand-drawn wind pattern along the edges. 

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You Know You Want to Cuddle Up in This DIY Flannel Throw

by M.E. Gray

DIY Flannel Throw | Cozy up!

Ahh, autumn. You make me want to light bonfires in my backyard, start drinking cocoa on the daily, and cozy up in anything warm and snuggly. This fall I'm exploring my reignited love of flannel (I'm actually wearing a flannel shirt right now as I write this), and with these local Minnesota temperatures ever on the decline, a DIY flannel throw was in order. I just love blankets - you can never have too many, which makes them a wonderful gift. This one was simple to make too, and ever so comfy.     

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Roundup: 10 Butterfly Chair Covers You Can DIY

by Lexy Ward

DIY chair covers are a great way to personalize your furniture. Here are some ideas of improving butterfly chairs with homemade covers: 

DIY chair covers 10 Butterfly Chairs That You Can DIY

I recently lucked into purchasing an old butterfly chair for $20. Twenty dollars! I'm currently in the middle of making it over and was scouring the web for inspiration and found a plethora of gorgeous chairs to buy or DIY! I'm going to attempt the latter. Check out the roundup of diy chair covers for your own inspiration below! 

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How to Make Authentic Oilcloth

by M.E. Gray

Learn how to make oilcloth fabric

Why do they call it oil cloth? What is currently being sold in stores as oilcloth is actually made from cotton fabric covered with a petroleum-based coating. However, genuine oilcloth (the real thing grandma had on her kitchen table) is made from cotton, canvas, or linen fabric coated in linseed oil. The fabric can be dyed or printed before the linseed treatment, and the oil gives it a water-resistant surface. Genuine oilcloth (also known as oilskin) is biodegradable in a landfill. The "real" oilcloth sold in stores today is made from PVC or polyvinyl chloride, and as such does not break down in a landfill.       

 

Here's how to make oilcloth, the old-fashioned way: 

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How to Make Authentic Oilcloth

by M.E. Gray

Learn how to make oilcloth fabric

Why do they call it oil cloth? What is currently being sold in stores as oilcloth is actually made from cotton fabric covered with a petroleum-based coating. However, genuine oilcloth (the real thing grandma had on her kitchen table) is made from cotton, canvas, or linen fabric coated in linseed oil. The fabric can be dyed or printed before the linseed treatment, and the oil gives it a water-resistant surface. Genuine oilcloth (also known as oilskin) is biodegradable in a landfill. The "real" oilcloth sold in stores today is made from PVC or polyvinyl chloride, and as such does not break down in a landfill.       

 

Here's how to make oilcloth, the old-fashioned way: 

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How to Easily Personalize Any Pillow with Your Own Design

by Holly Wade

How to Easily Personalize Any Pillow with Your Own Design

I'm a pillow hoarder, so it's probably no surprise that I always have extra pillow covers in the house. I swap out my pillows every time I get sick of something, and because purchasing new pillows all the time is an expensive hobby, I've found a surefire way to personalize any pillow with my own designs using inexpensive IKEA pillow covers! The secret: sticker paper and paint. 

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How to Easily Personalize Any Pillow with Your Own Design

by Holly Wade

How to Easily Personalize Any Pillow with Your Own Design

I'm a pillow hoarder, so it's probably no surprise that I always have extra pillow covers in the house. I swap out my pillows every time I get sick of something, and because purchasing new pillows all the time is an expensive hobby, I've found a surefire way to personalize any pillow with my own designs using inexpensive IKEA pillow covers! The secret: sticker paper and paint. 

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Round Up: 6 Ways to Cover Ugly Ceiling Light Fixtures

by DIY Maven

ceiling light covers that are easy to DIY

We've all seen our fair share of ugly ceiling light fixtures. We've also see our fair share of DIY ceiling light fixture cover ups. Here are six of our favorites ceiling light covers, all of which can be adapted to various styles so they serve as much as how-to's as inspiration for our own creations. Enjoy!


Maegan's Eame's inspired light fixture cover
Photo: Love Maegan

Maegan used a hanging wire planter to make this delightful Eames-inspired ceiling light cover up. Visit...

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