How To: Make Double Welt Cord

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To: Make Double Welt Cord

What is double welt cord, you ask? It's the nifty side-by-side cord covered with fabric and attached to cover the cut edge of fabric and staples. Furniture often has wood trim where the upholstery comes right up on a lip of wood and is stapled in place. The staples and cut fabric edge need to be covered.

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A Curbly Girl's DiY Holiday Wish List

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created on: 12/12/08
Aside from my family, my favorite things in life are my camera, my sewing machines, and my beloved power tools.  If there's ever a doubt about what to buy a DIY Girl, at least one of these tools should keep her happy and busy for a couple of days.

These are just the tools I have right now. I'm not promoting any specific brand.

First up, Portable drill.  You can't say enough about a good, heavy duty portable drill, lots of drill bits and an extra battery.

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Recycle Carpet Samples

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created on: 12/10/08

It's time for me to take a break from Christmas decor.  When I think about the fresh, new year, I get giddy about cleaning, clearing, and being creative with inexpensive materials.  Lucky for me, Readymade has provided three ideas from Jen Trolio for reusing carpet samples.  Lowe's,  Home Depot and some supersize stores always seem to have an abundance of carpet samples available right after New Year's Day.  With a utility knife, a straight edge and duct tape, boring carpet samples can be transformed into a dandy floor runner, a tactile headboard and a wacky flower vase.  To get a jump on things I'm making lists.....

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Project Runway Inspired: Wraparound Swirly Tie Skirt

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created on: 12/07/08

The Indianapolis Art Center had their annual Student Show with awards on Friday night.  You may remember seeing a creative fourteen year old boy in a post I did last summer. He won the Most  Creative Award for the Youth and Teen division, as well as the Art Center's Staff Favorite Award

A Project Runway tie skirt inspired him but he chose to run the ties diagonally to get the maximum swirl fromt he bias cut ties. (Can you believe he knew...

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Upcycle: Discarded Restaurant Chair Reupholstery

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created on: 11/29/08

  If you can find a set of sturdy restaurant chair frames, with or without torn vinyl, negotiate a price and load'em up.  A local furniture consignment shop had these four stackable sturdy chairs in the corner of the basement.  I stripped off the black vinyl from the seats and the upholstered panels that make up the front and back of the seat backs.  To discover how to convert restaurant rubbish to kitchen table darlings....

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Using Goodwill Materials in Your Handmade Holiday Gifts

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created on: 11/09/08

created on: 11/09/08

There are no hard and fast rules on re-gifting Goodwill treasures or merely using "gently used" materials as building blocks for your handmade, made with love, tremendously creative holiday gifts. Most people aren't tickled to have your  oodwill bargain passed along to them, however, if you've commited to giving HANDMADE this season AND you are the one hand making the gifts, where you buy your materials is up to you. You can save more than a...

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How To: Make Recycled Inside Out Pillows

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 11/06/08
 

My Recycled Inside Out Throw Pillow ensemble are handily made out of shirts, jackets or skirts that either button up the front or have a long zipper closure.  The beauty of this is that there's no need to handstitch a pillow closed or insert a zipper or add buttons or buttonholes.  Look for modern patterns and stylish color combinations while shopping for "vintage" and I mean CHEAP used apparel that you can easily transform.  

The only...

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How To: Pillow Form Workshop

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created on: 11/06/08

Making the perfect pillow form is like buying the right bra; it determines if your handmade, custom pillow looks professional and smooth or wrinkly and tacky.  The right measurements and the even distribution of filling are the hallmarks of fabulous throw pillows.  Pillow forms can be cut out of almost any fabric.  Keep the fabric plain and preferably a light color.  Inexpensive muslin always works well.

Your pillow form should be made in the...

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How To: Make Perfect Cardboard Pillow Patterns

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created on: 11/06/08

If you're planning on whipping up some custom throw pillows it can be such a time saver to make cardboard pillow forms in varying shapes and sizes. I have an entire set of these under my work table so I don't have to re-measure each time. For the sake of the reader's eyes, I covered a large piece of cardboard with green paper so you don't have to look at brown cardboard.

In order to make the perfect knife edge pillow, there are a few tips. If...

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Curbly Recession Busters: How To Spruce Up Your Own Digs For The Holidays

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created on: 10/29/08

created on: 10/29/08

  It's the time of year you turn a critical eye to the interior to see what needs to be spruced up.  Preparing for a packed house on Thanksgiving is a sure fire motivator to plow through a To Do list in record time.

This year you may want to rethink the outlay of money to get the house looking top notch.  You can save loads of dough by doing most  jobs yourself.  If, for some unknown reason, you don't really know how to do some of these...

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Help Me Learn How To Demo and Re-Tile

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 10/16/08

It's time to eliminate my handpainted tiles from the backsplash.  I've never taken down tiles from a vertical surface and we've only put down floor tiles.  Is it possible to get these off without much wall damage and if there is repair, how hard is it?  I am craving some white subway tiles, new paint, new art, reupholstered chairs and THEN I'LL BE HAPPY!!!  If there are any really good tutorials out there for backsplashes, send them my way. ...

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A Knotty Pine Memory

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created on: 09/20/08

The sewing studio is finally finished.  I've posted photos of different angles of the room.  This room  measures 12' x 20'.  I brought the rocker in for two of the sewing moms who have newborns. On the other side of the table on the left is a room where the heavy duty work gets done like painting, upholstering, photographing projects and light construction.  There is one more room to the right of the rocking chair which has more fabric...

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Pocket Guide to Wallpaper Removal

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 09/19/08

Stripping wallpaper is one of the worst home improvement projects I've ever undertaken.  During each room, I swore I would never hang wallpaper again, but......

 "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in." Michael Corleone, Godfather III

I daydream about sitting in my favorite chair, journaling (a verb?) about my goals and dreams, in front of a vibrant retro-inspired oversized graphic wallpapered wall.  No, no, no!! I won't do it. 

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How To: Attach Your Comforter to Your Duvet

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 09/13/08

If you battle the comforter scrunch night after night, help is here. This is a quick and permanent solution to keep your comforter evenly distributed inside your beautiful duvet.  Everyone will be warm and toasty and happy. 

What you need:

8 pieces of 10" pieces of non-satin ribbon or twill tape (shoestring with ends cut off)

seam ripper

pins

sewing machine

What you do:

1. Turn duvet inside out 

2.  Fold ends of ribbon or tape over...

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