How to Enhance What You Have in a Guest Bedroom Makeover

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How to Enhance What You Have in a Guest Bedroom Makeover

We've all had white rooms where furniture was dumped and that was that. One day you look in and decide you can't stand it for one more minute. This guest room was in serious need of some TLC.

The homeowner wanted to keep the four poster bed and her grandfather's desk. Instead of limiting the options of the decorator, this seemed to have set up a nice roadmap for the trip. Take a look at how designer, Anne Turner Carroll turned this blank slate into an eye-popping cozy guest hideaway. 

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Brush Roll from Placemats and More Placemat Hacks

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Brush Roll from Placemats and More Placemat Hacks

A trip to World Market or Pier One and you can't help but get inspired by the gorgeous placemats they stock.  Cut and finished pieces made from vibrant fabrics, and oh, the many ways to use them! Over on Dollar Store Crafts I found this makeup brush roll made from a sequined placemat with straight stitching and grosgrain ribbon. See more ideas of things to make using placemats

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Five Easy Ways To Update Your Sofa

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Five Easy Ways To Update Your Sofa

The itch to switch things up is beginning to overwhelm me. The urge hits with the first fresh smell of Spring, the first crisp Fall day and the day after New Year's Day. With the back door open and a warm breeze blowing this morning,  I simply have to change the visual landscape of my living room. Today I'm looking at my trusty gray sofa. The fabric has worn

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DIY: H & M Home Collection

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 01/18/09

While H & M (Swedish apparel giant) is around every corner, their Home collection, going online next month, will only be available in Germany, Austria, Netherlands and the Nordic countries. It will offer comforters, sheets, pillows, towels and accessories to meet the demand of its customers. They'll  wait to see how the online and catalogue business does.  I'm hardly disappointed since

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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

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

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

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

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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Turn your button-up shirts into pillows!

by DIY Maven

Turn your button-up shirts into pillows!

Check out Martha's clever idea for repurposing button-up shirts into pillows. If the shirts have a pocket, it's suggested that you remove them with a seam ripper, but I think a pocket would be a great place to stash the clicker!

Supplies you'll need:

'One shirt with a button placket
Seam ripper (optional)
Measuring tape
Paper, for making pattern
Scissors
Roll cutter
Pillow [form]'

For the how-to run-down, head on over to Martha's place.

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Recycle your favorite T into a pillow!

by DIY Maven

Recycle your favorite T into a pillow!

I’ve heard of people making quilts out of their favorite old t-shirts, but I think I like Savy Seams's idea of turning them into pillows even better! And can you imagine cuddling with the worn fabric of an old friend? How comfy that would be! (This would also be a great way of re-using those T’s that we’ve ‘grown out of’ but can’t bear to give away.)

What you need:

a t-shirt
pillow form
a zipper
a needle for  knit fabric, sewing machine and iron
...

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Step-by-Step Upholstered Cushion for Everywhere in Your Home

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/02/08

Kitchen chairs, bar stools, porch furniture, patio furniture, window seats, sofas, chairs, floor pillows, dog beds, doll beds, cat beds, and that's all I can think of, this tutorial will show you step-by-step how to make your own boxed and corded cushions.

You can ditch the cord for a more modern look. 

Have at it this Spring with the beautiful large graphic print fabrics available for the interior and the new outdoor fabrics--to die for!

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Simple Steps to Make Welt Cord/Piping

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 04/02/08

Almost all pillows, cushions and upholstery is finished with fabric covered welt cord/piping.  Here is a simple tutorial for you to see how easy it is to make. 

what you need:

cord to cover

strips of fabric, cut on the bias, sewn together

sewing machine

what you do:

1. cut fabric on the bias (diagonally) into strips

I use 5/32" cording so I cut 1 3/4" strips of fabric.  I couldn't cut these strips on the bias because I didn't have enough...

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Pillow A-Glow-Glow

by DIY Maven

Pillow A-Glow-Glow

A perfect compliment to your glowing tomatoes is Generate’s ReiHuggable glowing pillow by designer Diana Lin. The pillow’s illumination comes from 12 LED lights tucked safely inside a fuzzy cover. The pillow will stay lit for up to 4 hours on a single charge of 2500 mah batteries. Although the 12.5" square pillow is a little spendy at $149, how fabulous would it be to curl up with one and your honey on movie night?

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