Tag Archives: diy

DIY: Hexnut bracelet

22 May

Want to make your own macrame hexnut bracelet?  Pop on over to minieco to find out how… you know you want to.


DIY Coat Rack

8 May

Ever since I saw this on Pinterest

I have been obsessed with it.  So, in light of my spring resolutions, I got off my rear and did it.  Since our door is a lot closer to this side wall than the inspiration photo, we opted for a shallower hook.  Don’t worry, they still work.


One piece of 6×1 pre-primed mdf, 5 coat hooks, and several screws later we had our very own.  I was more concerned about the function and hitting studs than the actual placement of the hooks, which ended up not working out so well.  Our stud finder notoriously doesn’t find studs.  I swear I made sure on multiple spots on the wall that it was registering a stud, but when I drilled into it it didn’t seem like one was there.  Note to self: don’t rely on studs, (several) good dry wall anchors are all you need.  As a result of attempting to hit a stud, the hooks are not centered on the board.  Not a big deal, but still…


I would suggest pre-drilling the mdf at the location of each hook with a countersink drill bit.  Then, hold the board up to the wall, making sure it is level, and mark the drilled spots.  Install wall anchors where you have made your marks. Put the board back up, aligning the holes you made with the anchors and screw it in.

I made a template for the hooks with a sheet of paper.  Top of paper = top of board, dots for the screw holes, and a center line.  Sadly, I didn’t take a picture of this.  I taped the template up and pre-drilled the holes for the hooks before painting (but after the board was attached to the wall).  Caulk around the edges, paint, then put up the hooks once it’s dry!

Caulk tip: press the tip of the caulk gun into the groove as you move along the seam you are filling.  You will hardly need to do any smoothing if you push as you go.  Just moving the caulk gun along like it’s icing (not pushing into the wall) does not work as well.   Trust me.

Scientific sewing

25 Apr

How would you like a periodic table of sewing elements?


Go grab it at the Scientific Seamstress

DIY: Dress form

18 Apr

Don’t you think having a dress form would be cool?  I’m often tempted to buy one, just so I can pretend to be on Project Runway, complete with catty remarks and beautiful clothes.  Then I realize I’m probably going to be too lazy to actually use it and it would end up being a waste of space and money.  Then I thought about doing a duct tape dress form, but some reviews indicate that the tape eventually either unravels or looses its shape.  Plus, you sort of distort your body making it anyway, so it’s not highly accurate.  So the thought of spending all that time on something I would end up throwing away was not appealing, but there is an alternative: a Papier-Mâché dress form!

Well, if you’re more motivated than me, that is.

There are even directions to make a stand

Pretty cool, right?

How to Reupholster a Chair

4 Apr

I decided I needed to recover my dining room chairs because some of them had sustained a little sun damage and were unraveling at the corners.

The chair before:



The chair after:


Now, wasn’t that quick and painless?  Oh my little fabric elves are amazing.  But seriously, the process took a lot longer than that.  And when I say a lot I mean a lot.

Step 1: Browse for and buy fabric

This involved scouting out internet sales and hemming and hawing over the fabric for way to long, asking my husbands opinion, and then saying screw it I’m buying it anyway.  Fabric.com was having a big sale on upholstery fabric, especially fabric they weren’t going to be stocking any more like this Robert Allen damask.  I fell in love with the photo online and after some internal debate and an email sent to my husband I ordered some.  I ordered 4 yards of it, which turned out to be waaaay too much.  I could have gotten away with ordering 2 yards, since this is 60″ wide fabric.

Step 2: Wait for said fabric to arrive

I can’t remember how long this step took, maybe 3 days?

Step 3: Fawning over fabric and trying to come up with a Plan

Since this is a damask, each side is the complete opposite of the other (so where you see brown on one side you see white on the other),  so this fabric has a darker side and a lighter side.  I spent a week or two deciding which side I liked the best.  At first I liked the lighter side best and dutifully covered one cushion before standing back and deciding I didn’t like it.  I’m a woman.  I’m allowed to change my mind, right? So then I had to rip it all out and start again.  Sigh.

Step 4: Actually cover the cushions

It probably took me about 45 minutes to do each chair.  So I guess, in theory this would have taken me 3 hours to cover all 4 dining room chairs.  I, however, only had the energy to cover one chair a night, with several nights in there thrown in for procrastination’s sake.  So yeah, this step probably took me a week to.

Here’s what I did:

First, remove all the screws that hold the cushion to the chair frame.


I had 4 of them.  These screws were a little difficult to get out because they were so tight in there, but I muscled my way through.

Then lift the chair cushion off of the frame.


It helps to have an inquisitive puppy to do the heavy lifting for you.

Then, center your cushion over a square of fabric (I made sure before hand that the square would indeed cover the cushion and cut out all four squares at once).


You can see that this is the “lighter” side, which I deemed the “back” after much debate.

Next you should staple the front and the back down, being sure to stretch it tight.  I used 1/4″ staples for the sides and 1/2″ staples for the corners (which I had to run out and buy because I originally only had 1/4″ staples, and they weren’t long enough to go through the folds you have to make at corners).  Add another day to process.



woo.. staples

Do the same thing to the sides and add a staple near each of the corners.  Sorry this picture is a little fuzzy.  I thought it was clear when I took it, and I’m not undoing my hard work to take another one.


Then you’ll want to take the excess fabric by the corners, fold it, and stretch it over the corner trying to make it as flat as possible



And then once you’re happy with it, staple it down.


Then I cut off the excess with pinking shears to prevent fraying.


And there you have it, a newly recovered dining room chair.


And here it is on the chair, again.


So unlike those other blogs that will tell you it will only take you 3 hours to cover your chairs.  I’m here to tell you the truth.

Time to cover dining room chairs: 18 days-25 days

I lost count.

Yep.  Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking it’s just going to take 3 hours.  They’re liars.

Trend: Collars

2 Mar
Fall 2012 Trend: Collars


Bold or embellished it seems like collars will be “in” this fall.

DIY your own, instructions found here

Happy Mardi Gras

21 Feb

In celebration of Mardi Gras, why not make a mask?

Martha Stewart has several cool DIY masks you can try. There is this unicorn mask made from leather

Or you can spread your wings and make a bird mask

Either way, you’ll be ready to party the night away.