My simple envelope closure pillow covers are a smaller project inside a much larger one...a deconstructed love seat or old fashion settee. Once I am finished with the deconstructed love seat (it obviously still needs work) I will put together DIY instructions on the entire project. I have already created the DIY for the Drawstring Seat Cushion Covers also under Decorating on a Dime Sewing Projects.
So why Envelope Closure Pillow Covers?:
1. No zippers. They are hard to sew in and often malfunction.
2. Easy to remove the cover and launder. (This is a must for anyone with kids and pets!)
3. You can swap out your pillow covers any time for a seasonal change or fresh look.
This project is easy and you can complete it in an afternoon. All you need is a sewing machine, ironing board and iron, pillow insert, fabric and tread.
Whoa! I bet these bright colors got your attention! I actually like teal but this wasn't the color I was desiring for the old settee's pilows. I could have shopped at Joann's Fabric or Hobby Lobby for pillow inserts. However, Lowe's Home Improvement had these outdoor furniture cushions and pillows on their end of summer clearance rack...and they fit perfectly!!! So now to cover these pillows!
(Again, you can find the DIY for the seat cushions covers under Decorating on a Dime Sewing Projects.)
Step by Step Instructions:
1. Calculate fabric needed. Measure and cut three pieces.
The amount of fabric you need depends on the pillow insert you have. For an 18 x 18 inch pillow insert you will have a finished pillow cover of about 17 x 17 inches. By creating a cover slightly smaller than the insert, the pillow will look full and not slouch. (The more cushy and fluffy the insert, the more true this will be. For fluffy inserts, your cover provides structure and shape.)
You will need three pieces of cut fabric for a envelope closure pillow:
1. The front piece
2. Two back pieces...either a top and bottom if square shaped or two sides if rectangle shaped.
The front piece you will want to be the measurements of the pillow insert. In this way, the final cover, with all the seams, will be slightly smaller than the insert as discussed above. So for an 18 x 18 inch insert cut the front piece 18 x 18 inches.
The two back pieces should be the same size.
For a square pillow: the width of the insert (in my example 18 inches) and the height (18 inches) divided in half, plus 5. (So for my example 18 x 14 inches.)
For a rectangle pillow: the height of the insert and the width divided in half, plus 3. So for a 12 x 22 inch rectangular insert, you will have two 12 x 14 inch pieces for the back of the pillow cover.
2. Pin and iron back panels.
Next, you will need to create hems on the two back panels. Each back panel will have one side hemmed. For a square pillow...pick a side, any side since they all measure the same. For a rectangular pillow, it will need to be one of the short ends. (So with my previous example for a rectangular pillow, one of the 12 inch sides.
Fold the desired end over 1/4 inch and pin (as pictured below). Iron to keep fold in place.
Fold over again (1/4 inch) and pin. Iron again to keep fold in place.
3. Sew hem of back panels.
4. Pin and sew the three parts together.
For a square pillow cover:
a. Lay out in front of you the front panel of the pillow cover with visible side facing up.
b. On top of this, lay down the top panel of the back with visible side facing down and hemmed side in the middle. Line up the edges to the top of the front panel.
c. Next, lay on top the bottom back panel with visible side facing down and hemmed side in the middle. Line up the edges to the bottom of the front panel.
d. Finally pin all the outside edges around the square together and sew a 1/4 inch seam.
For a rectangular pillow cover:
a. Lay out in front of you the front panel of the pillow cover with visible side facing up.
b. On top of this, lay down the left side panel of the back with visible side facing down and hemmed side in the middle. Line up the edges to the left side of the front panel.
c. Next, lay on top the right side back panel with visible side facing down and hemmed side in the middle. Line up the edges to the right side of the front panel.
d. Finally pin all the outside edges around the rectangle together and sew a 1/4 inch seam. (Pictured below.)
5. Zigzag stitch the raw edge.
6. Turn pillow cover right side out and place insert inside.
Enjoy your New Pillow!
Miss Maggie sure will!
My easy drawstring cushion covers are a smaller project inside a much larger one...a deconstructed love seat or old fashion settee. Once I am finished with the deconstructed love seat (it obviously still needs work) I will put together DIY instructions on the entire project.
For now, this is a simple solution for any seat cushion you wish to cover. As I write this, I have another love seat in the house I need to create covers for as my sweet Airedale Terrier has worn to threads the one in my living room in his scramble to guard the front door.
Do you have kids or pets like I do? Do you have an old upholstered piece that needs a face lift? Do you have a sewing machine to complete this easy project?
I have an attractive and practical solution for your needy cushions!
Wow! I bet these bright colors got your attention! I actually like teal but this wasn't the color I was looking for to replace the old settee's cushions. I could have shopped at Joann's Fabric or Hobby Lobby for replacements. However, Lowe's Home Improvement had these outdoor furniture cushions on their end of summer clearance rack...and they fit perfectly!!! So now to cover them!
(I will also create another small project DIY on how to make the pillow covers! But for now, the seat cushions!)
Step by Step Instructions:
1. Calculate fabric needed.
2. Select fabric and drawstring needed.
I used a sturdy cotton canvas cloth (like painter's cloth) for my project. This was my choice because of the neutral color, durability and cost. I think a thinner stretchy knit fabric might work better to fit over the cushions. However, this would definitely be more susceptible to rips and tears.
I chose a thick jute twine for my drawstring. Again, I was going for neutral, durable and low cost.
3. Cut the size of fabric you need to cover your seat cushion.
I have a rotary cutting mat, quilting ruler and rotary cutter. However, a yardstick, carpenter's square and scissors will do.
4. Zigzag stitch the raw edge of your fabric.
With your sewing machine, add a zigzag stitch to the raw edge of your cut fabric. This stitch will keep the edge of your fabric from fraying.
5. Pin a two inch hem on two opposing sides of your fabric. (Pictured above.)
If the fabric has a front and back side, make sure the front is facing down and you fold and pin the hem on the backside of your fabric.
6. Mark 5 inches in on each end and sew hem. (Marking 5 inches pictured above.)
Five inches from each pinned side is where your hem stitching will start and stop. The five inches at each end will remain un-hemmed for now. Don't forget to back stitch to secure your stitching.
7. Pin a 2 inch hem on two remaining sides of fabric.
8. Measure and mark at 3 inches from each end on the two opposing pinned sides from step #7 then sew hem. (Marking 3 inches in from each end of your 2 inch pinned sides pictured above.) Once you have marked 3 inches in, stitch the hem of the two remaining sides beginning and ending at the 3 inch marks. Don't forget to back stitch to secure your stitching. Once this step is completed you should have four un-hemmed corners to work on next.
9. Create, mark and pin a triangle at each un-hemmed corner. (Pictured above) I just use a regular pencil as I have found fabric pencils to be frustrating.
10. Sew a regular straight stitch close to your marked corner, cut the corner about 1/4 inch from your stitch and then zigzag along the raw edge to prevent fraying. (Pictured above.) Complete all four corners in this way.
And here is what your finished corners should look like! By making these corners and cutting away the excess fabric we have removed some of the bulk for a better fit.
11. Measure, cut and insert the drawstring into the pocket hem you have created. Measure the amount of drawstring you need by simply laying your seat cushion cover flat and placing the drawstring around the hemline allowing an extra foot of drawstring at each end. Then cut the drawstring this desired length.
I tied a good knot in each end of my drawstring. Then I threaded the drawstring using a large safety pin. (Pictured above.) The safety pin makes it much easier to thread your hem pocket and can be removed once you have the drawstring in place.
12. Lay your seat cushion in the center of the cover and pull the drawstring so the fabric conforms around the cushion. (Pictured above.) The drawstring will now seem excessive, but just tuck it out of site. Do not cut it shorter as you will need the entire length if the cover is removed.
Finished! Miss Maggie sure loves the new covers!
Sometimes DIY enthusiasts will paint you a PERFECT and EASY picture of what a project will be like.
Well, I'm NOT going to gloss over a home decor project (at least not this time). Truth is, stenciling our hall bath floor was difficult and ate away at all my home decor insecurities. I want to be honest with you. Hopefully, in doing so, a project like this will be easier for you!
With that said, I am glad I stenciled our hall bath floor! Just look at the picture above to see the end result!
However, here is an honest look at the situation:
The upstairs hall bath flooring was ugly and discolored. While I had a lovely black floral on white shower curtain, playful "Spinach White" Sherwin Williams paint on the walls and little black and white decorative knobs on the vanity, the floor was an eyesore. The aged beige hue could not be hidden by bath rugs. To boot, there were areas around the toilet and shower that held the tall tell signs of gray water damage from heavy use by children. All that said, the vinyl floor was intact and without any evidence of peeling back. Still, the discoloration was horrid and really needed something new.
I didn't zoom in to reveal the worst of it, but here she is:
We contacted Home Depot and received a quote on mid-range vinyl plank. A light wood tone would have done the trick to give the floor a new look! However, the cost (around $1000) was not in our budget.
I finally couldn't stand the way this room looked any longer! (Have you been there?!) So, I took matters into my own hands. I glanced over countless floor stenciling projects tackled by DIY enthusiasts who raved about how easy it was and how little time it took. So I rolled up my sleeves and began gathering my materials.
Truth is, the above picture was taken after the project was over. Gathering these supplies wasn't so easy! (But now that you know what I used, this will be so much easier for you!) Let me explain some of the obstacles I encountered:
You will need a Stencil Design
First, I selected a stencil design. I saw lots of beautiful stencil designs all over Instagram from Cutting Edge Stencil. Their website was well laid out and, with the assistance from their service rep, I picked out a design I was happy with (the Marlen Tile Stencil).
It's important to note that since my vinyl floor square pattern was not a perfect 6 inch, 8 inch, etc., I had to custom order my stencils. (Yes, you will need two! It makes the job go smoother.) Their service rep helped me know how to measure the squares to get the correct size. They were also upfront that they couldn't guarantee the preciseness of custom orders. (Warning noted but I proceeded anyway because, I figured, if something is slightly off you can't tell unless you get on your hands and knees to inspect my floor.)
I was very happy with the customer assistance and the quality product I received from Cutting Edge Stencils and I would recommend them to anyone. They also gave me instructions on the materials I would need and how to complete this project. Simple enough!
You will also need:
Adhesion Primer - I used Sherwin Williams Extreme Bond Primer
Black Base Coat Paint - I used Sherwin Williams Porch & Floor Enamel in Satin
White Stencil Paint - I used Sherwin Williams Porch & Floor Enamel in Satin
Water-based Polyurethane - I used Varathane Water Based Ultimate Polyurethane in Crystal Clear Satin
Along with two 3/8 inch nap paint rollers, a paint tray, painter's tape, a 1/2 inch stencil brush and a 4 inch good quality paint brush.
Now starts the beginning of all my problems. I could not find the brand of Adhesion Primer recommended by Cutting Edge Stencil. I cannot remember what brand it was now but I looked high and low. It simply wasn't available in my area. I could order online, but who wants to pay shipping on a gallon of paint!
So I headed to my favorite local paint store...Sherwin Williams. I love them because they are friendly and, with my coupons, I get fantastic paint for a good price. They are normally very helpful. So it really confused me and, as I said earlier, completely tapped in to all my DIY insecurities when they told me my stencil project would not work! They said the paint would peel! They told me the polyurethane would turn yellow and "pop off"!
At this point, I had to make a choice. I could believe the reliable experts at Sherwin Williams, abandon my dreams and settle for a dingy floor or I could imagine that very floor being transformed into a beautiful black and white stencil bliss. Of course I chose the latter!
I did listen to those kind Sherwin Williams folks a little bit and purchased their Porch & Floor Enamel Paint in Tricorn Black for the base color and also Porch & Floor Enamel Paint tinted to match my white trim for the stenciling. They said the Porch & Floor Enamel would last longer with traffic and water. However, Cutting Edge Stencil says that you can use whatever kind of paint you want for base coat and stencil paints.
Then I had to get out of Sherwin Williams because, at this point, they were looking at me like I was a crazy pink and purple spotted lady from Mars who wanted to ruin her floors by painting them. I saved the polyurethane purchase for later since it is the last step.
On a clean floor use a paint roller and apply two coats of Adhesion Primer.
(I always put painter's tape around and then pull it off the entire surface of my rollers before painting as this pulls away any lint.) Allow for dry time between coats per paint can instructions. Below you can see the results of my two coats.
Using a roller, apply two coats of your base color. In my case, this was the truest black tint that Sherwin Williams has available...Tricorn Black. (Allow for dry time between coats per paint can instructions.)
Now for the fun part...Stenciling! Beginning in one corner, use a small amount of painter's tape to hold your first stencil down. (Start in the corner farthest from the door and easiest to get to.) You don't have to tape down every edge, just enough tape to keep the stencil from sliding around.
Load a stencil brush with your stencil paint color. Dab the paint loaded stencil brush several times on a paper plate or napkin. This assures your brush is not too full of paint. A brush that is too full will cause leakage under the stencil. I use a stencil brush and not a stencil roller. Rollers may get the job done faster but stencil brushes offer more control and less errors. You may be surprised at how fast paint dries when stenciling.
Stencil by bouncing the tip of the brush lightly on the floor exposed through the design openings. Do not over apply paint. The stencil paint should not look heavy but light and dusty close up. I stenciled every other vinyl flooring "square" and then went back and stenciled the in between squares once the paint had a few minutes to dry. Hopefully you purchased that extra stencil. You can alternate your two stencils or use one for flat squares and the other to bend around corners and obstacles like toilets.
If you make a mistake, NO WORRIES, just paint over it with your base coat, dry and begin again. Remember, if you can't see from 5 feet up what you consider a mistake, it will not be noticeable. Honestly, between all my insecurities with my paint purchase, dry time between coats and trying to make the stencils perfect, this project took me way too long! It took two whole weeks with the kid's bathroom tied up in a painting project! Ugh!
With a great quality large paint brush, apply three thin coats of Water Based Polyurethane. (Allow for dry time between coats per can instructions.) I couldn't go back to Sherwin Williams but found the polyurethane recommended by Cutting Edge Stencil, Varathane Water Based Ultimate Polyurethane in Crystal Clear Satin, at Home Depot. The quality of brush does matter here because you don't want any streaks or ridges created by a cheap brush. I love Purdy brand. Do not apply the coats too thick or you could have the same problem. This product will go on milky but is clear when it dries.
Here is the finished floor! It's been months since I completed this project and it's holding up just fine to teenage bathroom abuse. It looks the same now as the day I finished this DIY project. The total cost was around $150. My girls think it's beautiful! My husband knows I saved us a bunch of money. And, after two weeks, my teenage son sure was glad to have the bathroom back!
I definitely would do it again even with the challenges along the way!
I LOVE the chalkboard craze and really wanted one for my kitchen. So I began the search. However, at every store (in my budget), I could not find the right size and type of chalkboard that would look just right in my kitchen. I hunted but to no avail. Then it hit me, "It's time to stop the search and figure out how to make one". This, of course, is the eureka of every DIY enthusiast!
I abandoned the chalkboard section of Hobby Lobby and found myself in the ready made frame section. And there, low and behold, I immediately spotted the perfect frame in the perfect size. (If you shop certain stores frequently, you soon realize you can wait for the next sale or use a 40% off coupon to get a bargain. So that is exactly what I did.) With the perfect frame in hand, I gathered all my supplies.
Materials Needed for your Chalkboard:
Creating your Chalkboard:
Conditioning your Chalkboard:
Wait! Sorry but you will need to wait 3 days for the paint to cure before writing on it. After 3 days, it's time to Condition your Chalkboard.
Conditioning is accomplished by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk over the entire surface of your chalkboard and then erasing. This creates a chalk dust layer on the chalkboard surface allowing for greater ease in erasing later. (Do not wipe with a damp cloth until after day seven of painting the glass.)
Repeat the conditioning step after each cleaning.
Writing on your Chalkboard:
Whether you wanted to create a artistic chalk masterpiece or just make your grocery list, there are 3 types of writing utensils for chalkboards:
Pros: Least expensive option. Easiest to clean.
Cons: Does not create as crisp or heavy designs. Chunky size and hard to use.
Chalk Pencils (my favorite!)
Pros: Creates delicate, more detailed designs. Good for more exact outlines that can be filled in. Easy to use and clean.
Cons: Not as useful for thick lines.
Pros: Creates beautiful, crisp and vibrant lines. Easy to use.
Cons: Difficult to remove.
Cleaning your Chalkboard:
For traditional chalk and chalk pencil, a damp cloth or a wet wipe are sufficient. However, as I stated previously, Chalk Marker is difficult to clean and often leaves a shadow of your previous design.
I've tried several products but the best results I've found to remove Chalk Marker are Distilled White Vinegar and a Magic Cleaner. The combination of these plus a little elbow grease will remove the shadow. Be advised that this may also take a slight amount of the finish with it but your chalkboard will be ready for a new design.
Gather & Wreath Chalk Drawing
It not as hard as it looks! I drew the wreath entirely with a chalk pencil and used a combination of chalk pencil and traditional chalk on the word "GATHER".
I'll show you how!
I began with a 2.5 quart Pyrex lid but any circular object will do the trick. With the lid, I created a circle in the top portion of my board. (Never mind the chalk markers you see in the picture above. Honestly, I should probably hide those from myself!)
Next, with the chalk pencil draw wavy circles all around and over the original neat and exact circle. It doesn't have to be perfect or exact.
Next, create leaves pointing outward and inward but all pointing in the same general direction. Notice it is not exact and has a whimsical look.
Next, draw a line down the middle of every leaf. Then make v-shaped leaf veins with the tip of each "v" intersecting with the middle line you have drawn. Again, this is not exact and will have a whimsical look.
Now to draw the word "GATHER". Use a chalk pencil and write the word below the wreath. Then go back over the word with the chalk pencil and create an outline of where you would like thicker lines. If you make a mistake, use a damp q-tip to erase what you consider a mistake.
Next, fill in the outlined areas of the letters with traditional chalk. And finally, go around the entire word with your chalk pencil so the letters look crisp. You may want to check the wreath to see if you feel like it needs some extra leaves before you put your supplies away.
Good job! You and I are not professional artists but a whimsical wreath and hand lettering are not supposed to be exact...just pretty darn cute!
You admire that piece of furniture every time you are at your relative's house. And then the day finally comes. Their need to downsize equals welcoming a family treasure into your home.
I've found myself in this spot several times. Once I receive an old furniture friend into my home, it's often in need of some TLC. And that's exactly what I gave the beautiful hand-carved antique cupboard above...TLC with Restor-A-Finish. (No, I am not being paid by this company. The product simply works so I want to tell everyone about it.)
It's often hard to know what to do with old furniture that has a tired, worn and scratched finish. There are usually three options.:
1. Refinish. This requires hours of work, sweat (sometimes blood) and a well ventilated work space that can be tied up until you finish the project.
2. Paint. This is a popular choice right now. However, I don't think it's always best in the long run. Once the painting fade ends...then what? (Have you ever tried to remove paint from furniture? It's very difficult. I have an antique trunk that still has faint green deep down in wood grooves even after hours of stripping and sanding. It can never be returned to it's original glory.) I reserve painting to pieces that are not antiques. And if they are, they are so damaged that only paint can hide the damage and make them look lovely again.
3. Restor-A-Finish. This is a far less time consuming option. It works well if most of the finish is still in tact but lacks it's original luster, has light scratches or other areas of surface damage. To put it best and per the back of the product packaging, "unique finish-penetrating formula restores the original color and luster to wood finishes while blending out minor scratches and blemishes" and "permanently eliminates white heat rings, watermarks, scratches, color fade, oxidation, smoke damage...restores finish in one step - without removing any of the existing finish".
Restor-A-Finish is exactly what my new-to-me cupboard needed, especially since it was so large, having two parts, with the bottom significantly more worn than the top. Besides, I really only had one afternoon to get it done.
Here are some pictures of the worse wear:
You can see the top section of the cupboard in the background of the second image of BEFORE pictures. Like I said, it wasn't too bad and just needed a little attention. However, the top and front of the bottom section were in awful shape. It was time to get to work!
How to use Restor-A-Finish:
Even though the top section of the cupboard was in significantly better shape than the bottom section, the top was still dull and had numerous scuffs. I used Restor-A-Finish on both sections so the final results would be uniform. Below are some more pictures of how I transformed my worn and scratched cupboard with Restor-A-Finish.
My beautiful, hand carved, antique cupboard went from worn out to a treasured family heirloom in a matter of two hours or less! We will enjoy it for years to come!