Saturday, November 29, 2014

How to Make Custom Fabric Picture Frame Mattes

I got these frames 5-6 years ago at Michaels. And they've been hanging on the guest room walls since we've moved in. Well now that the guest room is Jakey's big boy room I had to take the frames down. But I LOVE these frames and didn't want to get rid of them. And then I noticed the frames look like they belong in a tree house type room. I asked Jakey his thoughts and he was excited to pick out pictures and hang the frames. But in order to make the frames more Jakey's style and less my style I figured I would add some custom frame mattes.  

We went to Joann's Fabric store and Jakey picked out three different super hero fabrics he wanted to use.  First I laid the fabric pattern side down. 
Then I put the matte front side down on the fabric and lined up Spiderman's face as best I could, so that when I cut and wrapped the matte you see Spiderman's face as much as possible instead of his foot. Make sure you have about an inch on each side of the matte, you can always cut the excess of later. 

Then I made a diagonal cut at each corner.  

Then I glued down the top and bottom pieces with hot glue, followed by either side. 

After all the sides are glues, you can flip over the matte and this is what you'll see. It looks just like a square of fabric. Don't worry if the corners aren't perfect, you won't see them from inside the frame.

Next, take your scissors and poke a hole right in the center of the fabric, in the middle of the matte. And from the center cut diagonally to each corner. With all four cuts made it'll look like a "X" with four triangles. 

Flip the matte over again. and glue the first corner. I usually start with the top and bottom, followed by the sides. 

This is what the matte will look like after all sides have been glued. 

Next, cut off the excess pieces of fabric. And this is what the back of the matte will look like when you're all finished. 

Here is the front of the matte. If this is your first time you might want to get a little extra fabric because it's easy to over-cut and mess up on the inside corners, but once you do this once, you'll get it. And if you should happen to mess up it's okay to tear it off and start over again! 

Next, add pictures of your choosing and hang on the wall!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

DIY Envelope Super Hero Pillows

I've had these three pillows sitting in a storage closet under the stairs for a while. When we decided to build Jakey's bed, I wanted to add a bunch of pillows for him to cuddle with. Jakey loved this idea. We went to the fabric store and Jakey picked out three different superhero fabrics that he liked and wanted to use. Let me also preface this tutorial by saying that I do not have the best sewing skills, but practice when I can because practice makes perfect!
Each pillow is 18X18 inches. I bought a yard of each fabric, but that's because I had a second project in mind for these fabrics as well, which will be posted next week. But start by cutting the fabric to size; about an inch extra on the long sides and the short side should be double the height of the pillow plus two extra inches.

Start by sewing the seam on the two short sides. Typically, I see in every sewing book and tutorial that the seam should be about half an inch, but I'm just more comfortable with an inch, again my sewing skills are still at the very beginner level. Next, fold the pillow with the pattern side of the fabric facing the pillow. 

Pin the line where the fabric meets and slide the pillow out as slowly as you can so as not to disturb the pins. 

Next, sew the two open sides. 

Flip the pillow case inside out and add the pillow. And you're done!

Now just put them on the bed and enjoy!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

My Messy House and Updates about my Lack of Posts Lately

I've been missing for a good part of two months now and I want to tell you why. I'm pregnant!!! Yay!!! Fourteen weeks pregnant. So I pretty much spent the entire month of September sick and sleeping on my couch. I am due in May and we are ecstatic!
Also, in October I started school again. I have been in a doctoral program for a year now and this particular school year, October through June, is my make it or break it year. So most of my free time has been taken up by school work or sleep.
But I do have about four or five completed projects that I haven't yet posted. I do have the posts written and the process picks are ready. But I haven't taken finished pictures yet because between pregnancy, school work, holidays, and other miscellaneous projects my house is a bit of a cluttered mess!
So instead of a project tutorial I thought I would give you a tour of my cluttered/messy house. Also, let me say we have been keeping up with cleaning toilets, dishes, vacuuming, etc. but other than that not much has been put away! 
As you walk into our house, the office is one of the first rooms you see. Notice the two foot Spiderman piñata, he's not usually there, but he's been freeloading for a couple of weeks until Jakey's birthday at the end of the month. Also, there's some toys dragged in here. And some random stuff from our closet under the stairs. This stuff will be in here until next week when my best friend and I have one of our annual garage sales.  


Next, we have our living room which actually isn't too bad. The coffee table is covered with toys and there's a bunch of random Christmas décor from the closet under the stairs. The mantle was bare because I took down the Halloween décor last weekend, cleaned out that closet and just put whatever Christmas décor I had out. I didn't feel like putting the regular, non-holiday décor back out only to switch it out again in twenty days (I blame that on the pregnancy). 

This is our upstairs hallway. I'm working on a project in here, so that explains the paint, tools, and lack of décor on the shelf of the linen closet. 

This is the view at the end of my hallway. This was Jakey's room, but as of two weeks ago Jakey moved into his new big boy room and this will now be the baby's room. In the interim this is storage for more garage sale items and various other projects. I didn't want to photograph the whole room, because I have projects hiding in there that will hopefully appear on the blog within the next month or so. I make no promises at this time. 

And here is Jakey's new big boy room. Yes, that is the lower half of an awesome tree house bed. And yes that is one of the tutorials that I have already written, but have so far failed to take finished photos of. But can you blame me with this mess!!! Actually, Jakey cleaned his room last night so I guess I don't have much of an excuse now. I have about five projects to share with you from his big boy room, so keep coming back because those will get posted before the end of the year!!! Hopefully, by verbalizing that goal I can hold myself accountable!

I also wanted to show you a spot you've never seen before in my house, my back patio. You've never seen it because it's an unfinished space. Slowly year by year I add to the patio, but not enough to consider it even close to done. Those pretty striped pillows are the newest addition to my patio space. I got them at World Market this past 4th of July and was able to score them at 50% off. But I still need to cover the furniture, put the cushions and outdoor rug away, and prepare for the rain that the weatherman claims California will get this year. 

So there you have it, now you know I'm pregnant, getting a doctoral degree, and you've seen my house at it's worst! Well, maybe not at it's worst, but still pretty cluttered, especially for a neat freak such as myself. I'll keep plugging away at this clutter and hopefully soon I'll be back with lots of tutorials and awesome posts for you!