DIY Headboard

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I am so excited to share this project! I thought about doing my very own DIY Headboard in our Master Bedroom years ago but I wanted to wait until we moved. So, this summer I was ready to get after it. A few weeks ago I hung some craft paper up over my naked bed and let it sit for a week or so. I traced a shape I thought I would like and wanted to live with it  for a while. I never even took a picture of this stage but here is the sad, sad room before. Note the “filing cabinet nightstand”, 10 year old mismatched lamps and the “foot board shin deathtrap”…

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I made a few changes to the craft paper template, cut it out then handed it to my husband. The next step included talking my husband into building the frame and cutting the wood for me. He is a night owl so these things magically happened late at night after I was asleep. I actually woke up one morning to a finished headboard. Yes I’m very lucky, I know :) He used plywood for the main shape and used 2×4′s for the frame and the legs.

DIY Headboard

For the upholstery part I used 1″ Foam, 5 yards of quilt batting, an old sheet and 5 yards of upholstery fabric. First I had to adhere the foam to the headboard. I only put foam on the plywood part of the headboard, not the legs. I had to use two foam panels and spray adhesive directly on the plywood. IMG_6921

DIY Headboard

DIY Headboard

I waited about 30 minutes or so to make sure the spray adhesive was dry. Then I trimmed around the headboard.

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DIY Headboard

I did a little research before I started and I learned that many people suggested this next step. I was originally going to layer the foam then the batting then the upholstery fabric. But the tip I found over and over was to add muslin or another layer of fabric between to achieve “total smoothness”. I took it as a sign so I went with it. I’m really glad I did, I totally see what everyone was talking about. Fabric on fabric is easier to smooth out than fabric on batting. I used an old king sized sheet and put that on the floor first then I laid my batting down.

DIY Headboard

I used 5 yards of batting and cut it in half.

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Make sure the sheet is pretty flat (I didn’t iron it but I should have). Then I started the fun part… stapling! My main tip is on the first side just make sure to smooth it as you go but you don’t have to pull, then on the opposite sides you have to pull really tight. I started on one side then did the top, other side and bottom last. I didn’t trim the excess fabric until I was done because in a few spots I had to remove staples and redo them.

DIY Headboard

After I went all the way around, the corners had some puckering. This is when I took out a few staples and redid them. This is also why it’s important to add the extra fabric layer because the batting catches the fabric a little.

DIY Headboard

Tada. Layer one done. I didn’t add batting to the end of the legs because we screwed the legs into the bed frame.

DIY Headboard

Here it is from the back.

DIY Headboard

THIS. FABRIC. I could die! It’s my most favorite fabric in the universe. It’s so me, made up of my very favorite colors and it makes me so happy. I saw it long ago on a chair. Then months later I started seeing it on DIY projects.  I knew this was the fabric I wanted to stare at every night and every morning. It’s called Santa Maria Desert Flower by Waverly. They now sell it online and at Hobby Lobby. Ironically you can even get a headboard (in a very similar shape) in the same fabric from Land of Nod. Unfortunately my dream fabric is only 54″ wide so I was going to have to sew a couple of seams.

DIY Headboard

I thought about doing one seam right down the middle but I am not the best at matching patterns so I decided on two side seams. Honestly this was the hardest part of the project for me. I ironed my fabric then placed it right sides together. I kept checking for accuracy making sure the pattern lined up just right.  I had to redo one side  3 or 4 times but on the other side the heavens parted and it looked perfect!

DIY Headboard

Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower Fabric

Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower Fabric

I made this fabric long enough to fully cover the legs.

Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower Fabric

I used the same technique for stapling. For the corners I stapled one side to the edge, then the other side to the edge then just pulled the fabric up to form a point and pulled it down right in the middle of the two sides and stapled. Once again, we screwed the legs to the bed frame really late at night so I didn’t take any pictures.

DIY Headboard

I have to say this is by far one of my favorite DIY Projects! I love the way it turned out. Isn’t it great when you picture something in your head and it turns out even better than you imagined? How cool that I get to sleep here :)

DIY Headboard

DIY Headboard

I ordered this bedspread almost a year ago and have been patiently waiting to put it on my new pretty bed. I made a triangle quilt pillow too because it can’t go totally pillowless. I found these amazing lamps from JC Penny. I told my husband I feel so grown up having matching nightstands and lamps, it’s the little things right?

DIY Headboard

DIY Headboard

Here is the other side. I love this dresser, we just got it from Overstock. My mom made the tree and that’s my Barrel Chair Makeover. Down the road I would love to have this one wall covered floor to ceiling with pictures and art.

DIY Headboard

I didn’t take a before picture of the previous fan but imagine it white, gold and very very squeaky… much improved! We also want to tear the carpet out one day. DIY Headboard

DIY Headboard

There is it, my favorite piece. Do you have something you have made that you just adore like me?

Make a Fabric Flower Pot

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Back in 2011, one of the very first things I ever “pinned” was this. A fabric covered flower pot, which also led me to one of my favorite bloggers Ashley Ann Photography. I have thought about them for years but the main problem is that I am not a “plant person”. I am crafty and I am a mom yes, but I kill all plants. But I am trying to change that and I thought a cute pot would help.

I used my new Martha Decoupage because it’s waterproof and it’s my new obsession. I want to cover everything in it.

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I cut pieces of fabric and started wrapping them around the pot. I started with decoupage underneath. The terracotta really soaks it up so I had to add a thick layer. I just folded the fabric under on the bottom of the pot.

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I used 3 big sections of fabric and overlapped them so I didn’t have any folds.

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It dried pretty quickly and I attempted to pot my plant which is a funny story. I bought the plant a week before potting it and I left it in my hot, Houston garage in the middle of summer for a week. My mom came over and let me know I was suffocating it. I didn’t even know that was a thing. Wish me luck keeping it alive, it already has one strike against it.

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She lives in my craft room now, I have already remembered to water her :) Is anyone else not a green thumb at all?

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Also, (this is totally unrelated to flower pots) this month I was featured in an online publication, DIY Lifestyle Magazine! I am super excited! They are letting all of you guys have the issue for free :) If you have an iPad… Check out the September issue of the DIY Lifestyle Magazine. Many DIY projects were contributed by talented bloggers and my article was published in this month’s issue! For your free trial download the magazine here: http://bit.ly/T2rMXd then click on subscribe. Next, click current subscribers and enter in the promo code: septfree1 to get the current issue for free; and do it soon because the coupon is only valid until October 8, 2013. Enjoy!

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make a baby girl gift set

baby girl gift set

I am in that time of my life in which every month I know someone having a baby, and I love it! I know new moms need “registry gifts” but when I was pregnant I really remembered the people who got me something original and different. I also had two colic-y babies who went through about 15 burp cloths, bibs and onesies a day! So, that’s my go to handmade gift. Any combination of the 3 make the perfect baby gift set, you just can’t have too many! Save the cute outfits for when they are older am I right?

handmade burpcloths

Taylor Made Baby Gift Sets from the Vault 1/2/3/4/5/6

Being the spit up expert that I am – I became a burp cloth connoisseur (should I add that to my resume?). Hands down the BEST BURP CLOTHS ever are the Gerber Cloth Diapers. No, Gerber does not know I’m saying this, I wish they did, but I just love them that much! They are the perfect weight, size, texture… I could go on. But a white cloth diaper is kind of boring so I always have to make them pretty.

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I talked about how I make them in a previous post HERE. But it’s really simple! For these I just cut a piece of fabric a little larger than the middle section. I traced with a pencil on the wrong side of the fabric to measure the correct size. Then I used my serger and serged the edges, if you don’t have one you could just fold under to make a hem. Then I sewed them down. Easy.

handmade burpcloths

I paired these with a burp cloth. I use my own template because I like them a little longer than average.

handmade bib

I just free-handed the initial and used wonder under with a zig-zag stitch all the way around.

handmade bib

handmade burpcloths

Has anyone used this style of burp cloths? Trust me, if you give this at a shower, the mom will be calling you in a few months asking for more :)

The Frozen Fox

frozen fox

Hi Guys, yall are in for a real treat today! My friend Courtney from A Little Glass Box emailed me a few weeks ago and had the great idea to work together on a little Kids DIY project. We each made a fun craft and thought we would share both on both of our blogs. I instantly fell in love with Courtney’s blog a long time ago when she posted pictures of her home. She is such a talented decorator, photographer and has such an eye for design. Her home tours and Tween Girl Bedroom Makeover are some of my favorites! I know you will lover her and you can thank me for the hours and hours you spend checking out her blog :)

On to my kids crafts… The Frozen Fox. My boys love band aids, what kid doesn’t? I’ve seen these little mommy-made ice packs around blogland and thought it would be a great little surprise. Now, when someone gets hit (by their brother) they have a little something to take their mind off of it.

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All you need is the Frozen Fox Template, fabric, felt and a button. Click on this picture to enlarge,save and then print it off.

frozen fox template

Cut everything out.

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Place everything on the front of the fox face. Pin it and sew.

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For the ears: pin the inner white part on top of the larger fabric ear and sew. Then get the other large fabric ear and put right sides together. Sew around the two longest sides leaving the bottom open and flip.

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Sew a button to the face right where the white cheeks meet.

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With the white sides of the ears facing down, place the ears on the face lining up the edges.

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Then place the other side of the face right side down on top of the fox. Pin all the way around and leave the bottom open. IMG_6708

Sew around the fox. On the bottom, leave a 2″-3″ opening. Clip the corners and flip right side out.

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Pour rice in to the opening at the bottom. I tried both beans and rice… I like the rice better but the beans are a little heavier, and both will work. (husband’s man hands not mine haha)

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Hand sew the bottom up to close the fox :)

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TaDa! Now you have a very easy mom tool right in your freezer :)

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Go visit Courtney and check out her project…  Star Light Star Bright

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