Friday, December 30, 2011

DIY No Sew Drop Cloth Curtains

Hello Everybody!

I have been wanting new curtains for my living room and I finally decided to make some out of drop cloths. My sewing machine is not working right now, so I decided to use a glue gun instead. I bought 2 -6x9 foot drop cloths and 2 packs of grommets and got to work. Here is the result.

Sorry these are night photos. 

Here is a daytime picture.

Want to see some before pictures?

This is what it looked like before we moved in. Do you see the baseboards? Those were changed within the first month that we moved in, thanks to my dad.

This is what it looked like before my painted desk and chippy mirror projects.

After those projects were finished.

And again the current picture.

The woven blinds were a gift from my sweet AND cute boyfriend. He even put them up for me too!

So here is how I did it. I first washed dried and ironed the drop cloths. Okay mostly ironed, well, ironed the top anyway, midway down I was over it so I started measuring to cut my holes for the grommets. First I folded the top edge down about 7 inches and ironed to crease.

Then I measured out where I would place my grommets and then used the template that comes with it to mark my lines. I then cut out the hole in the top layer and used the 1st hole to trace a second hole on the 2nd layer. Then just snap in the grommets. It is pretty easy.

Then I hot glued the seams. That's it. Here are some close ups of the edges.

By the way I used the larger grommets vs the small ones. 
The size is 1 9/16".

I bought mine at Joann's. The were $12.99, but I used a 40% off coupon for each set so I paid $8.40 each. The drop cloths were $9.98 at Home Depot. So under $20 per panel. Not too bad. Have you seen the price of curtains? The few I have liked were about $40-$50 per panel! I am considering stenciling these, but I haven't decided on a pattern yet so I put them up until I decide.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Baby Elf Hat


I took a couple extra days off from work and I thought I would do some home projects. I have several that I should do, but I just didn't have the motivation to start any of them. They all will be 1-2 day projects and I am still in relax mode. I am never just sitting here though. I have been crocheting like a mad woman. I finished a second toddler hat with brim, a scarf for a co-worker and a baby elf hat that I have been wanting to do forever! I wanted to make them for my best friends twin boys when they were newborn, but they are already a year, so I am a little late for that. I had some leftover red yarn so I decided to give it a try just for the heck of it.


Isn't it cute? I found the free pattern at Oodles 4 Noodles. She did hers in peach and cream and it is adorable. She has several free patterns for little ones.

I hope you all aren't getting tired of my crochet projects. I promise to get back to home decorating DIY projects soon. I am also almost ready to start showing some before and afters of the house.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Pink Petals Baby Afghan

I have another crochet project that I have to say is one of my favorite baby gifts. I made this for the first time about 13 years ago when I was a beginner and it came out great back then. I used lilac and unfortunately I do not have a picture as it was given as a baby gift. I decided to make another to give to another special baby girl. I was not disappointed, it came out even better than I remembered.

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It is much prettier in person, I promise. This can be finished in less than a week. One day if you really wanted to devote a few hours to it. I have this pattern in a book but I found online for free so if you would like to try it go to All Free Crochet.  The one in their picture looks thicker because they used a more bulky yarn and I didn't follow their border exactly. That is the great thing about crochet, you can change the pattern when you feel more comfortable.

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Here is another quick crochet project I finished. I made this to give as a gift and it was so fast and easy. This project takes 1 skein of yarn and if you use a bulky yarn use a P hook.  Here it is.

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Here is another shot.

The best part was choosing the buttons. I never knew there was such a large variety of buttons out there! It was like choosing jewelry.

Here is another I did in red, using an N hook. You can tell the stitch is a little tighter. I also chained 60 instead of 50 to make up for the smaller stitch.
The buttons are kind of a shimmery beige. 

and one more.

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For the pattern I used go HERE.

I am off to do some last minute shopping!


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