The other day I had a short conversation with the clerk at the cutting desk (fabrics). I asked her if she thought the color of fabric I was holding was a popular color with Tweens (my four are grown adults now). She gave me an odd look, paused, then said, "I wasn't aware people sewed for kids anymore." The only response I had was to tell her I still sewed for my family and my grandchildren love it. Ah but my memory reminds me I stopped sewing for their parents when they reached the Tweens with the exception of mending and a few odds and ends here and there.
Why did I share this with you? It's a large challenge to make gifts for Teens and Tweens they will appreciate and keep. What they like today may be out tomorrow and, after awhile, gifts become all about the brand. It is with hope the gift ideas in this post bring you inspiration for making handmade gifts of love with your brand for your Teen or Tween.
Ticket Stub Bank
This sweet idea was presented by my Niece. She loves movies and has kept many of her ticket stubs with no place to display them. To make this stub bank she placed a printed "Admit One" on paper in the background of the shadow box, and got a little help with cutting the opening in the top of the box to drop the tickets in. If you don't have a way to cut the top of the shadow box, perhaps a small 2" cut in the back of the box near the top? Either way, it's a grand idea and one I believe every movie buff would appreciate! The shadow box can be found at most thrift shops in their frame sections, or a new one for as little as $10.00.
Most of you know about t-shirt quilts, right? These quilts can be as elegant or down to earth as you think the recipient would like. This is the gift that says you know them! Find old shirts and jeans from thrift shops with thier favorite artists, movies, topics, and colors. From there, it's a simple matter of cutting out the pieces you want (Pictured: I cut random sizes from concert T-Shirts and sewed with old jeans). You really don't need much more than a straight stitch on your sewing machine and back it with fleece or an old blanket. There are dozens of ways to make these quilts; search for your preferred style online or make up your own method and share with us! The cost of making this can be anywhere from $0-$25.00; it depends on what you want to make the quilt with.
| |Gaming/Floor PillowsThe floor is the limit when it comes to making gaming, body and throw pillows for your Teens/Tweens. Personally, if I could still manage floor time, this Flying Carpet (above) would be in my living room! It's foam wedges covered with wool. How would you make your flying carpet? Other gaming and floor pillows:
- Game controllers
| |The Power of a Doodle
Didn't you want to write on that wall as a kid? And if not the wall, your notebooks, scraps of paper, everything it seemed was covered in doodles. Give them a permanent place to express their creativity, ideas and doodles with chalkboard paint. If you can't paint an entire or partial wall try using chalkboard paint with these application ideas:
- Wood letter cutouts
- Desk Tops
- Mirror or Picture Frames (No Glass)
- Cork Board Size Wood to Hang
- Closet Door (if you rent, use plywood over the door)
- Composition Notebooks
The cost? $7.00 for 8 oz. at Oriental Trading Co., to Rustoleum 1 Qt. for $47.00. Do a little shopping around; the results will be well worth your time and money.
Under Cover - Journal Covers
Remember the brown paper sack book covers? This journal cover idea is similar in the way it is sewn to cover a composition notebook. Handsewing will work just fine for this project while you create several amazing designs for your young Tween or Teen. The cost? Less than $5.00 using scrap items and a new composition notebook.Click HERE for step by step instructions from sew grown Next, take your covered journal a step further with making a "Coupon Book" in the form of a covered journal. Below are a few ideas for coupons your recipient will be happy to collect on. Cost? A little patience, understanding and time from you.
- No chores for a day
- Extra hour of gaming
- Play a board game of their choice with you
- Brunch date with you
A final few ideas of frugal gifts to make your Teen/Tween are wrist bracelets
(leather, beads, etc.), hooded sweatshirts, cases for their cell phones and iPods/iPads, and fun winter hats and slippers.What have you made for your Teens/Tweens that was a success?
While you day dream of what you will make for your Teen/Tween holiday gifts, remember: I wish you success and inspiration today and always!Sher
Here we are with the third in the series of frugal gifting and I think one of my favorite in the series. Let's get right into the ideas, links, patterns and how-to's for Gifts for the Eclectic Person!
Browsing for an image (not the clock) I found this awesome clock
on Zazzle.com (Zazzy - Zazzle...is there a connection?). If your only slightly into the craft world and the tools it offers, this gift is a sure winner for the person on your list who has almost everything. There are so many ways to make this fun clock using upcycled materials. For a quick how - to in putting a clock together, READ MORE HERE.
Chalk Board Paint is one of the best ideas put in a can. Found in spray or brush on, this wonder can be used for:
* Coffee Mugs
* Clock Faces
* Memo Boards & More
The cost is minimal - less than $4.00 for spray and about $7 for the brush on. Chalk Board Paint can turn any upcycled item into a new, useful and welcome gift item this season!
can be decorative, useful and make a thoughtful gift. These are made from bottle tops, but you can make them from #6 plastic
, buttons, old watch parts; you decide! How-to make these terrific cap magnets, go HERE to RECYCLART
We can not forget Dr. Who (Tom Baker) with his stylish 12' scarf
! Make this outstanding and warming scarf a gift for that special person on your list that shares your passion for Sci-Fi. Download Dr. Who scarf pattern HERE
| |Other frugal scarves to make
A practical, simple and easy to make gift for the person who just about everything! A phone wedge
to hold their cell phone at work, home or away in a hotel. There are two versions of this pattern: crochet or sewn. Download HERE
I'm a fan of the messenger bag
as a gift. This bag is so versatile! Make it from wool blankets, sweaters, denim...just about every durable fabric common in most homes. Take it a step up and add a monogram of their initials to the front.How - To Machine Monogram:
- Make sure fabric is pre-shrunk/washed.
- Hand write your lettering on right side of fabric.
- Using a straight stitch setting and smaller stitches (no presser foot), slowly run your machine and guide the fabric/hoop under the needle. Follow your writing slowly and allow the feed dog and needle to do their job.
- This may take a few times before you have the feel of how to monogram with your machine.
| |Below are a few more frugal gift suggestions:
- Make a Bucket/Fishing Hat and add a few pins from memorable places;
- Game Pillows showing their favorite characters or heroes;
- Favorite vintage movies with a bowl and bags of popcorn.
these are not gifts for you, so it's not important that you would have any of these in your home or work place. The important part is, did you put sincere thought into who this person is and what their relationship means to you? Get those answers right and you'll be on track for making just the right gift for your ecclectic family member or friend. With that in mind, I wish you all the success, joy and inspiration this time of year brings. Sher
Who doesn't love a gift from the kitchen? Food is universal when it comes to celebrations and gatherings and it possesses another terrific advantage: If your living quarters do not offer a kitchen, most of the gifts presented here can easily be made in a small space with no cooking required. Read on for ideas in handmade frugal gifts for any occasion!
*Click pic for post of how to make homemade Vanilla Extract
No Cooking Required
If you are creative with scrapbooking or any type of paper art, pull together favorite recipes and place into a book. Add a dash of love with photos of friends, family members or events that lead to the recipe. Be expressive in your recipe book, after all, you are the author!
Gather ideas for your cookbooks from Pinterest like this one from mrsherb.com
Do you keep herbs in your kitchen or window year round? Why not snip a bunch, tie them with jute or other soft twine and present with seeds for the herbs. A suggestion is to adorn a simple jar from your recyclables and tag. Perhaps you want to give a gift that keeps giving? Use mason jars to plant herbs in, tag and gift. Click the picture (left) for a link on free printable bottle labels - or make them into tags with how to use the herb or spice.
I've always found gifts in a jar so practical, useful and appreciated. I've received several of these delicious gifts, usually with a catchy little poem and recipe with directions attached. Making gifts in a jar is one of those gifts you can sit at your kitchen table with a great cup of tea or coffee, good company and craft away! Speaking of tea and coffee - why not give homemade tea bags or coffee beans in a jazzed up jar? It's a good way to use those recyled jars you've been saving! Click the picture (left) for the link to 48 Gifts in a Jar from Tip Junky.
*Keep in mind food allergies or sensitivities when planning/making your gifts*
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If you are uncertain of giving food as a gift, try some of these non-edible gifts
listed. A little cooking is required of a few, but it can be done in a microwave.
Click the pic (left) for wonderful DIY Bath and Body Products or the relaxing gifts below:
- Foot Soak/Bath: Honey Oatmeal Scrub/Soap (click for PDF)
- Cranberry Aroma Candle (click for PDF)
- Bath Fizzies
1 c. baking soda 20 drops Essential Oil (your choice)
1 c. citric acid 2 drops food coloring (your choice)
1 T. Almond Oil Dried Herbs or Flowers (optional)
In large bowl sift together soda and citric acid. Add almond oil, essential oil, food coloring and herbs (opt). Mix well. Spoon mix into molds (muffin pans or shaped cake molds). Bake at 425° 4-6 minutes. Cool. Carefully tip out of mold and place in decorative jar.
Edibles are always a hit as a gift. Homemade breads, cookies, pies and cakes are sure bets; however, if you are uncertain (allergies) perhaps the ingredients for a special recipe, along with a handmade pair of oven mitts will work best.
There are dozens, thousands, of websites with delicious recipes for edible and non-edible gifts from your kitchen - whether you have a formal kitchen or not. When deciding on what to make keep in mind allergies, food sensitivities, or skin sensitivities to herbs and oils. If you are uncertain, casually ask the person or engage them in conversation about favorite foods.
The point is not to be cheap with the gifts, but frugal. Use jars you have washed for recycling and the ribbons, tags and other decorations from your handy stash baskets. Food should be given with thoughts of health, love and inspiration.
With that being said, I'll close and wish you success and inspiration today and always,
I'll lend a helping hand with your costumes & accessories!
| |Fairy Princess
What little girl (or big girl!) doesn't dream of being a fairy princess?
You don't need to be an expert at sewing to pull this together. Tulle gathered at the top and stitched to elastic for the skirt; the wings can be made from sheer fabric (old curtains found at a thrift shop) and wire. Speaking of thrift shops, most carry tule and other wedding accessories that turn into lovely princess costumes! A final note, here is a link to make some very pretty wings from paper plates
. It's not a green idea, but definitely something the kids can help with!
This is just cute, quirky and comfortable! A weather balloon - how fun is this? If you look closely, it's easy to make:
- Cardboard box covered in burlap (it doesn't need to be burlap; try other mediums on hand)
- The "balloon" is actually a large ball (found at most dollar stores) on a dowel. No dowel handy? Look hard around your yard, apartment or garage - something will come to you!
- A pair of toy binoculars, clipboard and thermometer.
- An oversized white shirt (or blue) works great for lab coats!
- The "sky" is the limit on the creative meter for this costume!
DIY homemade rollercoaster costume. photo by krossbow on Flickr
| |Kitchen Witch
Admit it - you cook up some fantastic and spellbinding food in your kitchen! Show your talents with this cute, quirky and comfortable costume.It's McCall's Pattern M6623
but here's how you can DIY:
- Apron trimmed at the waist with tulle (or a bit of lace?)
- Arm cuffs - make from fingerless gloves, sweaters, sweatshirts, etc.
- Hat decorated with flowers (this is definitely a find at the local thrift shop)
- Black shirt and tights or leggings.
- Boots or shoes - your choice
| |Roller Coaster
I have to go with quirky and comfortable on this one! What you'll need are things you probably have around your home already:
- Cardboard box
- Dowel & Tennis Ball
- Duct Tape
- Extra pants, shoes
- A filler for pants (stuff them with other t-shirts, socks, etc.)
- A very large smile!
This idea stopped me dead with laughter! You know you've had this message before: Error 404. File Not Found.
Try this for comfortable and quirky! I'm not seeing a whole lot of needs to make this costume; just a great sense of IT humor :)
This is definitely creepy, quirky, comical and creative! The how-to for this is found at Makezine
. All it takes is a fitted ball cap, non-silicone caulking, red paint and the usual messy art making supplies.
What will you be for Halloween this year? Share your pictures and ideas with us, or your inspirational know-how!
No matter what cute, quirky or comfortable costume you wear this year, I wish you success and inspiration with the Halloween fun!
Play With Plarn,
June 2012, featured making and using Plarn. If you are unfamiliar with Plarn (Plastic Yarn) it's simply yarn made cut into strips and crocheted or woven together and used like yarn. While there are many reasons to use Plarn, there are just as many reasons to make good use of the plastic containers we send to the landfill daily.
Did you know between 20-25% of the plastics consumed in the United States lands in the dump? Only a small percentage is biodegradable leaving 11.3 million tons of containers and packaging in the landfills. Alright, I know...you hear alot about reuse and recycle, but it's shocking to know since 1960 we have increased the amount of plastics in our landfills ten fold.
What does all this have to do with Day Dreams? It's about sharing and using ideas, then extending thier use outside of our comfort zone. How do you feel when you have reused a container instead tossing in the trash? It's a good feeling knowing it was the right thing to do and there is always the bonus of the money saved by reusing and repurposing items. Good Feelings + Money Saved = ?? (Fill in your answer)
25 Ways to Use Plastic Containers
*click pictures to get to how-to make...
1. Spindle from DVD Container for thread (spool) holder or a terrarium;
2. Trash cans – Home, car, office;
3. Display stands for craft shows;
4. Plant stands;
5. Plant containers;
6. Grass Seed Shakers;
7. Toys - Make into a drum, or noise maker;
8. Craft Uses – Mix paints, fabric glues, hold brushes, etc.
9. Fabric or paper covered baskets;
11. Scoops for ice melt, dog food, live stock feed, etc.;
13. Fill with cookies and/or treats then decorate for a gift;
14. Bird feeders;
15. Travel bowls for pets;
16. Boning for sewing (cut apart);
17. Left Over containers;
18. Camping! All kinds of things to use for camping…
19. Butt can (fill w/sand or water and keep butts off ground);
20. Yarn Bowl;
21. Mixer for garden sprays or lawn equipment;
22. Store seed pods and bulbs for next spring;
23. Handy car wash buckets;
24. Use to help with dog bath;
25. Cover plants during starter time and for frost in fall.
Scraps dipped in glue cover this ice cream bucket for a small waste can.
Of course, there are more than 25 uses for plastic containers but I didn't want to go on and on. What uses have you come up with for containers that are not shared here? Post a picture, link or tell us about yours!
Until next time, I wish you all success and inspiration in all you do today and always,
Here I am with yet another easy to do, but potentially failed project.
When I saw this picture on Pinterest it struck me this would be the perfect gift for anyone to make
and give. Right? No. First all the good things about this project.
Click pic for PDF and Pattern - FREE
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"See how the cute birds above sit upright so nicely? No, they don't. Not unless you attach them together and to the wire somehow. "
"I had to laugh at myself when the bird flopped over upside down. It looked sort of dead; similar to what we would see in old Looney Tunes cartoons."
Now, the down side.
- You need a large sized jar, wide enough to fit 2 birds.
- The jar has to be clear and free of any seams or marks (Mason jars do NOT work).
- Using wire (as shown above) is difficult as you have to poke it through the lid of the jar. The only other option is to poke it through the fabric on top. Not pretty.
- See how the cute birds above sit upright so nicely? No, they don't. Not unless you attach them together and to the wire somehow.
- Have you tried to cut a dowel that small?
- The wire does not swing - perhaps that's how they stay upright on the dowel?
- The above is not a kid friendly project.
While I was making the pattern and putting it all together, I knew it was not an extreme fail, but it did prove to me once more what you see in pictures is not always what you get. I had to laugh at myself when the bird flopped over upside down. It looked sort of dead; similar to what we would see in old Looney Tunes cartoons.
It will be fantastic to see your Tweety Birds and what you come up with! Please, feel free to share or send me photos and I'll get them posted. I wish you much success and inspiration with this project/craft. It's one that definitely inspires the imagination!
More than 160 years ago, Denim changed America's apparel and has since become an essential part of our wardrobes. Today, denim is widely accepted as reasonable and appropriate attire for the office, church and other public places, but not without exception. "In good repair" is the accepted way of wearing jeans to work or other gatherings where business casual is called for.
"In good repair" could be subjective; however, most of us know what it actually means - your best pair. The time comes around when your favorite pair will be in need of a new zipper or patching. Today, we'll cover extreme repairs to jeans: the zipper and some serious patching. Don't let replacing the zipper overwhelm you. They go in the same as they come out and with a little patience, your favorite jeans will have a new zipper instead of safety pins holding them closed.
| |Zipper RepairsLet's go through the basic steps in replacing a zipper. Keep the following in mind before you start:
- Use the right size and type of zipper.
- Match the thread!
- Pay attention to the zipper application as you remove the old zipper.
- Have the right equipment for heavy sewing.
Step 2. Finish removing the zipper, making sure to remove all loose threads.
Step 3. Separate the fly extension from the area. This includes assuring the bottom of the fly extension is loosened from the bottom where it attaches to the front crotch seam.
Step 1. Using a seam ripper, begin at the waist band and remove the stitching just above the zipper end and about 1" on both sides. I usually start on the right side and work my way to the left. This is not just preference but more the direction of construction. Pay attention to the fly extension (behind the zipper on the right).
Remove the zipper carefully, assuring to separate the fly extension as well.
Step 4. Carefully line the zipper back in place on both sides of the fly. Make sure the zipper tops are lined exactly even (measure to assure accuracy). Pin in place on both sides. * Assure the zipper is placed accurately between the front fly and fly extension. If not and it's sewn in, the fly will not stay closed.
Step 5. Using contrasting thread, hand baste the zipper in place just outside the seam line. * This step is important as it holds the zipper in place while you manuever the jeans through your sewing machine. Sewing over pins is dangerous (they break the needle) and can cost you in repairs if the broken needle jams inside the bobbin case.
Step 6. Using your zipper foot and your free arm on the sewing machine, start on the left side of the fly and carefully stitch close to the edge of the front fly. * Usually you can follow the stitch line from the other zipper. It is much easier to sew the zipper in place when it is unzipped. Remove all basting after zipper is in place.
Be sure to backstitch when you reach the bottom of the zipper before you sew back to the top of the other side. You will be topstitching when the zipper is in place; however, it's a good idea to backstitch now.
| |Step 7.
Using thread to match the topstitching on the jeans, top stitch the waist band and down the front fly extension where the old stitching was.
- The zipper should close evenly, not catch on fabric and zip smooth.
- Top tabs should be sewn into the waistband on the inside.
- Topstitching should match prior stitching.
Let's do a quick review on patching jeans - extreme patching. There are several ways to patch jeans and I would suppose, there is no wrong way. Jeans can be a form of expression (as is all our apparel). An example would be holding them together with safety pins or colorful duct tape. Some people prefer their jeans to have the "pre-shredded" look. For this post however, I'll share with you the basics of repairing those extreme holes and shreds.
First, decide how you want to repair your jeans. Do you want decorative patches such as Steam Punk, colorful, decorative, or statements? Or would you prefer durable patches for work jeans? Some prefer durable and decorative. When you have decided this, you will know what patching materials to use.
On with patching. Clean up the area to be patched by trimming any frayed or thinned fabric. This may mean cutting the area a little larger or into the shape you want if using a decorative patch. Some like to do fun shapes likes hearts, faces or other shapes.
After you have cleaned the frays from the area, depending on the type of patching you are doing, place the fabric inside or outside the area. Baste in place (Remember, pins are not friendly to sewing machines!)
Once they are basted into place, you can slide them over the free arm on your machine and using a heavy duty needle, stitch your patch in place.
Stitching the patch in place can be decorative and durable as in the examples below. A zig zag stitch is commonly used on the edges of the original frayed area. This stitch prevents the fabric from fraying further when washed as well as holds the new patch firmly in place.
Before I leave you with your stack of jeans to patch, a few words of advice:
Wishing you success and inspiration in all you do today and tomorrow,Sher
- Iron on patches DO NOT WORK. They work for a limited time - very limited. You will be disappointed and waste your money for using iron on patches. They're stiff, come off easily when washed and overall only a quick fix.
- A rip in the crotch can be repaired and done with class.
- If your uncertain about a design to make for your patches, try searching online for a wide variety of ideas from lace to faux leather.
- Pin the patch in place before you baste.
- Use old scraps of fabric from favorite shirts or other items to make your patches.
- Patching your jeans is subjective. It's all up to you and what YOU want to express!
Birds fly right into this window frequently.
The picture and post read simple enough, "DIY Simple Kitchen Treatments - Small Shade."
It's quite pretty and I like the idea of how easy and inexpensive it would be to make. It should work for a larger window, right?
Not so much.
For smaller windows, yes, it's a great project. I don't consider this project (as posted by BHG) a "fail" but to use it for larger windows, it doesn't work. I still needed to cover a window. NEEDED? Yes, needed. There are hundreds of birds living on and around our property and the window pictured below reflects, almost mirrors, the landscape it faces. Birds have frequently flown into the window, stunning several and others are lucky enough to fly away. It happens with enough frequency that I considered window clings of some sort, but I don't like those.
- It would have been too floppy to look nice.
- It would have needed a sitff interfacing or heavier fabric. Wrong look.
- This was becoming more work than was intended.
- It would be more expensive than I wanted.
- There would have been seam in the middle horizontally or diagonally since the window is much wider than a 60" piece of fabric would cover.
I had not hung curtains to cover the entire window because it brings in so much light and the view is beautiful.
While browsing online I came across a picture of doilies hung in a window as a curtain. They had obviously been stiffened in order to hang without flopping. If I was going to go this route, I may as well make and hang sun catchers. I didn't want to do that either.
After more consideration on this project, I decided I would do a combination of sheers and doilies. Over the weekend, I sat and worked up 9 doilies, tea stained some and left the others in their natural color. I knew I would need the fabric for the sheers and got lucky to find it on sale for $1.00 a yard! Okay, we may be onto something here. Umm, no again. The colums below are a comparison of the two different options to do the curtain project. The cost is why I consider the cost of the project to be a DIY fail. Granted, I had all items on hand except the fabric. Had I not found that on sale, this project would not have happened. Sometimes we learn the hard way.
Picture window from inside.
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(Left) The finished project that I decided on. Handmade doilies sewn to sheers. (Above) The view from outside shows the doilies and hopefully keeps the birds from flying into the window, harming themselves. There is still a strong amount of reflection but perhaps the objects in the middle breaking it up will help. We'll see - it was just hung last night.
Handmade Curtains/Doilies $157.03
Crochet Yarn/Thread: 2 balls @ $3.50 + Tax 7.49
Sheer Fabric: 5 yds @$6.99 yd ($1.00 yd on sale) 37.39
Thread: $2.89 2.89
French Cafe Rod & Hardware: $18.00 (minimum) 19.26
Time: 9 hours @ $10.00 hr (minimum) 90.00
Store Bought Curtains/Doilies $72.11
Sheer Curtains: 9.96
French Cafe Rod & Hardware: 19.26
Time: 3 hours @ 10.00 hr 30.00
Can this project be done for less?Technically, I made the curtains for less than $10.00 as I had the materials on hand, found dirt cheap fabric and I don't pay myself for my time.
Keeping the same idea in mind, would you have been able to purchase the materials and make this for less than what I was able to? I'd be thrilled to hear your feedback on the cost and/or method. Maybe you would use upcycled materials?
Until we chat again, I wish you success and inspiration in all you do today and always,
We love them. No matter how much they have torn up, chewed up, dug up, or stained - we love them as unconditionally as they love us. Chances are if your beloved dog or cat has been with you for sometime, you have some terrific stories of the brutal thrashing it gave to your home. My husband and I have those same stories, including a $2,000.00 vet bill (long paid off) caused by LuLu eating an oversized crocheted hat (wall decor), shredded two cell phones and a TV remote chewed into unrecognizable pieces (I figured from the pieces of numbers and the fact there was no remote what she had done).
How do you repair these items? Forget the electronics, they have to be replaced; however, there are some quick and long term fixes for the once high dollar chair, couch and carpet.
So, no more burying your head in the sand! Read on for tips and tricks for those extreme repairs!
The first obvious answer to most furniture repairs or "upgrades" is to cover. Blankets, couch covers and even decorator fabric have all been steady standbyes for wear spots or places where paws have worn fabric thin. Repairs to the fabric before a cover is tossed on are important to save the furniture from increased damage before proper reupholstering.
Tears in the fabric (not leather or vinyl) can be hand sewn closed; however, there are those areas *pictured right* where your beloved pet has repeatedly dug their nails into the fabric when jumping up to the couch, or racing off the couch when Mommy and Daddy come home! This is a little trickier and requires some ingenuity. A few things to try:
- There are always good sized pieces of the fabric stapled in the frame (the excess that was not cut). You may be able to salvage a piece(s) large enough to make a patch for this area. Using quality button thread (matching in color if possible) hand sew the patch in place. If your sewing skills do not provide you the confidence the repair will stay, try double sided fusible bond and iron the patch in place.
- If you cannot patch the fabric with the same material there is a second creative way with a flair to try; a patchwork cover or apply patches randomly to your damaged furniture. While this method is interesting and can add a lot of pop of color to a room, it is not for those with weak motivation.
Image from Apartment Therapy http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/shared-space-patchwork-sofa-by-53984
In the case of the shredded couch cushion (and fabric along with it), there are a few options.
- Salvage what you can of the foam pieces to be glued back to the larger cushion;
- Restuff the repaired (sewn) cushion with the foam pieces and a little extra. (Your local hardware or building store should have foam padding or stuffing on hand);
- Use a circular needle to hand sew the fabric where it is possible, patching elsewhere.
- A cover will be needed until you can reupholster the couch. I would stick with the covers; you can change designs for new looks!
is different ball park. Here are a couple of useful sources online for this task: http://www.diyleathersolutions.com/petdamage.htmlhttp://homeguides.sfgate.com/mend-leather-couch-20509.html
Need to remove ink
from your leather couch or chair? "...try removing ink from your leather couch with the following methods, at your own risk.
It's important to clean up the ink stain as quickly as possible. The longer stains have to set in, the harder they are to get out.
- Wipe up the ink with a dry paper towel, trying not to spread the stain. Use a small amount of moisturizing soap and water to clean what doesn't come off with the dry paper towel.
- Apply a commercial grade leather care product to the spot. Choose one that is made for removing ink stains. This is the safest way to go when you have expensive leather furniture. Then apply leather cleaner on the stain. Follow up with some leather protector to restore the leather's finish.
- Dip a q-tip or cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and rub it over the spot. Dry the area with a blow dryer so the alcohol evaporates before eating away at more of the leather. Only try this if you don't have access to leather care products.
- Saturate the stained area with hairspray. Immediately wipe up the hairspray, and then apply a small amount of moisturizing soap and water. As with the alcohol, this should only be done if you don't have access to leather care products. " ~ How Stuff Works
| |Extreme StainsUrine has to be the worst stain and odor I have ever come across trying to rid a home of. I am currently working to rid two entire rooms of the foul odor, caused by bacteria from urine in a carpet that was not cleaned properly. Some can afford to replace the carpets or pay for expensive cleaning. We cannot. So, I am left with the task of extreme cleaning, by hand and with surprising little cost.
To the left is the method I used to clean one room so far with terrific results!You may notice a slight vinegar scent, however it does not linger.
I have also found Hydrogen Peroxide 3% solution to be an excellent stain cleaner. It cleans blood, oil, and most dye stains. Check out this LINK for the How-To on this wonder cleaner!
Vinegar is a natural all purpose cleaner, used for years in homes. Read HERE for the How-To.
Urine Odor & Stain Remover
Vinegar (2 oz.)
Dawn Liquid Dish Soap (2-3 Tbs)
*Mix together with about 16 oz. of water in a spray bottle.
1. Spray areas of odor until carpet or fabric feels damp to touch. Do not saturate to the point of wet.
2. Let stand for approximately 15 minutes.
3. Using a heavy scrub brush, work sprayed solution into area.
4. Repeat this process until stain and/or odor is removed. * In a heavily stained and high concentrate odor room, this process was performed twice on separate days and no odor remains.
This is by no means an all inclusive list of what has been repaired or rescued from the damages of pets over the years. It is intended to spark a few ideas of where to begin when faced with the thrashing a puppy or kitten gives to a favorite couch or chair!
Until next time, I wish you success with your extreme repairs and inspiration for all you do!
Finally settled in after several months of arranging, rearranging, changing, cleaning and all that goes with a move to a new home. Normally I like a few open spaces and areas around my home, but there are times when a little color will do just the trick to give the illusion of filling space that really needs it!Take a short walk with me while I show you a few of my home accessories you can do on a shoestring budget.
It's a small but comfortable home with big spaces that begged to be filled. It was sort of like coloring outside the lines of a picture. Before you leave today, be sure to check out easy to make pillows to color in big spaces!
Decorating doesn't have to be stuffy, stiff, or even high dollar. What is important is comfort and does it reflect your style and tastes?
The next important question is will decorating or redecorating break your budget? I will leave you with a few tips and tricks I've discovered over the years about home decor:
Experiment, be successful and most of all, I wish you inspiration while you color in big spaces!
- Keep it simple. Consider children and guests - are they going to be tripping over that expensive tiger fabric foot stool?
- Keep it inexpensive. Ever been to an auction? You can find stunning home accessories, furniture and more, packed with alot of excitement and fun!
- Keep it neat. I've never met anyone who "likes" to dust. The more nic-nacs you have to move the longer it will take to dust and polish the furniture.
- Keep it colorful! Beige is a good contrast color, but don't forget the old bolds! Greens, Oranges, rich Cherry...you get the idea. If you like a lot of white, be brave and throw in a splash of Turquoise (It's the color of 2013!), mix in some yellow and orange.