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Home Coordinates Latitude & Longitude Sign

Home Coordinates Latitude & Longitude Sign

It’s embarrassing how long it’s been since I last posted… Where did the holidays go and why does November + December always feel like they happened in the matter of a week!? We battled through terrible colds, coughs, and other yucky stuff in between throughout the two months and feel like we’re finally all back above water and healthy *knock on wood*.

Over the long MLK weekend I did a quick project that I’m in love with. It was so easy and can be done for only a couple of bucks! I found this beautiful piece of scrap or “value” wood at Menards. Read More

DIY Fabric Covered Lamp Shade

 

DIY Fabric Lamp Shade

I’ve had two shade-less lamps sitting on a console table by the back door for a good 6 months. They combined two trends … geometric style and a gold finish. In someone else’s house, they would have looked great as they were. But in my house? Not so much. So, after staring at them for half a year, inspiration finally struck and I decided to spray them a fun color. Read More

Faux Denim Wash / Tie Dye Throw Pillow

Tie Dye Style Pillow Case

I definitely took a chance on this project. No, painting on fabric isn’t really anything super new but I was concerned about how the fabric would feel after an application of paint. Would it be scratchy? Smelly? Turns out, no! The fabric is certainly more rigid once the paint is applied, but not enough so to bother me. And certainly not uncomfortable when it’s propped behind me on the sofa. I love the tie dye effect the paint had on the pillow and without the mess of tie dye.

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Serena & Lily Inspired Throw Pillow

 

DIY Serena & Lily Inspired Chambray Stripe Throw Pillow
Every once in a while, a project turns out even better than you had hoped. I should note that this does not happen to me very often, as I am usually overly optimistic on my carpentry/seamstress/chef skills. But it happened this time! 
 
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m not a great seamstress. My skills are for the most part limited to sewing throw pillows and curtains (and the occasional editing of a piece of child’s clothing). And so I’ll apologize upfront for my basic and amateur vernacular when it comes to giving  you guys sewing instructions. 
 
Anyhow, back to the project. I’ve been eyeing these pillows from Serena & Lily for a long while. They are 100% my style and could work in pretty much any room in my house. But, given my tendencies to change throw pillows every few months, I knew that it would not be a wise investment for me to pay $68/pillow cover. Plus, the more I studied the design, I realized I could probably mimic it fairly simply with my sewing machine. Here’s how I did it!
 
Serena & Lily Inspired Pillow Cover
 
DIY Serena & Lily Inspired Chambray Stripe Throw Pillow
 
Supplies
 
<1 yard Chambray fabric (I found mine for a great price on Amazon. It’s wide, so you can get the 41 inches you need crosswise).
<1 yard White or Off-white fabric (same weight as the Chambray that you use). Again, you’ll be able to get the strips you need crosswise.
White/off-white thread
Black thread  (I like this brand)
 
I wanted to make a 20” square pillow, so the dimensions I provide are for this size. Note that the directions include pictures of two different twists on this pillow design, hopefully it’s not confusing. 
 
Cut chambray fabric into an 8” wide by 41″ long strip. Cut two white fabric strips 6.5” wide by 41″ long. 
 
Pin pieces together, with chambray fabric in the middle (as the center stripe). 
 
The lighter fabric is longer than the darker fabric only because I didn’t cut it yet. All three pieces should be the same length.

 
I used a basic straight stitch to attach the three pieces together.  
 

Next, iron each hem down the middle (as pictured), to flatten.
 
Now onto the fun part – the black decorative stitching. Somehow I’d never noticed before that my very basic sewing machine actually has some pretty neat stitches it can do. I experimented with a few of them to see how they looked and worked with the fabric. Ultimately I decided on the star shaped stitch since it seemed to handle the weight of the fabric best and looked kind of neat.
I used the dark fabric as my guide and sewed as straight as I could about 1/4 of an inch off the seam. A couple of times, my machine tied itself up so I had to go back and undo the stitch and then redo it, to keep with the pattern.

Repeat the stitch on the other side of the blue stripe.
Now you’re ready to fold the fabric into your pillow shape. I opted for a simple envelope style at the back (because I go for simple when sewing!), but you could certainly do a zipper as well.
Sew a hem on either end of the pillow (the parts that will come together as the envelope).
Fold into pillow shape inside out, overlapping your seams to make an envelope pillow style case. Sew down the sides

Good luck! I personally think this pillow is worth the effort. I’ve already made three!

Any other pillow designs out there that you think would be fun to DIY?! Let us know in the comments.

DIY Serena & Lily Inspired Chambray Stripe Throw Pillow
 

 

DIY Frame for Wrapped Canvas Art

diy canvas frame

Art has become pretty accessible in recent years, hasn’t it? And, yes, I’m probably using the term “art” loosely. By “art”, I mean pretty pictures that appeal to the lay person (me) that can now be found in tons of stores for pretty cheap. Usually they’re sold in wrapped canvas formation. And while that’s ok, sometimes I find myself wanting my “art” to look a little more substantial. Since it seems wrong to spend hundreds of dollars framing a piece of canvas art that cost $29.99, I wanted to come up with an cost efficient and effective DIY frame.

The subject canvas picture is found below. I picked it up at World Market a few months ago when it was 50% off (it’s still available for sale – similar here). I’ve got a pretty large blank wall in our master bathroom by the tub and I thought this picture seemed “bathroom-ish”. I know, I know, I should be a curator in a museum with my eye and ability to articulate the meaning of art.

So here’s how I did it. Our bathroom is definitely not rustic, so I invested in some better quality wood than I otherwise would, as I didn’t want overly knotted or rough wood. If you prefer a more rustic look, by all means get the lower grade lumber!

And, don’t forget, this week we are celebrating our 1 year blogiversary!! In celebration, we are running a contest on our Instagram account (@beckhamandbelle) to give away some wall art AND a Target gift card. Hop over to IG to follow us and check it out!!

DIY Frame for Wrapped Canvas Art
DIY Wrapped Canvas Frame

Supplies

(will vary depend on the size of the canvas you’re framing)
2 8 foot lengths of 1x4s (remember that 1x4s aren’t really 1x4s, more like 1x3s and a bit)
nails
screws
angle clamps (optional)
Measure the canvas. Mine was 30×40.
Most canvases of this size look like this on the back side.
I wanted a more polished look for the frame, so I mitered my edges at 45 degrees. I cut two lengths  with the interior measurement of 30″ (maybe a smidge over – like .125″) so that it wouldn’t be too tight to affix the frame. Then I did two lengths with interior measurements of 40.125.

My method was to cut one piece, and then to use that piece as a template to measure out my matching piece, as pictured below.

Then I began assembling. I laid out the frame on the ground, applied wood glue and the two angle clamps I have, and let it set. Once dry, I used finishing nails to secure the frame.

 

 

The last step was staining. I wanted the frame to be mostly black, but to show some of the nice wood grain.  I actually tried a new product (new to me, at least) on this project called Minwax Pro Series Wiping Stain in Antique Black (similar here). I put on two applications of the black stain (letting the coats dry in between). And then I finished it off with a bit of walnut stain, rubbed carefully into some of the more grainy parts of the wood. It added a little something extra, I think.

Finally, it was time for assembly. This part was actually pretty easy. Since the frame added some faux depth to the painting, I wanted the canvas to be inset ever so slightly. So, on the back of the frame I marked where the back of the canvas should attach. I then drilled holes into the top underside of the frame and the bottom underside of the frame and screwed into the frame of the canvas to secure.

 

The finished product! I have a feeling I’m going to be doing a lot more of these….

 

DIY Wrapped Canvas Frame