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How-To: Curtain a Room For Under $20

Posted By Home on Feb 5, 2010 at 10:00AM

The other day, I tweeted about the awesome sale Ikea was having on some of its fabric. We're talking 99 cents a yard here, people! That is really, really cheap. And while I love my Amy Butler fabric, it often runs around $14 a yard. Since I've been looking for fabric for curtains for my soon-to-arrive baby's room, and since those five windows in the room require about 17 yards of fabric, it was hard for me to justify expensive fabric.

So, imagine my delight when I found this great graphic-patterned brown and white fabric. It's part of the Petronella line of fabric at Ikea, and is usually $5.99 a yard (on sale now for 99 cents a yard). While this fabric is quite narrow (18 inches wide), it's already hemmed on the sides with a contrasting brown border. This helped to make my curtain-making project a relative snap. In fact, the hardest part of the job was taking down the ugly white blinds that had been hanging prior to this project!

Tell me, do you buy fabric at Ikea? If so, what projects have you whipped up with it?

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The Second DIY of Christmas: Hostess Apron

Posted By Home on Dec 9, 2009 at 11:00AM

My sister is a queen bee hostess, and she's always wearing an apron when she hosts a party (she hosted both my bridal shower and my baby shower wearing adorable retro aprons). So, this year I decided to make her a new one that would hopefully enter the rotation with her vintage aprons.

If you have basic sewing skills, this is a super simple project. This apron took me a little over an hour to finish, but I'd set aside a block of two hours of time to get everything done.



Here's What You'll Need

  • A cute skirt that you no longer wear (I used one that I grabbed at a clothing exchange for this exact purpose)
  • Contrasting fabric for apron ties and/or pockets and trim
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Iron and ironing board

To find out how to make it, read more

Sewing anything for the holidays?

Posted By notinthemood on Nov 8, 2009 at 9:43PM

My holiday sewing plans are kind of huge... I'm making a vest for my boyfriend and a quilt. Oh, and a tablecloth, and a couple of dresses. And some cushion covers for my couch. All on top of the Christmas cards I'll be making... Thank goodness for hunting season! I'll have a few weekends without my man around so I can get this all finished up without him seeing!

So... any elaborate Christmas gifts or projects?