Sew Easy 20 Minute Pot Holder

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Happy Birthday to my husband! We like our craft beer in this house, so much that we brew our own from time to time. We may have our own two tap keg-orator in our living room and a Washington State beer Cap map as well as a few other novelty beer decorations. So, I thought it would be fitting if I made J some of his own brewing pot holders. I found this fabric (similar) about a year ago at Jo-Ann’s and knew I needed to make something for him with it.

Sew Easy 20 Minute Pot Holders

Supplies needed:

2-3 Fat quarters (or more) fabric

Insul-brite  or other thermal/heat resistant lining (I had bout about 1/2 yard for some Koozies)

pins/scissors/thread

Extra wide double fold bias tape (1 package made two for me)

Walking foot for your sewing machine (the project is pretty thick, and it would be challenging without one)

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Cut your fabric:

I had a specific width I could work with because of the pattern of the front piece but you can adjust the size if you want something less rectangular. Cut one small front, one inner pocket lining (solid black in this case) 6″ x 6″, cut two for the back pieces (6″ x 10″).

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2- 6″ x 10″

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Cut one 6″ x 6″ and one 6″ x 10″ of insul-bright. and layer with right sides facing out!

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Sew:

Next, stitch the front pocket bias tape. Follow this tutorial for how to sew on bias tape.

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Stack your front pocked onto the back piece.

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Follow that same tutorial to apply the bias tape to the whole project.

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Check that out! Sew easy right?? I suppose if you wanted to get really fancy with the bias tape you could make a loop to hang, but I chose the simple route.

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Let me know if you try making these! They make great gifts (because you know the holidays are coming up). I may make a few more in just some fun fabrics for my kitchen. We’ll see.

DIY Give Thanks Sign

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This DIY Give Thanks Sign is just in time for next weeks holiday. It’s quick and easy too! While I was waiting around all day for the plumber to make the required repairs to our guest bathroom (and its still not done, round 2 tomorrow) I thought I would whip up a little thanksgiving sign for the mantle. We have wood leftover from the side yard gate (someday I’ll post pictures of that project). Its incense cedar and some of the planks look really cool, plus I get to inhale that wonderful wood smell when I make these types of projects.

Supplies needed:

Wood piece

Printed letters (or you can free hand if you’re awesome)

Pen/pencil

paint color of your choosing

tiny paint brush

washi tape to hold paper in place

DIY Give Thanks Sign

First, not pictured select the font and size of letters you would like to use and print them out. I thought about trimming out the individual letters again like I did with my DIY Rustic Biergarten sign but wanted to try a slightly different technique. I taped the pieces of paper down and used a pen to trace/outline the letters into the wood. This cedar is soft enough that I could get away with it. Then I carefully went over the indents left in the wood with pencil so I would have a better outline to follow when painting. I can see how having a Circut wold be helpful for this type of project haha.

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Next I very carefully painted the letters with a very fine tipped brush and black paint.
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Hmm now imagine how that would all look on a white brick wall?? Perhaps?? I can’t decide if I want to whitewash the brick or not. There is some sort of coating on the brick so I’m not even sure that the bricks would take the paint.

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IKEA Hack SIGNE Rug

ikeaFour months ago when I was at IKEA buying my studio KALLAX system I picked up a couple of their SIGNE rugs thinking that I would turn them into a floor pouf for the patio. I found a few patterns that I could have made work, but ultimately I didn’t want to cut the rugs. My sewing machine wouldn’t have been able to handle the material and I knew my fingers would find it challenging to hand stitch a floor pouf that would last.There are quite a few fun hacks for the SIGNE rug, from pillows, a basket and a purse, check out this site for some fun ideas. If you want more inspiration check out IKEA Hackers for all kinds of projects with IKEA products.

YesterdayI was digital window shopping for rugs (again) for the family room, master bedroom and guest bedroom. I pulled out the SIGNE rugs and thought, why don’t I sew them together and see what happens! Turns out it is possible to combine 3 of them into one super rug. Although, my fingers are a bit sore.

IKEA Hack SIGNE Rug

Materials needed:

SIGNE rug or other smaller rugs

large needle

cotton string or heavy thread

scissors

seam ripper

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You’ll want to use a seam ripper to remove the tag. dsc_0004

Next use that giant needle and cotton string to stitch up the rugs. dsc_0005

Well would you look at that. One big SIGNE rug! I’m almost tempted to go to IKEA and pick up 3 or 6 more and make the rug even bigger (I’ll keep you posted if I decide to tackle this). Right now I’m leaning towards placing it in the living room because the navy (yes it is in fact NAVY) stripes go with the nautical theme happening in there. I have this rug from World Market in the living room right now, but I may move it to the master bedroom.

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What do you thing? Worth a try yourself?

Master Bathroom Refresh

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So you may have read all about my attempted Guest Bathroom Refresh. Now here is the Master Bathroom Refresh.

Before:

This picture from the listing. I forgot to take before pictures of when I painted. Oops. Again, that horrible flat tan paint. I guess it kind of works with the tile and granite but eww, so much tan. I prefer cool tones and this warm sandy color is really getting old.
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After:

Ahh, a brighter paint color in semi-gloss! Same with the guest bathroom ( BEHR premium plus ultra in Shiny Luster), I still need to touch up the base boards, install floating shelves over the toilet and hang artwork but at least we don’t have plumbing issues with this bathroom (knock on wood). We also had to hang towel bars and a shower curtain and I bought a little dish, soap pump and tumbler that sit on the counter. Gotta love Target!

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Look at that real life, non-staged bathroom! Can I just say first of all how amazing it is to have two bathrooms in this house! And second, that we have two sinks and tons of counter space in the master bathroom! Its fantastic!

I’m debating doing some kind of stencil pattern on that far wall… hmmm. Thoughts?

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I’ll try and post another update of both bathrooms once I get the shelves and artwork situation worked out. Until then, I’ll probably tackle the paint situations in the Guest Bedroom and Master Bedroom. Stay tuned for those refreshes as well.

If we end up keeping this house for a while I’d love to eventually replace (or paint) the cabinets, and replace the floor and counters with something a bit more contemporary. We’ll see…

Guest Bathroom Refresh

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I’m calling this a guest bathroom refresh, because we haven’t done any major changes except hang a shower curtain, and hand towel bar and paint. But boy does that paint make a difference. I’m not in love with the color, but it makes a huge difference. I actually did both bathrooms the same color, it’s BEHR premium plus ultra in Shiny Luster.

This house is a beige wonderland, just about every room right now (except my studio, J’s man cave and now both bathrooms) is the exact same beige/brown/tan color and its all flat paint. I really dislike flat paint, and its a terrible choice for bathrooms and kitchens. Just having semi-gloss in the bathrooms makes a huge difference. I haven’t touched up the trim work yet, or added the floating shelves I want, or hung artwork, it’ll happen eventually, but first we need to fix the plumbing… keep reading to find out what’s wrong.

Guest Bathroom Refresh

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Before:

Here’s the picture from the listing.

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Right after we moved in we had this white over the toilet cabinet in the bathroom too, but its already a small space and it made it feel that much smaller. Plus, it was from our old place and hadn’t faired the move well so it was a bit wobbly.

 

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After:

Unfortunately, this is as far is the bathroom is going right now. I’d love to add some floating shelves and art work down the road but we’ve run into some plumbing issues that need to be resolved before we can do anymore. Who ever did the remodel/flip of this bathroom poured thinset/grout down the toilet pipe and now we need to get the closet bend replaced. Turns out this is a common thing with older homes that have been flipped in this area. Our plumber was not surprised at all. But seriously, who does that? Who pours grout down the drain?! I’ve tiled a bathroom before, all you have to do is tape over the pipe so it doesn’t happen. Lesson learned. I doubt we’ll ever buy a flipped house again, next time its new or we remodel it ourselves. I’m learning all kinks of DIY skills from this place.

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So there’s the guest bathroom refresh. What do you think of the paint color?