Wednesday, March 26, 2014

what to do with leftover fabric... bee inspired wall hanging, coasters and behind the door organizers

Project #1: Bee Inspired Wall Hanging

So this leftover fabric came from my reupholstered chair project last summer (seen here) and the Ballard Design inspired burlap pin board (seen here). 

A friend just handed me a canvas and I told her I would only take it if she was prepared for me to make her something. Hopefully she likes it, but if not I made it in a way that she could easily reuse the canvas.

First I just stapled the fabric onto the board as evenly and straightly as possible.

I gathered my other supplies: small paint brush, all purpose craft paint in Pesto and Cloud from Martha Stewart, burlap, some interfacing (Pellon) to iron onto the burlap to prevent it from fraying or stretching too much, some leftover upholstery nail head trim (Dritz), and fabric adhesive (Liquid Stitch).

The canvas board was a 16x20 so I cut four pieces of interfacing at 5x7

I ironed both the fabric before stapling it to the canvas and the burlap.

Then I ironed them onto the burlap, attempting to follow the grain as much as possible.

I used the technique of pulling out a thread to mark the straight edge.

I followed the interfacing instructions as closely as possible, using a dampened cloth to press the interfacing (bumpy side touching the burlap) until the adhesive properties kicked in.

I chose to follow up with more ironing without the damp cloth, using steam the whole while and on a high heat.

Next I found images from google for a queen bee, bee hive, honeycomb design (then overlayed text for the letter B in Microsoft Word), and a crocus. I copied them all into Microsoft Word (and would be happy to share if anyone is interested), sized them using the ruler feature, then printed.

To paint them I outlined the designs when too faint with black Sharpie, then placed the paper under the burlap and traced with the green paint.

I didn't make overt attempts to make the paint application even. Since it was burlap I figured that most burlap prints have that faded quality. I didn't originally intend on it, but ended up shadowing the B with Cloud Martha Stewart Craft paint and free handed a bow on the crocus.

I only roughly sized the burlap before painting, but once dry went back and trimmed them further.

Once again I did this by pulling strings to remove (you can see the pile of threads at the bottom of the picture below) then trimmed the edges with scissors. So you can see the before (above) and after (below) trimming and resizing.

Next I used permanent fabric glue to attach the burlap pieces to the fabric covered canvas.

Last but not least I attached nail head trim at each corner and sprayed the whole thing with the Krylon Matte finish spray in the hope that it would further aide the burlap from fraying. I did have to attach a thin piece of wood in the middle for the nail head trim to have something to sink into.

Project #2: Behind the door fabric organizers

I had some leftover miscellaneous drop cloth from all of those Roman Shades (seen here) and I had these louvered doors that let in light/noise... solution behind the door fabric organizers! Ok maybe more like a phase 1 solution...

For our bedroom I made one into a tie rack, since my husband is a lawyer he has acquired far more than truly fit anywhere else. I have no detailed instructions for this project. I just did random things of piecing fabric together, making straps, backing it with fleece (hopefully to dampen light/sound), then attached with black nail head trim.

Then for the guest bedroom/craft room I did more piecing to make the whole piece, backed with fleece. Then I proceeded to make pockets and straps for wrapping paper, cardstock, contact paper, ribbon, tissue paper and gift tags. Last attaching with nail head trim again in brass.

Project #3: Fabric Coasters

A few years ago I had purchased coasters from Pier One on a whim in Capiz Shell, but they kept chipping and glasses often stuck to them if they had any moisture. So I decided to make fabric coasters.

These are definitely rough homemade things, but now we have coasters, coasters everywhere. In the guest room I made 4 drop cloth/ leftover coral fabric ones (in the curtains, fabric organizer, and pillow).

I made 8 drop cloth/leftover blue cloth (on the dining room bench) ones for the dining room.

4 drop cloth ones for the living room/office

6 drop cloth/ leftover turquoise/brown (seen on the re-upholstered fabric chairs and the bee wall hanging above) in the bonus room

And 3 all blue ones for our bedroom. 

I simply:
- stitched a square with the fabric inside out, leaving a 2-3" hole on one side (I always stitch the corners though),
- trim the edges to 1/4" and cut the corners at an angle
- flip right side, then out press with the open part folded in how you want it to look finished
- then stitched two squares, one a 1/4-1/2" from edge and one 3/4-1" in 

Done! shabby but effective coasters... and look whose husband surprised her with flowers!! I am one lucky girl! 

For better instructions think about looking at this one from Pretty Hand Girl.

Anyone else feeling like doing some spring cleaning on your leftover fabric?