Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Vintage teatowel/ guest towels pillows

 These are delightful and very easy to make as well as being very effective 
you will need
1 vintage tea towel /guest hand towel with interesting design and edges
white cotton muslin
matching thread
Iron tea towel flat.
Iron Flat
Turn the top edge of  the tea towel down to make the front flap of the pillow. Make sure motif is showing.
Take bottom edge of the tea towel and fold up so that 2 inches show out from under the top flap.
Cut a piece of muslin to match the width of the tea towel and 2 inches longer than the crease at the top of the pillow.
With RIGHT sides together, pin the bottom of the tea towel to the bottom of the muslin. Stitch tea towel and muslin together.
Cut off excess fabric and press seams open.
Using the fold lines at the top and bottom of your tea towel, fold fabric the opposite way, so that RIGHT sides are together and the motif is facing inward.
Pin the front flap with the design towards the center of your pillow. You do not want to catch any part of it when you sew up your pillow for the flap will be sandwiched between the front and back of your pillow.  Leave 1/4 inch at the top to sew. Be very careful that your front flap fabric is not in the way!

Fold up bottom of tea towel with attched muslin. Pin all around the pillow. The top layer will be muslin with the tea towel bottom, the middle layer will have the pinned up front flap with design and the bottom layer will be the tea towel back.

Leave a 2-3 inch opening at the side of the pillow that will be covered by the front flap. I used a fabric marking pen to remind me where to begin and end sewing.
Sew around the pillow, leaving tthe 2-3 inch opening. I use the side edge of the pillow determine my seam allowances. At the top I use a very small seam allowance so the flap will lay nicely.
  Reinforce the ends very well as you will be using this whole to pull the pillow to the right side and to stuff it.

Cut any extra muslin away.  Using the side opening, pull out any pins from the front flap. Turn pillow right side out. Press.
Fill pillow with fiber fill. Make sure corners are filled. Do not over stuff.
Close opening on the side with a whip stitch.
Press again, but do not press too hard. Gently tack down flap if desired. Press again. Fluff and find your pillow a home!

Thanks to Stone Gable for the tutorial and photos

Boudoir Pillows

How gorgeous are these Boudoir Pillows and how easy they are to make

you will need from your stash lol

Fabric (to make your little pillows
Doilies and table runners of your choice

Measure and sew your basic cushion then stuff with wadding

THEN DECORATE with your  tray cloths etc and add a cute button for effect

Thanks to the vintage chateau for the photos

Friday, February 20, 2015

Terrcotta heater great idea

You'll Need:
2 Un-Glazed Terra Cotta (Clay) Flowerpots
a metal loaf pan
4 tealight candles- UNSCENTED
a cooling rack (like you use when you bake cookies, seriously)
a couple basic landscaping bricks (optional, but HIGHLY recommended, and BTW- These are NOT fire bricks.)
a nickel or small piece of tinfoil

When I first met a fellow who made one of these, he made me nervous. He balanced the clay pots on the loaf pan, which seriously made me wonder how he dared to leave it in his house at all. So, I've revamped the directions I've seen to make this topple proof.

First, place the tea lights in the loaf pan and light them. Place a brick on either side of the loaf pan.

Set the cooling rack on top of the bricks. This is to provide stability so the pots wont tip over

Place the Smaller Clay pot upside down on the cooling rack, directly over the lit candles in the loaf pan.

 Place a coin over the hole on the bottom of the plant pot to completely cover it. Failure to do so will result in very little heat. Alternatively, you could use a piece of aluminum foil to cover the hole.

 Place the Large plant pot Over the small plant pot, creating a Heat Hut.

 Here's what the temperature looked like in 3 minutes:

after 35 minutes:
it has reached full heat. At this point you should NOT attempt to touch the plant pots with your bare hands as you will get badly burned.

 Depending on the brand of your candles, they should continue to burn about 3 hours.

To replace the candles simply slide out the loaf pan, replace the spent tealight with a new Lit tealight and return it to the spot beneath the pots.

Some Notes: While this does generate quite a bit of heat, this is obviously NOT going to heat a 2500 square foot house. You can, however, use 2 of these set ups to keep an 10x12 room fairly comfortable if you light it as soon as the power goes out and avoid opening and closing doors, etc.

Common Sense- Shouldn't have to say it but we will:

  • DO NOT Use Larger Candles, the tea lights are more than sufficient. Use of larger candles COULD result in the pot overheating and cracking
  • Do not use more than 4 candles at a time (see above)
  • Do not "Balance" the Pots on the Loaf Pan - use a cooling rack for stability
  • Do Not Use Scented Candles- Seriously, you'll just get a massive headache from them.
  • Make sure the Terra Cotta pot is UNGLAZED - otherwise it will give off fumes (imagine that!) 
 Power go out unexpectedly in your area? Here's a very simple, dirt cheap homemade heater made out of Flower pots and tea lights that you can put together in under 5 minutes flat- and here's the kicker, It Actually WORKS.
COMMON SENSE DISCLAIMER: This mini heater can easily reach 300F in a very short period of time,
like ANY emergency heat source, It is Inadvisable to leave it unattended in a room with children or pets.

Now that we got the common sense disclaimer out of the way, check this out! This simple heat source would work fantastic in a small greenhouse to keep the chill off plants overnight! Follow the directions carefully, do not substitute items, do not use LARGER candles or votives. Do not use a glass loaf pan or an aluminum foil loaf pan.

thanks to Budget101 for the tutorial and photos 

Hoop Thread Rack

This is pretty easy to work out but if you need help just let me know and I will do a written tutorial

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Travel activities for kids - love the dice in a container. Never look for them under the seat again. 

This is such a great idea



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