DIY: Room Decor

A few weeks ago, an old teacher of mine, who I now consider to be more of a friend, asked for my input as she re-did her two year olds’ (P) room. I feel like I’ve watched P grow up since I photographed her at 6 months, her parent’s fifth year wedding anniversary, her second Christmas and made her second birthday party cake and cupcakes.IMG_7622 IMG_2418 IMG_3431 IMG_3920 IMG_3900

Even though I don’t consider myself professional by any means, my mom did raise me into a creative being and the projects that we decided on were definitely up my alley. I love sewing, knitting, scrapbooking and photography which probably explains why people think of me as a “crafty” individual. So after a few weeks of procrastination (In all fairness I was really busy) I finally set to work yesterday afternoon. It’s amazing what you can do with old bumper pads. P is transitioning into a “big girl” bed but the fabric was too cute to leave behind with her crib. We still aren’t sure what we will do with the quilt (Any suggestions?) since it’s barely been used (FYI quilts are way too hot for babies) but here are two simple and inexpensive DIY projects I came up with for salvaging the bumper pads.IMG_6149

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Embroidery Hoop Art (No-Sew!)

You will need embroidery hoops, fabric to cover, fabric glue, fabric scissors and a nail or ribbon for hanging. 

  1. Purchase embroidery hoops from your local craft store. Odd numbers look best and you want to ensure that you have enough to make a statement on the wall. I chose to use ones 8-inch, 9-inch and 10-inch in diameter.
  2. Iron your fabric. Center the design on top of your embroidery hoop being aware of the location of the screw (It’s best to keep it at the top for hanging purposes). Tighten the screw. Make sure there are no excess bumps and that the fabric lies flat.IMG_6310
  3. Trim away access fabric about ½ inch around the hoop. Once again, pull the fabric tight. Using Fabric glue, glue down the edges to the back inside of the hoop. Let dry!IMG_6311 IMG_6313 IMG_6314
  4. There is a small space between the loop and screw that fits a nail perfectly and makes for easing hanging. Otherwise, feel free to use that hole to attach a bow or ribbon for alternate hanging. You are finished! Admire!IMG_6330

Fabric Bunting

You will need front and back fabric (the amount depends on how big you want your garland, the back fabric is only facing to make it studier it will not be seen), matching bias tape and sewing thread, sewing pins, sewing machine, fabric scissors, rotary cuter and board, cardboard for pattern making, iron, scissors, writing utensil and a ruler.

  1. Using a ruler, draw two triangle templates on your cardboard. One triangle should be slightly bigger than the other (1 cm around). Cut out. I used a triangle that had a base of 10 and 12 cm. IMG_6318
  2. Using your rotary cutter and your LARGER triangle template cut out 11 (or desired amount) triangles from your good fabric.  I used a zig zag finish. If using multiple designs, make sure you have pre-planned how many triangles of each fabric you want for your pattern. Note: If you do not have a rotary cutter feel free to trace the triangles directly onto the wrong side of the fabric (with a washable fabric pen) and cut out using fabric scissors.IMG_6319
  3. Using your rotary cutter and your SMALLER triangle template, cut out 11 (or equal amount as front fabric) triangles from your back fabric. I used a straight finish.IMG_6321
  4. Fold your bias tape in half widthwise, and iron flat to form a crease down the middle. At the same time, press all of the triangles to get rid of wrinkles.
  5. Pin together triangles (one front fabric and one back fabric) aligning the upper edges together (the edge opposite of the point). If using different good fabrics, create a pattern with your triangles.IMG_6323
  6. Unfold your bias tape inserting the triangles between the layers. Be sure to start 3 inches into the end of your bias tape, and make sure you leave 3 inches on the other end so that you can create a loop for hanging. I overlapped my triangles but feel free to leave an equal distance between each instead. Use a pin to keep each triangle in place. If you run out of bias tape, simply overlap the next length of tape over the end of the first and pin down.IMG_6325
  7. Sew as close to the open edge of the bias tape as you can, remembering to backstitch at the beginning and the end. Use the 3 inches you left on both ends to create loops. Tack in place by sewing across.IMG_6337 IMG_6345
  8. Trim threads, re-iron and hang. Enjoy.IMG_6346

The bed skirt, which is in matching fabric, has already been turned into a valence. These embroidery hoops and the banner will definitely help make the room look cohesive in conjunction to the valence, pale green walls, pink furniture and some black and white photograph. Perfect for Princess P. Can’t wait to see the finished room. Thanks again Emma for all of your help in perfecting the bunting pattern and helping me recreate the one you made for my room! ♥ Molly

“Never underestimate the power of a woman with a sewing machine”

“It’s all fun and games until the bobbin runs out.”


6 thoughts on “DIY: Room Decor

    • I wish I had a craft room because pulling the sewing machine and scrapbooking cutters out each time discourages me from being creative. It’d be nice to have somewhere to leave my mess so that I don’t have to set-up and clean-up if I want to do a quick project. It’s never to late to re-connect with sewing though! You don’t lose your abilities, it’s kind of like bike riding!

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