Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

As you might have noticed we like Dr Seuss around these parts! And with his birthday coming up, I thought I’d do a little wrap up of all the Dr Seuss crafts we’ve done just in case you want to get your craft on to celebrate the big birthday celebration!

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1. The Lorax mask is a fun and cute project. The puffs came from a craft store, but you could also use pieces from a feather boa!

2. Ok, yes, we (I) love the Lorax and the Truffula Trees. We made little ones on pencils.

3. And we made life size Truffula Trees, too!

4. A little tutorial on lining envelopes using old Dr Seuss books!

5. How about the fish that does not approve of that Cat in the Hat? Make a stuffie fish! This post has a printable Thank You tag too!

6. Print the Dr Seuss Hullabaloo pattern pieces and change up your Hullabaloo game for the occasion!

7. And who doesn’t love a good Pin the Hat on the Cat game? Print your hats here.

What are you doing to celebrate the day in Dr Seuss fashion?

 

The 5 Minute Quiver Tutorial- No Sew, Even!

Soooo… Do you have kids? Do they ask you to make them all sorts of things? Mine does. The other day he started making arrows out of straws so that he can shoot them in the house. But if you have a bunch of arrows, you need something to carry them in. Right?

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So a quiver it is! OK, yes, I had to google it. We kept calling it an arrow holder, but I knew it had a name. A quiver is an arrow holder!

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Honestly, I put him off for a little while. I wasn’t exactly sure how to do it….

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Then I was looking for something and found this strap I salvaged from a bag headed to Goodwill. I knew it would come in handy for something! Boy was I right!

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As soon as I found the strap, I knew exactly how to make a quiver! Easy Peasy!

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I used black felt, a little bit of ribbon, hot glue and scissors. If you don’t have a strap, you could also use a long piece of ribbon or webbing instead of the little pieces of ribbon and the strap.

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First cut out your pieces.

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Then glue the little pieces of ribbon to the one of the long sides. (or your long piece of ribbon.)

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Then hot glue along the long edge.

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And hot glue along the bottom.

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And yep, add the strap and you’re done! Seriously, 5 minutes.

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So next time your adorable little kid asks for a quiver (or the more kid friendly term, an arrow holder.) you can say, ‘YOU BET.’  And if you whip it up right away, the kiddo will think you are a super hero!

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Mine was pretty excited!

 

A Printable Lego Valentine for You!

My son is all about legos, crayons for book making and magna blocks. I don’t have any more to say about magna blocks except that they are awesome. But I do have a lot more to say about legos, crayons and valentines!

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So what did we decide to do for classroom Valentine’s this year?

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Give legos and crayons in the shape of legos!

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My favorite part of the Valentine is the lego hearts! These aren’t easy to find! I called the local Lego store and asked if they carried these, 2×2 coupling plates. They said no, those are pretty sought after. Why I asked. Because people like to make them into hearts! Oh…. Yep! That’s why I’m one of those people searching for them!

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I looked and looked for these, but none of the tutorials I found, told me where to get the pieces. So I finally found them at Brick Owl. The website is pretty cool. You can pick your country, your brick and your color, then sort by seller and their shipping rates and minimum order requirements. Very cool!

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The kiddo’s favorite part is the lego crayons we made!

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They are so easy to make. The hardest part was finding the old crayons! I reached out to our neighborhood parenting groups and gathered up everyone’s rejects! Loaded up the silicone molds that I got on Amazon.

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Leaded them in the oven on 350 for about 10 minutes. Of course, temps and times vary per oven. Just keep an eye on it.

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Take them out of the oven, let cool for a few minutes and then freeze! Freezing is the key!

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Then pop them out!

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The kiddo loved putting a little of every color in each mold. They turn out pretty muddy. I wanted them all one color. We compromised and just used 2 or 3 colors per mold!

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And then we put them all toegther! You can download the card here.

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I debated doing a lego heart shape on the front, but decided to leave it off the part and add it to the back.

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We can’t wait to give them out! We’ve got a few more to make and load up before the big day. But I think we’ll make it! Anyone else have a lego lovin’ kiddo?

 

Valentine’s Day Quilted Postcards- a Tutorial

I’m super excited about this project! Our Seattle Modern Quilt Guild is doing a Valentine Postcard swap. When we first heard about it, I decided I was in, but I wasn’t super excited. Then I started making mine and got hooked!!! Obsessed!

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I came home and started looking around online for instructions and sizes so I could make some and mail them. I couldn’t find a tutorial that didn’t include an applique type edge. I wanted a more quilted look….

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The first one I made was this one. I used a bunch of 1 inch squares, but then couldn’t quite get the back to work. It’s also super thick for mailing with all the seams! So as much as I love this one, it’s not what I wanted for a quilted postcard valentine up taking the plunge into the mailbox!

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So I made some more! But this time I made patterns! More paper piecing for me! I couldn’t decide on just one, so the pattern actually has 3 patterns in it! I have the set of patterns in my Craftsy store, for $5.00. But the tutorial is free! So let’s get to it!

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You’ll need a little bit of fabric, a 4×6 piece of batting, a 4×6 piece of cardstock, patterns and I use basting spray. I used mostly scraps, so needless to say, you don’t need much fabric!

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Print and pick your favorite pattern. Each pattern has two outside lines. One for making a 4.5 x 6.5 inch block. The second is larger for making the postcards.

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Paper piece your hearts! If you’re new to paper piecing, my tutorial on that should help! Sew together and then tear off the paper.

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Center the batting on the quilt block. I use basting spray, but you can pin too. Spray the spray on the batting, not on the quilt block. You’ll have a little more than a half inch on each side.

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Quilt the block and the batting together.

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Iron the edges in half and over again.

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Spray baste the cardstock onto the batting.

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Time to do the ‘binding’! Fold the block over the edge of the card stock and start sewing. The corners are a bit tricky. Especially if you have a bunch of seams like I did in my first postcard. So following the pictures, fold, fold, fold and fold one last time. Then continue sewing!

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And you’re done! Ready for mailing!

 

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And just in case, I mailed one to myself, just to check… I did use a regular letter stamp instead of a postcard stamp. One, because I had it and I didn’t have a postcard stamp. And two, I though they might need extra postage since they are thicker than a plain postcard…..

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These are so fun! Pretty quick, too! Now I have to make more. I need some for the swap and now I want to send them on to family!

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Which one is your favorite!

A Wonky Block with a Tutorial

I usually don’t post my picks for my do.Good Stitches quilting months, but I posted a picture of the block coming together and I learned that some of my circle friends aren’t excited about wonky! And I learned a little something about wonky while I was making these, so I thought I’d share!

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The block we’re doing for the February Nurture Circle of do.Good Stitches is made up of 5 blocks and 2 solid pieces. And once you put them all together you end up with 1 12.5 x 24.5 inch block.

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I’m loving the look of these blocks. Log cabin wonky, my friend! Love it! For this large block you’ll need:

(1) 12.5 inch wonky log cabin block

(1) 8.5 inch wonky log cabin block

(3) 4.5 inch wonky log cabin blocks

(2) 4.5 inch solid back ground blocks, these can be pieced or just a simple cut piece of fabric. However you do it, it need to be all background color.

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You’ll need some fabric, of course! Ha! For the center piece you’ll need scraps. Any scraps. I’d prefer mostly solids, but…  And an array of whites and/or creams for the outside. For mine I used, Kona Snow, Kona White and Kona Oyster. I also added in a few white pattern on white fabric scraps.

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Here’s what I learned. When I start with a square, the wonky log cabins always turn out looking nicer.

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This is a big ole oops that didn’t make it into my block!  First off, I started with a wonky shaped center and tried to make it work. Secondly, I was using all scraps. So I sewed on this triangle. When I think wonky, I also think I can use odd shaped pieces. But, um, no. I mean I guess if you’re really good at it you can…. But mine always turn out nicer starting with a square.

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Then make your little log cabin. Mine stayed between 4 inches to 2 inches, approximately.

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Here’s the key to wonky (at least for me)- The wonky part of the whole thing comes in the cutting, not the piecing! After piecing I ended up with a traditional square. After cutting, I ended up with a wonky block! Just rotate that cutting square!

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Next you keep building on the center piece just like you would any log cabin. This one just happens to not be a square! For the do. Good quilt, I’d like these to have the colored center off center. The off center thing seems to go along with the whole wonky thing, don’t you think!

I use scraps, not straight pieces for the side of the log cabin. Different widths, some are pieced, most aren’t straight. This also helps add to the wonkiness!

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Just like you did with the center, you use the cutting square to cut your SQUARE off kilter from the middle. This is where you do want to cut a real square!

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Like I mentioned before, here are the blocks you need:

(1) 12.5 inch wonky log cabin block

(1) 8.5 inch wonky log cabin block

(3) 4.5 inch wonky log cabin blocks

(2) 4.5 inch solid back ground blocks, these can be pieced or just a simple cut piece of fabric. However you do it, it need to be all background color.

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The fun part… Arranging the ‘mini’ blocks to make the overall block.

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Then back to the sewing machine! Sew the pieces together so that you end up with a 12.5 x 24.5 inch block.

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I’m so exicted to see how this comes together for the quilt circle!!! Yea!!!

A Happy Valentine’s Day Wreath Tutorial

Are you getting your Valentine’s Day crafting on yet? I don’t think I did much of it last year… I think I’m making up for lost time. I just keep coming up with ideas to do that invovles pink and hearts…. I can’t help myself!!!

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The funny thing is that I started making this wreath and it seemed so hot pink! Then I made the melted bead hearts that are pink. The pink of hte hearts make the wreath look almost purple! I think I might have to make more melted bead hearts… Maybe some silver ones…. Anyway, I’ll show you how I made this one!

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For this project I used my My Own Fringemaker, curly ribbon and a wreath form. Do you throw out those forms that come on your Christmas wreaths? No!!! For one, I hate throwing things away. And secondly, Seattle is crazy with trash, recycling and compost. So you can’t just throw things away these days, so I always take the dead pine branches off the wreath form and save the forms.

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The first part is winding and winding and winding the ribbon along the fringemaker. Tie a knot at the beginning, wind and then tie another knot!

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Now sew! Be sure to pull at least 3 inches or so of thread out before you start. Then sew along the middle of the frame. I wind my ribbon pretty full, but as I sew I pull the ribbon so it’s not so tight. It also just kind of happens, the ribbon pieces just don’t sew as tight together as they go through the machine. And like when we started, leave a thread tail!

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Next, cut the ribbon off the My Own Fringemaker frame.

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And you get this great fringe! I might have to make more and more of this for the mantel!

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Using your thread tail, tie the ‘garland’ onto the wreath form. Then wrap around and around and around. Next, bunch it together. I had to do ALL the previous steps 4 times to get the amount of ‘bunch’ I liked.

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And you’re done! You end up with a cute little fringe wreath!  You could be done… Or you can keep going and add the hearts!

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I used my own melted bead tutorial. Yes, I had to go back and check it out since it had been so long since we had made them! These I did do a little differently though. Instead of using a pan, I used cookie cutters on a cookie tray. I made one batch while I was watching the Seahawks playoff game. The game got pretty stressful there at the end, so I had to make a second batch to ease my nerves!

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I just hot glued a few together and hung them on the wreath. Finished!

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What are you making for Valentines Day?

 

August do.Good Quilt

First I want to say thank you for all your comments and to those who filled out the survey from the other day! It really helped me think things straight! Thank you!

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I’ve got some fun Valentine things to show you, but today I’m going to share another do.Good quilt we worked on!

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This one was designed by our group member Dhia Peach! You can find the directions to her block over on her blog, The Peach Patch, here. You should check it out. The block is a lot of half square triangles. In her tutorial she shows you how to make 4 half square triangles at once! Super cool! The block technically doesn’t have a name yet, so if you have a suggestion, let us know!

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Her color scheme request was  Blue/Green/Orange, bold jewel tones and no pastels for this project. So I went with a green and blue block and a green and orange block! Yep, some of my favorite colors, for sure!

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And the back is a perfect match for the front! I love it!

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Be sure to try out the block. It went together very quickly and easily and makes for a nice bright quilt!

Ice Castle Kit In a Bag!

Calling all Frozen fans!! Or should I say, calling everyone giving a Frozen fan a gift this year!!

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My son was invited to a Frozen birthday party last week and I was debating what to give. I wanted it Frozen themed, but I didn’t want it to be too ‘Frozeny’…. If you know what I mean!

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Then I figured it out! Years ago I saw the DIY Fort Kit by Saltwater Kids. For real. I’ve wanted to make a DIY Fort Kit for YEARS! But I changed it up a bit and made it Frozen themed….

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Most of the supplies came from the dollar store. We stocked it with clothespins, clips, suction cups, rope, double stick tape and fabric. And of course, you can’t have an ice castle without snowflakes! Now, here comes the expensive part… The fabric. The fort kit uses sheets. For this one, I wanted more of a see thru icy feel so I bought sheer fabrics. 7 yards of fabric that is! I used 4 yards of the iridescent fabric and 3 yards of the sheer. Then we did throw in a white sheet.

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I also used ribbon for the ‘hooks’. I cut 6″ pieces of the ribbon, folded it over and sewed it on to the fabric pieces. I put a hook on each corner, one in the very center and one on each center of the long side… Does that make sense? But then on the white, I added a couple more hooks where I thought I’d need them. There’s no real rule here!

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And I made the bag too… I kept putting off the bag because I couldn’t find the right fabric for it. One night I was going to stop by the fabric store and my son didn’t want to. I wish I could remember what he said, but whatever it was, it totally inspired me to make my own!

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I just happened to have bought these foam snowflakes about 3 years ago and never used them. Perfect! And then I just happened to have a block of wood the right size. I just used some double stick tape and stuck the foam flake on there, painted it and stamped it! Easy!

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Of course I had to try it out before I wrapped it! AWESOME! It made putting a fort together so simple. You have all your pieces right there. The hooks make it simple to rig it up to your furniture and doors and windows! My son really wants one, but he did request one, ‘that’s not a Frozen theme.’

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What do you think? Are you off to the dollar store for supplies right now!!?? You can print the label here!

Would you add anything else? Let me know!

Cone Turkeys Thanksgiving Craft Tutorial

Today I’m bringing home a post I did last year for Thanksgiving. I don’t do a lot of decorating for Thanksgiving, but this is a fun one!  I’m excited to share a fun craft my son and I created for you and your families! This is a great project to do today or even with the whole family while you’re waiting on the real turkey to cook on Thursday!

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We call these funny little guys the Salad Spinner Ice Cream Cone Turkeys! hehehe! Or just Spinner Art Turkeys for short!

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We love salad spinner art and made a lot of it a while back. Then just recently my son found the spinner again and got it out and we’ve been loving it again! So after we were playing with it, I knew we had to incorporate this into a Thanksgiving craft. Hence the turkeys were born!

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What you’ll need is fall colored, acrylic paints, paper plates, waffle cones, googly eyes, glue, a little bit of yellow fabric and a little bit of red fabric, and scissors! And of course a salad spinner!

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We LOVE making salad spinner art! As you may be able to tell from the paint build up along the sides! We found a used, cheap one at Goodwill for our art. I don’t recommend using the same one you use for your tasty salads. I’ve found that there’s usually a good collection of used ones at our local Goodwill or thrift shop.

So first you insert your plate in the spinner and add the paint. I try to get it in circles, but sometimes (most of the  time) it ends up in little dots!

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Then spin!!! The fun part!

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While the plates are drying, let’s work on the rest of the turkey. First off, you want to, very carefully, carve a little slit in the back of the cone. They are fragile and you might loose a few cones. You just want about a 1/2″ slit about 1″ up from the top of the cone.

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Next, cut out the beak and the ‘snood’. The beak is a little triangle and the snood is kinda like an mix between a l and a S.

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And glue! The beak, then the snood and lastly the fun googly eyes!

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Once the plates are dry, cut them in half with a little tab in the middle.

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Insert the plate in the back slit of the cone. It’s going to want to flop around, so add a little glue and it will stand up straight!

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You can try to make just one… But once the salad spinner is out… Good luck with just one!

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I’ll bet you’ll end up with a ‘rafter‘ (a little Turkey Day trivia for ya) of turkeys! Make as many as you want for your Thanksgiving table! How many will you make???

The Long Over Due Super Easy Chair Revamp Tutorial

I don’t know if I should really share this. At least not the before pictures. But I will! ChairRevamp-Main-ImFeelinCrafty

Recently I redid our horrible dining room chairs. I’ve been putting it off for way to long! Hence the name of the tutorial! I put it off for too long and it is so easy! Silly me! I keep saying we’re going to buy new chairs, but we can’t find ones we want… So for now, a little bit of fabric and and some batting and it looks so much better!

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So that’s what I needed! I used about a yard and a half of fabric and a bag of batting that I had sitting around from another project I didn’t do. You’ll also need a screw driver, a hammer and some scissors.

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First step, easy! Just unscrew the seat from the chair frame.

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Use your hammer to pull out the nails (or staples are used sometimes) from the cushion to remove the existing fabric. Under the bad fabric we had, I found another layer of fabric. I just left that layer.

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Cut! Cut out the batting about the same size of the seat and the fabric the same size of the fabric you removed.

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Take all those little upholstery nails you took out before and start hammering them back in! Start on one side, then the opposite, pulling tight. Then again on the other two sides.

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I’m still not in love with the chairs, but I’m so much happier with them now! I can hold out for a little longer! Or what do you think about painting the chairs??? I’m thinking I might try that! What’s something in your house you want to redo?

 

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