Monthly Archives: November 2014

Free! Cadet Cap Pattern

I’m guest posting over at the Britex Fabric blog with a pattern and instructions for a child’s cadet style cap! Use this link to head over and check it out. While you’re there, check out the amazing fabrics they carry. The hat below is made from a beautiful herringbone olive and espresso wool from Britex. They’ll be having a 30% off sale in-store for Black Friday and 30% off online for Cyber Monday.

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The instructions are at the Britex blog now here on Craft Buds and you can download the free cadet cap pattern here from Craftsy. You’ll have to create a free Craftsy account to access the pattern. The free version comes in child size 5 only, but I plan on releasing a paid version with multiple sizes and printable instruction sheets soon. The finished base of the free hat measures 20 7/8″ and fits a head circumference (measured from the middle of the forehead to the widest part of the back of the skull) of 20 1/4″, the average size of a 5 year old.

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Sewing Projects: Basement Craft Room Makeover

Did you see yesterday’s Big Reveal of my Basement Craft Room Makeover? Here’s a closer look at . . .

The Projects

Because the painting took 2-3 weeks, working on it here and there, my sewing room was a disaster area for much of October. I decided to keep the sewing projects quick and simple, sticking to fabric projects that would help me conceal clutter!

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Fabric Cover for Wire Shelves

Inspired by this pin, I sewed a fabric cover for my open wire shelving, which I used to store large cuts of fabric like minky, quilt backings, and home decor. Although I didn’t follow a pattern, I basically fitted the 108″-wide white muslin fabric around the shelves like I was working on a dress form. I pinned and stitched a bit here and there.

The trim is, of course, Amy Butler Lotus Wall Flower in Cherry. I will never fall out of love with this print!

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Ironing Board Cover

Another easy sewing project was my new ironing board cover! The fabric is Premier Prints Arrow Macon Apache Blue, and I used a couple layers of quilt batting to make it padded. No fancy sewing here. I just cut a piece of fabric about 3 to 4 inches larger than my ironing board and stitched a casing around it for elastic. Then I realized I didn’t have any elastic on hand, so I used baker’s twine! Not ideal, but it only bunches a little at the bottom, and I’m so happy with the fun new print that I hardly notice!

Wall Swag of Fabric Strips

For the fabric wall art above, I ripped fabric strips about 1-2″ wide from selvage to selvage. I then cut them into equal lengths and tied them onto another piece of baker’s twine. I used fabrics from my other projects, plus added one of my favorite prints from Carol Friedlander, a simple grey crosshatch.

I think this swag of fabric strips would be a fun accent at a wedding, bridal shower, or baby’s room. Although I’m definitely a minimalist when it comes to home decor (I’m WAY more Target than Pier 1), this little bit of wall art makes me feel like there’s a party in my sewing room!

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Window Curtains

Since the basement is our main entrance into the house, I wanted to make sure I had some good window coverings for the door window. Oftentimes, I’m up late sewing, and it feels kind of weird to have the lights on for anyone to see. I made two simple curtain panels and hung a cafe curtain rod on the door, so it’s easy to slide them to the side and let the daylight in. The fabric is Joel Dewberry’s Modern Meadow Herringbone in Pond.

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Cutting Table Skirt

Since it’s my favorite, I used more of Amy Butler’s Wall Flower print to make a simple table skirt for my cutting table, which is my husband’s old computer desk (from IKEA). After measuring the fabric and hemming each of the sides, I pinned the fabric to table with clear push pins. Since the bottom of the desk is open, it’s great for hiding my rolling plastic storage tubs, filled with more fabric.


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Long Drapes + Chair Pillow

To help break up the grey wall and cover another small window, I opted for a single long curtain panel in my favorite colors! For the drapes, I sewed with Premier Prints (an awesome provider of modern and simple home decor fabrics) Suzani Twill in Powder Blue. I want this fabric everywhere.

Since I’m prone to backaches working at the sewing machine (and holding a newborn when I’m not sewing or working), I stitched up a quick pillow cover for lumbar support! This fabric is also a home decor option from Premier Prints called Towers in Coral and White.

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Cover a Card Table in Fabric

Do you have an ugly card table around the house? I did! It was pea green with rips in the top, and I was inspired by this pin to recover the top. I used the rest of the Coral Towers fabric, and it was a lot easier than I expected! If you want a surface that’s easy to clean, you can cover your fabric in vinyl. I think I’ll just try this out and see how it goes. It’ll be great to have this extra table to pull out for an extra workspace.

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Fabric Ruler Sling

This is one of my favorite projects, and it was SO EASY! Inspired by this pin, I used a set of double curtain rod hangers and a long dowel rod (cut in half). I drilled the hardware into the side of the desk to create my little fabric sling for quilting rulers (I’ve collected quite a few), and I love how this keeps my cutting table clean and neat.

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I’m not naturally a person who tidies up after sewing, but having this fabric sling here motivates me to do so. I have another wall pocket I used to hang up my rotary cutters, which is pictured above.

Fabric-Covered Diaper Box

Would you believe this used to be a diaper box? I made two of these boxes and blogged a quick tutorial here. This is probably my second favorite project, right behind the ruler sling!

The fabric is all from, and I used White Burlap and Amy Butler Lotus Full Moon Polka Dot.

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The Sewing . . . Nursery?

See that’s little pop of color in the sewing room? This was my solution to my biggest sewing challenge . . . keeping my baby boy happy and entertained while I prep some projects to sew during nap time! If he’s really interested in a toy, I can sometimes even sew a small project like a pillow cover while he’s crawling around the foam floor. He’s quickly getting across the room to the ironing station (so I keep the iron covered and in my burlap storage box now, when not in use) and found the kitty litter box, so I can’t get into any projects that are TOO involved.

I love how the room arrangement allows me to keep a close eye on him whether I’m sewing or cutting fabric.

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Fun Floor Pillows

When planning a little corner of the room for Elliot, I knew I wanted to sew something with Ann Kelle’s Super Kids fabric. It’s adorable! I stitched up a simple pillow form in muslin, then boxed the corners. I sewed the pillow cover in the same size, but made an envelope-style pillow back so I can wash it.

For the yellow pillow, I used this floor pillow tutorial from Living with Punks and the Yellow Suzani Twill fabric.

The third patchwork pillow is from the Pleated Boxes Pillow Sew Along. Sometimes it’s nice to get out old sewing projects, which have been in a closet for years, and remember them again!

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Cover a Roll-Up Window Shade in Fabric

For Elliot’s play area, I didn’t want any long drapes that he could pull on, so I followed this super easy tutorial to cover a roll-up shade in fabric. I even pulled out the hot glue gun! So easy. This is the Joel Dewberry Herringbone print again.

Under the window, I pinned up a felt flag banner I’d stitched up for a craft show several years ago. The other side of the banners says “Lindsay Sews,” but I chose the blank side for a nice little pop of color.

Thanks for checking out my Basement Craft Room Makeover! Here’s Part 1 of this post, in which I talk about painting the wood paneling and setting up the space.

Disclaimer: I received free fabric from for all of these projects, but was not otherwise compensated. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

The BIG Reveal! Basement Craft Room Makeover

It’s here! It’s finally time to reveal my BIG Basement Craft Room Makeover!

(This is post 1 of 2. See post 2 here.)

Do you remember the BEFORE pictures that I posted last month? Here’s a reminder.

Those wood-paneled walls made a cluttered craft area seem more cramped.

With a little paint and some help from, this room has a FRESH new look!

(I’ll be back tomorrow to share more about the actual sewing projects, but here’s a brief overview.)

After: Basement Craft Room Makeover

Ta-da! Isn’t that better?

Let’s recap this basement craft room makeover!

The Walls

To cover the walls, I envisioned a few options. Since we’re renting our home and don’t own these walls, I thought covering them in fabric might be an option. Either making some loose and billowy muslin drapes or using starch to stick the fabric to the walls like a removable wallpaper. (I found instructions on Pinterest.)

The reasons I opted against the fabric were A) I worried about drapes collecting cat hair, fabric lint and threads, and B) I worried about them covering our vents and being a fire hazard this winter. Bummer. So I researched what it would take to cover these faux wood paneled walls in paint. I hemmed and hawed over the decision for several weeks, and with our landlord’s blessing, I starting priming the walls.
Paint Wood Paneling

I bought 4 cans of Zinsser Cover Stain Primer, and used almost all of it. Two coats on all the walls with special attention to the cracks, and they looked so good I almost considered leaving them primed white. I also primed a big part of the ceiling, because the drop-down vent cover and a pole in the middle of the room was covered in paneling.

I painted three walls with Sherwin Williams HGTV Home in a light grey, and left the ceiling and one accent wall (near the stairs) primed white. I think this will be my favorite spot to set up photo shoots!

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Here’s my new view from the sewing desk! Much brighter, cleaner and more organized. I feel like I actually want to be in the my sewing space, which is a huge improvement!

Basement Craft Room Makeover

I hope this post inspires you (as my new sewing room now inspires me) that you don’t need a lot of money to transform a room in your home! I used all of the furniture and antiques that I already had, and spiffed them up with fabric to make them work in this space!


I estimate that the paint, primer and brushes cost me a total of $138, and most of the projects (aside from the wire shelving cover) require 2 yards of less of fabric.

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In fact, here’s a wall that’s just screaming for some more fabric! This will be my next area to tackle, as far as adding some bright pops of color. I used to have my fat quarters folded neatly in this cabinet, but I realized that I am just too busy to re-fold my fabrics after I take them out to consider them for a project. So into the color-sorted bins they go! I do like to keep my favorite pre-cuts out on the step ladder or on my big quilt ladder, changing them out from time to time.


I’m really in love with my workstation, which is an L-shaped desk I got on Craigslist a couple years ago for $30 paired with the IKEA desk turned cutting table. I put up some clipboards on the wall that I plan to use to keep W.I.P.s like blocks and fabric swatches off my desk, yet in plain sight. Design Wall

The Fabric

You can check out my Pinterest board to see direct links to all of the fabrics I used in this space. One thing I really enjoy about shopping at is the design wall feature, which lets you save all of your favorites to one screen so you can picture them all today!

Disclaimer: I received free fabric from for all of these projects, but was not otherwise compensated. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Thanks for checking out my Craft Room Makeover!

Wanna see details of the sewing and fabric projects I made for the space? Check them out here!

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