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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!

Basement Craft Room Makeover

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!

Basement Craft Room Makeover

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.

Basement Craft Room Makeover

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.

 

Basement Craft Room Makeover

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 Fabric.com, and I used White Burlap and Amy Butler Lotus Full Moon Polka Dot.

Basement Craft Room Makeover

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 Fabric.com for all of these projects, but was not otherwise compensated. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Author Q&A: One-Yard Wonders + Giveaway

One Yard Wonders authors Rebecca Yaker and Trish Hoskins

Today at Craft Buds, we are thrilled to feature Trish Hoskins (left) and Rebecca Yaker (right), authors of the new book, Fabric by Fabric: One Yard Wonders (Storey). This book is the follow-up to the very popular One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects. Like the original, it also includes 101 sewing projects and full-size patterns for projects you can make with one yard of fabric.

The fun twist to this new book is a focus on different types of fabrics, with chapters broken up into lightweight and quilting weight cottons, home dec fabrics, flannel, fleece, woven pile fabrics, wool, coated fabrics (oilcloth and laminates), and knits.

Fabric by Fabric One Yard Wonders book cover

This book includes designs submitted by multiple contributors, and features new sewing patterns from designers you already know and love, like:

Lindsay of Craft Buds has a plush manatee featured in the book, and we’ll feature some of projects from the book throughout this Q&A.

Hugh Manatee

Trish and Rebecca, congratulations on the release of your newest book. Can you tell me a little bit about the process of creating this follow-up to the original OYW? When did you start planning it, and what parts of the process were your favorites?

Trish: Let’s see… if memory serves, we started working on Fabric by Fabric very shortly after the first One-Yard Wonders book was released. Like, the following February or March (2010). I really enjoy seeing all the submissions (proposed projects) when they come in – lots of WOW factor! I feel honored to see so much creativity at work. I also really do love the editing process – and figuring out how to make everything read as “one voice.”

Rebecca: Thank you Lindsay – we are so very excited to have and hold the final, hardcover, spiral bound Fabric-by-Fabric book in our hands! As Trish mentioned, we sent out our call for submissions in February 2010, and the final manuscript was due to Storey Publishing October 1 of that same year. We received so many original, inspirational projects from around the world, our heads were spinning! Sorting through all the projects, we formulated the areas of emphasis for the book and the specific chapters. From there we began the editing process, which was no small feat. We couldn’t be happier with the finished product! Honestly the entire process is challenging and very rewarding. For me, I love the opportunity to (virtually) meet so many other crafters. Getting to know them through their projects and blogs is an inspiration. There are some people that I have developed lasting friendships with because of these books.

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What are the most challenging and the most rewarding parts about writing a book with multiple contributors?

Trish: One of the most challenging elements is that everyone has such a different way of writing & explaining their process. Sometimes it can be hard to understand what is going on, and this may simply be due to a difference in how my mind works compared to the contributor’s. Or it’s simply a type of project I’ve never made before. Also, if you realize that we usually don’t actually make the projects ourselves (unless we *really* don’t understand the project, or a certain step; then I will make a sample to make sure I know what’s going on), it can be challenging to mentally walk through all the steps to make sure we don’t miss anything, and that we can translate it all for the reader. As for the rewarding parts – as I mention above,one big thing is seeing the diverse range of project ideas. It continually blows me away what people can think of to make with one yard of fabric. I also love the “community” that each book creates among its contributors.

Rebecca: When I think back to working on the first One-Yard Wonders book, I think the original challenge was how to tackle the project and solicit 101 unique, compelling, original sewing ideas. It quickly became apparent that there are amazing, original sewers out there and no shortage of ideas! Once we established how to reach out to other sewers through blogs, etsy, facebook, craft forums, etc., the word really started to spread, and we quickly realized just how rewarding it was to put together both One-Yard Wonders and Fabric-by-Fabric. We can’t say thank you enough to all the contributors for their remarkably unique projects in these books. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!! It has been a pleasure working with each and every one of you!

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Which projects did you each contribute to the book, and do you have a favorite?

Trish: I contributed the Coupon Wallet, the Day of the Week Planner, and the Lap Desk. I *may* or may not have “facilitated” the projects from my husband Matt (bicycle panniers) and my then-one-year-old son Archer (Space Beans Target Toss). If you’re talking about favorites among my own projects, I particularly love the Coupon Wallet because I had to solve a variety of challenges in its construction to meet my vision (and I achieved it!), AND it’s supremely practical and functional. My own coupon wallet goes with me everywhere! But frankly I am proud of all of them. I’d like to give a special shout out to my family’s projects, though, because er, they had a HELL of a time figuring out how to get everything needed for each project out of just one yard; thank goodness they eventually succeeded – whew! If you are wondering which of all 101 projects might be my favorite, hm…. I plead the fifth!

Rebecca: I contributed three original projects to Fabric-by-Fabric: The Boxer Shorts (page 180); the Cap Sleeve Bolero (page 28); and the Party Lamp Shade (page 42). I enjoy all three projects for different reasons. I originally made the lampshade for our home because we were unable to find a fun and unique lampshade at an affordable price in the size and color we needed. Voila! Insta-perfect lampshade, and we have received many compliments. I love that this project is customizable to meet your personal specifications. My husband loves the Boxer Shorts, and my favorite of my two apparel projects is the Bolero. This cute, fitted, tailored top is kind of like an accessory, as it helps you infuse a little bit of pattern in your outfit. I love wearing it over tank tops, and even long sleeve solid t-shirts. Like the description says, it adds a little bit of pizzazz to your outfit.

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What’s next for both of you?

Trish: We do hope to start working on a 3rd One-Yard Wonders soon – we hope to receive word on that in the very near future (look for our call for submissions!) I do have lots of IDEAS for furthering my professional design / pattern-making / crafting career, but between this fabulous series and Crafty Planet, we’ll have to see what I manage to get done!

Rebecca: Trish and I are both ready to begin another One-Yard Wonder project! Hopefully this will get underway early next year, so please feel free to email us at oneyardwonders @ gmail.com to get on our mailing list and receive notification of our call for submissions. Otherwise, you can also check www.oneyardwondersbook.com for updates. I’m enjoying catching up on some personal projects and gifts for the holidays. In addition to sewing, I enjoy hand knitting and adore machine knitting. I’m currently revamping my studio space, and will soon be sharing it with my husband (a photographer and sculptor). I look forward to inspiring one another and working together on projects in our shared space.

My Project, Hugh Manatee

Giveaway!

Would you like to win a copy of Fabric-by-Fabric: One-Yard Wonders? Enter the giveaway here!

Also, you can follow along with the blog tour at:

12/12/2011 Becka’s Project Journal
12/13/2011 Craft Buds
12/14/2011 Patch Work Duck Designs
12/15/2011 A Spoonful of Sugar
12/15/2011 Nifty Kidstuff
12/15/2011 Becka’s Project Journal
12/16/2011 Nom Nom Nom Nom
12/16/2011 Quaint and Quirky
12/17/2011 ikatbag
12/17/2011 Two Brown Birds
12/18/2011 Sharon Sews
12/19/2011 LBG Studio
12/19/2011 Carolina Fair Designs
12/19/2011 Under Construction
12/20/2011 Little Blue Cottage
12/21/2011 Craftzine
12/21/2011 Neuroses Galore
12/21/2011 Emily Steffen
12/22/2011 Jenna Lou Loves You
12/23/2011 Spincushion
12/27/2011 One Inch World
12/28/2011 Sew Sew Etc.
January ‘12 Lu Lu Carter
January ’12 Fiberosity
January ’12 Zuhause
January ’12 Obsessively Stiching

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