Warm and Cozy Guest Room Throw Blankets

Regular Contributor, Michelle James brings us a DIY tutorial for Warm and Cozy Guest Room Throw Blankets.

 

 

Warm and Cozy Guest Room Throw Blankets

A DIY perfect for cold Winter days

I hope everyone had a happy holiday. Are you gearing up for a fun New Year’s Eve? We usually have a pretty quiet night full of food and movies.

It is getting a little cold here in Iowa these days so I decided to make some fleece throw blankets for the guest room. I call them “warm and cozy guest room throw blankets”. How is that for a title?

 

Jeff and I broke down and purchased a Silhouette Cutting Machine. They were on such a great deal; we could not pass it up. So, I am showing you how I cut out fabric using the machine. It was pretty slick.

I purchased the fabric stabilizer and the fabric blade to use.

I wanted these throw blankets to match the Welcome Pillow I had made, and I wanted the same font. When I made the pillow, we did not have the cutting machine; so, I printed out the words, cut them out, traced them onto the fabric then cut them out of the fabric. This was fine, but I really wanted to see if using the machine would work.

I used Glamour Brush font which is one I purchased as part of a bundle a while back. I love the look of it. So, this is the font I chose for the throw blankets too.

One thing I learned, when I practiced cutting this out on paper, was that the distressing cuts as well. I did not want that so I used the eraser tool on the software program for the machine to get rid of the distressing. It looked like this on my screen.

 

You can see there are a couple of broken red lines. I knew the machine would not cut that part, but I was okay with that.

Then, I needed to get my fabric ready to cut. The fabric is the dust ruffle from the bed set I purchased for this room. I did not want to use it, but it has come in handy for these projects. It matches the room, but isn’t overdone.

I cut a piece the size I needed, then cut a piece of the fabric stabilizer just slightly smaller. I placed the stabilizer with the paper side up to the back of the fabric and ironed it in place. I removed the paper backing to reveal this shiny surface.

 

The shiny part goes down onto the mat. So, the right side of the fabric is facing up.

 

 

I just made sure it was nice and secure. These mats are new; so, I did not have any problems with the fabric moving around.

This is what I got when it was cut.

 

Now, remember that there were a couple of places that did not cut due to the “broken” lines in the font? I just used my scissors to finish them, and it worked great!

Then, I was ready to stitch them onto my fleece. For these throws I am using orange on one side and gray on the other to match the room. They are pretty small, but they are just to place over a lap or to throw over some shoulders. So, small was okay with me.

The fabric stabilizer allowed me to iron the words onto the fleece before stitching. It held them in place so there was no need for pins or glue.

I used a regular straight stitch on the sewing machine and went really slow. If you look closely you will definitely see some flaws, but all in all, I think I did a pretty good job.

Then, I just stitched the two fleece pieces together. I may go back and stitch across the whole thing a couple of times so that when they are washed they won’t separate and get weird but I haven’t decided for sure yet.

What do you think?

 

I hope you liked them and thanks so much for stopping by. Happy New Year!

 

~Michelle

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Getting Ready For Christmas

Are You Getting Ready?

It has been a crazy couple of weeks on our stretch of the beach, but we’ll get into that a little later. I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving and are getting ready for a wonderful holiday season.

Last month I made Autumn Pillow Covers for the throw pillows in my living room. At that time, I told you my plan was to use the covers for Christmas as well, with just a change of decorations.

So here it is… the Autumn Pillow Covers – Christmas Style!

My Christmas Pillow Covers!

Again, I removed the wire from the ribbon (I don’t want anybody to get poked). I used this ribbon to decorate other things around my house too. Don’t forget to check out the step-by-step tutorial, DIY – Pillow Covers!

It’s Christmastime!

I absolutely LOVE decorating for Christmas. I turn on the Christmas music and sing and dance around while I prepare my home the glorious festivities.

Here are a few of our decorations…

This display is on my stair landing and features a tree that Rory made in preschool.

I decided my new recessed lighting in the living room needed to be decorated for Christmas. It looks like a winter wonderland! I bought these adorable snowflakes as a six-pack at the 99-cents Only Store. Add a little elastic and some transparent thread and you have a simple and fun decoration.

I continued the snowflake theme in several other areas of our home…
including the guest bathroom.

This is one of my favorite displays. Father Christmas sitting in a sled with elves and sleigh bells. Fresh Christmas greens always add beauty and a wonderful scent all around your home; I love to use them.

If you want to see more Christmas decorating ideas, check out the first annual Christmas Home Tour series at The Road to Domestication. You will love it!

Are you a frugal decorator?

What are some of your favorite decorating tips?

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DIY – Pillow Covers

A Little Pillow Talk

When we fixed up the living room after the flood repairs and renovations, we put neutral covers on our couch and loveseat. Rory and I found some really pretty pillows to brighten them. Since there is not yet any decoration at all on the walls, the pillows really made a big difference. We decided that having seasonal pillows would be something we could have fun with while changing the feel of the room a bit from time-to-time.

It was late spring when we got our lovely pillows, and we haven’t changed them yet. our major budget constraints has kept up from being able to purchase four pillows at $25 to $35 a pop. But last Friday, Rory and I went out to the Sugar Plum Christmas Boutique (you can read more about Sugar Plum here). We didn’t expect to purchase anything. We just went out to look around and have some fun, which we did. Then, we found a 3-1/2 yard remnant on sale for $4.50 … I quickly estimated if that would be enough to cover my pillows and decided we couldn’t pass it up.

At home, I scrounged through my mother’s old sewing stuffs and found thread and snaps, as well as some leftover ribbon that I’d been saving. I measured the pillows and came up with a formula for how much material I would need to cover each pillow and just how I would go about sewing it. This is what I came up with…

DIY Pillow Covers

How Much Fabric Is Needed:

  • Measure Your pillow all the way around both length and width.

For the Length:

  • Add 1-1/2 inches for turning and sewing edges.
  • Add another 6 inches for overlap.

My pillows are square. they measured 33-1/2 inches. So here’s the formula for figuring out how to cut my fabric.   33.5 + 1.5 + 6 = 41 inches

For the Width:

  • Divide the all around width measure by 2
  • Add 1-1/2 inches for side seams
  • Add 1/4 inch for stuffing room

33.5 / 2 = 16.75

16.75 + 1.5 + .25 = 18.5 inches

So, I needed to cut 41 x 18.5 inch pieces of fabric .

How To Sew The Pillow Covers:

  • Start with the short edges of the fabric. Turn fabric right-side down. Fold edge over to the wrong-side of fabric (about the width of the sewing foot). Stitch.
  • Turn the edge over again and Stitch. This will keep raw edges from being exposed. Do both short edges of fabric this way.
  • Fold the fabric length-wise, right-side out, so there is 6 inches of overlap. Pin and stitch each side. (I lined up the edge of the sewing foot with the edged of the material.)
  • Once both sides are stitched, turn the pillow cover inside out and stitch the sides again.
  • Flip pillow cover right-side out. Your sewing is finished!

Options:

You do not need to use anything to seal the overlap flap closed, but you could use snaps (like me) that would be hidden, velcro, buttons, or even ribboning. The possibilities are endless.

This is a basic, simple pillow cover that you can embellish how ever you like. I decorated my pillow with a fall ribbon.

**NOTE –  my ribbon was wired, so I pulled the wire out of the ribbon before sewing it around the pillow. Since I will be using these pillow covers for Christmas as well as Thanksgiving, I did not attach the ribbon to the pillow cover, but rather just sewed it around it so that it will slide off when I want to change the decoration. I hand stitched the ribbon at the edges so you cannot even see where I stitched.

So, for $4.50 Rory and I have new Fall pillows just in time for our Thanksgiving celebration!

Do you have any money saving decorating ideas?

I’d love to hear your ideas for pillow decorations.

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