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With summer get-togethers on the rise, you may be looking for extra ways to dress up your round outdoor tables. The perfect solution for this is to make a round tablecloth,using a stunning print or bright colored fabric, which will instantly give your outdoor furniture a fresh update.
What you’ll need:
- Sewing machine
- Measuring tape
- Water soluble pen
To start, you’ll want to take your tape measure and lay it across the table, having the tape measure hang down the sides at the length that you want your fabric to hang. Once you have the total measurement from one side of the table and over to the next side, you will turn that measurement into a perfect square. For example, if you measure 65 inches, you’ll want to cut out a square of fabric that measures 65 X 65 inches.
Once you have the square piece of fabric, fold the fabric in half, corner to corner, and then in half again. Take your tape measure and string it from one corner and then to the corner directly across, creating an arc. You’ll want to trace that arc with your water soluble pen, and then cut along the line.
Once you’ve finished cutting out the fabric, you’ll find your fabric is now in a perfect circle. To finish the raw edges you can either pin the edge of fabric underneath, using your sewing machine to create a hem, or for a quick finish, you can just serge the edges.
And now you have a brand new round tablecloth to help accent those bright summer days on the patio.
Extra tip: If you don’t want to spend money on fabric, you could always reuse a king size bed sheet to make a new tablecloth.
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With their large, square design, European or “Euro” pillows are perfect for adding some extra flair to any bedroom. Their square shape provides contrast from your other pillows and easily allows you to add a simple accent to your bed spread. Typically these pillows measure 26 inches squared, so make sure you have enough fabric to make these euro pillow covers.
Materials You’ll Need
– 26”x26” pillow
– 3/4 yards of desired fabric
– Sewing machine
– Matching thread
- Cut one piece of 27”x27” fabric and two 27”x16½” pieces for the back.
- Fold one long edge of fabric over 1/4 inch toward the less colorful side of the fabric on each of the back pieces, and fold the edge over again1/4 inch and stitch along each fold using sewing machine.
- Pin 27”x27” on top, making sure everything is lined up and the colorful side of the fabric is facing inwards.
- Stitch together along all sides having 1/4-inch seam allowance.
- Flip the resulting pillow cover back inside out and insert pillow.
These Euro pillow covers are a perfect way to add your own style to your bedroom and provide and excellent addition to your lightweight bedspreads. Don’t be afraid to add you own spin to these pillow covers as additional sprucing up is highly recommended.
Wondering how to keep your kids busy enough this summer for them to not wreak havoc on the neighborhood? One of the best ways to do this is to get them interested in a craft that they will enjoy spending time on. A few such crafts include the arts of knitting or crocheting. If you can get your kids hooked on one of these hobbies, they will want to spend a little bit of time each day perfecting their latest projects.
Here’s how you can get your child to start crocheting:
Step 1 – The materials
The first thing you are going to want to get in order to jump start your child’s interest in crocheting is a baby blanket crochet kit. A baby blanket is a relatively easy crochet project, yet challenging enough to keep a kid interested. They may, of course, need some help from you at times, and this is a great way for you to spend some quality time with your child as you work on a project together.
Step 2 – Get fabric ready
Iron your fabric and make sure it’s nice and neat before you begin your work.
Step 3 – Sewing
Take your fabrics and place them so that they face one another and then sew them together with a thread that matches their color.
Step 4 – Completing your blanket for baby
Now that you have sewed the fabrics together, pull the baby blanket inside out so that the outside is facing out. You will see that you are left with some openings along the edges, sew those shut.
By completing just a few simple steps, your child can complete his or her first blanket for baby this summer – an accomplishment indeed and a great way to keep your child busy. Set the blanket up on a baby crib and garnish it with a few plush blanket buddies and you are done!