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Showing posts with label Craft Room. Show all posts

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Crap room to Craft room: Part 3 {File Cabinet to Iron table}

Have you seen my giveaway.  There is still time to enter.  Go here.
 Now onto my new Iron table.

Slowly but surely my Crap Room is evolving into my new craft room.  It seems like I just don't have the time to get things done. The kids have been out of school and we have been visiting family. But now its back on the horse and get things done time.  Spring break is over {can I get a Hallelujah} and Spring is just around the corner. 
So to the craft room.  Did you see the previous posts here and here. For this post I have changed my file cabinet into an ironing. All the storage space for my books to reference and the top for ironing my sewing projects.  Here is the before situation of my cutting table and the file cabinet.

I cleaned off my table for the picture.  But its usually covered with fabric and patterns.

More space on my cutting table and a nice clean spot for ironing. 
Here is how I did it.

1.  I got a piece of random fabric that was large enough for my space.
This green corduroy was perfect.
2. Layer was a few pieces of foam I had leftover from another project. I had to piece them together
 and cut them the right size.
3. Layer of batting  to cover the foam.
4. I used the therm-sulate that they use for hot pads to help the heat to stay off the wood.
5. Last layer of  plain fabric. I made a little sandwich of sorts and pinned them all together.

Sew around the edge of sandwich

Cut off excess fabric

Here is my padded sandwich. Nice, soft and Heat resistant.

Next I made a fitted sheet of sorts to put around the pad and file cabinet.
I started with a piece of fabric that was 3 inches larger than the top of the file cabinet.
I rounded my corners and serged for a nice clean edge.
Fold over 1 inch to make a casing.   Stitch around folded edged leaving a small opening for your elastic.
Thread elastic through and fit to the top of your cabinet.
Next I tied mine off and that's it!The perfect fit for my cabinet.  The elastic goes right under the lip and stays down. 
I love my new place to iron ands the added space to my cutting table.And when I need the top of my file cabinet for something my cover and pad just pop off for storage.
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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Crap room to Craft room part 2: Ribbon Redo

Did you miss Part one of Crap room to Craft room??
 I am loving my new set up.  It makes sewing and crafting so much easier and less stressful. I get so much more done in the time I have to sew and craft.
Now onto another project to improve the room.
Oh the dreaded Ribbon dilemma...
What to do???
I have tried many methods of organization.  None seem to fit.
I found this great bin at Walmart.
It is the perfect height for a spool of ribbon. Perfect!
An the container is stackable. 
Even Better!
This ribbon was in 1 large bin with a bunch of loose ribbon on top.  I could not find anything.

Now its pretty and separated by type of ribbon.
Grosgrain, satin and specialty

Thank heavens for mini elastics.  I remember these when you had to get them from your orthodontist.  Perfect for Little Miss' hair..
And now my ribbon.

I bought these at the dollar store. 
I wrapped the ribbons around my hand and then wrapped a rubberband around them.

Now all pretty.
Next Ric Rac and trims.

Now they are all neatly wrapped and in my handy bins.  The perfect size for my shelves.  I had all kinds of Trim, Ric Rac and Pom Pom fringe.

The closet is still a little cramped. But fairly organized.  At least I know where everything is. 
And thats all that matters...Right??
Well 2 big projects down and a few more to go. 
My Crap room is becoming a Craft Room.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ombre Curtain

As part of my Crap room to Craft room Redo I needed a window treatment. 
I wansted something that let the light in but covered the blinds when they are raised.
A short valance it is!
To add a littel flair, I went Ombre Style.
White to Pink. Perfect for my turquoise walls.

Friday, February 3, 2012

From Crap room to Craft room Part 1: Fabric Mini bolts

We moved into our home 18 month ago. Plenty of space for the kids there own room an office for the Hubs a guest room and my own corner of heaven.  A Craft room! Closet space with shelves and everything.  It was even a color I loved. Turquoise.  I have a thing for Turquoise.  Maybe its because my birth stone is aquamarine, not quite sure. I have always loved Turquoise. (I will save my love for another post.) Anywho...
 I was totally stoked to have a great space for all my craftiness. Then the moving truck came and unloaded.  The rest of the house got first dibs.  And my poor craft room got put by the way side.  Then I found out I was preggers with baby #4.  Pregnancy wiped me out.  So the craft room again got put on the back burner.
That room has been sitting in the basement totally neglected as life rambled on around it. 
Until now.
A bestie of mine wanted a new look for her couch and propositioned me a trade.  She offered to help turn the crap room into the craft room. I in return would give her couch and chair a new look.
  Great trade, right????? 
 May be for me. 
 I showed her the crap room (so she knew what she was getting into). 
She totally agreed to help.
It was a trade made in heaven for me. 
There is no way I could undertake this on my own. 
 I was so excited. 
Here is a picture of the Crap room Before the redo.
 This picture was even after we had pulled a few bins of fabric out. 
I was serious when I said I had a lot of fabric.
 I am not quite sure wht the previous owner was thinking.  Mountain dew is not a wall color.
{A change is coming..}

{Can you find the baby?? He is hiding there somewhere.  Poor guy}
Now onto the first part of the redo...
I have alot  of fabric. 
 Probably borderline hoarding..
Its genetic. 
Some people get OCD, others anxiety. 
Me its gathering fabric and loving it.  I get it from my mother.

I needed a great way to store it and know what I have.  I have been trying to decide for years. 
I have looked at all the blog posts on how other do theirs.
Looked at the products out there.  None felt like a good fit or I didn't have the money.

Until now. 
I wanted Mini bolts.  Like a fabric store but smaller.  Then I can see everything I have. I actually ended up with Mini bolts and Micro bolts. Minis hold 1-2 yards and Micros hold less than a yard.

I needed something to house the fabric in once the bolts were made. First thing was Craigslist.  My bestie found this cabinet and bought it for her son.  Lucky for me it was to big for his room.
 But perfect for mine.
It is pretty solid and a bargin at $50. 

I had to add a few shelves in the spot reserved for a T.V. They cost me about $6
(The Lowe's man gave me a deal on a broken board. Half Price! Yeah)
I had him cut them for me and hauled them home.

****As a side not my shelves were white when I bought them and I used black contact paper ($5)  to cover them instead of painting.  It took about 15 minutes to cover them and they were ready to go. No mess.   So easy and they look great.

Onto the Mini bolts!

I started with:
 1/8 inch tempered peg board.
I bought a sheet that was 4x8 and had the Lowe's guy cut it down to a manageable
size for me to transport and cut myself.
Tempered Peg board $10 a sheet
This board comes with out holes.  But my lowes was out.  So pegged it is.

{I bought 3, 4x8 boards. Lowe's man gave me a great deal on two
of them because the boards had some flaws.}

Once home,
I cut them into 8 1/2 inch squares it worked best for my cabinet.
I took home my sheet in 4 pieces and had my Hubs but them to squares.
For Micro bolts I cut the squares in half again so they measure 81/2 x 41/4.
 They are the perfect size.

To hold the fabric on the bolt was a dilemma.  They clips fabric store use can be pricey and I need a lot of them.  I found these hair clips at Sally's beauty supply. They are perfect. They slip right on and hold the fabric in place. I chose these because they have a small liip under the clip.  Normally used for the curler in your hair, but today it is to hold a little fabric.  They are perfect.
The price... I got mine on sale for $3.99 a box. Yipee!!
{I bought 3 boxes}
Lots of fabric here remember... If my husband only knew.

I spent about 2 hours folding my fabric. Doesn't it looks so pretty. 

The boxes hold fat quarters and small pieces of fabric.
The baskets are holding sewing notions. 

One of my girlfriend's thinks I should group in colorways and colors.  I said one step a time. Maybe some day. But for now I am super excited this project is done and I can enjoy my finished project.
One BIG step closer to having a beautiful craft room.
Total price for my fabric redo.....

Totally worth every dollar!
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