For the Love Of Crafts

After making the slipcover, covering my antique chair and poof, I wanted to complete the interior décor with a window treatment including a valance and side panels.
Making a removable valance is not as complicated as a permanent valance,  all you need is industrial Velcro, glue and fabric with trim.
1:  The first step to making a removable valance is to determine the length and width you want to frame for the valance and section off that part of the ceiling with industrial Velcro (male)  with industrial glue (it’s better to use the non stick Velcro for this project and use glue to secure it to the ceiling, the sticky Velcro is not strong enough and the valance will collapse after a few days).
2:  Measure fabric and lining to match the frame sectioned off,  measure the length of the valance and cut (as seen in diagram).
3:  Place lining on fabric and cut to the same measurements
4:   Place trim between lining and fabric and stitch
5:  Turn over, the finished results should look like the diagram
 6:  Stitch  female side of Velcro on three sided of the valance  and mount the valance fastening the Velcro to the ceiling.
For styling I scalloped the front of the valance by forming tiny pleats in the middle or it can be left straight without the scallop.
To complete my living room ensemble, the next step was to recover a poof I picked up at a Value Village with the left overs from the slipcover and the antique seat cover.
I used the same technique that I used for the slip clover, I cut a piece of fabric to cover the top.
Pinned it to the poof to keep it from shifting and keep it taunt and cutting off any excess fabric.
Then cut one piece of fabric and wrap it around the sides keeping it taunt, pining to the shape of the poof.  take off the pinned fabric and sew on the machine, (always pin the wrong side of the fabric)
Place the covering over the poof and embellish with trim,
Soooo…  after covering my recliner I had this antique chair that I bought at a garage sale for a whopping $5.00 it looked tacky against my newly covered recliner.
I had enough fabric left over to recover the seat of the chair.  This was a much easier project than making the slip covers, no pins, no Velcro, all I needed was the fabric, trim,  scissors, screwdriver and glue (I recommend goop glue instead of using a glue gun, the advantage of using goop is that you can manipulate the fabric before the glue dries, but the glue gun dries instantly and once applied it cannot be undone, the other option is an industrial staple gun.
First I used the screwdriver to take off the old seat
The next step – I cut a piece of fabric to cover the seat with enough to turn over, approximately four to five inches on each side.
The next step is I turned over the fabric manipulating the fabric to the shape of the seat and glued it in place (you can also use an industrial staple gun for this)  If using glue allow 24 hours to dry.
Place the seat back on the chair and secure with the screws.  I embellished with cord (optional)
I made a decorative cushion to complete the look and now my chair is not jealous anymore.
My recliner was beginning to look worn.  I shopped around for a new chair but they were all smaller than the one I had and could not find a chair to replace my comfy recliner, so I went shopping for fabric to make a sliprecover.
The project was fun and I hope you get inspired to do a similar project.
You will need:
Fabric, scissors,  Velcro, (the industrial Velcro is better because it’s more secure) thread, pins.
You will need to purchase ample fabric since you will be manipulating  the fabric the shape of the chair while pinning and cutting as you go.
Pin the fabric on the wrong side to the shape of the chair.
If the seat cushion is separate, make the cushion separate, however if the chair is like my chair with the cushion built in, the pin as seen in diagram.
Pin the back piece stretching as you pin.   Cut the fabric after pinning to the shape of the chair.  Leave one side of the back open to allow the slipcover to fit over the chair when finished.  Secure with velcor to close.
Pinning the shape of the hand rests can be tricky, follow the shape and make small pleats following the shape of the hand rests.  If in doubt follow the pattern of the original chair.
When the slip cover is pinned, use a marker to outline the pins, in that way if some pins come loose or fall out the slip cover will be marked.  With the pins secured removed the pinned slip cover and sew on the machine, taking out the pins as you sew.
After sewing pull the slip cover over the chair, you can use the Velcro tape underneath the edge of the seats and at the corners that the material will not shift when sitting on the chair.
The finished slipcover – So much nicer that the tired looking recliner.
Making a lovely necklace with scraps left over from a skirt
I made an African print skirt, my plan was to make a headwrap with the left over fabric but all I had left over were scraps.  I was disappointed that I did not get my headwrap so I made a  beautiful necklace instead.
You can do this project with any scraps you have to match your outfits.
You can use beads or bubbles, strong thread and whatever decorative items you have.
I made a tube with the fabric and stuff the beads into the tube,  if you have different size beads you can arrange the beads so that the large beads will be in the middle of the tube.
To separate the beads I wrapped the thread around the space of each bead to form a candy wrap effect, you can also twist the fabric for more definition.  Continue this process.  To close the end of the tube hem stich with needle and thread.  If the necklace is not long enough to go over your head add clasps at the end, or hook and eyes.
For embellishment I wrapped a string of sequins around the finished necklace.
Finished Necklace
The remaining scraps I made a tube and instead of using beads I run the cord through with a safety pin and secured the end by hem stitch.  You can add claps of tie a decorative know to finish.
The corded necklace can be worn wrapped around the neck several times.
 Make a beautiful silk patchwork scarf from your scrap box.
 Make a beautiful silk scarf from your scrap box.
  • Cut fabric in 8″ squares and join together.
  • You can use any type of fabric ie: lace, silk, cotton…


Summer Sandals With Hair Bubbles
  • Transform a boring sandals into a fun and sassy sandals for the summer.
You will need:
  • Shoe glue, scissors, three cards of children hair bubbles,

(you can also use loose buttons or beads). 

  • A large needle and crochet thread.

Fabric for template (optional)

If you use a template then you will have to sew the bubbles or buttons on the template then glue to the sandals.    

Sew bubbles or buttons on template (optional) or directly on to sandals with large needle and crochet thread.  
  • Completed bubble sandals – fun to wear:
Three Easy Steps to make a Facinating Facinator Hat.  It’s very simple.

You will need flower or ornament of choice with clip so it can be secured to your hair. 


Needle, Thread, Scissors, Facinator.

1: Run a base threat through edge of facinator to create gathers, if you are having trouble pulling thread through the net pleat net instead.  



 2:  Pull thread, leave hole in facinator enough for the clip to fit  through. 

3:  Secure facinator to ornament making sure the clip is not tangled in thread
Completed Fabulous Wide Facinator hat worn on the side
  • You can style your fascination to suit your fancy by folding the front under and leaving the back to fall.
  • You can create a variety of styles by folding or cutting the net in half before gathering or by leaving one side a different width.
You can convert a plain plastic drawer into a lovely piece of bathroom furniture
  • I had a set of plastic drawers in my bathroom which I found unattractive and dull, so I decided to make them interesting.
  • I bought a few boxes of mirrors and two packs of self adhesive plastic tiles from the dollar store and went to work.
  • I pasted the glass on the front and side drawers.
  • Then cut the tiles out and formed a pattern around the mirrors.
  • The results were fantastic.  I now have a beautiful piece of bathroom furniture which is functional and beautiful
  • You can also use patterned wall paper instead of glass.
There’s nothing worse than  trying to untangle your necklaces from your jewelry box.  Here is a neat way to organize your necklaces and decorate your space at the same time.
  • You will need a  picture or mirror you no longer need, hooks, craft glue.
  • it’s best to use glass glue so the hooks will not fall off with the weight of the necklace.
  • You can also use both side sticking tape from the hardware store.  From my observation the both side sticking tape is more durable if bought from the hardware store.
  • Place hooks alternately in each row about three inches between the hooks so that the necklaces can hang freely.  See picture above.
  • Whether you use glue or  both side sticking tape it’s best to leave for 24 hours before hanging the necklaces.
  • Now all your necklaces are accessible and you can decorate your wall at the same time.
Making a decorative Christmas Tree Branch
  • All you need is a tree branch painted in the colour of your choice.
  • I chose gold, place in a heavy plant pot to keep branch  from tipping.
  • Use foam and moss to anchor the flowers and branch in the pot.
  • Arrange flowers to your liking.
  • You can use poinsettias or any flower purchased in the craft isle


  • Finally hang ornaments on the branches.
  • Very inexpensive to make.
  • I purchased all items at the dollar store, or you can use left over ornaments from your Christmas tree decorations.
  • The items can be purchased at any craft store.   I purchased my items at the craft section at the dollar store.
  • For the table mat you will need table mats, sequin ribbons and packages of sequin squares.





For the napkin holders you can use napkin holders you already have or purchase napkin holders, you will also need decorative sequin ribbons.





Place the sequin squares at one end of the table mat.
Cut the sequin ribbon the length of the table mat.  You can use glue to keep them in place.  I just placed them on the mat without glue because I’m just using them for the season and most likely will change the design next
For the napkin holders – cut the sequin ribbon the circumference of the holders and glue them on.
I used both side transparent tape in case I decide to redesign them for another occasion.
Put your napkins on your charger plate to decorate your
Christmas Table






If you want to keep the glare out or keep the heat in, you can line the drapes you already have very easily and economically without sewing.
I’ll show you how in this tutorial.

You will need:    Fabric Glue (you can purchase at fabric stores

Drop cloth (you can purchase from Home Depot or any hardware store).
Measure the panels to determine the size and amount you will need.  You will also need a pair of scissors.
  • 1)  If you don’t have a big enough table, lay the panel on the floor, (you can spread a sheet on the floor before starting the project to protect the drapes).  Measure the drop cloth against the panel and cut to size.
  • 2)  Spread ample amount of glue across the top of the  panel below the gromets or pleats squeezing the bottle gently
  • 3)  Place the drop cloth on the panel, pressing gently from end to end to secure.  Let dry for about one hour.
Repeat steps 1 – 3, on each panel
There you have it!  lined drapes to keep the heat in or glare out.
For chiffon drapes you can purchase inexpensive polyester or cotton lining from the fabric store.


You will need rings, needle, thread and a small scissors. 
I picked these rings up in a grab bag at the fabric store
Sew the rings securely on to each pleat
Then hang your drapes.  That’s all there is to it
 You will need tape measure, ribbon approximately 2″ wide, scissors, pins, needle and thread.
  • You can measure the circumference of the rod to determine the length of the tabs. 


  • Instead of using a tape measure I placed the ribbon around the rod allowing about half inch for ease so the rod can be pushed through without having to force it through.
  • The next step: cut the amount of tabs you need by using the first tab as a guide. 


  • To determine how many tabs you will need count the number of pleats on  the drape 


  • Place a tab in every other space between pleats.


  • Pin or baste tab between pleats as shown in diagram


  • Stitch the bottom then the top. 
(to make it easier you can stitch all the bottom of the tabs first then flip

them over and stitch the top in pace.  (See diagrams)

Run rod through tabs, and hang drapes
I bought these converse thong canvas sandals without trying them on, it turned out the reach was too short between my toes and they hurt but I was determined to keep them.
I took them to the shoemaker and to my disappointment he said there was nothing he could do the fix the problem, and suggested I give them away and buy a  new pair.  I had this brilliant idea to make them fit which I will share with you.
I went home and rummaged through my junk draw and found two appliques, crochet thread, and 1 1/2″ wide elastic. Then I went for my scissors, and large canvas needle.
First I cut through the sandals above the thong as seen in the picture.
Then anchor the elastic to the canvas by sewing it securely to add length and give the necessary ease required
I added an applique to embellish the sandals and hide the elastic.
Now I have a beautiful sandals to wear on my vacation.
Moral of this story:  Never, Never take NO for an answer.
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