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I will be outlining our approach to the headboard and will share an alternative (although more expensive) route in parenthesis.
At least 2 large cardboard boxes (or a large piece of plywood)
Several large bags of pillow stuffing (or foam cut to size)
Home decor fabric 1 1/2 to 2 yards
Hot Glue Gun (or a nail gun)
1. Measure the width of your bed frame and decide how tall you want your headboard to be. Our headboard is 62 in X 28 in.
2. Take apart a large cardboard box and cut it to fit your height and width. To make the headboard more sturdy, we doubled up the cardboard and taped each piece together with duct tape (For an even sturdier option, cut a piece of plywood to fit your height and width measurements).
3. Iron your home decor fabric and lay it right side facing down on the floor. Lay the cardboard on top of the fabric. Cut your fabric so that it is approximately 3-5 inches bigger than the cardboard on each side.
(If using plywood, hot glue your foam piece to the plywood and then lay it foam size down onto the fabric).
4. The next step is to take your hot glue gun and glue the fabric along 3 sides of the cardboard. As you glue, you need to pull the fabric taught. The corners can be tricky, make sure that they are smooth and not bunched up on the right side.
(If using plywood, secure the fabric to 3 sides of the piece using your nail gun rather than hot glue).
5. Once the glue has dried completely, flip the piece over and begin stuffing it with the pillow stuffing. Make sure the stuffing fills up all corners and edges. You will likely use much more than you think you need to!
(This step can be skipped if using foam rather than pillow stuffing, unless you want to add even more comfort!).
6. Once your headboard is sufficiently stuffed, glue down the last side of fabric (or nail it down). You need to pull the fabric tight as you do this, but not so tight that the cardboard begins to bend. It’s a tricky balance!
7. If you find that your cardboard headboard doesn’t stay as straight as you’d like, attach a strip of wood to the back with glue or a nail gun (as long as it doesn’t poke into the stuffing) to keep it from bending.
8. We did not attach our headboard to the wall because it slipped perfectly behind our mattress and rests on the back part of our bed frame.
Those are the simple steps that we used to create our headboard. Like I said before, it is in no way a perfect, professional piece of furniture but it does it’s job, it was inexpensive, and it looks great!
Halloween is such a fun time of year, especially as the kids get older. I usually stress myself out trying to make their costumes but when the boys love them and wear them for months after, all that work is so worth it!
This year’s costume making adventure was particularly interesting since my sewing machine decided to freak out and die on me. I had to sew everything by hand, so I tried to make things as easy for myself as possible.
We decided long ago that Milo would dress up as a monkey. He loves monkeys. He’s obsessed with monkeys. It’s weird and cute. I decided that a sock monkey costume would be the easiest thing to do. He already had a cute knit outfit that sorta looked “sock monkey-ish” and then I just added a knit monkey hat to match!
Owen wanted to be a transformer but I convinced him otherwise since well, been there done that! His second choice was a dinosaur! I bought cute striped footie pj’s from Walmart and then hand sewed the tail and hood onto the pj’s with fleece. When it comes to Halloween costumes, fleece and felt are my best friend! No need to worry about fancy seems! I absolutely L.O.V.E. how Owen’s costume turned out! I especially love how his tail wags back and forth as he runs around. It’s hilarious and adorable.
Ande also wanted to be a transformer again, but I strongly encouraged a little variety! His “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” costume was pretty easy to piece together. Once again, I used fleece to make his vest and felt to make his boot covers. I love his very pirate-y facial expressions when I ask him to pose for the camera!
And now we are just anxiously awaiting 6 o’clock so the boys can run around the neighborhood and beg for candy from strangers! Halloween is such a strange little holiday, yet oh so fun.
I love to wear dresses. I definitely feel like I was born in the wrong era (until I remember epidurals…I’m glad I have those). The problem is that I have really high standards when it comes to finding a dress. Besides the style and pattern of the fabric, and ease of wear (hello! I have 3 small, dirty children), I need the dress to be modest! Why is it so hard to find something with a high neck line, sleeves, and knee length skirt?
So here’s how my penelope peplum dress turned out…
I was trying to organize and de-stash my fabric and craft stuff the other day and I came across this really soft faux fur that I bought a while ago. I don’t even remember why I bought it, but I’m so glad that I did!
I have been itching for a faux fur accessory to wear ever since I saw some wedding pictures of a friend. She wore this amazing vintage fur wrap over her dress and I fell in love!
When I came across this fabric in my stash, I immediately started cutting and sewing. It literally only took me 15 minutes to make!
This is what I did:
1. I took a peter pan collar that I already owned, folded it in half, and traced around it on a piece of newspaper (leaving about 1/2 inch around each edge for seam allowances).
2. After cutting out my pattern piece, I placed the straight edge on the fold and cut out my pattern in my fur fabric. I cut out two.
3. I placed the pieces right sides together, pinned, then sewed around the edge. I left a 1 inch opening so I could turn it right side out.
4. I hand sewed the little 1 inch opening shut.
It was so easy and fun to whip up. Ande was curious about what I was doing, so I let him help me and he really had fun. He really loves pinning the pieces together, using like 50 pins when only 10 are needed!
If I was really serious, I would have added some interfacing to stiffen it up a little bit. But, that’s just not me…I like immediate results =)
I have been having so much fun wearing this with all the cold and snow! My favorite way to wear it is as an accessory around my winter coat!
Now, I’m tempted to go buy some more faux fur and make a cute vest, or shawl, or something! What would you make with faux fur?
(faux fur, faux fur, faux fur…wow I wrote that out so many times in this post and now it really sounds funny!)
I crocheted two little bows to make my loafers a little more girly! I didn’t want to permanently attach the bows to my shoes (in case I realize how ridiculous this idea is later on), so I attached each bow to a black hair tie. It’s kind of perfect because the bow then slips right over the little “tongue” of the loafer and since they are black, you can’t even tell.