DIY Headboard Slipcover

So, I love the look of an upholstered headboard – so tailored and elegant yet still inviting. But, there are a couple of reasons I wasn’t ready to add one to our bedroom – I actually like the look of our wooden headboard, and I also wanted something that was easy to keep clean.

The perfect solution was to sew a slipcover for our wooden headboard, because I can change or wash it easily.

Love the look but don't want to commit to an upholstered headboard? DIY this easy slipcover! Jewels at Home

To create a soft feel, I wanted to have a quilted slipcover, and then I thought – why not make it out of a quilt?!

I found this grey velvet quilt which is perfect. It’s no longer sold, but here are some similar options:Chezmoi Vintage Washed Cotton Quilt and CoCaLo Trellis Coverlet. I started by pre-washing the quilt, so it wouldn’t shrink in future washings.

I measured the headboard and added 2″ to the height and 5″ to the width to create my pattern. I used the finished edges of my quilt for the bottom opening.

With right sides facing, I sewed the sides and top seams of the slipcover. Then, I carefully cut away some batting from the seam allowance, so the seams would be less bulky. I squared off the top corners, and this easy project was finished!


Love the look but don't want to commit to an upholstered headboard? DIY this easy slipcover! Jewels at Home

Love the look but don't want to commit to an upholstered headboard? DIY this easy slipcover! Jewels at HomeSweet dreams!

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Keepsake Baby Quilt – The Next Generation

I keep every little scrap of paper, fabric, or ribbon that might possibly be used again… and I know that I got this habit from my mom. When I was going through her fabric stash a few years ago, I found some fabric leftover from my baby blanket. The remnant looked surprisingly bright next to the worn and faded blanket I am familiar with, but there was no mistaking those happy tigers and vibrant flowers.

When I was pregnant with our first baby, I decided to make a new blanket out of this fabric, and now all three boys have their own quilts with a little piece of this special fabric.

I LOVE this idea. Use scraps from an old baby blanket to make special quilts for your children and grandchildren! Keepsake Baby Quilt - the Next Generation | Jewels at Home

Since the piece of fabric I found was small, I knew the blanket had to be a patchwork, so I found other scraps of yellows, greens, and whites from my mom’s stash and improvised a design to feature this special nostalgic print. I made it with just the pieced front and a solid back – no batting – so it would be lightweight and versatile.

I LOVE this idea. Use scraps from an old baby blanket to make special quilts for your children and grandchildren! Keepsake Baby Quilt - the Next Generation | Jewels at Home

A few years later, we were expecting our second child, and with the few squares I had left, I again pieced a blanket for our new baby.

I LOVE this idea. Use scraps from an old baby blanket to make special quilts for your children and grandchildren! Keepsake Baby Quilt - the Next Generation | Jewels at Home

I joked for a while that since I had used up that small piece of fabric, we couldn’t have any more kids… But as the years went by, we did want to add to our family, and I didn’t let the lack of tiger print fabric stop me!

When I planned this new baby’s blanket, I decided I had to cut into my old blanket to get the fabric. It wasn’t that hard a decision, as I hadn’t used my blanket in ages, and the tiger print was extra special in this case, since our youngest was born in the year if the tiger.

I LOVE this idea. Use scraps from an old baby blanket to make special quilts for your children and grandchildren! Keepsake Baby Quilt - the Next Generation | Jewels at Home

I love seeing how this whimsical print is now woven through all our childhoods.

I LOVE this idea. Use scraps from an old baby blanket to make special quilts for your children and grandchildren! Keepsake Baby Quilt - the Next Generation | Jewels at Home

I LOVE this idea. Use scraps from an old baby blanket to make special quilts for your children and grandchildren! Keepsake Baby Quilt - the Next Generation | Jewels at Home

I LOVE this idea. Use scraps from an old baby blanket to make special quilts for your children and grandchildren! Keepsake Baby Quilt - the Next Generation | Jewels at Home

I LOVE this idea. Use scraps from an old baby blanket to make special quilts for your children and grandchildren! Keepsake Baby Quilt - the Next Generation | Jewels at Home

The boys’ special blankets have been useful and treasured over the years, and I love how they are all connected but each unique… Just like the boys themselves!

And I still have enough of that baby blanket left over to make something for my grandkids some day. You can bet I am going to keep it!

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Easy DIY Jewelry Display Board

Sometimes, every day feels like rush, rush, rush… get up, get ready, take the kids to school, work, back home, more kids and more work… I am very fortunate to love it all as much as I do, but the pace can definitely get to be a bit much!

Every once in a while, I have to remind myself to take a “time out.” All the work of home and job is never truly finished, and it’s okay to give yourself a few hours – or even minutes – to do something for yourself.

Tonight’s time out was sooooo easy and exciting.

I have been eyeing beautiful closet designs on Pinterest, planning out my own little spot of blingy bliss. One thing I knew I wanted to include was a way to display some jewelry. I ended up making this beautiful and super-easy magnetic display board that was ready in minutes!

The simple materials for this board were:

Easy DIY Jewelry Display Board | Jewels at Home

Easy DIY Jewelry Display Board | Jewels at Home

The rest of my closet nook is still coming together and will require a bit more elbow grease than this easy project, but I hope I can show it to you soon!

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A Few of My Favorite Chairs – Whimsical Chippendale Makeover

I’m not trying to hide the fact that I have a bit of a thing for chairs. I picked up a set of Chippendale chairs off of craigslist a while ago. I’ll admit that I didn’t even know exactly where they would go, but I could not pass up these beauties.

A Few of My Favorite Chairs - Whimsical Chippendale Makeover | Jewels at Home

There were three armchairs, and you may remember I painted these black and reupholstered the seats with a complementary lattice print. They make beautiful side chairs in our living-dining room.

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Next up were the four side chairs. I originally thought I would use them for an eat-in area in our kitchen, but when we renovated, we ended up with seating at the island, instead of a separate table.

Not to worry, though, the side chairs have found a home in our family room. This room is decorated with lots of white, as you can see in our “built-in” fireplace wall, and blue, as you can see in the new graphic pillows, so I found a print for the seats of the chairs that would connect to these colors. I love how the modern print makes these traditional chairs feel more contemporary, and the circles complement the angles of the lattice.
A Few of My Favorite Chairs - Whimsical Chippendale Makeover | Jewels at Home

A Few of My Favorite Chairs - Whimsical Chippendale Makeover | Jewels at Home

Here’s how the new chairs fit in to the kids’ study space in our family room: A Few of My Favorite Chairs - Whimsical Chippendale Makeover | Jewels at Home

And a final look to see how all these chairs were transformed from stuffy to stunning!

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A Few of My Favorite Chairs - Whimsical Chippendale Makeover | Jewels at Home

So fun! So fun! Funny story. Some of you know that Steve is an avid runner, and I honestly believe I get the same endorphin rush from completing a fun makeover project like this one. Isn’t that crazy?

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game Birthday Party!

This year, L is turning 9, and since his birthday falls at the start of his youth baseball season, I thought it would be fun to celebrate with a retro baseball theme.

He wanted to hold the party at a trampoline place, which took care of the activities for the kids. This allowed me to have some fun putting together decorations, favors, and a ballpark menu.

Decorations:
Since we had a table in the middle of the trampoline space, I couldn’t make use of the walls for decorations.

I did find a little spot to hang our reusable birthday banner, customized for the baseball theme.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Birthday Party! Jewels at Home

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Birthday Party! Jewels at Home

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Birthday Party! Jewels at Home
I also bought a set of these 12″ table number holders to display posters and signs. I found various retro-looking baseball posters and printed them with birthday messages and signs for the food and displayed them around the table.

Here are the sources for these great retro posters:Baseball player batting and Pitcher poster.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Birthday Party! Jewels at Home

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Birthday Party! Jewels at Home

Menu:

We had a ballpark-inspired menu including:

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Birthday Party! Jewels at Home

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Birthday Party! Jewels at Home

Party favors:

I decorated blank youth baseball jerseys for the boys with iron-on letters and numbers.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Birthday Party! Jewels at Home

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Birthday Party! Jewels at Home

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Birthday Party! Jewels at Home

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Birthday Party! Jewels at Home

Each boy also got Cracker Jack in old-fashioned packaging.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Birthday Party! Jewels at Home

I created these charming gift tags to go with the party favors.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Birthday Party! Jewels at Home

What a fun time we had celebrating!

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From Simple Stripes to Great Graphic Throw Pillows

There’s nothing wrong with stripes. They’re classic, crisp, and go with almost anything. But, if you’re looking to add some visual interest and pattern to your space, you’ll love how easy it is to turn simple striped fabric into fresh geometric patterns.

I started with fabric that I had used to decorate our very first townhouse. After we moved, I stowed it away for a few years, waiting for the right project. (My people don’t like to be called hoarders, just so you know.) Now, these traditional stripes have new life as modern geometric pillows in our family room!

From Simple Stripes to Great Graphic Throw Pillows | Jewels at Home

I followed these instructions for sewing the pillows.  I usually like to make my pillow covers with velcro closures, so I can easily change the covers, but I wasn’t going to mess with all those stripes!

From Simple Stripes to Great Graphic Throw Pillows | Jewels at Home

From Simple Stripes to Great Graphic Throw Pillows | Jewels at Home

From Simple Stripes to Great Graphic Throw Pillows | Jewels at Home

From Simple Stripes to Great Graphic Throw Pillows | Jewels at Home

From Simple Stripes to Great Graphic Throw Pillows | Jewels at Home

From Simple Stripes to Great Graphic Throw Pillows | Jewels at Home

From Simple Stripes to Great Graphic Throw Pillows | Jewels at Home

 

By the way, these pillows are the product of month one of our Creativity Circle. A lot of everyday things (colds, sleepovers, birthdays, baby meltdowns) kept some of our friends from joining this month, but Ari (from Revolving Decor) and I both got a great start on our pillow projects, as well as a healthy dose of girl talk!

Hoping next month is even more fun!

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DIY Giant Apothecary Jar

I’m really excited that our recent renovation gave us a guest bedroom and bathroom in the basement. For our guest bathroom, I wanted a place to store extra toiletries for our visitors, and I love how these DIY giant apothecary jars turned out!

You can see all the details in this post, when I first made apothecary jars out of small glass kitchen jars. This time, I started with giant (as in Costco-sized) containers to make oversized jars.

DIY Giant Apothecary Jar | Jewels at Home

 

It was a quick and easy transformation to create beautiful storage for our visitors’ bathroom!

DIY Giant Apothecary Jar | Jewels at Home

 

DIY Giant Apothecary Jar | Jewels at Home

DIY Giant Apothecary Jar | Jewels at Home

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From Curtain Panels to Faux Roman Shades

I just love the look of Roman shades, like the ones in the little boys’ room, which I trimmed in ribbon.

We needed those functional shades for the bedroom, but in other places, a fixed shade works just as well, like this one in our master bath. For our updated family room, I wanted the look of Roman shades, but I didn’t need the function.  These new shades I made are fixed, meaning you can’t raise or lower them.  It works for our location, since the windows face a private area and are shielded from direct sun by greenery.

To make my decorative shades, I adapted this tutorial from Kate aka Centsational Girl.

These instructions are for making shades from existing curtain panels I had.  Kind of long story, but I used to hang floor-length panels at these windows, and with the new built-ins (so much anticipation! I will show them to you soon!), the panels don’t fit, so these fixed shades are the perfect solution.  The other windows in this room are actually tall French doors, so the new shades make these windows look like they’re much taller and match the height of the doors.

Turn a curtain panel into a fixed faux Roman shade | Jewels at Home

I started with curtain panels that were 45″ wide x 95″ long, and I made finished shades that are 24.5″ high and 39″ wide.

First, I cut off the hems on the sides, to give a panel that is 41″ wide and unfinished on the sides.  I ironed a 1″ hem along each side.

I then folded the panel in half lengthwise, so I had a 47.5″ high doubled panel.  I sewed the back and front together on three sides, leaving about 2″ open at the top, which creates a sleeve to hang on the curtain rod.

Next, I figured out where I wanted my folds and marked these with chalk. I stitched the front and back pieces together at the top of the folds, where it would not be visible. For my shades, this was at 10 1/2 inches and 27 1/2 inches from the bottom.

I tacked the folds in place by hand-stitching at the sides and roughly every 7″ along the back.

Finally, I slipped the new shades onto our curtain rods, and there they are! (I wish I had made them a smidgen wider, to fill the curtain rod, but I’m not going back…).

Turn a curtain panel into a fixed faux Roman shade | Jewels at Home

Turn a curtain panel into a fixed faux Roman shade | Jewels at Home

Turn a curtain panel into a fixed faux Roman shade | Jewels at Home

 

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Turn an Old Book into a Disguise for Your Electronics

Let me start by saying that I am as loathe as the next person to damage a book. That being said, we’ve accumulated a few in our house that are no longer needed. These include obsolete text books and the like. So, when I was looking for some tricks to camouflage the electronic components in our family room, it made perfect sense to give new life to these old books.

I already made a fabric-covered box to hide our chargers. Next, I turned a book into a neat cover for the computer that sits under our TV.

Turn an old book in to a disguise for your electronics | Jewels at Home

 

I started by using a craft knife to cut out the pages from a big book. It was an old dictionary that didn’t even have “LOL” in it. LOL. Oh, that was terrible – let me just get on to the crafty part.

Turn an old book in to a disguise for your electronics | Jewels at Home

Next, I wrapped the book in fabric. In the past, I have used Mod Podge for decoupage, but this time, I tried Yes All-Purpose Stik Flat Glue, which I liked, because it doesn’t have the strong smell of the Mod Podge.

Turn an old book in to a disguise for your electronics | Jewels at Home

When that was dry, I cut two pieces of foam board to fill the sides of the book where the pages had been. These supporting pieces are just big enough to hide the view of the computer from the sides and to hold the top cover up. I left the back open, to make sure the computer doesn’t overheat. I glued them in place with hot glue, and ta-da!

Turn an old book in to a disguise for your electronics | Jewels at Home

Turn an old book in to a disguise for your electronics | Jewels at Home

 

Turn an old book in to a disguise for your electronics | Jewels at Home

Turn an old book in to a disguise for your electronics | Jewels at Home

I really want to show the whole fireplace wall in the family room, but I am making myself sew the shades for the windows first. Hopefully, soon!

“Jewels”