Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Gift Idea: Make an iPad Cover From a Man's Shirt!

Got an iPad under the tree for someone special this year? Why not make a unique handmade cover to go with it?

Here's one that's super-simple, made from an up-cycled man's shirt.

Judging by this project & this project, you may have figured out by now that men's shirts are fast becoming one of my favorite materials for new projects. And when my husband announced he was throwing this one out due to a stain, I had to give it a new life.

And since this one happened to have his monogram on the pocket--well that was the icing on the cake. (By the way--if you'd like to add a monogram to your shirt before starting this project, try the freezer paper stencil method found here.)

The first step is to cut the shirt to the appropriate size. Cut a rectangle measuring 9 1/4" wide by 11 1/4" long through the top & bottom layers of the shirt. Be sure to cut the left side approximately 1 inch to the left of the button placket, as pictured.

For the liner, cut 2 pieces measuring 9" x 11" out of quality felt.

Then, unbutton the thin edge from the shirt piece & use it as a pattern to cut a strip from one of the felt liner pieces.

Next, reposition the felt as it was before cutting & sew a 1/2" seam around the perimeter. Trim the excess.

To sew the outer cover, re-button the pieces together, place right sides together, & sew 1/2" seam around.

Unbutton to flip it inside out & press with an iron.

To finish, simply slip the inner felt liner into the outer cover!

The pocket on the front is perfect for holding a pen & paper to jot down a few of your favorite sites to visit!

Hope this helps you with your Christmas list!

I'll be sharing with a few of these fine folks. Check them out for more inspiration!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving...

Happy Thanksgiving

from our house to yours...

Enjoy your day with those you are with...

Get rested up for your Black Friday shopping...

And don't forget to enter the Shabby Apple giveaway going on here!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hoop-la: The Backstory of the Backboards

The exciting thing about shopping thrift stores or garage sales is that you never know when you're going to find that super-cool something that you didn't know you were looking for, but have been waiting to find.

That was the case when I found these beat-up vintage basketball rims for $1 each at my local Goodwill.

It was definitely a "buy now, figure it out later" moment. I knew I could put them to use somehow in Grant's room, but wasn't sure how. But, by the time I drove them home, I had this vision in my mind...

And fortunately for me, I married a guy with the man skills & power tools necessary to make it happen. He started with some pallets...

He took them apart & used the reclaimed wood to create the backboards. A few 1" x 2"s on the back made the brace to hold the pieces together.

Next, I painted them using an old paintbrush & Sherwin William's Attitude Gray.

Then I used painter's tape to mask the shooter's square & painted it white.

Then my husband bolted the rims on for me.

To make the chalkboard plates, I fired up the table saw myself & cut some rectangles out of a heavy-weight, dense cardboard I had lying around. Then I drilled some holes & sprayed them with Chalkboard paint, & added some jute twine for hanging.

To hang them on the backboards, I hammered small nails on the tops & hooked on the twine.

Getting them hung on the wall was my husband's department. These are fairly heavy, so he used very large screws, found studs in the wall, & screwed them in. I had the tough job of standing & watching. Ahhhhhh...Isn't he cute?

Ok- where was I? The top 1"x 2" on the backboard rests on the screws to hold it on the wall. A couple of rubber furniture pads on the back protect the wall from too much damage.

Obviously, these are not functional backboards & I have already informed my son that these will in no way withstand a slam dunk. Lightweight toy basketballs will just have to do in this case.

And that's the story of the new backboards. In case you missed the rest of the room, you can see that here.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Vintage Academia Meets Sports Buff Collector (or something like that): A Teen Boy's Room

The funny thing about kids is that when you give them bedrooms, they usually want to actually live in them. And decorate them using their own ideas that reflect their interests. And show off their collections and knick-knacks and do-dads and such. And this can really cramp the style of moms who dream of neat-as-a-pin, straight-from-our-favorite-design-catalogs, totally unrealistic kids' rooms. (Not that I know this from experience or anything.)

But, really, it can be challenging sometimes when trying to come up with design solutions for kids' rooms that work for both kids and parents. I've recently been working on a few projects in my son's room and I'm happy to announce that we have come up with a look that works for both of us.

He's such a great kid with lots of different interests that I wanted to incorporate into his space. He's a Boy Scout, history buff, basketball and soccer player, loves to read, loves to collect things (especially Coke memorabilia), and has a few sentimental pieces he wants to display as well. It's a challenging mix, but we've slowly, but surely, pulled together a room that reflects the many different aspects of his life and personality and feels like a cool, comfortable space for him.

One of the most recent additions came about when I found two vintage basketball rims at Goodwill a few weeks ago. With my design ideas and my husband's man power, we created a couple of backboards that have turned out to be one of our favorite elements of the room. Stay tuned for details on how they were made in a later post.

We used vintage pennants that my brother collected when he was little to make a colorful statement on one wall...

And his book shelf holds his Hardy Boys book collection and a large ship that belonged to my husband's grandfather...

An old Coke crate works as a shelf to hold a few Coca-Cola bottles from his collection...

And his Boy Scout Merit Badge poster hangs by his desk...

Remember this USA chalkboard? He puts it to good use with his "To-do" lists. We added a shelf above it with his mini busts of presidents that show his love for history.

I bought him this bedding from Pottery Barn Kids several years ago, but it's still in such great shape and works so well in the room, we're sticking with it. I made a couple of new throw pillows with varsity numbers for a little update.

I had such a great time doing this room for him and he is loving it.

As for the keeping it neat-as-a-pin part, he's doing a pretty good job with that so far and I'm loving that.

Hope you like it , too! I'll be sharing his room with some of these parties. Check them out!

Also linking up at Emily Clark's Kids' Spaces Link-Up!