Posts tagged ‘DIY’

September 12, 2011

How to sew a lined sink skirt

Under Promise and Over Deliver.  I’ll remember that mantra next time before making absolute promises on this blog of mine.  Although I promised to share the full instructions on my DIY sink skirt last week, you’ll have to settle for all of the goodness a week late.

Supplies Needed:

Fabric (1-3 yards as determined by your sink measurements)

Liner (1-3 yards as determined by your sink measurements) – I used Roc Lon Rain No Stain Drapery Liner from JoAnns

Velcro strips: One side should be sticky so that you can stick it directly to the sink while the other side will be sewed directly to the fabric

Sewing Machine, iron, ironing board, spray starch, pins, coordinating thread

Ribbon or trim (optional)

1.  Measure sink.  My sister’s utility sink was 33 inches high.  The two sides of the sink, as well as the front of the sink, were 23 inches long, for a total combined width of 69 inches.  I added 4 inches to the height to account for a 4 inch hem, as well as 1/2 inch to account for a 1/2 inch seam allowance to sew together the liner and the fabric at the top.  I added 4 inches to the width of the sink skirt to account for the corner pleats (2 inches per pleat), as well as another inch to account for a 1/2 seam allowance on either side.  I made the liner 3 inches shorter than the outer fabric (like you would typically see in lined drapery panels).  The liner should be the same exact width as the sink skirt.  See below figure to calculate measurements for the outer fabric and the liner.

2.  Cut fabric and liner accordingly.  With a fabric with a large repeat or directional repeat, take extra care before you cut.  Make sure you’ll be happy with the part of the pattern that will be centered on your sink.  Even though the fabric I used was 54 inches wide, I was able to turn the fabric on its side and use the width of the fabric for the height of my sink skirt.  This may not be possible on fabrics where there is a strong directional repeat.  If this is the case, you’d have to sew two panels together to get the necessary width.

3.  Hem the fabric and liner.  I used a blind hem stitch on my fabric and liner .  Although, it’s not necessary to use a blind hem stitch.  Do what you feel comfortable with.  I referred to my sewing machine manual, as well as youtube video tutorials, for a refresher on the blind hem stitch.  I found this youtube video helpful.

4.  Place the hemmed fabric and liner right sides together and pin.  Sew a 1/2 inch seam allowance on all 3 sides.  Do not sew the hems together.  Turn the sink skirt inside out.  The liner should hang 3 inches higher than the outer fabric.

5.  Use temporary clips (I used clothespins, but binder clips would also work) to position the sink skirt on the sink.  Using the clips position the pleats so that they are even and lay correctly.  Pin the pleats once you’re pleased with how they look.

6.  Remove sink skirt and pin velcro to backside of sink skirt.  Sew the velcro to the top of the sink skirt, taking extra care when you are sewing through the pleats.  At this point you’re sewing through several layers of fabric and you want to make sure you don’t break a needle.  I actually hand-rolled my machine through these stitches at the pleats.

7.  Take the sink skirt to the ironing board and press into place the corner pleats.  Use spray starch if you’d like to give the pleats extra hold.

8.  Attach the sticky side of the velcro to the sink, and then connect the two velcro strips.

9.  Optional: Finish the top of the sink skirt with ribbon or trim to complete the look.

A few extra thoughts.  It’s not necessary to line the sink skirt.  However, I was working with linen and thought it would give extra weight to the fabric so that it would hang nicely.  When making the corner pleats, I did not pleat/crease the liner.  Lastly, we added the black grossgrain ribbon to the top to give the sink skirt a more finished look.  I think the ribbon completed the look beautifully – but we just fabric glued it on (so that we wouldn’t see any stitch lines).

If you have any questions about my process, feel free to comment below.  Good luck sewing your sink skirt!

August 30, 2011

My local Goodwill – also known as the “Target outlet center”

My local Goodwill has been chock-full-o-goodness lately, and I just returned from yet another sucessful trip.  There is a Goodwill a few minutes from my house, and it just happens to be next to the Giant where I stop in for quick grocery runs (shhh! don’t tell Wegmans I’ve been unfaithful).

A few weeks back I stopped into Goodwill and picked up a pair of beautiful BRAND NEW lamps.  Literally, brand stinking new, they still had the Target stickers on them.  Click here for the link to the lamps on Target’s website.  Target is selling these lamps for 59.99 a pop.  Goodwill’s price: 9.99 per lamp.  Yes, I saved a total of 100 dollars off retail price.  While I believe that I “saved” 100 dollars, my husband likes to argue that I didn’t save anything and in fact I “spent” 20.  Po-tay-toe, Po-tah-toe.  Either way I came home with some brand new lamps in exchange for 20 bucks.  While the lamps were a pretty color, the plum really wasn’t fitting in with my decor scheme.  I’ve already given the lamps a makeover (which explains the setting of the pictures below):

Today, I stopped into Goodwill on my way home from work and was pleasantly surprised to find that Target had just unloaded more NEW merchandise.  I was greeted by this beautiful sight:

I know what you’re thinking.  Ceramic garden stools covered in pink flowers – ugly.  But at 24.99 per stool, it’s nothing that a can of spray paint can’t fix.  I know that garden stools have been all the rage lately in home decor, but I’m not over them.  In fact, I’ve been lusting after a pair for a while now and I’m so happy to have found a pair that don’t do too much damage to my decor budget.  Target is selling these stools for 59.99 each.  Enough said.

I also picked up some other goodies while at Goodwill today.  I’m in the process of decorating one of our guest bedrooms (yes of course I’ll be sharing all of the design and DIY goodness) and was in desperate need of a bedskirt to cover the ugly bedframe.  Team Goodwill-Target to the rescue again.  I scored a King size bedskirt for…wait for it…2 dollars and 49 cents.  Don’t believe me? The proof is in the pictures…

Let’s recap my “savings.”

Lamps – Target price: 120    Goodwill price: 20

Ceramic garden stools – Target price: 120    Goodwill price: 50

Bedskirt – Target price: 32    Goodwill price: 2.50

Total spent: $72.50

Total saved: $199.50

Goodwill trip = success!

August 24, 2011

a {minor} kitchen makeover

When we purchased our house in the summer of 2009 our kitchen looked a little like this:(minus the big hammered copper table and faux plants peaking out in the background)


(courtesy photo of previous ower)

Truth be told, not much has changed even though we have lived in our house for {over} two years.  The first 18 months we lived in our house, all excess time and funds were dedicated to wedding planning.  And well, the last 6 months, I’ve delayed making any decisions because I knew no matter what changes I made to this space, I still wouldn’t have my ultimate dream kitchen: big open floor plan, double island, top of the line appliances, carrera marble, white cabinetry, and random width hardwood floors

But, our kitchen is functional, and new, and clean.  For that that I count my blessings and I’ve decided to work with what I’ve got.  Even though I won’t be changing the cabinetry, or having new appliances installed – I can make this space more “ME.” 

Up next…my design plan to transform this kitchen into a space I LOVE.