DIY: No Sew Curtains and Pillow Covers

I brought the new summer fabrics (featured earlier this week) with me to Las Vegas to photograph because the light was better in that house, however I didn’t have time before I left to sew a sample curtain or pillow covers, so I made them there with a few rolls of fusible iron-on adhesive tape (find it at any sewing supply store or Hobby Lobby).

Iron on tape has been around forever and it’s a great product for making a basic curtain panel or pillow cover without the need for a sewing machine. You’ve seen this before in tutorials around the web, but I thought it worth revisiting, especially for those of you who don’t own a sewing machine or don’t know how to sew. You can still make your own rod pocket curtains and envelope pillow covers with this method!

 

DIY No Sew Rod Pocket Curtain Panel

This curtain panel I made with my Watercolor Leaf print (in the Peacock blue) with just an iron, ironing board, and iron-on adhesive tape. Make sure you have enough yardage to run not just the length from the rod to the floor, but also an extra foot to form the pocket up top and and the bottom hem below.

 

 

For those of you who’ve never used this product before, it looks like a roll of tape, but it’s soft and pliable and the adhesive is only activated with the heat of an iron. Every package will tell you how it works, each roll costs about $2-3.

 

Start first by making the vertical hems down both sides. You have two choices, you can fold the edge of the fabric over once, this is totally fine, but it will leave the raw edge of the fabric visible on the back. Use the iron-on tape as instructed on the package to fuse the edge to make the vertical hems.

 

 

A raw edge is not a big deal but if you like finished edges like I do, roll the fabric under not once but twice, then use the fusible web to create that cleaner looking hem. I apply the iron-on tape in 8 to 10” sections working my way down the length of the fabric.

 

 

Once you’re done with both vertical hems, you’ll next form the top pocket which will hang on the rod. To form the top pocket where the curtain will hang, fold over the top of the fabric allowing plenty of room for the rod to slip through. I usually allow about 3” for a 1” curtain rod so it will slide back and forth on the rod easily.

Use the iron-on adhesive to fuse the fabric together to form the pocket. I like to fold under the corner at the edge and use a small piece of iron-on tape to secure it so that the corner is nicely tucked away and invisible.

 

 

Once you’ve finished the two side hems and the top pocket, hang your curtain on its rod in place, there should be several inches of extra fabric for you to play with and decide where you want the bottom hem. I recommend using a pin to indicate where you want the final edge to be so you don’t cut too much fabric and end up with a curtain that’s too short.

 

 

 

The nice thing about this method (compared to sewing) is there is no need to remove the curtain panel like you would if you were sewing the bottom hem, you can simply cut the panel in place on top of the iron board, then bond the hem with iron-on adhesive tape in place.

 

Create the bottom hem just as you did the side hem and rod pocket, using the iron-on tape.

 

If you’ve never tried this product, you’ll be shocked how easy it is to make your own curtains with any fabric yardage. For those that don’t sew, it’s a whole new world! 🙂

 

 

 

 

No Sew Envelope Pillow Covers

 

The above envelope pillow covers was made using the same iron-on adhesive tape, this is the Watercolor Leaf print in Spa blue.

I’ve published and easy DIY envelope pillow tutorial before and sometimes questions arise as to how the fabric is laid out, so I think it’s helpful to show how this works. Here’s the visual. You need a piece of fabric that’s wide enough to wrap around the entire pillow insert (whatever size you’re using, I typically use a 20” pillow insert). You’ll also need a few extra inches  of fabric above and below the top and bottom of the pillow insert, like this:

 

 

Note how the fabric completely wraps around the pillow insert – allow for a few inches of overlap to create an envelope opening, shown below:

 

 

 

 

When piecing the pillow cover together with iron-on tape, remember you’ll flip the fabric around and fuse the fabric together inside out. The above is just a visual to show you how the envelope opening is formed on the back of the pillow cover.

First step, create the hem of the envelope with the iron on tape, do this for both sides of the envelope.

 

 

Next, flip the fabric inside out to fuse the top and bottom seams together to form the envelope. I borrowed this diagram from my other envelope pillow tutorial to demonstrate:

 

Inside out, the fabric looks like the image below. Before fusing the fabric together, double check the width of your pillow cover by placing the pillow insert on top.

 

Layer the tape inside to form the seam. It’s not shown but I recommend doubling up the iron-on tape with two strips one on top of the other to create an even stronger bond to avoid any risk the fabric would pull apart.

 

Use the iron to fuse the seams with the iron-on tape to form the pillow cover. When complete, allow a few minutes for the tape to cool completely to ensure a strong bond.

 

Flip your pillow cover so the fabric is right side out …..

 

….and stuff it with your pillow insert. Super easy.

 

 

That’s my easy way to make both a rod pocket curtain panel and a envelope pillow cover without touching a sewing machine!

 

 

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New Summer Prints

I’m spending my last few days of my vacay in Prague before heading back home on Friday, it’s been an amazing experience so far! Today I’m happy to share a few new fabric and wallpaper prints I designed and are now available in my Spoonflower shop.

The first pattern I designed is Blown Sand, it was inspired by the sculptural pattern of sand on a beach. It’s available as fabric and wallpaper in six colors: peacock, taupe, moss, spa blue, ebony, and apricot.

Here it is styled as wallpaper, I think it would look so cool in a bedroom or bathroom. 🙂

 

I created jagged shapes that mimicked the horizontal flow of sand then colorized it to give it a subtle watercolor effect.

 

Next is the Watercolor Leaf collection, available in five colors: apricot, peacock blue, spa blue, taupe, and celery.

 

This print was inspired by nature, I created a basic leaf repeat then colorized each one to give it tonal qualities in a singular colorway. Each print is mostly one color but incorporates paler and darker versions of that hue.

 

 

Finally, I added a Brushstroke Stripe in three color combinations, I’ll add more stripe combinations in different colors later this summer.

Roostery, the sister company of Spoonflower, offers custom sewn home décor and bedding, here’s my Summer Stripe in Apricot as a round tablecloth:

This stripe is so great as a throw pillow and as a lumbar pillow ! 

If you’re looking for an easy summer sewing project, try one of these two tote bag projects, featuring fabric designs from past collections:

Simple Tote Bag in Indigo and Marine in my Sketched Peonies pattern:

Grommet Top Tote in Go With the Flow fabric:

For those of you that don’t sew, I’ll show you my method for making curtain panels and pillow covers without a sewing machine later this week. Stay tuned.

These summer prints are light and bright, look for deeper tones and new patterns in autumn. 🙂

Weekend Reading

Greetings friends! Today I’m spending my last day in Belgium, and I’m sharing little snapshots of my trip on Instagram stories, follow along there! Tomorrow I fly to Prague and I’ll spend the next six days in the Czech Republic with my very good friend Ingrid. She lives in the States during the school year and in Brno in the summer (what a life, right?) We met last year in a fitness class and we’ve been good friends ever since, so I’m happy to be spending time in her home country meeting her friends and seeing the sights. I’m such a lucky girl.

Next week I’ll be sharing a few new summer fabric and wallpaper prints I designed, look for those on Monday! Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy your summer weekend, as always here are the favorite links from the week:

Wow. This kitchen with its stunning glass open shelves.

This apartment tour + reasons to slow walk your renovation.

Modern and minimalist: this black & white home.

Simple and elegant: this townhouse tour (page 18).

35 ultra modern staircases.

Would you ever use colorful grout?

Helpful tips on writing calligraphy.

Tips for staying focused in a world of constant distraction.

Aggressive savings –> retiring early to travel the world.

Rookie mistakes to avoid on your first trip to Europe.

 

 

 

Weekend Reading

Greetings friends! Today I’m spending my last day in Belgium, and I’m sharing little snapshots of my trip on Instagram stories, follow along there! Tomorrow I fly to Prague and I’ll spend the next six days in the Czech Republic with my very good friend Ingrid. She lives in the States during the school year and in Brno in the summer (what a life, right?) We met last year in a fitness class and we’ve been good friends ever since, so I’m happy to be spending time in her home country meeting her friends and seeing the sights. I’m such a lucky girl.

Next week I’ll be sharing a few new summer fabric and wallpaper prints I designed, look for those on Monday! Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy your summer weekend, as always here are the favorite links from the week:

Wow. This kitchen with its stunning glass open shelves.

This apartment tour + reasons to slow walk your renovation.

Modern and minimalist: this black & white home.

Simple and elegant: this townhouse tour (page 18).

35 ultra modern staircases.

Would you ever use colorful grout?

Helpful tips on writing calligraphy.

Tips for staying focused in a world of constant distraction.

Aggressive savings –> retiring early to travel the world.

Rookie mistakes to avoid on your first trip to Europe.

 

 

 

Weekend Reading

Greetings friends! Today I’m spending my last day in Belgium, and I’m sharing little snapshots of my trip on Instagram stories, follow along there! Tomorrow I fly to Prague and I’ll spend the next six days in the Czech Republic with my very good friend Ingrid. She lives in the States during the school year and in Brno in the summer (what a life, right?) We met last year in a fitness class and we’ve been good friends ever since, so I’m happy to be spending time in her home country meeting her friends and seeing the sights. I’m such a lucky girl.

Next week I’ll be sharing a few new summer fabric and wallpaper prints I designed, look for those on Monday! Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy your summer weekend, as always here are the favorite links from the week:

Wow. This kitchen with its stunning glass open shelves.

This apartment tour + reasons to slow walk your renovation.

Modern and minimalist: this black & white home.

Simple and elegant: this townhouse tour (page 18).

35 ultra modern staircases.

Would you ever use colorful grout?

Helpful tips on writing calligraphy.

Tips for staying focused in a world of constant distraction.

Aggressive savings –> retiring early to travel the world.

Rookie mistakes to avoid on your first trip to Europe.

 

 

 

Weekend Reading

Greetings friends! Today I’m spending my last day in Belgium, and I’m sharing little snapshots of my trip on Instagram stories, follow along there! Tomorrow I fly to Prague and I’ll spend the next six days in the Czech Republic with my very good friend Ingrid. She lives in the States during the school year and in Brno in the summer (what a life, right?) We met last year in a fitness class and we’ve been good friends ever since, so I’m happy to be spending time in her home country meeting her friends and seeing the sights. I’m such a lucky girl.

Next week I’ll be sharing a few new summer fabric and wallpaper prints I designed, look for those on Monday! Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy your summer weekend, as always here are the favorite links from the week:

Wow. This kitchen with its stunning glass open shelves.

This apartment tour + reasons to slow walk your renovation.

Modern and minimalist: this black & white home.

Simple and elegant: this townhouse tour (page 18).

35 ultra modern staircases.

Would you ever use colorful grout?

Helpful tips on writing calligraphy.

Tips for staying focused in a world of constant distraction.

Aggressive savings –> retiring early to travel the world.

Rookie mistakes to avoid on your first trip to Europe.

 

 

 

Weekend Reading

Greetings friends! Today I’m spending my last day in Belgium, and I’m sharing little snapshots of my trip on Instagram stories, follow along there! Tomorrow I fly to Prague and I’ll spend the next six days in the Czech Republic with my very good friend Ingrid. She lives in the States during the school year and in Brno in the summer (what a life, right?) We met last year in a fitness class and we’ve been good friends ever since, so I’m happy to be spending time in her home country meeting her friends and seeing the sights. I’m such a lucky girl.

Next week I’ll be sharing a few new summer fabric and wallpaper prints I designed, look for those on Monday! Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy your summer weekend, as always here are the favorite links from the week:

Wow. This kitchen with its stunning glass open shelves.

This apartment tour + reasons to slow walk your renovation.

Modern and minimalist: this black & white home.

Simple and elegant: this townhouse tour (page 18).

35 ultra modern staircases.

Would you ever use colorful grout?

Helpful tips on writing calligraphy.

Tips for staying focused in a world of constant distraction.

Aggressive savings –> retiring early to travel the world.

Rookie mistakes to avoid on your first trip to Europe.

 

 

 

Spotlight: Taylor Jacobson Design

Summer hellos friends! Today I’ve just arrived in Belgium and I’ll be spending the next few days exploring this exquisite country for the first time. I’m traveling with one of my best travel buddies and we’re having a blast!

As you know from time to time I feature inspiring designers. When I discovered Taylor Jacobson Design, I appreciated her style right away so I asked her to participate in a Q & A with me. I think you’ll agree, her portfolio is filled with layered and beautiful inspiration for decorating your home with timeless appeal, character, and sophistication.

Taylor truly has the ability to cross over all styles, her interiors are classic with touches of modern, and her contemporary spaces are balanced by traditional elements. She’s not afraid of color and uses it both boldly and as an accent. She was so kind to answer a few design related questions about her portfolio and some generic design questions too. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Q: I notice you use unique and beautiful furniture to create focal points in spaces, which adds so much character to a space. What are other ways you suggest to inject personality into a home?

A home should reflect its inhabitants! I always encourage my clients to display books, art, family photos and keepsakes. That layer of ‘artifact’ is what truly makes a house a home. There’s nothing I love more than a huge bookcase displaying well loved books mixed in with framed artwork, pretty objects, beautiful bookends, even small scale lighting. Another way to inject personality into a space is with vintage furniture, rugs, or lighting. The sense of history in older pieces adds warmth and patina to rooms.

 

 

Q: I love your use of stack bond installation in a recent home renovation. What are your thoughts on stack bond compared to more traditional installations like brick pattern or subway? Was it requested by the client, or suggested by you, and why?

I think the stack bond tile installation imparts a more modern look, and in the case of my Beverly Glen kitchen and bath remodel I loved that layout juxtaposed with the handmade tile we selected. The shape and glaze on the tile was a bit irregular, but the straight match installation looked very clean so we struck a nice balance there.

 

 

 

 

Q: What are some tips you can share on mixing patterns? Many people get nervous about it, do you have any go to guidelines?

A general rule of thumb is to keep your color palette consistent and to mix smaller patterns with large. I also think of stripes almost as a neutral – a simple stripe fabric can mix with just about anything.

 

 

 

 

Q: I’d love your perspective on wallpaper. So many people I know are too shy to commit to it, but it makes a stunning statement. Do you find your clients request bold patterns, or do you suggest them because of the impact they make?

Usually if a client is requesting wallpaper in the first place, they’re after a bold look so yes – my use of wallpaper tends to make quite a statement. Powder rooms are popular for wallpaper and it’s fun to have a pop in a smaller space – less of a commitment. I’m also a fan of grasscloth which is subtler and a nice way to incorporate texture and warmth into a space.

 

Q: Beyond framed artwork and paintings, you also incorporate sculptural wall art in your space designs. Where do you source these interesting pieces? Are they commissioned or do you have favorite vendors or artists you rely on?

Mid century artists like C. Jere made interesting brass wall sculptures – they are quite easy to find on Chairish, 1st Dibs, or Etsy. I love trolling my local flea markets and antique stores for interesting three dimensional pieces. Heather Levine is a Los Angeles based artist who makes gorgeous wall hangings incorporating ceramics and wood.

 

 

 

 

Thank you Taylor for sharing your insight with us today! See so much more of her beautiful work by visiting her portfolio site and you can follow along as I am on Instagram.

Fun + Funny Pool Floats

I spent last week in Las Vegas, visiting relatives, relaxing with my family, and spending a lot of time in the pool. I wrote about this pool remodel a few years ago and it’s a fantastic place to play when when we’re in town and the weather is good. We sure going to miss it when we list the house at the end of the summer.

It’s tradition each summer to buy new pool floats for the kids, Target had a fun selection which is where I bought the pizza slice and watermelon ring float. My two munchkins played with them all week, look at those faces, they just keep getting bigger *sigh*.

 

 

There’s something about a cool pool float that makes water play even more fun. And let’s face it, when they’re unique, you’ll get a great picture too (hello Instagram). I rounded up a few fun favorites:

Urban Outfitters has a ton of cute pool floats like these four:

 

flamingo float

 

hand pool float

 

leaf pool float

 

 

rosé pool float

More fun floats and loungers for your summer enjoyment …

 

oyster shell

 

rainbow lounger

 

seashell float

 

unicorn float

 

flamingo and swan -set of two

 

 

curly serpent

 

peacock set

 

floating joust set

 

giant parrot

 

pretzel

 

poop emoji LOL

 

mermaid tail

 fruit slices: orange or kiwi

 

heart tattoo float

 

american flag floats

 

 

multi person party float (with cooler & cup holders)

 

ultimate party peacock float

Happy floating!

*some affilate links used