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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Canopy Curtains

I am so excited to be bringing you my first project with May Arts.  This looks a lot more complicated than it actually is.  There are 3 parts to this project and you could do them all or just one.


Supplies for the Curtains:

  • Sheer Fabric
  • NV01  5/8” Faux Suede/Ruffle Edge in white (this is for the curtain ties at the top)

The Sheer fabric is 56”-60” wide, cut to length, my curtains are 2 yards long or 72”.  I hemmed each end then put 5, 15” pieces of the faux suede ribbon along the top.  I tied these to the bars along the top of the bed to hang.

Supplies for Banner:

  • SK01 1/8" silk ribbon in white
  • All of your scrap pieces of May Arts ribbon that you just couldn’t part with

This is an excellent way to use up all of the little pieces of ribbon scraps that you just couldn’t throw away.  I took 2 yards of the silk ribbon and sewed 4” pieces of ribbon (folded in half).  I put them about a hand span apart.  I think it is the perfect touch to the bed.  You could make a bunch of these and decorate for a birthday party or a special occasion.

Supplies for the Tie Backs:

  • RG34 1.5" Grosgrain Stripe in Blue
  • RG17 1.5" Grosgrain Stripe in Pink
  • RG28 1.5" Grosgrain Stripe in Orange
  • RG46 1.5" Grosgrain Stripe in Green

I couldn’t decide what colors to use so I used them all.  I cut each Grosgrain Stripe into 1 yard pieces then sewed them together with a small zigzag stitch making them 2 yard tie backs.  I think the combination of the two colors in the tie really brings out all the fun colors in the banner.
I hope you have enjoyed my project today and give it a try.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with.  If you make one of these projects please leave a link so I can come check it out.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Canvas Journal

As soon as I saw this huge Hydrangea Stamp from Stampendous I just knew that it had to go on a piece of canvas.  I chose to make a journal.  This would make a great gift for anyone, go ahead and give it a try.


  • A piece of canvas
  • Tea or coffee
  • SK05 1/8” silk ribbon in purple
  • XV16 5/8” faux suede in green
  • Heavy thread
  • Bead
  • Fabric paint
  • Card Stock

I took my piece of canvas and soaked it over night in some tea to make it a little bit aged.  I then let it dry.  I wanted it a little bit wrinkled but you could iron it out if you wanted to.
After my piece of canvas was dry I stamped my image.  I used some black acrylic paint of the outline.  I had some faint parts so I just filled it in with a sharpie to make it a bit bolder.  I used some fabric paint by Jacquard.  This fabric paint, Lumiere, has a nice sparkle to it. I watered it down and then just painted in the flowers and stem.  Let it dry.  You have to heat set the fabric paint by ironing on both sides for about 30 seconds, and then you are good to go.  After the canvas is dry you can add the heat set stones, I added these to the center of some of the flowers to give it some dimension.  I sewed a coordinating fabric to the inside front (almost like a pocket), this is where I sewed in my purple silk ribbon with a nice big bead on the end.  This ribbon will hold our journal closed when not in use.

At this time I determined where my paper would go and sewed my ribbons on.  I did a double width of the green Faux Suede then sewed the Crochet Lace on top of that.  I folded my cardstock in half in three sets of 15 sheets each.  I poked holes in my paper with an Awl and thru the canvas in between the 2 pieces of green ribbon.  I did a basic bookbinding stitch to insert the paper.  To cover up my stitches I ran the 1/8” purple velvet thru the crochet lace.

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and would love to see what you create.