Wednesday, September 30, 2015

DIY rug with old denims

I wear denims everyday, it's like my uniform. As everything, after a while they become old and have holes. As I hate to throw away...even old clothes, I try to find ways to upcycle things. I already made a recycled denim basket, this time I give a try with a DIY rug. I love how it turns out. It's not very complicated to make but it does take time to cut out and sew the fabric pieces together. The result totally worth the time, and my son have a nice rug to play on his bedroom.

The finished rug will have a diameter of 5 feet 10 inches. You will need at least 7 denims pants to complete this project. I use some of my pants, size 10, and others from my husband. The smaller the pants are the more you gonna need...for once I was happy not to be a size 6 ;)

The first thing you need to do is drawing the pattern to cut out the pieces. Take some paper or cardboard you have around and trace a trapezoid. The large base dimension is 9 1/4, the high 27 1/2 and the small base is 2 inches (in centimeters this will be: 23.5 cm for the base, 70 cm high and 5.5 cm for the small side). You report the trapezoid shape on the denim and you cut out the piece, leaving 1 inch around for the seam.

You cut 4 pieces from each denim, you will need 24 pieces to complete the rug (which mean 6 pants.....I'm to good at math, I know ;)

A lot of cutting after you are ready to sew the pieces together.

Put two pieces wrong side on wrong side, and sew the long sides together.

Repeat with another piece, and another one...until you finished the circle. I had different denim colors, so I mix the pieces.

When all pieces are sewn, iron the seams. Don't skip this part if you want to have a nice flat rug!

Here we are, almost done. Fold the edge through inside and make a seam.

Take the last pant and cut a circle of 1 1/2 feet (43 cm) in it. It's fine if you need to sew fabric pieces together to make the circle. Pin the circle in the center and sew it with the rug. Iron the seam.

The rug is done! Happy dance!
Last and important step, if you want to avoid accident you need to put an anti-slip underlays. I use an ikea one and trim out the corners to fit the circle shape, but there is plenty of other options.
And now you can make a safe and happy dance on your new rug!

So what do you thing? Any other fabric we can use to make an upcycled rug?
If you like the crates storage in the picture below, take a tour HERE for the tutorial.

Monday, September 28, 2015

5 DIY to try # wall art

Nothing more boring than white plain wall! Listen the artist in you, grab some paintbrushes and express your creativity.....What? You don't have an artist soul? Me neither!!! No worries my friend, those DIY wall art are what we need.

Can you draw simple geometric shapes? Do you have masking tape? Can you cut and glue paper sheets? Perfect, because it's that simple to make one of those mind blowing wall art! Have fun and put some color in your house!

 DIY geometric wall art // The lovely drawer

Triangles wall art // FargeBarn

Pink abstract painting // The felted box

The Nordic wall art // The crafty gentleman

DIY diamond ripple wall art // Classy Clutter


Thursday, September 24, 2015

A lighting revue with Parrot Uncle

This is a sponsored post written by me for PARROT UNCLE. All opinions are 100% mine.

You know that lighting in one of my favorite part of the home improvement process. I already mention a few time that I designed my house. We built it with the help of an architect but I draw all the rooms and volumes. I have to admit that I exaggerated with the lighting. Every room has different kind of lights from wall lighting to ceiling pendants to create different atmospheres according to the needs. It's nice but it implies a serious light fixtures budget.

If you are on the hunt for modern lighting, PARROT UNCLE, is definitely an option to take into consideration. They have great selection of lamps, ceiling lights, and wall lights. They have an extended collection of different styles from modern to vintage industrial, and materials.
I had a crush on the wooden pendant lights and the wooden floor lamps (yep, I like wood things!)
One of my fav' for a warm lighting with nice shadows through the laser cut leaves.

And this wooden floor lamp with a mid century twist would be perfect for a reading nook.

We all agree to say that lighting is key on a room decoration. Quite often I see beautiful lighting, but I can't afford the price. My home improvement budget is tight and it's not gonna change any soon. As I don't want to give up style, I selected on PARROT UNCLE 20 awesome lighting you can get for 50$ or less! Isn't life beautiful? Just click through the picture and you will have access to the price and the lighting description.

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On a rush? Pin the 50$ lighting selection for later!

There is tons of other lighting options on PARROT UNCLE, so don't hesitate to take a tour on them page. If you want to be aware of novelty and sales, you can follow them on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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