Bar Cart Styling Afrocentric Safari

Hello October!

One of my favorite months.  Although it’s still hurricane season until November 30, the weather in Florida starts to cool a bit.   It’s the perfect time to give the patio a refresh especially after Hurricane Harvey.  I’ll start with the bar cart by giving it an Afrocentric Safari vibe for Autumn.  For those who know me….Ya’know  how I love Ethnic print and Animal print fabrics. 🙂

Using this  Kente African Fabric Print purchased from http://www.FWDfabrics.com I made a candle wrap, decorative rods, cocktail napkins, bar towel and a wine tie.

African Print Fabrics

Purchased two beautifully embellished animal statues from Ross 

And using items that we had:

With just a few simple items it came together nicely.  

 

Beadable custom appetizer sticks from KarenThomas.us

A natural, no-nonsense twig and leaf wreath with leopard ribbon as the wall accent

A tad different from the traditional Fall decorations but I’ll add a few more falling leaves :-)…..Thanks for stopping by.

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Enjoy your week-end!!!

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The Funky Zebra Print…. Fabric Leftovers

I think Zebra Print is….well, Funky.  You either love it or look the other way.

Exotic Animal fabric prints will always be in my fabric collection. But the Zebra print is my favorite.

Last month after finishing the outdoor table runner and a few pillows (See more of that post here)

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I had more Zebra print fabric left.

Inspired by  Jamala over at VivaLaVintageforyourhome stated if you have left over fabric use it in other areas of your home. She showed ways in which she used her left over fabric.  Which is exactly what I did.  I made another pouf…. Did I really need another pouf..?  No but glad I did.

I placed it in my studio office beneath the credenza. I’m pleased with how it turned out. By adding black piping between each pie shaped panel, around the top center and side skirt made a difference.  25″ Finished diameter X 14″ height.

I felt it needed a coordinating pillow. So back to Hobby Lobby I went hoping they still had more of this fabric.  On sale $4.00 a yard.   They did!   Now, the decision on what type and design of coordinating pillow?   Accent, Floor, Euro…what?   Since the pouf has pie shaped panels…hmmm…..the design I chose was hexagon shaped.

Making the pattern first started out as a circle, then dividing into 6 equal parts.

But you know me, I can’t just have 1 print.  I wanted to add another print.  The best way was to add ellipse shaped  sides.  Shown in the right picture above,  the straight bottom of the hexagon was curved up.  Then I was able to make the ellipse shape pattern for the side panels.

I added piping and soft yarn tassels, a back zipper closure and filled it softly with a combo of down and poly-fill.  The top has the option to be tufted.  After attaching the top and back buttons with a long cord I left the cords unattached on the inside.  Filled the pillow while holding the two cords.  After getting the desired fullness, I  inserted my hands and tied the cords to the desired tufted amount.  It sounds more fussy than it actually is. The finished cushion is 25″ diameter.

 

Making a little seating vignette to kick off those heels and have a champagne cocktail.  The quilt I made years ago.  Quilts are another excellent way to use left over fabric and scrap fabric.

The white pillow was made from a twisted rope shag rug.  Filled with down for extra softness.

Stacking the two looks cute too.  (Idea: Stack two velvet hexagon cushions with long beaded tassels. That would look awesome in a ladies boudoir) 🙂

Did I stop? Oh No……. Still had left over print fabric so it had to be used. 🙂 Made a large rectangle with crescent-shaped ends, piping, back zipper closure and tassels.  35″ long and 25″ wide.

With all the poufs, pillows, and cushions the girls are ready for picnic entertainment.  The wicker bowl  I used in Wok Bowl Planters received the table top from my office table which fit perfectly inside as a tray for a flat surface.

It’s certainly a Funky Zebra Fest…

Now it’s back in my studio office under the credenza…. Makes for a little extra seat.

Other ways I used left over fabric and trims:  The tigers were heavy candle holders great for what are now bookends with burlap tassels glued upside down in the candle cups. The covered book.  For the air freshener I made a fur koozie with the bottom open to slip on and the top open just enough for the spray nozzle. The wood table top is covered with wall paper.

Now that I don’t have any fabric left I guess it’s time to shop for more.

Do share ways you have used your left over fabric from finished projects?  It’s always great to get and give new ideas.  I hope to see you on my next outdoor seating vignette with some fabulous new fabric prints. Thanks again Jamala at VivaLaVintageforyourhome for the inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your week-end.

Sew, create and enjoy loving your home.

 

 

Table Runner, golden chenille with ethnic appeal.

Hey there!!  How’s your New Year’s Resolutions going?  I already broke mine!! 🙂 Whatever!  Anyhoo…  In my Happy New Year post I featured this table runner.  So, I wanted to share the making of…. 🙂   I purchased this runner from Ross back in Nov. when I went there looking for the tables in my post Great Finds in Metal Accents.  Moseying  down the aisles  I also saw this table runner and couldn’t believe the price $5.99 for chenille, so I decided get it and save it for a January table runner. IMG_2541PicMonkey CollageGoldrunner

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I  like this soft chenille fabric, but it was only 13″ wide. The runners I create  are a minimum of 20″wide. and a minimum length of 72″. However, if you purchase  a runner you like that is not the desired width or length, do what I do;  add fabric and trims.  This not only gives you the size you desire but you design it with your creativity.  For this runner I added two additional fabrics.  A gold, green and yellow Brocade, which was a 1 yard remnant for $8.  A Cheetah Ultrasuede, I keep in stock. 🙂 (Love animal prints) and 2-1/3yds of accent gold tassel trim.  IMG_3667ETR

I wanted the runner to look as if a round tray was laying on top of the runner.  A mixture prints, textures and trims, is what I love to do.  And animal prints will always be somewhere in my sewing projects.  IMG_3659ETR IMG_3668ETR  I used the same tassel trim on Table runner makes wall art.  My tip: If you ever see designer trim on sale get as much as you can afford. Designer trim rarely go on sale at 50-75% off. When they do I take advantage of it. This bell tassel fringe with braided trim can sell up to $17+ a yard. I snatched 10 yards for $5.99 a yard at my fabric warehouse. I couldn’t resist.  My plan was to use a gold and black beaded trim which was not on sale, but this turned out ok.

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After drawing my design, I took the original chenille runner apart and cut all my fabric sections. For the center I had to sew two sections together since it was only 13″wide and I needed a 18″ diameter.  So do you think my $28(approx.) came to good use?

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Runners are one of my favorite home accent pieces to design, create and sew.  I love to design them using a mixture of  fabrics, prints and textures giving a ethnic appeal.  They  are  easy to create, versatile and easy on the budget therefore I change them often.  I also use them on my  buffet, over a chair, draped over an ottoman, coffee table, bench, an open door.

If you ever feel the need to create a table runner with a mixture of fabrics and textures, go for it. Explore your creative talents.  It’s only fabric. 🙂    Until next time…sew, create and enjoy loving your home.

 

Here is the tutorial .

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2016 note:  In 2016 Center Circle Table runner was donated to GoodWill

 

Exotic Sentiments

Going to the fabric warehouse is a very disciplined undertaking for me.  But I’m weak when it comes to buying fabric. Especially the fabric remnants! I went in to purchase the rest of the fabrics  needed for another project.  So this purchase was a total impulse reaction.  Tommy Bahama Fabric on clearance for $4 a yard. Usually sales for $12++ a yard.  I only purchased 1-1/2 yards because I had no idea what I would do with it. But I was drawn to it.  That night while sewing (another project)  I was watching Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. This episode he travels to Tanzania for an African safari adventure.  My question was solved….inspiration found….The Tommy Bahama Bahamian Breeze Fabric united with Exotic Wild Animal prints!!  (Silly me)

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The fringe was also in the remnant bin and it complimented the Tommy Bahama Print. The soft suede cheetah print I already had. Since it was only a small amount of TB fabric, pillows was the best choice. I decided to make left and right banded pillow covers with contrast lining.

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Of course I could not stop there with only pillow covers,  I still had fabric left!  The rest of the cheetah print I made into a valance with the Tommy Bahama fabric as a contrast band and ascot. Also, tie backs for the mock canopy.  The fringe was used on the lamp shades.  My excuse to change the décor:  This seems more accommodating for the colder months ahead, with warmer natural hues.  00a IMG_2339ExoticSentiments

This was the before: From Bohemian Playfulness to Exotic Sentiments:   Bohmenian to ExoticThe changes made:

  1. Pillows, Bolster and Bed Scarf
  2. Window Treatment Valance
  3. Canopy and tie backs
  4. Added glass top and table skirt to side table
  5. Vignettes modified on bedside tables
  6. Lamps and pictures
  7. Added chair under window
  8. Crystal Pull cords for fan
  9. Faux fur bedside rug
  10. Bamboo silk plant in corner

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To think it started with 1-1/2 yards of  $4 clearance fabric.  Most of all, I went shopping around the house, garage and closets.   Here is the tutorial on the pillow cover.  Click to enlarge.  The bolster and coordinating bed scarf was made years ago, so a tutorial on the bolster I’ll have to do, soon to come. PillowCoverContrast

Here are the other colors in the same Tommy Bahama print found on Fabric.com

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Now then; I guess I can get back to the project I was doing before all of this impulse got the best of me.

Cozy up for the chill and why not try some exotic sentiments here and there while you sew, create and enjoy loving your home.  See ya soon.

Check out Fabric.com for beautiful fabrics and Houzz.com for creative inspiration.

 

On the Wild Side Table Runner

Safari Animal Print Table Runner and Boston Fern Centerpiece

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Natural elements showcasing animal prints. The quilted table runner was made of scrap fabrics in a random  based design.  No pattern was used.  The size is 22″wide x 102″long.  The quilt pattern is bamboo. Can be used on the reverse side.  I wanted to use a variety of candleholders, the ceramic glazed candleholder is a handcrafted gift from my daughter, which is also a vase. For the centerpiece I did not want to use any flowers, void of color just textural elements using the Boston Fern, two stems of seed sprays and spiral wood sticks.  One the wild sideLH

See beautiful fabric selections at http://www.fabric.com