Cottage Charmers

If your little girl dreams of her own cottage, fill her bedroom with pretty florals. These projects are a cinch to make from patterned sheets.


What You Need:

+ enlarge image If desired, hang lace panels behind the curtains you've made.
  • Full-size sheets (number needed depends on window size)
  • Ruffle trim from coordinating sheets (use the leftover sheeting for other projects, like the French Bulletin-Board Door)
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Decorative metal tiebacks
  • Unfinished wooden curtain rod and hardware
  • White paint

Instructions:

1. Wash and iron sheets.

2. Cut fabric. Cut a full-size sheet into two panels. Cut ruffle with 1/2 inch extra fabric from the coordinating sheet. Do not cut on ruffle gathers.

3. Sew panel and ruffle together. With right sides together, sew ruffle to unfinished edge of panel. Press ruffle away from panel. Repeat with second ruffle and panel.

4. Use extra sheeting to sew ties as desired.

5. Tack the middle of each tie to a panel top, spacing evenly.

6. Finish the curtain rod. Paint the wooden rod, finials, and hardware white; let dry. Hang rod above window.

7. Hang curtains. Tie curtains to the rod. Attach colorful tiebacks to window frame. Slide curtains behind tiebacks; tack in place.

Turn a plain hollow-core door into a pretty and practical bulletin board with French styling.

What You Need:

+ enlarge image Create an attractive display for photos and cards.
  • Hollow-core door
  • Polyester batting, enough to cover door front.
  • Staple gun
  • Sheeting as big as door surface plus 2 to 3 inches on each side for reserve
  • Scissors
  • Decorative ribbon
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Rosettes

Instructions:

1. Staple polyester batting to the door front.

2. Add sheeting. Wrapping the edges of the sheeting around to the door back and stretching taut as you go, staple the sheeting to the door edges. The sheeting should attach like an artist's canvas on a stretcher. Be careful to keep the print straight as you staple it to the door. Trim fabric edges.

3. Add crisscrosses of ribbon. Crisscross ribbon over door, stapling at door edges and where ribbons cross.

4. Add a ribbon border. Using a hot-glue gun and glue sticks, affix ribbon around the perimeter of the door, covering the staples and raw edges of ribbon.

5. Add rosettes. Glue rosettes over spots where ribbons cross to cover staples.

More Ideas

  • You can finish the back of the door with the same technique.
  • Keep the decorations from interfering with the door's closing by making sure they do not extend past the door's edge.
  • Using other colors of sheeting and simpler trim, you can use adapt this project to work in a boy's room, kitchen, or hobby room.
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