This morning I shared a tutorial for a DIY apron made by Katie at View From the Fridge. What completes a pretty apron like a coordinating oven mitt so you can really bake in style?!? I love this use of fabric scraps and the fact that something totally functional like an oven mitt can be a fun way to bring color and pattern into your kitchen’s décor.
Anthropologie sells the daintiest little aprons, and Katie at View From the Fridge was able to capture all the frills and femininity in this knock-off she created. Katie simplified the process by starting with a cheapo white apron from Joann’s. From there she embellished with a lovely gathered skirt, plenty of ruffles, and a pretty flower clip. While an apron isn’t technically décor, hang this baby on a fun hook in your kitchen, and it’ll certainly add some interest to your walls!
Restoration Hardware offers a beautiful assortment of relaxed roman shades that can be custom made to fit your windows. Guess what? You can make your own for way less following this tutorial from Amy at Joyful Daisy. Amy whipped up her DIY roman shade using a sewing machine, but hand stitching or no-sew tape will also do the trick if sewing’s not your thing. So why not save some money AND get the perfect fabric to add some WOW to your room?!?
For only an hour of your time, Amy from Joyful Daisy shows how you can save $150-$175 on a table runner just like one from her beloved MacKenzie-Childs. Amy was thrilled when she came across a green toile fabric her mom had purchased years ago for a forgotten project and paired with her own houndstooth fabric to make this table runner for only $1. Amy says, “This adorable table runner would make a perfect gift for mom with Mother’s Day right around the corner, and you could even top it off with a fresh bouquet of flowers.”
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, the last thing you want to dish out hundreds of dollars for is décor. Especially considering it will only be out a couple of weeks! Dena from Hearts & Sharts was in shock when she came across a heart pillow with an outrageous price tag of $198. She literally dropped everything and made the pillow in under an hour just to show how easily (an inexpensively) it can be done!
While I am not much of a seasonal decorator, I do have a soft spot for a pretty pillow. Lisa from Concord Cottage is always inspired by the beautiful pillows and bedding at Pottery Barn and replicated an appliqued heart pillow using fabric and craft paint from her stash. That means FREE my friends! Lisa says that even if you have to purchase the materials you are only looking at spending about $3, which is a far cry from $29!
Looking for more subdued Valentine’s décor that doesn’t overload you with red and pink, hearts, and glitter? Look no further than these XOXO pillows that Katie at View from the Fridge sewed up for her home. Katie loves the simple, neutral look and subtle hints at Valentine’s Day. Oh, and of course the price! Katie paid only $25 to make all FOUR pillows, which would have cost her a shocking $600 if purchased from Anthropologie!
Tigan of Blake & Tigan purchased a dreamy, cloud-like pintucked duvet cover from West Elm that she totally loved. That is until she felt how scratchy it was and realized how easily it ripped. Boo! Tigan sent that duvet cover packing and decided she would just have to DIY to get the job done right. Tigan used a plain pre-made duvet cover and sewed her own pintucks – all 123 of them! She then added a button to each pintuck to ensure they would hold strong. Despite the time-consuming process, Tigan says she couldn’t be more pleased with how her pleated duvet cover came out!