The Everyday Home Newsletter

Edition 1 / Page 1

Summer 1999

Welcome to the first edition of The Everyday Home Newsletter. My goal is that each quarterly newsletter will reflect the same style and "do-it-yourself" philosophy as my web site, The Everyday Decorator. I hope you enjoy the premier edition. Please tell a friend to subscribe. Sincerely, barbgarrett

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"In the Design Room..."
An Easy No-Sew Envelope Pillow

Turn a plain purchased pillow, a remant of fabric ,and some scraps of trim into an elegant decorator's pillow. You can even use a garage sale clip-on earring as an accoutrement. No sewing machine? No problem. Grab your handy-dandy glue gun, and get ready to "sew"... barbgarrett style!

Supplies Needed:
(1) Plain 14" corded pillow - (1) Remnant of fabric large enough to form an envelope flap, plus an inch on each side to turn under (about 16"x8")
Approx (1 3/4yds.) of mop fringe - Approx(16" of tassel fringe - (1) Lg. button or clip-on earring with back removed
Small tassels(opt) - Hot glue gun - Pinking Sheers

Step 1 Create a newspaper template to design the necessary shape and size needed for the envelope flap. Use the template, and not the actual fabric, for testing to determine if you have the needed size. *Remember that the sides and the top should be approximately 1" wider to account for a hem. Once you have created the template, trace the shape onto the fabric and use pinking sheers to cut.
Step 2 "Hem" the top of fabric and two sides using a lightweight iron-on fusible tape. Follow the manufacturer's directions concerning iron setting, etc.
Step 3 Glue the tassel fringe along the bottom pointed edge of the flap. Leave " of excess trim on each side. Turn the excess underneath the backside of the flap and glue in place.
Step 4 The key to making the flap appear "sewn" into the pillow is to snuggle the edge of the flap up into and as close to the seam as possible. ( I recommend using a needle nose glue gun such as Aileen's craft gun.) To do this, pull back the cording at the top of the pillow, and run a bead of glue directly on top of the seam (in front of the cording) about halfway across the width of the pillow. Keeping the cording pulled back, place the top edge of the flap onto the glue line, pressing down to adhere well. Continue gluing the remaining top half of pillow and flap.
Step 5 Repeat the same gluing procedure to adhere the sides of the flap to the sides of the pillow.
Step 6 Turn pillow right side down. Starting at the bottom middle, just behind the cording, run a bead of glue to the corner. Place the edge of the mop fringe on top of the glue line, pressing to adhere. Continue around the pillow, working in small areas at a time or the bead of glue may set before you have time to place the fringe. When you get back to the beginning point at the bottom of pillow, leave 1" of excess fringe. Glue 1/2" of trim so that it slightly overlaps the beginning point. Turn the remaining 1/2" trim under, and glue into place for a finished look.
Step 7 Glue the small tassel(s) at the point of the flap. Place a generous amount of glue onto the back of the button or earring and place it on the point of the flap so that it covers the glue holding the tassel in place.

"The Garden Shed..."

One-of-a-Kind Topiaries...Made from a Standard Garden Accessory!

Using a standard garden tomato cage, some moss and faux ivy, you can create this unique topiary that is pretty placed indoors...or out!

Supplies you will need:

Tomato Cage - any size(*) Sheet Moss Green Floral Wire Faux Garlands, i.e. ivy, grapeleaf, etc.
(opt)Urn or terra cotta pot to fit cage(**)
(opt)Strands of Grapevine(***)
(opt)White lights(****)

(*) The size of the cage you use determines how much moss and greenery you will need. The topiary shown uses a medium size cage, and I used a small bag of moss and (2) 9' garlands.
(**)The topiary can also be used free standing - as shown above.
(***)I used small pieces of grapevine leftover from another project. You can purchase a small wreath, soak it in water overnight, and unwind.
(****)White lights make an elegant statement any time of the year. Use the lights when you are entertaining by placing the topiary by the front door as a lovely welcome, or on a buffet table for a unique centerpiece.

To make the topiary, turn the cage over and secure all four prongs together with floral wire. Then, simply wrap the sheet moss around all the wire spokes of the cage. Use the floral wire to hold in place. Wire the faux garland over the moss. I did not wrap the spokes, rather I just laid the garland right on top of the moss. First, wrap the garland up and over one long vertical side, and repeat on the other side. Then, cut the garland into lengths that will fit the shorter horizontal spokes between the longer vertical spokes. Wire on grapevine, and add a bow. *If you want your toiary to feature lights, wire the lights onto the cage prior to adding the garland.

Click here to see a smaller version and an "outdoor" version of the above topiary.