DIY Black & White Chevron Pillow

DIY Chevron pillow from Striped Fabric | brittanyMakes for 6th Street Design School

I love mixing things up with fun pillows, don’t you? Today I’m sharing a pretty cool tutorial over at 6th Street Design School on how to make this chevron pillow from your favorite black and white striped fabric! My bets you have a stash somewhere at home, pull it out and let’s go!

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MAKE THIS // Leather Handle Tray

Thank you everyone for all your great comments on the woven bench post! I already have some family members requesting that I make them a bench.  It’s very encouraging, although I just might have to invest in a KregJig.

OH. And about that earthquake!  Is everyone OK?? My grandpa owns a couple stores in Sonoma which got a little rattled, poor guy had to rally up a team of employees at 3:30 am to clean up before they opened.  A friends brother’s garage floor cracked, some keepsakes broke at my Meemaw’s house, and my baby boy slept through the whole darn thing. It definitely woke me up, and motherhood has officially changed my outlook on earthquakes.  I used to think they were no big deal, but this was the first time I really felt panicky that I couldn’t protect my baby from something, and I didn’t like that feeling one bit!  My husband on the other hand, he just fell right back to sleep (ha!), but it seriously got me thinking that we need to fine tune our evacuation plan.

ANYWAY, back to today’s tutorial! You may have noticed a cute little leather handled tray sitting on that woven bench I made…

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Maybe you didn’t, that’s OK! See it there now? So cute, right? Well it just happens to be world’s easiest project I made from my stash of leather scraps. If you remember, I made this pinwheel pillow and this camera strap also from leather scraps!  Seriously, don’t toss your leather scraps or fabric remnants, chances are you can easily make something chic and sophisticated with them.  I’ll be here all day encouraging you to do so :P

So anyway, this project started out with a need.  I needed a tray of sorts by my bedside to corral all the random things – glass of water, hair clips, baby monitor, etc, you know, all those random things that make your bedside table look a mess? It was getting out of hand and I didn’t need yet another fancy $50 tray.  Lo and behold I found this $5 fabric covered tray at Target (I can’t find it on the website, sorry!), and athough it was lovely enough in gray linen, I thought it needed a little dressing up.

MAKE THIS // DIY Leather Handle Tray | brittanyMakes

 

Naturally the next thing I did was grab my trusty stash of leather scraps.  Then, I measured and cut two 3/4″ x 6″ strips of leather to make two handles.

MAKE THIS // DIY Leather Handle Tray | brittanyMakes

 

I cut triangles out of each end so that the handle resembles a little banner.

 

MAKE THIS // DIY Leather Handle Tray | brittanyMakes

 

Using a leather hole punch, I punched one hole on each end of the strap.

MAKE THIS // DIY Leather Handle Tray | brittanyMakes

 

I eyeballed where I wanted to place the leather strap on each side of the tray, grabbed my drill and drilled two holes using a bit about the same size diameter of a rivet.

MAKE THIS // DIY Leather Handle Tray | brittanyMakes

 

I attached each handle with two rivets, I only had silver rivets on hand but brass rivets would look fantastic here too!

 

MAKE THIS // DIY Leather Handle Tray | brittanyMakes

 

Super cute, right? And so easy? What’s funny is I originally needed this tray at my bedside but now it resides on our coffee table. I’m back at square one with a mess of a bedside table.  Tell me, what do you use to corral your bedside randoms??

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HACK THIS // Woven Bench DIY

 

HACK THIS // Woven Bench DIY | brittanyMakesI love a good hack! I mean, who doesn’t? I saw this woven wrap bench from CB2 and… you know what happened, that thought that plagues all us DIYers danced in my head, ‘hey, I can make that!’ It’s an illness. You’ve got it, I’ve got it. There is no cure. Except money, maybe money is the cure? Sorry CB2, I can’t afford a $400 bench, so.. I’m gonna hack it? Why yes, yes I am.

Now, the take-away for any good hack is to not replicate it exactly. Make it your own in some way.  I mean, unless you can hack it so exact it’s like a replica.  I know my limitations and there’s no way I could hack those legs, so I took the essence of the wrap bench and made my version. Let’s go!

HACK THIS // Woven Bench DIY | brittanyMakesSupplies needed:

First, go to the banister/decking section of your home improvement store and get the 2″x2″ pieces of redwood.  I tried using the 2″x2″s in the regular wood section before in a different project and they just splintered on me. Do I know what I’m doing? Probably not. What kind of wood is in the regular wood section? Not sure! I am absolutely not a woodsmith, and I’m not going to pretend to be!  I’m sure there are fancy tools that I should be using to prevent splitting wood, but alas I’m impatient and I just want to build things with my drill and miter saw. I bought 5 of the 2″x2″s in the decking section. I forget how long they are, 48″?

You will need to cut the following:

2 pieces of 45″ 2″x2″

4 pieces of 16″ 2″x2″

2 pieces of 14″ 2″x2″

Also, grab two bundles of 200ft clothesline.  You might think one is enough, it’s not, so save yourself a trip back to the store and grab 2! I also grabbed one spool of neon coral cord, which is in the same section as the clothesline and chain and stuff.

HACK THIS // Woven Bench DIY | brittanyMakesI wanted the legs to be a bit fancy, but I couldn’t figure out how to cut the angle on my miter saw for the life of me, so I measured 5″ up each 16″ leg, then 3/4″ in on the bottom, and cut along this line using my jig saw (see pic below). I followed this step with a light sanding.

HACK THIS // Woven Bench DIY | brittanyMakesNext, and this is where I truly show my lack of woodsmithing skills, I clamped the 16″ legs and 14″ side pieces to my dining table (LOL right?) and drilled them together with wood screws.  The correct way to do this would be to use a KregJig or some pocket-hole system, however I don’t have a KregJig, so I just screwed them together from the sides.  I would also recommend filling these holes with stainable wood filler, which I obviously didn’t do because I forgot to buy some. I can only take so many trips back to the store for one project.

HACK THIS // Woven Bench DIY | brittanyMakesSo anyway, now that you know what not to do, here is what it looked like after I did those things! It actually came out quite sturdy. On to staining!

HACK THIS // Woven Bench DIY | brittanyMakesPrior to staining raw wood, you always want to apply a wood conditioner.  It prevents blochiness and helps the raw wood soak up the stain more evenly.

HACK THIS // Woven Bench DIY | brittanyMakesOnce the stain was completely dry, I went right on to weaving the clothesline over and under, back and forth, all the way along the bench.  Just make sure you pull very tight!  I tied the ends of the clothesline to one another by threading the clothesline that ended at right end of the bench back through to the starting side, if that makes sense.  The knot fell somewhere in the middle of the bench.

HACK THIS // Woven Bench DIY | brittanyMakesI LOVE IT! Really! Even though I fail at screwing wood together “properly”, I actually love how this bench turned out.  Believe it or not, it does hold my weight! Although I didn’t make this for sitting, I’m showcasing this bench as our coffee table, since our living room has been sans coffee table since we moved in back in April! This bench would also look fab in front of a bed, under a window, or in an entryway!

HACK THIS // Woven Bench DIY | brittanyMakesLove love love, all day long!

HACK THIS // Woven Bench DIY | brittanyMakesWhat do you think? Oh, and please ignore the carpet.  Just pretend its gorgeous hardwood laid in an impractical chevron pattern.

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Make This: Succulent Arrangement

 

MAKE THIS: DIY Succulent Arrangement | brittanyMakes

 

Succulents are such a black-thumb friendly plant.  I’m so glad plants like this exist because if all plants were as high maintenance as fiddles or orchids, I’d never have a plant in my home.  I have been testing my plant parenting abilities, which has been both a success and a failure, but so far our cute sun room has proven to be mighty helpful in our plants survival.

Anywho, back to this quick project. I found the perfect copper footed bowl the other day while thrifting.  I don’t remember how much it was, $4? Anyway, I knew it would be perfect for a drippy plant or arrangement. I took a trip to my trusty home improvement store to scope out plants and other foliage when I found the perfect wild and drippy succulent.  So yeah, this project revolves around that guy right up there.

MAKE THIS: DIY Succulent Arrangement | brittanyMakes

 

 

To some, building an arrangement might be a no brainer, but if you are like me and only recently learned about drainage to prevent a plant from rotting, this post might be helpful to you.  I faintly recall killing my first rosemary tree by watering it so much it rot.  It’s a sad lesson to learn!

So yeah, if you are using a vessel that does not have a drainage hole, you want to layer the bottom with about a half-inch of pebbles so that the water sits below the soil.  Next, add a layer of dirt, then you’ll gently tuck your succulents in the vessel along with more soil.

There happens to be a method to a well-balanced arrangement.  You need three things: 1) varying size – select a few succulents of varying sizes: something small, something fat, something textured etc  2) varying height – make sure you have a good high-to-low mix.  There’s nothing more boring than a flat horizontal arrangement.  Actually, I’m sure there are thousands of more boring things, but you get my drift. 3) be mindful of the color palette, there is a special time and place for a multi-colored arrangement.

I found another brass footed bowl while thrifting! I think I’ll go fill that one with some succulents too…

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DIY Leather & Gold Pinwheel Pillow

It’s no secret I like making pillows from scratch.  I’m sure it’s the miser in me, I can’t afford to buy new pillows as often as I feel like changing them out, so I make them.  I’ve had a few flops, but I’m quite pleased with my latest pillow creation so naturally I have a tutorial for you!

DIY Leather & Gold Pinwheel Pillow | brittanyMakes

 

The steps are a cinch, promise!

DIY Leather & Gold Pinwheel Pillow | brittanyMakes

STEP 1 | Measure and cut yourself a square pattern measuring 20″x20″, preferably from a large piece of paper like Kraft or butcher paper

STEP 2 | Fold your 20″x20″ paper pattern in half corner to corner (AB to EF), then fold in half again, and fold in half one final time to get your single pinwheel triangle pattern

STEP 3 | Trace & cut various fabrics of choice, I chose 2 pieces of leather hide (left over from the project I did with the Leather Hide Store), 2 pieces of metallic gold fabric, and 2 pieces of beige vegan leather. Lay your triangle pieces of fabric out to visualize the layout, like so:

DIY Leather & Gold Pinwheel Pillow | brittanyMakes

STEP 4 | Sew together each corner quadrant, A & B, C & D, E & F, G & H

STEP 5 | Sew the quadrants together to make two halves, AB & CD, then EF & GH

STEP 6 | Sew the halves together to make your full pillow front, ABCD & EFGH

STEP 7 | Sew your pillow front to the backside fabric of your choice. I chose to do a solid backside from the same beige vegan leather used in the front side. You can choose to add a zipper or not, I chose not to add a zipper.  I sewed 3 full sides and the fourth side I left about a 4 inch opening, turned the fabric right side out, stuffed with pillow fluff, and closed the 4-inch opening by running it through my sewing machine.

DIY Leather & Gold Pinwheel Pillow | brittanyMakes

 

There you have it! It’s not as complicated as it looks, no? I really loved how this pillow turned out, it looks good almost anywhere in my house!

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Himmeli Mobile for the Nursery

 

DIY Himmeli Mobile | brittanyMakes

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today feels like a Monday to me. We spent yesterday recovering from our trip to Disneyland, it was a total veg-out-on-the-couch kinda day. It was glorious… except for the part where I felt guilty for not doing anything when I have walls to paint and such.  As my husband said, one veg day wont kill me.

The baby’s room is coming together, slowly! He’s not sleeping in his crib yet, still in his bassinet in our room so I kind of feel like I don’t have to finish his room until we swap him over.  Am I subconsciously waiting until his room is finished? Err, no? Yes? Don’t ask me I’m not sure.  I am one tiny step closer though, we have a mobile!

DIY Himmeli Mobile | brittanyMakes

I’ve stumbled and fallen face first on the himmeli train. Brass tubing as sculptures? How can we bloggers resist? I don’t have a tutorial for you since there are a billion himmeli tutorials in blog land, but I will reference which tutorials I used to create our mobile.  I’ll divide it into the three shapes you see here: Hexagon (top), Square (middle & side “tassels”), Diamond (bottom).

DIY Himmeli Mobile | brittanyMakes

For the top 3D hexagon I followed Rayan’s wreath tutorial. I basically only made the first shape instead of making the whole wreath.  For the bottom diamond I followed this tutorial.  Her blog is in French but luckily she posts a very clear tutorial with images.  For the middle squares, it’s the exact same method as Nessa’s tutorial but with straws of equal length.

DIY Himmeli Mobile | brittanyMakes

I couldn’t justify making this mobile out of brass tubing, so I opted to use straws which I spray painted gold. I grabbed a pack of straws from Ikea (of all places!).

DIY Himmeli Mobile | brittanyMakes

The mobile “before” looks weird and scary, but once I spray painted it gold, all was right again.

DIY Himmeli Mobile | brittanyMakesSo tell me, is himmeli your thing? Have you tried it yet? It’s actually MUCH easier than it looks.  If you’re at all concerned, Mandy has the cutest video showing you just how easy himmeli can be.

 

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Your Camera is Missing Out

 

DIY Camera Strap from Scrap Leather | brittanyMakes for 6th Street Design School

I love a good DIY, there are just so many ideas swirling around in my head. Some of my ideas are original, crazy weird, super simple, or happen to be various renditions of other projects or things I’ve spotted out in the internets. Today’s project is something of the latter, I’m not claiming originality nor am I re-inventing the wheel, I’m just putting my spin on something I actually needed, yet, of course, has been done before.

I completely ruined my stock camera strap when I photographed the latest Home Depot Style Challenge.  I came home and my entire camera bag, strap included, reeked like bonfire.  Not to mention my clothes and hair! It took me a week to wash out that smell, and I’m a girl who hates shampooing… Anyway, I needed a new camera strap, so I turned to my mound of fabric scraps for a solution.  Read the entire tutorial over at the interior design talent Kirsten’s blog, 6th Street Design School.

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DIY Changing Table Tray

Hello! I’m so excited about today’s post, especially for the fact that I was able to squeeze in enough baby nap time to write this post.  It’s super difficult to stop cuddling with a newborn, but I’m actually proud to have found a little bit of time to bust out this tutorial.

Considering my life as of late is baby-centered, I’m sharing a quick tutorial on how to make your own changing table tray.  I mimic’d the design off of the Oeuf changing station, but instead of inserting this tray on top of the crib, I made it a dresser/tabletop station using these diamond-shaped vinyl bumpers.

DIY Changing Table Tray | brittanyMakes

This project is super easy, there’s no need to spend $260 on the Oeuf changing station when you can make it for about $50! Here are the materials you need:

I ended up purchasing two of the 1″x3″ pine boards so that my cuts were free of any knots.  I chose the maple plywood since it’s super smooth and not at all splintery as some other plywoods can be.

 

DIY Changing Table Tray | brittanyMakesFirst, I took the front piece, and with my jig saw I cut out an angular design somewhat similar to the Oeuf changing station. I sanded the edges smooth once done.  Next, I attached the 16″ sides to the front and back pieces of the tray using wood screws and a little bit of wood glue.

DIY Changing Table Tray | brittanyMakes

I flipped the tray over to attach the bottom which is secured using more wood screws.  I should have used my KregJig to attach the front with pocket screws for a clean look, but I cut corners and instead drilled the front face directly to the side pieces.  Because I did that I covered the screws with a bit of caulk.  I was going to use wood filler but the wood filler I have on hand is super sandy and I wanted the tray to have a clean, glossy look.

DIY Changing Table Tray | brittanyMakes

The tray isn’t perfect, but I think it’s totally adorable and a complete Oeuf Changing Station hack.

DIY Changing Table Tray | brittanyMakes

DIY Changing Table Tray | brittanyMakes

Just see how handsome baby Zano looks just chillin’ in his tray waiting to get his dirty diaper changed.

DIY Changing Table Tray | brittanyMakes

I love him!

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Moustache Stamped Swaddle

Hey folks! How are ya? Well, I’m just sitting at home waiting to pop, and in the spirit of welcoming a little one I wanted to share my latest DIY inspired by the popular potato stamping technique!

Moustache potato stamp DIY | brittanyMakes

 

Potato stamping has been around forever, I’ve never actually tried it until now but it has to be one of the easiest ways to create a stamp.  Now, I chose to stamp a plain white swaddle blanket, but you can stamp almost anything! How about a tea towel, or a T-shirt? I just adore Kelly’s confetti T-shirt!

Well, let’s get to it shall we?  Here are the supplies you need:

  • 1 Large potato
  • Fabric paint
  • Paring knife
  • Pen
  • Fabric of your choice

Moustache potato stamp DIY | brittanyMakes

 

ONE Cut a cross section of your potato TWO draw your shape with a pen THREE trim around the shape with your paring knife FOUR using your finger, dab some fabric paint on your shape and test to make sure the stamp works as desired; then, start stamping your fabric!

Moustache potato stamp DIY | brittanyMakes

 

You want to let the paint completely cure, about 24-72 hours before washing.  I just followed the instructions on the back of the fabric paint bottle.

Moustache potato stamp DIY | brittanyMakes

 

How about it? Will you give potato stamping a try?

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DIY Leather Pouf & Giveaway with the Leather Hide Store

*This post is in partnership with The Leather Hide Store, all opinions are my own 

For those of you who have been reading for a while probably remember the favored West Elm pouf hack.  Well, I sorta brought this tutorial back today, but revamped for my current needs: an ottoman for our nursery!

DIY leather pouf/ottoman | brittanyMakes

I feel so honored to have been contacted by the Leather Hide Store to sample a remnant of their leather.  I have ALWAYS wanted a leather pouf, either a morrocan or a vintage classic, and when putting together our nursery I knew a leather pouf was in order.

DIY leather pouf/ottoman | brittanyMakes

 

The Leather Hide Store sent me a few swatches of leather (I was extremely indecisive at first, they have so many incredible options to choose from!)  My first instinct was to play it safe and get something cream or white, but I decided to challenge myself and go brown (gasp! right? so edgy, I know). I chose Golden Saddle, which as you can see looks rich and vintage in the photo above (less like the image on the website – I recommend ordering swatches!).

DIY leather pouf/ottoman | brittanyMakes

 

One thing you’ll notice is the seam down the front side of the pouf.  I actually did this intentionally as I wanted the pouf to feel vintage and pieced together.  My pouf measures 18″ W 16″ H 18″ D, and sewing it together was actually the easiest thing, luckily Santa brought me a new sewing machine this year, sewing through two layers of leather couldn’t have been smoother.  My old machine would have choked…

DIY leather pouf/ottoman | brittanyMakes

I first attached all 4 side pieces, creating one long rectangle.  Then, I attached the top and bottom, which left me with one edge completely open.  I reinforced the corners of this open edge by sewing down about an inch top and bottom, then turned the pouf inside out.  I stuffed the pouf with 4″ high density upholstery foam (2 layers for the center) and surrounded the foam with Poly-fill, just like I did in this post. Once the pouf was completely stuffed, I hand stitched the edge closed.

DIY leather pouf/ottoman | brittanyMakes

 

Over all I am quite impressed with the leather quality the Leather Hide Store has to offer.  Their remnants are priced super well (and are actually on sale right now!).  But maybe a remnant is too small for your project? Check out their upholstery leather section for a greater variety of options.

I’m pretty stoked to be able to offer this giveaway today! All you have to do is enter the giveaway below.  Open to US Residents only, each reader has 4 chances to enter.  Good luck!

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