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Typically the joke’s on me when I attempt to sew “The 20-minute project!”
20 minutes?
I have that.
Oh wait, you mean they lied?

Usually the project is a dress or something…
I can’t pick out a dress to wear in 20 minutes,
let alone make one.
So yeah, that’s usually how it goes for me.

 

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HOWEVER! I am here to tell you that this project really did take very little time!
My sister-in-law Shannon’s birthday was yesterday.
I decided I wanted to make this as a gift for her.
When?
Umm, yesterday morning.
(It’s no secret I am usually behind in life)
So, I went out to the store around 11,
and completed it start to finish during nap time!
It took me about 2 hours.
Which, maybe somebody else could make this in 20 minutes,
but I’m going to try and give you a more realistic estimate.
I could just be slow,
but hey – at least I’m honest.

I first got the idea from my friend, Steph, who made this as a gift for her sister who was in art school.
Shannon is also in art school, so I figured I had a winner.
I found the tutorial over at Prudent Baby.
I customized it to fit pens and pencils instead of crayons,
so I used rectangles that were 9”x 18”.

I got some fancy art pens to go inside…

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And of course some fun owl ribbon.
I sewed two pieces of ribbon together
(wrong sides facing)
so that there were owls on both sides ,
regardless of how the ribbon was laying.

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Interfacing.
It made the roll much sturdier.
Although, I accidentally Heat n Bonded my ironing board…

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The inside…

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The outside…

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Stuffed with pens and pencils…

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All wrapped up and ready to be gifted!

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Happy Birthday to the lovely Shannon!
May your 20th year be full of all things lovely and exciting 🙂

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Remember this chair?
It has a new look.

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I would have posted a “tutorial” of sorts,
but trust me – it would have been helpful to NOBODY 🙂
My method was “let’s see if this works…” hahaha.
I just took the chair apart as much as I could,
pulled, stapled, and stretched the fabric as best I knew how.
And then I sewed slipcovers for the cushions.
It’s not a professional reupholstery job by any stretch of the imagination,
but I’m very happy with it.
I now have a chair that matches the rest of the decor in my loft. 🙂

Another project from my Goodwill adventure.

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This sad little three-legged table was $3.97. 
It was the Charlie Brown of end tables, if you will.

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Fabric from Joann’s: $6.99 for the blue and white, $3.99 for the burlap.
And plenty of scraps left over.
 

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I didn’t do anything fancy.
I’m sure there are much more complicated improvements you could do.
I chose non-complicated 🙂
This is what I did:

1) Lay the table upside down on top of the fabric
 

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2) Measure a good few inches from the edge of the table and mark with a pencil.

I did 3 and 1/2 inches, marking at 8 different parts around the diameter.
 

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3) With a pencil, connect the marks so that you have a circle about 3-4 inches bigger than the table’s diameter.

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4) Cut out the circle

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5) Using a staple gun, pull the fabric very tight and staple the fabric to the bottom of the table.
Make sure you pull tight enough so that the edges are smooth and there is no loose fabric.

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6) Next, cut long strips of burlap that are about 2-3 inches wide.
I used about 6 strips that were each 2 yards long, but this can vary.

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7) Starting at the base of the table, staple a piece of burlap to one of the legs.  Begin wrapping tightly.
How tightly you wrap and how much you overlap will determine how much burlap you need. 

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8 ) Staple every now and again as you continue wrapping to secure.
Make sure you staple underneath the following overlap so as to hide the staple.  The same holds true for when you introduce a new strip of burlap.

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9) When you get to the end of the leg, secure with several staples to hold in place.  Using scissors, clip any fabric that has frayed.  Repeat for the other two legs. 
Yes – Burlap tends to fray.  Don’t worry about it.  I think it gives it an interesting look.  If you don’t like it, though, you could easily substitute another fabric of your choice.

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And, Voila!  Done.
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It’s not gonna hold up to anything heavy duty, but for a cute little end table that only needs to house a book or two, I think it will do the job quite nicely!

Such a very cool tutorial by Good Life Eats!
Check out her blog to see how she gets her cupcakes to look like this:

nutella cupcakes

I may have to make these amazing cupcakes just to see if I can do it…

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