Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Clearance items now 50% off

Clearance items are now 50% off their list price. Click on the image below to be taken to the clearance section. Happy Wednesday :)


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

No Talent Required Pot Holder Quilt

No Talent Required Pot Holder Quilt
 
Remember the nylon potholders you could make on those little weavers? Well, I am making my children quilts out of those, using yard, of course. Not nylon :) Why? Because once upon a time I made my son a Disney's Cars quilt. I did all the geometry and sewed all the triangles and squares together and it took what felt like his entire toddlerhood. The he peed on it, I washed it, and now it is in tiny pieces. And I will just never do that again. . .
 
Also, being a successful small business owner, I cherish every moment I have with my children. So I wanted to be able to make something for them with them. My daughter is three and has yet to master the loom. But there is a past of this quilt she can do that she enjoys. My six year old son has mastered the loom and enjoys making the squares.
 
I have put together this tutorial since I have had to adjust the usual way of making the potholders so that we could make them out of yarn.
 
All you need is one of the potholder looms, a pair of scissors and a latch hook. The latchhook can be purchased separately from those latch hook kits. The loom is in the kids crafts section of any craft store.

                 First tie a knot around the upper left peg. Then wind the yard around the pegs until            
                                            you get to the lower right peg and it looks like this:     



 Then tie a knot around the upper left peg going in the opposite direction. create a loop and pull the yarn through the vertical yarn FIRST going over ONE then going under two and over two for the rest of the way across until you reach the opposite pegs. Make sure you alternate starting by
going under or over the first one with each new row.

 

                            Then wrap the loop around the peg on the opposite side (or right side).

Hold the yarn on the left and pull that row tight.

When you are on the last peg you are not going to go under two over two with a loop like the above rows. You are going to measure one length across with the yarn, cut and then weave under and over with just the end piece that you have cut.



When you get to the end, don't tie a knot around the last peg. Turn the loom and weave the remaining piece under and over until you've reached the end of the yarn.


Repeat this step with all the knotted corners. Remove the knotted corners, pull them tight, then weave under and over until the loose end is woven into the square.

Each side of the loom should have one empty peg.

To remove the square from the loom, you will start in one corner by removing one loop, put it around your thumb, take off the next loop and put the second loop through the first one around your thumb. Then, put the loop you are still holding between your fingers around your thumb, take the next available loop and stick it through the loop around your thumb. Take the loop between your fingers and put it around your thumb, grab the next available loop and put it through the loop around your thumb. Repeat until the square ahs been completely removed from the loom.





 When you get to the last loop weave it through the very first loop you removed from the loom until it is tucked under and hidden.

The edges should look like this when it is removed from the loom.

THEN cut a GAZILLION 3" pieces of yarn.


 Put two squares together and connect them with a latch hook. Put the latch hook through the farthest two loops on each square. Take a 3: piece of yarn and wrap it around the neck of the hook.


 Wrap the 3" piece of yarn around the hook to the right, then fold it over the neck of the hook to the left so that the bottom part of the hook can close around the yard when you pull it down through the loops. Pull the hook down through the two loops and then pull the two yarn strings tight, if necessary.

 
Repeat the latch hooking until all the edges are connected. You can then trim the yarn ends from the latch hooked pieces, or you can leave them as they are. My daughter liked that they look like gummy worms, so she didn't want them trimmed. :)

 
We just started this project today. I will show you the finished product when we are done! Can't wait to show you!!
 
 
If you give this project a try, I'd love to see what you make!




Monday, September 23, 2013

Twill, Canvas, Cotton Duck. . . what's the difference?


Twill, Canvas, Cotton Duck???
 
When we make anything in our shop with a ribbon trim, I almost always recommend that the base fabric is Canvas. Because I am so specific about the base fabric I will work with, I always provide it and include it in the overall cost of the product. The ribbon designs just look better when sewn onto a fabric that is woven a certain direction.
 
 
Because I am so particular, I offer the base fabric and is always basic bright white. Occasionally I get a client that says they want to supply their own in a particular color and I say, "Sure. Is it Twill, Canvas or Cotton Duck?" And the response leads me to believe that I am reading something from someone who looks like this:
 
 
And then I never hear from them again. So here's the Basics, peeps. Premier Prints prints their fabric pattern on each of these types of fabrics. I will be showing you several similar designs so you can know to look at the descriptions of each fabric in the future to get the best result for the look you are trying to achieve.
 
Canvas:
Canvas is a firm, medium to heavy weight woven cotton. It is the heaviest of the cottons we are talking about today, and also the coarsest to the touch. Canvas used for home d├ęcor is more loosely woven than duck or twill. Canvas is classified in a number system based on its weight. 10 oz canvas, 9 oz canvas, etc.
 
Here is what the canvas weave looks like up close:
 
 
 
Description: 100% 7 ounce Cotton Slub, Medium Weight Canvas
 
 
Description: Description: 100% 7 ounce Cotton Slub, Medium Weight Canvas
 
The above prints are medium weights and printed on 7 oz cotton canvas. They will lie more stiffly and give a room a more formal feel. This is different form Duck or Twill which will not drape stiffly.
 
We will see now one of the things that makes Premier Prints a great option for a fabric supplier. You can get the same pattern on a variety of fabric types and pick the one that is appropriate to the feel you are trying to create.
 
Duck:Cotton Duck is a durable, closely woven  ribbed cotton fabric. It is similar to canvas, but lighter in weight and not as stiff. Duck is smoother to the touch than canvas. It does not feel textured.
 
Duck even looks softer just in this image than canvas.
 
Gotcha in True Turquoise and White
 
This fabric option from Premier Prints is also a 7 oz cotton, but it is more tightly woven and does not have the weighty weave that creates the slubby texture of the 7 oz canvas option.
 
 
The basic 7 oz cotton is less expensive, it drapes more easily and lends a softer more casual feel to a room.
 
Twill
Twill is the lightest, softest and most pliable of all three cottons we have been talking about. The weave is typically done with one thread over one thread, as opposed to the above two options which are either two or over one or two over two. This is how it is so pliable and easy to work with.
 

For Twill, you will want to look specifically for the word "Twill" or "Cotton Twill" in the description. For example, here at Carousel Fabrics the description for this item says, "100% Cotton Twill."
 
 
Carousel Fabrics at babybedding.com create items specifically for use in baby nurseries. They only work with cotton twill fabrics as they are the softest option, easiest to clean and most durable for things like crib sheets or boppy covers where a little bit of give is a god thing.
 
 
Cotton twill drapes very nicely. Not only does it feel soft, but it looks soft and lends a relaxing tone and environment to a room.
 
 
For formal, go canvas. For Casual, go Duck. For relaxed and calming, go twill.
 
Melissa Recommends these accents:
 
Heavier canvas weights (formal):
 
 
Medium Weight Duck (Casual)
 
 
Lighter Weight Twill (Relaxed)
 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Annual Clearance Sale 2013

 
Window Treatments by Melissa
2013 Annual Clearance Sale
 
Roman Shades
 
Flat Roman Shade measuring 27.5" wide by 48" long in Blue, Beige and White stripe
BLACKOUT lined
Right pull cord
$15.00
 
Premier Prints Corn Yellow Chipper Roman Shade
This shade measures 35" wide by 46" long. It has a right pull cord and is lined in blackout. It is made from Yellow and White Premier Prints Chipper. It is lined in blackout.
I did not end up sending this out after I sewed the Velcro on. The needle pulled up some of the blackout onto the top of the fabric. If you click on the image you can see a closer view. It's not a huge deal and isn't very noticable, as you can see from the image. But if you look up close you can see it. 
$20.00
(sold)
 
Robert Allen Maize Scene in Taupe
ONE flat roman shade is Robert Allen Maize Scene Taupe measures 42.5" wide by 46" long with Right pull cord, Drapery lined
$15.00
 
Valances
 
Khanjali Peacock Hidden Tab Valance 15" long
$12.00
 
Curtains
 
SET of TWO Rod Pocket Panels in Premier Prints Gotcha, Color: Wisteria, Measurements: 25" wide by 64" long EACH, Lining: BLACKOUT
$28.00
 
Set of TWO Rod Pocket Panels in Premier Prints Gotcha, Color: Corn Yellow, Measuring 25" wide by 50" long EACH, Lining: Drapery
$22.00
(sold)

Gray and White Horizontal Stripe Curtains, Half width, 25" wide by 84" long, Drapery lined. In clearance sale because they do not match up exactly when closed, as pictured in first image.
$50.00
(sold)
 
Orange and cream Greek Key Rod Pocket Curtains, 25" wide by 84" long, unlined
$18.00
 
 
Braemore Secret Gate in Chartreuse, TWO Rod Pocket Panels measuring 25" wide by 64" long, lined in ivory drapery lining
$32.00
 
Cats Cradle in Midnight Rod Pocket Panels, TWO measuring 50" wide by 64" long, lined in drapery lining
$38.00

Waverly Pom Play Spa Rod Pocket Curtain Panels, set of TWO, measuring 25" wide by 48" long, lined in BLACKOUT liner
$18.00
 
Placemats, table runners, napkins and tea towels









Chip n dale fret in Onyx table runner and six placemats
Runner measures 11" by 72"
placemats measure 14" by 18"
$18.00
 (sold)
Four placemats in Duralee Mateo, black and white, measuring aprox. 14" by 18"
$10.00

Six Gotcha Gray and white placemats and table runner, measuring
Runner measures: 13" by 70"
Placemats measure aprox: 14" by 18"
$18.00
(sold)
 
Set of four place mats with matching napkins in Premier Prints Zig Zag in Village Blue and Natural
Place mats measure aprox. 20" wide by 15" long
Napkins are aprox an 18" square
$16.00

Set of four place mats with matching table runner in rust red/gold irridescent medium weight home decor fabric.
Runner measure aprox. 14" x 54"
place mats measure aprox. 14" x 20"
$15.00
 
Set of six place mats with matching napkins in Premier Prints Lulu in Summerland (gray and yellow)
Place mats aprox. 20" wide by 15" long 
napkins aprox. 18" square
$14.00
(sold)
 
Set of four doublesided placemats with matching table runner. 
Runner measures: approximately 15" wide by 54" long
Place mats measure approximately 20" wide by 15" long
Made from a medium weight jacquard fabric and are reversible.
$14.00
(sold)
 
Kimon in Olive Table Runner and four place mats
Table runner measures 9" by 64"
Place mats measure aprox. 14" by 18"
$18.00
 

 

Secret Gate in Chartreuse tea towels, set of two
each measure 16" wide by 30" long. Each has
a loop for hanging
$8.00 for the set
Premier Prints called "Annie" in the colorway
 "Blue/Kelp Linen."
They each measure 14" wide by 22" long.
 Each has a loop for hanging
$8.00 for the set
 
 
 
PILLOW COVERS

       Cats Cradle pillow covers in Midnight, envelope closure
Available in the following sizes
(2) 16" square: $10.00 per cover
 

 Cats Cradle lumbar pillow cover in midnight, envelope closure,
available in the following sizes:
(1) 14" by 26" lumbar: $12.00


Cats Cradle Pillow Cover in Papaya, envelope closure,
available in the following sizes:
(2) 20" square: $16.00 per cover
(2) 18" square: $16.00 per cover
(1) 14" by 26" lumbar: $14.00
 

Navy and white Premier Prints Chevron Stripe pillow covers,
available in the following sizes:
(2) 24" Euro Shams, envelope closure: $14.00 per cover
(1) 12" by 18" lumbar: $8.00 (sale pending)
 
Premier Prints Yello and White zig zag with slub texture
Envelope closure
(2) 24" Euro Shams: $14.00 each
(2) 18" square: $9.00 each
 
Premier Prints white and chartreuse zig zag
envelope pillow closure
(2) 22" Euro Sham: $14.00 per cover
 

Imperial Trellis Ivory Pillow Cover, envelope closure,
Available in the following sizes:
(1) 12" by 18" lumbar: $20.00
(1) 22" square: $10.00 (has a small slit opening in the back at the closure where it does not close entirely).




Windsor Smith Riad Jet envelope closure
pillow cover
(1) 14" by 26" lumbar: $20.00
(1) 18" square: $18.00
(sold)
Windsor Smith Riad in Clove pillow cover, envelops closure,
(1) 12" by 18" lumbar: $16.00
(1) 20" square: $22.00
Windsor Smith Riad in Indigo, envelope closure
(1) 12" by 18" lumbar: $16.00
(1) 24" Euro Sham ZIPPER closure square: $24.00

Orange and Cream pillow covers,
Available in:
(2) 14" square  envelope closure: $6.00 per cover
(1) 14" by 26" lumbar, zipper closure $10.00
 


Gotcha in Summerland Gray pillow covers, envelope closure,
(2) 12" by 18"- $8.00 per cover

Premier Prints Gotcha in Corn Yellow pillow covers
Envelope Closure
available in:
(2) 16" square: $8.00 each
(1) 12" by 18" lumbar: $8.00 (sold)
 
Premier Prints Gotcha Storm Gray
zipper closure pillow covers
(2) 26" Euro Sham: $16.00 each
(1) 20" square: $14.00
(2) 12" by 20" lumbar: $12.00 each

  
Premier Prints Gotcha in White and Chartreuse
Envelope closure
(2) 16" square: $8.00 each

                
Premier Prints Gotcha in Wisteria
Euro Sham
Zipper Closure
(1) 24" square: $16.00

 
 

Premier Prints Black and White Traditions,
Envelope Closure Pillow Cover
(2) 18" square envelope closure
$8.00 each
(ONE sold)
Zimba in Charcoal Pillow covers
(2) 22" square, envelope closure: $16.00 each (sold)
(2) 20" square, envelope closure: $15.00 each (sold)
(1) 16" square, envelope closure: $14.00
(1) 12" by 18" lumbar, envelope closure: $14.00
 
Imperial Trellis in Citrine envelope closure pillow cover
(1) 14" by 26" lumbar: $28.00

 Imperial Trellis in Citrine lumbar pillow cover
envelope closure
12" by 18": $20.00
 
Imperial Trellis in Mandarin, envelope closure pillow cover
Available in:
(2) 14" by 26" lumbar: $24.00 each cover
 
 


Premier Prints Barber Taupe and Robin
envelope pillow cover
(1) 12" by 16" lumbar: $5.00
 
Bella Porte in Citrine envelope closure
pillow covers
available in:
(1) 12" square: $6.00
(2) 12" by 16" lumbar: $9.00 each
 




Premier Prints natural and village blue zig zag
envelope closure pillow covers
available in:
(1) 14" square: $5.00
(2) 18" square: $8.00 each cover
(2) 12" by 18" lumbar: $6.00 each cover
 
Waverly fret envelope closure pillow covers
(1) 14" square: $5.00
(1) 12" by 18" lumbar: $5.00
 
 
Premier Prints Corn Yellow envelope closure
pillow cover
(3) 12" by 16" lumbar: $7.00 each
(1) 16" square: $8.00
 



Orange floral pillow covers
envelope closure
(2) 18" square: $4.00 each

Linen chain link pillow cover
zipper closure
ivory and gray
(1) 14" by 26" lumbar: $12.00






Set of 18" zipper closure pillow covers with
 3/16" piping, zipper closure
(2) 18" square: $5.00 per cover
(1) 14" by 26": $5.00
Premier Prints Suzani Corn Yellow and White
Slub texture envelope closure:
(2) 12" by 16" lumbar: $8.00 per cover
(2) 12" by 18" lumbar: $9.00 per cover
(2) 18" square: $10.00 per cover
TWILL
(4) 14" square: $7.00 per cover
(2) 18" square: $9.00 per cover
(1) 14" square: $6.00
(1) 12" by 18" lumbar: $6.00
 

Chip n Dale fret in Mineral envelope
closure pillow covers
(1) 14" square: $6.00
(1) 12" by 18" lumbar: $8.00


Brown Stripe envelope closure, cotton
(2) 16" square: $6.00 per cover


Linen Paisley envelope closure pillow covers
(1) 12" by 16": $5.00
(2) 14" square: $4.00 each cover

Premier Prints Traditions in Chocolate Brown and Natural
envelope closure
(1) 14" square: $6.00

Brown and Beige stripe pillow cover
envelope closure
(1) 20" square: $7.00 

Rust orange chain envelope pillow covers
(1) 20" square: $5.00
(1) 14" square: $3.00

Premier Prints Accord Stripe Pillow Cover in Chocolate Brown
envelope closure
(1) 14" square: $6.00
 
Zebra black and beige envelope closure pillow cover
(1) 14" square: $6.00




Premier Prints Barber in Corn Yellow
Envelope closure pillow covers
(1) 14" by 26" lumbar: $10.00
(1) 16" square: $7.00
Premier Prints Natural and Village Blue
Menagerie
envelope closure:
(1) 16" square: $6.00




Premier Prints Black and White Canopy Stripe
envelope closure pillow covers
(2) 20" square: $8.00 each
Brown and Beige ticking stripe pillow cover
24" square, zipper closure
(1) 24" square cover: $16.00






Duralee Raspberry floral envelope pillow cover
12" square: $5.00
Premier Prints Sweet Potato Traditions,
envelope closure
Available in:
(1) 14" square: $6.00
(3) 16" square: $7.00 per cover
(1) 18" square: $8.00



Dwell Studio, Dwell Dot in Gray and white
envelope closure
12" by 16" lumbar: $9.00
Windsor Smith Pelagos in lime
zipper closure
(1) 12" by 16" lumbar: $14.00



Leopard print cotton canvas envelope closure pillow cover
(1) 18" square: $5.00







Robert Allen Maize Scene Taupe\
envelope closure
(2) 12" by 16": $6.00 each cover 
red canvas with gold floral pattern
envelope closure
(2) 20" square: $.6.00 each cover
Premier Prints Kimono in chartreuse envelope closure
pillow covers, slub texture
(2) 12" by 18" lumbar: $8.00







Schumacher Dune pillow covers, zipper closure
12" square: $10.00 each
Chip n dale fretwork in Onyx
envelope closure pillow covers
available in:
(1) 14" square: $6.00
(2) 18" square: $8.00 per cover
(1) 12" by 18" lumbar: $6.00


Prell in Dove
Envelope Closure
(1) 16" square: $16.00
(1) 18" square: $18.00
(2) 12" by 18" square: $16.00 per cover
Zipper Closure:
(1) 14" by 26" lumbar: $26.00
Premier Prints Accord stripe in lipstick red
envelope closure
(1) 16" square $6.00



Premier Prints Black and White zig zag
Zipper closure
(1) 14" by 26" lumbar: $14.00
 
Bella Porte in Twilight
Zipper Closure
(1) 26" Euro Sham: $16.00 
 






















Premier Prints Zig zag in coral
envelope closure
(1) 16" square: $9.00
(2) 12" by 18" lumbar: $8.00 each
Premier Prints Dandelion in Chartreuse and White
envelope closure
(1) 20" square: $8.00


Premier Prints Dandelion Candy Pink
envelope closure pillow cover
(1) 16" square: $8.00


Dwell Studio Vintage Blossom in Jade
Envelope Closure
(1) 20" square: $18.00

 Linen Shumacher Floral
envelope closure
(1) 14" square: $6.00

Premier Prints Gray and White canopy Stripe
Envelope closure
(1) 12" by 18" lumbar: $8.00
Zipper Closure
(2) 27" Euro Shams: $16.00 per cover

Premier Prints Lulu in Wisteria
Zipper Closure
(6) 18" square: $10.00 each
(1) 12" by 18" lumbar: $9.00
envelope closure:
(1) 16" square: $8.00
 
Premier Prints Dandelion in Gray and White
Envelope Closure
(1) 20" square: $10.00

Green Ikat Pillow cover
Envelope
(1) 12" by 16" lumbar: $9.00
Zipper
(1) 14" by 26" lumbar: $14.00



Premier Prints lulu in gray and yellow,
envelope closure
(1) 12" square: $5.00
(1) 12" by 18" lumbar: $7.00
Squares Zipper Pillow Cover
(1) 14" by 26" lumbar: $10.00






Premier Prints in lipstick red
envelope closure
(2) 12" by 18" lumbar: $9.00 each
Premier Prints Traditions in gray
envelope closure
(1) 20" square: $14.00
Waverly Pom Play in Confetti
zipper cover:
(1) 20" square: $10.00


Secret Gate in Chartreuse envelope closure
pillow cover
(1) 12" by 18" lumbar: $10.00




Laguna Treads zipper pillow covers
(2) 12" by 18" lumbar: $12.00 per cover
(sold)
Premier Prints Traditions in Lipstick Red
envelope pillow cover
(1) 12" by 18" lumbar: $8.00



Windsor Smith Pelagos in Clove Zipper closure
pillow cover
(1) 14" square: $16.00
Zimba in chartreuse Zipper closure pillow cover
(1) 14" by 26" lumbar: $28.00











Premier Prints Candy Pink Dot
Envelope closure pillow covers
(2) 18" square: $9.00 each
(1) 12" by 16" lumbar: $7.00












 Fabric Scraps
ONE USPS medium flat rate box full of Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis scraps. Great for piping, pillow covers, lamp shades, scrap booking and other small craft projects. Colors: Citrine, Treillage and Mandarin.
$15.00
ONE USPS Medium Flat Rate box of Robert Allen Dwell Studio, Waverly,  Good for small crafts, piping, pillow covers lamp shades or other small projects.
$8.00
ONE USPS Medium Flat Rate Box full of Premier Prints Facbric Scraps. Variety of colors and patterns is good for small crafts, piping, pillow covers, lamp shades and other small projects.
$8.00
 
Policies:
 

1) First come, first served basis.
 
2) Payment will be made by paypal invoice (If you do not have a paypal we can add a personal listing for you in our etsy shop for an additional processing fee).
 
3) All Clearance sales are final. No refunds, no returns.
 
4) If your paypal invoice (or etsy listing) is not paid for in 24 hours from the time it is sent to your email address, the item will go to the next person in line.
 
5) Shipping prices will be stated with the item and is for the individual item. If multiple items are purchased, shipping will be adjusted accordingly.
 
6) Alterations can be made to Roman Shades, Curtains or Valances for a fee and additional processing time. They can only be made to a measurement smaller than what they currently are.
 
7) Note, all pillow covers are sold WITHOUT inserts unless it specifies "Sold With Insert," which is only the case with round pillows.
 
8) ALL pillow covers are same fabric both sides.
 
9) All window treatments are as pictured. Pillow covers with multiple quantities may not have pattern centered exactly as pictured.
 
How To Order:
 
2) Put the item name in the subject line.
 
3) In the content of this email put the item name, size, color and quantity (if any apply to the product you are interested in).
 
4) email address associated with your paypal for the invoice for payment.