Cut & Stitch – DIY Floor Cushion/Dog Bed

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I could never seem to find a dog bed that I actually liked the look of, and considering our dog Ziggy sleeps in our room I wanted something that matched our bedroom décor. So when I saw this awesome post on the Mandy Made blog (http://mysticmandy.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/giant-floor-pillows.html) I jumped at the chance to make my own.  You could of course use these as floor cushions instead, great in the lounge room for extra seating on movie nights.

I used 90% recycled materials for this one – a vintage tablecloth I already had, stuffed the pillows with a mix of old towels & clothes that were on their way to Vinnies and a couple of cushion inserts I had lying around. The stuffing works better with the rag’s as the dense filling fills out the corners and gives it structure. The only supplies I bought was 2m of the Chevron Print fabric which was on clearance at Spotlight. Total spend for the project = $9!

The size of my pillows varied slightly to Mandy’s simply because that was all the fabric I had! My large one is 25’ x 7’ and the small is 20’ x 6’.

Ziggy is very happy with his new digs!

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(Super Easy) Painted Chevron Table Runner

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I like to throw dinner parties. On a whim. For no reason. It makes me happy to feed people and surround them in prettiness. We held such a dinner party recently and with just a few hours to prepare & zero budget for décor we had to get crafty!

Materials

Roll of brown craft paper (30-40cm wide)

Wide paint brush

Yellow poster paint

Scissors

Measuring tape

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Measure your table and add an extra 2 feet to the length if you would like your runner to hang over the edges.

Roll out the roll of brown craft paper and cut to your desired length.

Now you have a couple of choices here. I painted the chevron pattern free hand but if you don’t have a steady hand you can measure out the pattern with pencil and use painters tape to mark it out. I simply made my chevron’s the thickness of the brush which kept everything nice and uniform. Plus I like the imperfections, which added to the ‘handmade look’. But each to their own!

Let dry and style up your table. I added lot’s of pillar candles that had been half used at a previous dinner party. The beauty of this tablescape is that the wax from the candles drips straight onto the paper runner, which can be tossed out afterwards. Savvy and saves cleaning up – a winner in my books!

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Paper Straw Flags

And because I hate waste and can’t resist paper straws I also whizzed up these straw flags with the craft paper scraps & leftover paint.

Cut 4’ x ½’ rectangles from the brown paper and stick a strip of double sided tape across the back. Fold around your paper straw and snip out a triangle to create the oh so cute flag shape. Paint your guests names on one side and voila! You have a pretty party decoration and place cards.

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Images by www.studioflamingo.com.au