I saw this awesome jewelry hanger on Just Thought I’d Share about a week ago. This made me think about my poor jewelry hanging out in one giant ball in the top drawer of my dresser. Most of the time I am too lazy or crunched for time to bother pulling them apart to actually wear something! I’ve been thinking for a long time that I needed some sort of jewelry box, but I just hadn’t bought/found/made one.
Then I saw this fantastic idea! A frame that displays all of your jewelry on hooks! Like art! Something to sort my jewelry and decorate my walls at the same time? Fabulous! I had to make one right away!
I immediately headed for my icky-looking frame collection and found a large metal frame that used to hold my sorority composites while I was in college. The edge was starting to rust, so it needed some sort of refinishing. This is where I ran into trouble. I really didn’t want to purchase anything specifically for this project so that ruled out spray paint or some sort of primer. My first attempts at just painting over the frame with a silver acrylic were a definite fail. Then I attempted some sort of refinish like my fabric covered frame from a few weeks ago. Another fail. Nothing wanted to stick to this ugly frame! Eventually I settled on a layer of tacky glue and then fabric clamped down (with about 100 paper clips) overnight until it dried into position. It still didn’t want to stick, but when the backing was added to the frame, it stayed in place nicely!
After my experiences, I would highly recommend a different frame (this was a pretty ugly frame to begin with) or a purchase of primer as the original instructions described!
I settled on old jeans to cover the frame and a scrap of a suiting fabric my cousin gave me a while ago. This was a relatively easy project except for my whole frame fiasco! I am very pleased with the results and wear my jewelry a lot more frequently! I highly recommend it!
As a student, substitute teacher, and tutor, my schedule is all over the place and regularly getting worse. After forgetting about a reading for a class, I finally decided I needed a day planner. The selection I found at the store was really less than desirable – tiny spaces to write in, too much extra stuff (I really have no need to carry around an address book with me), or super boring covers. Then I found this one…for $1.38!!! Boring cover aside, it has everything I require (without any extras)! So, I decided to make my own cover! I bought this fabric a while ago and have been looking for the perfect project for it. Yes, it is void of color, but it has a lot of character and I love it!
- A book in need of a cover
- Embellishments (ribbons, buttons, sequins…use your imagination!)
- Sewing machine
- The first thing you need to do is test the flexibility of your book’s spine. The measurements for the inside flaps will depend on this flexibility. Open the front and back cover as far as they will go (be careful not to hurt the spine). If the covers come close to touching in the back, you can cover the entire inside of your covers. If not, you probably only want to cover half of the inside to allow you to get the finished cover on the book. My book is spiral bound (a lot of flexibility) so I chose to cover the entire inside.
- Next, you need to measure the book to determine the amount of fabric you need. Measure from top edge to the bottom edge of the front cover to get your height. Measure the inside of the cover to the point you want the fabric cover to stop. Multiply this measurement by two (for the front and back covers). Close the book and measure from the side edge of the front cover around the spine and to the side edge of the back cover. Add this measurement to the measurement for the inside of the front and back covers and you get your width. Add 2-1/4″ to 2-1/2″ to both the height and the width measurements. If your book has relatively thick covers, you probably want to lean towards the 2-1/2″ side.
- Use these measurements to cut out your fabric.
- Fold 1″ down on each side with right sides out and press. Repeat with the top and bottom. Fold the sides over to your measurement for the front and back inside covers and press.
- Now that you have an idea of what the outside of the cover is going to look like, its time to embellish! I will continue my directions to include a ribbon as shown in my top picture. This ribbon actually starts on one inside cover and continues around the book to the other inside cover, but you may choose to only decorate the front of your book if you want.
- Unfold all pressed edges. Pin the ribbon halfway between the top and bottom of the cover. Sew down both sides of the ribbon as close as you can get to the edge.
- Once you are finished embellishing, refold the side edges in along the 1″ line. Fold the inside covers over the outside covers with right sides together (this will go against the ironing you did earlier, but it is only temporary). Pin together along the top and bottom ironed creases.
- Sew along the top and bottom creases.
- Turn the cover sleeves right side out. Open the front and back covers just like you did in step #1 and slide the cover onto your book.
- You’re all done!