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pleated projects week: pleated ribbon embellishments

Today’s project is a favorite because of it’s versatility.

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The technique is simple: hand pleat ribbon and stitch onto desired item. I chose one of Audrey’s simple cardigan sweaters, but you could easily do this to a t shirt, a pillow, a headband, shoe clips … just use your imagination.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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:: sweater {or t shirt, pillow, etc
:: various ribbons {grosgrain or satin}
:: coordinating thread
:: scissors
:: sewing machine and pins {not shown}

Start by laying out a pattern for your ribbon.

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Next, create knife pleats {folds that go in the same direction} and iron to hold shape.  I just folded by hand, but you could mark measurements if you’d like your pleats to be perfectly spaced.

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Pin pleated ribbon onto sweater in desired location.

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Continue pleating each ribbon and pin to sweater.

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Using a matching thread, stitch along the top of the ribbon pleat.

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Switch out your thread with each different color of ribbon.

Here’s the final product:  pleated-ribbon-sweater

Isn’t it darling?!

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A very simple way to embellish.

I’d love to see what you are inspired to create … be sure to share your pleated project on friday!

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pleated projects week: pleated medallions

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This week should be fun … five different projects all using the same folding techniques to create pleats. Each one is inexpensive {yay!}, easy to achieve {double yay!} and can be altered to make tons of different projects. At the end of the week we’ll do a link party where you can show off your pleated projects.

Up first: how to make pleated medallions.

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There are two ways to make these pretty medallions so I’ll show you both ways.

For the first way, here’s what you need:

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:: 8.5 x 11 cardstock
:: scissors
:: hot glue gun {not shown}
:: coordinating paper {optional}

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cut paper into three equal strips

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Begin by folding one strip up about a half inch. Turn over and fold equally. Flip over again and continue folding. Don’t worry about being perfect, just try to keep the folds mostly even.

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Once you’ve folded all three pieces, connect end to end using hot glue until you have one continuous accordion-folded strip. Then join the two ends to make a circle.

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Now flatten the circle and squeeze in toward the center.

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Secure with hot glue.

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You can stop here, or embellish further with a coordinating circle in the center.

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Freehand {or not} a circle and hot glue to the center.

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Cute, right?

To make a medallion another way, here’s what you’ll need:

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:: four equal pieces of paper {I used wrapping paper from paper source}
:: scissors
:: hot glue gun {not shown}
:: coordinating paper {optional}

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Stack all four sheets {it helps if the paper is not as thick as card stock} and accordion fold. Separate the four pieces. flatten one piece at a time and fold in half.

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Glue ends of folds together to create one continuous accordion fan.

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Again, you can leave this as is, or embellish with a center circle.

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By varying the size of paper as well as the size of folds, you can get large and small medallions.

We hung a cluster from twine over Audrey’s bed for a colorful, whimsical touch.

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Come back tomorrow for another great pleated project!

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wallpapering with gift wrap {tutorial}

I often get an idea in my mind for a room {like, wallpaper for the back wall of the laundry room} and I search and search for what my imagination pictures.  Sometimes I find what I’m looking for; most of the time I don’t. Or maybe I find it, but it is way beyond my budget.

Which is why I am a DIYer.

And it’s also why I used giftwrap on my laundry room walls instead of real wallpaper.

The idea was originally executed in the nursery with my very favorite metallic peony gift wrap. I had searched for a real wallpaper that was similar and never could find it, so I ordered a stack of gift wrap and glued it to her bedroom wall.  This was all done before I began blogging {which means no photos} so I thought I’d take the opportunity to share with you how I did it this second time around in our laundry room.

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Before we begin, here’s the most important tip: use thick paper.

The thinner the paper, the more likely it will wrinkle and look funky. My friend tried wallpapering a closet wall with a cute roll of glossy giftwrap and it did not work. So do your best to find thick paper without a sheen. And if you can find one with a repeat pattern or a random one that you don’t need to match up {like in Audrey’s room}, this project will go much more smoothly.

Okay, so let’s talk about what you’ll need:

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:: gift wrap {either sheet or roll}. remember: thick!
:: wallpaper paste {I ordered this as my hardware stores do not carry wallpaper paste}
:: foam roller, tray, foam brush
:: scissors, pencil, exacto knife
:: clean rag
:: optional but helpful: yardstick, glue dots, squeegee

STEP ONE: tack up your first section of paper using glue dots {or an extra set of hands}. Roughly pencil any areas that need to be trimmed, being sure to leave a few inches overlap to be precisely trimmed later.

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STEP TWO: roll a thin coat of wallpaper paste to the top section of paper and adhere to wall, smoothing with hands, clean rag or squeegee.

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Continue to add paste in sections going down the length of the paper. I ended up just rolling it onto the wall and then pressing the paper down.

STEP THREE: trim around edges using an exacto knife

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STEP FOUR: secure all edges with a foam brush and paste {this was easier than the roller for little areas}

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STEP FIVE: Once your first piece is up, you can add the next piece – matching the pattern at the seam.

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You can see the wrinkles in the photo above. Once the paper dried, most worked themselves out. There are a few remaining air pockets, but they are hardly noticeable.

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DETAILS:

I used this wrapping paper from Paper Source.

The wall in this room took about 1 1/2 rolls of paper.

The project from start to finish took about 3 hours.

I love how it turned out.

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Questions? Please ask and I’ll gladly answer!

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