Nesting – Part 1: Painted Chevron Rug

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Nesting was never something i got to do with Miss E as she arrived at 32 weeks – and i was so disappointed as i had awesome ideas about what i wanted her room to look like! oh well bubba number 2 has given me some time, and we have a new place and they get to share a room so the nesting has begun!
Problem : Don’t you just hate it when you have something pictured in your mind but then you can never find exactly what you want! Well I decided long ago that I wanted a yellow chevron rug bam smack in the middle of their room. I found a few overseas but nothing in Australia and in my budget. Solution: Then I came across a few tutorials about painting your own Ikea rug (a good one was http://gypsysoulinteriors.com/2012/03/painted-chevron-rug-tutorial/) Brilliant! And I live just down the road from Ikea, so I acquired a rug, some yellow Taubmans paint, hubby found some fabric medium and some painters tape. All set!
Well if someone who is 35 weeks pregnant decides to do something silly like this – please stop them! Hands and knees I crawled round measuring and taping all morning.
DIY chevron rug
I had some help from a good friend for the painting – that was the easiest bit! I left it to dry for a few hours and then started ripping off the tape. The tape going along the grain was the hardest to remove – I would probably buy better quality tape next time. I didn’t have and problems with bleeding – so happy! The fabric medium said I needed to heat set it – how lazy is this – it was one of those stinky hot days in Sydney so I just hung it on the line!
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So happy with the results! And Miss E loved it when she got home!
Total cost :
Ikea Rug ERSLEV. $50
Taubmans sample pot $8
Tape $2
Fabric medium (I think) $10
Total = $70

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Why not? Scrap vomit!

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This is a 2013 project on my to do list! Mainly for 2 reasons – a) I feel my scraps are taking over my life and b) who wouldn’t want to make quilt that has vomit in the title! Over the past few weeks I have been trying to organise my scraps a bit – I have a few future scrappy projects in mind so I have been sorting and cutting different shapes. I am also getting rid of all those scraps that I will seriously never use – like tiny strips and triangles. Heartbreaking but time to get realistic! Bubba boy has decided 5am seems a nice time to start kicking my ribs so I have been trying to get a bit of early morning sewing done. I am in no rush to get this one finished but it is good to get started. Scrap vomit