Giant Chunky Knit Blankets to Buy or DIY for Your Coziest Winter Yet

A few years ago, super chunky knit blankets started popping up on blogs and Pinterest, and I immediately knew I wanted to knit my own. Mine knit up quite quickly and easily, and I’ve been enjoying its cozy embrace ever since. Now I’m even considering putting one of these kits to knit another on my Christmas list, partly because my cat thinks that the one I made should be reserved soley for her use. Continue Reading

How to Upcycle an Old Sweater into a Cozy Knit Pillow

Now that the weather is getting cooler in most places, you may be pulling your sweaters from last year out of the back of your closet. And maybe there are a few that you decide won't be making it into your wardrobe rotation. Before you get rid of an unwanted sweater, consider whether it could have a new life as a sweater pillow. Here's how to add a bit of knit texture to your decor by sewing your own sweater pillow.     Continue Reading

Fall Refresh: 10 Ways To Add Texture To Your Living Room

Fall Refresh: 10 Ways To Add Texture To Your Living Room #decor
Photo: New Darlings

September is a transitional time of year… the kids are going back to school, the weather is getting cooler and the landscape is changing. Which means that it's a great opportunity to give your living room a refresh too. One of the best ways to do this is by adding texture – so take a cue from Scandinavian decor and add some beautiful layered texture to your space this fall.   

 

Fall Refresh: 10 Ways To Add Texture To Your Living Room #decor
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Before & After: A DIY Upholstered Bed Frame

created at: 07/23/2012
This cheap, plain wooden bed frame gets a classy and masculine update for a fraction of the cost of similar beds. Intrigued? Check out the ‘after’ and the full DIY scoop below!    

created at: 07/23/2012
Daniel from Manhattan Nest, whose modern DIY desk and lighting projects we’ve featured before, tackled this upholstered bed frame makeover in similar style. With a pine frame from IKEA (the FJELLSE bed, to be precise) and a wool blanket from the Army Surplus store, he re-created the look of much more expensive beds for less than $100. Continue Reading

How To: Make a Stunning DIY Rug from Felt Scraps!

created at: 05/30/2012

This might be the most amazing DIY rug I’ve ever seen. Heck, it might be the most amazing rug period!   

created at: 05/30/2012

I can only imagine that this project is a labor of love, since each piece of scrap felt has to be individually wrapped and glued around (and around and around) itself. In fact, I’d probably hang this on the wall rather than walk on it! If you’d like to give this highly artistic and totally stunning DIY rug a go, check out Martha Stewart for the complete tutorial! Continue Reading

How To: Make a Vintage-Inspired Wool Camera Case!

created at: 04/24/2012

Matt from Wood&Faulk is kind of my hero. He’s always making beautiful things from simple materials and, frankly, completely and utterly blowing my mind. Like this vintage-y camera case, for example. It’s gorgeous! And so easy!   

 

All you need is some heavy wool fabric and some material for your strap (like canvas or leather) and then a few basic tools like a pencil, paper, scissors, and a sewing machine. That’s it. No special, use-once-and-never-again stuff. Head over to Wood&Faulk for the photo-heavy tutorial and start making your own DIY camera case!

Make It: A Cozy DIY Felted Patchwork Throw!

created at: 10/31/2011

A spectrum of soft, felted wool offers up a quick, easy, and absolutely stunning patchwork throw!  

Perfect for bundling up on crisp fall evenings, this cozy throw is a simple weekend project.  If you’re feeling especially productive, there’s still time to make a few for the upcoming gift-giving season, too.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • felted wool in a spectrum of colors
  • 100% cotton machine sewing thread
  • scissors
  • pins
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Check out The Purl Bee for instructions on how to piece this beauty together!

Make It: A Simple Wool Blanket Window Shade!

created at: 10/03/2011

It’s time to cozy up for fall!  Turn wool blankets into repurposed window shades in a few easy steps–then sit back and bask in the warmth of your handiwork!  

 

By using Army surplus blankets, which hover around $15-$20, you can get a great looking window shade at an even better cost.  Matt Pierce from Wood&Faulk shares this simple DIY project on ReadyMade, so head over for the full tutorial!

Meanwhile, can you think of any other great ways to repurpose wool blankets?   Continue Reading

Felt Wall Tiles: Crazy or Cool?

created at: 05/24/2011

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed the wool felt craze that’s been going on the last year or two.  People are using it to make pretty much everything imaginable, from simple circular coasters to laser-cut rugs and now: geometric wall tiles!    

created at: 05/24/2011

Designed by London-based design studio HIVE, these modular tiles are made from 100% wool felt and attach to your wall with a self-stick, non-toxic adhesive.  This “wall-mounted decorative system” takes inspiration from architectural cladding and flock wallpapers.   Continue Reading