Roo's Casa

Holiday Lamp Shades
November 3, 2011, 12:45 am
Filed under: Holidays, House Stuff

I like to put seasonal shapes in the lamp shades for the kids.  I just tape in a shape on the inside.  I am still not sure if this is a fire hazard, so I make sure to not leave them on all night.  Here is a link about fire hazards and lamps. 


Pillow Cases for Cheap
October 25, 2011, 2:38 am
Filed under: House Stuff, Sewing

We were in desperate need of pillow cases.  I bought a set of full sheets on sale that came with two pillow cases.  Then I took the top flat sheet and made 5 pillow cases from that.  I used the measurements from the pillow cases we had to make the new ones, adding a half-inch seam allowance.  The last pillow case is much more narrow than the others, but we do have feather pillows that would work with that.  I ended up saving the bottom fitted sheet for one of my kids’ bed since they could always use an extra sheet.

*The measurements I used were 20.25 inches x 32 inches.  This with a half inch seam allowance make pillow cases that were 19.25×31 inches finished.  When the pillow case ended up being on the fold, I just left the fold in place and took off a half inch so that I didn’t have to sew that third side.  Also, depending on how you do your cuts, there might be two cases that don’t have a finished edge, so add more length to do a small seam at the top.  With most of my cases there was a finished edge already in place to use.

July 5, 2011, 5:02 pm
Filed under: House Stuff

1.  Tape the wall touching the wall you wish to paint.  I make sure to press down on the tape securely.

2.  Paint the edge of the tape that goes onto the wall being painted the same color as the wall that you do not want to paint.  The whole idea is that the paint on the opposite wall being painted on will seep under the tape and still be the same color.  It then creates a seal from the new color going under the tape onto the wall not painted.

3.  Wait for the sealing paint to dry and then paint your new color.

My sister does a similar process using caulk.  That way might be faster since you don’t have to wait for the paint to dry, but I haven’t tried it.

December 30, 2009, 2:40 am
Filed under: Christmas, Gifts, House Stuff, Sewing

We really needed new placemats, so I decided to make my own.  The first one is an idea I have been thinking about for the kids. It is a placemat with a pocket to hold silverware.  I cut three different layers all being 13x 18. Two of the layers were the outside fabrics that you can see and the third layer was some flannel.  The pocket  was 4.5×4.5 with two pieces sewn together and then turned right side out.  I stitched the pocket down onto the placemat near the bottom right hand corner.  Make sure to only stitch around 3 sides.  I put the needle in the very right position and then stitched following the outside of the foot.  Next sew the three layers together with the two outer fabrics right sides together and then the flannel.  Stitch around the layers using a 1/4 inch stitch. Make sure you put the needle back into the center position.  Leave an opening about 3 inches to turn the placemat.  Once the placemat is turned right side out, stitch around the outer edges with the needle at the far right and follow the foot again.  The only thing I would do differently next time is to place the pocket further down into that right hand corner. 

For the Christmas placemats, I cut the fabric layers to 17.5×12.5 and sewed just as I did above but without a pocket.  The kids really like the pockets so I will need to make more with pockets.  

One more thing to add is that I used scraps for the pocket placemat and it turns out that the red fabric is polyester or something because it started to melt!  I need to be sure to use better fabric next time.

other: 12.5×17.5