Add a Chunky Frame to Your Favorite Poster

Add a chunky frame to your favorite poster -- A Pinch of joy
Add a chunky frame to your favorite poster -- A Pinch of joy

We’ve had a gallery wall along the basement stairs for – evah!  Because we live so far away from family, this was the landing place for all the graduation, wedding, new baby photos from the extended family.  Add our own family milestone photos as well and it was an impressive number!   I picked out half a dozen that I wanted to keep on display elsewhere and put the rest into an album.  It was refreshing to have all that open space!!!   And boring.  It needed to have a pop of color, a place to rest the eye. 

To the rescue, Hobby Lobby.  Posters 66% off.  I loved the colors in this women’s watch poster, the background went beautifully with the new wall color, the roses added the pop so badly needed!  I already had a poster frame from a grocery store clearance — even better at 90% off!  Perfect!!!  Except it wasn’t.  It looked a little forlorn hanging on the big expanse of wall.  In keeping with my low budget production, I decided to repurpose the train shelves we took down as part of the basement redo.  It was a quick and easy project, a little bit rustic in keeping with the basement walls. 

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Bytes measured the poster.  He measured the 4″ wide pine boards so that the poster dimension fell in the exact middle of the diagonal corner cut.   Once this center point is marked, draw a line at 45 degrees with the smaller dimension on the bottom of the frame piece.  The poster frame lays on top and will leave room to securely tack  the poster and frame to the new gray frame and still have half the new gray frame showing around the poster frame. (Not clear?  The second picture down from here might help!)   He mitered the corners and laid the pieces out in a rectangle.  The wood had been stained gray to match the basement wall for its previous life.  Worked for this purpose, too. 

Add a Chunky Frame to Your Favorite Poster -- A Pinch of Joy

A couple of cleats from some other long forgotten project  to hold each corner in place.  The kitchen counter was the makeshift workbench.  Of course.  Isn’t your kitchen a multipurpose room?  Especially in the winter when it is so cold in the garage that the thermometer doesn’t register.

Add Chunky Frame to Your Favorite Poster -- A Pinch of Joy

We laid the poster backing — a thin board — in place and tacked it down.   Be sure to keep brads least one inch from the edge so you can slip the poster frame channel into place.   The corner of the poster backing is on the diagonal cut where the measurements were taken.   Semi – precisely. 

Add a Chunky Frame to Your Favorite Poster -- A Pinch of Joy

Add the poster and plexiglass covering.

Add a chunky frame to your favorite poster -- A Pinch of Joy

Slip the black channel  that comes with the poster frame over the backing,  the poster and the plexiglass.   Add your hanger arrangement of choice to the back. 

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And there you are!  A nice sized pop of color for a staircase wall with a frame to make it an outstanding accent! 
A quick and easy project that took fifteen minutes from concept to hanging on the wall. 
Love it when things just flow together!

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Basement Makeover

1Basement Room Makeover -- A Pinch of Joy

1Basement Room Makeover -- A Pinch of Joy

Remember this unique wallpaper from the Stair Makeover we did a while back?? It was here when we moved in and  I’m so glad to say it’s no longer a part of the scenery!  Those ships have sailed into the sunset!!!    One of our projects over the holidays was to work on the Basement room.  It was a playroom, a model train room, an exercise room  and, eventually, a very tired room.  A fresh wall made that even more obvious.  Here’s what was here — besides the ships: 

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A wall full of overflowing bookshelves.  I sold many of them, donated a bunch and whittled almost 5000 down to about 500.

4a Basement Makeover -- A Pinch of Joy Model trains, cars, and anything else that had wheels  were displayed on the two long walls at head height.

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Unpainted doors covered the water meter.

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And this “lovely” carpet that has been here literally for decades — before we owned the house!

We rolled up our sleeves and got to work:

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A whole pickup load of “stuff” went to charity.  Exercise equipment, wicker furniture, toys, office material —  ruthless!  Some of it was there only because we never had   made time to move it out.  Time to go!!! 

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Wheels and Bytes replaced all the ceiling tiles for a much needed fresh look.  New lights were added.  Now we wonder how we ever navigated across the dark room to the adjacent laundry without them!  And we continued to move things out . . out. . out.  The laundry was full of things we were keeping. 

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Even the carpet came out so we could install THIS new look and a complete blank slate for starting over.  Well, except for that nautical lamp that’s always been there.  And things like the treadmill and “stuff” temporarily stored in the laundry room.  As close to a blank slate as we could get!   The bookshelves are gone, the display shelves disassembled, the walls cleaned.

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 The paneling was installed by a previous owner.  It was there (no time or money required),  in good shape and acceptable!   We painted all the exposed woodwork gray to blend with the paneling.  Getting rid of the contrast between the gray paneling and the dark stained woodwork makes the room look sooo much bigger!   I was too frugal to  buy the receptacles for Wheels to change out, but I did buy new outlet covers that blend in better.   I visited a “world renowned teaching hospital” about the same time we did this and noted they did the same thing in their gray walled waiting room!  I didn’t feel so bad — if they can be cheap, so can I!  Looks better than all stark white! 

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The ship wall was covered with white paintable beadboard paper.  Two coats of gray paint. 

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The makeover is still in progress, but you can see the direction it is taking.  Water meter doors now blend into the background with the newly painted baseboards.  Shopping the house for furniture that fits the new purpose.  Art work — framed black and white photos by Wheels from our travels. 

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It’s about time this place got a makeover!  Has the important things needed for a workout room — clock and tv! Or will it end up a man cave?  Or . . .???

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Fiesta Skirt for 18″ doll using fat quarter

Fiesta Skirt for 18 inch doll using a fat quarter of fabric-- A Pinch of Joy
Fiesta Skirt for 18 inch doll using a fat quarter of fabric-- A Pinch of Joy

A brief visit to Mexico a couple of years ago gave us the opportunity to see some spectacular traditional Mexican dancers.   I have some pictures but they are all a blur because of the speed and intricacy of the dances.  One set was particularly eyecatching because of the beautiful full dresses worn by the women.  The Fiesta Skirt is modeled after those dresses.  Each tier is double in fabric to the one above it — a lot of swirl!  A fat quarter from the quilter’s corner of your favorite fabric store will yield one two tiered skirt.
        Cotton fabric usually comes in 45 inch widths. If you buy a quarter yard you end up with a skinny piece nine inches wide by 45 inches long.  Instead:  Cut a yard from the bolt, then divide that yard into fourths.  Each quarter is 18″ by 22.5 inches.   That’s a fat quarter!  Much more versatile than the skinny quarter yard.  

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Make the bottom tier of the skirt first.  Cut two pieces from the 22″ length of the fat quarter.  Each piece is 5 1/2 inches wide.

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Place right sides together and stitch the two pieces together along the 5 1/2 inch side.

Fiesta Skirt 2 -- A Pinch of Joy

Make a 1/4 wide hem on the other two ends.  For doll clothes, I do not trim selvages.  Just fold over once to make the 1/4 inch wide hem and stitch.  For most sewing projects,  do not include selvages when cutting patterns.  Selvages may shrink, causing puckering. They may lay differently than the rest of the fabric, causing it to pull.  Selvages may have extra bulk which will effect the final appearance.  But on doll clothes, using selvages allows you to save time and to squeeze the most use from the smallest piece of fabric.  There’s a time to break the rules — and making doll clothes for play is one of those times!  If you are  making those $900 dresses that sell on eBay for collectors  — that’s a whole ‘nother stratosphere!   

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Hem the bottom by turning the fabric up a quarter inch, pressing as you go. Turn over another quarter inch, pressing again.  Stitch near the folded edge of the hem. 

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Set stitch length for a long basting stitch,  Leaving a long tail of top and bottom threads, stitch near the top edge of the skirt.  Cut thread leaving another long tail.  Gently pull of the top thread to gather the fabric.  Work from both ends, alternating, to keep the gathers even.  Set aside.

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Cut fabric for top tier. 

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Cut two pieces 14 3/4 inches long and 2 3/4 inches wide.

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Stitch the two pieces together and hem the short ends.

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Pin the hemmed and gathered bottom tier to the top tier, gently working fabric so that gathers are even across the entire top tier  and the ends match.

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Stitch gathered bottom tier to flat top tier.  It will look like the skirt above.  Set stitch length to long basting length and sew along the top tier, leaving two to three inches of thread on each end.  This will be used to gather the top tier and fit it to the waistband.

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To make waist band, fold fabric in half.  Measure from the fold 5 3/4 ” and mark the spot.  The width of the waistband is 1 1/4 inches.  When you unfold the fabric, you should have a piece that is 11 1/2 inches long and 1 1/4 inches wide. 

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Fold waistband in half and press to form crease.  Fold up 1/4 inch on the long side of the waistband and crease with iron.  You can finger press the folds.  Ironing is more precise, easier to follow the ditch for stitching and much faster.  I place a cutting board on the counter with a folded, heavy towel on top for pressing while sewing small items rather than setting up the ironing board. 

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Gently work gathers along the gathering thread, working from both ends.  Evenly distribute the gathers and fit the top tier gathers to the waist band, pinning in place. Leave a quarter inch of the waistband beyond the gathered tier on each end.   Stitch on the long crease to create a quarter inch seam, keeping gathers uniform and straightened as you sew. Sew across the short ends of the waistband, using the quarter inch you left on each end of the waistband to the seam. Fold on the center crease,  pinning the waistband in place.     Stitch across the bottom of the waistband. 

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Add hook and loop fastener to both sides of the skirt.  The top (loop)  is sewn on the inside of the skirt and the bottom (hook) is sewn on the outside of the skirt as shown. 

Other 18″ doll projects:
       How to Make a Parka for 18 inch doll with pattern
       Sleeping Bag for 18 inch doll
       Jacket, Hat and Scarf from Dollar Store purchase  with jacket pattern
      Pillowcase Dress for 18″ Doll with pattern
      Party Dress for 18″ Doll

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