(This was previously posted on my Craft Blog.)
The other day I went to the local dollar store and purchased some tapestry wall hangings, place mats and table runners. I was lucky enough to only pay $1.50 for each of them. I did this project at Christmas, but decided to do it again and show you how.
I first removed the wooden dowel (I kept the string attached on one end because I want to use it later for another project). Also remove the tassels.
Lay out your muslin. Don't worry about wrinkles, you'll iron those out later. I love my island for cutting things out ... it is the right height so my back doesn't hurt. The table works too, if you don't have an island. I buy semi thick muslin, usually at Walmart or the fabric store ... it is between .99 and 1.99 per yard and the color goes well for a lot of the projects that I work on.
I first posted this on my crafts blog.
This is what it looks like now, when it is clean.
It is a lot easier to sew when you have your station always set up, if you have the room to do that. I don't always have my portable sewing machine out, but everything else is always ready to go just in case I get the whim to sew.
I painted the dowels and made them into
little fishing poles (or fairy wands):
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