{Tutorial} Play Kitchen Remodel

    We bought this Play Kitchen for our daughters 5 years ago and it has gotten lots of use.  It’s just a basic wooden kitchen, pink, blue & yellow. We thought about passing it along to the Goodwill after the oven door fell off and the crayon drawings just were not coming off anymore. But when we mentioned it to the girls they were devastated.  We can’t have that, can we? I decided if it was going to stay here with us it was going to have to be remodeled to match our real kitchen.  The “before” picture below isn’t exactly like ours, but pretty close.

What you’ll need:

  • Primer
  • Interior Off White paint
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Metallic Spray Paint
  • Screwdriver
  • Foam brushes

First I removed all of the burners, stove knobs and faucet parts.

TIP *Save all of the screws and nuts in a ziplock bag and tape it to the back of the kitchen so they don’t get lost! 

I placed the stove knobs and Hot & Cold knobs in a large cardboard box to spray paint them with the metallic paint.  It took a few coats.

The entire kitchen was primed before covering it with 2 coats of off white paint. I used leftover paint from our upstairs walls, Valspar Oyster Pearl.

The left side was covered with 2 coats of Chalkboard Paint.

I took a large sheet of newspaper and cut out a design for the front of the refrigerator door.  I traced it on and brushed on 2 coats of Chalkboard paint.  I also did a little freehand leaf design above it.

Screw the burners and knobs back on, stock the cupboards and it’s ready to go.   I also painted the top of a little wooden table with chalkboard paint to go with it.

Oh, we added a little nail to the side to hang their little broom. 🙂

Tutorial: Turn your logo into a block printing stamp

Sure you can just order one, but I’m just not that type of girl!
What you’ll need:

Linoleum block
Linoleum cutter
Paper and pencil
Masking tape
Raised stamp pad

1. Print out the mirror image of your logo on a sheet of paper.
2. Shade the back of the paper with a pencil, remember doing this in art class? 
3. Tape the image shaded side down onto the linoleum block.  Mirror image will be facing up.
4. Trace over your logo with a pencil.  I like to shade in the areas that I will be carving away.
5. Remove the paper.  You should see the mirror image of your logo transferred onto the block.

6. Use one of these baby’s to carve the linoleum.  Use the smaller blades for outlining first, then change to the larger blades to remove large areas. 

Ready to print?
I wanted to use block printing ink and a roller, but didn’t have much luck with it.  I tried a rubber and a sponge brayer and it looked terrible.   If you have experience with block printing, try it, but maybe it will work for you.
A raised stamp pad worked great though, and the ink dried quickly. 
Press the block down evenly onto the printing surface, it takes a bit of practice. You will need to apply ink each time you stamp.     
Now you can stamp your
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Tutorial: Ruffled Pleated Curtains { Anthropologie Knockoff } Update!

I’ve decided to offer my curtains for sale for those of you who would rather purchase them! You can find them here. Thanks so much!

I’m so excited to finally get you this tutorial! Thank you so much for your comments and messages, I’m so glad you want to make them!

***However 🙂 This tutorial is for personal use only.  You may not sell this tutorial, or curtains made from this tutorial.  Please do not copy this tutorial to your own site, or distribute in anyway. If you’d like to mention this tutorial on your own site, please do! But please link back to this post. Thank you very much! Questions? You many email me at Besserina at msn dot com ©besserina 2011

If you haven’t seen these yet, they are drapes inspired by Anthropologie’s Wandering Pleats. Love their look, but couldn’t quite swing spending over $400 a set! I made these for much less and while they were time consuming, they were fairly simple.  Really, as long as you can stitch a strait line on your sewing machine, you can make these!

It took almost 10 yards of Osnaburg to make these beauties, lots and lots of thread. You could use any type of fabric you’d like. I washed and pressed my fabric first – Osnaburg is cotton and I didn’t want it shrinking up later.

I wanted my panels to be 80 inches long by the width of the fabric, which was 45 inches.

To create each 80 inch panel, I measured and cut the fabric 90 inches – the extra 10 inches will be hems and casing for the curtain rod.

Take the rest of the fabric and cut it into 6″ wide strips.  Set them aside.

Hem the bottom and 2 long sides of the panels.  Do this by pressing under 1/2″,  then over and pressing 1/2″ again and stitching.  This will give you clean, finished edges.

Press pleats into all of the long strips with a steam iron. Make the pleats in various sizes, mostly 1/2 inch, but they do not need to be perfect, you’ll see why later.  Also, create your pleats so that they all face in one direction – down.

Here is a strip all pleated and pressed. Find the center and machine baste all the way down the centers to hold the folds in place.

Place 2 pleated strips on each panel.
Your seam stitched down the center of the pleats should measure 12″ from each side.
Place the top edge of the pleated strip 6″ from the top edge of the panel.
Pin in place. Keep checking your measurements as you work your way down pinning so that they are strait.
Stitch the pleats in place.

Make the casing. Fold the top edge over 6″.  Your pleated strip should be right on the top edge now.  Press lightly.  Fold the raw edge under 1″, press and stitch across 5″ down from the top – leaving a 5″ casing for your curtain rod.

Make those messy, frayed, gorgeous ruffles!  You’ll need lots of steam, so fill your iron with water.
Just sort of steam, then scrunch with your hands, and press.

Repeat all the way down until it looks like this.

Perfectly messy!
Try other fabrics, make your pleats with satin or prints, make them your own!
Most importantly, send me a picture because I’d love to see your versions!

Tutorial: Anthropologie Georgina Bedding

Here it is, how I made my Knockoff version of this gorgeous Anthropologie Bedding for SYTYC. I created this duvet and pillows to fit a toddler bed for my little girl. Sort of Anthropologie meets Posh Tots!
Adjust the measurements if needed for your own personal use. 

***This tutorial is for personal use only.  You may not sell this tutorial, or bedding made from this tutorial.  Please do not copy this tutorial to your own site, or distribute in anyway. If you’d like to mention this tutorial on your own site, please do! But please link back to this post. Thank you very much! Questions? You many email me at Besserina at msn dot com ©besserina 2011 


1 white queen size sheet set (fitted sheet, flat sheet, 2 pillowcases)
4 4XL White Jersey T-Shirts
Gathering foot
Quilters Pencil
24 inch zipper or buttons for closure
Lots of white thread

Making the ruffled duvet

First of all since this is a duvet, you will need a toddler sized comforter to fill it.  I’m not sure where to get these, but I can tell you how I made my own! I have 2 toddlers, so this works out perfectly.  I took a twin size comforter and folded it in half bringing the two short ends together.  Sew 2 seams 1 inch apart down the center of the comforter.  Cut down the middle of the seam.  Sew a zig zag stitch or serge down the raw edges.  Now you have 2 comforters to fit a toddler bed (it doesn’t matter that you can see the seam since it will always be inside a duvet .)

This duvet is a bit bigger than the comforter itself so that it drapes down over the sides of the bed.

1. Cut the elastic from around the fitted sheet. Press both sheets.

2. Cut the fitted sheet to a 66” x 80” rectangle.

3. Lay the rectangle so that the long edges are horizontal. Measure down both the right and left side making a mark every 11 inches. Connect the top left mark to the top right mark with a wavy line using a quilters pencil. Copy this wavy line for each set of marks. 

4. With your sewing machine fitted with a gathering foot, sew along the first wavy line. I set my Bernina tension at 9, stitch length at 4. The finished ruffled seam should measure about 53”. If it doesn’t you’ll need to rip out the seam and adjust your tension and stitch length (I did this a few times!)

5. Once you’re satisfied with your stitch tension and length, gather the remaining 4 wavy lines as you did the first wavy line.  Gather along the top and bottom edges as well with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
6. Switch back to your standard presser foot (remember to reset your stitch length and tension) and sew over top of your gathered stitches to reinforce them.

7. Now you should have a rectangle about 65” X 53”.  Lay out the flat sheet. Place the ruffled sheet on top of the flat sheet an cut the flat sheet to the same dimention as the ruffled sheet. Pin and stitch them together with a ¾” seam allowance leaving a 24” opening along the bottom edge.

8. I sewed a long, white vintage zipper along the bottom opening. You could also sew on buttons and buttonholes as a closure.

Making the flowers

I created 4 types of flowers based on the Anthropologie version. 

Type 1: You will need to make 3 of these large flowers. (Dahlia on the bottom right corner below)

Begin by cutting an entire T-Shirt of the large pointed petals from the pattern below.  I used a jersy t-shirt so the raw edges would not fray.  Cut about 30 of the small petals as well.
Press each petal turning the bottom corners in so they look like this:

This will take a while!  Pin and stitch them in place around an 8 inch circle of fabric.
Continue layering petals stitching each row as you go.  Each flower will have 4 rows of large petals, 1 inner row of small petals.  I finished off the center by making a large Yo-Yo and stitching around it. 

Type 2: You will need to make 2 large and 2 small.

15 Large Petals, 5 Small Petals, 3 three inch circle for center
5 Large Petals, 5 Small Petals, 3 inch circle for center.

Trace the petal shape onto the leftover flat sheet. Your trace line is also your stitch line. Double your fabric and sew around the petal leaving the bottom open for turning.

Turn, press and make a pleat on each petal.
For the large flower, cut out an 8″ circle of fabric. Pin 9 large petals all around the outside edge and stitch them in place. Working your way in, overlapping the outside row, pin and stitch 5 more large petals in place.
For the center row, pin and stitch 5 small petals.  Trim up the extra fabric in the center.  Cut a 3 inch circle, fold under the edges, and stitch it in place on the center of the flower.  
For the small flower, do the same with 5 large petals around the outside, 5 small petals on the inside.
Type 3: For this flower I made some using the sheet and some with the jersy.  You will need 5 total.   Cut a strip of fabric about 3″ x 36″.  Press in half lengthwise.  Along the folded edge, snip in 1 inch at 1 1/2″ intervals.  With a 4″ circle of fabric as a base, pin and stitch the raw edges of the strip around the circle working your way inward. Cut a 3 inch circle for the center, stitch it in place.
Type 4: Make 2 of these flowers out of the flat sheet.
Cut a strip of the flat sheet 3″ x 36″.  Press in half lengthwise. Steam press pleats all along the strip.  Stitch the raw edge around a 4″ circle of fabric, working your way inward.  Fold the edge under 1/2 inch, stitch around the center.
Arrange the flowers how you’d like them.  Save one of the large flowers (Type 1) for the pillow. Handstitch them in place, taking care not to sew through the bottom layer of the duvet. 
Handstitch one of the larger flowers to the center of the white standard size pillowcase.
Make a smaller pillowcase to fit a 12″ pillow form.  From the remaining pillowcase, cut 2- 13″ x 15″ pieces.  Sew around 3 sides with a 1/2″ seam allowance leaving one short side open.  Hem the raw edges of the short side.
Gather long strips of 4″ wide jersey.  Stitch the gathered strips in place 1 inch around the open edge of the pillowcase. 
Feel free to contact me with any questions.  If you do make this- let me know, I’d love to see how it turned out! ~Bess