March 13, 2013
Our house has a huge loft upstairs that we use as a playroom. One of the walls is large and blank. It probably seems bigger than it is because the toys are so short. It leaves a lot of blank space above them. I was trying to think of something fun, cheap, and easy to fill the space. I also didn't want anything permanent, just in case I change my mind or need to rearrange the furniture someday.
I saw that Joann's had their embroidery hoops on sale for 40% off, so I loaded up all four kids and we picked out five different sizes. I ended up getting 19 of them, but it's easy to customize it to fit any space. Then we headed over to the fabric department. I LOVE looking at fabric. It always makes me want to redecorate everything in my house because there are so many cute patterns. Unfortunately, like I said, I had all four kids with me, so I resorted to letting my girls pick out the pre-packaged fabric quarters. The prints aren't as cute, but they had all the colors we needed to make our rainbow, and my girls had fun choosing their favorites. We did three of each color, except purple and pink, we only did two. I'm sure this would be an excellent way to use up a fabric stash as well. My scraps were mostly black and white, so I just got all new ones.
I washed and ironed all of the fabric so that it was smooth. I laid the embroidery hoops out on the floor in front of the wall so that I could get an idea of how I wanted the layout and to make sure it stretched all the way across the room. Then I had my daughter Ruby help me lay the fabric over the inner hoop and tighten the outer hoop over it. We just trimmed off the edges of the fabric and they were ready to hang! I went super easy on the hanging and just used push pins instead of nails. I get nervous putting holes in the walls! But the hoops hung right on the pins and I made adjustments where I needed to.
I love how it turned out and so do my girls. It makes the playroom look more put together and fun.