Tuesday, February 16, 2010

PB Knock-Off Stretched Canvas Wall Art

I'm participating in DIY Day at ASPTL,
Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Reinvented,
PB Knock-Off Party at Homebody,
And Brag Monday at the Graphics Fairy!


I've been busy sprucing up my sewing/crafting studio (aka narrow hallway in the basement adjacent to the family room) I'll show you the whole finished area soon! I wanted some cute wall decor to fill out the wall above my sewing table. While perusing the PB website I saw these cute vintage-y typewriter prints:

And I thought it would be fun to make a similar series only with images of vintage sewing machines and the like. So, I hopped over to The Graphics Fairy and found these cute vintage sewing images!

First I printed out my images and used Avery Light Fabric Transfer Paper (which worked very well but was kinda pricey so I think I might try this method next time!) to iron the image onto 13"x13" squares of osnaburg fabric. my final product would have looked closer to the PB inspiration photo if I had used a bright white canvas, but I wanted to use what I had on hand, plus I just like the texture of this fabric.

I originally planned to stretch the fabric around those square blank canvases you can buy at the craft store, but they were a little more expensive than I realized (noticing a theme here?!) and since I was just going to cover them with fabric I opted to make my own square forms out of foam core scraps I already had. In order to make 3 finished square forms I cut 6 10" squares and I used another little scrap to cut some little spacers. On three of the 10" squares I glued spacers in the corners (to give the finished square form a little more depth), then I glued another 10" square on top.


Here's a side view:

I centered my fabric on the square form...

Flipped it over and hot-glued two opposing sides around the edges...

To get the corners smooth I made a couple of snips...

then I glued down the little flaps and the other two sides.

voila! Oh, I mean POOF!



There's actually much more contrast between the prints and the wall. I took these photos at night so I had to use the flash. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out, but I still think they could use a little more oomph, so I'm thinking of hanging them from ribbon on the wall.

Also, while on the PB site I saw these "Wooden Spool Hooks" for $24 (seriously? Who would pay $24 for wooden thread spools?).

I happen to have some empty plastic spools. I spray painted them and added a little circle of fabric to the tops. I'll add a photo as soon as I finish hanging everything!

Update!!:
I just finished hanging everything!


I still have some sprucing to do, but you get the idea.
This is pretty simple. Paint spools, hammer a long nail into the wall leaving about an inch out of the wall. Hang spool on nail, hang ribbon on spool. Done.





I know my spool hooks look pretty different from the PB ones, but I rather like mine! I think I'll make some more- what else can I hang on them? Scissors? measuring tape? Hmmm...

Love,

63 comments:

  1. I love this project! You are so smart to figure out how to use things that you already have instead of going out to buy new materials.

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  2. Looks great...I want to do the same with western theme in my sons room now..Thanks for the inspiration

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  3. You are just "too" smart!! I love the prints!!
    gotta try them on my own sewing room!!

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  4. Beautiful...what a great idea!!

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  5. Nice work!!! Thank you for the inspiration on the canvases!!!

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  6. Oh my goodness! These are wonderful!

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  7. I love this! You did an excellent job! And the spools are darling!

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  8. Pam, these are so cool! Love it!
    (Yeah, I thought the same thing about those spools and wished I had saved all my mom's old ones.)
    Thanks for joining my party!

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  9. I love projects like this. You took inspiration and then completely replicated it in your own way. Gluing the foam core together to mimic the canvas is genius. I love when people think outside the box to get the look they want for much less. The graphic are great too.

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  10. What a cute project! I love it. As usual - great job!!!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  11. dcoibweewfb!!! (I just type random letters when I'm too excited to say anything) ;)

    Love love love!!! I really like the idea of vintage sewing/sewing machine prints. Yours look amazing! I also like your spools. Everything looks awesome. I am anxious to see how you have your sewing area set up, as my craft space is also in a hallway. :)

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  12. great wall art for your sewing room! Love them, and love the idea of using old wooden thread spools as "hangers". I have a whole box of them I bought at a garage sale for like $1! I used some as drawer pulls in my sewing room too!

    Also, good luck with getting the feet off your lamp. Mine were just like big thumb tacks into the bottom of the wooden base!

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  13. Really fabulous--I love those prints!

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  14. The spools are the perfect touch...so cute!

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  15. I truly love these, Pam! I think they are coming soon to a room near me. P.s. I'm glad you showed the side view, I wasn't "getting" the directions at that point...

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  16. I love the canvas and the prints. They turned out beautifully with the spools!

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  17. Wow! That whole project looks GREAT! I love the vintage prints.

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  18. Looks awesome! I'm following you now for more great inspiration... no pressure. ;)

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  19. Oh my gosh I'm in LOVE with what you did! Great knock off! (found you through the PB knock off party today). I love the lineny fabric you used also!

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  20. GENIUS! That is so stinkin' cute! I love it and to double up and have it hanging from the spools? You are so smart. LOVE IT!

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  21. love this! Turned out great! I never thought of making a frame from foam board... I will haveto try it instead of using canvas if it's going to be covered up! Thanks for the idea!

    ~Megan

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  22. I am so going to copy you! I highly recommend the Citra-Solv method. Although, it takes a bit of practice. And, I like your spools better!

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  23. These turned out so cute... I may need to try this...

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  24. They turned out so great! The spools are really the perfect touch. (And you're not the only one who saw those and thought $24 for a SPOOL? You've gotta be joking!)

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  25. wow. this is so different & fun. i just printed some text on burlap - but you have given me a whole new idea about images, now. love what you choose to print as well. beautifully done.

    usually i devour the PB catalog when it arrives, but the last 2 that have come - can you believe i haven't even opened it. i need to looks like there is some great inspiration projects from there.

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  26. So fabulous! I have been eying those type writer canvases for some time and thinking there had to be some clever blogger out there that could show me the way. Thanks for the tutorial! It looks great!

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  27. Oh my goodness, Pam, you've done it again! This is such a fabulous project, now I wish I had a sewing room to sew crooked seams in and hang these on the wall in! Thanks for linking up. :)

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  28. I love the PB canvases, and you did a great job! I used their children's catalog as an inspiration and did a canvas arrangement awhile ago for my daughter's nursery. Gosh I love PB! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Way to go! That looks super cute!

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  30. Check out my post today, I've given you a blog award!

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  31. Ok I seriously LOVE these! I hate to be repetitive, but I just love that you used things you had on hand instead of running out to get supplies. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  32. Hi Pam,
    These look fabulous!!! What an awesome project too, love the foam core idea! I do hope you will link this one up next Monday for my "Brag Monday" party, I know my readers would love to see these wonderful prints! Meanwhile, I think I have some old typewriter images, I'll see if I can dig them out and post them this week.
    Karen

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  33. You are a genius with that foam core idea! The prints look wonderful.

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  34. Those all look wonderful! What a beautiful way to fill up a wall!

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  35. Wow! I've seen lots of PB-inspired projects, but none as good as yours! Your workmanship looks flawless. And I love that you didn't just knockoff the PB typewriters; you used them for inspiration and then found your own (completely different) images. Great job!

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  36. These are amazing! Thanks for sharing,you are quite talented and creative,I can hardly wait to see what you do next.

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  37. How totally creative. I dare say that I like your sewing-inspired boards better than PB. Nice job! Thanks for showing the step-by-step for your 'stretched canvases'. You are a clever girl!
    Thank you for sharing your cute projects. And I think the spool holders were the perfect hangers for your art!

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  38. I totally love this look! I, personally, think your's looks better than PB's. I can't believe how easy it looks. I'm super impressed, here!

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  39. love your projects - so clever.
    What an inspiration you are - Thanks so much for sharing.

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  40. thank you for sharing this, this is great, Petra.xx

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  41. fabulous - Loved the spool idea - just hate to throw those away!!!

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  42. You already know how much I love this one! Thanks so much for linking it up!!

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  43. Love the sewing machine images. I may have to get those to go above my vintage pedal sewing machine that was my grandmothers. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  44. This is hands-down the coolest thing I've seen in a good long while -- and I read a LOT of craft blogs! I'm going to try this. Thank you so much for your inspiriation!

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  45. These are absolutely beautiful...Love! What a fantastic idea to use what you have on-hand - that really appeals to my impulsive nature! :)

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  46. Very nice use of those GF graphics.

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  47. Wow!!!! Those are so cute!!!! Fabulous job :)

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  48. I love this! Not only the pictures but the spools! Great idea and very creative.

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  49. I saw your post on Tatertots and Jello - such a cute idea! I love the prayer too! Thanks for inspiring me!

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  50. Wow, that is amazing! I like your's better than pottery barn's (the spools too). Great job! :)

    Jen @ Just for Rachel
    Home Decor/Crafts

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  51. saw this on Knock off decor today - so great! I've used image transfer liquid with great success to transfer images to canvas - in case you haven't used it before - here is a tutorial:
    http://www.firemountaingems.com/beading_howtos/beading_projects.asp?docid=63EN
    The spools idea is just so creative! keep well!

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  52. Pam those are so cute! What a wonderful idea. I hope you don't care that I want to copy them for my laundry room! So so so cute!

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  53. I love it! Dress forms and antique sewing machines are my weakness! I think I will copy. . .

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  54. Thank you for posting this! You inspired me to create my own for my sewing room. You can see it here, if you're interested.
    http://faithfulstewards.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/sewing-room-decor/

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  55. Thank you for sharing. This is just wonderful. I just love it.

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  56. I just shared this on my blog: http://koolbeenz-blog.blogspot.com/2011/11/turn-empty-thread-spools-into-art.html

    Feel free to grab my Featured Button on the right sidebar if you like.

    @pril

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