Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Call Me Crazy

For the past month I have been slowly working on a project and I can finally say it is done! What was I doing you ask?  Making my own trellis fabric of course.




One of my all time favorite patterns is the Imperial Trellis by Kelly Wearstler. But like any great fabric it was over $100 a yard.  I really wanted to make a window treatment in my kitchen out of it but I just couldn't afford to pay that much.

Sometimes my head gets crazy ideas and this was one of them.





I started out by buying some trellis fabric in a different color-way from this website.  $11 for one yard.  Then I took that fabric and adhered it to freezer paper using a spray adhesive.




Then came the very horrible part of cutting out the pattern.  Hours and hours of cutting.  I had to cut through the fabric and the freezer paper.

Once that was done I had to iron the freezer paper to some white fabric.  Ironing it took forever.  The reason I chose freezer paper was because I could iron it to my fabric but peel it right off when I was done with it.




After it had been ironed on I spray painted it navy blue.




Then I peeled off the freezer paper to reveal my masterpiece.  It has many imperfections as you can see but for less than $20 it's not bad.  I plan on using this tutorial to make a pelmet shade with my new fabric.  I would never in a million years do this again.  Next time I'll just save up my money and buy the real deal.

27 comments:

  1. Wow, I'm sure that took a lot of patience! Such a creative idea though! Would love to see a picture of them hanging up :)

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  2. oh my gosh! that is ingenious...and looks like it took forever. i chuckled when i saw that you would never in a million years do it again. i now know to never attempt it myself! i cannot imagine how long that must have taken...you've got to be really dedicated to design to try a stunt like that! :)
    i hope you post some of your design school projects...i would love to see them! i am sure they are a lot better than mine! i almost didn't post them, but i thought...what the heck..they are part of my "design journey".
    i'm excited to see your pelmet...and don't think that i have forgotten that you were going to make a mobile or something along those lines with some little globes or spheres! i'm eagerly awaiting the reveal!

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  3. What a cool idea. What did you use to cut out the pattern?

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  4. I have done many projects with freezer paper but i cannot believe you cut this pattern into it!! You deserve a patience award!

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  5. Girl, it looks great! A lot of work and time, but you should be very proud. Can't wait to see it in your space. : )

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  6. I love it!! great job!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog...i totally love yours!


    xoxoxo
    anna



    http://faithhopelove365.blogspot.com/

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  7. looks amazing. but yes you're crazy.

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  8. Kirsten - after all that work, why didn't you just buy the fabric for $11? You have more patience than I do...and you did do a great job!

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  9. Wow! Can't believe you did that! Make sure to post the shade when you're finished!! I'm excited to see!

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  10. Unbelievable! I cannot believe the effort you put in. Amazing.

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  11. Wow. Yes, you're crazy, but it turned out pretty well! Freezer paper stenciling is fun on shirts but I would have never thought to do it on such a large scale.

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  12. pure insanity, but beautiful. Very creative, I would've never thought to try to make it!

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  13. Amazing and crazy! Love your creativity. Just found your blog through Caitlin Creer interiors. Love what I see....thanks! Francoise

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  14. I just found you lovely blog. You must have incredible patience and focus to take on such an intricate project. Very clever.

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  15. Just read about you on Caitlin Creer's blog...and holy crap!

    1. I love you blog!
    2. That's ALOT of work!

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  16. That is the most impressive DIY project I've ever seen! Where do you live? Can I rent your template from you? And, yes, I'm serious.
    smhinckley@yahoo.com

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  17. jeez- you deserve a "patience" award and one part "crazy" award too. I am impressed.
    pve

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  18. um YOU are amazing!! i just might copy you ... =) i have the same pottery barn peacock fabric shown in your about photo!!

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  19. Wow! I can't believe you did this. . .Amazing. I will never attempt but I think you could cut out the pattern for other people and sell it for a pretty penny on Ebay :)

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  20. Looks wonderful! Another option for future custom fabric - www.spoonflower.com.

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  21. wow, i've done freezer paper stencils before so i can see how long that would take. holy moly, lady! it turned out great though!

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  22. you are amazing! Imperial trellis is a personal favorite of mine - you are inspiring me to attempt your feat! Great job :) I wrote about it on my blog - www.meghanmarymorrow.blogspot.com

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  23. Oh wow ! Have you made the valance yet ?

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  24. i think it looks cool before you peeled off the freezer paper. it gives a nice shiny surface to contrast the flat texture of the fabric. thanks for sharing.

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