Girl’s Farmhouse Style Bedroom

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
It’s official. I have one room in our house “finished.” A girl’s farmhouse style bedroom. And it feels good! Most of you know we bought our very first house last summer and I have been loving being able to make it ours. So this first finished room belongs to my oldest daughter. She really loves farms and animals so we worked together to create a room full of the things she likes. It started off as a rather bland room with a bland tanish color on the walls. My daughter wanted an aqua color so we went to the store and she picked out the color Aloe by Sherwin Williams. It looks a lot more blue in her room than it does in pictures and even in the paint can, but she was still happy with it.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
My husband put together the headboard for me. We used this DIY Barn Door Headboard Tutorial as our guide. We made ours a little smaller and didn’t connect it with the middle pieces but followed most of it. We did make sure to secure this to the wall like they did so no accidents happen.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
The rug came from Wayfair and I got a fabulous deal on it. I have actually bought a few rugs from that site for our home when they have sales. I made the bedskirt from a canvas drop cloth. You can get a 12 x 15 ft one for around $31 and it is so much fabric! The one I got didn’t even have any seams and I have a lot of it leftover. The white quilt is the raw edge quilt in white from Target and so are the tan geo patchwork toss pillows.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
I wanted to find her a metal bed with that farmhouse feel and went with this black metal frame from Walmart. We live in small town kind of area so I do a lot of shopping online as you can tell haha.

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I found these farmhouse style galvanized wall lights at Lowes and used this how to turn a hard wired light fixture into a plug in tutorial to make it a plug in. I also spray painted them black. We used a candelabra base switch cord (found at Lowes) because I couldn’t find a plain one and we just had to cut the light bulb part off to get to the wires.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
The simple switch makes it easy for my little one to turn the lights off and on. She loves to read at night and these lights help provide a warmer not as bright light to have on during those night time reads.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
I added some wall things on her level to use that have been perfect for her. The metal book holder came from Home Goods and the chalkboard is from Hobby Lobby.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
I found the horse paint by number at a local shop two summers ago and it looks so pretty on her wall. The cows is a card print of a painting done by my sister Christy of Front Porch Studio. I really wanted this to be a colorful farmhouse feel and it is that for sure! All the color really made this one window room a lot brighter and happier.

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The clothes hamper also came from Home Goods. The dresser is one of those “we don’t have much money and need a cheap dresser” kind of moments lol. It’s really beat up but until I find the right one I’m looking for it’s staying! It did used to have wood knobs the same color as the veneer top but I switched those out for these simple black ones and it upped the style.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
It’s a really short dresser so I also added some casters to the bottom for more style and height. I ended up splitting a lot of the particle board when doing this because I used screws that were too long, so lesson learned. At least you can’t see all that.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
The round mirror was a find from Marshalls. I wanted to find a bigger one but I got tired of looking for one and this one works good enough.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
The cattle feed burlap piece is from Hobby Lobby and the j is from Anthropologie a while back.

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My animal lover has a hermit crab tank in her room and it fits perfectly on this little shelf. The shelf was a handmade piece by my daughter’s first grade teacher’s husband. They gifted it to us and I painted it this coral color. It has been such a good piece for us. It used to house my printer but now works perfect in her room.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
I used three prints from Minted to add some horse art to the walls too (left to right: all is quiet, {can’t find this one so it might be sold out}, what lies ahead).

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
And this isn’t for style, but I just wanted to show where all the toys live haha. They are here! I have found that having certain spaces for her things makes it easier for her to put them away. We also have two plastic bins under her bed that hold her toys.

Girl's Farmhouse Style Bedroom | happy together
And even though we might not live on a farm like she wanted, she can look out her window onto a farm. Now her little sister wants her room to be done (with flowers, ponies, and unicorns!). Sounds fun right? -jess

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Sticker Valentines Free Printable

Sticker Valentines Free Printable | happy together
Valentines Day is coming soon and I have been getting supplies ready for my daughters to help them create Valentines for their classmates. My youngest is four and loves stickers so I decided that this would be a nice little goodie for her to give out. I found the cutest stickers in the dollar spot at Target and created a simple valentines free printable to add them too. This is a great opportunity to let a child practice cutting, gluing, and writing if they are at that age.

Sticker Valentines Free Printable | happy together Supplies:

Sticker Valentines Free Printable | happy together
Begin by cutting out the printables. There are four Valentines on each piece of paper. If you want to do this quicker, you can use a paper cutter.

Sticker Valentines Free Printable | happy together
Once they are all cut out determine the amount of stickers you want to use on them. I had a sticker pad and cut it into pieces that would fit on the card but you can add the stickers however you like.

Sticker Valentines Free Printable | happy together
Put some glue on the middle of the card and then stick on the stickers. I made these so there is enough room to write a “from” name on the bottom and add a “to” name at the top if desired. I find it easier to just make a bunch with only the “from” so my girls can hand them out easily.

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I have one more sewing Valentines idea that I will share next week to add to the Valentines ideas here on the blog. Until then, enjoy these! -jess

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Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt

Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt sizes 18 months - 8 | happy together
Today is the day! This free girls sewing pattern is now available for everyone to sew. I call it the Skirted Sweatshirt pattern and it is for sizes 18 months to 8. It is meant to be slightly oversized making it extra comfy. In fact, I knew it was good when my oldest put it on and said so, haha, and she can be hard to please now.

Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt sizes 18 months - 8 | happy together Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt sizes 18 months - 8 | happy together
Another great thing about this pattern is that you can use a larger sweatshirt you have sitting in your closet, or one you thrifted, instead of buying sweatshirt fabric. In fact, the tops on my littlest girl (miss E) and her friend (in the pink) were made using sweatshirts that have been sitting in my closet for years without being used. I used some sweatshirt fabric on miss J’s that I happened to come across in a thrift store. That fabric is what actually inspired this pattern as I wanted to figure out a way to use it.

Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt sizes 18 months - 8 | happy together Supplies:

  • Large sweatshirt (see tips further down if doing this) or 1 yd of sweatshirt fabric
  • 3/4 yd of Fabric for skirt part (the more movement the fabric has the better! Try not to use stiff fabrics for this as it won’t lay nicely.) *if fabric pattern is horizontal to the fabric width, then get 1 yard*
  • Free pattern (download here)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine, coordinating thread, etc.
  • Tape
  • Iron

*Notes: Use 1/4″ seams for sewing. Back stitch at the end of sewing. Remember, this is a slightly oversized pattern, so if your child is more on the smaller side of the pattern it might be larger on them. In the pictures the oldest girl is wearing a 7/8 and wears a 7 or 8 in store clothes. The girl in the pink is in the 5/6 (and I accidentally stretched the neck out…oops!) and fits perfectly in a size 5 normally (also note I did not hem up the bottom of the skirt since it was knit fabric, making that part longer). The littlest, in the lamb hat, is in the 3/4 and wears a 4 or 5 normally.

Sizing Chart     Chest Measurement

18 mo/2                19″-20″

3/4                         21″-22″

5/6                         23″-24″

7/8                        25″-27″

Use Adobe Reader to open PDF Patterns | happy together
Let me begin with a printing tip. PDF patterns print most accurately when opened in Adobe reader. Sometimes the “preview” of a pdf pattern doesn’t print it out quite right.  Also make sure to choose “actual size” in the printing options.

Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt sizes 18 months - 8 | happy together
When you print out the pattern you can lay it down like this to see how the pieces fit. It starts at page 1 on the top left row and goes across (row 1: page 1-4, row 2: 5-8, row 3: 9-12).Continue Reading

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Easy Bow Pillow DIY

Bow Pillow DIY | happy together
I set myself a goal that this year I would share a very easy sewing diy once a month. I have a list of all kinds of things, but if there is something you would like to see leave me a comment and let me know :) For this month, I am sharing a very easy Bow Pillow DIY.  I saw one in Target the other day and thought it was cute and wanted to replicate it. It uses very little fabric and it only took me fifteen minutes to make (and that includes me taking the pictures!).

Bow Pillow DIY | happy together

Supplies:

  • One fabric fat quarter (18″ x 22″)
  • One piece of fabric that equals 4.5″ x 20″
  • Stuffing
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine/thread/etc

Notes: *I used all 1/4′ seams when sewing. *Remember to back stitch.

Bow Pillow DIY | happy together
Directions:
1. Start by folding your fat quarter in half (the 22″ should be the width and the 18″ the height) right sides facing.

Bow Pillow DIY | happy together
2. Sew around all open edges except leaving a few inches open in the center of the long side. Turn pillow right side out and iron. Then fill it with the amount of stuffing desired. The more you put in, the firmer the pillow will be.

Bow Pillow DIY | happy together
3. Turn in side edges at the opening and sew closed. You can use a sewing machine to do this and if you do I suggest adjusting your needle to be as far to the left as possible so you can squeeze the edges under there enough to sew. Another option is to hand sew it shut.

Bow Pillow DIY | happy together
4. Take your 4.5″ x 20″ piece and turn each long side in 1/4″ towards the wrong side. Then turn in another 1/4″ and press.

Bow Pillow DIY | happy together
5. Sew side seams in place.

Bow Pillow DIY | happy together
6. Turn both ends in 1/4″ two times as well. Sew in place.

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7. Sew ends on top of each other to create a sleeve to go onto the pillow. Make sure fabric is right side up.

Bow Pillow DIY | happy together
8. Finish by sliding fabric sleeve to middle of pillow. You can tack it in place by hand sewing it on the back if you like.
I bet you could do this in boy fabrics and make it look like a bow tie pillow as well. I also think this would be a great project to do with a child (or adult) learning to sew since it’s simple and sews up quickly. Share your bow pillow diy creation with us if you create one :)
Happy Sewing!
jess

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Homespun Magazine and New Free Pattern Preview

Feature in Homespun Magazine | happy together
I received a copy of Homespun Magazine the other day and flipped it open to find one of my projects featured in it. It still makes my heart flutter when I see one of my projects in print, whether a feature or a whole tutorial. The magazine is quite lovely overall and full of all kinds of craft and diy goodness.

Feature in Homespun Magazine | happy together
They showcased the Fabric Tape Award Ribbons that I created a diy for last year. And speaking of diy, I am working on finishing up a new free pattern that will be on my site by Monday! I have my goal set for Friday, but I like to give myself some wiggle room for things that might come up. It will be for girls sizes 2-8 and is an easy sew! I can’t wait to share the pattern with you :)
-jess

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