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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

DIY Sheet Music Table Runner {tutorial}

When I was browsing my favorite antique shop, I saw a sheet music table runner that I fell in love with...I just didn't love the price of it. I knew I could make it myself for next to nothing and get a look that was completely my own. I also knew my new dresser needed something to finish the look. 

Music fills my home on a daily basis. Whether it's in children's songs or on my iPod as I clean, we are always listening to and making music in our home. 

First, I needed sheet music. I looked for an old music book to tear pages out of but found a book of Disney songs at a thrift store instead. I thought this to be the perfect touch as it reflects my family and our likes. 

“Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love brought together under one roof.”  Nate Berkus 

I couldn't bring myself to tear up the book I just bought so I decided on printing out some of the pages on cardstock {for durability}. I printed 5 different songs as my dresser is 5 paper lengths long. Then, I sat down with my sheet music at my Brother Innovis sewing machine.

My machine is loaded with all sorts of pretty stitching so I browsed through the styles until I found one I liked for the project.

 I found the perfect vine stitch and used it to sew my pages together. {Note: I overlapped the paper just slightly so I didn't have to worry about keeping it perfectly lined up from the end of one page to the beginning of the next. I hope that makes sense.}

The stitching looked so nice but I wasn't finished just yet. I had to cut the sides of the paper to give it a delicate edge. 

Enter, Fiskars Paper Edgers. {Found by the scrap-booking supplies in many craft stores}

See how classy that looks? 

And here's what it looks like on my dresser.

A simple project that took no time at all looks so nice to finish off my home decor.

I'm so happy with this DIY. Have you considered using sheet music as part of your decor?



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