{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design For the Rest of Us

Welcome to the July {ditto} DIY challenge!

Once a month ten very different bloggers are hosting this challenge to recreate in our own homes a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design. The idea is to inspire everyone to incorporate fine design elements into your own home in a way that fits your own style. (For more details on what {ditto}DIY is all about, check out this post [INSERT LINK TO YOUR INTRO POST].)

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design for the Rest of Us

The ten hosting bloggers include:

Darlene @ Fieldstone Hill Design
Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Rachel @ Surviving the Stores
Karin @ Trophy Mom Diaries
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

This month’s theme is Framed Fabric, and this was our inspiration photograph:


{A framed pair of Ikat fabric art. Image via Neiman Marcus.}

The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Frame some Fabric! Any fabric, any way….then use it in a lovely display.

Here is my Framed Fabric {ditto}DIY project:

I simply used modge podge to glue a cherished piece of fabric to a piece of cardboard, which I then stuck in a frame.


I’ve got it in my workroom for now but I have a propensity for moving things around and this little treasured frame could end up in my sultry master or in the living room or even in the kitchen.


What makes this humble little piece of fabric so special is that it was given to me by a very special momma last week, while I was traveling in Nicaragua with Compassion Bloggers.


I knew I wanted to do something special with it when I got back and this month’s {ditto} DIY couldn’t have been more perfect.


I was so blessed to be able to meet the girls we sponsor and Diana’s mother makes extra money to help feed their family doing clothing repairs.  She has one of those old fashioned sewing machines that uses a peddle.  I was not a quick study……

(those machines are HARD to use!)


but together, we stitched this cross, as a reminder that our hearts are forever entwined in mutual  love and partnership for Diana.  She does all the hard work for her daughter and I commit to pray and write and send $38 per month so Diana can go to school, receive medical care, hear the Gospel, and receive emotional and social support from the amazing staff at project N-186.  It frees Diana’s family up to provide for their other children.  Read the story of her beautiful family here and how her father is loving and providing, against all odds.


The framed cross reminds me to pray and to count every blessing.


Do you have some sentimental piece of fabric you could frame?  It’s SO easy.

I just took the piece of cardboard that came with the frame and brushed modge podge onto it and applied the cut fabric. I let it dry all day and then, tada!

Easiest project EVER.




And now comes the fun part! It is time to link up your own fabulous framed fabric projects and join the {ditto} DIY party! It wouldn’t be much of a party if you didn’t stick around, so be sure to check out as many projects as you can! Then be sure to visit Darlene’s site for a peek at next month’s challenge along with some expert design tips on incorporating framed fabric accents into your home.




13 comments on “{ditto} DIY:: Framed Fabric and a Cross”

  1. What a lovely way to accomplish the framed fabric task and also remember a special person. The simplicity of the cross next to the fancy colorful frame makes me think of your humble heart in your beautiful body.

  2. Did you make your “I like big books…” print? I do love your special cross, but that caught my eye! 🙂

  3. So glad your trip went well,,,I was praying for you and your team’s safety often,,,God is good!. I also loved the picture of you with the little one,,Were you showing her how to put on lipgloss?? so cute,,,Thank you also for all the words of encouragement you have given to me also,,,Love you!! June

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