Burlap Pillow with Felt Flower

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Burlap pillow with felt flower.

I saw this pillow tutorial on The Golden Sycamore and wanted to give it a try. I am a huge fan of felt and just adore felt flowers. The flower took about 1 1/2 sheets of felt to make, and I used a 17 inch strip of one inch satin ribbon, and two 17 inch square pieces of burlap. Man that stuff is cheap- like $3.99 a yard at Jo-Ann’s without a coupon! I ended up just sewing the pillow all around verses doing the pillow cover that she does in her post. The cover would definitely be easier since you don’t have to deal with a fluffy pillow when trying to stitch it shut! I was a little worried that the filling would leak out or show because the burlap is loosely sewn, but it wasn’t a problem at all.  All in all, this was a very quick fun project.


Wow I Made a Shirt!

I bought a shirt at Old Navy last year that I’ve just loved. It fits well, it’s stylish and it’s comfortable, and I find myself looking for shirts like it whenever I go shopping. It dawned on me that instead of wearing the same shirt every day 😉 I might just be able to copy it, since it’s a fairly simple design. This was my first time trying to make my own pattern from a piece of clothing so I wasn’t sure how it’d go. The construction isn’t the greatest and I’d make some changes if I make it again, but overall I am pretty pleased with how it turned out!

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The finished shirt! Cost me $7 for the clearance fabric and the thread from Jo-Ann’s.-

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The shirt from Old Navy that I copied.

1. First I made a pattern for the shirt. I laid some Ikea kid’s craft paper out on a flat surface and laid the shirt on top and smoothed out the wrinkles. I traced the shirt, noting the seam allowances.

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Shirt pattern front.

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Back pattern piece pinned to the fabric.

2. I cut out the pattern and pinned it to the fabric. The front had one piece and the back had two pieces. Seriously this is the simplest shirt design! Then I cut out the pattern pieces. I also cut out a strip of the non-ruffled part of the fabric to use as ribbing around the neck.

3. First I sewed the back pieces together. Then I sewed the back of the shirt to the front (right sides together).

4. Then I sewed the arm holes. I turned the edges over and sewed them about 5/8 of an inch in and then went around again about 1/8 inch away from that stitch.

5. Then I sewed the bottom the same way I sewed the sleeves. I did a less of a seam allowance because I wanted it a little longer. I will adjust the pattern if I make this again.

6. Then I folded the ribbing piece of fabric (about an inch thick) in half and sewed it together at the ends, right sides together to make a circle. I then pinned that into the neck hole, right sides together, and stitched it together. And voila! I made a shirt!

Cozy Soft Flannel Blanket

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Making baby flannel blankets are super easy and fast and make great gifts. I have received many homemade blankets over the years and I love each one! I really don’t think you can have too many blankets!

Here’s what you do:

1. Pick two flannel fabrics of complementing colors. For this blanket I did one side flannel and the other a cozy soft baby fabric.

2. Cut the fabrics out to the same square or rectangle size. I make it super easy on myself and just do one yard of each fabric.

3. Put the fabrics right sides together and stitch 5/8 inch away from the edge around the whole blanket, leaving about a 5 inch opening. Then you can clip the corners to make them turn out to a point easier.

4. Turn the blanket right side out and smooth out the edges. You can then iron the blanket to make the edges smooth and easier to top stitch.

5. Pin the sides to make sure they don’t slide and top stich about a 1/4 inch around the edge of the blanket. I did a little more than that for this blanket. You can tie it with a coordinating yarn as well if you want, every 6 inches or so.

6. Fold it up, exposing a color of the fun pattern on the inside and tie it together with a ribbon. And then you’re done!

DIY Mercury Glass

Do you have a bunch of those random vases or tea light candle holders lying around? I used to until my husband sold them all without me knowing at a garage sale last year! This is a great project if you want to spruce up some of those pieces. I ended up buying several from a local thrift shop for $7 to do this project.

To make mercury glass all you need is some glass vases/candle holders (you could really get creative with what you use), Krylon Looking Glass Spray ($12 at Michaels without a coupon), and a spray bottle with water. You can find step by step instructions at BHG HERE. The only thing I’d mention is don’t be afraid to really spray it with water, that way you get the large water marks in there. It took me an afternoon to finish them all, mostly because of the dry time in between spraying. I did four rounds of spraying all the glass pieces. So easy and fun!

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Drying in between sprays.

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Close up of drying tea light candle holder after about three rounds of water and Looking Glass Spray-paint.

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Finished mercury glass candle holders.