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!

Baby Ruffle Strap Dress

Baby Ruffle Strap Dress

Baby Ruffle Strap Dress

So I finally finished this dress for my little girl. I bought the pattern almost a year ago and well I kept putting it off, until I realized that if I didn’t get started soon she would be too big to fit into it! This was the size Large on the NewLook pattern A6112 and I think it equates to about a size 24month. I really like the fun spring patterned fabrics I found for it and I’ll probably be making a matching hair flower to go with it. But most of all I am so happy to be finished. Let’s just say the seam ripper is my best friend!


Ruffle Scarf Tutorial

Finished Ruffle Scarf

Finished Ruffle Scarf

All you need to make this ruffle scarf is some fabric, thread and elastic thread.

All you need to make this ruffle scarf is some fabric, thread and elastic thread.

Just thread the elastic thread loosely onto the bobbin and cut out your fabric.

Just thread the elastic thread loosely onto the bobbin and put into your sewing machine. Thread the needle with regular thread. Then cut out your fabric.

Sew two straight lines down the middle about 4in from each side. And that's it!

Sew two straight lines down the middle about 4in from each side. And that’s it!

I bought this fun peachy/pink fabric several months ago with the intent to make a scarf and finally got around to it this last month. I love this fabric! And the scarf is SO easy to make. All I did was cut out a piece of the fabric about 84in x 12in. Then I sewed two straight lines, one about 4 inches from each side. And that is it! This is a knit type of fabric so the sides won’t unravel, which is why I didn’t bother to sew the sides (or possibly a little bit out of laziness! haha) But I love it. And the possibilities are really endless with type of design. You could use all sorts of fabric or refashion some old shirts.