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It’s been almost a year since we moved into our new home…but it feels like I’m just now getting started making it my “real” home.  For instance, the week we moved in I had my sewing room/game room painted a beautiful color turquoise.  The only problem is… it’s a horrible color turquoise!  No matter how many times I say, as I go up the stairs to the sewing room , “I love the color!  I love the color!  I do love the color!”… I do NOT love the color.  In fact, I don’t even just sort of kind of a little bit like it.  I loathe it to be exact.

I paid a painter to paint it.  Catch my drift…???  It’s just not worth it to me right now to PAY again to have it “fixed”… so I keep trying to come up with more ways to fill the room with fabrics and items that will absorb some of the Taco Cabana blue that’s splattered everywhere.

The latest attempt ….. PILLOWS!  And not just pillows… ZIPPERED PILLOWS!

You are going to LOVE how fast and easy these are!  The crazy thing is that this zipper technique makes making the pillows with a zipper FASTER than making them without… don’t you just love me for saying that!!!!

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This is the canvas I started with… I decided to make pillows for this couch…

What a difference 3 15-minute pillows make... right!?!?  Can I get an AMEN??

What a difference 3 15-minute pillows make… right!?!? Can I get an AMEN??

 

Here’s how I made these fun little ditties…

(I’m basically doing the same thing I do for my LINED ZIPPER POUCHES… only I’m not lining these.  If you’re using stuffing instead of a pillow form, then you’ll want to line your pillows….so just do exactly what I did for the pouches.  Only- call it a pillow instead of a pouch!)

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I started with my fabrics, some caning cord for embellishment, and zippers. (you’ll also need a pillow insert or stuffing … but seriously, you already knew that!) I used two different fabrics cut to the same size, and be sure to purchase zippers that are quite a bit longer than your pillow – trust me on this!

I first embellished the pillow the way I wanted.  I chose chair caning jute and just sewed it straight up the middle.  Then, here's where the pillow part starts, place one side of the pillow in front of you - ride side up.  Place your zipper - upside down - along the upper edge.

I first embellished the pillow the way I wanted. I chose chair caning jute and just sewed it straight up the middle. Then, here’s where the pillow part starts, place one side of the pillow in front of you – ride side up. Place your zipper – upside down – along the upper edge.

Your zipper pull should be facing down like this.

Your zipper pull should be facing down like this.

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Now sew the zipper to the pillow along the top edge like shown…. you’ll have to look closely because I chose to use white thread! sorry!!!

When you fold your zipper to the front, it should look like this.  Of course - you now need to iron it... sorry!

When you fold your zipper to the front, it should look like this. Of course – you now need to iron it… sorry!

Now put your other pillow piece on top, wrong side up, and line it up with the zipper.  Then sew to the zipper.

Now put your other pillow piece on top, wrong side up, and line it up with the zipper. Then sew to the zipper.

You'll end up with this!

You’ll end up with this!

After you press the zipper again, open up the zipper about half way... trust me - you don't want to forget this  step!

After you press the zipper again, open up the zipper about half way… trust me – you don’t want to forget this step!

Now fold the two sections over, right sides together and fold the open zipper parts like this.  Next, you'll sew down along the side, the bottom and back up the other side - forming a stitched square (the zipper making the 4th side).

Now fold the two sections over, right sides together and fold the open zipper parts like this. Next, you’ll sew down along the side, the bottom and back up the other side – forming a stitched square (the zipper making the 4th side).

Again, my thread is too light to see clearly, but if you bring your face to the screen and squint - you can see the stitching all the way around ... maybe... sort of...

Again, my thread is too light to see clearly, but if you bring your face to the screen and squint – you can see the stitching all the way around … maybe… sort of…

Oh girl - you're almost done!  clip your corners and trim off the excess zipper ends.  Turn right side out.

Oh girl – you’re almost done! clip your corners and trim off the excess zipper ends. Turn right side out.

You'll get THIS!!!  A zippered pillow!  I have made them with "hidden" zippers that take a long time, and I have made them like this in a jiffy.  Personally, I think saving an hour beats not seeing the zipper!  Maybe that's just me...

You’ll get THIS!!! A zippered pillow! I have made them with “hidden” zippers that take a long time, and I have made them like this in a jiffy. Personally, I think saving an hour beats not seeing the zipper! Maybe that’s just me…

 

Now for more photos…. the pillows’ selfies…..

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zippered pillow 19cWhat a difference a pillow makes, huh!?!

The breakdown:

Cost: I used fabric I already had and pillow forms I already had, so my only cost was zippers.  At about $2.50 each, the cost is $7.50!!!  LOVE that!

Time: Trust me when I say that you can make these pillows in about 15 minutes per pillow… after you’ve cut them out… maybe even faster if you time yourself!

I hope you’ll try this out… the worst thing that will happen???  You’ll have one very large zipper pouch for traveling!

 

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Gosh y’all… how are you doing???  I’m sort of living in chaos right now, and I love it!

This post is going to be brief and to-the-point … I know, I know, you don’t believe me.  That’s fine.  I’ve earned your distrust.  However, tonight I’m serious.  I’ve been missing you and missing writing tutorials.  So, despite my chaotic chaos, I wanted to share with you the fastest, easiest headband I’ve come up with yet.  Know what else????

I. Saved. THIRTY DOLLARS!!!  $$$$$$$$

I was shopping lusting  browsing around Anthropologie the other day and I saw these gorgeous headbands.  But are you kidding me right now???  $32????  For something I’m going to put on my overprocessed, frizzy and most likely dirty head of hair?  I’m way too cheap smart for that!

So I ran out to Hancocks.  I found some embellishment ribbon on clearance for $2/yd.  Then, I made myself a cheaper…but I think just as fabulous version.  Judge for yourself…

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So, yes, it’s missing the rhinestones. If that’s important to you, you can pretty much buy a Bedazzler for the $29 you’re saving. I purchased the whole yard, but only used 23″.

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Besides a needle and thread, the only other thing you need is a pony tail elastic.

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It’s incredibly hard to photograph the back of your head by yourself… but what I’m trying to show you is that I used the length from the back of one ear, around the top of my head and over to the back of the other ear. Then give yourself a couple of more inches for the seams. I have a large head, so I used 23″.

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Now wrap the ribbon around the elastic forming a casing.

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As much as I hate saying this – the next step is to hand sew the casing closed. Maybe your machine can take the width of the ribbon. I’m jealous of you. If not…I can say with honesty that it only takes about 1 minute to sew each side. Repeat with the other side. (I love this photo b/c it shows how I’ve finally stopped biting my nails.  progress!)

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I used white thread so you can see it … I just used very simple but sturdy stitches. Nothing time consuming at all. The only real “trick” I used was making sure I had several layers of thread in my needle.

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Once you’ve completed the other side, you’ll end of with this little doozie. I love it. Fancy and Casual all in one.

And now for my feeble attempts at photographing the finished product on my head, all the while trying to make sure my craft room looks as clean and cool as possible.

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Okay  y’all – here’s the lowdown:

Time: literally THREE MINUTES!  (That includes hand sewing… crazy wonderful)

Cost: $2 … that’s a savings of $29.  Hurry out and get you some matching shoes with that money!!!

Try this….please!!!!

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Everytime I make my up the road to Ikea, I see and stare at this poor plain slippers.  Marked at $1.99/each, they’ve proven too irresistible to this bargain shopper.

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So the other day, I purchased 5 pairs in black and 5 pairs in pink.

I’ve been trying to come up with ways to save our carpet upstairs … which means I need to ask people to take their shoes off when they come over.  But….something about that always seems painful to people.  What, no pedicure lately!?!?

So, I hope by purchasing these cute little slippers, and updating them a little, will solve my dilemma!

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I started with the black sets – I made little shoe staches. Ha! I made each mustache a different style so that each guest could remember which pairs is his. You know, in case they do a barefoot dance for a second.

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I used an awesome set of cookie cutters as my templates.

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Then I cut out 2 of each style from felt.

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Then pinned them onto each of the slippers.

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Then, all you have to do is take some embroidery thread and sew ‘em up. Aren’t these just too fun!?

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I couldn’t think of anything fun to applique on the pink slippers, so I just went with some flowers I had lying around my stash – I secured them with buttons as you can see. duh, right!

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And here is what I ended up with… I’m pretty pleased!

So there it is – it’s THAT easy to save your carper for only $2 per person!!!  Fingers crossed it will work.  If nothing else – I can let the steam cleaner guys wear these when they come!

COST: 10 pairs for $20

TIME: I watched 3 episodes of MI:5…. so 3 hours!!!

Won’t you come for a visit … and, er, um, please take off your shoes!

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Happy New Year y’all!!!

This is my first post of 2013 – and I couldn’t be more excited about it.  Rather than bore you with all the lame and boring oh so exciting details of what I’ve been up to, I think I’ll get right to point today … besides, I’m already late to pick up my daughter!!!  (wish I was kidding about this!)

My awesome grandmother, known affectionately as “MeMaw”, passed away last Spring.  She lived 95 beautiful years!  I’d guess that she sewed for about 85 of those years.

Anyway, as I went through her closet, I found a few scarves that I thought were worth keeping.  Now, they weren’t exactly worth WEARING but they were worth keeping.

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See what I mean….

So today, I had about 20 extra minutes (translate: I can be up to 15 minutes late before I get in trouble!), so I ran to my little stash of scarves and grabbed this one. 

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Then I went to my little stash of embellishments and grabbed a long strand of pom pom fringe. xoxoxoxoxoxo – I LOVE THIS STUFF!

Then, I just simply sewed the pom pom fringe all around the perimeter of the scarf.  I used a long and wide ZIG ZAG stitch to be sure I got a good hold of the fringe.  This also keeps it from curling up on the edges as I wear and wash it.

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I mean, COME ON!!! Isn’t this so cute and sweet now!!! ??? !!!

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I just love it. I wish I could just run over to her house, give her big hug, eat some of her homemade wheat rolls, and sneak another scarf out of her closet. For now, I’ll settle for wearing this aLOT and remembering how lucky I am to have had her as my grandmother.

Breakdown:

Time: took me about 7 minutes – I could’ve done it in 5, but that stupid bobbin needed threading halfway through.

Cost: Scarf – FREE.  Fringe – about $3 (I got it on 75% clearance!!!! hollah)

Think. Think. Think.

What can YOU add fringe to???

 

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I thought September would never get here…I’ve been excited about National Sewing Month since I first saw it promoted on Burdastyle.com – thanks Burdastyle!

If you caught yesterday’s post, I mentioned that my goal for September to was to really and truly Celebrate Sewing in honor of National Sewing Month.  My intention it so post something every day – anything from a new tutorial, to a friend’s guest appearance, to reasons to celebrate sewing, etc.  Now bear with  me – my intentions are good.  My follow-through…sometimes not so much.  (insert smiley emoticon here)

Here is it September 1.  I am here posting.  So far so good!

Day 1: Free Tutorial – Handkerchief Baby Bib!!!  Soooooo easy, sooooooo cheap, soooooo fast.

For reals people, how can you resist this sweet baby...am I sounding like a stage mom?? I digress, let's focus on that baby..er, um, I mean BIB!

I’m seeing these little half-handkerchiefs everywhere.  Of course, the listing rarely identifies the bib as a half-handkerchief, but let’s face it – that’s what it is!  So, today I want to set you free from paying up to $15 for a handmade slobber catcher … be free fun sewer – you can make these for FREE!

Gather a small bunch of scrap fabric.

Locate a corner just to get you started. You can, of course make your own corner, but I'm a lazy sewer - go with what you got!

Fold the fabric in half using the point of the corner as your guide. This may or may not line up perfectly. If it does - SCRORE! If it doesn't, just line it all up.

Cut out your triangle - I've found for my 4 month old, the best measurements are: long side 20", length from center of long side to point 10". These are "within reason" measurements. Make the long side longer if the baby is older or fluffier.

Serge or zigzag all 3 sides. AND YOUR DONE! Can you believe it!?!?

I so celebrate this!

Just tie this little darling in the back. If you need more length, just add a snap instead.

Here’s another, slightly more time-consuming, method….

Cut out your triangle the same way, and serge or zigzag the eges. THEN, fold the sides in using your hot steam iron, creating a very narrow seam allowance.

Then just sew up the sides. Soooooo pretty and crisp.

I wish I had 83 yards of this fabric!

Worth every free penny!

Now, you’ve probably realized by now that you’re basically working with a blank canvas – you can do just about anything with these hanky bibs.  I didn’t have a ton of time to create a ton of hanky bibs, but I have created a few with embellishments….

Added 3 felt flowers to the polka dot fabric and hand sewed them to the bib. ****Please be careful to NOT put anything on the bib that could be torn off and swallowed.

I made this one doublesided by sewing two identical triangles together like a pillow ... oh, and I added ric rac too. This version has the snap closure but the picture came out super blurry . Oh well. You probably know what a snap looks like!

Added a cute little bow tie to this one - I think I'd like to make a larger bow tie and move it up. Then it would be SO cute on a boy!

Alrighty folks….that’s post 1, day 1.

My mind is just rolling with all the reasons I So Celebrate Sewing … what are your reasons???  Please share!  I’ll happily post photos and details of your work!  (you might want to email it to me!)

Happy sewing … see you tomorrow!

 

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The other day I received in the mail a really fun present from my dear friend in Boston, Massachusetts – the lovely Sara Vassallo….what was it?  A Diaper Cake!!!  I truly meant to take a photo of it, but alas, it was disassembled by my two … charming albeit destructive … older children.  Sorry Sara!

Nonetheless, I have been making excellent use of the diapers – so awesome!

Included in the “cake” along with diapers were daisy flowers, baby spoons and these -

bibs and washcloths ... (I know..."duh!")

Well, I decided today as I removed them from the dryer, that it just wasn’t right to leave them in this current state.  Yes, the colors were lovely, but that was about it.  So, I decided to embellish them – or applique them – with pieces of my favorite fabric.

Here is the collection after I finished. Read on for the tutorial on how to do this yourself ... yes, for under $5 & 15 minutes!

For starters – and this breaks my usual I-never-prewash-my-fabric rule … but please DO prewash/preshrink your bibs, washcloths and fabric.  These are bibs and washcloths…they WILL BE WASHED AND DRYED, so do yourself a favor and preshrink every piece before assembly.

Then, stare at your fabric for a little bit to determine how and what you'd like to cut out.

I started with half of a large flower. I simply took a pair of scissors and cut out what I wanted from the main fabric piece. I did a little "surgery" along the bottom edge and the bottom sides to make sure the fabric aligned nicely with the bib. Repeat this step for everything you want to embellish/applique.

Typically, I'm all about short cuts which often means I decide that pinning just isn't necessary. Because these bibs/washcloths are stretchy, this is an exception - the fabric will move quite a bit when you begin stitching, so be sure to pin as much as necessary to secure the fabric onto the bib/washcloth. (hopefully your pins aren't blurry like mine... ha!)

Then, go to your machine and select the SATIN STITCH. On my machine, it's the one that has lots of horizontal lines stacked on top of each other. I chose a width of 6 to be sure that I encased a lot of the fabric AND the bib. Then, just sew all the way around. Your machine will sew more slowly than usual, don't be alarmed, this is helpful for you. I kept my feederdogs up but you can also choose to lower them if you want more freedom of movement.

Here's a shot of the washclot and its satin stitch. ***If your machine doesn't have a satin stitch, or you're just too frightened by it, you may opt to use just a straight stitch. The result will be almost the same EXCEPT you'll have fraying along the sides. As you can see, the satin stitch catches the edges of the fabric so that there's very little fraying. I love it!!! Also, I forgot to mention - please use a BALLPOINT NEEDLE if you're sewing on stretchy bibs and washcloths!

You'll end up with a much nicer collection, don't you think!?!

In fact, I was sooooo impressed with myself… this fabric makes me SO happy whenever I use it … that I decided to make yet another piece to add to the collection – a BURP CLOTH!

I love that I got to use the whole flower!

I used one diaper from a set of 6 of these.

Cut, pinned, and stitched just like I did above. (You can choose to go back to a universal needle if you want, but I was too lazy for that and kept the same ballpoint needle in place)

Seriously y'all - who wouldn't want to receive this set in the mail for their little darling???

Here’s the lowdown:

Cost: Under $5 – honestly!!!  The diaper costs about $1.50.  I am pretty sure the bibs and washcloths are from the Dollar Store so at a high estimate that adds $3.  I used scrap fabric for the applique fabric so the grandtotal for 2 bibs, a washcloth and a burp cloth is $4.5o!  Hilarious and ridiculous and fabulous!!!

Time: The entire set did take longer than 15 minutes, I’d guess about 30 minutes.  But you can easily get 1 or 2 completed in the 15 minute time frame!

So there you have it … a little inspiration to sew something for that special baby and/or mommy in your life!  I hope you will!

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Well, I made it through another night with no labor…there are times I wonder though…

So today, I have time to show another outfit that Tiff and I have put together.

Tiffany made the darling ruffle down the front of the onesie, then she added a wooden button just like what I use in my Etsy shop - awesome! I added a pair of reversible pants!

Here is a shot of the back of the pants - I LOVE that little bum block of fabric!!!

Now for the confession – I made these pants way back in early February when I had my “sewing retreat”…I’ve just been waiting to find the right top….enter Baby Shower!  I think it’s fun how the vintage-vibe of the onesie sort of offsets the surfer-vibe of the pants.

If you’d like to make these pants, I used a pattern from Anna Maria Horner’s book Handmade Beginnings.  Can you guess who gave me the book???

 

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