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This should be called Part II of my Homemade Christmas ideas. Along with the place mats I wanted to make something extra and what’s better than a scarf!

I think almost every girl loves a new scarf to help accessorize their outfits. I do! I bought some grey knit fabric on clearance back in the summer and I still hadn’t used it for anything. I thought the light weight comfy material would work well turned into a scarf. I searched all over in the craft blog world and didn’t come up with much. Don’t get me wrong, there are some pretty fantastic scarf ideas out there but nothing that jumped out at me for my sister-in-law.




This was a very simple project.


What you’ll need:

* 1 yard fabric cut in (2) pieces, lengthwise

* Coordinating thread



I don’t have specific step-by-step directions and I didn’t take exact measurements. This project is so simple I’ll just give you a run of how to do it.


Pin the (2) pieces together that you just cut and sew at one end, creating your typical scarf when you drape it around your neck.  



Put it on and find a good length for yourself (the scarf should meet your mid to upper thighs). I had to cut roughly 20″ off from each end making the scarf roughly 60+ inches long. Approx. 30+ inches for each rectangle.

Exact measurements? Nah…you make it the length you think would fit you best.

When you find the length the suits you best sew the other end together creating a big loop. You want the scarf long enough to wrap around your neck a couple of times.

If you have a serger you and finish off the seams like this:



No serger? No problem. With your fabric being a knit the raw edges tend to roll up anyway and it doesn’t fray so skip this step if you’d like!


And the scarf wouldn’t be complete with out a little flower pin.



Here’s the scarf on my sister….wrapped around her neck, twice, with an added flower 🙂



I’m Linking up:

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Tater Tots & Jello

A Little Lovely



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Like I said in my last post, we celebrated Christmas over Thanksgiving this year and we made it a “Homemade Christmas.”  Us kids swapped names so we’d know who we’d be making the gift for. I was given my sister-in-law! I racked my brain trying to figure out what to make her. I thought about a re-useable grocery bag since I know she loves them but I knew she probably already had a few. So my next idea was place mats!


I didn’t want to make any old boring kind of place mat but a fun and colorful one with some vintage flare. I recently found a great quilting shop nearby and I searched for fabric designers like Amy Butler and Heather Baily. My heart fell in love with every type of fabric I found there. It took me a while to figure out which fabric that would scream my SIL’s name but I decided on this lovely pattern:




Free Spirit with Heather Baily 







what you’ll need:



* A yard of both a pattern top fabric and a contrasting color fabric for the bottom

* Roughly 2 yards of light weight fusible interfacing

* Coordinating thread

* Pre-wash fabric

* Seam allowance : 1/4″

* This makes 4 place mats

Make a pattern out of newspaper of the size of place mats you’d like.



Cut out (4) 17″ x 13″ pieces of your top fabric

Cut out (4) 17″ x 13″ pieces of your contrasting fabric

Cut out (4) 17″ x 13″  pieces of interfacing

(sizes can vary)

 Lay aside once all pieces are cut.



I started off by finding a font I liked using Microsoft Word. I traced the letters on paper and then transferred them to a sturdy folder.

Once I traced them to the folder I cut them out and this became my pattern for the letters.




When you have your letters cut out put them aside.


Take your left over interfacing and the contrasting fabric and iron the two of them together. This will give more weight to the letters.



Once you are done with ironing take your letters and start pinning them to the contrasting fabric.

 You will need to cut out each word (eat & yum) twice.




Depending on how ornate your letters are, you may want to take a deep breath before you start cutting. My hand was completely sore when I was done and I only cut out 12 letters total. I’m a wuss.


I then used fray check around the edges. Looking back and depending on the type of stitch you use you may be able to skip this.



Position your letters and start pinning them to your top fabric in preperation to start stitching them in place.



Take your fabric to your sewing machine and use an applique stitch. This was my first time doing this and it was a success!! It’s basically a zig-zag stitch with a short stitch length.



Go around the edge of the letter to as use that as your guide. Take your time because you’ll need to constantly twist and turn your fabric.


Here it is!



It looks fantastic!

Do this to the remaining letters.


When that is complete you can start on ironing the (4) 17″ x 13″ fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the contrasting fabric.

Read the directions on the interfacing as it will tell you what temperature to use and if you use steam. 

After that you can pin the right sides together of both top patterned and the bottom contrasting fabric together.



Sew along the edges (1/4″) and leave an opening so you can turn the place mat right side out.


Cut out the corners so when its right side out the corners will have a nice point to it.



Do a hidden stitch to close up the hole in which you used to turn the fabric. (no picture) 


I added a double top stitch around the edges for a decorative touch. 




And you’re done!



The lighting and picture is bad…but you get the idea 🙂


Here’s my sister-in-law unwrapping her new gift!




Yay! I think she liked them!!



I’m linking up to:

I Heart Nap Time

Sumo’s Sweet Stuff

 Making the World Cuter


Get Your Craft On

Saturday Mornings

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Preview: The Man Bag


My husband saw that I was making lots of new things and he wanted to be part of it too.

He wanted a bag that he could take trekking. We’ve never been trekking before. There’s not too many places to trek in northern Indiana. But we’re married and I knew what he meant 🙂

We came up w/ this Man Bag….or the M-atchel (man satchel) or the M-urse (man purse)…the list can go on. You choose. I simply like “The Man Bag.”

On our honeymoon to the Dominican he purchased a sarong and the whole week he called it his M-irt (man skirt). Oh, how I love him.


We had plans on tailgating at the Purdue (Go Boilers!)  vs. Notre Dame game today so I stayed up late finishing it for him.


Do not sew when you are tired.


My fingers have never been poked more by pins than last night. They are sore today.





Here we are, with a bag of left over chicken wings in hand, I’d say it was a good day to tailgate. 



I’ll have a tutorial up soon. But for now I need to ice my fingers.



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Dress Making

I found this easy dress tutorial from Mandy’s Yellow Corner.  Be warned, I have never made myself a dress.  This tutorial seemed easy enough that I thought I’d give it a try.

 I set out to the fabric store and searched high and low for fabric that was cute but cheap. Since I’ve never made a dress I didn’t want to spend a fortune on fabric and then waste it. I found this fabric for $1.50/ yard and I purchased two. It’s a cute knit fabric that I found on clearance….SCORE!  Check out Mandy’s website for the tutorial.

Here’s the fabric I found. Note that I wasn’t a huge fan of this at first but once I saw the dress coming together….I LOVED IT!


You’ll see if you check out Mandy’s tutorial that the dress called for elastic thread. This could be scary for first timers like myself but I was confident and pressed forward and the thread wasn’t at all as bad as I thought! I made a few changes to the top part of the dress. You’ll see from her tutorial that she shirred (w/ elastic thread) down the whole back piece of the bust portion and I just sewed 4 rows  around the top, then 3 more rows half way down (all on the back piece of the bust), and then 3 more rows at the bottom where it matched up w/ the front and the bottom of the skirt portion. (sorry, no picture!)

I also added a little ribbon belt that I wrapped around it to give a little more FLAVA!

I just made a little ruffle from some chiffon fabric and stitched in onto the ribbon…voila!  A new simple belt!


Here’s the most comfortable dress:


Here’s the dress on me:




Ta da! A new dress for only $3.00!!!


Thanks, Mandy’s Yellow Corner!

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Baby Blanket: Tutorial

Who wouldn’t love a cute little baby blanket or a little baby onesie?  Baby clothes are just too darn cute. Recently, a good friend of mine  had a baby shower for her first little baby boy. We grew up together wearing matching clothes, having many sleepovers, and prank calling boys. You know, typical pre-teen shenanigans. We were in each others weddings and I will always consider her a close friend! So when I got the invite to her shower I knew I wanted to take the time to make her something from scratch.

I’ve seen many baby blankets that have ribbion tags on it so I wanted to create my own. Here’s what I came up with:

  • Chose two or more different fabrics. I chose two just to keep it simple.


  • I bought a yard of each fabric but you’ll really only need just a 1/2 yard each. Blanket will be 18″x18″ when completed.


  • I cut out a 19″ square and kept a 1/2″ seam allowance. I ironed the down the 1/2″ all around but there’s no need too. Just use the lines on the sewing machine to help guide you.


  • This will be the back to your blanket.




  • Next, you’ll need (9) 7″ squares. I cut out 5 blue (to match the back) and 4 of the print fabric.



  • Once you lay them all out, take the top 3 squares and pin them (right sides) together keeping a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Do this step with the last 2 rows. Iron open the seams.



  • After you have 3 separate rows sewn together, you can pin each row to the next and stitch. (sorry no picture) Make sure all the seams line up as you sew the rows together! This is what you get when your done:


* We have friends that have their own embroidery company and kindly stitched the baby’s last name on the center square. If I embroidered on my sewing machine I’ll bet you a million bucks it’d look like crap 🙂


If you don’t want to add the tags, skip this step.

  • I cut my ribbon tags about 3″ long. I cut out 6 white ones, 6 red ones, and 8 small skinny blue ones.


  • Turn the top of the blanket right side up and fold the ribbons in half.


  • Match the ribbon tags up with the edge of the fabric where you would like to place them. (some of my tags were cut longer so you will see more ribbon hanging off the edge than the ones I cut at 3″ long).


  • Start sewing about a 1/4″ or less from the edge to stitch all the ribbons in place before you add the back of the blanket.


*This will help so the tags don’t move around as you stitch the front and back together.


  • Once that is done, add the back fabric, mine is the 1st 19″ blue square that I cut out, and pin right sides together and sew around the whole blanket with a 1/2″ seam.


  • Leave a small opening so you can get your hand in there and turn it right side out.



  • Iron everything flat and do a blind stitch to close up the opening.


And this is what you get:



Cute 🙂

Next time I’ll show you the little onesies I made…even cuter!!

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New Pillow

Growing up, I loved sewing and being crafty. My mom was very crafty. I remember her teaching basket classes at our church when we were little. She also sews and has done many do-it-yourself projects around the house.  She reminds me of the Proverbs 31 woman in that regard. Verse 22:


“She makes coverings for herself and her clothing is fine linen and purple.”


When it talks about making coverings for herself it’s not referring to her clothing but her home furnishings. She lovingly furnished her dwelling place to make it a home. My mom is very gifted with decorating, being creative and making their house a home. I’ll have to post pictures of her recent project…their master bedroom and bath…gorgeous!

My mom’s interest in sewing and being crafty definitely rubbed off on me. I’ve made many pillows, partly re-upholstered a chair (I took the chair apart but then got frustrated and we took at an actual upholstery place and they finished it off for me), painted lots of various things,  made lots of skirts, pajama pants, and recently dresses (stay tuned for more of that) in my day. There is so much satisfaction in knowing that YOU created something.

Here is a little pillow I made not too long ago:



 Love it! Super easy and super cute! I don’t have a tutorial but I might make one up if you all are interested! I love the white crisp fabric on my raspberry colored chair.



This is the chair that I partly re-upholstered. I picked out the fabric when I was in college and I absolutely adore it. I still have to re-finish the arms of the chair. I’ll do it one of these days!

That’s it for now…more to come later!

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