A Perler Bead Easter Card (printable)

Not long ago, the kiddo picked out this huge bag of perler beads at Goodwill. And a few other things… I told him he had to pick one thing, so he picked the Hulk gloves and put the perler beads back…. Then I put the perler beads back in the cart. A huge bag of Easter colored and another bag of neon? For less than 3 bucks? How can you pass that up?

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I knew there was an Easter project in there somewhere! Yep, it turned into a Easter egg card!

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We ended up making a bunch of Easter eggs and a bunny.

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Here’s a close up in case you want to make your own. We used a square template for the eggs.

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And the bunny! I used a hexagon template for the bunny.

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Then we made the cards. You can print the card here. It’s a three page PDF. You have to print the front. Then flip over your paper and print page 2. The third page is the address labels. The inside says, ‘Hope you’re having an Eggcelent Day!’ Somehow I didn’t take a picture…

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Trace your egg.

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Draw a real egg shape.

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Cut out the egg.

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Poke holes on the inside. I used two, then switched to one. Either way, string the egg, then through the holes (or hole) and lastly, tie the knot!

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Hang your egg. I used a bit of double sided tape to keep the egg from flopping around in transit.

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Sign, label, and mail!

Have you played with perler beads in a while? I love them! Maybe even more than the kiddo…

 

 

I’ve Got My Eye on You!

I feel like it’s kinda early to start posting about Valentine’s Day, but since this month is flying by, I realized Valentine’s Day isn’t really that far off!

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Not long ago I had an etsy customer ask for a set of my pirate eye patches and a set of heart shaped eye patches. Of course, I said I could do hearts! While I was making them, I knew that there had to be a way to incorporate these into a Valentine’s Day card!

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And I did!

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The silly card is printed on cardstock and is a flat card with eye patch wrapped around it. And once you remove the eye patch, the other eye is revealed!

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I think they are pretty funny myself! And it seems like someone else did too!

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You can print them here and make your own eye patches. I sew two pieces of felt together with the elastic sandwiched between the two.

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But if Valentine’s Day is sneaking up on you fast and you want someone else to make them for you… I got you covered! You can buy them as

1. an Individual Card with the eye patch and an envelope on my etsy shop here OR as

2. a Set of 10 for classmates with the eye patch and no envelope on my etsy shop here!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

From our family to yours!

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I’ve been busy in my workshop! Last night I made a pile of gift bags and fabric gift card envelopes, embroidered spidey eyes on a red hat, stamped gift bags to deliver cookies in and made a dog cape (hope it fits!). It seems like something else happened, but I can’t even remember now! So I’m taking a blogging break. We’ll see if any more work gets done in the workshop tonight… But either way, I’ll be back in a few days so show you all the fun things we did!

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and warm smiles with your loved ones!

Peace!

Fabric Gift Bag Tutorial

Have you wrapped all your gifts yet? I’m about to get back to it! We just got back from a fabulous vacation to Palm Springs!! So I need to get back to wrapping.

aGiftBag-Main-ImFeelinCraftyI try to use as little paper as possible. About three years ago I posted a tutorial for fabric gift bags and each year I make a few more, but for the most part I just pull the bags out of the box and the presents are wrapped! My son and I were wrapping the other day and I looked over and he had his head in the box and bags were flying all over while he was looking for the right size bag! Too funny!

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Since I love these so much, I thought I’d update my tutorial for ya!

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Step 1: Gather your materials, Fabric, ribbon, a cutting device and the present.

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Step 2: Measure for the right size bag.  For the length, I measure about half the width of the present on the bottom and about half the width of the present on the top plus about 3 inches on top. Then I wrap the fabric around the present for the right width. Honestly, I’m not real exact when it comes to measuring mostly because who knows what will be in the package next year!

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Step 3: Cut!

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Step 4: Sew the top, fabric right sides together. Iron flat the top seam.

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Step 5: Fold the bag so that right sides are together. Right side of lining to right side of lining and right side of outside fabric to right side of outside fabric. Leave a hole in the lining seam.

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Step 6: Rotate the fabric so that the seam is centered on one side of the bag. Sew the bottoms of both the inside and outside fabric. (bag is still inside out)

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Step 7: This step isn’t required, but I like it. Sew the corners. Pinch the bottom corners to create triangles. The side fold and the bottom seam should be aligned. Sew across the corners and trim.

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Step 8: Pull bag through the hole.

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Step 9: Sew the hole closed.

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Step 10: Turn the bag inside itself, iron the top edge and topstitch.

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Step 11: Add the ribbon. I stitch the ribbon on for 2 reasons. 1. Next time I or whoever else uses the bag won’t have to look for ribbon. And 2. It makes it easier to keep the bow in place! Tack it down about 3 inches from the top at the seam on the back.

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And there, a reusable gift bag!

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Our tree is full of these little guys!

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I hope you can make a few to put under your tree a well. Get rid of a little bit of paper each year!

Christmas Pot Holder Tutorial

So today let’s take yesterday’s quilt block and turn it into a mug rug or pot holder!! Who doesn’t need a pot holder? Especially with all the holiday baking?? mmmm!

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I recently started making pot holders for gifts and realized they are so simple!! And fun! And prettier than the ones in the stores!

I’ll show you how simple they are to make!

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For the materials, you’ll need your front and backing fabric, a piece of batting and a piece of insulated batting. All these thing are available at the shop, so come on in and we’ll get you are ready!  For the front of mine, I used the tree block I described here.

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Stack your pieces. Start with the backing right side down, then your insulated batting (follow your insulated batting directions, but mine specifies to have the insulated side facing the heat source so I have mine stacked with the insulated side down), then the batting and lastly your top with the right side facing up.

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Quilt the pieces together

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Trim. I made mine a 8×8 inch pot holder, but you can make it any size you’d like.

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Cut your 2″ binding and add an additional 3 inches to your binding piece. This additional 3 inches is for your hanging hook.

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Make your hanging hook. Fold the 3 inch piece in half, right sides together and sew a quarter inch seam. Then flip right side out. Done!

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Add your binding. And don’t forget to insert the hanging hook at the top side while you are adding on the binding.

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And it’s done! It also works for a mug rug…

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And the real question… Are you going to keep it? Or give it away?

Christmas Tree Quilt Block Tutorial

Remember yesterday when I had that random mug rug in the picture with the Pillows?? Well, today I’m going to re-share the tutorial on making the block! Back in July at the Fabric Shop I was working in, we had a Christmas in July celebration and everyone made a block! I decided to make a Christmas Tree block! So in case you missed it….

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It’s not a complicated block at all, would you like to try to it?

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I started with fat quarters of each of the 4 prints and just a 2.5 inch strip of the solid.

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Step 1: Cut out your pieces. You’ll need a 2.5×4 piece for the inside of the tree, an 1×18 strip for the outside of the tree, a 1.5 inch square for the tree trunk, and a 2.5×12.5 inch strip for the ground. For the background you’ll need (2) 4×7 rectangles, a 1.5x 6.75 strip, a 4×6 rectangle and a 7.5×10.75 rectangle.

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Step 2. Make the tree. Trim the inside of the tree so the bottom is 2.5 inches wide. Trim the 18 inch strip into a 4 inch piece and (2) 7 inch pieces. Then sew on the bottom piece, then one side and then the other. Lastly, trim the tree. Ha! Trim the tree…

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Step 3: Sew the (2) 4×7 pieces onto each side of the tree. Then trim. Start by trimming along the straight edge of the bottom of the tree. Then the sides so that you end up with a 4×5.5 block.

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Step 4: Trim a 1.5 inch strip from each of the scrap pieces of the side of the tree.

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Step 5: Sew the strips from Step 4 to the tree trunk pieces.

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Step 6: Piece the background. Start with sewing on the trunk to the tree. Then add the 1.5×6.75 strip to the left side of the tree. Next sew on the top square, the 4×5.5 piece. Then the large side is to be sewn onto the right side of the tree. And lastly, sew on the ground.

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Step 7: Trim to a 12.5 inch square.

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And viola! You’re done! Yea! What are you doing to do with yours?

Envelope Pillow Tutorial

Like I mentioned in my post last week for the Stay Put Scarf, I’m bring home some of my Go to Sew posts from the last year. And I’m starting with some that I think would make great last minutes gifts. So today, I’m sharing the envelope pillow tutorial!

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I made quite a few of these in the last week for holiday gifts! (more will be coming on the random pot holder in the picture)

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The A is an antique mall find that I remade into a ‘Bama gift pillow! I made a grey and red striped background and then sew-ed the A on top!

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I was doing a little shopping at CB2 and I saw these pillows with white and silver and red. I loved them! And I knew I just happened to have some fluffy white fleece and some silver vinyl. So I went to town making the pillows. I made three for myself and then I made four others for a handmade FB swap I said I would do in January! Their $30 ones look fabulous! But I am also pretty proud of how my ‘from my stash’ ones turned out as well!

So here’s the easy peasy tutorial!

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You can do anything with it! You can make your kid one out of one of their favorite shirts that they’ve outgrown… Or did you find some fancy fabric, but if was so fancy you really know you should only buy a half yard… Perfect for a pillow! Or you can do a quick little quilting job and have a baseball inspired pillow!

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So what you’ll need is easy… A Pillow! Fabric, thread, cutting implements, and some batting if you want to do a little quilting.

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First you cut! Cut out the front roughly a half inch larger than you pillow. For the back you’ll cut two pieces. I cut them to overlap by about three inches. For instance, if you pillow is 14 inches wide, I’ll cut two pieces 10 inches wide. If you’re going to be quilting, cut a piece of batting and a cover for the batting, both the same size as the front piece.

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Hem the edges on the back two pieces.

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If you’re going to do quilting on the front, go for it! Then cover the back of the quilting with you extra piece.

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Stack them all together! Back of the quilted piece, right side down. Front of the pillow, right side up. Then stack the two back pieces, right sides down.

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Hem the edges on all four sides. I like to back stitch over the overlapped back pieces. You’re going to be pulling at it here when you stuff the pillow in, so a little extra stitching helps!

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Then trim the corners.

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I like to trim the edges with a pinking shear. Or you could use a serger.

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Turn it right side out. (yes, my back is not even, like I mentioned above, but it is overlapped like I mentioned.)

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Then stuff that pillow in and enjoy!

See? Super simple! Quick and a sweet gift! I made mine for a friend that wanted a St Louis Cardinal pillow…

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I’m not much for using fabrics with team logos and such, so I took their colors and logo and made mine.

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What do you think? Does it say St Louis Cardinals without literally saying St Louis Cardinals? I hope so! I didn’t do a bird. But I did baseballs (don’t look at the basballs too closely, it’s my first time doing little bitty circles!), the yellow bat and the blue outline…. Crossing my fingers that she likes it!

A Tinsel Tree Mini Tutorial

I can’t believe the holidays are almost here! But my son and I have been loving unpacking all the decorations and getting everything festive!

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If you’ve been reading for a while or follow me on Instagram, you know I have a collection of pointy and shiny trees! Last year I made some cute little glittery pointy tree ornaments, and I showed off my jars with little mini trees surrounded by my pointy trees.

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Here it is all in one place (pre-decorating)! And I’m always on the lookout for more. I’ve made some glitter ones, so then I thought…. ‘What about tinsel trees??’ Perfect!

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All you need is some mini tinsel, a cardboard cone and a glue gun!

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First I glued the tinsel over the top of the tree.

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Then just keep gluing and wrapping the tinsel,

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gluing and wrapping,

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And more gluing and wrapping until you get to the end!

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Then you have another tree to add to your collection!

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Do you have a Christmas or Holiday collection? I just ordered two more trees from CB2 for my collection! I just couldn’t help myself!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! And if your not in the US, well, I hope you have an extra wonderful day with your family. Let’s all take a moment to say thanks for everything that is special to us!

My son and I have been talking about the fact that not everyone has a lot of the things that we’re so lucky to have, like a roof over our heads at night and heat and a loving family. I’m thankful for this holiday to help me slow down and really think about all these things! Life can get so hectic that we forget how lucky we are sometimes!

I should design a new ‘I’m thankful For ‘printable, but I just love this one from a couple of years back….

Have a great weekend! And I’ll see ya soon! Thank you so much for reading! I’m very thankful for my blog and the inspiration yall give me to keep going!

Thank you,

Louise

 

Salad Spinner Turkeys Tutorial at MAM!

Please join me on the MAM blog today! I’m sharing a super fun and silly project that’s great to do today or even with the whole family while you’re waiting on the real turkey to cook on Thursday!

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You can try to make just one… But once the salad spinner is out… Good luck with just one!

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I’ll bet you’ll end up with a ‘rafter‘ (a little Turkey Day trivia for ya) of turkeys! Make as many as you want for your Thanksgiving table! How many will you make???

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