Friday, November 30, 2012

Tutorial: Headband Holder

I was officially tired of trying to stuff all of my little girl's headbands into a bathroom drawer, when I thought of making one out of an oatmeal container. And yes, there are other ways to make headband holders, but I didn't want to spend any money! My directions are a bit vague but this is pretty much self-explanatory with the pictures. If you have additional questions just comment below. 

So here's how I did it:
Supplies: Oatmeal container, hot glue gun, fabric scissors, piece of cardboard, ribbon, and half yard of fabric 

 1. Lay out your fabric and leave some extra on the ends, then cut. 

2. Put some hot glue on the fabric end and stick it to the oatmeal container.  

3. Wrap the fabric around and glue it to the container again. I folded the end so there wouldn't be a raw edge that could potentially fray. 

4. While you have your hot glue out, wrap fabric around your cardboard square. This is to keep your container from rolling around. I also thought of putting something heavy inside your container before you wrap it so if you want that option scratch this idea :) 

5. Hot glue the cardboard piece to the bottom of the container. I put it right on the seam.  

6. Now tie the ends with ribbon like a piece of candy. I did little bows. 

There you have it, a headband display! 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Quick & Cheap Halloween Decor

Witch's Brew!

I got this witch's caldron from JoAnn's, on sale, for $1.49. It's original use is for candy on Halloween night but I needed to fill it up until then. (Let's face it, if it was full of candy it wouldn't stay filled until Halloween!)
So what looks like witch's brew? Ripped up batting! I always have batting leftover from quilts that I keep around for such occasions. I got my daughter involved too, and she loved it. I'll bet you could use batting for spider's webs, too! 

Anyway, let your imagination run wild with options. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Quick Baby Quilt

I don't have a ton of time on my hands with two kids, but I have enough time to make a cute baby quilt like this! 
 I made this by cutting fabric into 2 1/2" strips, sewing together three strips, then cutting those into 4" blocks (looks like a rectangle). Put blocks together end-to-end and you make one long block like the three above! Add some 6" sashing and whala! A quilt :) For the back, I put soft cozy fabric (like baby flannel). I DID NOT put batting in this quilt because mommy's want blankets to easily wrap around their babies! With the thickness of the back fabric and it's softness it will be just fine without batting. I wouldn't recommend that option for quilts using 100% cotton fabric/quilting fabric.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Tutorial: Car Seat Canopy With Elastic

A car seat cover with elastic is great for cold or windy weather. I sell these at my etsy store (Itty Bitty Fashion) but if you want to make your own, I am happy to share the steps I took! 

1. Cut top & bottom fabric 45 1/2" x 35 1/2"

2. Place the fabrics right sides together, place a cutting mat under each corner, take a paper plate, and cut the corners around the side of the paper plate.

Here's what the corners will look like after you cut. Stick a sewing pin in each corner to hold the two fabrics together.

3. Sew around the edge and leave a 5" opening. Seams are 1/4".

4. Cut slits into the corners (but not past where you've sewn). This allows the fabric to curve better when turned inside out.

5. Now turn the cover inside out and where your opening is start sewing 1"-1 1/2" from the edge. This is to create a pocket for your elastic so make sure it will be enough room for your elastic to thread through. Go all the way around. 

 5 1/2. Yes this is a half step :) I put my straps on after I did the elastic to make sure they were in the right spot, but I would suggest doing your straps at this point. See steps 10-13. Aren't you glad you can learn from my mistakes?!

6. Take your 1/2" or 3/4" elastic (I used 2 yards and then trimmed what was left) and put a safety pin through it. 

7. Thread your elastic all the way around and pull it tight to your liking. I cut my elastic and ended up using about 4 feet total, just in case you're making this for someone else!

8. To connect the two ends of my elastic I used my serger. If you don't have a serger, overlap the two ends and sew through & back a couple of times to ensure it holds. 

9. Now you can sew the opening. Fold in your fabrics so no raw edges are showing and make sure not to sew over the elastic. 

 10. Now for the straps. Fold them right sides together hot dog style (length wise). Sew around one short edge and along the long edge with a 1/4" seam. 

11. Trim the corners.

12. Turn the straps inside out, fold the fabric in on the one edge you didn't sew, start there and sew around the edges with a 1/4" seam. Sew again over the short edge when you come back around to ensure a strong hold. 

13. Place your straps on your carseat cover at 16" down and 12" across. I did a square with an X. 

Friday, June 15, 2012


This is a cute project my mother did. It's a wall hanging but is unique because all of the buttons are from my great-grandma's collection. It's special projects like this that make quilting fun and a great way to use for gifts. The strips in between the buttons are skinny strips of fabric sewn down in the middle. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

For Loved Ones Lost

Upon hearing about friends and family losing loved ones, I tried to think of something I could do for them that would last longer than flowers. The thought came to me of making a small quilt with any type of star pattern on it to remind them of heaven. 
Here are a few of the quilts I've made (from the same pattern actually):

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Crazy 8 Christmas Quilt

I know, I know, it's not December anymore, but I worked really hard to get this done and had just the binding to do when I felt too pregnant to do anything at all! Now that my baby is here and I can bend at the waist, the quilt is finished! 
The panel in the middle is called the Crazy Eight Reindeer Panel. I made the star blocks, added a "twist" to the picture blocks that also came with the panel, and added a border
Anyway, I love it and can't wait to display it next Christmas!