Category: sewing projects

Thank You for Sharing!!

Good Morning!!

I’m trying to make a better effort to get back into sharing my experiences! I’m sure all you part time bloggers know that it is a juggling act between a day job, personal life, and the hours needed to create a meaningful blog.

I was reading through my referral links and came across two pages that shared my DIY Pizza Pillow, and I just wanted to say: Thank you!!

Thank you DIY for Teens and Sewing Rabbit! This is why I blog! I want to create sharable content to which others can be inspired!

It seriously made my day! Thank you again!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Use Your Stash: Arrow Banner!

Add some color to any room!

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I saw something similar to this on Pinterest a few months ago and finally got around to trying it. I think it was because I had finally cleaned my studio and had the space to sew. I’m also trying to use my fabric stash, and through this would be a great project for it!

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Here is what you will need:
Various Colors of Scrap Fabric
Poly-fiber Microfill (stuffing)
Freezer Paper
Iron and Ironing Board
Scissors
Sewing machine
Needle and Thread
Yarn

Project Time: over the weekend
Project Difficulty: Moderate

Project budget: around $5-10 (depending on if you need to but stuffing or fabric)

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Draw the arrow pattern on to the freezer paper, and cut it out. Place the waxy side down, and use the iron to temporarily adhere the pattern to a piece of scrap fabric. (top left)  Cut out around the pattern and remove the paper when done (top right). Repeat this step until you have cut out the number of arrows that you want to make your banner. (middle left) Make sure you are cutting out a front and a back for each arrow. I made six arrows!

Sew the right sides of each arrow together using a half inch seam allowance. Leave the end of the arrow’s open for turning and stuffing. (middle right) Turn each of the arrows and fill with the stuffing. (bottom left). Once stuffed, use the invisible stitch to hand sew the openings closed.

Measure out equal lengths of yarn. Tie on end in a knot and thread the other through a needle. Sew the arrows together, from the point on the arrow to the middle of the back. Repeat for all the arrows. (bottom right)

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I made my arrows a little bigger than I wanted, but that’s okay (I made adjustments).

Where do you get project inspiration from? How do you try and use your stash?

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Upcycle Your Accent Pillows!

Don’t but new ones! Update the pillows that came with your couch!

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Hi! How are you?

I bought a new couch about a year ago and, painfully, stared at these pillows for a year.

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I took it upon myself and challenge you, to update the accent pillows that came with your couch.

Here is what you will need:
Two Accent Pillows
Various Colors of Anti-Pill Fleece
Freezer Paper
Iron and Ironing Board
Scissors
Sewing machine
Needle and Thread

Project Time: over the weekend
Project Difficulty: Moderate

Project budget: around $20

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Fleece has a little stretch to it. Measure the accent pillows and cut four pieces the size of the pillow (top left).

Draw the words on freezer paper, and cut them out. (top right) Place the waxy side down, and use the iron to temporarily adhere the letters to alternating colors of fleece. (top right) Cut out around the pattern and remove the paper when done.

Freezer paper is a great tool for crafting. It allows you to draw and cut out ANY shape you want and will temporarily adhere to most mediums. The best part is when the paper is removed, there is no mess or residue left behind!

Lay out the letters on the pillow cut outs. (bottom left and right)

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Pin the letters into place that were laidout. (top left)

Sew around the letters (very carefully) using a half inch seam allowance. (top right, bottom left)

When finished sewing the letter on (bottom right), put right sides together of the main pillow cut outs and sew together, leaving an opening for turning and stuffing. Repeat with the second pillow.

Turn the pillows right side out and stuff with the accent pillows that came with the couch. Once stuffed, use the invisible stitch to hand sew the openings closed.

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Enjoy!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

D.I.Y. Foxy Stuffed Animal

Make a best friend – for you best friend!

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Try this easy stuffed animal friend to gift to a friend or add a bit of decoration to your home! Some basic sewing skills are required.

Here is what you will need:
1 yard of red fabric
2 pieces of scrap fabric (they can be the same or different)
Poly-fiber Microfill (stuffing)
Fabric Paint
Freezer Paper
Scissors
Iron and Ironing Board
Sewing machine
Needle and Thread

Project Time: in an afternoon
Project Difficulty: Moderate

Project budget: around $15

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Draw the fox pattern on to the freezer paper, including the details, and cut it out. (top left) Place the waxy side down, and use the iron to temporarily adhere the pattern to the red fabric. (top right) Cut out around the pattern and remove the paper when done. Be sure to cut two of each (front and back).

Freezer paper is a great tool for crafting. It allows you to draw and cut out ANY shape you want and will temporarily adhere to most mediums. The best part is when the paper is removed, there is no mess or residue left behind!

Cut out the details from the fox pattern and repeat the steps above. (bottom left) Pin the details to the FRONT of the body and tail cut outs. (bottom right)

Valentines Day DIY Foxy Pillow Handemade Homemade Home Decore (4)Sew the tail and body details on the front of each. Treat them like a patch that is sew right onto the fabric.

Take the two tails and with RIGHT sides together (top left)  sew around the edge, leaving a half inch seam allowance. (top right) Leave the bottom edge open for stuffing. Turn it right side out.

Here is where it gets a little tricky. Take the body cut out with your patch detail and the tail (turned right side out) and line the tail up to the long edge, the tail detail and the body detail facing each other. Place the other body cut out on of the tail, lined up with it’s counterpart, and pin in place. (bottom left) Sew around the edge using a half inch seam allowance and leaving the bottom edge open for stuffing. Turn right out. (bottom right)

Take your stuffing and fill in the two halves. You can add as much or as little as you want. Once stuffed, use the invisible stitch to hand sew the openings closed. Add the face details with fabric paint and let dry overnight.

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Try it!

I usually don’t make stuffed animals for my friends and family because I know they won’t display them as much as I would. I made everyone different gifts for Valentine’s Day.

What about you? What did you make or get your friend’s or significant others for Valentine’s Day?

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Use Your Stash! Scrap Fabric Mail Organizer!

Use scrap fabric to make a mail organizer!

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I have SO MUCH scrap fabric in my stash! A few weeks ago, I used an old picture frame to make my own canvas. This idea is some-what the same concept, but I’ll show you how to use small scraps of fabric!

Here is what you will need:
An old picture frame or painting canvas of any size (I used one that I painted on one to many times but I never really liked!)
Fabric scraps
Medium weight fusible interfacing (optional)
Rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler
(scissors will work if you don’t have these!)
Staple Gun
Sewing
Machine Iron and ironing board

Project Time: 2-3 hours
Project Difficulty: Moderately difficult

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First, cut your fabric scraps to roughly the same size. You don’t need to make these precise, we will trim them down later! You can used as many colors as you want, I chose three (plus one to cover the base with.) I used interfacing to add some support to each “pocket” (scraps of fabric). This is optional. If you are using the interfacing, cut these to the same time as your scraps as well!

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Next, using you iron, fuse the interfacing your scraps (if you are using the interfacing.) After fusing the interfacing, use your straight edge and rotary cutter, trim you all three of your scraps to 5″ wide, don’t worry about the length because you’ll trim this down later.

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Fold one side to make a 1/2″ seam and pin in place. Repeat this with each one of your “pockets” (scraps of fabric.)

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Sew the seams in place using a zig-zag stitch. Repeat on the other “pockets” (scraps of fabric). Set aside once complete.

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Cover your canvas or picture frame with your base fabric using your staple gun. I wrote a great tutorial here!

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Take each of your strips and layer evenly down your base, securing them in place with your staple gun. Start from the top and work your way down. Take one pocket and secure in place on the back of your canvas. Wrap the strip around the front and to the back of the opposite side. Hold the strip tightly and staple in place.

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Staple along the bottom of the strip to the wood base along the front of the canvas to create your pocket. Repeat this with the two remaining strips (or however many pockets you are making.)

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Use the same technique to wrap your corners of your bottom pocket that you use to wrap the corners of your base.

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Trim the excess fabric from the back and you’re all done!

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Hang on your wall and sort your mail! Obviously, this picture is a lot prettier than what my actual mail looks like!

What fun crafts have you made to help organize your mail?

Have fun!!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Recycled! Re-purpose an old dress!

Don’t throw is away, recycle it!

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This is probably one of my favorite dresses! I actually found it at Plato’s Closet a couple years ago (so technically it’s been recycled twice!) I was really upset a couple month’s ago when I was folding my laundry and saw that one of the straps broke. Has this ever happened to you?!

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Never fear! We can save it together!

A few quick and easy steps and we can turn this sad moment into a fun project! All you need is a sewing machine, scrap fabric and an afternoon!

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First, use either scissors or a seam ripper and remove the straps from your dress.

Once you have removed the straps, set your dress aside.

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Next, measure the length that your will need to cut your straps on yourself or just use strips of fabric 20″ long. Make sure you make two. Then, cut strips evenly so they are 4″ wide. (I used a rotary cutter and straight edge.)

Fold each side to make a 1/2″ seam. Sew the seams in place using a straight stitch. Repeat on the second strip.

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Now, sew the end of the strips to the back of the dress first. I pinned in place and then sewed them on.

I criss-crossed my straps, but if you want to keep it simple, then sew them like normal. To make it easier, I actually put the dress to make sure the straps fit well. Pin the straps to the dress, once you have fit them to the size that works for you. Finally, sew the straps to the front of your dress.

Trim off the the extra fabric.

Here’s an easy tutorial with photos on how to add straps to a strapless dress. Please note, they make their straps a bit differently than I do. Make which ever one’s you feel most comfortable with!

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Now revel in your success! I actually love my dress more! I bought this dress in 2012, here is what it looked like before!

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Here is what it looks like after!

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I hope that you will be able to save your favorite dress like I was able to!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

D.I.Y. Pizza Pillow!

Sew your own pizza pillow!

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You may have noticed, I love pizza! Who doesn’t?! I was rooting through my fabric the other day and thought of a fun way to use the scraps. Why not make a pizza pillow?! It was super easy and requires very minimal sewing skills. Trust me, I am a self taught sewer and if I can do it…you can do it!

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Here is what you will need:
Half a yard of cream/yellow fleece fabric
Eighth a yard of white fleece fabric
Eighth a yard of red fleece fabric
Eighth a yard of brown fleece fabric
Scissors (or a cutting mat and rotary cutter)
Fabric pen
Sewing machine (is that a given?)
Iron and ironing board
Needle and thread (brown for finishing)
Polyester microfill

Project time: 2-3 hours
Project difficulty: moderate (minimal sewing skills required)

Pre-wash all your fabric before starting – this will eliminate shrinking when you wash your completed project.

DIY Homemade Sewing Pizza Pillow (7)Fold your fabric in half. Using your fabric pen, draw your pizza slice on your creamy-yellow fabric to the size of your desire. Cut the folded fabric along your drawn on pattern, you should have two pieces when you are done.

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Fold your white fabric in half, and place your “cheese” on it as your guide. Trace the edge of your cheese. Finish drawing your “dough” the rest of the pattern on the white using your cheese as your guide. Cut out (again you should have two when you are done).

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Repeat the last step with the “dough” (white) on your “crust” (brown).

DIY Homemade Sewing Pizza Pillow (6)With right sides together, pin your crust to your dough and sew together. Take your crust and dough and do the same to the cheese. If there is extra at the end just trim it off. Iron the seams flat. Here is a good tutorial on pressing your seams.

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Next, draw a circle on your red fabric for your pepperoni. Cut out. Use this as your pattern for the rest of your pepperoni. Cut out roughly 10-15.

DIY Homemade Sewing Pizza Pillow (9)Arrange your pepperoni on your pizza slice and pin in place.

DIY Homemade Sewing Pizza Pillow (10)Sew on top of your pepperoni to secure them to your pizza slice. I use a 1/4 inch seam. This will be the most difficult part. Sewing in a tiny circle is tedious and awkward. Just take your time. One you’ve done your tenth pepperoni…you’ll be a pro! Trim off the excess pepperoni. I only did one side of pepperoni. You can do both if you want!

DIY Homemade Sewing Pizza Pillow (11)With right sides together, sew your two slices together. Leave roughly 4 inches open at the top of your slice for turning and stuffing.

DIY Homemade Sewing Pizza Pillow (12)Turn your slice, right side out and stuff with your polyester microfill. Using the invisible stitch, close your opening once your pillow is stuffed to your liking!

DIY Homemade Sewing Pizza Pillow (5)ENJOY! You don’t have to do pepperoni! You can make what every shapes for your favorite toppings to decorate! JayJay also loves this pillow! The possibilities are endless!

I hope you have fun making your own pizza pillow!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer