Have you ever had to purchase new needles for your sewing machine and wonder why they all have different numbers on them? What do those numbers mean and why should you be careful to use the right ones for the right projects? Find out today!
I found this great chart on the Schmetz website! Including charts and pictures, this guide is very self explanatory and a wealth of information!
If you would like to buy needles for your machine click here!
Two more weeks until Valentines and I'm sure you're already getting notices from school and daycare home about the big day! Don't worry Mama's, I've got you covered!
I created 6 different printable's you can easily use and the supplies you need to buy for it is minimal and inexpensive! And best yet, it will be more original then just a box of smarties!
Go ahead and pick your favourite one and just follow the simple instructions to put it together. (They are so easy your little one's should be able to do most of it!)
All you need to do is print out the PDF and cut them out to fit to top of your bag. Make sure you leave an equal space above the image so you can fold it over the bag and staple it together like shown in the pictures.
Just for fun, I have curated this quiz to see what kind of crafter you are! Just how creative are you? Are you the next Martha Stewart, or do your craft projects end up in the garbage?
Let's find out now, just answer five simple questions!
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If you would like to add ribbon to your tooth pillow so you can hang it on a hook, a doorknob etc. then now id the time! Cut a piece of ribbon to about 12 inches, you can do less or more depending on where you're hanging it. Sew it at the top of the front of the pillow
I love purses and bags and totes! I love how you can match them to your outfit with different colors, patterns and styles. I love how you can match them to a specific occasion like date night, a shopping trip, travelling, school or hanging out with kids.
Today I want to show you my favourite tutorials of how you can make your own bags for many different aspects of life. A lot of these patterns only require a meter or less of fabric and best of all these patterns are all FREE! Just click on the picture to go to the tutorial!
I have tried most of these myself (a couple of them I've even made in a couple different fabrics because I love them so much!) Take a look at all the different choices and let me know which one you're going to try in the comments below!
Jars! Jars! Jars! Wether they are in your garage, your cupboards or your recycle bins, jars are all around us! They are handy for storage and trendy for decor and I'm going to show you 5 ways you can make over your jars right now!
1. Distressed and Painted
Make sure your jar is washed and dried. Choose a color of paint and using your paint brush, paint a couple coats of paint all over your jar letting it dry in-between coats. You may want to paint more coats to get a darker shade, or less, it's up to you!
Once you are done painting and it's completely dry, then you can take your sandpaper and gently rub your jar. I chose to focus on the corners and the lines and words embossed in the jar. Again, be creative and do as little or as much sanding as you would like to get your desired look!
When you are finished you can add some twine around the middle or top of the jar for a nice accent!
2. The Vintage Look
This one is super easy and fast to make. Simply cut your burlap to fit the height and circumference of your jar and glue it on. I just put a couple dots to hold it in place on one side and then just a strip on the other side to fasten it.
Then cut your lace to fit around the middle of your jar and glue it the same way. You can add twine around the top as well!
3. Jars for Storage
The easiest tutorial today! Or ever! (LOL) Find some cute lace and glue it around the top of your jar!
It's so easy, yet so cute that you can make multiples and they would look amazing together!
What I love most about this one, it that it's great for store things out in the open. You can see right through the jar so you know what's in there, but it looks clean and organized!
4. Glitter Jars!
Once you have cleaned and dry your jar, cover it with mod podge or glue using your paint brush. Don't worry about getting it on the bottom or inside, we only need to glitter all around the outside. When the jar is covered sprinkle the glitter all over! I like to put a tray underneath my work space and then go overboard with the glitter, then after I can pour the excess back in the container.
When you're finished, put the jar on a piece of newspaper outside and lightly spray over all the glitter with a lacquer to keep the glitter on the jar. I like to do this process a couple times so that no glitter falls off. Just make sure you let it dry in-between coats.
5. Mod Podge Jars
Do you remember using mod podge in Elementary School? It was so much fun to create collages and other projects using mod podge!
Wash and dry your jar thoroughly. Cut a piece of paper to the height and circumference of your jar. You may need two pieces depending on the size of your paper and jar. You don't have to punch a shape in your paper, I did because I put a candle in mine and thought it made a great decor piece for on top of our piano! If you don't have a punch you can cut out a shape with a craft knife. Line your paper against your jar and see where you want to punch a shape out, I did two hearts on opposite sides of the jar.
Using your paint brush, cover the jar with mod podge. Then starting at one end, roll your paper onto the jar over the mod podge, smoothing out any wrinkles and bubbles. Once it's on you can paint over top of the paper with the mod podge giving it one to two coats.
When it comes to decorating my house or my kid's bedrooms, I like to choose a theme and then personalize the room to that theme. A throw pillow adds the perfect touch! Today I'm going to show you how simple it is to personalize your own pillow for a special room (or rooms) for your own house!
Materials You Will Need:
-a pillow form (you can use an old one or Ikea has inexpensive ones)
-iron and ironing board
-fabric (any kind! enough to cover your pillow form)
-a little piece of fabric (approx. 8" x 11" depending how big of image you are doing)
-marker (sharpie, pen, pencil etc.)
-Heat n Bond transfer paper
-an image or saying printed out that you want to use
Print an image or saying off the computer (unless you want to freehand one). You can use my image if you want, I have one that says "hello" and one the says "Love". You can make your own on any word document as well. If you wanted to write a name or any other saying just type it out, pick a font you like, make it as big as it will go on one paper, DON'T FORGET TO MIRROR IMAGE it so it's backwards and then print it. You can also google simple images and print those off to use as well.
Once you've printed it, place it flat on the table and place the transfer paper (shiny side down) on top. Then you can trace over the letters or image with a marker. You can tape them down if it's easier to keep it from not moving.
With the smaller piece of fabric you are using for your font/image, place it on the ironing board with the wrong side (the inside) face up. Then place the transfer paper on top of it (shiny side on the wrong side of your fabric) and iron over it a few times to secure it on the fabric.
Once it has cooled, you can cut out the image/saying and set it aside.
Cut the other piece of fabric into two pieces that are the same size as your pillow. I.E. if your pillow is 15" x 15" cut two pieces that are 15" x 15" (tip: if you find your pillow is VERY full and fluffy, then you can cut your pieces an inch bigger).
Choose one of your pieces to be the front of your pillow where your image/saying will go. Peel the transfer paper off the back and place it where you want it on the front of your pillow and iron it in place.
Your image is good and on there now but if you are making it for a child or someone who likes to have pillow fights, I suggest you sew over top of the lettering or image. You can do this with your machine, nice a slowly following around the edge of the fabric.
Put your two piece of pillow fabrics together right side in, (so the pattern of the fabric and in the image is on the inside). Then starting at the bottom about a few inches in, sew all the way around the pillow back to the bottom, leaving a 5"-6" gap.
Clip the corners (like in the picture) and turn your pillow right side out. Through the gap you left at the bottom, shove the pillow form inside, pushing the corners up to match up.
Once you're happy with how it looks and feels, then pin the gap together with the edges folded in to match how you sewed it, and then sew it closed.
How many times a day do you go into your fridge? I'm going to guess around 10 times or more and it's usually very visible in your kitchen so why not add a personal decorative touch. And, it's an easy one!!
And the steps you need are so simply they aren't even worth numbering! All you need to do is cut a piece of washi tape to the length and width of your clothes pin and then stick it on. On the other side you will use a magnet with an adhesive strip. Or if you have some old magnets lying around you can cut them down to fit your clothes pin and then glue gun it on to the back.
When your done, pop it up on the fridge and add a picture or your kid's art work and go make some more :)
I love making cards! There are so many fun designs of paper, a huge variety of stamps and ink colors and embellishments. You can be super creative and make it very personal to the person receiving it. But sometimes I don't have time to make an elaborate, detailed card (and most of the time, I'm too cheap to but an $8.00+ Hallmark Card)
So I came up with this super EASY and very Quick card that you can make for anyone and for any occasion! All you need is card stock, washi tape and a marker (or a stamp and ink)
Pick a color of card stock you want to use and cut in half so you have piece that is 8.5" x 5.5". Then fold it in half so you have a card that's 4.25" x 5.5"
Place the wash tape across the front of the card in any
pattern you wish. When it looks good to you, then trim
the edges. You can use a crafter's knife and ruler, but I found it easier (and faster!) to just use scissors.
Add a greeting for the occasion with a marker or a stamp.
Check out my samples to see what I'm talking about! Copy one of my designs or make your own!!
You will soon come to realize that I have a tiny (okay, HUGE) fabric addiction! Me in the fabric store is like a kid in a candy shop! I want to touch everything and buy it all! Sometimes I'll fall in love with a pattern on a piece of fabric and buy it without any idea of what I'll make.
Our project for today is very simple and great for beginners. You don't need a lot of fabric for it, so it's a perfect project to use your scrap bin (or bins in my case!)
We'll be making a lavender eye pillow! Which I think is perfect for me, since one of my New Years Resolutions is to spend more ME time! Life can get so busy sometimes with endless to-do's lists. I'm making a point of spending 15-20 per day to go for a walk, read a book or meditate, which is why I wanted to make a lavender eye pillow. They are great for relaxing. You can put them in the microwave if you like a little heat or leave it in the freezer and pull it out when you get a headache!
They make a great gift too! Don't forget to Pin this idea and make one for the next Birthday Gift you need or even Mother's Day!
If your fabric is wrinkly like mine you'll want to iron it first. This will help you cut your fabric accurately and make sewing easier.
Next, cut 2 pieces of fabric approximately 4.5" x 11.5". This doesn't have to be exact. If your fabric will only allow you 4"x11", it's not the end of the world! And if you want your eye pillow to cover more of your face/head then feel free to make it bigger :)
Put your 2 pieces of fabric RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, which means the pattern on both pieces should be facing inward. Pin in in place if you are not comfortable sewing as is.
Now you are ready to sew your pieces together! Start in the middle at one shorter ends like in the picture below. You will sew all the way around until you are back at the same top but don't sew to where you started, leave a gap about an inch wide.
**TIP TIME: When you start sewing and when you come to an end, it's best if you run the needle back and forth once or twice to really close that stitch up. It will keep your stitch from coming undone later when we flip the fabric the right side in
Cut off any loose threads and cut the corner (like shown in the picture) This will allow your corners to be squared up and not bulky.
Next, using the hole you left at the top, turn the material to the nice pattern you chose is now visible! Once it's the right way, I like to iron all the edges, again to it's easier (and straighter to sew).
Now I like to sew around the whole piece again (except over the hole) I do this fairly close to the edge of the fabric. This just makes sure that it stays together for many years and no filling has a chance to sneak out!
Now your eye pillow is ready to be filled! Put the funnel in your hole and pour the filling in mixed with lavender. I use about 1 cup of buckwheat and 1 Tbls of lavender. Buckwheat can be pricey and sometimes hard to find, so you can use rice or barley or any another kind of oat. Just watch out because some smell worse then others. I find the buckwheat to be odourless and I like the texture.
You can also substitute the lavender for another smell, like dried eucalyptus. I grow my own lavender and absolutely love the smell and find it very relaxing.
Once you have found the consistency you like your eye pillow to be filled at, you can sew up the hole on the end. Make sure you stitch over it 2-3 times to secure it tightly!
If you're heating it in the microwave, I recommend putting a cup of water on the microwave plate with it and heat it in 30 sec intervals until you've reach the desired heat.
If you're freezing it, put it in the freezer for about an hour before use! Enjoy!
I'm Amanda -a wife, mom of two and small business owner- living on the West Coast and sharing my love of crafting with you! Here you'll find DIY projects, tutorials, crafting tips and so much more!