Maternity Belly Band Tutorial

IMG_0092Belly bands are your best friend when you have a growing pregnant belly!  The band can work as a way to cover the top of your unbuttoned pants that don’t quite fit anymore.   They also work as a bum cover when you wear stretch leggings and tee.  This is a quick project and you could make them in so many different colors.  Belly bands in the store can cost anywhere from $20- $40.  It cost me only $10 in material to make it.   I went with black, which is my favorite color these days because of the slimming effect it has.  Okay enough chit chat, lets get started….

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Supplies:

1/3 yard Ponte (I used 320 black Ponte)

1 yard stretch lace trim

Jersey/Ball point needles

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Rotary/scissors

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Sewing Machine that does a zigzag stitch

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Star Wars Force Awakens Infinity Scarf Sewing Tutorial

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Hey, gang! So we are all really pumped on the new Star Wars movie! If you haven’t seen it yet I promise there’ll be no spoilers in this post! 😉 We just got some really awesome new Star Wars Fabric in before the Holidays and I knew I wanted to do something with them but I was having a hard time deciding what. I wanted a quick easy project that would show my love of the Star Wars fandom but wouldn’t be too over the top (even though I’m probably going to make a full dress out of this one here because I’m in love with it! I haven’t decided on a pattern yet, though so if you have any ideas for me please leave me a comment!) Okay, so I landed on a a simple infinity scarf for an easy project that I could rock on a daily basis, not just at a Star Wars event of some sort! Continue Reading →

“Button up” Kitchen Towel Tutorial

IMG_1162 I can’t believe it is only 30 more days till Christmas!  I’m kinda starting to freak out because if you are a true procrastinator like me you haven’t even started making any gifts yet!  No need to worry though, there is still time and I have the perfect quick and easy handmade gift idea for you.  Not only are these “button up” kitchen towels quick and easy to make, they are functional and pretty darn cute too!  You could pair these with matching pot holders or make some homemade treats to package with the towels if you are feeling extra festive and ambitious.  Ok, lets get started before we run out of time!

Supplies:

-1/2 yard toweling per towel ( I cut 1 & 1/2 yards of red toweling to make 3)

-1/4 yard canvas per towel top ( I cut 1/4 yard of 3 Cotton+Steel linen canvas: candle, apple and bandana)

-2 buttons per towel

-basic sewing tools; scissors, thread, sewing machine, button hole foot, seam ripper, etc…

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Give Thanks Apron Tutorial

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Hey Gang! Today we are going to make an easy apron with a fun “Give Thanks” Applique. This is simple project that you can make for yourself or as a gift for your holiday Hostess. Alright lets get down to business with what you will need for supplies.

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Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

Hello all you crafty peeps!  Fall is finally here and it’s getting dark early!  And you know what that means?!  Time to start decorating for Thanksgiving!  I’ve been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately and have found some really cute festive Thanksgiving decorations.  My only problem is deciding which ones to make!  Here is a collection of some of my favs this season….  Enjoy!

Easy Fall table decor idea using materials you already have on hand.:

Found on  http://www.ohsolovelyblog.com

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Alison Glass Knit Midi Length Circle Skirt

Finished Alison Glass Knit Circle Skirt

Hey gang! So today I’m going to show you a fun thing to do with the new Alison Glass Knit Fabrics. A Midi Length Circle Skirt! Midi length skirts are going to be big for fall and winter so here is a quick and easy project that will get you ready for fall. So lets get right to it with supplies: Continue Reading →

Cute Witch Capelet Tutorial

Cute Witch Caplet tutorial

Hey Gang! So today I’m going to show you a super easy tutorial on how to make a capelet that is really a versatile item for lots of Halloween costumes! You can make a version for an Anna from Frozen costume, a red one for Little Red Riding Hood or just accent the costume you already have going for some warmth on those chilly Halloween nights.

Alright let’s discuss supplies:

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Halloween Table Runner

Hi All,

Just a quick tutorial today.  I know you are looking for a way to jazz up your table for Halloween.  This table runner actually requires NO SEWING.  You’re just going to need your iron and scissors.

This is so easy because I used burlap.  We have some great colored burlap here at Harts.  I chose orange because, well duh, Halloween.  I have been eyeing this Alexander Henry Crafty Calaveras for a while thinking, “What can I use this for?”

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I took 1/2 yard of the burlap and 1/2 yard of the Calaveras.  I wanted to make sure that I had enough of the cool jack o’ lanterns to be able to put on my table runner.

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Keeping It Classy for Halloween!

So, from my experience in the time I have been on this planet, I’ve noticed that the costumes for ladies have gotten a bit more… risqué every year. In my college days I worked for a company that sold packaged costumes and we were required to wear a costume that we sold to work every day in October.  The choices for ladies were, in my opinion, not work appropriate. I usually ended up wearing a men’s costume or a headband with ears. I feel like the options for ladies (and young girls) have just been limited to “Sexy” whatever: Sexy Nurse, Sexy Cheerleader, Sexy Coloring Crayon, Sexy Banana… You name it: there’s a “sexy” version. Now, just to be clear, if you can rock a “Sexy Carrot” costume, the more power to you! You go girl! It’s just that those costumes may not be appropriate for work or your child’s school costume carnival and here’s some ideas for a bit more modest costume.

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Akita Pattern Hack From Haley at Colette Patterns

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beauty-04I love patterns. This is a statement that is probably not a surprise coming from a sewing enthusiast, but it is true. Vintage and modern alike, some of my favorite things in my stash are patterns. I think this can be attributed to the fact that I learned to sew and make patterns simultaneously. I had been sewing for almost 5 years before I ever used a sewing pattern.

The day I first used a commercial sewing pattern the clouds parted and angels sang. Since then I have been hooked. I like to think of commercial sewing patterns as a really great pre-made template. I love choosing a silhouette or style that I like, and then making small adjustments until it feels crafted just for me. My favorite adjustment to make to any top is lengthening into a dress. It’s like I am getting two patterns for the price of one. When I laid eyes on the first sample of Seamwork’s Akita I knew instantly that an Akita Dress was in my near future.

The best part is, Akita is a one piece pattern, this makes it seriously easy to whip up in one hour. No joke, I made this sample in less than 60 minutes.

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