Laminated Cotton Vs Oilcloth (plus an easy tablecloth tutorial!)

Laminated cotton tablecloth

Hi everyone! Alexis here, and today I want to talk a bit about laminated cotton! Over the years working at Harts one of the questions I have been frequently asked is “what is the difference between laminated cotton and oilcloth?” Since I was just about to make myself a laminated cotton tablecloth for my new apartment (pictured above!), I thought this would be a fine time to break it down for everyone! (Plus a quick tablecloth tutorial! Yay!)

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“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!


-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

Finished apron

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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Simple Woven Plaid Fringe Scarf Tutorial

Image-1The holidays are just around the corner, and if you are anything like us here at Harts, you have planned a ton of handmade gifts! Sometimes you need a quick and easy project that you can make a bunch of, this is the tutorial for you! Scarves are always good gifts, but I’m sure all my friends are tired of all the infinity scarves I have made for them over the years! So I decided to try something a little different this year – fringe scarves! I am in love with all the mammoth flannels from Robert Kaufman! They are super soft and cozy, plus the plaid is woven not printed which is exactly what you will need for this project!

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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.:

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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?”


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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Cute and Quick! Halloween Ghost Tutorial!

Tulle Halloween Ghost Tutorial FinishedEveryone at Harts is getting super excited for Halloween! Creative costumes, tasty treats, and of course fun decorations!! I just adore adorably spooky Halloween crafts! Some of my favorite motifs are ghost, bats, skulls, and pumpkins! Tulle is always a great choice for quick and easy decor and costumes – you just gotta love no-sew projects!

Ok! Let’s get started! You can bust these cute little guys out in about 30 minuets, so they are perfect for sprucing up your place right before your Halloween party!

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Safety Trick Or Treat Bag Tutorial!

finished trick or treat bag

With all of these kiddos running around in spooky costumes at the end of the month, knocking on your door for candy, you want to make sure that yours is visible even in the dark– especially if your little one is dressed in a dark costume! This is a simple tutorial on how to make a cute Trick or Treat Bag that will be visible to cars!

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