Thursday, February 18, 2016


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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wear You Pacifier In Style (DIY Pacifier Keeper)

Are you looking for a stylish accessory for your baby? This binky keeper is sure to please!

To make your own binky keeper you will need:

1/4 yard or 1 fat quarter of quilters cotton
2 inches of 1/8" elastic
1 male, 1 female plastic snap
1 plastic or metal "binky clip" (I'm using KAM brand plastic)

To start you binky keeper you will need to cut 1 piece of fabric 3.75" wide x 10.5" long

Next, fold your short ends towards the wrong side 1/4" and press

Fold your fabric in half lengthwise (wrong sides together) and press

Open your fabric and fold one long end towards the middle and press

Repeat folding the opposite side towards the center and press.

Fold your fabric in half length wise again, and press. (All raw edges will be enclosed and you'll have smooth folds all the way around)

Now it's time to attach your elastic and stitch all your seams closed.

Cut a 2 inch piece of your 1/8" elastic and fold it in half. Sandwich your elastic with the raw ends towards the inside on one of the short ends of your fabric and pin.

Stitch around all four sides of your strip of fabric using a 1/8" seam allowance. When you stitch over your elastic I suggest backstitching over it once for extra stability.

You should now have one long strip of fabric, sewn closed, with an elastic loop coming off one of the short ends.

Now we attach our snaps! I'm using plastic KAM snaps from Kimmy Snabric, in a star shape.

Install your male snap approx 2 inches from the bottom of your fabric (that does not have the elastic on it). Install your female snap approx 3/8" from the bottom on the same end. 

(The male snaps will NOT fit through your binky clip once installed, so make sure you are installing the female snap on the bottom, and the male snap on the top.)

Slide your plastic clip over your female snap, and snap your snaps together.

And there you have it, a super stylish binky keeper for your little one! These are so quick that you can make a bunch and have your fabrics match outfits! 

One of the best parts about these keepers is that you can unsnap the plastic clip on the bottom and put the entire fabric piece in the washer and dryer without any problems! This also means you can have multiple keepers and one clip for them all! 

Ready. Set. SEW!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Paper Heart Candy Pouches (Full Tutorial)

Who is ready for some super cute candy pouches?!

To make your own paper heart candy pouches you will need:

Scrap book paper
Your sewing machine
Small candies

Start by cutting out whichever size heart you would like to use (I used the large heart).

Trace your heart template onto your scrap book paper.

Cut out your paper hearts. You can use a different color backing, and for an added fun touch you can use texture edge scissors. Cut 1 front and 1 back for each heart pouch you would like to make.

Place your hearts wrong sides together.

Using your sewing machine stitch around the outside of your heart using a 1/4" seam allowance leaving yourself hole of about an inch on one of the straight edges.

Using your finger push open the inside of your heart. Now the next part can be tricky! You can use a funnel your candies fit through, a paper funnel, or your fingers to add candies to your heart.

You may need to shake your candies into your heart a bit since the paper can be stiff. Don't over fill your heart as you still need to be able to stitch it closed.

Pinch your opening closed and stitch over the opening with a 1/4" seam allowance.

And there you have it! Candy filled paper heart pouches!

Tear them open and reveal the snack inside!

Ready. Set. SEW!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Snap Slip Case (Full Tutorial)

Functional, stylish, cute, easy to follow construction. Those are all words you want to hear when you tackle a project - right?

Well here is your functional, stylish, cute, and easy to construct snap slip cover case!

You can use this case for many things: tablets, phones, binders, laptops, dog beds, pillows, the list is endless. In terms of how much fabric you will need- that depends on how large the item is that you are trying to cover.

Here is the easiest way to calculate how much fabric you will need:

length of your item + 1 inch
width of your item (x2) + .5 inches

I am recovering a mat which is 16 inches long by 12.75 inches wide therefore I will need

16 " + 1" = length of fabric
25.5" + .5" = width of fabric

Cut both a liner piece and exterior piece of fabric

Start by folding your lining piece in half side to side so you have a top edge, side edge, and bottom edge with one side folded.

Stitch along the bottom edge, and side edge with a 1/4" seam allowance (leave yourself a 1" space on your side seam for turning).

Backstitch at the beginning and end to secure your stitches.

Now you're going to stitch your exterior. With right sides together, stitch across the bottom and side edge using a 1/4" seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning and end. You do NOT need to leave yourself a turning hole on the exterior piece.

Turn your exterior piece right side out

Now comes the tricky part! You are going to put your exterior piece (right side out) into your lining (right sides together).

Push your exterior piece all the way into your lining until the top raw edges match up. Make sure you line up the side seams of both pieces and clip it. 

Continue to clip along the top raw edges all the way around.

Using a 1/4" seam allowance stitch all the way around the top raw edges, stitching them together. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end to secure your stitches.

Using the turning hole you left on your side seam of the lining piece, pull your exterior through the hole.

Pull your exterior piece all the way out, and turn your lining piece right side out too. You should have one long piece that looks like this:

Put your hand in through your turning hole and poke out all of your corners so they're nice and crisp.

Fold your raw edges of your turning hole towards the inside an pin in place. Top stitch only across where your turning hole is - using a 1/8" seam allowance.

Now is the fun part! Stuff your lining into your exterior piece!

Push the corners of your lining into the corners of your exterior piece and line up your top edges so they're nice and flush. Starting at the side seam, clip along the top edge of your sleeve.

Top stitch around the top edge using a 1/8" seam allowance.

Now turn your slip case wrong side out. Fold your top edge down 1/2" all the way around and press, then clip in place.

Top stitch 1/8" from the bottom of your folded over edge.

Turn your sleeve right side out again and you will have a nice finished folded over top edge. Now it's time to install your snap!

I measured across the top of my sleeve to find the middle so I could place my snap. You can use one snap right in the middle or you can place multiple snaps evenly spaced along the top edge.

Install your snap/s (following manufacture's directions) and you will have your finished snap sleeve!