Saturday, October 25, 2014

Recycled Men's Shirt to Super Cute Apron...

Hi Everyone! I've been cleaning out closets over the last couple months and most all of the clothes have gone to charity. There were some things that just need to go to the trash, but I saved them and "upcycled" them to useful things for around the house.

My husband's shirts were some of the things that I saved. They are worn out and sad, but perfect for aprons. I've seen these on Pinterest and wanted to give them a try.

Here's the before...

recycled men's shirt apron

Here is the after…

recycled men's shirt apron

Just a few minutes of sewing and you're done. Come on in and see!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to Make Baby Spoon Washcloth Lollipops...

I wanted to share a quick post on how to make these cute little washcloth lollipops. I've been making them for years as a decoration on top of a baby gift box, but they would also be perfect to add to a bath time themed baby gift basket.

Here they are tied in a little bundle. Sorry for the busy background. I had to do this on my ironing board near a window for better light.

baby washcloth spoon lollipops

 You will need…

  • baby spoons
  • baby washcloths
  • small plastic bags
  • twist ties
  • ribbon


baby washcloth spoon lollipops

Take washcloth and roll it up the length of the cloth.

baby washcloth spoon lollipops

You could add a second contrasting cloth that is also rolled up. I just used a single.

baby washcloth spoon lollipops

Now roll it up like a cinnamon bun. lol

Place a small piece of tape to hold the end secure.

baby washcloth spoon lollipops

To make it a lollipop, place the roll on top of the spoon.

baby washcloth spoon lollipops

Use a clear bag according to the size of your lollipop.

baby washcloth spoon lollipops

Wrap it up, twist tie to secure and add a ribbon.

baby washcloth spoon lollipops

If you are making several, you can bunch them together and add one ribbon for all.

baby washcloth spoon lollipops

A bunch of lollipops or a bouquet of flowers!!

baby washcloth spoon lollipops

I added mine to the baby I Spy quilt that I made for a gift.

baby washcloth spoon lollipops

Perfect little gift for a perfect little baby!!

Thanks for stopping by,
~Karen~

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Winner of the Fun at the Fair Book...

Thank you to everyone who enter the giveaway for the Fun at the Fair sewing book by Melly and Me. I used the Number Generator to pick the winner.


Congratulations to Maggey…



Maggey, I'll email you and connect you to the publisher, so they can get your information.

Thanks again to all of you,
~Karen~

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party…October Theme

Hi everyone! It's time for another October theme party. I just loved all the links you shared for last week's party, so I know this week's party is going to be even better!!

October themes…
  • Halloween crafts 
  • Halloween costume ideas
  • soup recipes
  • pumpkin recipes
  • fall decorating ideas or crafts 
  • and I'll still keep…any handmade gift ideas we can make for Christmas ( that's always an ongoing process)

If you don't have any theme ideas to post this week, you can share any idea that you have on your blog. We love any project or idea that you can add to the party. If you have older posts from previous years
that are in the theme, you can add those too. Add as many as you'd like!!

If you've never linked to Sew Darn Crafty, each week I start a new party where bloggers can add their own posts below for ALL to see!! It brings lots of traffic to your blog. You can add any project you'd like…cooking, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, gardening, vacation ideas etc. It so much fun to see what everyone is up to each week. This party would be nothing without all of you, so a great big THANKS to all of you who contribute.

If you are new to visiting linky parties…just come on in and click on any picture box below and it will bring you to that post that someone has shared!! There are always so many wonderful ideas…don't miss out.

So let's get started this week!!




Come on in and join the fun!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Children's Quilt Matching and Memory Game...

Hi everyone! I know you've seen this I Spy Quilt recently in the apple core assembly post and the binding tutorial, but I'm here today to show you how to make a matching game to go along with your I Spy Quilt.

An I Spy Quilt is made of novelty print fabrics which have recognizable objects on them. This particular quilt is a baby gift for a new born. In the beginning, the quilt is great for on the floor play time, napping and playing. When the child is a little older, they can play the I Spy game…"I spy a fish. I spy an apple" etc.

quilt matching game

I was thinking, why not make another educational game for the quilt. I great matching game.

quilt matching game

 The steps are easy to make the little squares to match your quilt. Come in and see…

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How to Bind an Apple Core or Scalloped Edge Quilt...

I've been sewing for most of my life and quilting for over 16 years. This past weekend while finishing up a baby quilt, I had 3 "firsts"…I sewed binding on my first scalloped edged quilt, I used store bought binding for the first time and I machine sewed it on! I've always made my own binding, but I knew with a scalloped edge it had to be on the bias for the curves and to be honest, I didn't feel like making it. I machine sewed it on, because it's a baby gift and I knew it would be washed a lot and I was pressed for time too.

I wanted to share the tutorial with you, but I always clarify first that I am a self taught quilter and learn as I go. I know there are other ways of doing this, but this is what works for me!

Here is the finished I Spy Apple Core baby quilt...

apple core quilt binding

Come on in for the instructions…lots of pictures too.

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