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    Off to College Bag and Towel Gift Set – Tutorial

    It’s back to school time! Here in Georgia, my kids are happy to be back at school. They love getting to see all of their friends, and quite frankly, we all do a little better when we are on a schedule. I also know several young men and women who are heading off to college for the first time. Do you need a gift to give an entering college freshman? If so, this bag and bath set might be perfect. It is quick and easy to make and is sure to be appreciated. I started with monogramming the towel. I think monogrammed towels at college are a must. With new…

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    Easy Chevron Quilt – Tutorial

    Sometimes you need a quilt and fast. There is a little girl at my church who was just diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. She is 10 years old and she will start some pretty intensive chemo treatments this week. Although we are all praying for a full and complete recovery for her, we also know that she is about to walk a very hard road. I just couldn’t in good conscience allow her to start chemo without a snuggly quilt to take with her. When I was in Los Angeles for the Mimi G Style conference I found this wonderful Minky at Michael Levine’s. I knew this would be perfect for the…

  • Bag Tags – Free Pattern!

    I made these for my daughters to put on their backpacks for school before the school year started last year. My youngest daughter loved hers and even put it on her new backpack for this school year. My older daughter didn’t use hers so I stole it from her and put it on my lunch bag that I bring to work. It’s a great, easy FREE pattern from Studio Kat Designs.  Get the pattern here. I used Sulky Transfer Pens to put the pattern on the fabric. I love the Iron-On Transfer Pens, especially for things like this. You simply trace over the pattern lines with the pen then place the traced…

  • Patriotic Placemats Tutorial

    In honor of Independence Day, I wanted to make some new placemats for my kitchen. They were quick and easy to make and will be fun to have in my kitchen for July. Here is how I made them. I used the “Tube Method” to make the blocks. IF you aren’t familiar with this method, watch a great YouTube tutorial on how to do it here. I took 4 sets of 4 blocks to create 4 square placemats. Next I made my “quilt sandwich.” I layered the backing, batting and placemat tops together using Sulky KK 2000™ Temporary Spray Adhesive to hold everything in place. I prefer KK 2000 to pins especially…

  • Coasters – The Perfect Hostess Gift – Tutorial

    Recently, a friend of mine sent me a Pin from Pinterest that she knew I would love: some adorable little coasters using half-square triangles. Later we were shopping and  saw the Moda® Dottie™ mini charm packs! I snatched one up immediately knowing these adorable little 2.5″ squares were perfect to make those little coasters. This is the result: What I used: • 1 Moda Dottie mini charm pack • Scrap of Warm & Natural® Batting • Scrap of white and black fabric for backing • 1 fat quarter of white tone-on-tone fabric • Sulky® PolyLite™ in #1001 Bright White • Sulky 40 wt Rayon in #1001 Bright White The very first thing I did was…

  • For Father’s Day – The Perfect Monogram

    I am a southerner and southerners do love all things monogrammed. My favorite quote is from one of my girls’ teachers who said, “I would monogram my toothbrush if I could!” It’s true, we do go a little crazy with our monograms, but a well placed, well done and perfectly sized monogram can also be a perfect thoughtful Father’s Day gift. Here are three ideas: Monogram the cuff of his dress shirt – When I was growing up, the only person I knew with a monogrammed dress shirt cuff was a gentleman at my church who was the vice president of a bank. I remember seeing that detail and thinking how…

  • No Math Notepad Cover Tutorial

    I hate math. Funny, I know, since we use an awful lot of it in sewing, but this little project has almost none! After you cut the stabilizer to the right size, the math is done. This little notepad would make a great gift for Father’s Day or Graduation and it only took a couple hours to make. What I used: Brown faux micro-suede and a matching batik fabric leftover from another project 6  – 8″ x 10″ pieces of Sulky Fuse ‘n Stitch™ Sewing thread Sulky 40 wt. Rayon #1266 Toast I have an 8″ roll of Sulky Fuse ‘n Stitch, so all I had to do was measure off…

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    Easy Journal Cover Tutorial

    As an end of the year “Thank You” to a teacher or a great little gift for a friend, this journal cover is quick and easy to make! I have always received a great response from giving these little journals as gifts. This took me about an hour and a half, start to finish. Here is what I used: 3 coordinating fabrics:  Ticking Stripe, Chalkboard in Green and Allover Tags from the ABC Primer line by Wilmington Prints Warm and Natural® Batting Sulky 30 wt Cotton Blendables® #4009 Foliage and #4017 Lime Sherbet Sulky PolyLite™ #1128 Dark Ecru Spiral notebook Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive Black Frixion™ pen Clover® Wonder Clips Begin…

  • 45 Minute Mug Rug Tutorial     

      As a full-time mom (is there any other kind?) and working full-time, sometimes I just want to do a quick project. That is what happened the other day. I had a ton of other things I could work on (should be working on), but sometimes you just want something that you can start and finish in under an hour. I also wanted something bright and cheery for my space at work, which is a cubicle with drab grey/blue walls, so this is what I made! It is so easy and I really did make it in 45 minutes. This is how: I started with a pile of bright batik…