Peace on Earth Marbled Painted Ornaments Tutorial

These marble painted ornaments are so easy to make and if you add they are easy to personalize with a quote, date, or any other memory.

10 minute marble painted ornaments tutorial. Darling Peace on earth globe ornament

These Marble ornaments can be done with either glass or plastic ball ornaments. If you look at the pictures and video the white and gold ornament is made with plastic and the others are with glass.

Make a glass ornament that looks like a globe with easy marbled painting. Peace on Earth ornament tutorial.

That makes it a really easy project to do with kids. Depending on your control freak/clean freak level some of the older kids might even be able to do the project completely on their own.

kid friendly marble painted ornament tutorial

What You Need


What to Do

  1. Remove metal hanging top.
  2. Pour in different colors of paint.
  3. Tape top closed.
  4. Roll in box or tap ornament and roll in your hands.
  5. Allow to dry.
  6. Remove masking tape and replace hanging metal.
  7. Tie with a ribbon.
  8. Cut out vinyl with your favorite customization or the PEACE ON EARTH design (download here).
  9. Weed the vinyl and use transfer tape to apply to the ornament.

How to make gorgeous Peach on Earth hand painted marble class ornaments. Easy tutorial great for kids.

I made these as a part of a fun Ornament Challenge from Expressions Vinyl. Check out all these other AWESOME DIY ornament ideas, vote for your favorite, ahem mine #14 just kidding ;) and enter the $100 Expressions Vinyl giveaway!

Lots of easy DIY christmas ornament tutorials

Top Gifts for Sewing Enthusiasts from Scissors to Cricut

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Do you know someone loves to sew? I know sometimes when you don’t share someone’s hobby you don’t know what exactly to get them as a gift. No worries, this sewing girl is happy help you pick the BEST gifts for Sewing Enthusiasts.

So many great gifts that sewing people will love. Great crafty gift guide.

The best part is that if our recipient already has some of these items they will welcome duplicates. As for the big ticket items, it’s really easy for you to know if they already have one or not. I know sometimes that can be tricky when you want to surprise someone.

Awesome things to buy for sewing fans like this serger and more.

Embroidery Scissors

I LOVE embroidery scissors I think they are so useful and they come in loads of different styles and designs. I’m a firm believer that a seamstress can never have too many embroidery scissors. These darling bunny scissors are my favorite for cute factor, I love these gold bird ones because they work so darn well and they just look fancy, and although they aren’t technically embroidery scissors I have a warm place in my heart for nippers (they do the same job). These range in prices but they can be as inexpensive as just a few bucks so they make a fabulous stocking stuffer or gift for someone who just needs a little something (or maybe to add in with a gift card or bigger gift).

Cute easy girlfriend gift idea. Mason Jar pin cushion. Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

Mason Jar Pin Cushion

If you’re feeling creative I have a tutorial for these cute Mason Jar Pin Cushions that my friends love. I actually got my first as a gift from a friend she gave it to me filled with all kinds of cute buttons! You can gift it empty or throw in a few tidbits and treats. All you need is a mason jar, fabric scrap, and some craft glue it’s really a very simple project that will be very appreciated by your sewing friend.

Lots of unexpected gifts for sewing enthusiast like this Cricut Explore Air

Cricut Explore

People don’t normally think of Cricut cutting machines as sewing tools but I use my Cricut Explore Air 2 all the time in my sewing projects. Most people don’t realize that you can actually cut fabric (in addition to paper, vinyl, leather and all kinds of other stuff) on the Cricut. It’s great for making appliques and adding other embellishments to handmade items. I love that I can design my own images and upload them for free and then cut them out to put on my sewing projects. I can’t even count the number of fun Geeky clothing I’ve made that I wouldn’t have been able to find in stores. In addition to actually cutting fabric you can cut iron-on vinyl which is my favvvvvvvoooorite for sprucing up sewing projects. See below for more details on that.

I feel like a Cricut is something that may not even be on the radar for many sewing girls so it would be a really fun surprise but make sure to send them my way and show them all my Cricut related sewing project so they don’t thing you just got them a ‘scrapbooking’ tool. While it may open up tons of other crafting doors for them too (I don’t really do paper crafting but I use mine for all kinds of stuff) you want them to know it’s perfect for supplementing the hobby they already love!

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Iron-On Vinyl

So like I said above, Iron-on vinyl (also called heat transfer vinyl) is seriously my favorite craft supply ever. You uses it with a cutting machine like the Cricut explore although I guess you technically can cut it out with an exacto knife and a really steady hand but that would be kind of labor intensive and frustrating (not to mention hand cramp inducing). You can see some of my favorite projects above where I’ve used Iron-On vinyl. What makes it great for a sew-er is that it basically gives you the ability to easily and quickly make your own fabric. You can use pre-made designs or even cut your own designs or text and place it anywhere on your fabric or sewing project to customize it to make the perfect fabric. If they already use iron-on vinyl a lot you might consider buying a heat press. I love mine, it’s an investment but I use mine multiple times a week and it makes my projects go much faster and last longer. Want to learn more about this stuff you can learn how to use iron-on vinyl here.

Keep Calm and Sew On Necklace

Sewing Necklace

Maybe you don’t even want to try and guess what they have in their crazy sewing room or maybe they sew professionally so they can write all their sewing related purchases off and you don’t want to buy them “work stuff”. But what about a fun sewing necklace. Did you even know such a thing existed? They do and the can be such a sweet gift that makes your sewing pal know that you really thought about the gift. I absolutely adore the ones from Charmed Collections like the Keep Calm and Sew On Necklace pictured above but you can find all kinds of fun ones on Etsy too! And if they aren’t much into jewelry there is such a thing as a sewing shirt too which can be lots of fun :)

Awesome things to buy for sewing fans like this serger and more.

Serger

For those who are sewing clothing a serger is a great addition to their sewing room. I LOVE my Juki MO644D I’ve actually personally purchased or helped purchase close to 10 of this model because I use them for work or friends want a machine themselves. I’ve never had problems with them and they sew like a dream. Be careful about getting the very low end ones or buying used from an individual. A serger that doesn’t work right can be a nightmare. If you find a used one with a warranty like from a quilt shop I think you’re safe but otherwise go with something that’s more middle range. Again I can’t recommend the Juki serger enough but I have friend that love their Babylock sergers too!

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Ginghers

If you live with a seamstress than you probably know how protective we are about our scissors. Great sewing scissors are important. If your sew-er doesn’t know the joys of cutting fabric with a good pair of Ginghers than this is the gift they need. They can be kind of pricey so make sure to plan ahead and hit up Joann with a coupon (they usually have one in their app if you don’t get their mailer) or when they are on sale. And if they have a pair any ways they will be thrilled to have a back up. I have two of the dressmaker sizes and I’ve been considering getting a third. They really are wonderful scissors.

Sewing Box

The Sewing Box by the Original Scrap Box is definitely a big ticket item BUT if your sewing loved one has all his or her stuff stashed on the kitchen table this might be for her. I LOVE my sewing box. It’s this cabinet that closes up but you can store your machines in it and it opens up with lots of functional table space so that you can have a full sewing station tucked behind a few cupboard doors. I’m telling you it’s AHmazing. I have a full craft room but it is right next to where my baby sleeps so I can’t sew there at night. I have my sewing box in a different room on a different floor and I’ve actually started to prefer sewing at it even when I’m not trying to be quite. The thing is crazy cool!

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Gift Cards

I know people think gift cards are impersonal but when you love a hobby having “free” money to spend can be super fun. And as much as I love Joann and Hobby Lobby they always have coupons so if it were me I’d suggest giving a gift card to a smaller independent fabric store or quilt shop that carries designer fabrics. I know I personally love drooling over the material at those places but the higher price point has be buying very sparingly. If you’re in Utah some of my favorites include The Cotton Shop (multiple locations), Quilts Etc. (in Sandy), and Harmony (in Provo). And if you’re interested here’s a super fast and easy gift card holder tutorial.

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10 Minute Wood Slice Joy Ornament and More DIY Ornaments

I think one of the reasons I love making handmade ornaments is that they tend to be really fast projects. This Wood Slice Joy Ornament is no exception.

Tons of easy christmas ornament tutorials and these 10 minute wood slice joy ornaments

I made glitter wood slice ornaments a few years ago and really love them. This joy ornament is an even simpler version of it.

How to make custom wood slice Christmas ornaments

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Import the Joy design and cut vinyl out on your cutting machine
  2. Weed design and apply transfer tape. Place design on wood slice.
  3. Drill a hole in wood slice if yours didn’t already come predrilled.
  4. Cut a strip of fabric or ribbon and tie through hole

love these simple joy wood slice christmas ornaments. so easy to customize on the cricut

So easy right!!! And if you’ve got a fear of power tools you can just glue the ribbon/fabric to the wood slice.

How to make custom word Christmas ornaments on your cricut

Want more great handmade ornament tutorials? Check out these from my friends!

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Recipes and Crafts

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My Harry Potter dreams are coming true. More Wizard World stories! To celebrate the new movie I’m sharing a ton of fabulous Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Crafts and Recipes.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Party ideas, recipes, crafts and other DIY tutorials

I’ve joined up with a bunch of friends to share some great new DIY projects perfect for celebrating the new Fantastic Beasts movie see the links to all of them at the end of this post. My contribution was this fun Fantastic Beasts inspired Square Skirt and my I Want to Be a Wizard Scarf, inspired by the No-Maj (muggle) Jacob at the end of the trailer.SO fun Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them DIY Crafts and Recipe ideas including full scarf and skirt sewing tutorials. Harry Potter.

Both of my projects are insanely easy, actually just one small bit of sewing for each.

I Want to Be a Wizard Infinity Scarf Tutorial


See the full video tutorial above or for a written version see these two posts: how to make a knit infinity scarf and how to use iron-on vinyl.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Skirt Tutorial

Fantastic beasts and where to find them inspired skirt. Quick sewing tutorial. Harry Potter love!!!

I had hopes of making a video tutorial for this too but my computer was being wonky so I will have to add that later. Check out my Square skirt tutorial for step by step instructions and pictures of how to make a basic square skirt. After that all I did was cut out different creatures in Cricut design space out of Iron-on vinyl and I ironed it onto the bottom edge of my skirt. If you’ve never used iron-on vinyl check out my step by step how to use heat transfer vinyl tutorial or just watch the scarf video above!

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Butterbeer Poke Cake | Sugar & Soul

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Butterbeer Muddy Buddies | Hey, Let’s Make Stuff

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Magical Harry Potter Ornaments | Simply Made Fun
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Newt Scamander Suitcase Bag | The Benson StreetFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Butterbeer Cupcakes | Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

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Butterbeer Macarons | Kid’s Fun Review

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DIY Christmas Potholder Towel Tutorial

Are you ready for awesomeness? Get this, it’s a double potholder that also is a towel. It hangs on your oven and no your family won’t use it to clean up gross spills or throw it on the floor when ice melts so you never have a towel to dry your hands. Okay that might have been a bit ranty but you guys I’m so excited about this little creation of mine.

Darling double pot holder towel tutorial. Great free sewing pattern

I’m joining in on Skip to My Lou‘s annual Christmas Craft Bake Sew series sharing how to make these fun little Christmas Potholders. I just adore it. Plus it’s insanely quick and easy to make.

Love this free sewing pattern. Quick and easy DIY towel backed double potholder tutorial

Hop on over to Skip to My Lou for the full tutorial!

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My sister has already demanded that I make her a set of her own. These little towel potholders would be darling for your own holiday decor or as an easy hostess gift. It sews up so quickly I will definitely be making myself some versions for every season.

Easy christmas potholders with free pattern also serves as christmas towels

I especially love that I used terry cloth for the underside so as it hangs on my oven I can use it to dry my hands after I use the sink but unlike most kitchen towels I won’t find it crumpled on the floor or used to wipe up a spill since it looks nice and is obviously a potholder too.

What you needs for double potholders and tutorial

What You Need

The measurements given will be for one potholder towel. But if you buy 3/4 yard of terry cloth you will have enough to make 3. I cut the terry cloth out of one piece instead of two like I did for the main fabric to reduce bulk but if you want to buy less fabric you can do the terry cloth just like the main fabric.

  • 2 pieces 27″x7″ Terry Cloth (you can buy it by the yard at the fabric store or just cut up an old towel)
  • 2 pieces 14″x7″ Main Fabric
  • 2 pieces 6″x7″ Pocket Fabric
  • 3 yards Bias Tape
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl (optional)
  • Joy to the World design (optional) download here
  • Owl design (available in Cricut design studio or use any image you like)

Note: You can add a layer of special fabric made for pot holders that will make it even more heat resistant but I tested these out and for me the heat did not come through the cookie sheet. If you want to do that just cut a piece the same size as the two fabric and in step 3 layer that between the terry cloth and main fabric.

Favorite Christmas Hostess gift this double potholder kitchen towel is awesome. Easy sewing tutorial

What to Do

  1. Cut two pieces of bias tape 7 inches wide. Sandwich it around the top edge of both pocket pieces and sew in place using a zig zag stitch.
  2. With right sides together stitch the top edges of the main fabrics to each other. If your fabric is directional like my owl one make sure the TOPS of the fabric are touching each other.
  3. Layer everything. Start with two layers of terry cloth, then the layer of main fabric with the right side of the fabric facing up and then the pocket pieces also right sides up. Pin in place.
  4. Sandwich the layered fabric between the folds of bias tape and sew with a zig zag stitch all the way around making sure to catch all the layers. When you get to a corner just tuck it in to form a triangle fold (sort of a mitered corner).
  5. Now you are good to go. If you want to add a fun design like I did on the Joy to the World one you can cut out some heat transfer vinyl on a cutting machine like a Cricut and iron it on. Check out my step by step iron-on vinyl tutorial. If you’re not familiar with the stuff it’s one of my favorite ways to personalize my sewing projects.

Everyone raves over these easy double potholder towels. Easy DIY sewing tutorial

Super cute right and with all the darling holiday fabrics out there you can make ones to suit any type of style or color scheme.

Hands down our favorite gift for foodies. Double potholders that function as kitchen towels. Free sewing pattern and easy tutorial

 I have tons of Christmas crafts and recipes but here are a few of my favorites!

Won't make chocolate covered strawberries any other way!

Love these Chocolate Covered Strawberries during the holidays!

Quick and easy Reversible Place mats tutorial

These DIY Reversible Placemats would be great with Thanksgiving/Christmas fabrics.

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Tons of great Harry Potter Crafts, Recipes and More which make great gifts!

Read Like Rory Shirt and Bag and More Gilmore Girls Crafts and Recipes

I’ve been wearing this Read Like Rory shirt watching Gilmore Girls reruns and I serious CANNOT wait for the new episodes. I know I’m not the only one.

Celebrate Gilmore girls with lots of cute craft tutorials and reicpes including this Read Like Rory shirt and book bag

Are you just as excited as I am? I’ve joined up with a bunch of my Gilmore Girls loving friends to share lots of great Gilmore Girls crafts, recipes and other fun ideas to get in on the excitement.

Love this Gilmore Girls shirt and great sewing pattern for slouchy sweatshirt. Read Like Rory tutorial

I made this a shirt and Read Like Rory bag and I couldn’t love them any more. I’m giving away the bag (see below to enter) but if you want to make you it’s SUPER easy.

How to make a Read Like Rory Gilmore bag. Great craft tutorials and recipes all inspired by the Gilmore Girls

What You Need

What to Do

I made both the shirt and the bag live on facebook and I had planned to edit that video down (cut out the chatter and all) to post here BUT something weird happened so it won’t download the audio ugh. So I can’t edit it. I know that this is super long but you can skip around to see the parts you are interested it. I’ll keep working on it but at least it’s here. The tutorial part starts around the 14 minute mark.

I sewed my shirt using using my favorite Lane Raglan pattern plus a few tweaks to make it a more wide neck giving it the relaxed slouchy look. You can see all the details of how to do that in my Slouchy Sweatshirt post. You can easily just use a blank tee but if you sew at all I HIGHLY recommend this pattern.

  1. Download the Read Like Rory design. Trace it in Cricut Design Studio. I recommend tracing it in sections so you have three separate words. Or the Read and Rory are just in courier new which is on most computers so you probably only need the like.
  2. Size your words. I liked to start by positioning them how they will be on the shirt or bag then I “attach” them and change the size (I did 7.5 inches wide). Then I detach them.
  3. Next change the color of the like (since that will be cut out of a different material).
  4. Send it to cut. If you’ve never used heat transfer vinyl you might find my how to use Iron-on vinyl tutorial helpful. Make sure to mirror image the design. Note how big you need your vinyl and cut to the appropriate size. Place the vinyl on the cutting mat vinyl side up plastic side down and cut on the iron-on setting for regular heat transfer vinyl.
  5. If the program doesn’t mirror image the second color just cancel the cut and reenter and click on the second word. You can see what I mean in the video above. Make sure to mirror image it. If you are using glitter vinyl I have found the middle card stock setting works great for that.
  6. Weed the design so you remove all the excess vinyl.
  7. Press your shirt or bag to remove excess moisture.
  8. And then press with an iron or heat press until it is stuck to the shirt or bag. Wait at least 24 hours before washing.

Read Like Rory Shirt and Book Bag Tutorial plus other Gilmore Girls inspired crafts and recipes

So easy and so cute right and remember I’m giving the bag away. You can enter through the widget at the very bottom of this post!

So awesome Read Like Rory book bag and other awesome Gilmore Girls recipes and craft tutorials

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Gilmore Girls Printable Subway Art

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Founders Day Punch

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Gilmore Girls DIY Mother Daughter Shirts

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Team Logan T-shirt

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Gilmore Girls Gift Guide

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15 Minute Zipper Pouch Tutorial and Cork Fabric

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With just 15 minutes and a few scraps of fabric you can have a darling zipper pouch. This quick tutorial is great for making quick gifts, trinket holders, or you can easily change the dimensions up to make bags of all sizes.

How to make a zipper pouch. Great 15 minute sewing tutorial.

It’s so easy to change the look with different fabrics and embellishments. For this one I used my Cricut Explore to cut out this really fun Cork Fabric to make a the Happy Heart.

15 minute Zipper pouch tutorial. Great basic sewing project.

I’m excited to play even more with this DMC cork fabric since it cuts fantastically and you can sew it like a breeze. DMC also makes a Cork Fabric that looks really fun and you can stitch on also.

Cork Fabric. This stuff looks super cool and you can cut it with a Cricut machine.

Supplies

  • Outer Fabric 10 x 5
  • Inner Fabric 5 x 5 (2 pieces)
  • 4 inch zipper
  • Cork Fabric (optional)
  • Embroidery Floss (optional)

How to make a zipper pouch in just 15 minutes. Great zippered pouch sewing tutorial.

Directions

  1. If using the cork fabric or other embellishments cut it out.  I cut my happy heart design that I got from the Cricut Design Space using my Cricut Explore. I cut it on the “card stock” setting with the cork side up and a regular blade and it worked like a charm.
  2. Position your embellishment on the outside fabric. Remember that the outer piece will be folded in half. Sew it on.
  3. Start by sewing fabric to the zipper. Lay the zipper right side down to the outer fabric with the zipper facing towards the outer fabric and lay the right side of one piece of the inner fabric to the back side of the zipper. The zipper should be sandwiched between the outer and lining fabric with the right side of the zipper facing the right sized of the outer fabric. Using a zipper foot sew the three layers together.
  4. Repeat on the other side of the zipper. The outer fabric will be folded and one piece of inner fabric should be sewn to each side of the zipper.
  5. Fold the fabric so the inner fabrics are right sides together to themselves and the outer fabric is folded. Unzip the zipper most of the way.
  6. Sew around the bottom edge of the lining fabric and down each side of the lining fabric through the side of the zipper and down each side of the outer fabric edge making sure to leave an opening on the bottom edge of the lining fabric.
  7. Clip the corners.
  8. Flip the pouch right side out. Sew up the opening in the lining and tuck it into the pouch.
  9. String a few threads of embroidery floss through the hole in the zipper pull and tie with a small piece of thread.

quick and easy zippered pouch sewing tutorial fully lined.

I just love how this turned out. I might have to make more though because my niece saw it and totally claimed it.

Super easy 15 minute zipper pouch sewing tutorial

Luckily it really does only take 15 minutes.

How to make a DIY zippered pouch. Great sewing tutorial.

10 Minute Halloween Hair Boos Tutorial

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Looking for a quick Halloween flair? These 10 Minute Halloween Hair Boos are perfect!

10 minute DIY Halloween hair bands and hair clips

I had fun making some cute DIY Boo Headbands and Boo Hair Clips. All three are made in the same basic way using the same Boo design just with a few small tweaks of material.

3 cute and easy DIY hair accessories tutorials for Halloween

Glitter Boo Hair Clips

  • Bobby Pins
  • Felt
  • Iron-On Glitter Vinyl
  • Ironing fabric

How to make DIY felt hair clips. Easy tutorial to adapt for any occassion

  1. Size the Boo design to 3 inches wide in Cricut Design Studio and cut the Boo out of Iron-on glitter vinyl making sure to mirror image the design. If you’ve never used iron-on vinyl read my step by step iron-on vinyl tutorial
  2. Through a thin piece of fabric Iron the glitter design onto the felt. Pull away the carrier plastic. Iron again through the fabric.
  3. Cut around the glitter design.
  4. Cut a small piece of felt and slide in between the bobby pin.
  5. Apply hot glue to the straight side of the bobby pin and glue the pin and felt to the cut out boo piece and you’re good to go!

How to make Hair Boos. Adorable diy hair accessories tutorial for Halloween

Felt Boo Head Band

  • Elastic Head Band
  • Iron-on Vinyl
  • Felt
  • Ironing fabric

How to make easy head bands perfect for any occasion. Fun craft tutorial

  1. Size Boo design to 6 inches wide and cut out of Black Iron-on vinyl. If you’ve never used iron-on vinyl read my step by step iron-on vinyl tutorial
  2. Cut a piece of felt so that it fits under the Boo.
  3. Set the Boo aside and sew the felt onto the head band down the middle of the felt.
  4. With a ironing fabric over the Boo design iron it onto the felt.
  5. Pull away the carrier plastic and re-iron through the fabric.
  6. Cut around the design and you’re good to go!

Faux leather design head bands tutorial. Easy customizable 10 minute tutorial

Leather Boo Head Band

  • Elastic Head Band
  • Pebbled Faux Leather
  • Matching thread
  1. Size the Boo design to 6 inches wide and cut the Faux Leather.
  2. Using tiny stitches sew the Boo onto the head band and you’re good to go!

I used this Leather Paper from Cricut that looks like leather but acts like paper. It’s flexible but it cuts just as easily as card stock. It was my first time play with it and now my mind is spinning with ideas it’s SO cool.

3 cute hair accessory tutorials that can be tweaked for any occasion not just Halloween. 10 minute craft tutorials

I’m excited to join 22 other super talented bloggers for the Fall Cricut Challenge. Check out what these talented ladies created below and enter to win a HUGE box of supplies from Cricut!

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DIY Faux Leather Jewelry from It Happens In A Blink

DIY Trick or Treat Bags from Housewives of Riverton

Easy Triangle Garland from Our Thirfty Ideas

Halloween Skull Leggings from 7Alive

Fall No Sew Buffalo Check Pillow from Lydi Out Loud

Brand Sparkling New Onesie from Tastefully Frugal

Cinderella Pumpkins from Auntie Tay

DIY Halloween Pillow from The Happy Scraps

Falling For You Shirt from The Quiet Grove

Faux Leather Flower Clips from 5 Little Monsters

Something Wicked This Way Comes Banner from Albion Gould

Blessed Flower Arrangement from Crafting In The Rain

Squad Ghouls Halloween T-Shirt from Housewife Eclectic

DIY Leather Bows from Artsy-Fartsy Mama

BOO Halloween Headbands from RaeGun Ramblings

DIY Flower Skull From Cloudy Day Gray

Kids Thanksgiving Graphic T-Shirts from Over The Big Moon

Faux Leather Floral Cuffs from Hello Creative Family

Fall Paper Leaf Wreath from Frenchie Wraps

Glitter Apron from Midge and Madge

DIY Fall Mantel from Major Hoff Takes A Wife

Halloween Party Props from Nite Owl Creates

Disney Savings Jar from Inspiration Made Simple

DIY Farmhouse Sign from A Southern Mother

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Harry Potter Fashion Sew Our Stash

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Are you ready for some awesome Harry Potter Fashion?

DIY Hogwarts Swim Team Shorts fun Harry Potter Fashion

It’s the last Thursday of the month as well as Happy Harry Potter week 2 which means I’ve got a Sew Our Stash Harry Potter edition coming at you. And I have to say that I absolutely ADORE the two items I made for myself this month.

Harry Potter board shorts and towel. And other DIY potter fashion

I liked my shirts from last month and have worn them a ton but I squealed from delight when I finished my two pieces for this month.

How awesome are these Harry Potter inspired Hogwarts Swim Team Board Shorts DIY sewing pattern

The first are these swim shorts. I used the Swim and Surf pattern by Gracious Threads along with some board short material that I got from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop. And I couldn’t resist attacking them with heat transfer vinyl to add Hogwarts Swim Team emblem to them with my Cricut explore. And you guys I TOTALLY love them.

DIY women board short sewing patten review

I made the size 16 in the Run (medium) length. I like it a lot but I think I’ll make the Swim (shortest) length next. I did the simplest version without a tie or eyelets and used regular elastic instead of multiple rows of swim elastic. I figure IF I wear them in the water and the elastic breaks down fast I can just open the casing and replace it easy peasy. If you’re looking for an easy and cute board short pattern I highly recommend this pattern. I will definitely be making more for myself!

Fabulous swim short sewing pattern for women plus how fun Hogwarts swim team board shorts

I’m sharing this as a part of the Summer Swimwear Tour hosted by by Call Ajaire, Gracious Threads, and The Wolf and the Tree  to see more awesome DIY Swimwear, get discounts, and enter their fabulous giveaway see this post! I had originally planned on sharing my easy technique for making bias tape like I used on the shorts BUT I had some major technical issues so I’ll have to share that later.

Deathly Hallows tank top. Santa Fe sewing pattern review. DIY shirt

Now to my second creation the Santa Fe Top by Hey June Handmade. You all know I love Adrianna’s patterns. I seriously love this tank. I made the Large which was exactly what my measurements suggested I should make and I think it fits great.

Super cute women's tank pattern. Great fit and fast sew. I will be making many more

I love the flowy style and the various options. I’m excited to try both the more narrow tank version (this is the wider tank) as well as the actual sleeved versions.

Fabulous diy harry potter tank and sewing pattern review for women

It came together SO fast I really can’t wait to make more. Goodness I really need to just cut out a bunch. Of course I had to add some Iron-on vinyl again because I just can’t handle plain clothes and I think the Deathly Hallows sign on it is the perfect compliment. And it’s totally just a tad off center ugh but I don’t think I’ll ever but still enough or the shirt will be sitting just so that most people would be able to notice without staring and then they would be the weirdos right!?

Don’t forget to check out the awesome top that Bev from Flamingo Toes made! We would love you to join us by tagging your selfish sewing with #sewourstash and challenging ourselves to sew at least one wearable item each month for ourselves.

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Dumbledore Quote Pillowcase Tutorial

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I’m a bit obsessed with modern calligraphy quotes. And where better to put those quotes than on some awesome throw pillows. So today I’ve got a super easy tutorial for making a Dumbledore Quote Pillowcase. Happy Harry Potter!

Love this awesome DIY dumbledore quote pillowcase tutorial

There are so many wonderful quotes in the Harry Potter books and movies but I love this one from Dumbledore. This version has a few bits cut out for the sake of space.  “Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” It’s a nice one right!?

Quote pillows. Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic pillow tutorial

This is SO easy even if you are a newbie sew-er you should be able to do this. Really it just requires sewing two straight lines. And if you’re totally against making your own you can just buy a Words are Magic Pillow here.

DIY quote pillow case sewing tutorial

What you Need

  • 18 X 38 piece of black fabric
  • 12×12 piece of Heat Transfer Vinyl in gold
  • Cutting Machine like Cricut Explore
  • Dumbledore Quote Image – get the FREE DESIGN here (oops I caught the typo after posting this and doing a whole live video tutorial yikes! The design is spelled correctly and I’ll update pictures when I can make a new pillow and take more pictures)

What To Do

  1.  Cut the fabric. For a 17″ pillow you need a piece of fabric 17X38 inches big. For other sized pillows you need the fabric to be the size of the pillow side (in my case 17″) by the side times 2 plus 4 more inches. So for mine it was 17″ by (17X2)+4
  2. Finish the short edges of the fabric.
  3. Fold one side under and hem. This is for the side of the fabric that will show on the outside.
  4. Fold the fabric in on both ends (right side of the fabric inside) so that there is a square the size of the pillow in the middle. For mine this means that I folded each end in 10.5″. There should be a couple of inches of overlap. Iron or pin in place.
  5. Iron the folds into place
  6. Cut your quote out of Heat Transfer Vinyl see this tutorial if you’ve never done that.
  7. Iron onto the center and then fold the flaps back over and pin.
  8. Sew across the top and bottom.
  9. Flip inside out and stuff the pillow into the pillow case.

quick and easy DIY Harry Potter Quote pillow case sewing tutorial

 

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