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The Sewing Essentials

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Hi Everyone!  I have a new video up!  It’s The Sewing Essentials!  This list is for you if you have recently purchased a sewing machine and aren’t sure what to do next!  Here are some great items to invest in up front, but not too many things so you don’t break the bank!  What are your sewing essentials?

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Wet Bag or Bikini Bag Tutorial

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Hey Everyone!

I have a fun new video up on my YouTube Channel, it’s a wet bag tutorial!  I tested these out and basically you put damp bathing suits, liquids or even cloth diapers in them and the PUL lining makes it so it won’t get other items wet!  I used a towel I bought from Target for a fun summer style bag, perfect for the beach or pool.  Here is the video and some photos!  I also have a limited supply available in my Etsy Shop if you are not a sewer ;). Let me know what you think!

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Click HERE if you can’t see the video.

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Easy $20 Blanket Ladder DIY

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I have a new video up on my YouTube Channel.  I have been wanting to do this project for months now, and I figured out a way to do it without using many fancy tools!  Sometimes I see these woodworking tutorials and I think… I don’t have any of those tools!  I did borrow my Dad’s electric sander which was the fanciest thing I used and I could have used a block sander if I didn’t have that option.  Only some paint, a hammer and nails… and of course the friendly people at Lowe’s who cut the wood for me ;)

2-2×4’s cut to 72 inches
1-1×4 (which is actually like 1×3.5) cut to 4 pieces each measuring 20 inches
box of nails, size 6D (large silver head Box nail)
1 piece of rough sand paper (I used 60)
1 piece of fine sand paper (I used 180)
Electric Sander (or use a block sander) – be sure to use a respirator
White paint (I borrowed some from my BFF who lives next door)
Cheap brushes for painting (I use ceran wrap in between coats.
Various Shades of blue and grey as desired (the Lowe’s sample colors are a great option and less than $3)
Poly (optional) If you are using a light color paint, use the spray poly in the blue can by Miniwax – the one in the video had a brownish residue I had to wipe off.  I barely did 1 coat because of that, and because of the sanding – this is an optional step.
Hammer
Measuring Tape for ladder rung placement
Felt pads to protect the walls when leaning agains the wall
Drop Cloth

2-2x4x96  $5.32
1- 1×4       $1.57
Nails         $1.30
Brushes    $3.00
Felt Pads  $2.98 (optional)
Blue Paint $6.00
White Paint$3 (the sample size should be enough)
Drop Cloth $1.98
Poly           $8.48 (optional)

Here are some photos of my little $20 DIY and the video tutorial!!

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Here is a photo to show you the basic construction of the ladder.  It is 72 inches tall, so nice and big and feels very sturdy.  I love the subtle different shades of blue, even though they will usually be covered up with quilts and blankets!  I also love that beachy, casual feeling I was going for!

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Here is a side view.

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The great thing is that this looks great whether you have 1 quilt or 6 on it.  A great design element to add to any room and add some height.

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Here it is all loaded up with some of my favorite quilts.  All of these quilts were made by me except that fuzzy grey one ;)

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Here is the video tutorial!  Hope you love it as much as I do!  Click Here if you are unable to see the video.

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No Sew Headband

Hey Everyone!  I have a new video up on my YouTube Channel!  It’s a no sew headband.  My bff was over a few weeks ago and we were making some headbands for her 7 month old little girl.  This was one of the ones we came up with!  What do you think?  What are your favorite handmade headbands?

Click HERE if you can’t see the video.

Happy Crafting!

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Quilt with me?

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Craftsy is having a sale!  I got the Irish Chain class, I will be cutting into my fabric next week, want to sew a long with me?  Here is the link for all the classes on sale!  I will blog along my progress so you can see how its going, can’t wait to get started – I’ve always wanted to do an Irish Chain Quilt!!  I would LOVE it if you wanted to join along!  I will be making the Favorite Things Quilt!

HERE is the link to see what is on sale… let me know if you sign up for the Irish Chain!

 

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The Out and About Dress

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In addition to The Staple Dress that I mentioned here, I wanted to try this Out and About dress by another independent pattern designer Sew Caroline.  I love to support small business and crafty women, so I purchased the pattern from Sew Caroline and the knit fabric from girlcharlee.com, my favorite knits retailer.  This dress was pretty easy to put together and I like the scoop neck and sleeve and length options.  I’d like to try it again in a more bold print fabric.  Here are some photos of the Out and About Dress!

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