Posts Tagged ‘DIY / Do It Yourself’

Baby’s napping. Never know how long she’ll sleep… My son’s been wanting a fuzzy purple pillow… I have had the instructions for “The Ten-Minute Pillow” for, I don’t know, 7 years or more, so today seems like a good time to put them to the test…




4:13-4:16 Measure and cut the fabric (3 minutes)

4:17-4:22 Hem the short ends (including the time to change the needle and thread) (5 minutes)

4:27-4:36 Measure the overlap and underlap. (Realize in straying from the original instructions of making a 12×12 pillow, I’ve missed something and mine is too wide for the 14×14 pillow form I plan to use. I re-measure overlap and underlap, pin and serge. The serger gets hung up on the thick layers so I re-sew on my sewing machine.) (9 minutes)

4:37-4:38 Turn right side out and insert pillow form. Done! (1 minute)

Total: 18 minutes (but if you take away 8 minutes for my overlap/underlap mishap, I’m about at 10 minutes)

AND…. another happy customer! (Probably my happiest EVER!)

Try The Ten-Minute Pillow yourself and let me know how long it takes you. Here are the instructions, courtesy of Claire Schaefer and the Greater Phoenix Chapter of the American Sewing Guild.


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You may have noticed groups of ladies in restaurants and such, all wearing red hats and having a lot of fun? They may be members of The Red Hat Society. One of my pattern customers, the fabulous Susan, is a member of this fun women’s group and created some really cute themed teapot cozies using my basic teapot cozy as a base. Check out her handiwork…

Earlier I posted picts of Scottie Dog teapot cozies she’s made if you’d like to see them too. She’s really creative! Thanks again for sharing Susan!

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“…and she can conquer the world,” Marilyn Monroe claimed. So the earlier you start with the right shoes, the better, right? Like these baby mary janes you can crochet yourself, epattern from

And why stop at shoes when there are so many adorable and unique sewing, knitting and crochet patterns available for little girls clothing and accessories? Like this sweet ruffly girls dress sewing epattern and tutorial by

Or these super cute beetle, ladybug and bumblebee baby bibs, sewing epattern and tutorial by

Or this unique hooded girls dress sewing epattern available from

I didn’t think much about sewing for my son but for my daughter, well, so many cute possibilities! It’s time to get started!

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‘Great Patterns….’ by JulieEllynDesigns

Kate’s Dress – A-line dr…


Baby Bunting – knitting patt…


PDF Crochet Pattern MaryJane…


Amigurumi Zodiac patterns – …


Easy Adjustable Socks – PDF …


DIY casserole dish carrier -…


Saffron Romper (Size 6/12 mo…


Mini baskets sewing pattern …


Dalliance Gloves sewing e-pa…


PDF Sewing Pattern – Elisa t…


Toy Sewing Pattern – PDF ePA…


PDF Pattern Felt Embroidered…


Yoga Pants PDF Pattern – 2 s…




Card Table Playhouse Pattern…


Cute Penguin Pattern – soft …


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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‘Time For Tea’ by LilinovaDesigns

Vintage Aynsley Golden Corse…


Tea for one


Art Print Keep Calm and Drin…


Celestial Teapot – Print




vintage celadon tea tin


Tea Time – 8.5 x 11 Archival…


10 Green Tea Bag Charms


Tea Time – Miniature Teapot …


Sessions Teapot Wall Clock


copper tea kettle


Tea Cup Antique Ornate Frenc…


DIY Teapot cozy Sewing patte…


Tea Time – Dead Sea Salt Gly…


Wolverine teacup set of four


mocha and olive green tea to…


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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In my ongoing effort to finish my birthday present, I made these simple lumbar pillows for my living room sofa (better late than never). And it only took about half an hour! The pillows have a clean, simple look that goes well with my living room decor (although doesn’t do much for my ugly sofa except detract attention away from it) and they were so easy to make, so I’m including a tutorial so you can try it out!  = )

Step 1: To make a 10 in x 18 in pillow, cut 2 pieces of fabric 11 in x 19 in each. (NOTE: My tutorial photos show the pillow 50% smaller than the originals shown above.)

Step 2: With right sides together, stitch a 1/2 in seam allowance on each short side.

Step 3: Turn right side out and plan how much of each color you’d like showing when the pillow is finished. (I recommend using 3rd or 5th ratios as they are more visually balanced and attractive.) When you’ve determined how you’d like it to look, measure from one folded side to the seam.

Step 4: Turn the pillow right side in again (ie wrong side out) and transfer the measurement, using a small ruler or seam gauge, from the stitching to the folded edge. Put a pin in the fold as shown.

Do the same at the bottom.

Step 5: Then pin the long edges, smoothing the layers flat, and leaving a space to turn inside out.

Step 6: Then stitch along the long edges with 1/2 in seam allowance.

Step 7: Turn right side out and use a point turner or the blunt end of a crochet hook or similar to turn the corners.

Step 8: Stuff your pillows through the opening you left. Then sew the opening closed by hand or by machine….  And you’re done!

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I found this jacket in my studio closet.



I made it in the late 90s, created the pattern and the stencil designs, invested hours of time and effort into it. Published in the Belle Armoire Magazine, I’m very proud of this jacket and have found it hard to part with inspite of its being terribly outdated. BUT it’s been using up valuable storage space so something’s gotta give. What to do? Give it a new purpose…


How to Make a Jacket into a Pillow

Lay the jacket flat, then fold the edges in to approximate the size and shape of pillow you want…

Mark roughly, with a removable pencil or pen, the dimensions of the pillow on front and back, if needed. Then take out the lining either by unpicking or cutting…

Unpick the hem, then take out the side seams either by unpicking or cutting…

(You might also need to take the sleeves off depending on your jacket or pillow)

Now mark off the dimensions of your pillow with a ruler and removable pen or pencil. (Mine is 18″ x 18″)

Then add a 1/2″ seam allowance using your ruler and removable pencil/pen…

(Do these steps for both back and front of jacket)

Lay the jacket front flat and pin through all the layers of facing/lapel to stabilize…

(The front button closure will serve as your opening, where you will insert the pillow form)

Cut around the outer line you drew, both front and back, keeping pins in place. Then BASTE where you’ve pinned to stabilize all the layers.

Undo the buttons. Now place front and back pieces RIGHT sides together and pin…

Then STITCH 1/2″ from raw edges all the way around. Use the front button area to turn the pillow right side out…

Use a point turner to push the corners out, press if needed, then insert your pillow form…

Button the buttons and you’re done!

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