Nov 27

Homemade Gifts – Monster Book Carrier

Another Homemade Gift.  The Monster Book Carrier.   I had a picture of something similar to this  pinned from somewhere but it didn’t have any other information.  Not sure what the original had in mind for it’s use but for me it is the perfect size for bedtime books.

Monster Book Carrier @

This is made out of some remnant fleece I had.  The zipper I had laying around too. I purchased nothing to make this.  That is the kind of gift I like. :)

It took about 2 hours to make but I was also figuring it all out so the next one will be much quicker.  Fleece is perfect for this kind of project because it is forgiving and no need to finish any seams.

Monster Book Carrier @

I didn’t write down any instructions yet but if you are interested in making one, let me know and I’ll email you the dimensions and instructions.


See you next time.


Nov 26

Homemade Gifts – $.50 Headwarmers

I saw someone wearing a fleece headwarmer with a flower on it yesterday and thought “I could do that” and what an easy homemade gift that would make.  And I could do that and I made my own. I had the fleece.  It was a remnant and the whole piece cost less than a $1.00. I can get 4 out of my piece but if you don’t have any fleece, you can buy it at JoAnn’s on sale for about $2.99 a yard. You would get 6 headwarmers out of a yard equaling$.50 each.

$.50 Headwarmers @

Measure your head.  My head is 23 inches.  Cut a 4″ piece of fleece the width of the fabric. MAKE SURE you cut the fleece from salvage to salvage and that is stretches.  If you cut raw edge to raw edge, it will not stretch. From the 4″ piece, cut two 23″ pieces. (Or whatever measurement you are using.) Do not add any additional for a seam allowance.  You need it to be snug and stretch.

Gifts - $.50 headwarmers

Stitch both long sides of the 4″ strips.  I used the edge of my pressure foot as my guide and moved my needle slightly to the right.  Turn seams to the inside.  I know everywhere it always tells you not to press fleece but I always press on low heat and with steam.  Otherwise it looks too homemadish (this may be a new word Mr. Webster) to me.  I love handmade but not necessarily homemade. Do you know what I mean?  Just be careful, don’t have the iron to hot and don’t keep it on the fleece for more than a second.  It will get the seams flat and looking great.

$.50 Headwarmer @

After stitching, turning and pressing.  Top-stitch along the edge.  Again use the edge of your pressure for as a guide.

$.50 headwarmer @

Now sew the ends together.  Word of caution – fleece stretches.  When I was sewing the edges together, the bottom stretched and it wasn’t even and I had to un-sew and start again.  Second time around I put a pin at the top and the bottom to make sure my edges started and ended together.

$.50 headwarmer @

Awww, the edges are sewn and it was too unfinished looking so I sewed the edges down and trimmed.  It looked a lot better that way.

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The edges sewn down. It looks much neater this way.

$.50 headwarmers @

To make the flower, cut a 1″ strip 23″ long and stitch down.  I folded the headwarmer in half with the seam being the back and stitched the tail down 3″ from the front center.

$.50 headwarmer @

The flower was hot glued to the headwarmer.  To make the flower simply twist and turn the fleece. Glue. Twist and turn. Glue. Keep twisting and turning and be sure to tuck the tail up underneath and glue. That is it.

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Cute, huh?

$.50 headwarmer @ wowilikethat.comI made this last night and wore it to work today.  Lots of compliments to be had. :)  I however, gave it away and had to make myself another one tonight.

This time I didn’t sew and turn and top-stitch the edges. I simply sewed the edges together with a straight stitch.

$.50 headwarmer @

Instead of sewing a seam which is thick and unattractive, overlap the edges and stitch down with a zip zag stitch.   Trim close to stitching.  It looks much neater.

$.50 headwarmer @


For the flower, cut the strips with pinking shears.  This flower was tacked down and I started with a knot. Stitch the strip in place first.  Same procedure.  Twist and turn, now tack by hand, twist and turn and tack. The edges, I just quickly stitched down going through only the top layer of the headwarmer and the back looks neat and clean.

$.50 headwarmer @

The whole headwarmer took no more than 15 minutes to make.  I think they will make lovely little gifts for co-workers. Teenagers would love them too.

$.50 headwarmer @ wowilikethat.comSee you next time.







Nov 24

Gifts – Handmade Outfit $3.50

The gift is a $3.50 handmade Christmas outfit and it is incredibly cute too.  I made 5 of them.  The mom and dad shirt were only $2.50 because I didn’t get them pants.  And, I even had enough to make the dog a matching neck scarf too.  That was $0.00.

Gift giving done cheap. $3.50 outfit @

The shirts I bought last week at JoAnn Fabrics.  They were on sale for $2.50 each.  The embroidery design I had but if you were to buy was $5.00 for the whole design pack at Designs by Ju Ju.

Gifts done cheap @

If you don’t have an embroidery machine, you could still duplicate the idea by stenciling which I do often. The stenciled are equally as cute as the embroidery. Some even prefer it.  Here are instructions for stenciling with freezer paper.  Regular craft paint works just fine on fabric.  The little $.89 bottle works perfectly.  Don’t be tricked in thinking you have to buy the special paint for fabric, you don’t’ need it.  Did you ever get craft paint on your clothes?  It doesn’t come off.

$3.50 Christmas Outfit @

The pants I bought yesterday at the thrift store.  My thrift store has $.99 cent Saturdays where one color tag is $.99 for the day.  I’m one of those dorks who will only buy things that are $.99 on $.99 day.  It is just part of the fun.  Anyway, I found jeans for all the kids in the sizes that I needed.  All looked brand new.  I do wash them immediately though as one never knows.

$3.50 Christmas Outfit @

After the pants were washed and dried, I cut out the applique trees with my Go Baby. I’m lucky enough to have a Go Baby but you don’t need it.   It is super duper easy to draw your own tree or trace one from a coloring book.   Here are instructions for making your own iron on applique patches.

$2.50 Christmas Shirt @

The fabric was scraps from a previous project and I also had the backing for the applique on hand too.  Even if you don’t have these things on hand, you only need a very small amount and it would be of minimal cost.

Dog Scarf @

The dog scarf was again a scrap of fabric and I appliqued on a tree and embroidered the name.  $0.00 cost.

Total project

5 shirts = $12.50

3 thrift store pants = $2.97

Total Cost for 5 people gifts & 1 dog gift = $14.97.  Not bad. :)

See you next time.


Nov 20

Modern Quilt from Craftsy – Quilt #5

Just finished another Modern Quilt from a Craftsy class. I’m loving it.  Started out with some difficulty quilting this one and ripped out at least 1000  stitches and so it got off to a slow start. Once I thought things over and started stitching again, it went quickly.  I thought I would shadow the triangle lines and quilt the inside of the triangles but they ended up being too long and I had too much trouble keeping them straight and I ended up pulling the fabric causing dreadful stitches.  Hence the ripping out.  The solution was to go sideways with shorter rows and simply turning the corner and rounding.  Worked much better.

Quilt 5 @ WowILikeThat

The design is from Improvisational Piecing, Modern Design by Jacquie Gering.  As usual,  I changed it up a bit.  It called for crazy patchwork in some of the triangles but my daughter was picking the fabric and couldn’t decide on a combination to use so we picked just one, the print. It worked.

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You can also see that all the stitches aren’t perfect but yet it makes no difference in the overall finish. Rather I think the imperfections add to it and make it look handmade and original.

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I also took another Craftsy class.  Free motion quilting by Angela Walter. I used her technique of changing the quilting design.  I divided the quilt in quarters lengthwise.  The first quarter I quilted pebbles.  The second quarter I quilted swirls.  The third quarter I quilted swirls with pebbles and the fourth quarter I quilted swirls with leaves.

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I also pieced the fabric from the front to make the binding.  I follow this technique again to do the binding and it has yet to fail.

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Unfortunately or fortunately, there wasn’t enough backing fabric and therefore I pieced together the back. I will never have a solid back again.  The pieced backing is so much more interesting.

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See you next time. Happy Quilting.



Nov 18

Free Modern Quilt Patterns

32 Free Modern Quilt Patterns are listed below.

I bought fabric without a pattern.  Who does that?  I thought I would just make something up on the fly which would be ok if I bought the fabric at a thrift store but I didn’t.  My son asked for specific colors so I bought the fabric.  Now what do I make?

I was searching for patterns and I find lots for sale but I didn’t want to buy anything so I went on a quest for free beautiful modern quilt patterns.  I am going to make the first one, “Center Strips Bed Quilt” but the others I had saved are equally as beautiful and I thought I would share.

Center Strips Bed Quilt from AllPeopleQuilt.  Pattern can be found here.

Fat Quarter Twin Bed Quilt at AllPeopleQuilt.  You can find the pattern here.



Movement in Squares by Ivory Spring. You can find the pattern here.

Front on Floor (2)

Nine Patch Lattice Quilt by Oh, Fransson.  You can get the pattern here.

Crazy Nine Patch Quilt

This is the same pattern done with crazy patches.  You can get the pattern above and instructions for doing crazy patching here.  Again, from the wonderful Oh, Fransson.

Lemon Squares Quilt by Fresh Lemon Quilts.  You can get the pattern here.

Kaleidoscopic Kites Free Quilt Pattern

Kaleidoscopic Kites Quilt from Fresh Lemon Quilts.  You can find the pattern here.

Belle Wave Quilt Pattern by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith


The Belle Wave Quilt from Fresh Lemon Quilts.  The pattern can be found here.

The Lark Quilt from Amy Butler.  The pattern can be found here.


Zig & Zag Quilt from Moda Bake Shop.  You can get the pattern here.



Modern Bargello by Moda Bake Shop. You can find the pattern here.


Urbanista from Studio e.  Pattern can be found here.


Ombre Quilt by V and Co.  Pattern can be found here.

Circle Quilt by Bijou Lovely.  Pattern can be found here.

Patchwork Chevron Quilt Tutorial

Patchwork Chevron Quilt by In Color Order.  Pattern can be found here.

Baby Life Quilt by V and Co.  Pattern can be found here.

triangle quilt tutorial

Triangle Quilt by See Kate Sew.  Pattern can be found here.

Peppermint Pinwheel Blocks by Diary of a Quilter.  You can find the pattern here.

Easy Bricks Quilt by Diary of a Quilter.  You can find the pattern here.

Chrysalis Lattice Quilt by Diary of a Quilter.  You can find the pattern here.

Bella’s Bird Schooner Blue Quilt by Red Rooster.  You can find the pattern here.

Vibrant Mango Quilt

Vibrant Mango Quilt from AllPeopleQuilt.  You can find the pattern here.

Modern Blocks Design: Fresh Cut Quilt by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen

  Fresh Cut Quilt by Jacquie Gering & Katie Pedersen.  You can get the pattern here 

Deep Breath Quilt from Craft Nectar.  Pattern can be found here.

Bloom Bloom Pow - done

Bloom Bloom Pow Quilt by Freshly Pieced.  Pattern is available here.

Boxed In Quilt by Freckled Whimsy.  You can find the pattern here.


Candy Wishes by Jo’s Country Junction at Moda Bake Shop.

Lattice Bones by 627handworks.  Pattern can be found here.

Fairground Quilt by everydaycelebrate.  Find the pattern here.

Stacked Squares Quilt by kitchentablequilting.  Pattern can be found here.


Happy Go Round Quilt by Vintage Modern Quilts.  Pattern can be found here.


A Little High, A Little Low Quilt at Moda Bake Shop. You can find the pattern here.

See you next time.  Happy quilting.