Nov 29

30 Modern Christmas Pillows to Quilt & Sew

30 Modern Christmas Pillows to Quilt & Sew @

Hi All,

This is a little round up of great Christmas pillows that can be made easily for your home or for gift giving.

Quilt Story has complete instructions for this adorable Ornament Pillow. Go here for the tutorial.

Sew What, Sherlock? || Leg Lamp Pillow for Dad is complete!

Sew What Sherlock has the free pattern and instructions on her site for this sure to please Christmas Story pillow. Go here for pattern and instructions.


Andrea’s Notebook has the complete instructions for making this easy yet so cute Xmas tree pillow. Go here to find them.

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The Idea Room has instructions for this simple yet elegant Xmas pillow. You could follow her instructions but can achieve the same results using Xylene as I did with my bicycle pillow. You can find The Idea Room’s instructions here.

Felt Snowflake Pillow

Better Homes and Gardens has the pattern and instructions for making this quick and easy felt pillow. Like that felt – easy to use and no raveling. Go here for pattern and instructions.

Scrappy Christmas Throw Pillow

Two More Seconds made this great scrappy pillow. Not much of a tutorial but there isn’t much to make it.  It is one piece of linen and the scrap pieces stitched across the top. Can’t get much easier than that but look how adorable the end result is.  You can read more about it here.

Patchwork Quilted Star Pillows on

Polka Dot Chair has the instructions for making this stunning Xmas pillow. Go here for instructions.

From the Blue Chair has instructions on making this super cute wonky Xmas Tree pillow. Go here for instructions.


Just Crafty Enough has instructions for making this popular reindeer pillow. Go here for pattern and instructions.

How cute is this pillow? Easy to make too. Go here to Someday Crafts for the full instructions on how to make.

645 Workshop has a series of easy pillows to make. There isn’t much of any instructions for this pillow. A piece of velvet and sew on jingle bells. We can all do that but look how cute the end result is. Go here to read more about this pillow and for other ideas.

red pillow

We All Sew has instructions for making this stunning holiday pillow. Go here for instructions.

DIY Holiday Trees Pillow Cover

We All Sew also has instructions for making this easy Xmas Tree Pillow. Go here to read more and for instructions.

No Sew Holiday Pillow Tutorial | The Borrowed Abode

Here is a super quick and easy no sew holiday pillow from The Borrowed Abode. Go here for instructions.

I love pretty and I love this pillow. City House Studio made this LOVEly pillow. Go here for instructions.

Now I know what to do with all those buttons I hoard. Isn’t this pretty? Stone Gable has full instructions on how to make here.

O Christmas Trees are pretty darn cute. Leslie’s Art and Sew tells you how she made them here.

joy title

So Sew Easy has a quick and easy tutorial for you to make this cute JOY pillow. Go here for the tutorial and instructions.

how to sew a pom pom pillow

Craftaholics Anonymous has a tutorial for this adorable Pom Pom Pillow. Go here for the tutorial.

red and aqua pillow

Infarrantly Creative has a tutorial to make this lovely Christmas Pillow. It is so easy. Those aren’t sewn on stripes, they are painted. Go here for the full instructions.

Cozy Christmas Tall Tree Pillow Tutorial, a handmade gift idea on

Fleece Fun has a tutorial for making this super easy tall tree pillow. Go here for the complete tutorial.

Pottery Barn Inspired Jingle Bell Pillow

These are stunning yet so easy following How Does She’s tutorial. Very little sewing involved and would be a super easy project. Go here for a complete tutorial.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Pottery Barn Inspired Falalala Pillow

Confessions of a Plate Addict shows you how easily she knocked off a Pottery Barn Pillow for 90% less. Go here for instructions.

Christmas Pillows

Another super easy ornament pillow by KT Green Designs. Full instructions can be found here.

Another easy applique pillow, this one from Diary of a Quilter can be found here.

placemat turned pillow

Here is a girl after my own heart. Thrifty Decor Chick made this adorable pillow from a $2.00 placement. Go here for her instructions.

How cute is this pillow that Mom 4 Real whipped up with a freezer paper stencil. Go here for the how to’s.

Red & White Pillows

Simple but beautiful holiday pillows from Better Home and Garden. Instructions for the red pillow can be found here. Instructions for the white pillow can be found here.

How pretty is this Snowball Fight pillow from Stitchery Dickory Dock? The complete tutorial can be found here.

Do you have a sweet tooth?  If so you will love this little peppermint pillow by Make it Dear. You can find the complete instructions here.

I hope this little round up inspires you to make some holiday pillows either for yourself or for gift giving.

See you next time.


Feb 02

Quick & Easy Boot Cuff Tutorial


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Hi All,

Boot cuffs are cute, warm and oh so easy to make.   These were made using a remnant of fleece picked up at JoAnn Fabrics for about $2.50.  That was enough fleece to make the cuffs, an infinity scarf and decorate some matching gloves.  They would make a great Valentine’s Day gift for a friend, teenager or anyone.  Quick and easy to make too so they would be great for selling at a winter craft fair. Want to make your own?  If so follow along.

Cut two 18″ x 9-1/2″ rectangular strips for the cuff itself.  Cut with the stretchy part of the fleece going across the 18″ piece.  Cut four pieces of the leg piece.  Download the pattern here.  Boot Cuff Pattern  Cut this with the stretchy part of the fleece going from side to side, not top to bottom.  This is very important as it is tight around the ankle and if it doesn’t stretch, it won’t go over your foot.  I made it without a foot because I don’t like feeling the seams in my socks. Plus without a foot, it is easily adjustable for high or low boots.  The pattern is for a high boot.  If you wanted these for a low boot, measure your boot and cut the extra from dotted lines on the pattern and draw a new straight line.  It is important that both the top dimension and the ankle dimension remain the same as on the pattern. Questions, just ask.

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I used my serger but it isn’t necessary as fleece does not ravel.  Serge or stitch, right sides together. If stitching, use a 1/4″ seam or use the edge of your presser foot as a guide.  Turn inside out.

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Sew or serge together 9-1/2 sides, wrong sides together.

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Fold wrong sides together to form cuff.

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With the right side of the leg out, insert the cuff inside the leg.  Match the seam on the cuff to the inside seam of the leg.  The first one doesn’t matter, but the second does.  See which leg the first boot cuff will match the inside seam and do the second one accordingly.

I pinned every quarter.  Sometimes it might be necessary to stretch to fit. That is fine. If serging be careful to remove pins before you reach your blade. Stitch or serge the folded cuff to the leg piece.

Make Boot Cuffs the quick and easy way @

That is it.  Fold the cuff out. Slip on over your foot, put on your boot and adjust. You made a boot cuff.

Boot Cuff Tutorial @

I also made this one.

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And this one. I’ll be posting soon how to make these variations.  Do you watch Shark Tank?  I do, I love that show.  The show was my inspiration for the lace boot cuff.  There was a woman on the show who was making boot cuffs and selling them for around $40.  She had an online store and wanted to expand.  The sharks took the deal and she is probably making millions of dollars now making boot cuffs.  Mine are just as cute, if not cuter.  The difference as always – she did something with her idea. You go girl!

As always, if any questions just ask.

See you next time.



Dec 11

Freezer Paper Stenciled Personalized Shirt – How to create in CorelDraw & cut on your Silhouette

There are tons of tutorials out there on how to freezer paper stencil a shirt so I’m not going to show  you how to do that.  You can see some great tutorials for that here or here.


Freezer paper stenciling is easy and fun to do.  The challenge however is to create your own design and get it sent to the Silhouette cutter.  You can buy designs from Silhouette and when I plugged in my Silhouette yesterday, it said I needed to update. The update was a plugin that would allow me to easily and quickly use CorelDraw or Illustrator and send the design to the Silhouette.  Guess what?  It cost $39.99.

I needed a quick, easy and cheap little gift and I was no way, no how gonna spend $40.00 for that. So I played and I figured it out. It is quick and easy too and doesn’t cost $40.00.

Freezer Paper Stenciled Shirt @

Open CorelDraw to a new page.  Create your design.

I don’t like to think of myself as a cheapskate, rather I’m frugal.  Again, if I need a cheap gift, I don’t want to be spending all kind of money.  If you are familiar with CorelDraw or any type of graphic design and / or the printing process, you know that your graphic needs to be vector. Vector in layman’s terms means if you enlarge and enlarge the picture, you will not see those little pixel boxes.  It will remain smooth and clean regardless of the size.  Problem is that vector art usually costs money.  All I wanted was some simple animal silhouettes but I couldn’t find any for free.  Soooooo I simply used a font.  There are millions of free fonts.  I picked a free animal font from, enlarged it and it worked perfectly.  I created the call out from the shapes in Corel, added my text and in 2 minutes my artwork was done, waiting and wanting to be sent to my Silhouette cutter.

The Silhouette cutter uses a SVG extension but trying to save your design as SVG and opening it in the Silhouette Studio software didn’t work.

There is one simple step in between.  All you have to do is first convert your design to a bitmap and then save that bitmap as an SVG extension.

That is it.  Create, convert and save.  Open your Silhouette Studio, get a new page, and find the design where you saved it.  To find it though, select OPEN, then in the dialog box, select ALL FILES in the drop down labeled FILES OF TYPE.  The design will appear as the image you created.  Now under the OBJECTS toolbar at the top of the Silhouette Studio, select TRACE.  This will trace your design for cutting.  You do not have to remove the graphics.  From here, simply send the design to your cutter and you are done, done, done and you still have that $40.00 they wanted in your pocket.

If you have any questions, holler and I’ll be happy to help.

See you next time.



Dec 04

Free Quilted Pillow Patterns – 15 great patterns

Hi All,

When you don’t have enough time to make a quilt for someone, a pillow is a close second.  Less fabric, lots less time to make but they sure pack a punch.  Not only do pillows make great gifts, they are great sellers at craft fairs and on Etsy.  Also a great way to gain quilting skills.

I have more free quilted pillow patterns & tutorials so be sure to check back as I’ll soon be posting more.

Winter Night Pillow can be found at Esch House Quilts.

Kiss Pillow pattern can be found at Esch House Quilts.

Trajectory Pillow Pattern in PDF from Simply Cotton.

Fabulous Feather Pillow pattern at Beck and Lundy’s.

Sunburst Pillow pattern at by Noodlehead at Versus.

Recycled Roses Pillow instructions at Alisa Burke.

Button Pillow instructions at Just Another Hang Up.

Bunting Pillow instructions at Just Another Hang Up.

 Fall Pillow with Wood Button Tutorial at Just Another Hang Up.

 Chunky ZigZag Pillow at Fairy Face Designs.

Four Leaf Pillow instruction with Piping at mmmcrafts.

Crate & Barrel Knock Off at Life Crafts & Whatever.

Modern Dresden Plate Tutorial

Dresden Plate Pillow at The Girl Who Quilts.

Picture of Ginormous Button Pillow

Ginormous Button Pillow at Instructables.

Wool Felt Pillow at Craft n Things.

See you next time.




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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Jul 07

Make your own dip mixes – Part 5

Here are more dip mixes.  Again, these are great sellers at craft fairs, church bazaars and even flea markets.  Cheap to make, easy to put together and delicious to eat.  You can see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of my dip mix collections.


Herb Veggie Dip Mix

  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 1 T dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 tsp. tarragon
  • 1-1/2 tsp. onion (minced)
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder

Mix above ingredients and stir until well blended.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-combine dip ix with 2 cups sour cream & 2 tsp. lemon juice (in the bottle kind is ok).  Stir until well blended.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.  Serve with crackers or fresh veggies.


Italian Dip Mix

  • 2-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2-1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2-1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 4 T Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp. celery seeds
  • 2-1/2 tsp. sesame seeds

Combine above ingredients well.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-Combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir until well blended.  Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.  Serve with crackers, chips or veggies.


Bacon Dip Mix

  • 4 T bacon bits (imitation ones work too)
  • 2 tsp. beef bouillon granules
  • 2 T minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp. minced garlic

Combine ingredients and mix well.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-Combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir until well blended and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.  Serve with veggies, chips or crackers.  

I still have more recipes to share so be sure to sign up for email notifications of new posts or check back often.

See you next time.


Jun 11

Another Tutorial Tuesday – Walker Bag

My friends father is in a nursing home.  They are hosting a raffle and need things appropriate for residents in the nursing home.  My friend asked if I would make a walker bag to go in the basket.  I had already made the tissue box cover and thought I would use the same home dec fabric.

walker bag

I followed the instructions I found on Instructables.  The instructions were clear and easy to follow but I did make a few modifications.

I did not use interfacing because I used home dec fabric.  The home dec fabric does not need any additional interfacing. (Step 1)


I also did not having thin cording. (Step 2)  I made piping instead.  I think I like the piping better than I would have liked the cording.  To make the piping, I cut 1-1/2″ bias strips and pressed in the center.


The instructions called for 30″ of webbing. (Step 2)  I had zero webbing so I made fabric straps instead.  I cut 2 pieces of 15″ x 4″ fabric.  I ironed in half and then folded my edges in to meet the middle and pressed well.  I sewed all edges with a zig zag stitch to add strength and durability.


The instructions also called for leaving the bottom opened.  I thought the bottom needed the extra strength of a good sewn seam so I left an opening on the side between the pockets.  It was more than enough room to turn. (Step 8) Also be sure to trim your corners.


I loved how it turned out.  Cute and color.  Easy too which is always a perk.


I didn’t have a walker to model it on.  Sorry my chair is a sad substitute.