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DIY Removable Pillow Covers, You won’t believe how easy these are to make!

You guys, really, you will not believe how fast these are to make!  I just want to keep making them! There is also a little trick I will show you to save even more money!

You will need:

Fabric (I used a half yard for my pillow size)

thread

sewing machine (or sew by hand!)

scissors

pins

iron and ironing board

throw pillow forms

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I am super cheap and won’t pay a lot for anything.  Especially something that isn’t a necessity like throw pillows.  Let me tell you, you don’t have to spend a ton to make your home look nice! If you don’t want to shell out the money for pillow forms, watch for inexpensive throw pillows that aren’t necessarily in the style you would want.  I got this bright red and green one for 90% off at Hobby Lobby after Christmas!  Not my style at all, but it was huge and had great thickness to it.  I knew it had potential.  So check out the clearance section and grab pillows that aren’t necessarily the style you would want because it is so easy to cover.

Once you have your supplies, iron your fabric.  It is always best to start out with nice, flat material to make sure everything is even.

Once it is ironed, you will need to measure your pillow. Trim your fabric about 2 inches larger then your pillow. Make sure that you leave enough room for your pillow.  If you sew the fabric right at the pillow edge, there won’t be room to get the pillow in.

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Now that you have it trimmed, you are going to take your sides and sew about an inch under on each side.  This is for the long side, and just on the ends. You will want to leave overhang on this part, so really just sew a small amount.  This will be where you insert your pillow, so you really need the overhang.

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Once you have the ends sewed, take your pillow and lay it on the decorative side of the fabric.  You will lay your pillow on the fabric and measure the sides to know where to pin them. (look at the photo above)

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You don’t need to leave much extra room for this step, it will make your cover look baggy and sloppy if you leave too much.  Pin snuggly on one side.  Measure the other side and mark with a pin through only one layer of fabric so you can still get your pillow out.  Remove the pillow and sew the sides all the way shut along your pin marks. Once you are done, turn it right side out.

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You will now be able to stuff your pillow into the cover through the back that is open. That is it!  Wasn’t that quick?  I think I threw the whole thing together in about 10 minutes,and that included interruptions!

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Now that you have it,you can remove your pillow whenever you want. This allows you to wash your covers if something were to get spilled on it.  Or change it out when your style changes. Perfect right?

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Fashion Plates Deluxe Kit retro toy from the 80s is back and you can order it again, this was my favoirte toy as a little girl. Barbie fashion plateRemember Fashion Plates? We played with these for hours, designing and coloring all kinds of Fashion Style Plates! They are making them again! Now you can get a brand new Fashion Plate Deluxe Kit with out dealing with cracked and rotted plates that are twice the price!fashion plates buy onlineFashion Plates Deluxe Kit

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The classic mix and match fashion drawing set is back and better than ever! The new Fashion Plates Design Set makes it easy and fun for aspiring designers to create their own fabulous fashion designs. Create one-of-a-kind looks by combining the different rubbing plates together into the new Fashion Plates tablet. With just a few passes of the rubbing tool, your design transfers to your sketch paper. Adding colors and details to your new look is a snap with the included artists pencils and the fashion textures built into the back of each fashion plate. The stylish portfolio case neatly stores you tablet, plates and tools making it easy to take your designs and fashions on the go!

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Garden Markers DIY made with Wine Corks
With spring on the horizon you may be thinking about all things garden related. Garden markers can be a great way to keep your plants organized all throughout the growing season. You can make your own garden markers at home, using just wine corks and a few other supplies. So skip the store bought, here is how you can get started crafting your own!

Supplies needed:
Wine corks
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If you don’t have wine corks on hand, you can buy them by the bag at most craft stores. Or, have your friends save a few for you. You will need one cork for each plant you wish to mark.
Directions:
1. Begin by writing the name of each plant on the wine cork. Use a permanent marker to do this. Just press firmly and start writing.
2. You may want to poke a hole in the cork prior to inserting the stick. Use a sharp object such as a screwdriver to do this. Just press and remove.
3. The chopstick or wooden stake can now be added. Just press it into the cork.Your wine cork garden markers are now ready to be used. If you wish to spray them with a clear coat before using, you can. This may help protect them against the elements. Then, press the wine cork garden marker into the soil near the plant it identifies.

How easy was that? Give this wine cork garden marker tutorial a try and get your garden looking great for less.

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10 Must Have Supplies For Learning To Sew On A Machine

For my first Christmas married (many, many years ago;)) my husband gave me a sewing machine.  I thought he had lost his mind.  I had never sewed other than the occasional button or since high school home economics class. I was terrified of that machine and didn’t want to get to know it because I was afraid of how bad I would do. Thanks to some help from my husband (thank goodness his Mom had shown him a little bit of sewing) and my mother in law, I love sewing now!  I would definitely not call me an expert, but I can sew things for my home and have even done some clothing for my daughter.  It has probably been one of the best gifts I have ever received.

My point is, if you are new to sewing, there is nothing to be afraid of!  It is relatively easy.  And, thanks to the internet, there are so many awesome tutorials and help available that there is no reason not to try!

These are the top 10 things that I use every time I sew, that are definitely something you want to have in your sewing box!

1. A good machine. Seriously.  Don’t waste your time or money on a cheap beginner machine.  My daughter was given one for her birthday one year and it didn’t work for more then a couple of stitches at a time.  Get a basic, real machine.  It will last for years and as long as you aren’t sewing quilts or denim, a basic yet good machine should be more then fine for learning.  Too complicated or expensive comes with so many options that it makes it hard to choose and gives you more choices then you need as a beginner.  *This one is similar to the one that I have.  It has been going strong for 14 years now, and works great!  This is quite inexpensive and has great reviews!

2. Good thread.  I have a lot of thread, some of it is older than I am and was my grandmothers.  I don’t use it a lot, but it is good quality thread, and much better than the cheap junk I have gotten at Walmart.  I have found that some machines don’t like the super cheap thread either.  Don’t spend a lot on it, but it is worth it to get a little better thread than have your stitches break off and have to sew it again anyway, right? I truly don’t know which kind of thread is the best, as I am thrifty and don’t like to spend a lot.  That unfortunately, is how I learned that not all thread is created equal!

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3. Seam ripper.  Unfortunately, my seam ripper and I are close.  I wish I could say I only used it on occasion, but I can’t.  I have to pick stitches a lot.  Pretty much every time I sew.  It seems like I am great at messing up and not so great at sewing a straight line.  Your seam ripper can save you a lot of time.  Do yourself a favor and get one you can hold comfortably.

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4. Extra bobbins.  You should get a couple with your machine, but unless you want to have to remove thread off your bobbin to change it with another color, get extra so you can have one for any color you might need.  While you are at it, get something to store the bobbins in to help keep them from tangling. They come in metal and plastic.  I have both and find them equal.

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5. Straight Pins are a must!  They are something you absolutely should use, when you are beginning and even after if you have issues with keeping things straight like yours truly does. Pinning can be the difference in a project coming out great or having to be picked and done over.

6. Paper clip HolderYes, you read that right.  This is such a great way to keep your pins by your side ready to be used!  They are magnetic and keep the pins from going everywhere.  With a little shake, the pins are right at the top ready to be grabbed without you having to stab yourself by reaching into the box to grab them.  They are super inexpensive, and quite possibly the best sewing trick I have ever used!

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7. Measuring TapeYou are going to want to measure twice cut once.  Fabric can be expensive and it is an awful feeling when you cut and then realize that you weren’t right on measurements.  Be sure to keep your measuring tape nearby to keep track of your seam allowances and hems too.  This helps insure that your product comes out looking like it wasn’t sewn by a preschooler.

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8. Scissors. Don’t use the same scissors that you use for cutting paper. It dulls them out and when you are cutting fabric you want those babies to be as sharp as possible to get the cleanest cut.  I have my grandmother’s sewing scissors because I just happen to be the only left handed grandchild that was interested.  They are old, but they work great and outdo my newer pair even!  If you are serious about sewing, invest in a good pair.  If this is just an occasional hobby, no need to shell out big bucks, basic sewing scissors will do.  If you aren’t the only one that will be near the fabric scissors, consider marking them in some way so that no one mistakes them for paper scissors.  I have a friend who has a tiny scrap of fabric that she ties around the handle of hers to let everyone know they are for fabric. Great idea!

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9. Fabric scraps to practice on.  Either get a cut of inexpensive material, or ask around, someone is bound to have small amounts they don’t mind parting with to help you get the experience you need.  Sometimes, even now, if I am trying out a new stitch or am changing my dial to different settings I will try it out on scrap fabric first so that I don’t risk messing up and having to pick another thread.

And finally, 10. Iron and Ironing board. I hate ironing, like most of us do, but this is a must.  When I started out I didn’t realize just how much I would be ironing and how important this step was.  Not only does it help give you crisp, clean lines, it also helps you use less straight pins if your project has the seam allowance ironed down to help you follow it.  You may think you can escape this step, but trust me, your final product will turn out so much better if you take the extra time to iron your work!

So what do you think?  Are you an experienced seamstress? Are there any you agree/ disagree with?  Anything you would add?  Tell us in the comments!

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DIY Glitter Jar, Inspired By Cinderella, Have Courage And Be Kind

Who has seen the new Cinderella?  Isn’t it great?  I loved this line from the movie and thought it was a great reminder for anyone!

Mason jars are such easy craft items.  I have several for when I can, but why use them just for that?  This blue is the perfect Cinderella blue too!  I really love the way this turned out.

You will need:

A Mason Jar

Mod Podge (matte is best)

Plastic spoon

Paper plate

vinyl for the saying (optional)

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First of all, I haven’t had much luck with gloss Mod Podge.  Every time I use it, I feel like it is really unforgiving.  It shows every brush stroke, finger print, and imperfection.  I don’t have any of those problems with the matte.  Also, the gloss has a strong scent that I don’t like.  I always have matte around that use it for most everything.

Begin by dumping mod podge into your jar.  I dumped about a half inch in.  Add glitter.  A good amount.  Probably a couple of tablespoons.  Stir it up with your plastic spoon just until mixed pretty well. I was using a small jar, so if you are using a larger jar, be sure to add more mod podge and glitter!

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Once the two are stirred, you will roll your jar around making sure that the inside is coated. It won’t be really vibrant at this point, because of the mod podge being wet.  Turn it upside down on a paper plate for at least an hour.  This allows all the extra to pour out.  Try not to move it around (the ring of blue on my plate is from the other one I did before this.  It is dry and won’t affect this jar)

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Once you have allowed it to drain for at least an hour, you can flip it over and discard your plate.  I did notice at this point that there were spots that weren’t as dark as I would’ve liked.  However, if I had waited I am sure it would’ve still looked good.  At this point I decided to sprinkle in a small amount of glitter.  I don’t have a picture for you of that, sorry.  I sprinkled a small amount in and rolled the jar.  Sprinkling in a couple of times.  My jar was a wide mouth jar, so it was fairly easy.  It stuck to my mod podge which was still quite wet.  Don’t sprinkle too much in as you will just waste it if you do.  Let it set upright to dry for about 24 hours.

Once you have let it dry, add your saying in vinyl if you wish.  I used my silhouette machine to cut this saying out.  I use it so much it has definitely paid for itself over the 5 years I have had it!

Mod podge is water based, and will wash off with water, so if you do this and don’t like it, soak in in some water and you still have your jar.  Unfortunately, this means you can’t put water in it to make a vase without ruining it.  Use fake flowers like I did.  Or use it as a makeup brush holder in your bathroom, pencils on your desk, or fill with utensils for a Cinderella theme party!

I love the way it turned out.  I wish you could see just how beautiful it turned out!  The glitter is stunning and is the perfect accent for Cinderella.  Now I just need some glass slippers!

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Free Mother’s day Printable!

It is that time of year again!  Time to show the mother’s in our lives that we appreciate all they do and have done for us.  This printable is just a fun saying I have seen before that is perfect to put up in a frame, or to put on the front of a card.  Why not let Mom know that we realize she is pretty much always right in a fun, lighthearted way?

I love printables.  They are in inexpensive way to decorate without a lot of fuss or supplies.  When you get tired of one saying, or the holiday changes, simply take it out of the frame and add a different one.  Easy as pie!

To print this one, right click on the above image and download to your computer.  This would also work as a screensaver or wallpaper for a device.

If you would rather, below is the link for the high quality pdf version.  Both work great!  To save money on ink, send to your favorite photo printing company and have it printed that way.

Get yours here –> free mother’s day printable

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