Coffee Cozy from an Old Sweater

Here’s another cute gift idea that is super-frugal and extremely cute — handmade coffee cozies! Isn’t it adorable? It’s reusable, eco-friendly, and it keeps your drink warm too. You won’t believe how quick and easy this project is. First, find an old wool sweater and put it in the washing machine using hot water, then […]

Fabric Crayon Wallet Giveaway

It seems it is the birthday season for many of Emily’s little friends, so I was trying to find something cute to make for each of the girls. These fabric crayon wallets were perfect! I made the first one for Emily to give it a good test run. She’s been writing and drawing tiny love […]

Fall Treasure Bag

Emily’s garden goody bag has now evolved into a Fall Treasure Bag! She loves to collect colorful leaves, acorns or interesting seed pods while we go on nature walks, and I love that she has such a special bag for all her Fall treasures. We have lots of crafty plans for these pretty leaves! Now […]

Super Emily to the Rescue!

This super hero cape was a late night sewing project I made with my own pattern and some costume satin that is currently on sale at JoAnn Fabrics. It was going to be part of Emily’s Halloween costume, but we are currently suffering from a serious case of indecisiveness with regards to Halloween costumes. At […]

Pumpkin Printed Halloween Treat Bags

Today’s project was inspired by Lisa Anne from Smell the Coffee, Lisa! She recently featured a great Halloween Spooktacular post with all sorts of neat crafty ideas. Lisa Anne plans to sew Halloween treat bags this year, and I thought that was a terrific idea, so we made our own too. I made a very […]

Sewing in Baby Steps… an Update!

Sorry, the free daily emailed version of this workshop is no longer available. You can still, however, download the entire workshop in a Workbook format here for $5.95. The first session of the Sewing in Baby Steps Workshop received such great feedback, but so many of you wanted to join in and missed the registration […]

Indoor Herb Garden

Starting this indoor herb garden was such a fun project for Emily and me, and we are especially looking forward to having some fresh basil to add to our homemade pizzas! Thanks to a few items from Target’s $1 section, this was very inexpensive and surprisingly not nearly as messy as I had anticipated. The […]

Tutorial — Apple Printed Lunch Sack from Old Jeans

We are still finding new uses for that box of old jeans from my dad. They make great drawstring lunch sacks! My sewing machine is by no means heavy-duty, but it didn’t have any problems sewing through two layers of denim. To make your own lunch sack from an old pair of jeans, cut off […]

Sewing in Baby Steps … the Workbook!

If you always wanted to learn how to sew, but were too afraid or intimidated, this is the workshop for you. The Sewing in Baby Steps workbook is designed to teach you how to sew one baby step at a time. The workbook is divided into 13 days. Each day contains a short baby step […]

Pillowcase Pajama Pants

Emily loves that her new pajama pants are so soft and comfy, since I made them from an old pillowcase. I used a technique very similar to the one found in The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule. These were made in just a few minutes! By using the existing hem on the pillowcase, I […]

DIY Reusable 2-in-1 Sandwich Wrap and Placemat

Here’s a quick eco-friendly weekend project, just in time for back-to-school! These reusable sandwich wraps/placemats are made from cereal box liner bags and a little fabric. Mark made fun of me for saving these cereal bags, but I just knew I could find a way to reuse them. I made these sandwich wraps using some […]

Announcing… Sewing in Baby Steps Workshop!

[Update: The Sewing in Baby Steps Workshop is now available as a downloadable workbook. You can download the entire workshop all at once, to go through at your own pace for $5.95. Otherwise, you can still register for free by signing up below.] Sorry, the free version is no longer available. A few days ago […]

Sunday Snapshot — She’s Baaacck!!

After spending a week with Grandma and Papock (and having TONS of fun), Emily is back home! Hooray! I am blown away by the comments on yesterday’s post. I’ll be posting more info about registering for the free online sewing workshop tomorrow. YES! We are going to do this! If you always wanted to learn […]

A Special Baby Gift

A close friend of mine is expecting her first baby any day now. [UPDATE: Just hours after publishing this post, she had a healthy baby boy! We are so happy for her!!!] I will take any excuse to get crafty, but wanted to do something really special for her. I enlisted the help of our […]

Pretty in Peach

Here’s a little sneak peek! This is what I made using some of this fabric and this pattern courtesy of the aptly named blog Make It and Love It. I did make it, and I do indeed LOVE it!! Ashley’s patterns are always so delightfully simple and easy to understand. Mine was made from a […]

Thrift Store Finds – Fabric Galore!

Oh, I have big plans for this pile of fabric found in the form of sheets and pillowcases at our local thrift store. The color theme for this weekend was pale yellow, light sage green, peach, and tan. I scored the entire set for just $11.00! I love that this baby girl was almost as […]

Garden Bag Giveaway

We are starting to enjoy our garden, and lately there have been lots of pickings. I was bringing reusable shopping totes to collect our veggies, but after getting my hands on some burlap I was inspired to create a “Garden Goodies” bag. I hand-stamped the lettering and made a very basic drawstring bag. Today the […]

Tutorial and Giveaway — Baby Bib from Old Jeans

Photos for today’s post are courtesy of Emily! Awhile ago, my father called to ask me if I had any use for a bunch of his old jeans. “Sure, pass them along! I’m sure I’ll think of something… Hmmm….” Turns out it was a large box full of several different pairs of jeans, and the […]