Easy DIY Flannel Blankets

Christmas is just around the corner!  Here’s a quick DIY gift for that someone who’s always cold!  Some of us just can’t get warm in the winter and need blankets in every seat of the house.  Flannel blankets are perfect!  Even though flannel isn’t super thick, it’s still cozy and easy to wrap around you.

I picked up some flannel on sale at a local craft store and whipped up some blankets in about an hour.  Seriously.  An hour… And that includes chasing after a one year old at the same time.  Here’s how you can make a few easy DIY flannel blankets too:

Materials:

– 2 yards of any flannel fabric

-coordinating thread

Step 1: Prewash your fabrics (always a good idea for any sewing project) and square up your fabric.  I usually just fold my fabric into fourths and even up the sides.  It’s not necessarily a square…. just even around the sides.

Step 2: Serge around all four edges.  I used the rolled hem stitch on my serger, but you can use the basic overlock stitch.  If you don’t have a serger, a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine will work too.

That’s it.  You’re finished!  How easy was that?  Once you make one, you can make one for every room in the house because you’ll want to!

Busy Baby Book Embroidery Kits!

Busy Baby Book Embroidery Kits are here!  They are up in my SHOP!

Aren’t these Busy Baby Book Designs from A Bit of Stitch just the cutest!  Evy made one for Des a while back, and he loves it!  Each page has a different hands on activity.  The two embroidery kits listed in the shop feature the tree page and the monster page.  These kits are perfect for stitching out your project quickly! You don’t have to go searching for fabrics and zippers because it’s already done for you!

Each tree kit includes the background fabric, brown and green felt, black woven stabilizer, a 3 x 3 piece of EasyStitch and a piece of black cotton fabric backed with fusible webbing.

Each monster kit includes the background fabric, pink or red zipper, fabric for the eyes backed with fusible webbing and background fabric for the teeth backed with fusible webbing.

You may purchase the kit with or without the designs and choose between a red or a pink zipper.

These books are perfect for babies and toddlers. These sweet books will keep them busy when you need a little quiet time. They’re also great for road trips and playing with around the house.

Felt coasters

Need a cute little gift for your favorite coffee or tea drinker? These sweet little felt coasters would be perfect, and they are such a quick project!  Can you tell that’s what I’m all about these days?  Seems like nap times get shorter and shorter, so the faster the projects the better right now.

All you need for two coasters is four pieces of felt that are 7 inches by 8 inches and four pieces of cotton batting that are also 7 inches by 8 inches.  You can also make two potholders with the same pattern.  Just cut four felt pieces that measure 10 inches by 10 inches and four pieces of cotton batting that measure 10 inches by 10 inches.

Step 1: Cut your fabric and batting to measurements listed above.  Make sure you use 100% wool because wool blends could contain a fiber that will melt under hot objects.

Step 2: Place two pieces of batting under one piece of felt.  Pin your three layers in place as much as possible.  At the sewing machine, sew random lines in any pattern on the felt through all three layers.

Step 3:  If you need to even out your edges because of any shifting that took place during your sewing, this is the time to do so.

Step 4: Place your second piece of felt on top of your other piece of felt with right sides together.  Pin the edges and sew around all four sides with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.  Be sure to leave at least a 4 inch opening to turn the coaster right side out.

Step 5: Clip your corners and trim the batting as close as you can to your seam.

Step 6: Turn your project inside out.  Sew up the opening by hand and enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend!

Felt letter kits are here!

Whew!  Took me long enough to get this posted!  There are so many things I want to make that I’m going in about 50 directions at once!  Finally decided to sit down and get these kits out there!  If you have an embroidery machine and would like to make your own felt letters, but don’t feel like running around to get all the supplies, you’re in luck!  I’ve done all the work for you!  All you have to do is hoop the felt, and you’re good to go!  Check out the felt letter kits in my SHOP 

Isn’t that felt just beautiful! You know you want to make some pretty letters out of it!

 

Fabric plant cover tutorial

I don’t know what it is, but I love the way all the lights look this time of year!  The past few years, we’ve been decorating with rosemary bushes and putting little lights on them.  I mean, what a great idea whoever you are that started that!  You can keep your “tree” all year long and cook with it!  This year, I decided I needed to actually make some fabric covers for my plants.  Usually, I just wrap some burlap around it and call it a “cover,” but this year, I wanted to make it a little more decorative.  Here’s the fun part about this pattern… You can use this same pattern to make a plant cover or a fabric basket to organize around the house!  You can adjust the size of the pattern to any size pot you need or make it as small as you need to store the smallest odds and ends around the house.

Want to know something interesting about this project?  It can be done entirely on the serger!  I used a Babylock Evolution to complete this project, and it’s just so impressive! My favorite part is pushing the ExtraordinAir button and watching the thread shoot out on the other side of the machine.  I’m amazed every time!

I used home dec weight fabric for the outside of the covers and oilcloth fabric for the lining.  Since both fabrics are heavy duty, make sure you use a larger needle than you would for regular quilting weight fabrics.  I also noticed it was also helpful to use a longer stitch length than normal.  Here’s a quick and easy tutorial for you to make a few too!

 

Instructions:

Step 1: Cut your canvas fabric and your oilcloth fabric into a rectangle that measures 30.5 inches long by 12.5 inches wide.

Step 2: Cut the bottom of the outside of your cover and the lining.  You will need 2 circles that measure 9.5 inches in diameter.

To cut out your circles: Start with a 9.5 inch square and fold it into fourths.  From the center point of your square, measure out 4.75 inches at several different places on your square with a water soluble marker.  Connect the points to form a fourth of your circle and cut along that line.  When you open your fabric back up, you should have a circle that measures 9.5 inches in diameter.

Step 3: Fold your oilcloth rectangle in half with right sides together so the short ends meet.  Using the cover stitch on your serger, sew the short ends together with a 1/2 seam allowance.  (Isn’t nice to sew and and serge at the same time!)  You should have a cylinder that is open on both ends.

Step 4:  Pin the circle you cut out for the bottom on one end of your cylinder with right sides together.  Sew them together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 with your canvas fabric.

Step 6: You should now have two layers: the outside canvas layer and the oilcloth lining layer.  Place the outside canvas layer into the lining layer with right sides together.  Pin the two layers together around the top edge.

Step 7: Sew the two layers together, but make sure to leave at least a 4 inch opening.  You will need that opening to turn the cover inside out.

Step 8:  Turn the cover inside out and press around the top edge of your cover.  You will want to pull your lining fabric slightly higher than your outside layer for when you turn it down at the end.  Important note: Do not place the iron directly on the oilcloth!  It will melt!  Make sure to use a scrap piece of fabric between the iron and the oilcloth.  Ask me how I know!

Step 9:  Sew your 4 inch opening closed by hand.  Turn the top edge of your cover down about 2 or 3 inches and put your plant in it!

Note: This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.

Holiday cards are here!

Our holiday cards arrived the other day, and we love them!  (They showed up a whole six days earlier than anticipated! Thanks, Minted!)  We decided to go with the Winter Brush Holiday card, and it turned out so cute!

We had family photos taken in November next to the same lake where we were married six years ago!  Historic Smithonia Farm is a beautiful place, and it was so special to go back to where it all started!  Such great memories!  Twin Hearts Photography did a fantastic job with our photos, and the one we chose is just perfect for our holiday card.  (Here’s are few more from our photo shoot! It was really hard to choose!)

When you order the cards, they come with envelopes as well!  They’ll even address them for you if you like!  What a win win!  I decided to address them myself… Something about handwriting addresses is fun to me… Weird, right? 

Awesome job as always, Minted!

NOTE: This post is sponsored by Minted, but all opinions are my own.  The links in this post are affiliate, so if you click through the cards and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission.  Have fun browsing all the fancy cards!