Crafty Kitchen: Turkey Cookies

There are lots of turkey cookie recipes out there, but I wanted to come up with one that was easy and didn’t involve and baking so kids could easily be…

Fabric Corner Bookmarks

Some friends living in South Korea tipped me off to a trend they’ve seen in stores: the corner bookmark. These slide-on bookmarks can be made from fabric or paper, and…

Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

Looking for an easy DIY pumpkin? Look no further! Here’s a cute way to make them out of fabric. You could even have an older child make or help make…

Thanksgiving Place Setting Printables

Is everyone getting ready for food and family? I know we are around here! To help dress up our Thanksgiving place settings I designed a few printables. There’s the menu:…

Broken Herringbone Quilt

My younger sister and her husband are expecting their first baby next month and it’s a girl! For their baby shower, I made them a quilt with matching pillow and…

Free! Cadet Cap Pattern

I’m guest posting over at the Britex Fabric blog with a pattern and instructions for a child’s cadet style cap! Use this link to head over and check it out. While you’re there, check out the amazing fabrics they carry. The hat below is made from a beautiful herringbone olive and espresso wool from Britex. They’ll be having a 30% off sale in-store for Black Friday and 30% off online for Cyber Monday.

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The instructions are at the Britex blog and you can download the free cadet cap pattern here from Craftsy. You’ll have to create a free Craftsy account to access the pattern. The free version comes in child size 5 only, but I plan on releasing a paid version with multiple sizes and printable instruction sheets soon. The finished base of the free hat measures 20 7/8″ and fits a head circumference (measured from the middle of the forehead to the widest part of the back of the skull) of 20 1/4″, the average size of a 5 year old.

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Sewing Projects: Basement Craft Room Makeover

Did you see yesterday’s Big Reveal of my Basement Craft Room Makeover? Here’s a closer look at . . .

The Projects

Because the painting took 2-3 weeks, working on it here and there, my sewing room was a disaster area for much of October. I decided to keep the sewing projects quick and simple, sticking to fabric projects that would help me conceal clutter!

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Fabric Cover for Wire Shelves

Inspired by this pin, I sewed a fabric cover for my open wire shelving, which I used to store large cuts of fabric like minky, quilt backings, and home decor. Although I didn’t follow a pattern, I basically fitted the 108″-wide white muslin fabric around the shelves like I was working on a dress form. I pinned and stitched a bit here and there.

The trim is, of course, Amy Butler Lotus Wall Flower in Cherry. I will never fall out of love with this print!

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Ironing Board Cover

Another easy sewing project was my new ironing board cover! The fabric is Premier Prints Arrow Macon Apache Blue, and I used a couple layers of quilt batting to make it padded. No fancy sewing here. I just cut a piece of fabric about 3 to 4 inches larger than my ironing board and stitched a casing around it for elastic. Then I realized I didn’t have any elastic on hand, so I used baker’s twine! Not ideal, but it only bunches a little at the bottom, and I’m so happy with the fun new print that I hardly notice!

Wall Swag of Fabric Strips

For the fabric wall art above, I ripped fabric strips about 1-2″ wide from selvage to selvage. I then cut them into equal lengths and tied them onto another piece of baker’s twine. I used fabrics from my other projects, plus added one of my favorite prints from Carol Friedlander, a simple grey crosshatch.

I think this swag of fabric strips would be a fun accent at a wedding, bridal shower, or baby’s room. Although I’m definitely a minimalist when it comes to home decor (I’m WAY more Target than Pier 1), this little bit of wall art makes me feel like there’s a party in my sewing room!

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Window Curtains

Since the basement is our main entrance into the house, I wanted to make sure I had some good window coverings for the door window. Oftentimes, I’m up late sewing, and it feels kind of weird to have the lights on for anyone to see. I made two simple curtain panels and hung a cafe curtain rod on the door, so it’s easy to slide them to the side and let the daylight in. The fabric is Joel Dewberry’s Modern Meadow Herringbone in Pond.

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Cutting Table Skirt

Since it’s my favorite, I used more of Amy Butler’s Wall Flower print to make a simple table skirt for my cutting table, which is my husband’s old computer desk (from IKEA). After measuring the fabric and hemming each of the sides, I pinned the fabric to table with clear push pins. Since the bottom of the desk is open, it’s great for hiding my rolling plastic storage tubs, filled with more fabric.

 

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Long Drapes + Chair Pillow

To help break up the grey wall and cover another small window, I opted for a single long curtain panel in my favorite colors! For the drapes, I sewed with Premier Prints (an awesome provider of modern and simple home decor fabrics) Suzani Twill in Powder Blue. I want this fabric everywhere.

Since I’m prone to backaches working at the sewing machine (and holding a newborn when I’m not sewing or working), I stitched up a quick pillow cover for lumbar support! This fabric is also a home decor option from Premier Prints called Towers in Coral and White.

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Cover a Card Table in Fabric

Do you have an ugly card table around the house? I did! It was pea green with rips in the top, and I was inspired by this pin to recover the top. I used the rest of the Coral Towers fabric, and it was a lot easier than I expected! If you want a surface that’s easy to clean, you can cover your fabric in vinyl. I think I’ll just try this out and see how it goes. It’ll be great to have this extra table to pull out for an extra workspace.

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Fabric Ruler Sling

This is one of my favorite projects, and it was SO EASY! Inspired by this pin, I used a set of double curtain rod hangers and a long dowel rod (cut in half). I drilled the hardware into the side of the desk to create my little fabric sling for quilting rulers (I’ve collected quite a few), and I love how this keeps my cutting table clean and neat.

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I’m not naturally a person who tidies up after sewing, but having this fabric sling here motivates me to do so. I have another wall pocket I used to hang up my rotary cutters, which is pictured above.

Fabric-Covered Diaper Box

Would you believe this used to be a diaper box? I made two of these boxes and blogged a quick tutorial here. This is probably my second favorite project, right behind the ruler sling!

The fabric is all from Fabric.com, and I used White Burlap and Amy Butler Lotus Full Moon Polka Dot.

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The Sewing . . . Nursery?

See that’s little pop of color in the sewing room? This was my solution to my biggest sewing challenge . . . keeping my baby boy happy and entertained while I prep some projects to sew during nap time! If he’s really interested in a toy, I can sometimes even sew a small project like a pillow cover while he’s crawling around the foam floor. He’s quickly getting across the room to the ironing station (so I keep the iron covered and in my burlap storage box now, when not in use) and found the kitty litter box, so I can’t get into any projects that are TOO involved.

I love how the room arrangement allows me to keep a close eye on him whether I’m sewing or cutting fabric.

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Fun Floor Pillows

When planning a little corner of the room for Elliot, I knew I wanted to sew something with Ann Kelle’s Super Kids fabric. It’s adorable! I stitched up a simple pillow form in muslin, then boxed the corners. I sewed the pillow cover in the same size, but made an envelope-style pillow back so I can wash it.

For the yellow pillow, I used this floor pillow tutorial from Living with Punks and the Yellow Suzani Twill fabric.

The third patchwork pillow is from the Pleated Boxes Pillow Sew Along. Sometimes it’s nice to get out old sewing projects, which have been in a closet for years, and remember them again!

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Cover a Roll-Up Window Shade in Fabric

For Elliot’s play area, I didn’t want any long drapes that he could pull on, so I followed this super easy tutorial to cover a roll-up shade in fabric. I even pulled out the hot glue gun! So easy. This is the Joel Dewberry Herringbone print again.

Under the window, I pinned up a felt flag banner I’d stitched up for a craft show several years ago. The other side of the banners says “Lindsay Sews,” but I chose the blank side for a nice little pop of color.

Thanks for checking out my Basement Craft Room Makeover! Here’s Part 1 of this post, in which I talk about painting the wood paneling and setting up the space.

Disclaimer: I received free fabric from Fabric.com for all of these projects, but was not otherwise compensated. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

The BIG Reveal! Basement Craft Room Makeover

It’s here! It’s finally time to reveal my BIG Basement Craft Room Makeover!

(This is post 1 of 2. See post 2 here.)

Do you remember the BEFORE pictures that I posted last month? Here’s a reminder.

Those wood-paneled walls made a cluttered craft area seem more cramped.

With a little paint and some help from Fabric.com, this room has a FRESH new look!

(I’ll be back tomorrow to share more about the actual sewing projects, but here’s a brief overview.)

After: Basement Craft Room Makeover

Ta-da! Isn’t that better?

Let’s recap this basement craft room makeover!

The Walls

To cover the walls, I envisioned a few options. Since we’re renting our home and don’t own these walls, I thought covering them in fabric might be an option. Either making some loose and billowy muslin drapes or using starch to stick the fabric to the walls like a removable wallpaper. (I found instructions on Pinterest.)

The reasons I opted against the fabric were A) I worried about drapes collecting cat hair, fabric lint and threads, and B) I worried about them covering our vents and being a fire hazard this winter. Bummer. So I researched what it would take to cover these faux wood paneled walls in paint. I hemmed and hawed over the decision for several weeks, and with our landlord’s blessing, I starting priming the walls.
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I bought 4 cans of Zinsser Cover Stain Primer, and used almost all of it. Two coats on all the walls with special attention to the cracks, and they looked so good I almost considered leaving them primed white. I also primed a big part of the ceiling, because the drop-down vent cover and a pole in the middle of the room was covered in paneling.

I painted three walls with Sherwin Williams HGTV Home in a light grey, and left the ceiling and one accent wall (near the stairs) primed white. I think this will be my favorite spot to set up photo shoots!

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Here’s my new view from the sewing desk! Much brighter, cleaner and more organized. I feel like I actually want to be in the my sewing space, which is a huge improvement!

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I hope this post inspires you (as my new sewing room now inspires me) that you don’t need a lot of money to transform a room in your home! I used all of the furniture and antiques that I already had, and spiffed them up with fabric to make them work in this space!

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I estimate that the paint, primer and brushes cost me a total of $138, and most of the projects (aside from the wire shelving cover) require 2 yards of less of fabric.

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In fact, here’s a wall that’s just screaming for some more fabric! This will be my next area to tackle, as far as adding some bright pops of color. I used to have my fat quarters folded neatly in this cabinet, but I realized that I am just too busy to re-fold my fabrics after I take them out to consider them for a project. So into the color-sorted bins they go! I do like to keep my favorite pre-cuts out on the step ladder or on my big quilt ladder, changing them out from time to time.

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I’m really in love with my workstation, which is an L-shaped desk I got on Craigslist a couple years ago for $30 paired with the IKEA desk turned cutting table. I put up some clipboards on the wall that I plan to use to keep W.I.P.s like blocks and fabric swatches off my desk, yet in plain sight.

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The Fabric

You can check out my Pinterest board to see direct links to all of the fabrics I used in this space. One thing I really enjoy about shopping at Fabric.com is the design wall feature, which lets you save all of your favorites to one screen so you can picture them all today!

Disclaimer: I received free fabric from Fabric.com for all of these projects, but was not otherwise compensated. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Thanks for checking out my Craft Room Makeover!

Wanna see details of the sewing and fabric projects I made for the space? Check them out here!

Broken Herringbone Quilt

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My younger sister and her husband are expecting their first baby next month and it’s a girl! For their baby shower, I made them a quilt with matching pillow and blankie. I have two boys so it was fun to think about some girly fabric choices for awhile. My inspiration for the quilt was the Bella bedding set my sister chose from Carousel Baby:

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Image courtesy of Carousel Baby.

I was able to figure out that the fabrics came from designer Amanda Murphy for Blend Fabrics, and the line is called Bella. Quilt Fabric Closeouts happened to have nearly all the colors I wanted in stock for around half off! I chose to use the Broken Herringbone pattern by Violet Craft with a few small modifications. I like that this pattern really shows off all the different fabrics.The only changes were to make the wide stripes 5″ wide rather than 6″ wide, and I added an additional 4 rows (for a total of 20 5″ strips rather than 16 6″ strips in the instructions), and I added the double border around the outer edges. Final size is 54″ wide by 62″ tall (larger than a baby blanket, big enough to cover a lap during those middle of the night baby feedings, or for a toddler bed).

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A nice bonus is that the pattern leaves you with leftover sections to piece into the back of the quilt, or as I did, make them into a small snugly blankie and matching pillow. The pillow is 13″ x 19″ and the blankie is 16″ x 16″.

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The back of the quilt has two vertical white lines that match up with the lines on the front.

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Inside the patterned fabric pieces, you can see the straight line quilting and the herringbone pattern.

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The edges are bound with Scrollwork in hot pink from the same Amanda Murphy Belle line as the rest of the patterned fabrics.

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Linking up with the Blogger’s Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side.

Fabric Storage Boxes: Make a Burlap Covered Diaper Box

Diaper Box Fabric Covered

Hello! Today, I wanted to share a quick and EASY project you can make for your home. I took the basic concept of a fabric-covered diaper box from Pinterest, and added my own twist! These fabric storage boxes are great for organizing any room in your home, concealing clutter, or adding a pop of color to your shelves.

You’ll need:

- Diaper box

- Burlap fabric (about 1 yard per box, though box size varies)

- Large scrap of accent fabric (we used Amy Butler Lotus Full Moon), almost the size of your box front

- Glue gun

- White paper

- Masking tape

- Button accent Ironing Board with Fabric Storage Box

To cover the diaper box in fabric:

1. Tear off the flaps from your box top. Cut the box shorter if desired.

2. Because the printed outside of your box is covered in images and text, you’ll want to tape white paper over this with masking tape, so the text doesn’t show through your burlap. Cover the whole outside of the box, but don’t worry about the bottom or the inside.

3. Cut a strip piece of burlap the width of the box, to run continuously from the right to the left side, going over the bottom. Use hot glue to glue in place as you smooth it over the box.

4. Cut a second strip of burlap the length of the box, to run continuously from the front to the back of the box, this time draping over the inside of the box. Use hot glue to secure in place.

5. Inspect the box and use hot glue to secure any loose edges of burlap. Fabric storage box from diaper box To make the fabric accent strip and burlap rose:

1. Cut your fabric strip so it is just a little taller than the height of the box.

2. Press the left and right raw edges of your fabric strip under. Center and use hot glue to secure on the box front. Fold the top and bottom edges over the edge of the box and glue in place.

3. Twist a piece of burlap, using a dab of hot glue on the back as you twist. Glue a button in the center of your burlap rose. Glue the rose to the box in the center of your fabric strip.

This post is part of the Basement Craft Room Makeover!

Fabric storage box made from diaper box

We’ll be back soon with the BIG REVEAL.
In the meantime, check out Pinterest for more of our design ideas.

Coming Soon: Basement Craft Room Makeover

Basement Craft Room Makeover

It’s time for a little fall cleaning around here! I’m excited to share the first in a series of posts detailing my basement craft room makeover. I’m excited and nervous for the big reveal, at the end of this month. Here’s the back story on this beautiful “man cave” I call my craft room.

My husband and I moved to out of state last year, and I seriously trimmed my crafting stash down to the bare bones. I gave away boxes and boxes of fabric to friends learning to sew and donated more to charity.

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Bright and happy! The old digs

We moved into a small town home, then moved again 8 months later. During that time, I sewed in the spare bedroom, and it was a happy little place, all except for threads getting all over the carpeting!

Somehow, 18 months later and after our second move, and I’ve collected more fabric and crafting supplies than ever before. Many of these are samples I’ve received to sew for my business (creating sewing patterns for books, blogs and magazines), so it’s not uncommon for a 25-pound box of Fiberfill to show up at our back door! It’s an amazing privilege to sew with high-quality fabric and materials, and I seriously wouldn’t trade jobs with anyone.

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Design Challenge 1: Wood, wood, everywhere!

With all of my sewing supplies, it made sense for me to move my craft room to the basement of our new house (which we rent). Wood paneled walls, a partially wood-paneled ceiling, and tile floors are the bare bones of my new room. It’s quite large, so I really enjoy the space to spread out! However, there’s only one small closet and the walls always make it feel darker than it really is. The question is… do I invest the time and money needed to paint over wood paneling?

This is a low-budget craft room makeover, so I’m utilizing shelving and plastic storage containers I already have, whether they match or not. :) I have some plans to use fabric to make the space cohesive, and I can’t wait to show you!


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Design Challenge 2: Main entryway collects clutter

As another challenge for this space, the basement wall has these odd sconces, and there’s always a collection of boxes, some baby gear, and odds and ends that collects by the basement door (the main entrance for our home). I do have some of my favorite antique pieces that I like to use for photo props, like this vintage white ladder and white wire baskets, which I’d like to keep accessible. I’d also like to create a light box to use for photo shoots.

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Design Challenge 3: So many possibilities

See how spacious! I have some BIG plans for this space, and I’m working with my friends at Fabric.com to bring this space some much needed brightness and some fun pops of color! I received a big box of fabric, with the specific design challenge to makeover this sewing room. Here are some of my design plans, on my Basement Craft Room Makeover Pinterest board!



I’ll be back very soon to share some of the specific projects I’m sewing for the space (floor pillows, DIY fabric wall treatments, and more), and then again at the end of the month for the big reveal! My goal is to help inspire you, so you can see how you can redo your own craft room on a budget, by reusing materials you already have on hand and adding fabric accents to make the space come alive.

Do you have a dedicated space in the house where you like to collect your craft supplies?

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