Monthly Archives: October 2014

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 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:

Carousel Baby Bella

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).


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″.


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


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


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


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.

Sewing Room

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.

Basement Before 1

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!

Basement Before 2

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.

Basement Before 3

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 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?

Applique Name Blanket + Panasonic Iron Giveaway!

I was invited to take part in the “Keep Calm and Press On” Challenge, sponsored by the Panasonic and their new Cordless 360 Degree Freestyle Iron.


I was excited for the challenge, which was to use my new iron to tackle a Pinterest DIY project I’ve been putting off. Well, that’s a tough one. Which project have I NOT been putting off? The several baby blankets I’d wanted to make were near the top of the list.


These days, I’m always looking for products to make my life easier. And since I already use and love another Panasonic iron (read Mary’s review here), I decided to give Panasonic newest cordless iron, the Panasonic NI-WL600, a spin. The main difference between the two irons is the lightweight design of the new Freestyle iron, and the way it glides across the ironing board. It’s like an ice skater! DSC_1188

The other main difference between the two irons is the dual points on the iron plate, making it easy to flip the Freestyle iron around 360 degrees as you work on your project. This would come in very handy for ironing bias tape, pressing open seams and other quilting tasks. Because the iron is cordless, you really have all the versatility you need to iron your project without worrying about a cord.


Like my other Panasonic cordless iron, I appreciate the sturdy charging base. If I leave the room while my iron is still hot, I can just cover up the iron with the plastic cover, and not have to worry that my cats or my baby will tug at the cord and put themselves in danger. This is the main reason my husband wanted me to have a cordless iron in the first place, and it really is my favorite feature!


And now . . . for that project I’ve been putting off. As you can see, I’ve been playing with applique letters to make a few baby blankets. If you’d like to make this name blanket, it’s so easy! You can read my tutorial for an easy applique name quilt over on the Craftsy blog.

Applique Name Blanket

This is baby Killian’s name quilt, which is Shannon’s Cuddle fabric on the front and Ann Kelle flannel fabric on the back. I cut a simple fabric elephant to sew on the front in order to match the design on the flannel back. If you’d like to learn how to make an applique, we have another tutorial here on Craft Buds that should get your started!

Applique Name Blanket

I’d like to thank the folks at Panasonic for letting me test drive this awesome new NI-WL600 iron. Now, you’ll have a chance to win one, too!

Disclaimer: I was provided with this iron free of charge in exchange for my participation in the design challenge. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way. Follow the Keep Calm and Press On Challenge via social media at @HomePanasonic and #KeepCalmPressOn.


Would you like to win your very own Panasonic Cordless 360 Degree Freestyle Iron ($129 value)? View the Rafflecopter form below for several ways you can enter to win!

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Guest Post: Stenciled Jack O’ Lantern Drinking Glasses

Today we’ve teamed up with with Angela from blue i style. Welcome to any new visitors hopping over from her site! Using our jack o’ lantern shirt stencils from a few years ago (see original post here), Angela came up with a great idea to use the stencils on drinking glasses. You can downloaded the stencils here at Craft Buds. Then head over to blue i style for the full drinking glasses tutorial, along with links to many more Halloween themed projects! Here’s a sneak peak!

 blue i style -Jack-O-Lantern-Drinking-Glasses

Pumpkin Face Stencils Download
(The above link will take you to a single page pdf file that will look like the image below. You can choose to print or download it from there.)

2014 Pumpkin Face Stencils

Note: These stencils have been resized from the 2011 original post to fit drinking glasses, so make sure to use the download link here and not on the old post!



Easy Fabric Letters

Easy Fabric Letters

Looking for a quick and easy no-sew fabric project? Since I have less and less time to sew these days, I decided to make a fabric-covered letter to hang on the wall in my son’s room. Here’s how to make your own!

– Fabric (I used Turkish Delight by Josephine Kimberling for Blend Fabrics)
– Wooden letters from the craft store (I got mine on clearance for $1.49)
– Mod Podge (I used matte finish)
– Paint brush or foam brush
– Scissors (the sharp kind, for cutting fabric)

Easy Fabric Letters Tutorial

1. First, cut a piece of fabric a bit larger than your letter.

2. Place your letter right side down on the wrong side of the fabric.

3. Cut around the letter, leaving about 1/2” of fabric on each side. You may need to adjust this based on the height of your letter.

4. Snip the fabric in the corners and around the curves.

5. One section at a time, use your paint brush or foam brush to apply Mod Podge just to the edge of the letter, folding the raw edge of your fabric over top. Now paint over the raw edge of the fabric to seal, smoothing the fabric out with your fingers. Repeat this around all of the edges of your letter.

6. Let this dry, then Mod Podge a second layer over the raw edges of the fabric on the letter back.

7. I chose to leave the front of my fabric letter as is, for a natural, fabric look. If you want a more slick texture, you can Mod Podge the entire front of the letter using one or two coats.

Fabric Letters Tutorial It’s that easy! The letter is perfect to add to a keepsake box or pin on the wall with a single nail or straight pins. This idea also works with thicker, boxy letters. You’ll just need to apply fabric to the front of the letter, and then wrap strips of fabric around the 3-D sides of each letter.

Easy envelop pillow

Here’s a simple patchwork throw pillow I made using some other prints from Turkish Delight, using the easy envelope pillow cover and DIY pillow form!

Turkish Delight for Blend Fabrics And the rest of the Turkish Delight fabric collection . . .

What’s your favorite easy, no-sew fabric project?

Covered Light Switch Plates


Turn something ordinary into something special by designing and creating a unique wall light switch plate (also called wall protectors, light switch surround or finger plates). Say goodbye to boring wall features and brighten your home!



To make your own light switch plate, you will need:

– Fabric, wrapping paper or thin paper with a printed image
– Switch plate – used or new, metal or plastic
– Pair of scissors
– Adhesive or spray glue
– Spray lacquer (or acrylic gloss) or Mod Podge
– Toothpick
– Utility knife and a cutting mat

Step One 

Cut out your selected design or, if you have a piece of favorite artwork on your computer, use a graphics program to edit it to the right size and print. Hold the switch plate up to the light to find a good position for the light switch hole to fit into the picture. Trace plate boundary lines adding a margin of 1/2″ or so and then remove any excess paper with a sharp knife. Make notches at the corners – this makes it easier to fold the covering around the plate corners later.

Step Two

Spray on or brush on a coat of adhesive on the entire front of the plate and its back edges, using a paper plate or old newspaper to protect your surface. Press the fabric or printed image on the front of the plate, then flip the plate over to the back and fold the fabric or image over the edges around to the back. Use a toothpick or small implement to carefully handle and press any small pieces. Fold over the corners first, then the sides. Check the covering for possible bubbles, and gently press them out.


Step Three

Cut an ‘X’ in the center of the plate inside the switch opening and fold the triangles inwards towards center and to the back of the plate. Use the toothpick to make any holes (if necessary) for screws. If using fabric, use sharp thread snip scissors to cut out the switch opening all the way to the corners and to cut out the screw holes. Cover with Mod Podge or spray the front of the plate evenly with up to three coats of lacquer, allowing half an hour between coats to dry, and overnight before your new surround is ready to fit and use. Enjoy the new look!



Although it is not difficult to make these at home, another option to design your own wall lights switch surround is to use a custom switch plate vendors (found via Amazon or eBay) and use the option to upload your own design and print. The high-quality switch plate is then created to your preferences.

Do you have any custom light switch plate covers in your home?

Note: This post was written in collaboration with Tesco Direct and Creative Bloq.

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