All-Natural Homemade Air Freshener Spray

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All-Natural DIY Air Freshener Spray

Lately, I’ve been interested in making my own all-natural cleaners. My husband is allergic to many of the store-bought cleaners, which sparked my curiosity. I’m hoping to share more of what I’ve learned here on the blog soon, but today I’m happy to post a simple recipe for air freshener that’s not only simple to make, but it includes no harmful ingredients!

DIY All-Natural Air Freshener Spray

Natural Air Freshener Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup water (tap water is fine)
  • 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops vanilla essential oil

Air Freshener

  1. Stir ingredients in a small pitcher or plastic cup you can bend into a spout.
  2. Pour into your spray bottle and repeat the recipe as many times as needed to fill it up. I made the recipe 2 1/2 times to fill up a 16-ounce spray bottle, and then topped off with a bit more water.
  3. You can substitute this with essential oils of your choice, but make sure to choose ones that will not be harmful to your cats (NO tea tree oil!) if you choose to spray near the litter box).

Cat Litter

I have already started using this all-natural air freshener around our cat’s litter box, one of the areas of our home which could always use a bit more freshness. It sprays really nice and smells lovely!

I mean, I love my cats and all… but, we have one cat who is way better at “covering it up” than the other. She’s the sweetest cat, but not the most demure.

cat litter

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Quilt-As-You-Go Pot Holder Tutorial

Quilt-As-You-Go Pot Holder - Craft Buds

Quilt-as-you-go pot holder tutorial - Craft Buds

Guess what arrived in my mailbox last week? This bright and happy Kaffe Fassett sewing kit from Craftsy! (affiliate link)

Craftsy Kit

As you can see from the link, I never got around to making the pretty Three-Quarter Patch Tote, but I decided what I did need was some new pot holders in my life. Want to make a pair?

Here’s what you’ll need for 1 pot holder (double this if you want to make a pair):

  • Front fabric: 6 fabric strips 2 1/2″ wide and 14″ long
  • Backing fabric: (1) 10 1/2″ square
  • Binding fabric: bias cut fabric strips to make 1-2/3 yards of 2 1/2″-wide double fold quilt binding
  • Insulated batting: (1) 10 1/2″ square Insul-Fleece
  • Quilt batting scraps: (2) 10 1/2″ squares
  • Rotary cutter and drinking glass to round corners

QAYG Pot Holder

1. Stack your pot holder materials like this: Backing fabric, right side down. On top of that, place a 10 1/2″ batting square, then insulated batting, then another layer of batting. Spray baste these together, or pin in a few places if you prefer.

QAYG Pot Holder tutorial

2. Place one of your fabric strips right side up on the batting, going from corner to corner. Place another strip on top of that, right side down. Hold these in place while you run over to your sewing machine. Stitch a straight line 1/4″ from one long edge of the strips, sewing through the entire stack.

QAYG Pot holder

3. Press that top fabric strip over to the side so both strips are facing right side up. Take another strip and place it right side down on top of the last strip you sewed. Stitch 1/4″ from the edge, and fold this strip open. Repeat this process until you’ve covered the entire front of your pot holder in strips. You’ll be working from both the right and the left of the center strip you started with.

QAYG Pot Holder

4. Your pot holder should look something like this. Now take your ruler and trim it to 10″ square.

QAYG pot holder tutorial

5. Take a drinking glass, Mason jar lid or other round object and use it to round off 3 corners using your rotary cutter.

Quilt as you go pot holder tutorial Craft Buds

6. Refer to my Quilted Pot Holder tutorial over on the Craftsy blog to learn how to finish your QAYG pot holder with the binding and hanging loop. Since there is no pocket panel in this version, you’ll just start at step 6 and ignore the pocket directions.

I hope you enjoyed this quilt-as-you-go pot holder tutorial, and if you are in need of some new, cute fabric, check out Craftsy’s sewing kits! They come with a fabric and pattern…so convenient!

DIY Fabric Easter Basket and Bunnies

DIY Fabric Easter Basket

I recently got to play with a bundle of Born Wild fabric, designed by Ana Davis for Blend Fabrics. It’s so cute and reminded me of Easter and springtime! So I decided to sew an Easter basket for my son.

I looked all around Pinterest for a pattern to sew, and then I remembered the 1-Hour Basket sewing pattern from Hearts & Bees. Kelly had shared a modification to the measurements that she used to make her son an Easter basket, so I went back and found it

Fabric Easter Basket Sewing Pattern with Bunnies

  1. To make a basket like this,  download the free 1-Hour Basket Sewing Pattern here.

  2. Instead of using the cutting measurements included, change the dimensions to 10.5″ x 13.5″ (per Kelly). Instead of cutting two handles, cut one long handle 18.5″ long.
  3. I pieced two different fabrics for my outer basket. Cut two pieces 6″ tall x 13.5″ wide and sew them together along the 13.5″ side. Then, trim to 10.5″ x 13.5″, just like your other pieces and interfacing.

Fabric Easter Basket Sewing Pattern

Sorry buddy… No candy yet!


This is the third or so of these baskets I’ve made, and I love to use Pellon Flex Foam 1-Side Fusible (affiliate link) for the interfacing! It makes the basket really sturdy. I even used it for the handle!

Fabric Easter Bunnies with Blend Fabrics

Since we don’t have any candy around here, I made a few little DIY Easter Bunnies with this tutorial from Anders Ruff. I used leftover selvage pieces for their neckties!

I hope this fabric Easter basket becomes well loved!

Quick & Easy Printable Valentines! Mini Bubble Flags

Are you ready for Valentines Day yet? My son and I are part of an exercise class for kids and moms, and it’s so much fun! We are getting ready to bring some healthy Valentine treats (that’s non-candy Valentines…bananas, oranges, granola bars), and I decided we should try bubbles this time. My son loves bubbles, and I can’t even blame him!

Free Valentine Printable Kids Classroom Bubbles - Craft Buds

I couldn’t find just what I was looking for in terms of a Valentine’s Printable (using only black-and-white ink… very quick and easy), so I made my own. I love this printable because it won’t take a lot of ink.The cutting doesn’t have to be precise, and you can get your kids involved to help you.

You can download the free printable here, which makes 9 bubble flags per sheet!

Valentine printable how to

  1. Once you’ve printed the Word doc, Trim apart each row with scissors, leaving the full text on each side (left and right). This will wrap around the bubbles, so the message appears on each side.
  2. If your child is old enough, have them draw a heart and write their name in the center with colored pencils.
  3. Fold each flag in half an use a pair of scissors to remove a “v” shape from each end to make a flag or pennant shape on the short, cut edges.
  4. Open the flag. Use a glue stick to apply glue on the entire back of the flag. Place the folded edge on the bubbles, then fold in half, joining the pennant edges you just cut. Press both sides of the flag together, smoothing out any wrinkles!
  5. If you want, you can roll the flag around the bottle and tie a piece of Baker’s twine or even a scrap piece of fabric around it (as pictured above, in the first photo) to make it like a secret message.

Free Valentine Printable - Kids Bubbles (Non-Candy Valentine) - Craft Buds

I picked up my bubbles 8 for $1 at Dollar General (I only spent $3 total on Valentines for my son’s class!), but if you can’t find them, here’s a quick substitute on Amazon (affiliate link).

There you have it! This is a quick and easy Valentine, and you can use this free printable for personal use. If you’re looking for a Valentine for your child’s teacher, here’s a great idea from Mary!

Making a Scrapbook the Easy Way with Project Life

Easy Scrapbooking for Beginners

Project Life Baby Scrapbook 1

You guys, I’m excited to share the scrapbook I’ve been working on with my mom! For Christmas this year, I printed off all of my favorite photos of Elliot from age 1-2. I packaged them up with some new goodies from Project Life so my mom and I could work on a scrapbook together. Since we live a few states away, it was a fun project to do while we were together over the holidays.

Project Life Clementine

It’s been a few years, but I first discovered Project Life a few years ago, when I tried out their Clementine Edition (full review posted here). As you can see, this kit comes with color-coordinated cards that you can simply slip inside the special photo dividers to accompany your pictures and help tell a story.

Project Life supplies

In addition to the Core Kits like that one (the Clementine is no longer in print… but you can shop for gobs of new Core Kits at Project Life), I tried out four new things I’m really excited about. If you are a beginner to scrapbooking, I can’t recommend these enough to go with your Project Life album and variety pack of photo pages. (affiliate link)

  1. These zoo themed cards are so sweet and you get a lot of bang for your buck!
  2. 6″ x 6″ boy paper pad for making your own accents or putting together a 6″x”6 mini album
  3. Bright overlays (and fun frames!) for photos and cards will make your photos pop off the page
  4. Mini kits! This Childhood mini kit comes with all of the super-inspiring phrases you’d expect from a Core Kit, but at a fraction of the cost. This is a great way to dip your feet in the water with Project Life.

Project Life Baby Scrapbook 3

The cards I had left from my previous project life kit pair really nicely with this quote from the Childhook mini kit! We cut our own solid scrapbook paper for some of the slots to complement the colors in the photos.

Project Life Baby Scrapbook 4

If you think you are not creative enough to scrapbook, Project Life makes it really easy to just dive right in. If you have your own stickers and scrapbook extras, great! If not, you can get so much mileage out of a simple Core Kit or Mini Kit.

Project Life Baby Scrapbook 5

Since we are getting ready for Valentine’s Day, I had fun looking at this V-day layout with memories from last year at this time. Kids grow up so fast! The “So Cheeky” pictured is an example of a Project Life overlay layered on top of a journaling card.

Project Life Baby Scrapbook 7

Elliot’s first birthday cake! How can I forget? Thanks for Project Life for making it easy for a busy mom to plan a scrapbook project. I’m so thankful I got to share this experience of putting together these memories with my mom!

Have you tried Project Life?

Did you know there’s a whole world of Digital Project Life? You can arrange layouts on your computer and print them later. Awesome

Disclaimer: I received Project Life products free in exchange for my review, but was not otherwise compensated. As always, all opinions are 100% honest and completely my own.

‘Machine Quilting with Style’ Book Review + Giveaway!

If you are a quilter active online, you’ve undoubtedly run across the beautiful work by Christa Quilts. I had the chance to meet Christa a few years ago at Sewing Summit, while we were waiting to grab lunch. She’s very passionate about teaching and modern quilting, and a great person, too!

Machine Quilting with Style book review

Machine Quilting with Style: From Walking-Foot Wonders to Free-Motion Favorites by Christa Watson is a recent release from Martingale. I noticed they are running a great deal where you can get both the print book and e-version together in a bundle. This is nice if you like flipping through a book, but also prefer to have access to patterns on your laptop or tablet, to take back and forth to your machine!

Machine Quilting with Style book review

“Little Man’s Fancy” quilt

So, I own quite a few books on free-motion quilting. In fact, my goal last year was to become really confident at my quilting and branch out into different patterns. Although I can rock the meandering stitch and interlocking squares, I have to admit that I’m afraid to branch out and try different techniques. I almost never venture into straight-line quilting, but then I see a dynamic quilting motif like this (in the “Little Man’s Fancy” project), and my mind is blown. Why didn’t I think of that? So doable and yet so striking.

Machine Quilting with Style book review

“Square in a Square” quilt

The truth is, you can do some really great things with quilting designs that I’ve never thought of! Christa teaches you how to do all this on your home sewing machine. The book covers 8 designs you can quilt with your walking foot plus 10 for your free-motion foot. Add to this the 12 patchwork quilt patterns, and you have everything you need help you piece AND quilt your next masterpiece. This “Square in a Square” quilt is one of my favorites from the book, and Christa shows you how to combine straight line quilting and free-motion designs in the same project.

Machine Quilting with Style book review

“Focal Point” quilt


Quilting a continuous spiral is something I’ve only attempted once in my Turntable Quilt, and honestly, I just winged it. It came out a little oblong. The next time I try this quilting pattern, I’m going to use Christa’s tips to get an accurate circle. This “Focal Point” quilt is another fun patchwork design from the book, and I like this one because it’s a baby quilt size. Very doable and would make a great gift!

This is an outstanding book, and I’m so glad to have added it to my library of quilting resources. Want to win a copy for yourself?


Martingale is generously offering a copy of Machine Quilting with Style to one lucky Craft Buds reader! Leave a comment on this post telling us your biggest challenge when it comes to quilting (any stage of the process), and we’ll choose a random winner on 1/19/16! Good luck!

If in the U.S., the winner will receive a hard copy. International winner will receive a digital version.

Congrats to commenter #11, Cecilia!

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