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Easter Egg Necklace

3 Apr

Here is a great quick project that you can do all by yourself!!

Printable directions  Easter Egg Necklace

Supplies: Cardstock to print eggs on

36” piece of yarn  or smaller to fit you

2 drinking straws

Markers, colored pencils or crayons

Tape if needed.



Print out eggs here:  Eggs   and color


All your eggs colored

Using a hole punch punch a hole in the top of the Easter egg


Cut your 2 straws into 12 pieces.  Each straw into 6 pieces.  About every inch


This is all your supplies ready to go

Starting with a straw thread onto the yarn, then add an egg

This is how it should look.

Continue in this pattern until all the eggs and straws are added

If the end on the yarn begins to fray and it is hard to add the straws

Take a piece of tape and wrap around the end of the yarn


Your finished necklace!!

No Sew Basket Cover out of an ice cream bucket

28 Mar

I wanted to make an no sew Easter basket to share with you today, but as I was working on this project I realized there are endless possibilities with this.

I used a Easter bucket that I found at Walmart.  However, Many of you may buy ice cream in the gallon buckets.

 Instead of tossing the bucket in the garbage or recycling why not use that to make everyday baskets?

Printable version No Sew Bucket Cover


Easter Basket found at Walmart for .97 OR

You could use an ice cream bucket

¼ yard of Fabric

7/8” ribbon  Measure around your bucket plus 1”

Lace same length as ribbon (optional)

Glue Gun and glue sticks

Fray Check

This is the Bucket I found at Walmart for .97 although you could use an ice cream bucket.

To get your fabric measurements:


Measure from top to bottom of the bucket and add ½”

Next measure across the top edge of the bucket and add 1”

Cut your fabric out acording to your dimensions Mine where 6.5” x 27”

Turn your fabric wrong side up and fold ½” up from bottom edge and Press

Right edge of fabric fold ½” over and press


Repeat with left side.  Fold over ½” and press


Place hot glue on the right side of one of the handle holders.

With right side up lay fabric over the glue making sure upper unfinished edge is lined up with top edge.

Press into place


Continue around the top edge of bucket gluing and pressing fabric into place.


Next glue bottom edge of bucket. Pulling fabric and laying as flat as possible.

Continue around entire bucket.

Glue entire folded end edge and press onto bucket.


Taking sharp sissors. Snip the opening where the handle goes.

Snipped opening


Using Fray Check apply the liquid to the edges to stop any fraying of fabric.


If adding lace.  Place lace and ribbon on top edge of bucket.

This is to get a placement line for the lace.

You want to make sure that the ribbon with cover the lace.

Glue the lace in place all the way around the bucket.

Over lap the edges and glue down.


Add the ribbon and glue in place.

Make sure you over lap the ribbon ends and glue in place.

Snip the ribbon at the handle holes.  Also snip the lace.

Apply Fray Check to both the ribbon and lace.

Attach the handle

Finished Bucket.

Bunny Face Pin

27 Mar

Here is an adorable bunny pin that you can make with just a little help from your parents.

Your parents may even have everything at home to make this project!!

Printable directions Bunny Pin


Print Pattern here:  Bunny Pin Pattern

 white and Pink Felt square

Hot Glue (with Parents Help) and Fabric Glue like   Tacky Glue

12 mm or smaller goggly eyes

Pin back or safety pin


¼” wide ribbon 10” long

1.  Print pattern and cut out pieces


2 Cut out pieces as described on pattern


3. Using either tacky glue or glue gun (with Parents Help) Place a small amount of glue on the back of the pink heart

4. Center on the big white heart and press together


5.  Apply a small amount of glue to the lower edge of ear piece


6.  Turn Heart pieces over and glue ear to the heart as shown

7. Repeat with other ear


8. Turn heart to front side and glue on eyes as shown

9. Draw on mouth

 If you would like this to be a girl bunny

10. Take the piece of ribbon and tie into a bow


11. Add to the front of the heart and glue in place

Next, if using a pin back. Have parent glue with a hot glue gun,  flat side of pin back to back of heart.

This is what a pin back looks like

If you don’t have a pin back a safety pin will work as well

Get the last piece of white felt and have a parent use a hot glue gun and glue on the very bottom and top edge

Turn heart to the back and place the stip like this

Press into place

Next slid the pin in between the opening

Here is your finished pin


Saturday’s Question~~~

24 Mar

What project would you like to see me create?

Fabric Covered Easter Basket

20 Mar

Don’t you just love those personalized Easter baskets!!  I love  them as well!!

Although there was NO Way that I was going to pay the price out there for one of these.  Here is my quick version of this Easter basket.

Here is a printable version Easter Basket Liner

Here is the basket that I used.  I got it from Wal-Mart for $1.97

The basket measures 11″ across  and then the handle is 11″ high from top of basket.

All seam allowances are ½”

First cut out your fabric pieces.  For the bottom pattern piece. I laid the basket on a piece of paper and drew around it to get a circle.  Then added 1/2’” around that.  Then cut out the pattern piece.

Next I cut the circle out of fabric one time.

To get my side pieces I cut out two pieces of fabric 10” high by 18” across.


My three fabric pieces

IF you are going to embroider or appliqué go ahead and do this now.

When you add your design make sure it is at least 2” up from the bottom and no more than 5 ½” high from bottom edge

If you are just doing a name or Happy Easter it is best to put a piece of waxed paper on top of your design to help you get a smooth clean stitching.


Waxed paper over fabric.



If you don’t have a embroidery machine no big deal.  You could paint on a name with fabric paint, or use iron on letters.  If you don’t want a name you could get an iron on patch if you like.   This would look cute as well with no personalization.

Place two band pieces right side together.  Measure 5” down from top edge on both sides. Stitch edges together 5” down from top edge with a ½” seam allowance. Repeat with other side seam.


Press seams open.  Continue to press unstitched areas open 1/2” as well

Stitch close to edge on pressed sections.


 Stitched opened section

Repeat with other side open section

Turn wrong side out.

Fold bottom edge up ½” and press


Open pressed section and fold bottom edge up to first pressed edge. This will be ¼” Press


Fold this pressed edge up so that you are now folded to original pressed edge.  This will now be ¼” edge. Press.

Place on machine and stitch close to edge


Using a basting stitch ( the largest straight stitch your machine lets you stitch) Stitch the top edge ¼” away from the edge


Take out your circle

Fold in half and put pins on the fold


Then Open and fold in opposite direction and pin


You should have a pin every quarter of the way around circle

Fold your tube in half having seams in the center.  Place a pin in the edges.


Next line up the pins and pin together.  Seams will be one pin spot. Make sure circle and tube are right side together.

Now pull on the basting thread so it  pulls the fabric to the circle.  This is called gathering.  You want to gather all the way around the circle making the tube fit to the circle.  Pin the two fabric layers together as you go.

Thread pulled to gather fabric layers together

Fabric all gathered and pinned

Stitch ½” away from edge using regular stitches

(make sure you change stitches back to regular stitching)

You can add what ever you like to the bottom edge of the fabric.  I added Jumbo Rick Rack

You will need 50” of rick rack

Cut this length in half so you have two 25” pieces.  Either heat seal the edges with a lighter or use Fray Check.  Either way you need to do something so the edges won’t fray.

Fold one piece of rick rack in half and fold the bottom edge of your basket liner in half.

Next lay this on top of the right side and pin in place.  You will have extra rick rack off the edge. Leave this, it is for the ties.


Pin in place

Stitch over the rick rack with regular stitching.

Stitching over rick rack

Place your liner into the basket and tie the ends together


Inside view


Finished Basket

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Baby Shower Clothes Line Gift Idea

20 Mar

Do you like to give different and unique gifts?  Well here is the perfect baby shower gift idea for you.  I had a baby shower to go to and wanted to make something different than normal.  I wanted to give baby detergent and some personalized baby items.  So how to incorporate all of it?   A clothes line…..

Here is what I did.

 (Sorry for the lack of  pictures on this one)

I attached some socks, an outfit, wash clothes, a personalized burp cloth,

baby bib and some blank burp clothes to either use or have personalized later on.

I attached all with clothes pins to a piece of rope.

Then I found a small laundry basket  and tucked this clothes line in with a small pack of diapers and the wipes case cover that I made to match the burp cloth and bib.  Link to the Case cover tutorial.

I also added some baby detergent on the side.  Very cute and really reasonably priced gift!!

Fabric Covered Wipe Case

20 Mar



Here is a very quick and easy no sew project.

Printable pattern:  Wipe Case Cover

First print out your pattern pieces   Wipe Case Patterns

Next Cut out 2 pieces of fabric and 2 pieces of batting

If you are going to add a appliqué to the case do it now.

Use the cross on the pattern piece as your center point

Gather the rest of your supplies.

You will need a glue gun and glue sticks

¼” Ribbon or trim 55” long

Wipe case (Huggies Case is what I used)

Fabric and batting pieces


Squeeze glue all over the top of the case


Next lay 1 piece of batting over the top of the case and press


Repeat with back side.  Glue and press last piece of batting over the glue

Now carefully squeeze glue on the back edge of the case

Now lay one of the fabric pieces on top of the case and line the edge of the fabric over the glue and press. Don’t worry about corners right now.  Continue gluing all around case on long sides.

Next glue corners.

Place a little glue on corner

Evenly distribute the fabric down on corners and press


Repeat with other side


Trim any over hanging fabric off of the edges


Next starting on the back of the case squeeze a little glue on the edge of case and then press in the trim. Working in small sections at a time.


Work your way all around one side


When you come to the end cut so that you over lap your ribbon slightly.  Glue down into place.

Repeat with other edge.


Your finished wipe case cover

Pillow Case Dress With French Seams

20 Mar


Pillow Case Dress With French Seams

Pillow Case Dresses are  super easy!! They are great for beginner sewers. Measurements don’t have to be exact, and they can grow with your child from a dress to a top as your child grows.

In this tutorial I will show you how to do a French Seam with pictures. A French Seam is a seam where all the edges are tucked into the seam so you do not have any raw edges. This eliminates the need for a serger or pinking shears to finish the edges. This gives a very professional look.

Here is a printable  version of this tutorial Pillowcase Dress With French Seam

1. First you will need to gather your materiels:

Fabric for the main dress no more than a yard will be needed

¼ yard on contrast material for bottom

3/8” ribbon 1 yard or more depending how long you like the ties or material ¼ yard

Matching thread


2.  The easiest way to cut the fabric is take a dress that fits the child. Lay it on top of your fabric folded in half and draw around it adding 4” on the left and right sides to make a rectangle. This made the dress a little fuller plus to add for seam allowance.

3. To cut the armholes fold your rectangle in half lengthwise. This way you will have matching arm holes. Cut a J shape out of the upper non folded side

For up to 2T cut 1.5” in and 3” down

For 3T to 4T cut 2” in and 4” down

My child wears a 5 and I added an inch to both measurements. Just play with this until you have a comfortable arm hole

4. Now cut out your contrast material. Cut two pieces the length of the dress and 4” wide.

5. Arm Holes: Fold arm hole to wrong side ¼” and press. Always start at top of dress and work down into armhole. This will make folding much easier. Press flat. Fold this over again, so all raw edges are tucked inside. Press again. Repeat on all Armholes. Stitch close to inside edge



6.  TOP EDGE CASING: Fold Top edge of dress down 1” and press. Open and fold down top edge ¼” press. Fold Down 1” pressed edge. Repeat on other top edge of dress. Stitch close to edge


Picture shows stitching close to edge on top casing and armholes


7.  French Seams on bottom edge: Lay dress WRONG side up, place band WRONG side down. So band and dress are WRONG sides together. Stitch ¼” from edge.

 Stitching ¼” from edge


8. Open seam out and fold over so RIGHT SIDES are Together. Press Lower edge. Stitch 3/8” from edge.

 9. Open Seam and press.

  Finished Pressed Seam


10.  Side Seam: ONLY DO ONE SIDE Match WRONG sides together. Making sure the seam from top of dress and band match up. Stitch ¼” from edge

 ¼” Stitching from side


Turned with Right Sides Together

11. Turn seam so RIGHT SIDES are together. Press. Stitch 3/8” from side.

12.  Open Seam and Press Flat. HEM DRESS: ON WRONG SIDE of lower band fold ¼” up and press. Fold up ¼” again. Press. Stitch close to edge

 Stitching hem line


13.  Second Side Seam: Match WRONG sides together. Making sure the seam from top of dress and band match up. Stitch ¼” from edge


¼” Stitching from side


Turned with Right Sides Together

 14. Turn seam so RIGHT SIDES are together. Press. Stitch 3/8” from side.

15.  Press Dress.

16.  Ties for Dress: You can either use 3/8” ribbon or Fabric.

Ribbon: cut 1 yard of Ribbon in half – If you like fuller ties use more ribbon and cut in half. To add to dress follow directions bellow

 17.  Ties with Fabric: Cut 2- 1” strip of fabric width of fabric. If you want your ties longer cut 4 ties whatever length you want. Placing right sides together stitch ¼” around three sides of tie.

 18. Turn Tie Right side out and Press

19.  Tuck a small amount of fabric in on the unfinished edge and stitch across


 20. Attaching Ties To Dress: Attach a safety pin to edge of tie

 21.  Insert end with safety pin into top edge casing and slide all the way across to other end. The safety pin helps you be able to grip the tie so it will travel in the casing easily.

 22. Time to add your appliqué

 23. Dress is Complete!!