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Most Comfortable Best Fit Face Mask

Behind the scenes, I've been working on improvements for the Best Fit Face Mask and am thrilled to finally share with you the Most Comfortable Best Fit Face Mask. Most Comfortable Best Fit Face Mask I’ve heard from thousands of you who have…

Best Fit Face Mask – Time Savers and Sizes to Fit Everyone

Two months have passed since I designed the Best Fit Face Mask. By popular demand, I'm putting out three new sizes (child, small, and x-large) to fit everyone! I've also developed some time-saving tips to help you sew masks faster. Best Fit…
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Make Your Own Monster Dolls

Teaching children to sew can be a fun and rewarding lesson if you let them take the lead and design their own monster dolls. Make Your Own Monster Dolls Aren't they cute?! Okay, they may have a few imperfections, but I don't want to hear about…
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Make It May! A Stay at Home Series

Make It May! A Stay at Home Series My friends, I know with confidence that COVID-19 has changed your life. I truly hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy during this scary outbreak. While my entire family is home with me 24/7, I've…
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Best Fit Face Mask

Over the weekend I completed something I'm really proud of! Honestly, I worked like a dog because I felt the urgency to share this tutorial with the world. If you happen to follow me on social media, you already know that I created the Best…

Home State Pride Garden Flag from a Placemat

You know I'm a lover of saving money when it comes to decorating. That's why I love to create garden flags made from placemats! They are the perfect size for a garden flag stand. You can decorate flags using a variety of paints, fabric and…

How to Sew Reversible Recipe Placemats

A few months ago, my husband's grandmother passed away. She was an amazing woman, super smart, and always had a kind word to say about anything. She also had an amazing laugh, the kind that brought you to laughter yourself. Recently I came…
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Summer Garden Flag from a Dollar Store Placemat

I have to admit, I'm a little addicted to making garden flags out of fabric placemats from the dollar store (The Dollar Tree to be exact.) In fact this flag was made using all materials from The Dollar Tree. I bought fake flowers, bar towels…

Make Piping Out of Thrift Store Finds

I used to buy expensive piping from my local fabric store, until the day I learned how to make my own piping. When I saw how easy making custom piping is, I never bought another yard! More recently I found a way to make piping for even less! I frequent…
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Finger-printed Envelope Star Pillows

Personalized finger-printed envelope star pillows are an easy and fun gift item to make. My boys and I enjoyed making these pillows for their home room teachers. We got the idea from Cristina's beautiful seaside themed thumb print pillows. Materials: …
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Customizing a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt

Welcome to another Tote Bag Week Post! Are you getting lots of ideas for how to make and dress up tote bags? If you're just joining in here's the line up: Monday: How to Sew a Canvas Tote Bag Tuesday: Dress Up a Store Bought Tote with…
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Cute Reversible Reusable Tote Bag Tutorial by Sawdust Girl

Are you enjoying Tote Week?! If you're just joining in here's the line up: Monday: How to Sew a Canvas Tote Bag Tuesday: Dress Up a Store Bought Tote with Piping Wednesday: Reusable Tote Bag Sewing Tutorial Thursday: Customizing…
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Hidden Storage Under a Laundry Room Sink

Having a utility sink in the laundry room rocks! Having everything that we store underneath it on full display isn't so rockin'. It was time to create some Hidden Storage Under our Laundry Room Sink. In the previous incarnation of our laundry…
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Sew Easy Anthropologie Cloth Napkin Gift Bags

When I want to give a small gift as a thank you or to make someone's day I like to dress it up by presenting the gift in a little fabric drawstring pouch. These cloth napkin gift bags are "sew" easy to make and they cost about 1/3 the cost…
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How to Recover a Butterfly Chair

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Do you have a butterfly chair that is sun-faded or has hideous fabric on it? I bet you thought it was a lost cause, right? Nope! With a sewing machine, some new fabric and a little spare time you can recover that ugly…
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Valentine’s Day Garden Flag from a Placemat

I love making unique garden flags. My go-to material for these outdoor accessories are Dollar Tree placemats! You read that right. $1 fabric placemats! But, if you don't live near a Dollar Tree and you have old placemats, you could upcycle…
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Laundry Fun Gift Basket + How to Sew a Basket Liner

Today I have a bit of an unconventional gift idea. But, frankly it is a gift that is sure to bring some fun and enjoyment to anyone who is tasked with the domestic chore of doing laundry. I think this Laundry Fun Gift Basket would be a wonderful…
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Homemade Tea Bags by Songbird

Homemade Tea Bags Oooo, you are going to be so excited! I have a very special lady visiting today, she traveled all the way from the Netherlands to share her Très Frugal DIY gift idea with you. Please welcome the very sweet and very savvy…
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Easy DIY Patriotic Star Pillows

As Independence Day nears, why not dress up your home with these easy to sew star pillows? Easy DIY Patriotic Star Pillows Materials: White felt Blue fabric Red Fabric Blue thread Red Thread Square Pillow Form Scissors Sewing…
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Made in USA Star Shirts using Silhouette Interfacing

Around Memorial Day and the Fourth of July I love to make t-shirts for the boys showing our patriotic spirit. Last year the boys and I made these spray dyed star shirts: This year I decided it would be fun to brand my sons as "Made in USA." (I've…
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How to Recover Outdoor Pillows and a Mini Patio Makeover #LowesCreator

When Lowe's challenged me to give an outdoor spot a mini-makeover, I knew exactly where to turn my attention. Our small paver patio is where we sit on warm spring days to eat lunch, take a break or sip wine after dark. The winter months wreak…
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Recovering This End Up Style Kindergarten Chairs

As a parent of two elementary school students, I always ask my kids' teachers if they need anything for their room. Usually the answer is markers, wipes, or snacks. But, my kindergartner's teacher knows about my secret identity after having…
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Sewing a Bench Cushion with Piping

Yes, you can sew your custom bench cushions and add cute piping trim to it. It's not hard and I'll show you how easy it can be to Sew a Bench Cushion with Piping. Sewing a Bench Cushion with Piping Before you run screaming, "I can't sew to save…
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Round Up of DIY Gift Ideas

It's the homestretch before Christmas. With less than a week away, those procrastinators amongst us (ahem, me) need to get crackin'. These were a few of my favorites from the DIY Gift Idea link party. DIY Instagram Necklace by Mod Podge Rocks DIY…
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Tea Towel Calendar

2013 is right around the corner! Do you have your new calendar? I bet several people on your gift list don't either. That's why I think these tea towel calendars from Spoonflower would make a great gift. Have you heard of Spoonflower? It is…
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Drawstring Gift Bag Tutorial

Welcome back to another 15 Minute DIY Gift Ideas! We're on Day 3 and the gifts just keep comin'! Sometimes the perfect present isn't actually the gift itself. It's how the gift is packaged. These quick and easy drawstring bags can be made…
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Sewing a Dog Safety Reflective Bandana

I realized recently that I haven't given any updates on our adoption of Pretty Handy Dog (aka Buddy.) I'm happy to say that Buddy has been with us for a year and a half now, and he has adjusted to living with us (crazy boys and all) just…
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Dressing Up a Patio Table – A Lowe’s Creative Idea

Do you dream of sitting outside at a Parisian café sipping your caffé mocha and reading the paper? The sound of the birds twittering in the background and the screaming and whining sounds of your offspring are non-existent. And that's when…
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No Sew Patio Tablecloth with Umbrella Hole

This is one of the easiest tutorials I've every written. As a bonus, it is a no sew table cloth perfect for updating your outdoor table that has an umbrella. While shopping at Target I stumbled across beautiful green link patterned table…
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Making a Faux Roman Shade

Learn how to make these designer-looking Faux Roman Shades to elevate your window appearance. I'm honored to have Jenna from SAS Interiors on the blog today. She is an interior designer, blogger and Mom from upstate New York. This is one…
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Dollar Tree Placemat Turned into a Snowman Flag with Tulip Shimmer

Brrrr! Anyone else experiencing the dipping temperatures? I really don't like the cold unless it is going to snow. If it snows, I'll put up with the sub-zero artic blast because I know we couldn't have snow without the cold. But, if it isn't…
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Sewing Snowflake Box Bottom Gift Pouches

Gift pouches are super easy to make. You can use fabric, cloth napkins, or even a pair of pajama pants or boxers* (see bottom of this post)! I made pouches using fabric that I stenciled with Martha Stewart stencils and the roller top paint…
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The 10 Minute Tooth Fairy Pouch

Things happen fast in my family. So fast that I can barely keep up. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you probably saw that I spent Tuesday and Wednesday in the hospital with my youngest son. I looked away for an instant and he managed…
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Make Your Own Back Pillow

Okay, no over 40 jokes! Yes, I use a back pillow, and without it my neck hurts. Sadly I lost my way too expensive memory foam back pillow on the airplane trip to Ca. I couldn't bring myself to buy another one, so I decided to see if I could…

How to Make Your Own Piping

Back when I showed you my screen porch tour, I told you it really wasn't 100% finished. Why? Well, I really wanted to sew a cushion for the garden bench. As I was looking for piping for my cushion, I was getting VERY disappointed! Why?…
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Dollar Store Flower Pot Makeover

Another project I completed before the birthday party was a quick makeover for a pair of ho-hum dollar store flower pots. My friend Heather helped me add some jute rope and fake flowers then set them out with utensils in them. Perfect for…
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Re-Sizing and Dressing Up a Goodwill Sweater

I owe a huge hug of gratitude to Kathleen at Grosgrain Fabulous. She posted 30 days of sweater embellishments on her blog. In those tutorials she took the most ho-hum sweaters from Goodwill and turned them into Cinderella-worthy tops. Because…
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Felted Wool Roses Tutorial

Y'all are so sweet to welcome Buddy onto my blog. I appreciate your kind comments and encouragement to include some of my personal life. There was not a single comment asking me to "stick to business." But, getting back to business, I have the…
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Goodwill Pants Make a Cute Bucket Liner

Hidey-ho my bloggios. I'm in a giddy mood this morning. The kiddos are at the in-laws to spend a day of fun. LOVE my in-laws! So Pretty Handsome Guy and I will have our own day of fun. Did you see that cute bucket of bath and body love above?…
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Mini Gift Pouches from Napkins

Oh the quandary of what to get my boy's teachers, the sitter, and all those other important people in our lives. Usually I take the easy way out and buy gift cards. Well – okay – I'm still going to give the gift cards, but this year I wanted…