Thursday, July 21, 2016

HOME DECOR DIY: Geometric Metallic Ombre Pillow

This Geometric Metallic Ombre Pillow is a great way to add chic glam to your space. This pillow uses metallic OlyFunRobert Kaufman canvas in grey, and PolyFilSilvergold, and rose gold OlyFun creates a pretty metallic ombre. If you're looking to advance your sewing and construction skills, try your hand at this project. If metallics aren't your thing, then make this project with any of the other 18 colors of OlyFun. OlyFun cuts like paper and doesn't fray, making it perfect for use in this project. Head over to Fairfield World to make your own Geometric Metallic Ombre Pillow.

Robert Kaufman and Fairfield World supplied me with the products for this project. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Fairfield World paid me to create this project. 

Friday, July 8, 2016

HOLIDAY DIY: Patriotic Fireworks Wall Decor

This Patriotic Fireworks Wall Decor might not be helpful for July 4th this year, but it can be customized for any celebration. This is a no-sew project, made with Fairfield World OlyFun and AdTech hot glue. Fairfield World has metallic OlyFun, which I used for some added sparkle, instead of white. It's not available in stores yet, but you can buy it by the bolt online. The Cherry Pop (red) and Sky Blue, should be available in local big fabric stores like JoAnn and Walmart. If not, ask your local stores to carry it. OlyFun doesn't fray, comes in 18 colors and 4 metallics. It can be sewn or hot glued together. This project requires some very basic pattern making. Those stars look intimidating, but I made them like snowflakes, by just folding the paper and doing two simple cuts. Fairfield World always supplies me with the OlyFun and pays me to create projects. AdTech sent me an awesome two-temperature hot glue gun and a ridiculous amount of various hot glues. This is a hot glue gun that doesn't hurt my hands while working with it for several hours (not this project, which only took a few minutes to glue). If you're someone like me who makes crafts often, invest in a nice quality two-temperature hot glue gun.

I went to school for fashion design, and recently was feeling guilty that in the 16 years since I graduated, that I hadn't made many patterns (thinking clothing), but then it dawned on me that I make patterns for almost every project I make. I do a lot of patternless sewing, because that expensive education taught me a lot of great construction techniques and how to drape fabrics. I drape and sew a lot of the costumes I make, skipping the pattern making hassle completely. I only have an associate degree that I haven't used much. I have been teaching art after school and working in the craft industry, for the last three years. I might finally go back to college for another few years to get an art teaching degree. My husband would love to see me get a doctorate in art. I'm one of those people who loves all kinds of art, wants to constantly learn new things, and keep improving on old things. I feel like my life is different than many of my teaching co-workers. I have a teenager, and set my career goals aside to raise her. Now that she's a teenager, I've been trying to figure out what I want to do. I'd love to do art therapy or teach art to special needs kids. That takes some figuring out. Anyway, so you got both a project to go make, and a quick life update. I've been experimenting with a lot of painting lately, which I should probably post here, and not just my Instagram and Facebook pages. I've been trying to make stuff vs spend hours on a computer, since that's a better use of my time. Feel free to follow me on Instagram and Facebook. On Instagram, if you make stuff I like, I'll probably follow you back.

Monday, June 20, 2016

HAIR ACCESSORY DIY: Patriotic American Flag Headband

American Independence Day is coming soon, on July 4th. I like dressing up in festive attire and watching fireworks with friends. I've been working on some no-sew project for you all who want quick and easy projects that don't require sewing skills. I have you covered today! I used OlyFun from Fairfield World, which is a fabric that cuts like paper, doesn't fray, and works well with our tool friend hot glue. Adhesive Technologies provided me with an awesome two temp cordless hot glue gun and more hot glue sticks than I'd imagine I'd ever have. The hot glue gun has a cord that can be detached and the gun still works, but I usually keep it plugged in. I keep it on the low-temp setting for OlyFun. I've been making so many wacky headbands over the last few years, that I restocked my headband blanks, so I could keep you all rich in whimsical headwear...and my daughter too. While I used the American Flag for my headband, you can certainly make any flag you wish, for your country of origin. If you want a big patriotic bow, adapt this project for a Oversized Bow Headband, using hot glue instead of sewing. Gosh I ramble a lot. Let's get to making this dang thing.

Fairfield World and Adhesive Technologies provided me with their products for this project. Fairfield World paid me to create this project. Some of these links are Amazon Affiliate links. Any purchases using the Amazon Affiliate links, will result in Amazon paying me a small commision.

1) Using the ruler and pencil, draw a 3" x 12" rectangle on Snow White OlyFun twice, and Cherry Pop OlyFun once. Draw a 1.5" by 3" rectangle, and two 2"x2" squares on Twilight. Cut out all shapes. Cut 4-5, 1/2" wide strips from Twilight.

2) Add a hot glue stick to the hot glue gun. Plug in the gun and lay it on the silicone craft mat, while it heats up. I like to turn switch to high, so it heats up faster. Then, I switch it back to low. Any glue that drips on the silicone craft mat can be easily peeled off once the glue is cool.

3) On the back of the headband, squeeze a little hot glue at one end, and place a Twilight strip at an upward angle. Add a little hot glue to the front, wrapping the strip onto the glue. Continue wrapping the strip, adding more hot glue to the back with each wrap. The wraps should overlap slightly. Finish the strip on the back, cutting off any excess that would show. Start a new strip on the front, continuing the wrapping until only the headband ends are showing. If this seems confusing check out my Metallic OlyFun New Year's Eve Headband tutorial, which has photos for each wrap step.

4) Fold the Twilight squares in half. Add a little hot glue to the front of a headband end. Center a square onto the glue, with the fold at the headband end. Cut the square at the fold at each side until it touches the headband. square off that cut, so you're left with sides and a tab. Add hot glue to the end back. Fold the square's sides in. Add more hot glue, folding in the tab. Repeat for the other square and headband end.

5) Working in small sections, hot glue the two Snow White rectangles together. Pick a front side. Hot glue the Twilight rectangle to the top left the front white rectangle. Cut the Cherry Pop rectangle into 1/4" wide stripes lengthwise. Hot glue the Cherry Pop stripes onto the front white rectangle, with a white space between each red stripe. There will be four red stripes beside the navy rectangle, and three below the navy rectangle. The top and bottom stripes are red. Fold the striped end in half. Cut it at a diagonal, ending about 2" inward. Hot glue the diagonal end closed if needed.

6) Dip the paintbrush handle tip into the white fabric paint. Make 50 polka dots on the navy rectangle, adding more paint to the handle end as needed. The scale of this flag is too small for stars, so polka dots work fine. The layout is accurate, with 11 columns alternating 5-4 dots. Let the paint completely dry before handling the flag for the next step. The photo shows a portion of the flag. It's much longer, with the dimensions I provided,

7) 4" up from the headband end, squeeze some hot glue. Place the flag star end onto the glue, pressing to smooth out about 1" across the headband. Bend the flag up at an arch. Add more hot glue to the headband about 1" from the previous place. Press the flag dip into the glue. Repeat arching and gluing the flag in this pattern, making sure the ends and curves are secure. Once the hot glue is cooled, the headband can be worn.

I hope you all have a fun July 4th in the USA, or just a fun summer in general. If you want to see the other wacky headbands and other hair adornments I've made head to this Headwear Tutorials List. I have a growing list of tutorial ideas, which are coming up, so make sure to check back regularly for new projects. Happy Makery!

HOME DECOR DIY: Rainbow Pinata Fringe Pillow

This Rainbow Pinata Fringe Pillow is perfect for Summer, LGBTQ Pride, and dorm decor. I chose a rainbow color palette, to match the original LGBTQ flag, since June is pride month. You could make this pillow in any color combo, from the 18 colors and 4 metallic OlyFun fabrics. OlyFun doesn't fray, cuts like paper, and is durable, making it great for a colorful fringe. My eldest niece is off to college soon, and is in need of cool decor. I didn't need yet another pillow for my house, so I offered this one to her, which she excitedly accepted. Head over to Fairfield World, to make your own Rainbow Pinata Fringe Pillow.

As always, Fairfield World provided me with the OlyFun and Poly-Fil for this project. They paid me to create this and other projects. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

HOME DECOR DIY: Golden Delicious Pineapple Pillow

Summer is a week away, but the hot weather has arrived. This golden delicious pineapple pillow is a great quirky cushion for any outdoor party, festival, poolside, or camping trip. This pillow can add cushion to your camping chair, stadium seat, pool chaise, or the hard ground. Pineapples are super trendy currently, as it glittering gold. This particular project is sewn, but with some careful hot gluing, it could be a no-sew project. Y'all know I'm more fond of a sewing machine than any glue. Head over to Fairfield World to create your own Gold Delicious Pineapple Pillow. If you want to see what else I've been creating, follow me on Instagram. I've been doing a lot of painting, research, and experimenting.

Fairfield World provided me the OlyFun and Poly-Fil for this pillow project. They paid me to create this project.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

HOME DECOR DIY: Patchwork State Pride Pillow

This patchwork pillow shows off my Virginia state pride using Fairfield World Smooth Fusible Interfacing, Stick Double Sided Fusible Interfacing, a Soft Touch pillow insert, and P & B Textiles fabric in Urban Scandinavian Black and White. I had an extra long pre-made patchwork strip left over from my Zig Zag Modern Fuse Applique Baby Quilt, and was pondering what to make with them. Being from the South, quilting is a huge part of our maker heritage. I decided to sew the strip into a patchwork pillow. Since I don't like making things people have seen before, I added a more obvious heritage element, by using a silhouette of my home state Virginia. You can subsitute my home state with the state, province, or country of your choosing.

Fairfield World and P & B Textiles provided me with the supplies for this project. Fairfield World paid me to create this project and tutorial.


    1) Let's start back at square one, I used a long leftover patchwork strip from this modern baby quilt. However, I'll recap how I made that very long strip here, for simplicity.

    On the back of the fat quarters, mark out strips 3″ wide. For this pillow, you’ll probably need 2-3 strips per fabric. I cut more than that, for multiple projects. Cut the strips up into rectangles 2″-2.5″ long. I found it was fastest to stack matching strips together, fold them in half, and cut 4 even pieces…making 8 even rectangles per fabric strip. Separate the fabrics into stacks.

    2) At the sewing machine, load it with black thread. Decide on an order for the fabrics to appear. I chose dark and light alternating. Straight sew the rectangles together 1/4″ from the edge, making a long strip.

    I did chain piecing, to save thread. Chain piecing it when you sew two fabrics right sides together, make a space of fabricless stitching, and sew two more fabrics together, continuing this sewing pattern until all of the fabric pairs are sewn in one chain. Snip the chains, and sew the pairs together at one end. Continue sewing the pieces together, until a long strip is formed. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each fabric stitching line.

    3) Measure and cut the long strip into 25″ lengths. I used 10 strips for each side, for a total of 20.

    4) Turn the iron on to cotton (highest setting). Iron all the seams in the same direction.

    5) Load the sewing machine with black thread. Sew two strips together, right sides facing, 1/4" from the edge, backstitching at the seam beginning and end. Open the strips. Sew another strip onto a previous strip. Repeat this sewing method until all the front panel strips are sewn together. Repeat again for the back panel. Clip all excess thread.

    I did not pin my strips before sewing, as I'm comfortable sewing straight edges without pins.

    6) Iron the panels, so all the long seam edges are going in the same direction.

    7) Back to the sewing machine. Increase your stitch length, for topstitching. Topstitch about 1/8" from each seam, securing the seam fabric on the back.

    8) Back to the iron. Cut a piece of Smooth Fusible Interfacing about 1" bigger on each side, than the one panel. Repeat for the other panel. Lay the Smooth glue side up. Center a panel onto the Smooth, with the right side up. Starting in the center, iron slowly outwards, pressing hard. It will take a few passes for the Smooth to fuse. However, the next sewing step will make sure it's in place forever.

    9) Back to the sewing machine. Topstitch the strips, in the same direction as the previous topstitching. This is basic quilting, meant for stability and decoration, not puffiness. The lines of stitching are about 1/4"-1/2" from each other. Quilt both panels. This photo shows the patchwork folded.

    10) Using the a marking pencil or marker and the quilting ruler square off the panel sides. Cut along those squared lines, removing the uneven excess fabric. My panels ended up being about 24"x24". You might think "Well that's too small for a 24"x24" pillow!". Nope, I found making the finished casing a little smaller than the pillow insert made for a squishier and fuller looking pillow that doesn't go flat as fast.

    11) Time for the state decoration. I Googled my state as an outline. I laid a piece of computer paper against my computer screen and gently traced the state shape. Virginia is long, so I needed two pieces of paper to get the full shape. I used masking tape to attach the two pieces. Use small scissors to carefully cut along the state outline.

    12) At the ironing board, cut out a piece of black cotton a few inches bigger than your state. Cut a piece of Stick interfacing slightly smaller than the black cotton. Rip a piece of parchment paper bigger than the cotton. Lay the black cotton down on the ironing board. Center the Stick on the cotton. Lay the parchment paper over the layers. Turn the iron steam off. Press the layers together, until the stick fuses to both the cotton and the parchment paper. Peal the paper off.

    13) Flip the cotton over, right side up. Pin the state pattern to the cotton. Using a white marking pencil, trace the state outline onto the cotton. Using small scissors, cut out the state. Virginia has two pieces. Virginia is a more intricate state, so this step proved tricky.

    14) Center your state on one patchwork panel. Lay the parchment paper back over the state. Iron the state securely to the patchwork panel.

    15) At the sewing machine, carefully sew around the state, about 1/8" from the state edge. If your state is intricate, you might find using a free motion embroidery foot helpful.

    16) Sew across the state, following your previous topstitching rows. This will better secure the state to the patchwork.

    17) Put the two panels right sides together. Stitch around the sides and top about 1/2" from the edge, leaving the bottom open.

    18) Clip the two sewn corners, making sure not to cut the stitching. Turn the pillowcase inside out. Shape the two corners.

    19) Remove the pillow insert from its packing. Cut the big tag off the pillow. Trust me, that's legal once you own the pillow! Insert the pillow into the case, with the pillow zipper at the case opening.

    20) Turn the opening edges in about 1/2" each. Straight pin in place.

    21) Thread the hand sewing needle with an arm's length of black thread. Match up the thread ends and double knot them together. Using a hidden stitch, hand sew the opening closed. If you do this stitch correctly, the hand stitches won't show, and will blend into the seam, like the machine stitched sides.

    To finish, I double knot the thread into the fabric seam. Then, run the threaded needle back under the previous stitching, a few inches. Cut the excess thread. This method makes the knot stronger and thread end look neater.

    22) Give your new pillow a big hug, because you're all done!

    I used the fabrics I had on hand, but you could use any cotton fabrics prints and solids. I used 15 prints for my pillow. I know that seems like a lot, but they were fat quarters, and probably only 1/3 of that fabric was used. You could buy 1/8" pieces of cotton fabrics, for this particular pillow. I do suggest using a solid color for the state silhouette, so it really pops out from the patchwork. If you don't need another dang pillow, change the scale for an awesome quilt, or tote bag. Whatever you choose to make, have fun with it! Happy Makery!

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    HAIR ACCESSORY DIY: Olyfun Desert Flowers and Succulents Headband

    Get into this trend with your own Olyfun Desert Flowers and Succulents Headband. If wacky headbands aren't your thing, these flowers and succulents would be great for other decor, weddings, and hair accessories. I spent several hours of trial and error to make the easiest and prettiest faux succulents using OlyFun and hot glue! These can be made with the OlyFun in 18 colors and 4 metallics. You could probably make them gigantic, if that pleases you. Head over to Fairfield world to make your own Olyfun Desert Flowers and Succulents Headband.

    I'm a Master Maker for Fairfield World. They supplied me with the OlyFun for this project. They paid me to create this project. Adhesive Technologies supplied me with the hot glue gun and hot glue sticks for this project.

    PARTY DECOR DIY: Silver OlyFun Letter Party Balloons

    These Silver OlyFun Letter Party Balloons are a great forever option to fancy balloons that deflate. This is a no-sew project, using Silver Metallic OlyFun, Poly-Fil and a low-temp hot glue gun. The letters can be any size or shape. I made this custom set to update my daughter's bedroom decor. These are great for parties, weddings, special events, gifts, and room decor. Head over to Fairfield World to make your own custom faux balloons!

    I'm a Master Maker for Fairfield World. They supplied me with the OlyFun and Poly-Fil for this project. They paid me to create this project. Adhesive Technologies supplied me with the hot glue gun and hot glue sticks for this project.

    Friday, May 13, 2016

    BAG DIY: OlyFun Daisy Cross Body Purse

    This OlyFun Daisy Cross Body Purse is the perfect retro 90s bag. This bag would be fabulous at all the upcoming festivals. OlyFun doesn't fray and cuts like paper, making it great for a daisy design purse. I used a classic daisy bag color combo of a white daisy with a yellow center, on a black background. OlyFun comes in 18 colors and 4 metallics, allowing for a custom color combo. This bag is made with 3 packs of OlyFun craft sheets, making it an affordable project. The sheets are 12" x 12", which I accounted for, in all my measurements, so the bag is at maximum size. If cross body purses aren't your preferred bag style, shorten the strap for handbag length, or add a wristlet strap instead. Head over to Fairfield World to create your own OlyFun Daisy Cross Body Purse.

    I'm a Master Maker for Fairfield World. They supplied me with the OlyFun for this project. Fairfield World paid me to create this project.

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    HOME DECOR DIY: Modern Canvas Ottoman Makeover

    I've had a Todd Oldham ottoman that I bought many years ago, before Alex existed. It's been worn out by a messy kid and scratch happy cats. With the help of Fairfield World products, Robert Kaufman canvas fabric, and a Dritz staple gun, I was able to give this ottoman a modern update. So far, the cats have enjoyed laying on it, but haven't clawed it. I think the lack of texture is helping, as the previous fabric was a corduroy. You can recover many types of upholstery, using my instructions. I have some more furniture makeover and home decor projects planned over the next few months. You'll be amazed at the makeover results from what I'm starting with. Head to Fairfield World to see this Modern Canvas Ottoman Makeover. Need some more decorating inspiration? Check out my other Home Decor Tutorials, including this Chair Foam and Fabric Update.

    I'm a Master Maker for Fairfield World. Dritz, Robert Kaufman and Fairfield World provided me with supplies for this project. Fairfield World paid me to create this tutorial.


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