Monthly Archives: April 2011

Elastic Waist Toddler Skirt

Everyone needs a bit of the 1980s in their lives, don’t you think? When I stumbled upon this elastic waist skirt tutorial I decided to give them a go for my twin nieces.

Yes, I still can’t sew straight. . .

But I don’t think my nieces minded!

(I got the idea for the headbands here.)

Do you have any 80s-inspired clothing?



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Pillow Talk: Easy Envelope Pillow

One of the reasons I wanted to learn to sew was because I think the price of home decor is ridiculous.  But until today I hadn’t made anything for the home.  Here she is, in all her beauty:

I made a pillow!  Big holla to Baby Lux who has the simplest tutorial out there.  (Why do people make these things so difficult?) I can’t wait to show it to you when it makes it to its home!

The best part is the price.  I used a 40 percent off coupon to buy the pillow form and the fabric was half off.  The total cost for this beaut? About $10.


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DIY No-Sew Laptop Case

My line of work is going paperless and my office is on the bandwagon.  I’ve been hauling this poor laptop to court every day since February 1st and it is already showing too much wear!

I wanted a quick fix without too much money and without too much time.  The solution? This no-sew tutorial I found here on Design Sponge using a bit of felt.

I followed the instructions to a T – like so:

(I used Stitch Witchery, like I did here.)

I like the simplicity of it all and it holds up quite well under pressure.  However, I think a full strip of Velcro is needed because the dots tend to tear away from the fabric.  But apparently it doesn’t bother me enough to fix it!

How do you travel with your laptop?


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Straight Lines Are Hard

This week I’ve been struggling to sew them. . .

And today I’m struggling to tape them.

Next we’ll see if I can paint them. . .


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Easy Toddler Skirt

My sewing teacher rocks!  When my sewing class ended a lot of my classmates took her next course, Sewing for Children.  I didn’t because, well, I don’t have any children.  But now I wish I would have because I just sewed these skirts from her 20 Minute Skirt tutorial on her blog.

That woman is my hero.  (Her name is Deborah Moebes, by the way.)  Thank you for making sewing so easy!

P.S. Do you see that beautiful Olfa cutting mat in the background? I couldn’t help but show it off.  It makes everything so much easier!


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If this article doesn’t jump start my spring cleaning, I don’t know what will.  Read about the 5 Places Dirtier Than Your Toilet Seat.

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