Granny Square Pillow Cover

Oh yes, another Granny Square project-- this follows the granny tech case, eyeglass case, and the granny blanket. I change up my pillow covers often; it's an easy and affordable way to change the look in a room. 

Granny Square Pillow Cover. SugarBeans.org

I paired the cotton yarn with a favorite vintage pillow case. The back of the granny pillow cover is an envelope enclosure made from the vintage pillow case. This makes for easy clean up and change up. 

If you are interested in making your own pillow cover, just make enough granny squares to cover your pillow. Attach the squares with your preferred method of connecting. (I single stitched the back of mine together). Then cut your cotton fabric large enough for the pillow PLUS 1 1/2 inches for stitching allowances. Then stitch right sides of granny square panel to right sides of cotton fabric around all four edges. Fold out pillow cover from envelope enclosure-- add your pillow and done.

Granny square pillow cover. SugarBeans.org
Granny square pillow cover. SugarBeans.org

I will be making a couple more of these cuties; my daughter mentioned she would like one for her bed as well. Lots of colors and creative combinations make for unique, one-of-a-kind pillow covers every time. 

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Quick Tin Box Update

Last week while thrifting, I found an old tin filing box that was similar to one my mother had while we were young. It's a silly wood grain tin box that has no meaning except it reminds me of my younger years and was priced at $.80. 

Tin box and supplies to do a quick update:

Tin box update. SugarBeans.org

See, it's really not a beautiful piece of anything, BUT, seriously, it is the same brand, make and model as one my mother had; even the stubborn sticker is the same. That thing will NOT come off!! I just painted over it. 

Tin Box update. SugarBeans.org

I painted the base of the box, then measured the top and decoupaged the lid. Easy and pretty quick. Now, I can store my lace and buttons in this cutie.

Tin box update. SugarBeans.org

I added a couple of poms to the top and can now proudly display my newly updated tin box with pride in my craft room. Some days, it's the simple things that make me swoon. Cute storage container redone for less that $1.00 makes for a happy day, indeed. 

Happy week to you, friends!


Granny Square Eyeglass Case {gift it}

Granny squares have been a huge part of this past winter for me. After I finished my Mini Granny Square Tech Case, I started on these fun and useful Granny Square Eyeglass Cases. It is put together in the same way as the tech case, so look to that post for a tutorial on the squares and scallops.  

Granny Square Eyeglass Case. SugarBeans.org

This is just four {three-round} granny squares connected with a scallop edging. Slide your sunnies or readers into the case, and you are set for some cottony glass protection. 

Granny square eyeglass case. SugarBeans.org
Granny square eyeglass case. SugarBeans.org

Working with the cotton yarn is amazing! It's my favorite brand from Hobby Lobby-- I love this cotton. So many color choices. 

Granny Square Eyeglass Case. SugarBeans.org

This is another great project to make in batches and store for future gift-giving opportunities! I know I have a few set aside for such occasions. 

Scrappy Camera Strap {a tutorial}

I was incredibly blessed to be a part of Flamingo Toes fun Scrap Busting Extravaganza a few weeks ago. This is the project I shared.  A fast tutorial on using your fabric bits to make a Scrappy Camera Strap.

scrappy camera strap. sugarbeans.org

So, let's start. First, gather the materials needed.

Scrappy camera materials. SugarBeans.org

I traced my camera strap {folded in half} adding a 1/2 inch for the seam allowance. When trimming my fabric strips, I just made sure the width was the same size as the width of the pattern, not caring about each individual scrap's length. Then, I randomly began to sew the fabric strips end-to-end, trying to mix up the colors and patterns. I ended up with a long strip of yummy fabric.

Scrappy camera strap. SugarBeans.org

Iron the seams flat; then iron your pieces of interfacing onto the fabric strips for added durability. Fold over ends, iron and stitch. 

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Take some of your trim and lay it along each edge, pinning every couple of inches. Sew along each side, leaving the ends open.

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Turn inside out and iron.

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Scrappy camera strap. SugarBeans.org

Now it's time to shimmy your darling Scrappy camera strap onto your camera.

Scrappy camera strap. SugarBeans.org

A super quick + colorful scrap busting project.

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I am hoping to add a few of these scrappy camera straps to my Etsy shop in the near future. Thanks for stopping by!



Stitching for a babe + donuts

This week was filled with getting some ordinariness back into my life. Routines were in full force, all family members were home {praise Jesus!}, and it was time to get some crafty juices flowing. Early in the week, we welcomed a family friend's preemie baby into our lives. She's tiny. She's adorable + thriving. And I was itching to make some small, cute baby bits. 

Preemie crochet beanie caps. SugarBeans.org

A friend on Instagram shared a crochet preemie cap pattern that I LOVED. Made a few for our sweet friend's daughter. And added a pom to one. Seriously, these are the cutest caps around!

Diaper bag pouch. SugarBeans.org

I pinned this wonderful diaper bag pouch from Noodlehead a while ago, praying for a baby to enter my life so I could make one. Prayers were answered!

Diaper bag pouch tutorial. SugarBeans.org

Another amazing revelation this week: the most scrumptious donut shop in our area was visited by me, not once, but twice. It could be a problem folks. Fresh donuts are a weakness for my sorry self; big time. 

Longs donuts. SugarBeans.org

Yes, HOT donuts. See what I mean by it's a problem?!?!

Longs donuts. SugarBeans.org

Creating for baby + donuts. That pretty much sums up my week. It was a good week. 

Scrap Tags {gift it}

After I finished my Crochet + fabric wallets last week, I wanted to make something quick to add to the little bundles of goodness. I knew these wallets were destined for some sweeties who have loved me hard during some family hardships, and so chocolate sweet bits and handmade gift tags were in order. One can satisfy a sweet tooth; another can help in a pinch for an addition to a gift or note. 

Scrap tags. SugarBeans.org

To some larger tags, I sewed some scraps of fabric, ribbon and a simple phrase. Now, the gift giving + sharing with others can continue!

Gifts. SugarBeans.org

I bundled up a handful of the tags and tucked them into a crocheted wallet. A few dearies received one of these gifts this week as I was packaging up pots, tupperware and bits from their meals they served our family during our tough weeks. Blessed indeed to be known, cared for, prayed over and practically loved on. 

Handmade gift tags. SugarBeans.org
Handmade scrap gift tags. SugarBeans.org

Feeling blessed by the love and compassion of my people. Looking forward to serving and filling a need of the people God has put in my path. Simple love shows up and pursues hard. A pretty little tag is just a bonus.

What are some ways you show practical love to the people in your life??

Crochet + Fabric Wallets {a tutorial}

This season has been a difficult one. Life has been one tumultuous event after another, and when these tender moments arise, finding time to create and just breathe and enjoy become a new hard. I was given a couple hours of 'me' time this weekend, where I quickly hibernated to my craft/sewing room to 'play' with some past projects that were started, but not fully complete. These wallets....

Crochet + fabric wallets. SugarBeans.org

It was so fun to pair the cotton yarn with some fabric bits I have been waiting to use up. First, I  crocheted a few rectangles in the puff stitch.  Find a size you are wanting and crochet until you are at desired width and length. {I may make a few smaller ones as coin pouches--cute!} Cut your fabric a little larger than crocheted rectangle. 

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Iron fusible interfacing onto WRONG side of fabric; then iron edges in all around fabric perimeter.

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Hand stitch fabric rectangle onto crocheted piece around the edges making sure to leave a little leeway on the top {helps when folding wallet flap over}.

Crochet + fabric wallets. SugarBeans.org
Crochet + fabric wallets. SugarBeans.org

Fold wallet into desired shape. Use a single crochet stitch to secure edges and add a loop halfway across the top for a button closure as you crochet around all three edges. Add a button to the front of the wallet.

Cotton yarn + fabric wallets. SugarBeans.org

And repeat. Again and again.

crochet + fabric wallets. A tutorial.  SugarBeans.org

A little crafting fun to ease away the tension was the perfect way to spend a few hours alone. An added bonus: my gift pantry is stocked and ready to bless some girlies. 

Simple Sewing Kit {college gifts}

Simple Sewing Kit {college gifts}

Last weekend I was blessed with a small road trip to visit my oldest girl for a few days. I packed a box of goodies she had requested, and a few Valentine sweets for fun. But, I also have a tendency to make a little handmade something to bless her and her roommate. This package included an easy to make, Simple Sewing Kit. 

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Jewelry catch-all {vintage wrapped hanger}

Jewelry catch-all {vintage wrapped hanger}

For .80 cents I was able to score four vintage wood hangers. They have been stored in my craft room waiting for some new life and purpose. Well, that time has come my friends, in this Jewelry Catch-All. I followed the same directions on these hangers as with my Vintage Wrapped Hanger Tutorial.

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State Shape Hoop Art {Tutorial}

State Shape Hoop Art {Tutorial}

My Hubs and I are California natives. We have such fond memories of our times on the beach, biking, hiking, chatting, and exploring. So when I found this large wooden embroidery hoop while thrifting, I knew it would be the perfect format to fit our large and long home state with some images of what we loved about California.  

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Lap Desk {remake}

Lap Desk {remake}

On a recent trip to a favorite thrift shop, I spotted a ragged little lap desk sitting forlornly upon a shabby couch. There is still a teacher brain in me that loves all things school related: chalkboards, markers, paper, books and yes, small desks. It was this part of my brain that had me seek the price of this not-so-much-needed-as-wanted-lap-desk. $2 sealed the deal. 

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Mini Banners & Tassels {A Tutorial}

Mini Banners & Tassels {A Tutorial}

It's time to celebrate-- a new year, new hopes & adventures, small victories, birthdays, accomplishments. This is my year to be thankful and live out gratitude. Having some of these mini banners and tassels on hand to add to gifts or leave on mailboxes will be a reminder to look for reasons to celebrate. Let's create & share.

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