Travel Jewelry Cases {gift it + enjoy}

After a two week family vacation, it sure feels good to be home and step back into our 'normal' routines. Before we left, I made a few of these adorable Travel Jewelry Cases to accompany us on our trip to sunny California. I spotted Jess's Travel jewelry clutch on her Instagram feed and fell in love! But the full tutorial is over at Positively Splendid; lots of pictures and the pattern is downloadable. Go get one for yourself! And make a couple as gifts for your Dearies!

Travel Jewelry Case.

It's so fun to create something that is functional and pretty, right?!? I even splurged and used a bit of my Liberty of London fabric on my case. I let my daughters pick their color palette. 

Travel jewelry case.

These cases were so helpful on our recent vacation! The large pocket worked wonders in keeping long necklaces from getting tangled, while the earrings were nestled snugly in the leather patch or in the smaller pockets. 

Travel Jewelry Cases.

These would make the perfect gift for your recent graduate or a teen/ tween. 

Travel Jewelry Cases.

After making three of these cases for my vacationing girlies, I plan on making a couple more to keep on hand as gifts. Summer sewing is under way! 

What summer projects are you working on??


Vintage Sheet Lap Quilt {make it + gift it}

The sweet and colorful patterns of vintage linens are a favorite fabric of mine to sew with// so many wonderful ways to use the cottony goodness in home crafts and usually found at thrift stores at reasonable prices. Big win! I pulled out a bunch of vintage sheets to make some Friendship Lap Quilts for some of my Dear hearts. 

Vintage Sheet quilt for lap blanket.

I started by finding a range of colors and prints in the sheets and cut five of them 8 inches wide, 50 inches long. After lining up the order, I sewed the strips together, right sides facing. The back of the quilt is a different sheet pattern in one solid piece. After making a quilt sandwich of backing + cotton batting + vintage stripes, I pinned the the whole thing all over with quilting safety pins. Next, I  quilted the strips vertically on both sides of the seam, and horizontally every 6 inches. Finally I added handmade vintage binding around all of the edges and hand stitched the binding on the back side. 

Vintage sheet quilt; lap blanket.

The final dimensions of these lap quilts are 36" X 45"; perfect for late night snuggles or book reading. 

Vintage sheet lap blankets.

I bundled up a few of these friendship blankets recently for some sweet friends as a 'thank you' for their presence + love in my life as our family was in a storm of dark days earlier this year.  

Vintage sheet blankets + gifts.

And of course, chocolate was added. Also, a handmade gift tag

Vintage sheet lap quilts.

I LOVE making these happy quilts. I am planning on adding a couple to my Etsy shop later in the summer after our summer vacation. Come take a peek in July! 

Friendship lap quilts from vintage sheets.

Creating with friends + loved ones in mind is something that makes me giddy, truly happy. And the soft cottony goodness of vintage sheets are always fun to play with. Blanket making for days, Dears! Go-- make one or two and bless a friend! 

Happy Granny Square Pillow

The granny square love has not diminished in my home. Today I am sharing my granny square pillow in variegated yellows. The lovable quality about the beloved Granny is that it's an easy pattern, finished quickly and ready to enjoy. 

Variegated yellow granny square pillow cover.

If you'd like to make a Granny Square pillow cover for yourself, you can follow the full tutorial here. The back of this cushion is a favorite vintage pillow case. 

Granny square pillow cover with vintage linen backs.

The backs of these crocheted pillows have an envelope enclosure, which makes switching them out or washing them a cinch! But, I have a feeling these two will stick around for a while! 


Hexie Tea Pot Cozy {Quick Tutorial}

So, once I finished my big winter project-- the Hexie Quilt-- I found a few hexies were left and decided to use them up on a quick project. My little white tea pot was the perfect recipient of the Hexie Tea Cozy. 

Hexie tea cozy tutorial.

Step 1: Measure your teapot by placing it on a brown paper bag. Using a pencil trace around the teapot, adding a 1/2 inch seam allowance all the way around while pot is on it's side.

Hexie tea pot cozy tutorial.

Step 2: Hand stitch the colorful hexies into random rows, making sure your rows are long enough for your pattern from Step 1. Continue connecting rows until the desired height is reached.

Hexie tea cozy tutorial.

Step 3: Iron your two pieces of hexie fabric. Make sure the hexies overlap the paper pattern a bit. Trace and cut. 

Hexie Tea cozy tutorial. SugarBeans,org

Step 4: Iron fusible fleece onto the hexie pieces. Cut a 5 inch piece of ribbon and pin to the top center of the cozy.  Sew the two pieces together, right sides facing around the curved portion of the cozy. Leave the flat bottom open.

Hexie Tea cozy tutorial.

Step 5: Use your brown paper pattern and trace 2 coordinating fabric pieces and sew in the same manner as the hexie pieces. {This will be the lining of the cozy}. Turn inside out and tuck into the Hexie top. 

Hexie tea cozy tutorial.

Step 6: Line up the lining and hexie pieces. Pin bias tape around the edges and sew closed. 

I used my tea cozy last week with a friend over cookies and chats. This little cutie really worked; the tea stayed warm for quite a while. Colorful and functional, my kind of craft.


Granny Stripe Afghan {picot edging}

This afghan is the perfect project to use up your scrap yarn bits. I wanted lots of color in this afghan, so I grabbed a new color after two rows without planning or plotting. This is a lap sized afghan and perfect for movie night with your Lovies or snuggling while reading a favorite book.

granny stripe afghan with picot edging.

I made a larger Granny Stripe Afghan last winter using gray as a unifying color and it's HUGE; I love this smaller version as well. The picot edging was new for me; I  adore the way it finishes off this little lap blanket. 

Granny stripe afghan with picot edging.
Granny stripe afghan with picot edging.

Lots of colorful yarn made this a fun project. Raiding my stash to create something useful and pretty was a fun way to wile the gloomy, cold days away. And I loved learning a new stitch in the border edging. Next, I want to try making this in a rainbow variation for one of my girlies. 

Granny stripe afghan + picot edging.

Happy Monday, Dears! 
Are you learning any new techniques for your hobby?? Share please in the comments...


Vintage Tote {Update}

Vintage Tote {Update}

I fell in love with a darling dark blue American Tourister bag found at a thrift store for $2. It was in great condition--no weird stinky smells or grossness inside the bag at all; just a little bit of wear on the outside pocket. After a year in my closet, I finally updated the bag for our upcoming summer vacation. And I love the way it turned out!

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