Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Giant Quilted Book Cushion Tutorial - Lesson 2 of 2


We made these awesome giant book cushions for the reading corner in our elementary school library.

A huge thank you to Fairfield for making these cushions possible.  They provided me with the foam and batting and compensated me for writing this post.  All opinions and ideas are my own.


The kids love them, and I hope they get the elementary kids excited about science and exploring more non-fiction books.


Giant Quilted Book Cushion Tutorial - Lesson 1 of 2


These quilted book cushions are the perfect addition to a reading nook, classroom, or library.  In this lesson and the second lesson, I'll be teaching you how to make your own and also provide you with the printable covers and spine labels to be printed onto fabric.  (And a huge thank you to Fairfield for providing the foam and batting for the project and compensating me for writing this post, making this project for our school library possible.  All opinions and ideas in this post are my own.)

The covers velcro on to the base, so that they are easily removable for washing...because anything you plan to have kids regularly use, needs to be washable.



A while ago, a friend sent me a link to some small book pillows.  I knew immediately that I wanted to make a much larger cushion size version for our school library.  I'd been thinking about using popular children's book fabric like Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, but hadn't come up with how I wanted the cover to look.  Then the inspiration came to make them non-fiction books, and I knew it was time to make the idea a reality.

And not to toot my own horn too much...but I really REALLY REALLY love how these turned out.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Life-Proof Pillowcase Tutorial - Protecting Pillows from Life's Little Accidents


Life-Proof Pillow Case using Shield Interlining

Not sure why it took me so long to think of this one...probably because Shield is a new product from Fairfield.  (Disclaimer:  I regularly design projects for Fairfield and receive compensation for blog posts and free product...but I work for them because I totally LOVE their products and would be using them anyway.)
Life-Proof Pillow Case using Shield Interlining

We've needed a few of these in the house for a LONG time.  We have a couple of intermittent bed-wetters.  It usually doesn't make it to the pillow, but has on occassion.  And even if you don't have a bed-wetter, kids can have all kinds of accidents.

They spill drinks.  They wet the bed.  They take their pillow outside without asking.  They drool, etc.  Pillowcases are easy to wash…pillows not so much.  (Yeah, I know you CAN wash pillows, but they soak up so much water in the washing machine ends up unbalanced and noisy, and it’s a pain.)

You can find my full tutorial for Life-Proof Pillowcases on the Fairfield Blog  here.
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

16 Unique and Fun Decorating Ideas - Weekly Link Party

16 Unique and Fun Decorating Ideas
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Tiffany here hosting from Making the World Cuter today! We are in remodeling and decorating mode constantly at my casa so I thought I would round up some of your unique and fun decorating ideas that you shared last week. If you would like to check out some of what I've been working on around my house, be sure to check out these posts:
Now let’s see what your favorite things are that you have been posting! It’s time for the block party! Link up here and be linked up to 4 fabulous blogs all at once!
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Simple Tortilla Cozy Tutorial

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We eat tacos and fajitas at our house at least once a weeks, so this is a necessity for keeping tortillas warm after coming out of the microwave. The tortilla cozy is fast and easy to make and you just need a few simple supplies. Note: This cozy is not designed to be put in the microwave.  Rather you heat the tortillas in the microwave and then put them into your cozy to keep them warm and pliable.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Weekly Block Party Link-Up

Hello everyone!!  I hope that you had a wonderful Valentine's Day and enjoying your three day weekend!  Our main host for this week was travelling and the rest of us were busy with family things as well...so we'll have a fun round-up next week. Thanks for being here and I can't wait to see what you've been up to!!
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Monday, February 9, 2015

Easy No-Sew Hanging Valentine's Hearts

One more quick Valentine's project for you. My daughter's teacher's reading made a comment to her class that she wished she had more Valentine's decorations, especially to hang from the ceiling.

These fun double sided hanging hearts go together SO FAST and there's no sewing involved, thanks to the great products from Fairfield.  (FYI: Fairfield provided the Stick interlining used and compensates me to share ideas using their products.  The fabric used and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.  My job writing for them is easy because their stuff rocks and I get to give fun things to my kid's classroom.)


That got our minds working about how we could help her out.  We settled on making a Conversation Heart "LUV 2 READ" Pillow, with the Peanuts fabric on the back, since she's an awesome reading teacher AND she loves the Peanuts characters.  (I just love to indulge people's fandoms, don' you!?!)

We still had plenty of fabric left over, though, which led to these heart hangers.  It probably took me about half an hour to make about a dozen of them.  And now that they're made, they'll last SO much longer than if I'd made them out of paper.

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials:

  • 2 Coordinating Fat Quarters or lots of scraps.
  • 1/2 yard of STIFFEN interlining by Fairfield.
  • 1/2 yard of paper backed fusible web or Stick Interlining by Fairfield
  • Thread
  • Medium to large needle
  • Scissors
  • Iron


Directions:

We're basically going to be making one big sandwich where we layer one fabric, the stiffen, fusible web, and our second fabric.

The Stiffen has one side that is already fusible, so start by ironing your first fabric onto the fusible side of the stiffen.  (The fusible side is the side that feels kinda scratchy to the touch.)


Then iron a sheet of paper-backed fusible web onto the other side of the Stiffen.


Trace heart shapes onto the paper backing.


Cut out.  You'll want to use some sturdy scissors for this.  Cutting stiffen is a little like cutting a light-weight cardboard.

Peel off the paper backing.

Iron the hearts to the BACK side of your second fabric.  Because the Stiffen is so thick, it worked best for me to slip the heart under the fabric, and iron the fabric from the top side, so the heat could reach the fusible web easier.



Cut out your hearts out again.

Use a needle to pull a thread through the top of the heart.  Tie a knot to make a loop.  I made the loops different lengths, so some hearts would hang down farther than others.

I also made some smaller hearts and hung those from the bottom tips of larger hearts to add some variety.

Super fast, and a fun Valentine's addition to the classroom.


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