Monday, June 29, 2015

DIY Animal Cuddle Pillows

I just love animal prints for summer projects, so I thought I'd share these fun pillows I made for a tutorial on the Fairfield World site a little while back, featuring some fun Cuddle Animal Prints from Shannon Fabrics.  (Big thank you to Fairfield for sending me the pillow inserts and Shannon Fabrics for sending me the Cuddle, so these could find a home in our school's special ed classroom.)

My kids had a really hard time seeing these go, because they just LOVE the snuggly softness of the Cuddle fabrics.


If you want to make your own, this is what you'll need for one pillow:

Sunday, June 28, 2015

30+ Red, White, and Blue DIY Projects for the 4th of July and the Weekly Block Party

 Super Simple Summer Throw Quilt Patriotic Bunting | Vintage Bandana Bowl Covers | Kid-Friendly Patriotic Punch | Patriotic Pudding Pops | Patriotic Fruit Cones Patriotic Fruit Tart | Framed Ribbon Flag | Bohemian Baby Doll Dress and Ribbon Wands | Red, White, and Blue Tie Dye Napkins | Red, White, and Blueberry Ice Pops | Free Flat Front Skirt Pattern Pottery Barn Inspired Stenciled Flag Pillow | Patriotic Denim and Burlap Placemats | 4th of July T-Shirts | Patriotic Tablescape | Patriotic Wall Art | Dollar Store Patriotic Lanterns | Patriotic Summer Mantel |Patriotic Flag Waffles Patriotic Poke Cake | 4th of July Sugar Cookie Bars | Rustic Patriotic Wreath | 4th of July Breakfast Bagels | 4th of July Ribbon Wand | American Flag Kids Craft | Patriotic Rocket Favors |Rustic Berry Tarts | Felt Flower Tutorial | 4th of July Cheesecake Trifles 

It's time for another Block Party hosted by Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly!
 
Polly, here from Pieces by Polly as your host for this week.  I'm looking forward to seeing lots of family and relaxing for the 4th of July, and these fun projects DIY Red, White, and Blue projects will help you get in the mood.  I've been quilting and sewing like crazy lately and will have some fun things to share in the next few weeks.  This last week I shared:
Red, White, and Blue Dr. Seuss Quilt with Free Pattern
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" Quilt Tutorial


I've been wanting to make this Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus for a long time.  So I was really excited when it was time to help my daughter's kindergarten class with making a quilt, this was the option out of several that her teacher chose.

And as always a big thank you to Fairfield World for providing me with the American Spirit Luxury Blend batting and compensating me for this project.  Shannon Fabrics also provided some super soft Cuddle 3 for the backing and binding.  Their generosity made it possible for my daughter's class to donate this quilt to a child in need in our community.  This post contains affiliate links.

The full instructions, supply list, and tutorial for this Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Quilt can be found on the Fairfield site here.

Dr. Seuss Crib Quilt Pattern


This Dr. Seuss Crib Quilt is so fun to put together and there are so many fun Dr. Seuss prints out there to choose from...and so many Dr. Seuss books to read.

And the best thing is, this one has a free pattern available on the Fairfield site.  The awesome people over at Fairfield asked me to take some of their old patterns and update them with new fabrics.  (They compensated me for making the quilt and updating the pattern and provided me Soft'n Toasty Cotton Batting to go inside.)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Summer Activities for Kids and the Weekly Block Party Link-Up

Have you heard "I'm bored yet"? Keep the kids busy this Summer with these great crafts, activities, projects and other fun kid friendly ideas!
Summer boredom busters. Kid activities, crafts and other ideas to keep them busy.


How are you doing? I,  Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings am roasting over here in Utah. Summer has officially hit. So I figured I would share some of the awesome Summer Kid Activities that you guys have been linking up!
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If you haven't been to my neck of the woods recently here are some of my most popular posts since last time I hosted the Block Party!
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Super Simple Summer Throw Quilt - Red, White, and Blue in Sarah Jane Studios Fabric


This Super Simple Summer Quilt is ideal for highlighting a few favorite fabrics with large scale prints.  Strip piecing and large blocks are used to make this quilt really quick to sew together, so it can be completed in a full day or weekend.  It would work with any color scheme, but we chose red, white, and blue for a patriotic summer feel.  And a big thank you to Fairfield World for providing me with batting and compensating me for designing this quilt and writing this post.  

We've all got that stack of fabric at home that we're hoarding...fabric we love more than most and we're saving it until the perfect project finally comes along.

The Children at Play line by Sarah Jane Studios for Michael Miller Fabrics was that way for me, in particular the Rocket Launch Club fabric.  Our family is big fans of brainy open-ended activities, and this fabric has it all, right down to the physics equations.  The airplane fabrics if from the Patriots line celebrating Naval Aviation by Robert Kaufman, but is now just about impossible to find.

Unfortunately every single fabric in this quilt is out-of-print, but there are lots of current red, white, and blue prints out there that would also look amazing.

For best balance, you'll want to choose a fabric with a large scale print (or Rocket Boys), one that looks similar to a solid from a distance (our technical airplane drawings), a medium-to-small scale print (our red rockets), and something with stripes or dots or the like.

Monday, June 15, 2015

16 Refreshing Summer Salads and Weekly Block Party Link-Up

Sorry to be a bit late getting this one up.  I can't wait to try out some of these salads!

It's heating up out there! Time to try out some of these refreshing summer salad recipes.
Make one for dinner tonight! 16 Delicious and Refreshing Summer Salad Recipes
Tiffany at Making the World Cuter
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Simple Zippered Pillow Tutorial


I get asked a lot about what projects are good for beginners and this zippered pillow cover is really easy and a great way to practice a zipper.

Time Required: About half-an-hour

Skill Level: Beginner

You'll need:

  • Home Elegance® Pillow 24″ x 24″
  • 2/3 Yard 54" Wide Cotton Fabric OR 1 1/3 yards 45" wide fabric.  Regular quilting cotton will work, but I prefer a medium weight cotton for this project because it holds it's form better.  (Note: The particular cotton fabric I chose came 54″ wide which allowed me to cut both pillow pieces side-by-side from 2/3 yards of fabric.  If you’re using regular 42-44″ wide fabric, you may want to make 20″ pillow, so you don’t have to buy twice as much fabric.)
  • 22" Zipper
  • Coordinating Thread
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat or Scissors


You can find my full tutorial for the Simple Zippered Pillow and Step-by-Step Instructions on the Fairfield World website here.


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