How to Sew a Burlap Valance with a Ribbon Accent

Valances give color to a room without blocking the natural light. I like being able to make my own valances because I can select the fabric and create my own design.

As you know from reading my other blog posts, I LOVE burlap because of its texture and it goes with everything. I also added the orange polka-dot ribbon to add color.

I made this valance for the window in our loft (my office) and I just love the way it turned out. Continue reading “How to Sew a Burlap Valance with a Ribbon Accent”

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How to Join Yarn (Change Colors) When Crocheting

When crocheting, you will likely need to join yarn at some point. You join (or change) yarn when you use up a skein of yarn and need to start another skein or you are changing colors.

In this post, I show you how to join (or change) yarn at the end of a row or in the middle of a row. Continue reading “How to Join Yarn (Change Colors) When Crocheting”

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How to Make a Needle Book with an Embroidered Cover

This post shows how to make a needlebook by embroidering the cover and assembling the needlebook. This blog post shows how to freehand embroider flowers, a bee, dragonfly, ladybug, butterfly, basket, and heart. These step-by-step instructions show how to sew the needlebook together using fabric and felt. Making this needlebook combines embroidery and sewing.

This was such a fun project! Making this needlebook was an excuse to try my hand at embroidery. I store my needles in this book. I also take it with me when I travel and take an embroidery project with me.

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Camper Embroidery Inspiration and Design

I have recently tried my hand at embroidery. This is my second embroidery project. My needlebook was my first. I like to create my own design as I go – – feeding the artist within. I am actually a “maker” and a wanna-be artist.

Maybe my embroidery project will inspire you to try your hand at embroidering a camper or something that is meaningful to you.

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How to Sew Christmas Pillow Slipcovers

This blog post was originally published in December 2018 and was recently updated.

I saw this burlap fabric at Hobby Lobby and knew I had to make Christmas pillow slipcovers for my front porch bench. ? I like making slipcovers for various seasons rather than having multiple pillows. It is much easier to store the slipcovers as compared to multiple sets of pillows and it is an excuse for me to sew! ✂️

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How to Sew Pillow Slipcovers

I had two faded pillows that I made a few years ago for our front porch. I used outdoor fabric; however, they faded over time. I decided to make spring/summer slipcovers for them. (I am eventually going to make slipcovers for every season. So far, I just have Christmas slipcovers and these floral slipcovers.)

The first step was to measure the existing pillows. I flattened them the best I could to get an accurate measurement. I determined that the slipcovers needed to be 16.5 inches and I wanted a 1/2 inch seam, so this equated to 17.5 x 17.5 inches total.

Once I determined the size, I needed to square my fabric, so I would have two perfect squares. I used a triangular ruler and a yardstick.

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