DIY Easter Basket Gameboard

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If there’s anything more fun than sewing in general, it’s sewing for holidays!  Spring is almost here and I’m having a great time getting ready for it.  Today’s DIY is a fun Easter project that I’m really excited to share! You ready for this??

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It’s an Easter basket that unzips to lay flat!  Awesome, right??  I hate storing baskets and buckets for holidays so I’ve been brainstorming this project for a while.  But not only is this basket easy to store, it can also be used as a gameboard!  I’ve included a printable with 4 separate game ideas to play on the basket with some yummy Easter candy as game pieces.

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Valentine’s Day Circle Dress

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Apparently I just can’t get enough hearts and red and pink this year!  Before we say good-bye to Valentine’s Day for good, I had to share this fun little circle dress I made for my girls a couple years ago.  I made one for Juliet and 2 for the twins back then, and sadly this size 4 version is the only remaining dress that fits anyone.

I can’t wait for Marilyn to fit into one next year – it’s one of my favorite little girl projects ever!

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Wooden Dowel Heart Wreath Tutorial

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Reversible Circle Skirt Tutorial

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Valentine’s Day is almost here!!  It’s one of my favorite holidays because PINK!  And RED!  And CHOCOLATE!  Plus an excuse to dress up for a fancy date with your man??  It doesn’t really get better than that.

This reversible circle skirt is perfect for a nice night out.  It’s glittery and twirly and girly!  And today I’m sharing the tutorial so you can make one too…

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DIY Leather Accent Leggings

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This season, leather is everywhere!  Real or faux, it’s on jackets, shirts, pants…even jewelry.  I have this pair of part-leather leggings which I LOVE and wish I could wear every day, as well as these faux leather pants that are amazing!

I’m seeing a lot of visual interest around the knee lately so today I’ve got a DIY for you to turn regular old plain-jane knit leggings into on-trend leather accent leggings!  I love the slightly dressier look leather gives.  These are perfect for a girls’ night, a date with your man, or even just running to the store.  This is a really simple sewing project…a great way for beginners to get their feet wet!

BONUS: Leather is impervious to the weird stains of motherhood.

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Inserting a Zipper in the Infinite A-line Dress

Hate buttonholes?  Try installing a zipper in the Infinite A-line dress instead!

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Let’s face it: even veteran sewists find themselves with tasks they dread and buttonholes are often at the top of the list!  I’m much happier now that I have a machine that does automatic buttonholes, but no machine is perfect and I still find myself crossing my fingers before making them. 🙂

When I made Kira’s Dia de los Muertos dress, I knew we needed to try inserting a zipper into the Infinite A-line bodice.  If you’ve never added a zipper to a fully lined bodice, you’re in for a treat!  The finished product is so nice and pretty that you’ll wanna give yourself a pat on the back…and brag to anyone who will listen!

It’s really not as difficult as it looks and takes WAY less time than hand sewing a whole bunch of buttons and swearing your way through buttonholes.  Ready?!

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Super Quick Boxy Top

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Want a sewing project that’s as easy and quick as it is verstile and comfy?  Well, alrighty then.  This knit boxy top has got you covered….literally.  Hardy har har!

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Infinite A-line Hack: Faux Leather & Circle Skirt

 

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One of my original visions for the Infinite A-line Dress Pattern was hacking it into a fit and flare dress: one with a fitted waist and gathered or twirly skirt.  Participating in the Lil Luxe Design challenge was a great excuse!

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Kimono Craze

 

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There are so many really fun, easy trends to copy this fall!  I’m going kind of crazy trying to decide what to make next from my sewing queue.  Tell me I’m not the only one that has like 57 projects on my list to sew??

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Candy corn pennant

Like the other 7 billion people on the planet, I LOVE Halloween décor, even though, as a mother, I HATE the holiday itself.  Don’t even get me started on kids changing their minds on costume ideas 2 hours beforehand or the sugar highs, fights over candy, fear of weirdos kidnapping my kids…. 

 

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But back to the fun part: décor!  My all-time favorite holiday DIY is this candy corn pennant because
1. it’s made of fabric! My favorite medium
2.  It’s super easy to sew
3. It has lasted year after year, which is more than can be said of my paper projects of years gone by.

Bonus: Read on for a no-sew alternative!

 

 

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My banner has 10 pennants and measures about 10 feet long, FYI.

Supplies:

Quilting cotton in orange, yellow and white (1/2 yard each)
10 feet of black, double fold bias tape (purchase or make your own!)

 

 

1.  Download and print a copy of the template right HERE.  Be sure the “fit to page” box is blank and/or set your margins to “none”.  The template should measure about 7.5” x 9”.

2.  Cut one copy of your template into 3 pieces for the front of the candy corn.  For the other copy of the template, just cut out the triangle whole (this will be for the backs).

2.  Using the three front pieces, trace and cut out fabric pieces in each of the coordinating colors.  Do this until you have enough for your entire pennant (i.e. 10 yellow top pieces, 10 orange middle pieces and 10 bottom white pieces).  Then, using your uncut template, cut out backs for each candy corn.  I alternated between orange, yellow and white for the backs, just to make it interesting.

3.  Sew the three front pieces together, right sides together, pressing each seam open.

4.  Lay your back piece on top of the front (right sides together) and sew down each side (leave the top open).  Turn right sides out, poking the point out with a chopstick or pencil tip.  Press seams well.

5.  Using black double fold bias tape, sandwich the top of each pennant in between the folds of the tape, and top stitch all along the open edge of the tape.  I left about 4” of space between each candy corn.  Lastly, fold in the short raw ends of the bias tape and topstitch.

Voila!

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No- Sew Variation!

Same supplies as above plus:
pinking shears
fabric glue (No-Sew, Fabric Fusion or others found at any craft store)

**Follow instructions above through step #2.

3.   Fold the front tops of the middle and bottom pieces of each candy corn over 1/4” and press.  Using fabric glue, glue the folded down top edge onto the raw bottom edge of the piece above it (middle piece glued to top piece, bottom piece glued to middle piece).  OR just use felt and no need for folding or pinking shears!

4.  Run glue around the inside edges of finished front piece and attach back piece.

5.  Using pinking shears, cut around sides of each candy corn.

6.  Glue each candy corn to inside of double fold bias tape.

Done!

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Wondering what magnificent Halloween photo is in that frame?

Ok, you asked for it:

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A classic from the old glory days of college.  Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure this wasn’t even ON Halloween…