Sewing Tutorials

Pacifier Clip Sewing Tutorial

Would you believe I did not know how to sew five years ago?  I mean, at all.  I am completely self taught over these last four to five or so years and I can not believe how much I love sewing!  So, when we found out we were having another baby I knew I wanted to make as many items for her myself as possible.  I am having so much fun making the basics, coming home outfits and nursery items as well!  My goal is to have everything possible in her diaper bag handmade instead of store bought.

Today, I want to share a tutorial for one of those basic items with you!  I made several pacifier clips to help prevent those pesky pacifiers from dropping onto the dirty germ riddled floor.  This is another easy, beginner friendly, sewing tutorial that is quick and uses very little fabric.  It’s a great scrap buster.

You will need the following supplies:

*Fabric:  Cut to 12 inches long by 4 inches wide (1 strip per clip needed)

*Lightweight iron on interfacing (optional:  adds stability but not a must)

*1/4″ or 3/8″ elastic

*1″ Suspender Clips:  I order mine on e-bay but you can find these in a local craft store as well

*Basic sewing supplies and sewing machine

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If you have decided to add the interfacing you will first iron that on to the wrong side of each fabric strip.  You will then press the short ends in about 1/4″ or so, this is to hide the raw edges and press the fabric in half lengthwise.  Next, fold each side in to the middle and press again.  Use pins or clips to hold in place.  This is essentially a bias tape process, see pics below.

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After that you will cut your elastic and sandwich into one short end of the fabric in a loop.  I used 5 inches to that they would fit both types of pacifiers but you could definitely go with 3-4″ and be fine as well.

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You will then sew along all three open edges of the fabric.  I went over the elastic 2-3 times to be sure it was very secure.

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Your last step is to add the suspender clip to the other short end of the fabric.  You will simply loop the fabric through the bar and then sew it closed.  Again, go over it 2-3 times so it is very secure.

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You are already finished!  I made four of these in under 15 minutes from cut to finish.  All you do to attach these is push the elastic loop through the end of the pacifier and then loop the entire fabric clip through the elastic and pull (making a slip knot).  Clip the suspender clip onto car seat straps, etc and you are good to go!  No more pacifiers falling onto filthy dirty floors!

Thanks for checking out this beginner friendly sewing tutorial!  Happy sewing!

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Craft Tutorials

Oversized Hoop Wreath

This past summer we upgraded to new furniture in our living room and some fresh new decorations were needed to match!  We went with grey as our main color with blush and mint accents.  I had so much fun creating the new look, it feels like an actual “grown up” room for the first time!

We have a large empty wall space above our entertainment center that needed an accent decoration.  I wanted something large but still simple and sweet.  I decided to put together an oversized hoop wreath and put together a quick tutorial for you as it is SO easy and really adds to any room!

The supplies you will need are:

-Oversized hoop:  I used an 18″ Quilt Hoop that I picked up at Joann using a 40% off coupon

-Floral wire

-Artificial Greenery and Flowers:  I love the selection at Hobby Lobby (AND they go on sale 50% off every other week!)

-Glue Gun

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**I did decide to spray paint my hoop light pink right before starting it because the wood did not match our living room decor.**

I started by pulling my flowers off of the stems and laying them out loosely on the hoop to get an idea of what it would look like.  After that, just add the greenery on first.  I wanted mine to cover only half the hoop. Use pieces of your floral wire to secure the greenery to the hoop.

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Once your greenery is secured use more floral wire to secure your flowers on.  You can use hot glue as well in any areas that need extra hold.

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Once finished you can hang just on the actual hoop or you can add rope, twine, etc to hang it from.  It looks perfect centered over our entertainment center and is exactly the oversized but simple statement piece we were aiming for!  And, even better, you can easily swap it out seasonally!

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Completed oversized hoop wreath!

 

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Sewing Tutorials

Critter Cuddle Sack

As if having three small children and a dog wasn’t chaotic enough we decided to add another pet to our family last month.  And it isn’t just a goldfish or chia pet.  We opted for a prickly, adorable, oh so shy hedgehog!  We did all sorts of research on these critters beforehand and knew what to expect.  We named our new friend Pepper as he is salt and pepper colored, the kids like to call him “Peps” for short.

When doing hedgehog research we learned that they like to snuggle up to sleep in or under something warm and fuzzy.  We decided to make him a few snuggle sacks to sleep in and also to cuddle in when being held.  Snuggle sacks are great for all kinds of small animals, not just hedgehogs!

These sacks are SUPER easy to make so we thought we would put together a simple tutorial for you!  You will need the following supplies:

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-Basic sewing machine & sewing supplies (needle, thread, straight edge etc)

-Snuggly soft fabric, we used flannel for the outside and fleece for the lining, you will need  less than 1/2 yard per sack of each fabric depending on the size you make

-Cutting mat and rotary cutter (optional)

First, decide the size you would like your snuggle sack to be.  We decided on 12″ long x 10″ wide as that is just the right size for our hedgehog to cuddle but still have room to move around.  You will cut 2 pieces of each fabric 12″ x 10″ in size (4 pieces total).  I cut mine using a cutting mat, rotary cutter and straight edge.  You can just use scissors if you don’t have a mat and rotary.

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I have fabric cut here to make two sacks so there are 4 main and 4 lining pictured.

Once you have your 4 rectangles (2 main and 2 lining) you will place the 2 main right sides together and 2 lining right sides together.  On your main fabric be sure if your print is directional that they are pinned together both facing the correct direction.  You will sew the 2 sides and bottom of the main fabrics as indicated by the arrows on the photo below.  You will leave the top edge open.  On your lining fabric you will do the same except you will leave a couple of inches open along the bottom edge as shown by the circle on the photo below.

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After sewing as indicated above you will turn your main fabric right side out and slide the lining over it so that they are right sides together with the open edges at the top on both.  See photo below, I am sliding the main fabric down inside the lining.

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Once they are right sides together you will clip or pin the open edge together and sew it together in a loop.  Do not sew it straight across (all 4 layers) as I did the first time as you will be sewing your sack closed!   The photo below shows the 2 layers clipped together all the way around forming a loop.  Sew this loop together (2 layers of fabric, main & lining).

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After you have sewn the top edge you will pull the sack right side out.  You will do this by pulling the fabric through the open hole in the bottom of the lining.  You will keep pulling until it is fully right side out (both layers).

Once it is fully right side out you will sew up the hole in the lining you left in the beginning!  Just tuck your wrong sides in and sew straight across the small opening as shown by the clips in the photo below.

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After sewing the hole closed you will push the lining down inside your main fabric and your snuggle sack is finished!  These are so quick and easy to sew!  I love this fully lined option as there are no exposed threads for Pepper to chew or unravel.  I made several as they get dirty quickly in Pepper’s cage so we always have a fresh clean one when the dirty one is in the wash!  I hope your little critter loves these as much as ours does!

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Pepper loves to snuggle in our laps in his snuggle sack!
Craft Tutorials

Personalized Welcome Mat

Our first post will be a super easy tutorial for a personalized welcome mat!  We used a Silhouette machine to make our stencil but you can purchase pre-made stencils as well if you don’t have a vinyl cutter.

You will need the following supplies for this project:

*Blank Door Mat (We used this mat from Ikea but they are also at Target)

*Acrylic Craft Paint in Your Choice of Colors

*Foam Paint Brushes

*Vinyl (and Transfer Tape) or Pre-Made Craft Stencil (I used Design ID #30207 in the Silhouette Store)

Supplies
My Supplies:  Transfer Tape, Vinyl Stencil, Acrylic Paint, Foam Brush, Blank Door Mat

I wanted something simple and bright to welcome our guests so I made a stencil with the word hello in a summery aqua shade.  First, you will adhere your stencil to the mat.  It is a little tricky to get the vinyl fully adhered to the mat so I did use a blowdryer to lightly melt the vinyl on the edges.

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My Applied Stencil, I Used a Blowdryer to Really Adhere It!

Next, you will just paint your design.  I recommend a foam brush and to “dab” the paint on.  If you brush it on you will most likely get paint leaking under the stencil.  You will dab on several coats (3-4) until the stencil is fully colored without the mat color showing through.  Once dry, carefully peel up your stencil and you are finished.  This is so simple and a great way to personalize your front entry!

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Be Sure To Dab Your Paint On and Not “Brush” It On!
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My Finished Mat!