DIY Mittens From an Upcycled Flannel Shirt = Shmittens :)

Hey all you Smitten people out there. Remember my Mittens Made From Sweaters posts and videos? Well, here’s another fun idea that I’m now calling:

SHMITTENS!!!

Hahahahaha! Get it? Shirt + Mittens = SHMITTENS!!!

Oh my gosh, sometimes I just crack myself up. 🙂

Take an old flannel shirt that’s been hanging around the thrift store or maybe even a loved one’s old shirt to create some shmittens. Not only will they keep your hands toasty warm, but they’ll look so cute, your friends will be asking which little boutique carries them.

All it takes is one of the shirt sleeves you saved after making this flannel shirt tote bag, two sweater sleeves you saved after making these holiday sweater trees and a little fleece. That’s it! Just a word of warning though — you might like making these so much, no one’s shirts or sweaters will be safe around you again.

Check out the video here:

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And, if you have a bunch of old sweaters hanging around and would like to make a pair of Smittens,

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Happy Sewing!

Beth

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DIY Tote Bag From an Upcycled Flannel Shirt

There’s just something so cozy and comfy about a flannel shirt. The weather starts to get cooler and we happily bring out our thermals. We layer them over turtlenecks and under vests, but why not bring that same snug feeling into a winter tote by creating this bag from a thrift store find, or making a super-special cuddly tote from the shirt of a loved one. One of the neat things about using an upcycled shirt for this project is the front pockets become part of the design and are totally usable. Also, with gift giving season fast approaching, this would make a wonderful, inexpensive hand-made gift. Trifecta in my opinion.

Check out the video and be sure to turn on the sound, they’re much more fun to watch with the music!

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If you’d like to use the whole shirt, you can make some fun mittens from the sleeves.

Happy Sewing!

Beth

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Fall Holiday Sewing

The cornucopia and Thanksgiving go together like turkey and cranberry sauce, like mashed potatoes and gravy, like pumpkin pie and whipped cream. Symbolizing wealth, prosperity and abundance, it’s just one of those fall staples we see on tablescapes every autumn. You can modernize your “horn of plenty” centerpiece this season by painting the basket white and creating some delightful felt gourds and flowers in any color you’d like to fill it.

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Fall: A time of crisp mornings, toasty backyard fires, and best of all, jumping into piles of multicolored leaves. Bring that colorful fall feeling into your home by creating a few vibrant felt coasters. Not only are they beautiful, but they’ll protect your coffee table from those steaming cups of hot cocoa you’ll be sipping now that the weather is cooler. Made from two layers of thick felt and a little stitching on the sewing machine, they will dress up your end tables and help you embrace autumn in style.

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It’s time to get ready for the holiday entertaining season. Not only could your guests be marveling about your juicy, cooked-to-perfection turkey, the creamy mashed potatoes and your delicious pies, but they just might be talking about your delightful table scape for years to come. This colorful DIY felt fall leaves table runner is fun to make, will brighten up your fall table and make all your meals feel special.

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DIY Felt Fall Leaves Table Runner: A New One Minute Video

It’s time to get ready for the holiday entertaining season. Not only could your guests be marveling about your juicy, cooked-to-perfection turkey, the creamy mashed potatoes and your delicious pies, but they just might be talking about your delightful table scape for years to come. This colorful DIY felt fall leaves table runner is fun to make, will brighten up your fall table and make all your meals feel special.

Check out the new one minute video here:

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Let the holiday season begin!

Beth

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DIY Quilt From Upcycled Flannel Shirts

If you’ve been thinking about trying your hand at quilt making, before going to your local fabric store, source your quilt fabric from shirts at a thrift store or even in your own closet. Thrift stores are now overflowing thanks to those whose favorite quarantine pastime has been cleaning and the clothing racks are teeming with shirts in every color and pattern. You could even use the shirts of a loved one to honor their memory. No matter what shirts you decide to use, this is great way to learn how to quilt and be thrifty at the same time. Win, win situation in our book.

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Happy Sewing!

Beth

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DIY Braided Fleece Blanket

Now that the temperature is dropping, it’s time to wrap up in a toasty warm fleece blanket. This soft and delicate DIY throw is just right for snuggling up on the couch or or adding a touch of warmth to your bed. Choose some colors to brighten up your space and you’ll look forward to cuddling up on those chilly fall evenings. The braided edge adds texture and durability, and the soft fleece makes this the perfect blanket to keep you snug no matter how low the thermostat drops.

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And it looks great from both sides!

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Happy Fall Sewing!

Beth

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DIY Spider Web Pillow

If you enjoy the change of the season with the cooler air, the autumn colors and the feeling of a little danger lurking around every corner, then you’re ready to start bewitching your favorite digs for Halloween. It could be as simple as changing up a few pillows and this not so itsy-bitsy DIY Spider Web Pillow will create that spooky vibe you’re going for. Just grab your broomstick and head to the nearest market for some black felt and a little white thread and your couch or front porch will be “spiderrific” in no time.

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Happy Haunting!

Beth

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DIY Shark Hooded Fleece Blanket

If sharks are your thing and Shark Week can’t come soon enough in your book every year, then you’ll want to dive into this fun, cozy, hooded blanket project. It’ll just take an afternoon to create some snuggly fun for you or that that special person who just can’t get enough shark action. Made from soft fleece, the shark lovers in your life can wrap up in jaw-dropping comfort and transform to a cuddly shark at the same time.

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Happy Sewing!

Beth

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DIY Fabric Firewood Carrier: A New One Minute Video

There’s nothing like relaxing next to a backyard fire pit or the cozy feeling of warming up by a crackling fire in a wood stove. Instead of getting dirty while carrying firewood, do it in style with this DIY fabric carrier.

Choose fabric in any color or design to match your decor, grab a couple of wooden dowels and you’ll be on your way to making this convenient carrier in no time.

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Happy Sewing!

Beth

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How to Sew a Buttonhole: New One Minute Video and Tutorial

Buttonholes can be one of the scariest undertakings when learning how to sew. They are usually one of the last steps in a project and if not sewn correctly, can actually ruin a design. But I’m here to tell you, fear not the buttonhole, because with a little practice you can master this skill. Many new sewing machines have a special buttonhole attachment which makes sewing a buttonhole fairly easy when you follow the machine’s directions. But no worries — if your machine only has a straight and zig zag stitch, you can still get the hang of making professional looking buttonholes.

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Happy Sewing!

Beth

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