New Video: How to Make a Sweater Quilt

If you were as obsessed with “Smitten” making as I was, you most likely have a pile of sweater scraps that need a purpose.

How about making a soft and cozy sweater quilt?

This quilt used all cashmere and soft wool sweater scraps and a backing from a thrift store flannel sheet.

You can watch the how-to Facebook video here:

Or, you can view the YouTube video here:

Click here for the complete step-by-step photo instructions.

Sweet Dreams!

Beth

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Video: Wrap Up in Style With This DIY Blanket Coat

Look!

Is it a cape? Is it a shawl? Is it a poncho?

NO!

It’s a BLANKET COAT

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I found this wool blanket at my thrift store awhile back and have been waiting for just the right moment to use it.

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It’s so soft and I love the fact that, like me, this blanket made it’s way out west from Minnesota.

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You can watch the Facebook video here:

Or, if you don’t have Facebook, you can watch the YouTube video here:

Click here for the complete step-by-step photo instructions.

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Happy Sewing!

Beth

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DIY: Deer Head Silhouette Sweater

I have a love/hate relationship with deer.

When twenty of them are milling around the field in front of my picture windows with the snow covered Eagle Cap mountains rising up behind them, I’m totally in love.

But, when they are munching on my tomatoes, the love leaves quickly and Cooper’s pellet gun starts to look like a very good idea.

So instead of target practice, I asked that ruggedly handsome (and artistic) husband of mine to draw a deer head silhouette, grabbed a sweater and some plaid, and got right to work making a deer we can enjoy all the time and, I promise, it will never eat your garden.

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To see the full tutorial click here.

You can download the pattern here:

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Stay warm…

Beth

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New Video: How to Make a Fabric Purse Organizer

Who knew that a 5 year old would know the Hallelujah chorus?!

But sure enough, each time one of my students gets excited about something we’re doing, he raises his hands in the air and exclaims:

“HALLELUJAH”!!!

Cracks me up every time!! 🙂

I’m pretty sure you’re going to feel like joining him, especially if you made a resolution to get your life in order, when you see how to make this delightful purse organizer.

Let’s be honest—dealing with purse clutter every day can leave you feeling confused, scattered and even a bit dysfunctional. Being organized not only saves you time and money but it can also boost your energy, reduce stress and make you happier.

Just grab a pretty placemat, a few pins, a marker and a straight edge so you can breathe a sigh of relief each time you open your purse and actually find what you need.

You can watch the Facebook video here:

You can watch the Youtube version here:

Click here for step-by-step photos and directions.

This would also make a great gift. Just fill it with goodies and when the goodies are gone, (and in my house that would be about 2 minutes) they can organize their purse.

Happy Sewing!

Beth

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New Video: Make a Cozy Little Girl’s Sweater Skirt From an Old Sweater

The snow is falling, fireplaces are lit up, and the smell of hot chocolate is in the air. It’s the perfect time to pull out an old sweater from the bottom of your closet and create a cute and cozy sweater skirt for a little girl in your life.

You can watch the Facebook video here:

You can watch the Youtube video here:

Love those little toes!!

Click here for the entire step-by-step photo tutorial.

Happy Sewing!

Beth

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How to Make a Travel Neck Pillow: DIY Video and Tutorial

In-flight snoozing on those red-eye flights just got easier and much more fashionable. When sleeping upright is your only option, this soft and comfortable DIY neck pillow will help you get the Zzz’s you need. Make one to match your luggage or make one to match your traveling clothes. Whatever colors you choose to make this pillow, it most certainly will ensure sweet dreams during your next trip.

You can watch the Facebook video here:

Or, you can watch the Youtube video here:

Click here for the step by step photo tutorial.

Happy Travels!

Beth

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Easy Last Minute DIY Gift: Flannel and Fringe Scarf (Tutorial and Video)

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Little did my mom know that when she declared the Christmas of 1971 as a “Handmade Holiday,” she changed my life forever. I can still remember feeling so honored and loved when even my dad, who was Mr. Busy and Mr. Uncrafty, spent time putting together presents he thought we would enjoy.  The huge mosaic he made from our shag carpet remnants hung on the wall above the piano for years. The fabric-covered hanging lamp he made for me hung above my bed until I went to college. It was this Christmas that began my own “Handmade Journey.”

Today, I’m still on that journey. It has become such a part of who I am today. All seems right with the world when I’m able to design, create and share my sewing adventures with you.

If you’ve declared your own Handmade Holiday this season, a flannel fringe scarf is an easy, stylish gift to make for anyone on your list.

You can see the Facebook video here:

Or, if you don’t have Facebook, you can watch the Youtube version here:

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Click here for the step-by-step photo fringe scarf tutorial.

Happy Holidays!

Beth

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Create a Cute Tassel Christmas Tree Skirt

If your Saturday includes holiday decorating and you want to make a new, modern tree skirt, here’s one that you can literally make in minutes from a round tablecloth.

And it has tassels!!!

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Pin Me!!

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Click here for the directions.

Happy Holidays,

Beth

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Mittens Made From Old Sweaters: Another Great DIY Holiday Gift Video and Tutorial (If I Do Say So Myself :) )

You need to be careful what you wear around me. Be very, very careful. Each sweater I lay my eyes on these days becomes a potential mitten fantasy to me. While you think I’m listening to you talk about your elf on the shelf adventures, I’m most likely envisioning myself cutting up your sweater to make more SMITTENS!!!! You can’t say you haven’t been warned…

If you’re looking for the perfect DIY gift, you can make a pair of cozy, warm, fleece lined mittens from a couple of outdated sweaters in under an hour. I like to call these “Smittens.” Your friends and family will love receiving a unique pair of earth friendly, handmade Smittens this holiday season.

Here’s the Facebook video: (be sure to turn on the sound, it’s more fun with the music.:))

For those of you not on Facebook, you can watch here:

 

 

Click here to see to the full tutorial.

Happy “Smitten” Making!!

Beth

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Easy to Make Festive Faux Fur Collar So You Can Attend Your Holiday Parties in Style

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It’s no secret that I love parties!

The bigger, the better. The more the merrier. So many reasons for a party, so little time. I truly am a walking party cliche. 🙂

To me, one of the best things about the holiday parties (besides the cranberry salsa) is the opportunity to dress up. A faux fur collar is such a festive holiday accessory and they are super easy to make.

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So, grab some faux fur, lining, newsprint, scissors, a measuring tape, a marker, come with me to eHow and I’ll show you how easy it is to make.

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Happy Holidays!

Beth

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