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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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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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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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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Beth

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DIY Spider Web Poncho: A New One Minute Video and Tutorial

Embrace your spooky side, add a little mystery to your wardrobe and catch some fun in your web when you wear this simple, no-sew, felt spider web cape. Just grab your cauldron, stir in some creepy black felt, a little ghostly white chalk, a pinch of scary ribbon and you’ll have no toll or trouble creating the perfect spider web poncho potion. Oh, what an eerie web you will wear.

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Beth

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DIY Padded Bike Seat Cover: A New One Minute Video

Whether you’re an endurance rider, a road racer, a mountain biker, a commuter or leisure rider, a comfy bike seat can definitely make the difference between a good ride or a bad one. Once you’ve spent time finding the perfect bike seat for you, protect it from the elements with this oil cloth bike seat cover. Rain and sun can do damage to your saddle so it’s designed to easily fit right over your existing seat. Ride in comfort, be stylish and keep your seat protected, a triple win situation in our book.

 

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Beth

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How to Preserve Peaches: A New One Minute Video

Sewing and refashioning is definitely one of my favorite things to do, but I love to preserve fresh summer produce, too. My editor at eHow has graciously allowed me to expand and produce some canning videos and tutorials for you this summer. I hope you enjoy…

Peaches are in full swing right now and it’s the perfect time to use them in your baking, cooking and canning. They are so sweet, delicious and juicy this time of year. Even though fresh peaches are only available for a few months in the summer, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy them all year long. Just choose some fresh ripe peaches, grab a few jars, a little sugar, and you’ll be on your way to preserving these delightful beauties in no time. This winter you can look forward to savoring them right out of the jar, as an ice cream topping, or even in a dessert.

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Here are some links to my other preserving videos and step-by-step tutorials.

How to Make and Preserve Peach Jam

How to Preserve Cherries

How to Make and Preserve Strawberry Jam

How to Make and Preserve Pickled Asparagus

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Happy Preserving and Sewing!!

Beth

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How to Sew a Bike Pouch: New One Minute Video

If you’ve recently taken to the road on a bike, and you love to sew, then this DIY bike pouch could be a perfect way to combine two of your favorite hobbies and create a spot to carry a few essentials while taking to the open road.

Bicycles have been one of the hottest commodities lately and it’s pretty easy to see why these two-wheeled beauties are in such high demand. There aren’t too many places where can you experience fitness, freedom and fun all at once. Breathing in fresh air, feeling the wind in your hair and getting your heart rate up is a win-win-win situation in my book.

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Beth

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