How to Make Christmas Gnomes: A New One Minute Video

Bring a little hygge into your home this season with a cute traditional Scandinavian ornament.

In Sweden, they’re known as a Tomte. If you’re in Norway, you’ll hear them called a Nisse. You might even know them as Gnomes.

Originally, they were Nordic folklore creatures who were believed to be responsible for protecting the farmstead, but make sure you treat them right or they’ll become very mischievous.

So grab some old sweater remnants, a sock and a little rice and you’ll be hangin’ with your “gnomies” this winter, too. (Gnome pun intended. Ha!)

You can watch the Youtube video here:

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

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Happy Holiday Sewing!

Beth

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DIY Fabric Bread Basket Cover: New One Minute Video

Did I lure you in with these scrumptious looking, warm and buttery, fresh out of the oven, homemade rolls?

Yes, please!

This holiday season, keep your rolls fresh while adding some serious style to your table with a DIY fabric roll cover. The flaps allow the steam to vent so the bread won’t get soggy and will fit a variety of bowl sizes. All you need to make this cute cover are two fabric squares in any color or pattern to match your table.

Sheesh, who knew a roll cover could be part of your holiday decor?

You can watch the Youtube video here:

Or you can watch the Facebook video here:

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

Please pass the rolls!

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Happy Holidays!

Beth

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Good News! The Smitten Pattern is Up and Running Again.

Thank you for letting me know that the pattern link was broken so I could get to the bottom of it.

Good News! It’s up and running again.

You can click here for the step-by-step tutorial and the pattern link.

Here’s the video:

Happy Smitten Making!

PS. I’ve actually been busy making Smittens, too….

Coming soon…….

Beth

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DIY Fabric Pie Carrier: New One Minute Video

Did someone say pie?

If you want to bake people happy this holiday season, make a pie. There’s just something comforting about a fresh, hot pie with a flaky crust and flavorful filling. From pecan to apple, please your friends and family with a fresh, golden, homemade pie.

And when you show up carrying it in this stylish and handy fabric pie carrier, everyone is going to want to know which boutique sells them. They’ll be surprised when you tell them you made it yourself!

 

You can watch the Youtube video here:

You can watch the Facebook video here:

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

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Happy Sewing!

Beth

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Fall for Felt: Modern Felt Cornucopia: New One Minute Video

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.

Y9u can watch the Youtube video here:

You can watch the Facebook video here:

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

This would go really well with the fall felt coasters you made last week. 🙂

Happy Sewing!

Beth

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Fall for Felt Coasters: New One Minute Video

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.

You can watch the Youtube video here:

Or, watch the Facebook video here:

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

Pretty sure you’re gonna “fall for felt” with this project.

Happy Sewing!

Beth

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DIY Fabric Travel Checkerboard Game: New One Minute Video

One of the beauties of traveling or camping is becoming unplugged from our electronic devices long enough to reconnect with the joys of playing those simple but fun board games again. Create this travel checkerboard that’s lightweight and convenient enough to throw in a drawer of your camper or even tote along in your backpack. No matter where you are — the mountains, the river, the waiting room or even grandma’s house — you’ll never be without a fun game to pass the time when you have this little beauty tucked away.

Click here for the full travel checkerboard instructions.

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Happy Sewing!

Beth

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New Video: Round Drawstring Makeup Bag and Happy National Bias Tape Day

Not really. I just made that National Bias Tape Day thing up. But don’t you think there should be!??!!

I know it’s weird, but can I get an AMEN if you like making bias tape as much as I do? For some reason, it’s just comforting to cut fabric on a 45 degree angle, fold, press and wrap those miles of tape around a small pieces of cardboard. Then placing all that pretty edging side by side in a basket or a box. It’s just so delightful! Even if I never use it, I could just look at it all day…

Beth! Snap out of it!!!

Oh, yes, I’m here…

How about really rolling your socks up and down by combining bias tape, being organized and traveling?!!?

Well, you can when you make this round drawstring makeup bag.

There’s just something beautiful about being organized, too. It makes you feel healthier, happier and gives you more time to do the things you love. This drawstring makeup bag will help you on your way to feeling more organized and will make it simple to sort, pack, and access your cosmetics anytime. Whether you’re traveling or at home, it will lie flat so you can see all of your makeup while you get ready and then cinch up for a stylish way to store all of your beauty products.

You can watch the video here:

Or click here for the full step-by-step directions with photos.

Happy National Bias Tape Day! 🙂

Beth

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New Video and Tutorial: DIY Reusable Grocery Bags From Pet Food Sacks

You guys! It’s coming…

You know, that time when the single-use plastic bags will no longer be a part of our lives. As a matter of fact, when visiting the coast, we found out that Newport, Oregon has already implemented the ban.

On one hand, I’m going to miss using them for my bathroom garbage can and to store my returnable bottles and cans. But seriously! How many of these things do we need?!!?

If you’ve been looking for a creative way to get closer to your zero-waste goals, look no further than your empty dog and cat food bags. Instead of throwing these little gems into the landfill, use them to create your own cute reusable grocery bags. And since more and more states are jumping on the bandwagon to ban single-use plastic grocery bags, we’re all going to need to be more prepared and show up at the grocery store armed with our own bags. Why not be stylish and responsible? Double reuse score!

Click here for the step-by-step instructions.

Happy Getting Closer to Your Zero Waste Goals Day!

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Sending creative vibes your way!

Beth

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DIY: Reusable Fabric Makeup Remover Pads and How a Random Link to a Sewing Pattern Changed My Life

How did I miss this?

As I was reading through some old comments, (which I do for fun, it always rolls my socks up and down to read your thoughts about what I do) I came across a comment from Laura Neiman in 2015. She wrote, “This story made my night!”, and included this link called:

How a random link to a sewing pattern changed my life.

Wait! What? Wow!?!!?? Seriously? It’s exactly what I dream of.

You see, each time I finish an article, right before I push the publish button, I take a few minutes, close my eyes and imagine that this piece, somewhere, somehow will be a blessing or an inspiration on someone in someway.

Like when you change locations on Google Earth and out it zooms and you feel as though you’re being hurtled into space, all the while watching everything get farther away and then just as fast, you’re zipping back down to earth to your new location.

Yah, it’s like that.

I picture my article speeding up above the earth, hovering about until it sees someone who happens to need it, then diving back down (doing a backflip or two on the way just for fun) until it lands on that person who happens to need it.

Who knew that one of my first articles about making Smittens from February 2012 would change someone’s life? Who knew that making mittens would help someone overcome depression and anxiety and start their own company.

As Laura said, it’s the greatest feedback ever, to know that you, even indirectly, helped change somebody’s life.

So cool! Thank you Laura for sharing it.

Well, here’s to hoping that this article might be just as inspiring to someone, somewhere.

Even your skincare routine can join the zero waste movement with these cute and cheerful reusable makeup remover pads. Instead of making them with a plain old towel, find a decorative one with terry cloth on one side, and a delightful design to match your bathroom decor on the other side. When you’re finished using them, just throw them in the wash with your regular towels and use them over and over again.

Click here for the complete step-by-step directions.

For more sewing and refashioning tutorials and inspiration, and possibly have a life changing experience, click here. 🙂

Happy Sewing!

Beth

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