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Rosette Pillow [DIY]

Rosettes are my thing right now. I’m putting them on everything. This pillow is the latest in this trend. It’s so cute and easy, how could I not share?



  • Fabric for the pillow
  • WOF (width of fabric) x 6 inch strips for each rosette
  • Pearls or other center accents
  • Spray adhesive
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Pillow form

Make it!

  1. Make a pillow cover to fit your pillow form. If you don’t know how to do this, Sew Mama Sew has a great tutorial here.
  2. Make your rosettes. Iron each WOF x 6 inch strip in half lengthwise, right sides out.
  3. Spray the entire thing liberally with spray adhesive.
  4. Pinch on end in your left hand, and use your right hand to begin wrapping the strip around itself. Allow it to twist to make “petals.”
  5. Using a tiny bit of hot glue, glue your pearl or other accent to the middle of the rosette. Press down on the rosette with your hand to flatten it, secure the pearl, and secure the spray adhesive.
  6. Drizzle hot glue all over the back of the rosettes, and glue them onto the pillow case.
  7. Insert your pillow form. You’re done!



Please don’t look at my nails. I got a little over zelous picking off the spray adhesive.




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I have been looking at sewing furniture for years, but the prices always made my jaw drop. I have a small craft room, so I needed a table that could also triple as a cutting table and fabric storage. Thank you so much to Ana White for this plan! I built this table exactly to the plan for the Modern Craft Table in Ana White’s The Handbuilt Home, and it’s the PERFECT size.

So the sewing machine can sit flush with the top, making working on big sewing projects way easier, I traced the outline of my machine on the MDF and cut it out with a jig saw. Then I built a small shelf using a 1×12 scrap and 2 1×3 scraps. Putting the 1x3s on top of the 1×12 made the shelf 3.75 inches deep, which is exactly the depth I needed. I attached it to the underside of the tabetop using a pockethole jig and screws.

I built 2 boxes using 1/4 inch plywood, and installed drawer pulls on them, giving the illusion that the table has 2 drawers built in. This is where I keep my ugly stuff–interfacing and fabric scraps.

I got the color scheme for the table from the entryway console plan in The Handbuilt Home. In order to make the MDF top look like it had a wood grain, I applied mahogany gel stain with an old washcloth in very thick strokes that spanned the length of the tabletop. It soaked in and lost the “grain” look in some places, but the majority still looks like wood. I did have to apply several coats of polyurathane over the stain; the MDF has a prickly texture that grabs fabric and makes it hard to feed through the sewing machine.

My only complaint is that I didn’t quite think through the fact that seating is bar height and I’m 5’7″. It’s a little difficult to reach my sewing machine pedal. I may build a small stool for the pedal to sit on so I don’t have to half sit/stand to sew.

This is the first woodworking project I’ve done alone from start to finish: from going to Lowe’s and picking out the wood, to cutting the wood with a circular saw, assembly, and finishing. (Adam did carry it up the stairs for me. 🙂 )

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I’m so in love with this table! And now to finish the quilt I started 6 months ago….

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Disclaimer: this isn’t the quilt I planned to make when I posted a while ago. I made that one, and it looked fine, but it wasn’t THE quilt I wanted.

Luckily I had enough scraps to make another. And this one is perfection.




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Last December I ordered a dozen or so yards of Amy Butler’s Lark line. And boy, I’ve put it to good use. I’ve made: a queen-sized duvet and 2 matching shams, 2 throw pillows, a Blossom handbag, an enormous overnight tote, a Kindle case, a Cosmo bag, 3 coin purses, a Teardrop purse, a clutch for my sister, coasters, and I even hung 2 fat quarters on my living room wall.

Sadly, my hoard is shrinking. I used the last of my favorite, Heirloom Jade, earlier in the week. And when I say I used the last bit of it, I mean it. I literally have nothing left; no scraps, nothing. But I made something that I’ll see very often, which is good, because this fabric just makes me smile.

I’ve posted before about how I’m working through Amy’s Style Stitches book. I made my mom a Beautiful Balance checkbook cover for Mother’s Day, and modified that pattern to make a wallet for myself. If you’ll notice, ladies and gents, it comes complete with a zippered pouch on the back for change. I’m so proud of myself for figuring out how to do that.

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Book-Style Kindle Case

Last night was my kind of night. I had a stroke of brilliance for a project around 7:30, the kind of stroke that can’t wait, and ran to my fabric hoard room to see if I had the needed the supplies. This project was even better because except for a small piece of fusible interfacing and a magnetic snap, I had everything I needed.

I rushed across town to Hancock’s for said supplies, made it 3 minutes before they closed, and ended up staying until 8:10 chatting the ladies who work there (fabric addiction… it’s like a sisterhood).

Pulling back into my neighborhood I stopped and bought a bottle of Shiraz. Because it was a beautiful, rainy night and I was making an awesome project with beautiful fabric.

I spent the next two hours putting this gem together. I don’t have instructions posted for several reasons. I may want to sell these and/or the pattern; I may teach these in the sewing classes I’ll be teaching this summer; and… ahem… due to the wine I may not remember exactly how I put it together. That last part being said, I need to make another to capture the steps and measurements, so if you’re interested in buying one, please let me know.

(Fabric used: exterior – Amy Butler’s Lark Heirloom Jade; interior – Amy Butler’s Soul Blossom Dancing Paisley)

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My Bag-Making Binge

My dear friend Danielle knows me well. When I moved here, after going through a breakup, she knew that without projects to keep me busy, I would wallow in self pity and teeter on the cusp of despair for… well… until something changed.

She got me one of the best gifts I’ve ever received: a gift clearly picked with thought, and one that continues to keep giving.

I still wallowed for a while, but then I got busy. SUPER busy. As in, 7 bags complete busy.

My new everyday purse

Something I invented: a leash purse. Which is a coin purse attached to your leash, used for holding poop bags, keys, and phone while you're walking your dog. Isn't this so much prettier than the poop bag things they sell at the pet store?!

My dog-park bag, or walking-all-day bag. I specifically made it for carrying water to the dog park; that long handle is great for carrying across your shoulder.

It’s obviously a different kind of adrenaline than a skydiver or a mountain climber feels, but I get an incredible rush from perusing beautiful fabrics, choosing them, and then assembling them into something useful. It’s the artist in me, I suppose.

Note: All of these bags are available for sale (custom orders only) in my etsy shop.

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Bird Silhouette on Fabric

As promised, here’s my awesome wall decoration tutorial!


  • Stretched canvas
  • Acrylic paint
  • Fabric large enough to cover the canvas
  • Paint brush
  • Staple gun
  • Pencil


  1. Put something good on TV or put on good music.
  2. Find a silhouette you like, and either print it out to cut out as a stencil, or pick something you feel confident that you’ll be able to freehand.
  3. Cover your canvas with fabric. Start at one end, staple in the middle, and then finish that end. Then staple the opposite end, and pull the fabric taut before stapling. Then repeat with the sides.
    1. When choosing fabric, it looks best to pick something that has a subtle pattern, and is mostly one color. Keep in mind the size of your canvas; the smaller the canvas, the smaller your fabric’s pattern should be.
  4. Draw your silhouette on the fabric with either a lead or a fabric pencil, using either a stencil, or praying that you don’t mess it up free handing (I chose this method).
  5. Paint your silhouette, being careful around the edges and making them as crisp as possible. I painted 4-inch sections, starting with the outside edges, and then filling in the middle.
  6. Admire how awesome and artistic you are.

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