• Quick & Easy Snowflake Ornament
    Cricut Maker,  Paper Craft,  Tutorials

    Make Quick & Easy Snowflake Ornaments with Your Cricut

    With my free cut file download, you’ll be making these layered snowflake ornaments in no time at all! All you’ll need is 3 colours of cardstock (thicker is better for stability), a thin ribbon, scissors, and double sided tape – and your Cricut cutting machine, of course! Assembly is simple for this cute project. Enjoyable for kids to assemble too! Watch the Assembly Tutorial Download the Snowflake Template I’ve created two variants. The first version is the intended purpose, the actual ornament. It’s a double sided design with a loop for hanging. The second version is a single sided design with no loop for hanging, intended as an embellishent for…

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    Craft Room Tour 2020

    This year, I’ve been transforming my craft room space to incorporate the latest addition to my crafting arsenal, the Cricut Maker. I wanted to have a dedicated space to Cricut, but I still wanted to have lots of room to sew and lay out fabrics. I was taking a walk with my family and we noticed one of our neighbours was throwing out a bunch of kitchen cabinets. My brain instantly thought how my craft room could be improved with the storage that lower kitchen cabinets could provide. We brought the cabinets home and did a total room rearrangement. I was able to create a new work surface by placing…

  • DIY Polka Dot Wall Decals
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    How to Evenly Space Decals to Make a Polka Dot Wall

    Today I’ll show you how to use a template to evenly space decals into a polka dot grid pattern. Watch This Tutorial: For this project, you’ll need: Vinyl Cutting Machine like the Cricut Maker a removable vinyl like Oracal 631. Transfer tape Cardboard for making a template Plastic Scraper or a credit card Pencil Scissors You can use a Cricut, Silhouette, or similar vinyl cutting tool to cut out your decals, or you can buy premade ones.  The amount of decals you’ll need depends on the width and height of the wall area you want to decorate, plus how much distance you’d like between your decals. I estimated I’d need…

  • How to Sew an Infant Dress - no pattern!
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    How I Sewed This Navy Star Infant Dress

    Last week, I sewed up this infant dress for my two-month-old daughter. No pattern; I just measured around her and cut and sewed. All the fabric stores are closed due to COVID-19, so I pulled all the fabrics from my stash: The grey fabric is quilting cotton. I had jussssst enough for this project with this little scrap piece. I’ve used this fabric often as an accent fabric, and I’m a bit sad that it’s all used up! Of course, I’m happy to use it up on a gift for my daughter. The blue and white star fabric on the skirt and upper trim is from a very cheap fat…

  • Dritz Magnetic Seam Guide
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    Perfect Seams? Try a Magnetic Seam Guide

    Magnetic seam guides are super handy tool for keeping your fabric aligned to help make perfectly straight seams. Typically, sewing patterns mention a seam allowance that should be used for the project. Quilting patterns often use a quarter inch seam allowance while fashion projects often use three eights of an inch or maybe half an inch. Lining up these standard seam allowances with a custom sewing machine foot or the lines on the sewing machine make it fairly easy to get a consistent seam. However, if it’s a non-standard seam allowance, it may be more difficult to keep your seams straight and perfect. This blog post contains affiliate links and…

  • Singer 6215C Sewing Machine
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    Singer 6215C Sewing Machine Showcase

    How to Thread the Singer 6215C Sewing Machine According to the manual, the Singer 6215C sewing machine is from 1984, so it was one of the newest sewing machines in my vintage collection. According to the International Sewing Machine Collectors’ Society, the Singer 6215 models were produced in Brazil between 1985 and 1989. It features the free arm sewing machine bed option, 8 built-in stitches, buttonholes, and a drop in bobbin. I won this item in an auction for 1 whole Canadian dollar – approximately $0.70 US.  I couldn’t resist when no one bid on it. It was described as functional, but it turned out that it had timing issues.…

  • Fashion,  Tutorials,  Videos

    Video: How to Make a No-Sew Tutu out of Tulle and Elastic

    In this video, I’ll show you how I made this no sew tulle tutu skirt.  I used it as a photo prop in my daughter’s one month milestone photos, but you can make this in any size or length by adjusting the calculated measurements.  This tutu is perfect for photos or dress up play. This project comes together fast with just a few items: scissors, elastic, tulle, and either a single safety pin OR thread.  It’s a no sew project if you are comfortable using a safety pin as the waistband closure. This is fine if you are using it as a photo prop or for supervised play. If you are…

  • Jumbo Bunny Rabbit Sawtooth Star Quilt Block
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    Bunny Sawtooth Star Quilt Block and Baby Quilt Tutorial

    Today I’m going to show you how to make a sawtooth star quilt block featuring an applique bunny. I’ll include a link to the bunny template that you can download for free for your personal sewing projects. This tutorial is a two parter: first, I’ll teach you how to create the sawtooth star quilt block. Second, I’ll teach you how to assemble 6 oversized blocks into a quick and easy baby quilt with sashing and corner stones. The Sawtooth Star is a traditional quilt block that’s easy to assemble with half square triangle units (HSTs).   It’s composed of 3 different elements: 1 large central square 4 corner squares 8 half…

  • Husqvarna 1070 Sewing Machine
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    Husqvarna 1070 Sewing Machine Showcase

    Most of the sewing machine information I’ve been sharing on this blog are more “traditional” vintage sewing machines – gorgeous, all metal machines. However, this machine has grown on me, and I’ve come to choose it out of all my machines when I’m looking to do a decorative stitch. This is my first Husqvarna sewing machine, although I did share a Husqvarna serger with my mother when I was younger. I purchased this machine from the thrift store for $20, and over the years, I’ve invested in a new foot pedal, new standard feet and 1/4″ seam foot. A new walking foot attachment is actually tracking to arrive in the…

  • 5 Ways to Remove Candle Wax from Glass Jars
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    Video: 5 Ways to Remove Leftover Wax from Candle Jars

    This video is part 2 in my series on reusing candle wax. Previously I made a video on how to reuse candle wax by melting the wax in jars on the stove, then transferring all the hot wax to a new jar with a fresh wick. I got a lot of great feedback via comments on my YouTube channel from viewers on more ways to remove wax from jars. I’m currently stuck in the house due to the COVID-19 outbreak, so it’s the perfect time to try out your suggestions! If you have a tried and true method of removing wax that’s not described in this video or my previous…

  • Cricut Maker,  Quilting,  Sewing,  Tutorials,  Videos

    Cutting Fusible Web with the Cricut Maker

    If you own the Cricut Maker, you know that you can cut a variety of materials, including fabric. But can you use it to cut out shapes from fabric that is already backed with fusible web and the paper liner for your applique projects?  For some background, I was working on a baby quilt for my daughter who is due to be born next month. I wanted to applique some bunny shapes in the centre of my blocks.  I couldn’t find anyone online talking about using my favourite applique supply: Double Stick Fusible Web. I’ve filmed my experience using my favourite double sided fusible web from The Warm Company: Lite…

  • How to Sew Lined Stockings
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    How to Sew a Lined Christmas Stocking – with free pattern!

    In this tutorial, I’ll teach you how to sew a lined Christmas stocking.  I’ve created a free pattern that you can download to make it easier to follow along, but it’s easy enough to make your own pattern as well. Before we get started, let me tell you a little story.  For Christmas 2019, I planned on making my family a set of matching Christmas stockings with our names embroidered on the cuff.   I wanted to make stockings for me, my husband, our son, and even our unborn baby – really planning ahead so that I don’t procrastinate on the fourth stocking and so that all four stockings would exactly…

  • Personalize Your Water Bottles with Cricut Maker!!
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    How to Make Personalized Vinyl Water Bottle Labels with Cricut Maker

    I recently purchased a Cricut Maker, and my first vinyl project was making personalized Batman water bottle decal labels for my Batman-obsessed son. I transformed  Contigo water bottles by personalizing them with my son’s name. I’ll give you a quick walk-through of what I used to decorate these cups and the basic process of how to create a simple single-colour design featuring a shape with letters appearing in the negative space. Video Tutorial: Make Personalized Vinyl Water Bottle Labels with Cricut Maker FYI: These are just for personal use, so I’m not selling these nor would I suggest selling cups featuring logos or characters that you don’t own.  Supplies for…

  • Viking 788P Sewing Machine Review and Demonstration
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    Eaton’s Viking 788P Vintage Sewing Machine

    This is the Viking 788P sewing machine.   Recently my husband was passing through Value Village when he spotted this machine in the electronics section.  He texted me immediately and told me it was a retro Viking sewing machine for $19.99.  The bobbin case, cord and foot pedal were all there.  It operated well – and did I want it? Of course, I had to try it out.  Both of us figured it was an older Husqvarna machine.  But no!  These two Viking brands are totally unrelated. After doing some research online, I found out that Viking was the store brand of the Canadian department store chain, Eaton’s, which went bankrupt…

  • Michaels $4 Grab Bag Haul - What Was the Value?!
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    Michaels Grab Bag Haul: September 2019

    Periodically, Michaels grab bags are available, where Michaels combine several products together in a mystery bag, package it together, and sell it all for $4.00 flat. They do this several times a year, but I’ve been unlucky with timing and they are always gone by the time I get over there.  I haven’t had the opportunity to purchase one for over five years!  My last bag was great, full of scrapbook stickers and various paper craft items, so I was hoping that this round would be as useful for the kind of crafts I like to make. This year, a friend of mine posted on Facebook that she picked up…

  • How to Sew Quilt Binding 100% by Machine
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    Video: How to Sew Quilt Binding 100% by Machine

    This tutorial will show you the method that I use to sew my quilt binding in place – 100% sewn with sewing machine stitches.  I rarely hand sew, only when it’s absolutely necessary.  I’m someone who wishes she was a neater stitcher. However, I haven’t been able to force myself to practice more.  If I had to hand-sew my quilt binding in place, I think my work-in-progress pile would be even worse than it is now!  Meep! Typically, the binding is sewn in place from one side, then folded over to the other side and hand sewn in place with neat, almost hidden stitches.  As much as I admire those…

  • Melt Your Old Candles into New Candles
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    Video: How to Melt Your Old Candle Wax into New Candles

    When I started stashing away my nearly empty candle jars, I had good intentions of repurposing the jars for storage or decor purposes.  Before I realized it, I had so many candle jars. There’s always those few millimeters of unusable wax at the bottom that I wanted combine together to form a new candle. I’ll show you how my husband and I  turned 30 spent candle jars into 4 fresh candle jars.  The yield will depend on how much wax was left in each jar, so your mileage may vary. Before we begin, just a quick disclaimer to try this technique at your own risk. Always take care when handling…