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So…I bought this adorable fabric the other day from Hobby Lobby and I have been ichin’ to make these pillows ever since! Do you all ever get tired of seeing the same throw pillows on your couch or bed? Well, I sure do! I am one for constant change which can be a blessing but a curse at the same time. Just a little fact about me…my Husband and I moved 10 times within our first 10 years of marriage, including a short stink on Oahu. Ahhh, I miss that place! So yes, I crave constant change and that includes the decor in my home. But changing the pillow covers is an easy fix with a pow effect. I mean, it can really change the room if you just add some different patterns and colors…it’s amazing! Are you ready to make this super duper easy (even a beginner seamstress can tackle this) project? Here we go!

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I’ve added a photo above but there are more materials needed that I will list in addition below:

–   Scissors

–   Fabric of your choice (this pattern I picked up from Hobby Lobby)

–   1.5″ to 2″ thick ribbon of your choice (again from Hobby Lobby)

–   Antique Bronze Dome Rivets (the nailhead bits)

–   Hot glue gun

–   Sewing machine threaded with coordinating thread

–   Pins to mark your sewing areas

–   New or old pillow insert (I prefer a 20″x 20″ size)

*The majority of these materials can be found at Hobby Lobby

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Okay, there is probably going to be more photos than words in this post, but for this project I find it easier to explain through the photos 🙂 Grab that pillow insert and your chosen fabric and wrap in the direction of the repeat pattern that you prefer and cut a chunk off leaving the remnant for another project.

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Go ahead and grab your chosen ribbon that you would like to add onto your case. Look carefully at the pattern on you fabric and choose an area that you would like to add it to. I chose to run it in between the the larger repeat pattern; not to take away from the prettiness of the detail.

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Next, take the fabric and lay pattern face up flat on the floor. Take your pillow and center it over the ribbon, making sure it is in the exact center. This way you can figure out where to pin for sewing purposes. Squish your pillow down and snug the fabric around it, and take 2 little pins to mark the edges to show where you need the width of the pillow case to be. Photo below to also describe.

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Now that you know what the width should be, let’s leave that for a bit.

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Unfold your pillow and take notice the bottom layer. This is the one that is going to been shown as the fold to put your insert into. So we need to finish this edge off by sewing it so that a frayed edge is not shown. Take that edge and fold once, and then fold that one more time. Take your pins and pin that entire edge to that you can then take it to the sewing machine and make that finished edge permanent.

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There! All nice and purty! 🙂

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Okay, so now that the edge is finished, it’s time to sew this puppy shut! Remember those 2 pins that we put on both sides of the pillow to show how wide it needs to be? Now it’s time to lay the folded up insert and lay it plat on the floor. Place your pillow insert on the top to double check your work on the width. Grab those pins again and start pinning up the two cut sides close to where the insert is hovering over. We want to make sure that the pillow insert is nice and snug in the pillow case and there is not a lot of excess room in the cover.

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Last use of the sewing machine next! Go ahead and sew both of those sides shut and trim off the excess pieces so that there is about 1/2″ of edge from the place where it was sewn.

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Your pillow case progress should look similar to the above photo. Looking so cute huh?!

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You know we couldn’t make a project without using the hot glue gun!! I mean…it is a staple item for Glitter & Glue 🙂 Time to grab those dome rivets and glue them down; spacing them out about 2″ apart. And IT IS FINISHED! Only thing left to do is put the insert in and you’re ready to toss it on your couch!!

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It is the perfect accent piece that makes a pow of a statement! Enjoy your new decor and I look forward to our next crafting endeavor!

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Date posted: February 10, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

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As a Mother of 2 boys, and a girly girl at heart, this craft was so much stinkin’ fun for me to do! This past weekend, I had a baby shower for the 1st GIRL in the Family!!! Eek! So exciting! My MIL came to me and asked if I could make a banner for the shower she was hosting and of course I said I would be happy to! The Mommy-to-Be’s colors are mint, gray and hints of pink with a theme of owls and I was so excited to get to shopping for some inspiration! Obviously…I scooted on down to Hobby Lobby to gather up all of the goodies for this fun project and I was thrilled to find those owl stickers in the PERFECT colors…it’s like it was destiny! And everything else fell into place! But of course, in the hype of my excitement, I forgot to take pictures. Boo. But I can still tell you a bit of how I tackled this craft…if you’re interested 😉 Shall we get started? OKAY!!!

Items needed for this craft:

–   Paper stock (2 main solid colors and an accent of a few different patterns)

–   Scissors

–   Ribbon of your choice

–   Paper clips (I found some fancy little ones at Hobby Lobby)

–   Stickers of your choice

–   Large Letter stickers (Of course, I found these ever so cute ones at Hobby Lobby)

–   Glue Stick

–   Hot Glue Gun

–   Any other adornments you prefer (I added lil bows on the first and last bunting)

–   Lace paper doilies (optional)

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I had a template that I traced and cut out of the body suit. Isn’t it just so adorable as the shape of the bunting! Take your 2 solid sheets and alternate them as the body suits.

Next, take a bowl out of your kitchen cabinet. One that is not too large but is big enough to frame in the sticker letters that you bought (and the addition of the lace doily if you choose to add that). Once you have cut out the circle, bust out that glue stick and glue it down in the center of the bodysuit.

Add that paper lace doily if that’s something you’re planning on doing next. Lastly, stick on the letter of which you please and adorn it with any stickers or flower appliques. Easy as that!

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Only other step is to add the paper clips onto your buntings and pin them to the ribbon to hang. And VOILA! It is complete! And oh so precious! This project would be the perfect personalized baby gift for that special friend, perfect little Mommy-to-Be project for your new nursery, perfect for hosting a shower for that first time Mama in the Fam…you name it! No matter what it is for, you know that your handmade baby banner will touch the heart of that expectant Mother who is receiving it 🙂

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Date posted: February 8, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

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Oh, I feel like it has been forever since I have written anything! My sincere apologies!!! To be honest, it has been crazy busy around the Cook household annnddd it is only going to get busier! We have a few trips planned this month, plus I have a 90 clock hour class I am about to start up for continued education for my Broker’s license. I am going to be one busy lady over the next few months! I’m sure gonna give it my very best to keep up the blog posts but I’m probably going to have to shave it down to once a week over the following months…. 🙁 Believe me, I’m so very sad to put my crafting on the back burner! But a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do to give my contribution to the fam!

Anyways, I wanna share with you my latest craft! You remember the sweet lil’ Valentine’s heart and arrow garland I made a few weeks back? Well, I had so many of those adorable little wooden charms left over and I HAD to think of another craft that I can utilize those cute lil’ guys with! And a light went off! Why not make some fun necklaces with them for another Valentine’s Day craft and…well…for everyday wear! Oh they are just so stinkin’ sweet you guys! Let’s not hesitate any longer and get to it!

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List of your supplies that you need for this goodie:

–   Scissors

–   Jewelry Pliers

–   Arrow and Heart wood charms

–   Chain and clasps

–   X-ACTO Knife

–   Washi Tape

–   Charms (optional)

*All of these materials can be found at Hobby Lobby.

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So I’m gonna show you how to make the charm with the Washi Tape (the others are made exactly the same but without adding the tape). Grab your favorite pattern of Washi Tape and lay the heart charm down on the desired area of the tape that you would like to see. If there is a repetitive pattern, great. If there is not, go ahead and place it on a spot where you are going to get the most out of the pattern. Once you have done that, take your scissors and cut the small section off so it is easier to maneuver the X-ACTO knife. Take the knife and carefully cut closely around the charm. Trim off any excess edges.

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Next, take a small screw and make a whole in the top corner of the heart. Go ahead and grab those jewelry pliers and a small hoop, and place it through the hole that you just created. Easy peasy huh?!

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Last step is to make the chain of the necklace. Take you pliers, chain, loops, and clasp and open up one of the loops to add the clasp on. You can then add this onto the chain. Add the one last loop on the other end of the chain and you are done! You add your little charm on and you are set to wear it!

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I mean, how adorable are these!!!! So, SO cute! These are quick and easy necklaces that would make perfect gifts for Valentine’s day for your girlfriends! Handmade and from the heart 🙂 Have fun crafting y’all!!

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Date posted: February 7, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

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