Ariel Halloween Costume

DIY Ariel Halloween Costume

Sewing Halloween costumes for my kids has always been one of my all time favorite projects. I have always loved taking them to the store to flip through costume patterns, sometimes as early as August, then planning and scheming what costumes they would want that year. Even though I always tried to get an early… 

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Trick or Treat Bag Sewing Tutorial

Trick or Treat Tote Bag Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

This post first appeared on Tatertots & Jello. I’m bringing it back home to share it with all of you! Make sure you visit Tatertots & Jello  for lots of FABULOUS DIY and Craft ideas! It may be just over a week until Halloween but you’ve still got time for this last minute Halloween Idea!!!… 

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Nail Polish Gift Ideas

Nail Polish Gift idea with free printable gift tags on polkadotchair.com

  I have a 13 year-old daughter that likes to paint her nails every day. Well maybe not EVERY day, but it sure seems like it. The smell of nail polish remover can frequently be found wafting down from her room upstairs. It seems like most of her friends love nail polish as much as she… 

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Visit me at Quilt Market!

Melissa-Mortenson-Quilt-Market

  (photo from iPhone) If you will be at Quilt Market in Houston this week I’d love to see you!! I’ll be debuting my new fabric line Derby Style and signing copies of my book, Project Teen. I’ve been busy prepping samples for the booth and have a few things that I can’t wait to share… 

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Gold Leaf Sign for Thanksgiving

DIY Gold Leaf Stenciled Wood sign

  This week marks round 4 of the Cricut Design Team Star contest. For this month, our team was tasked with creating a Holiday Home Decor project.  Our teams theme for this month “Gold”.  When we were assigned a holiday project I first thought about making something for Christmas, but I think that Thanksgiving gets overlooked… 

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Study Pillow

Study Pillow sewing patter from Project Teen

One of my favorite projects from Project Teen is the Study Pillow sewing pattern.  One day I watched as my daughter lugged a pillow, books, pens, iPhone, headphones and some snacks outside so that she could go study. She had the hardest time getting everything out there without dropping it all, and I remember thinking to myself… 

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Guide to PreCut Fabrics and Common Quilting Terms

Free online guide to Pre-Cut Fabrics, and handy sewing reference guide

This post is part of a series of posts sponsored by Craftsy. Watch for fun information and deals pop up here over the next few months about some online sewing classes-don’t worry, all opinions are, and will always be, 100% mine   Do you ever read a sewing or quilting pattern and feel like you… 

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Autumn Paper Leaf Craft Ideas

Use die cut paper leaves to create an Autumn wreath

  It seems like forever since I’ve sat down and worked on a paper crafting project. I love working with paper almost as much as I love working with fabric. Last week I sat down and designed a few craft projects for Autumn and I have to say that it felt really good to be working… 

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Project Teen Book Tour and Gift Tag Blog Hop

Project Teen Book by Melissa Mortenson - 21 Projects to Sew that Teens and Tweens will actually LOVE!

Hi Everyone! I’m so excited, because this week is the “Book Tour” for “Project Teen: Handmade Gifts Your Teen Will Love“!  I’ve loved sharing with you a little bit about the book and some of my inspiration while writing it, and now I’m excited for you to see what others have to say about the… 

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DIY Easy Trick or Treat Bag

Easy DIY Trick or Treat Bag with Free Cut File Download

This post first appeared on eighteen25 as a part of their Spooktacular September series. If you haven’t already, make sure you hop on over there and check out all of the amazing Spooktacular ideas that were shared!!   We have a fun collection of “Peace, Love and _____” t-shirts at our house. I’ve even designed… 

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DIY Marquee Sign

DIY Marquee Sign with Numbers!! Would be great for an anniversary, birthday or graduation party!

We recently threw an Anniversary party for the office where my husband works.  We were expecting a lot of people and wanted to have party decorations but knew that we needed to keep it simple. I also needed to figure out what would fit with in our budget and what I could get done in the… 

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