How to make Pillow Wraps – Kentucky Derby Craft Ideas

How to use ribbon and burlap to make Pillow Wraps

I have a set of pillows on my couch that I love to swap out each season. I’ve got a set for Christmas, Halloween and the 4th of July.  With Derby coming up I decided it was high time that I made a new set of pillows for the occasion.  I’ve used my Derby Style… 

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Knit Fabrics Round Up

Upcycle your old or sentimental t-shirts into a receiving blanket for a new baby!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Girl Charlee   I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading the posts I’ve shared this month on “sewing with knit fabrics”. I really enjoyed both designing the projects and researching more about sewing with knit fabrics. In case you missed it, here’s a round up of the posts shared… I’ve… 

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Monogram Zip Pouch Sewing Tutorial

Monogram Arch Top Zip Pouch Sewing Tutorial by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Hey there!! Remember when I said that there was a lot of “behind the scenes” stuff going on right now?… well all of it seems like it’s coming together this week.  One of the projects that I have been working on was this Monogram Zip Pouch for Sew Mama Sew. If you’ve not been over… 

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How to Sew: Easter Napkins

How to Sew Easter Napkins, a free sewing pattern.

There has been a lot of “behind the scenes” busy-ness here lately.  One of the projects I have been working on was these Easter Napkins for BERNINA’s WeAllSew.com blog. The napkins are made from linen and quilting cotton fabric and feature an adorable little bunny rabbit appliquéd to the front. They are self binding so you can… 

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Easter Basket Liner Pattern

How to sew a custom Easter Basket Liner

This post is sponsored by ShabbyFabrics.com.  All work and opinions are 100% mine. Today I’m going to share with you how to make this custom Easter Basket Liner.  There are always so many cute Easter baskets in the stores during the Spring, but many of them don’t have a fabric liner.  I love the look of… 

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Cupid’s Arrow: A Patchwork Heart Quilt Pattern

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  You know that book, “If you Give a Mouse a Cookie?”…. well this project started out a lot like that book.  A few weeks ago I got the idea to make a patchwork heart pillow and began sketching it out. As I was sketching it, I thought that I should try to make it… 

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Patchwork Doll Quilt Tutorial

Patchwork Baby Doll Quilt Sewing Tutorial

      A few days before I needed to send off “the” Christmas package to my family out west, I decided that I needed to throw just “one more” gift in there.  Normally I have quite a nice time planning out projects to sew for my nieces and nephews but this year I had… 

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Project Teen – Handmade Gifts Your Teen Will Love 21 Projects to Sew

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

  Order a signed copy from me…  ships free to US addresses OR Buy from Amazon More about the book here: Book Post #1 Book Post #2   This week the preview copy of my book showed up in the mail!  I knew it was coming and walked around all day feeling both insanely nervous and… 

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50 Easter Dress Sewing Ideas

50 Sewing Ideas for Easter Dresses

  There’s a running joke in my house that if it’s the night before Easter, I’m holed away in my sewing room frantically trying to finish up my girls Easter Dresses.  I have YET one year to finish early… Sewing Easter Dresses for my girls has always been one of my ALL TIME favorite sewing… 

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A new Sewing Pattern: Nesting Dolls Zip Pouches

Nesting Dolls Zip Pouch Pattern, includes printable Matryoshka Dolls

I’m so excited to be introducing to you today my newest PDF Sewing Pattern these Nesting Doll Zip Pouches, a Matryoshka Doll Pattern. This pattern is a bit different from the patterns I’ve released in the past in that it includes printable images with the pattern, the little Matryoshka Dolls. You can buy the PDF… 

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Large Hexagon Quilt Tutorial

Hexagon Quilt Tutorial

Hi there! I’m so excited today to be sharing with  you the tutorial for this Large Hexagon Quilt. I was able to whip this Halloween Quilt up very quickly using Lori Holt’s Half Hexie Ruler. Last weekend we headed down to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY for a little photoshoot. I have always photographed… 

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