Category: Sewing

Envelope Back Pillowcase – A Tutorial

So when you come down off your sugar high after frosted cupcakes and iced sugar cookies why not bust out the sewing machine for a quick and easy project!  I wanted to bring in a bit more color in the guest bedroom.  I know, I know, you haven’t seen the guest room, yet, but it’s not done!!!  You’ve seen the window treatments.  You’ve seen the painting process.  I’ve done some furniture painting that I suppose I should show you…………  But today, today it’s pillows.  I’ve got a quick and easy envelope back pillowcase tutorial for you!

With all the blue and white in the room I wanted to bring a bold color in.  Orange was the winner!  I’ve already brought a few orange pieces in and now I have orange pillows!

I started with these 20″x20″ pillows I got super cheap at IKEA.

I cut my fabric to 42″ x 21″

To determine how big to cut your fabric take the width of pillow and add an inch for seam allowance.  That’s your first measurement.  Then take that number and double it to determine your length.  This will give you enough fabric to overlap.  If you want a little snugger pillowcase add another inch or two.

I serged my (short) edges.  (If you don’t have a serger just zig zag stitch down the ends to prevent fraying)

I then created a hem on one side (this will be the outside).

Mark the middle of your fabric and fold your hemmed end to it.

Then fold the other end over so that your pillowcase measures the width of your pillow and pin in place (it’s a good idea to pin down the opening as well, so when you move to your machine you don’t get slack in the fabric).

See how your fabric overlaps?

Stitch down each size with a half inch seam allowance.

Flip your pillowcase right-side out and insert your pillow.

Ta da!

A view from the back.


And look how pretty they look on the bed!  (see more orange over there?!?!?!)

Close up!


If you don’t have much (or any) sewing experience, but are looking for a simple project to start this is a great one.  They don’t take much time at all and there are just a few stitches!


Nap Time Craft Time: Baby Doll Diapers

This has been a common occurrence in this house.

I’ve often found Cupcake “changing her baby’s diaper” with one of her diapers.  Sometimes when she’s playing in the living room, sometimes when she’s supposed to be sleeping (complete with a coconut oil mess all over herself and her bed!), so I thought it was about time her baby dolls got some diapers of their own.

To the interwebs!  Seriously I was not going to reinvent the wheel with this one.  A pattern maker I am not.  The good news is I immediately found a pattern that seemed like it was exactly what I was looking for at Skip to My Lou.

The even better news was I could use scraps of fabric for it!!!  Yay!!!

The directions suggested using two pieces of flannel for the diapers, but I had other plans!  I used flannel on the outside and fleece on the inside.  That made them a little more like her real cloth diapers which are lined in fleece or suedecloth.  And I didn’t have any solid color flannel on hand.

First things first, though.  One must clean up the mess from the last crafting project they’ve done to make room to work on the current craft project.

I’m not the only one who has this problem, right?

OK, so I’ve cleaned off my table, print and cut out my pattern and fabric, let’s sew!!

These little things seriously took less than 2 minutes to stitch around!  Miniature sewing projects make for quick gratification!!

In the original pattern it is suggested just to stitch a small piece of Velcro to either side of the front and on both flaps.  Well, some of her dolls are bigger than others and since we’re a one-sized, adjustable diaper loving family I went with a strip of Velcro all the way across the front.

Does the fabric look familiar?

Mr. Giraffe makes a great model, doesn’t he?

So, seriously I whipped up 5 of these things in no time flat!  So why stop there?  I grabbed some more scrap fabric and whipped up a quick diaper bag!

It’s not the fanciest thing ever (and I didn’t have enough cotton to make the strap match, but the inside is fleece lined!) but it holds the diapers and wipes.  Yeah, that’s right she got some wipes, too.  With their very own case!!

I found a cute little idea for a wipes case over at Craftaholics Anonymous.

I have one happy 2 year old!  We’ve spent a lot of time changing baby’s diapers (although I think we need more wipes as baby seems to need at least 4 per change) and then going for a walk in the stroller.

Note the diaper bag placement!  That kid cracks me up!


What have you crafted lately?



Nap Time!

Well, not exactly.  I finished my sewing project!  You know the one I showed you the fabric for.  I used the fabric to make a nap mat for Cupcake.  Since she will no longer be sleeping in the pack and play at the lake house and will be sleeping on a cot I thought she needed a nap mat to go with it.  Something to make it a little more comfy.

I found a great tutorial for it over at Sew4Home.  I actually bought the fabric a week or two before the birthday party, but had to put it aside until the Bee Day Celebration happened.  Oh, I hate when I buy fabric and can’t play with it right away!!!  So the first opportunity post-party I had I got to work.  This project was probably one of the more difficult projects I’ve done.  I even found it trickier than adjusting Halloween costumes for a dachshund.  It was all straight lines, which was nice, but there was a lot of material………..and binding!!!!!

The one other time I tried to bind a blanket it turned into a disaster!!  Here goes nothing!!!

And then there was the part where I tried to stuff a bunch of fabric and batting through a tiny opening under the arm of my machine and tried to stitch a straight line.

Yeah, that was the part where I bent my needle.  Oops!

I also got a great arm workout!  I did find that if I guided the top with my right hand and the bottom with my left I was able to get the fabric through pretty well.  I did have to stop every so often and smash all that extra fabric under the arm.

(It was important to finish this step while Cupcake was napping because I didn’t want my ink to disappear before I finished quilting it!)

The finished product!!!

All rolled up and ready to go to the lake!

Toddler test drive at home………

And dachshund approved!!

We’re still at the lake (where the internet connection isn’t so great) so I’ll have to update you how it went when we get home.


UPDATE:   Toddler approved!!!  Cupcake loves her new nap mat.  She was more than happy to sleep on it during nap time and night time.  Sometimes she got a little wonky, but that’s just her style.


What a Tease!

I’m hoping if I show you this picture of some fabric I washed last night that it will help put the fire under my butt to work on my project with it.  I’d really like the project done before Saturday, so if you could just cheer me on a bit that’d be great!

Any guesses as to what I’m making??????????

Hint: The solid color is fleece. The two prints are flannel.

I’m Short

I’ve had this problem all my life.  I don’t think it’s going to get any better any time soon, so I better learn how to live with it right?

So here’s my dilemma.  I needed some jeans.  I had three pairs of maternity jeans from my first pregnancy.  Two pairs were sized (Old Navy and Gap) and one pair was a medium (Motherhood).  They were all petite length, but the two pairs that were sized were the perfect length.  The medium pair were too short.  I could only wear them with flip flops or flats.  I could survive on two pairs of jeans especially since I’ll spend most of my pregnancy in warm weather, but the sized jeans are currenlty two sizes too big since I started this pregancy just over 10 pounds lighter than the last.

I can’t not have jeans!  Especially since we’ve still had some chilly days.  And I wanted a good fitting pair with a comfortable panel.  The material of the panel from Motherhood is my favorite.  So off to the mall I went!  And I found a great fitting pair of jeans!  The problem: too long or too short!  So I bought the too long ones with a mission ahead of me………..hemming them!!

These are the tallest shoes I wear……..yeah not going to work.

And I’m not a fan of this look.

So I needed to chop this much off………..

Well, I decided to not really chop them off because I won’t be wearing them all that long and when all is said and done (this is my last pregnancy) maybe someone taller than me would like them.  So this is how short I wanted them.

I measured how wide the original hem was and measured up to there.

And folded……..

And sewed……..

You can see I stitched just below the original hem.

If these weren’t just maternity jeans, but ones that I would be keeping for years I would’ve cut the leftover fabric and serged the cut ends.  Instead I just stitched the extra fabric up.

Ta da!!!!!!

Much more better!  Now momma’s got a pair of comfy, good fitting jeans!!!!


Does anyone else have this problem of regular sized pants being too long, but petite being too short?