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Cross stitch

Month of gift making project 10: Cross stitch design for my mom
I rarely cross stitch.  I actually started this project a few years ago.  With a new baby and moving it got tucked away in my crafts bin.  I'm glad to finally finish it up and give it to her for her birthday in July.

Sneak peek:

Tote bag

Month of gift making project 9: Tote bag for ME!  My birthday is coming up very soon and I've been needing a bag like this.  I used this great TUTORIAL to make the tote bag.

Tutorial: Monkey applique

Month of gift making project 8 (AND TUTORIAL): Monkey applique t-shirt for my son's 2nd birthday!

Here's the finished product:



Here's the tutorial:
Gather your materials -
T-shirt (or make your own)
Monkey clipart (I found mine here)
Brown scraps of fabric & thread to match
Tan scraps of fabric &  thread to match
Pellon Wonder-Under scraps (or any other brand of lightweight fusible web)
Pellon lightweight fusible interfacing scrap (or any other brand)
Permanent fabric marker OR embroidery thread
and of course scissors, a pencil, and a sewing machine if you want to stitch around your applique


1)  Pre-wash the t-shirt and the fabric to be used for the applique.

2)  Looking at the t-shirt, decide roughly what size you'd like the monkey face to be.


3)  If you're artistic, draw a monkey face.  If you're like me, find some monkey clipart online.  If you need to resize it then copy and paste the graphic into MS Word.  Right click on the graphic.  Select Show Pi…

Julie's purse

Month of gift making project 7: Purse for my friend, Julie


Frayed fabric flower detail (tutorial here)


Inside of purse

Adult and toddler purse together

Matteson's Purse

Month of gift making project 6: Toddler purse for my friend's daughter, Matteson


Inside of the purse with hand embroidered name (I need more practice at that!)


Sneak peek of the fabric I'll be using to make a similar style purse for Mattie's mama...








Tutorial: Pacifier clip

Super QUICK and EASY paci clip tutorial

#1 - Gather your materials: * Piece of fabric atleast 3" x 8".  This is a great way to use up scrap fabric.  (Can be longer than 8" if you'd prefer a longer strap.) * Scrap piece of ribbon atleast 5" that coordinates with the fabric. * A clip * Thread to match fabric Here are the clips I used, you can buy them various places but I found these at Wal-mart.

#2 - Prep your materials * Cut fabric to 3" x 8"  (OR - I usually cut to 4" x 8" because I like the thickness it gives the strap) * Cut ribbon to 5" * Cut fabric near clip to remove it


#3 - Prepare the strap
* Fold short ends of fabric in 1/4" or less & press with iron.  (This is to hide the raw edges)

* If you cut the width to 3" then fold the long ends of the fabric in 1/2" on each edge OR if you cut the width to 4" then fold the long ends into where they meet in the middle.  Press with iron.  (3" width shown here)
* Fold the …

Paci clips

Month of gift making project 5: It's a surprise for someone with an April birthday.  You'll just have to wait to see :)

I whipped up these cute little paci clips tonight.  SO easy!  Sometime this weekend I'll try to post a tutorial on how to make these easy and cute little gifts.



Birdie Rag Quilt

Month of gift making project 4: Birdie rag quilt for an adorable little girl who'll be ONE in a few months (where has the time gone???)

Inspiration for this project came from this Wrap Them in Love Rag Quilt Tutorial.).  After seeing that I knew I just had to try my hand at a making rag quilt!  The other day I found the perfect fabric for this project at Mill Outlet Fabric Shop (my local fabric store).  I LOVE that place!

This type of quilt is made by piecing together squares with the seam facing up.  Then you clip the seams so that it looks like fringe.  After washing and drying the quilt, the fringe unravels and frays and gets messy.  So, without further ado...

Before washing & drying


After washing & drying


I LOVE this fabric and am tempted to make one of these for myself!

Snake stuffed animal

Month of gift making project 3 1/2: snake stuffed animal (to go with the Animal ABC fabric book for my brother Bradyn)



This was a quick and easy project made a little easier with help from this Make a Snake Tutorial.

Animal ABC Fabric Book

Month of gift making project 3 - Animal ABC Fabric Book for one of my brothers


(Date embroidery: I know it's not March yet, but his birthday is in March)







I like the quirky animals and fun colors. Time permitting, I would like to make a softie that matches one of the characters in the book.