Make a Fun Ice Cream Sundae Pin Cushion Craft

This Ice Cream Pin Cushion project is fun and easy to make. Make one for yourself or to give to a friend! 

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You can make this Ice Cream Pin Cushion craft, in a heart beat! It will keep you thinking cool! There is nothing better than ice cream on a hot day. We have had plenty of those hot days around here lately. Hot, hot, hot! I was inspired to create this adorable Ice Cream Pin Cushion to remind me of cool things during a hot summer day!

This project is easy to make with just a few household items. Make  a couple for gifts as long as you are at it! I started with just one, but I struggle to make just one of anything. It’s one of my compulsive behaviors, I can’t help myself.

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I had to make a chocolate version too. I love chocolate sundaes don’t you? The chocolate pin cushion uses brown wool yarn and a dark colored sock instead of the white sock and clothesline in the white sundae. You’ll love how easy they are to make!

Ice Cream Pin Cushion Supplies Needed:

•white tube sock or brown sock for the chocolate sundae

•dry rice or beans for filling the sock, about 1 1/2 cups

•Clothesline or brown wool yarn

•Fabric glue or craft glue

•Red wool for felted “cherry” and felting needle, or a purchased small red pompom

•Multi-Colored stick pins or pins with flowered decorative ends

•Glass ice cream sundae dish (I got mine at the thrift store)

 

Pin Cushion Directions:

  1. Fill sock with rice or beans. Tie shut with string or yarn. Trim off excess fabric, leaving 1″ tail.
  2. Glue sock into the sundae dish, making a rounded top and hiding the tail underneath.
  3. Glue clothesline on top of the sock in a circular pattern covering the entire surface of the sock. Trim and secure end with more glue at the top.
  4. Make the red cherry by felting red wool with a felting needle into a ball. Alternatively, use a store bought red pompom for the cherry.
  5. Add stick pins around the “sundae” to look like sprinkles.
  6. Make another one, because you know you are having so much fun!

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Yo-Yo Wine Bottle Bag

Wine bottle bags make a great gift idea, this vintage style Yo-Yo design is a great project to accomplish while you are watching TV. This post contains affiliate links.

Yo-yo Wine Bottle Bag

Yo-Yo Wine Bottle Bag

I’ve been working late at night lately. It’s very hot outside and I don’t have a ton of energy for accomplishing much during the day. The basement is my favorite retreat, along with my sewing workshop. Needless to say, I have been very productive in that nice cool environment. It’s not hard to get started on a project and never want to leave that room.

This little Yo-Yo bag is fun to make, although it requires a bit of hand sewing. The Yo-yo’s are made from 5″ quilt squares and a Yo-Yo maker, although it would be just as easy to make them without the Yo-Yo making device. I have included a FREE DOWNLOADABLE Pattern for this project!

DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN HERE.

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For this wine bag design, you will need 16 yo-yo’s of various colors. I used 8 contrasting yo-yos that matched the background fabric and 8 colored ones.

My first inclination was to make the yo-yo’s out of denim, however, after reading the yo-yo maker directions, they warned against using denim. It is too heavy and will not gather well. I found this pretty blue cotton chambray at the fabric store instead, and after working with it, I decided it was a far better choice. The fabrics for this project need to be thinner cottons, such as quilting cotton, or fabric with a soft, drapey hand.

NO DENIM.

Supplies Needed:

1 package colored cotton 5″ quilt squares in various colors

1 Yo-Yo maker (buy one here with my affiliate link), or use a (circular cardboard pattern with 5″ diameter)

1/2 yard blue cotton chambray fabric

1/4 yard heavy weight interfacing (for the bag handle)

Needle and thread

Directions:

  1. Make yo-yos by fitting the cotton square into the yo-yo maker (wrong side up). Stitch around edge with large, loose stitches, using the punched holes in the plastic as a guideline. Remove plastic insert (do not cut thread), pull up threads to gather fabric into the round yo-yo shape, tucking raw edges of fabric into the center of the yo-yo. Secure with the needle and thread by stitching a couple of anchor stitches in the center of the yo-yo. Create 16 yo-yos of various colors, or 8 chambray and 8 colored yo-yos.  (If you do not have a yo-yo maker, use the cardboard pattern to cut out 5″ circles. Fold over edge 1/4″ and loosely stitch a hem on the wrong side of fabric. Follow directions above for completing the yo-yo.
  2. Cut a blue chambray fabric piece 8″ x 12″. Iron on a 1 1/2″ piece of fusible interfacing to top edge of wrong side of fabric.
  3. Stitch 1/4″ rolled hem on top edge of fabric.
  4. Arrange yo-yos in rows of 4 across and 4 down on top of the fabric rectangle. Pin yo-yo’s in place, making sure you leave 1/2″ seam allowance on side edges, and 2″ seam allowance at bottom of rectangle.
  5. Tack yo-yo edges in place two at a time by using the side to side stitch on your machine buttonholer. Place yo-yo’s under the presser foot, lower the foot, stitch three or four times to anchor them in place. Repeat until all edges are tacked at top, side and bottom of yo-yos. If you do this two at a time, it doesn’t take long to accomplish.
  6. Fold down turned hem 1″ at top, catching top of yo-yos under the edge. Pin in place and  stitch.
  7. Turn rectangle in half, with right sides together matching top, bottom, and raw edges. Stitch 1/2″ seam allowance along side and bottom. Turn bag right side out. Press lightly.
  8. Make bag handle by cutting 3″ wide strip of chambray fabric, 8″ long. Iron on 1″ wide piece of interfacing in center. Fold in thirds, zigzag top stitch over raw edge down the length of the handle. Attach to top of bag with single needle stitch.

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Sewing Tips:

I didn’t sew the handle as per the directions above on my bag. When started to make a casing with the interfacing inside,  it was very cumbersome to work with. So, I changed the sewing directions. Also, the zig zag stitch will add more stability to the bag handle, as the weight of the wine bottle is rather heavy.

You don’t need to finish the inside seams of the bag, but you could if you choose.

Yo-yo Wine Bottle Bag

I would love to see your Yo-Yo creations! Tag me on social media with this hashtag:

#Yo-Yowinebag!

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How to Make a Dresden Plate Pillow

This post was sponsored by Nancy’s Notions. I was compensated in some way for writing this post. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of disclosure rules see the disclosures page.

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I have admired this Dresden Plate design for quite some time. My friend and I first spotted it at the huge Quilt Expo a couple of years ago. The design template and directions are an easy to use kit from Nancy’s Notions. I was very excited to have a chance to work with Nancy’s Notions on this project, since they are located in my home town here in Wisconsin.

The Dresden Plate kit comes with a plastic template and instruction booklet. You can make any one of a dozen or so different styles by adding different fabrics and sewing variations. I decided to make a pillow version with some patriotic inspired fabrics. The original Dresden Plate design is for a table top decoration, but I decided I would get more use out of a pillow than a table topper. I also decided that larger was better in this case, I used the full size of the template for this project.

Dresden Plate Pillow Supplies:

•3 coordinating cotton fabrics of patriotic design, about 1/2 yard of each red and white strip, blue chambray and navy blue with stars

•Matching Thread, heavy duty

•Poly-fiberfill stuffing, or an old bed pillow

•Quilting Ruler, Cutting Mat and rotary cutter

•Sewing machine

•Iron

•Spray Starch

•Iron on patch in a dark color

•Sewing needle and thread

•Fabric pen or marker

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The red and white Yoyo in the center of this pillow gives it a fun dash of Patriotic color. I can see myself taking the pillow along with my favorite blanket to those summer concerts in the park or to see the fireworks!

Here’s the entire process in a quick video!

Directions:

  1. Iron each fabric to remove wrinkles, matching selvedges and raw edges. Spray with spray starch as you iron to keep the fabric crisp. The starch helps keep the bias cuts from stretching while you are cutting and sewing.
  2. Place the fabric fold edge close to you on a large cutting mat. Measure a 12″ inch strip and cut with a quilting ruler and rotary cutter. Cut 2 strips from each of two fabrics for the pillow top.
  3. Line up the fabric strips on the horizontal. Place the template on the strip, mark the fabric with a fabric pen and cut out with the rotary cutter. This goes faster if you layer your fabric strips. Cut a total of 6 chambray blue and 6 navy blue pieces. For dark printed fabrics it’s easier to mark and cut on the wrong side so you can see your cutting lines.
  4. Cut a 7″ circle in contrasting red and white stripe fabric. (I used a plate to draw my circle).
  5. Lay out the Dresden Plate pieces on the table to view the finished look before sewing.
  6. Sew the pieces together with a stitch length of 2.5 on your sewing machine.
  7. Press seams. Cut a 3″ circle of the iron on patch material and fuse it to the center of the design with the iron. The patch should cover the hole completely. You can also cut a fabric piece for this, but I decided that using a fusible patch was easiest.
  8. Hand stitch a 1/4″ turned seam on the edge of the red and white fabric circle. Using the thread tails, pull up the threads to gather the edges and create the Yoyo circle. Tie off threads and clip ends. Slip stitch in place over the iron on patch.
  9. Place pillow top right side up on red and white contrasting fabric, cut around all edges to make the back of the pillow.
  10. Pin pillow front and back together with WRONG sides together. Stitch around outside edge with a blanket stitch or zigzag stitch. (I like the home spun look this gives the pillow.) Leave a 6-8″ opening to insert the stuffing.
  11. Stuff the pillow with poly fiberfill stuffing. If you are using an old bed pillow, cut away the pillow casing. Pull apart used fiberfill and fluff. Then insert the used fiberfill into the new pillow. Be sure to stuff all the “petal edges” around the pillow.
  12. Slip the opening back under the sewing machine foot and sew closed with the same stitch as before.

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The back of the pillow is also red and white stripe. I forgot to take photos of that. Oh, well. More tomorrow! Thanks to Nancy’s Notions for sponsoring this post!

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Make an Ugly Old Tote Bag Look Like New, No Sew!

Make an ugly old tote bag look like new with a few craft supplies! This post was sponsored by Therm-o-web. I was compensated in some way to write this post, any opinions given are completely my own.

Make an Ugly Old Tote Bag Look Like New

This Ugly Old Tote Bag was a spur of the moment project. I was unpacking my bags from my recent trip to the SNAP blog conference and was excited to try some of the new products we were given. Love them all!

This burlap bag caught my eye in a heart beat. My grandmother always carried a burlap bag in the summer months, and it reminded me of her classic style.

Tote Bag Supplies Needed

•Old Burlap tote bag, can be a thrifted item or grocery store type fabric bag (Buy now affiliate link)

•5″ pack of printed or solid colored quilt squares, cotton (Buy now  affiliate link)

•Therm-o-web Fabric Adhesive (Buy now through this affiliate link) (Buy now affiliate link)

This pile of colorful quilting squares was the perfect thing for this project. The colors caught my eye when I saw them, and I was immediately lost. My unpacking was forgotten, and I was deep into creating. Who needs to unpack anyway?

Make an Ugly Old Tote Bag Look Like New

The burlap bag we received at the conference from one of the vendors at the conference. I didn’t love the name on it, so I came up with a way to re-style it. It was easy! You would never know how it started out!

It’s exciting that Facebook now allows us to embed videos here on the blog. I made a Facebook live demo of this project, since it was such an impulsive craft. I have lots more fun ideas, so check back soon for more videos!

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Blogging as a Business

Blogging as a business is tough. There have been lots of changes in the blog world the last few years. This is a post that I never expected to write.Blogging as a Business|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Blogging as a business is a tough job. There is so much competition today, millions of users write blogs. It wasn’t always like this.

My Blog Business Story

I began writing seven years ago as kind of a personal journal. We were going through a lot of financial and personal struggles. and blogging was a way to focus on the beautiful side of life and worry less about the hard things. Three years ago, I decided to get serious as a blogger and make blogging my primary business. This was never my intention as I originally began writing just for fun.

When I decided to become a business, I stretched myself to learn a little more each day. I learned Blogger, Word Press, new social media platforms, photography, Adobe Lightroom, PicMonkey, Picassa, Photoshop and other related computer programs. I learned to stage my money shots, link up to blog parties, find and work with brand sponsors.

My Blog Business Updates

Last summer I spent weeks re-writing my old content. I updated dozens of photos, added affiliate links and SEO to my old posts, along with new custom graphics for Pinterest on a total of more than 200 posts. I also redirected hundreds of blog pages to make my blog more efficient and run smoother. To make my site more appealing, I hired designers to install a new theme, and redesign and rebrand my blog and logos. I studied branding and how to create a style that would match my vision for this blog’s future.

By fall my blog was practically brand new, and I anticipated the next couple of years would include great things for me and that I would be able to achieve my business goals.

Overall blogging is a good experience, it inspires me to work harder to accomplish more. I am always learning new things, meeting great people and have come to enjoy and embrace every part of the blogging journey.

Until now.

My Blog Business Crash

Two weeks ago my site went down. Perhaps you were looking for it. My URL was completely blank for more than 5 days. You may have noticed that it now looks a little different. In fact, I have completely lost 8 months worth of new content, along with my new blue and gold theme, my logos and all my hard work. It has been a devastating loss.

Even though I have backups of my blog, my former web host failed to transfer data after I paid for them to do it. I thought I had multiple backup copies of my site. It turns out, that none of them were current or recoverable by my new host. To make things worse, the additional backup plugin I installed was never activated. It seems as though there is always something that I don’t yet know about blogging.

I am not technical, but I have learned a lot the last few years. Somehow it seems like I will never get where I want my blog to go. There are so many of us bloggers that love blogging, but can’t quite get to our end business goal to be successful. I am not alone in this frustration.

My Blog Business Future

For now, I am trying to decide how to proceed. There is no way I can re-create 8 months worth of content or I will never have the ambition to write anything new. It’s very discouraging to come back to the blog when it looks like it did a year ago, after I put so much time and effort into it. In addition, I have broken links all over the web from the posts and photos that were deleted. Right now, I have no idea how this will affect my site long term. Google does not like broken links, and generally punishes sites that have them. Honestly, I don’t know what that will do my page views or ranking.

I know I need to rebuild somehow, but it will take time. It is painful and I am disheartened. There are tons of updates that could be done, but I don’t know that I will even attempt to recreate the blog as it was. With each passing day there are new reasons for me to move ahead in yet a different direction. You will have to be patient with me while I work through it all.

My Blog Business Recovery

For now, I am concentrating on different things.  Recently, I compiled two new ebooks. Part of blogging as a business is creating content other than what is on the blog. Remember the phrase “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”? It rings so true today.

I recently began publishing ebooks, and I have several more coming soon. My first adventure was this photography book and am now releasing two more ebooks for your reading pleasure.

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The 30 Day Photo Challenge is the humorous account of how I actually learned to use a DSLR digital camera. I made lots of mistakes and you can laugh at every single one of them. This story proves that anyone can become a photographer, even me. This book is $1.99 and is available by clicking on the button below:

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The next book has been my most popular blog series ever. Thousands of pins and page views have made this series a huge hit. Projects from this book have been featured on the Huffington Post, Craft Gawker, Hometalk and various other websites.

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Writing this crafty book was one of the best things ever. I purchased and used more than 150 Mason jars of different styles, sizes and colors for this project.

Filled them with all sorts of beautiful things, and gave them all away.

This book, also $1,99 is full of ideas for crafts, recipes, sewing projects, home decor and much more all wrapped up in cute little Mason Jars.

You’re going to love it.

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