Crafts are fun and easy to make. Creative ideas are my forte, I love coming up with different crafts to make on a super thrifty budget. There are crafty ideas here on the blog for every ability level from advanced to beginner, adults and kids, something for everyone!
My favorite creative materials are made from natural fibers. I believe that handmade items make beautiful keepsakes and natural materials such as wool, cotton, and linen yield beautiful quality results. Most of all I make crafts for gifts to give away, although sometimes it’s hard to part with them because I love how the turn out!
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Your craft room is a place for creativity, but just because it’s a creative space doesn’t mean it needs to be a disaster. We found quite a few handy tips on how to organize your crafting supplies, here are some of our favorites. I have always appreciated a good pegboard. They’re such a flexible storage option since you can add or remove different aspects as your storage needs change. You won’t want to miss the transformation of this room on Just Call Me Homegirl. Polka Dot Poplars created this genius storage tower as a way to organize all the little things that seem to drop to the bottom of drawers. She made these fun colored jars just to match her room decor, the details are over on her blog. If you’re not a fan of the bare pegboard, check out this great alternative over on Southern Hospitality. She also shares a great organization tip for all that ribbon you have laying around. I wish I could tell you how hard it was to pick just one photo to share from In My Own Style. This is one of the most beautiful and organized craft rooms I’ve seen yet. I love the idea of this chest of drawers for organizing all those small pieces that don’t seem to have a home. Bonus: the labels on these drawers can easily be changed! You don’t want to miss this one! This is a fun way to display small bottles of paint. Today’s Creative Life used an everyday item from the home improvement store to create this cute (and functional)… Read More »
It’s time to plan out my creative projects for the next year. This time, I decided to share how I plan my projects for an entire year. You will be amazed how much you can accomplish with a bit of organization early in the year! This is a sponsored post. Any opinions given are completely my own. Creativity Requires Planning Blogging as a creative person requires planning to accomplish projects. I tend to start things and not finish, buy too many supplies that I never use, or have a great idea that gets forgotten in the chaos. That’s how creativity works, we are not an organized lot. However, I have learned that if I spend a bit of time planning I can accomplish so much more! By using a special creative calendar everything comes together in one spot! After searching the internet extensively for a suitable planner, I came across the Quilter’s Planner. It has exactly what I was looking for: Inspirational photos and projects, areas for sketching, keeping swatches, spiral bound and compact in size. I am so excited to start using it! The pages of the planner are bound with a spiral binding. This makes it easy to flip to the current month. On each monthly tab is an inspirational quote and beautiful project. I spend a couple of hours reading through all the projects in the free magazine. Love them all! I chose a few from the magazine to put on my calendar to work on. Creative Project Resources Towards the back of the planner are the… Read More »
I don’t know about you, but I love wrapping gifts. Maybe it’s my creative side. I enjoy making the packages look pretty under the tree. Here are a few DIY gift wrap ideas to make your wrapping this year a breeze. This might be the easiest idea in this article! Grab a paper sack, a few stamps, and fresh eucalyptus and you’ll be all set. (Most grocery stores carry fresh eucalyptus in their floral departments.) The Beauty Dojo shares how to make these simple gift bags, perfect for oddly shaped presents. A few years ago, I was attempting to be as thrifty as possible over Christmas. I created these cute reusable bags as a way to wrap gifts! You won’t want to miss this super easy over on Designers Sweet Spot. Bonus: you can use these bags again next year! If you have kids that want to get involved in the wrapping, this could be a fun project! My Sweet Things decided on a Christmas tree design, but the possibilities for this are really endless. Boxwood Avenue shares an excellent tutorial on how to make this cute Christmas light strand to dress up your packages. This is another great use for Washi tape. I love this idea from Almost Makes Perfect because it doesn’t require you to purchase anything specifically for your Christmas wrapping, but still looks festive! Check out this DIY over on 2 Bees in a Pod to see how thrifted shirts are used to create gift wrap. Here’s another thrift store DIY. Sadie Seasongoods used what others might consider trash (and some consider treasure) to wrap… Read More »
This cute little doll clothes project is quick to make with scraps from your fabric stash. If you have a young one who wants to learn to sew, this would be a great project for them! This is a sponsored post. Any opinions given are completely my own. Doll Clothes Garland There is something so charming about a doll clothes banner/garland, especially one that mimics everyday life. This doll clothes project is quick to machine sew, or even stitch by hand. The winter shirts and trousers look like they came from vintage Grandpa’s closet. We don’t actually have any dolls at our house, because our family is all boys. However, I am sure these tiny garments would fit any Barbie or Ken doll quite well. Thanks to Hoffman Fabrics of California for supplying the adorable Christmas Tree print and black and white stripe fabrics. You can see more of their holiday fabric collection here. These scraps of fabric came from a couple of my recent projects but you could also cut up old clothes for this project. If you want to see more of how the original projects turned out, take a look at the Ragged Baby Quilt and Men’s Hoodie Pajamas. They turned out pretty nice! For this project you will need: Doll Clothes Garland Supplies 1/4 yard of red and black check fabric 1/4 yard of Christmas tree fabric 1/4 yard of black pin stripe fabric. 1 yard or more of twine Miniature clothes pins McCalls pattern #6051 This project was a bit of a mash up with… Read More »
Some families have a tradition of wearing matching pajamas for Christmas Eve. This pattern is great for making easy memorable pajamas! This is a sponsored post. Any opinions given are completely my own. Men’s Hoodie Pattern I loved this pattern the moment I saw it. Our adult children are way past the age of wearing matching pajamas, but this pattern seemed like it would work for all of them. It’s technically not for pajamas, but the casual style and trendy hoodie is something that they all love. The pattern calls for knit and woven fabric which is rather unusual. The front of the shirt, the placket, pockets and front pieces are all woven material. The sleeves, back and hood are a cotton knit. Soft woven cottons and jersey knits make great sleeping attire and I love them together in this pajama set. I haven’t made the pants yet, more on that soon! Hoffman Holiday Fabric Collection This Near and Deer holiday fabric collection from Hoffman Fabrics is perfect for guys. It’s not too cutesy, or outrageously colored. It even has manly deer and stripes. Our son was thrilled with my fabric choices for this project. You can’t go wrong with classic black and white! Sewing Pattern Adjustments The cotton fabric is 44″ wide, but since the only woven pieces are in the front cutting the narrow width wasn’t hard. I added 2″ to the length at the waist for this McCalls M747 pattern. My system is to cut the pattern apart and measure the gap for the amount needed. The pattern… Read More »
Christmas is here! It’s hard to believe it’s less than one month away. Whether you use your Christmas stockings as decoration or you fill them with goodies, they are a staple in most holiday decor. Here are a few easy DIY Christmas stockings to hang on your mantle this year. These fun stockings require minimal sewing, in fact you could probably even accomplish them without a sewing machine! Room for Tuesday used a pre-made stocking as the form for these stockings, making it so easy to achieve the perfect shape. Who says all stockings have to have traditional Christmas designs? Add an unexpected surprise to your mantle this year with these adorable ice cream stockings by My Poppet Makes. You could already have everything you need to create this stocking! Seeking Lavender Lane repurposed a dish towel to create a stocking perfect for her home decor. You know you have a sweater lying around somewhere that you just never wear. Maybe it doesn’t fit, maybe it’s too itchy. An Extraordinary Day shares an excellent way to bring you neglected sweater back to life. Houseful of Handmade uses a drop cloth to create these personalized stockings. This would be a great way to create a uniform look while keeping each stocking unique. Although these stockings look more complicated than some, they are great for even the beginner crafter. Homemade Ginger uses a free (and super easy) pattern to create these colorful stockings. Here is another way to use that old sweater lying around your home. Sustain My Craft Habit chose to combine it with festive flannel for her holiday stockings. Every child… Read More »
Planning this Sew Along Masterclass for next year. Now is your chance to give me your opinion on what you want to learn and help me find the dream! 2018 Sew Along Masterclass I have been working behind the scenes for several months planning my blog content for the next year. It’s been a whirlwind battle, one that I have finally won and mastered. It hasn’t been an easy journey. At first I wasn’t even sure I would be blogging next year. Growth on the blog has been slow and I am frustrated with the way things have been going the last couple of years. The millions of followers that I expected to have when I began blogging 8 years ago just aren’t there despite the considerable time and effort that I put into this business. I even started looking for full time apparel design jobs, which I haven’t done since 1994. There were even full time job interviews. Several of them. However, in the long run I decided that I just can’t go back to working for a large corporation just yet. Finishing the Blogging Dream It’s hard to give up on a dream. This blogging dream isn’t finished yet. When I started this blog so long ago I always had the thought that I would go back to my fashion design roots at some point and become a fashion blogger. At the time I began writing in 2009, it seemed like growing my following through home decor would be the hard part, and becoming a fashion blogger at some… Read More »
Make a Fleece Lounging Gown to slip into after a long day at work or relax after a hectic day with the family. This gown is a great project for beginner seamstresses! This post contains affiliate links. I will make a small commission from your purchase at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! This fleece fabric caught my eye at the fabric store recently. Loved the soft color pallet! Fleece Lounging is King Making anything with fleece is always a good idea. Fleece is inexpensive, easy to sew and comes in tons of great patterns and colors. Fleece is also stretchy and very forgiving for new sewers who aren’t exactly sure of them selves. This project is easy to whip up in a single afternoon without a lot of fuss. It’s been a while since I have sewn much for myself. However, I have stocked up on fabric and patterns for a major sewing project in the future! More to come on that soon! This pattern is Mc Calls 7061.(affiliate link) I am sure I will be making several more of these lounging gowns, perhaps even a couple of them for holiday gifts. Speaking of gifts, check out my pattern shop for more handmade gift ideas here. The robe features a hood and a “kangaroo” style pocket which I love for keeping my cell phone close by. You could also make some booties or leggings to keep your feet and legs warm (they are included in this pattern). The modesty of this piece was one of… Read More »
Warm and fluffy quilts are loved by little ones, this ragged baby quilt is fairly simple to make and won’t break the bank! Ragged Baby Quilt Warm and fluffy blankets are always on my bed and furniture during the cold months. A soft flannel quilt is frequently fought over by all of our family members to cuddle with while watching tv. I made this darling baby quilt for our neighbors who just had a baby boy. It’s so cute, I was tempted to keep it. Not that it would cover even part of my generous sized body, but I just liked it. So soft and fuzzy! Ragged baby quilts are fun to make even if you are without a lot of quilting experience. You don’t need any fancy quilting machines or other supplies which is great. The pattern for this quilt is available for immediate download in my new pattern shop! Whoo, hoo! The shop has been a long time in coming, and I am very excited to have it put together! The Chambray Blues Sewing Patterns site is up and running! I am adding more patterns (crafts, quilting, apparel and home decor) as well as notions and fabrics each week so be sure to stop back if you don’t find what you are looking for. SHOP CHAMBRAY BLUES NOW If you need a pattern for something specific, I also make custom pdf sewing patterns. Send me your requests at Jessica@designerssweetspot.com and I will try to accommodate your needs. You can read about my compensation rates on the Hire Me… Read More »
Decorative holiday pillows are one of the easiest ways to decorate your home for the holidays. However, pillows these days are costing an arm and a leg! Who wants to spend that much on something that will only be in use for 2 months of the year? Here are some great ways to create a festive feel on a budget, and reuse some of the same pillows you use all year.Rebecca at The Crafted Sparrow created this fun pillow to add a little excitement to her neutral color scheme. This cozy cashmere pillow is perfect to usher in the winter season. It reminds me of cold nights sipping hot chocolate by a fire! Hello Little Home shares a great tutorial over on her blog. Everyone loves candy at Christmas! Sustain My Craft Habit shares some great tips on how to create these fun pillows on a budget, you don’t even have to know how to sew! While this pillow cover does require a bit of sewing, it’s so easy that even a beginner could do it in no time. Janice of Sawdust Sisters simply used these holiday covers on pillows she uses year round to save some money. I SPY DIY shares an excellent tutorial on how to make two of these festive pillows. Another great option if you’re wanting to tone your decor down a bit this year. The possibilities for a tree like this are endless! You could add some embellishments to “decorate” the tree, or stick with a simple lace for a pillow that can stay in use all winter long. Work It, Mom! shares some of the… Read More »
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