Craft Room Organization Inspiration

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)…
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How to Plan Your Creative Projects for the Entire Year

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! Quilters Planner and Magazine 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 resource pages. There are spots for each project…
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DIY Holiday Doll Clothes Banner

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!  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 the different fabrics. I started with the basic top and bottom pieces…
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12 Easy DIY Christmas Stockings

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…
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Sew Along Masterclass Poll, Help Find the Dream!

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…
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How to Make a Fleece Lounging Gown

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 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 the things that attracted me to it. Love the coverage in this garment! It feels cozy enough that I could run to the grocery store…
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Warm and Fluffy Ragged Baby Quilt

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…
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How to Make Budget Curtains for Any Room

Budget curtains can be hard to find if you pay retail price. Here are my best tips for making them yourself in just a few simple steps.  Here we are back again for week 3 of the One Room Challenge! This week our dining room renovation includes Window Treatments! Here’s what we have covered so far: Week 1: Design Plan Week 2: Paint Week 3: Ceiling Medallion Click on the links above to see the progress!  Curtains That Only Look Expensive New curtains have been on my to do list for this room for a while. I dread a large project like this because it’s expensive and time consuming. However, this one turned out to be less expensive than I anticipated. Here’s my story: Since I had my fabric picked out since week one, it was going to be easy to go and buy it at the store. Problem was they were sold out when I got there. Not good! The Fabric Deal After browsing the clearance rack of decor fabrics, I came up with two options. One was a lovely teal priced at $4.00 a yard. What a great deal! Option two was a lovely Waverly fabric floral print priced at $13.00 per yard. Not so cheap, but I really liked it. I took both bolts to the counter and asked the clerk why one was so much more than the other. Turns out the Waverly floral was incorrectly priced. It should have been marked 80% OFF!!! Calmly, I explained that I wanted to buy the entire bolt, before…
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20 DIY Kids Costumes for Halloween

Halloween and fall festivals are right around the corner.  Costumes are so fun, but they can get expensive fast.  Here are 20 of our favorite DIY kids costumes for this fall season.  Coordinating costumes can be so fun! However, they only last for so long. Pretty Plain Janes created these cute spider and spider web costumes for her children (plus, the tutorial is amazing). This costume is just too much! I don’t think anyone besides a cute little girl could get away with this one. Check out hello, Wonderful for all the details on this Cotton Candy costume. My Modern Met shares some great tips on how to transform your little guy (or girl) into a regal knight. Doc McStuffins is such an adorable costume. Bonus, you might even have everything you need for this costume already! Green and Gorgeous made one quick trip to Walmart to complete this look. Speaking of easy costumes, here’s another one! DIY Danielle decided to make this costume for her son who isn’t a huge fan of the whole costume thing. Great compromise! This costume is a cute one, and also looks incredibly comfortable! Head over to April Golightly for all the details (plus some free printables)! Dr. Seuss will always be a classic. Homemade for Elle made this easy (and I mean EASY) costume that will only take a few minutes to whip together. A Mad Scientist costume with an easy badge? Rays of Bliss did a great job on this fun look! Here’s another costume you may be able to create from things at home. This Magic Man look by DIY Candy might be one of the easiest…
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Adorable Kids Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

Kids love a special bag to capture all their loot from the big Halloween event. This simple bag is charming and not a bit scary to make. Halloween Trick or Treat Bag Remember going door to door as a kid? Each year we had a different bag, sometimes it was as simple as a homemade fabric bag. This adorable bag is easy to make with two different fabric scraps and a bit of leftover quilt binding. The bag has plenty of space for treats, plus it is easy to pull closed to keep all that good stuff from spilling out! The top of the bag is full of glow in the dark eyes, how fun for the littles to play with in the darkness! I used less than a 1/4 yard of fabric of each print for this project. These fabrics came from JoAnn’s. You can order them through my affiliate link here: Order the Cats Eye print Order the Fat Cat Print Order the Black Quilt Binding The secret to the bag, is that it has a plastic bottom that allows the bag to retain it’s shape. The plastic is nothing more than the bottom of a gallon milk jug. Bag Directions Cut out main fabric, two pieces, 11 ” wide by 15″ long. Stitch side seams with right sides together. Stitch 45 degree corners at lower edge of side seams. Turn right side out and press. Cut Cat’s Eye fabric to size (4 1/2″ wide x 11″ long), use pinking shears to trim lower raw edge. Sew right…
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