Sock Owl

Sock animals are hard to make and take a while to finish because your sewing little pieces.  We made this owl by cutting a couple small pieces for the arms and ears and sewing them to the toe part of the sock.  It helps to cut along an existing edge/fold on the sock so that its one less side you have to sew.  We stuffed each piece first before sewing it up.

Grill Table

When we got an egg Grill it needed to be up on a table so my husband made a table for it.  He bought some 2×4’s and made a frame,  and then cut out the circle for it to sit in at the top.  He wanted to be able to move it so he put wheels on the bottom. Eventually we will stain it or paint it but for now we are letting it weather a little bit so the stain will stick. 

Hemming Dress Pants

My mom taught me how to Hem pants for my husband as they are always too long for him.  Dress pants make me nervous to hem but it actually was pretty easy.  I first had to cut off about an inch at the bottom because we had to bring it up about two inches.  Once we cut that excess off we ironed the bottom exactly where we wanted the new bottom. We pinned it all into place at the very bottom so it wouldn’t shift around as I attached the hemming tape. Instead of buying the iron on tape , I got the kind that needed to be ironed on so it would last.  It looks like  ribbon but you sew it onto the bottom of the pants only to the end that was cut.  I did that by using the sewing machine all the way around.  

Fluffy Scarves

I started picking up knitting again this year. I made these 2 scarves out of Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn. The orange and pink one is for my daughter and the white one is for me. Each one is done with Seed Stitch – alternating knit stitch and purl stitch on an odd number of stiches. I love this yarn for scarves because it’s soft, thick and has a little stretch to it!

Farmhouse Balcony Decor

We have this ledge in the entrance balcony to our house that I like to decorate for different seasons/holidays and our normal farmhouse decor.  I put together this arrangement after getting the HOME sign from a local home decor store because I had a gift card to use up.  The other decorations are things that I already had but I think that they go nicely together.

Welcome Sign

I have wanted to make a welcome sign for the front porch for a while and finally got to doing it yesterday.  I already had scrap wood left over from another project we did and I had already stained it so it came together really quickly.  I first attached the two long boards by nailing some smaller scrap pieces horizontally on the back every six inches or so.

Places We Have Lived Wall Decor

Last weekend I decided I wanted to make something to fill the wall in the staircase.  I had seen online ways of displaying places you have lived or that were sentimental.  Since we have moved a bunch, I thought that would be a meaningful thing to make.  I had a pack of frames that had matting already, I went online and printed the maps for the different places we have lived and then cut them out with the same size heart.

Quilt Made from Receiving Blankets

This is considered a rag quilt that can either be made from used receiving blankets or squares of flannel fabric.  I cut the squares in equal sizes, I think mine were 5″ squares.  Then I sewed two squares backsides together about 1/2″ in from edges.  You can either put two like blocks together or put one color on the back of each block so the back of the quilt will be a solid color.  Next lay out the blocks to the desired layout.  Sew the blocks together on that sewn line leaving the raw edges exposed on the front of the quilt. 

Pillows made from Quilt Blocks

These pillows were made from a pattern out of a Quilt Magazine.  But sometimes I make pillows out of extra quilt blocks from a quilt.  I used to buy Quilt Blocks of the Month from Joann’s when they went on clearance , but they don’t sell them anymore at my Joann’s. I like to sandwich them so that you can put a pillow form in and easily remove to wash the cover.  I measure the front block and cut two pieces of the back fabric the same size.  Then I fold the back pieces to about 1/3 the size so there is an overlap.  I sew the front to the back two pieces that are overlapped right sides together.