Mason Jar Business Card Holder

 I have a super simple sewing project for you today with this mason jar business card holder.  I am also joining in with a group of bloggers to bring you even more spring mason jar ideas so be sure to check out those links at the bottom of this post.

 

Step by step instructions on how to make this fun mason jar business card holder -- a quick and easy sewing project perfect for any mason jar lover!
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How to Sew a Bolster Pillow

 If you have ever wanted to learn how to sew a bolster pillow, this post is for you!  Plus I have a super simple way to add words to a pillow. Nope that is not embroidery.  I will spoil the surprise for y’all.  My secret is glue!  Amazing right?  This post is actually sponsored by Elmer’s Products as I joined onto their craft crew for 2015.  The project is entirely mine as are any opinions.

How to sew a bolster pillow -- make this great pillow for St. Patrick's Day or change up the word and color for anytime of the year.  Full instructions for making and sewing this great pillow!
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How to Sew Cafe Style Curtains

 I thought I would share with y’all my tutorial on how to sew cafe style curtains.  I revealed these curtains last week in my rustic farmhouse kitchen post.  I really love cafe style curtains in here because they block more light to protect our wood floors while still allowing us to see out at all times.  The kitchen faces the back of the house and I love the light streaming in at all times of the day.  However they really don’t make these style curtains for big windows.  Well y’all can make custom sized cafe style curtains for yourself easily! 

See how to sew custom size cafe style curtains easily -- just straight lines!

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Mini Seuss Hat Mason Jar

 Welcome to day 4 of Dr. Seuss crafts week.  Today I am sharing my mini Seuss hat pattern and the instructions for making your own.  These are perfect to top a mason jar which you can then fill with goodies for a teacher gift.  The tutorial is pretty long but I promise it is a 15 minute sewing project.  There are also more quick and easy Seuss crafts at the bottom of this post so don’t miss those.  You can also catch up with day 1, day 2, and day 3 as well.  Also be sure to follow our Dr. Seuss Pinterest board for all of these crafts and many more.

A free pattern to sew a mini Dr. Seuss hat for the top of a mason jar.  Makes a great teacher gift idea!
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Make an Extra Long Shower Curtain #listerinedesign

 This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Listerine for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

After completing our bathroom upstairs, I thought the downstairs bathroom could use a little love as well.  Just a little facelift and some new accessories.  I started with making an extra long shower curtain then I added in some fun metal baskets.  Plus I found an amazing chevron Listerine bottle that just had to be added to this bathroom as well.  

How to Make an Extra Long Shower Curtain -- add length to your shower curtain so it goes all the way from floor to ceiling.  A great project to fix those curtains that are too short.

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How to Sew Curtains

 If you can sew a straight line then you can learn how to sew curtains.  They really are that simple.  I have already showed you how to sew a simple valance and now it is time for some full length drapes.  I am continuing on in the upstairs bathroom and I hope to have a reveal for y’all soon.  For now lets learn how to sew curtains the easy way!
 

How to Sew Curtains -- a tutorial for sewing long straight line drapes for your home.

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DIY Business Card Holder

I am off to SNAP! Conference this weekend but I have scheduled a few fun posts for you while I am gone.  The first is my DIY business card holder.  This will make my cards look great while giving them away this weekend.  Don’t fret I will be back next week with a recap of my fun times at SNAP! plus some more projects that are related to the trip.  

DIY Business Card Holder -- make your own business card holder with fun fabrics and a button.

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Chevron Stripe Pillow Cover

 This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape Brand Painter’s Tape for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I thought I would add a chevron stripe pillow cover to my craft room.  Yes a chevron stripe pillow.  Just a few stripes not the entire pillow.  How do you get just a few chevron stripes on fabric?  FrogTape® Shape Tape™ of course!  You can see more in this FrogTape how-to about the amazing FrogTape® Shape Tape™.  Now lets make one great chevron stripe pillow cover.

   

Chevron Stripe Pillow -- use special shaped tape to make chevron stripes on a fun pillow cover.

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Gift Card Holder for Graduates

Can you believe that graduation time is approaching once again?  I have a handmade gift card holder for graduates today that you can whip up quickly.  The perfect gift for any loved one that is taking the big walk this spring.  Personalize the front of this gift card holder depending on your recipient.  Plus what graduate does not want a gift card for a gift?  They all do right?  This tutorial was originally posted over at Buttons Galore and More last year but the idea is great for this year as well.  

Gift card holder for Graduates -- make this personalized handmade gift card holder for the graduate in your life.

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Handmade Gift — Tractor Applique Pillow

I am here with two weeks of handmade gifts and we are kicking things off with a great tractor applique pillow.  This one was originally posted at The Ribbon Retreat but I thought it would make a fabulous Christmas gift.  My little boy loves it that is for sure.  You can use this same method to applique anything you can imagine for a handmade gift for anyone in the family. 

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

 To make an applique pillow you will need:
  • Tractor silhouette image (or any other image you wish to use)
  • Red Chevron Fabric (cause my boy believes real tractors are red!)
  • Black Fabric
  • White Fabric
  • Grey Fabric
  • Fusible Interfacing
  • Black Thread
  • Red Thread 
Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Cut out your tractor into pattern pieces.  I removed the window from the tractor and the centers of the wheels for patterns as well.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Pin the pattern pieces to the interfacing and cut out.  NOTE:  Be sure not to get your pieces backwards.  Remember the “front ” of the interfacing will be pressed to the backside of your fabric.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Fuse the interfacing to your fabric according to the instructions on the interfacing.  Be sure to use steam, a damp pressing cloth, and press for the recommended time.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Cut out the pattern pieces from the fabric and layout on your gray fabric.  Pin into place.  You can see I used the red chevron for the tractor body, black for the wheels, and white for the window/inside of the wheels.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Use your black and red thread to go around your appliques.  I went slowly and got right on the edge of the fabric.  I used a very short zig zag stitch on my machine and actually went around each piece twice.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Cut the gray appliqued fabric and the red chevron to about 1 inch larger then your pillow.  Place right sides together and sew around three sides.  Complete your corners on the fourth side but leave the majority of the pillow open (as shown below).

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Turn the pillow right side out and push the corners out with your finger.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Insert your pillow form or old pillow.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Turn under the seam allowance and pin across the bottom.  Sew closed on your sewing machine or by hand.

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

Give your pillow to your little guy to enjoy!

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

I know my little guy is thrilled with his new “tractor”.  What other appliques would you apply for the little boy in your life?

Tractor Applique Pillow -- see how to make this great pillow for your little guy!

This great handmade gift is perfect for anyone on your list.  Stay tuned as the next two weeks I am going to share lots of handmade gift tutorials and ideas with you.  Give handmade this holiday season with this series on The Country Chic Cottage.  For all of my handmade gift ideas, visit our handmade gift gallery page.

Have you missed any of our handmade gift series?  Visit all of the links so far:

 

Stay tuned for even more handmade gifts!