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Freshen up that boring office!

A little pattern goes a long way!  This is such a great way to take those average magazine holders and give them new life with a fun and fresh wallpaper. 

All you have to do is follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Trace the tall back panel of a magazine holder onto cardboard, and cut out.

Step 2: Using that template as a guide, trace 1 panel for each holder onto a width of decorative wallpaper (floral and geometric prints work best). Cut out.

Step 3: Squeeze craft glue onto the back of a magazine holder, and spread evenly with a sponge brush. Align paper with the back panel of the holder, and affix, smoothing out air bubbles as you go.

Step 4: Repeat with remaining paper and holders. File issues chronologically, and arrange the holders on a shelf to re-create the wallpaper’s design.

What you’ll need:


May 21, 2010 at 9:55 am 1 comment

Spice up your aisle!

We’ve all seen a wedding with the flower balls running along each side of the aisle.  Here is a great way to give those a new look and incorporate your wedding colors as well!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Hooks for aisle way

2. Paper Balls – These can be a variety of different types, these are what I used

3. Glue gun

4. Variety of silk flowers

5. Ribbon

Step 1:

Lay out all of your materials and count out how many flowers and leaves you will have per ball. 

Step 2:

Pull off the flowers/leaves from their stems so they will easily attach with glue.

Step 3:

Cut your ribbon to size.  Mine were cut to about 36″ long.


Step 4:

Start by taking your pre made bows and glue it to the top of the white ball.  I used 2 different types of ribbons and combined them for my bows.


Step 5:

Then begin to glue on the largest flowers that you want to add to the balls and place those in the middle.  Start adding smaller flowers to each side almost behind the larger flower. 

Step 6:

Fill in with leaves and trailing greens underneath your flowers.  Make sure you have glued everything down with your hot glue gun and you’re done!

The wedding that I made these for isn’t until July so i’ll send you pictures of them in action this summer!

March 15, 2010 at 12:14 pm Leave a comment

Quilted Coasters


Quilted Coasters

Cute idea for a housewarming gift!

The following text is excerpted from “Last-Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts” by Joelle Hoverson.

These coasters make a great housewarming gift. Each takes about 15 minutes to complete, so it’s easy to plan on making a set of four or six for a generous gift. I chose some reproductions of 19th-century fabrics for this project. I like the way the small scale of the prints complements the small size of the coasters and the fine sewn lines of the concentric rectangles of quilting.

Tools and Materials
4 1/2-by-10-inch piece of fabric for each coaster (Note: 1/4 yard of 45-inch-wide fabric will yield 8 coasters if cut precisely.)
High-loft natural cotton batting, 46 by 36 inches
Cotton thread in a color to blend in with your fabrics (I used mustard yellow)
Walking foot for sewing machine

Quilted Coaster Set How-To
Finished Measurements: About 4 inches square

Construction Notes: Use 1/4-inch seam allowance throughout, unless otherwise noted.

1. Prepare fabric: Wash, dry, and press the fabric.

2. Cut fabric: Cut one 4 1/2-by-10-inch piece of fabric for each coaster. (If you’re making coasters from 1/4 yard of fabric, cut two 4 1/2-inch-deep strips from selvage to selvage, trim the selvages, and then cut each strip into four 10-inch lengths.)

3. Cut batting: Cut one 4-inch square of batting for each coaster.

4. Assemble coaster: Fold the fabric in half, right sides together, to form a 4 1/2-by-5-inch rectangle. Sew the two 5-inch sides closed so that only one side of the rectangle remains open. Trim the corners, and turn the fabric right side out.

5. Tuck the batting smoothly inside the fabric (this can be a bit fussy at first, but it gets easier with practice). Fold the coaster’s open edges to the inside, covering the batting with one fabric edge, and finger-press the folded edges in place. Make the corners as square as possible. Your piece should measure about 4 inches square.

6. Quilt coaster: Attach the walking foot to your sewing machine, and set your machine to the needle-down position in order to turn each corner cleanly as you quilt. (If your machine cannot be set this way, hand-turn your needle into the down position before lifting the presser foot to turn the coaster at the corners.) You’ll start quilting at the outside edge, and sew in one continuous line to the center. Use the coaster’s edge as a guide to make straight seams the first time around, and then continue using the outer seams as your guide as you work your way inward.

7. Begin quilting about 1/8 inch from the edge on a side neighboring the open edge (you’ll close the open edge when you quilt along that side). Sew a few stitches, then take a couple of backstitches to anchor the quilting. Stitch along the side of the coaster, consistently staying about 1/8 inch from the edge. At the first corner, stop sewing with your needle in the down position. Lift the presser foot, and rotate the coaster 90 degrees; lower the presser foot, and sew to the next corner.

8. Repeat stitching along each side and turning the corner as instructed until you’re on the fourth side, then stop sewing 1/4 inch before you reach the last corner.

9. With your needle in the down position, lift the presser foot, and rotate the coaster 90 degrees; lower the presser foot, and sew 1/4 inch inside the previous stitching line to within 1/4 inch of the next corner.

10. Repeat the process from step 9 to form concentric rectangles of quilting until you reach the center of the piece. Finish the quilting with a few backstitches.

I’d love to see some of your DIY projects so you can send me your pictures of your do-it-yourself photos to

March 1, 2010 at 7:29 pm Leave a comment

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