2/20/2017

Lovely Chenille Kitchen Towels--EASY DIY!

Fabric in this post was provided by Contrado.  All thoughts, opinions, and designs are my own.


Happy Monday Friends!  A few weeks I was struggling with what to get my mother for her birthday.  Now I don't talk about my mom much here on the blog--it's my grandmother that taught me to sew--but in all honesty my mother probably influenced me just as much if not more when it comes to my desire to be creative. 

My mom is the artist.  She's the one I grew up watching paint and draw.  She's the one who filled our pantry closet with a slew of art supplies which we could get into whenever we wanted.  She's the one who advised us on our school art projects and offered suggestions.  Today she's still one of my biggest fans. 

I'd decided that it might be fun to make her some dishtowels for her birthday when I got an email from Contrado, a company that will print your designs on a TON of different fabric types.  I'd never heard of them before, but I was instantly intrigued because they had such a wide range of fabric choices (including oilcloth! felt! chenille! and velvet!  SO MANY CHOICES!).  They sent me a fabric sample swatch book, and I instantly fell in love with this water absorbent, heavy duty, thick chenille fabric.  I knew that it would be perfect for some really lovely high quality kitchen towels.  

I created my design and Contrado sent me the fabric, and it was just as lovely and vibrant as I hoped.  I  loved it so much that I had to even take some of the fabric scraps and applique them onto a regular dishtowel. 

As you know, I'm a HUGE fan of printing on fabric.  When I was a kid I used to take fabric and draw on my own designs with markers. So to have over a yard of fabric show up on my doorstep with my own designs on it is pretty much my childhood dream come true.
 
 Today I'm going to take you through the process of how I worked out a design for these towels, and how to make the towels themselves.  On demand fabric printing opens up so many lovely ideas for projects.  You can made a tote bag with pictures from your latest travels, a bag with your child's artwork, or even old family photos.  The options are seriously endless.

Are you ready to see how these towels came together?  From design to sewing up the fabric?  Let's get started!

2/13/2017

The Coziest (and Easiest to Make!) Blanket Ever

Happy Monday everyone!

Do you ever feel like sometimes you are so focused on the big type of projects that you forget about the simple ones?  I feel like this blanket is such a good example.  I was thinking of all sorts of projects when I just decided that sometimes, simple is best.  I love this flannel geometric design with the cozy white chenille backing. I was totally tempted to add some pom poms to the edges, but ultimately just decided to stay simple and modern.


There are always so many fun designs in flannel!  Lots of kids ones too, which makes this project really, really great for kids and babies.  If you back your project in chenille like I did, you'll also have a super absorbent blanket, which is really great for baby spit ups too.  Perhaps the best part about this blanket is how cozy it is though! 


 As you can probably guess, there's not much of a tutorial for this project.  It's almost too simple for a tutorial!  I'll share all the details with you though!

Do you want to make your own blanket?

2/06/2017

DIY Lace Pencil Skirt


Hi all!

It's that time of the month where I guest post on Make it and Love it!  Today I'm sharing how to make this lace pencil skirt.  So hop on over and check it out!

I love a little selfish sewing, don't you?  

Have a great week everyone!!

XOXO,

Jill

PS:  If you like this post, you might like some of my other women's clothing tutorials, such as this BOHO style kimono!


2/04/2017

Magnetic Bookmark Valentines (Free Printable!)


Hi Friends!

Can you believe it's already February?  It feels like January just flew by.  My major January highlight was when we went to the mountains and played in the snow.  It was fabulous! We went to the same place that I used to go to as a kid, and it was so much fun to be able to be able to share those memories with my kids...while creating new memories!

But now it's February, and my kids are super excited for Valentine's day! Perhaps my favorite thing about Valentine's day is that it comes at a time that isn't near either of my kids birthdays...so it just seems a lot less overwhelming!  

I actually whipped this project up for my kids to suprise them on Valentine's day.  I didn't have a lot of time to shoot the pictures--and the weather wasn't exactly cooperating, so I apologize that the pictures aren't the best! But with Valentine's day around the corner, I figured I'd better get this post posted sooner rather than later!

Let's talk about the bookmarks!  When I was a kid I had this little magnetic bookmark that I thought was the neatest thing!  I thought they'd be super fun to make into a printable valentine.  So I did!



This is a super simple project guys.  I've included a printable, so you can have these little guys done in less than a half hour!  Let's get started.


1/23/2017

My new favorite art supply!

 Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Today I wanted to share with you one of my latest favorite art supplies: gouache paints! 

Seriously, how did I not know about these paints?  They are sooo awesome!  What's so neat about them?  Well, you can use them at "full strength" or you can dilute them with water to make them more like watercolors.  I love how bright and vivid they are!
 I got these gouache paints from amazon. I don't really have any idea if these are a "good" set, but in my initial playing around with them, I've been totally happy. 
 I've found myself being drawn to illustration and photography a lot lately.  And while I know I'm just an amateur, I'm really excited to be trying some new things and find what I like and don't like. 

 So while I can't say I have a whole lot to share with you today, I hope that these little paintings inspire you to get creative in your own way. 

I wish you a wonderful and creative week! 
XOXO,

Jill

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