Category Archives: home accessories

Zen Chic Pillow

Zen Chic Pillow

Have you guys ever watched Man Sewing with Rob Appell?  If you haven’t, check him out sometime.  He does sewing tutorials on You Tube and he’s funny and inspiring and makes everything look easy!  He did an interesting podcast with Abby Glassenberg (another person you should check out – sign up for her great newsletter). This pillow is a tutorial he did called Dresdan Template Pillow. It’s a quick and easy project.

zen chic pillow in window

Because I am the biggest Zen Chic fan, I think I was drawn to this project because Rob used fabrics from the Reel Time collection.  I love Brigette Heitland’s designs and her fabrics seem to creep into almost every one of my quilts somehow.

sewing zen chic pillowzen chic pillow horizontal

This was a fun little project that you can whip up in an evening – just wanted to share it with you.

I hope you’re making something!

Have a great weekend,

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts and Forth Worth Fabric Frenzy Friday

“Elf” Christmas Pillow

nana christmas pillow

I couldn’t let Christmas go by without making a version of Amy Sinbaldi’s Christmas pillow!  This was so fun to stitch up and I did it all in one evening.  Want to make one?  Her pattern is free!

linen christmas pillow side

The little polka dot fabric is a favorite from Art Gallery fabrics.   And I combined it with my favorite red mattress ticking fabric and Robert Kaufman Essex linen in flax

linen christmas pillow corner

I love to make fabric covered buttons, so any excuse I can get to use them, I do!  I get the little button kits from Hobby Lobby. They are so fun and easy and come in all kinds of sizes.

I used a Perle Cotton in black for the stitching and added a little linen crochet trim  . . .

Linen Christmas pillow stitching


linen christmas pillow buttons


I’m linking up with Sew Fresh QuiltsCrazy Mom Quilts and Fort Worth Fabric’s Frenzy Friday!

Have a wonderful holiday and thanks for stopping in!


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Christmas Garland

Christmas garland

I’ve been busy sewing up quilts but I just had to take a little time to finish this Christmas Garland that I started many weeks ago.  I had cut out all the triangles and starting stuffing them and put it aside and before I knew it, it was almost December.  So I thought I’d better finish it up!  It’s so cute, I love it.

garland on fireplace

I saw this garland a long time ago over at Svetlana’s blog, s.o.t.a.k. handmade.  I knew right away I wanted to make one for me. This was a fun little project that’s great for using up any leftover Christmas fabric.

These triangles are about 2″ high, but you could make them any size you wanted to. I sewed them onto a piece of twine, twisted with a piece of holiday baker’s twine.

Svetlana’s tutorial on how to make these is here.


garlands in white wall

I can’t believe it’s December 1st!  There’s so much to do.  I’m just starting to decorate and don’t have my tree up yet.  But this little garland at least is cheering up my fireplace!

Thanks for dropping in!

Go hop on over to Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social Linky for more inspiration!

fireplace with garland

Fabric Trays to Sew

fabric trays

Sometimes  you just have to sew something cute and sweet.

I love linen and patterned fabric together.  So when I decided to make these little trays, I knew linen would have to be involved.

And since I’m a little bit obsessed with Alisse Courter’s Magnolia collection, I had to include a little bit of this sweet fabric:

Magnolia Fabric for Tray

Have you sewn with this fabric? It is so soft and luxurious.  That whole collection is definitely going to be showing up in a  quilt one day that I’m going to make. And it may have to involve a bit of linen, also.

fabric tray before corners

These little trays are a snap to make.  I used A Spoonful of Sugar’s great little tutorial for making these.  You can whip one up in about 15 minutes.  She uses charm fabrics, which are 5″ square.  I did one in that size and did the next one at 6″ square.

fabric tray aubade

aubade cloud 9 fabric

I couldn’t resist cutting into this Cloud 9 Aubade fabric for one of the trays.  The linen I used was Robert Kaufman Essex Wide in Flax, a great linen blend that’s easy to cut and sew.  You can use any fabric for the outer lining, though.  The corners are just sewn up with embroidery floss or pearl cotton (which I used).

I’m using one to hold my beloved Wonder Clips.  They would obviously be great for jewelry, too.  What great little gifts they would make.

fabric tray wonder clipsFabric Trays two