Reusable Snowman Gift Bag Tutorial & Giveaway

Reusable Snowman Gift Bag Tutorial

Today I’m sharing a little tutorial for this sweet snowman. I had Lisa from Benartex.com ask if I’d be willing to make something Christmasy using fabrics from her shop. Umm, yes! I don’t think she even knew about my obsession with Halloween and Christmas fabrics. I just lucked out. She sent me these yummy fabrics from the Christmas Pure & Simple line. I need a lifetime supply of the red multi-stripe. I lurve it so.

To see the full tutorial visit Sew in Love with Fabric here.

reusable snowman gift bag tutorial

I see endless possibilities with this little guy. Add some stick arms to the side and some sunglasses. Or change things up and make him into an elf or santa. Or maybe a bundled up little boy or girl for a reusable birthday bag. If you use this or any of my other patterns and tutorials, post on Instagram with using the hashtag #stubbornlycrafty. I’d love to see what y’all make!

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Living Room Updates

before

When house hunting, we looked at the house we purchased three times before settling on it. One of the sticking points was a large nook in the living room wall that you see as soon as you walk in the door. It’s one of those problem areas you just don’t know what to do with. It’s low to the ground and supposedly is a space for a TV to fit: a small, thick old-school tube TV on a tiny stand, I guess.

I had shelves added to it a few years ago and this is what they looked like. I liked the decorations and all, but they are so low and the shelves are so deep that it was still awkward, just less so.

I also have had my ideal coffee table pinned for ages. I found a similar Pottery Barn table on KSL.com in the classifieds. The top was in very bad condition.

Vintage Crate Storage Wall

The bottom of the table was perfect for our space. A distressed cream color. I sanded and stained the top in a dark walnut.

Vintage Crate Storage Wall

Here is the nook now. I purchased some vintage crates from an apple orchard that was closing. I added numbers to a few of them. I didn’t want the crates to take away from our fireplace that is next to it so I didn’t add numbers to all of them. It’s added a ton of new storage space too, which is always needed.

stamped crate numbers how to

Here’s a little poorly photographed picture how to get the stamped letter look. I cut out numbers using my Cricut, lined them up, and taped them on. Then I used an ink pad and a sponge to ink inside the letter. I used a circular motion moving from the outside in. Once it was filled in to my liking I removed the stencil and let it dry for a few minutes. After it dried I went over it with sandpaper.

Vintage Crate Storage Wall

I’m loving the finished space. I finally found a rug I like as well. It’s been an ongoing process for what seems like ages finding just the right one. I’m a fan of the old mixed with new and so glad to be getting rid of the matchy-matchy furniture we use to have.

Stenciled Metallic Frame Tutorial & Giveaway

frames

Hi all! I’m super excited to be kicking it with The Wood Connection again today! I’ve got a tutorial I hope you’ll love to share with you. Here is what you’ll need.

Supplies:

Metallic decorated frame done with Sharpies

Sand and paint your frame. Then when it’s all dry grab your stencil. Take your stencil outside and spray a light coat of spray adhesive on the back. Let it dry for a few seconds (we want it to be tacky so it is re positionable and doesn’t stick too heavily to the paint) and then lay it over your project. If you’d don’t have spray adhesive a little painters tape with do the trick.

Metallic stenciled frame done with Sharpies

Once your stencil is positioned use your sharpie to trace the stencil.

Metallic Frame

Remove your stencil and your done. No waiting on drying time and no bleeding to worry about. Fabulous!

Metallic picture frame tutorial

For the round frame I used painters tape and just eyeballed the placement. Then I colored in the spaces between the tape.

metallic picture frame tutorial

My daughters room is quickly becoming my favorite room.

Metallic stenciled frame tutorial

A big fat thank you to The Wood Connection for letting me play and share this fun tutorial today! And now for the extra fun part: they’ve hooked me up with a $25 gift card for one of my fabulous readers to enjoy some Wood Connection goodies too! Woot, woot! Just enter in the raffle-copter below. Winner will be chosen by random.org on the 18th and notified via e-mail.

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Tips for Professional Looking Sewing

Tips for Professional Looking Sewing

I haven’t been sewing all that long compared to some of you, but I have learned a lot since starting. I’m one of those crazies that decides she wants to do something and obsessively jumps in going full speed ahead with all I’ve got. I’ve learned a lot from trial and error as well as from the classes I’ve taken.

Press, press, press: Nothing makes a garment look more “homemade” than sloppy seams. To get crisp seams, you need to be pressing every little step of the way.

Under-stitch: It’s a magical little stitch that will make your arm and neck openings with lined garments look professional. It takes one little extra step but makes pressing your seams open a bazillion times easier and your lining won’t roll up. Here’s a how-to video if you’re not sure how to do so.

Finish your seams: Garments unraveling in the wash is something that should only be seen in your worst nightmares. If you don’t have a serger, get a pair of pinking sheers.

Impress yourself: To become a better seamstress, always be reaching to do more, go farther, defeat the unknown. Zippers scare you? Do it. Button holes? Master them. You might fail a number of attempts, but you’ll get it. You really will.

Change your needle: I was a little surprised when I learned in one of my sewing classes that the rule of thumb is to change your machine’s needle every 10 hours of sewing. Up to that point I’d never changed my sewing machine needle. Ha! It was on my old machine that I had for a couple of years. I’d never broken a needle (at that point in time) and thought I didn’t need to change it unless it was obvious the needle was good and dead. Now I change my needle just about every other project. It’s amazing the difference a fresh needle can be when it comes to getting nice clean uniform stitches. I buy my needles in bulk for cheap here (size 90/14 Regular Sharp is a good all-purpose needle) so that replacing it that often doesn’t hurt my sewing budget so much.

What tips have you discovered?

Mia Pants

Mia Pants

This is one of the first PDF patterns I ever received. It’s Lily Bird Studio’s Ben and Mia pants and I finally got around to making them. The pattern is for sizes 12 months to 6 years old. I made the size 12 months, so they don’t fit my munchkin yet, but hopefully will when it starts to get colder again.

Mia Pants

I love the little belt loops. I kind of wish they had piping on them as well. I added piping and the contrasting band on the cuffs.

Fabrics: “Sidewalks” by October Afternoon and “The Simple LIfe” by Riley Blake.