DIY Rope Basket

With everything that I use in sewing, sometimes I need a container to store smaller items that can get lost in the shuffle of things. Things like rotary replacement blades, clothing tag fasteners, safety pins, etc. But as I searched the store shelves to find something that might fit that need, everything looked so…plastic. I wanted something to fit in with all that surrounded me. Fabric!

Ogden Cami

At the beginning of the year, I saw many fabulous ladies on Instagram posting what garments they were going to sew in 2018. I have been sewing for years but have never really taken the plunge to sew anything more for myself than pj pants or shorts. There was a common theme that I saw being posted on everyone’s “need to sew” list and that was the Ogden Cami by True Bias.

Shibori Fabric Dyeing

I attended Midwest Craft Con this past weekend and the organizers scheduled some DIY sessions for us to attend. Whether they wanted us to actually learn a new craft or just give us a brain break from learning, I am thankful. I learned to macramé a hanging for my sewing room wall. I painted a bangle bracelet with a Craft Away Camp. And I learned to Shibori Dye fabric.

DIY Dry Erase Board

In the past I have always used a dry erase board, which are great, but after years of using the same one I notice that it looks messy. A few times I accidentally used a sharpie. Some months I didn’t erase some words and now those letters are horrid to get removed. And I notice that in certain spots, the pretty shine is no longer there. Time for a new board! But wait…can I make one?

Cork Coin Pouch

As I work my way through these Made By Me activities and blog posts, I am realizing that I need to start playing “Never Have I Ever”. I originally thought that by sewing items for myself, I would be able to do something nice for me as well as set aside time to do something relaxing. But now that I am five projects into this blog series, I am really learning amazing new techniques.

With that said, today’s Made By Me post has me working with cork for the first time.

Scrap Fleece Dog Toy

There are two things that I have an abundance of: fleece scraps and a need for dog chew toys!

Our pup Bella was rescued from Aruba almost two years ago. We love her so much and boy oh boy does she love to PLAY. She gets a monthly Bark Box but goes through toys pretty fast. She loves to play fetch and tug-tug so when I saw this toy online, I knew it would be perfect for her! After searching some tutorials online, I got the jist of how to create a unique size and color just for Bella. She isn't at all girly so we went with a fleece that would hide dirt.

DIY Scarf Camera Strap

How many of you have a camera? I’m not talking about the camera on your phone but a real camera, camera. I love using the camera on my phone but for big moments like vacation, holidays and special events, I always use my “real camera”. Now, I have a cool strap for my real camera that is totally easy to make!

Easy Fleece Poncho from Melly Sews

In our house, regardless of the season, you are never more than an arms length away from a warm blanket. This is totally by my design because I am always freezing. Always! It could be the middle of summer with the sun shining through our windows and I will still have a blanket on top of me.

So, with this freezing winter season in Ohio, I have been looking for items to make that will keep me toasty. I was searching around Instagram and saw one of my favorite ladies had posted a fleece poncho tutorial. The picture that Melly Sews showcased looked like the perfect item to keep me fabulously warm.