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Thanksgiving Ideas for Kids!

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Hi everyone! It’s that time of the year again! Holiday season is upon us and I have a few fun things we’ve done over the years to help you celebrate the season.

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I have a great preschool Thanksgiving pack for those younger ones that’s not only fun, but also educational! Click here to download the Thanksgiving Preschool Pack.

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One of our favorite activities is this Homemade Leaf Coaster craft! It’s super easy and a lot of fun, and I think they make great decorations for your holiday place settings too!

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We also made this fun thankful turkey craft. you can make it out of foam sheets or construction paper. Then write a few thins you’re thankful for on each feather.Click here for more information on the Thankful Turkey Craft.

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Who doesn’t love a good Thanksgiving placemat  craft? This one is super easy, and you can even have the pieces prepared in advance so kids can create their own placemat while waiting for Thanksgiving dinner! Click here to see how to make these fun placemats!

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Mosaic art is not only fun, but great for fine-motor skills! We printed out a free cornucopia coloring page, then tore up a bunch of construction paper. Then pasted it to the printout to make a fun Mosaic Cornucopia Craft.

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The Turkey Buttoning activity is great for working on fine motor skills, color matching, and letter identification!

We hope you all have a happy, safe, and wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Erica’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

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Hello friends! It’s time for my annual Holiday Gift Guide! Today I’ll be sharing my top picks for this year and doing a TON of giveaways too!

Watch my 2020 Holiday Gift Guide video here! Also, make sure to follow me on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook because I’ll be running giveaways daily until I run out!

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Supplies and Notions

Erica’s Quilt Patterns

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Make sure you’re subscribed to my YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook to be eligible to enter the GIVEAWAYS, I’ll be posting them daily until I run out of prizes!

Thanks for joining me for this year’s holiday gift guide, I hope you enjoyed it and best of luck in the giveaways!

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Peppermint Pines Quilt Pattern

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And with my new beginner-friendly Christmas quilt pattern, Peppermint Pines, you can make your home even more festive!

Peppermint Pines finishes at 74″ x 86″ but it is so easy to add another row of blocks to make it even larger if you want to!

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This quilt is so fast and easy it is great for beginners! It is traditionally pieced and comes together so fast. I think it took me three afternoons to make this whole thing, but I was binge watching Hallmark Christmas and listening Michael Buble so it could have been longer and I just didn’t notice! Because let’s face it, that man’s voice is hypnotic! I always tell my daughter you can’t help but be happy when Michael Buble is singing Christmas carols, am I right? But I digress…

With the craziness of 2020, I wanted go for a more cozy and traditional holiday vibe. And I think this quilt pattern is perfect!

Right now I have it hanging on my wall in our dining room as holiday decor, but honestly I’d love to take it down and cuddle with it by the fire too! Maybe add in a little hot cocoa and a good book? Sounds good to me!

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I used a lovely print called Holliberry by Corey Yoder for Moda fabrics. I love the traditional feel of this line. It is kind of muted tones, but festive at the same time.

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I was originally going to use it to make my Vintage Christmas quilt, pictured above, but decided to save it for Peppermint Pines and I’m so glad I did!

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I chose a nice subtle floral print from the line for the backing and then paired it with this lovely dark grey binding which really pops.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw my binding tip! If not, I wanted to show it here too. I always press my binding, then roll it up like shown below. Next, I place it on my thread holder on top of my Juki TL2000 Qi. Then I can pull it off as I go and it doesn’t get tangled on the floor or attacked by Jax (our curious kitty), while I’m sewing!

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I also did my standard meander free motion quilt pattern on this quilt. It’s one of my go-to patterns and I just love meandering around my quilt as I go. I find it relaxing and really like to go slow and enjoy the process.

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I am so happy with how this quilt turned out. I think it is simple and classic, and I hope you all love it as much as I do!

Ready to get started sewing? You can get my Peppermint Pines quilt pattern here!

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Faux Fur Trimmed Pillow Sewing Tutorial

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Hi friends and happy Tutorial Thursday! Since the holiday season is approaching I thought I would do a fun tutorial for these cute faux fur pom pom trimmed pillows! They’re very easy and fast to sew and they make great gifts! And of course I love that you can customize them for your home.

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I chose this fun pom-pom trim, but you can use any trim you like using this same technique. My pillow finishes at 20″ x 20″ but you can customize it to fit any size you need and you can even make custom sized and shaped pillows as well. To make a custom shape just use pillow stuffing instead of an insert.

Watch my Pom Pom Trimmed Pillow Tutorial here!

You Will Need:

And that’s it, easy peasy! Now you can go make a bunch to decorate your home and have plenty left over for gifts too!

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial, if you have a project you’d like to see a tutorial for leave a comment below!

Happy Sewing!

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Heating Pad & Travel Pillow // TUTORIAL

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Hi friends! It’s October and right about now, I get excited about making holiday gifts! Today I’ll show you how to make this adorable heating pad and travel pillow. It’s so easy and fun, and I think they make great gifts too!

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Ready to get started?

Watch Erica’s Heating Pad & Travel Pillow tutorial here:

You Will Need:

Download my FREE Heating Pad & Travel Pillow PDF Instructions below:

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Heating Pad Tips:

If you make the heating pad version, make sure to use 100% cotton fabric. Heat in 30-second intervals on high until the heating pad is the desired temperature.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project! These make such fun gift ideas, and you can put them in a little self-care gift basket too!

Happy Sewing!

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November 2020 Free Printable Calendars

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Hi everyone! I have a fun freebie for you today! My November 2020 FREE Printable Calendars are ready for download! 

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For kiddos who need more handwriting and number writing practice, I’ve created a traceable version where they can practice number formation and counting.

I’ve also created one with numbers already printed for students not ready for handwriting, or for students who already know how to write numbers well.

To use the traceable calendar: Have students use a marker or pencil to trace each number, then have student count up to today’s number.

To use the dot calendar: Have students a bingo dabber or small stickers to mark each day as it passes. Have students start back at one and count up to today’s number for counting practice. If they’re ready you might also encourage them to count only odd or even numbers.

Alternate advanced ideas:

Have students create a pattern as they write/mark their dates!

For example write odd numbers in red and even numbers in blue (ABA pattern). For more advanced patterns, use multiple colors to create more patterns.

You can also use stickers to create patterns, for example on day 1 put a star sticker, day 2 a smiley face, day 3 a star, and so on. See below for more pattern ideas.

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Here are a few patterns you can encourage your kiddos to use when working with daily calendars:

  • AAB (i.e.: red, red, blue)
  • ABBA (i.e.: red, blue, blue, red)
  • ABAB (i.e.: red, blue, red, blue)
  • ABC (i.e.: red, blue, green)

There are lots of ways to create patterns, so feel free to get creative with your calendars!

Weather: I’ve also included a small weather graph at the bottom of the monthly calendar as well. Have students either color one square or put an “x” in one square for the appropriate weather each day. At the end of the month compare each weather type to see which type of weather was most/least common.

–>> Download the November 2020 Printable Calendar pages here!

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Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoy these monthly calendars and that they make your homeschool days a little more fun and engaging!

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Knitmas Beanie Knit Advent Pattern

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Knitmas Beanie Knit Advent Pattern is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hi everyone! Last year for advent I created the Knitmas Cowl, and so this year, I wanted to do a matching Knitmas Beanie! The Knitmas Beanie is a super fun and fast project, and is perfect for your mini skeins or scraps you’ve been saving up! So many of you have asked for the pattern, so I so excited to be releasing it for you today!

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This pattern is so fun and easy, and I found that I looked forward to sitting down each night and knitting a new section.

I used Yarn Ink 2019 Advent Yarns for this project and I love how the colors came together. The pattern calls for either DK weight or fingering held double and it gives it a nice squishy texture perfect for cold wintry days!

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I love doing an advent project over the holidays. I’ve found it gives me something to look forward to each day and helps me to relax and enjoy the time as well. Like I mentioned I used my advent set of mini-skeins, however this would also be a great stash buster as well. Simply gather all of those bits and bobs you’ve saved from previous projects, and you’re all set to go!

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The finished size is perfect for a teen or adult with approximately a 20-22″ head circumference. I made a more fitted version, but the pattern includes an extra section if you’d like to make it slouchy.

Each section has a fun new texture to make it unique and it also gives this beanie a lovely squishy look too!

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The exact supplies needed are all listed in the pattern. But I wanted to mention my needles because they have made knitting a joy! As most knitters do, I started out with inexpensive needles from a local chain store. I found the cord very difficult to work with and I didn’t enjoy knitting at all! After several recommendations, I switched up to new needles. They’re a bit more pricey, but they really are worth the investment! 

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For this project I used Chiaogoo Interchangeable Needles. They are my all time favorite needles, and the interchangeables are perfect for a variety of projects! I honestly haven’t found a better cord, the join is super smooth, and the tips are fast and fluid. Of course you can purchase them individually as well which makes the cost a bit more manageable. 

Of course I wanted to finish it off with a fun beanie! I think I’ve decided to go with the pink one, it’s from McPorter Farms and has a fun snap attachment so you can swap out the pots if you want to! The Grey one on the right is from Life’s Little Things Co in her Fox colorway. Both are so cute I had a hard time deciding!

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I really am happy with how these colors blended together! It’s quickly become one of my favorite hats!

Ready to get started? Click here to get the Knitmas Beanie pattern!

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And if you’re up for more of a challenge, check out my matching KNITMAS COWL pattern

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NOTE: This is a PDF pattern download. You will not be mailed a hard copy of the pattern. To download your purchase visit my stop and click “My Account” then “View” on your purchase.

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Erica’s Craft Podcast Ep. 7 / The Late One

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I hope you will all join me for episode 7 of my crafting podcast where I’m sharing all of my quilting, sewing, knitting, spinning, cross-stitch, and acquisitions with you! Plus I have a bunch of fun giveaways too, so make sure to stop by my channel and enter to win!

Watch Erica’s Craft Podcast Ep. 7 here!

Thank you so much to OUTXE, The Complete Boutique, and Applipops for sponsoring this month’s giveaways! Stop by my YouTube Craft Podcast video to enter to win!

*** QUILT ON THE WALL *** 

*** CROSS STITCH 02:59 *** 

*** KNITTING  08:35 *** 

*** SEWING & Quilting 25:43 *** 

*** SPINNING 38:29 ***

*** ACQUISITIONS & GIVEAWAYS 41:07 ***

*** GIVEAWAY ***

Thank you so much to OUTXE, The Complete Boutique, and Applipops for sponsoring this month’s giveaways! Stop by my YouTube Craft Podcast video to enter to win!

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Vintage Summer Cross Stitch Pattern

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Vintage Summer Cross Stitch Pattern is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hi friends! I have a fun new Cross Stitch Pattern for you today! This one is my Vintage Summer cross stitch pattern. Not only is it super cute, but it’s beginner friendly too! 

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I used 14 count white Aida with two strands of DMC floss. I chose fun colorful summer floss, but you can substitute in any fabric and floss you prefer.

Get the Vintage Summer Cross Stitch pattern here!

Materials Needed:

  • Cloth (14 count white Aida)
  • Floss (DMC)
  • Size 26 tapestry needle
  • Optional: Embroidery hoop and needle minder 

The stitch count for Vintage Fall is 127w by 138h. 

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The sample is stitched on 14 count white Aida cloth with DMC floss. If you stitch with the recommended fabric, the finished piece will be approximately 9″w x 9.5″h.

  • Please note the pattern comes with three different chart styles so hopefully one will work for you! It has a color chart, and a color with symbol chart, and a black and white symbol only chart. You can view it digitally if you’d like, or print it for ease of use.

Get the Vintage Summer Cross Stitch pattern here!

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How to Sew a Burp Cloth and Lovey!

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How to Sew a Burp Cloth and Lovey! is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hi friends! I have a really fun and beginner-friendly sewing tutorial for you today! I’ll be showing you how to make these adorable burp cloths and baby loveys! They’re super easy and make great hand-made gifts. Let’s get started!

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Ready to get started? Here’s what you’ll need:

Watch Erica’s Easy Burp Cloth and Lovey tutorial here!

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Burp Cloth Instructions:

  • Cut a 9.5″ x 16.5″ from both the Chenille and the cotton fabric
  • Cut a 3.5″ long ribbon as an accent

Lovey Instructions:

  • Cut a 12″ x 12″ piece from the Chenille and cotton fabric
  • Cut several decorative ribbon strips into various lengths (I used 16 pieces for mine)

Fold your decorative ribbon in half. Line up the raw edges of your ribbon accent along the raw edges of the Chenille and clip in place. I put mine on the top left corner of the for the burp cloth and all around the edges for the lovey. Next place the Chenille and print fabrics right sides together and clip in place.

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Sew around the edges using a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a 3″ opening in one side. Clip the corners of the sewn unit close, but not through the stitch line. Turn your project right side out and press. Sew a top-stitch along the outside edge about 1/4″ in to finish it off, making sure to close up the opening. If you’re making the lovey, don’t forget to add in your final ribbon into the opening as shown in the video.

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Now, go make more and bundle them up using a fun fabric scrap!

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I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial!

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