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How to Sew a Fabric Trinket Tray

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Happy Tutorial Thursday Friends! Today I’m showing you how to make this insanely easy and fun fabric bowl. Honestly this couldn’t be much easier, and they only take about 10 minutes to make! They are perfect for gifts, and of course organizing smaller notions!

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And keep in mind you can make this project any size you like. Just make sure your outside and lining fabric are the same size, then make your fusible fleece 1/2″ smaller. So for example in the video both my outside and lining fabric are 7″ square. That means my fusible fleece needs to be 6-1/2″ square. Stick with that formula and you can customize the size of these to fit your unique storage needs.

That cute baby bowl in the photo above was made using 5″ square outside/lining fabric and 4-1/2″ fusible fleece.

Supplies for this project are simple:

Watch the Easy Fabric Notions Bowl 2 Video tutorial here:

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And that’s it friends! This cute bowl couldn’t be any easier! They’re perfect for using up some of your fabric scraps and would make a fun gift idea too! I hope you’ve enjoyed this project, make sure to share your makes on social media and tag me @ericaarndt #ericaarndt #ericaseasyfabricbowl

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How to Make a Quilted Weekend Tote Bag / Sewing Tutorial

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Happy Tutorial Thursday! I’ve had so many requests for a oversized tote bag and of course I thought it would be fun to make a Quilty one! So that’s what we’ll be doing today.

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This bag isn’t super difficult, but it does have some rounded edges, so if this is your very first bag project, you might want to try my Easy Drawstring Bag tutorial, my super popular Drawstring Squishy Bag, or my Patchwork Tote bag first! But really it’s not too difficult, so if you’re up for something new I hope you’ll join in the fun!

This bag finishes at 8″ x 12″ x 18″ and is the perfect overnight bag!

It also features a cute ribbon closure, and an inside pocket to store some extra goodies. And of course we added some fun decorative ribbon, cross-hatch quilting, and colorful binding to give it a little extra pop of color.

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So, if you’re looking for a great weekend tote, this one is perfect! Grab some fun fabric, the PDF Pattern, and let’s get started sewing shall we?

Get the PDF Pattern for Erica’s Quilty Weekend Tote Bag here!

Watch Erica’s Quilty Weekend Tote Bag tutorial here:

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Supplies for this project:

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In the video I’m showing you how to make the blue bag with a plain side pocket. But the PDF Pattern also includes a template for this cute Dresden plate side pocket as shown on the red bag! But really you can have fun with the side pocket and put whatever you want on it!

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Easy Scissor Case / How to Attach Snap Fasteners

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Happy Tutorial Thursday! Today I’m showing you how to make three adorable scissor cases from one template. Along with that I will show you how easy it is to attach a snap fastener and really step up your sewing game!

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These are super easy to make and fun to customize too. And of course you can add any fun decor like buttons, binding, elastic etc.

The first case features a snap closure which I will show you how to install. The second has a fun elastic/button closure perfect for larger scissors, and the third case features two pockets which I like to use for a scissor and a pen or seam ripper.

Watch my Easy Scissor Case video tutorial here:

Download the Easy Scissor Case Template here.

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Supplies:

Make one or all three and have fun customizing the colors and styles! I hope you enjoy this project, if you make one of my easy scissor cases make sure to share it on social media, tag @ericaarndt on Instagram and use #easyscissorcase so I can see what you make!

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Erica’s Fabric Notions Bowl / Tutorial

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Happy Tutorial Thursday! Today I’m showing you how to make these adorable fabric notions bowls to brighten up your sewing space! All of the information is included in the video tutorial, and as always, I do have a PDF pattern for  Erica’s Fabric Notions Bowl here for those of you who prefer written instructions!

Ready to get started?

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Check out Erica’s Fabric Notions Bowl tutorial here:

You will need:

Get Erica’s Fabric Notions Bowl PDF pattern here!

For this project I used some of my Poppie Cotton fabric stash, these beautiful prints are from their Cherished Moments collection. Check with your local quilt shop or online for this fun fabric. I love shopping small businesses on Etsy for my fabric too!

This adorable little fabric notions bowl finishes at approximately 4-1/2″ in diameter and 2-1/4″ tall.

They’re perfect for storing your smaller notions like wonder clips, thread, labels, buttons and more!

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By the way! We have a fun NEW Merch Shop! We do get some proceeds from your purchases there, we hope you like the items, and thank you so much for helping support my blog in this way! 

COAH Merch

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Easy Quilty Pin Cushion Tutorial!

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Hello and happy Tutorial Thursday! Today I’ll show you how to make these adorable Quilty pin cushions to brighten your sewing space! We will be making the start one in this video tutorial, but I do have a PDF pattern for Erica’s Easy Quilty Pin Cushions here, and the pattern includes all three cute patterns!

Watch Erica’s Easy Quilty Pin Cushion tutorial here:

Get Erica’s Easy Quilty Pin Cushions PDF Pattern here!

For this project I used a beautiful new line from Poppie Cotton called GooseCreek Garden. I love the soft pinks and florals in this line, and I think it made my pin cushions extra cute, don’t you?

These pin cushions finish at about 4.5″ x 4.5″ before stuffing and I just think they’re the perfect size!

As I mentioned, I show you how to create the mini-star pin cushion in the video, and I also wrote up a Mini Pin Cushion PDF Pattern which includes instructions for the star, patchwork, and mini-strawberry as well!

These are perfect stash busters as well, the supplies are super simple:

And I’m not sure what it is, but I just think anything mini is so cute and fun!

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And here’s a little humor to end our post, filming with Jax is… shall we say, challenging! He always likes to wait until I have everything set up just right before stepping in. As I was getting my camera ready, he made himself comfy on my set and proceeded to eat my wonder clips just as was trying to take photos of the finished pin cushions!

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By the way! We have a fun NEW Merch Shop! We do get some proceeds from your purchases there, we hope you like the items, and thank you so much for helping support my blog in this way!

COAH Merch
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Happy Sewing!

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QAYG Quilt As You Go Easy Pot Holder Tutorial

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Happy Thursday friends! Today I have a super fun and quick sewing project for you. These quilt as you go pot holders make cute gifts and they’re so easy to make!

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Pot Holder Supply List:

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.

Let’s get started! Watch my QAYG Pot Holder Tutorial here!

And that’s it friends, in just a few minutes you can make this adorable, unique pot holder.

They’re perfect for gifts, and I think kids can have a lot of fun making these as well! You can make a few in your favorite colors, add them to a cooking-themed gift basket and you’re good to go!

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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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How to Make Bias Tape // Tutorial

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Hi friends! Today I’m showing you how to make your very own bias tape! You can purchase pre-made bias tape in the store, but honestly making your own is super easy, and you can choose your own fabric which makes all of your sewing projects super cute!

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Watch Erica’s How to Make Bias Tape video tutorial here!

Making bias tape is so easy, here’s what you’ll need:

And that’s it! I typically use double-fold bias tape for necklines, curved edges that need binding, and other garment sewing projects. Single fold bias tape can be used to hide raw edges in dressmaking, and wherever a raw edge comes together that might otherwise be difficult to bind using double fold.

And now that you can make your own, you can customize your sewing projects and make them extra special!

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial, and happy sewing! 🙂

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Erica’s Sew Easy Adjustable Apron

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Erica’s Sew Easy Adjustable Apron 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’ve had so many requests for an adjustable apron and today I’m showing you how to sew this super cute and easy adjustable apron sewing project! All you need is some fabric and your sewing machine!

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These aprons are perfect for gifts, and can be adjusted to fit anyone! In the video I’m showing you how to sew an adult/teen sized apron, however, I also have child sizes available below.

For this project you’re going to need the following:

  • 1 yard main fabric
  • 1/2 yard accent fabric
  • Sewing machine, ruler, rotary trimmer, and some pins!

Watch Erica’s Sew Easy Apron tutorial here

Download the Erica’s Sew Easy Apron PDF instructions here!

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I used this fun print from the Sweetwater Fabrics Sweet Tea line. It’s such a cute line don’t you think? Every now and then, Sweetwater does an open house sale for all of their strike-offs and scraps. Some friends and I went up to check it out and I’m so glad we did. We each grabbed a huge bag full of scraps for just a few dollars!

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I thought the blue shop print was perfect for an apron so I grabbed a yard cut along with the navy print for accent and I love how it turned out!

As you saw in the video, I made my strap fairly long so it could be tied in front. But of course you can adjust the length of your strap to whatever you prefer.

TEEN/ADULT SIZE APRON:

For an adult sized apron you will need 1 yard main fabric, and 1 yard accent fabric.

  • From 1 yard cut a piece 36″ long x 26″ wide. Mark 6-1/2″ up from the folded edge, and make another mark 10-1/2″ in from the side. Using a ruler, connect the marks with a diagonal line and trim along the line.
  • From 1/2 yard cut four 2.5″ x WOF strips for straps and one piece that is 8″ x 17″ for the pocket. Sew the straps end to end and trim to 120″ long or as long as you prefer. (As an alternative to fabric straps you can use 4 yards of 1″ cotton webbing.)

CHILD SIZE APRON:

For a child sized apron (ages 3-7) you will need 1/2 yard main fabric and 1/2 yard accent fabric.

  • From 1/2 yard of fabric cut one piece 18″ long x 20″ wide. Mark 4″ up from the fold and 8″ in from the corner, connect the marks with a ruler, and trim along the line.
  • From 1/2 yard of accent fabric cut three Strips 2.5″ x WOF . Sew the strips end to end and trim to 80″ long or adjust as needed. (As an alternative to fabric straps you can use 2-1/2 yards of 1″ cotton webbing.)
  • From the remaining accent fabric cut one piece 6″ x 10″ for the pocket.

That’s it for this super easy project! I think they would make such fun gifts. You can even customize them to your recipient, then add your apron to a fun little baking bowl with some cookie cutters, a spatula, and a cookbook!

I hope you enjoyed this fun tutorial, and I’ll see you next time!

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