Thursday, October 17, 2013

Quick Decorative Throw Pillows with Zippers

Get ready to redecorate for a new season, or add something fresh to a room or patio with these easy decorative zippered throw pillows.

Materials for each throw pillow:
1 zipper ( a few inches shorter than your pillow form)
(2) fabric squares 1 inch smaller than your pillow form
(1) pillow form
fabric marker

1. Lay the squares on top of each other with the wrong sides facing each other.
2. Pin one end closed and stitch in only an inch or two. Repeat on the other end.
3. Open the ends of the fabric and press the seam open. Stay stitch the two raw edges of the seam open.
4. Place your closed zipper, face down, on the wrong side of your fabric so that its aligned with the opening.

5. Using a fabric marker and a ruler, center the zipper, and make a guide mark to stitch the zipper down on one end. Stitch over and back several times to secure the end of the zipper.
6. Now stitch down the side of the zipper, to get started unzip the zipper several inches to move the slider out of the way. Once you have stitched down the zipper a few inches, zip the zipper back up and continue. Keep your needle down, while doing this. Stitch across the bottom of the zipper and up the other end. Go slow!            
7. Unzip the zipper and align the other 3 edges of the fabric together, with the wrong sides together and stitch 1/4 inch seams all around the edges. Don't forget to unzip the zipper before you sew up the sides.
8. Pull the fabric right side out through the zipper and poke out the corners. Stuff with your pillow form, zip, and your done!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Remembering To Cash In On Cash Back

This simple tip can help you maximize earning money back when checking out.

Ever put the milk in the cupboard and the cereal in the fridge? That would be me. I use to be smart, before having a child and the severe state of sleep deprivation I'm in. This post is brought to you by my hubsband, simply because I can never remember which credit card to use. Maybe it's because, while shopping, I measure success by getting 80% of my list scratched off with minimal kicking and screaming.

This easy solution helps me remember which cash back credit card to use, keeping up with what's what, and maximizing our dividends.

We check monthly or quarterly to see what special cash back offers each card is running, and update the labels. Sometimes I get a chuckle out of a cashier, but mostly comments on how simplistically smart the idea really is, thanks honey!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Tutu Cute Leotard

Isn't this tutu cute? Little girls are so much fun! Create a simple tutu leotard for your little gymnast or dancer.

Danskin Leotard $7.50 from Wal-Mart (also avail. in black)
6" strip of tulle
Water Soluble Fabric Marker
Sewing machine

Before you begin, please remember to go slow, tulle can be tricky, but, because we are making ruffles, this project is very forgiving.

Mark a line straight across the back of your leotard, where you want your tutu. You can do one, as shown, or several to make ruffles.

Now cut a piece of tulle triple the length of your line on the leotard. Then fold the tulle in half lengthwise and stitch the tulle along the top of the open ends. This is to keep the tulle folded for the next step to make the ruffles.

Set your sewing machine to a long stitch length and high tension to create a ruffle in your tulle. For additional details on how to make ruffles, look here.

Set your machine back to top stitch the ruffle onto the leotard. Start by aligning the tulle to the line on the garment. Pin it in place every so often.

Slip the leotard onto the sewing machine and sew. Remember to go slow when you stitch the tulle on. Try to stitch the new stitch right over the old stitching on the tulle.

To embellish the front, I used my embroidery machine to add a monogram. You can leave the front blank or add a heart or some other simple shape, using this DIY Applique Technique.

Happy Sewing! Don't forget tutu check us out on Facebook!


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