DIY Easy Envelope Pillowcases with Velcro Closure

DIY Pillow Cases with Velcro Closures

Ever since hubby and I got a new couch a few weeks ago he has been begging me to make some pillows to decorate it. Last week I dragged him to Joann’s Fabrics to help me pick out the fabric to make the pillowcases out of and the pillow forms. He can be a little picky so I didn’t want to pick out something and find out later he hates it. Hubby loved the Soft n Crafty Elite 24″ X 24″ pillow forms and a bright/bold pattern fabric. I bought the fabric since it was 50% off but I wanted to wait to buy the pillow forms when they go on sale for 50% off or when I can use a coupon. They were 30% off but I like saving more and President’s Day weekend was coming up so I know Joann’s Fabric was going to have some great deals.  Sure enough, I was right. The pillow forms were on sale for 50% off President’s Day weekend! Yay! I went straight to the store and bought four of the pillows right after I got off work Friday.

I wanted to go simple with making the pillowcases for the pillow forms so I am going to make easy envelope style pillowcases with velcro (optional).

Materials:

  • Pillow Forms (any size and amount you desire) – I got four 24″ X 24″
  • Fabric (any style that appeals to you) yardage varies on size pillows you get – I used 6 yards of 45″ wide fabric to make 4 pillows)
  • Scissors and/or Rotary cutters
  • Thread
  • Ruler and/or Tape measure
  • Quilting Pins or Clips
  • Sewing Machine
  • Serger (optional)
  • Iron
  • Walking Foot for Sewing Machine (optional)
  • Velcro (optional)

Calculations:

I got 24″ X 24″ pillow forms which mean I would need the width to be 24″ plus 1″ (for a 1/2 inch seam allowance) totaling 25″. In order to make an easy envelope style pillowcase, the length needs to be 54″. You need this amount because you want to double the size of the pillow  (24″ + 24″) plus 6″ for the overlap to create the envelope style so the total comes out to be 54″. You can always add more to the length if you want more of an overlap. Your choice.

Quick Reference Equation:

  • Width of Pillow + 1″(for 1/2 seam allowance) = Fabric Width
    • Example: 24″ + 1″ = 25″
  • (Length of Pillow X 2) + 6″ (for overlap) = Fabric Length
    • Example: 24″ X 2 (=48″) + 6″ = 54″

Cut Fabric:

I lay out my fabric choice on my cutting table, to cut out four 25″ X 54″ pieces.

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Fabric laid out on my cutting table.
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My weird way of cutting the fabric straight. I align the fabric to the lines on the left and then hang the fabric over the side of the table. Then I use two rulers to keep me straight and even as I cut down.

Fold and Iron:

Next, you want to lay your fabric pattern side down on the iron board. You want to fold the ends of the long side of fabric between 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch and iron it down. Then you want to fold it again about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch and iron it. This will result in a double folded hem and will change the total length from 54″ to about 53″.

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Fold and Iron length sides.

Hem Length Sides:

On the pattern side of the fabric, stitch about 1/4 inch or less from the edge on both sides you just ironed down to the hem. I like to set up my stitching length on my machine to 2.5 so I get more stitches in. I also use a walking foot for my sewing machine so that the fabric doesn’t shift while I sew. You do not need a walking foot for your machine but it does make it easier.

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Sew a little less than a 1/4 inch from the edge.

Fold and Pin:

Lay your fabric down pattern side up lengthwise. Fold the right side to about 12″ toward the middle. Then fold the left side over the side you just folded overlapping it about 3 to 4″. You might have to adjust both sides a little bit to make sure it measures 24″ long. Next, pin or clip the open seams.

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Folded right side over to 12″.
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Fold the left side over about 14″ overlapping the other side about 3 to 4″.
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Showing the overlap.
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I used clips to hold the open seams together but you can use quilting pins.

Sew & Serge:

Sew 1/2 inch seam allowance on both open seam sides. Then you will want to serge the edges so the fabric won’t fray. If you do not have a serger machine you can use a zigzag stitch on the edges to help prevent fraying.

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Sewing a 1/2 inch from the edge of the fabric for my seam allowance.
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Serging my sewn edges.
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Tip: After you serge the edges fold over your tail.
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Tip: Something that I do is sew the serge tail down on the edge then cut off the excess. This prevents the serge tail to come loose and unravel over time.

Turn and Stuff:

Now turn your pillowcase right side out. Then stuff your pillow form inside and TA-DA! You are done if you are not going to add velcro. If you are adding velcro, continue on with the next steps.

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Finished Back.
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Finished Front

Note: After I stuffed my pillow form inside the pillowcase I noticed that the opening on the backside kept sagging open a little so I decided to add Velcro to hold everything together and it also kept it tight and snug. Continue reading on if you want to know how I added Velcro to a finished pillowcase.

Adding Velcro:

I turned the pillowcase outside in. I pulled the top overlap down to expose the first folded side. I cut a 6″ long piece of Velcro and pulled the pieces apart. I took the rough portion of the Velcro, centered it on the first folded fabric right against the hem, and then pinned it down. Make sure you only pin one layer of fabric.

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Pinned first Velcro piece to first fabric layer against hem.

Next, I placed the top layer (overlap) back where it was so I can feel where I pinned the first Velcro piece. This way I can align the second Velcro piece to the first piece. I placed my finger where the end of the Velcro folded back the overlap layer fabric exposing the first Velcro piece. Then I pinned the second Velcro piece on overlap fabric (print side).

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Folded Overlap fabric back on top of first layer fabric.
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Keeping everything aligned, I folded back the overlap layer back enough to expose the first Velcro piece.
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Pinned second Velcro piece on overlap layer (make sure to pin only one layer of fabric and not two)

Sew Velcro:

Now sew the Velcro pieces in place. I like to sew around twice around the Velcro so it can stay secure. This way when you pull Velcro pieces apart the stitches won’t come out very easily over time. Also, make sure you move any excess fabric out of the way when you sew. You don’t want to sew other layers of fabric together. Only one layer.

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Finished Sewing twice around the Velcro. Keeping it secure.

Completed Pillows:

Here are my four completed pillows! As you can see I like to match the pattern pieces. This way the pillows look very professional.

DIY Pillow Cases with Velcro Closures

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Gray Fox Sewn with Faux Fur

One of my favorite plushie designers, Teacup Lion, has a very cute standing fox pattern that I bought back in November 2016. I finally had a chance to make this adorable fox, but what material was I going to use to make it out of? Hmm… oh I know! When my mom came to visit me around Christmas she bought me this soft gray and black faux fur minky fabrics as some of my Christmas gifts. These fabrics would make any plushie look very realistic. This was the perfect fabric choices to make the fox out of. I also used white minky fabric for the bottom face, under body and tip of tail that I had in my stash of fabrics in my Craftroom. To even make it look cuter I designed and made machine embroidery patch eyes that I sewed on to give it nice little touch.

Here is the final result:

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The Gray Fox turned out great and it is so soft and cuddly. Very adorable.

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Adorable Husky/Wolf Plush

One of my favorite plush designers, Sew Desu Ne?, is conducting a Monthly Crafting Challenge (MCC) Send-Off Sewing Contest. On her blog, you could submit a photo of a sewing project you make with one of her patterns and earn that current month free pattern. She announced about a month ago that she is no longer conducting the MCC Challenges so she decided to end it with a big Sewing Contest that you can compete with others to win prizes/patterns.

For this challenge I decided to use her Werewolf pattern to make a Husky/Wolf out of it. I had to alter the pattern a little bit to get the look of a husky/wolf and this was my first attempt at altering a pattern, so I was proud of myself with how it turned out.

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Beautiful Creations with Small Beads

I wanted to share some beautiful pieces of jewelry I made with tiny seed beads. Weaving these small beads can come with many frustrations and mistakes but once completed, you have amazing and stunning pieces of art. There is an endless amount of creativity that comes with jewelry making. You can start out with drawing and designing up a plan of attack to start your jewelry making process or you can just let the creative juices flow as you randomly select and choose your materials. I usually choose the random option but for bigger projects I do tend to at least sketch out the design I’m aiming for. Helps keep me on track and also to verify I have enough material to complete the project. Don’t want to run out near the end and find out I can’t get anymore of that type or color bead. That would be devistating.

Here are some samples of earrings I made on the whim. No planding involved. I picked out some Swarvoski rivoli crystals and randomly selected different types of beads that would complement the color crystal I picked out. From there I just let my creativity take over.

 

Here are some examples of planned beading projects I made.

These were easier to execute with some designing and planning. I also wanted to make sure I had enough beads to complete the above projects or at least had a means to order more if needed. Most of the beads I buy are on sale and eventually are unavailable to buy later on. I try my best to stock up every so often but now I’ve cut back on buying more beads until I start using up some of my stash. It is so hard not to buy beautiful beads that I see walking in a craft store or online, but I’ve learned to control myself a little. I promised my hubby that I would only buy needles, thread, or items that are necessary to complete a beading project and once I run low on my bead stash I will stock up a little bit. We shall see how long I can last avoiding the temptation to buy beads. Lol. Time will only tell.

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Sweet Baby Fox

A friend of mine just had a baby girl about six days ago. A week before the baby’s due date, my friend’s mother asked me if I could possibly sew a pink and gray fox since the theme of the nursery was foxes and the colors are pink and gray. Makes sense. I told her I would start making the cute and adorable fox once the baby is born so I can personalize it by machine embroidering the baby’s name and birth date on the fox. This adds a nice and special touch to the baby gift.

I wanted to get ahead and gather all the materials that I needed to make the fox. In doing so I realized after looking through all of my plush patterns I have I didn’t have a single fox pattern. Oh no! This means I need to search online for a fox plush sewing pattern. I ended up finding two fox patterns that I liked from two different plush pattern designers I occasionally shop at: Teacup Lion and Funky Friends Factory. I love both of the patterns so to help me choose I sent the links of the patterns to my friend’s mother. In a way, it was good that my friend’s mother had choices to choose from so she can get exactly what she wants. She ended up choosing the pattern from Funky Friends Factory since the fox looked similar to the themed items that she and my friend bought for the nursery. Perfect.

I’ve learned over the past few years that when I do any type of sewing project I need to stretch out or pace myself over a few days. I love sewing but sometimes I can get stressed out or feel overwhelmed when doing a project.Most of the time I would try to complete everything all in one day which leads to rushing and making a lot of mistakes. The most common mistake I make when rushing is sewing pattern pieces the wrong way. Dreadful. At this point I would have to use a seam ripper to rip out all those tiny stitches I just sewed and then re-sew the pieces together the correct way. This can become super straining when you do this multiple times in a sitting.

To avoid some mishaps and agony I came up with a plan. First day I would mark and cut out the fabric pieces from the pattern and if I need to do any machine embroidering I would do it this day too. Second day (or final day for some sewing projects) I sew all or most of the fabric pieces together. Final day I would finish any sewing that is needed and if I am sewing a plush, I would stuff the plush and hand sew the openings close. Depending on how small or big the sewing project might be I would end up combining or adding days.

By following my plan from above, I started the project Friday night after work and ended up finishing the fox Sunday morning. Yeah! The best part was, I made zero mistakes when creating this fox. Woohoo! Which is a first for me! I normally make minor mistakes here or there, but this time was not the case. I guess my plan to take my time and not rush paid off. Go me!

I know, I know, you probably want to see how the Sweet Baby Fox turned out. Here you have it, pictures of the Fox:

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Invasion of the Penguins!

I didn’t want to post this before 2016 Christmas since I didn’t want my family members to know what I made for them. So here is my belated post…

I love to make Christmas gifts for my family! It was only a few years ago I started making gifts for certain family members, like sewing a jacket for my mom or making non-sew blankets for my parent-in-laws. In 2015, I took my sewing and crafting to another level by making 25+ similar gifts to handout to family members. My creations were a big hit that year; I made stockings with Christmas designs using my embroidery machine, quilted styrofoam ornaments, and scented candles. I had a blast making all of them! (hmmm…I might consider creating DIY posts on how to make those items… you will just have to wait and see.🤔😉)

I wanted to challenge myself even more and try to top myself from 2015 year. Of course, I procrastinated on figuring out what I wanted to make for Christmas so I had to rush a little bit to make everything. After contemplating with my husband, I decided to create professional looking snow globes (you can see my DIY Snow Globe Tutorial), sew adorable Penguins (using Teacuplion pattern) and cute Christmas pins (my mom showed me how to make a Santa pin and then we both designed and created a snowman, penguin and Reindeer pins when she came to visit me before Christmas).

The penguins I sewed turned out to be so adorable and everyone that received a penguin fell in love with them. I will tell you a little secret, I literally didn’t finish making like 25 penguins until the day before Christmas! I had all of the machine sewing and polyfil stuffing done before hubby and I drove up 10 hours to where his side of the family was living. All I had left to do was hand-sew beaks to the penguins. Well, since we drove up about 4 days before Christmas, I thought I would have some down time to secretly sew beaks onto the penguins. Wrong! Lol. I was able to get a few sewn each night, but lucky for me my hubby gets so anxious and excited about handing out Christmas presents early (meaning opening a few presents each day we were there), that I was able to work on the leftover penguins the afternoon of Christmas Eve.

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Last minute sewing = Not all 25 Penguins in picture

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It’s the Invasion of the Penguins!!!

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Let it Snow! DIY Snow Globe Style!

I love Christmas and this time of year! I get to be creative and put up a tree and decorate it! I start crafting and sewing like crazy around this time. Technically I should start doing the crafting and sewing stuff before December, but I get so busy at work or with other projects that I actually almost forget what month it is or it just doesn’t quite register in my brain that certain holidays are around the corner. Now I have to hustle and bustle to make Christmas gifts for the family!

This year I am tackling a Christmas craft project I have never done before. What is it, you ask? Well, I am attempting to make professional looking SNOW GLOBES! Not the mason jar type snow globes, but round snow globes with a nice wooden base.

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Snow Globe Kit

I found a company, National Artcraft, that sold a variety of snow globe materials online. This site is great because they offer discounts when you buy in bulk and I needed about 20 to 24 snow globe kits. Lucky for me the lowest possible cost per kit requires buying a quantity of 24 plus. Woohoo! I think the hardest part was figuring out which size I wanted to get. They offered 6 different sizes, so I ended up getting the second smallest snow globe kit that they have, the 2-3/8 inch diameter. I will say it now, I kind of wish I got the next size up, the 3-1/8 inch diameter or even the 4 inch diameter globes so I can fit more inside. I still made it work, but lesson learned, if you want to fit more inside the snow globe get a larger size.

GATHERING THE MATERIALS.

  • Snow Globe Kit (I used 2-3/8 size but you can use any size you want)
  • E6000 Glue or other waterproof/flexible adhesive
  • Silicon Adhesive (optional)
  • Deionized Water or Distilled Water
  • Propylene Glycol or Glycerin
  • Figurines and/or decorations that are non-metal
  • Snow Globe Snowflakes and/or Glitter
  • Fine Mesh Strainer or Tulle Fabric
  • Zip Ties or some type of string (optional)
  • Toothpicks (optional)

The fun but slightly hard part was finding figurines and/or decorations to put inside the globes. When selecting figurines and decor you have to consider what material they are made out of. That means you don’t want anything that has any type of metal in it. Over time certain metals can oxidize (corrode or rust) and will deteriorate the look of the lovely snow globes you make. We don’t want that to happen, now do we? Nope! I looked for plastic/resin/acrylic type of figurines and decorations.

I couldn’t really make up my mind right away on figurines and decor I wanted to add to the snow globes so I bought twelve 1-1/2 in H x 3/4 in W penguins, ten 1-1/2 in H x 7/8 in W snowmen, four 1-3/4 H in x 1-1/2 in L deer and twenty-four 1/2 in gift boxes, 1/2 in ball ornaments, 1 in candy canes and 3-3/4 in H x 1-1/4 in miniature fir trees from Factory Direct Craft. Now I have plenty of options to choose from. Fun Fun!

Note: Before I made multiple snow globes I started out with a test snow globe so I can work out any kinks or issues that may arise. It was a good thing that I did a tester because I definitely ran into a few issues, which you will later find out…

PREPARING OF FIGURINES & DECORATIONS.

I decided to go with the penguin, tree, and gift box to be the victims of my tester globe. I started out by reducing the size of the tree so that it could fit inside the globe. The trees that I got can separate in the middle so I removed the bottom piece of the tree and took the white post out and placed it in the top piece.

Lesson learn from the tester piece is I had to cut a bottom layer off the rest of the trees and cut about 1/4 inch off the white posts so that they can fit better inside the globe.

 

CLEANING!

I rinsed off the figurines, decorations, gaskets and globes to make sure there wasn’t any dust or chards that may come off and float around while inside the globe. If you want snow or glitter inside your snow globe you will need to wash these too. All you need is a fine mesh strainer or if you don’t have one, like I didn’t, you can soak them in plain water this helps make the snow or glitter settle properly inside the globe. Allow them to soak overnight in a piece of cloth, multiple layers of paper towels, or in a cup of water.

ATTACHING FIGURINES TO GASKET.

To glue the figurines on the gasket I used E6000 adhesive since it is flexible and water resistant, but you can use any adhesive that has the same properties. You can use a toothpick to help apply small amounts of E6000 to little items. I also suggest laying out multiple layers of newspaper while you work so cleanup will be a breeze.

When I did the tester, I found it hard to keep the tree to stay up while the glue dried, so the rest of the globes I made I ended up using a zip-tie to tie the trees and figurines together (you could probably use string to hold them together too). Once I zipped tied the tree and figurine I glued them to the center of the gasket. This really helped keep everything together

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Make sure you do not glue the figurines close to the edge of the gasket. You want to leave about a 1/4 inch from the figurine to the edge. I found out with the tester globe that the penguin went crocked since I had him right against the edge of the gasket and he didn’t look the best. When I glued the figurines to the center of the gasket they magnify a lot. If I had a bigger globe, I would have been fine. Just keep this in mind when you are choosing and placing figurines and decorations inside the globe.

Once you glue the figurines and decorations you need to set it aside and let it dry. Make sure you read the label of the adhesive you use and follow the manufacture instructions on dry times. E6000 adhesive requires about 24 hours to dry. Once they dry, don’t forget to remove zip ties or anything you used to hold pieces together then rinse the figurines off with some water.

INSERT SNOW AND GASKET INTO GLOBE.

Remember the snow bits and/or glitter you let soak overnight? Now is the time to grab them and place them inside the globe. My hubby placed a 1/2 teaspoon of snow bits and 1/8 teaspoon of glitter inside the globe.

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Next step is placing the gasket into the snow globe. Hold the globe with one hand (or place the globe in your lap), and then place the rubber gasket at the top of the necklace opening of the globe. Slightly squeeze the gasket inward and gently push down on the gasket while turning it in a clockwise direction.

Go slowly and do not exert a lot of pressure or you might accidentally pushed the gasket all the way threw. May have happened a couple of times. Woops… The key is to be very gentle and patient.  You’ll know when you have the gasket seated properly when it is flushed to the bottom edge of the globe.

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Gasket flushed with bottom of globe.

Hint: You can place a little bit of water around the upper edge of the gasket to help insert the gasket easier. Also, placing the gasket in the freezer for a few minutes until it is cold and NOT frozen will shrink it slightly so it can make it a little easier to insert. If you take that route, like I did, you will need to wait for the gasket to get to room temperature so it can expand back to normal size. The gasket is designed to fit snuggly so it will prevent water to leak by.

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Placed gaskets on a plate and placed them in the freezer for about 4-5 minutes.

FILLING THE GLOBE WITH H2O.

This part really helps with a second person. I filled the globe with Deionized water, but you can also use Distilled water. I chose to use deionized water because hubby really wanted to and it also has no impurities and it doesn’t contain any metals and chemicals. Distilled water is similar but different. It can have some impurities, but it won’t affect your snow globe much but I do recommend adding a few drops of rubbing alcohol to help keep bacteria from forming.

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To add water and propylene glycol to the globe you need to pull a small edge of the gasket away from the globe neck. Hubby held the globe and pulled away the gasket enough so I can pour the water and glycol inside. I poured 1 tablespoon of propylene glycol (you can use glycerin if you want or none at all) and filled the rest of the globe with deionized water. Note: The propylene glycol or glycerin are completely optional, but if you are adding snow or glitter to your globe, these products will make the snow or glitter float around slowly like snow.

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Just a quick side note. Hubby found out that some snow globe manufacturers use antifreeze in their snow globes to make the snow float slowly, which is very dangerous for any of your fur babies to get their paws on. Sometimes globes can break, and if they do, you don’t want your fur babies to step in it since it can kill them. Well a good thing is, propylene glycol and glycerin are both super safe for pets and people. Now I’m going to go back on track, I promise.

Next, I filled the globe until it slightly overflowed over the gasket and that is when hubby released the gasket so it can reseat to the neck of the globe. By overflowing the water, it can help eliminate air pockets. Just so you know, you can still end up with an air pocket in the globe no matter how hard you try, but you can definitely try to eliminate huge air pockets. You can also let it settle for a little bit and try overfilling it again to eliminate as much air as you can. I ended up having very tiny air pockets in my snow globes but you couldn’t really tell they were there.

Note: If you added snow or glitter to the globe and put glycol or glycerin inside, you may notice that some of your snow or glitter are still floating around or hanging out at the top. Don’t freak out, it is normal. It can take a few days before all of it settles to the bottom. If after a few days they don’t settle to the bottom you can tilt the globe upside down, pull back a bit of the gasket and pour deionized water inside to overflow the globe and burb out the excess snow or glitter.

 

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Snow hanging out on the top. It looks like snow clouds inside!

 

SEALING THE SNOW GLOBE.

Allow the water around the gasket and globe to dry completely before you seal the edge. Once it is dried add silicone, E6000 or other type of adhesive to the edge where the globe and gasket are joined. Then you can use the same adhesive and secure the globe to its base. Let it dry for 24 hours.

LESSONS LEARNED

When I completed the test snow globe, the penguin decided to lean to the right. When hubby and I saw this, we noticed that we shouldn’t place anything near the edge of the gasket since the gasket pops up in the center of the globe. We decided to center all of the figurines, keep the designs simple and left a 1/4 inch gap around the gasket edge. This made a huge difference!

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Tester globe on the left and good globe on the right

Also, after a week of completing the tester globe I noticed that the gift box I placed inside started changing into a darker color. That is when I realized the gift boxes I ordered were made with a foil type material which has traces of metal. Ugh… It’s okay, it was a tester globe and I am so glad I didn’t choose the gift boxes as decorations in the other globes. Thank goodness!

FINISHED GLOBES

The finished globes turned out great and they look amazing and huge inside, compared to the tester globe I made.

NOW IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE!!

Preparation for a Crafty Christmas

This year for Christmas I wanted to attempt to make my own holiday decorations. Everytime I drive down my neighborhood I see almost everyone has a wreath hanging on their door, lights strung up, or various types of Christmas decorations on their trees and/or lawns. Some of my neighbors even have some nice decorations hanging in their windows or on their mail boxes. Sadly, the only thing I have for holiday decorations for the outside of my house are two inflatables. I have a cute 4 ft penguin holding a candy cane and a handsome 4 ft snowman inflatables that hubby and I sat on top of the two rocking chairs on the front porch.

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There is nothing wrong with just having inflatables as Christmas decorations for outside, but I’m a crafter, why have I not created anything to decorate the outside of my house? Oh silly me, it is probably because I’m always busy making beautiful and awesome Christmas presents for my family during this time of year. I love making gifts for my family and receiving handmade gifts because I believe it is very thoughtful, sweet and personal. Mystery solved for no outside holiday decorations, but this year I am going to change that.

Luckily for me, my mom, also a crafter like me, is visiting me this year for a few days before Christmas. You know what that means? She and I are going to be crafting and creating stuff like crazy while she is visiting! Fun! I have no excuse not to make some holiday decorations now.

Only problem is I need to buy materials to prepare for this crafting adventure with my mom. Time to swing by the local craft store, which for me is Michael’s, to pick up supplies. I will have to confess, I had no plan of what I was going to make or supplies I needed. It’s a craft store, I told myself, you can draw inspiration every where you walk. Ha, except for one thing, it is a week and a half before Christmas and the store is running crazy sales on Christmas items so most of the Christmas stuff is gone. Ugh. I will have to make due with what they have in the store, this is where my creativity goes into overdrive.

As I walked around the craft store, I was grabbing almost every variety of Christmas stems and flowers they had left. I snatched the last two plain wreaths, couple of boxes of decorative ornaments, clear blank ornaments, ribbon/trim, glitter and a lot of other random stuff. I wish I took a picture of my shopping cart, because it was completely full plus more!

I almost forgot to mention, my husband, bless his soul, stayed in the car the whole time I was in the craft store. After about an hour and a half of me being in there, he decided to come rescue me. Lol. Lucky for him I was actually in the check out line when he came inside the store. When my hubby saw my cart, his face was priceless. I can tell from his surprised half smile expression he was thinking, “Wow! That is way too much stuff. What are you going to do with all of that crafty stuff?” I might have gone a little over board, okay… way over board, but now I have plenty of options to choose from when crafting with my mom. If I end up with left overs, I can use it next year, right?

Hubby is very supportive of my hobbies and he knew he couldn’t talk me out of down sizing my cart, especially when there is going to be a second crafter at the house here in a few days. He was happy that I was happy, what is that saying? Oh yes: Happy wife happy life. Lol.

I can’t wait for my mom to visit! This will be a great Crafty Christmas!!

Lions, Tigers & Bears! Oh My!

I love sewing plushies! They are so much fun to make. Every time I sew plushies my inner child comes out to play. I find it very soothing and rewarding when I complete a sewing project.

I wanted to share all of the cute plushies that I have made in the past few years using Funky Friends Factory and Sew Desu Ne? sewing patterns. Their patterns are excellent and easy to follow. I purchased other patterns from wonderful plushie designers but I’ve been busy doing other projects that I haven’t tried sewing them yet, but once I do, I will definitely share.

LIONS

This was my first lion that I made. One of my co-workers wanted this lion for her grand-baby. I added an embroidered foot and collar to personalize it for her.

My aunt wanted me to make this little guy for her grand-baby. As you can see, my cousin’s school colors are red and black and the mascot was a lion. Isn’t he adorable?!

I had a customer, on my Etsy shop, that requested this custom lion. This lion was a fun one because I had to cut the fabric a certain way so that it can be as symmetrical as I can get it. It was a challenge but I did it!

~Pattern made by Funky Friends Factory.

TIGER, WHITE TIGER, & LEOPARD

 

Using the lion pattern, I made these precious wild cats. All I had to do was not sew a mane and TADA! You have yourself tigers and a leopard. You gotta love multi use patterns. Don’t worry, I found good loving homes for them.

~Pattern made by Funky Friends Factory.

T-TREX

ROAR! These guys will eat you if you don’t hurry up and cuddle with them! I made one of these guys for my nephew who is obsessed with dinosaurs and the others I made for co-workers and their grand-kids.

~Pattern made by Funky Friends Factory.

ELEPHANT

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This elephant won’t forget to snuggle! About 2 years ago, my co-worker had his first child and it was a baby boy! His wife chose an elephant theme for the nursery.

~Pattern made by Funky Friends Factory.

KRAKEN OR SQUID

Unleash the Kraken! Don’t let him devour you with love and affection. Same co-worker I made the elephant for, had another baby boy a few months ago. This time the nursery theme was Nautical, so I made this handsome plushie.

~Pattern made by Sew Desu Ne?

GRIFFIN

Found out my former boss was having a baby girl! The best part was both her and her husband work for a company that has a griffin as a logo. Now they have a new little baby griffin addition. Adorable!

~Pattern made by Sew Desu Ne?

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5 Minute “Smoke Break” Walk

I just want to start out by saying, I am NOT a smoker in anyway. I never have and I never will. Personally, I think it is gross but I’m not going to tell people to smoke or not smoke that is their choice and life. My hubby does the vapor smoking and I have a few friends who smoke, which is fine with me, I just won’t do it.

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Over the years, I see smokers go outside to smoke either regular or vapor cigarettes and socialize with others who do the same. After a while of seeing smokers take breaks very frequently, I started thinking, why don’t I take mini breaks? If they can take breaks, why can’t I?

This idea inspired me to get up, move around and stretch every so often. Sometimes I would walk around a little bit inside the building I work in. I did this for a few weeks, until I got a brilliant idea. Why don’t I just go outside and walk around the buildings for about 5 to 10 minutes to get more steps in during the day? At that time, hubby had surprised me and bought me a blue Samsung Gear Fit 2 that I’ve been eyeing for a couple of weeks. Ever since I got the Gear Fit 2,  I’ve been trying to get 10,000 steps a day. Well, I’ve been struggling to reach that goal, so hence, why not just take a 5 minute walk and get more steps in?

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Samsung Gear Fit 2

I found that if I walked for about 5 minutes or so I can roughly get 1,500 steps in. Which I thought was great, so I decided to take a break every hour or hour and a half at work. Most of the time I can get 10,000 steps in or just close to it, depends on what I had to do that day at work. Perfect! Started a trend for myself! I’m going on my “5 Minute Smoke Break Walk” now, see you in a bit.

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