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Wear Happy Color / Sew Happy Color 2020

A week ago I came out with my Book "Wear Happy Color: A Guide to a Colorful Wardrobe." I made this book because last year I held the first "Sew Happy Color" challenge and this year I wanted to give everyone something they could use beyond just that month, and without needing Instagram. I have plans for a bigger hardback book, but until then, I hope this guide helps more people explore the color in their closets! This year, I wanted to open...

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Tutorial: Fabric Wrapped Easter Eggs and 3 Fun Ways to Use Them!

You can view these fabric designs in the curated collection I made here on Spoonflower! Hey all! I'm here with a fun project you can make in preparation for the next big holiday --- Easter! I am really bad at taking time to make holiday decorations now that my kids are older, and I am thankful every year for all the crafting I did (and wrote about on my old blog: blueeyedfreckle) when my kids were young, because I never make time anymore. I was excited for Spoonflower to ask me this month...

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Organza and Leather Cielo Top: Adding Leather Details to a Shirt.

If you're like me, you find a pattern you love, and you make it over and over. This would be my 4th Cielo Top by Closet Case Patterns. I love the boxy body and big sleeves, so why not have a bunch in my closet out of all different fabrics? I have made the Cielo dress and top in linen, the top in boiled wool, and now this -- the fancy schmancy organza version! This floral satin organza brocade is dreamy on...

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A Family Rainbow of Pajama Pants with Simplicity S8518 and S8519 Patterns

If your whole family is in matching pajamas in their favorite colors, you're bound to get a photo like this. Don't believe me? My kids actually HAD FUN taking these photos, didn't complain about our yearly family Christmas Card photoshoot (yes I used these for our cards as well!!! Genius right? I'm all about simplifying the holidays), and the 2 year old kept asking if we could "take more photos in our pants" for days! I'm patting myself on the back. Let's rewind for...

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Sewing

Personalized Santa Bags!

I'll admit, I love wrapping presents on Christmas Eve while watching something festive---to a point. I have 4 kids, 2 adults, plus myriad relatives to wrap presents for, and eventually I get tired of wrapping them all (usually by 11 pm I'm growing weary). I remember seeing this concept years ago-- bags you put all the presents in-- and thinking that surely this took the fun out of it all. Who doesn't love the act of ripping open the gifts? But I...

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Striped, Puffy Sleeved Shirts Aren’t Just For Pirates: Simplicity S8839 Pattern Review and Hack!

This Simplicity Pattern has been sitting in my cabinet since I bought it last spring. I've been DYING to sew it up, but by the time I had the chance, it was too warm outside to really be wearable. A few weeks ago I noticed this gorgeous striped linen on Measure Fabric's Instagram and asked Maria if this could be the fabric we used for our monthly Measure Maker post! She was initially surprised since it wasn't screaming with bright colors, but I assured her that I do in fact also...

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Gettin’ Fancy This Holiday Season with Spoonflower Fabric!

Rainbow Stripes by Katie Kortman Okay, Okay so maybe not everyone wants to look like they just went to Mardi Gras or stepped off of a parade float when they go to a party. Not everyone does.... But I DO! I remember thinking holiday dresses needed to look a certain way, once upon a time. No MORE! I have freed myself from all the social norms and I am living my most authentic life, which means lots of color and crazy pipe cleaner crowns okay?? And look! I'm not...

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DIY Reusable Period Underpants, Panties, or Knickers!

I posted this photo yesterday on Instagram and my feed and DM's blew up with everyone talking about their periods! That is AWESOME! I spent the first 5 years of having my period totally embarrassed, never talking about it to anyone (not even my best friends). I don't want my two daughters to be as embarrassed as I was, and I want to give them the best tools to make it easier to live with. When I found out about these kits to make your own Reusable Period...

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Perler Bead Barrettes

If you follow me on Instagram, then you've likely already seen this photo and watched my IGTV video detailing how to make these fun barrettes. But in case you haven't..... I've got a quick tutorial for you today to show you how! (And if you're interested in how I made my "pixelated" (perler bead) crown and glasses, you can find the quick how-to HERE. Here are the supplies you will need: E6000 Glue (I used the...

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Fanny Packs for My Friends and Family’s Fannies!

Top to Bottom Spoonflower prints: 1. Exotic Flowers by Maria_Galybina, 2. Stella - abstract art print on fabric navy white orange interior decor bright abstract 222by charlottewinter, 3. Happy Fruits by allierunnion, 4. MKV Helmet Tiny by pink_ink, 5. White painted Rainbow by Katie Kortman So... How do YOU feel about fanny packs having a come back? Are you weary of calling them "fanny packs" and instead want to call them "belt bags?" It's okay, I understand you. My husband and I got married in 2006 and he decided that year...

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