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Hello and thank you for visiting Sew Inspiring, Sew Me. I created this site to keep track of the great sites, tutorials, patterns, and DIY crafts I have come across or made. I hope that I have organized it well enough to help others use my site to gather ideas for their own projects. My goal is to help inspire others to create and design items to fit their own tastes.
Check back often as I continually post new projects and ideas. I have also linked a few sites under ‘Inspiring Websites’ that I have found to have great projects.

Thank you again!

It has been 4 years…

No joke. It has been 4 years since I’ve posted on this site. During those 4 years I started and put on hold my career; I lost sight of the hobbies and people that I enjoyed in my life. Ok it sounds all gloomy but I assure you it wasn’t, just life :-). I’ve slowly started up my crafts again and feel it’s time to start posting some tutorials!

Going through the pages in my site, I realize there is quite a bit of updating to be done. I have a whole blurb on asking to join Pinterest or having someone send you an invite, do they even do that anymore? haha. So it may be a little slow going at first but I do hope to have things looking much better in the next month or so.

Now, the latest tutorial! I’m currently waiting in-between coats of coffee stain on my bike helmet rack that I’ve made out of some pallet scraps. The tutorial on DIY natural aged wood stain will be up in a few days!

Thank you all and happy crafting!

DIY Dog Bed from Pillows

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Isn’t he adorable! Look at that little face. This is Miller.
He was 10wks old when we got him the first week of June.

And this is him 2 months later at the beginning of August.
No joke, he’s 60lbs already at 5 months old. *sigh*….Great Dane’s just grow so fast.

Due to his size, beds are just outrageous for him. At least a good $60. I did a tester when we first got him by cutting an old body pillow in half and then sewing it to another old pillow I had. It worked, but there were dips where the pillows were sewn together. After some browsing of various blogs, it seems the best way to lessen that dip is overlapping the pillows a few inches. This will be a general how-to, pillows are all different sizes (as well as our furry friends) so you’ll need to do your own measuring.

Here we go!

~Material Needed~
2-3 Pillows depending on desired size
2-3 yds. choice fabric depending on number of pillows used (something durable!!)
Yarn and Yarn Needle (optional)

I bought my pillows new at Wal-Mart. You can use old pillows if you’d like. These were $3.58 a piece, total cost so far $10.74.

Lay your pillows side by side, measure at least a good 3″ in on each side that the pillows touch. Mark and pin in place like so.

You can either hand stitch them together or if you’d like you can machine stitch them. It’s a bit tricky but it will work. I used my machine and did a serge style stitch.

Once again you can either hand stitch this part with a needle and thread, or if you have yarn and a yarn needle you can use that. I used a yarn and yarn needle because Miller’s a big boy and can be a bit pouncy. I wanted it to be sturdy.

Starting at one end and finishing at the other, sew the two pillows together down the sides where they meet. I saw one blog that just did a securing stitch in the center where the sides meet but I just didn’t think that would be enough for our dog. You can do either.

Now you have the mattress portion done. Super easy huh? Next…the cover!

I am so proud of myself. Not only did I get one heck of a deal on my fabric, but it matches my house perfectly. I found my fabric at Wal-Mart. If you are lucky enough to have an actual Craft Section WITH Fabric at your local Wal-Mart, please go check it out! They honestly have some cute cute prints and decent prices. I got 3 yards of whatever it is for $4.50. Yep…$1.50/yd. And it wasn’t even in clearance!!! It’s some kind of woven polyester, light but durable.

I didn’t take many pictures at this point because everything is all based on your own measurements. But i’ll give you an example of mine:
For 3 pillows I needed almost all 3 yards of my fabric.
The mattress portion of the bed sewn together measured 28×48. I wanted a little wiggle room, so my top piece I made 31×51. I suggest cutting your fabric on the fold, such a life saver on big pieces like this. Now the underside of the cover I made a flap. I know I wanted it to overlap about 6″, plus I needed to account for the hems for both flaps. I like full inch hems on things like this, so with two hems I needed to add another 2.5″. So you take the 48+6+6+2.5 = 62.5″. You add 6 twice because each flap needs to overlap each other by 6″. Divide the 62.5 by 2 and you get two pieces each at 28×31.25. I really you could just cut one big piece at 28×62.5 on the fold but you would need at least another yard of fabric just to do that. So the two pieces are the best way to get the most use out of your fabric. On each flap piece, hem one side (one of the sides with the 28″ length)

Now we are ready to pin together! Lay the pieces right side together. I laid the top piece down first, right side up. Then I laid the other pieces right side down on top. Match up the outer edges and pin. Use a sturdy stitch. I did a serge style because I could tell my fabric would fray easily as well.

And there you go! Nice cozy bed…total cost was $10.74+$4.50 = $15.24 (without tax) and about 2 hours of interrupted crafting (I have a 2 year old). Not too bad considering I can easily remove the cover and wash it, plus I can always just remake the pillow portion if need be.

And the big baby testing it out. Half the time he’s on/off it even though he has plenty of room.

Let me know if you have any questions. I’m sure in about 6 months i’ll be having to make a new, much larger bed. I’m thinking i’ll have to get at least 4 pillows to make his next one, but I want it to be more square than rectangular. I’ll apply the same method for the most part unless I find something better.

Happy Crafting!

(BTW – I would love to see finished projects from any of my tutorials!!)

Replacing Velcro on a Diaper Cover with Snaps

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Yuck. Velcro. I am not a fan of Aplix. My diapers eventually look as such and worse. The Velcro loses its grip, harbors odors, plus snags in the wash. Thankfully there’s a way to salvage those old diaper covers. Removing the Velcro and replacing them with snaps is a great (and I feel longer lasting) alternative to just replacing the velcro. I’ve used this process a few times and have had no issues.

~Materials Needed~
Seam Ripper
Small Piece of PUL (or other waterproof fabric)
16 Plastic Snaps (12 Male, 4 Female)
Snap Kit (check out KAM Snaps for more information)

This is a general guide on how to fix those old covers. Measurements and amount of snaps needed will vary on size and diaper brand.

Here we go!

Most covers in the front on the inside will have a flap of PUL about 3″ covering where the Aplix had been sewn in. Fold this flap over to expose the stitching.

With your seam ripper, very carefully start removing the stitching. After the seam is removed, fold the flap back over.

Carefully cut the Aplix as close to the bias tape as possible to remove. I’ve tried removing the seam of the bias tape to completely remove the Aplix but that honestly didn’t go so well. I’d just cut the Aplix in the front. The Aplix on the tabs are a tad more tricky, but continue to remove all Aplix from the cover.
*HINT: When removing Aplix from the tabs, try starting your seam rip on a corner. It seems to be the easiest starting point.*

This will be general guide. As said earlier, measurements and number of snaps needed will vary with size and brand of diaper.
Once removed, measure and mark on the front of the diaper cover where you want your snaps to be. A good reference line is where the Aplix had originally been. The front of my cover is 9″ across. From the edge using the previous stitching as a level line, measure out 2″, mark and continue marking every 1″ until the 7″ mark. You will have 6 marks going across. Measure and mark 1″ below the top row using the first mark of the top row as your reference. Continue marking every inch 1″ below the top row so you have 6 marks going across. You should now have 2 rows of 6 marks 1″ apart.

With the cover measuring 9″ across, a 7″x2″ piece of PUL would be an adequate size for an extra layer of support for the snaps. You want something that is ‘waterproof’ (Anti-pill Fleece would probably work too). Something like cotton would just absorb and i’m pretty sure you’d get leaking as well as smells.

Lay the piece of PUL shiny side facing baby in that flap in the front. Using your snap kit, install male snaps in each mark with the male connector facing out.

When you are done it will look something like this. Just try and get the PUL centered on there as best as you can. It doesn’t need to be perfect, just help give the snaps another layer for support.

This is what it will look like from the front. Moving on to the tabs!

With the diaper laying open, use the previous stitching as a reference line. Make two marks 1″ apart. Repeat for other tab.

Install female snaps with the female connector facing up when the diaper is laid open. Repeat for other tab.

And you’re finished! Pretty easy huh? Now go dig out those old covers 🙂

Happy Crafting!!

No-Sew Cloth Diaper

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There are times when us cloth diapering parents forget to throw the diapers in the wash, or the dryer, or hang them out to dry. Bedtime/Diaper change comes and we have that moment of panic. A friend of mine posted on Facebook a link for creating a last minute cloth diaper out of an old t-shirt.

I’m sold. With extremely simple instructions (just a matter of folding), and the absorbency of cotton knit, it’s easy to see how this is a great go-to in that moment of panic.

Check out SarawHarding’s tutorial on creating a last minute diaper from a t-shirt.

Happy Crafting!!

Stuffed Owl Lovey

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Another wonderful project that can be made with scraps. Seriously…don’t throw them away. Normally I am all for tossing out what I don’t need. But I have found that I can almost always make something out of what seems to be worthless pieces of leftover material.

~Materials Needed~
Scraps (2 pieces 11″ x 8″ for body, 4 pieces 7″ x 4″ for wings, misc. for eyes)
Ribbon (If making Taggie style)
Wax Paper (Optional for Appliqués)

This is my pattern; for personal use only. Pattern includes 1/4″ seam allowance. This is my first attempt at posting my own sewing pattern, be gentle. 🙂

Print the pattern and cut out fabric. When laying out the wings, cut 1 out of desired fabric, FLIP THE PATTERN and cut out another wing. Repeat with contrasting fabric. Cut 2 of the eyes and pupils. Cut 1 of the beak.

Here we go!

~Eyes and Beak~
This is new to me. I’ve never done appliqués until recently and am still learning. I’m cheap, i’ll admit it. I’m not going to buy the expensive contact paper needed to do appliqués. So I Googled ‘sewing appliqués with wax paper’. I found several tutorials as well as a message board. I’m linking the message board because it includes instructions as well as chit-chat of questions/answers.

What I did is iron the shiny side of the wax paper to the wrong side of the eyes, pupils, and beak; remove the wax paper and sew in place. The wax paper is supposed to create a bit of tackiness and allows you to sew the appliqué in place easier. You can either do this or just pin it in place like a mad woman, I came up with the same results.

*Something I want to add about the appliqué. The ‘waving’ that I have in my picture with the eyes is not a good thing. You want it to lay flat. I feel there is more research needed on my part when it comes to appliqués.*

~Wings~
Lay one of the wings right-side up, mark in the seam allowance where you want your ribbon sewn in (optional). Make loops or leave straight desired length of ribbon and pin at marks.

Lay contrasting fabric wing right-side down on top of the other wing (so you have right-sides facing). Pin wings together.

Use a serge style stitch to sew in place from point-to-point on the outer edge of the wing only. Repeat for the other wing.

Turn the wings right-side out. Press, minding the ribbon (not all ribbon will handle the heat). Top stitch the seam. Repeat for the other wing.

~Putting it all together~
Lay the front body piece right-side up. The wings are formed to the body pattern, so it’s only a matter of deciding which fabric you’d like facing out. Placing that fabric right-side up, situate the wings til they match the body piece. Lay the back body piece right-side down, matching the front body piece. Pin together.

Use a serge style stitch to sew in place starting at the bottom of one wing, going all the way around and stopping at the bottom of the other wing. This leaves a decent gap to turn the work and fill with stuffing.

~Stuffing and Finishing~
Turn the work right-side out. The amount of stuffing is up to you. Thin and squishy, big and plumpy…it’s whatever. Once you’ve stuffed the owl, use a ladder stitch to close the remaining gap.

And there you go! A nice little Stuffed Owl Lovey made completely from scraps. If there are any questions or issues with the pattern or tutorial, please don’t hesitate to ask! Also if anyone has different appliqué instructions or any help in that area i’m all ears!

Happy Crafting!

Homemade Fabric Softener

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In the pursuit of finding a Homemade Laundry Detergent, I also wanted to make my own fabric softener.

I’ll admit, I was skeptical. You use conditioner. Yep…conditioner. Strange yes, does it work? Yes.

Enough with the chatter, we know how this goes.

Homemade Fabric Softener
Original How-To can be found here at The Frugal Girls
3 cups hot water
1 1/2 cups Distilled White Vinegar
1 cup Suave Conditioner (scent is your preference)

Dissolve conditioner into hot water. Add vinegar and mix thoroughly. I saved the jug from the last time I bought fabric softener from a store and used it to store my homemade fabric softener.
~To Use~
Pour about half a cap full into the fabric softener dispenser in the wash and add water to the line. (No different than store bought fabric softener)

This recipe makes 44oz., which is the exact size of my Purex bottle from before. If you have a larger container, you can always double the batch.

Happy Crafting!

Homemade Laundry Detergent

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Those that cloth diaper or have cloth diapered before know that finding a good wash routine as well as detergent can be daunting with all the different types of water, diapers, fabrics, machines, wash cycles…eh…. Also those that cloth diaper know that you have to be extremely careful about what detergent you buy at the store. Additives and scents can be hard on diapers and baby’s skin.

When I started looking for a detergent to make, I wanted one that could be used on both the diapers/wipes and our daily laundry items. I came across several detergents using grated bars of soap. Do not be thrown off by grated soap, it’s not as invasive or difficult as you think. I’m going to include the recipe for this type of detergent as well, but please DO NOT use it on cloth diapers. The bar soap seems to lead to build-up. I know this also can depend on the type of cloth diaper but I use both retail and homemade, both ended with build-up using a detergent that called for a bar of soap.
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It has been far too long…

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I can’t believe I haven’t posted in over 6 months…not good.

~Quick update~
I finally graduated! Proud new owner of a BSBA. AH…finally.
We moved, BUT I have a great craft room that’s adjacent to our main living so I don’t feel so secluded or neglectful of the family when I’m wanting to be a bit crafty.

~What i’ve been working on~
I’ve been playing with the Prudent Baby Snappy Toddler Dress pattern. I love this pattern, it is so versatile (easy to customize), and my daughter loves and plays easily in every dress I make from this pattern.
Not the greatest picture I’m sorry, but just a quick example. I’ve also made one with pockets in the Wow Wow Wubzy fabric seen below. It’s too cute.

On a whim one afternoon I made a few Cabbage Patch Doll diapers. My daughter kept taking her doll’s diaper off, so the sticky tabs were well…not sticky. I modeled them after the ‘disposable’ diaper that came with the doll; they need some adjusting if I end up doing a tutorial.
With the wonderful world of Pinterest, we are exposed to more and more DIY projects than we can handle. While cruising the DIY category I kept coming across making your own detergents, cleaners, and soaps. I’ve tried a few, and once I get a good recipe I’ve made consistently and enjoy I will post a tutorial on that. They are so simple and cost WAY less than store bought, it’s just finding that recipe that works. I did however find a great detergent that i’ve been using for about two months now, it also works on cloth diapers. I’m working on the tutorial and will hopefully have that linked here within a few days.

I’ve also been trying to make items out of scraps that I have. After moving and organizing my craft mess, I realized I had a ton of scraps that could be used for something. So far i’ve gotten a diaper, a Taggie stuffed Owl for an expectant friend, the doll diapers, and started a quilt. Let me say, i’ve never made a quilt, and hats off to you ladies that do. It’s been trying for some reason.

I’m hoping to get back into the swing of posting more often.

Cheers and Happy Crafting!

‘Seriously I’m a Genius’ Corn Dip

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The title says it all. This stuff is AWESOME! I have tried a few corn dips at parties…and regardless…it is always a hit. With the Cotton Bowl yesterday, I wanted to make a few goodies and thought that I should throw together some things for corn dip.

I made this while my daughter napped and my husband was at work yesterday. After it was done I promptly text my husband telling him “This is the best *&^%$#* corn dip ever! I’m a genius!”…literally….hence the name 🙂
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A Family of Earflap Hats!

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Originally I had a tutorial for the women’s earflap hat only. I decided that I might as well make hats for the whole family. The child’s pattern I found through Pinterest. The women’s and men’s patterns I adapted on my own through various patterns that I have tried myself.

The child’s pattern is located at DefiKNITely – Chullito
~This pattern worked up quickly and easily. It did not include the instructions for the pom, this is something I added. I found this nice .pdf tutorial on how to make a pom-pom from Hello Knitty.
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