Fall Table Runner

One of my personal goals is to sew more! I’ve got a great machine and I intend to use it. Not to mention I love the challenge and mixing some fabric into my normally paper filled craft life. Today I’m sharing the first of two posts about this table runner. Next post? I’ll share adding iron-on fun! For today though, let’s focus on basic building.

I am a VERY basic sewer, so as I ease in things with simple how-to suit me well. In this case I cut a bunch of scraps all at least 18in wide, and sewed them together to create a patchwork of patterns.

It requires sewing the line of one ‘backside’ to another. Now note – you don’t have to be on the edge! In fact sometimes I’d go a few inches in if it was easier for me to navigate around a rugged cut. Then, simply cut off the excess fabric so that later when you go to iron and sew together the finished piece there isn’t excess in the way (see below).

I just kept on stitching pieces together until I had a piece long enough. Now here’s a fact – you can stop here. Iron the raw ends under, go put it on your table. It’ll look lovely and nobody will be the wiser that it’s the unfinished top of a table runner. Folding + ironing fabrics is one of my favorite tricks! Alas, it is time for me to expand my skills so I continue!

At this point I ironed everything so the seams would be flat, and marked where I wanted the width of my table runner to be. I did this initially to save time so I didn’t have to measure every piece or make sure they were all even – and this method for me paid off.

Once I marked where I wanted the table runner to be, I stitched the two long sides, leaving the remaining (end) of the table runner open. With this done, I tucked the raw ends in and once again ironed this flat. YES – this one end is still open – but that’s ok!

It’s ok because I intended to stitch trim along this end, creating a decorative end but also effectively sealing up that fourth side without any fuss or difficulty! I’m all for easy solutions when it comes to sewing because I’m just learning the ropes around here.

So I got out some fun trim I’d been saving, and stitched it on!

At this point I have a reversible table runner ready for action… or is it? I think some fun iron-ons would add to it and I’ll share that how-to tomorrow. In the meantime I hope you enjoyed this and my unusual table runner color choices for fall. I’m testing out new to me colors and designs, and I’ll be sure to share a photo of how the room looks in my ‘around here’ post in a week or two!

What are you crafting or learning these days? I’d love to hear!

Quick DIY: Lavender Satchel

I had this idea (ha!) and now I find myself with a huge bag of lavender (purchased on amazon – here’s an affiliate link) and a lot of satchels to make. Here’s the great news: this is a project with a LOT of variations and you can totally make any size/shape you like to add a nice scent to your closet, drawer, etc!

I wanted a hanging one to put in my closet and I decided to start with a circle pattern and some Wonder Woman fabric.

To begin with, you’ll want fabric, a pen, and you can either machine or hand stitch. I drew a circle on the back side of the fabric – FYI this is a folded piece of fabric “inside out” so that when stitched and turned I will have a circle shaped pouch.

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DIY Pillowcase with button accents

The very first sewing project I ever made as an adult was a pillowcase. I have a really hard time with patterns and complex sewing, and so this has been a “go-to can do” project for me over the last twenty years or so. I’ve got a lot of fabric that I want to see in use, and a lot of ideas for stepping up my pillow game, so once in a while here I will be sharing a how-to tutorial!

The great thing about a pillow case is that you can make it by simply folding fabric over (offset/overlapping) and creating a pocket for the pillow to slide on in. It only requires 4 stitch lines – two across the “ends”, that will be exposed, and then once folded along the top and bottom (or sides – depending on which edge is raw/open) before flipping right side out and utilizing!  Continue reading “DIY Pillowcase with button accents”

Simple hoop project


I have long loved embroidery hoops, and lately I’ve been playing with growing my (so meager) skills! This simple hoop was created for the CHA trade show (my new embellishment line, 28 Lilac Lane) and features the Sunshine and Pretty Princess bottles and trim from the Hello, Cupcake kit. To create a project like this:

  1. Mark where the fabric will be, then draw a light line.
  2. Stitch fabric and backing material together (loop around near edge), then place into hoop.
  3. Stitch and pull tight the excess on the back of the hoop.
  4. Use PPA or other clear drying glue, place a bow, as well as all the buttons, beads, sequins, and pearls into place.


What I love about this project is that while I did stitch a bit, mostly this project was put together by just gluing! I do love a shortcut, and this was definitely quicker than hand stitching. It also allowed me to embellish the very edge where stitching wouldn’t be able to be done on a hoop like this.

Bird ornament: Creating an animal with ScanNCut


This is a project two months in the making. No, really! I’ve been working out the how-to and best practices and allll of this and I am slow at sewing in general. I’ve not mastered anything – but I’m ready to begin this series and take you along as I use my ScanNCut to create wild & funky critters! Thank you to Brother for continuing to work with me and allow me to bring you these crafty posts! Disclaimer that I do work with them, and that within this post ‘opinions expressed by a paid consultant’.

  1. You can use a pre-existing pattern and just re-size to suit your needs
  2. You can alter an existing ScanNCut file – which is what I did with this bird
  3. You could doodle your own inventions and turn them into cut files!

The #1 thing that I’m finding is that some patterns and fabrics look and work better than others. The Brother iron-on glitter sheets are going to be fabulous on my projects like this one – soon as I’m ready for that next level! Ah, but today I’m excited to do some funky intentionally “messy” stitching and share this bird with you.


Most of the pieces were cut out using the ScanNCut, however some I cut by hand as I eyeballed and needed a basic curve/feather. Love how this technology works so well for me!

Here is my video how-to (link).


This is just the beginning! I’m not great at this type of project… yet! I’m still learning, and creating my own rules and ideas as I go along. There are a lot of fox and penguin prototypes over here that aren’t ready – but I’m not giving up! In fact I have had so much fun with my testing and fails that I know I’ll keep trying, making, and playing in 2016.

This is my last post of the year – hope you’ve enjoyed it!