I read the Hunger Games series over Spring Break while I was camping at Big Bend and loved it of course! When I got home, I called my sister to tell her that my 12 year old niece Alexis had to read them and she told me that Alexis was already on book #2! I was so excited! So Alexis and I chatted on the phone about the book and she asked me the most important question you could possibly ask…”are you Team Peeta or Team Gale?” I said, “Of course, Team Peeta!” So I knew what I had to make her!


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My friend Angie is having a baby shower for her little newborn Emerson in a few weeks and among several other things, I decided that I wanted to make her a sign for the baby’s room.


Remember these Burlap Monogram Signs I have been making?



Well, they have been a big hit! I have made (and sold) several already. {the tutorial HERE}


But…I wanted to do a little something different this time.

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Reversible Car Seat Strap Covers

So my niece Ava is now almost 4 months old and spends a lot of time in her car seat going here and there with her 3 older siblings. The car seat strap covers my sister was using were getting pretty nasty so it was requested that I make some new ones.


I first saw this tutorial on reversible strap covers from Alisa at the Sweet Life. But I decided to change the sizes a bit so the finished size is about 6″ long. They might be a tad long for newborns but they fit Ava’s car seat great!


I used pink polka-dots on one side and pink fuzzy fabric on the other. They were really quick to make and came out super cute. Ava loved them! Well, I think she did…she drooled all over them. And because they are reversible you can just flip them over and extend the life between washes.


Here is my tutorial…


Materials (for one pair)

  • Two 7″ x 7″ pieces of patterned cotton fabric
  • Two 7″ x 7″ pieces of soft and fuzzy fabric or another cotton pattern
  • Two 7″ x 7″ pieces of batting (I like low-loft polyester because it doesn’t stretch like cotton batting)
  • Two sets of 3″ velcro strips


Put the patterned cotton down first and match the right sides of the patterned cotton and the soft fabric together. Then put the batting on top. I like to sew with my batting on top because it stretches more and it gets caught in the presser feet if it is on the bottom.
Sew the edges with a 1/2″ seam allowance and leave a 2-3″ opening for turning.
Cut the corners and trim up the edges. Then turn right side in and iron flat.
I like to use sided steam a seam tape to iron in between the gap where I turned the fabric in. Then you can stitch it closed by hand.
Sew a 1/4″ seam around the edges. Watch your stitch length. You want to make sure it isn’t too small when you are sewing through all these layers.
Sew on the velcro on opposite sides of cover. One on the soft side and one on the patterned side. You can add a longer strip of velcro if you want…on second though, a 5″ would probably hold the edges a little more securely than my 3″ strip. I will try a longer strip next time.
Here you can see the velcro on each side. If you have a specific direction to your pattern, you need to pay attention to which way you sew on the velcro.
Fold it up and hook the velcro and you see how they work!
Now attach to the car seat! While Ava was sleeping she told me she wanted the polka-dot side showing!


Then later when she was up I thought I would take a pic of the other side of the straps. Isn’t she cute?!?


And of course I have to throw in a pic of her big sister Hannah…who was wearing the most adorable outfit! She loves pink…can you tell?
Man, I love those kids! Until later, happy sewing!


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More Burlap Monogram Signs

So it seems my 24″ burlap monogram sign was a hit! Amber and Dan absolutely loved it, and so did my friends Kelly and Melonee. The ladies actually comissioned me to make some more for gifts – two for a wedding and one for an anniversary.

My first paying crafting gig…SWEET! :)

The 3 new signs came out really well too! And I am getting much faster at making them, so that is a bonus.

Notice I had to change the font for the S….the S on other font
looked weird….kind of like a P. So I went to something a little more fancy.


I am already thinking about possible Christmas presents and other signs I can make. I love burlap! I definitely need to figure out how much it costs to ship these babies because I want to put some up on Etsy.

Until later, happy crafting!

Burlap Monogram Sign

ANNOUNCEMENT – To purchase one of these signs, visit my Etsy store: Bayou City Burlap!


My friends Dan and Amber are getting married next weekend on a boat and I can’t go…I am so bummed.


Well, I am really only partially bummed because I am going to Seattle for the Issaquah Salmon Festival with my family so I am pretty excited about that. Anyway, I wanted to make them a nice wedding gift and since I have been eyeing those painted monogram signs, I thought I would give one a try. But I wanted to use burlap because it rocks and would give the gift a cool yet fancy look.


I decided to make it 24″ square so I got some 24″ basic stretcher bars from the art supply store. They are about $1.50 each and easy to assemble. Or you can repurpose an old wooden frame if you have one.


Then I laid out burlap and cut it about 3 inches larger than the frame on each side. I used blue painter’s tape to mark the inside of the frames, where the words would be. Next time I will also put the tape on the outside of the frame because it would have been much easier when it came to wrapping the burlap around the frame.



Next, I used my cricut to cut some contact paper for a stencil.



I used 3 different colors for this…dark brown, gold, and black. Also, I like using makeup sponge applicators for stencils because they are cheap and I can just throw them away after and not worry about washing a bunch of brushes.



**Helpful hint – when you are doing stencils, make sure you dab the paint on directly from the top…don’t brush side to side. Otherwise you might get it under your stencil. And even though contact paper is sticky, it is possible to mess up the stencil!


So I started dabbing.



The first layer I put on was the dark brown with a little bit of gold mixed in. The second layer I put on was half black and brown. The third layer was half brown half gold. I like doing the layers because it makes it look a little dimensional. When you are doing stencils on burlap it is important to put something under the burlap otherwise your table will get full of paint! And you don’t want to dab a too much of paint on the burlap at once or it will look weird and thick.



Now the first stencil comes off…how pretty!



Then I cut out the other stencil and started dabbing.



Oooooh looking nice!


Next I cut natural colored muslin and batting the same size as the burlap.



I wrapped the muslin and batting together around the frame tight and stapled it (sorry I forgot to take a pic of this part!). Then I wraped the burlap on top and staple it. I decided to wrap them separately to ensure they were all pulled tight enough and there weren’t any wrinkles.



Lastly, I tucked in the edges and added a hanger and a little note. Though the note turned out to be upside down…whoops!



And the final product hanging up…


Here’s a close up of the lettering:



This project was super easy and I think it came out amazing! I can’t wait to make another one.


**UPDATE*** – I’ve made a bunch more burlap monogram signs! You can check them out HERE, HERE, and HERE!


Until later, happy crafting!


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Aromatherapy Heat Pack Tutorial

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I have been thinking about making aromatherapy heat packs for a while and when I needed a gift for my friend Kelly’s birthday last week I thought I would give it a try. Turns out these are super simple!
I made them in two sizes – large (23″ x 6″) and small (12″ x 6″). The large one is big enough to fit around your neck and the small one is nice and compact to hit a little spot.
Basically you make an inner pouch to hold the rice and then you make a pillowcase for it. All seam allowances are 1/4 inch unless specified.
First, the inner pouch…
For this part I used unbleached muslin but you can really use any cotton fabric….but don’t splurge on a print because you won’t see it!
  • For the LARGE – 1 piece of muslin 6.5″ x 40″
    • or if you don’t have a piece that big, use 2 pieces that are 6.5″ x 20.5″ and sew them together at one of the narrow ends to get one big 40″ piece)
  • For the SMALL – 1 piece of muslin 6.5″ x 20″
Note: all the examples will be for the larger size but the smaller one is made the exact same way.
First, fold the narrow sides together.

Then sew up the LONG sides. DON’T stitch up the 4th side!

I use a serger first and then stitch up the seams with my sewing machine. I think this reinforces the edges a little better. If you don’t have a serger, you can add a zig zag around the edges if you like. A little extra stitching to prevent a rice catastrophe never hurt anyone. :)

Look…you still have an open side!
Measure out the rice in a large bowl.
  • For the LARGE pack you need 3.5 lbs of white rice (not instant!).
  • For the SMALL pack you only need 1.5 lbs.
  • Add the essential oil of your choice. I used Eucalyptus. For the large pack I used about 25 drops and for the small one I used 12. But use your own judgement depending on how strong of a scent you want and which oil you are using. I bought my oil at Hobby Lobby in the candle/soap making section, but anywhere that has candle/soap stuff would probably carry a few scents at least.
Drop the oil on the rice and mix with either a spoon or gloves. You are not supposed to get this on your skin! And it burns when you even get traces of it in your eyes…ask me how I know.
Then add the rice to the open end of the muslin bag. If you have a funnel, save yourself the headache of little rice grains everywhere and use it. Otherwise you can make one out of cardstock…I did.
Then sew up your pouch!
Now, for the outer case…
If you already know how to make a pillowcase using the “tube method” then you know the next few steps. If not, I will walk you through it.
  • For the LARGE – one 14″ x 21″ piece of fabric for the main part and one 8″ x 14″ piece for the edge
  • For the SMALL – one 14″ x 11″ piece of fabric for the main part and one 6″ x 14″ piece for the edge

FYI – I am using the paisley fabric for the main part and the orange fabric for the edge.

What the fabric looks like if you are making the LARGE size
What the fabric looks like if you are making the SMALL size

First, place the edge piece right side up and match up the 14″ sides of the fabric, right sides together.

Then from the bottom (C), roll up the main piece (B) about halfway up towards the top (A).
Now, take the bottom of the edge piece (C) and fold it up to meet the top (A). Make sure B is in the middle of the roll, otherwise you might sew through it.
Now sew up the A,C side. DO NOT SEW THROUGH THE B SIDE or it won’t work!!!

Once the A,C seam is sewn, turn it inside out.

And you will get this…

Notice now how you have no seams for the edge of the case and it is nice on both sides of the main fabric! If you have made pillowcases and haven’t done it like this you have been missing out!

Iron out the edge piece on both sides and put a 1/4″ seam thorough it (on the edge side, not the main side). This just helps hold it in place.

Now lay your case right side up with your edge to the left. Fold the bottom side to the top.
Pin and sew.
 Turn the case inside out and iron.
Insert the rice pouch.


Here are the two different sizes:

And that’s all there is to it. Like I said, these are really simple to whip up and would be great gifts! I read somewhere that you can also freeze them and use them as cold packs, but I haven’t tried it yet. Let me know if any of you have.

Until later, happy sewing!


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This year, I have decided to embark on an inititive to make as many of the gifts I give people as I can, since I have an obnoxious amount of fabric and I can usually find some time to spare. So far so good! This is what I came with for my friend Rachel for her baby shower.


As soon as they found out it was a boy, she chose the name Jesse. Rachel has a background in Marine Biology so she loves aquatic-themed stuff and that is how she decorated his room. So, I made this name banner to go along with the theme. This is the first time I have made one of these name banners with such a busy pattern. I did the two panels on the end so you could tell what the pattern was. I am very pleased at how well it turned out!


I have been thinking about making one of those hooded baby towels so I decided now was the time to try it out. I used the fish fabric on the border of the hood and for the monogramed J. I also added a little pocket on the side since I had a bit of terrycloth left. But I am super excited about how cute this came out…I even went out today and bought some more towels.



Until later, happy sewing!