diy: personalize your hat

personalize your fedora

I’m completely in love with this fedora craze that’s been going on lately. I’ve always loved wearing hats and now its even more trendy to fashion your noggin with cute toppers. The problem with trends, however, is that there is a good chance of seeing yourself walk down the street since there’s only so many hats to choose from. I’ve decided to lower my chances of seeing double by giving my plain, Old-Navy-purchased fedora some custom modifications.

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anthro-inspired pillow plus FREE template!

anthropologie inspired pillow

A couple weeks ago I told you about my works in progress and posted this pillow from anthropologie:

orimono pillow anthropologie

via anthropologie

Welp, I made my own version and I am in love with it! Seriously. I look at it and it just makes me smile. I think its just so cheery and bright and springy. Aren’t you smiling now just looking at the picture? You should be! No? Scroll back up and look at it again…

…there we go, you’re smiling now, right?

Anyway, like most things I tackle, this pillow was quite the process. Not quite as involved as my felted loops pillow (both part I and part II), but still, there was a bit of a learning curve. But lucky for you I’m giving you the template I used to save you the time and headaches I went through and you’ll be able to make your own make-me-smile pillow without all the hassle!

But before we get to the freebie, let me tell you a little about the pillow.

The process is actually quite simple, and unlike the anthro pillow I simplified the pieces so there’s only 16 different pieces (most are repeated once) and they are bigger so there isn’t as much to sew.

Cut out all the pieces out of whatever kind of fabric you have and lay it out per the template onto your base fabric. This is a great way to use up some scraps that are really too small to make anything substantial with but you just couldn’t part with them.

Once you have all the pieces laid out on the fabric, you can just use a regular glue stick to tack all the pieces down so you don’t have to deal with all the pins.


Once I had it all lightly glued down, I just went for it and started zig zagging over the pieces. Not the best idea. The fabric started puckering and it wasn’t looking so hot. Solution: Top stitch over all the pieces first. This may seem redundant and monotonous, but it really doesnt take that long and it is sooo worth it.

anthropologie pillow diy

 Once its all top stitched start satin stitching over the straight stitching.  This is where all the magic happens.  Smiles will start appearing mid satin stitching… you won’t know what came over you.

btw: Satin stitching is just adjusting your zig zag stitching super close together. I practiced with different combinations of widths and zig zag closeness on a scrap before going at it on the pillow.

anthropologie pillow diy

You can see the puckering at the bottom of the pillow. That’s where I started zig zagging without any top stitching. I’m telling you, don’t do it!

(It’s going to sound like a bit of a cop out for my next step to be, “finish the pillow like any other pillow”, but, I’m going to do it.)

Once you have the flower all sewn on, finish the pillow like any other pillow!

pillow back

I used just a simple green fabric for the back. I used the same fabric on one of the petals on the front for some consistency. The piping was in a more contrasting fabric. I originally thought I would write a “how to make piping” post last week when I was working on this, but, turns out, I’m not that good at it yet. I can’t very well give you guys a how-to on that when I’m barely getting by on it! Give me a little more time and a few more piped pillows and then I’ll be an ace and share my new skills with you.

Alright, time for the free template! I hope you all make something awesome with it! I’m so excited to be sort of giving away something for the first time on my blog and to share this happy pillow with you, but please remember to give credit where credit is due. If you use the template and post it on your own site or somewhere else please credit me and link back to my site. 1) because its respectful and 2) because I want to see what you did!

Click on the link to download! Printable_OrimonoPillow_StuffStephDoes  enjoy!

note: this is not a full blown pattern for making a pillow, it is only the template for the flower design.

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diy: sock bunnies

diy sock bunnies

Last week while I was in Toledo installing Mason’s letters and taking fanatical pictures of his cheese dip at lunch, my mom had made these adorable little sock bunnies. I thought they were too cute not to share on here! She saw the idea on pinterest and made her way to lil blue boo’s blog that has a fabulously detailed step-by-step.

If you want the detailed diy, go there. If you want the quick and dirty how-to, I’ll provide you with a simple analysis of the sock bunny anatomy:

sock bunny

If you want to see what else my mom has found on pinterest, follow her!

sock bunny

DIY: Anthropologie-Inspired Shirt

easy diy anthropologie inspired shirt

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m slightly obsessed with Anthropologie. However, their prices don’t usually fit into my “intern architect” salary, so I usually end up scouring their clearance racks.

I get their daily come-gawk-over-all-our-pretty-things emails and I always find myself checking out their newest arrivals and then checking the calendar for when they’ll go on clearance. (ok, I don’t really do this, but I do look at the emails, gawk, and then usually delete them)

Last week they were advertising colorful springtime shirts. I was perusing the selection and then I saw this one:

Anthropologie Inspiration shirt

via Anthropologie

It’s called an “Oatmeal Dipped Tee,” like the sleeves were “dipped” in oatmeal-colored fabric. In all reality its a long sleeve shirt with some extensions.

It’s not even the most amazing thing Anthropologie has to offer, it is just soo doable, especially for less than 48 bucks. I couldn’t pass it up.

diy anthropologie inspired tee

As far as how much fabric you need, you just have to buy however much you need for the length.  I bought 3/8 of a yard and ended up cutting off 2.” I figure better safe than sorry.

A fun story about the shirt I used:

The Anthro shirt is $48 bucks, actually not as outrageous as a lot of their stuff, but still, I was determined to do it for less. If you already have a striped shirt, or any long sleeve shirt that you want to alter, save the investment and just use one of those. I didn’t have one in my wardrobe that fit the bill, so I went out on a mission for one. I figured I could spend 10-15 bucks on one and still come out pretty far ahead…heck, I could spend 30 and still be ahead, but that’s beside the point.

First stop: TJ Maxx. No luck.

Second stop: Old Navy (it was across the parking lot) Success! I found the winning article on the clearance rack with no clearance price on it. Full price was $16.94, I figured at most it had to be around 10 bucks, perfect! Let’s get it.

Turns out it was on SUPER clearance.  What do I mean by SUPER clearance? 97 cents clearance to be exact.  Yes, sir, less than one dollar. I said to the cashier, “Wait, did that just ring up for 97 cents???”

“Uh, yeah, this shirt has been here for a long time,” he says, secretly rejoicing that this thing is finally getting out of the store. “I think its over a year old.”

“Fine by me! Ring it up!” I could completely mess this up and not even be out a whole bottle of diet mountain dew

I probably wouldn’t have picked this color if I had a choice. I actually like the purple one better. But I pretty much wear purple every day, so I guess it was good that I didn’t have another option. (plus, did I mention it was only 97 cents??)

ok, on with the project:

Anthropologie inspired tee DIY

1. Cut off the hem if its 3/4 sleeve, cut off more if its already long sleeved.

2. Measure width of the sleeve laying flat. Use this to figure out how wide to cut your “dipping” fabric. My sleeve was 4 3/4″, so I cut the sleeve dip 10 1/2″ (giving me a 1/2″ seam allowance)

3. Cut out the sleeve extensions and fold in half, right sides together

4. Sew up the sides and press open the seam

5. Put the sleeve extension on the sleeve right sides together and sew along the edge.

6. Press. Then flip right side out and mark your hem. This picture is pre-hem, I cut off 2″ and turned it up about an inch. I still kept the sleeves a little longer than usual, they look pretty long in the inspiration picture.

Anthropologie inspired tee DIY

About 5 bucks later, voila!

Applique baby bibs

applique baby bibs

At least once a year my college roommates have a “Roomie Reunion” where we all get together, eat good food, and catch up with everybody and their families. It seems each time we get together there is a new addition to the group. This time there were two new members to the “roomie” group. Both boys, born 3 days apart. They’re almost 6 months old now, but I hadn’t met them yet, and this was my welcome-to-the-roomie-group present for them.

You may remember seeing a snippet of this from my preview post a few weeks ago. This was part of the craft extravaganza weekend. Where I also made the yarn rope for the felted loops pillow, and the baby gift to go with the knit berry hat.

The appliques were done on the head honchos of embroidery machines. If you remember I got my new toy because my mom got a new embroidery machine which bumped her old embroidery machine into her regular sewing machine, which made her regular sewing machine mine! (that’s a pretty good deal…what else could we apply this too?)

I remember I won my iPad around the same time my mom got her new machine. (I won it in a raffle…what a great thing to win, right? The only other thing I ever won in raffles were oversized sponsor sweatshirts, this was definitely a step up) I was visiting shortly after and brought my new gadget with me to show off and when I went down into the craft dream world basement to see my mom’s new toy lo and behold she had a sewing machine with a freaking iPad attached to it.

embroidery machine

Look at that touch screen on that monster! Ok, so it’s not really an iPad, but its as big as one! This thing does everything…it even cuts the threads for you as it moves around. It was definitely fun to play with over the weekend.

We made the appliques out of the same fabric, just different parts of it, so the letters looked different and put them on standard pre-made bibs. Here’s some photo documentation:

embroidery baby bibs

applique scissors

If you’re going to get into applique things, these scissors are where it’s at. They make it so easy to cut close to the stitching.

applique baby bib

sew around b

applique baby bib

I like the fun stitch detail around the E.

applique baby bib

and Voila! two fun bibs for two adorable babies!

knit berry hat baby gift

Remember this?

knit baby berry hat

click here if you don’t remember, want a refresher, or love it so much you just can’t get enough.

Anyway, I always had bigger plans for this little knit hat. I just had to find the time to finish its counterparts! I wasn’t able to go to a baby shower for my good friend from undergrad back in October, but still wanted to get her something for her new baby.  I knitted these hats with her in mind from the get go.

On positive side, being fashionably late with this gift allowed me to wait until I knew the baby’s name. Last weekend my mom and I completed the gift with some more personalized additions. So here is the completed knit berry hat gift:

embroidered baby gift

How adorable is that!? The baby’s name, by the way, is Abigail, so the A’s are more than appropriate.

embroidered baby onesie

My mom has a fancy schmancy embroidery machine (I can talk about that more in a later post) which made the applique pretty easy to do. I basically said “I like that A, this fabric, with this thread” and watched the machine do its magic.

Same for the strawberries:

baby onesie and knit hat

The burp cloth is my mom’s specialty. She gets all the credit for this. Like with the embroidery machine I said, “I like this A and this fabric” and she did her magic. Thanks, Mom!

custom burp cloth

They’re made from cloth diapers. She’s made these before and even has her own label for all of her fun creations.

custom burp cloth

This all makes for one happy, stylish baby!


turban headbands

Here’s a little something I played around with this past weekend. I saw these cute headbands on various blogs and thought they were pretty cute. Then during a routine visit to the fabric store I noticed lots of knits on the half-off bargain rack… who could resist? I caved and promptly purchased some knits to make some of my own!

I had plans to do a whole how-to spiel on making one of these, but I haven’t quite nailed down how to finish the back yet. The current method isn’t that great, and I’m determined to master a better way. And now, since I have my new toy with me I can get right on that and whip up a tutorial for you in no time! (well, let’s hope that’s how it goes…)

In the mean time, here are some views of the headbands on…no commissioned models this time…bear with me and my poor modeling skillz:

turban headbands

p.s. I’m slowly learning how to actually code some things on this blog. I made cute little pinterest and twitter buttons on the sidebar. Check ’em out and follow me!

my (sort of) new toy

Besides coming back from the T.O.L. with tons of fun creations, I also brought this lovely machine home with me!

janome sewing machine

My mom got a new sewing machine which bumped the others down a spot in the line and this one became mine! It’s the machine I’ve really learned how to sew on, so I’m already familiar with it. It’s been waiting for me for a while now, I was just reluctant to bring it back to Columbus with me because I really don’t have a ton of room for sewing here. But I’ve decided to suck it up and figure out how to make do with little available space I have.

Now to figure out where to put it…

What in [Steph’s] World?!

My sibs and I used to get National Geographic’s kid-version magazine, “World,” remember it?

National Geographic World magazine


Anyway, I remember at the back of every issue there would be a page called “What in the World?!” (I can’t guarantee that the punctuation was really like that, but you get the idea) where they would take close up pictures of a frog’s skin, a Popsicle, broken glass, etc and you would have to guess what it was.

I went to Toledo this weekend and had a craft extravaganza with my mom working on several different projects that I had been thinking about/in progress/wanted to start. We got a TON done. I mean, it’s almost ridiculous as to how much craftiness went down this weekend.

Unfortunately I can’t blog about it all right now; some of the things are gifts that I have yet to give and I can’t ruin the surprise on here! Until I get to blogging about all of the awesome creations, I’m going to give you your own dose of “what in the world?!” with little snippets of projects that I worked on this weekend.

what in [steph’s] world!?

Stumped? Super excited? It will all be revealed in good time, so make sure to come back and find out!

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Super Comfy Shirt

I think I’ve mentioned this “future blog post” 2 or 3 times by now, so here it is already! The bird fabric in another form.  A super comfy shirt:

So you might be thinking, “Two pieces in the same fabric?! Why would you do such a thing?” and my answer is, “Why the heck not?”  The fabric is great and this shirt is perfect for lounging around in leggings…which is exactly what I did in it this weekend.

Happy Monday!