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Handmade Holiday- Map Embroidery

I know so many people that just LOVE where they live, myself included. So, I made this really simple craft that makes a wonderful, thoughtful and personal gift.

First Print a map of your chosen city. Make sure to print the map to be the same size as the frame you’d like to display it in. Next draw a heart shape around the city on the map using a pencil so you can adjust it if you make a mistake. Then using 3 stands of red embroidery thread, stitch over the heart you drew. There are many different stitches, but I think that a back stitch looks best on this type of project.

Once you have finished your heart, tie off the back and frame the paper in a coordinating frame.

Super simple, easy, cheap, and cute!


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Handmade Holiday- Applique Pillow

I thought for this next edition of Handmade Holiday I’d try something for the home. This can make a great gift to give away or keep for yourself.

First decide what size you would like your pillow to be. I would recommend basing it off another pillow you have at home, measuring the dimensions of that pillow and cut two pieces of fabric that size. I wanted an oblong pillow for mine, so I cut my pieces in that shape.

Next cut your trees out of three different holiday fabrics. The best way to do this is fold the piece of fabric in half so that the tree is symmetrical.  I decided to make a large, medium and small, but you can cut them how you like and whatever fits best on your pillow.

You should iron them out and then pin them on one of the larger pieces of fabric according to how you want them arranged.

Next stitch the trees onto the fabric staying as close to the outside of the tree as possible without going off the edge.

Then take the tree stitched fabric and the other side of your pillow and pin them together with the trees facing inside the pillow. Stitch all around 3 sides of the pillow.

Flip the pillow inside out and stuff with filling.

Next, fold the open sides in and pin together making sure that no fabric edges are exposed.

Sew a straight stitch where you have pinned the pillow closed in a matching thread so it won’t be noticeable. Enjoy your new pillow!

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Handmade Holiday- Gift Card Holder


Well friends… I am smack dab in the middle of Christmas shopping, or gift planning as I like to call it. In my house we’re big fans of making gifts. We make a big list of everyone we want to get gifts and we plan out projects from there. It makes for a crazy December, but it’s all worth it when our friends and family get to open projects that mean something a bit more than a trip to a store and buyers remorse when we get our credit card bill in January. With that I have come up with some easy DIY projects that you can create for those on your list.

This first one I wanted to share with you is a great way to add some personal flair to an otherwise impersonal gift, the gift card. Try making this cute little plush coffee mug gift card holder to go with the coveted gift card to Starbucks or one of your favorite local coffee shops. Lux is my favorite here in Phoenix, just sayin’.

First you will need 4 pieces of felt. The size will depend on how big you would like your mug to be. I used a mug from my kitchen as a template. Place your mug face down on your felt and draw around the outside of it creating your circle. Next wrap the felt around the outside of the mug and cut the felt according to the height and length it takes to wrap the mug.  You should have 2 circles for the top and bottom (one in the same color as your sides and another in black or brown), a larger piece for the sides and a smaller piece for the handle.

Next cut another piece in the same color as your mug using any gift card as a guide just making sure it isn’t longer than the height of your mug. This will be the pocket for the gift card to slide into. Stitch that piece onto the outside of the largest piece of felt around each side and across the bottom. It doesn’t really matter where as long as it isn’t too close to the edge.

Next take the smaller piece and roll it up long ways. Use a little bit of hot glue to secure it together. Fold it into a ‘c’ shape and pin to the inside of the larger piece with the pocket. Make sure that the handle and the pocket are on the inside of the fold. Stitch these pieces together. I went over this several times to make sure it was really secure.

Next, take the circle that is the same color as the large piece and place it on top of your outer piece. Make sure that the mug is still turned inside out. Stitch the two pieces together, creating a little  rim all around the mug. I chose to use my sewing machine on this part as well, but if you feel more comfortable, you can hand stitch this part. Just make sure your stitches are small and tight.

Flip the mug over and repeat the same thing with the black or brown circle piece. Don’t sew the entire way around. Leave a space open so you can flip the mug right side out.

Now, turn the mug right side out and stuff with poly fill pillow stuffing. Make sure to shove the filling down in all the sides to plump out the mug. Once the mug is full, carefully place the rest of the black felt circle inside the mug and hand stitch the rest of the way around the mug closing up the gap.

There you have it! A great little gift to accompany a coffee gift card. If you have questions about this tutorial, feel free to email me at

More DIYs this week. Happy Handmade Holiday!

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The Art of the Diaper Cake

I just can’t stay away! I miss you guys too much. So… in the middle of all these lovely guest posts, I had something to share.

Baby Showers- Everyone has them and everyone goes to them. Like most things, I can’t bring myself to just buy something off the registry. While incredibly practical, it’s not my style. I have made diaper cakes for the past two baby showers that I have attended. While there are many different styles to diaper cakes, I prefer to keep it simple and to a theme. I also think it is important to keep in mind the style of the parents, just like any gift a little thoughtfulness goes a long way.

Here is the diaper cake I made for a girl’s shower.

Here is the diaper cake I made for a boy’s shower.

Both are made using rolled up diapers and rubber bands along with custom sewed fabric covers and handmade gifts to embellish them.  Next time I will remember to take pictures of the process and do a true DIY for you.


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You Can Do It Too- DIY Laundry Detergent

We all love DIYs right? Some pretty little thing that we can be proud of. Well… this DIY isn’t really that kind, but it will save you money and we like that almost as much as pretty little things.

I HATE buying laundry detergent. It is one of those household items that makes my bill go up and when I leave the store I can’t understand why.  My mom has been making her own laundry detergent for a few months and has had brilliant success. I finally asked her to share the recipe and I committed to trying out. I’m sure this would be especially useful to all the mamas out there who do a billion loads of laundry per week.

Here goes…

You will need:

  • 1 bar of Fels-Naptha (some use Ivory soap, but I have skin allergies so I opted for this)
  • 2 cups of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
  • 2 cups of Borax

Grade the bar of Fels-Naptha

Dissolve the Fels-Naptha in 2 quarts of water on the stove

Stir in the washing soda and the Borax until it is dissolved

Add 2 gallons of water and pour into another container


Afterwards, let it cool.

There will be a thick layer at the top and all the water will be below. Take your hands and break up all of the chunks and try to smooth it out as much as possible. I’m not gonna lie, I probably played with it longer than I should have, but it feels really soft on your hands. Let it sit overnight and mix it up again in the morning. At this point you can decide if you like the consistency of it. Feel free to add more water if you feel like it is too thick. It may take you a few batches to get it perfect. Use a funnel to pour into storage containers. I just used an old laundry detergent bottle and a gallon jug. I spent about $7 for all of the ingredients and this makes way more than if I were to buy just 1 bottle of store bought plus the boxes of washing powder and Borax will last a few more batches. I hope that you all will make some and save some money!




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