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Handmade Gifts 2014- Easy Vintage Tablecloth Fabric Handmade Hot Pads

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02 DSC 0886 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy Vintage Tablecloth Fabric Handmade Hot PadsHey everyone! I hope you all are really enjoying the holiday season this year! The holidays are rapidly approaching, so I wanted to share one last handmade gift diy with you all. I needed an extra little gift for my mamas this year. I know they always love gifts for the kitchen, so I thought I’d whip up some quick hot pads for them! Hot pads are a super easy sewing projects and you can whip up a bunch in just an hour or so. These hot pads are a great use of larger scraps of fabrics you may have at home too! I use cutter tablecloths a lot in my crafting projects and I also make totes with them for my shop. I always end up with large scraps from them, so I knew they would be perfect. The old prints are incredibly charming as well! 

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Tablecloth Scraps

*Large Scraps of Cotton Fabric

*Batting

*Heat Resistant Batting

*Basting Spray

*Ribbon or Trim

*Rotary Cutter and Self Healing Mat

*Quilting Ruler

*Marking Pen

*Iron

*Sewing Machine and Thread

Instructions:

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First gather all your supplies. Cut a front and back fabric piece to 9″ square. Cut a piece of batting and a piece of your heat resistant batting to 8″ square.

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Spray both your batting pieces with basting spray on one side.

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Center your batting pieces onto the wrong sides of the front piece and the back fabric piece, basting spray or sticky side down. Smooth out and iron.

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Cut a piece of ribbon or trim to 4″ or so. Fold the ribbon and stack the ends at the bottom to make a loop.

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Now sandwich your loop in between the right sides of the front and back pieces in one corner. Lay the loop so the loop is towards the center and the ends are in the seam allowance area. You also want the right side of the ribbon to be facing the right side of the front fabric piece.

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Pin the layers together. Place a pin where your loop is too to keep it in place.

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Stitch all the way around the square with a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a couple inches open at the bottom for turning.

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Clip corners.

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Turn your fabric right side out and iron.

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Top stitch about 1/8 to 1/4″ away from the edge all the way around.

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Now, you can leave your potholder with just the edges stitched or you can top stitch a little pattern on the top to quilt it. I stitched across mine diagonally to form an x on each pot holder. Finish off your hot pad by snipping any excess threads and giving a good iron. Voila! Easy, right!

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01 DSC 0887 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy Vintage Tablecloth Fabric Handmade Hot PadsI LOVE these little hot pads! They are so much fun to make, I may have to make a few for my kitchen too! I know there are tons of tutorials on how to make pot holders and hot pads. This may not be the very best way to make one, it’s just how I have always made mine. You can really have fun with these and personalize them to your gift recipients style and color scheme. The vintage fabrics work well for my mamas since they all love pretty cottage prints. You can use your favorite fabric prints, funk it up with some ribbon, stitch a little ricrac to the edges. A few of these packaged sweetly make a wonderful stand alone gift, or use them to make a kitchen gift basket extra special. I hope you all will give this diy a go sometime. I think you’ll love it! I’ll be back soon with some fun holiday wrapping ideas. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Handmade Gifts 2014- Easy Painted Toy Animal Magnets

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2 DSC 0871 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy Painted Toy Animal MagnetsHappy Friday everyone! This week has just flown by so far! I am behind as usual, how does that always happen this time of year! Before we get into the weekend, I wanted to pop in with another handmade gift idea. This project is really fast to whip up, and really couldn’t get much easier than this. I am going to show you how to make these fun little animal magnets!

What You Need:

*Plastic Animals

*Paint ( I use Martha Stewart Crafts satin and pearl paints)

*Paint Brush

*Extra Strong Magnets

*E6000

Instructions:

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Gather your supplies. Clean up your plastic animals. Make sure they are clean and dry before you begin.

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Paint your animals with craft paint. It will take several coats depending on the color. My darker purple took two coats. The pearly violet took about five coats. Let your paint dry thoroughly.

6 DSC 0648 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy Painted Toy Animal MagnetsOnce your animals are painted and thoroughly dry, you need to glue the magnets to the back side of each one using E6000. Let your glue dry and cure a full 72 hours before using.

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1 DSC 07921 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy Painted Toy Animal MagnetsThese little magnets add a lot of fun to a message board! They are cute and whimsical. I made my little batch in under an hour plus drying time for the glue. You could really make these special for your gift recipient by using their favorite animals and their favorite colors or shades. This is a great last minute project and it is even something the kids can make themselves. Give them a try sometime, you’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another handmade gift idea. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- December 16th

Hey everyone! Well, Monday totally got away from me this week, but I did want to pop in and share my favorite vintage finds of the week with you all! It is always my favorite post of the week! One of my very favorite things to collect at the holidays is vintage linens, tablecloths especially! I will never tire of them, they are so amazing! So, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite vintage Christmas linens with you all from Etsy’s lovely vintage shops! Check em’ out:

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Vintage Christmas Holiday Red White Green Border Tablecloth Snowflakes Tinsel Garland Poinsettias from HOLLANDVSTK

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Vintage Christmas Runner – Santa in Sleigh w/ Reindeer – Mid Century Modern – Red, Green, Gold – Cartoon Novelty Xmas by Eda Maria from Vintage PDX

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Mid century Christmas table cloth. Holidays, red, green, white, Christmas tree, poinsettias, snow flakes, holly, text, noel, Merry Christmas from Time Valley

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Vintage Christmas Cocktail Napkin Santa Claus Depler from Neato Keen

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Vintage Table Runner Happy Christmas MID CENTURY Santa Claus RARE! from Neato Keen

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VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TABLECLOTH Maids & Footmen Dancing MiD CenTuRy MoDern Festive! 54″ by 65″ from Pacific Modern

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Christmas Table Cloth 1950′s from Farmhouse Supply

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Mint Condition Vintage Mid Century Never Used Christmas Table Linen 52×70 Hardy Craft from Olde Home

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Vintage Santa Tablecloth – Shiny Brite Ornaments, Bells, Xmas Tree – Gold, Red, Green on Cotton/Rayon Christmas Tree by Parisian Prints from Vintage PDX

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Vintage Mid Century Heavy Cotton Christmas Tablecloth – Santa, Angels, Reindeer, Choir Boys, Christmas Trees & Shiny Brite Ornaments from The Toad House

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1950s Christmas Apron / Music Theme Apron / Holiday Apron / Holiday Half Apron / Holiday Fashion / Festive / Women Accessories Apron from Minxouri Vintage

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Tea Towel Vintage 1964 Christmas Robinson & Cleaver Regent Street, Ulster Linen, Mid Century from Retro 68

Aren’t they fantastic! I want every single one of them! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage Christmas finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

December Shop Update and Free Shipping Coupon!

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Hey everyone! I wanted to pop in and let you all know that I have finally added some new items to my shop! Here’s what’s new in my blog shop:

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I have several new reclaimed vintage tablecloth bags available as well as some fun new pillows and key fobs. You can check out my blog shop here. I have extended my sale coupon until Monday the 22nd. Get 20% off with coupon code xmas20.

I have added all of my leather and 100% vintage wool bags and craft supply items to my Etsy shop over the past couple of days. Check out what’s new:

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And I still have a few Christmas ornaments available too:

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I have extended my Etsy shop coupon as well until Monday the 22nd. Check out my Etsy shop Here. Get 20% off your entire order with code xmas20 at checkout.

And since I adore my wonderful readers so much as well, I am offering free USPS First Class shipping on all orders until Christmas Day!!! And all orders over $50 will get free Priority Mail upgraded shipping!!! Use code freeshipxmas

Happy Shopping everyone! Ant thank you all so much for your support!

Holiday Shop Sale!

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Hey everyone! It’s been a little crazy around here! Between the holiday crafting rush, and almost losing Roux to a heart condition that popped up suddenly, time has gotten away from me! I was planning on adding a bunch of new items to my shops and having a holiday sale the first week of December. Well, what can I say, I’m late as usual. C’est last vie, n’est pas! So, this weekend through Thursday the 18th I am offering 20% off in both my blog shop and my Etsy shop on your entire order. I will be adding a bunch of new bags and some more ornaments hopefully before the end of the weekend. To receive the discount all you need to do is put in the coupon code xmas20 at checkout. You can shop my blog store here, and my Etsy here Read more →

Handmade Gifts 2014- Easy DIY Button Monogram Tablet Case

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4 DSC 0840 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy DIY Button Monogram Tablet CaseHey everybody! Today I wanted to pop in and share a really easy diy with you, a button embellished tablet case! My mom’s kindle case has seen better days. So, when I saw this sparkly case at Five Below, I thought it would be perfect to embellish for her for Christmas! One of my favorite vintage things to collect is buttons! I have bunches of them and use them all the time in my projects. I had a rather large lot of mother of pearl and shiny buttons, and I thought they would be sweet to use in a monogram on the case!

Here’s What You Need:

*Tablet Case

*Buttons

*Glue- I used Fabritac

*Marking Pen

Instructions:

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First you need to gather your supplies. Grab your case, your buttons and your glue.

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I used a pen to draw in my letter. So you want to start out by making your letter with one line of buttons. Play around with your buttons until you have a layout you like.

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Once you like your layout, glue each button down one by one with your fabritac glue.

5 DSC 0636 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy DIY Button Monogram Tablet CaseYou can leave the case with one layer of buttons or you can build the buttons up for a more dimensional piece. Once the buttons have been all glued down, set the case aside to dry. Once the glue is nice and dry you are ready to use your case or wrap it up and gift it to someone special!

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2 DSC 0844 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy DIY Button Monogram Tablet CaseI think it turned out pretty cute! I built mine up a little too much so it is a bit bulky. But, I think it would be fantastic with just one layer of buttons too! You can find vintage buttons at flea markets and antique malls. You can always find buttons at your local thrift stores sometimes too. This case took me less than an hour to make and cost me less than ten dollars. So, go by Five Below and grab a tablet case and make it extra special for someone you love this year! I’ll be back tomorrow with another handmade gift. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Handmade Gifts 2014- Custom Photo Patchwork Pillow

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06 DSC 0817 Handmade Gifts 2014  Custom Photo Patchwork PillowOne of my favorite things to gift at the holidays are lovely handmade pillows. They are something that just about all the gals on my list love! And in my opinion, you can never have too many pillow covers! I switch out the ones in my living room every month or two or at least every season! This year I knew I wanted to do pillows for our moms, but I wanted to make them extra special. So, I printed some of my favorite family photos on fabric from Spoonflower and made patchwork pillows. They were really fun to make, and they were fast to whip up too!

Here’s What You Need:

*Digital Photos and Photo Editing Software

*Spoonflower Fabric (I like the Linen Cotton Canvas)

*Cotton Quilting Fabric of your Choice

*Self Healing Mat

*Rotary Cutter

*Quilting Ruler

*Iron and Board

*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread

*Scissors

*Pillow insert (16×16)

Instructions:

I have to apologize. I was so into doing this project, I completely forgot to take photos of my process. So, I will try to explain the best I can. The first thing you need to do is import your photos into your photo editing program. I used photoshop elements. Resize your photos to the size you want your patches to be. I want my pillow to be 16×16, so I made my photos to be 4×4.” I used eight photos and eight fabric squares for my pillow. Create a new blank file to be a fat quarter size, 18×27″, and drag and drop your photos into the blank canvas. If you are using photoshop or elements, you can click on view and then show grid and also show rulers to evenly space out your photos. You want there to be 1″ between each photo to keep a half inch seam allowance. Save your file as a jpeg and then upload it to Spoonflower. For tips and help on designing and uploading fabric for Spoonflower visit their help page Here.

Once you have received your fabric you will need to cut out your squares. Cut out each square with a half inch seam allowance using your mat and rotary cutter and ruler. Your squares should be 5×5 inches. Cut out your eight fabric squares at 5×5″ too. Cut two pieces for your back at 10×17.

Next, you are ready to make your patchwork front. Lay out your squares into four rows of four. Stack the pieces by row. Take the first square from the first row and stitch it to the second square from the first row at the side seam. Then stitch the third square from the top row to the second square at the side seam and then the fourth to the third. You should now have a row of four squares stitched together at their side seams. Stitch the other four rows in the same way as the first.

Iron open all your seam allowances. Now you need to stitch your rows together. Lay your top row on your second row right sides together and the bottom of the first row meeting up with the top of the second row. Stitch the rows together with a half inch seam allowance. Stitch the third row to the second in the same way as the first, then stitch the fourth row to the third. You should end up with a piece that is four rows of four squares. Iron open all seam allowances. Set aside.

Now you need to get the back pieces ready. Fold under the top of each back piece by a quarter inch, then fold over by a half an inch or so and iron. Top stitch the edge closed.

Now you are ready to pin and stitch your pillow. Lay the two back pieces on the front patchwork piece. The right sides should be touching and the finished edges of the back pieces should be in the middle of the back of the pillow cover and overlapping a little. Pin all the way around your pillow cover. Next, stitch all the way around back stitching at the beginning and end.

To finish the cover, clip the corners and turn the pillow cover right side out. Insert your pillow form and now you have a very special pillow for someone extraordinary!

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03 DSC 0819 Handmade Gifts 2014  Custom Photo Patchwork PillowI just love how these pillows turned out! I am a super big fan of patchwork, and I love the photo fabric mixed in. It gives a really special heartfelt handmade touch to this project. I just know my mammas are going to love them! I know the deadline for Christmas shipping is coming up really fast at Spoonflower, so if you are wanting to make a pillow yourself you need to order asap. This would also make a wonderful kit for your favorite crafter that you could easily put together. And of course you could make one of these wonderful pillows for a birthday or mother’s day, etc, gift. I hope you all will give this one a try sometime! It is so much fun! I’ll be back tomorrow with another diy gift idea. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Holiday Gift Guides 2014- Gifts for Him

Hey everyone! I love holiday shopping! However I am always stumped on what to gift for the fellas in our family. They are always so hard to shop for! So, I have comprised a little collection of wonderful handmade gifts from the wonderful world of Etsy for the guys in your life. There should hopefully be something for even the  pickiest gent! Here are my favorites:

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UFO-logy Flying Saucer Types Mens T-shirt by Vortex Trading Company

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FREE SHIPPING – Men’s Personalized Bracelet, Men’s Leather Bracelet, Genuine Leather and Aluminium Plate Men Bracelet by Fosfor Store

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National Parks Checklist Map Print – 18×24 Gold limited edition screenprint by Ello There

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Slim Leather Wallet by Fullgive

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Custom Engraved Beer Growler with Flip Top by My Custom Growler

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Hexagon Coasters, Felt Coasters, Drink Coasters, Fabric Coasters, Felted Wool Coasters, 5mm Thick Felt Coasters, Bar Coasters, Coaster Set by Felt Planet

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BBQ rub gift set with recipes – 8 seasonings for grilling and barbecue by Dell Cove Spice Company

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Mens Messenger Bag, Mens satchel bag / Messenger bag for men / Mens bag / Felted bag / Mens Felt Satchel / Felt Bag / Mens Felt bag / Manbag by Rambag

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Htc One M8 Case – Star Trek Starfleet Command HTC One M7 Case – Htc One X Case – Htc One Phone Cover Case – 3D Exclusive HTC One Case by Gazooomp

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HANDMADE Men’s Leather Toiletry Case Dopp Kit Shaving Bag OOAK Groomsmen Present Groomsman Gift Wedding Groom Lifetime Leather Co Cognac Bag by Lifetime Leather Company

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Nordic Scarf, Deer Scarf, Deer Print Infinity Scarf, Double Patterned Scarf Oversized Scarf, Christmas Gift, Men Scarf Women Scarf Shawl by Style Scarf

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 Maple root wood guitar pick with leather friction pads by Wooda Cooda

Aren’t they all awesome! I know the guys on my list would love most any of these fantastic gifts! I’d love a few of them myself! I hope you all enjoy shopping these wonderful Etsy shops! They have something for everyone on your list I’m sure! I’ll be back soon with another holiday gift guide. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Handmade Gifts 2014- DIY Pet Pillows

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07 DSC 0773 Handmade Gifts 2014  DIY Pet PillowsI’m sure most of you already know how much of an animal lover I am! My dog Beau goes everywhere with me. So of course I would have to make something pet related in my handmade gifts this year! I have long been a fan of Spoonflower, and absolutely love getting things printed from them! For those of you unfamiliar with this company, Spoonflower is a company where you can get your designs printed on all kinds of fabric as well as wallpaper and gift wrap. I’ve used them several times in the past for projects and I just can’t say enough good things about them! So, this year, I thought I’d get some of my favorite pet photos printed and make pillows for the family.

Here’s What You Need:

*Pet Photos

*Photo Editing Software

*Sewing Machine

*Scissors

*Fabric for Backing

*Straight Pins

*Stuffing like fiber fill

*Hand sewing needle and thread

*Spoonflower Fabric- I used the Canvas

Instructions:

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If you have never used Spoonflower to print fabric before, you can find a ton of info on their help page Here. This is how I made my files…. I used photoshop elements, and I made a new blank file. You can make it to the size fabric you want to order. You will need to decide the fabric choice you want to print on and the width of the fabric if you plan on getting yardage. For a fat quarter the measurement is 27″x18.” You will need to cut out your pet’s image. I used the polygonal lasso tool and selected around Sadie in her photo. Once you go all the way around the image selection will be highlighted.

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Now, click the move tool and drag and drop the pet image from its photo to the blank canvas. If you are printing more than one pillow, be sure to space the photos at leat an inch apart so you will have room for a seam allowance.

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Fit your photos on your blank canvas the way you like best, making sure there is plenty of room for your seam allowances. Now, save your file as a jpeg at at least 150dpi and upload it to your Spoonflower account. Decide your fabric type and order your fabric. I bought a fat quarter of the eco canvas fabric. I meant to pop this tutorial up earlier this year, but life got in the way, and I ended up behind on everything this year. You can still order this fabric and have it in time for Christmas, but you will have to order the faster shipping.

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Once you receive your fabric, you will need to cut out your photos. Cut out each photo at about 1/2″ or so away from the edges of the photo.

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Pin your cut out face down onto your backing fabric which should be face up so that the right sides are facing. Cut out the fabric cutting along the edges of the pet photo fabric.

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Now you should be ready to stitch the pillow. Stitch around the edges of the fabric with a half inch seam allowance all the way around leaving a couple inches open at the bottom for turning and stuffing.

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Clip the curved parts of the seam allowance and trim where you feel you need to. Turn the fabric right side out through the opening in the bottom.

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Next, take your polyfil and stuff your pillow. A chopstick or dowel may help you pack stuffing into tight spots. Stuff it nice and full.

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To finish off, close up the bottom by hand stitching the opening closed with a ladder stitch or a whip stitch. Now your pillow is ready for gifting!

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03 DSC 0777 Handmade Gifts 2014  DIY Pet PillowsAren’t they so darn cute! I think my family is going to go a little crazy for them! Our pets are super special you know! Aren’t they all though! These little pillows are super easy to whip up and they make a really fun one of a kind gift! I hope you all will try this one sometime too. I think you’ll love it! You can stitch them up yourself, or get the fabric and make a kit for your favorite diy enthusiast! I’ll be back next week with more handmade gifts. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- December 8th

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! It has been one heck of a week here. I have been a little overwhelmed but I did want to pop in and share my vintage finds of the week with you all. It is always my favorite post of the week! One of my absolute favorite things to collect during the holidays are vintage deer and reindeer! They are so fantastic! So, this week I am going to share a little collection of some of my favorite vintage reindeer finds from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage shops. Check them out:

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8″ Vintage Reindeer Figurine, Red Rhinestone Jewel Eyes, Vintage Rudolph Reindeer, Kitsch Kitschy Christmas Deer, Japan Reindeer Decorations from Vintage by Jade

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2 Adorable Reindeer Hang Ups – Midcentury Die Cut Cardboard Christmas Reindeer Wall Decor for Doors, Windows, Classroom from Little Vintage Stories

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Vintage Christmas Reindeer, 1960′s Rudolph Reindeer Bank, Ceramic Reindeer Bank, Figurine, Christmas Decor, Christmas Figurine from Thirsty Owl Vintage

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Vintage Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer book; Robert L. May for Montgomery Ward from The Gold Gator

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Vintage Reindeer Christmas Candle Holder Candlestick from efine Gifts

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Vintage Christmas Deer Reindeer Enamel Brooch Rhinestone Pin Jewelry from Plucky Maidens

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Vintage Wool Shawl Christmas Red and White THICK and WARM from Annie Banannies Shop

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Vintage Christmas Reindeer, 1960′s Ceramic Reindeer, White Reindeer Figurine, Christmas Decor, Holiday Decoration from Thirsty Owl Vintage

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Rubber Reindeer Figurines, Vintage Reindeer, 50s 60s Christmas Deer Reindeer Decorations, Plastic Deer, Vintage Reindeer from Vintage by Jade

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Vintage Reindeer Punchwork Needlepoint Velvet Throw Pillow – Stag – Cushion – Christmas – Holiday Home Decor from French Toast Kitty

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50′s Reindeer Pair from Retro Refaire

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Vintage Reindeer Red Velvet Deer Christmas Decoration Stuffed Animal Plushie Ornament Hopsack from Hopsack

Aren’t they all just adorable! I obviously would love any and all of them! I try to add to my vintage reindeer collection every year! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more holiday vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!