Scarily Cute Halloween Pillow Covers

One  thing I have plenty of are throw pillows.  One thing I don’t have is a lot of storage space.  This predicament helped me decide to make Halloween themed pillow covers.  I chose covers for ease of storage and keeping the costs low.  These can easily be made into permanent pillows, which I will add  alternate instructions if you wish to go that route.  Unfortunately, I did not take step by step photos, but I will explain them the best I can. 

What you need: 

  • Pillows, pillow forms, or poly fill 
  • Fabric- the amount depends on your pillow sizes.  The colors depend on what designs you want to do.
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Fabric pen/marker/chalk
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape.

1. The first thing I did was measure my pillows.  Most of them were 16×16″. I gave myself a half inch seam allowance (I always use 1/2″ because of the clear and large mark on my sewing machine, you make whatever seam allowance you want).

2. Cut out one piece of fabric the size of your pillow, adding in your seam allowance.  Example, I cut a 17×17 square. If you are making pillows instead of covers, cut two squares. Skip steps 3 and 4.

3. If you are making covers, Cut the backs of the pillows.  I like to have about a three inch over lap for pillow covers.  I cut a 17×9″ and a 17×13″ piece.  These pillow case instructions have step by step photos in my dog pillow tutorial found here:

4. On the short edge of the back fabric pieces, fold over one edge 1/2 inch, pin and sew.  This will be your finished edge on the back of the pillow cover.

5. This is where you get to be creative!  Cut out the shapes you want for your pillows.  This is were your fabric pen comes in handy!  I have examples of all the pillow lay outs I made.  All of the pillows with the exception of the spider and mummy follow the same steps. 

6.  Depending on your design, begin sewing the detail parts.  The first thing I did was sew the pupils to the eyes. Then I laid out the designs and pinned the features to the front pillow pieces.  I free-hand sewed the features fabrics using matching thread. I used a simple straight stitch except for the spiders mouth, where I used a zig-zag stitch. *spider and mummy details at end of tutorial

7. I then added addition details using my embroidery machine.  If you don’t have one, don’t worry!  Using a very tight zig-zag stitch can achieve the same results.  For the cat, I used a satin embroidery stitch to create the whiskers.  For Frankenstein’s monster, I used the same stitch for his scar.  I used a normal straight stitch for his mouth.

8. Once all your details are complete place your front pillow piece and your two back pieces right side together.  I like the smaller back piece to be on top, but that is strictly preference.  Pin pieces together and sew the edges. If you are making a regular pillow, pin front and back squares right side together and sew the edges leaving a space to stuff the pillow or insert a form. 

9. Flip covers right side out, and place pillow inside.  If making a pillow, stuff the pillow and pin open section together once it is stuffed to your preferred softness, then stitch hole closed.

There is intermittent ironing needed through out the crafting, I used 100% cotton so just looking at the fabric made it wrinkle.  One thing I wish I had used was Fray Check.  I didn’t think about it until my dog was laying on one of the pillows and frayed the crap out of an eye ball.  I like the cover idea because they are easy to store and I can wash them.  

* Spider-  for the spider assembly I made 8 2×4 legs out of extra fabric.  I cut 4×4 squares, folded it in half and sewed the long edge and one short end.  I then flipped it right side out and pressed the piece flat.  When assembling the spider I placed the front piece right side up, put the legs on top of the front piece.  I made the legs 3″ long so the finished ends went on the inside of the fabric and the unfinished ends stuck out around the pillow front.  I had four on each side.  I then placed my back pieces as described above and sewed the edges.  When flipped right side out the spider cover has 8 little legs poking out of the sides. It is hard to see in the picture below as it blends in with the chair pattern.

The mummy was a bit more involved.  I sewed the eye pieces together separately.  I then cut two inch thick strips of fabric and placed them randomly on the pillow front piece.  When I found a pattern I liked, I pinned the strips to the pillow front and sewed the strips down.  I then sewed on the eyes.  I knew I wanted the eyes partly covered so I added two more strips covering part of each eye.  I then continued the pillow cover as described above.  I did trim the excess fabric before turning the cover right side out.  Also, the strips could get tangled and easily twisted so I used many more pins with this pillow case than the others.  

I hope these pillows add a little Halloween cheer to your living room!

Thank you for reading!



Ghostly Lights

I love Halloween.  I love everything about it from the fun decorations to the trick-or-treaters.  I dress up my dogs and myself every year and pumpkin carving is a tradition that I anxiously await.  I start decorating in September because … Continue reading

Dog Definition Pillow

  Around Christmas I was strapped for money as I was buying a house.  So, I decided everyone was getting a DIY gift.  I found these adorable pillows crusing Pinterest one day…

I thought “I can make those!”  So I did.  

What you need:

  1. Fabric paint (I bought white, black, and blue)
  2. Paint brushes 
  3. Scissors
  4. Exacto knife
  5. Computer 
  6. Iron
  7. Iron off pen
  8. Sewing machine 
  9. Fabric
  10. Pillow inserts (optional)


  1. I purchased 16×16 pillow inserts.  I use inserts because I can’t for the life of me make a non-lumpy pillow.  Plus, pillow cases are easier to wash. So, I cut 17×17 pieces of white cotton fabric.
  2. I designed the silhouettes and the words on the computer.  My friend has two Brittany spaniel mixes so I searched for pictures of that breed then, after I printed the silhouettes, I modified them to match.      
  3. I cut out the silhouette and the letters.  This was the most tedious part.  
  4. Next, with my iron off pen (these are amazing!! You can write all over your fabric then heat makes it disappear) I traced the letters and dog on to my fabric.     
  5. Paint in the letters.  I made the pronounciation a lighter color by mixing the blue and white.   
  6. I let it dry then I ironed the fabric with a handkerchief over the paint and the steam setting off.  The iron heat removed the pen marks, set the paint, and actually puffed the paint up just a little.      
  7. I then created the back for the cases.  I ran out of white fabric so I used a light blue.  I cut two pieces of blue.  One about 14×17 inches the other about 7×17.  I hemmed one edge with a 1/4 inch seam then laid them out.  Right sides together I put the 14 inch down first then the 7 inch and pinned them. I sewed everything together with a 1/2 seam.     
  8. Insert the pillow forms and voila!    

I am really happy with how they came out.  My biggest complaint is that the black paint had some variations after I ironed everything.  I’m not sure if it was a mistake on my part or just how the paint sets.  It’s not horribly noticeable but something to keep in mind.  Thank you for reading!! 


    From Dress to Apron

    Hello everyone!  It’s been a long time!  I have had a lot of changes and events happen in my life over the last year, leaving me very little time for blogging.  But I am back!  This first post of the year is one very near and dear to my heart.  My Nana passed away in September and she was such a wonderful person on so many levels.  In classic Italian fashion, my Nana was an amazing cook and she loved to sew.  I took two of her loves and combined them in this project.  My cousins were helping clean out the house and they found a bunch of her old house coats.  She used these dresses to cook in so she didn’t ruin her good clothes.  They separated them among the granddaughters and I decided to refashion mine into an apron.

    I don’t have step by step picture for this, sorry, but I will try to be as detailed as possible so you can follow along easily.  This is a super simple project that will work with any dress.

    Items Needed


    -Scissors/rotary cutter

    -Sewing machine

    -Seam Ripper



    -Measuring Tape

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    This is what the original dress looked like

    Step 1:  Dismantle the entire dress.  I thought I would save time by only ripping seams as I needed them.  Just do the whole thing and life will be easier.  Keep the bottom hem if you can.

    Step 2:  I decided upon a half apron, so measure from where you wear your apron, I wear my around my hips  down as far as you would like your apron to go.  Mine fell about 4 inches above my knees.

    Step 3:  What ever length you measured, add a half of an inch (for half inch seams) and cut the skirt portion to final length.  Use the preexisting hem if possible.  If you ripped out the old hem, add another half inch to your length and sew a 1/2 inch hem on the bottom.  When cutting my skirt portion, I did not worry about width.  I used the entire width of the front panel.  Make sure the panel you cut the skirt from is in decent condition, because if you are using an old dress it may have rips or holes in it.

    Step 4: Pin the raw sides of the fabric on the left and right and sew a hem.  I made the side have a very small hem for a finished look.

    Step 5:  Measure around your waist/hips (or where you wear your apron).  After you have that number add 48-64 inches.  This will be the length of your ties.  They need to be longer than you think!  Mine were a bit too long, but I have made aprons in the past where I cant tie them in a bow and this bothers me immensely.  If you can’t figure out how much length you need take your whole measuring tape and tie it around your waist.  estimate from there.  You can do it, I have faith.

    Step 6:  whatever length you determined for your ties, you now need that much fabric cut.  At this point you will probably need to take your remaining panel and square up the edges.  Squaring up fabric can suck.  If you don’t know how to do it, follow this lovely lady’s video

    ***Just as a hint, due to not having a salvage, I used the hem which was pretty much straight, it wasn’t perfect, however.

    Step 7: I cut strips with 4 inch widths, which eventually would leave me with a 1.5 inch wide tie.  Because I did not work with a very long dress, I cut 3 strips and sewed them together to create one long one.

    Step 8:  Mark the center of the strip, and pin the center of the strip to the center of the top of your skirt, right sides together.

    Step 9:  Now, working from the center I gathered my skirt portion and pinned it to the strip.  My final width of the skirt was 19 inches.  I gathered the fabric like mini pleats, creating a “Z” with the fabric.

    Step 10: Sew the gathered skirt portion to the strip, make sure the skirt remained centered on the strip.  I used a  1/2 inch seam

    Step 11:  Fold the bottom of the strip (same side that the skirt is sewn to) and fold up half an inch so wrong sides are together.  Iron the 1/2 inch fold.

    Step 12:  Fold the top of the strip the same way as step 11 and iron

    Step 13:  Fold the strip in half and iron.  You should have a 1.5 inch tie on your apron.

    Step 14:  Pin the open sides of the strip together.  Sew as close to the edge as you can.  This gives it a nice finished look.  I also angled the end of my ties.  If you want, you can sew along the fold so when you wash the apron the ties stay nice and flat.  I did not do this, but I may go back and do so.

    Step 15:  Next, I cut out a pocket.  I made mine a U shaped pocket.  I did this by folding a piece of scrap fabric in half and drew half of a U and cut it out.  To make the curves gradual and appropriate I used my french curve as a guide, but it is not needed.

    It gets tricky from here.  I will give you step-by-step instructions of what I did.  I will then tell you what I would do differently next time.

    Step 16:  If you look at the original dress you can see there is hem tape around the top part.  I wanted to use this so I pinned the hem tape around the pocket and sewed the two together.

    Step 17:  I then positioned the pocket where I liked and pinned it to the apron and sewed. (Don’t forget to leave the top of the pocket open!)

    Step 18:  I did not sew along the same stitches perfectly, so to hide my errors, I then set my machine to do a small satin stitch to give it a finished look.

    Voila you are done, here is my finished apron!

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    So, as usual I would change a few steps the next time I did this.  The apron itself was easy and I liked the construction of it.  I would keep that the same.  The pocket, however, turned into a bit of a mess and I spent extra time trying to hide it.  Next time, I would probably sew the hem tape to the top of the pocket, then pin the rest around the pocket.  Then I would pin the pocket to the apron and sew the hem tape to the pocket and the pocket to the apron all at once.  That way there aren’t several lines of stitches.  Or I could have just tried really hard to follow the same stitch pattern, but that seems like too much work!

    I hope this was relatively easy to follow, I apologize for not having step by step pictures.
    Until next time, happy sewing (and cooking)!



    Floor pouf


    There have been so many poufs on pinterest lately I decided I would make my niece one for Christmas. It was a bit trickier than I thought initially but I learned a lot and it looks really cute!

    Materials Needed:

    -Pouf fabric- I believe I bought 2 yards of it. Confession time: I always buy more than I need because I am always convinced I’m going to screw up

    -Applique fabric, I made a flower so I bought 1/4 of a yard of the green and pink





    -sewing machine

    -pre-made piping (I bought two packs)



    1. I started out making my pattern. I used the old pen and string trick to make my circle which ended up being about 16 inches in diameter

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    2. Next I decided upon the height of the pouf. I made mine about 15 inches tall

    3. Math time! Find the circumference of your circle to know how long to cut the sides. 2πR=C or Dπ=C

    4. Cut out your fabric from the pattern. That equals out to be 2 circles the same size and one long piece of fabric the length of your circles circumference and the height you decided upon.

    5. Next I made a pattern for my applique. My base fabric was flowers so I settled upon a flower appliqué

    6. I cut out the fabric, I chose green for the center and pink for the petals.

    7. I arranged the appliqué on the top circle and then pinned it. I left the circle out because it was going to over lap the petals and some stitches.

    8. I used a wide zigzag stitch for my applique. I zigzagged all the petals. I found pulling pins as I sewed helped keep the petal flat.

    9. I pinned the flowers center to the appliqué and used the same wide zigzag around it.

    10. Next, I pinned the piping to the circles.

    11. I sewed the piping to both the top and bottom circle. I used a different foot so I could get really close to the edge of the piping. A zipper foot will work fine, but I didn’t have one. I have no idea what most of my presser feet are used for, so I grabbed one that looked like it would work. And it did.

    12. I then made little handle out of scrap fabric and sewed it to the middle of the side fabric.

    13. Next, I pinned the side to the bottom circle. If I was going to mess it up, I wanted it to be on the bottom. (pin right sides together)

    14. sew the circle, using the same piping presser foot as above. Work slowly and try to stay right next to the piping.

    15. Repeat 13 & 14 for the top circle.

    16. Your pouf should be in side out. Now pin and sew up the side. I pinned and sewed about 1/3 of the way up on each side leaving a hole in the middle.

    17. Turn it inside out.

    18. At first I just stuffed it but it was all lumpy and unattractive so I pulled out the stuffing and thought about a fix for days. I didn’t want to buy foam, the whole point of making a pouf was it was inexpensive. I didn’t want to wrap it all in batting, the batting would shift and make more problems. One day when I was in for a School Nurse, a class room was throwing out a big play mat. I asked if I could have it. I tore it open and cut two circles out of the foam.

    19. I placed the foam on the top and bottom to help keep shape and reduce the bulging look.

    20. I was going to fill it all up with circles of foam, but it would be too heavy for her to move around. So I resorted to lining the sides with batting and stuffing it from there.

    21. After I stuffed all I could stuff, I sewed the hole by hand.

    There it is! It’s still a bit lumpy but it looks so much better than before. Next time I would use thicker batting.


    Some tips:

    -Starch your fabric before you sew on the applique. It’ll help it hold better

    -give your self plenty of extra room for the side fabric.

    -If you think you want it to be 16 inches high, think more around 12. This pouf looks so big! Much bigger than I intended.

    -A stabilizer for the applique would be good. I had some threads pull loose when stuffing the first time. I went over the areas again and haven’t had problems since the foam was in, but if it’s going to get a lot of use I recommend using a fusible one.

    Thank you for reading!




    Santa Hat Chair Covers

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    I was walking around Pottery Barn Kids one day and they had these cute Santa hat chair covers for kids chairs. I went into ninja mode and snapped a picture of one on my phone, they were $24 dollars per cover and I thought I could do better than that.

    Materials Needed

    -Velvet-like material. I bought mine at Jo-Ann’s on sale. I can’t tell you how much it was at the time

    -White Fuzzy fabric- about 1 yard depending on what you need.

    -Large White fuzzy balls, I bought mine at Hobby Lobby

    – Sewing machine

    -Cutting instruments

    -Tape Measure

    1. Measure your chairs. I measured the widest part of my chairs which were about 36 inches around. Then measure the height of the back of your chairs. And then measure how far up your widest span is. My chairs were about 36 at the widest part, 13 inches up the back is where the wide part stopped, and the back in total was about 20 inches high.

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    2. Figure out how much fabric you will need. At 36 inches wide I needed about 4 yards. If I had used pattern A I could have saved money… but I didn’t.

    hat patternPattern A.

    3. I cut out squares of fabric giving myself about an inch of extra fabric for seams. My blocks were about 37 inches wide and about 28 inches long.

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    4. Next I visually decided how big I wanted my white trim. I decided I liked the look of 5 inches of trim.

    5. I cut out strips of trim 6 inches wide. I used the width of the bolt to my advantage, so they were about 42 inches long

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    6. I pinned the white trim to the velvet 5 inches from the bottom with right sides together.

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    7. Sew the trim to the velvet with a small seam. I ran my presser foot along the bottom of the trim for my guide.

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    8. flip the trim down and turn the whole piece of fabric over.

    9. with right sides facing down, you should a small strip of white trim at the bottom. Fold the trim up and pin. Be sure to catch the bottom of the velvet in the pins so it tacks down when you sew.

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    10. Sew as close to the bottom as you can. I used red thread with a white bobbin, so I made sure the white thread was on the side of the hat that would be seen.

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    11. Trim the white trim so It is flush with the sides of the velvet

    12. pin edges together with right sides together

    13. Measure the center of the top of the hat. Then measure up the side to the widest part of your chair. At that point, start bringing the hat to the center point. Do the same on the folded side. I drew lines with my fabric pen to have a guide.

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    14. Sew along your lines/pins.

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    15. Flip the hat right side out and make sure it fits.

    16. If it fits, cut of remaining fabric. If it doesn’t figure out where you went wrong, rip the seams out and try again (I had to do this)

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    17. Turn right side out and hand sew a large puff ball to the tip of the hat.

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    There they are! They are really cute and add just a little Christmas cheer with out looking tacky or over done.

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    My only tip is the velvet likes to stick to itself so make sure it is wrinkle free when you pin.

    Oh! and make sure you make one for each chair 🙂

    Hope you are all ready for the holidays!



    Poinsettia Tree Skirt

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    I needed a tree skirt. I have this pet peeve about trees without them. It was a week until Thanksgiving and I was getting down to the wire (I put up my tree the day after Thanksgiving because I love Christmas so much!) I digress, I went to Target one day and they had these red tree skirts for $5. Can’t go wrong with that so I bought one and went home. I opened it and it was a big felt mess. I decided to upcycle it into something great. And Voila! The Poinsettia Tree Skirt was born.

    What you need

    -2 Red felt tree skirts from target or and where else your heart desires

    -Green felt sheets. I bought 6 and used 5. I had about 38 flowers to make you may need more or less depending on the size of your tree skirt.

    -Jingle Bells

    -Needle and thread



    -extra paper

    1. I started by making a pattern. I made a few different flowers until I made one I was happy with. This pattern included 2 four point flowers layered on top of each other and two green leaves. Then I took that pattern and measured how many it would take to cover the skirt. My skirt was scalloped so I just counted the peaks and measured how many flowers it would take to cover a peak and a valley. It took three flowers, and ultimately It was around 30 some flowers. I rounded up and made extra to be sure. I believe I cut out 74 flowers all together.

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    2. I traced the pattern on the second tree skirt. I traced all of them before I cut them out.

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    3. I cut out (along with Mike) all the flowers

    4. Then I traced the leaves on the green felt and cut those out

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    5. now the fun part, Mike and I hand-sewed every flower. We layered the petals then adjusted the leaves so they were showing and put a gold jingle bell in the middle.

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    6. after all the flowers were made (which took about 3 evenings sitting in bed watching movies) we attached all the flowers along the edge. I placed my flowers to get rid of the scallop. I wasn’t feeling it that day.

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    7. And you’re done! The pictures don’t actually do it justice, the red kind of blends together but in real life it looks great.

    Tips and Tricks

    -Have a friend or your boyfriend/girlfriend help you cut everything out

    -Trim the top flower so the center is smaller. It looks better if the jingle bell covers most of it.

    -Double up your thread.

    -You will have floppy flowers. but they lay on the floor and until x-mas morning there isn’t a lot of stress to them.

    As always, thank you for reading!



    Cheap thread holders


    Hi everyone!
    I just wanted to take today and do a quick post about a spice rack that I have found works wonderfully for a thread holder. I saw this on a couple months ago and originally I wanted them for my spices but I don’t have enough room in my cupboard. About a month ago my aunt order the same thing off QVC, but didn’t need the whole thing so she gave me one part. I really liked it but couldn’t use it for its intended purpose, so I decided to repurpose it in my craft room. Initially, I thought it could hold buttons and glitter, which it does.  Then I threw some thread in there one day and I found that it organizes it really well. I have both all-purpose thread and embroidery thread and it and they both fit. I usually have it behind my sewing machine and because it’s on a swivel I can just pull one out when I need the thread. It has walls on each sides so the thread doesn’t fall over, but it’s not too high that it blocks out the colors. The reason I’m posting this today because they are on again for only $6.99. If you’re interested go on then click on the sellout tab and you can find them.  They come with four double shelves that come on a swivel so you can slide them and move them as you need.  You also get little jars that you can use for buttons and glitter and little extra things that I have no specific place to put. Woot has a standard five dollars shipping regardless what you buy.  So, you could buy eight packs of these or you could buy one and it is still five dollars shipping. From what I’ve seen this is a pretty great deal.  Even my aunt when she bought it off of QVC she didn’t get any of the bottles with it. That’s all for today!  Please stay tuned because the next craft you will have a chance to win a free bracelet and earrings.  Also, I have some Christmas ideas coming up in the next month! Thanks!

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    20 minute table runner

    With the holidays gearing up, I am trying to decorate my apartment on a budget. I found this table runner on display at a local sewing store and it was so simple to make, I created places to put runners. I made one for my table and one for my coffee bar.

    Materials needed;
    -1/3 yard of festive fabric
    -1/2 yard of complimentary fabric
    -scissors/cutting wheel
    -sewing machine

    1. Square up your fabric. Ultimately you want 12 inch width of patterned fabric and 18 inch width of complimentary fabric. As you can see below after I squared my fabric I lost about ¾ of an inch… I wasn’t happy. If anyone that works at a craft store reads this, ALWAYS give a few extra inches with fabric. Trust me, no one is cutting straight and after everything evens up that’s about what you lose.

    (Look at all that! Arrgghh!)

    2. After you have the correct width of fabric, place right sides together and pin the length of the fabric.

    3. Sew ¼ 0r ½ inch seam, whatever floats your boat.

    4. Pin the other sides of the fabric together and sew the same width seam as in step 2 and 3.

    5. Press seams out away from patterned fabric.

    6. You should have a big long tube, flip tube right side out.

    7. Press creases into the complimentary fabric so it evenly borders the patterned fabric on each side. I found folding the patterned fabric in half then folding the complimentary fabric over it helped me get pretty even borders.

    8. Fold tube in half the hot dog bun way with the patterned fabric is facing out. Line up the short end and pin. Sew 1/4 inch seam.

    9. Snip ends of seam and flip inside out creating a point.

    10. Center the seam and press fabric to keep in place. You can also sew a button or pom pom on to help keep the seams centered.

    And that’s it!

    This is on my coffee Bar

    This is on my dining table, I just loved the leaf print (even though it doesn’t match anything!)


    -Buy a little extra fabric so you can square it up.

    -If you want it to be wider, adjust the widths of the fabric. However, make sure you adjust for the size of the border.

    -If you want it to be longer buy fabric that’s 60 inches long instead of 42. Or you can buy the 2 yards (or what whatever length you need). then cut the fabric to the length and width but that takes more time.

    -Make sure your ends are even when you sew the short ends, other wise your triangle will be a little off.

    I hope you like it, and as always, thank you for stopping by!