HALLOWEEN PILLOWS

HALLOWEEN PILLOWS

Assorted Halloween Pillows

Assorted Halloween Pillows

Halloween Pillows
If you didn’t know Halloween was my favorite holiday…then you don’t know me!!! I LOVE HALLOWEEN, and I’m a little obsessed with pillows. I like taking cute ideas and building upon them. For example. I love quilting…I love pillows…I love my silhouette cameo…add it all together and you have a whole bunch of really awesome pillows.

Halloween Velvet Witch Silhouette Diamond Rhinstone Necklace

Halloween Velvet Witch Silhouette Diamond Rhinstone Necklace

I made this first pillow a couple years ago. It has a black ruffle, and the witch silhouette is cut out of velvet fabric. I added a rhinestone necklace (which was a scrap I had from my wedding veil I made years ago). It’s always nice to reuse old things in meaningful ways.

Halloween Witch Boot Pillow

Halloween Witch Boot Pillow

Halloween Witch Boot Pillow

Halloween Witch Boot Pillow

I love how my witch’s boot turned out. Hindsights 20/20, but if I could do it over, I would have made it twice as large. I added green cording for the laces, and I used jingle bells to hold the cording in place. If you look closely…I added a little bit of bling just because I can…they have a purple rhinestone attached to each jingle bell. The colorful squares are scraps I pieced together, and the cording is a purple silk.

Owl/Fall halloween Pillow

Owl/Fall halloween Pillow

Owl/Fall halloween Pillow

Owl/Fall halloween Pillow

I made this owl a few years ago out of scraps. My little girls love it. I just drew an owl pattern, and stuffed it with batting. I added a baggie of rice to the bottom to make it weighted. It sits perfectly on the shelf.

Something Wicked Comes this way quilted halloween scene pillow

Something Wicked Comes this way quilted halloween scene pillow

Something Wicked Comes this way quilted halloween scene pillow

Something Wicked Comes this way quilted halloween scene pillow

Something Wicked Comes this way quilted halloween scene pillow

Something Wicked Comes this way quilted halloween scene pillow

This Halloween pillow is really fun! I custom designed the scene using glitter iron-on black vinyl and decals from the silhouette store. I love the phrase “Something wicked this way comes.” I custom made an iron rod sign with my last name, and we used rhinestones to add a little sparkle to the scene. The pumpkins hanging from the tree, and the moon in the sky are buttons from Michaels. They fit perfectly!

Undying Love Skeleton Monogram Pillow/ Halloween

Undying Love Skeleton Monogram Pillow/ Halloween

Undying Love Skeleton Monogram Pillow/ Halloween

Undying Love Skeleton Monogram Pillow/ Halloween

I love this one. It’s a little cheesy, but it suits me and my man perfectly. The phrase is mine…I came up with it all by myself, “Undying Love, Yours in Eternal Rest!” Awesome right! It has my husband and my initials on it. The skeleton heads are decals from the silhouette store. I love this halloween pillow…it’s so romantic..and spooky…and cheesy!!!

hocus Pocus quilted halloween pillow

hocus Pocus quilted halloween pillow

hocus Pocus quilted halloween pillow

hocus Pocus quilted halloween pillow

Who doesn’t love the movie Hocus Pocus! This is one of my favorite all time classics. For me, Halloween is all about the feelings it brings! Fun, Family, and Friends!!!!! and of course…every year we have to watch the movie Hocus Pocus. I added rhinestones here and there to bling out this Halloween Pillow!

Assorted Halloween Pillows

Assorted Halloween Pillows

A Modest Dress for Mormon Prom–Adding Sleeves to a Strapless Dress

A Modest Dress for Mormon Prom–Adding Sleeves to a Strapless Dress

Custom Sleeves added to a strapless dress

Custom Sleeves added to a strapless dress

A Modest Dress for Mormon Prom–Adding Sleeves to a Strapless Dress

The joys of Mormon Prom…dancing, dinner, and a fun night out on the town with friends!  But wait…the drama!!!!  Finding a dress with sleeves!  It’s virtually impossible to find an affordable dress with sleeves–unless you plan on throwing down some major $$$CASH$$$ on a prom dress from one of those “modest dresses” websites.   You’ll end up spending a couple hundred dollars more, for a few dollars extra worth of fabric.

But luckily, there are some wonderful options available that can save you quite a bit of money.  Here is my hand drawn pattern in a pdf format for a free download. Free PDF Sleeve Pattern.  I believe this cap sleeve pattern will fit anywhere from a 0 to size 8 dress, it may even fit up to a size 10.  If you have basic sewing knowledge, the sleeves are very simple to make.  They took me around an hour to complete, give or take.

Here is the finished dress with the added sleeves!  It is beautiful!   I was so pleased with the results!

sleeves added to strapless dress

sleeves added to strapless dress

Beautifully finished sleeves attached to bodice

Beautifully finished sleeves attached to bodice

Strapless dress before adding sleeves

Strapless dress before adding sleeves

Here is what the dress looked like before we added the sleeves!  Gorgeous right!  The only tricky part is finding matching fabric, and we were able to find fabric that matched perfectly from Joanns!   Joann’s has a great selection, and if you’re willing to take on a simple sewing project, the results can be well worth it!

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This photo shows what the inside of the sleeves looked like.  I cut a total of four cap sleeves, and four rectangles sized, 6.5 x 11.5 inches.  This will make two sleeves.  I folded the rectangles in half, right sides facing together, and then sewed them down the open edge (basically, I sewed them into a tube, turned them inside out, and then pressed them with the iron with the seam toward one side.)  In the photo, notice where the two rectangles are sewn together.  At this seam, I cut approximately 1/2 inch slope for the shoulders.   Hopefully that isn’t too confusing for you novice seamstresses, but if it is, let me know and maybe I will put together a video depending on the feedback I get from this post. :-).

Sleeves added to strapless dress. Back side of dress.

Sleeves added to strapless dress. Back side of dress.

We then attached the sleeves with clear thread directly on top of the bodice.  Pin the sleeves on while “she” is wearing the dress, then sew them on.

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Beautiful girl!  Beautiful Dress!  Beautiful modest dress, fit for a Mormon/LDS Prom, or any church going function where a little extra coverage is needed!

Custom Sleeves added to a strapless dress

Custom Sleeves added to a strapless dress

sleeves added to strapless dress

sleeves added to strapless dress

A New Baby and a New Stocking

A New Baby and a New Stocking Tutorial

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Christmas Stocking How to, Tutorial, Quilted

Stocking Tutorial, How to

With each child born, every Christmas I am left with the task of making a stocking, and as the years have passed, you can look at our fireplace mantle and see how my sewing skills have improved. Each stocking gets better than the last….and each new stocking is always completely different than the last! This stocking was made for our newest addition, baby Alora! The tutorial is below, and it includes step-by-step instructions to creating your own Christmas stocking, along with my FREE 10 page PDF Christmas Stocking sewing pattern you can download here:  Christmas stocking sewing pattern

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Free Download Stocking Pattern

Check back in the up coming days on TheEverythingHousewife.com for my Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial!

 

To begin, print out the FREE Christmas stocking pattern download, and piece it together. You will need approximately 1 ¼ yards (assorted colors) of fabric for your stocking,  in addition to additional fabric for bias tape and a ruffle, and heat bond for applique decorating.

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Assorted Christmas Fabric, Stocking Fabric

Cut assorted fabric colors for the front of the stocking.

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Pattern Cutting, stocking

For the lining, fold your fabric in half, and cut. You should have two pieces that are mirror images of each other. (Please note that I pieced two pieces of the fabric together from leftover scraps to make my lining)

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Stocking Pattern Lining Cutting

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Fabric Lining Stocking

For the back of the stocking, you should flip the pattern piece over and cut. This will give you a mirror image cut of the pieced-front of the stocking.

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Cut Mirror Image of stocking

Sew pieced-front of stocking together with ¼ inch seams. Then press the seams with a hot iron.

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Sew Stocking Pieces together

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Press Seams of Stocking

Now its time to decorate the stocking. I used bais tape, and appliquéd an “A” for Alora using heatbond. Here is my tutorial for the bias tape: Bias Tape Tutorial

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Bias Tape Video Tutorial, how to

I applied heatbond to the back of some red fabric, and then cut out the letter “A” with my Silhouette Cameo.

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Heat Bond

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Iron Fabric to Heatbond

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Fabric Cutting Silhouette Cameo

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Applique Letter Silhouette Cameo

Here is what the finished decorated front looks like.

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Quilted Pieced Applique Stocking Front

Now its time to sew the stocking pieces together. Layer,first, the backing of the stocking right side up, followed by the front piece of the stocking faced down, then place the batting on top. Then layer the lining pieces….face the inside lining pieces, right-sides together.

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Sewing Stocking together

Sew around the edge leaving the top unstitched.

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stocking pieces sewn together

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A new baby and a new stocking Continued…

Turn the pieced-stocking inside out, so that the batting is inside. Then stuff the lining inside the stocking.

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Stuff Lining in stocking

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lining stocking

Pin and sew your ruffle to the top of your stocking

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Pin Ruffle to stocking

Here is a tutorial for making a ruffler…

 

 

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Bias tape, binding stocking

Open your bias tape, and pin it to the inside lining, then stitch around

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sew binding to stocking

Fold bias tape over the raw edge to the front of the stocking and pin in place, then sew it in place.

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fold over and pin bias tape

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sew binding on stocking

To make a loop for hanging the stocking, Take a 7 inch piece of bias tape, make a loop, and sew it on the inside of the stocking.

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sew loop for hanging stocking

Congrats! You’ve complete a beautiful homemade Christmas stocking.