DIY hot pads


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This part might seem confusing but your just quilting the hot pad. Start right in the center of your fabric and stitch a line (about one inch). With your needle down in the fabric lift your presser foot and turn your fabric (put your presser foot back down) and sew another line. Again stop and turn your fabric each time your line of stitches will be getting a little longer as you make your way from the middle to outer area of the hot pad. This does not need to be perfect, it is fine if the spaces between your lines are not exact.


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And stitch the pinned strips all in place.

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DIY Make a sock jack-o-lantern

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sockjack

Its easy! You’ll need
1 orange sock
1 small piece of black felt
polyfil
orange embroidery floss or quilters thread
orange thread
sewing needle
larger needle for embroidery thread
fabric glue
scissors
sewing machine (or sew it all by hand)
1. Lay your sock down inside out and cut the bottom area off. Using the guide above sew two arms from this area. Use the rest of the sock to sew the legs (which are connected to the body) leave the space between the legs open for turning. Now turn the body/legs, and arms right side out. Stuff the arms with polyfil.

2. Next stuff a bunch of polyfil up into the head area. Tie a length of embroidery floss around the form the neck, the head should be nice and full.

3. Now your head should look like this.

4. Using embroidery thread go into the center of the head from the top (don’t worry the knot won’t show once we glue a stem) Bring the needle out through the neck, and bring that loop of embroidery thread back up to the top of the pumpkin. Continue to go in through the top, out through the side until the head begins to have a pumpkin shape. Pull the floss tight as you go. Finish off on the inside of the head and tie a knot.

5. Now your head should look like a pumpkin. Stuff the body and legs with polyfil and stitch the opening closed. Stitch the arms to sides of pumpkin.

6. Cut face from black felt and glue in place on the head. You can cut a little stem for the top and even a bow tie or scarf for his neck.
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2nd grade party time











The class party was today, which meant lots of prep going on yesterday and a bit more this morning. You can see some explanations of everything over on Flickr. Only because it is super duper late and I am ready for bed! Katie came over tonight for an evening in (our husband’s were going to a show together) so while the kids each had a friend her for sleepovers-we did out own version with Gilmore Girls, quilts piled on the couch, and hot chocolate. goodnight :)