Thursday, April 6, 2017

Free Embroidery and Applique Designs by GG Designs Embroidery

I am always on the search for new embroidery designs, and especially free ones just to stash away for later.  Here are some great ones by GG Designs Embroidery who I recently discovered.  Love their designs, cute and simple; some free, some not but the prices on the ones that are not are super reasonable!  Sign up free as a member to get all kinds of great offers.  Another thing I like about the site is there are not a ton of pop-up ads disturbing your shopping experience.
Bunny Egg Applique
Easter Egg Applique
Awareness Ribbon Tree
Multi Circles Font Frame
Ruler Clip Cover
I May Be Small
Mushroom Applique
Scallop Frame Applique
Skull Applique

Monday, March 27, 2017

Free Embroidery Designs from Designs by Juju

This place has the cutest embroidery designs and everything I have purchased from them in the past has been high-quality with no problems.  They also have a ton of super cute applique designs.  This is a list of the free ones at the moment.  I am really not sure how often they update their freebies, so be sure to check back often!  Also, please read their legal notice at the bottom of the free page, as these designs are for your personal use and not to be resold.
FREE land of the free design
FREE Baltimore album applique
FREE Patriotic hat applique
FREE Easter sunbonnet belle
FREE Crazy paisley embroidery design
FREE Clown applique
FREE Crab applique
FREE Cowboy hat design

Thursday, March 16, 2017

DIY Washable Reusable Swiffer Sweeper Wet and Dry Cloths

This tutorial is for a standard Swiffer Sweeper or comparable store brand.  The actual sweeper I use is a Great Value sweeper that I purchased at Walmart; same size as the Swiffer Sweeper brand and works just as well  at almost half the cost!  The finished product is approximately 4 1/2 x 10 inches, but don't worry if yours is not exact since it has some stretch to it, so is very forgiving.  Please let me know how you like this tutorial so I can make improvements!

Skill level:

*For this project I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn.  It is nice and heavy and washes well.  The color is up to you.  I just reached into my fugly stash and used the first thing I grabbed.  Since it was a scrap ball of yarn, I would have to guess only about an ounce was used.
*The hook was a size H or 5.0 mm hook.
*Darning needle to weave in ends.

ST - Stitch.
CH - Chain.
SC - Single crochet.
HDC - Half double crochet.
SL ST - Slip stitch.
YO - Yarn over.

Special stitches:
Puff stitch - YO and insert in next ST, YO and pull through ST only (3 loops left on hook), YO and pull through 2 loops (2 loops left on hook).  YO and insert in same ST, YO and pull through ST only (4 loops left on hook), YO and pull through 2 loops (3 loops left on hook).  YO and insert in same ST, YO and pull through ST only (5 loops left on hook), YO and pull through all 5 loops.  There are different variations of the puff ST, so feel free to change it a bit to suit your liking.

Instructions:  (You can scroll down for progress pictures)
Ch 48.
Row 1:  HDC in second CH from hook and across, CH 1, turn.  Total 47 HDC.
Row 2:  HDC in first 11 stitches, puff ST in next ST, **HDC in next 3 stitches, puff ST in next ST** 6 times. HDC 11, CH 1, turn.  Total of 7 puff stitches and 40 HDC.
Row 3:  Repeat row 1.
Row 4:  HDC in first 13 stitches, puff ST in next ST, **HDC in next 3 stitches, puff ST in next ST** 5 times, HDC 13, CH 1, turn.  Total of 6 puff stitches and 41 HDC.
Row 5:  Repeat row 1.
Row 6:  Repeat row 2.
Row 7:  Repeat row 1.
Row 8:  Repeat row 4.
Row 9:  Repeat row 1.
Row 10:  Repeat row 2.
Row 11:  Repeat row 1 and CH 1, but don't turn.
Finishing row:  Lay your piece flat and face down, meaning the "puffs" are on the bottom.  Fold both sides in 8 stitches and mark with stitch markers or yarn so you don't loose your place of where they have to attach.  Start with a SC in the first stitch to your left which will be through one layer.  Continue to SC across the piece using the SC to "sew" the folds in.  When you get to the corners, do 3 SC in each of the 4 corners.  SC down the sides as evenly as you can, 1 SC in the side of each row.  When I finished, this ended up giving me a total of 29 stitches across the top and bottom rows, then 3 in the corners and then 11 down each side.  Don't worry if your counts do not match mine, as long as it looks even to you.  Once it looks good, just SL ST to the beginning SC, tie it off and weave in the ends.


Monday, January 9, 2017

Washable, exchangeable child-size heating pad cover tutorial

*Fabric - A fat quarter will do or a large scrap. 
*Cutting tools - I prefer my rotary cutter and acrylic ruler when possible, but scissors are fine.  
*Pins - I really did not use them, but just in case. 
*Thread - Whatever color you like. 
*Pen for marking fabric - I prefer Dritz disappearing ink marking pens, but you can use whatever you have handy as long as it does not bleed through your fabric. 
*A little 6 x 6 heating pad to put your cover on - Simple instructions at the end of this tutorial.
Step 1:  Cut a piece of fabric 7 x 17 1/2 inches.  I just used this cute little Elmo flannel scrap I had left over.
Step 1
Step 2:  On one 7 inch end draw 2 lines; one at 1/2 inch and one at 1 inch from the edge.  Fold in twice and iron down.
Step 2
Step 3:  At the opposite end draw just one line at 1/2 inch from the edge and fold this down and iron.
Step 3
Step 4:  Stitch across both ends.  I used a zig-zag stitch, but you can do whatever you want.
Step 4
Step 5:  On the backside of your fabric, make a line 3 inches from the top on the double-folded end.
Step 5
Step 6:  Turn your fabric over and fold on that line, right sides together and iron down.
Step 6
Step 7:  Now fold the bottom up to the top.  I made the 3 inch mark on both ends just to show how they match up.
Step 7
Step 8:  Sew the sides 1/4 inch from edge and clip corners.
Step 8
Step 9:  Turn it right side out.  The finished size will be 6 1/2 x 6 1/2, just big enough to easily fit over a 6 x 6 heating pad.
Step 9
Step 10:  Just shove a little heating pad in it and if it gets dirty you can simply remove it and throw it in the wash!
Step 10
I almost forgot the instructions for the heating pad itself!  Simply cut a piece of cotton fabric 6 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches.  Fold in half and sew the 3 edges closed with a 1/4 inch seam leaving one small opening for rice.  Turn right side out and fill with 1 1/2 cups of uncooked rice, then tuck in opening and sew closed.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Free Money From Walmart through Savings Catcher!

Like to save money by price matching but don't have the time or just plain forget?  That's me.  I usually browse the ads when they come in the mail with good intentions of price matching, but then I forget until I get in line at Walmart and the person in front of me has his/her list and ads ready.  That is when I am held up in line first thinking great, this is going to take forever; or sh#$%, I forgot my price match list.  Well ever since Walmart started this great program a while back (maybe 2 years ago?) I don't have to worry about it!

It's simple.  You sign up on line here at and every time you go shopping you just enter the TC number and date of purchase, both at the bottom of your receipt, and Walmart will automatically check the prices of the same items at the eligible stores in your area. 
It usually takes a couple of days to process, but then you will get an email letting you know how much you saved and that money is put into an account that you can cash out at any time.

You can also download their Savings Catcher app and just scan the bar code on the receipt and you are done!  Here is a picture of my first cash-in of $105. 
I was super happy because that paid for a whole shopping trip with a little left over!

You can also track your savings at any time so you know what you balance is.  Just sign in and view your information. 
What a great way to save money with little to no effort.  Sign up here! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Avon Shopping

If you are looking to shop for Avon, click here.  This will direct you to my website where you can shop and have your order delivered directly to you without waiting for someone to deliver it.   Shipping is free on any order over $40 and when you sign up you will receive a coupon good for 20% off your first order of $50 or more PLUS access to more great coupons and deals.  You can also use PayPal if you are not comfortable using your credit or debit card.


Sunday, July 24, 2016

One Yard or Less Sewing Project Tutorials.

Bibs are always a great project to use up scraps and small pieces of fabric, plus you don't have to worry if they are going to "fit" correctly, as long as they fasten properly and safely.  You can use your creativity and do pretty much whatever you want.  Here are a few really cute tutorials to get your started:

The first tutorial is for Minnie and Mickey Mouse bibs.  This I found on Lil LunaNice easy-to-follow tutorial with great pictures.  
This second one is a long-sleeved bib.  I found this tutorial on Fleeting ThingI picked this one just because, not only is it a great picture tutorial, but it is also unusual.  
The third one is a tutorial for frayed-edge bibs.  I found this on on Creations by KaraIf you have ever made a rag quilt, this is sort of the same, and I love rag quilts.  They are so forgiving
Last but certainly not least is the Ultimate Catch-All bib I found on Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop.  Easy, clear tutorial; cute bib with a "tray" for spills, although the dog waiting for scraps might not be too happy!  
Hope you enjoy these great tutorials!