How to Make a Face Mask with Filter Pocket and Fabric Ties

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The CDC is now recommending that everyone wear a cloth face mask when outside their home.  Medical N95 and surgical masks are in short supply, so please leave those for the medical and essential workers.  Check with the CDC regarding the advantages and benefits of wearing a fabric masks.  They will not prevent Corona Virus, but it is believed they may help slow the spread.

I have made two variations, one with fabric ties, and one with elastic.  They are contructed the same as far as the body of the mask.  The only difference being instead of tucking two separate strings on each end, I simply tuck both ends of a 7″ (Adult) or 6″ (Child) into each end to form a loop.

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There are a TON of face mask tutorials available online.  Including the elastic, pleated version I posted earlier.  You can find that tutorial by clicking HERE.  I have been sewing face masks for a local assisted senior living facility.  The elastic can be tedious and uncomfortable for extended used.  I decided to come up with my own pattern using fabric ties.  You can substitute Ribbon, Twill, Bias Tape, or any other durable, washable and comfortable tie.

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I also wanted to make a face mask with a pocket for a filter.  You can see the pocket in the photo above.  It makes it really easy to remove and change the filter.

I also needed a child size version.  I made this version which I guesstimate to fit a child age 4-12.


I have a step by step tutorial as well as FREE PDF patterns for both sizes.  You can find the FREE PDF patterns in my SHOP here:

 ADULT SIZE  PDF                          CHILD SIZE PDF

Here is the Step By Step Tutorial:

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Hello there.  Doug asked me to make a couple of face mask to have on hand in the event that we need them.  I posted them in my Facebook Groups and immediately had a ton of requests to make a tutorial.  I am posting the tutorial of these masks with the disclaimer, I followed THIS PDF tutorial which was recommended by a hospital.  I do not know the exact effectiveness of the face mask, but I do know, it provides an added layer of protection.

I have also provide a Cricut Design Space file for those of you who have a Cricut Maker.

You can find the Cricut Design Space ADULT Size File by Clicking HERE. You can find the Cricut Design Space CHILD by Clicking Here.

For those who do not have a die cutting machine, you don’t need one.  This is two simple rectangles that can easily be cut by hand.

Please do your research. This is not a protection from the Corona VIrus. This is simply an added barrier between you and the outside world. Visit the CDC website for the best way to protect yourself from the Virus.


Here is the Tutorial:


How to make a Planner Pouch


Hey there!  Thanks for stopping by! I had a few requests over in my Craft Crazy Facebook Group to create a tutorial for a planner pouch.  I grabbed my planner and got busy creating what I felt was a perfect size, but you can easily adapt it to fit your planner.


I think it’s super practical and not just for planners.  Journal writers, students and list makers would also enjoy a pouch.  Keeping all of your planner stickers, writing utensils, clips, erasers, etc. with your notebook has never been easier, or prettier.


This is a beginner sewing friendly tutorial. Don’t let the zipper scare you, I am going to walk you through it step by step… it’s easier than you think!

I would love it if you would tag me on social media when you make theplanner pouch.  You can find me by clicking here 

If you have a Cricut, I have a Design Space file so you can let the Maker cut the fabric and interfacing for you.  CLICK HERE FOR THE DESIGN SPACE FILE.

Are you ready to get started?  Here’s the tutorial:

Cricut Joy – Quilt Card (Sewing on Paper)


I love a beautiful quilt.  Quilt blocks are so interesting to look at and I so wish that I had both the time and the patience to create them more often.


But, unfortunately for me, I don’t have an abundance of either, so I found a fun way to incorporate quilt blocks in alternative ways.


What better way to show off the fun pattern of a quilt block than to use it make a card.  How cute would it be to send a quilter friend, a fun hello card made as if it were a quilt block?  Pretty cute, eh?


Have you ever considered sewing on paper?  It’s actually the very first way I learned to sew.  I have been sewing on paper for years and I love the way it looks. It is super easy and I have never had a problem with using my sewing machine on cardstock. (Just be sure to put in a fresh needle when you’re done).

This is the first of several fun projects to come using quilt blocks.  I am collaborating with Jess from OklaRoots with her Block Party (Block of the month).  I am going to come up with creative ways to use the quilt blocks that she has designed.

Are you ready for the tutorial?  Here you go!

Doggie Waste Bag Holder


If you have a Cricut Maker you can cut the pieces of fabric, faux leather or vinyl with your machine.  Here’s the Design Space file

By now, you probably know that I love a quick and easy sewing project.  Today’s project is just that.  The best part is that it only takes scraps of fabric and a few minutes and you’ve got a customized doggie waste bag holder.

You can customize the pouches to fit your style.  I used a flannel on the left and some left over Dr. Seuss scraps on the right.


I even tried some clear purple vinyl and faux leather and they are even easier.

I think these will make super fun gift ideas for the dog lover(s) in your family.


Are you ready to make some of your own?  Here’s the step by step tutorial:

How to Make Fabric Rope


This is another really easy, but fun project.  I love to make fabric twine/rope while watching tv.  I am not a person who can just sit idle, I need my hands to be doing something.


Last night, while watching a movie, my daughter in law and I made these balls of twine.  They turned out so beautiful.


Today, I took her ball of twine and made it into this cool trivet.  The smaller one is a coaster.


It is truly a one of a kind rope and I kinda love it!  The best part?  It’s made with nothing more than fabric from my scrap bin!  What a wonderful way to recycle your scraps.


I plan to keep going with my ball of twine and hope to make a rug out of it.  They are fully washable (I know that’s what you were thinking when I said rug!).

So, do you want to learn how to make some scrap busting fabric rope?  I have a step by step tutorial.  I would love it if you make some if you would tag me on my social media channels and Facebook Groups. You can find me by clicking HERE.

Here’s the tutorial:

Beginner Friendly Sewing Headband

YT HEADBANDHappy Saturday!  I have been wanting to get this tutorial up for awhile now.  This is a really fun, beginner-friendly sewing project.

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I see so many happy hair ties when I am out and about, but they never seem to fit my style, or my wardrope, or let’s be real.. my head!   I decided to come up with my own version that includes an stretchy elastic in the back so I can get the perfect fit for this big noggin!

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The fun part about this project is that it takes just a very little bit of fabric and 1 piece of elastic.  It’s really easy to make and a quick sew.  You can make several in an hour.  If you have a Cricut Maker, it will go even faster because I’ve got an SVG for you.  No Cricut?, No problem.  I’ve got the PDF pattern for you as well as a step by step tutorial below.

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I hope you give these a try and when you do, please come post in my Facebook Group and/or tag me on Instagram.  I would love to see what you make!

You can get the PDF & SVG Patterns by clicking HERE 

and here is the tutorial!  Happy Headband Making!

How to Create Customized Charms / Zipper Pulls

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Quite often I get asked how to make customized zipper pulls for your bags and pouches.  I love to add that extra little personalized touch in the way of a zipper pull to stylize your handmade beauties.

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I decided to put my Cricut to the test and create these cute engraved metal tags.  I can think of a ton of ways to use these.  How about as a luggage identifier, a gift, a bag tag, a zipper pull, a necklace, a backpack label – so many ideas!

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I used the Cricut Maker and Engraving Tool to create mine and it really is quite easy! I found themedal blanks here.

I made a step by step video tutorial to walk you through designing the tags in Cricut Design Space, as well as how I attached the zipper pull hardware.  If you make them, I would love it if you would share them in my Facebook Groups. You can find the links in the description below the video on Youtube.

How to make the easiest Dog Bandana, ever!

IMG_7270.jpgI don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for a dog in a bandana!  On the same hand, I am terrified to put anything around my dogs’ necks, after a rather scary incident a couple of year ago.


I decided to make a bandana that could be easily removed if needed.  Instead of using a traditional bandana style that is tied, I utilitzed the Kam Snaps (you know how I love my Kam Snaps).


I also used my Cricut EasyPress and Embroidery machine to embroider their names.  i just love how they turned out.  Over the holidays between my dogs and my sons, we had five dogs in the house. I made them all Christmas Bandanas using holiday fabric.  It was so stinking cute.  I can’t wait to make Valentines, Easter and lots of other variations.

This is probably one of the EASIEST beginner sewing projects, a person can make.   Are you ready for a tutorial?  I’ve got you covered… here you go.

Maggie Pouch


I am super excited to share with you my latest creation.  I call it the MAGGIE POUCH.  It is so stinking cute!  I love how roomy this bag is, and the open wide zipper makes it seem even bigger than it is.


The finished bag measures about 10 x 6.5″.  It’s the perfect size for a clutch wristlet, makeup bag or just to keep track of odds and ends.


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A must for me!


I used the Cricut Maker to cut mine.   You can find my SVG file  here.  No Cricut? No worries, I’ve got a PDF Pattern for you here.

I have a step by step tutorial for you and you won’t believe how easy it is!