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.

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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.

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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:

How to make a Planner Pouch

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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.

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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.

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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:

How to Make Envelope Pillow Covers

southbendpillowThis has got to me the EASIEST sewing project, ever!  Not only is it very beginner friendly, but it’s so practical.  With this tutorial you can virtually create unlimited amounts of personalized pillows and personalized gifts.  My friend, Karen Runge, showed me a similarly designed pillow and encouraged me to make a tutorial.  I used the Cricut EasyPress and Iron on to create my design.  You could also use this tutorial to  create a blank for Infusible Ink, Embroidery, fabric pens and fabric markers.  So many possiblities.

Let’s get right to the tutorial.  You are going to want to make pillows for all of your friends and family.  (Psssst.. these would make perfect holiday gifts!)

Parkside Tote – Collaboration with OklaRoots

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I have been so excited to release the Parkside Tote Bag.  OklaRoots and I collaborated on this super fun, super practical tote bag.

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We are both bag makers.  She is also a quilter – I want to be a quilter.  Neither of us have the time to commit to a full size quilt everytime we want to quilt, so we decided to combine our two loves and voila… the Parkside Tote was built.

Jess over at OklaRoots designed the quilt block just for you.  It is perfectly sized and pieced together to fit within the construction of this tote.  You can visit her blog and Youtube to find out how to make the quilt portion of the bag, pick up the PDF templates and she’s even got SVGs for all of you digital die cutting makers.

IMG_3399Then stop back here and I’ll show you how to construct the bag.  I’ve got a PDF for you with all of the dimensions for the fabric portions of the bag.  You can get it HERE.

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There is so much room inside of this bag.

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So, grab some fabric, vinyl, cork or whatever your preference is, and let’s get started!

Triangle Jelly Pouches

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I had an idea in the middle of the night and could hardly wait until it was time to get up so I could give this a shot.  The Triangle Jelly Pouch!

IMG_5633I had so much fun making the fully lined fabric pouches (you can find that tutorial here), that I thought what would be even more fun, than to create a clear version.

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I mean, seriously, how cute would these be hanging off a backpack, or even just stuffed with treats.  I would totally use that purple one and fill it with Halloween Goodies for the kids.

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You could also make these out of faux leather or vinyl for another look.  Check out one of my favorite shops on Etsy called Sew Hungry Hippie.  She’s got so many fantastic selections of vinyl and faux leather.

Are you ready for the tutorial?

The Ashley Tote Bag

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Hi there!  Over in my Craft Crazy with Lorrie nuneMAKER Facebook Group I posted a bag similar to this quite awhile ago.  It was this bag:

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and boy did I have a lot of request to make a tutorial.  Life got in the way… my son got married.  I have been so busy with wedding planning, guests every weekend, that I just didn’t have time to create a tutorial.

I did, however, take the time one afternoon to make a mock up so that I could get the dimensions down.  I came up with this tote:

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Today, I finally had a chance to take a little bit from each bag and change it up just a little more and create the “Ashley” tote.  I love it so much.

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The fabric makes me happy and the quilting just gives me all the feels.

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Green and white polka dot?  I mean, c’mon!

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Of course, I have a step by step tutorial for you.  You can find it below.  I have written down all of the dimensions for you.  You can get them in my shop HERE.

Here’s the video tutorial:   

Wrigley Sliding Pouch

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Hello!  Thanks for stopping by!  I am excited to share today’s tutorial with you.  It is the Wrigley Sliding Pouch!  I just love this project and I think it will be the perfect addition to your craft room.

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It features a fun sliding sleeve that collapses and reveals the perfect pen/tool holder for your desktop, but also conveniently expands and closes up so that you can easily take it with you.

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It’s the perfect gift for teachers, students or any crafter.  Pens, Markers, Tools, or Sewing Notions fit perfectly inside.

I created a PDF and SVG pattern. You can use your Cricut Maker to cut the SVG, or simply print the PDF and cut your pattern by hand.   You can find them by clicking below:

                                     PDF and SVG Pattern                             

Once you have the file, watch my step by step tutorial to create your very own Wrigley Sliding Pouch.

Pocket Placemat

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Well hello there!  I am happy you are here!  Over in my Craft Crazy Facebook Group. I had a group member ask if I would create a tutorial on this super cute pocket placemat!  She found this wonderful tutorial over on the Joann Fabric website and wanted to see a video tutorial.

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I mean what is not to love about this cutie?  It’s so fun and I can think of a ton of ways to change it up, like this one:

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A quick change of fabrics and embellishments and you’ve got a Halloween Placemat.

Joann Fabrics did an amazing job of writing out the tutorial, but if you’d like to see a video, step by step tutorial click below:

Triangle Pouch

Triangle Pouch-1Triangle Pouches are super fun to make and they look harder than they really are.  It’s really just a few straight seams and you’re done.

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I looked around at Pinterest and Youtube and couldn’t find any tutorials showing how to fully enclose all the of the seams in the lining.  I really love the simplisity of the patterns I saw on Pinterest, but I didn’t love seeing the raw edged seams on the lining.  I wanted the inside to be as pretty as the outside.

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So, I created my own tutorial with a completely finished linining.  It’s really not hard at all and only adds 2 extra steps.

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They turned out great and I can’t wait to give a few to some friends.  They are also the perfect STOCKING STUFFER size!  You could add a chapstick, handsanitzer or something fun and stuff them into the stocking or even hang them from the stocking.  So many ideas.

Are you ready for the tutorial and to find out how I enclosed all of the seams?  Here you go!

the Evie Scrunchie – FREE Pattern Included

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I am back with another Scrunchie tutorial!  Who would have thought that Scrunchies would be back in style!  I am seeing them everywhere and in lots of shapes and sizes.

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I created the EVIE Scrunchie with my grand-daughter in mind, obviously.  I think it is adorable.  I am a sucker for all things bows.

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The beauty of the Scrunchies is that you can mix and match the Urban Scrunchie with the Mini Scrunchie with the Evie Scrunchie.  They all work similarly and together.  I was inspired to make this set from the headband tutorial I showed you last week using the Urban Scrunchie Mini.   I just love the rainbow of color and Evie will have an accessory for every outfit.

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I added the solid templates to the shop. You can click HERE the to purchase or just click on SHOP at the top of the page.  As always, I also have a FREE printable PDF and SVG for you as well.  You can find that HERE.

Are you ready for the Tutorial: