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Felted Wool Tablet Case [a Handmade Winter project]

Recently some lovely bloggers put together an ebook called Handmade Winter. And when I got my copy, it didn’t take me long to pick out my first project, a felted wool tablet case.

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This tutorial caught my eye, partly because I love the coziness of felted wool, and partly because my hubby gifted me a tablet for Christmas that needed a new home.

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I had already felted this thrifted sweater awhile ago, so this case took only about 15 minutes to put together.

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The case in the ebook has the seams sewn on the outside, but I decided to sew them on the inside instead. I also chose to attach my lining with a blind stitch. And while we’re talking about the lining… Flannel. Orange. Bikes. It’s just too fantastic for words.

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One more element of cozy added to my naptime reading corner [also known as, the place where I hide from my children].

The photography in the Handmade Winter ebook is stunning. The pictures really make you want to curl up with a cup of coffee and snuggle under your warm, wool blanket. Or eat that glorious raspberry deliciousness there..!

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It’s filled with recipes, party ideas, winter traditions, kid crafts, and some really lovely sewing projects.

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You can read more about Handmade Winter here.

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Now if you need me, I’ll be right here… just don’t tell my kids. ;)

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Disclosure: I received this ebook in exchange for my review. All opinions are, of course, my own.


Cuff Bracelet Tutorial: Because She’s Worth it!

When thinking about what kind of bracelet or zipper pouch tutorial I wanted to share with you as part of the She’s Worth it Campaign, the very first thing that came to mind was a simple cuff bracelet.


Natural fibers, easy to make, and one that requires little to no sewing skills.
cuff bracelet tutorialSupplies Needed:

  • felted wool
  • twill tape
  • button
  • needle/thread
  • fabric paint
  • paint brush/stamps
  • sewing machine – optional
  • scissors

DSC_00031. Cut a rectangle from a scrap of felted wool that fits around your wrist snugly, but not too tightly. Choose something that’s soft and feels good against your skin – and make sure the fabric stretches horizontally [around your wrist].

DSC_00062. Cut a piece of twill tape that’s a couple inches long, depending on what word you are printing.

DSC_00143. Carefully sew the twill tape onto the center of the rectangle. This could be done with a sewing machine or by hand. [you may find this step easier to do after you paint your letters on – it’s your choice] The two cut ends will fray, but I really like how this looks.

DSC_01324. Using fabric paint and either stamps or a paint brush, paint your letters onto the twill tape.

DSC_01365. Cut a small slit on one end that is just large enough for your button.

DSC_01386. Hand sew the button onto the other end.



DSC_0150Awkward hand shot… definitely no hand modeling in my future, friends.

DSC_0155This one I cut smaller and cut the twill tape on all sides, so that it would fray all around.

DSC_0170Have you made a bracelet or zipper pouch to give to women and girls who have been rescued from slavery? Want to see some other tutorials to get more inspiration? Andrea has made a Pinterest board for the She’s Worth it Campaign, so be sure to follow and get involved. Because she is worth it.


Hanging Hearts [a mini tutorial]

When it comes to home or holiday decor, I’m super cheap frugal. I don’t enjoy spending lots of money on things that are either only going to be up for a short time or have the potential to get broken by my [super lovely and amazing] boys who don’t care so much that mama’s decor isn’t supposed to be used as a weapon.

The two things that I love adding more of to my home: natural fibers and elements of nature. Bonus: both can be cheap or free!

hanging heartsThis project took me about an hour [with some Downton Abbey distractions thrown in there] and it gave me exactly the look I was going for.

DSCF7420Here’s all you need: felted wool scraps [you could do this with craft felt or fleece, but it will look much better with felted wool – trust me] and embroidery floss.

DSCF7440Cut some hearts out of the felted wool. These were scraps from old sweaters that I had felted and turned into diaper covers.

DSCF7428Use your handy dandy blanket stitch [tutorial found here if you don’t know how to do it!] to sew two hearts together.

DSCF7434With your needle, add a little embroidery floss to make a loop for hanging.

DSCF7431And then hang them on a branch! Natural fibers always seem make my home feel a little more peaceful. Which is something that makes this mama happy.

A Valentine Hoop

I really enjoy decorating for Valentine’s Day. A whole day devoted to love… and a reason to add pink hearts to my boy-filled house.DSCF7313This year I whipped up a little Valentine-y hoop to add to our holiday decor. Oh how I love holiday decor. :)

DSCF7312Super simple: fabric in the hoop and felted wool hand-stitched with embroidery floss.

DSCF7311A sweet [and easy!] way to celebrate the one you love… but I like it so much, that it just might stay up year-round.

Pillows!! {and a Giveaway!}

I have been making pillows like crazy.  Something about the weather, I think.  Nothing like the cold of a Wisconsin fall to make me want to cozy up on the couch with a felted wool pillow.

vintage sheet + felted wool = love on a pillow
{find this one in my etsy shop!}

i love birds. and grey. and pillows… seriously.
{this one’s in the shop too!}

stripes and owls? can’t go wrong, if you ask me.
{yes, this is listed in my shop also!}

But wait… here’s one that’s not in my shop.  It’s ready to ship for the winner of this super awesome giveaway!

My lovely friend Courtney from Simple City Life is taking part in a HUGE giveaway blog hop called 12 Days of Gifts Galore.  She’s giving away this amazing package of handmade goodies, including this very pillow! [And she’s linked up with all the other blogs that are giving away amazing things as well… seriously, you need to go take a look!]

So, make sure you head over to enter the giveaway soon! [it ends December 6th]

**And just for fun, here’s a code for free shipping in my shop – good through tomorrow!**



Today I am 30.

I don’t mind getting older.  In fact, I like it.  Ask me again when I turn 40, I might have a different answer, but today I’m good with it.

As a birthday present to myself, I made a pillow.

Made from a felted wool sweater that was so thick I thought my sewing machine would spit at me in protest.

Perfectly cozy.

Linking up with these parties.