Maureen Gil

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40+ Adorable Easter Bunny Craft Ideas

I love Easter bunny crafts & ideas. I collected 40+ of them for you! Something about bunnies … they are super duper cute. Those little fluffy white tails marks the beginning of spring. I used to make lots of rabbits when the girls were young and stuff them inside their Easter baskets. I still get ... Read more

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10 Easy St Patrick Day Crafts to Make That Don’t Completely Suck

Here’s another round up of cute ideas for the Luck O’ the Irish! 1. Clover Headband 2. Growing Shamrocks from Martha Stewart 3. Shamrock Hair Clips from felt 4. St. Patty’s Day T-Shirts really cute for going out with the buddies on the luckiest day of the year 5. Decorate in Green Bottles this is really ... Read more

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15+ DIY Wall Decorations (Art Decor Ideas)

Here are over 15 DIY wall decorations for a personalized space. Let me tell you how much I really dislike those mass-produced wall decorations. The Husband calls them “adult stickers.” I think people buy them because they don’t know what else to put up on the walls. So, I created this list to give you ... Read more

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12 Relaxing Activities For Couples At Home

At the end of the week, there is nothing better than having a date with The Husband. I def need that time to stay connected. So I compiled this list of relaxing activities for couples can do at home to chill with each other. When we got married, my mother gave me some good advice. ... Read more

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30+ Creative Homemade Father’s Day Gift Ideas to DIY

This year, I decided to compile a big old list of homemade Father’s Day gift ideas. My criteria: the gift cannot suck. I’m in a panic because Father’s Day is just around the corner. Like every year, I have no idea what to give The Husband for Dad’s Day. What’s worse, his birthday is just ... Read more

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15 Creative and Cool Mother’s Day Craft Ideas That Will Wow Your Mom

Go beyond the simple tulips or daffodils and give one of these cool Mother’s Day craft ideas. There’s something truly special about receiving a handmade gift, especially when it comes from your children or loved ones. Homemade Mother’s Day crafts have a personal touch that store-bought presents simply can’t replicate. The time, effort, and thought ... Read more

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FREE Adorable Bunny Ears Drawstring Bag Pattern for Easter

Everyone loves this little guy, and I get so many compliments on it. This bunny bag has two floppy ears and a little cotton bunny tail. When you wear it as a backpack, it will look like a bunny’s butt. ???? So cute. Just in time for Easter. Hippity Hoppity! I’ve seen so many people ... Read more

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70+ Awesome Sewing Projects for Valentine’s Day

Knit Heart Dress Tutorial This dress looks complicated to pull off, but I don’t think it is. Reverse Applique Heart Shirt Another great t-shirt refashion. Chalk Art T-Shirt This shirt looks like it would be super complicated but very cool. Another Heart Cut-Out Refashion Another one of my super simple refashions. Heart Elbow Patches Great ... Read more

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Easy Reusable Shopping Bag Pattern For Valentine’s Day

Do you need an easy reusable shopping bag pattern? I never have enough of these fabric bags, so I wrote up this tutorial for you. I’ve got a ton of Valentine’s Day stuff.  Why I Love This Easy Reusable Shopping Bag Pattern I have a love affair with pink. As you can tell by the ... Read more

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Exploring the Different Types of Sewing Machines: A Beginner’s Guide

This is my guide on the different types of sewing machines, along with sewing machine reviews. Different Types of Sewing Machines I also have several basic sewing tutorials. The following is a list of the sewing machines types available for purchase. Each article has some information about the type of machine, along with reviews of ... Read more

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What Are The Basics of Sewing? Start Here to Learn How to Sew

What are the basics of sewing? I’m creating a comprehensive series on how to learn the skills you need to start sewing. For beginners or advanced users alike. What Are The Basics of Sewing Did you know you can buy fabric on Amazon? Sometimes you can get a great deal, too! Also, check out my guide ... Read more

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Brother Serger 1034DX Review

Here is a Brother serger 1034DX review. In my opinion, one of the four best entry line serger machines based on the price and features. Brother makes great machines, and it won’t let you down. The Brother serger 1034DX is the latest addition to the family of Brother sergers. It’s one of of the recommended ... Read more

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What Is a Serging Sewing Machine? [Top 4 Guide]

Are you about to have a sewing machine but wondering what is a serging sewing machine? Here’s a guide for the details you need to learn what a serger is. The serging sewing machine is more commonly known as a serger or an overlocker. It offers multiple threads that stitches stretchy or even thick fabrics. ... Read more

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How To Sew Without A Needle And Thread

Do you know how to sew without a needle and thread? I didn’t know, so I did some research on what I could do when I left my sewing supplies at home. Some are temporary solutions. But some are legitimate, no-sew options that might work better than the traditional supplies. To sew something when you ... Read more

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Which Is the Right Word: Sewing or Sowing?

Is it sewing or sowing? The difference between sewing and sowing is that sewing involves joining pieces of fabric together, while sowing involves putting seeds in the ground. People who sow seeds generally want to grow food to eat or grow beautiful flowers, trees, or shrubs. People who sew clothing together want something to wear. ... Read more

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Crafting and Sewing Link Roundups

Here is a list of all my crafting, sewing, and food link roundups for blog posts. Many feature my own work. Blog owners can add their own links at the bottom of each page.

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What To Do With T-Shirt Scraps

Ever wonder what to do with t-shirt scraps you have leftover from all your t-shirt refashion projects? Well, I have the exact same problem, so I came up with this list of things to make using them all up. What To Do With T-Shirt Scraps There are lots of creative and crafty ways of repurposing t-shirt ... Read more

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What Is a Feed Dog on a Sewing Machine?

What are the feed dogs on a sewing machine? This metal piece is an important part of the sewing machine. The feed dog is a metal plate that has little gripper teeth, and it is located underneath where the needle is. The feed dog is a metal plate that moves up and down to push ... Read more

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Free Easy Sewing Patterns

Here are all my free easy sewing patterns that you can use and download. Each comes with full instructions. More to come soon! 🙂 Free Sewing Patterns Easy Did you know you can buy fabric on Amazon as well? Sometimes they have really good deals! Here is a list of my sewing patterns to download. ... Read more

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Hand Sewing Hemming Stitch

Hand Sewing the Hem Stitch I love my sewing machine, but sometimes it’s easier — and better — to hand sew something together. I like to do a lot of sewing by hand with hemming even though it’s probably just as easy to do it by machine. Today, I’m going to show how to do some hand sewing hem stitch. ... Read more

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25 Beautiful DIY Fall Home Decoration Ideas

Here are some fall homemade decorations and easy autumn decorations that are simple and beautiful. Many of them are also cheap. Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the colors — oranges and browns — and the weather! And what fun! Hay rides, pumpkin picking, pumpkin carving! And yes, the decor, too. DIY Fall Homemade Decorations: 25 ... Read more

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Must-Have Supplies Sewing for Beginners

Must-Have Supplies for Sewing Beginners What are some of the essential supplies for sewing beginners? When you are new to sewing (or even when you are an intermediate!), you can quickly become overwhelmed with all the sewing notions and items that you might need. Here is my basic list for sewing supplies needed for new ... Read more

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25 Easy Fourth of July Crafts

Here’s a list of 25 easy Fourth of July crafts that you can do with your kids or just to decorate for a festive party. Appropriate for young kids to adult. 25 July 4th Crafts 1. Fabulous Fourth of July Tie Dyed Dress One of my own refashioned creations — this dress as probably the best refashion I have ... Read more

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30+ Easy Summer Craft Activities for Kids

The summer is here! I love the weather (even if it’s hot and humid here in PA), gardening … and, of course, summer vacation. I sought out 30+ easy summer crafts for kids to keep those little hands busy. Ages from toddlers to preschoolers – and even tweens and adults! I really love all these ... Read more

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40+ Super Easter Craft Ideas For Preschoolers

40+ Super Easter Craft Ideas For Preschoolers Easter time is so much fun. Here are some Easter craft ideas for preschoolers. I see a ton of crafts for adults or even older kids, but these are appropriate for the younger child. Be sure to check out some more Easter Bunny Crafts and Easter Foods, and ... Read more

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20+ DIY Homemade Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him

Here’s a list of non-lame, homemade valentine’s day gifts for him that I came up with. I hate giving my husband gifts for Valentine’s Day because either I spend a lot of money or give him a card. And our anniversary, birthday, and Christmas.  If you prefer to buy him a non-cheesy Valentine’s Day gift, ... Read more

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Non-Cheesy Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him

I looked up this list of non-cheesy Valentine’s Day gifts for him because … well, I hate Valentine’s Day. But I also love it. I love it because my husband tells me how much he loves me, and he gives me nice things. I hate it because I have nothing to give him — the best part ... Read more

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Want A Free Baby Romper Sewing Pattern? 22 Tutorials To Download

What could be better than a free baby romper sewing pattern? I mean, other than baby, of course. I’ve collected 22 free onsie patterns that you can download. A Free Baby Romper Sewing Pattern? (How About 22?) I didn’t realize that “romper” was another word for “onsie.” But here are some free ones for you. Want ... Read more

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Top 8 Best Sewing Machine Brands

What are the best sewing machine brands? There are tons of sewing machine brands on the market. It can be very confusing to purchase a new one. Be sure to check out my guide to what you will need in your beginner sewing box. Chart for the Best Sewing Machine Brands — 2019 Guide 1. Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine ... Read more

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DIY Painted Gourds Perfect for Fall: Autumnal Charm

This week, I am going to show everyone a simple, yet beautiful fall decoration that you can use for your Thanksgiving centerpiece. Painted gourds are lovely with some extra fall decor, like leaves or bold flowers in orange or red. Perfect to start using right after the kiddos go back to school. How to Make ... Read more

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DIY Cloth Diffuser Hat for Your Camera DSLR

I try to avoid using my on-camera flash because it tends to wash things out, especially people. It also creates unsightly shadows and gives the skin illumination (which is NOT good). In this tutorial, I am going to show you a super duper simple flash diffuser that you can create in like 5 minutes, and ... Read more

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Refashion a Bow T-Shirt 10 Different Ways

I’ve been meaning to do this roundup of all my “Refashion a T Shirt with Bows 10 Different Ways” tutorials that I made over the summer, but somehow couldn’t get myself to actually publish this post. But, at long last, today I finally have my bow tutorial roundup for everyone! 10 Ways to Refashion an ... Read more

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How to Sew a Pillow with a Bow Accent From a Man’s Sweater

Returning readers to my blog know how much I love refashioning clothes, accessories, and home decorations from men’s clothing. Not only can loads of projects be made out of men’s stuff, but men’s clothing tends to be a lot sturdier than woman’s clothing — really, I’ve seen such a downgrade in the quality of women’s clothes.  Making ... Read more

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How to Make a Cheer Bow with Ribbon the No Sew DIY Way

Blue 3″ Ribbon White cotton fabric Red cotton fabric 2 Packages, Iron-on Stars Fabric Fray Iron-on double-sided tape Hair elastics Step-By-Step Instructional Guide to Making Your Own Cheer Bow Cut a 30″ piece of the base ribbon. Two fat quarters, one in white and one in blue. Cut out one inch x 13 inch strips, ... Read more

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Shoulder Bows T-Shirt Refashion with a Gather

I bought an extra man’s green t-shirt for St. Patrick’s Day, but it was a little too bright. I think the color is more appropriate for the hazy, happy days of summer! So here’s another ten minute refashion, making a shoulder bows t-shirt. This gives a little feminine ruffle detail on the shoulder. This gather-sewing ... Read more

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The $25 The Macro Lens Hack for Blogging Photographers

The $25 Macro Lens Photography for Bloggers Hack Bloggers know that you need to take good photos, but macro lens for your dSLR camera can be quite expensive. This Nikon AF-S FX Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED Fixed Zoom Lens costs almost $600, and this Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED costs almost $900. I ... Read more

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Refashion a Skirt with a Bow Waist for Ultimate Chic

Happy Friday, everyone! I was modeling this skirt in last week’s lace bow t-shirt refashion. I think this satin bow skirt refashion and that lace bow t-shirt refashion makes a great ensemble! Satin Bow Skirt Refashion Materials Needed: Satin Ribbon Black Black & White Striped Skirt Jersey Knit Solid Black Fabric I picked up this ... Read more

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A Step-by-Step Tutorial on How to Make a Fabric Bow

Making fabric bows!! Bows are so beautiful. This tutorial is part of a series of 10 posts … all about bows! I am going to craft or refashion 10 projects using fabric bows in some way or another. After the series is over, I will come back to each post and add all of the tutorials. ... Read more

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A Beginner’s DIY Guide to Making a Key Fob Wristlet

For Christmas, our family makes homemade gifts for each other. We’ve had this tradition for a long time, so I’m constantly on the hunt for a DIY, homemade gift that does not totally suck. Like most teenagers, mine have some high standards.  I originally made these cute little key fobs during Christmas a few weeks ... Read more

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How to Make a Sweater into a Pillow (Refashion Guide)

Here is another upcycled/repurposing idea for everyone: sweater pillows. Since I really needed some couch pillows, this makes for a fabulously frugal and really cool recycled clothing idea. I gave the argyle one to my sister-in-law. Remaking a Homemade Sweater Pillow My friend gave me an entire pile of clothing, yes, this is in addition to ... Read more

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4 of the Best Free Stock Photo Sites for Every Blogger

Photography is so important for blog posts. These 4 stock photography sites were created just for bloggers like you. All offer free stuff for bloggers (such as a bunch of free flat-lay photos), inexpensive packages, and most of all — awesome photographs! Bloggers can create hundreds of different images, instantly, for all of your blog posts and ... Read more

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10 DIY Refashion Ideas for Valentine’s Day T-Shirts

Upcycle something beautiful for Valentine’s Day! Here’s a list of 10 awesome clothing tutorials for the day of love. Refashionistas abound! Remaking your clothes is such an economical, fashionable, and eco-conscious thing to do. 2. Tone on Tone Hearts 10 Awesome Valentine’s Day Refashions 1. Heart Cutout T-Shirt on Your Back

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A DIY Guide to Sewing a Curtain from Quilt Blocks

I have been furiously trying to declutter my house.  Mainly due to spring fever but also because I am part of the 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home Challenge.  One of the projects I tackled this past week is organizing the cabinet underneath my kitchen sink, which is a total mess.  (Sorry that I ... Read more

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A DIY Homemade All Natural Lotion Recipe: Botanical Beauty

All-Natural Homemade Lotion Lately, I’ve been obsessed with making my own beauty supplies, so you will probably start to see a bunch of blog posts about my attempts. One of the first things that I need is some lotion. The winter always dries out my skin, and I have very dry skin anyway. This recipe is ... Read more

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DIY Refashion Batwing Sleeve Top Tutorial

I found this dress at the Salvation Army. The top part of the dress left much to be desired. The designer obviously thought it was fashionable, but the fit was not right. But the bottom … what a great material! Reminded me of handkerchiefs. Upcycling this into something better should be easy. Upcycling an Ugly Dress ... Read more

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Step-By-Step DIY Dip Dye Dress Refashion

I found this great dress at the Salvation Army and it was only $3. It was also brand new, with the tags, which said it was a bridal dress. I’m not so sure any bride would wear it … as it was definitely see through as well. Almost looked like a nightgown actually. But with a ... Read more

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How to Make an Adorable Family CD Case Desk Calendar

A family CD case desk calendar is a fun, frugal homemade Christmas/holiday gift idea. In an attempt to organize, I put my music CDs and movie DVDs into zipper binders. I had piles upon piles of CD and DVD jewel cases left. I didn’t want to throw them out, so I decided to see if ... Read more

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