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30 Days of Halloween!

I’m so excited to pariticpate in the Cupcake Diaries’s 30 “Days of Halloween”!

Halloween happens to be my favorite holiday! I love the crisp autumn air, the smell of dry leaves…

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the process of choosing Halloween costumes…

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ZOMBIES and all things spooky!

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Another thing that I love to do in the month of October is a little thing that I call S.N.D.O. (Sneaky Neighborhood Delivery Operation)! You may have this tradition in your neighborhood~ the ghost print-out that is secretly desposited at a neighbors door along with a plate of goodies, and the request to keep it going to other neighbors who haven’t received a ghostly visitation yet.

I’ve thought for a while that I’d like to update the graphics that I’ve seen in the past, and the invitation by Allison Miller to participate in “30 Days of Halloween” was the perfect chance!

So, here you are! I hope that you’ll print this out and get the traditon going in your neighborhood of spreading some sneaky Halloween cheer!


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Thanks for dropping by my blog!  I hope to see you haunting this site again!



30 Days of Halloween 2014

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Knock it off with a Rub-Off!

Don’t you wish you could duplicate your favorite skirt in some darling new fabric??  I have a skirt that I bought from Gap about 10 years ago that is just such a skirt~ it’s comfortable, fits perfect and I like the length and style of it.  I’ve been wanting to duplicate it in different fabric forever without having to take it apart!  Well take a look at this tutorial for creating a pattern from your favorite item of clothing!

Items required for a Rub Off Pattern:

*Large piece of foam core

*Roll of Medical paper (here’s a link on Amazon to purchase the paper)


*Pencil & Scissors


1.  Lay your skirt on top of the paper which will be on top of the foam core board.

Smooth it flat so that the seams of each piece of the skirt are exposed.


2.  Begin pinning along the seams~ punching through your skirt, into the paper and sticking in the foam core

















3.   Once you have outlined the whole section from seam to seam,

begin removing each pin and mark the prick in the paper with a pencil mark.


4.   Draw the pattern piece along the dots, then add the seam allowance you like to use (1/2 inch- 5/8 inch).


5.  Cut the pattern piece out of the paper, (including the seam allowance).  Be sure to mark the pattern piece with the size, grain line, how many pieces to cut, and any other notes to yourself so that you won’t forget when you are done!



 6.  Create each piece of the pattern in this method until you have all the pieces you need to duplicate your skirt.  (I wanted to true up the pieces of the pattern so I folded them in half and indicated that on my pattern with a “fold of  fabric” marking).



8.  Cut the pattern pieces out of your chosen fabric!



9.  Sew the pattern pieces together with right sides together.  (Leave room for a zipper)


10.  Insert a zipper and finish the hem!



I hope you’ve been inspired!  Happy Sewing!

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Scripture Bag

Several weeks ago, I spent a few hours to make up 7 of these great little bags for the young girls that I teach on Sundays at church!  I like them to bring their scriptures, “Personal Progress” booklet and “For the Strength of Youth” booklet with them to church, and I wanted to make it easy for them to do so.  It's kind of rewarding to see all of them show up with their bags that I made, but especially to know that they are making an effort to bring their scriptures to church each week!  Just thought I'd share with anyone who might want to do the same thing… they make great gifts!

Download the pattern for free:

Caroline's Catch-all instructions1

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Pretty Parcel Pin Cushion Tutorial

Every AWESOME sewing room needs awesome accessories.  This should add some definite cuteness!  Follow along as I show you how to make the pincushion.

Pretty Parcel Pincushion

Printer Friendly Instructions

Cutting Instructions

1.  Cut two 3″ squares of main print

2.  Cut eight 1.25″ x 3″ rectangles of main print

3.  Cut four 1″ x 3″ rectangles of “ribbon” fabric

4.  Cut one 3″ x 7″ rectangle of “ribbon” fabric

Assembly Instructions

1.  With right sides together, sew the “ribbon” sides of the cushion: one 1.25″ x 3″ rectangle to the 1″ ribbon rectangle fabric.  Then sew another 1.25″ x 3″ rectangle to the other side of the “ribbon”.  Press well.  Repeat this step for the other three sides.

2.  Sew the two 3″ squares to either side of one of the “ribbon-wrapped” squares.  Stop sewing 1/4″ from edge.

3.  Sew two of the “ribbon-wrapped” squares to either side of the bottom “ribbon-wrapped” square.  Stop sewing 1/4″ from edge.  Be certain to line up the seams, nestling them next to each other with seams pressed in opposite directions.

4.  Sew the final square onto the edge of one side, lining up seams and sewing until 1/4″ away from the edges.

5.  Match the edges right sides together, pin and sew until 1/4″ from top.  Repeat this for each of the four sides.

6.  For the top of the pincushion, line up the four sides with the edges of the top.  Pin in place.  Sew along the edges, leaving one side open for turning.  Turn right side out.

7.  Using crushed walnut shells (my preference for the weight it gives the pincushion), or filling of your choice, fill the pincushion.  Crushed walnut shells are available for sale at pet stores as a litter for birds!

8.  When you are close to getting the pincushion filled, begin hand stitching the seam closed.  Leave just enough room for a funnel to finish filling the pincushion.  Be sure to pat, wiggle, and shake the pincushion to fill in as tight as possible with the walnut shells.

9.  Stitch up the seam.

10.  Using the 3″ x 7″ rectangle of “ribbon” fabric, fold and press the edges in 1/4″.  Fold the fabric in half in either direction and press.  Topstitch along the edges to create a finished rectangle.  Fold, scrunch, or tie the bow any way you'd like!  For a fuller bow, use multiple pieces of fabric as in the bow below.


Voile!  A Pretty Parcel Pincushion…

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