It’s definitely starting to feel like the beginning of fall here in Portland. Mornings have gotten chillier, leaves are starting to turn color and everything just has that crisp feeling in the air. Putting together this fall mood board has me so excited for the upcoming season. I’m ready to finish swapping out summer clothes for my fall capsule wardrobe, sew up some autumn products for the shop, and plan out my fall bucket list.
I especially can’t wait for cozy knits and pretty plaids — be sure to expect lots of those heading to the shop soon!
I posted here about my New Year’s resolution to take the time to create something every week. Almost three months later, I’m going strong with eleven weeks of creative projects down and I’m loving this challenge.
I was worried that after a few weeks I would start running out of project ideas or that, especially during midterms and finals weeks, I just wouldn’t have time to work on anything. However, I’m actually finding that the opposite is true. The more projects I complete, the more inspired I am to start a new one. I’m also excited about the variety of crafts I’ve been working on – from home decor and quilts to apparel and paper crafts. I posted about my Out and About dress here and my DIY heart garland that was part of our Valentine’s Day dinner here.
Since I’ve now made it through an entire term with this challenge, I’ve realized that it’s not entirely unrealistic to take a little time each week to work on something creative. Of course, there were weeks where I was insanely busy and only had 30 minutes to put towards a project, but there were also weeks where I was able to bust out multiple crafts. Honestly, working on a craft project every week has become kind of addicting and I’m loving it!
In the coming weeks, I’m planning on sewing a lot more apparel items as well as working on a few tutorials to post here. You can follow along with me on Instagram with #create52.
Even though I’ve been feeling like a little bit of a grinch this Valentine’s Day since I don’t get to spend the day with my sweetheart, I still love the holiday. What’s not to love about a holiday filled with hearts and pink on everything? In honor of Valentine’s Day, I whipped up this little heart garland. It was super easy to make and pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself.
To make your own, you’ll need:
Fabric scraps (I did mine all in shades of pink, but you could choose any color you like)
Quilt batting (I just used the scraps from my last quilt)
Sewing machine and thread
Cut a heart shape out of paper to use as a template and pin to your fabric. Cut out your first heart. Because the paper is so stiff, I used this first fabric heart as my guide to cut out all the rest.
Cut out about 28 hearts. I ended up not using all of mine, but I figured it’s better to have a few extra than to have to go back and cut out more.
Trim your paper template by 1/4 inch on all sides. Use this to cut smaller heart shapes out of the batting. Cut out about 28 of these as well.
Trim off a 5 foot piece of twine.
Create a heart sandwich by layering one fabric heart right side down, then a batting heart, twine, another batting heart, and another fabric heart right side up. Make sure to place the twine in the upper two thirds section of your heart, otherwise it will be top heavy and all your hearts will flip upside down when you go to hang it up!
Pin your heart sandwich together, making sure to pin down the twine.
Stitch 1/4 inch all the way around the sides.
Complete for the rest of the hearts. I didn’t measure the spacing between my hearts, just eyeballed it instead. You could easily measure if you want to be sure it’s consistent though.
My heart garland is currently hanging above my bed, making it the perfect place to curl up with a glass of wine and Netflix tonight!