DIY Patchwork Baby Blanket – 2 Hour Sewing Project

Sew a super cozy patchwork baby blanket in just 2 hours. Use 4 fat quarters and some minky fabric for this simple baby quilt tutorial. Learn how to sew this easy patchwork blanket with this free tutorial. This adorable baby quilt would be a great baby shower gift.

This bundle of fat quarters arrived this month in my subscription from Stacked Fabric Company. I instantly went all squealy and excited when I opened the package, because they’re so cute! I decided to use these 4 fat quarters to make a simple DIY patchwork baby blanket for my nephew for Christmas. His bedroom is kind of an animal meets lumberjack theme, so I figure these tribal prints will fit right in! I’ve seen him bury his face into fuzzy blankets, so I think the soft minky fabric I used on the back will be a hit. 🙂

Sew a super cozy patchwork baby blanket in just 2 hours. Use 4 fat quarters and some minky fabric for this simple baby quilt tutorial. Learn how to sew this easy patchwork blanket with this free tutorial. This adorable baby quilt would be a great baby shower gift.

 

Start to finish, this DIY baby blanket took me about 2 hours. It’s nice to be able to finish a project in one sitting! That’s practically unheard of among crafters who typically have about 84 unfinished projects lying around at any one time!

A word on my fabric subscription. It’s like crack for crafters, I’m totally addicted! Every month I get 4 coordinating fat quarter quilting cottons. It’s a mystery bundle so I never know what’s coming, which is literally half the fun. It’s the absolute best mail! Stacked Fabric Company is Canadian owned and operated by the sweetest lady. (Who is not compensating me for singing her praises by the way, I just reallllly love this company!)

Ok, carrying on.

There really isn’t much to this DIY patchwork baby blanket, I kept it super simple. So the instructions are also pretty basic. If you have a fair knowledge of sewing, you should be fine!

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A Simple 10 Minute Pinterest Strategy

This simple Pinterest strategy only takes me 10 minutes a day and gets me 2.2 million monthly Pinterest viewers! This strategy works for manual pinning or with a scheduling tool. It's simple and it works. I rely on Pinterest for the bulk of my traffic, it is a powerful tool. But it doesn't need to take up all my time! 10 minutes a day is all I've got, and this pinning strategy is so effective that 10 minutes is all I need!

If, like me, you’ve spent time researching the best way to use Pinterest to grow your business, then no doubt you’ve seen multiple blog posts such as “how to schedule a month’s worth of content in an hour and explode your blog!”. Well, I’ve read those posts and I call bullshit. Scheduling that much content takes closer to 4-5 hours. Plus I’ve tried all kinds of strategies that were supposed to ‘explode’ my views, and no dice. So I found a way to harness the power of Pinterest as a marketing platform for my online business without letting it become a huge burden and time suck. And the results speak for themselves. I get 2.2 million monthly Pinterest viewers using this simple Pinterest strategy! 🙂

This simple Pinterest strategy only takes me 10 minutes a day and gets me 2.2 million monthly Pinterest viewers! This strategy works for manual pinning or with a scheduling tool. It's simple and it works. I rely on Pinterest for the bulk of my traffic, it is a powerful tool. But it doesn't need to take up all my time! 10 minutes a day is all I've got, and this pinning strategy is so effective that 10 minutes is all I need!

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I’m at a point in my business where I’m pretty tired of all the click-bait articles that promise me explosive sales and pageviews. I’ve clicked them and they’ve let me down. (Never mind the fact that most ‘how-to’ posts don’t ever tell you ‘how-to’ do anything. So annoying.)

Turns out there is no formula for making your business a success. You’ve got to march to the beat of your own drum so to speak. Your business, your rules.

So that’s what I’ve done with my Pinterest strategy. I’ve made it my own and this strategy has been working really well for me.

Here are some stats:

Monthly Pinterest viewers: 2.2 million
Monthly Pinterest engaged viewers: 75K
(these numbers fluctuate a bit but if they go down they always come back up about a month later)
I get an average of 10-12 new Pinterest followers a day. Some days I get close to 30!
Blog monthly pageviews from Pinterest: 25K
Pinterest accounts for about 30% of my Etsy shop views.

My sincere hope and belief is that this simple Pinterest strategy can work for you too.

But I’m not going to sit here and promise you explosive results. That’s crap and I won’t do it. All I can do is share the strategies that work for me.

Above are my personal stats, but Tailwind (the Pinterest scheduler I use, but which isn’t a requirement for this strategy to work) also publishes the Typical Results of Tailwind for Pinterest Members every year, so you can see exactly what the average growth rate looks like for their members.

What I do ask, is if you give my strategy a try, try it for a minimum of 60 days. That should definitely be enough time to see if it’s working for you. You should see your followers start to grow daily and your views go up dramatically.

You’ll know it’s working for you when the process doesn’t feel like a huge chore but you’re still getting great results.

 

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25 Christmas Gift Ideas to Make and Sew

25 amazing tutorials and DIYs for handmade Christmas gifts. Treat your loved ones to extra special diy Christmas gifts this year. Cozy, cute and simple Christmas gift ideas to make and sew.

It’s no secret, I love making stuff. Useful stuff, pretty stuff, stuff to gift. It makes me happy! So every year I plan at least one or two handmade Christmas gifts, plus a new decor item for my collection. Homemade gifts are the best in my opinion, so I rounded up this handy list of 25 Christmas gift ideas to make and sew. 🙂

25 amazing tutorials and DIYs for handmade Christmas gifts. Treat your loved ones to extra special diy Christmas gifts this year. Cozy, cute and simple Christmas gift ideas to make and sew.

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These Christmas gift ideas are all either free tutorials or patterns, all you need is the materials. 🙂

A lot of these ideas could work year-round too, not just as Christmas gifts. I picked some that are super Christmas-y but many would be great birthday gifts!

If you’re interested in some simple Christmas craft ideas too, check out this round-up post of 21 easy holiday diys!

Let’s get crafting!

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Cozy Crochet Ankle Warmers – Free Pattern

The coziest crochet ankle warmers with free pattern! This free diy works up quickly and will keep you toasty warm over the winter months. These crochet ankle warmers also make a great gift. Free tutorial for crochet leg warmers.

This is a sweet and quick crochet project that works up in a few hours. I love my crochet ankle warmers, they’ll be keeping me cozy in the winter months. I pair them with leggings and slippers and tea and a comfy bed. 🙂

The coziest crochet ankle warmers with free pattern! This free diy works up quickly and will keep you toasty warm over the winter months. These crochet ankle warmers also make a great gift. Free tutorial for crochet leg warmers.

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When crafting is your day job it’s important that you find ways to keep enjoying it and not burn out. So I craft for fun too. In the evenings my husband will look over at what I’m making and say “is that for work or for fun? It’s hard to tell”. lol

Crochet is a ‘just for fun’ craft for me. It’s repetitive and relaxing and I can take it with me on the go and the end product doesn’t have to be totally perfect. It makes me happy.

So just bear in mind that I’m not a professional crochet pattern-writer, hopefully it will still all make sense.

The other thing that makes me happy is being cozy. My ankles and feet tend to run cold year round, I’ve been known to sport my ankle warmers with sandals in the summer. What can I say, I’m a fashion guru!

So I made myself these sweet crochet ankle warmers to keep me toasty all through winter, spring and summer.

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21 Easy Christmas Crafts

Choose one of these super sweet and easy Christmas crafts to make on a snowy afternoon! DIY Christmas ornaments, decor and gift ideas. Fun DIY ideas to help you create a gorgeous homemade Christmas.

The Christmas season is here and that means it’s time to ramp up the crafting! Christmas crafting is serious business. And I always seem to go from “I have loads of time to make all the gifts and decor” to “holy crap what was I thinking?!” in the span of about 12 hours on December 1. So this year I’m a couple of weeks ahead of myself with this round up of 21 easy Christmas crafts! Heck I probably still have time to do all 21 crafts, make 14 gifts and send 48 hand-written cards out in time. Right? 😛

Choose one of these super sweet and easy Christmas crafts to make on a snowy afternoon! DIY Christmas ornaments, decor and gift ideas. Fun DIY ideas to help you create a gorgeous homemade Christmas.

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This round-up of 21 easy Christmas crafts will be a great reference for when you need some quick inspiration. So make sure you pin it to your ‘Christmas Ideas’ board so you can find it again in a hurry!

Every year I try to add at least one homemade Christmas decor piece to our collection. Last year I made a tree skirt (after Christmas when the fabric went on sale, lol!) and this year I made this cute Be Merry banner, it’s #17 on this list. 😉

There are a few crafts here that require wool felt as a material. I get a lot of people asking me where I purchase my felt since it’s typically not available in craft stores. The answer is that I also run a wool felt supply shop! I wear many hats. Check it out at www.wildflowerfeltdesigns.com .

Let’s get crafting!

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