Anthropologie Inspired Pillow Shams – A Tutorial

Browsing the Anthropologie website is one of my favorite past times. I adore the style of the curated website and I could get lost in the store for hours. Most of the time their pieces are well out of my budget, however, and I end up just filling my online cart with beautiful things I will never actually buy. Chew and I are in the process of looking for new bedding and I so wish that I could convince him to purchase one of the beautiful, colorful duvets and quilts that Anthropologie carries but I am sure that will never happen given the prices. So I came up with the idea of recreating a classic anthropology sham on a college-apartment budget. I have loved the look of the Walter-G-Ireba Shams that have been on the Anthro, website for a while now and when I looked closer at them I started to think just how easy they would be to recreate for much less than the $100 price tag.anthro-shams

The ones I created are not an exact match but they have the same general look and feel and they fit much better into our overall decor. I documented the journey and the process of making these Anthropologie-Inspired shams below!

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Work In Progress Wednesday 10.26.16

Do you ever feel like you have a million different projects going on at the same time but none of them ever seem tog et done? That’s where I am right now! I have been so excited about to many different projects lately that I have just started them all without finishing another and it has left me feeling a little overwhelmed….

‘Chew and I have been getting back into watching a couple of TV shows, right now were catching up on both Designated Survivor and Once Upon a Time on ABC, so I have been crocheting more as a way to keep myself and my hands occupied. I am working on a new Northern Winter cowl pattern that I will be sharing soon. Its super chunky and warm but isn’t overly bulky which I have been loving, especially since it hasn’t gotten too cold yet here in Minnesota, were still trucking along in the mid fifties!

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The Seamstress Tag

This last week has been a mess and there really hasn’t been much time to sew in my life. Because of this I decided to do something a little different and participate in the Seamstress Tag. This set of questions was thought up by Hollie at Hollie sews and it has been spreading like crazy through the sewing community both on YouTube and on blogs. Since my blog is still new I think this is a great way for you all to get to know me a little better! If you participate in the seamstress tag I would love to see it!

  1. Who are you?

My name is Nicki and I’m living in the middle of central Minnesota. Right now I am in my last semester of college and I will be graduating with both a Bachelor of Science in Community Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies. Right now that’s taking up a big chunk of my time and feels like it is my whole life!

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French Seam Zipper Pouch Tutorial – Highly Detailed

One of the first successful sewing projects I ever made was a really simple zippered pouch. The tutorial I followed was the most basic of tutorials but I was so proud of the results. Since then my sewing skills have improved, marginally but they have improved none the less.

Not long after that I wanted to make the idea my own and after a few hours of experimenting I figured out the secret to pretty looking zipper ends was going to be french seams. Since then I have made hundreds of these quick-to-sew pouches and fall in love with their simplicity more and more every time. I detailed the process of making them below. As usual, a free, downloadable version of this post is available in my Craftsy shop! 

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Work in Progress Wednesday 10-12-2016

I started a new job this week, after being unemployed for two months, so I haven’t had nearly as much time to sew as I would like.. I did start a couple projects in my few minutes of downtime however that I thought I would share in a quick WIPW post!

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This week has been all about the zippy pouch for me. I have been working on a new beginner friendly tutorial for my beloved french seam zippy pouch. This was one of the first things I ever taught myself to sew years ago, but I never thought to share it until now. They take less than a half hour to whip up and are so customizable. I made the state applique pouch for a friend and I love it! I want to do more exploration with applique soon. Look for the tutorial and free pattern for my french seam zip pouch coming in the upcoming week.

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Simple Coupon Organizer FREE Sewing Pattern

Being an adult is hard. And expensive. So, so expensive.

No matter how empty my bank account gets however there are some things, like my wine budget, that I refuse to give up on. I will eat ramen for a week if I can reward myself of Friday night with a great bottle of moscato. So in an effort to continue being able to spend all of my *extra* cash on endless bottles of sweet, sweet wine, I  have become a couponer. I am still learning and I am sure that I will never be good enough at it to become an extreme couponer, but on my last grocery trip I saved about twenty five dollars and I was pretty proud of myself. I mean, that is  three bottles of The Naked Grape Moscato!

And now that I am officially *dedicated* to couponing, I need a place to store all of my coupons that, hopefully, will keep me from dropping them and watching them fly all over the place while standing in the check out line which, yes, did happen. Twice.

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Quilt Block Throw Pillow – Free Sewing Pattern

I love the idea of quilting. I adore the time spent picking the perfect fabrics, comparing endless options, the intricacies of piecing a quilt top, and even the whole process of putting the thing together.  I made a few quilts back before I left for college and have been craving to make another one ever since I got back into sewing. Living in a small apartment however, there really isn’t room for me to spread out and make a full size quilt. When I got the urge to make a new quilt a few days ago the impulsive side of me said to just do it, to take over the entire apartment with half square triangles, batting, and backing but the practical side of me knew that I really do not have the time to commit to a project like that right now.

In an effort to fulfill my urge to quilt while acknowledging the annoying, nagging reasonable part of my brain i came up with the idea of turning a classic quilt block into a throw pillow in the colors that I eventually want to redo my bedroom in. It is a super simple project that utilizes basic quilt piecing techniques to create an interesting throw

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Best FREE Craftsy Sewing Patterns (In my Opinion!)

Craftsy is one of my favorite places to go for sewing tips and tricks, inspiration, and even patterns. There are so many patterns on the site however that is can be hard to shift through all of them and find the ones that appeal to you.

Last week I spent a couple of hours looking through all of the free sewing patterns on the site and wanted to share a few of my personal favorite free patterns to hopefully save you some time looking for your own! I will be doing pattern reviews of a lot of these patterns coming up soon as well so check back for that too!

Click on the image of each pattern to be brought directly to it’s download page where you can get more information on the pattern as well as information on it’s awesome designer! 


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Recycled Tea Canister Flower Pots

Anyone else a sucker for great packaging? I end up buying things I probably don’t need because of their beautiful packaging more than I care to admit and these pretty little tea canisters were one of those purchases..

I have more tea than I could probably drink in a life time but that didn’t stop be from buying more when I saw the Harney and Sons Fine Tea company teas in Target. The vintage tin can packaging was just begging to be turned into something pretty for the apartment.

Side note: I loved the actual teas too, the chai was my fav! I plan on getting some more on my next trip to the store.

In all honesty though they sat around in a pile of potential craft supplies for quite a while before I figured out just what I wanted to do with them. It wasn’t until after a trip to the craft store to get supplies for my birch tree canvas project when I was browsing the clearance section and found a premade bridal bouquet on clearance that I thought they would make the perfect little flower pots. The ranunculus and lavender bouquet instantly caught my eye and was only $12. Score! Add in a foam flower block and I knew I had the making of a very unique and pretty DIY.

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Pinterest Tested: Birch Tree Canvas

I love large scale art. Gallery walls may be trendy but will always love the simplicity of having one big statement piece that takes up an entire wall.

In the apartment right now I have a wall in the living room that features a large, store bought canvas that isn’t very uninspiring. I had been wanting to change it up for a while but never found anything that felt worth the change.

Of course when I had had enough of looking at that outdated canvas I want to Pinterest to find inspiration, like any good millennial would. I love finding DIY project ideas on Pinterest and altering them just slightly to be perfect for my space and was excited to try a large canvas!

Not very long into my search I found a simple birch tree inspired canvas that I fell in love with. It promised a big impact in a short amount of working time, just what I needed!

The tutorial that I based my project off of can be found at the link above so I won’t go into too much detail on the process of making the canvas, but I did learn a few things along the way that I thought I would share with you all.

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