Friday, October 13, 2017

Best Baby Shower Gifts for a New Mom

Hello, Friends!  I thought I would share with you my ideas of the best baby gifts for a new mom.

First item is an Elephant with Baby Stats:

Grey Baby Status Elephant

This is a Cubbie elephant and is about 11 inches in height.  The elephants come in several colors such as gray, light blue, pink, cream and yellow.  I used a grey elephant as this gift will be for a newborn baby boy.

The baby stats were sublimated on each ear at 400 degrees for 55 seconds.   They were pre-pressed at 20 seconds each.   I tied the little ribbon around the elephant's neck to make him a little cuter.

Once the elephant was done, I sewed a simple little bag to put the baby elephant in.  The fabric was cut at 30" width (or two 15" panels sewn together) by 24" in length. 

Sack for elephant

The bottom of the bag was boxed at a 2 inch square to make a 4 inch bag base.  The top has a 1 inch hem.   Once the elephant was placed inside, I tied a little ribbon around it.

Second item is a fox baby onesie.  (Baby's middle name is Fox)   I used a fox image found on Etsy from Pixel Paper Prints. 

Fox baby onesie

Since the onesie is a cotton fabric, I added the image using Chromablast ink - not sublimation.   The onesie is a size 3-6 months and the image was sized at 3.25" x 3.25".   Application was 380 degrees for 25 seconds and pre-pressed for 20 seconds. 

What's nice about this is the fox image is permanently applied.  Baby's parents will not need to have any special washing instructions.   The onesie can be tossed into the washer along with other washable clothing and will look great wash after wash.

Lastly, I created a fox baby card to go in the package.

Fox Baby Card

I used the same fox image that was used on the baby onesie.  The card is sized at 5.5" x 4.25". 

Inside view of card

Final presentation:

Best Baby Shower Gifts for a New Mom!

Thank you for visiting today! ~ Marilyn

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fall Mason Jars Pillow

Hello, Friends!  Marilyn here with a easy sewing / sublimation project.

This pillow is basically an envelope closure pillow that has a white polyester strip and ruffle on the front.   The finished pillow size is 18" x 18".

Fall Pillow


  • Cotton fabric for pillow.
  • Polyester fabric for front sublimation area
  • Ruffle / lace strip
  • Mason jar & flowers image - design # 93368 purchased from Silhouette store (.99 cents)
  • 18" x 18" pillow form (mine was purchased at Hobby Lobby)


  • From blue cotton fabric:  cut one at 19" x 19", cut one at 19" x 13", cut one at 19" x 14".
  • From white polyester fabric:  cut one at 19" x 8"
  • From ruffle strip:  cut at 19" length
  • Size the mason jar & flowers image at 9" x 5" and flip horizontally.  Sublimate onto the white polyester fabric.
  • Following sublimation, serge the long edges of the white polyester.
  • Sew the white polyester in the center of the 19" x 19" blue fabric.  I sewed all four edges.
  • Sew the ruffle strip on the bottom edge of white polyester.
  • Sew a 1 inch hem on the 19" x 13" and 19" x 14" fabric pieces.
  • With right sides together, sew along all four sides of pillow fabric.
  • Flip the pillow right side out
  • Inset 18" x 18" pillow form

Need a visual on sewing an envelope pillow?  Here's a good YouTube:  Envelope Pillow Beginner

Thank you for visiting today! ~ Marilyn

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Quillow - Blanket and Pillow

Hello, Friends!  Marilyn here with a quick and easy sewing project.  I found several YouTube videos that I used as my tutorial in creating my quillow.

What is a Quillow?   A quillow is basically a fleece blanket that folds into a pillow.  So, unfolded you have a fleece blanket.  Folded up, it's a pillow.   I thought these would be great to keep either in your car or on your couch.  They could be used to take to a football game, too.  You could sit on them; then if it gets cool, unfold and you have a nice warm blanket to use.

Fleece blanket folds inside pillow covering

  • Fleece blanket - I purchased mine at Walmart for $5.88.  Unfolded it's the size of a twin blanket.
  • Two fat quarters - or two 18" x 18" square fabric pieces.


  • Sew the two fabric pieces or fat quarters right side together.  Leave a 2 inch opening for turning.  Once sewn, turn right side out and top stitch along the side that had the opening.  This creates your pillow portion.
  • Fold blanket in half to locate the center (at top of blanket).  Pin to mark.
  • Fold the pillow in half and pin to mark center.
  • Alien the centers of pillow and blanket and stitch around 3 sides.  Leave the top open - you'll need it to inset the blanket when folding.


  • Lay your finished quillow down with pillow side on underside.  
  • Fold blanket into thirds length-wise.  This basically folds each side up to seam of pillow.  
  • Starting at bottom, start folding the blanket up until it is the same size as the pillow.
  • Turn over to pillow side and flip pillow over to enclose the blanket.

Need a visual on how to make this?  (Me, too)

Finished and folded Quillow

It's a pillow when folded and a blanket when unfolded

Thank you for visiting today! ~ Marilyn

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Reading Pillow

Hello, Friends!  Marilyn here with a school fundraiser project.  I was asked by a teacher at a local elementary school to make some bingo prizes.

I created this Reading Pillow with an envelope closure on back and a cute image on the front.  The wrap portion seen on the front is used to insert a book.  I'm thinking this idea would be cute at Christmas time using different fabric and image and inserting new Christmas pajamas.

Finished pillow measures 14" x 14"

You'll need some basic sewing skills to create this envelope closure pillow.

Fabric Cutting:
  • Front of pillow :  ABC fabric cut 15" x 15".
  • Back of pillow:  two cuts of  ABC fabric  10" x 15"  and 11" x 15"
  • Wrap:  one cut of white polyester fabric 7.5" x 15"

Sublimation Part:  
  • Image of panda as well as the text were purchased for $3.00 from Etsy store BizzyLouDesigns
I opened the Panda image into my Silhouette software and changed the colors to my preference.  I also sized the image to 4.5" x 9.5"  to fit my wrap fabric.  Image was then "flipped" horizontally and printed onto Sublimation transfer paper.   Then I heat pressed the image onto my white polyester fabric at 390 degrees for 60 seconds.  

Sewing Part:

After cutting fabric, hem the two back ABC fabric pieces.  Hem both the top and bottom of the white polyester wrap - that now has the Panda and Text.

Position the white wrap onto the front ABC fabric and pin in place.  With right sides together, pin the two back fabric pieces to the front.   Sew 1/2" all the way around.   I also serged the edges.  
Flip right side out - and it's done!

Additional purchases:
  • Pillow form for $7.99 from Hobby Lobby (before 40% off coupon)
  • Pete the Cat book for $10.99 from Sams
Finished pillow with book

Couldn't stop with just one!  Made two other pillows.

Thank you for visiting today! ~ Marilyn