DIY Treadmill Desk!

I’ve been asked about this set-up I’ve been using for about 7 years so here’s how I did it for under $10 and without altering my treadmill in any way! I also throw in some very important points to consider before you set yours up AND some different options to help you find a way to make this work for you!

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Fun Pom Pom Scarf

ted baker scarfWhile Christmas shopping online, I ran across this Ted Baker “Tizzy” Pom Pom scarf for $125 at Bloomingdales. It’s no longer available but you can purchase it from the designer’s site for the same price if that floats your boat.

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Naturally, this prompted the “I Can Make That”

mindset so, knowing I couldn’t get the nice materials Ted used, I went with a more silly option with endless theme or color choices. Since it’s close to Christmas, I was thinking about Santa and thus, we have this version!

This was a simple, fun and fast project and I can see it being a great indoor project for kids to tackle. It took about 2+ skeins of Herrschener’s Worsted 8 yarn. (It was hard to tell because I used scraps along with one brand new skein.)

Here ‘s the tutorial:

Silly Holiday Scarves

How about some simple, novelty scarves for the holidays?! These are so fast and easy and sure to bring a smile! Skip the elf shoe and change the colors for an “anytime” scarf!

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For the scarf, I used some inexpensive acrylic in Christmas colors. While this was done on my Addi Express Professional (circular knitting machine), you can certainly do a simple tube scarf with your knitting needles, crochet hook or knitting looms! Gauge is not really an issue but my scarves measure about 3″ in width and 36″ in length.

You can use store-bought mittens or gloves (as I did for those red gloves) but patterns for the mitten shape and elf shoes can be found with a simple Google search but if you’d like to use mine, download the pattern here. (Of course, you could always find a simple pattern for knitting or crocheting your own, too!)

Instructions can be found here:

Spiked Mesh Stitch Hat (Crochet)

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Another Scrapbuster Project! This hat uses a type of Spike Stitch – Mesh Stitch combo to create a lighter hat with lots of impact.

Skill level: Intermediate. While the stitches used are pretty basic (slip stitch, single crochet and half double crochet), the crocheter really needs to be comfortable “reading the work.” This term refers to the ability to look at completed stitches and understand exactly what they’re looking at! It’s necessary to know so you can place the stitches in the right places.

Spiked Mesh Stitch Hat Pattern

Download a Hat Sizing Chart for easy reference!

Need help? Click below for the Video Tutorial!

Holiday Fabric Haul!

Time to start thinking about Holiday Crafting and one project that has come to mind is the good ol’ favorite: Magic Pillowcases! (AKA “Burrito-style” pillowcases and here’s my favorite tutorial thanks to Shabby Fabrics.) I’m working on a Year of Holidays Gift Collection for my daughter but these would be excellent charity donations and craft fair items as well!

Want to see what I’ve bought so far? Here you go:

McCall’s 7565 Pattern Review | Fancy Machine Stitches

Finally, the “Jungle Book Dress” for my Disney Cruise has been finished! I have mixed feelings about it and have received some wonderful feedback from viewers! (See the comment section of the video page.) I definitely feel I look better in a more traditional shirt dress silhouette but this is meant to be fun and different! I’m not sure I dislike it enough to tackle the alterations. Time will tell!

I also showed my first attempt at using one of the fancy stitches on my machine! I loved the effect with some multicolored thread. Here’s sneak peak of the skirt:

 

Pattern Hack | New Look 6843 | Skirt Pattern Sewing Shortcuts

6843_env_front_1This is my go-to pattern for skirts and while still on the market today, it’s been around for AGES! I mentioned it (and how I’ve modified it) in one of my regular videos and people wanted to hear more so this video provides all the details!

Overview:

  1. Favorite notions.
  2. Eliminate the waistband.
  3. Double fabric for easy lining.
  4. Demonstrate my method for inserting the zipper.
  5. Machine finish/hem.