One Year Sew-iversary

One year!

It was one year ago today that I borrowed my mom’s sewing machine.  I was most intimidated by threading it.  When I first sat down with it, I pulled all of the thread out, pulled up a video on YouTube and re-threaded it.  Whew!  Step one done.  I used a piece of scrap material and and sewed a few straight lines to get a feel for the machine.  Then I set out to make a cute little triangle pouch I found online.  I followed a tutorial on YouTube and it was much easier and way more satisfying than I could imagine.  I was hooked!

Here is a look at {most of} my sewing projects from the last year.

My first time running fabric through the machine


Very first project…a triangle zipper pouch

Practicing quilting


First fidget quilt, for my grandmother


Trying my hand at a half-square triangle quilt block


Wall quilt, made for my grandmother…but it now hangs on my wall


Cricut covers for my mom and myself


Cricut cover for a friend.


Guard equipment bag (I also made another one but don’t have a picture)


Bag made from a thrift store mumu


Another tote bag made from thrift store clothes

Set of five placemats

Scrappy Monster

Pin Cushion

Quilt for my king sized bed (still unfinished)


My first baby blanket, for my cousins new baby

tetris quilt back

Tetris blanket for my dad


Not quite ready to share this one yet 😉


One cat block, I made this just to see if I could lol


Fidget quilt, for someone to gift to their elderly mother


Weighted blanket


Another set of placemats, better suited for fall


One matching curtain panel (this has since become scrap fabric – although I really should make some curtains)


Wine glass coaster


Drawstring bag (vinyl done by my mom)


My Dollar Tree quilting gloves 🙂


An evening “wine down” at my sewing machine


My first t-shirt quilt


Another t-shirt quilt


Chapstick holders


Practice memory bear, made from a shirt and scrap fabric




Pencil pouch


Cosmetic bag


Cut pieces for one block


Completed block for memory quilt


The first blocks for a memory quilt, made from my grandparents’ clothes

If you’ve made it all the way to the end…thank you for looking.

And thank you to my family and friends for the continued support and encouragement in all that I do!

To the Moon and Back

I am not quite sure what it is about weighted blankets but the calming and relaxing affect is amazing.  Studies show they are beneficial for sleep disorders, ADHD, restless leg syndrome, anxiety and autism, to name a few. I have seen these around…mostly on Pinterest and was intrigued.  So when a sweet friend asked me to make one for her son, I gladly accepted the challenge.

I wanted to share the process of making this blanket, tutorial style.  But let me preface this by saying that I am still a brand-new baby sewer.  I was not following a set of instructions, but rather, random instructions I found online and on YouTube (which, there aren’t enough for this style of blanket, by the way).  My measurements, formulas and methods are probably not conventional or an exact science but merely what was working for me.  Well…now that I come to think of it, that describes most of my life…not just the construction of this blanket lol.  Ok…now on to the tutorial.

I was asked to make either a throw or twin sized blanket.  According to research, the blanket should be 10% of the recipient’s body weight, plus a pound or two.  This blanket is for a little boy who is 46 pounds, so I rounded up to 50.  I was shooting for between 6-7 pounds, since it would be a larger blanket.

I started by cutting the fabric out around 43″ by 76″.  With right sides facing, I sewed three edges together, with a quarter inch seam (and again with a half inch seam, for good measure).


Then I flipped it right side out.  I knew I wanted 3″ squares.  So I sewed three inch columns that I could fill with the beads that would give the blanket weight.  These beads are called Poly Pellets.  They are non-toxic and machine washable!  I picked these up at Joanne’s.


Whoever said you don’t need math after high school clearly wasn’t a crafter lol.  Since I knew I wanted 3″ squares, that meant I would have fourteen columns and 25 rows.  This equals 350 pockets to fill with these beads!


I borrowed my dad’s scale and it only used whole numbers.  So even though I estimated 7.77 grams per pocket, I had to guess where that was on the scale…somewhere heavier than 7 grams but lighter than 8 grams.  Since I had 14 columns, I used 14 bathroom cups to divide up that rows amount of beads.  Then I could easily pour the beads into each column, the cups acting as a funnel.


After I emptied all 14 cups of beads into the columns, I laid the blanket on the floor and raked the beads to the bottom of the blanket.  They were pretty stubborn and got stuck all along the inside of the blanket.  Using my ruler to rake the beads into their pocket was helpful.


Since I didn’t have a proper marking utensil meant for sewing so that I could mark straight sewing lines, I used this doohickey that came with my machine to sew in a straight (ish) line.  After looking at my sewing machine manual, I see that it is called a quilting guide.  And after looking at my sewing lines, I see that it (ie, me) doesn’t work so well.


Even though this isn’t that heavy of a blanket, lifting and pulling it for a few days definitely left my arms feeling sore a few times.  After hours of Netflix marathons of Criminal Minds and a string of thriller action movies and what seemed like a never-ending series of measuring, pouring, raking and sewing…it is complete!

The finishing measurements are 42″ x 75″ and it weighs 6 pounds 15 ounces.



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I had my friend write a message to her young son and added it to his blanket using vinyl, as well, so that her words could be with him always.

As with most projects, there are things I love about it, they are things I dislike, things I hope the new owners will overlook and most of all, a sense of pride for lessons learned and challenges tackled.