Archives for December 2015

Burlap Foil Snowflake Ornament

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It’s only 1 day until Christmas!  Are you ready?  These little snowflake pillow ornaments are the perfect gift to whip up if you can find a few spare minutes!


Sizzix Fabi or Big Shot

Sizzix Snowflake Die

Therm O Web Hot Melt Sheets

Deco Foil Silver

1/4 yard burlap

scraps of lace

wirefoil snoflake burlap ornament

First I had to clear a spot on my sewing/craft table.  There are too many projects going on right now!  Once you’ve cleared a little spot, die cut the Hot Melt Sheets with the Sizzix snowflake die.  Cut only 1 at a time as the adhesive will stick to itself if you try multiple layers.foil snoflake burlap ornament 2Cut the burlap (2) 6″ x 8″.  Position the snowflake and heat set with a medium hot iron, about 20 seconds.  Let completely dry and peel off backing paper.

foil snoflake burlap ornament 3Cut the foil sheet to cover the snowflake.

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Cover with the pressing paper that comes with Hot Melt Sheets.  Heat set with an iron set to a MEDIUM DRY temperature.  DO NOT OVER HEAT.  Iron with firm pressure for 20 seconds.  Let cool completely.foil snoflake burlap ornament 5Gently peel off the foil leaving a beautiful snowflake!foil snoflake burlap ornament6

Cut 2 pieces of lace the 6″ and use Spray n Bond to position.  Sew lace on using white thread.
foil snoflake burlap ornament 8Pin the front piece to the back piece wrong sides together.  Top stitch all the way around the little pillow 1/4″ from the edge.  Leave a 2″ opening at the bottom.  Lightly stuff the pillow and sew the opening shut.

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Add a piece of wire and tie a decorative bow.  I like my burlap to look frayed, you can trim if you like a neater look 🙂

foil snoflake burlap ornament 10Take them to all your friends!!

Tinsel Table Top Quilt

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It’s almost Christmas!!  There is still time to whip up a few last minute gifts!  I love this pattern because it shows off theme prints so well.  If you didn’t know, I LOVE theme prints!  Especially if they have cats!  I love this fabric by Cotton and Steel called Tinsel.  I couldn’t bring myself to cut it up into tiny pieces.  Click HERE to download the PDF.

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tinsel quiltThere are two versions you can make.  A table runner or a table square.

tinsel quilt. 5I love that the fabric has “Sally’s Christmas List”  because I have a Sally 🙂tinsel quilt. 3I quilted it with loops and retro stars.tinsel quilt. 4The runner is for me!!tinsel quilt 18And the square is for Mufasa’s best friend Roo!

tinsel quilt. 13   tinsel quilt. 6        Baby Mufasa was such a big help!!!  IMG_3043

Noel Mini Quilt

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Hello, my name is Amanda and I am addicted to gingerbread cookies and Christmas sewing!  I love this time of year!!!  It’s so happy and magical and joyful!  I can’t stop listening to Christmas music, baking cookies, or sewing with this Little Joys Fabric from Penny Rose!  I created this little quilt pattern using Therm o Web’s EZ print sheets.  All you have to do is print the applique pieces from your computer and you’re already on your way to making this quilt!  noel quilt 3

Mufasa was very helpful in the creation of this quilt as you can see.noel quilt 4The pattern is over on the Therm O Web blog today!  Hop on over to download the pattern and get the cutting instructions!!

noel quilt 5This quilt is perfect to hang on a wall, put on a table, or give as a gift to someone special.

noel quilt 13Because most of this quilt is applique, I didn’t want the applique pieces to puff out from the quilt so I quilted over the entire top.

noel quilt 11Merry Christmas!!


Santa’s Little Helper Quilt

santa's little helper quilt patternHey good lookin’!  Whatcha got cookin’? How ’bout cookin’ somethin’ up for me!

Stitchn_Kitchen_Christmas_Blog_Tour-01I’m so excited to be participating in Riley Blake’s Stitchin’ Kitchen blog tour!  Thanks for stopping by and welcome to my little corner of blog land!!!  I’m a Southern California mom who loves cats, quilting and sewing!!  You can follow Mufasa and I and our sewing antics on Instagram @jedicraftgirl.

christmas elf quilt 6I love sewing at Christmas time and I am loving all the amazing projects everyone is creating as part of the Riley Blake Stitchin’ Kitchen Blog Tour!  I created this fun little throw quilt with inspiration from our elf, Ritchie.  My kids love our Elf and they love writing him little notes.  This special Santa’s Little Helper Quilt has a pocket on the back of the quilt for children to leave notes for their elf and for the elf to leave notes in response.  It’s a magical quilt and it was created with a little help from some magical elf friends!

christmas elf quilt 26Let’s get cookin’!  All fabrics are from the Santa Express fabric line.Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 2.51.25 PM

christmas quiltRecipe yields 1 quilt 32″ x 42″

1/4 ” seam allowances


1/4 yard each:  blue santa, green snowflake, reindeer, and stripe fabrics for strips

1/3 yard solid white for pinwheels

1/3 yard Riley Blake Basics prints in red

1/4 yard for pocket

1 1/2 yard backing


1/2 yard binding

a sprinkle of elf magic


Preheat your television to play your favorite Christmas movies while you are bakin’ up this project!

Begin by cutting the red basics and the solid white fabrics into 4 1/2″ squares.  You will need 20 of each.

christmas elf quilt 8Using a sprinkling of elf magic use the directions below to create some magical half square triangles.

magic pinwheel instructions

It’s almost like magic how the half square triangles appear!  Make sure to cut off the little “dog ears” of the elf quilt 12Pressing the seams open helps the pinwheel lay elf quilt 15'

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Once you have pinwheel blocks constructed (dry ingredients) you can now add them to the side strips (wet ingredients).

pinwheel block sashing instructionsSewing blocks with partial seems also seems a little magical!  Lay the 20 blocks out and sew them together in rows.  Pressing seams alternately and pinning at intersections.

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Quilt as desired 🙂  Add elf quilt 27To make the little envelope for the back, follow the instructions below:

fabric envelopeHand stitch the envelope on the back of the quilt as you would hand applique a quilt label or applique piece.

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I just love this little pocket!  You could use this same idea for a tooth fairy quilt!!

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With the quilt all finished, it’s time to enjoy some homemade gingerbread cookies!  These are my family’s favorite!  We’ve been making this recipe every year since I was in Kindergarten!

gingerbread cookiesThey are so spicy and yummy and your house will smell delightful!!!

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Be sure to follow along with our Stitch ‘n Kitchen blog tour for holiday project tutorials and favorite recipes!

12/1 – Riley Blake Designs

12/2 – Simple Simon

12/3 – Mode de Lis

12/4 – One Little Pooh

12/5 – A Bright Corner

12/7 – Quiltscapes

12/8 – Life After Laundry

12/9 – Crafting Chicks

12/10 – Melly Sews

12/11 – Choo Choo Skadoo

12/12 – Jedi Craft Girl

12/14 – Polka Dot Chair

12/15 – Sew Like My Mom

12/16 – Sugar Bee Crafts

12/17 – Fort Worth Fabric Studio

12/18 – Messy Jesse

12/19 – Leigh Laurel Studios

12/21 – The Happy Housie

12/22 – The Flannel Queen

12/23 – Riley Blake Designs

12/24 – Riley Blake Designs

12/25 – Riley Blake Designs

12 Days of Meowy Christmas {Catch Up}

I’ve gotten a little behind with blogging about the 12 Days of Meowy Christmas!  I’m much better at keeping up on Instagram!  Here goes:

On the 7th day of Meowy Christmas my true love gave to me, a fun excuse to get quilty!  This adorable cat quilt pattern is free from Blend Fabrics.  You can download it here!  I think it would be so cute in Christmas fabrics!  I’m hoping to make it before Christmas 🙂Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 8.20.54 AM

On the 8th day of Meowy Christmas my true love gave to me, an apron with a had stitched kitty!  Kerri from Sew Deerly Loved is sharing this darling tutorial for a vintage inspired apron with kitty embroidery!  Go check out her blog for full instructions and pattern!!

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On the 9th day of Meowy Christmas my true love gave to me a lion that is soft and cuddly!  Lucy from Lucy Blaire has created this pattern called Lyle the Lion.  You can purchase it on her blog or enter to win one today on Instagram!Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 8.01.15 AM

Christmas Cat Sweater

typsy elves cat sweater 4I don’t know if I’ve ever posted about an item of clothing that I didn’t sew but I am so in love with my new Christmas sweater that I had to post a few pictures!  The sweater has cats  all over it and bells all over it and bows all over it!  I JINGLE when I walk!!  I got the sweater from Tipsy Elves .com.  I saw them in an episode of Shark Tank – their sweaters are amazing and they even had several cat themed sweaters to choose from!  I wore it to our church Christmas party and i attracted a lot of attention 🙂

typsy elves cat sweater 2I’m not one for a lot of pictures of myself – but if I’m wearing a cat sweater it’s all right!!  typsy elves cat sweater 3It was very difficult to get a picture with Mufasa – he was pushing away from me as I was trying to hug him – he ended up snagging the sweater 🙁  typsy elves cat sweater 5I can’t help but smile when I see this sweater!  I wish it wasn’t 80 degrees today so I could wear it!

12 Days of Meow-y Christmas {Day 6} Gingerbread Cookie Cats


Today I’m taking a little break from the sewing machine and enjoying my FAVORITE gingerbread cookies – shaped like cats!  This recipe has been our family’s favorite since I was in Kindergarten!  It is super easy but the most flavorful gingerbread recipe you will ever have.  I just brought them to our church Christmas party and a few people were fighting over them 🙂

Amanda’s Famous Gingerbread Cookies

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup molasses

1/3 cup water

3 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp + cinnamon

2 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp. salt

Cream the butter and brown sugar.  Add the molasses.  Next beat in the water. (it will look a little weird)

In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.  Then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until incorporated.

On a floured surface roll out the dough 1/4″ thick and cut with cookie cutters.  If the dough seems a little sticky, just add more flour as you are rolling out.

Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 for 8 minutes.  Let cool.  Dip in dipping chocolate or pipe with royal icing.



Gingerbread dipped in chocolate is one of the best flavor combinations in the whole world!!!IMG_2612I collect little vintage cats – they sit in my kitchen window and keep an eye on the baking!  IMG_2626I didn’t want to cover up the detail on the cats, so I just dipped their heads in chocolate 🙂

12 Days of Meow-y Christmas {Day 5} Kitten Softies

christmas cat softie 8These cute cat softies are ones my mom made in the early 80’s.  She is also a crazy cat lady, I think it is hereditary!  These cute little kittens can sew up in a snap and look darling tucked in a Christmas tree.  Download the pattern HERE.  I think I will make some in some updated fabrics!  Every tree needs kitties in it!!!

christmas cat softie 2I have a cat themed tree upstairs in the hallway.  Don’t worry, there are plenty of cat ornaments on all my other trees!!!christmas cat softie 3

christmas cat softie 6  I bought this Mufasa ornament when I was at the Farmers Market in New Jersey!christmas cat softie 5OK, I may have bought 2 Mufasa ornaments 🙂

IMG_2607Just a sampling of some of my favorite cat ornaments I’ve collected 🙂

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12 Days of Meow-y Christmas {Day 4}

catnip pillow toy

For years my mother has purchased little catnip pillows at her veterinarian’s office and sent them to her grand-cats.  My cats have actually worn the pillows out because they love them so much.  They are super simple just a square stuffed with fiberfill and catnip!  They are purrrrfect little stocking stuffers for your furbabies!

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This is the old one – not even made with cute fabric!

Let’s make some Christmas ones!


Bright cheery Christmas fabric, mine is from Riley Blake Designs



a word about catnip…..for years I have grown catnip.  It grows easy and doesn’t need a lot of care.  In fact if you start growing it you might find it growing in other parts of the yard.  However, if there are any cats in the neighborhood or if your cats roam outside, they will find the catnip, roll in it, sleep in it, eat it and ruin it!  You can purchase dried catnip at pet supply stores.  You should definitely give your cat fresh catnip sometime just to see their reaction! 

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Cut (2) 3.5″ squares for each pillow.  Mine were a touch smaller then the ones my mom sent.  I think they were cut 4″.

catnip pillow toy 2Sew  using 1/4″ seams along 3 sides, back stitching to start and stop.

catnip pillow toy 3Turn them right side out.

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Fill with catnip and fiberfill.  I alternated so the catnip wasn’t just at the end.catnip pillow toy 4

catnip pillow toy 7Turn the raw edges under 1/4″ and top stitch closed.

catnip pillow toy 8It’s best if you sew them when your cat is not sleeping right behind the sewing machine.  The smell woke Mufasa and this is what happened!

catnip pillow toy 10Mufasa loves his new catnip pillow!catnip pillow toy 12        Don’t touch my pillow!


12 Days of Meow-y Christmas {Day 3}

Today’s Kitty inspired Christmas project comes from Tina @emilyannskloset and One Little Pooh Blog.  She made this Christmas Cat and Quilt block and is giving a custom block away on Instagram today!


The kitty quilt is part of The Snapshots Quilt Along and is available as a free download by clicking HERE.  How cute would this be as a Christmas pillow or a mini quilt!!!Snapshots+Banner