• 5 Minute Projects,  Sew,  Tips & Tricks

    Magnetic Oven Mitt

    Do you have a drawer of oven mitts  in your kitchen that is so full it is hard to close? I have a simple solution for you. Throw some out. If that doesn’t work for you, try this easy project.

    We had an ancient oven mitt we receive five years ago as a wedding gift. It had a magnet in it that made it so convenient just to hang it on the fridge. But that old mitt was so dirty and nasty, it looked like my husband used it to change the oil.

    During a quick trip to Ikea, and by quick trip I mean traveling across the Canadian boarder, we decided to bite the bullet and buy a new one. My husband suggested adding a magnet to our new one to have the same convenience of our old gross one.

    Oven Mitt 1
    Using a seam ripper, I tore open the seam.

    Oven Mitt 2
    Then I inserted two magnets, because one was just not strong enough.
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    A vertical stitch was made to keep the magnets in place and the seam was sewn back up.

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    Finally, I slapped that puppy on the Refrigerator and was done. (There were no animals hurt in the making of this magnetic oven mitt.)

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    Thanks hubby for the great idea.

  • Crafts,  Kids,  Sew

    Pottery Barn Kids Inspired Plush Turtle

    During a recent trip to Pottery Barn Kids, my youngest was obsessed with this patchwork turtle here. I thought, this is something I could easily make for him. But it was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. In the end it turned out good. If you are brave, feel free to follow again.

    Plush Turtle 12

    I started by drawing my own pattern. This was the hard part, due to my lack of drawing skills. After several tries, I finally got it right. (In the photos below you my notice that the legs, head and tail look different than this pattern. Those were each apart of my first attempt.)

    Plush Turtle 2

    Click the image above for the free PDF link to this pattern. Please download the file to ensure proper print sizing. When printing, make sure that Page Scaling is set to “Fit Printable Area” and Borderless Printing is selected. Check that the one inch square measures one inch to have the pattern the correct size. Assume a 1/4 seam allowance.


    After cutting out the pattern, I pinned it to the fabric. The shell and base piece were cut on the fold.

    Plush Turtle 3

    Plush Turtle 1

    For the appendages, I paired the pieces, front side of fabric together and sewed three sides leaving the top edge open.

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    Using my trusty Scooby Doo pencil, I turned and stuffed the legs, head and tail.

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    Next, I sewed up the ends of each.

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    To make the outer shell, each triangular piece was sewn to the next one to make a circle.

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    I pinned the head, tail, and legs in place, to the top shell.

    Plush Turtle 8

    With the top shell placed face down on the base, the appendages were tucked in and then I sewed around the circle, leaving a small opening.

    Plush Turtle 9

    Through the small opening, the turtle was turned right side out. (Here is were my seam ripper was put to work over time,until I got the pattern the way I liked it.)

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    Finally, the shell was stuffed and the opening was hand stitch up.

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    This project took long than I was hoping, but my little man loves it and that is all that matters.

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    What type of DIY toys do you make for your kids?