Tutorial ~ 5 min. Toddler Bandanna Top

Here is how I made this fun top for Ms. E to wear to the airport in about 5 minutes.

{It took longer to convince Ms. E to let me put it on her than it did to create it.}

And you are done!

Note ~The bandana was washed and dried before I started sewing.  That is why the top was ready to wear once I finished sewing.  Bandanas have loads of stiffener in them when you purchase them.  So they really need to be washed and dried at least once {if not twice} before your kiddo gets to wear them.

They are cheap to purchase, $0.99 at Hobby Lobby, and come in a variety of styles and colors.  So they are a great first outfit attempt for new sewers.

You can use an left over ribbon or skinny fabric strip you have laying around.  The piece I used is a skinny strip left-over from cutting mini squares to make snowball quilt blocks.  It won’t last long, but I also don’t leave ribbons in when running stuff through the laundry.

You can tie the bandanna together in the back rather than sewing.  The reason I sewed them together was or less bulk {especially when riding in the carseat}, and that Ms. E can put this top on all by her little independent self.

Hope you found these directions clear and concise.  If you have any questions, leave a comment and I will e-mail a clarification and also post below in the comments section.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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Toddler Tumbler Pillow ~ Part Two

{  Make sure to enter the Accuquilt GO! Baby Fabric Cutter Giveaway by clicking here.  }

Part Two ~ Creating the Pillow Case using the fabric piece we created in Part One will go very quickly.  The longest thing to sew for this pillow is creating the pieced fabric.  {PS ~ Ms. Diva wants me to let you know that she loves her new pillow.  She is constantly pointing at the different colors.  Must be love, LOL!}

You can use these steps to make a toddler pillow case using any fabric you wish, pieced or not.


For this part of the tutorial you will need:

Coordinating fabric

Contrasting and/or Coordinating thread

Pillow {my toddler pillow form is from Joann’s}

Pieced Fabric from previous step

Rotary Cutter and Mat

Long Ruler to use for cutting


Trimming down your pieced piece was that last step in Part 1.  For the front of a Toddler pillow your piece needs to be 16.5″ by 10.5″ {the 1/2 inch is for your seam allowances}.  I wanted to have a boarder show up on the front of the pillow, so this piece I am starting with is only 13″ by 9″.  Here is how I added a border to create the finished look.

Trim matching pieces of fabric {or unmatching fabrics, your choice as always} for the top and bottom borders.  I used 2″ by width of fabric {WOF}.  You are trimming these down in a few steps, so have the fabric wider and longer than needed is just fine.  If you are running low of fabric you can take your time in measuring and being more precise the the size of fabric you cute.

Attach the strips to the top and bottom, press the seams open, and trim the long ends hanging off.  You can trim the ends before you open the seams if you prefer.  Remember sewing is all about finding out what works for you!

Here is where I added a decorative stitch on the Hot Pink in Lime Thread.  It is a triple stitch {see my machine settings below}.  I enjoy adding this detail to lots of things, and first discovered the triple stitch when making my Butterfly Accessories.

Here is a quick peak at a 1/4″ foot versus the normal sewing machine foot.  I use the 1/4″ foot for all my seams.  The metal tab guides the fabric as you sew to help you achieve that perfect 1/4″ seam allowance.  This is very helpful when sewing anything, quilting or sewing, where you need to be precise in your seam allowances.  When I am sewing, I will normally have both feet at my fingertips and switch back and forth depending what I am doing.  Make sure if you are using your 1/4″ foot for the first time to double check where your needle is.  On my foot/machine I need to be on a center stitch setting, but my machine’s default is to be on the left side.  I am not admitting how many times my machine has beeped at me to tell me it is ‘stuck’ due to me not changing to the center stitch setting before starting to sew, LOL!

Now the next step is to add your top and bottom strips.  My Green Pieces from the Moda Citrus pack from The Fat Quarter Shop, were 3″ or 4″ and the WOF.  Somehow I missed getting a picture of that step, but it is just like attaching the pink pieces.  The green pieces go the length of pieced piece, including along the pink pieces you attached above.

In the above picture you can see the triple stitch detail under the ruler.  Trim up your piece now.  Double check how wide your boarders need to be.  For this pillow my pink boarders needed too be 3/4″ to achieve the width I needed.  So, add 1/4″ {seam allowance}, line up your ruler and cut.  If you don’t have a rotary cutter, you can mark your line with a pen or pencil since this edge will be inside the finished pillow case.  Below is the trimmed up piece.  Notice that the green ends are wider than the pink.  You can’t really see in this picture, but the lime triple stitch on the pink really pulls the colors together.

To create the back of the pillow, cut two pieces.  Again you can use matching or unmatching fabrics.  I stuck with the aqua/teal for both pieces on my pillow.  Isn’t this the most gorgeous shade?!?!  I am definitely in love with this fabric bundle.  Use an overcast stitch, or fold and stitch the edges that will be overlapped.  This prevent fraying when the pillow case goes through the wash.  For a toddler pillow, piece one should be at least 12″ by 10.5″ and piece two should be 6″ by 10.5″.  This will allow you to have about 3″ of overlap once you have the pillow stuffed into the pillow case.

Place your pieces and stitch around the outside.  I used my 1/4″ foot and a straight stitch.  Than I went back around with the normal foot and a zig-zag to secure the edge.  You can use your serger for this step too.  Using a zig-zag {or serger} will really help with the pillow case’s durability and ability to stand up to multiple washings.  Something all child friendly projects need help with, LOL.

Here you can see the overlap, and what the overcast stitch looks like on the back fabric.

Now, stuff you pillow in, and you are finished!  Ms. Diva loves her new pillow.  I did this while she was sleeping {hence some of the discolored/distorted photos}, and her look when she woke up to the new, slightly brighter pillow case was priceless.

Enjoy making your own fun and funky toddler pillows!  This size pillow is also fantastic for older children and adults for travel pillow for airplane or car travel.  The Accuquilt Giveaway ends 6/7/2011.

Leave a comment or e-mail me if you need clarification on any of these steps.  I love to help!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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Accuquilt GO! Baby Giveaway ~ Part 1, Tumbler Toddler Pillow



I am very excited to be posting this Tumbler Toddler Pillow tutorial and the Accuquilt GO! Baby giveaway.  You can see my Thank-You Mail-man post that has all the details on what I received from Accuquilt {minus Ms. Diva… she really didn’t come in the box, she just decided it was the best ‘toy’ ever, LOL}.

This tutorial is in two parts.  The first part is on how to create a piece of fabric out of quilt pieces to use in a project.  This can be used to substitute a piece of fabric in any project.  Whether it is a pillow like here, or to add interest to a piece of clothing, or any other project you can imaging.  {I think this would make a wonderful book cover myself}

What you will need:

Accuquilt GO! Baby Fabric Cutter

Tumbler Die

Variety of Fat Quarters {I used six different Citrus Moda Marbles to create this pillow}

Sewing Machine ~ a 1/4″ Guide foot makes this a breeze if you have one.

Coordinating Thread

Iron and Pressing Board


To cut out your Tumbler pieces… fold your fabric in half and place on the die.  I placed my fabric over two of the three tumbler shapes on the die.  This resulted in four pieces in each color.  For the orange and darker lime green I just placed scraps I had over the two tumbler shapes, and created two tumbler pieces of each of these colors.  Depending on your color scheme pick the way easiest for you to create the number of pieces you need to create your finished size.  For the Toddler Pillow front you will need a piece of fabric approximately 12″ by 16″.  I will be adding a border to the pieced piece in the next part of this tutorial.  So, I used 18 tumbler pieces to create a piece of fabric approximately 11.5″ by 13″.

Here is a photo of my first layout.  I felt that some purple was needed.  So, I went and ran the purple fabric through the GO! Baby fabric cutter, and added those pieces into the layout.

Once you have a layout you like, pair up your pieces and start chain piecing them together.  This is a good time to turn on your iron and let it warm up.

Matching up these pieces cut with the Tumbler die is incredibly easy since the die does the hard work and knocks of all the corners.  You don’t have to think twice about matching up these pieces.  Just line up the corners and sew.

This photo shows the matching bobbin and top thread, the ‘thread saver’ I am using, and the 1/4″ guide foot I am using to insure that all my seams are a 1/4″.

Sew each pair by chaining them together.  Chaining pieces makes this project take less time than it looks.

Once you have sewn each of your pairs together, cut them apart and press open.  I did press all the seams towards the darker fabric for this project.  Lay out all the pairs, making sure that you still have the right layout {or at least a layout you like}.

Here are rows of four tumbler pieces pieced together.  I can’t believe how straight these rows turned out!  I didn’t do anything ‘special’ and out of the 9 pairs only one came out wonky, and that is that yellow piece you can see here.  I wasn’t paying enough attention {not that I ever pay enough attention} and did not have the yellow fabric placed completely over the die shape.  This photo shows why I am hooked on using the Accuquilt GO! Baby Fabric cutter.  No pins were used and I rushed through cutting the pieces {as I normally do} and the rows still turned out straight.  Incredible.

Here is another shot showing the dogged corners that make matching up these pieces idiot proof.  Think of how much time it would take to cut out the tumbler pieces using a ruler and rotary cutter, and then going back through all your pieces to cut the corners off so you could match up the pieces like this… Cutting pieces with the Accuquilt GO! Fabric cutter and tumbler die is definitely a time saver for this project.

Here are all the rows assembled, sewn together, and pressed open.  I love these bright colors!

Lay your pieced piece out on your mat and line up your ruler along the fabric.  Make sure your ruler is lined up using the top {or bottom} edge of the fabric.  This will help you end up with a square piece of fabric.  Then trim.

Not bad for your first time, LOL! Give yourself a pat on the back, and check out how to enter the giveaway below.  The second part of this tutorial {making the pieced piece into a pillow} is posted.



How to enter to win an Accuquilt GO! Baby Fabric Cutter and your choice of three dies {entries close June 7th}:


{must be completed for any entries to count}:

Visit Accuquilt’s site, and tell me which three dies you would choose if you win.  Make sure to check the site as they have just released a whole passel of new dies.


{Make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry}

1) Follow The Spunky Diva via GFC {Google Friend Connect}

2) Follow Accuquilt on Twitter @Accuquilt

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4) Tweet, can be done daily.  Leave the tweet address in your comment.

#win a @Accuquilt Baby and three dies @TheSpunkyDiva http://www.TheSpunkyDiva.net #giveaway closes 6/7

5) Blog about this giveaway, add a link to this givaway on your blog.

6) Post the giveaway button on your blog.

Remember; the mandatory entry must be done in order for ANY entries you make count.  For additional giveaway rules, please read through the Official Giveaway Rules. Make sure I can find your e-mail address easily if you don’t include it with each comment!

Good Luck!

A huge thank you to Accuquilt for providing the GO! Baby fabric cutter with three dies for my use in this review, and for providing a GO! Baby and three dies to the reader that wins this giveaway.  Another thank you goes out to The Fat Quarter shop for providing the Moda Citrus Marbles fat quarter bundle used in this tutorial.

Quick Neck Pillow Cover

When I brought home my latest fabric finds, Mr. SD thought the John Deere flannel fabric would make a great cover for his neck pillow.  So… here is how I made it in about half an hour.

I took measurements of the pillow {making sure to write them down, my memory tends to be poor with numbers, LOL!}:

Then I cut the fabric from selvage to selvage:

I rolled both selvage edges over twice {edge is inside the stitched sides}:

I wrapped the length of fabric around the neck pillow.  Here is where I should have cut of five or six inches and rerolled the edge to finish.  Hindsight is always 20/20.  So… here is my tip, make sure your opening overlap is only three or four inches.  Otherwise, you will have one heck of a time getting your pillow inside the case.

A picture of the western themed pillow and the case.

When stitching the two long seams, start one inch away from the fabric fold, stitch to the reinforcing stitches and then proceed to the edge of the fold.  Flip the pillow case and stitch to the other end, flip the pillow again, stitch back one inch then do your reinforcing stitches.  This helps to keep your corners from coming out due to stress placed at the end of the stitching.

{Starting about one inch from the fold.}

{Get to the end and flip, and stitch back.}

{stitching back one inch before running the reinforcing stitch sequence.}

As I said this was just a quick project.  I did not get my iron out, just held the edges straight and flat as I stitched.

{here is another picture of flipping at the end of the stitching}
Ms. Diva was a ham for the camera as usual.  Here are a couple shots of the clown.
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Quick Fall Garland How-To

I have been very envious of all the wonderful fall garlands that have been popping up in various link parties.  Here is what I came up with that fit my commitment level, and used materials that were on hand.  First off, this is a very simple, quick fall garland project.  There are many tutorials out there that take more time and give you a fancier effect, but if you are looking for something quick that you can get done in 15 minutes, this How-To is for you!
Grab four sheets of fall colored felt.  Stiff felt would have worked better if I had been buying felt.  I had regular craft felt on hand, and it worked just fine. 
A length of ribbon about 1.5 times the width of your opening or window.
Two thumb tacks.
Print out your letters using a font you like.  I used Arial at 500 pt.  Under “format font” (or maybe “format character” depending on your computer) select “outline”.  No sense is wasting a lot of ink to print out a extra large letter.
And grab your pinking shears!

Plan out what color of felt you want for each letter.  Then pen your first paper print-out to your
first color selection.

Cut out the letter using your pinking shears.

Cut slits for your ribbon to pass through.  Fold over the top 1/2 inch, and make sure to not cut to much!

All I had for thumb tacks were these ’awesome’ red hearts.  They aren’t the perfect thing for a fall garland.  So, I cut small pieces of the light tan felt from the scraps to wrap around the tacks.

I also added a large green button (clearance at Hobby Lobby) instead of cutting out the hole in the “A”.  I like how it added a touch of green, and that it was quick!


 Don’t the covered thumb tacks look much better than the bright red would have, LOL?!?!?

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My newest favorite quilt pattern!

Cindi and Peggi are two friends that love quilting and blog abou their love!  They have several tutorials and tons of pictures on their blog at Seams To Be You and Me.  My newest project added to the never ending to-do list is Peggi’s version of the traditional Drunkard’s Path quilt pattern.  Isn’t this just gorgeous?!?!?

What’s even neater about this tutorial is that the pieces are created in whole circle, and then cut to create squares for piecing.  Much easier than some of the ways I have seen the Drunkard’s Path taught.

Take a moment to head over and check out the Drunkard’s Path Tutorial.

Strap Cover How-To

Learn how to make you own fuzzy carseat strap covers!

Ms. Diva and I are in WA State today, and so I am bringing you this Strap Cover Tutorial instead of the normal Weekend Wrap.  I promise to have plenty of pictures to share as part of my Friday Post.  So, enjoy this incredibly fast project.

How fast you ask?  Well… You can get this project completed in the time it takes your baby to drain a bottle!  I even have pictures to prove it, LOL.  Now the installation part took a lot longer to complete, especially with my ‘helper’.

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