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Craft: Update a Stained Shirt with cute Cupcake design!

Here is a great idea for those cute adorable shirts that get grape juice stains. Find someone like me who has an embroidery machine to put an applique on the shirt. Or you can create a simple applique on a shirt and sew around it. I will post a how to in the future.

This design comes from Just Peachy Applique a sponsor of Applique Forum.

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Giveaway! Free ticket to Originial Sewing & Quilt Expo on 9/30/11 ONLY! Hurry! Ends Sunday 9/25/11! Ended!

This giveaway has ended!

I’m going to the Chantilly Original Sewing & Quilt Expo next weekend Sept 29 and Oct 1.

I have 1  ticket for Friday, September 30 , 2011  ONLY!

This is a general admission ticket for the exhibit hall on Friday, September 30, 2011 from 10am-6pm. Retail value is $10 at the door.  Children 12 and under admitted at no charge when accompanied by an adult.

More information about the Expo HERE or information about tickets HERE.

This giveaway ends on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 9:00 PM!

Dulles Expo Center
4320 Chantilly Shopping Center
Chantilly, VA 20153
Map & Directions   Free Parking
Exhibit Hall Hours
Thursday & Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 5:30pm

I will mail it on Monday, September 26, 2011, to the winner so you can go on Friday, September 30, 2011!

To enter:

  • Leave me a comment!
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I will choose the winners at random and contact you directly and update the Giveaway Page with the winner’s name!

This is my personal ticket and I was not compensated for this ticket.

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Chantilly, VA – Sewing Expo – Thursday, 9/29/11- Saturday, 10/1/11

Do you like to sew?  Do you like to create crafts?   Have you heard of the Sewing Expo?

If you haven’t read my posts about this before I wanted to share with you that on Thursday, September 29 – Saturday,  October 1, 2011 is the Chantilly Original Sewing and Quilt Expo located at the Chantilly Expo Center.

I just recently signed up for my classes and I can’t wait to go this year.  Last year I attended the expo feeling bad due to my pregnancy but got a super gift from my hubby a new embroidery machine!  Saving does pay off!  I plan to share some of my creative pieces soon.

If you are interested in attending to see the merchants or to take classes I highly recommend signing up now before September 20, 2011 because that is the deadline for pre-registration.  Click HERE for more information.

Have you attended before?  Will you be attending?  What crafts do you like to do?

I’m just sharing my knowledge and opinions there are no affiliate links in this post.

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Getting things done

This weekend has been a busy weekend.  After buying lots of fabric on Friday and even Saturday!  Yes, I went back and bought more.  I went WAY over my budget, but I have fabric to last me years and years.  Just like everything else I try not to ever buy my fabric at retail prices.  I bought loads of fabric a couple years ago when Hancock fabrics closed several of their stores in the area. That inspired me to work on some of my UFOs = Un-Finished Objects on Sunday.  My husband watched my daughter while I did some of them.  Then we all worked on organizing our office.  Perfect spring cleaning.

Getting Things Done

My goal for this year is to list out all the things that need to get done or I want to get done and then do it!  As mentioned before we have been doing yard work which has been a financial goal.

My husband and I have a lot of personal hobby projects that have been placed on the back burner.  I’ve made a decision to list out all of my UFOs and try to tackle several of them this year the more the better!

Holly’s Un-Finished Objects- Craft related

Not in any particular order. Here we go:

  • Wedding quilt – This is for my Mom.  I created the top before her wedding but still haven’t finished the quilting.  I’m tempted to save up the money and have a professional finish it.  This is a big project.
  • Duvet cover – Since I moved into this house I wanted my bedroom to look a particular way and I decided I wanted a beautiful embroidered red duvet cover but I couldn’t find one that wasn’t “dry clean only”.  So, I came up with my own design and I’ve purchased all of the materials.  I’m super excited to create this.
  • Purse with bamboo handles – This was a project that I bought at the Sewing Expo a couple years ago.  Could become a perfect gift!
  • Black Asian Flower Bag – Not sure if this will be a purse or a shopping bag but I bought this fabric like most of my fabrics at a deep discount.
  • Baby/Toddler Blanket – After the big snow fall this year I got the sewing itch and wanted to create my daughter and husband their very own flannel blankets.  Of course, I didn’t have flannel in my stash (now I do) so I bought several yards of flannel to create them blankets. I successfully finished his blanket which we all love to use while watching T.V.  Now, I need to create hers.  She even helped pick out the fabric.
  • Sister’s quilt – Another project I’m looking forward to jumping into is my sister’s quilt. A couple years ago she went to the store with me and purchased all of the materials so I just need to get in there and start cutting.
  • Wedding Scrapbook – I have my wedding scrapbook that I want to finish.  I have all of the photos organized I just need to cut out paper and glue them down.
  • Flowered Double Quilt – This is technically my first large quilt top that I started in 1997 (i.e. high school)!  I finished the quilt top a year or so ago but haven’t gotten to the point to baste it and quilt it.  I’m tempted to save the money and have a professional quilt it for me.
  • Cowl Neck Olive Green Blouse – I bought some beautiful soft stretchy fabric for this project at less than $1 a yard.  I believe I bought 4 yards and can easily make a blouse with each yard.  Plus, the pattern was under $2.  I pretty much finished this project yesterday.  Woohoo!
  • Sorority/Fraternity Letters – A couple years ago I created several t-shirts with custom letters on them.  I still have a couple left to sell and hope to get back into selling these in the future.  I have one set outstanding and want to try and finish this.  I have a little bit sewing left to do.  Woohoo!

On the back burner:

  • My Wedding quilt – I have a design in mind but I haven’t purchased any materials for this.  Someday I will have this done!
  • Baby Bibs – After creating this pattern for Baby Bibs.  I love making them and I have found so much fabric including a couple yards of pink terry cloth I bought over the weekend.   Perfect Baby gifts.

House Un-Finished Objects

  • Clean the windows – We installed new windows in the last couple years.  They look amazing but they need a good cleaning.  I’m putting this higher on the list because I want to make sure this gets done this spring.
  • Ceiling – Paint a small section of the ceiling in the family room.  Just a touch up.
  • Cube shelving – Paint the cube shelving we have in our basement black.  Similar to the black cabinet.
  • Organize Office – We just received some FREE furniture in our office.  Big thanks to our friends for this!  We are in the process of re-organizing the office so it works for us.  I’m coming up with an organizational plan so that I can get things filed faster and easier. Plus, only the essentials are going into the office.  Nothing extra.
  • Scrapbooking and Photos – My plan has been to create scrapbooks for all of the photos that we have and in some cases I’m thinking I will just scan them and then create electronic scrapbooks.
  • Organize closets – its been a long time since I went through each closet and cleaned each of them out.

I’m sure I will be updating this soon.  It will be fun to see what I finish. I hope I don’t add to many more projects to the list.  What are your UFOs?

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How to make a Stocking?


I guess you can say I’ve always been frugal in some way or another.   I might not have used coupons as much as I do now and I didn’t always reach for the lowest out of pocket expense but I loved to make crafts with scrap fabrics.  Did I mention that I like to quilt?   I haven’t had much time since I have a little girl, but I do love to sew.

You may have seen my post on – How to make a Baby Bib? A super easy project that you can make in about 15 minutes as long as all of your supplies are in reach. Today, I’m going to show you how to make a pretty stocking right before you need to set them up for  tomorrow night!  What perfecting timing, if I say so myself.

These are pictures I took last Christmas season when I made my daughter’s stocking.

Supplies Needed:

  • 1/4 yard of 1 or 2 matching fabrics
  • Matching Thread
  • Matching Ribbon to hang the stocking
  • Needle or Sewing Machine
  • Trim (optional)
  • Tracing Paper or Fabric pattern material or plain paper


Step 1:  Create a stocking pattern.   You can create one by free hand or by tracing an existing stocking.  Use the tracing paper or fabric pattern material.  Make sure you add at least a 1/2 inch seam allowance.   Layout the fabric you want to make the body of the stocking –  right sides facing each other.  Cut 2.


Step 2:   After cutting 2 stocking pieces together take the pattern off the fabric and make sure the fabric is pinned.


Step 3:  Create the cuff of the Stocking.   Take the second fabric and make a decision as to where you want the stocking cuff to end.


Make sure you include a 1/2 seam allowance.  Pin the pattern to the fabric –  2 sides facing each other.  Cut 2.


Step 4:  Sew the body of the stocking leaving the top open.


Step 5:  Sew one side of the cuff.  See above.


Step 6:  Now for the fun part!  Adding the optional Trim.   Open up the Cuff – right side facing up, and place the trim with the rope trim pointed up and the sewing trim pointed down up against the sewing seam of the Cuff.  See above.


Step 7:  You are welcome to do this by hand but I love using my sewing machine.   This will take you no time at all when you use your zipper foot like I did here.   Move your needle to the far left and sew as close to the rope trim as possible.  If you decided not to add the rope trim just turn the bottom of the cuff up about 1/2 inch and sew.  Simple hem.


Here is the result after sewing the rope trim to the cuff.  Super easy!   Now, sew the side of the cuff to the other side – right sides facing.


Step 8:  Next attaching the Cuff to the Stocking body.  This is a lot easier then you might think.   Take the Cuff and lay it out like I have – right side out.   Take the Stocking and lay it out like I have – wrong side out.    Then place the cuff seam against the top of the Stocking body.   Then pull the Cuff – wrong side showing – over the Stocking body.   Sew the seam together.


Above is a picture of the final seam after it is sewn.

IMG_4511Merry Christmas!

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Original Sewing & Quilt Expo – Chantilly, VA – October 1, 2 and 3


I’m super excited!  I’ve thought about posting this last month and then time flew by.  It dawned on my this evening that I had to post this before I forgot again.

For the last couple years I’ve been going to the Sewing Expo in Chantilly, VA.  It is a blast!  I save up every year to go since I love to take classes.  I learn a lot about sewing. If you are at all interested in sewing or an expert seamstress this event is for you.  There are some frugal things to be had, however, this event has all sorts of expensive goodies to drool at!

If you are interested in attending and haven’t attended before, then I have a deal for you!    Email me at hollys.savings (at) gmail (dot) com with the subject:  “I want to attend the Sewing Expo!” and I can give you a  “Bring-A-Friend” code!  What this means is AFTER you sign-up and give the code, you will receive a voucher for 2 class tickets, one for you and one for me.  It’s that easy!   Click HERE for more information on how this works.

Hurry! Sign-up before 9/22/09 and you can get a discount on registration for classes.

Here is a description from the website!

Welcome to Original Sewing & Quilt Expo! Get ready for your annual treat, the only event each year where it’s all about YOU. Returning just in time to re-charge your creativity, this year’s Expo brings you MORE – MORE about quilts and quiltmaking, MORE on Stage and in the Classroom, MORE workshops, MORE shopping . . . all in all, much more for you to choose from and enjoy.

Whether you spend a day or the entire weekend with us, you’ll find the inspiration and motivation to try something new or take your current passions to a new level of satisfaction. We guarantee it!

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This week is a busy week for me.  My daughter was diagnosed with a double ear infection.  She is feeling a lot better.

Good news is, it’s the Sewing Expo this week!  Woohoo!   Yesterday, I learned about the serger and how to create some beautiful stitches with it.  I also learned about fusible web.  I’ve worked with fusible stabalizers but haven’t tried the fusible web before.  It is great because it doesn’t melt as quickly as other brands do.

Plus, this weekend is my anniversary weekend!

7 years ago I married the most wonderful gentleman in the world.  I’m so blessed to have him in my life,  he loves, cares, and supports me and our little girl.  I love him always and forever.

Besides, he uses coupons when going shopping!   Perfect guy!

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How to Make a Baby Bib? Easy project!

How to make a baby bib? This is a super easy project that you can create in less than 15 minutes.


Select some fabric and create a simple template. I created this template using freezer paper. You can then iron on the freezer paper template to the fabric with a low setting on your iron. Then you can easily cut out the fabric without pinning.


Either cut out 2 templates or do as I did and fold the fabric and then cut out 2 at one time.


Then sew the two pieces right sides together.


Leave a little bit open so you can turn it right side out. Then attach some velcro to the ends, either by sewing or using fusible agent. I recommend Bo-Nash Fusible 007.


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How to Make a Swim Diaper?

I’ve been thinking about for the last month.  Can I make a swim diaper for my daughter?  I love to sew but haven’t had much time recently.  Now, that I have a project on my mind I have to find some time to do it.  But, first I need a pattern.  After searching and searching online I finally found a pattern.

Thanks to Kayla’s Cloth Kits there is a .pdf file that you can download and plus her website has a video you can watch here!