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How To Make a Waterproof Baby Changing Mat / Simple Sewing Tutorial

In this simple sewing tutorial, I show you how you can make a waterproof baby changing mat. It’s the perfect size that you can fold up and throw in your diaper bag.  They’re easy to wash and really easy to make and they make really fun baby shower gifts. I’m going to show you two different methods that you can
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Veggie Lo Mein Recipe // Quick and Healthy Meal

This 35-minute Veggie Lo Mein recipe is simple and packed with flavor for a quick weeknight meal! Customize the ingredients with whatever you have available, and you have a meal that will never get boring. On those days when you’re staring at your fridge full of vegetables but don’t want to spend all night preparing a meal, this meal is
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DIY Ribbon Spool Storage Organizer / The Best Hack Ever

Do you need help with your ribbon spool storage and organizing? No worries, I have the best DIY hack ever. This organizing hack is simple and ridiculously inexpensive, and you won’t believe how well it works. Over the years, I have tried several different methods using rods, bins, and different kinds of boxes, and nothing seems to work well. It
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diy bias tape binding

Make Your Own Adorable Bias Tape Binding the Easy Way

Bias tape binding is used in a lot of sewing projects, and I love working with it. But did you know that you can make your own? Why would you want to make your own bias tape when you can go to the fabric store and buy a package of bias tape already made? If you’ve ever gone to the
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HOW TO SEW A SCRAPPY FABRIC STUFFED HEART / EASY PROJECT

In this post, I’m going to show you how to sew a scrappy fabric stuffed heart. In a previous post, I gave instructions showing how to make scrappy fabric panels that you can use to make these adorable stuffed hearts. This is a beginner sewing project that is fun and quite addicting. What you’ll really like about this sewing tutorial
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Jan Howell

Whether it’s a new recipe, a fun craft, or some handy tips for your garden and home, I hope to empower and inspire you with skills that you can use to create joy, improved health, and to do it in a simple way.

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Hello, I'm Jan

I help DIY crafters take back their creative passion by providing them with patterns and projects tutorials that are easy to follow and quick to make. Most projects utilize upcycled fabric and materials, making the projects inexpensive and environmentally compatible.

Upcycled Denim Patchwork Quilt

(UPDATED 2/23/23) Have you ever slept under a denim patchwork quilt? There is nothing better! There is just something about the heaviness of the denim and the coziness of a
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Cool Zipper Upcycling

As many of you know I’m really into upcycling and recycling items, and clothing is one of them. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to deconstruct an
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    DIY Garden Apron / Made From Recycled Jeans / Quick and Simple Project

    This DIY garden apron is a quick and simple project made from upcycled jeans. The
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    Easy To Make Organizer Containers Using an Upcycled Tissue Box

    I have this thing with recycling,  upcycling and re-purposing items when I can. In this

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    Who knew you could freeze eggs? Well, you absolutely can. In this post, I will

    How To Make an Envelope Pillow Cover / Simple Sewing

    Is it time to switch out some of your throw pillows? Making your own envelope
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    How To Make the Best Window Cleaner // the Non-Toxic Way

    This DIY window cleaner is the best window cleaner recipe I’ve found. It’s inexpensive, gives
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    Non-Toxic Stainless Steel Cleaner | Make Your Own | 3 Simple Ingredients

    When it comes to stainless steel cleaners, there’s some pretty toxic stuff out there. No