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Jan Howell

Jan Howell

My intention for this website is to share tips and tutorials that I have found on my journey of life that has brought me joy, improved health, and peace, in hopes that it will do the same for you. I hope you'll join me on this journey!

t-shirt to tank top

T-Shirt to Tank Top | Binding Tips and Tricks

It’s summertime and wearing a cool tank top can be very inviting. In this tutorial, I am going to show you how you can easily
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seams and seam allowances

4 Basic Sewing Machine Seams and Seam Allowance Tips

In this tutorial I am going to go over the basic sewing machine seams and give you some seam allowance tips. What are seams? Seams
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DIY Upcycled T Shirt Bags

DIY Upcycled T Shirt Bags | Sew and No-Sew Methods

Recycling and upcycling is one of my passions, and making these t-shirt bags is another way to reduce waste and find another use for unwanted
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baby bib reversible

DIY Baby Bib Tutorial | Reversible

Sewing for babies is the best thing ever. This reversible baby bib is a fun and quick little project that is great for even a
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heat transfer paper no mirror image

How to Use Heat Transfer Paper | NO MIRROR IMAGE NEEDED

Heat transfer paper is a great way to create custom t-shirts, garments, and one of my favorites, fabric labels. It’s also incredibly easy to use.
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zipper recycling

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
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T-Shirt Yarn

T-Shirt Yarn | Made From Upcycled T-Shirts

In this post, I’m going to show you how to make t-shirt yarn from upcycled t-shirts. As some of you know, upcycling is one of
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Kale Chips

Yummy Crispy Kale Chips | 4 Seasoning Options

When it comes to healthy snacks, kale chips are one of my favorites! These chips are yummy, crispy, and easy to make. I am going
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Sewing With Plush Fabric

Sewing With Plush Fabric | Tips & Tricks

Items made with plush fabric are the coziest things ever; however, sewing with plush fabric can be a little tricky. In this post I am
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paper tulips

Paper Tulips DIY | Simple Craft Tutorial

Who knew you can make cute little paper tulips from simple square pieces of paper? This is a simple craft tutorial that even children can
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Tissue Paper Blossoms | Quick & Simple Craft

These DIY tissue paper blossoms are the cutest thing ever! It’s a quick & simple craft project that even the little ones can help make.
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DIY Apple Watch Elastic Watch Band

For those of you who have Apple Watches, here is a fun little tutorial showing you how to make your own elastic watch band. Having
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PDF sewing pattern assembly

How To Assemble and Organize PDF Sewing Patterns

In this post, I am going to give you some tips on how to assemble and organize your PDF sewing patterns. Using digital PDF sewing
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upcycled sweater beaded coasters

How To Make Beaded Coasters From Upcycled Sweaters

Coasters do more than protect your tables and counters. They can also add a pop of color to your room and give your cup of
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PDF sewing patterns

How To Download and Print PDF Sewing Patterns | Step by Step Tutorial

Being able to purchase a PDF sewing pattern online is a good thing. In this post, I am going to show you some tips on
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presser feet

7 Sewing Machine Presser Feet and How To Use Them

Have you ever gone through the sewing machine attachments that come with your sewing machine and wondered, “What the heck is this used for?” I
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BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Wondering what to fix for lunch or dinner? Here is a quick and easy recipe for a yummy BBQ chicken sandwich that you can make
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DIY magazine Christmas tree

DIY Recycled Magazine Christmas Tree

If you want a simple, relaxing Christmas craft to make this holiday season, this DIY Recycled Magazine Christmas tree is a fun little project that
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DIY Felt Leaves | 6 Varieties

Whenever you are making a craft project that calls for a leaf, wouldn’t it be fun to make the leaf out of something unique and
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sew simple

Sew Simple | A Beginners Guide To Sewing Course Launch

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are having a wonderful day wherever you are and whoever you are with or having to be without. Such interesting
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Simple Christmas Stocking Sewing Tutorial | Lined With Contrasting Cuff

Christmas is just around the corner and what a great time to get out your sewing machine and make some fun holiday decorations. This Christmas
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How to Put On a Duvet Cover the Easy Way

Putting on a duvet cover can be so frustrating and exhausting, but it doesn’t’ have to be! I am going to show you how to
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Unpicking Serger Stitches the EASY WAY

Sewing on a serger/overlock machine is wonderful, but when it comes to unpicking serger stitches, you may find yourself overwhelmed and dreading the whole process. 
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basil pesto

Basil Pesto | How to Make and Freeze

You got to love the aroma, flavor, and color of basil! Better yet, you got to love what you can make from it……BASIL PESTO!  If
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Adjustable Face Mask Earloops Tutorial – No Beads

For those of you who are STILL MAKING FACE MASKS, I am going to show you how to make adjustable face mask earloops that are
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OVERLOCK STITCH | No Serger Needed

Do you want a finished overlock stitch for your seams but don’t have a serger? NO WORRIES! I am going to show you how to
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rosemary garlic fries

Rosemary Garlic Fries – Crispy and Baked to Perfection

Who doesn’t love a good crispy french fry?  When you add a sprinkle of rosemary and some garlic, oh baby, these rosemary garlic fries are
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DIY Earphone Holder – It’s A Snap

I’m sure you know the scenario, of tangled earphone cords, right? Well, have I got the perfect solution for you. A DIY earphone cord holder
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How to Sew Hexies On-the-Go | English Paper Piecing Tutorial

I have to share with you my new crafting project LOVE, hexies. Yes, I’ve made them before and have even hand pieced a hand quilted
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DIY Face Mask Filter Insert-Reusable and Washable

Do you want a little more protective coverage with your face masks? This DIY face mask filter insert will give you the added protection without
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Italian Dressing Mix

Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix Copycat – No MSG

Do you want the yummy goodness of a tasty Italian Salad Dressing, but don’t want the MSG or added sugar? You’re going to love this
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wool dryer balls

DIY Wool Dryer Balls | Yarn and Upcycled Wool Sweaters

Are you looking for a non-toxic alternative to store-bought dryer sheets? Wool dryer balls are your answer! Not only are wool dryer balls all-natural, and
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heat transfer paper labels

DIY Printable Fabric Labels | Easy Iron-On Method

Making your own DIY printable fabric labels is a simple project that can save you a lot of money and give your homemade projects some
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cutoff short options

DIY Cut Off Shorts | 4 Simple Hemming Methods

Making a pair of DIY cut off shorts is a snap with these 4 simple hemming methods. This is a great way to recycle and
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How to Modify A Tie Face Mask Into an Adjustable Ear Loop Mask

Unfortunately, the face mask saga goes on, and for some folks putting a face mask on and off can be a challenging thing. I am
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June Brown

Spunky 101-Year-Old Woman Gives Advice on Living Healthy Life

Last year I interviewed one of my friends and yoga students about her lifestyle. This spunky 101-year-old woman has been a blessing and an inspiration
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upcycled love thrift store items

Upcycling Love | Thrift Store & Consignment Shopping Tips

Upcycling and recycling used items is one of my passions and something I do frequently. Thrift stores, consignment shops and garage sales are just a
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Upcycled Denim Patchwork Quilt

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
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DIY Felt Mums – No Sew Craft Project

There are so many cute flowers you can make from felt and in this DIY tutorial I am going to show you how easy it
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DIY Bow Tie | Streamlined Sewing Method

Would you like to make a unique, classy bow tie for your man, or yourself? I have a DIY streamlined sewing method that you’re going
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Yummy Turkey Sausage Recipe – No Preservatives

Sausage is a food that can add so much flavor to a meal, however it is usually chuck full of unnecessary ingredients. This is a
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DIY FELT CHERRIES Easy Sewing Tutorial

Summer has arrived and it will soon be cherry season. This DIY felt cherries easy sewing tutorial is a fun little project that you can
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Lavender, Rosemary & Thyme | A Must for Every Garden

I am going to take you on a little garden tour and show you how to grow 3 of my most favorite plants: lavender, rosemary
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NO FOG FACE MASK | Simple Hack That Really Works

Wearing a face mask with glasses stinks! Fortunately, I’m not one of them. However, there are so many people out there that do have to
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FACE MASK Minimal Sewing Method | It’s A Cinch

Making a face mask just got even easier! This DIY face mask minimal sewing method can be made either by a sewing machine or by
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Quinoa & Bean Salad | Lime Cilantro Dressing

Are you ready to open your mind and palate to a new brightly colored and yummy salad? This versatile and delicious quinoa & black bean
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SEWING BY HAND | Most Important Stitches to Know

SEWING BY HAND | Most Important Stitches to Know   Knowing how to sew these 3 basic stitches will allow you to mend and create
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Powerful DIY Disinfectant Spray | 3 Ingredients

We all know how important it is to keep our hands washed with soap and water during this Covid-19 time. It’s just as important to
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DIY NO SEW Face Mask – Upcycled T Shirt – 5 Minutes

With the latest recommendation to wear masks when we go out and about, there has been a need to acquire a mask. As you know,
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chair yoga for anxiety

Chair Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

Are any of you finding it a little challenging to get yourself out of bed in the morning? I am. With all the things going
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