{Kids} Pillowcase Floor Mattress

 

This has to be one of the easiest DIY craft I have ever ย done! We have all seen different variations of this project online. So here is mine to add to the mix! I hope you’re ready for how easy this is….

1.) I bought the pillow cases on clearance from Zellers for $2 or $3 – I did my best to find 2 patterns that complimented each other. I though this gingham and and floral combo worked well together.
2.) Then I bought the cheapest pillows I could find at Wal Mart (the “whale” pillow – $4).
3.) I pinned the seams of two cases together and sewed along the edge (using a straight stitch) as closely as I could. I opened up the 2 I sewed together first and pinned the 3rd case to the floral one (because I wanted it in the middle) and did the same thing again.
4.) Then I stuffed the pillows in the cases and viola! You have a pillowcase floor mattress!

I left the openings open on purpose – much easier to clean. I thought about sewing them closed but I made this for my fabulous niece Abby and seeing as she is a busy 3 year old I knew Leanne would appreciate being able to clean it easily! My mom had a great idea though – you could sew velcro to the openings if you are worried about the pillows falling out. I didn’t worry about it because I was too anxious to give it to Abby! But it is an idea that I will use next time. The pillows also fit super snug so that made it easier to justify not sewing in velcro. Abby loved her floor mattress and so does her baby sister Charlotte! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I need to make another so they each have their own!

Side Note: There is no turning the cases inside out to avoid having exposed seams. (I made this mistake thinking it would work and DOH! it didn’t) Not my smartest moment. So I had to rip out all my hardwork – a total of about 10 mins of work ๐Ÿ˜› – and sewed it again. Just have the seams face the floor when you lay it out, no one will be any wiser! It will be our little secret.

And I use brackets on {kids} because I’m adult enough to admit I would like one for myself! haha. Sew two more cases to it and you could easily have a pillowcase mattress for yourself! Happy sewing friends! ~H.

Sweet potato squash

Heather and I went to a local farmers market last weekend and stocked up on some locally grown goodness. We stumbled upon some new and strange looking squash and inquired about what it was and go my amazement… Sweet potato squash is a thing. I bought one and decided to make it today and see what this fusion vegetable was all about.

Cut that bad boy right down the middle and scooped out all the goop and guts.

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Put some butter, salt and pepper in there and tossed it in the oven at 350 for 45 minutes. I didn’t cover it with foil, but I suppose I could have done that too. Or even put some brown sugar in there. I wasn’t sure of the taste so I opted not to add any extra sweetness.

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I forgot to take a picture of the final outcome because my eagerness to eat it overtook me remembering that I was gonna post about it for the Internet. However, I will describe it for you. The edges browned and it looked like all squash does when you cook it in its skin: delish. It doesn’t taste like sweet potato, but it was tasty all the same. Next time I might try it with the brown sugar and some foil.

See! When it comes to food, I know how to complete a project.

Clear stamp binder

I have many sets of clear stamps and struggled with a way to store them. Up until now they’ve stayed in their original packaging in a photo box. But I’ve started transferring them into binders behind clear sheets.

I removed all the extra packaging and now I can see all my clear stamps a little more… well… clearly.

Eventually, I’ll have a binder for letters, phrases and quotes, pretty things, Christmas, birthday stuff and kid stuff.

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Anchor Bracelet

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I found this charm at Michael’s and looped some hemp cord through each end and fastened them with a crimp (I think that’s what it’s called) and then the clasp. So easy and so cute!

AND! I just ordered 12 more anchor charms off an Etsy shop. I have a few more nautical insprired things in mind and figured if I buy in bulk I’ll be more inspired to actually make them. It’s not exactly a guarantee, but I’m really hopeful this time.

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Updated old lady towel rod

Everyone has seen these ugly, old metallic and very dated towel rods. I came across one of these and thought that aside from colour, it was pretty awesome.

I gave it a facelift with a can of black spray paint, but wasn’t quite satisfied. The flowers didn’t pop like I thought they would, so I took a sanding block to the edges at bring out the metallic parts underneath.

I turned this once dated granny towel holder and put it on the back of the door in my mud room. It now serves as a scarf hanger.

Beautiful!
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