Here is a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions:
(Check back often. I’m sure I’ll be adding things here and there.)

  • Where do you find your fabric? Well, all over. My favorite thing to do is browse the fabric aisle. Sometimes I’ll just get a 1/4 yard here or a 1/4 yard there……so keep that in mind as you are out and about. But back to the question. I get some at a local fabric/craft stores, some at Joann’s, Hancock’s and Hobby Lobby. That’s what we have locally. But I also really like shopping online.  There are many fabric sellers on etsy.com that I love browsing through.  I also receive emails from fabric.com and am always updated on their latest sales.  And shipping with them is free if you buy over a certain amount. And I always google a coupon code for them and always seem to save another 20%-30%.  Always a good deal there, especially while buying several yards of something.  But if you look through my site, you’ll see that I love to re-purpose clothing, so oftentimes the fabric for my projects come straight from the donation pile.  You just never know what’s going to inspire you. 

  • I need advice on what type of sewing machine to buy. What would you recommend? I know, it’s tricky to decide on what type of sewing machine to buy.  There are so many out there.  And much of your decision depends on preference but I can tell you what I’m currently using.  I recently teamed up with Bernina and their Sewing Republic site and have been given a Bernina Aurora 440QE to use while working with them.  I can’t tell you enough good things about this machine…..so if you’d really like to invest in a machine that will seriously last you a lifetime, read more about this machine here.  This machine sews like a dream, keeps things so precise and even, allows for user error, and keeps on humming so quietly.  And the embroidery feature (BSR attachment)?  Wow.  I can’t tell you how fun it is to “free-hand” and guide the fabric as I sew up, down, diagonal, loops, cursive, and where ever I want, without any problems.  Great for quilters……but perfect for me while I try to sew outside the box.  Love it!  But I also realize that sometimes you just need advice on a really basic machine.  I used to use a Singer 120 Stitch Function Sewing Machine – 7444” and appreciated it while I used it.  It’s basic, yet has some nice features that will help you create some really great things.  However, now that I have been sewing on a Bernina, there’s something about the solid structure of this machine that has won my little heart.  And there are all sorts of models and styles that fit all types of budgets.  There are also many other brands and machine types that people like to use for different reasons, so check out this post here. And make sure to read all of the comments at the bottom to see what everyone else is using and why.

  • Can I use your tutorials to sell my own stuff? No, these tutorials are not to be used for your own sales. Please see the Terms/Uses section on the Home Page for more details.

  • Where can I buy your stuff? I don’t sell pre-made items much anymore.  I mostly sell patterns, which can be found in my shop here.

  • How do you have time for all of this? Well, that’s a great question. Yes, I do have 2 small children but they take naps and go to bed at 8. My husband is usually gone most nights studying his tail off. So I have a couple hours here or there that I can use to play around.  (And my house is never tidy if you were to just stop by. Ha!)  But once you start…..the ideas will just flow and you won’t be able to stop.  You’ll start finding all sorts of time to create. Go on, try it. You’ll see. 

  • Can I use your images on my blog? Absolutely. As long as there is a link back to my blog to find the full tutorial, you can use a picture or two, sharing a certain project that I have made.

  • Can I use your tutorials to teach a class? Sure.  But there needs to be a written website address (www.makeit-loveit.com) and/or link to the project available on all handouts and shared with the class verbally before teaching the project.  Thanks!

  • What are your “must-have” supplies? I wrote an entire post about it HERE. Go check it out.

  • How do I leave a comment on one of your posts?  Make sure you are at the Make It and Love It site (not reading from an email or google reader) and scroll down to the bottom of the post.  You will see in smaller print, “Posted By Ashley”, then a time, and then the word “Comments” with a number by it.  That number signifies how many people have left comments.  Click on the word “Comments” and a new screen will pop up.  On the right side, there is an empty white box where you can leave a comment, enter your info below it, and then publish your comment.  Your comment will appear at the bottom of the list of comments.  That’s it.

  • What kind of camera do you use? I have a Canon Rebel XSI.  I know it can do a lot more than what I show on here.  I still need to really figure out more of the ins and outs of it…….and try out new techniques.  But it works great for what I have done with it so far.  I think I may need to schedule a date night or two with the user’s manual.  Haha!

If there are any more questions out there, let me know. I’d be happy to answer anything. If I know the answer, that is.


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26 Responses to “FAQs”
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    SheltonMade says:

    How do you get SOOOOOO many people to follow you?

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    family gal says:

    I would love to make a duvet cover for my son's bed. His present cover is getting worn and based off the prices in the stores, I'm sure I could sew one cheaper than I can purchase one for.

    Do you have instructions to make a queen size duvet cover?

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    Lisa says:

    Hi! I am new to blogging too and I just became your bazillionth follower. :) You do such beautiful stuff. Would you mind checking out my new blog and tell me what you think? http://homemadehodgepodge.blogspot.com

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    Sally says:

    My babies are starting a mothers day out program this fall. Both will be needing a kinder-mat, or nap mat. Any ideas on how I could make one for them, instead having to purchase the blue and red plastic ones from wally world?
    My kids mom.

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    Jo says:

    I was wondering if you would be able to tell me what settings you use on the Silhouette to cut cardstock and patterned paper? Ive looked everywhere and cant find the speed or thickness settings for them anywhere! Thank you!

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    Alia says:

    Hi Ashley, I just found you! I love your site and can't wait to have the time to really look around! I do have one burning question and that is, how and what do you use to make your blog so cool? The header, fonts and all that stuff. Mine is too generic. I have gotten a bit creative with it this week but I want more fun fonts in the body! Thanks for any help!!

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    Never A Plain Jane says:

    Hi again, Ashley! You do so many projects do you ever buy in bulk? If so, can you post a resource list? I'm just positive I can get some of my notions cheaper if I buy in bulk as opposed to at the fabric store. Thanks for all you do!

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    Geetha says:

    I am new to sewing but would love to create clothes for my daughter. I am inspired by you. I am wondering if I should I take a sewing class to know the basics of using sewing and using a sewing machine. Or is it easy to figure it out as you go. Thank you for your wonderful website.

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    Leslie Girl says:

    I also wanted to ask you if you had any cute ideas/crafts I could do with my 6th graders, I have 33 of them!

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    Nic and Jen says:

    Hi Ashley,

    I was wondering if you've ever thought about making a book? While it's easier to navigate your site now that you have the tutorials section and have it divided up so nicely, it would be WONDERFUL to have a hard copy so I don't have to keep scrolling back and forth while I'm trying (key word there…) to mimic your craftiness. I think it would make a great gift for any crafty people out there, so I'm sure you'd sell a TON of them! :) Keep up the good work!

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    Ashley says:

    Leslie Girl, sorry, I haven't ever scheduled any classes. I'm in GA, and I'd love to schedule something for the people that live out this way. How fun would that be?!!! :) We'll have to see about that…

    And Jen, I know, a book would be great……but I don't know the first thing about getting a book published. But yes, that would make the projects a lot easier. Especially the more detailed ones. Maybe I should look into it a bit more…..and see what it entails.

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    Becky says:

    I tried to make a pair of the interchangeable flip flops for myself but after wore them once the velcro started coming off. I used that glue you suggested, do you have any other thoughts of how to make it stay. It would also come off when I went to pull of one pair of straps to put another pair on. Any helpful tips would be appreciated.

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    TortueOrange says:

    Are your giveaways only open to USA residents?

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    A tai-tai says:

    Hello, I have a little blog in spanish a would love to translate your felt covered hairclip tutorial, using your images and of course linking to your blog…Would you mind it? Thanks

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    LAFScrapFanatic says:

    Just found your blog and I am loving it! I have a new grand baby on the way and was perusing the internet looking for inspiration. Wow – you give that and patterns too!!!! Thank you, I can't wait to put my Bernina to work!

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    Amanda says:

    I have seen the way to make a new car seat cover! Is their anyway to do this to you stroller too????

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    Andrew and Crystal says:

    OK, so I realize you're probably super busy, what with your little bundle coming, but I'm looking for a way to repurpose a favorite zippered jacket of mine. The zipper is on its way out and the jacket is still in excellent condition, but I don't know what to do with it, since it's got Rt 66 scrawled across the zipper area. Any thoughts? It's made of like jogging sweats material. Thanks!

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    the longmores says:

    Do you have a tutorial for the little boy tie that is at the top of your blog. I couldn't find it and would love to make one. Let me know. Your website is amazing!

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    Chelle says:

    I have a blog question. I just found your blog today and really wanted to go back to beginning of your blog and start from there, but you don't have your archives visible. I was wondering if you could maybe put that in your sidebar. I know you encourage people to look at past posts, it would just make it easier to do so with the blog archive. So far I like what I see. :-)

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    Ashley says:

    Hey Chelle, If you look at the top of the blog….there are yellow tabs/buttons underneath the header. One of those is titled, "tutorials". Click on that and you will find the projects all organized under categories and they are all available there.

    Good luck!

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    Holli says:

    I would love to know your secret to getting followers. My blogs been up and running for 6 months, and we only have 10 followers! No one ever leaves comments. Wish I knew what I was doing wrong.

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    Lloyds says:

    I would LOVE to know how to add cap sleeves to a tank top-style dress. Since you can do everything (I'm not joking) maybe you can do a tutorial of that! :)

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    Anonymous says:

    I have a Girl Scout New paper and i was wondering can i use the cork board intructions for it. Thanks for the awesome work

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    Merlynn H.W. says:

    Can you cute fabric with the Silhouette?