Old Bookcase into Nightstand Update

Today, Jan from Impressions by Jani is here, showing a darling transformation of an old bookcase, into the perfect nightstand for her daughters’ room.  And that pop of blue paint is amazing!

-Ashley

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Hi Make It and Love It readers! It’s great to be back again sharing another idea for updating your child’s room. Thank you for the warm welcome on my Blanket Storage Display Ladder — I hope some of you have tried your version of that simple project.

 

Today I’ve got a little bookcase/nightstand update for you that hopefully will inspire you to look at the old, tired pieces of furniture in your home in a new way. 

 

Old Bookcase into Nightstand Update --- Make It and Love It

 

 

As you can probably tell from the Blanket Ladder post (and lots more over on my blog), I’m always tinkering in my girls’ rooms to make them a little more functional and pretty at the same time. My two middle daughters share a queen bed, which works well for them and provides a great spot for guests when they come stay with us. When we switched out their old bunkbed for the queen, however, we were at a loss for night stands. A bookcase we’ve had for years fit on one side for my older daughter, but the other side of the bed was empty for a while as I looked around.

 

Finally, I noticed a friend selling this choice piece on Facebook for 15 bucks and I snagged it quick!

 

Old Bookcase into Nightstand Update --- Make It and Love It

 

 

It was short and squatty and in need of a little love, but I just plopped it in the room for a while as I waited for decorating inspiration to strike. I’m not really a mood board/plan-out-the-details-from-the-start kind of decorator, since my decor budget is always way, way smaller than my ideas. Instead, I tend to develop an idea or feeling I want in a room, then keep my eyes peeled for bargain finds and pieces I can make over to fit into the space.

 

This bookcase is a perfect example of this. It was exactly the right width for the area between the bed and the wall, it was cheap, and it had potential. The downside was that it was really too short to be an effective nightstand–it was barely flush with the top of the mattress. With the tall bookcase on the other side (that I have yet to make over), the room looked slightly crooked. Here’s a shot of the whole bed wall now–see how tall the other bookcase is?

 

Old Bookcase into Nightstand Update --- Make It and Love It

 

 

The two bookcases are still not exactly the same height, but by adding legs to the smaller one and a bit of trim around the bottom edges (and eventually painting both the same color), they will become a much more unified pair.

 

Old Bookcase into Nightstand Update --- Make It and Love It

 

 

The top of the nightstand provides a nice spot for my daughter’s imaginative play.  (That little house is another Target find that has been everything from Doc McStuffin’s clinic to Sophia’s castle and everything in between.)

 

Old Bookcase into Nightstand Update --- Make It and Love It

 

 

And by adding a bit of white textured paper to the back of each shelf, there’s such a nice pop of lightness to the back of the bookcase. I was a bit concerned that the pattern would be too busy with all the books and other items that I needed to actually store in the space, but it is muted enough that it works nicely.

 

Old Bookcase into Nightstand Update --- Make It and Love It

 

 

Also, I couldn’t resist adding a few styling touches to the shelves, as well, of course! The faux coral ties in beautifully with the sea shell backing paper, and the oversize jack fits perfectly in a child’s room. The linen-covered bin (Threshold at Targets) holds more of those flimsy, soft cover books that we seem to have a billion of but never stay upright on a bookshelf. This way the girls can stash those book right back in the bin when they clean their room instead of trying to nicely shelve them upright.

 

Old Bookcase into Nightstand Update --- Make It and Love It

 

 

We’ve got two chapter book readers and one who is just on the cusp of learning to read, so the more space I have for their books, the better! I just love having the books organized by color, and my seven year old was so impressed by that! “I’m going to keep the books like this forever, mommy!” Now, we all know that’s not going to happen, but she really has tried and it’s worked better than any other book storing attempt we’ve made over the years.

 

Old Bookcase into Nightstand Update --- Make It and Love It

 

 

Want to know how I turned the old bookcase into a nightstand?

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Fabric Storage Basket…with handles

Oh, I’m so excited to have Crystal here again today from Stitched By Crystal.  And I know you’re going to be thrilled too…..once you see these ADORABLE Fabric Baskets that she made.  Just think of all the reasons you’re going to need a whole collection of these baskets to organize your life!
 
-Ashley
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Do you do spring cleaning?  Have you started yet? 
 
I am Crystal, here from Stitched by Crystal, and I have a tutorial to share with you for some easy fabric baskets that will help you get organized.
 DIY Fabric Storage Basket...with handles! --- Make It and Love It
 
 
With two toddlers in my house, baskets, bins, and boxes are my best friends when it comes to cleaning. I can scoop up all the dolls/blocks/cars and throw them in the baskets and they are out of sight in no time!
 
DIY Fabric Storage Basket...with handles! --- Make It and Love It
 
 
These baskets measure 10 x 10 inches (at the opening) and are about 12 inches tall.  You can easily adjust the height of the basket if you want a different size.  I think a shorter basket would be cute for storing baby items in a nursery or you could add a few inches to make a tall basket, which I think would make a cute clothes hamper!
 
DIY Fabric Storage Basket...with handles! --- Make It and Love It
 
 
The baskets are made with some fusible interfacing so they are sturdy enough to stand up on their own, but still can be easily folded up and stored when not in use.  And they are fully lined.
 
DIY Fabric Storage Basket...with handles! --- Make It and Love It
 
 
Want to make some fabric baskets? 

Happy Belated Easter!

 
Happy Easter…a day late!
 
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I hope your weekend was filled with glimpses of spring and new life.
 
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I will never quite understand the real hatred towards Jesus Christ when he was here on this earth but I will forever reverence His love for each one of us, when he sacrificed everything.
 
His resurrection symbolizes that I too will live again, even after death takes over my body.
 
And when I look into these faces……there is nothing I want more.
 
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I hope Easter brings you joy and peace this week!

(And if you believe differently, I hope whatever you believe in brings you happiness this week too!)

 

-Ashley

 

What I believe.

 

YOU Made It and Love It: 9 — A Link Party (and last week’s favorites!)

How about showing off a few things you’ve been making lately……and join in on the this week’s Link Party!

 

So, here’s the deal, every Saturday, I will host a You Made It and Love It party, where you can simply click on the blue button at the bottom of the post, add your name, the URL to your project, and upload your image………and then click “done” to share. Your image (and link) will then show up on that exact post, down at the bottom, and all will be able to see what you’ve been creating lately. I kind of think of it as all of you squishing into my craft room, showing off what you’ve been making. I kinda love it! (Don’t forget to bring your own treats…)

 

Also, each week, I will share some of my favorite uploads from the week before. Just for fun.

 

Here are only some of the few that I loved:

 

 

Alix from Kreativ 77 designed these darling little dolly diapers for 12 inch dolls.  How great are all those fabrics!  And so perfect for imaginative play!

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Lisa from Mabey She Made It sewed up this great little cardigan with a peter pan collar.  I love the sleeve length and the 3 little buttons at the top…..so perfect for spring weather!

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Ell from Erratic Project Junkie made this darling “Home” Tshirt….for her home state, Idaho.  What a great way to remember your roots……and show off your love for home state!

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Loved them all…….and we’ll share more next week.

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Wanna add to this week’s party?

Don’t be shy…

link party revised

 

 

Here’s how this party will work…….

Choose an image from a project that you’ve made, and attach it below (there’s a little blue button down there). Then, next week, I’ll feature a few of my favorites and we’ll start all over again. (And I’ll be pinning some favorites to my Pinterest account too.) You guys have so much talent in those crafty fingers of yours……so daggum it, SHARE IT!

 

 

Here are a few guidelines:

  • Insert a link back here, to Make It and Love It, into the post of the project you’re sharing…..stating that you’re linking up to this Link Party. Or you can include the button below right into your post.
  • Don’t link up to giveaways, your own linky parties, your shop, advertisements, or round-ups that you’ve created (i.e….”30+ quick dinner ideas”). The links should be actual things you’ve MADE.
  • Share the love. Visit at least 3 other links and show some love to them! (aka: leave them a comment)

 

If you’d like a little button to share (instead of just a plain ‘ol boring hyperlink) here’s a button for you to use. Just copy/paste the code in the scroll box and then insert into the html (the “text” not the “visual”) of your submission’s post. The button, when clicked on, will link directly back to my site.

 

 

Make It and Love It


 

 

Now go on, click on the little blue button below, attach your picture (and give it a title, etc) and let’s see what you’ve been up to! :)

 

And then come back again next week to share what you are MAKE-ing and LOVE-ing!

-Ashley

 

 

 



Little Boy Bowtie: the QUICK and EASY version

I mentioned earlier this week that I completely ran out of time to make the kiddos’ Easter outfits this year.  Bummer.  I really enjoy making their holiday outfits because, hmmmmm, I don’t know why.  Maybe it’s a good excuse to make them something new?  And justifies the purchase of new fabric?  However, this year I found some really cute things at the store last minute while shopping for something else…..and just went with it. 

 

However, I couldn’t find Connor a tie to wear with his shirt and vest.  Well, I couldn’t find one that matched while out shopping that day.  Yeah, we could have skipped it altogether but there are only so many years before he actually cares what he’s wearing.  So for now, he lets me decide. :)

 

So, I made him a bowtie.  And the little man loves it!

 Little Boy Bowtie: the QUICK and EASY version --- Make It and Love It

 

 

 

 

And it’s not a real bowtie that you tie……..it’s totally the cheater version.  With a velcro closure.  But most important…….it’s SPEEDY QUICK to make!

 Little Boy Bowtie: the QUICK and EASY version --- Make It and Love It

 

 

 

Have I ever told you that Connor is kinda nutty?  And has this bubbly giggle that is completely contagious?  All I wanted him to do was stand here and let me photograph his little bowtie…..but the kid couldn’t keep a straight face.  Soon after, we were all laughing.  Ahhhhh….this kid.  I hope he never loses that sweet laugh!

 

Little Boy Bowtie: the QUICK and EASY version --- Make It and Love It
 

 

 

However, he thinks the bowtie is super cool because it’s, hmmmmm, I’m not sure why he thought it was so cool.  Probably because it was something different than the normal straight tie that he wears to church.  And you know, bowties on a little boys are kind of darling!

 

Little Boy Bowtie: the QUICK and EASY version --- Make It and Love It

 

 

 

Yeah, this simple little bowtie came to the rescue for Easter this year.  In under an hour.

 

Little Boy Bowtie: the QUICK and EASY version --- Make It and Love It

 

And gosh, I love that little face!

 

 

Would you like to make one too?

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My server was down (not hacked)……and 35+ Easter/Spring Outfit ideas

Did you try loading my site yesterday?  And this morning?  Yeah, it was down.  Boo.

 

Technology is so unpredictable.  Apparently, the host I use had over 1 million sites down for a lengthy period of time yesterday and today.  Yeah, no bueno.  I pay for a dedicated server because of the amount of people that visit this site (otherwise, pages wouldn’t load and the site would crash).  So when something goes wrong with this paid server, I get the hives.  And buy milkshakes at Freddy’s.  And check my site incessantly while waiting in the pick-up line, while the kiddos are eating lunch, and during naptime.  But hey, technology is unpredictable……so it just happens.  Ha.  But hallelujah…..it’s fixed! 

 

This little glitch did, however, throw me off a bit.  I was going to share something for the little boys today but since I want to make sure the site is healthy and running smoothly for today, I’ll save that post for tomorrow.  Deal?

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In the meantime, how are your Easter plans?  Are you leaving town?  Having company over?  Just keeping things low key?  Forgot it was Easter weekend all together?  Or maybe you don’t celebrate Easter at all?

 

Whatever the case, maybe some of you are scouring the internet today, looking for a quick project to sew for the kiddos before Sunday rolls around.  Or maybe you were wanting some new spring clothing ideas that you could work on this weekend.  In case you were poking around for ideas here, let me round up several of my favorites!

 

35 easter and spring clothing ideas for kids

 

 

 

The Baby Dress into Bubble Romper

37 Baby Dress into Bubble Romper

 

 

Turn a Men’s Tie into a Boy’s Tie

32 mens-tie-into-boys-tie

 

 

The Fabric Strip Detail Skirt

21 Fabric Strip Skirt

 

 

The Color Block Dress

1 color block dress

 

 

The Lil Guy Tie Pattern (from my shop)

1 tie pattern

 

 

The Shirred Summer Dress with Tie-Back Bow

2 chloe-shirred-summer-dress

 

 

The Front Tie Spring Dress

19 Front Tie SPring Dress

 

 

Turn Men’s Pants into Boy’s Reversible Vest

23 Men's Pants into Boy Vest

 

 

The Full Skirt with Trimmed Tulle

31 full-skirt-with-trimmed-tulle

 

 

The Bradley Bootie Pattern (from my shop)

1 bradley shoe pattern

 

 

The Ombre Fringe Skirt (from old Tshirts)

3 Fringe Skirt

 

4 Fringe Skirt

 

 

The Paper Bag Skirt with Sash

24 Paper Bag Skirt

 

 

The Jumbo Ric-Rac Dress and Skirt

20 Jumbo Ric-Rac Dress and Skirt

 

 

Baby Shoes from Thrifted Purses

10 baby-shoes-made-from-purses-670x558

 

 

 

The Maddy Dress Pattern (from my shop)

1 maddy dress pattern

 

 

The Boy Shorts with Back Flaps

17 Boy Shorts with Back Flaps

 

18 Boy Shorts with back flaps

 

 

The Double Layer SQUARE Circle Dress (added onto a Tshirt)

33 square-circle-dress

 

 

The Breezy Skirt with Lace and Fabric Strips

14 breezy skirt

 

 

The Tshirt into Dress with Braided Collar

15 Tshirt into dress with braided collar

 

 

The Interchangeable Bowtie Onesie

36 Interchangeable Bowtie Onesie

 

 

The Flower Baby Sandals…for Girls

26 Flower Sandals for Baby Girl

 

 

 

The Lily Skirt Pattern (from my shop)

1 lily skirt pattern

 

 

The Tshirt into Dress with Braided Straps

16 Tshirt into dress with braided straps

 

 

The Tiered Maxi Skirt

6 Tiered Maxi Skirt

 

 

The Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt

34 Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt

 

 

The Ruffle Top Dress or Romper

7 Ruffle Top Dress or Romper

 

 

The Little Boy Suspenders

25 Little Boy Suspenders

 

 

The Elastic Band Skirt (aka: the fastest skirt you’ll ever make)

29 Elastic Band Skirt

 

 

The A-line Skirt with Ruffles and Ridges

27 A-line Skirt with ruffles

 

 

The Shirred Dress from Women’s Skirt

9 Shirred Dress from Women's Skirt

 

 

The 3 Tiered Skirt: with hidden or exposed seams

11 three tiered skirt

 

 

Baby Girls Sandals

12 baby girl sandals

 

 

Baby Boy Sandals

13 baby boy sandals

 

 

The Flouncy Bubble Skirt with Elastic Waist

35 Bubble-Skirt-with-Elastic-Waist-51

 

 

The Ill-fitting Maxi Dress into Maxi Skirt

28 maxi dress into maxi skirt

 

 

The Tshirt into Ruffly Dress

22 Tshirt into Ruffly Dress

 

 

Easter outfits from 2012

8 Easter Outfits 2012

 

 

Easter outfits from 2013

30 easter Outfits 2013

 

 

 

Hope that’s helpful!

-Ashley

Make a Flouncy Bubble Skirt…with an elastic waist

In my mind, it’s still February.  And I still have like 2 months to make the kiddos an Easter outfit.  My mom made us a new Easter dress every year and it’s one of my favorite memories.  She also bought us those awful 80s white hats that the stores would sell around Easter time.  You know, with a hideous white silk flower or huge white bow.  Yeah, awful, but at the time……I LOVED those hats!

 

Well, I had every intention of making the girls dresses and Connor a rockin’ cool vest and tie this year for Easter.  Did that happen?  Nope.  But I did make Elli a little skirt months ago that I completely forgot about and just found and finished up.  I could have made Chloe one too, made Connor a simple tie, and called it an Easter sewing success!  But over the weekend, I found the cutest little dresses at Osh Kosh and I couldn’t resist.  And the girls REALLY wanted to match, the dresses were right in front of me, and the sizes were exactly what we needed…….so I just went with it. 

 

However, this little skirt must be shared because I love how it turned out.  And Elli can wear it for whatever occasion she wants to…..because there are plenty of those. 

 

DIY Bubble Skirt with Elastic Waist...for girls and women both! --- Make It and Love It

 

 

 

 

 

This bubble skirt is made from a lightweight chiffon and is so flouncy and fun.  (And can easily be made in teen/adult sizes…)

DIY Bubble Skirt with Elastic Waist...for girls and women both! --- Make It and Love It

 

 

 

 

The waistband is a wide elastic, so it’s comfy and easy to wear (and more simple to construct than a fitted waistband).

DIY Bubble Skirt with Elastic Waist...for girls and women both! --- Make It and Love It

 

 

 

 

And ohhhhh, that bubble along the bottom!  It makes this skirt so bouncy and twirly……which Elli loves!

DIY Bubble Skirt with Elastic Waist...for girls and women both! --- Make It and Love It

 

 

 

 

There is a lining underneath to keep things hidden, but it also holds the bubble hem in place.

DIY Bubble Skirt with Elastic Waist...for girls and women both! --- Make It and Love It
 

 

 

 

Oh, sweet Elli, you are still so fun to sew for.  And so easy to please.  

 

I know the time will come when you hate all of my ideas and clothing suggestions.  But give me a few more years before that happens.  Deal? (Sorry mom…..I remember being such a brat about those turtle necks you’d buy me for Christmas.  Yuck!)

DIY Bubble Skirt with Elastic Waist...for girls and women both! --- Make It and Love It

 

 

 

 

And even though I didn’t get one made in time for Easter, I’m pretty sure Chloe needs one of these Bubble Skirts too.  She’ll adore it just as much.

DIY Bubble Skirt with Elastic Waist...for girls and women both! --- Make It and Love It

 

 

 

Would you like to make a Bubble Skirt too?

They’re easy to make in teen/adult sizes too…

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DIY 5 Minute Wreath

 So excited to have Cami from Tidbits here again today, sharing this quick 5 Minute Wreath Tutorial.  Really, who doesn’t have 5 minutes to pretty up a little nook/wall space in the home!

-Ashley

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Have you noticed this year is all about purple? I’ve been seeing it pop up in magazines, throw pillows, fashion, and even appliances. 
 
The pro’s have even dubbed it the color of the year.  
 
Click here to see Pantone’s purple, Radiant Orchid.  Sooooo pretty.
 
But my favorite purple is from Sherwin Williams, Exclusive Plum.
 
After seeing purple everywhere, I decided I needed a touch of it in my home. 
 
 DIY 5 Minute Wreath --- Make It and Love It
 
 
 
 
Since we recently added a baby boy to our family, this touch of purple had to be a quick touch of purple.  The baby in blue wants most my attention!!
 
DIY 5 Minute Wreath --- Make It and Love It
 
 
 
I am going to show you how I threw together a 5 minute wreath for my entry way, using the perfect shade of deep purple. 
 DIY 5 Minute Wreath --- Make It and Love It
 
 
 
Paired with my thrift store chicken egg basket, spring is officially welcomed into our house.
 
However, you can adapt this simple wreath for any look or season – IN JUST 5 MINUTES!!
 
DIY 5 Minute Wreath --- Make It and Love It
 
 
 
All you have to do is change out the floral for a completely different look. Use the same wreath form over and over again, and you have a quick interchangeable way to spruce up any room in your home. 
 
DIY 5 Minute Wreath --- Make It and Love It
 
 
 
When my sweet girls saw what I was making, they discovered yet another use for a flowery wreath.
DIY 5 Minute Wreath --- Make It and Love It
 
 
 
A nature princess!!  If only we could all have the imagination of a child.
DIY 5 Minute Wreath --- Make It and Love It
 
 
 
Ready to whip up your own crown . . . . . . . . . . . er . . . . . . . . . . wreath?

YOU Made It and Love It: 8 — A Link Party (and last week’s favorites!)

How about showing off a few things you’ve been making lately……and join in on the this week’s Link Party!

 

So, here’s the deal, every Saturday, I will host a You Made It and Love It party, where you can simply click on the blue button at the bottom of the post, add your name, the URL to your project, and upload your image………and then click “done” to share. Your image (and link) will then show up on that exact post, down at the bottom, and all will be able to see what you’ve been creating lately. I kind of think of it as all of you squishing into my craft room, showing off what you’ve been making. I kinda love it! (Don’t forget to bring your own treats…)

 

Also, each week, I will share some of my favorite uploads from the week before. Just for fun.

 

Here are only some of the few that I loved:

 

 

Melanie from The Crafty Cupboard made this darling Baby Geranium Dress.  And oh, that FABRIC!  Love it all!

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Brandy from Gluesticks Blog put together this April Showers themed baby shower and my word, it’s perfectly sweet!  Well done!

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Heidi from Lainey Bug’s Closet made these sweet little Ruffled Shorties for her little girl.  How perfect are they poking out from beneath that floral top!  Cute.

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Loved them all…….and we’ll share more next week.

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Wanna add to this week’s party?

Don’t be shy…

link party revised

 

 

Here’s how this party will work…….

Choose an image from a project that you’ve made, and attach it below (there’s a little blue button down there). Then, next week, I’ll feature a few of my favorites and we’ll start all over again. (And I’ll be pinning some favorites to my Pinterest account too.) You guys have so much talent in those crafty fingers of yours……so daggum it, SHARE IT!

 

 

Here are a few guidelines:

  • Insert a link back here, to Make It and Love It, into the post of the project you’re sharing…..stating that you’re linking up to this Link Party. Or you can include the button below right into your post.
  • Don’t link up to giveaways, your own linky parties, your shop, advertisements, or round-ups that you’ve created (i.e….”30+ quick dinner ideas”).  The links should be actual things you’ve MADE.
  • Share the love. Visit at least 3 other links and show some love to them! (aka: leave them a comment)

 

If you’d like a little button to share (instead of just a plain ‘ol boring hyperlink) here’s a button for you to use. Just copy/paste the code in the scroll box and then insert into the html (the “text” not the “visual”) of your submission’s post. The button, when clicked on, will link directly back to my site.

 

 

Make It and Love It


 

 

Now go on, click on the little blue button below, attach your picture (and give it a title, etc) and let’s see what you’ve been up to! :)

 

And then come back again next week to share what you are MAKE-ing and LOVE-ing!

-Ashley

 

 



Raindrop Pillow Tutorial…a great project for spring!

 So excited to have Sara from The Aqua House here again today, sharing this DARLING Raindrop Pillow Tutorial.  This makes me all sorts of excited for spring!

-Ashley

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Spring is here, and if you’re like me, you are looking to freshen up your home with some new accessories. It seems like springtime brings lots of beautiful blossoms and cheery colors into our home decor, but this year I knew I wanted to do something different.  That’s when the idea for this Raindrop Pillow was born.
 
Raindrop Pillow Tutorial...a great project for spring! --- Make It and Love It
 
 
 
Pillows are one of the easiest ways to change up the feeling of a room, and if you have some fabric and a sewing machine, they are a super fast afternoon project. This is the perfect pillow to toss on your couch, bed, or favorite accent chair. 
 
Raindrop Pillow Tutorial...a great project for spring! --- Make It and Love It
 
 
 
And those cute little raindrops will have you smiling when they bring the right amount of pattern into your space.
 
Raindrop Pillow Tutorial...a great project for spring! --- Make It and Love It
 
 
 
This project was inspired by this beautiful print from Moda’s new fabric line April Showers by Bonnie and Camille. I adore this fabric and wanted to bring the pattern into my home on a larger scale.
 
Raindrop Pillow Tutorial...a great project for spring! --- Make It and Love It
 
 
 
Are you ready to make your own Raindrop pillow?
This project is a great scrap buster and almost all of my fabric came from quilt leftovers.