Ahoy! Mermaids Pillowcases

One of my very favorite quick and fun things to do with fabric is to make pillowcases for beds. It is one of the highlights of my sons lives to pick out a new pillowcase for their bed every Saturday. Sometimes it’s a mom-made pillowcase, sometimes it’s one that came with a sheet set. We like options 🙂

My daughter is now 18 months old and as she is inching ever closer to a big girl bed, I knew I wanted to make her some cute pillowcases. My favorite tutorial for the “burrito method” pillowcase is in School of Sewing. I always reference it when I am making pillowcases.

If you don’t own School of Sewing, you can find a good burrito method pillowcase tutorial here.

Ahoy! Mermaids is in quilt shops now and can be purchased from your favorite local quilt shop or online shop. I can’t wait for my little miss to get older and hope she’ll want to use her mermaid pillow cases!

Custom Tape

Let me first say this post is NOT sponsored. I just wanted to share something awesome I found and love. I recently shared on instagram how a box of quilts went missing between my house and my binding client’s. It still makes me sick to my stomach to think about it. My husband and I had been talking about the possibility of designing and printing custom tape for my boxes that I send out and this was the catalyst to get that going. We found a company that prints not only tape, but stickers, etc etc etc. The tape we had printed is the same type of tape that Amazon uses on their packages with those threads that make it harder to rip. I LOVE it! I used it for the first time today and it is soooooo awesome. It is not like normal tape and you do have to wet a sponge, then wet the tape, then attach it, but it was really easy. I love the security it adds to package and the recipients will know for sure what is inside the box when it arrives. 🙂 If you have any tape or sticker needs, I highly recommend Sticker Mule. Follow this link to get $10 off your order! (psssst. 300 feet of tape is only $39 so $10 off is a big deal!) Sticker Mule

Cotton Cuts Subscription Box

I was asked a few weeks ago if I’d like to try out a box from Cotton Cuts in exchange for my thoughts. I am always up for trying out subscription boxes or other quilting tools. There are so many options out there and we all only have a limited amount of our budget that we spend on fabric, notions, quilting, tools, etc. and I love suggesting things I feel are worth a part of your budget!

Here’s how Cotton Cuts works:

They ask you a series of questions to try to get to know your quilting style, then they customize a box based on your preferences. You can choose 12 fat quarters or 1 half yard cuts. You can choose to have a box sent monthly, or every other month. They customize the experience so you end up with a box you are pleased with when it arrives in the mail. Beyond that, I love the mission behind Cotton Cuts. They provide jobs to intellectually challenged and others with disabilities. I just LOVE companies that give back or exist to help provide opportunities to those who might not have employment otherwise.

My box arrived today and I was so pleased by the contents. I requested no batiks (they’re just not my thing) and ended up with 12 great FQ’s (plus the one extra they sent!). Surprisingly none of these are repeats with what I have in my stash, which is awesome considering I have accumulated quite a bit of Cotton + Steel lately. I adore Sweet Marion by April Rosenthal and recognized the two florals immediately. The novelty prints are perfect for a boy mom and I forsee some drawstring bags in my future for more hot wheels storage.

In addition to the perfectly folded and packaged FQs, they also included a cute Gingiber greeting card, Lanterns jelly roll friendly pattern by Purple Pineapple Studio, two 12-1/2″ block patterns, a cute zipper pull, and a free pattern download of my choice from Rebecca Bryan. I’m super excited to pick a pattern and get started enjoying this awesome box.

If you’d like to try it out, go to www.cottoncuts.com and use the code VANORMAN for 10% off your first box!