How to Create Flannel Floor Pillows with an Invisible Zipper

Hello everyone!! I’m here today to show you how to create flannel floor pillows with an invisible zipper.  Floor pillows, you say? Yes, I recently refinished my hardwood floor and wanted to provide my nieces and daughter with a place to sit comfortably when hanging out.

Floor pillows are easy to sew, and with a zipper, you can even wash it when it gets dirty. Now, that is a great reason to make some.

Let’s take a look at my floor pillows:

What do you think? Aren’t they cute? My nieces and daughter will enjoy these.

Let’s take a look at this fabric collection:

This cozy and soft flannel collection was created by Ben Byrd for Riley Blake Design. It comes in a palette of earth tones – green, orange, brown, navy, and parchment. Some prints have forest animals and trees.

It’s full of fun and playfulness.

Here’s how to create these pillows:

Materials:

Note: Some of the links below contain affiliate links.

Woodland Flannel Fabric
Aurifil White Thread
Pins
Cutting Mat
Ruler
Rotary Cutter 
Quilting Ruler
Matching Invisible Zipper
Pillow Form

Instructions

1/2 inch seam allowance unless otherwise noted.

Step 1: Measure Pillow Form

Measure the pillow form to determine how big you want to make your pillow cover. If you’re going to make your own pillow form, determine what size you want the pillow.

Step 2: Cut the fabric

Cut 2 pieces of the woodland fabric to the size of your pillow form.

For the orange pillow, I made the pillow form 30 inches by 30 inches. The blue pillow, the pillow form is 27 inches by 27 inches. I cut the fabric according to these measurements. 

Step 3: Mark the fabric for zipper placement

Place your zipper teeth up (remember this is an invisible zipper) at the raw edge of the fabric in the center.

With a pen, mark the fabric where the zipper teeth begin and behind the zipper stopper.

Remove the zipper.

Step 4: Prepare the zipper casing

With right sides together, sew a straight stitch to the first marked line and backstitch. Without cutting the thread, increase your stitch length to 5.0, stitch a basting stitch to the second line, and backstitch again. Without cutting the thread again, decrease your stitch length back to the original length and continue stitching to the end.

Finger press the seams open.

Find the line you drew and place the zipper back in place with the zipper teeth up. Make sure the zipper teeth are in the center.

Step 5: Sew the zipper in place

If your machine comes with an invisible zipper foot, attach that to your machine. If you only have a zipper foot, use that.

Start sewing at the beginning of the zipper tape. You want to stitch as close to the zipper teeth as possible.

Repeat on the other side of the zipper.

Note for the invisible zipper foot: when you sew the other half of the zipper, open the basting stitch so that the foot does not butt up against the zipper foot.

Once your zipper is sewn in place, open and close the zipper to ensure the fabric does not get in the way.

Step 6: Sew the pillow cover closed

Open the zipper halfway, and with right sides together, sew the three remaining sides.

Step 7: Turn and insert the pillow form

Trim the edges of the fabric if it shifted and round the corners to reduce bulk.

Turn inside out and insert the pillow form.

Enjoy your floor pillow!

How many pillows will you make? I would love to see your pillows.

 Supplies used:

There are some compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you.

 Bernina 570QE       

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The Garment District is in my Hometown

Hello everyone!! Did you know the garment district is in my hometown? Yes, I live in NY and love that there are a million and one fabric shops right at my fingertips. This brings me to why I’m here today. I wanted to show you an awesome garment district project that I had so much fun making.

Have you ever tried foundation paper piecing (FPP)? Well, let’s say it was a mind-blowing experience. This was my first time trying, and I’m totally sold. It’s an easy way to complete any project.

Let’s take a look at my mini quilt:

Garment District: Finished Product

Let’s take a look at this fabric kit:

The garment district quilt is one in a series of New York Mini Quilt Series named after some of Christopher Thompson, the designer of these series, favorite neighborhoods where culture, art, and the latest food collide. He did an amazing job on this design.

It’s full of four bright colors with an ombre look.

Here’s how to create this quilt:

Materials:

Note: Some of the links below contain affiliate links.

Garment District Mini Quilt Kit
Aurifil White Thread
Pins
Cutting Mat
Ruler
Rotary Cutter 
Quilting Ruler
Foundation Piece Paper

Garment District: Materials

Step 1: Print the pattern pieces

Print out each of the four foundation paper pieces on separate pieces of paper.

Step 2: Cut the fabric according to the pattern

Cut out each piece of fabric according to the pattern.

Garment District: Cut the fabric

Garment District: Cut the fabric

Step 3: Start the foundation paper piecing

Use a light source to place each piece of fabric on their coordinating number. Place one and two first and sew on the line that connects the two.

Garment District: Start foundation paper piecing

With the fabric in place sew on the line.

Garment District: Start the foundation paper piecing

Cut the excess fabric piece at 1/4 inch.

Garment District: Start foundation paper piecing

Repeat for each of the four pieces.

Step 4: Sew the pieces together

Follow the pattern directions on how to sew each piece together.

Garment District: Start the foundation paper piecing

Step 5: Quilt the top

Sandwich the top, batting and back to be quilted.

You can use gloves to help with the quilting,

Garment District: Quilt the top

or gripper rings. Which over is most convenient.

Garment District: Quilt the top

Step 6: Add Binding

Now it’s time to add the binding to the quilt.

Garment District: Add Binding

Now the Garment District Mini Quilt is done.

Garment District: Finished Product

Garment District: Finished Product

Garment District: Finished Product

Garment District: Finished Product

Garment District: Finished Product

Garment District: Finished Product

Foundation Paper Piecing is so much fun and easy to do. I love the look of the sharp corners. Would you give this a try? I would love to see your mini quilt.

Supplies used:

There are some compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. 

Bernina 570QE       
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Easy To Make Baby Bibs

Hello everyone! I’m here today after a bit of a break for some much-needed rest and relaxation, to show you some easy-to-make baby bibs!

Baby’s are so much fun to make things for. They are small in size and need so many different things to keep them clean, safe, and warm. Bibs help with all of that. They keep the spit up and food off of their clothes. That extra layer can keep them warm.

Let’s take a look at some baby bibs:

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Now, tell me you don’t think these bibs aren’t cute. Perfect for a newborn baby.

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Let’s take a look at this fabric collection:

Sleep Tight by Gabrielle Neil for Riley Blake Designs combines two different colors, mint and coral, with teddy bears, modern painterly textures, and highlights of sparkle. Totally beautiful. It comes with eighteen prints and two fabric panels.

Here’s how to create these bibs:

Materials:

Note: Some of the links below contain affiliate links.

Sleep Tight Fabric
Terry Cloth
Aurifil White Thread
Dritz Pearl Snaps
Dritz Pearl Snaps Pliers
Pins
Cutting Mat
Ruler
Rotary Cutter

Step 1: Create your pattern template

Take a bib that you like and trace around it onto a piece of cardstock.

Cut that template out.

Step 2: Cut the fabric

Using that template, cut out 1 front panel from one of the prints from the Sleep Tight Fabric and 1 back panel from the terry cloth.

Step 3: Prepare the fabric for sewing

Place the pattern piece and the terry cloth right sides together and pin.

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

 

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Leave a 4-inch hole at the bottom for turning.

Step 4: Sew the bib

Use a quarter-inch sewing machine foot, and sew a quarter inch seam allowance around the entire bib leaving the hole at the bottom.

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Step 5: Turn the fabric

After sewing the bib together, turn the entire thing around and stitch up the opening using an edgestitch foot.

Step 6: Attach the pearl snap for closure

With the Dritz snap tool, attach the pearl snap to the bib flaps to have a pretty closure.

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Nicely done! Very simple and easy to make.

Let’s Take a Closer Look:

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product Easy To Make Baby Bibs: Finished Product

Now it’s your turn! How many of these will you make?

Supplies used:

There are some compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. 

Bernina 570QE       

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Baby Hats, 2 Ways!

Hello everyone! I’m here today with a super cute project, baby hats, yay!! It’s getting colder, and we definitely want to make sure our little ones’ heads are covered at all times. 

Do you remember those hats babies are given in the hospital when they are born? They were striped make out of a loose-knit material. Well, the ones I’m going to show you today are much more stylish and super easy to make.

Let’s take a look at these baby hats, 2 different ways:

Baby Hat Designer Knit: Finished Product

How cute are these? They are warm too. This knit fabric is amazing and fun. 

Let’s take about this fabric collection:

 

These prints are apart of the Cute Cuddle Knit collection for Riley Blake Designs. They are a stretch cotton jersey knit fabric with about a 50% four-way stretch for added comfort and ease. They have 36 different knits in this collection. 

Both hats are a perfect match for this fabric collection. I have to be honest with you, I wanted to make a ton of baby clothes with this fabric to go along with these hats, but that’s a conversation for my next blog post. Let’s just say I’m still ripping out a sleeve, LOL!! Stay tuned for that. 

Now, back to the hats!

Basic Baby Hat:

This hat is so the easiest hat to make, and you can make tons of them in an hour or so. I used a free pattern from Dana at MadeEveryDay. You can find it here.

Baby Hat Designer Knit: Finished Product

I love this pattern because of the dart that you create in the hat. It gives the hat more structure. 

Baby Hat Designer Knit: Finished Product

Knotted Baby Hat:

Check out that knot! 

Baby Hat Designer Knit: Finished Product

Now, this hat is fun. Instead of the dart, just alter the pattern by adding a tube to the top of the pattern, sew and tie the top.

 

Baby Hat Designer Knit: Finished Product

These are perfect gifts to give a mom to be for the baby’s stay in the hospital. It beats the one the hospital gives you. Perfect for those first pictures. LOL!

Take another look:

Baby Hat Designer Knit: Pair

Baby Hat Designer Knit: Pair

Baby Hat Designer Knit: Pair

 

So what do you think? Would you make these hats for a loved one, as a gift, or for your own baby? Please let me know.

Supplies used:

There are some compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. 

  Bernina 570QE       

 

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GRL PWR Tote Bag and Pouches

Hello everyone! I’m here today with a brand new GRL PWR Tote Bag and Pouches! This fabric collection is so vibrant and full of joy. It was fun cutting into and creating.

I’m always in need of totes and pouches, especially since we cannot use plastic bags here in NYC. So why not go to the store with a fashionable tote or pouch! On top of that, it says GRL PWR, which makes a statement everyone I go.

Let’s take a look at my reversible bag and pouches:

Tell me these aren’t cute! I’m so giddy. The best part is the tote is reversible. Yes, you can turn it inside outside.

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

Grl Pwr is a fantastic fabric collection from Amber Kemp-Gerstel. This collection celebrates Amber’s love of quirky, colorful patterns and the beauty of diversity. This fabric collection is made up of 24 pattern prints.

Tote:

I used a free pattern created by Very Shannon called the Reversible Box Tote. You can find the pattern here. To create this bag, follow the direction in the pattern.

I will share my process photos below:

Prepare the pattern and cut your fabric.

 

 

Here are the cut pieces and thread. I changed my mind and went with white thread instead.

Sew the pocket.

You should have two pockets—one for the outside of the bag and one inside the bag.

Sew the pocket to the exterior fabric.

Sew the exterior and interior pieces together according to the pattern—Box the corners.

Now it’s time to put the bag together.

Fold the top edges down on both pieces.

Sew them together.

Once the bag is complete. Add a design to both pockets.

Let’s take another look:

Pouches:

For these pouches, cut the fabric, lining, and fusible fleece to 5 inches x 10 inches.

I used this beautiful colorful fabric for these pouches.

They are simple pouches with a plastic zipper.

Inside has a matching print.

 

The tote and pouches turned out so beautifully. The fabric is a perfect selection for this. What will you create?

Supplies used:

There are some compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. 

Bernina 570QE       
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It’s A Crayola World Curtains

Hello everyone! I’m here today to show you my brand new It’s A Crayola World Curtains!

Yes, I made some curtains for my small craft space. The great thing about them is the color. They match the colors on my wall. They were so easy to make, I know for sure you can create some for yourself.

Let’s take a look at my curtains:

Finished curtains

I’m giddy with glee. Look at how cute they are.

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

     

Five amazing fabric panels were inspired by nature and loaded with color. The amazing thing about these images, you will find Crayola® crayons blended into the artwork. It’s amazing. My sisters stopped by when I was working on the curtains; they were blown away by the crayons they spotted in the flowers.

This collection is the newest official licensed fabric line from Crayola®.

Here’s how to create these curtains:

curtain materials

Materials:

Note: Some of the links below contain affiliate links.

It’s a Crayola World fabric
Sewing Machine
Matching Thread
Cutting Mat
Pins
Rotary Cutter
Curtain Grommets
Scissor
Ruler

Step 1: Cut the panels

Cut the panels into two pieces. They measure 36 inches by the WOF.

cut the fabric

Step 2: Prepare the panels

Double hem three sides of the panel by a 1/2 inch.

double hem

For the top hem, fold the raw edge over a 1/2 inch and press. Fold 3 inches and press again.

Step 3: Sew the hems

Using the 10D# Edgestitch Bernina presser foot, sew on the panel’s right side as close to the folded edge.

sew on the right side

Repeat on all sides.

Step 4: Prepare the top edge for grommets

Measure the width of the fabric and multiply it by the number of grommets you want to use.

The grommet will be placed at 4.25, 8.50, 12.75, 17.25, 21.50, 25.75, and 30.25 inches.

equally measure grommets

equally measure grommets

Using the template that comes with the grommets, draw circles at the points above.

draw circles

Cut the circles out.

cut circles

Step 5: Adhering the grommets

adhering grommets

Place one side of the grommet underneath the circle and one on top.

adhere grommets

Snap the grommets into place.

adhere grommets

adhere grommets

Repeat for all of them.

Step 6: Finish the curtains

Press both curtains and snip any loss threads.

Done!! This is an afternoon project, and you can do it.

finished curtains

Now it’s your turn!

Supplies used:

  Bernina 570QE              
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How to Create Pillow Covers with a Snap Closure

Hello everyone! I’m here today to show you how to create pillow covers with a snap closure.

I have to admit, I’ve never spent this much time in my home. The stay at home orders all of faced has given us permission to lounge on our couches more. 

That causes me to realize that I don’t have enough pillows on them for everyone to be comfortable. So, I decided to make some.

Take a look at my new Pillow Covers:

pillow covers finished product

Aren’t these cute? The colors in this fabric match perfectly with my couch.

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

bees life fabric

Bee’s Life was designed by Tara Reed, a good friend of mine, for Riley Blake Design. This collection comes with 15 pattern prints and 1-panel print in yellow, black, and parchment. Perfect for all kinds of projects. 

Here’s how to create these pillow covers:

Materials:

Note: Some of the links below contain affiliate links.

Bee’s Life Fabric
Sewing Machine
Thread
Cutting Mat
Pins
Rotary Cutter
Plastic Snaps
Snap Pliers
Pillow Forms

Step 1: Cutting fabric

Cut one front panel to 18″ by 18″.

Cut two back panels to 11″ by 18″. 

pillow cover Cut fabric

Step 2:  Prep for sewing

To hide the raw edge of the back panel, fold over an inch on both panels. 

pillow cover edge

Press in place.

pillow cover pressing

Step 3: Sew the edge.

Sew the folded edge 1/8 inch from the edge.

pillow cover sewing edges

Repeat for the second panel.

pillow cover sewn edges

Step 4: Sew the pillow cover together

Once both of the back panel edges are sewn, lay the front panel right sides up. 

Place the back panels right sides down on top of the front panel, overlapping the sewn edges.

Pin in place.

pillow cover pin

Sew all the way around the pillow cover—no need to leave an opening because the back panel has an opening.

Turn the pillow cover inside out.

You can leave the pillow cover like this and just insert the pillow form, but adding snaps or buttons adds to the decoration. 

Step 5: Adding Plastic Snaps

Determine how many snaps you want to add to the outside flap on the pillow cover. I added five snaps.

Use the awl to create a hole where you want the snaps to go.

Place the snaps in the hole and use the snap pliers to attach them to the fabric. 

Follow the instructions that come with your snap pliers. 

pillow cover snap plier

pillow cover snaps

Step 6: Insert the pillow form

Insert the pillow form and close the snaps!

pillow cover finish product front

You’re done, and it took less than an hour. 

Now it’s your turn!

Supplies used:

bees life fabric    Bernina 570QE

 

          

 

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Hand to Hand Cowl + Tutorial

Hello everyone! I’m here today to show you how to create a beautiful Hand to Hand Cowl for the fall.

The cold season is upon us, and I must admit it’s not my favorite. I’m a spring and summer lady. The cold weather is not my friend. I find it harder to warm up than to cool down. So, I’m always looking for outerwear to keep me warm. 

Let’s take a look at my Hand to Hand Cowl:

Hand in hand finish product

I just love how this Cowl looks. The best part is how easy it is to make them using just a couple of fat quarters!! Yes, I know, crazy, right!

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

hand in hand fabric

This collection celebrates common sisterhood. It comes with six patterns and two-panel options. I love the bright, bold multi-color palette that comes with this collection. Hand in hand was created by Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love. I had the pleasure of meeting Amber years ago at a craft convention in LA. Both of us were heavy in the papercraft world, so it’s nice to see her transition into the fabric world. 

Materials:

Hand in Hand fabric
Sewing Machine
Thread
Cutting Mat
Pins
Sewing Needle
Rotary Cutter

Finished Size:

29.5″ x 16.75″ 

Here’s how to create this Cowl:

Cut out 6 fat quarters from the different fabrics. I used only two prints.

Line the prints on your table into two rows of three of the fat quarters. 

With right sides together, sew the first two fat quarters on the 18″ side with a 1/2 seam allowance.

Sew the third fat quarter in the same manner to the second fat quarter in that row.

hand in hand crowl top row

Repeat for the second row. 

hand in hand bottom row

Now, place the two rows right sides together and stitch down the top of the long side with a 1/2 seam allowance. Repeat on the bottom long side.

Turn the entire piece right side out. Iron.

Now turn the piece back inside out, like your peeling a banana so that the raw edges line up right sides together. 

hand in hand turn back on itself

Pin in place, matching the seams. Leave a 3-inch hole for turning. 

hand in hand pinning

Sew in a circle with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

hand in hand sewing close

I used two pins to remind me to stop sewing here. 

hand in hand sewing

Turn the piece inside out through the 3-inch hole. 

hand in hand turning

Hand stitch the hole closed with coordinating thread. 

Now you’re done!! That was so easy, and it took an hour from start to finish. 

hand in hand finish product

Now it’s your turn!

Supplies Used:

 

hand in hand fabric    Bernina 570QE

 

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Ready, Set, Splash Baby Gift Set and Tutorial

Hello everyone! I’m here today with an adorable baby gift set sewing project for those who are beginners and those who are more advanced.

Do you have a baby at home or a baby on the way? Or perhaps you know of someone who is having a baby and want to make them a handmade gift. This Ready, Set, Splash baby gift set is the perfect gift.

Let’s take a look at this Ready, Set, Splash gift set:

baby gift set

A set of burp cloths, a teether, and a quilt – It doesn’t get any better than that. Who wouldn’t love a new baby gift set like this?

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

Ready, Set, Splash! was created by Sandy Gervais for Riley Blake Designs is one of the cutest fabric collections I’ve seen in a long time. All of the tiny critters and prints in blue, coral, and green are fun to look at. This collection has 25 prints and one panel.

 Materials:

Ready, Set, Splash! fabric
Chenille White
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Wonder Clips
Binding fabric
Minky fabric
Wooden Teether
Sewing Machine
Walking Foot
Scissors

baby gift set - supplies

Finished Size:

Burp Cloths: 9.5 inches by 16.5 inches

Teether: 3 inches by 7 inches on the ring

Quilt: 35 inches by 43 inches

Note: sew 1/4 seams unless otherwise noted. 

Here’s how to create this baby gift set:

Birth Cloths:

Cut one piece of the Ready, Set, Splash fabric 10 inches x 17 inches.

Cut one piece of Chenille fabric 10 inches x 17 inches.

With right sides together, sew around the entire piece leaving a 3 inch opening for turning.

baby gift set - burp cloths

baby gift set - burp cloths

baby gift set - burp cloth

Clip the corners to remove the bulk.

Turn inside out and sew 1/8 seam around the entire piece closing up the opening.

Repeat steps for the reminding two burp cloths.

baby gift set - burp cloths

baby gift set - burp cloths

Baby Teether:

I used my Cricut to cut the Ready, Set, Splash, and Chenille fabric.

With right sides together, sew around the entire piece leaving a 3 inch opening for turning on the sides not close to the tip.

baby gift set - teether

Turn inside out and sew 1/8 seam around the entire piece closing up the opening.

baby gift set - teether

Tie the material around the wooden teether.

baby gift set - teether

baby gift set - teether

baby gift set - teether

baby gift set - teether

 

Baby Quilt:

Create a quilt sandwich with the Ready, Set, Splash Deep Sea Panel, batting, and Minky (in that order from top to bottom).

Baste the layers with spray and/or pins.

Quilt the layers together to your desire.

baby gift set - quilting

I free-motion quilted the above circles.

baby gift set - quilting

For the top half, I just sewed straight lines across the quilt top, not crossing over the frog’s face and body.

Once the quilting is done, square up all of the sides and add the binding.

Cut out your desired binding and stitch the pieces together, enough to go around the entire quilt.

baby gift set - binding

baby gift set - binding

Check out the finished quilt:

baby gift set - quilting

Don’t you just love this quilt? It’s so cute.

baby gift set - teether

Great teether!

baby gift set - burp cloths

Absorbant burp cloths!

This gift set is actually on its way to my cousin, who had her first baby this past weekend. She is a new mom, so I hope this set brings her some comfort.

The colors are perfect for a boy or a girl.

Supplies Used:

    

Bernina 570QE

 

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How to Create Reusable Facial Scrubs

Hello everyone!! I’m here today with a project for you that is fun to make. I’m creating reusable facial scrubs for my daughter and niece. They are at the age were their face care is so critical to them. They have a morning and night routine. It tickles me.

This idea came about when they asked if I could buy them the paper cloths facial scrubs. I let them know that I could make them reusable facial scrubs.

Let’s take a look at my Reusable Facial Scrubs:

create

Creating these reusable facial scrubs was a breeze to make. You can make a dozen in no time.

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

The Create Collection by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play for Riley Blake Designs. This collection has 30 different fabric prints. They are colorful and playful.

Materials:

Create Main Multi
White Aurifil Thread
Waffle Fabric
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Wonder Clips
Acrylic Canister Jar

Finished Size:

3 inches by 3 inches

Here’s how to create these facial scrubs:

Cut 12 pieces of the Create fabric to 3.25 by 3.25.

Cut 24 pieces of the Waffle fabric to 3.25 by 3.25.

Each scrub will consist of one piece of Create fabric and two-piece of the Waffle fabric.

create reusable facial scrub

With right sides together, sew a quarter inch seam around the perimeter, leaving a 3-inch hole for turning.

create reusable facial scrub create reusable facial scrub

Clip the corners to remove the bulk.

create reusable facial scrub

Turn inside out. Fold the opening in a quarter of an inch and iron.

Stitch about 1/8 inch around the four sides closing up the hole.

create reusable facial scrub

Repeat with the rest until you have 12 reusable facial scrubs.

Easy as 1-2-3!

create reusable facial scrub

create reusable facial scrub

What do you think? Will you create your own facial scrubs? Please let me know.

Supplies Used:

 

Bernina 570QE

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