Built in bench covers

We moved this summer and have awesome built in benches. But of course they were just plain white wood:

IMG_6151So off to the fabric store….we already used a peel and stick wallpaper on the accent wall (which was amazing from RoomMates), so wanted a green/blue theme overall.

9A9AC7DB-I thought the blue would be too much against the green leaves on the accent wall so went with the straight green/off white and the funky fabric for the back hall bench.

The foam insert I ended up getting at HobbyLobby since they had the best price and were closer than a JoAnn’s to us…had to measure and cut it though.

IMG_6468The blue board was ALSO a hobby lobby purchase that I painted the wood trim on!



My kiddo and I went to Avon, Colorado in September with the grandparents and they have the BEST little library there. Of course my kiddo found a book that featured a cat. A black cat like we have. A black cat named Meeow. Which then became his favorite book all trip and we had to hang onto it until the end AND check out the other 3 in the series. Which then lead to finding the on amazon. “Meeow and the Big Box” by Sebastien Braun

Which then in turn lead to making him his OWN Meeow.

Used: Felt for the eyes, nose and scarf with embroidery thread, soft black fabric from Michaels

Template: made a copy of Meeow from the book and then cut out the black from fabric

Attempts: 2!

First attempt I had put the eyes and nose on first then sewed his body BUT this black velvety fabric was NOT forgiving and the edges were fraying and there were holes once turned inside out….so into the trash that one went! Second time around I did just the black fabric cat, got him all stuffed overall THEN added the eyes and nose. (worked out much better)


Red Panda Pillow

I’ve been absent forever. This is what having a toddler does!!!! But seriously, I have been crafting a bunch and painting…..kiddo is at daycare and I have some time to myself, so time to update!

I love red pandas (and how much they sleep, seriously my spirit animal), and decided to use scrap fabric and make my own red panda pillow since there’s nothing great on the market. I had a bunch of different colors and was inspired by some freehand stitching on pinterest.


Here’s what I started with..I printed out the picture I wanted to go off of, then traced over a basic outline on a white piece of paper and cut out the individual pieces of fabric (using the paper as my template/stencil), pinned then how I wanted and sewed for the face. The freeform/freehand sewing was fun to do and adds so much….

592781836Then added fabric to finish the pillow off…my kiddo was helpful passing me the pins and helping with the measuring tape! He was proud of it that night and took it over to daddy to show him, ha!