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Tile Coaster Tutorial

There’s nothing better than a handmade gift and this Tile Coaster Tutorial will do the trick! What better way to celebrate than with some fun, festive coasters.  These coasters are made from inexpensive tiles from the hardware store and are embellished with fun, designer scrapbook paper.

Make these coasters as a gift or make them for your home – either way, they are sure to get noticed!

4 square tiles from your local hardware store (4.25″ x 4.25″)
4 pieces of scrapbook paper (3.75″ x 3.75″)
4 pieces of felt (3.75″ x 3.75″)
Mod Podge
Sponge brush
Glue (i.e. Fabri-tac or other strong adhesive)
Clear acrylic sealer

1.  Gather your supplies.

2.  Brush one coat of Mod Podge onto tile.

3. Place one piece of paper on center of tile.  Allow to dry.

4. Brush on another coat of mod podge on top of paper.  Allow to dry 15 minutes and repeat 2-3 more times.

5.  After mod podge is dry, take tiles outside and spray with clear acrylic sealer.  Follow manufacturers instructions.  The sealer makes these tile coasters water-resistant.

6.  Allow coasters to dry completely.  Once dry, glue felt squares to the bottom center of the tile.

Wrap four of these coasters up with some beautiful ribbon and you’ve got a gorgeous handmade gift.

Tile Coaster Tutorial by Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Mama.
Tile Coaster Tutorial by Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Mama.
And finally, grab yourself a cocktail and toast to a wonderful New Year!

Holiday Issue Delish Magazine – Tile Coaster Tutorial

I’ve been waiting for the holiday issue of Delish Magazine to be released so I could share my latest tutorial with you………. and it came out today!  In this issue, I share a simple, inexpensive DIY Tile Coaster Tutorial.  This is a perfect gift for the holidays or a wonderful hostess gift.

These coasters can be customized to fit any style (male or female).  I chose to use Amy Butler scrapbook paper for the four sets of coasters I made, but you could use anything you like……..even photos!

So head on over to Delish Magazine and check out the latest issue and while you’re there, check out my tutorial.  There’s also a really great interview with fabric designer Anna Maria Horner (love her!)
Click HERE to view the Delish holiday issue!

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012!

2011 has been a great year.
I cannot believe it’s almost over.
Time sure does fly when you are having fun!
This past year has been one of the best years of my life.  We were blessed with the birth of our new baby boy, Caspian Finn.  And I can honestly say he completes our little family.  Not only do I feel blessed in my personal, family life, but I have been incredibly blessed in my professional, creative life as well.  The release of my first two printed sewing patterns this year was a major accomplishment for me and I’m looking forward to many new designs coming out in 2012.
Here are some of the top tutorials from 2011 that were viewed time and time again on The Cottage Home:
Another big favorite was the Semi-Handmade Wardrobe Series where I repurposed a lot of the girls clothing and made them into new, fresh looks for spring:
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And the most popular party post from 2011 was Matilda’s “Tea for 2” birthday party:
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for taking the time to visit The Cottage Home in 2011.  There are many exciting things planned for 2012 and I appreciate you coming along on this journey with me.  And next week, I have a BIG giveaway planned from me to you ~ just as a little thank you.
So tell me, what was your favorite tutorial on The Cottage Home in 2011?

Here’s to a great 2012!

The Cottage Mama – Two Print Publication Features!

Well, I have finally returned to the sewing machine after six long weeks away and it feels good…..really good.  It’s going to take me a little while to get my groove back, but I’ve got Halloween costumes in the works as well as a few other things that I can’t wait to share with you all.

Meanwhile, I received copies of two recent print publications featuring The Cottage Mama – the premier issue of Stitch. Craft. Create. and the winter issue of Altered Couture.  I know I’ve said this before, and I will say it again, I never ever get tired of seeing something of mine in print.  It is so thrilling and I feel so blessed for these amazing opportunities!

This first publication is a brand new one that I know you’ll want to check out.  It’s called Stitch. Craft. Create. and comes from the publishers of Sew Beautiful magazine.  This publication is loaded, and I mean loaded, with amazing holiday craft and sewing projects.  I absolutely love the fact that they are light on the advertisements and heavy on the actual content. 

My Tile Coaster Tutorial was featured in their “60 Quick & Creative Gift Ideas“.  The folks at the magazine made up their own version of my tutorial and I think they look great. 

This truly is a wonderful and easy holiday gift – I gave several sets of these last year for Christmas.  You can tailor the look to the gift recipients style and they are very inexpensive to make.  If you make these in an assembly line style, you can really knock out quite a few sets all at one time.

Click HERE to learn how to make your own Tile Coasters.

The premiere issue of Stitch. Craft. Create. is now available on newsstands.  You should be able to find it at your local Barnes & Noble, craft stores, and sewing shops.  It is a mid-priced publication but is definitely more like a book.  It will be a magazine that you will use and reference for years to come.

The second publication is one you’ve seen on the blog before.  It’s my third time being featured in Altered Couture magazine!  I just received my copy yesterday and this time they chose to feature my “Winter Wonderland” dress that I created last year for the children’s clothing competition, Project Run & Play

To be honest this is probably one of my most favorite creations I’ve ever done because of the way it evolved.  I really did not want to go out and buy any new materials (since I had tons to use up) and just tried to get creative with what I had.  I think some of the best creative moments come out of necessity.

The people at Altered Couture are just lovely to work with and I adore looking through the magazine and seeing all the creativity that is out there in the world.  I’ve also noticed that there are several other bloggers featured in the current issue.  It’s so fun to be in such good company!

Want to create your own “Winter Wonderland” dress? You can view my tutorial HERE to get the “how-to”.

So, I’m just wondering……..
What are your favorite crafty/creative/sewing magazines?

The Little Man Gown Tutorial

I was recently invited by Laura from ON{the laundry}LINE to guest post during her “Summertime and the Living is Thrifty” series.  So here I am sharing my most recent thrifty creation for my soon to arrive little man, The Little Man Gown.
I’ve been meaning to make a little something for this new bundle of joy that is due to arrive in a month in half, but just haven’t had the time to sit down and actually get it done.  I’m sure you can imagine that with two girls, we have a lot of pink in this house.  I love baby gowns, but we really didn’t have any that would be appropriate for this little guy.

My husband recently left a stack of old t-shirts in my studio that he was done wearing.  He said before he put them in the “donate” pile, he thought I might want to make something out of them (he knows me pretty well).  The shirt above is kind of a joke.  We used to have a really awesome six-toed, boy cat named George.  Brett would always call him a mushroom and one day I asked him, “why?”.  He said it was because he was such a “Fun Guy”……..get it? Funghi?

Well, anyway, George passed away at the young age of 3, but when I saw this shirt I knew I had to buy it in honor of our late “Fun Guy”.  Brett wore it as an undershirt a few times to humor me, but it isn’t quite his style.  I thought this would be really cute for the new little man coming into our lives.

I decided to turn this t-shirt into a baby gown.  You could certainly use this tutorial to make a recycled baby girl gown too, but since I have boys on the brain, I’m calling it “The Little Man Gown”.  Oh, and the best part about this gown is that if you use a shirt/supplies you already have – it’s almost free!!  That’s being pretty thrifty, right?

1 large t-shirt (the larger the better)
1/4 yard contrasting knit (I used rib-knit)
18″ thin elastic
Sewing Machine (make sure you use a needle designed for knits)
Old baby gown to use as pattern
Spray starch (optional)


 Grab a large shirt.  It needs to be pretty big because you need the length for the gown.

For this tutorial I used one of my girls old baby gowns as the pattern.  I know there are tons of commercial patterns by McCalls and Simplicity if you would prefer to use a gown pattern.  But if you have a baby gown lying around, just go ahead and use that.

Cut around the baby gown leaving at least a 1/2″ seam allowance all the way around.  Cut the neck out of the t-shirt, but make sure to leave some length towards the top (see picture below) because we will be overlapping this part of the gown.

Here is what the top of your gown should look like after you have cut it out using your pattern.  Again, notice how I left some length towards the top of the gown, near the neck-line.

Now you need to cut out both of your arm pieces.  Lay the arm flat along an extra piece of t-shirt material (I used the sides of the t-shirt).  For this piece you will need to cut it TWICE as large as the arm pattern piece (see picture below).  Cut a curve towards the top.  You don’t have to be super exact with this part.  Trust me, don’t be scared.

Here are your two arm pieces after they have been cut out.  See what I mean?  They are double the size of the arm piece that we used for our pattern.
It’s time to cut our contrasting binding.  I used rib-knit because I like the way it stretches, but you could certainly use pieces from another recycled t-shirt.  I cut 2 strips, both 2″ x 36″ and that was just the right amount for the gown and hat.  You can do shorter pieces if you are working with less yardage, you’ll just have to cut more than 2.
Here is your contrasting binding once it has been cut into strips.

You are going to fold the binding like you would bias tape.  Fold in each side in 1/2″ and press.  This is when your spray starch will come in very handy.  The starch really helps give the knit more body and structure, so use it liberally during this step.

Once you have folded the sides in by 1/2″, you now want to press your binding in half length-wise.  Again, use your spray starch.

Now that your binding is complete, it’s time to add it to our main gown pattern pieces.  Pin binding around both neck-lines.  Sandwich the main gown piece in between your folded binding.  Stitch the binding to the front and back of the gown as well as on the ends of both sleeve pieces.

Once you have the binding sewn on, overlap the front and back of the gown to form the neck-hole.  Baste stitch around the armholes to hold in place.  Basting means to use a slightly longer stitch (I use 3.0).  You want to overlap the neck enough so that your armholes are the same length as the curve on your arm pieces.

Pin your arm pieces along the armhole opening.  Place the main gown piece and the armhole piece right-sides together.  The pinning may seem a little strange for this part because of the curve of the armhole, but just keep working it around.  Stitch in place using a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Do this for both arm pieces on each side of the gown.

Stitch down both sides of the gown.  Place gown front and back, right-sides together.  Start sewing at the wrist and go all the way down the arm and down the side of the gown.  Do this on both sides.  Turn right-side out and press.

Stitch binding around the bottom of the gown.  Leave a 2″ – 3″ opening for threading your elastic.

Cut an 18″ piece of thin elastic and thread through the bottom binding.  Use a safety pin or a bodkin (shown here) for threading.  Stitch the ends of the elastic together, overlapping about 1″.  If you are using really skinny elastic you can simply knot it several times.  Sew the opening closed.

If you have some extra t-shirt fabric leftover you may want to make a matching little hat.  Again, I used a 0-3 month baby hat as my pattern piece and cut the hat out of the sleeve.  Cut around the hat leaving a 1/2″ seam allowance.   Place right-sides together to sew the hat.  Turn and press.   Then sew the coordinating binding around the bottom.

And there you have it, a super-cool gown for your super-cool dude!
If you’re looking for some other thrifty tutorials, check out some of these previously seen on The Cottage Home………..

And for even more fun and thrifty ideas, head over to Laura’s blog and check out some of the other awesome ideas from some other very talented bloggers!  Thanks for the invite, Laura – it’s been fun!!