Make a Summer Garden Flag from a Dollar Store Placemat | Pretty Handy Girl

I have to admit, I’m a little addicted to making garden flags out of fabric placemats from the dollar store (The Dollar Tree to be exact.) In fact this flag was made using all materials from The Dollar Tree. I bought fake flowers, bar towels and a placemat to make this summery flag. Best of all, you could make this flag with or without a sewing machine.

If you missed my previous flags, this was our winter flag:

and our Fall flag.


And our Valentine’s Day flag (that I’m embarrassed to say hung until this week.):

Yup, they are all made with dollar store placemats!

I finally caught up to the correct season and made this cheery garden flag!. As I like to say, “Better late than never!”  Read more

Make Piping Out of Thrift Store Finds | Pretty Handy Girl

How to Make Piping from Thrift Store Finds | Pretty Handy Girl

I used to buy expensive piping from my local fabric store, until the day I learned how to make my own piping. When I saw how easy making custom piping is, I never bought another yard! More recently I found a way to make piping for even less! I frequent my local thrift stores in search of items that can yield thin strips of fabric to make my own piping.

Here are a few things you can buy at a thrift store to make piping:

  • Shirts
  • Pants
  • Ties
  • Fabric Belts
  • Scarves
  • Curtains
  • Linens
  • Tablecloths

Here are some tips for harvesting the material from  your thrift store finds:

Old Shirts: Cut off the arms and remove the cuffs.  Cut the front and back shirt panels out.

Customize a Tote Bag with an Old Shirt | Pretty Handy Girl


Similar to the shirts, cut off the legs and remove the cuffs.


Have leftover pant material? Pant legs can also make cute bucket liners!

Ties and Fabric Belts:

Ties and fabric belts can be split open. If the fabric is at least 5″ wide, it can be cut in half.

Piped Tote Bag Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl


Cut scarves into 2.5″ strips.

Stenciled and Dyed Scarves Tutorial | Pretty Handy Girl

Now let’s use that fabric to Make Beautiful Piping Out of Thrift Store Finds.

How to Sew Piping: Read more

It's inevitable your little ones will get bump or bruise. Make them a Boo-Boo Bear to sweeten those tough times by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

It's inevitable your little ones will get bump or bruise. Make them a Boo-Boo Bear to sweeten those tough times by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces

Hello PHG readers! I’m coming over from my blog, Prodigal Pieces, to share with you a sweet DIY that is easy to whip up and will make everyone smile (not to mention it makes a perfect last-minute gift!).

Do you remember the days as a child when you would stumble and hurt your knee or have some bump that required a little TLC? As a mom to 6 wonderful kids, I know how precious those times can be, and that’s where Boo-Boo Bear (a rice ice and heat pack) can sweeten those troubled times.

Boo-Boo Bear is sweet little friend who serves as a comforting ice pack that is the perfect temperature for those bumps and bruises that come along, AND he can also be lightly warmed in the microwave to soothe aches and pains. Want to make one for a special little person in your life? Read more

21 Sew Easy Gift Ideas You Can Make Yourself | PrettyHandyGirl

21 Sew Easy Gift Ideas You Can Make Yourself | PrettyHandyGirl

Hello again, it’s Colleen from Just Paint It!  I love making gifts for the holidays, and receiving them too. There’s something so meaningful when you know someone has invested their precious time in a gift.

Today I have 21 Sew Special Gifts. Even if sewing isn’t your specialty, you’ll find a wide assortment of projects here for many on your list . . . including yourself!

Coffee Lover's Snowflake Gift SetCoffee Lover’s Snowflake Gift Set


DIY Pouf OttomanDIY Pouf Ottoman


10 Minute Tooth Fairy PouchSew a 10 Minute Tooth Fairy Pouch


Placemat Turned into a Snowman Flag Placemat Turned into a Snowman Flag


Sew Mini Gift Pouches from NapkinsSew Mini Gift Pouches from Napkins Read more

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Today on the Rockstar DIY stage is Jaime, with the tutorial to make this drop dead gorgeous Framed Wall Quilt.

Rockstar DIY Series

If you can sew a straight line I promise you can make this framed wall quilt.  You all are familiar with Jaime from That’s My Letter, I’m sure! She’s one of the regular band members here on I can honestly say that she is one of the most gifted and talented DIY rockstars I know. She can build, she can fix, she can craft and she can sew. She also balances a job blogging and being a mother. Enough said.


With that, I turn the stage over to Jaime and her tutorial for creating a Wall Frame Quilt!


Gather up your favorite fabrics and we will make this statement wall art that would be great hanging nearly anywhere. And, it makes a wonderful gift idea.

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Although the pattern looks to be a little tricky, it’s actually four of the same pieces sewn together in an X format.

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wall quilt collage


  • 1/4 yard each of 4 cotton fabrics
  • Basic sewing supplies: sewing machine, thread, pins, scissors, pencil, iron & ironing board
  • rotary cutter, clear quilting ruler and self-healing mat
  • 24″ x 24″ cotton fabric (for backing)
  • 24″ x 24″ batting
  • safety pins
  • 1/2″ plywood @ 21″ x 21″
  • 1x2x8 pine board
  • staple gun
  • wood glue
  • miter saw
  • nailer & 1 1/4″ brad nails
  • clamps


Step 1: Begin cutting the fabric into 2″ wide strips.  Looking at the diagram below, you will need multiple lengths of each fabric. I suggest cutting very long 2″ strips which you can cut down later.  I like to fold the fabric in quarters then cut off a 2″ wide strip using a rotary cutter and clear quilting ruler.

wall quilt step 1

wall quilt layout

Step 2:  Sew strips together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Determine your pattern, start from the middle longest piece (bright green) then add strips on either side.  With each additional strip, line up the strip with a ‘step down’.  Press.  Eventually you will trim edges with a 45 degree angle which is marked on the quilting ruler.

wall quilt step 2

Step 3: Make 4 identical pieces.  Sew the top square to the bottom squares.  Press. Then sew the middle seam together to make one piece. Press. Be sure to line up the seams. Read more