Making Cloth Napkins on HGTV Handmade

This week, I’m appearing as a guest host on HGTV Handmade! I’ll be teaching you how to make three DIY projects I designed specifically for their YouTube channel over the course of the week and I’m so excited for you to see what I’ve been working on.

First up is a tutorial for totally customizable and reversible cloth napkins! I’d been meaning to start using eco-friendly cloth napkins so I don’t throw away as many paper products, but I’ve never really liked the designs that are available on store-bought cloth napkins. And since I am far more motivated to use things that make me happy and reflect my style, I decided to make my own!

 

For this project, you’re only limited by the patterns and colors of fabric you can find. There are so many designs out there, and you can even buy cotton fabrics like the cotton mint and gold triangles and black cotton with gold anchors that I used to make mine. And while they’re quicker to make with a sewing machine like I did, you can stitch them by hand as long as you can sew in a straight line! I recommend backstitch.

Sewing a set of DIY cloth napkins

You can also make these for any holidays you celebrate and change them up with the seasons! Which colors and patterns will you choose for your handmade cloth napkins?

I have two HGTV Handmade tutorials to post this week, so make sure to subscribe to their YouTube channel! And if you make these napkins yourself, feel free to post photos of them on social media using #hgtvhandmade and tag me @laurenfairwx on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook so I can see them too. I’m excited to see what you come up with!

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means that I’d make a small commission if you buy anything using them, at no cost to you. This helps me to keep making the free content you love! 

Bullet Journal with Sea Lemon – What’s Your Whimsy?

The first episode of my newest video series just launched! It’s called ‘What’s Your Whimsy?’ and it’s an interview show where I chat with my guests about their biggest hobby, obsession, or enthusiasm. This idea gives me an opportunity to hear what my fellow creators are most excited about! For me, there’s something wonderful about hearing someone talk about their greatest passions in life.

For this video, I got to hear all about Bullet Journaling from Jennifer Bates of Sea Lemon! She has a wonderful DIY channel on YouTube and I’ve been watching her creative videos for years now. Here’s the episode!

 

Bullet Journaling is especially interesting to me because I get very easily deterred from using traditional planners. Since my creative work-from-home productivity style is relatively nontraditional, I end up skipping days or even weeks. Once there are empty pages in my printed planners, I get frustrated and stop using them. With bullet journaling, that isn’t an issue because they start with a blank page and you’re encouraged to design your setup as you go!

I had a lot of fun to collaborating with Jennifer in person, especially since we made a pair of videos together a few years back – only from opposite sides of the United States! We also filmed a video for her channel where she took me to her favorite fabric store in Phoenix, SAS Fabrics, and showed you everything we bought. You can watch that one here!

For inspiration and more information on bullet journaling, you can visit the official website at bulletjournal.com and check the #bulletjournal and #bujo hashtags on instagram!

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I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below or on social media (tag me @laurenfairwx on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook)! Do you bullet journal? And who would you like to see in a future episode of What’s Your Whimsy?

Why I Make Plushies: My Etsy Shop Story

Lately, lots of people have been asking about the origin of my etsy shop, Fairweather Friends. People are curious about why I decided to start making plushies of all things, so I turned on my camera and spoke for a little while about that topic!

I find it incredibly fascinating to hear about why makers gravitate towards certain mediums more than others and what makes them so excited to create the things they make. There are so many crafts out there! If you’re interested in hearing what drew me to plush-making, take a look at my newest video.

 

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I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below or on social media! What is your crafty medium of choice and what do you get most excited to make? Tag me @laurenfairwx on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

So many craft supplies at Creativation 2017!

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to attend my first craft and hobby industry / trade event, Creativation 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona! I was a little nervous, since I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect or if I’d know anyone there. As soon as I arrived, it was clear that I was in the right place.

American Crafts booth at Creativation 2017

Creativation is mainly an event for crafty brands and companies to set up booths and share their latest products with the hope that attendees with retail shops would order some of them to sell in their stores. Since I was invited to go and document the event on social media, I figured that I would take the opportunity to meet the brands I love in person!

Here’s the video I made of the trip. I hope that you enjoy tagging along with me while I nerd-out about all of the gorgeous craft supplies!

 

In addition to participating in small classes they call “Make and Takes”, I looked around at the booths and introduced myself to as many people as I could. Everyone was just as excited about making things as I am and I was so inspired by all of the things they had on display!

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“Lost and Found” – a Luna Lovegood song by Lauren Fairweather (feat. Jon Cozart)

When I was at NerdCon Nerdfighteria a few weeks ago, my friend Jon Cozart and I turned my newest wizard rock song into a duet! We recorded this video performance of the song, which is called “Lost and Found”. It’s from Luna Lovegood’s perspective, and since she’s my favorite character from the Harry Potter series, I’ve been very excited about it.

 

The audio from this performance is available on bandcamp if you’d like to download it! It’s free or pay what you want. Any money I make will eventually go towards producing a studio recording of the song.

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Hogwarts Letter Purse – A DIY Envelope Clutch

Since my YouTube channel just celebrated its 11th birthday, I decided that there was no better way to celebrate than with a Hogwarts Letter DIY. But because there are plenty of replicas out there of the wizarding school acceptance letter, I wanted to create something I would actually use that is inspired by that coveted piece of mail so many readers wish they could receive when they turn eleven.

Watch this video to learn how to make your own Hogwarts Letter purse!

 

One thing that I really love about this project is that there are so many ways you could customize it in order to make it work for you. You could leave out the strap, change the size, and even add some padding to make it into a pencil case or even a laptop sleeve! I’m so excited to see what all of you come up with.

To download the pattern for free, click here. You’ll need to print it out, cut out the pieces, then tape an extra 10.5″ x 7.25″ paper rectangle to the rounded triangle shape as shown in the video above.

Hogwarts Letter Purse with Felt Wax Seal

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DIY Pokémon Valentine’s Day Cards

I’ve been really into Pokémon again lately (Pokémon Moon for 3DS and still playing Pokémon Go when I’m out and about) so I designed three Valentine’s Day cards inspired by the games! Here is a DIY tutorial video walking through all of the steps you’ll need to make them yourself.

I’m so happy with the way all of these cards came out! They’re pretty easy to make once you cut out all of the pieces and get them organized. You can download the templates for free right here and print out the PDF to get started!  read more…

DIY Mushroom Plush Pincushion

I adore little handmade woodland-inspired decorations and I’ve had so many requests for more plush tutorials! This newest project combines the two in an adorable felt mushroom that doubles as a pincushion if you like to sew. Watch this video tutorial to learn how to make your own!

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Things That Make Me Happy – Winter 2017

On twitter, you asked for me to post a happy and silly video! It sounds like you needed this episode as much as I did. I hope my new series, Things That Make Me Happy, feeds your soul so you have more energy to get out there and make the world better.

 

Here is a list of things that are currently making me happy. Watch the video above for more stories about these plus cute drawings and cheery background music!

  1. Hot Cocoa! My hot beverage of choice. My stepbrother got me this spicy hot chocolate for Christmas and I love it. Also, it’s non-dairy friendly if you melt it in coconut or soy milk!
  2. Making art for people. I’ve been drawing family portraits as gifts lately and the reactions make all of the hard work totally worth it.
  3. Big, fluffy snowflakes. The kind that float through the air.
  4. Sleep! Oh, how I missed sleep.
  5. Playing Pokémon Go while out on walks and Pokemon Moon once my son goes to sleep.
  6. Instant photos. Something about them is just so cute! I recently have been using the Instax SHARE smartphone printer because I like taking photos digitally but I can still print them out on actual instant film. Best of both worlds!
  7. The relatively new illustrated editions of the Harry Potter books are absolutely beautiful. We have Sorceror’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets since those are the only ones they’ve released so far and I’m holding off on a true read-through until my son can enjoy them with me.
  8. Supporting handmade artists! Last year, I put some beautiful handmade work on my Christmas list and I absolutely adore the bunny plush by Commonfolke, Hogwarts painting by Anne Lambelet, and sunset painting by Loish which I showed in the video above.
  9. The fact that I can share the things I make with all of you. Thank you for being so kind and thoughtful in the comments and for supporting my content!

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Blanket Stitch Tutorial

In this new episode of my Stitch Lessons series, I’ll teach you how to sew a blanket stitch by hand! This stitch can be used to add a decorative border to a blanket or other sewing project. Learn how in my video below!

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How would you use this stitch in one of your projects? Leave me a comment or tell me on social media! You can find me @laurenfairwx on twitter, facebook, and instagram.

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