Colette Patterns Zinnia Skirt Sew Along

Ever year about this time I get just a tad bit worried that I’m not going to physically survive the winter. Don’t get me wrong, I love Fall and the Holidays and that first month and a half of winter when you look forward to putting on your coziest socks and flannel pj’s and hunkering down in the evenings, but after a while, I start to get a little worried that winter might never end (and I’ve seen enough Game of Thrones to know that this fear is legit). That’s why I always like to have a couple months worth of projects lined up for the cold months to keep me busy, and I think I’ve struck gold with the amazing Zinnia Skirt by Colette Patterns! I’m making this my first sewing project, because I fully intend to wear it constantly. The ladies at Colette Patterns were lovely enough to included two versions of the skirt, and I’ll be making both, as well as having a little sew along on here at Hem Makers. So if you’re interested in following along, you can either order or print the pattern at home, gather your materials and supplies needed, and follow along next month!

Zinnia Skirt #1

Zinnia Skirt version 1 (the buttons! I can’t take it….too stinking cute.)

Zinnia Skirt #2

Zinnia Skirt version 2 (the pleats might be a bit of a challenge, but how flattering is this shape, I ask you??)


And be sure to check out the Colette Patterns blog for so many more amazing patterns!


Quilt Hoop Spider Web DIY

It’s widely known that Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. I imagine it’s probably a fave for any crafter, as it has so many handmade opportunities: decorations, costumes, themed food…Struggling to come up with the prefect Halloween decor theme for our front porch, AKA prime candy dispensing hotspot, I decided to take my cues from nature. More specifically, I took my cues from all of the creepy nature that is determined to cling to our house exterior no matter how many times we try to relocate it: gigantic spiders and their enormous webs.
We have them in such abundance this time of year, I thought why not stop fighting it and just work with it. This, of course, led to my first ever Halloween DIY…

Quilt Hoop Spider Webs

What you will need for one web:

One quilt hoop. Mine were about 6″ in diameter.
White or cream colored yarn
Tape or hot glue

Spider Web DIY Step 1

Begin by cutting 6 or more strips of yarn long enough to stretch across the inside hoop piece. Stretch and tape, or glue, them one at a time so they have a common center, but aren’t too perfectly spaced. You’ll want them to be a little uneven for a more natural web affect. Lastly, try looping the final string under and over where the previous strings meet and kind of guide where you’d like the center to be before you tape down that last end.

Spider Web DIY Step 2

Now unravel about 2 feet of yarn, and tape ONE end so that it matches the rest of the web. Hold the end of that yarn out, and clamp your outside quilt hoop piece down tightly to help hold the taped pieces in place.

Spider Web Step 3

Start your weaving by making your initial wrap over and under the center point with this long strand (this just keeps it taut). Now all you do is wrap each strand once before continuing on to the next. This is what creates the spiral pattern, so be sure you are moving out from the center as you move around.

Spider Web DIY Step 4

Once you’ve gotten to the outside edge with your spiraling, just release the outside hoop and tuck the end in with the others, tape, clip off the excess, and replace the outside hoop. I’m probably going to use this same idea for some much larger webs on my porch, but for now I’m loving these as easy spooky Halloween décor on the inside!

Spider Web DIY Finished

Midway Fall Festival Cupcake Booth

Whew! The Midway Fall Festival has come and gone, and it just happened to be a major success. Not only did we sell out of the 500 cupcakes, that were intended to last the whole weekend, on the first day, the combination of Jamie’s phenomenal baking skills and my obsession with garland and chalkboard paint combined to make an unstoppable team!

Booth Photo 1

The weather had that perfect Fall crispy-ness that required sweaters and cups of hot tea.

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On the menu: Sweet Potato with Cream Cheese Icing, Apple Cake with Caramel Icing, Vanilla with Buttercream, and Chocolate Buttermilk with Whipped Icing and fresh berries.

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So, the theme was Autumn Heirloom County Fair. Does it show?

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We’re already looking forward to next year’s festival. Maybe we’ll shoot for 1200 cupcakes next time.

Break Time

I don’t know about you, but this morning in Central Kentucky we all woke up to the most magnificent 60 degree weather imaginable. This is a remarkable thing, because for the most part Kentuckians are left smoldering till Halloween…. Its lovely days like this that remind me about the importance of taking a break. Even on my days off from my job, I’m still constantly working on sewing projects or fiddling with something in our old house or garden. These are things I love doing, but sometimes I need a “Me” break to take a step back and gather my thoughts. I find I always come back to my projects with renewed energy and more ideas…


County Fair Ribbon Cupcake Toppers

Finally a new DIY project to really get back into the swing of things! Last week I told you about the cupcake booth design I’m working on for our town’s Fall Festival this month. Well as you all know, cupcakes just look naked without toppers, right? I wanted to come up with a topper idea that was easy to replicate, cost effective, and also something that would utilize all the scrap fabric piling up from all the other booth props. With the theme of the booth being Heirloom County Fair, I came up with these little darlings…

County Fair Ribbon Cupcake Toppers
What you will need for 6 toppers:

Scrap Fabric (6 pieces roughly 3″ by 3″ square, depending on the size buttons you use).

One 6 piece Cover Button Kit, size 3/4″ or larger, which you can get at just about any craft or sewing shop.

Ribbon, cut 12 pieces to 3″ in length, to be trimmed after.


Hot glue gun

Toppers Step 1

Take your scrap fabric and place centered inside the female part of the button maker (the white piece), patterned side down. Place the smooth button half down on the fabric like so:

Topper Step 2

Now fold the excess fabric into the dip in the button (you can feel free to trim if there’s too much fabric), and place your cut ribbon on top so they stick out at angles. Now cover with the back of the button, and place the remaining part of the button kit (the blue piece) on top and press down until they all click!

Topper Step 3

All you need to do next is add a little dab of hot glue to the ring on the back of the finished button and place your toothpick in just enough to hold it in place, and then trim your ribbons at an angle so they look like little prize ribbons.

Finished Toppers

All done! Now for a delicious cupcake recipe so we can put these little guys to work…maybe next week?

Fall Festival Preparations

September is always a pretty action packed month. Just about everyone I know has a birthday this month (including me, yikes!), all of my fave shows come back on tv, and I can start wearing leggings again. But my favorite thing about September has to be all of the Fall Festivals! This year I am so excited to be designing a booth for a local restaurant in my little town of Midway, KY for their Fall Festival. The booth is all about one thing and one thing only: Cupcakes. Can you think of a better festival dessert? The booth is still in the early design stages, but with an emphasis on handmade, heirloom, autumn charm, there are sure to be a few DIY projects on the blog in the next week or so, and maybe even a Fall inspired cupcake recipe…in the meantime here are just a few Cupcake Booth sneak peaks.

Cupcake Booth Banner

Above: Some Cupcake signage. Below: Cupcake toppers (DIY next week!)

Cupcake toppers

Calm Down

Sometimes you just need a reminder that what you’re doing is actually working TOWARDS something very special and important, and not just wasting time. Whether this something special be a career goal, fixing up an old house, or making a hundred of those really fancy French macaroons with the tasty fillings from scratch, it truly doesn’t matter. I found this quote one day (if anyone knows the original source I’d be so happy) and it was such a smack-in-the-head-wake-up-call I had to keep it so that I could be reminded every so often not to feel discouraged because I am in fact on the right track…


Gone Too Long…

Boy, it sure has been awhile since my last update! That’s not to say that I haven’t been crafting since then, I suppose life just got too busy for me to share. Let’s hope I can stay on task and keep a good blog schedule going with style posts, DIY tutorials, new crafting supplies and inspirations, and local design related happenings. In the meantime, here are just a couple of things I’ve kept myself busy with over the last few months…

New Years Resolutions 2013

So my New Years Eve was very uneventful. A cold that had completely taken over both my face and will to sit upright had me in bed by 9:30. It was because of my bedridden state that I completely forgot about New Year’s Resolutions. Now, I’ve never thought of these resolutions as some sort of rule book, but just a little reminder…something to try and then not be too hard on yourself if you fail or forget. I was so inspired by this Design Sponge collection of beautifully crafted and thoughtful resolutions and thought I ought to create my own…only a few days late.

New Years Resolutions

Holiday ’12 Instagram


Its January 2nd and the Holidays are officially over. This makes me super sad, but I still find ways to milk it for another month or so either by keeping my christmas tree up till its nothing but dry twigs and lights or keeping my holiday Spotify playlist on constant rotation. I also love going through all the photos I’ve taken and reminisce about my favorite moments…only to discover my favorite moments were mostly pie related.