see kate sew http://seekatesew.com sewing, crafts, tutorials, DIY Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 maxi skirt + curtain dress mashup // my pink ALT dress http://seekatesew.com/maxi-skirt-curtain-dress-mashup-pink-alt-dress/ http://seekatesew.com/maxi-skirt-curtain-dress-mashup-pink-alt-dress/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=9154 I’m so excited to share this Zippy Top dress hack today! I first made myself a dress with the Zippy Top pattern for ALT Summit (a design conference), way back in January when the pattern was still in production. I had a maxi skirt with a stain on it that was craving a refashion. I […]

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I’m so excited to share this Zippy Top dress hack today! I first made myself a dress with the Zippy Top pattern for ALT Summit (a design conference), way back in January when the pattern was still in production. I had a maxi skirt with a stain on it that was craving a refashion. I also had a lot of extra curtains laying around because I had cut them too short. So I mashed them together. I used a light pink fabric underneath the lace so it wouldn’t be see-though.

I didn’t put a zipper in the back of this one, mostly because I was rushing to get it done the night before ALT. But also, the neckline is wide enough that the zipper is more of a design element than a necessity.

This dress has a babydoll silhouette shape. It’s a little bit playful and maybe a little too “young” for me. But I don’t care, it’s fun to wear! I tried to grow it up a little with a pair of heels and a feather bracelet. Simple and easy to wear is my style these days.

I paired it with floral leggings because it was just a tad too short, another thing that happens when I’m rushing! I wore this to the mini-parties the last night of ALT. I honestly haven’t worn it since then (until this photoshoot!), but it also looks cute belted. The ALT dress code is played up on the internet more than it should be, but it is still fun to play dress-up while you’re there.

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That’s for reading! I have another dress to show you tomorrow, plus the tutorial for this hack! Get yer Zippy Top pattern here for 15% off with code ZIPPY!

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zippy top hack: front zipper tutorial http://seekatesew.com/zippy-hack-front-zipper/ http://seekatesew.com/zippy-hack-front-zipper/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=9153 Happy Monday Friends! If you participated in ZIPPY TOP WEEKEND, you have a brand new top to wear today! If not, there is still time to sew up this seriously fast top for yourself! The sewalong goes until April 30. This week and next I’ll be sharing inspiration and and easy hacks to customize your […]

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floral zippy top with front zipper hack tutorial

Happy Monday Friends! If you participated in ZIPPY TOP WEEKEND, you have a brand new top to wear today! If not, there is still time to sew up this seriously fast top for yourself! The sewalong goes until April 30. This week and next I’ll be sharing inspiration and and easy hacks to customize your Zippy Top even more! I’ll be featuring lots of fabrics from Miss Matatabi fabrics. You might not know this but I have a serious weakness for Japanese design. The colors, the patterns, the prints, everything is just so cute! So I’m excited to share some this week! Miss Matatabi has a lot of great lightweight fabrics that are perfect for the Zippy Top.

Today I’m sharing this front zippy top hack! I made it with this Japanese neon floral stretch twill. This fabric is a little thicker than the fabric I recommend for the Zippy Top. I just loved it too much to not make myself a top with. Isn’t it pretty? Since it is a little bit sturdier, I switched the zipper feature to the front of the shirt, so I can wear the top over a tank and wear it unzipped a little. It’s just a fun way to switch it up!

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Thanks for helping me decide which color zipper to use, by the way! (I posted a few options on instagram.) I think the final tally winner was pink…but I went with white. I thought white would look really cute with white pants. I’ve never had white pants before, this is kinda monumental! How long do you think they will stay white?

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The tutorial for this hack is very simple, it’s all in the patternwork. First, cut off the bottom portion of of the back facing, rounding off the facing. Then, take the portion you just cut off and tape it to the front facing. There will be a little extra at the top that you can clip off, but you just need the basic shape. Now the facing is all ready for your front zipper! Follow the rest of the instructions as written.

 

 

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I’m loving my front zipper top! Having the zipper in the front really changes the whole thing.

The Zippy Top is still on sale for 15% off, use code ZIPPY.

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zippy top weekend day 3: finish the top! http://seekatesew.com/zippy-top-weekend-day-3-finish-top/ http://seekatesew.com/zippy-top-weekend-day-3-finish-top/#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=9113 Last day! You are almost done with your Zippy Top! Today is the last day of zippy top weekend. If you missed DAY 1 or DAY 2, check those out. Today we will finish the top in 3 steps: 1. Finish armscye (step 3-4) 2. Sew side seams (step 5-6) 3. Hem bottom (step 15) Good […]

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Last day! You are almost done with your Zippy Top! Today is the last day of zippy top weekend. If you missed DAY 1 or DAY 2, check those out.

Today we will finish the top in 3 steps:

1. Finish armscye (step 3-4)

2. Sew side seams (step 5-6)

3. Hem bottom (step 15)

Good work! Be sure to share your zippy top with hashtag #zippy top on instagram, post it to my facebook wall, or add it to my flickr group!

See you tomorrow for a zippy hack!

 

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ZIPPY TOP WEEKEND DAY 2: neckline and zipper http://seekatesew.com/zippy-top-weekend-day-2-neckline-zipper/ http://seekatesew.com/zippy-top-weekend-day-2-neckline-zipper/#respond Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=9108 Welcome to Day 2 of ZIPPY TOP WEEKEND! Today we will be doing 3 steps 1. Sew shoulder seams (steps 1-2) 2. Finish neckline facing (steps 7-12) 3. Insert Zipper (steps 13-14) This should take you about 20 minutes to complete! We’re going out of order so that today is the hardest day and tomorrow […]

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Welcome to Day 2 of ZIPPY TOP WEEKEND! Today we will be doing 3 steps

1. Sew shoulder seams (steps 1-2)

2. Finish neckline facing (steps 7-12)

3. Insert Zipper (steps 13-14)

This should take you about 20 minutes to complete! We’re going out of order so that today is the hardest day and tomorrow will be super fast. So you’re almost done!

Tomorrow we’ll finish the top and you’ll be ready to wear it on Monday! See you then.

 

If you missed the details of ZIPPY TOP WEEKEND, this weekend we’re kicking off the Zippy Top Sewalong with 3 short days of sewing. I have broken down the Zippy Top instructions so you’ll have a completed top by the end of the weekend. Buy the top here (ZIPPY for 15% off) and see Day 1 here. Use hashtag #zippytop on instagram, post to my facebook wall, or add your pictures to my flickr group.

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ZIPPY TOP WEEKEND: collect materials http://seekatesew.com/zippy-top-weekend/ http://seekatesew.com/zippy-top-weekend/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=9112   Zippy Top Weekend starts today! To kick off the Zippy Top Sewalong, I’ll be breaking the Zippy Top steps into 3 days worth of sewing for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It will be about a 20 minute commitment each day, this top is, well, ZIPPY! The Sewalong ends April 30, so you have lots […]

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Zippy Top Weekend starts today! To kick off the Zippy Top Sewalong, I’ll be breaking the Zippy Top steps into 3 days worth of sewing for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It will be about a 20 minute commitment each day, this top is, well, ZIPPY! The Sewalong ends April 30, so you have lots of time to finish and share your top! Share on instagram with the hashtag #zippytop (tag me! @seekatesew), post it to my Facebook wall, or add it to the flickr group. I’ve already seen some and I will be featuring them soon! Buy the top here if you haven’t already! Use code ZIPPY for 15% off.

This post will get you all ready to sew. We’re doing three things today, printing the pattern, gathering materials and cutting out our fabric. Easy, right!

1. Print off PDF pattern and tape together. Use this post if you need some tips

2. Collect Materials:
-1-1.5 yards of fabric
-5″ or 8″ zipper
-lightweight fusible interfacing

Fabric selection

I recommend lightweight fabric for the Zippy Top. Anything with a nice drape is perfect! Some suggestions are cotton lawn, cotton voile, gauze or double gauze, chiffon, crepe de chine, georgette and anything similar. You can certainly make it with quilter’s cotton if you want!

If you’re making the crop top version you only need 1 yard! In fact you can probably make it with less than that…or even scraps you have laying around!

Zipper Selection

The Zippy Top pattern includes instructions for a 5″ or 8″ zipper. Zippers with wider tape are best. I like to choose a bright zipper that contrasts with my fabric for a little color pop! The zipper is exposed, which is really fun!

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3. Cut out fabric. Cut 1 front, 1 back, 1 front facing and 1 back facing.

That’s all for today! You can finish now or wait until tomorrow for the next steps!

I’ve made quite a few Zippys and I am excited to share even more of them next week! I have some fun surprises….so stay tuned!

See you tomorrow for Day 2 of Zippy Top Weekend. We’ll be finishing the neckline and zipper!

 

 

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striped nightstand ikea hack http://seekatesew.com/striped-nightstand-ikea-hack/ http://seekatesew.com/striped-nightstand-ikea-hack/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=9675 Yesterday I shared the floral nightstand tutorial and today I’m sharing the other half. This is a tutorial for this black and white striped nightstand, also made with a SELJE nightstand from ikea. I really wanted some fun nightstands that went together. Since they have the same shape, why no do a floral and a […]

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ikea nightstand hack

Yesterday I shared the floral nightstand tutorial and today I’m sharing the other half. This is a tutorial for this black and white striped nightstand, also made with a SELJE nightstand from ikea. I really wanted some fun nightstands that went together. Since they have the same shape, why no do a floral and a stripe? Pattern mixing is cool in home decor, too, right?

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Materials:

-SELJE nightstand
-1/2″ electrical tape
-spray paint for metalstriped ikea nightstand

BEFORE AND AFTER // striped nightstand

The method for this nightstand is really simple. First, assemble the nightstand. Then tape off the whole thing with electrical tape. The spaces in between should be about 1/2″.

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Press the tape down really well then spray paint. Let it dry and peel off the tape.

Done!

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FLORAL NIGHSTAND

 

Click here for floral hack!

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liberty of london floral nightstand ikea hack! http://seekatesew.com/liberty-of-london-floral-nightstand-ikea-hack/ http://seekatesew.com/liberty-of-london-floral-nightstand-ikea-hack/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=7442 I made these a few months ago but I sat on the post forever because it seemed like a weird thing to post during the holidays. And then it just kept getting pushed back, I can’t believe it’s already April! So we’ve been using these for about 5 or 6 months now and they are […]

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floral nightstand ikea hack

I made these a few months ago but I sat on the post forever because it seemed like a weird thing to post during the holidays. And then it just kept getting pushed back, I can’t believe it’s already April! So we’ve been using these for about 5 or 6 months now and they are holding up well! It’s nice to have that perspective ikea nightstand hack

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I reaaaaally wanted a floral nightstand, but I could not find one all over the internet.  Sometimes being a creative person is a problem, because when you want something (say a floral nightstand) you cannot let it go. So they must not exist. But once I set my mind to it I HAD TO HAVE A FLORAL NIGHTSTAND. So I decided I’d have to get a cheap one and do it myself. I picked a great Liberty of London fabric and used mod podge to cover all the pieces before assembling it. We really needed a set of nightstands though. I didn’t think my husband wanted a floral one, but I wanted it to be the same style, so I bought two and spray painted stripes on the second one. I’ll share that tutorial tomorrow!

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And now floral nightstands DO exist! (And striped ones, too!)

FLORAL NIGHSTAND

Materials:

-SELJE nightstand
-1 yard fabric
-mod podge
-glue gun
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Click below for instructions!

Here’s how to do it!

The floral fabric will be applied BEFORE you put your nightstand together! So, take out all the pieces of the nightstand and lay them out. Cut pieces of fabric out a little bit larger than each part. You’ll basically be wrapping each piece up like a present and then putting the pieces together.

 

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Cover the metal pieces with mod podge then apply the fabric. Smooth it out with your hands or a bone folder
wrap the edges. Apply more mod podge as glue. After the pieces dry, trim any excess fabric. Then put the parts together as the instructions guide you. The pieces will be a little bulkier than before so you may need to use more force than normal to put some parts of it together!

Don’t cover the inside of the drawer (just the face) or the back of the pieces, since these won’t show. You also don’t need to cover the bottom of the nightstand or the bottom of the legs.

 

Enjoy!

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fox and bunny leather brooches http://seekatesew.com/fox-bunny-leather-brooches/ http://seekatesew.com/fox-bunny-leather-brooches/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=9635 Written by Vivian of Vivileen and Suz and Viv Spring always makes me think of cute fuzzy animals, and with Easter right around the corner I thought it would be fun to make some animal brooches. Naturally a bunny brooch came to mind and foxes are one of my current favorites so I thought I […]

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Written by Vivian of Vivileen and Suz and Viv

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leather fox and bunny brooches

Spring always makes me think of cute fuzzy animals, and with Easter right around the corner I thought it would be fun to make some animal brooches. Naturally a bunny brooch came to mind and foxes are one of my current favorites so I thought I would make a fox one too.

Leather bunny brooch, so sweet!

Supplies:
Leather scraps (If you have a leather store nearby these will usually be much cheaper than buying leather at a craft store.)
Pin Back
Embroidery thread
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue
embroidery needle
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materials

First cut out and trace the bunny template onto the wrong side of the leather. You can use the template I made and used for my brooches or make your own.

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Cut out the leather bunny.

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Sew a small black line for the bunny eye and three small pink lines for the nose.

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To make the bunny tail, loop white embroidery thread about ten times around your pinkie. Slide the thread off and tie another piece of thread as tight as you can around the looped thread. Cut the thread loops on both sides and trim the thread to make a tiny pom pom.

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Hot glue the pin back to the back side of the bunny.

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Then hot glue the pom pom on for the bunny’s tail.

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To make the fox brooch follow the same basic steps for the bunny. Use one color of leather for the fox head and body, and another for the fox cheeks and tip of the tail. Again sew one small line using black embroidery thread for the fox eyes. Instead of sewing on a nose like what was done for the bunny hot glue a small piece of black leather for the fox nose.

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Pin a brooch to your favorite springy shirt or jacket and show off what you made!

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zippy top sewalong coming next Friday + a discount code! http://seekatesew.com/the-zippy-top-sewalong-coming-next-friday-a-discount-code/ http://seekatesew.com/the-zippy-top-sewalong-coming-next-friday-a-discount-code/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 15:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=9109 It’s about time for another sew-a-long! This time we’ll be sewing the ZIPPY top! The dates for this sew-a-long are April 11-30, so you have plenty of time to finish! Use code ZIPPY to save 15% on the zippy top for the rest of the month. The sew-a-long will start with “zippy top weekend” where […]

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the ZIPPY TOP sewalong

It’s about time for another sew-a-long! This time we’ll be sewing the ZIPPY top! The dates for this sew-a-long are April 11-30, so you have plenty of time to finish! Use code ZIPPY to save 15% on the zippy top for the rest of the month.

The sew-a-long will start with “zippy top weekend” where I’ll break down the instructions into 3 short days next Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This top is SUPER fast, so by the end of the weekend you’ll have a whole new TOP! After that I’ll share a week of zippys and zippy hacks. It is going to be a blast! Use the hashtag #zippytop to join in the fun on instagram and/or add you photos to my flickr group or post them to my facebook wall! I’ll start featuring and sharing them as soon as they start coming in! Grab your pattern now to get a head start!

I’ll check in next week with information about fabric sourcing for the Zippy top! Have a great weekend!

 

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DIY changing pad and diaper clutch for BOYS http://seekatesew.com/diy-changing-pad-diaper-clutch-boys/ http://seekatesew.com/diy-changing-pad-diaper-clutch-boys/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=9376 Written by Michael Ann of Michael Ann Made. Hello friends, it’s Michael Ann again! Do you have a little person in your life that likes to poop in the most inconvenient of circumstances? Then you might be interested in making today’s Changing Pad and Diaper Clutch, haha! I can’t believe that it’s taken me this […]

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Written by Michael Ann of Michael Ann Made.

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Hello friends, it’s Michael Ann again! Do you have a little person in your life that likes to poop in the most inconvenient of circumstances? Then you might be interested in making today’s Changing Pad and Diaper Clutch, haha! I can’t believe that it’s taken me this long to make one of these for my little man, it is so much easier to be able to grab just one diaper thing when we’re running out the door. And it’s so cute in your bag too!

The added bonus of this project is that I used vinyl for both the inside and outside, making it super easy to just wipe off and clean. You can either make your own vinyl, like I did, out of any print fabric you want (this post tells you all about how to do it!) or use any vinyl or oilcloth fabric you can find.

For this project, you will need -

1/2 yard fabric for outside (oilcloth or vinyl)
1/2 yard fabric for inside (oilcloth or vinyl)
1/2 yard of cotton quilt batting
3 yards of double fold bias binding
A hair tie and a button

 

1-diaper-clutchFirst, we need to cut our fabric.

Cut one 11″ x 24″ rectangle each of the outside, inside and batting fabrics for the pad pieces.
Cut one 6.5″ x 11″ rectangle each of the outside, inside and batting fabrics for the pocket pieces

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Using a small round bowl, trim one side of all pocket pieces, and both sides of all pad pieces so they are a gentle curve.

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Baste together all the layers for the pocket by placing the outside fabric front side down, then the batting, then the inside fabric right side up. Baste with a 1/4″ seam allowance along all sides. Repeat for the pad pieces, basting the outside, batting, and inside fabric together.

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Bind the top straight edge of the pocket (There are photos discussing how to bind below). Then baste the pocket to the pad, also using a 1/4″ seam allowance. You’ll be working with a lot of layers here, but with a sharp needle, and some patience, you’ll be fine!

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Cut a hair tie in half and sew it to the center of the lining side of the top of the pad.

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Now, to bind the pad! Leaving a tail about 6″ long, sew your binding to the front of the pad. Start about halfway down on one of the long sides of the pad. Open your binding and pin it along the edge of the pad, placing your pins parallel to the fabric so as to not damage the vinyl. Sew along the 1/2″ fold in the binding. Stop about 6″ from where you started and backstitch.

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To cleanly finish your binding, cut the one end of your binding a couple inches down from where you stopped sewing, and place a ruler along the cut edge.

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Place the other end of the binding on top of the ruler, and cut it along the 2″ mark.

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This can seem confusing at first, so play with it until you get it! Fold the bottom right corner of the top binding up 2″ to create a triangle. Place the bottom binding piece on top and pin along that diagonal line created by the little triangle. Sew the bindings together along that diagonal line (you will probably have to scrunch up the pad a little in order to hold the binding out enough to stitch it. Open and press your seam and presto! You have a clean binding finish!

When your binding is connected, finish stitching your binding to the pad along that 1/2″ fold line.

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Fold your binding to the other side of the pad and press press press! To finish sewing the binding, I like to stitch in the ditch from the front side. To do this, make sure that the back of the binding hangs over the original stitching line so that you catch it when you sew from the front. Pinning well can help make sure you catch the binding.

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You’re almost done! Stuff your pocket with a few diapers to give it some width, and roll up your pad. Mark where the hair tie lands and stitch on a little button. You did it! Throw that little pouch in your bag and head off on fun adventures with your little person!

Thanks for crafting with me today, and I’ll see you back here or at Michael Ann Made!

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