Learn To Sew – Easy DIY Throw Pillow Covers With Piping

I love decorating for every season and almost every holiday, and one of the easiest ways is with decorative throw pillows!

How To Make Pillow Covers With Invisible Zippers | @kimbyers

My home (walls and furniture) is very neutral in grays and whites, so I add my pops of color in my decor: throw pillows, wall prints, curtains and dishes.

In a recent post with JoAnn Fabric And Craft Stores new blog, The Creative Spark, I share how to make easy decorative pillow covers with piping and invisible zippers. I buy the pillow inserts in several different shapes and sizes and then just make covers to match my holiday decor. The covers are much easier to store than whole pillows and it’s much less expensive too.

Hop over to The Creative Spark for the easy step-by-step tutorial and lots of pictures. You can also see my most recent post for a lovely DIY no-sew ruffle wreath and bunting perfect to dress up your home for Valentines!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Sweet Gingham Valentine’s Day Printable Download – Coffee Wrapper & Tea Bag Tags

Gingham is classic and a perfect pattern for Valentine’s Day! This darling idea from Toffee Magazine for coffee cup wrappers, tea bag tags and heart dessert toppers are a super fun way to say “Be My Valentine!”

Free Valentine's Day Printables

Hop over to Toffee Magazine for more darling pictures and ideas. (I love that they used whoopie pies… ha!… instead of cupcakes.)

Download your free Valentine’s Day printables for your sweet while you’re there!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Valentines in Peach, Pink, Mint and Charcoal – Free Printable Download

Valentine labels and tags in round, rectangle and there is even a mini size for envelope closures. They’re darling and I love the fresh color palette: peach, mint, pink and charcoal.

Free Chalk Inspired Valentine Labels

FaLaLa Designs created these free lovelies for World Label. Just hop over to World Label and download yours now! There’s even a pretty little banner.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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5 Valentine’s Day Macaron Recipes & Ideas

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at macarons! You?

5 Valentine Macaron Recipes and Ideas

These are five darling macaron ideas and some great recipes too. I’m going to give at least one a whirl in the next month.

  1. Heart Polka Dot Vanilla Bean Macaron and Blueberry Cupcakes from Raspberri Cupcakes
  2. Valentine Arrow Macaron Picks from Sugar and Cloth
  3. Valentine Macaron Pops from Bakerella
  4. Raspberry Coconut Macaron from Cooking Classy
  5. Heart Shaped Macarons from Peggy Porschen

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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3-D Paper Heart Wall – Free Template Download

I “heart” paper crafting, especially 3-D paper crafting. {wink}

3-D Heart Valentine Wall - Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones of How About Orange made this simple, but impactful, wall of 3-D paper hearts with a series of various size hearts and a bit of glue. Hop over to her blog for the free heart template download and to see how she makes them 3-D. You’ll have a wall of hearts in no time.

I’m actually thinking of making something similar for my entryway or my reading nook. Speaking of my nook, I’m posting an easy DIY Valentine pillow cover set over at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores blog today.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Geometric Heart Boxes in 8 Colors – Free Valentine Printable

Valentine’s Day is just a month away and I’m already looking for creative and fun class Valentine ideas.

Geometric Heart Boxes from MINIECO

These geometric heart boxes from Kate at MINIECO are lovely! I have two boys so they won’t hand them out, but I might just whip some up for my friends! {wink} And what’s best… she’s offering them in 8 colors as a free printable download!

Kate’s paper crafts are darling. Hop over to download these freebies and check out all her fun and bright designs.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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3-D Geometric 2015 Calendar – Free Printable Download

I don’t typically have a calendar out on my desk these days because I’m so tied to my technology. However, this free printable 3-D geometric calendar from Ananda of A Piece of Rainbow is just too cute and easy to make.

3-D 2015 Geometric Calendar | A Piece Of Rainbow

You can download her 3-D dodecahedron calendar made of just 2 pieces of paper as a pdf or as a silhouette machine template. These would be fun gifts for friends and co-workers over the next few months too!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Football Jersey Pull-A-Part Rice Krispies Treats Cake

The superbowl is just around the corner and this football jersey pull-a-part Rice Krispies Treats cake is the perfect fun snack for your tailgate party!

Easy Football Jersey Pull-A-Part Rice Krispies Treats Cake | @kimbyers

What I love best is that this pull-a-part Rice Krispies Treats cake is super easy to assemble and it can be personalized to any team you’re rooting for. We watch the superbowl, like the rest of the country, but we’re college football fans. The hubby is all about the Big 10 and Ohio State and given I’m a southern girl, I grew up rooting for the SEC, specifically Alabama (Roll Tide!), even though my undergraduate degree is from Mississippi State. Yep… my dad had a tough time with that one. And let’s not talk about the Sugar Bowl this year… if we’d had a few more minutes we could have tied it up and went into overtime… OSU got lucky. {smirk}

At any rate, when fall comes back around, we’ll be serving a slightly different color palette. I guess good thing OSU and Bama have similar jersey colors. And I’ll just eat all the other colors in the M&M bag. Seems like a good trade-off, right?! {wink}

You can find the step-by-step tutorial for this quick half-time snack over on Kellogg’s Family Rewards, along with tutorials for several other of my pull-a-part cakes. Remember the pumpkin pull-a-part cake… the kids loved that one!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Big News! JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores Launches A New Blog – The Creative Spark

I’ve been holding this secret for a while… JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores has launched a beautiful new blog and they’ve asked me to contribute. Yay!!

Kim Byers for JoAnn

And don’t you love the name?! The Creative Spark. Genius.

You can expect amazing DIY adventures on Jo-Ann’s new blog. You can expect posts ranging from sewing to crafting, kid-friendly to table-saw-required, last-minute to week-long, and everything in between. And I couldn’t be more proud to be part of it.

Hop over there right now to read The Creative Spark welcome post and to bookmark it so you don’t miss a thing! Plus, you can visit the contributors page to see who else will be joining me and meet the editorial team: Angela, Katie and Joe.

I’ll be contributing twice a month to The Creative Spark and sharing updates on my social media accounts. If you’ve not already joined me, I’d love to chat with you on facebook, instagram, google + and pinterest. As a matter of fact, all my posts will be featured on my joint pinterest board with Jo-Ann:

Follow Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores’s board Create with Kim Byers on Pinterest.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Easy Child Art Needlework Christmas Ornament

Remember I told you about my love of reindeer this holiday season when I shared how to make my reindeer wreath, well my little boy drew a Santa and reindeer on his Christmas list this year and I couldn’t resist making his art into a needlework ornament. It’s so easy!

Child Art Heat Transfer Christmas Ornament | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It’s super simple so let’s get crafty!

You’ll need:

  1. Fabric
  2. Embroidery hoop
  3. Heat transfer pencil (for lighter fabrics)
  4. Transfer paper
  5. Sewing pins

Note: For dark fabrics you might need to pin the design on the fabric and stitch through the super thin transfer paper, for lighter fabrics iron the design onto the fabric and stitch.

Easy how to steps:

  1. Draw – have your child draw a picture, or take a picture you love that they’ve already drawn.
  2. Trace – overlay the picture with transfer paper and trace.
  3. Heat transfer – flip the paper over and using a heat transfer pencil redraw the design.
  4. Iron – iron the design onto the fabric
  5. Stitch – stitch the design following the pattern.

Child Art Christmas Ornament | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You can find all the supplies for this project at JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores, including this darling dot fabric.

Want more reindeer ideas? Just click on the images below!

Reindeer Wreath:

Rudolph Wreath | Kim Byers TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Reindeer Thumbprint Favor Bags Tutorial and Video:


Simple Gingerbread Circle Cookies Decorated To Be Rudolph:

Rudolph Cookies

You can also join me on Pinterest! I’ve pinned almost 200 incredible ideas (so far!) to keep me crafting and baking through the holiday!

Follow Kim {The Celebration Shoppe}’s board Holiday {Christmas Food & Craft Inspiration} on Pinterest.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Merry Christmas!


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