Fleece Pillow Case Pattern.




Last Autumn my sister made the boys some fleece blankets. They have been well-loved. Just before Christmas my older son asked, “Mom, can you make me a fleece pillowcase? Like my blanket?”

I have never seen a fleece pillowcase before, but I thought it did sound pretty nice. He picked out some NASCAR fabric (he’s a big fan these days) and I set to work making him a soft place to sleep. When we were shopping for fabric, I asked my younger fella if he wanted one too. He passed, so I just made the one.

My older son really likes his pillowcase. In fact, I think he had a pretty good idea. Also, two weeks ago my younger fella asked, “Uh… Mom, can you make me a fleece pillowcase, too? I really like his and try to sleep on it when I can.” I smiled. Another trip to the fabric store, and now he’s got his very own fleece pillowcase in his very own style (loves those monsters.)

This little project was fun and the boys love them. If you’ve got some fleece on hand, give it a try. It fits a standard pillow and seriously makes a quick gift. The reversible style makes it so the kiddos won’t get bored with them too easily. If you have any questions about the pattern, definitely give me a holler.

Click below for the printable PDF pattern.

Fleece Pillow Case PDF Pattern

Scarf to Cowl.





This summer I found a 100% wool Pendleton woven scarf at Goodwill, bought it and stashed it. I knew the boys wouldn’t wear it, it’s just too scratchy for their liking, but I thought if I lined it with something soft, I might be able to persuade them to use it. Months passed, it sat, and then the weather got really, really cold. I actually remembered I bought it (a plus) and asked them to look for a lining fabric from my stash. After much rubbing of fabric on faces, they settled on something very soft.

To make the two cowls from one scarf I used:

1 upcycled wool scarf

1 piece of scrap fabric

6 plastic snaps

I whipped them up (as my Mom used to say) like this:

First, I folded the scarf in half (bringing the short ends together) and cut. I needed to get two of the same cowls from the scarf, two boys + two cowls= no complaining. Each piece was approximately 12 inches tall by 22 1/2 inches wide.

Second, I layed the cut scarf rectangle down on the white dotted lining fabric, right sides together.

I zipped around the edges with a 1/4″ seam, leaving a small place to turn right side out.

Then I pulled it right side out and went around the whole thing again with that 1/4″ foot to finish it off.

When I had the two rectangles done I used my new handy, dandy snap machine (bought it used, an opportunity I couldn’t refuse) to make a line of three snaps on the edges. This is awesome because when they want it off, they can just unsnap it off. No whining, complaining or over the head tugging. It’s just unsnap and go. With the three snaps we can also adjust the height for comfort while wearing too.

I think you could sew on snaps if you don’t have a snap press, or go velcro as well.

I finished these up right quick and they were used for a day or two. The weather has gotten warmer, but we’re always hoping to get that cold snow throughout the winter. Even Dear Husband let it slip he’d like some snow to pull the boys around in their sled.

Lego Pumpkin Instructions.


My six and a half-year old came downstairs from the Lego mess….. (which I now call the Lego “lab” to feel better!) and showed me his delightful Lego jack-o-lantern. He’s named it the Nine Piece Pumpkin. We show it here step by step for you to make at home. Happy Halloween!

Note: For some reason, color doesn’t matter much to my boys,  so the white brick is a non-issue at our home:)

How to Make a Toilet Paper Holder.

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Let’s just say it’s very nice to have an extra roll of toilet paper on hand when you need it. I thought about making a fabric holder, but I didn’t really have any fabric on hand to match my bathrooms. So, I (finally) found a functional way to get wool into the bathroom… with granny squares! Multiple colored granny squares over a white sewn inset make it colorful, strong, and durable. Also, multiple colors means these cuties should match the my changing paints for years and years. This short project won’t let you down for many pit stops to come.

To make your own extra toilet paper roll holders read below.

First you must crochet three granny squares measuring approximately 6-6 1/4″ inches. (You will cut your fabric custom to your granny squares, so just shoot to get your squares within these measurements (Mine were 6 1/4″). This is a good range for a not to small/large holder).

(For one tutorial on how to make a granny square click here. This crochet block is older than I am and there are countless tutorials and you tube videos. If you don’t get it the first time, try another or another, they are fun when you get used to it.)

Second, with matching yarn, stitch the three granny squares together in one long line. Consider the middle block will be the bottom of your roll holder and be seen the least.

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Lay your connected granny squares down on a folded piece of fabric so when you cut you’ll have two pieces of fabric to sew together. Cut through both layers completely around the connected squares leaving 1/4″  extra on the longer sides and 1/2″ extra on both “tops” (the shorter sides) of the fabric.

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Set your granny squares aside for a moment and grab your two pieces of custom measured fabric. Put them right sides facing together. Sew all the way around your fabric with a 1/4″ seam (a quilter’s sewing foot) leaving a small hole to turn inside out. Turn inside out and press.

Lay your granny squares on top of your custom fabric piece. Place pins along the longer two sides even with the fabric, so the yarn and fabric are flush. Leave 1/4″ at both “top” ends for one more seam.


Now, sew the granny squares to the fabric along the long sides. Go slowly so your yarn doesn’t get caught and raise and lower your foot as needed. Alternately, you could hand sew the granny squares as well.


Now for your final seam, first precut your jute string (or an alternate you prefer, I love jute string at the moment) to 24 inches. Fold your granny squares right side together in half. Your 1/4″ top seam will now be sewn together. First fold each just string piece in half and place inside your t0-be-sewn top seam with the long pieces hanging in touching your granny squares. Save back a little loop as shown in lower left-hand part of photo below. Make sure your other jute pieces are out-of-the-way from being sewn. Sew your final seam bringing the tops together as one piece making sure you DON’T sew in any of the tops of the granny squares.


Turn inside out. Use yarn to gather your granny square tops together for a seamless join and presentation. When you hang your holder too high or too close to the other roll, this inhibits the other roll’s ability to dispense easily. Hanging lower will keep the lint from gathering on your beautiful holder as well.

If you have any questions, just ask. I hope you have fun with this project:)