Creating an Enticing Space for Children’s Crafting

Daydreams of Quilts was very pleased to be invited to be a contributor to the Redfin blog article How to Create the Ultimate Crafting Space for Kids. We have three very creative children who love to craft. During the pandemic they have been even more crafty than usual.

Come see our space over on my YouTube channel in my video on Creating a Kids Craft and Play Room with Inexpensive and Found Items.

Our advice for the article was to create a colorful display that entices the kids to use the supplies. Sometimes when all the supplies are tucked away it is easier to forget about them.

Use found items around your house and affordable storage options from places like IKEA. For example, on the wall in our kids’ creative space we have upcycled and chalk painted old pieces of wooden peg boards that my husband has framed out with trim. We hang colorful fabric buckets from IKEA and plastic baskets full of bean bags, toys, finger puppets and craft supplies on hooks where our kids can see them and get them on their own. The key is to have an inviting and colorful display that entices the kids to use the supplies.

Head over to the Redfin Blog to read all the advice from the crafting experts in the article.

Check out our peg boards and play room space on YouTube.

Our kids have enjoyed making paper houses, pipe cleaner animals, model tanks (in the case of our teenage son) and perler bead crafts to name a few. Our daughters each want to open an Etsy shop like their mom but we want them to hold off just a few more years.

Love Home Quilt Pattern Release

The Love Home Quilt Pattern is finished and finally out into the world! Hooray! (Happy dancing)

This quilt is inspired by my love for being at home with my family. It is a nice size at 72″ x 72″. The blocks are big blocks at 16″ so it doesn’t feel like it takes forever to make.

Love Home Quilt designed, pieced and quilted by Daydreams of Quilts using Bonnie and Camille fabrics.

I used all Bonnie and Camille for Moda fabrics in my quilt from several different lines. I am very pleased to say that the entire white background was made from scraps leftover from making Christmas stockings so there was very little waste there.

Pieced backing of the Love Home quilt.

I used 64 flannel layer cake squares, also all Bonnie and Camille fabrics, for my backing. It is so soft and cozy!

This new pattern is 20% off in my Etsy shop through Monday March 22nd.

New Video Tutorial for Easy Rainbow Scrap Buster Quilt

A new YouTube video is up today for my Easy Rainbow Scrap Buster Quilt. This quilt tutorial was originally published in 2016 on my blog in this post.

https://youtu.be/KVHuNQ4F-Lc

I have added a PDF download of the blog instructions to that post and you can grab that just below here as well.

Head over to my YouTube channel for the video tutorial.

I hope this helps you use up your scraps. Tag me on Instagram @daydreamsofquilts so I can see your scrap quilt!

Scrappy String X Block Tutorial

I found this great tutorial through Pinterest and was thrilled because this is such a great way to use scraps. The written instructions in this blog post are great! I also made a video tutorial for my YouTube channel for everyone to have a visual guide as well.

Easy scrap busting project video tutorial on the Daydreams of Quilts YouTube channel.

I have way too many scraps as you’ll see in the video so I have a few scrap busting projects planned and in progress.

Coming up:

A new quilt pattern is coming out very soon so watch for a post about that.

A new YouTube scrap busting tutorial video is coming out later this week. Subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss it.

Selling on Etsy YouTube Video Series

Tips for Selling on Etsy is a new video series on the Daydreams of Quilts YouTube channel and a new video is out today on 10 Reasons Why a Shop Might Get Banned on Etsy.

New YouTube Video 10 Reasons Why a Shop Could be Banned on Etsy.

I see so many posts in the Facebook Etsy sellers groups about how their shop has been shut down and they don’t know why.

There are 10 reasons I discuss in my video but I will list a couple here that I see happen quite often.

The first is sharing wi-fi. People have their friend over and their friend uses their wi-fi (or their room mate shares the wi-fi) and then the friend’s or room mate’s shop gets shut down. If their shop gets shut down your shop can be shut down too because your shop is associated with the same wi-fi or IP address as theirs. It looks like the shops are owned by the same person.

Likewise, if you own multiple shops and one gets shut down they all will be shut down because they all use the same IP address.

For this reason I recommend not sharing wi-fi with other Etsy sellers and not using public wi-fi services to check your Etsy shop. I always use my own cell phone data to check my shop when I’m out.

The second reason is listing items that infringe on someone else’s copyright. So many sellers do this and think they are fully within their rights to sell Disney characters or Harry Potter stuff. The copyrights for those characters are owned by big corporations (Disney and Warner Bros. etc.) If you list items, even if you made them yourself, that are using those copyrighted characters you run a high risk of having your shop shut down. Just don’t do it.

For more shut-down reasons and advice from me (a 10 year, top 2% Etsy seller) check out my video on YouTube.

Ocean Themed Throw Quilt

This is a fun ocean themed throw quilt I finished last week for my Etsy shop.

Ocean Themed Throw Quilt pieced and quilted by Daydreams of Quilts.

I used the Red Velvet quilt pattern by Thimble Blossoms which is a layer cake pattern but I changed mine up to use quarter yards and fat quarters. I had quarter yard cuts of the main ocean fabrics and fat quarters of Kona and Blueberry Park fabrics.

It was a bit tricky because I wasn’t following the cutting instructions in the pattern so I sewed one row at a time. I quickly realized that decisions on one row affect the next row after it so there was some minor seam ripping involved.

Close up of one of the large blocks.

I think the extra brain power needed was worth it in the end. This quilt is available in my Etsy shop.

This quilt is a nice size for a coverlet on a twin bed.

The backing is a fun print of tentacles coming out of the ocean waves.

Backing and binding on the ocean quilt.

This quilt was a great stash buster and used up several fat quarters. I quilted it with all over “balls on string” or in this case we can call them bubbles.

A Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial and Tips for Selling Quilts on Etsy

Welcome to The Daydreams of Quilts blog! I made a YouTube video today with tips for selling quilts on Etsy and included a free Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial.

My main takeaway tips from the video are:

-Make quilts that are quick and simple. Heirloom quilts will take a long time to sell as you have to wait for just the right buyer to come along and that buyer has to have an understanding of the value of the quilt

-Find ways to speed up the quilting process so you don’t need to charge as much for time. Some of my tips in the video are drawing guidelines on your sewing machine, chain piecing and machine binding.

I mentioned in the video a popular post on my blog about pricing quilts to sell and you can find that post here. It’s called 8 Ideas to Consider When Pricing Homemade Quilts.

I also mentioned in the video that I would create a PDF download of the Quick Baby Quilt tutorial so here is the download file for that.

Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial by Daydreams of Quilts.

I hope this post and video are helpful to you. Let me know in the comments or contact form if you have more questions or topics you would like me to make future posts and videos about.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

How To Make Reusable Fabric Drawstring Gift Bags

These reusable fabric drawstring gift bags are a popular item in my Etsy shop in the run-up to Christmas.

Reusable fabric gift bags made by Daydreams of Quilts using Polar Magic by Figo Fabrics.

I first learned how to make these bags on Jeni Baker’s Blog. I developed my own way of making them though because I needed a simpler faster way to make them.

Over the weekend I created a tutorial video to show you how I make these bags. You may wonder why I would share how I make one of my best sellers in my shop but the way I see it is; the more people using reusable gift wrap, the better. Plus, I cannot supply everyone and there’s room for all of us in the market.

These bags are an environmentally friendly gift wrap option that uses fabric efficiently and can be reused again and again. You can make larger sizes but this size is the most efficient use of fabric.

You can cut 2 main bag fabrics from one fat quarter and you can cut accent bands for four bags from a second fat quarter. You will need a third fat quarter from the lining or a 12.5″ x width of fabric piece will make linings for two bags. (Cut carefully, there is very little waste.)

For one bag cut the following:

  • cut two 9.5″ tall by 10.5″ wide main bag pieces
  • cut two 4.5″ tall by 10.5″ wide accent band pieces
  • cut two 12.5″ tall by 10.5″ wide lining pieces
  • cut a 1.5″ square out of each bottom corner
  • also cut two 32″ long pieces of grosgrain ribbon

Happy sewing and gift wrapping! 🙂

Christmas Lattice Quilt with Optional Hot Cocoa Appliqué

Introducing the latest PDF quilt pattern from Daydreams of Quilts the Christmas Lattice Quilt !

Christmas Lattice Quilt with optional hot cocoa appliqué by Daydreams of Quilts.

This quilt looks great in red and green for Christmas but would also be perfect in other complementary colour schemes for year round quilts.

Hot cocoa is trending right now in a huge way so I designed these cute little appliqué hot cocoa mugs with hearts on them to add to the quilt if you wish. Inside the PDF file there are two additional quilt layout diagrams with different placement options for the mugs.

Hot cocoa appliqué templates are included in the pattern.

I drew the mugs in EQ7 (quilt design software) and I love how they turned out! The templates are included in the pattern.

Hot cocoa appliqué in the Christmas Lattice Quilt.

I made my test blocks into a cute runner for my hot cocoa bar that I set up on the top of my deep freeze. Hot cocoa bars are the in thing right now according to my kids who have been thoroughly enjoying ours.

Hot cocoa bar runner by Daydreams of Quilts.

Another idea is so sew a bed runner for the foot of a bed at the holidays. Just add a few more blocks to the runner above.

Find this pattern in my Etsy shop here: Christmas Lattice Quilt Thank you for visiting my blog today! 🙂

This pattern is currently on sale in our Early Black Friday Sale.

A Giveaway! Precuts, thread and seam ripper stickers!

Thank you so much for all your support in following, liking and sharing my posts. To say thank you I am hosting a giveaway!

Giveaway from Daydreams of Quilts

I am giving away four fat quarters of Polar Magic by Figo Fabrics, one layer cake of Handmade by Bonnie and Camille, one charm pack of Love Grows by Deb Strain and one charm pack of Rise by Melody miller plus six spools of Aurifil applique thread and two of my seam ripper stickers (fun to stick on your planner or sewing machine). Enter on the Rafflecopter below.

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This giveaway is open to Canada and USA addresses. If you are international and willing to pay for tracked shipping then you are welcome to enter too and I will send a PayPal invoice for shipping if you win.