DIY Letter Pillow

Happy New Year from Ciburbanity, Classy Clutter readers!! Decorations are put away, the kids are back in school, and I’m ready for some projects! I will preface this entire tutorial with the words: I am not a sewer. I mean, I CAN sew, but… quasi-straight lines are about my limit. So take this whole thing with a grain of salt and leave comments with technique suggestions! That said, I LOVE this monogrammed pillow I made for my daughter, Martha. Did I mention it took no time whatsoever?

letter pillow

I love this project because it used fabric remnants of which I have many! Your first step is choosing which fabric you want. I opted for three different ones, but no reason you can’t go with one fabric all over.

fabric remnants

Using a ruler and a fabric marker, I traced out my letter “M”. I allowed for 3/4″ seam all around. Cut your letter out of both top and bottom fabrics.

tracing letter monogram pillow

For the sides, I wanted something that was a little wider than 3″ so I cut strips of the 3rd fabric 4 1/2″ wide (the excess is for the seam allowance). This letter took two strips of fabric each as wide as the bolt of fabric.

fabric strips for pillow edge

Start by placing the right sides of your fabric together and pinning the side strip to the top of your pillow. This gets a little tricky around any corners. The technique that worked for me was to fold over the fabric of the letter, and then to fold over the side fabric lining up the edges. I know. I’m making ZERO sense… hopefully the photos will *maybe* help explain?

pinning pillow steps

pinned side of pillow

I found that it was easier to sew one side at a time rather than one continuous seam all the way around the letter. Pin the second letter to the side piece in the same way. By now, each corner might not feel as awkward, but it might… sorry this tutorial isn’t more clear. #Fail. Sew the last piece in place leaving one corner free to stuff your letter.

unstuffed monogram pillow

I used more than 1/2 a bag of Polyfil, but obviously stuff as much as you’d like! (This letter is about 14″ tall.) Hand or machine sew the last seam after you’ve stuffed the pillow to your satisfaction.

stuffed pillow

I was tempted to include the ball fringe from the materials photo, but sewing around the edges was just tricky enough that I bailed. Maybe the next letter will get trim, but for Martha’s “M”, I think the three fabrics are detail enough!

Letter pillow front/ back

backside letter pillow

It’s a nice little complement to the kids rocker I recently reupholstered (2015 is the year of upholstery for me…). Any goals or plans for 2015! The year is young, folks!

M pillow detail

letter pillow close

letter pillow title

Here are a few of my other attempted sewing projects… as long as it’s only a straight line, then I give myself a B+.

Lined Curtains

curtain-rod-braeburn

Roman Shades

roman-shades-dowel

Number Pouf

land-of-nod-pouf

xo
Charlotte

Classic Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

Hello, Hello Classy Clutter readers! I am so excited to be back today and oh, have I got a treat for you! Don’t be mad that I am about to ruin all the healthy eating you have been doing since the new year began. It’s my job ;) But seriously, this cheesecake is AH-mazing! And yes, you have to say it like that. haha!

This recipe comes from my grandmother-in-law (or, my husband’s amazing Nana!) She told me she got this recipe from a newspaper or magazine when she was just a newlywed and has been making it ever since! It is a classic vanilla cheesecake but you top it with a sweetened sour cream layer and oh my goodness it is good!
I have to admit something though. The idea of making a cheesecake kind of intimidated me! I thought you had to use a special pan and cook it with a water bath etc. but this is a really easy recipe and you don’t need to do any of that. If you are going to serve it for guests you may want to use a springform pan, but Nana always makes hers in a cake pan and we just love it. So use what you have and go for it! You could even use a 9″ pie pan if you don’t have a round cake pan. You just won’t get the tall sides.
I am usually all about the toppings but this cheesecake can stand on it’s own! The flavor and texture are amazing! Creamy good I tell you. I also love the all spice in the graham cracker crust. Yum! You can top your slice with cherry pie filling or just the sauce (skip the cherries) like my husband prefers. I like it both ways.
This would be the perfect dessert to make for your sweetie this VALENTINES DAY! I mean, who doesn’t love cheesecake?!

Classic Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

Ingredients:

  •  CRUST:
  • 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon all spice
  • FILLING:
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs, beaten lightly
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla*
  • cherry pie filling, optional
Instructions:
  1. FOR THE CRUST: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9″ cake pan or springform pan. Mix together the crust ingredients. Press into the bottom of the pan.
  2. FOR THE FILLING: Mix the cream cheese till soft and creamy. Add eggs, sugar & vanilla. Beat till creamy. Pour onto crust. Bake for 25 minutes (the center should look almost set).
  3. FOR THE TOPPING: When the cheesecake is done baking, remove from the oven & increase the oven to 450 degrees. Mix together the sour cream, sugar & vanilla. Pour over cheesecake and bake for 7 minutes at 450 degrees. Let the cheesecake cool completely then cover & chill overnight in the fridge.
  4. NOTES: *I used a clear vanilla for the topping. If you don’t it may tint the topping a darker color. It will still taste great but if you want a pure white, use clear vanilla. The hardest thing about making this cheesecake is remembering to make it the day before you need it. It is not good unless it is fully chilled (overnight is best!)

Here are a few more recipes on Baked in Arizona:

 If you want even more recipes, you can follow me here!

DIY Boys Valentines Shirt

Hi Classy Clutter friends!  I’m Rebecca from The Crafted Sparrow, and I’m super excited to be here today sharing this fun DIY Boys Valentine’s Day Shirt.

DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt I love making custom tee’s for my boys, usually for holidays or if I need something specific and can’t find one I like in stores.  My favorite method for making custom t-shirts is with freezer paper stencils.  If you haven’t tried them yet be sure to add it to your crafting to-do list.  This DIY Boys Valentine’s Shirt is pretty easy to make, so let’s get started.

Supplies:

T-shirt, Walmart – Target – and American Apparel all have great prices
Fabric paint, DecoArt SoSoft brand is my fave
Freezer paper
Cutting machine or Xacto knife
Cutting mat if using the cutting machine
Round foam pouncer paint brush, medium and small
Small detail paint brush, optional

Note:  If you don’t have fabric paint you can use acrylic paint with fabric medium mixed with a 2:1 ratio per package instructions.

DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt When creating t-shirts I try to come up with clever or cute designs that I haven’t seen in stores.  I then use a program like photoshop, or picmonkey to create my images.

I own a Cricut Explore cutting machine, and love it.  It allows me to take my own custom images and upload them into their Design Space software and create a cuttable image easily.  After creating my cuttable file and sizing it to fit my t-shirt I just hit GO on the machine.  When using freezer paper to cut a stencil with a machine be sure you place it shiny side down on your mat.

Once the image is cut you can weed out the pieces and set them aside for a second because you’ll need them again.

Note:  If for some reason you don’t have a cutting machine you can cut the image by hand. Simply print our your design on a piece of paper, lay the freezer paper over the image and using a fine tip marker or pencil trace your image.  Then cut carefully on a cutting mat with your Xacto knife.  

DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt Pre-heat your iron to a no steam setting.

Using a ruler be sure your design is centered shiny side down on your t-shirt, you can use a small piece of masking tape to hold the freezer paper in place on the shirt until your ready to iron.  Just be sure to remove the tape before you actually iron anything.

Once you have the large outline piece centered hold in place and carefully press it with the iron.  Do not move iron around in circular motions, it’s best to lift and move it.  Iron for a few seconds until it’s mostly adhered.

This is where your negative pieces that you weeded will come back, you can use them to fill in the whole design to be sure everything is aligned.  Ironing each piece back in place for a few seconds until the image is whole again.

DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt Now, once again weed out the pieces you don’t need and you’re left with the design centered and exactly where it’s supposed to be.  Be sure to put back any small letter details too.

DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt Pressing firmly in 20 second intervals go over the entire design until you feel the edges are sealed down to the t-shirt.  Let it cool for about 5 minutes before painting.

DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt Use small round foam pouncer brushes to gently tap / pounce paint on to your t-shirt design.  Do not press too hard or you will cause excess paint to seep under the stencil possibly.

For the white on the jaws I needed 3 coats of paint, the black lettering only needed about 2 coats.  I used red on the small heart and just used a small paintbrush to apply it.

Let your design dry 5-10 minutes between each coat, and let it dry for 24 hours before washing or wearing.

DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt Once everything is dry you can peel up your freezer paper stencil.

At this point you can leave the design alone and be done.  Or you can be like me and grab a small detail brush and some more of the black fabric paint and add a finishing detail to the edges of the shark jaw.

DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt

DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt There you have it…a custom and  fun DIY Boys Valentine’s Shirt!  These shirts can be washed in cold water, turned inside out and dried on normal heat in the dryer.  Over time they will get a worn look to them which makes them even better.

DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt

DIY Boys Valentine's Shirt Want to check out some of my other custom t-shirt designs?

The Crafted Sparrow DIY Geek Inspired Shirt  |  DIY Hunger Games Shirt  |  DIY Halloween Shirt

And for even more awesome Valentine’s ideas like this Easy Felt Feather Valentine’s Wreath be sure to visit me at The Crafted Sparrow.

Easy Felt Feather Valentine's Wreath Easy Felt Feather Valentine’s Wreath

Be sure to follow The Crafted Sparrow 
Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Google+  |  Twitter  |  Pinterest

Fun Valentines Day Printables

Hello! It’s Courtney from Paperelli. Valentines Day is coming which means I have some colorful Fun Valentines Day Printables for the whole family to share with you!

Valentines-Day-Printables-for-Classy-Clutter---Paperelli

I love Valentines Day because it is all about pink, hearts, & best of all LOVE! Valentines Day is a day to show the people we care about how much we love them. There are so many ways we can do this. We can send them a box of chocolates, give them a heartfelt Valentines Day card, or even surprise them with a bouquet of gorgeous flowers! Growing up, one of my favorite ways to celebrate Valentines Day was to go what we called “heart attacking”. Basically this would consist of cutting out a bunch of paper hearts and putting them all over someone’s door! You can heart attack a bedroom door, office door, or a front door, doesn’t matter!! Still has the same effect, making your loved ones feel LOVED! In this Fun Valentines Day Printables set I have included heart designs that you can print off, but you can also add even more by cutting hearts out of construction paper or card stock!

Fun-Valentines-Day-Printables

Heart-Attack-Printables-by-Paperelli-for-Classy-Clutter

Valentines-Day-Printables---Paperelli

After you heart attack the people you love, you can also print out a copy of the Fun Valentines Day Printables for yourself! I used mine as photo props to snap pictures of the kids to send to relatives. You could also use them to add a little Valentines Day decor to your home, office or craft room!

Heart-Attacking-Printables-by-Paperelli

As always, I LOVE to see what you do with your printables! Be sure to tag @paperellidesigns and @classyclutter and show us what you decided to do with your Fun Valentines Day Printables!

Valentines-Day-Love-Banner---Paperelli

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Classy Clutter Christmas Card - Aqua Text-1

Classy Clutter Christmas Card - Aqua Text-2

Hi friends! Just popping by today to wish you the Merriest Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year! We hope you have the best time with family and friends and enjoy every minute left of 2014! We also wanted to send a quick THANK YOU to all of our friends, readers, blog friends, brands and amazing companies that have helped us grow this year! We are truly thankful for each and every one of you! Happy, happy holidays!

mallory-savannah-signature

The Creative Collection Link Party

Hey friends! Thanks for stopping by this week’s link party, the LAST one before Christmas!!! We’re glad you came! We love to see what you guys are up to each week! Please share your best projects for a chance to be chosen as one of our favorites! xoxo

cc-classy-clutter

raspberry-brownie-trifle-recipe

Pneumatic Addict| Raspberry Brownie Trifle

 

Jens-Fave

DIY-tree-skirt-1024x680

The Bewitchin’ Kitchen | DIY Ruffled Tree Skirt 

Kristi-Kellis-Fave

final_lights

Bre Purposed | Christmas Marquee Sign

Abbeys-Fave

Faux-Chalkboard-Wall-Art-

Uncommon Designs| Faux Christmas Chalkboard

cc-blooming

Christmas-Tree-Wall-Hanging

Delineate Your Dwelling | Christmas Tree Wall Hanging

cc-rebecca

Be Merry Christmas Printable

Live Laugh Rowe | Merry Christmas Printable

Mariahs-Fave

2015printcalendar

Lemon Thistle | 2015 Printable Calendar

CREATIVE-COLLECTION-PARTY-HOSTS

Jen from Craft-o-maniac:
Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest || Instagram || Google+

Mallory & Savannah from Classy Clutter:
Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest || Instagram ||Google+

Kristi & Kelli from Lolly Jane:
Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest || Instagram || Google+

Abbey from The Cards We Drew:
Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest || Instagram || Google+

Marie from Blooming Homestead:
Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest || Instagram || Google+

Rebecca from The Crafted Sparrow:
Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest || Instagram ||Google+

Mariah from Giggles Galore:
Facebook || Twitter || Pinterest || Instagram || Google+

Tomato Bacon Bites

These bacon bites are filled with spicy tomatoes, swiss cheese, bacon & cream cheese!
 
Hello Classy Clutter readers! Adell here from Baked in Arizona and I’ve got the perfect appetizer for your New Years or Super Bowl party coming up! Speaking of, the super bowl is going to be here in my home state, Arizona! So exciting! Do you have a super bowl watching party? My family always gets together at my parents house to watch. We all bring different appetizers and treats. I pretty much only care about the amazing food, commercials & half time show ;)

 

 

These bites are super quick to make and taste amazing! You seriously can have 45 of these prepped and ready to bake in no time. Love a tasty appetizer that doesn’t take much effort but packs a whole lot of flavor. And who doesn’t love bacon?!

 

Tomato Bacon Bites
Ingredients:
  • 1 (10 ounce) can rotel tomatoes, drained
  • 2 1/2 cups bacon crumbles*
  • 1 cup shredded swiss cheese
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese or 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 45 frozen phillo pastry cups, thawed
Directions:
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the drained tomatoes, bacon pieces, swiss cheese & cream cheese in a bowl till blended.
  2. Spoon mixture into thawed phillo cups. You want them pretty full. I filled them about 1/2″ above the cups. Place filled cups onto a baking sheet
  3. Bake for 15-20 or until heated and cheese is melted.
  4. NOTES: *I used 1/2 a bag of Costco bacon crumbles. You can bake and crumble your own bacon but this was much easier! Just make sure you use 100% real bacon crumbles. You can use either cream cheese or mayo. I prefer the taste of cream cheese! I have baked these with the pastry cups frozen and it works too. Just bake a little longer if needed. I used original rotel diced tomatoes. If you don’t like things really spicy, use the mild flavor. And if you like them really hot, there is always the hot option :)

 

If you want even more recipes, you can follow me here!
 photo BAKEDBUTTONFB.png photo BAKEDBUTTONIG.png photo BAKEDBUTTONTW.png photo BAKEDBUTTONPIN.png

Free Printable 12 Month Calendar for 2015

Hello again! It’s Courtney from Paperelli. I am so excited to be here with you today sharing these Black and Gold 2015 Desk Calendars. Stay organized and dress up your workspace with these classy black and gold calendars this year!

Black and Gold Calendars by Paperelli

Download Black and Gold 2015 Desk Calendars Here

I love desk calendars because there are so many ways to use them. You can just lay it on your desk, stick it in a picture frame, on a clipboard, or on an easel. The possibilities are endless!

I would love to see what you do with your calendars! Be sure to tag @paperellidesigns and @classyclutter and show us what you did with your calendar!

Printable Desk Calendars by Paperelli on Classy Clutter

Christmas is just around the corner! Have you ordered your Christmas cards yet? Check out our Paperelli Holiday Collection in the shop!

 

 


5 Kitchen Wants and Wishes from Wayfair.com

This post was sponsored by WayFair.com. All wants, wishes and pleadings with Santa are my own.
 
Affordable Kitchen Cookware
 
Dear Santa,

I have been so good this year! All I want for Christmas is this gorgeous Wayfair Cookware!!! You guys, that even rhymed. I could totally write Christmas songs or something. Totally kidding… but seriously, I’m dying to get my hands on these fabulous kitchen “must-haves” from Wayfair.com.

 

Calphalon-Try-Ply-Stainless-Steel-10-Piece-Cookware-Set

I’m obsessed with this Calphalon Stainless Steel Cookware Set. I love the quality and the copper bottom is so dreamy!

Rachael-Ray-Pendulum-Salad-Bowl

I am in love with the detail on this Rachael Ray Pendulum salad bowl. I always love pretty salad bowls and serving bowls especially when heading to potluck or something.

Rachael-Ray-Cucina-4-Piece-Nonstick-Bakeware-Set

Rachael Ray also has this Cucina Bakeware Set in her collection and I LOVE it. It’s non-stick (a must!!!) and the aqua details go perfectly with my kitchen decor!

5+Quart+Copper+Beating+Bowl

If I am wishing for that gorgeous bakeware, I need this copper beating bowl!!! You know, if you give a mouse a cookie… ;)

Marchesa-by-Lenox-Marchesa-Rose-Dinnerware-Collection

My last pick for my wish list, is this gorgeous Marchesa Rose Dinnerware set. I’m not normally a huge fan of roses printed on things. I mean, I LOVE real roses but for some reason the print or faux scent or “rose” just never did anything for me. This dinnerware set could change my beliefs on all things “rose”. It’s just that good. It’s elegant, feminine but has modern lines and it’s such a pretty crisp white.

If anyone wants to let Santa know that he can save some big bucks while knocking off these 5 things off my wish list this year, that would be fantastic.

Wayfair is having a huge sale on a ton of cookware! Check it out here. There’s also the Cooking and Baking Basics sale here. Dinnerware, Flatware and Drinkware here and Small Appliances & Accessories here. Some of the sales are ending soon, so hurry!

Mallory Bombshell Sig.png

Enjoy Life Free Printable

The amazing Paperelli has done it again. We just really love this printable and it’s yours to enjoy for free. This is a such great reminder to live in the moment every day. **Update: The typo in Hinckley has been fixed on the download **

The Trick is quote

Download The Trick is to Enjoy Life Free Printable

Check some of our other Printables..

You-are-my-Sunshine-819x1024

You make me happy when skies are grey Free Printable Download HERE

Gratitude-Printable-1024x681

To live with Gratitude Free Printable – Download HERE

HELLO-LOVE-printable1-791x1024

Gold Glam Printables

 

mallory-savannah-signature