Category: Sewing

Cottage-Inspired (mini) Deck Makeover | Colourful Vintage Cottage Style

Vintage Cottage Style | Cottage-Inspired Mini Deck Makeover | Milkshakes n Sunshine Fabric | Flourish & Knot

There’s nothing quite like a beautiful, glimmering lake surrounded by towering green pines to say “summer”. Throughout most of my childhood, we spent many summer days at a good friend’s cottage in Ontario and they are some of my happiest memories. It’s no wonder, then, that when the time came to give our deck a little refresh, I pulled inspiration from vintage cottage style! We knew that this would be the summer the deck got repainted, so I jumped at the chance to add some new decorative touches to the space. I was thrilled to partner with Milkshakes ‘n Sunshine Fabrics to create some charming fabric accents for our newly re-painted deck. The best part is that we will get to enjoy them out on the deck for years to come!

Vintage Cottage Style | Cottage-Inspired Mini Deck Makeover | Milkshakes n Sunshine Fabric | Flourish & Knot Fabric used in this post was provided by Milkshakes ‘n Sunshine Fabrics. All opinions are my own. For more information, please see my policies. Thank you for supporting the brands that partner with Flourish & Knot. 

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“Warm Heart” DIY Hand Warmers | Valentine’s Day Hop

Easy to sew "warm heart" DIY hand warmers | DIY Valentine's Day gift | Beginner sewing project

Who else feels that Valentine’s Day has become too commercial? Hands? Anyone? Well, I do, which is why my hubby and I often go handmade for our Valentine’s Day gifts. Today I’m joining some of my fellow Canadian bloggers to bring you DIY inspiration for injecting some handmade style into this lovey-dovey holiday. If there’s one thing that we Canucks know, (you know, other than hockey and universal health care) it’s COLD WEATHER, so I thought it would be nice to make a few DIY hand warmers as a little Valentine’s Day gift. These are really easy to make in case you are looking for great beginner sewing projects!

Easy to sew "warm heart" DIY hand warmers | Beginner Sewing Projects | DIY Valentine's Day gift | Beginner sewing project

Today’s hop is hosted by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life in the Suburbs. Jo-Anna blogs from Calgary, Alberta, and she has lots of great home decor, recipes, and DIY projects on her site. Stick around to the end of this post to visit all the other lovely participants’ blogs!

These hand warmers are a perfect sewing project for beginners. You can even hand-sew them easily if you don’t have access to a machine! And the stitching on the edge is just a plain blanket stitch. I’ll show you how to assemble them in no time.

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Easy DIY Block-Printed Napkins

DIY Block-Printed Napkins in blues and turquoise |

If you’ve been reading Flourish & Knot for a while, you may remember that I’ve visited India twice as part of the James Connection. You can read about my experiences here and here. Since travelling in that part of the world, I’ve had a fascination with some of the traditional handicrafts of the area, including block printing. I recently purchased a gorgeous block-printed tablecloth and thought I’d try my hand at the technique by making some block-printed napkins!

On my first visit to India, I bought three block printing stamps at the Delhi airport (truly the best airport shopping, BTW) and they’ve pretty much been gathering dust ever since. I just hadn’t come up with the right project for them. Well, it was time. So I made some napkins! (‘Cause that’s also what you do when you’re 9 months pregnant and waiting impatiently for your baby to arrive.)

DIY block-printed napkins in blues and turquoise |

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