November 27 ~ Work

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Make Work a little brighter with our project & gift ideas…

Make It

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Jennifer from Jennifer Ladd Handmade designed this Cute Business Card Case Tutorial and adds that it’s easy to customize the case to “represent your own business style.” You can win this case from Jennifer (see “Win It”).
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Candy shows you how to Recover an Office Chair at Candied Fabrics. Candy writes, ” I am constantly inspired by the color and patterns I see around me. I find that I MUST be making something, and the media that sings to me is white fabric and dye.” Candy wanted some color on that chair!
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Katie shows you how to turn tin cans into Fabric Pencil Holders at Making This Home.
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Several people on our lists would love our Laptop Sleeve from Elizabeth, made with some nice home dec fabric!
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Make a Patchwork Lanyard at mairuru with fabric scraps (for those ubiquitous work ID cards). Mai adds that she made pouch straps the same way here.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Gift Exchange (small gifts for co-workers, etc.), Gifts for Organization, Tech Gifts, Gifts for College Students, Classic Tote, Quilted Garden Tote, Fabric Bulletin Board, iPod Cozy

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for some of these projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:

Jessie’s choice Jennifer’s choice Lauren’s choice
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Buy It

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We like these “envelope-style” Laptop & Tablet Covers from Cathy at fernfiddlehead. Cathy takes custom orders and also offers laptop bags, coasters, iPod pockets & more.

Mix It

Recipe Round-Up
We’re nearing the end of our Handmade Holidays features & there’s just no good way to fit it all in! Today we thought we’d share a recipe round-up of some holiday recipe favorites. Feel free to add links to your favorites in the comments.

You might want to try: Gingerbread Cake from Hey, that tastes good!, Plum Crumble from Orangette, Gingerbread Man Cookies (on sticks!) from 101 Cookbooks, Chocolate Caramel Crack(ers) from smitten kitchen, Sufganiyot from Peace Love & Chocolate, Minty Chocolate Christmas Cookies from 101 Cookbooks, Almond Tea Cookies (gluten free) from The Wooden Spool, Pumpkin Cookies from Joy the Baker, Crunchy Maple Corn from turkey feathers, Chocolate Earl Grey Truffles from delicious days, Pumpkin Gingerbread from Spruce Hill, Excellent Eggnog from Al Dente, Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce from Spruce Hill

Print It

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Yasmine from a print a day has a huge selection of free downloads for you to enjoy. Try these Tags, Stickers & Notebook, and then look through her wonderful “Download” category.

Win It

Tweet #handmadeholidays anytime this week for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Comment in today’s post for a chance to win this book. The winner will be announced on Friday. Visit our prize list to see some of the other great giveaways this month.

By Jennifer Ladd

A beautiful hand-made business card case by Jennifer Ladd.

By Wendi Gratz

(Lark Books, $19.95, ISBN: 1-60059-377-1, ISBN13: 9781600593772)

From the Publisher:

Absolutely A-line…absolutely adorable! The classic, always fashionable A-line undergoes a charming reinvention at the hands of stitching whiz Wendi Gratz and a host of talented designers. Working off a single, simple pattern, they demonstrate the versatility of the basic form by creating over two dozen adorable variations—all just for little girls.The 26 projects, all captivatingly photographed, feature a range of structural adaptations and styles. Some have pockets, others have sleeves, and still more have embellishments such as appliqué, piecing, embroidery, and quilting. And there aren’t only dresses, but also jumpers, smocks, tops, and skirts. The book includes the full pattern, with children’s sizes from three to eight.Because the A-line dress is one of the easiest garments to sew, it’s the perfect canvas for crafty moms and grandmoms who want to make unique clothes for the special girls in their lives.

Join the Lark Books Quilt It! contest!

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More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)
26 ~ Remember
25 ~ Teach & Learn
24 ~ Meow & Woof
23 ~ Smell
22 ~ Count
21 ~ Bake
20 ~ Rock
19 ~ Organize
18 ~ Write
17 ~ Tote
16 ~ Frame
15 ~ Celebrate
14 ~ Shop
13 ~ Go
12 ~ Clean & Tidy
11 ~ Pamper
10 ~ Craft
9 ~ Play
8 ~ Deck the Halls
7 ~ Exercise
6 ~ Sit Back & Relax
5 ~ Read
4 ~ Go Green
3 ~ Sleep
2 ~ Adorn
1 ~ Wear

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238 Responses to November 27 ~ Work

  1. Nikki says:

    That A-line dress book is such a great idea!

  2. Chacoy says:

    I adore it! How about that awesome chair?

  3. Lin says:

    love! love ! love! the fabric covered chair

  4. Allison says:

    i love the business card case and jennifer’s fabric choice!

  5. Carol says:

    I love the laptop case. I would love to try and make one for myself.

  6. tara says:

    these are great!!!

  7. Sarah Lorde says:

    love the card case, & office chair…actually I love everything.

  8. sy says:

    love mairuru’s blog

  9. Megan says:

    Love the laptop bag!

  10. Pretty office chair

  11. Christina says:

    what a beautiful card case!

  12. anne says:

    My cubical would be so much prettier with a chair covered in Jessica Jones fabric!

  13. Sara L. says:

    Well, I’m not sure when the cutoff is for comments on this, but that little business card case is so cute! Thanks for the inspiration this month.

  14. ahk says:

    Oh, this book is on my wishlist! Wish granted?!

  15. Melissa H. says:

    These are adorable! Thanks for the ideas.

  16. Gwyneth says:

    totally going to make a lanyard for work.

  17. Nicole L. says:

    Such great ideas to make a desk (or cubicle!) look more interesting. Can’t wait to check out the sewing book too!

  18. Michelle says:

    Great projects, and I’m going to work my way through all those Mix It links… My waistline isn’t going to be happy, I can tell that already.

  19. Kristina says:

    I love that laptop cover.

  20. Kelly says:

    Thanks! I’m going to whip up some patchwork lanyards for my office friends.

  21. Erin says:

    I look forward to the holiday list every day, so inspiring!

  22. Danyelle says:

    Great Ideas!

  23. Valerie says:

    I have an officechair to cover! This is fantastic!

  24. susan mzf says:

    I need to make those pencil cups to spruce up my craft room – so cute!

  25. Jennifer says:


  26. Kristin Clewell says:

    Covering our office chairs is something we plan on doing when we move to our new building. Thanks for the instructions!

  27. Denise says:

    office chairs can be so boring, This looks fun!

  28. nilly ofan says:

    i liked the print it section today :-)

  29. Ticia says:

    I love A-line dresses, they look so stylish.

  30. Lara says:

    What a great prize book, I’d love to win it!

  31. Christie says:

    Love these ideas – the laptop sleeve is cute and so is the business card holder!

  32. Diana says:

    love the pencil holders!

  33. Carrie says:

    Sweet! Love that laptop cover.

  34. Olivia says:

    Love all the holiday recipes posted! Thanks!

  35. Teresa Capelli says:

    Looks like a great book! Nice office chair too! Thank you!

  36. Andrea says:

    Thanks you for helping me discover A Print A Day!! I love this blog. The art work and projects are awesome!

  37. Celeste says:

    That business card case is lovely!

  38. Crystal says:

    I really like that business card cover…

  39. Silvia says:

    Beautiful projects!

  40. Shawna says:

    The chair cover is my favorite project from today! I saw this book online the other day and was interested in it:)

  41. Julia M. in MI says:

    Fun stuff again today. I have a desk chair that could use recovering, so I will have to look closely at that tutorial.

  42. Ilona says:

    Love the laptop sleeve, will certainly try it!

  43. Liesl says:

    That book looks adorable. And the chair cover is so clever.

  44. PenguitoSmile says:

    I really love the business card holder, its such a beautiful piece and I am sure that Ill get plenty of comments on it when I make my own…I really like the recover a office chair as well!

  45. Ashley Ann says:

    Love the laptop sleeve!

  46. Monica A says:

    I should try to make that laptop sleeve..

  47. Paulina says:

    Laptop sleeve is the tutorial I downloaded some time ago from SMS and it’s on my “to do” list. My husband is waiting for it impatiently :).

  48. Jaana says:

    Thank you for these wonderful projects! I love them all!

  49. ~Helena~ says:

    Just looking for the ID landyard,Thanks. Everything this month rocks.

  50. Kirsten says:

    I am DEFINITELY going to try to recover an office chair! What a great idea.

  51. Kelli says:

    I LOVE these ideas. I also love the fabrics, mix-it ideas, buy-it ideas and the book to win!! Yea–pick me, pick me!! Y’all are so awesome to give this much–all the work you put into these ideas for us is such a gift. Thank you!!

  52. jessica Hansen says:


  53. Sandra says:

    My farm office could use some of these beautiful additions.

  54. Ramona says:

    Love the lanyard tutorial. My current lanyard is boring! Now I can have cute ones and switch them up.

  55. aSprinkling says:

    I’m always looking for inspiration and this blog (and the A line book) are great for it!

  56. Marilyn says:

    Thanks for the laptop sleeve idea!

  57. Linda says:

    Love the laptop sleeve! Thanks!

  58. Lynne in NC says:

    Great ideas. Thanks for another wonderful day of crafting photos.

  59. Liz says:

    Absolutely love the covered chair! How cool is that!

  60. Gretel says:

    All great ideas yet again!!!

  61. Mary says:

    Just got some moo business cards that need a holder!

  62. carmel says:

    great ideas!i love the chair and the pencil holders are a great i dea that i was just recently looking for
    so thanks!

  63. Fawn says:

    Thank you for giving me ideas on how to change stuff up for my office!!! Love the pencil case and the office chair!!!

  64. Rachel says:

    I want to make a business card holder for my husband, but I had to promise to make it look “manly”. =)

  65. Elizabeth says:

    Great ideas! Love the laptop cover the best.

  66. Jessica says:

    I love A-line dresses!

  67. Alissa says:

    Thanks so much for the fun ideas! I can’t believe Nov. is almost over, and you’re probably getting excited… I’m sure it’s been a lot of work.

  68. Denise says:

    Great ideas and recipes, too! LUV’n it:)

  69. Love the pattern for the laptop sleeve.

  70. Melanie says:

    I love these ideas! And I love the A-line book – that cut is so cute on my daughter!

  71. Sonya M says:

    I have an office chair that needs recovering too, I’d better get to it!!! I’d love to win the giveaway too!

  72. Shaz says:

    what fun, planning the little girls summer wardrobe is a great way to chase the winter blues away!

  73. Kimberly says:

    Love the business card case!

  74. Stephanie says:

    That is a great office chair!

  75. amelia says:


  76. Sue D says:

    Would love to sew dresses for my granddaughter.

  77. Kerri says:

    Great ideas

  78. Jennifer says:

    My husband could really use a laptop sleeve!

  79. Mrs. H. says:

    I love the business card holder!

  80. juliecache says:

    looks good to me!

  81. Loralynn says:

    Love the office chair recover! Mine is so sad and sits in my kitchen for the whole world to see!

  82. Laurel says:

    The book looks great!

  83. DebbieKL says:

    The fabric pencil holders would be a cute way to dress up my office. Thanks!

  84. Claire Schwarz says:

    I am so glad I found your blog. As a beginner, I have found many of the listed tutorials easy to follow. As a SAHM this years christmas gifts have been fun and exciting to make. Thank You

  85. lorena says:

    Thanks for the “Recover an Office Chair” link. I think that’s something I might have to try!

  86. Megan says:

    I love this stuff!

  87. Somer says:

    Very cute.

  88. Kimberly says:

    That Aline book looks fantastic

  89. Jessica says:

    Nice! I like the design of the laptop sleeve that opens on its short side…seems like it would cut down on bulk once inserted into a messenger bag (which means more room for cords and paperwork). Thanks for sharing a new perspective on some older ideas!

  90. Shannnon F. says:

    I love everything A-line!

  91. Morgan says:

    Like the business card holder, I can never find my cards when I need them.

  92. Alissa D says:

    I’m totally going to brighten my cube up with the fabric pencil holders, and the suggestions on that blog for other DIY desk improvements like the stationary organizer.

  93. Julia says:

    Great office ideas! I know like 5 people who could use a laptop sleave!! (plus I need one!)

  94. Rachel says:

    My girly is begging me to sew something for her…

  95. Sonicka says:

    The patchwork lanyard is something I will definitely make! It would look so much better than my standard issue school one! Thanks!

  96. Carlee says:

    Great projects!

  97. Courtney says:

    Thanks for the great ideas! The recipe for the gingerbread cake looks so yummy.

  98. Sara says:

    I love the business card holder. And I made the laptop case – quick and easy!

  99. christy says:

    stylish projects! i love them all!

  100. Cayce says:

    fun, fun, fun!

  101. Beth says:

    Oooooh, that book looks wonderful!! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  102. Courtney says:

    I would love to try out that book for my baby girl.

  103. Kate says:

    I’ve saved the laptop case tutorial and is on my ‘to-do’ list.

  104. Anna says:

    I NEED to make a lanyard!

  105. Bonnie says:

    Gorgeous card case–and would love that A-line book for my daughters :)

  106. Kelly says:

    That book looks great…perfect for the mum of 4 girlys!

  107. Alisa says:

    The book looks like a good one!

  108. Valerie says:

    I love all the fantastic ideas…thanks!

  109. Wendy says:

    All are great ideas; the chair looks great!

  110. Sofia says:

    Great ideas!!! I love the fabrics. I think the pencil holder is my favorite!!!

  111. Joanna says:

    Love the patchwork lanyards!^^
    Thanks for another giveaway~

  112. Sissy says:

    The daily ideas are so much fun…thanks!

  113. Laura says:

    I love the fabric on the pencil holders!

  114. Julie says:

    These would make great gifts for my s-i-l in law school

  115. Love those fabrics!

  116. Emily says:

    Hi, I love your blog, am endlessly inspired… Thank You!!

  117. Katrina says:

    great ideas…the card case is SO cute!

  118. Hilda says:

    love that laptop sleeve!

  119. Gretchen says:

    I bet that pencil holder would make a great knitting needle holder in my “office”. Great again, ladies!

  120. Kirsten says:

    great recipe roundup. I really want this book. Pick me!!

  121. Candy says:

    Woot! Thanks for mentioning my tute in Handmade for the Holidays!

  122. elizabeth says:

    Wish I had a job so I could have business cards to put in the case! I guess “professional mom” would be cheesy.

  123. jennsquared says:

    so many good ideas!!!

  124. qsogirl says:

    those pencil holders are great! i should make some for my office mate and i for Christmas!

  125. Kerry says:

    Does the book include adult sizes? :)

  126. Emily Dawn says:

    I Love all the projects today! They are all so cute and practical.

  127. Lauren says:

    I love Jessie’s fabric choice today!

  128. Stephanie G. says:

    I’ve been wondering what to do with my bland office chair–now I know!

  129. Michelle says:

    I want to win that book-it si stocked with adorable ideas! Thanks for the chance to win!

  130. Ellen says:

    I love the business card case! Now all I need are business cards!

  131. megelin says:

    i love the fabric used on that chair!

  132. Lindsey says:

    Love the cups!

  133. Chrissy says:

    I love the lanyard! I am a teacher and this would be great for our IDs!

  134. Anya T. says:

    Great ideas again!

  135. Kathleen C says:

    i love the chair cover and laptop sleeve. First, I’lll try the chair cover for my computer chair.
    Kathleen C.

  136. Tamara (AK) says:

    That book would be delightful!

  137. 2hippos says:

    oooh, the business card case looks like a great option. and I love the fabric on the recovered office chair!

  138. mia says:

    Great ideas!

  139. I would love that book!

  140. Rachelle says:

    wow that book looks amazing!

  141. wendy says:

    I love those projects! And that book looks really interesting too!

  142. crazyestonian says:

    Oh, thank you for featuring the A-line book, I had not heard of it yet. Now I have to add it to my Christmas list :D

  143. April says:

    I like the pencil holders. I am forever trying to find a cup or something to put pencils in!

  144. Salihan says:

    I love the recovered chair. I’m sitting on a rather prickly, uncomfortable office chair at the moment and I think I should do something about it. Thanks for the link!

  145. Kathy says:

    My December is going to be busy!

  146. Chelsey says:

    I love that office chair recover! I might have to try that…

  147. Junglewife says:

    Adorable! more great ideas! Especially loved the pencil holders…

  148. Brookiej says:

    WOW…another day filled with super ideas! Where will I find the time?! :)

  149. Susanne says:

    I’ve been wanting to cover my ugly office-supply store chair ever since I got it. Wonderful tutorials today!

  150. Michelle says:

    oh would love that book!

  151. Jennifer says:

    Looking forward to recovering my chair after the holidays are over! And I can’t wait to try some of those new recipes.

  152. Katie B says:

    Great stuff!

  153. Marianne says:

    Thanks for the lanyard tutorial link.

  154. Elle says:

    I really want to do that laptop sleeve for my mom! thanks

  155. Becky says:

    I would totally makeover my office chair if we were allowed to express such creativity in my workplace (HAH! ironic, since we’re a live theatre :P).

  156. Cheryl says:

    Those pen holders remind me of what we used to do when we were little. I think I need to add some of that kind of sparkle to my desk at work.

  157. lovely ideas!!!

  158. mon ami says:

    great tutorials! I think I’m going to make a business card case for my moo cards

  159. Lorene says:

    LOVE the fabric pencil holders!

  160. beccy says:

    I don’t know about for a gift, but MY office chair would benefit from that makover, in a fabulous fabric like the one shown! I think I might have to make some lanyards too, sometimes navy printed ‘staff, staff, staff…’ just won’t do :)

  161. Anja says:

    Great tutorials, great book, great month. Thank you!

  162. Kathleen says:

    i am all about the laptop cases ! Sew original !

  163. Who knew work could be so much fun!

  164. Rachel Addison says:

    Those are all so cute. The book looks great.

  165. Trisha says:

    That business card case is beautiful!

  166. Natacha says:

    That lanyard gives me ideas for a gift to my 80-year old neighbour! It looks so much nicer than a commercial one.

  167. Adviga says:

    My husband and I both need an office chair makeover! Great idea!

  168. Julie says:

    I love all these ideas! This is making Xmas so easy this year.

  169. Kim K. says:

    I love the business card case! Very fun projects today!

  170. Lindsey G. says:

    LOVE the dress book!

  171. Amanda says:

    Any suggestions for adding a few hours to the day so I can get crafty?!

  172. Susan says:

    I love A-line dresses. The book looks like a real winner.

  173. Deb Joseph says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas – I will be using some of these for homemade Christmas gifts! I look forward to reading this blog everyday.

  174. What a neat book! I would love to have it!

  175. Natasha says:

    Wonderful selections today. Thanks!

  176. craftytammie says:

    love it – if only i had time…

  177. The laptop sleeve is very nice, I’d love to make one. I know about mairuru’s blog and I love her creations. I love the handstiched things she makes, gives it more value.
    Great stuff,as always, Thanks!!

  178. Kaye Prince says:

    Very cool – I really like the business card holder and laptop cozy!

  179. sandyandcosmo says:

    More great ideas…

  180. Tanya says:

    Fun stuff!

  181. Brittney says:

    Super cute chair and I would love this book!

  182. keren says:

    the Fabric Pencil Holders look great!

  183. Livvie says:

    gathering supplies to make the fabric pencil holders.

  184. Lynnette says:


  185. Gabriel says:

    I would love to win!

  186. Stacy says:

    I love the business card tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

  187. Hashi says:

    I was just thinking about making myself a pencil holder for my sewing table!

  188. Ingrid says:

    Some great ideas, as always! I am going to try some of those recipes, too. And the book looks awesome, I would love to win a copy of it!

  189. Jodi says:

    Beautiful business card case. Great ideas again. Thanks.

  190. Tong says:

    I love all of these projects! And I wish I could makeover my office chair…

  191. kelly jo says:

    Oooh, this book is on my Amazon wishlist!! Loving the lanyard by the way, everyone at work wanted me to make some, but I just couldn’t figure out the best way to do it!

  192. megan says:

    would love to win this one

  193. Leigh says:

    great stuff again! Thanks!

  194. Jen C. says:

    great projects

  195. alison says:

    Great projects and such fun fabrics! I love how these projects make such practical things so cheerful.

  196. Kimberly B says:

    Absolutely A-Line looks like clothing that even a beginner like me can make. What a great book.

  197. Heidi says:

    what a great office chair.

  198. Angela says:

    This is a great post for giving gifts to coworkers. I love the patchwork lanyard – Mai is such a charming blogger. Thank you for the giveaway. That book looks fantastic, and I would love to own it!

  199. sara says:

    I love these ideas!

  200. Leisel says:

    Darling office chair!!!

  201. Stacy says:

    I don’t want November to end…so I can keep Handmade Holidays!

  202. amber says:

    great ideas!

  203. Rachel says:

    Laptop sleeve looks great! Good post!

  204. kadybug says:

    I also have an office chair that needs recovering! I also love the fabric covered cans for pencils.

  205. Jenny says:


  206. Carolyn Wood says:

    Those recipes are great.

  207. Jill D says:

    My office chair is starting to fray and I don’t think my school will ever replace it. I wonder if I could recover it???? Great idea!

  208. Lynne says:

    What great ideas! I never noticed how drab my office chair was… until now!

  209. Nicole V says:

    I would cover everything in fabric if I could.

  210. MaryAnn says:

    I thought of recovering an office chair- maybe now I’ll do it!

  211. Kathie says:

    Thanks for the patterns and ideas.

  212. Stephanie says:

    This entry is a recipe goldmine! Thank you!

  213. Lorrie says:

    I love that business card case tutorial. A great stocking stuffer for men on my list.


  214. Julie W says:

    My husband would love the laptop sleeve.

  215. D'Lane says:

    If you have to work at least you should look great doing it!

  216. Limor says:

    I love the lanyards. I’ve made them before but never with that little bit of leather on the eds. They’re so much cuter that way.

  217. Kristin says:

    Great projects!

  218. Terri says:

    more wonderful ideas!!!!

  219. Danielle says:

    I like the lanyards. Mainly cause I have to wear a badge at work and don’t enjoy it. so having one of those cute ones would make it feel less….ugly. (especially with the outdated picture thats on it)

  220. craftydill says:

    The business card case is gorgeous! These are all great tutuorials (and, really, when are they not?)! Your blog has given me almost too many ideas for holiday gifts! :D

  221. Margaretta says:

    That business card holder is adorable!!! Looks like a fun and simple project for this beginner sewer.

  222. Myrnie says:

    That business card case is so sweet!

  223. rae says:

    ah, that’s my friend’s daughter on the cover of that book!! i would love to win one. thanks for the opportunity! ;)

  224. cinzia allocca says:

    I love love love the office chair recover tutorial!! What a beautiful result!! I’ve been meaning to recover my chair in my favorite hot pink fabric and this is giving me the push to finally do it!!! Thank you.

  225. I don’t know how my husband will respond to the cute business card holder- maybe I can guy it up a bit…It is a awefully cute idea!

  226. beth says:

    Another fun book to use in sewing for a granddaughter – and some other great ideas. Thanks, again!

  227. Bunny says:

    A very nice selection of ideas!

  228. Gloria says:

    Absolutely LOVE the beautiful fabrics and wonderful ideas!

  229. Floss says:

    The fabric pencil holders are just what I need for my desk at school.

  230. Anna Maschke says:

    What a great book! And what wonderful ideas all month! Thanks!

  231. susan hwang says:

    What a great idea for a gift! I hope I get to win one of these! :)

  232. Grace Wong says:

    I love the business card case!

  233. Mama Lusco says:

    More wonderful ideas. Thank you!

  234. Desiree says:

    I love that chair fabric!

  235. georgia says:

    I think our schoolroom needs a makeover–thanks for the inspiration!

  236. Danielle says:

    I want to cover our office chair too! We found some awesome fabric at Ikea and I thought it would be too hard. I was wrong!

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