About Jess

Jess is married to her college sweetheart and beyond blessed to be called mama by three (soon to be four) boys. Together she and her hubby raise their boys in the mostly frozen tundra of Wisconsin, where you're likely to find her sewing, thrifting, and drinking lots of coffee. She blogs her sewing adventures at If Only They Would Nap, sharing sewing tutorials and her passions for fabric, family, real food and faith.

A 30 minute spring wreath tutorial

how to make an easy 30-minute spring wreath- SimpleHomemade.net

Written by contributor Jess Collier of If Only They Would Nap.

My poor front door has been bare since Christmas.

I usually have a different wreath/decoration to go with each change of season or holiday. During the last trimester of my pregnancy, however, all seasonal decorating went out the window. But now I’ve been cooped up in the house a bit, with the recent arrival of baby number four, and there’s still no spring in sight in Wisconsin.

So a new spring wreath was in order! And one that I could make in thirty minutes or less (you know, before baby wakes up!).

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Pincushion/needlebook tutorial

Written by Jess Collier of If Only They Would Nap.

In all the years I’ve been sewing, I’ve never had a decent place to put my pins. Usually I put them in a small bowl, which usually ends up with other random things thrown in (chalk, safety pins, etc.) I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stuck myself digging around in the bowl for a pin!

Somehow making a pincushion always sat on the back burner, though. I always seem to put off the practical little things! So I decided it was finally time to make myself a pincushion – and while I was at it, a needlebook for my hand sewing needles too.

This project is super quick and perfect for even beginning sewists. And it fits right in with Nicole’s stash-busting, as it takes just a couple small pieces of fabric.

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How to make fabric Valentines

Written by our newest contributor, Jess Collier of If Only They Would Nap. Welcome, Jess!

I love to give cards for holidays. Since becoming a mom, one of my favorite things is seeing my kids’ excitement when they receive them. But one of my least favorite things? Spending money on cards that are just going to be thrown away after a day or two.

The solution is simple: make your own cards! I made some super simple felt envelopes and cards using paper and fabric scraps. These are perfect for you OR your kids to make.

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