Easy Sew Outdoor Pillow

Easy sew outdoor pillow – Learn how to make your own outdoor pillows with this simple sewing tutorial.

Summer is coming and that means more time spent outdoors relaxing with family. So, why not whip up an easy sew outdoor pillow to create a comfortable lounge space for your family and guests.

Hi, it’s Kara from A Kailo Chic Life, and today I wanted to share my tricks and tips for making your own outdoor pillows.

Easy sew outdoor pillow - Learn how to make your own outdoor pillows with this simple sewing tutorial.

The Supplies:

  • Old bed pillows that have lost their fluff (or new standard bed pillow inserts, but why not use the old ones for these pillows and the new ones for your bed?)
  • 1/2 yard of Polyester Outdoor fabric for each standard size pillow (I am partial to Premier Prints line of cute outdoor fabric)
  • Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies

Begin by measuring your pillow insert (I like to use large bed pillows so that there is more surface area to sit on, and they tend to be cheaper than inserts you get at the craft store). You will now want to add 2″ to the length and 2″ to the width of the measurements from the pillow and cut two pieces of your fabric to this size. For example, my pillow measured 18″ by 24″, so I cut my fabric to 20″ by 26″.

Easy sew outdoor pillow - Learn how to make your own outdoor pillows with this simple sewing tutorial.

Once you have your fabric cut to size, put the right sides together and sew around three sides of the pillow case and 4-5″ in from each side on the last side. This will leave an opening for you to turn the pillow case right side out and insert the pillow.

The pillow that I used was very fluffy (about 2-3″ deep), so I wanted to make flat corners for the pillow case to give the pillow more of a square look. To do this (while the pillow was still inside out), I lined up the side seams on two edges to create a triangle at each corner and sewed a 2″ seam at each corner. This seam will square off the corners.

Easy sew outdoor pillow - Learn how to make your own outdoor pillows with this simple sewing tutorial.Easy sew outdoor pillow – Learn how to make your own outdoor pillows with this simple sewing tutorial.

You can see what I mean about this stitch squaring off the corners above. Once you have all four corners stitched, cut off the extra fabric at the corners and turn the case right side out.

Easy sew outdoor pillow - Learn how to make your own outdoor pillows with this simple sewing tutorial.

Insert your pillow into the case and then pin the opening closed and either hand stitch or machine stitch (this is difficult, so feel free to hand sew it if you are a beginner) the opening closed.

Easy sew outdoor pillow - Learn how to make your own outdoor pillows with this simple sewing tutorial.

Easy sew outdoor pillow - Learn how to make your own outdoor pillows with this simple sewing tutorial.

Congrats on completing your first pillow! Feel free to add yarn poms to each corner if you wish, or leave it as is. The outdoor fabric will repel moisture and prevent mildew from growing on the pillow, but I would still recommend keeping the pillows on a outdoor covered patio or putting them away before a storm.

Easy sew outdoor pillow - Learn how to make your own outdoor pillows with this simple sewing tutorial.

Now go have some fun outside! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial for an easy sew outdoor pillow, please feel free to check out my blog, A Kailo Chic Life, for even more sewing tutorials and craft ideas.

Thanks, Kara!

Easy sew outdoor pillow – Learn how to make your own outdoor pillows with this simple sewing tutorial.

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ONE POT Cheesy Enchilada Pasta

This ONE POT cheesy enchilada pasta recipe is so simple and completely delicious. It’s done in 30 minutes from start to finish and is a family favorite!

My husband and I absolutely LOVE enchiladas. That was the first dish I made as a married couple and I’ve made them hundreds of time since. While my kids are still not so sure about them, they absolutely loved this enchilada pasta. My daughter even asked for seconds the last time I made it. I was shocked! That may have been a parenting win. I’ll take one wherever I can get it ;)

This ONE POT cheesy enchilada pasta recipe is so simple and completely delicious. It's done in 30 minutes from start to finish and is a family favorite!

This pasta is the perfect meal to make on busy weeknights, when you need something quick. It uses ingredients you probably already have in the pantry and is made using only ONE pot, just like my burrito bowls. Less dishes are always a good thing, right?!

This ONE POT cheesy enchilada pasta recipe is so simple and completely delicious. It's done in 30 minutes from start to finish and is a family favorite!

Just look at all that cheesy goodness. YUM! This pasta is great loaded up with toppings as well. I love the flavor addition of cilantro.

One Pot Enchilada Pasta

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean hamburger
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Old El Paso taco seasoning
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles
  • 2 (10-ounce) can red enchilada sauce
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1/2 lb ziti noodles (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Optional toppings: tomatoes, avocados, sour cream, cilantro, olives, green onions

Directions:

Cook the hamburger in a large skillet over medium heat until browned. Stir in the onions, green chiles and taco seasoning and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in enchilada sauce and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Then stir in the noodles and bring the heat to low. Stir and then cover. Cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the noodles are cooked. Stir halfway through to prevent the noodles from sticking.

Remove from heat and stir in sour cream and 1/2 cups cheese. Then sprinkle the remaining cup of cheese on top and cover with the lid until melted.

Top with your favorite toppings.

This ONE POT cheesy enchilada pasta recipe is so simple and completely delicious. It's done in 30 minutes from start to finish and is a family favorite!

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Ruffled Zipper Pouch

Ruffled Zipper Pouch – a fun accessory to hold all of your essentials or everyday items neatly in your purse.

Between my purse and my diaper bag, I am always in need of keeping things more organized. I have a tendency to have to take everything out of my bag just to find that last piece of candy to calm down my toddler in the store, or the few dollar bills I know I put in my purse for a quick drive thru stop.

Ruffled Zipper Pouch - a fun accessory to hold all of your essentials or everyday items neatly in your purse.

My solution… this little ruffled zipper pouch. It’s the perfect little pouch to carry candy, change, diapers, receipts, coupons, or just whatever you need to place in it.  This zipper pouch is a basic pouch tutorial with a touch of pretty :)

Feel free to adjust the measurements to whatever size you would like to make the bag. You can make it larger, smaller, taller or wider.

Supplies:

  • (4) 7 inch x 11 inch fabric pieces.  Two should be the main fabric and the other two should be the lining fabric
  • (2) 6 1/2  inch x 11 inch felt or batting pieces, optional
  • (1) 30 inch x 2 inch piece of fabric for the ruffle, optional ( just make this 3 times the length of your main piece)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Hot Iron
  • 12 inch zipper, or larger

DIRECTIONS:

Begin by folding your ruffle fabric piece in half, pretty sides touching. Sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Turn right side out. You should have now have a long large tube.

Ruffled Zipper Pouch - a fun accessory to hold all of your essentials or everyday items neatly in your purse.

Determine where you want your ruffle on your main piece of fabric.  Fold accordion style on your fabric and pin in place.

Ruffled Zipper Pouch - a fun accessory to hold all of your essentials or everyday items neatly in your purse.

Sew down the middle of your ruffle, removing the pins as you go along.

Ruffled Zipper Pouch-11

Ruffled Zipper Pouch - a fun accessory to hold all of your essentials or everyday items neatly in your purse.

Fold over the top edge of both your main piece fabrics and lining fabrics by 1/2 inch and press with a hot iron.

Ruffled Zipper Pouch - a fun accessory to hold all of your essentials or everyday items neatly in your purse.

With your zipper facing you, place your main fabric piece on top of the zipper and your lining fabric at the back of the zipper.  The ugly sides of the fabric should be touching each other.  I didn’t add batting to mine but if you decided to add batting it should be sandwiched between the top part of the zipper and the back of the main piece of fabric. Pin in place and repeat with the other side.

Ruffled Zipper Pouch - a fun accessory to hold all of your essentials or everyday items neatly in your purse.

Once you have pinned your fabric in place slowly sew as close to the edge as possible.  If necessary stop sewing and make sure you are sewing through all layers as you go.

Ruffled Zipper Pouch - a fun accessory to hold all of your essentials or everyday items neatly in your purse.

Once you have sewn all the layers to the zipper you will want to unzip your layers half way.  This will help when turning later on.

Ruffled Zipper Pouch - a fun accessory to hold all of your essentials or everyday items neatly in your purse.

Lay both main fabric pieces and lining pieces together, pretty sides touching, and pin in place.  Sew around all the edges making sure to leave a 4 inch gap in your lining.

Ruffled Zipper Pouch - a fun accessory to hold all of your essentials or everyday items neatly in your purse.

Turn your bag right side out.  Pull out the lining and sew the gap closed. I like to just sew around the whole bottom of the lining.

Ruffled Zipper Pouch - a fun accessory to hold all of your essentials or everyday items neatly in your purse.

Insert lining into the bag and voila! you have an adorable bag that can hold all your essentials in one pretty place! :)

Ruffled Zipper Pouch - a fun accessory to hold all of your essentials or everyday items neatly in your purse.

Thanks, Katie!
Ruffled Zipper Pouch - a fun accessory to hold all of your essentials or everyday items neatly in your purse.
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10 Essential Travel Tips + Free Printable Packing List

Today I have 10 travel tips and hacks to share with you that I have discovered over the past few years + a free printable packing list! Yay!

It’s no secret that I love to travel. It is so fun to explore new places and discover new areas while traveling. One of my goals this summer is to travel to a new place each month with the kids. We have so many fun spots just an hour or two from our home and I can’t wait to discover new towns, museums, parks, and restaurants.

10 travel tips and hacks + free printable packing list ...a must for your next vacation!

One of my favorite cities to travel to is NYC. I recently went there for a quick work trip and I discovered the tiniest hole in the wall bakery called Levain Bakery. We waited in line for nearly an hour (luckily I had a Curate bar in my purse for a snack, because I was starving) and they were definitely were worth the wait. Holy cow! So good. Just look at all that chocolate.

Next time you’re getting ready for your trip try using my top 10 tips below :)

Tip 1: Fold your clothes inside your suit case, you’ll be able to fit a lot more in your suit case!

10 essential travel tips and hacks + free printable packing list - extremely helpful for vacations and trips!

Tip 2: Fill a pill case with any medicines you might need and label them (I just used a 1-inch circle sticker) for trip emergencies.

10 essential travel tips and hacks + free printable packing list - extremely helpful for vacations and trips!

Tip 3: Use a contact case to store smaller items like earrings. It also works great to fill with makeup, like foundation so you don’t need to bring the whole container.

10 essential travel tips and hacks + free printable packing list - extremely helpful for vacations and trips!

Tip 4: Place a garbage sack in your suitcase to fill with dirty clothes.

10 essential travel tips and hacks + free printable packing list - extremely helpful for vacations and trips!

Tip 4: Use a roll up tech case to store your cords for easy access.

10 essential travel tips and hacks + free printable packing list - extremely helpful for vacations and trips!

Tip 5: Place your necklaces between two pieces of sticky wrap, so they don’t get tangled.

10 essential travel tips and hacks + free printable packing list - extremely helpful for vacations and trips!

Tip 6: Fill travel containers with shampoo and lotions. Then keep them in a bag in your suit case so it’s already packed.

10 essential travel tips and hacks + free printable packing list - extremely helpful for vacations and trips!

Tip 7: Place a fabric softener sheet in your suitcase to keep everything smelling fresh and clean.

10 essential travel tips and hacks + free printable packing list - extremely helpful for vacations and trips!

Tip 8: Download new movies, books, music and podcasts before your trip so they’re ready to go.

10 essential travel tips and hacks + free printable packing list - extremely helpful for vacations and trips!

Tip 9: Place your shoes in a zip top bag to prevent dirt from getting on your clothes.

10 essential travel tips and hacks + free printable packing list - extremely helpful for vacations and trips!

Tip 10: Place your favorite snack bars (mine are Curate Sweet & Tart bars – check out the discount code below) inside your carry-on bag so you always have a tasty and healthy snack. I also love to pack an empty water bottle so you can fill it up on your trip and save money on water bottles.

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10 essential travel tips and hacks + free printable packing list - extremely helpful for vacations and trips!

Bonus tip: Print out a packing list to keep track of everything. I’ve even got the free printable for you below. Simply download it to your computer and then print it out to create your list :)

FREE PRINTABLE

Free-printable-packing-list

Here are a few more tips I’ve found helpful while traveling.

  • Get TSA pre-check certified. You can walk through security fast and don’t need to take off your shoes or jackets.
  • Download your airlines app for flight info and to download your boarding pass to your phone.
  • Book your flight on a Tuesday or Wednesday for cheaper flights.
  • Tie a ribbon around your suitcase so you can quickly identify your bag.
  • Keep a travel diary to remember your favorite places you visited and memories from your trip.
  • Eat at restaurant recommended by a local.
  • Get lost and discover new places along the way.
  • Pack less. Do you really need it?

Comment below with any tips you might have :)

10 essential travel tips and hacks + free printable packing list - extremely helpful for vacations and trips!

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Last Day of School Questionnaire

Last Day of School Questionnaire – this keepsake is a fun way to end the school year!

Erin here from Printable Crush! I am sharing this really cute printable and I’m using it as a distraction from the fact that I now have a second grader…and my son is going to be a kindergartner! Seriously, where does the time go??

Last Day of School Questionnaire - this keepsake is a fun way to end the school year!

I am actually really excited to have my girl home all summer (she keeps my boys entertained), and I think this printable Last Day of School Questionnaire is a really fun keepsake to have!

Last Day of School Questionnaire - this keepsake is a fun way to end the school year!

These are super simple. Just print them out, paste your child’s picture to the front and have them fill it in. Okay, I filled this one in only because my daughter was at school when I took the pictures. I have a really cute one that she did herself and I love it even more! I actually guessed on her height and she’s an inch taller than I thought. Enter sad face.

She really liked filling this out on her own, too. She’s getting really great at writing and spelling and it will be fun to fill this out every year and she how she progresses.

Last Day of School Questionnaire - this keepsake is a fun way to end the school year!

I’m also going to use a picture of her last day of school instead of her school picture from Kindergarten. Yeah, couldn’t find her first-grade pictures, but I’m POSITIVE they’re here somewhere. Just ask me where when the school year is over because this mama is tired.

Last Day of School Questionnaire - this keepsake is a fun way to end the school year!

I’m also including a printable for the first day of school, so you can just open the file again, print off a new sheet and get ready for the school year to start!

Download the FREE Printable

Last Day of School Questionnaire - this keepsake is a fun way to end the school year!

How about you guys…are you excited or sad for summer? I’m just grateful I have a grocery store that brings my groceries to the car because shopping with three kids is rough. We have a fun summer planned, though so I’m excited!

If you liked this, check out my other fun printables on my blog, like my cool Star Wars Gift Boxes or learn to create your own with my new E-course!

Thanks, Erin!

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