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My name is Ashley and I am the wife of a very supportive (and patient with my scraps of fabric on the floor) husband, and a mom to 3 wiggly and kissable little kiddos.

I created this blog in November of 2008 as a way to document the projects I was working on.  At first, it was a private blog…..but eventually I decided to share some secrets, in hopes that others would enjoy crafting during nap time (or after work) and late at night like I do.

I love seeing something in a magazine, online, or on someone walking down the street and figuring out how to make it for myself…..and sometimes with leftover scraps that I have laying around.  And I also love to see what I can come up with, to fancy up my home a bit, for a fraction of the price.  There is just something extremely gratifying with creating something on your own.  What a thrill!

So I hope you’ll read through some of the projects and will join me so we can all make it and then love it.

 (**Project ideas are for personal use only…NOT for resale or re-distribution. Do not use photos or written instructions in any way without written consent.)

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If you have questions, comments, suggestions, or just want to chat……send me an email or leave a comment. But if you’re looking for a response back, send me an email…’s easier for me to get back to you that way.


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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!


  1. Valerie Nelson says:

    My friend just introduced me to your site this past week and I’ve spent hours each day reading it!!! Sooooo many great ideas on here :O) I too LOVE sewing/crafting during nap time and trying to figure out how to make something I’ve seen elsewhere! Thanks for all the inspiration!! <3 Val

  2. Natalie Vaillancourt says:

    Hey Ashley! I love your site. You really do some amazing things! I found the site through Caryn Jones and didn't even realize it was you until she mentioned it on Facebook! You look great and I'm glad things are going so well for you!

    Natalie (Sidoti) Vaillancourt

  3. Brooke Elyse says:

    I found your blog today! Happy day! I've got a few years until I'm a wife and mother but I absolutely LOVE your projects!! Please keep the posts coming- I'm DEFINITELY going to be using your tutorials in the years to come. Thank you for posting!

  4. The Crawfords says:

    um you are so talented and It's so nice of you to share what you do! I am not smart enough to create things on my own so it's very nice when you can show me how to make cute things:) Thankyou!!

  5. Aaron and Carolyn says:

    I LOVE your site!! I was directed to this site from the our best bites blog and have fallen in love with it. I can do basic sewing- making quilts, altering, things like that but I love that with the help of your site I now make stuff for me and my kids- especially my little girl. (I love you refurbishing section!!)

  6. Marie says:

    I saw your picture and thought back to a clogging class at BYU-Idaho. After reading comments I realized it was you. I think you were a TA for one of the two classes I took there. Love your posts and all of your ideas. I'm trying to come up with a fabric "Happy Birthday" banner. If you have any great ideas, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. Congratulations on your little girl.

  7. shannon says:

    I love your site and I am so excited to try out these new ideas… It is the cutest and prettiest site I have ever seen!!!


  8. Alesha says:

    and again, as per your $100 Target give away I have signed up for groopdealz email notifications.

  9. Alesha says:

    As per your $100 Target Gift Card give away. I have liked Groopdealz on Facebook

  10. Alesha says:

    What wold I do with a $100 Target Gift Card? I would consider it a second Christmas! Target is by far my favorite store, if only they sold fabric and yarn I would probably never go any where else. Seeing as how we are a one income family and have a new baby boy, I would use the $100 to stock up on stuff for baby and to accessorize his bedroom that I am making stuff for but need those "finishing touches". It would allow me to get his room finished in one weekend instead over the next few months of paychecks.

  11. Flor de Maria says:

    Me he encantado con este blog, esta super especial para las manitas, felicitaciones por tanto talento, te seguiré continuamente y por supuesto haré muchas de las cosas que muestras en los tuturiales, ya que ayudan con el paso a paso. Gracias por compartir esto.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Ashley?? OMgosh.. small world!! BHS class of 99!! It's Nichole Brown.. well Nichole Cervantes now! LOL OMG! You're too cute! Love your blog!! <3

  13. Luv 2 Smile says:

    Hey Ashley,
    I came across your blog today and I am addicted!!! Thank goodness my son is already in bed because I have been sitting here for the last hour and half reading over all your posts. I love all the cake ideas and
    sewing tips! The best part is, I am a very visual learner and your tutorials on how to do things have EXCELLENT pics ;o) Thanks a bunch!

  14. KAT says:

    Cannot believe how great your blog is – all the creative ideas you share are wonderful – thanks so much for your generosity.

  15. mandi T. says:

    I am so Glad that I found your site! I am usually a avid crocheter but recently I took out my sewing machine to help my daughter sew the bedding for her son that is soon to be born. We just finished and I was looking for another project. I just ordered your little ties for boys today and I cant wait to receive it!! Thank you!

  16. Laura Sennott says:

    Do you ever feel like you are the last one to know something? That is how I am feeling right now as I just happened to find your blog and obviously given the number of followers you have… you may just be the best kept secret. I am so excited to stroll through your blog and get to know you and see all the amazing things you create! Glad to be here!

  17. Anonymous says:

    What part of Georgia are you from?

  18. Katrina says:

    Just found you and your blog. It looks nice. I look forward to seeing all of your amazing projects.
    I saw your note regarding snowing in GA on the day after Christmas. Here in North GA, we had very white Christmas, and the Day After and the Day After… lol
    Hope you had a Wonderful New Year!

  19. urooj says:

    hey Ashley,
    your work is amazing i must say and i really appericiate it.. i've learnt a lot and have made many cards and a photo album for my husband :-) thanks a lot for being such great ideas and sharing…

  20. Cara says:

    I absolutely adore your blog! Please check out my little girl's room. I have been so inspired by your creations and most of her room shows it! Here's a link to the blog post show-casing her room.

  21. Natalia says:

    I recently found a love for finding creative activities on blogs. Your blog is so fantastic! I'm also into baking so I think the new series is great! One of your posts said you lived in Georgia- I'm from Atlanta so I thought that was pretty awesome!!

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  23. Amy H. says:

    I just found your blog last week and already I have tackled 6 different sewing tutorials. I'm new to sewing, but your step-by-step instructions are so easy to follow, and everything I have made so far has turned out perfect! I am completely addicted, and I credit that to your blog. Thank you for all your wonderful ideas and inspiration!!!

  24. Kristina says:

    I found your blog this morning and I have been on it ALL day! I love all your post and your creative ideas! You have inspired me to take a sewing class! Keep up the amazing work :)

  25. Ashley says:

    RoShawn……I DID!!! I can't believe it's you! :) Email me, we have to chat! :)

  26. RoShawn says:

    Ashley you look so familar to me…did you use to dance at Ricks College? Maybe not but I thought Id ask.

  27. Cara says:

    Wow! I discovered your blog just a few days ago and I CAN'T STAY OFF!! I have literally spent hours upon hours looking through all your tutorials. I've already made several of your sewing projects and have plans for many more! I never knew you could do so much with Hod Podge. Please keep up the good work. You are a very generous person to share your talents like you do!

  28. Pear Tree Design says:

    Where have you been all of my life? Thanks for sharing your talents!

  29. Courtney says:

    Just wanted to say, I love your blog. I have been logging on daily for the past couple of months. I borrowed my sister's sewing machine, and have learned the basics during naptime. I love all your ideas, and the few I have attempted have actually turned out well! I also have a few simple ones to suggest for your blog, if you need a few easy ones to post on busy days. Anyhow, I'm a 21 year old newby sewer with a one year old, and you have really inspired me! I don't know how you do it all, but it's fun to see what you're up to! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us not so creative mommies that would like to be! lol

  30. francine says:

    Hi there. What a great blog, love the way it is set up and the pics, very inviting. Lots of useful ideas as well.
    I am new to blogging and just started one of my own.
    Would you please be kind enough to leave a comment on mine? I would really appreciate it.
    Thanks, Francine~

  31. memaw:bryant&Haylee says:

    I love your blogs, I am new to blog reading. There are so many wonderful ideas here. I foung the one for the tutu, How easy!! I love it.

  32. Price Family says:


    I love you blog!!!
    i just wanted to let you know that your tutorial for the cloth baby blocks is great and I am making a post in a blog I have with my friends (
    about the tutorial.
    Thanks a lot!!!

  33. Jenn Harrist says:

    I came to your site through Ucreate this morning and love it!! Your projects are awesome and not overwhelming. Thanks for making it public!

  34. Ashley says:

    Mikal, try signing up for a twitter account and then use the link? Or insert the twitter user name into a search to find the account. I will contact CBC to see if there is another way to do it.


  35. Mikal says:

    I signed up for the conference newsletter, but the twitter link didn't work for me. Help! I want to go to the conference and it is only an hour away from my home.

  36. barneyn says:

    I just want to say how much i love your blog. I can not wait to start making some of the projects! were in the process of moving into our new home, and your ideas are so helpful, easy and very inexpensive! just perfect! thanks! i have one question, what kind of sewing machine do you have- brand/model? thanks!

  37. barneyn says:

    I love you blog! You have great ideas, i can not wait to start making some of the projects! I had one question, what kind of sewing machine do you have- brand/model number? thanks!

  38. mbmcclung says:

    I LOVE your ideas, Im so excited to have a month of trying out all your great crafts…Thanks

  39. Brenna says:

    I've been having a problem lately that I figured you can help me with. I've been making dresses for DD that has elastic in the arm & neck. My problem is that when I get the elastic in place in the dress and I just need to sew the ends together, I have the hardest time getting the two ends positioned perfectly under my machine needle so I can sew it together. Did that make sense? Do you know of any tricks?

    Thanks! I love everything you do!

  40. goingbacktosimple says:

    Ashley –

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent! I really am not too great at sewing, but your easy to follow instructions make me feel like a pro! So simple and straight-forward. I've never had much luck reading patterns, but with all of your easy to follow explanations and varied projects, I have been inspired to look outside the pattern, and learned how to make things for my daughter that aren't from a pattern and still look so stinkin' cute! I visit your blog a LOT for reference in my various projects (some disasters!) and really appreciate your insight and perspective in sewing!
    THANK YOU! :)

  41. Brenda says:

    I have found your blog from centsational girl…. and love what you've got going here. I am also an "Etsier" and am so impressed by everyone's' talents there.
    I was looking over the beautiful little outfit creations in She wears flowers and think her wee paisley skirt with tulle is adorable. Not saying I don't think everything else is outa'-sight.
    Have subscribed onto your blog and look forward to many more enjoyable days of reading.

    Brenda J.Moore

  42. Dave says:

    So, I found your blog and I fell in love with it. then I realized that I know you. You are amazing!
    Valerie Fife LeMieux

  43. Jessica says:

    wow. i thought i was a pretty creative person! i LOVE your site! just found it tonight and i just can't get enough! stop by and visit me anytime. i'll be back!!!

  44. Jilly Tietjen says:


    I love your blog and bazillions of ideas!! I am having trouble finding the felt Mr. Potato Head tutorial!! Help!


  45. Kim says:

    You are incredible! How do you find time to do it all and raise 2 small children?? You are an inspiration. I was on your sight a while ago and saw the Felt Mr. Potatoe head, I findally have time to make one and we're going on a long car trip in a few weeks. Where did it go??

  46. Melanie says:

    A friend just introduced me to your site last week. You have so many adorable ideas that it is taking me a while to digest and decide what to do!!! Thanks for posting all your creative projects!

  47. Tami says:

    Ashley, I stumbled across your site just the other day, and I did not get anything done on my "to-do, ta-da" list. As my daughters used to say "I LUB,LUB" your site.
    I'm really glad that you decided to go public and share your talents with the rest of us.

  48. Carol says:

    I love your site! thanks for all the great ideas! I have a request! Our youth group would like to make tiny mittens for babies in the hospital Intensive Care Unit. Can you come up with an easy tutorial for us? this week is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness week, and these mittens would go to the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Units for newborn babies waiting for their operations. thanks in advance!

  49. Punta Gorda Stampers - Trish says:

    I want to say HELLO! I am so happy to have stumbled onto your sight. Everything you are making is right up my ally. Thank you so much for sharing your talent! I am so excited to put your ideas and tutorials to work for my soon to be 4 children.

  50. Ana says:

    You come with the nicest, imaginative and sometimes the 'cheapest' ideas.
    Thanks for sharing your talent and your imagination with all of us that love the hand/house made thing.
    I bookmarked the site of course and will visit often.
    Hugs. Ana from Anaheim (CA)

  51. The Brady Bunch says:

    I found your blog this morning while looking at a friend's blog. You are so CREATIVE. You have come up with ideas that I have never even thought of. I love re-purposing everything and really getting the most of my things. I can't wait to keep track of your blog and projects. Thank you!!!

  52. Alison Hamilton says:

    hi Ashley,

    I've just discovered your blog after searching for a child's seat belt cover in google – thanks for the instructions. I will definitely have a go at making my own. There's so many other fantastic tutorials – I look forward to following your blog.

  53. Alison Hamilton says:

    hi Ashley,

    I've just discovered your blog after searching for a child's seat belt cover in google – thanks for the instructions. I will definitely have a go at making my own. There's so many other fantastic tutorials – I look forward to following your blog.

  54. Chance and Beth says:

    Hi Ashley, thank you so much for sharing all of your ideas. I have plans to re-create so many. I have made your diaper/wipes case many times for baby shower gifts. I love it. Thanks for sharing.
    Here's my version

  55. leslieandjacob says:

    Ashley, do you have any ideas for a felt peacock feather??

  56. Hannah Demke says:

    I just found your website and I just wanted to say thank you. I am expecting my first kid and your ideas are so great, I am excited to get started. Thanks again

  57. Ashley says:

    Hey Just Jo…….I found that fabric at Hancock Fabric. It was on one of those big rolls in the upholstery section. And it was during one of their big 50% off sales. Hope that helps!


  58. Just Jo says:

    Hi! Been checking out your blog for some time! Love the gathered pillow tut! Where did you purchase the fabric that is brown with the aqua leaves/flowers! Thank you for your inspiration!

  59. Krystal Macnevin says:

    I must say that I am a big fan of your blog since my sister sent me the link! Thanks for being a big inspiration and motivator! Your ideas help me get past that creative block that I often encounter!

  60. dmomaustin says:

    I love your site! I am bookmarking it so I can come back and see what new projects you are working on!

  61. lawmom says:

    I came across your blog while I was looking for instructions on how to make simple stuffed animals. Thanks for the great how to! I'm so impressed with what you've done. I love all of the craft ideas – you've made them very accessible. Keep 'em coming!

  62. says:

    Even I, a non-sewer, non-crafty person, enjoy this blog. I'd say that means that you've certainly reached more people than you thought! Great work and I look forward to what you can think up for 2010!

    BTW, if you, Kathryn and Melissa (both from nannygoat) got together, that would be an amazing brainstorming session, I'm sure. :-)

    ~ Suzanne

  63. Adrienne says:

    just stumbled on your blog today and have been through everything getting so many great ideas. i'm just starting into the crafty side as a young mom myself. YOU are AMAZING. thank you so much for the great ideas and step by step instructions. can't wait to start learning how to sew so i can try these things

  64. Schluter Family says:

    Hi Ashley, I just absolutely love your blog. I have made so many things as Christmas gifts and I just wanted to thank you for all of your great ideas! I saw that you're moving to GA…I'm near Augusta in Evans. Where are you moving to? Keep up the great work!

  65. Her Royal Highness says:

    I don't even remember what link I followed to get me here or from what site. But I have to tell you that I'm glad I did!!! You have inspired me to make more with what I have & have awesome sponsers!
    Thank you!!!

  66. Lee says:

    Thank you for being so generous with your talents and giftings. That's what I love about the blogging world. I hope that one day I will be able to GIVE BACK to those who gave so generously to me.

  67. Ashley says:

    Sorry Melissa, it took me several days to realize I had a question in here. As for a cover, I would have to take one apart to see the dimensions and see how it was sewn together. I bet you could do it though and just measure around the chair. But if I come across a tutorial (or make one myself) I will let you know! :)


  68. MelissaSue says:

    ASHLEY! Do you know of any online tutorials for covers for those foam toddler chairs?? You know those disney and cartoon character chairs? My daughters shrunk in the wash and now i have a chunk of chair shaped foam in my living room. Ew. Thanks!

  69. Ashley says:

    Kelley…..thanks for a great project idea! I will have to add that to my list. I'm not a coffee drinker but man, I love my specialty hot cocoa. I have seen those cuffs and will have to give them a try. Oooh, and a shrug. That would be a fun project. Thanks and I'll see what I can do!! :)

    Thanks and hope all is well in Guam!

  70. Kelley says:

    Hafa adai! It's me again. Another post idea: a faux fur shrug, basically a tube to fit around the shoulders. Looks so cute over a turtleneck, dresses up jeans. I tried to make one for my daughter, thinking "tube" and it just didn't work at all. I made it just above elbow length, but it didn't fit at the shoulders right. *sigh*

    Thanks! (Guam time, Wednesday, 5p.m.)

  71. Kelley says:

    Hafa adai from Guam! Would you consider doing a post on making a washable sleeve for disposable coffee cups? In an old "Real Simple" magazine, I saw that has a cotton one for $15 that has a pocket for money. I also saw in another magazaine that sells two, $12 and $15. Cristin Powers makes her coffee cup sleeves after getting her cafe's burlap bags the coffee comes in and uses them along with a local furniture store's fabric remnants. Just a thought that I think would make a cute stocking stuffer, not to mention a great post!

    BTW: I enjoy your blog immensely. Getting ready to make some Wee Wee Wigwams in case a boy pops out of my neighbor any hour now…

    Have a great Wednesday. Ours was!

  72. Corbin & Zoey's Momma says:

    Hello, I have a blog where I make handmade baby stuff and maternity hospital gowns. I LOVE making things for my kids and your blog is an inspiration to me. Thanks for all the amazing tips! If you'd like to check out my blog, feel free to. It's Thanks!

  73. aubrey says:

    I just came accross your site tonight and have already spent way too much time on it. I am a mom of four and love all the projects where you reuse old items. I am looking forward to making LOTS of the projects.

  74. Kristin says:

    I just wanted to thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas. I am newer to sewing and am LOVING it but have a hard time with the creativity piece….so thank you so much. I enjoy all of your posts so much! You are amazing. =)

  75. Dianne says:

    I hope my comments went thru but if not little replay…Great time with your site..Just a Thanks to Make it and Love it…

  76. Jamie says:

    I found your site last night and ended staying up way to late just scrolling through all of your blogs. You are so talented! I can't wait to see what other ides you have come up with.

  77. Sue says:

    I LOVE your site!!!! My daughter introduced me to it-she's made several of your craft items-and I can't believe all the things you have on here that I have wanted to make and didn't know how to! Thank you so much!!

  78. Bonny Day says:

    How does one become a Sponsor?

  79. Mary says:

    I love your blog, after looking at all your tutorials I really feel like I can do some of these projects. And I am soooo appreciative of you sharing them so freely with us! I was wondering if you have any cute/easy halloween costume ideas for little ones?

  80. Ashley says:

    Thanks Hobby Mommy…….I actually designed everything suing photoshop. But I don't claim to be any sort of pro, so don't look too closely! :)

  81. The Hobby Mommy says:

    I Love LOVE your Blog!
    Who did your web design?

  82. Jana says:

    wowww ! I am on your blog from the morning !!! Really lovely things ! Thank you very very much fot lot of these tutorials. I will absolutly try some! Lovely !!!

  83. eakuban says:

    My sister gave me your site – it's amazing! I LOVE IT!! I have a question. Do you have any ideas for making things for a fairy party (for a 5 year old)?


  84. clae says:

    Just found your blog yesterday and was sooooo amazed at the AWESOME projects you are sharing so freely. You are sooooo talented! I LOVE your blog and look forward to visiting daily!
    I would also LOVE to be entered in the drawing for the Scentsy giveaway.

  85. Candace says:

    OH MY GOSH. i mean, this is like THE site for all things CUTIE PATOOTIE!! you are a great talent! i love it! just found it today and want to make every single thing listed on your sidebar!!

  86. Sherra says:

    I found your site this morning and really find it to be useful and enjoyable!

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