Martha Inspired Craft Along for February

I am really excited to kick off this series as I simply adore Martha Stewart and the classic elegant style that is stamped on every project found on her site .

If you’re like me, you’ve spent some notable time browsing and bookmarking many projects on her site only to have them tuck away in your inspiration files and easily forgotten about.

The Martha Inspired Monthly Craft Along is a laid back fun way to re-surface some of those inspiring ideas and get busy crafting along side your fellow bloggers.

I started out thinking that picking one project would work, however with the tremendous amount of emails and ideas sent in I thought that there was a need to pick more adding variety to the mix for any crafting level.

Each month a few projects will be posted along with the links to Martha’s site for her instructions. If any of the projects inspire you to create your own, post about your finished projects on your own blog.

During the middle of the month I’ll be posting a linky if anyone would like to share their creations they have made.
{no pressure though as this is suppose to be just for fun!}

I think it will be exciting to see everyone’s own personalized spin on each of these ideas and just where your imagination takes you!

Here are the inspiration projects for February:

Picture Pillows
Article Found Here
These fun picture pillows are created with color adjusted photos printed on fabric. Even though the directions are not very explicit on the site, I just did an easy tutorial for printing images on fabric {here}. Use special photos or words…the possibilities are endless. Once the photos are printed they are sewn together to create the pillow cover. This would make such a unique personalized gift!

Fabric Picture Frame Mats

Article Found Here
I love the idea of fabric covered matting for your picture frames; It adds texture, dimension and color. The article shows you how to create a separate mat with paperboard but I’m thinking you could create the same effect by simply using the existing mat that is already included with most frames. This would be such a great update to many inexpensive frames widely available that come with plain bright white mats.

Rope Baskets
Article Found Here
These adorable baskets are made by wrapping and gluing roping around a flower pot used a form. The flower pot is then removed and you are left with a fun basket that could be used for so many purposes. In the article they used venetian blind cording but I could see these being made with twine or sisal roping for a more rustic natural feel…even braided fabric would be cool. The article suggests using a variety of objects as ‘forms’ to create different shaped and sized baskets. There are so many possibilities with this one!

Homemade Watercolor Paint

Article Found Here
These watercolor paints can be easily made from ingredients right in your pantry and is something fun to involve the kiddies. I am thinking this would be the perfect for creating some one of kind framed art work from my budding little artist.

~I Hope You are Inspired~
I’ll be posting my inspired creations throughout the next couple of weeks along with tutorials on my take of the projects. Fell free to post about any project you have made at any time. {just make sure you link back to Martha’s site as your source for inspiration}


The linky will be posted two weeks from now and be open until the end of the month if you would like to share the creations you have made.

If you sent over an idea that was not used this month I’ll be saving those for the future craft alongs. I am still working on a system to pick the projects…perhaps a poll a vote would work. If you have any idea you would like to see posted please send me an email with the link and I’ll be happy to add them in.

Happy Crafting ~ I’m excited to see what you have in store and hope you’ll join along ~ Enjoy!


  1. OH how exciting! Someone just gave me some of the inkjet iron-on transfer sheets… and now I have a project for them. And I love the idea of homemade watercolor paints. I know someone who is having a baby and this will make a wonderful gift for her other children plus homemade playdough!

  2. How fun! All so cute!

  3. Those are fun, and while I adore Martha (and I do!), you are equally inspiring to me.


    Sheila 🙂

  4. This is so fun! I love that you posted a few different ideas – and all of these are great! I can’t wait to see your versions!! 🙂

  5. ohh i was thinking of that a while back, how cute pictures would be framed with fabric mats. i have been into framing everything and anything lately so i think i will have to try this one!


  6. Oh the picture pillows are brilliant!! Our couches down stairs are bare and I’ve been fickle about what type of pillows…adding a few of those (love the blue shade) would be perfect. And I love the whole Martha Inspired idea…excited to see more projects 🙂

  7. Great idea! I love Martha too.

  8. Another Martha fan here! Great idea!

  9. SO fun, Stephanie! Can’t wait to follow along.

  10. I am always inspired by Martha’s creations. I LOVE those picture pillows. What a great memento!

  11. what a great idea. I’m rolling that rope basket idea around in my brain, and I like the suggestion of braided fabric. I do lots of braided fabric handles on my felted bags and ragbags so this may be a fun, logical extension. And, I have TONS of fabric. HMMMMMMM – great inspiration for a cold Friday morning. Thanks!

  12. Somehow I missed this post! I just posted a Martha inspired makeover yesterday, but not really craft, more decorating. I can’t wait for the link party!

  13. I made one of the picture pillows, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I do wonder how well it will hold up – you know what happens when you get water on inkjet printed paper. I wonder if there is some kind of fabric protector I could put on it.

    Thanks for starting this up – it was fun. I’m going to try to do a project every month.



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